Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Granny Squares

Hi again!  Do any of you crochet?  It's not a skill I have practiced in awhile nor one that I am very good at, but I think those Granny Square blankets are so lovely. 

Fortunately, Jolene made a tutorial for some quilt blocks that look like the Granny Square crocheted squares.  You can see her tutorial here.  My do. Good Stitches charity bee quilt this month was using these fun blocks.  I pinned the tutorial awhile ago and I appreciated the motivation of my bee to give it a try.  Here are my blocks ...

(Sorry my photo is a little dark.) These blocks are about 9" square and were really easy to make!  It took longer to choose fabrics and cut my squares than it did to piece, press and trim.  What do you think? ... I think I need to find some time to make more! :-)

Happy Sewing! :-)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Fabric

Hey everyone!  We have two new collections in stock ...

Papillon by 3 Sisters - I think this butterfly print would make a gorgeous pillow!

And Hello Luscious by Basic Grey - lots of pretty pinks and greens!

Check out this week's sale info here.

Hope your week is going well!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Domestic Bliss

Hey friends!  I am really excited to tell you that I finally got some sewing done!  :-)  It has been a busy few weeks at my day job and around the house so most of my sewing has been in my daydreams.  But, I managed to piece a small quilt yesterday in just a couple of hours thanks to another great tutorial from Jennie at Clover & Violet

Jennie's Car Seat Quilt tutorial was featured on the Moda Bake Shop today - check it out here.  The tutorial is easy to follow and the quilt really does go together quickly.  And while I didn't have time to get it quilted yesterday, here is my version in Domestic Bliss.

The colors and prints in this collection are so fun ... kind of modern but kind of retro.  :-)

We have a few kits available to make this little quilt.

Pick one up and today ... you could use it as a table topper or wall hanging too.  And as soon as the Ten Little Things yardage comes in we'll have  a "boy version!" :-)

Happy Sewing! :-)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Scrap Attack Strings QAL Update

Hey there fellow stitchers!  :-)  I wanted to update you all on the Scrap Attack Strings QAL project.  I was so excited to see that some of you are stitching along with me on the project.  I loved seeing all the scrappy blocks from the Show & Tell Post #1.  As promised, I did choose a random participant for a little prize and the winner is ...

Congrats to Vroomans Quilts!  Check out all her scrappy blocks here.   I put together a little prize package my stash ... a fun layer cake pattern and a little bundle of fat eighths. 

I will be posting the next Show & Tell on March 5th ... I hope you'll jump in adn stitch up some string blocks with us and give and update on your progress.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Garden Steps Stitch & Quilt Along

Happy Wednesday!
We are so excited to partner with Clover & Violet again on another Stitch & Quilt Along.  Jennie and Clara are so fun to work with and not only do they come up with beautiful projects but they show you all the step-by-step instructions for assembling your blocks and stitching the embroidery designs. 

Garden Steps is going to be another great project!  And the Good Fortune collection by Kate Spain that Jennie selected to work with is beautiful.  Look at this kit of fat quarters ...

And, of course, we have a selection of Perle threads to add to your collection for this project.  Ten yards of ten different colors!  Both cards (the warm and cool palettes) are included in the kit.

Stop by and see Jennie and Clara today ... they'll be talking about the project in more detail and the supplies you'll need.  They also has a coupon code to share with you for the kit, perle thread, and coordinating yardage!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sale Alert - 2/20

Happy Monday!  I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!  :-)  Just stopping in to share this week's sale info with you ...

This week, we've got Terrian by Kate Spain, Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket, as well as a continuation of our Ruby by Bonnie & Camille sale!!  No coupon code is needed - prices are already adjusted!  Sale ends 2/25/12.

And, just to tease you ... there will be a coupon code for Good Fortune later this week ... more on that later!

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

New in the Shop

Just a quick post to share the latest on what's new in the shop ...

Verona by Emily Taylor Designs for Riley Blake.  Yardage, fat quarters, and bundles now available.

And ...

Layer Cakes from Papillon by 3 Sisters.  We're expecting the yardage very soon!

