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Freebie Friday! Hardback Portfolio

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This was another personal project that I wanted to share with all of you! Every time I attend a convention I always need to be super organized, keeping together all my payment receipts, ledgers, inventory, and what not. I actually have this poor beaten up school folder that I’ve been using for the past few years that’s seen some better days xD I thought maybe it was time to upgrade to something a little more substantial.

It’s true I could have purchased something similar to get what I needed, but this way I know I’m getting exactly what I want and I got to use some pretty floral fabric from my stash (that matched almost nothing else in my collection! Grrr! I can’t be the only one that runs into that problem!)

To give it the right feel of sturdy without the hard edges, I used interfaced cotton with a layer of cotton batting for stabilizing, then inserted some mat board for support. You can use different combinations of stabilizer to achieve your own support, such as using Peltex or cardboard.

In addition to the side pockets, mine also has pen slot and brackets in the middle for holding 3-hole punched paper. This of course is completely optional and just what I needed for all my organizing :B You might want something simpler so you can skip it.

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My newest book! Quilting Simplified debuts!

Quilting Simplified: Fresh designs and easy instructions for beginners

Quilting Simplified: Fresh designs and easy instructions for beginners

Though my posts have been a little less frequent as of late, I do have something to show for it! Officially up for sale is my latest book, Quilting Simplified. It’s a great beginners book for those that want to give modern quilting a try but have been too intimidated to do so.

I’ve been quilting for nearly as long as I’ve been sewing, because it’s a great way to use up fabric scraps. When I decided to make my first quilt, I knew there was no way it was going to be as good as the experts, so I always kept my ears and eyes open for techniques that were beginner-friendly and foolproof. I’ve been using them for years to help me get the quilts I wanted without a lot of the headache. So in this book you’ll find all the skills you need to get started quilting, from the tried-and-true basics to underrated tips that shave hours off your sewing time.

Inside are 8 quilt projects with a modern, fresh feel. This type of style I think is great for beginners because mistakes can look purposeful and improvising is encouraged. If you’re more experienced and know exactly what you want, each project also comes with the fabric requirements to make the quilts in every other blanket size, from baby to king.

So if you’re still curious, you can check out more info about the book or see purchase details if you think it might be something for you :D

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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for May!

Hello all!

I can’t believe April went by so fast! I was still doing made-to-order hoodies for a while there, but now I’ve switched gears and am entirely in prep-for-Metrocon mode! It’s going to be in Tampa, FL from June 11th-14th and I just know it’s going to be a blast, so I’ll be sure to remind you with more updates as the time gets closer :D

In other news, I’m also starting to get close to another kiriban goal! If you hop on over to my Deviant Art page you’ll see you guys have nearly gotten me to 150,000 pageviews ^0^ So in the next few months I wager I’ll be doing another giveaway! I hope you’ll stay tuned to find out what it is ^w^

But anyway! Onto plushy business :B For the month of May the new punny food animal sewing pattern you can earn is:

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A Root Beer Stoat!

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This pun is another one of those that I thought was too silly and cute not to do :3 Of course it’s a combination of the root beer float dessert and a stoat – the adorably crazy cousin of the weasel. So merged together I created a tubby little stoat with root beer float features: including a brown body, vanilla head, whipped cream tail, and all with a cherry on top.

All in all this little guy has a lot of tiny details, so the placement of all those little arms, legs, tail, cherry, ears, etc. can make a difference. So just be warned if you’re taking on this project :D Double check your placement as often as possible so you’re happy when the final seams are done.

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★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, start off by signing up for email updates between now and May 31st (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern for THIS MONTH ONLY.

If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’re already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.

★ Also, bonus! ★
For today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from April when you sign up or send in project photos. After today though, the prize is just this guy :) You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!

