Text Me Fat Quarter Swap Update

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We now have 35 people signed up to swap and more are joining every day! If you want to join us we’d love to have you – fabric needs to be sent out by the 15th of February so there’s plenty of time.Here are some of the photos from the Flickr pool – we’re going to have some gorgeous fabrics coming our way!

Announcing: Text Me – {A Text Fat Quarter Swap}

First, a quick word to thank everyone for their comments on my last post.  I know I haven’t responded to most of you, and that’s prety rude and all, but I will.  When I feel up to it.  I’m starting to heal.  I’m also trying to keep quite busy, which probably explains this post entirely.

The other day, I had what can only be described as an impulse to organize a fabric swap.  A text fabric swap, to be more specific.  There are so many amazing text prints available right now:

Fabric with words or text

And there are so many people doing amazing, incredible things with them:
farmer's wife sampler, block 18

Thank you @thebluechair for saving Christmas! I'll get a new pillow after all thanks to your go! :)

Not much progress on this quilt in two weeks.

I just really felt like I had to have an assortment of text fabric of my own.  And since I need more stuff to keep me busy, I figured I’d organize a Text Fat Quarter Swap, so that other people could get in on the texty action.

The Flickr group for the swap is here, but here is the basic idea of how the swap will work.  More details are on Flickr.

1.  This is a centralized swap, meaning everyone will send their fabric to me, and I’ll sort, distribute, and mail back to the swappers.

2.  Swappers have until February 15th to mail their packages to me

3.  Mailing will be done by Flat Rate Envelope or Box only, and I’m requesting PayPal funds to make the shipping easier (international swappers are welcome, check out the group for details on how we can handle that).

4.  You can send in as many FQ’s as you like.  You’ll get the same number back that you sent in!

I hope you’ll stop by and consider participating.  I think this swap is going to be lots of fun!  I’ve already been scouring the internet for the best text prints!

Giveaway Time – Moda Fat Eighth Bundle {2wenty Thr3e}

It’s that time again!  This time I’m giving away a Moda Fat Eighth Bundle of 2wenty Thr3e by Eric & Julie Comstock (of Cosmo Cricket fame) that I scored at sample spree!

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October Giveaway and a Blog Hop

Two quick things:

One, I’m doing another giveaway over on the Plum Patchwork Facebook page.  This month’s prize is a fat quarter bundle of LillyBelle by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics!

Come on over and enter the drawing!  You just need to visit the page, then click on the Giveaway icon at the top of the page wall!

The second thing is that today is the first day of the Something Wicked This Way comes Paper Pieced Halloween Blog Hop over at Whims And Fancies.  Come on by – there’s going to be a new paper pieced block pattern available for free every day this month!  My block is coming up in a few days, and I’m so excited to reveal it!  Click on the button below to join us, won’t you?


Giveaway Time

Just a quick note to let ya’ll know I’m hosting a giveaway over at the Plum Patchwork Facebook page.  I’m giving away a fabric kit that includes two Decadence charm packs, a half yard of Kona Chocolate, a half yard of Kona Celery, and a half yard of DS Quilts by Denyse Schmidt “Aunt Edna” in Pumpkin.




10 Ways To Use A Charm Pack

I don’t know about you, but personally I love buying charm packs. When I love a new fabric collection, but I’m not sure what to make with it yet I always buy a charm pack. They don’t cost a lot of money, but you get a little bit of every print from the collection. What’s not to love?

If you’re like me, you have a few charm packs stashed away and you’re not sure what to do with them. Of course, there’s tons of charm pack quilt tutorials out there, but maybe you’re not a quilter, or you just want a quick and easy project to showcase a favorite fabric. I thought I’d put together a little post compiling some of my favorite non quilt charm pack projects. Here we go!

Charm Pack Skirt

There’s lots of tutorials for charm pack skirts out there, but this is one from Polka Dot Chair is of my favorites because it has the cute little underskirt.