Happy Sewing! :-)

January 2012 Stitch & Share Challenge Winner

Hi again!  Last month, we challenged you to share tips for how you organize your sewing room.  And we loved checking out the ideas that some of you shared!  I had a little help from and we have a winner ...
Congrats to Jenniffier, who shared a several tips for storing rulers and fabrics!  She was brave enough to share a "before" photo!  LOL

We'll kick off the next challenge in March ... hope you'll join the fun!

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Catching Up ...

Hi there and Happy Friday!  :-)

I am so happy for the weekend .... its a long one for me due to the holiday on Monday, but very busy!  Getting some new furniture in the morning, moving some furniture in the afternoon, and several other things going on...  And I also need to do some catching up around here!  I will be adding new lovely cotton to the shop over the weekend and announcing a few more winners (from here and here).  And prepping some pretty kits for this project. :-)

What are you up to this weekend?  Sewing anything fun?

See you tomorrow...

Happy Sewing! :-)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Winners and Good Fortune

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you had fun choosing your favorite fabric couple in our quick giveaway yesterday!  :-)  I'm stopping back in tonight to share the winners as chosen by ...

Winner #1 ...

Who loved Cape Ann ...

And Winner #2 ...

Who loved Domestic Bliss ...

Ladies, please email us at sewlux (at) gmail (dot) com with your address and we'll get these right out to you!

Thanks so much to all of you who participated in our giveaway!  I know so many of you are excited about the Good Fortune line by Kate Spain.  Well, stay tuned because a week from today, our friends at Clover & Violet will kick off the next Stitch & Quilt Along featuring Good Fortune!  In the meantime, I will be prepping some thread kits with these beauties ...

What do you think?

Happy Sewing! :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Who's Your Favorite Couple? (Giveaway)

Happy Valentine's Day y'all!  :-)

I thought it might be fun to do a little giveaway today ... so ... tell me, who's your favorite "fabric couple?"  Visit our shop and leave a comment telling us which two prints are your favorite and why you love them together!

Giveaway Rules:  Leave your comment on THIS post by 11:59 PM today 12/14/12 and I will randomly select two winners to receive a half yard of each of their two selected prints (1 yard total per winner).  Winners will be posted tomorrow.  One entry per person please. 

Have a sweet day!  :-)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sweet Savings

Hi there and Happy Monday!

Just wanted to share that our sale on the entire Ruby collection continues!  And you can save 14% on orders of $50 or more regular-priced merchandise. (*Coupon code applies to regular priced merchandise only.  Just enter "sweet14" in the coupon code section at checkout on  Offer ends 2/15/12.)

Happy Sewing! :-)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Scrap Attack Strings QAL - The First 8

Hi there!  Last week, I added a linky post for you to show & tell your Scrap Attack Strings QAL blocks!  Well, I figured I'd better show you my blocks too! :-)

Here are my first 8 blocks ...

I am really loving the scrappy-ness of this project.  And I like knowing that when I am all done this quilt will be like a walk down my sewing memory lane! Even while I was assembling blocks I was thinking about the people and the projects that these scraps came from. 

There is still time to enter the drawing for the first linky - all the details are here.  And if you're just now learning about the Scrap Attack Strings QAL or planning to start in, don't feel like you're late!  You are welcome to jump in any time!  :-)

Later this week I will share how I am storing my blocks for this project. Until then ...

Happy Sewing! :-)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Customer Spotlight: Katie's Flannel Pillowcase

Hi there and Happy Friday!  Just stopping in to share a quick Customer Spotlight post with you. :-)

Katie is not only a loyal customer but also a great friend and my coworker!  She recently picked up some Ruby flannel and loved it so much she whipped out a pillowcase that evening!  (I realize y'all think I am biased, but this flannel feels so nice!)

She used the Ruby Swoon Aqua flannel for this one.  After sleeping with this new pillow she ordered more flannel to make a couple more cases!  :-)

Thanks for sharing your pillowcase, Katie!  I might have to whip one up for myself!

If YOU have a project you'd like us to feature, please send me an email!
Happy Sewing! :-)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Scrap Attack Strings QAL Show & Tell #1

Well, hello there!  About a month ago, I introduced a QAL to help us use up those pretty little bits we all have hiding in the scrap bin.  (Of course, you could make this quilt with yardage too!)