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Freebie Friday! Quilt-as-you-go Train Case

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This project was a lot of fun to play around with :D It’s kind of a triple threat in that it helped me use up some cotton scraps, I got to try out some more travel bag ideas for my upcoming trip to Metrocon, and I got to experiment with quilting in bags and pouches (and how it holds up as a stabilizer). With all that in mind I’d say it was a rousing success! They come together super fast and allow a lot of room for fun improvising. They’re a lot more forgiving to make than most train case patterns, because they’re not done the conventional way. You’ll see you use a box dart to make their shape instead of sewing curved seams or having to bind edges.

While you might be tempted to make this in whole cloth without any patchwork, I found that the finished case isn’t as sturdy without the extra quilting stitches going through it for support. So I would definitely recommend doing the quilt-as-you-go method in some fashion to get those extra seams going through your case.

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New Crafting Challenge Plush for April!

Hey everybody!
March was a wild ride for me :D I opened myself back up for hoodie and hat orders on my Etsy shop, and I’ve been doing things made-to-order style for all my wonderful customers ^-^ I usually prefer to make products first and sell them ready to ship, but this way I can make just the right characters and sizes that people want.

One thing I hadn’t anticipated were all the little suggestions and requests people had for some items, like changing the face, adding a tail, using different ears, etc. Just tiny little things I never would have thought to add, but I’m happy to do. It’s pretty refreshing, actually! The only downside is it’s made me super busy this month, as you could probably tell from the sparse posts xD Rest assured that I’m working on more scrap-busting projects with every free moment I have, and you should be hearing about some book updates soon as well!

But on to the fun stuff! Being the first of the month I’m here to introduce a new punny food animal plush that you can earn! To continue the lovely spring theme from last month we have:
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Alpacarons!

This one is another silly pun that hit me like a bolt from the blue x3 It’s a combination of alpaca and macaron (the adorable French cookie sandwich), so together we have a big puffy macaron with cute alpaca features :D Being so delicate and sweet, a macaron seems like a perfect food for springtime. The project itself isn’t too difficult, but it calls for a lot of gathering and hand-sewing which may not be your forte.

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★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, start off by signing up for email updates between now and April 30th (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern for THIS MONTH ONLY.

(If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.)

★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’re already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.

★ Also, bonus! ★
For today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from March when you sign up or send in project photos. After today though, the prize is just this guy :) You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!

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Freebie Friday! Gunter Plush

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Wenk wenk! I haven’t done some Adventure Time fanart in a little while so I was starting to have withdrawals. I’ve wanted to try out making a Gunter plush for a while and since I had all the right colors in my fleece scraps I decided to jump at it while I could! I just love how fat and huggable this little guy turned out. He’s just the right size for squeezing or lounging beside you. All that’s left to do is make a whole army of them and then retreat to a magnificent ice cave :B

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New Freebie Plush Pattern for March!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all are having a good year so far! I can’t believe we’re already in March :D I’ve been chugging along with book edits and updating my Etsy store for the past month. For March I’ll be fulfilling orders for all the new aviator hats and hoodies I’ve been selling to you wonderful folks, but hopefully in my off time I can work on some more stash-busting projects to share with you all! ^-^

To get to the heart of the matter, though. I’m still going strong with the punny food animal theme for this year’s Monthly Crafting Challenge! January was a Cinnabunny plush, February had a Red Velvet Cupkit, and for March it’s…

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Chick Peas!

This food animal pun is kind of a classic, but I just couldn’t resist making it, because what else is cuter for spring than a couple of bright yellow chicks in a pea pod? Also I believe March covers part of the season for chick peas, so that’s a nice plus as well ^-~ I had a lot of fun putting these together x3 Each chick is about the size of an orange, so their wings, beaks, and feet are so tiny! But once you get them all basted in place, the rest of the chick comes together quite nicely. And the pouch is a ton of fun to come together as well, especially once you get to stuff the chicks inside xD

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So how do you get this pattern?
If you haven’t already, start off by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

So what if you’re already signed up for email alerts?
That’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep sending me photos every month and you’ll get a new free pattern.

Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from February when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy :) You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!

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