Cathedral Window Pin Cushions and A Give-A-Way!

Yippee!  I have three finishes this week.  Yes, they are small… but they are still finished!

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Next month we are doing a pin cushion swap at our quilt guild meeting.  So I hopped online, did a quick search for pin cushion patterns, and found this one by My Go-Go Life.  It was simple, it was cute, and it was modern.  After the umbrella, I needed something a little easier and quicker.  It fit the ticket!

So, I made one, and then made another, and then another…  I think I’m addicted.

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DSC_0579The monkeys even tested them out to make sure they worked.  Well, that and it kept them busy for 30 minutes and helped them develop some fine motor skills, so I was good with it.  Who knew sticking pins in a pin cushion could be so fun?

DSC_0568By the way, it’s not too late to vote for my umbrella.  Just visit the Art Gallery Fabrics board on Pinterest, and pin and like to your hearts content.    http://pinterest.com/artgalleryfab/make-it-right-apparel/  To see more information on this project, please see my writeup from last week.

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Oh, you’re still wondering about the give-a-way.  Well, you see, I only need one pin cushion for the quilt guild meeting swap, but I made three; so that means I have two extra to give away to two lucky readers.  And this is my first give-a-way ever, so I’m super excited!  All you need to do is leave a comment about this week’s or last week’s finishes, or comment and let me know that you liked and/or repinned my umbrella on Art Gallery Fabric’s Pinterest board.  Be sure to leave your email address if you are a no reply commenter.  Then next Friday, June 21st, I’ll put it through the random number generator and draw two winning names.

And the winners are Ashley & Leanne.  Congratulations!

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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Make it Right Challenge Entry Unveiled — time to vote!

So, 2 weeks ago I gave you a teaser on what I made for the Make It Right Challenge sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.  I was finally able to take some pictures on a recent visit to our beautiful Duke Gardens, and I am ready to share it with you.  Drum roll please….

It’s an umbrella and/or parasol —

DSC_0494I thought long and hard about what I wanted to make for this challenge.  I thought there would likely be a lot of quilts and bags, and I wanted to do something different and unexpected.   Before this, it never crossed my mind to recover an umbrella; but out of the top 3 things I had on my list, that was the one that just seemed to stick in my mind.

DSC_0493So I ordered the fabric and started looking for a frame.  I found a cheap 60″ umbrella on a popular online electronic commerce website.  (I definitely wouldn’t recommend what I bought for it — I had two shipped to me and they were both broken in one way or another.  I had originally thought I might turn this into a pattern, but if I do that I would need to find a better quality umbrella frame.)  And, on retrospect, maybe I should have gone with a slightly smaller version.  This 60″ wide umbrella is big enough for two!

Once I had the pattern designed, it wasn’t very hard to piece it all together.  It is pieced with Aurifil thread which stitched wonderfully.  The only broken thread I had was when I was sewing with the ‘pedal to the metal’.  Getting it on the frame though was a different story.  Let’s just say there was a lot of trial and error, and several days of refitting.  It has been treated with a waterproofing product, so although I took pictures on a sunny day (sunny days just work better for picture taking), it can be used in the rain.

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All entries are to be uploaded to AGF’s Pinterest board today.  I can’t wait to see what everyone made.  Voting is done by pinning and liking.   Please do not pin from this site since it cannot be tracked.  You actually have to pin from the Art Gallery Fabrics board on Pinterest.  Go take a look and vote for your favorite (hint, hint).  Here is a link to the challenge entries and mine is under “Make It Right – Apparel”.  http://pinterest.com/artgalleryfab/make-it-right-apparel/.

I still had about 10-days left until the deadline for submitting projects, so I thought I would just ‘throw together’ a baby quilt with the left over fabric and submit it as well.  Honeyman laughed at me in thinking I could just ‘throw’ something together – I tend to lean more towards the complicated projects rather than simple ones.  I thought it was possible, but I ended up getting sick for about 5-6 days and was not able to get it finished in time.  But here is a sneak peak of it.  Hopefully, I’ll have it finished in the next week.  Although it won’t be finished in time to be submitted for the challenge, a finish is still something to be celebrated.

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

I’m Excited!

I’m so excited today!  First, my craft room is featured on Art Gallery Fabric’s blog today.  Check it out here

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Second, I got in my Art Gallery Fabric’s fabric order today.

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I plan to participate in their ‘Make it Right Challenge’.  The prizes for the winners are awesome — cash and a swag bag full of goodies!  It doesn’t get any better than that.

I also got in the other item I need for this challenge.  But I can’t show you what that is or you’ll know what I’m making.  It’s a surprise!  I’ll post an update when I have it finished.

Their cotton fabrics are delicious.  They are so soft, silky, and smooth.  They are really easy to work with, and stitch up ever so nicely.  I participated in the monthly challenges they sponsored last year.  It was so much fun and really challenged my creativity.  I actually won one of those — it was thrilling!  Here are some of the pictures from those challenges.

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I can’t wait to start sewing!!