You can read more about it here and find a tutorial for the blocks here.  (Easy peasy!)  I will be posting a linky party once a month for a little show and tell of your blocks! Today's the first linky!  You'll have until 2/19/12 to share the blocks you've made so far ... or if you are just getting started, show me your scraps and share a link to the QAL project on your blog.  I'll select a random entry for a fun little surprise!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Hi there!  I can't believe its nearly Wednesday already ... holy cow!  Have you ever had one of those weeks that seems to just zip past you?  I had a busy weekend, which included many tasks, including finishing one of my biggest quilt tops to date (a twin size of this).  It's been shipped off to the fabulous Marlene to quilt and boy was I glad I arranged for longarm services because ironing it was bad enough!  LOL  I will share more about it when it comes back. :-)

I finally got a chance to update some things around the shop tonight ....

Ruby is on sale through 2/15/12.  We still have at least some yardage of every print in the collection.  See them all here.  I also updated the Last Chance page with some end-of-bolt cuts and limited stock items.

AND ... two new collections arrived today!

Reunion by Sweetwater  - I think the bunting prints are my fav!

And Pezzy Prints by American Jane - I love this green.  (And the hot pink.  And gray ...)

Yardage and fat quarters are available in both of these collections.

And, there are still some reservation slots available for Flea Market Fancy if you are interested.  Check out the options here.

And did I mention we ordered Christmas fabric last week?!  Yes.  We.  Did.  Crazy, right?!

Well, that's it for now!  I will be back tomorrow with the linky post for the first month of the Scrap Attack Strings QAL ... have you been making blocks?  I will have a little giveaway for a random participant ... hope you can join in!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Decorating Your Space

This guest post is part of the Get Organized Series!

Hi there! I'm Jennie and I blog over at Clover & Violet about embroidery, quilting, sewing, and my kids {and you can visit mine and my mom's little pattern shop here!}.  When Chrissy invited me to the Get Organized Series, I was thrilled because I love to organize.  There is just something great about sorting, putting things in a purposeful place, and being able to find what I'm looking for.  Here is what my sewing room usually looks like:

However, with a few minutes and a little running around, I can have it all cleaned up, because I've worked hard to keep it organized.  My sewing space looks like this:

Since my sewing space is part of our open family room {along with the office and toys!}, I try to keep it looking as cute as possible too.  For starters, here's how I organize my cutting area:

I love keeping pens, scissors, and other tools in little metal baskets {bought for ~$1 each!}.  And never underestmate storing things under tables either.  My sewing table also houses quite a few things, as I am in need of space:

Since most notions start hanging on a wall at the quilt shop, it is easy to just place them on the bulletin board when you're at home, then you'll never be buying something you already have {I have a magnetic snap, some boning, and embroidery threads along with my stuff!}.  I also keep my most used machine accessories in a little box by the machine, so they're always at hand, even if there is fabric on the machine.  Now for my fabric storage:

Instead of bookends, I have my travel {Hello Kitty} sewing machine and a vase full of thread.  I also keep odd buttons and safety pins in those tiny glass jars {don't know if you can see them}.  In addition, I store my perle cotton threads in little plastic drawers.  I use embroidery hoops in a variety of colors as wall art too!

So, there you have it, my little space, it is quite cozy!  Thanks Chrissy for inviting me and I hope I've given you some ideas to use those supplies as decorating too!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Get Organized: Pockets to Go

Hi there!  I am back today with another Get Organized Series post. Today, I wanted to share a project I made from a pattern in the shop called Pockets to Go from Atkinson Design.

These little buckets are perfect for corraling small items in one place.  I made this little fabric bucket for a coworker at school as a birthday gift and she loves keeping it on her counter at home to corral her keys, phone, and other items she frequently uses. Here it is in action. :)

I used some Terrain prints as well as the Lilac Essential Dots and managed to make the whole thing with 4 fat quarters in addition to the peltex and two zippers!  Since I decided to use several prints, I did take a little extra time to plan out the cuts and label them.  I laid them out on the floor in my sewing room so that I wouldn't get anything mixed up.

Look at all the great pockets this has on the inside!

And ... it makes a great gift bag too!

What would YOU organize with a little Pockets To Go bucket?  I'd love to hear your ideas!

Happy Sewing! :)