Sunday, September 30, 2012

Remember September Prize Winners!

Thank you all so very much for sewing along this month in support of our deployed service men and women. It has been an honor and inspiration to be a part of this project and I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if our final counts end up doubling our original goal of sending 100 handmade gifts to our troops as our album has 183 items in it! That is wonderful! Melissa and I share our gratitude for each and every item sewn!

Now for the lucky prize winners randomly selected from all of the entries in our album...

Entry #50 yankeequilter you win, From The Intrepid Thread - A Fat Quarter Stash Builder Bundle
Entry #111 magpiemcq you win, From Sew BitterSweet Designs - Zakka Style project book

Entry #18 Sherill G you win, From Fat Quarter Shop - $35 Gift Certificate

Entry #69 A Home, Made you win, From Sew BitterSweet Designs - Deploy That Fabric project book

Entry #93 sweetboatrchick you win, From Contemporary Cloth - Alexander Henry Fat Quarter Bundle

Entry #141 shimmyblisster you win, From Contemporary Cloth - Daisy Janie Shades of Grey Fat Quarter Bundle

Entry #53 Jill D 123 you win, From Contemporary Cloth - Simpatico Fat Quarter Bundle

Entry #162 jadzia512 NO RESPONSE New Winner selected 10/3/12, Entry #172 grecomara you win, From Contemporary Cloth - Daisy Janie Geo Grand Charm pack & 1/2 yard each of Hip Squares, Caravan

Sis Boom Fabrics
Entry # 133 Sue W. you win, From Sis Boom - A FABULOUS & HEFTY Fabric Bundle

Congratulations and Enjoy!!! I know you will! :)
Thank you to all the amazing sponsors that provided these incredible gifts!
And once again, thank you all for sewing along!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

FINAL DAY for Remember September Sewing!!!

Wow....can hardly believe the post title I just typed. It's ALREADY the END of September????

Well, with that comes the end of our monthly project. If you are sewing for Remember September, and wish for your donations to qualify as entries in our PRIZE GIVEAWAYS tomorrow, please be sure to have your photos in our Remember September Flickr album by 9 AM (EST) tomorrow morning, Sunday Sept. 30th. I will draw, announce and email the winners some time after that.

When you are ready to ship, just email requesting the address.

Thanks so much for another very successful month of sewing to share!

Friday, September 28, 2012

PDF Pattern Sewing Essentials

The more I sew with PDF patterns the more I find certain things make my process easier and more enjoyable, so today I thought I'd share a few of those things that have become "sewing essentials" for me.

First up is a paper trimmer. I happened to have this one already from scrapbooking, but it has quickly become my sewing room tool as it makes trimming my printed pattern pages quicker and more precise. This has really sped up the time it takes to assemble the pattern pieces, which I appreciate very much since I'd of course rather be sewing! :) You can find paper trimmers of all different sizes at most any craft or hobby store.

Secondly, GOOD tape. I've been accused of being a "tape snob", but after years of helping make gift baskets for our family's florist, I can undoubtedly proclaim that all tape is NOT the same! :) My personal favorite is the Red Scotch. It holds very well, even when I print my pattern pieces on cardstock, and it is perfectly smooth and clear. Using good tape means that I don't have to reprint the pattern pieces again if I want to store and reuse my pattern later since it helps the pieces to stay together as they were originally put. Other tapes will loose their "sticky" and even roll up around the edges causing the pattern pieces to shift. (if my husband is reading this, he is TOTALLY rolling his eyes at me right now! lol!!!) Maybe a small thing, but this is certainly a preference for me. 

Lastly, with so many great PDF patterns available it can be very easy to accumulate quite a collection. I  had to find a way to keep everything neatly organized so that I could find what I was looking for and not accidentally purchase the same pattern again....not that I've ever nearly done that or anything! ;)

When I first started using PDF patterns, I would print and bind the complete pattern instructions in clear presentation folders. I would also print the pattern pieces which were kept in an envelope within the folder. Additionally, I would burn the pattern to CD and store it with the pattern. As my PDF pattern collection  has grown, this has been impossible to maintain due to storage and cost. So....a new plan!

Now, I have a Pattern folder stored on my computer. Within the folder I have additional files for specific pattern designers that I own a large number of patterns from and then category files for the others. Now, when I'm ready to sew, I print only the pattern pieces and pull the pattern instructions up on my computer to follow along. I have a designated basket that holds all of my printed and labeled pattern pieces should I want to sew the pattern again. 
I also back up my pattern downloads to this PINK memory stick. It's PINK so it doesn't end up in hub's collection! ;) Everyone knows this is MAMA'S!

And then I have this little book...
This little book offers me a tangible list that is easy to flip through whether I am shopping for a new pattern or looking for sewing inspiration. Being a hands-on person, this little book is a necessity to me and helps me to easily see what I have available at a glance.

Thanks to the clever suggestion of a reader, I also now have a board on Pinterest specific to my pattern stash called "Pattern Collecting". It's so nice to be able to look in one place, and see all the patterns I have available to sew!  

So there you have it...a few of my PDF Sewing Essentials. 
For other items that I consider essential or especially helpful in my sewing room, just search "sewing essentials" in the tab in the sidebar.
Simple things that make sewing even more enjoyable!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pattern Review - Square Ruffle Skirt by Elysium

What do Apple.....Autumn.....and Absolutely Adorable have in common?
This sweet skirt! Brace yourselves for an "A+" of a pattern!

This is the Square Ruffle Skirt by Elysium.

