Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party…October Theme

Hi everyone! It's time for another October theme party. I just loved all the links you shared for last week's party, so I know this week's party is going to be even better!!

October themes…
  • Halloween crafts 
  • Halloween costume ideas
  • soup recipes
  • pumpkin recipes
  • fall decorating ideas or crafts 
  • and I'll still keep…any handmade gift ideas we can make for Christmas ( that's always an ongoing process)

If you don't have any theme ideas to post this week, you can share any idea that you have on your blog. We love any project or idea that you can add to the party. If you have older posts from previous years
that are in the theme, you can add those too. Add as many as you'd like!!

If you've never linked to Sew Darn Crafty, each week I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! It brings lots of traffic to your blog. You can add any project you'd like…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute.

If you are new to visiting linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Children's Quilt Matching and Memory Game...

Hi everyone! I know you've seen this I Spy Quilt recently in the apple core assembly post and the binding tutorial, but I'm here today to show you how to make a matching game to go along with your I Spy Quilt.

An I Spy Quilt is made of novelty print fabrics which have recognizable objects on them. This particular quilt is a baby gift for a new born. In the beginning, the quilt is great for on the floor play time, napping and playing. When the child is a little older, they can play the I Spy game…"I spy a fish. I spy an apple" etc.

quilt matching game

I was thinking, why not make another educational game for the quilt. I great matching game.

quilt matching game

 The steps are easy to make the little squares to match your quilt. Come in and see…

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to Bind an Apple Core or Scalloped Edge Quilt...

I've been sewing for most of my life and quilting for over 16 years. This past weekend while finishing up a baby quilt, I had 3 "firsts"…I sewed binding on my first scalloped edged quilt, I used store bought binding for the first time and I machine sewed it on! I've always made my own binding, but I knew with a scalloped edge it had to be on the bias for the curves and to be honest, I didn't feel like making it. I machine sewed it on, because it's a baby gift and I knew it would be washed a lot and I was pressed for time too.

I wanted to share the tutorial with you, but I always clarify first that I am a self taught quilter and learn as I go. I know there are other ways of doing this, but this is what works for me!

Here is the finished I Spy Apple Core baby quilt...

apple core quilt binding

Come on in for the instructions…lots of pictures too.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fun of the Fair…Melly and Me Pattern Book Review and Giveaway

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by. I was so excited when Rosie, from Stitch Craft Create, asked me to be a part of a blog hop for a new book release…Fun of the Fair!



Melanie McNeice is the talented Australian pattern designer of Melly and Me.  She creates adorable sewing patterns and fun fabrics, so we can create our own handmade items to share with family and friends.

Here is her newest book…

Fun of the Fair!!  

This book is filled with adorable circus themed stuff animal patterns for you to create, sew and cherish!! You can sew your own pony, elephant, lion, seal and monkey. The patterns for each design are clear and concise with step by step directions, pictures and tip and tricks along the way.


All the animals are so cute, but these seals have to be my favorite!! They are the perfect huggable size for any little one, finishing at 10 inches tall and 12 1/2 inches long.


Ok, wait…the monkey is my favorite too. That face, oh that face. It's like he's looking right at you ! Lol The patterns for the bow and his little shorts are also included!


My daughter Courtney loves elephants and this little one is on my "to do" list to tuck in her Christmas stocking. Did I mention my daughter is 23 years old. These cuties are great for all ages…young or old. The elephant comes in 2 sizes too.


This adorable lion many look difficult with all the stitching and added trim, but he's not. There is a whole guide with all the stitching techniques you'll need.


The book has all the templates you'll need too. By using different fabrics and trims, the design possibilities are endless!!


If you would love a copy of this wonderful book for yourself, here are all the links you'll need.

Stitch Craft Create's ebook…click HERE

Stitch Craft Create's books…click HERE. Click the drop down bar on the upper right to change your country's currency.

Amazon…click HERE

I hope you'll love this book as much as I do.

Click HERE for the list of all the other bloggers that were part of the blog hop the last few weeks. Hop over and see their wonderful blogs and creations!


And now for the…

Giveaway!!!

Just leave a comment sharing which little cutie is your favorite…the pony, elephant, monkey, lion or the seal!!

I will pick one winner next Monday and they will receive a print copy of the book, Fun of the Fair!


Thanks for always stopping by,
~Karen~

ps…I was not paid for this review. I did receive a copy of the ebook to review for this post.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party…October Theme Week

Hi everyone! It's time for another October theme party. I just loved all the links you shared for last week's party, so I know this week's party is going to be even better!!

October themes…
  • Halloween crafts 
  • Halloween costume ideas
  • soup recipes
  • pumpkin recipes
  • fall decorating ideas or crafts 
  • and I'll still keep…any handmade gift ideas we can make for Christmas ( that's always an ongoing process)

If you don't have any theme ideas to post this week, you can share any idea that you have on your blog. We love any project or idea that you can add to the party. If you have older posts from previous years
that are in the theme, you can add those too. Add as many as you'd like!!

If you've never linked to Sew Darn Crafty, each week I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! It brings lots of traffic to your blog. You can add any project you'd like…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute.

If you are new to visiting linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Quick and Inexpensive Halloween Gift Wrap...

Halloween is a few weeks away and I wanted to mail a goodie package to my daughter Kelsie in Disney World. The box was filled with all sorts of things, but one box of goodies was for all her roommates. I wrapped that box with a few things I had around the house and wanted to share the ideas with you.

Easy Halloween gift wrap…

Plain white craft paper you buy on the roll, black tulle (the kind on a 6 inch roll) and plastic fangs!!

Halloween gift wrap

I bought these fangs at Walmart…12 for 97 cents. That's 8 cents a piece

Halloween gift wrap

 I tied the bow and then just slipped a couple loops through the teeth.

Halloween gift wrap

Scary chic…

Halloween gift wrap

Add a spider in there too!

Halloween gift wrap

I also wanted to make gift tags for all the goodies. I found this book of scrapbooking paper in the clearance rack. It's perfect for Halloween, because it's all black and white designs.

Halloween gift wrap

The best part is the paper is 8 1/2" x 11" which is standard paper size and great for a printer.

Halloween gift wrap

This paper has  the design on one side…

Halloween gift wrap

and white on the other.

Halloween gift wrap

I used Word to insert a circle the same size as one of my paper punches…2 inch circle.

The black arrow is pointing to the "insert shape" button.

Halloween gift wrap

I copied and pasted 12 tags.

Halloween gift wrap


Halloween gift wrap

Used my punch to cut them out.

Halloween gift wrap

Quick and easy tags.

Halloween gift wrap

Just add it to the gift with a ribbon.

Halloween gift wrap


Halloween gift wrap

Here is one idea I used in the goodie box.

Inexpensive cups (4 for $1) from Walmart filled with candy and more fangs.

Halloween gift wrap

Wrap them in cellophane bags and tie off with a bow.

Halloween gift wrap

Don't forget the tags.

Halloween gift wrap

You can also add a skeleton…

Halloween gift wrap

or a spider for a scary treat!!

Halloween gift wrap


Thanks for stopping by,
~Karen~

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