Well, it is obvious that I have not found much time for blogging lately. So much going on...keeping the kids busy with fun activities, hosting 2 teenagers all summer (my husband's cousin and my niece), taking care of house and garden. Then I had my trunk show a couple weeks ago!! I have been stitching up the orders and will deliver then in the next week or two. I also have an order to finish up for 10 adult outfits for the 1st grade teachers at my daughter's school. They saw the clothes I made for Leah and her buddy Reagan and asked me to make 1st day of school matching sets for all of them! So fun! I have the fittings for them this week. And then the final 10 outfits are due in a couple weeks. And I also have 100 (yes, one hundred!) bags due on September 1st. More on that later. Then preparing the new pattern collection for printing. In case you are wondering how I manage to get all this done, the answer is I don't. Something always has to give. Sometimes it is tidying up the house. Sometimes, I break from my norm of preparing home cooked meals each day and we eat out. Sometimes I don't blog. Lately it has been a mix of all of the above!!I have to admit that over the next several weeks I won't have much blog time, but will jump in with updates and giveaways as often as I can. Please bare with me and forgive these unexpected absenses!
So let's get caught up a bit. First of all, let me tell you all that I added the entire Arcadia Collection from Moda to the website. It is so stunning! It has been sitting here in the studio, waiting for me to get time to add it to the website for way too long. I have actually already cut into it and will probably be using atleast one of the items I made for a pattern cover, we'll see. (I got in a huge box of gorgeous goodies from Michael Miller Fabrics that I need to cut into first before I make final decisions on pattern cover projects!) Anyway, if you have been looking for this collection, or just like cool new collections with fresh modern designs and lovely colorways, this collection is a must see!
Next, I'd like to mention a giveaway I am sponsoring over on The Quilting Gallery. Michele does a great job with this site and has been organizing giveaways for her readers and directory members. Michele is giving away 2 $20 gift certificates to my website! So if you are looking to get ahold of something I carry, please do stop by here and toss you name in the hat for a chance to win!
I spent some time last week putting together some new fat quarter bundles. I will be selling these at my booth at Quilt Festival in October. I may find some time to put some of them up on the website. Those of you that have been with me for a while will remember that the mixed fat quarter bundles is what got me in to the whole "selling fabric" thing anyway. I love mixing up fabric lines and combining unique color and fabric combinations. Many of my own design inspiration starts from the fabric. I go around and gather together prints I want to use together and then I work out a design. I love doing this! And love to share some of my original combinations with you all through the website. I'll share pics of the some of my combos in the next post.
Today I will finally share some pictures of the sewing camps I taught at Hancock Fabrics. I know I said it before, but I had such a blast!
We started with hand sewing and progressed quickly into machine sewing. All the creations were made free style, with no store bought patterns. With one exception...one student took a second week of classes, so during her second week, I taught her how to sew from store bought patterns. This was my first time teaching groups of kids. I have taught kids one on one in the past and I have taught adult groups. The kids group provided quite some new challenges. They kept me on my toes. And in the end, we all have a ton of fun! I will eventually get all the pictures uploaded and put in a gallery here on the blog and/or on the website. But for now, here is a small sampling of some of the students and some of their projects. Remember, this was a BEGINNER Sewing Camp. Most of the kids were 8 years old. There were a couple 10 year olds, two twelve year olds and one 13 year old. Most had no previous experience. Three of the girls had sewn a little bit before. We started with the basics and progressively added on from there. The camps were Mon-Fri for 3 hours per class. So they had 15 hours of instruction with me. I think they did an amazing job, especially considering their ages, beginner skill level and the small amount of actual time spent working on the projects. I am super proud of them!
Danika designed her own outfit and I taught her how to turn her sketch in to reality!
Some of the kits I put together for the students!
I feel so inspired to keep teaching! I am working on a plan of continuing weekly classes. All the kids want to take more lessons, and I don't want to disappoint them! And they all want to have their own sewing machines (I am doing research now to find the best machines for kids/beginners). I also have requests for teen classes and adult classes...for sewing and quilting. So we'll see what I can put together for Fall.
Okay, that's it for today! I still have to update you all on the garden, fun things we've done so far over summer break, and I have another Super Summer Giveaway coming! The next one will be amazing, since I missed a couple weeks. You won't want to miss it!!!
Hugs to you all!