The fabric is Apple by Timeless Treasures. I've been holding onto this fabric for far too long now and am trying to get it sewn up into new Fall items for my girlies. I absolutely love how this skirt turned out in these fun prints! Being that there were so many different prints from the collection that we wanted to use, I was concerned about finding a pattern that could attractively handle all the activity, and I think this pattern does so very well. 
 I used the coordinating green swirl for the waistband and the backs of each of my squares for the hem.

This skirt offers such a fun and unique design that my daughter instantly loved! It's different from any other skirt she has. The pattern was very easy to follow and surprisingly quick to sew. A project I think any level of seamstress would enjoy. With girls in our home from ages 2-13, I especially appreciate the  size range of 2T - 12 years. My daughter wears a store bought 11/12, so I made her the size 12 and it fits great.
 The pattern comes in PDF format and the pattern pieces require only 5 pages to print. The instructions are very well written with illustrations and photographs to assist you in creating a one-of-a-kind skirt you'll be proud to say you made!
You can find the pattern in the Elysium pattern shop here.

Sewing Experience Level: Beginner
Size Range: 2T - 12 years
Special Techniques: Elastic waistband.
Pattern Format: PDF
Materials Used: Cotton woven prints. Collection - Apple/Timeless Treasures
Personal Notes: A very satisfying sewing experience that provides a unique, easy to wear skirt. A skirt I can definitely see myself making again.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beautiful Friends!

I'm so very privileged to be able to share these beautiful pictures with you!
If you helped sew shorts for our July Monthly Project, the bundle being sent to Ghana, Africa has been delivered by the Feeding the Orphans team! See if you see any of the ones you made....

Photographs provided by Feeding the Orphans. Please use only with their permission.

It delights me to see the shorts where they were needed and made to be!
The shorts were part of a greater outreach as you can see in some of the pictures. Little girls were provided dresses while the little boys got our shorts and many even received new shoes too! You can learn more about the service and outreach efforts of Feeding the Orphans on their website here, and follow along on facebook here.

The shorts going to Cambodia are packaged and ready. My friend was actually in Cambodia while we were sewing and will be traveling again end of Oct./early Nov. so I will of course keep you posted on when those safely arrive to their destination.
Thank you again for sewing along and being a part of Hopeful Threads! May these photos provide encouragement and proof that Every Stitch Matters!!!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Daisy Janie GEO GRAND Charm Pack Giveaway!

The warm and creative Jan behind Daisy Janie sent fabric in support of this month's project, including a lovely GEO GRAND Charm Pack for us to give away to one of you!

Like all Daisy Janie collections, the Geo Grand is a gorgeous blend of unique colors and designs printed on 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Fabric.
If you'd like to add this beautiful stack to your collection, simply follow the prompts below to enter.

Good Luck to all!!!
Giveaway open to all. Winner to be announced and emailed 9/28/12 and expected to respond within 48 hours to claim prize or alternate winner will be selected.

Thank you so much Daisy Janie for your support of our sewing outreach!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sew Much Comfort

I'm honored to get to share another inspiring outreach to service men & women, Sew Much Comfort
From their website...

"Our Mission: To provide custom-made adaptive clothing, free of charge, to all wounded service members from current conflicts and from all branches of the military and National Guard. We wish to aide in their recovery, provide a tangible reminder of our gratitude for their sacrifice and give them an added measure of comfort, dignity and freedom as they recover from their injuries and return to everyday life."

The smiling faces of those sewing for this outreach in the images on their site confirm the heart behind it all beautifully! Take a moment to visit their website and learn more!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fabric Outlet GIVEAWAY!!!

Fabric Outlet has been a sponsor at Hopeful Threads for several months now and today she has a surprise for you!!!

 Kim, the owner, offers a fully functioning, brick & mortar quilt shop in Yucca Valley, CA. And for you on-line shoppers, a NEW website is in the works, but for now, you can order through her facebook page where she has loads of weekly specials and sales, including her infamous "$5 Fridays" where she offers quality, name brand fabrics for ONLY $5 a yard!
I'm tellin' don't want to miss it!

To order, you simply make a comment with the yardage amount under the picture of the fabric you are interested in purchasing, and then send Kim a message with your order details and paypal email for invoicing. Easy as that! And she always includes little treats and bonuses in your bundle like buttons, ribbon or even extra fabric! Such fun!!!

 Today, you have the chance to win $25 Shop Credit to Fabric Outlet!
Enter here...


First time customers, when you message your FIRST ORDER to Kim, include the code "HopeFirst" and you will receive 20% off her already discounted prices! WOW! 
Click the image below to start shopping.

**Please Note** Shop credit good towards merchandise only, does not apply to shipping.

Thank you so much for this generous giveaway & discount Fabric Outlet!
Good Luck to All!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

American Hero Quilts / Aussie Hero Quilts

Ok quilters....this one is especially for you! :) 
American Hero Quilts is doing some very special work!!!

From their website:
"American Hero Quilts were born out of the love and compassion of one determined Washington State woman. Her dream is that each of our injured troops...receive a "hug" of appreciation. These "hugs" are exceptional patriotic, heirloom quality quilts."

As you scroll the the pages and images on the site it is clear this group is determined about their goal! The Gallery is packed with the most beautiful images of carefully and lovingly crafted quilts.

Read through some of the testimonials and comments and you will instantly see clearly the amazing impact this outreach is having on individuals and their families....on both ends of the and receiving!

You can also learn about an Aussie blogger doing a similar thing to support their service men and women here! Love it!!!
AHQ Blog Button

Both very meaningful and inspiring outreach efforts!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Operation Showers of Appreciation

Another organization providing memorable and meaningful baby showers for service men & women is Operation Showers of Appreciation.

Learn more about the work they do, how they got started and how you can be a part on their website, .

You can also find them on facebook here!
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