Charm Pack Skirt by Polka Dot Chair


Charm Pack Tote

I especially love this charm pack tote bag tutorial from Teresa Down Under because it has an interior pocket and that cute little bow detail. Cute, right?

Charm Pack Tote Bag from MyPatchwork


Charm Pack Pincushion

If you’ve ever wanted to make a cathedral window quilt, but were intimidated by the pattern, I recommend getting your feet wet with one of these cute Cathedral Window Pincushions from the Moda Bake Shop.

Charm Pack Pincushion by Moda Bake Shop

Charm Pack Table Runner

Again, there are table runner tutorials all over the web, but there’s something about this one from Serendipiti Joy that I really, really like.

Charm Pack Table Runner by Serendipiti Joy

Charm Pack Bunting

Everybody loves buntings, and the fabulous thing about this one from the Suppose blog is that it’s no-sew! Love it!

Charm Pack Bunting by Suppose

Charm Pack Coasters

I love the linen accent on these coasters from Craftsnob

Charm Pack Coasters by Craft Snob

And I also love the simplicity of these ones from Flossie Tea Cakes

Charm Pack Coasters by Flossie Tea Cakes

Charm Pack Notebook Cover

Craft Apple was one of the first craft blogs I ever followed, and it’s a wealth of ideas. This pretty little notebook cover uses just 15 charm squares!

Charm Pack Notebook Cover by Craft Apple


Charm Pack Wreath

This is actually kind of ingenious. It’s from The Material Girls, and it’s a great way to change up your décor with the seasons!

Charm Pack Wreath by The Material Girls

Charm Pack Flowers

I absolutely adore these charm square flowers from The Ribbon Retreat. They would be so cute appliqued onto a quilt or a girl’s t-shirt!

Charm Pack Flowers by The Ribbon Retreat

Charm Pack Pillows

If ya’ll have been over to the shop, you know I love me some Chevrons! This zig-zag pillow tutorial is right up my alley. Sarah at Fairyface Designs used an Accuquilt Go! Cutter to make her diamonds, but you could use a diamond template as well.

Charm Pack ZigZag Pillow by FairyFace Designs

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little roundup of tutorials.  Now go use your charm packs!

Fabric Giveaway

Just a quick post to say I’m giving away some Sugar & Spice fabric on Alicia’s blog.

Alicia is a sweet gal I met on Etsy.  Her family recently bought this fabulous old farmhouse that had been so neglected, the bank doesn’t even consider it a dwelling.  And, get this:  They had three weeks and a small budget to turn it into their home. 

She’s documenting the process along the way, in a manner that is both inspiring and very entertaining.  And frankly, it makes me want to rennovate an old farmhouse.  If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, now is the time!

You can enter her giveaway for a Sugar & Spice charm pack plus coordinating fabric here.  You have until Wednesday, the 30th to enter, so hurry!

Sweet Nothings

Coming soon to my Etsy shop.  I’m so excited!


The project basketA while back, I became totally frustrated with my fabric stash.  It was full of fabrics I had purchased because they were on sale or cute but with no notion what I would use them for. Whenever I found a cute project I wanted to make, I would ransack the stash but never find anything suitable. If the fabric was right, I hadn’t bought enough.  It sounds silly, but it was so stressful.  I donated, and I am not kidding, about 100 yards of fabric to a local charity shop (unfortunately, it was about 3 weeks before I heard about IBOL – how cool would that have been).  And I swore never to buy fabric again without a specific project picked out.

I have, shockingly, been very diligent about that rule.  With the exception of a half dozen fat quarters I couldn’t resist, and a yard of Lizzy Dish I found just last week, all other fabric purchases have been deliberate, with plan in mind.

Of course, I can think of projects faster than I can crank them out.  My little to do bin is full.  What you see there is four quilts, a few small Christmas decorations, and an apron. I’m going to guess there is nearly 20 yards of fabric in there.  I guess I need to impose a new rule: no more buying fabric until the basket is almost empty!

Wishing everyone a happy and creative 2010!

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