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Book Review – Mountain Mist Historical Quilts + giveaway

I have always been intrigued with antique quilts and am fortunate to own two of them that have been passed down through my family. Each one has a story to tell, and while I never had the opportunity to meet … Continue reading

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Five things happening at Quiltmaker this week

Here’s a sneak peek at the exciting things happening on the Quiltmaker blog this week: #1. Charmed, I’m Sure with Carolyn Beam A new blog series, “Charmed, I’m Sure,” by Content Director Carolyn Beam starts Friday, August 4th. Have you … Continue reading

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GBSB LIVE Give-away Closed

EDIT: This give-away is now closed and five lucky winners have been picked from comments below and on Instagram, using random.org.Congratulations @anna_jo_sews, @chloelallen, @new_vintage_sewing, @seamsoddlouise and @vapy9…

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Win Tickets to The Great British Sewing Bee Live!

Just a quick post today for my UK based readers (or readers further afield who might fancy a trip to London in October!). There’s a new dressmaking event in town brought to us by Upper Street Events in collaboration with Love Productions who brought us The Great British Sewing Bee! The Great British Sewing Bee Live will be taking place at Excel London from 21st-24th September 2017 and there will be a whole host of things going on to entertain and inspire anyone with a passion for sewing, fashion and textiles.

It looks to have a fairly similar format to the Knitting & Stitching Show which I’ve had a brilliant time attending for the last few years. I always discover something knew and leave inspired to sew but as much as I’m interested in and inspired by all kinds of craft my real passion is sewing and dressmaking so I’m really excited to see an event focused purely on that. Plus of course anything to do with the Bee has my extra special interest as I was lucky enough to combine my work and my hobby and join the sewing team last series as fabric buyer!

There is a huge array of things on offer to do and see including dressmaking drop-in clinics, a catwalk and garment and vintage fashion galleries. Of course one of the main draws for me at this kind of event are the exhibitors stalls and there will be over 200 dressmaking and sewing suppliers offering up their goods. Of course it wouldn’t be a GBSB event without the chance to rub shoulders with prior contestants and judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young. A visit won’t be complete without attending one of the Super Theatre sessions where Jenny Eclair will be hosting two shows a day including live sewing challenges with former contestants and audience members. I’m beginning to think that a single day ticket may not be enough!

One of the things I was most impressed with when looking into the event was the variety of workshops on offer (over 250 across the four days!). They vary in length from 1-3 hours and there is pretty much something for everyone with all abilities and specialities catered for. I was really delighted to see some more advanced sessions included in their number and found plenty to interest me. I was very tempted by the fitting classes including the one on tissue fitting which is a technique I have never attempted but have also never tried machine embroidery and find the idea quite intriguing. In the end I stuck with what I love and focused the nitty gritty of sewing techniques and construction. I’ve got myself booked onto the Double Welt Pockets Workshop led by GBSB competitor Paul Clarke and am really looking forward to it.

The good news is for you guys that I have five pairs of tickets to give away! All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment below. Make sure to include your email address if it is not easily accessible on your blog profile so I can contact the lucky winners directly. You have until midnight GMT on Sunday 30th July to enter and I will announce the winners in my monthly Indie Pattern Update post on Monday. Good luck!

If you’re super keen to come along and want to book yourself a ticket then make sure to use the discount code the event organisers have been so kind to offer me to share with you. Enter the code DCS at the checkout for a £1.50 discount on adult advance ticket sales and concessions. I hope to see many of you there!

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PennyDog Vlog #7 – July 22nd 2017

I’ve finished all the blocks on the Bear in the Log Cabin quilt, and I give you an honest look at sewing the sashing, why I decided I needed to use pins for this top, my choices for backing and batting and thread. Hank makes a guest appearance and a reminder… If you subscribe to […]

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Quilt Market 2017

In May I had the awesome opportunity to explore Quilt Market for a few hours thanks to the generous ladies at Simple Simon and Co.  I had been wanting to meet liZ and Elizabeth for years, and finally got the opportunity.  Quilt Market is a trade-only show for the quilting/fabric industry.  So you can see […]

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Bloom & Grow Skirt – Free Girl’s Skirt Pattern!

Today we’re excited to release a free girl’s skirt pattern, the Bloom & Grow Skirt.  As in the past few years in July, we’re excited to join in with Simple Simon and Co. for the Skirting The Issue charity sewing event!  We’re releasing another free girl’s skirt pattern, the Bloom & Grow skirt. If you […]

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Happy Friday + Stylish Dress Book Giveaway!

Happy Friday! We are in full-on countdown mode since we are boarding Delta airlines to head out to Tokyo tomorrow. I did, however, promise Tuttle Publishing that I would do a little review of their books before I left. Given my current state of being caught up in travel preparations, I’m cheating a little because […]

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Eyelash Yarn Giveaway from Ice Yarns!

We all love fun yarn, right? Well, today, I have a giveaway for a super-fun bundle! It’s a rainbow bundle of Eyelash yarns from Ice Yarns! Keep reading for how to enter! About Ice Yarns Ice Yarns ships from Turkey, and they have the largest collection of eyelash yarn I’ve ever seen! Check out the […]

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Eyelash Yarn Giveaway from Ice Yarns!

We all love fun yarn, right? Well, today, I have a giveaway for a super-fun bundle! It’s a rainbow bundle of Eyelash yarns from Ice Yarns! Keep reading for how to enter! About Ice Yarns Ice Yarns ships from Turkey, and they have the largest collection of eyelash yarn I’ve ever seen! Check out the […]

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Giveaway: Curvy Capsule Wardrobe Patterns

As promised, we’ve got a fabulous giveaway for you associated with our Mini Capsule Wardrobe Theme Month! Combining these patterns will surely get you well on your way to a curve-friendly mini capsule wardrobe! Here’s the collection of patterns we’re giving away to one lucky winner: Muse – Jenna Cardi Colette – Moneta Dress Patterns…

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Giveaway: Curvy Capsule Wardrobe Patterns

As promised, we’ve got a fabulous giveaway for you associated with our Mini Capsule Wardrobe Theme Month! Combining these patterns will surely get you well on your way to a curve-friendly mini capsule wardrobe! Here’s the collection of patterns we’re giving away to one lucky winner: Muse – Jenna Cardi Colette – Moneta Dress Patterns…

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Grace Tankini Tester Call

For almost 1 year I’ve been working on my next pattern, and today I’m finally calling for testers to help get the Grace Tankini ready for sale!  It’s a really exciting day, and I’m so glad for everyone’s help. The Grace Tankini is a vintage inspired swimsuit with lots of options.  View A contains a […]

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Win Some of the Designer Quilt Blocks from 100 Blocks Vol. 15!

Ten lucky quilters will win the original blocks Did you think the 100 Blocks Vol. 15 giveaways were all over at the end of last week’s Blog Tour Road Rally celebration? They’re not! We have one more chance for you to win … Continue reading

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Sewing for Tweens – Pattern Choices

Today we’re going to share some things we’ve learned about sewing for tweens.  We’re going to focus on pattern choices; what’s available, what they’ll wear!  You can also check out our thoughts on fabric choices over at the Cali Fabrics blog, later next week. We’re joining the Growing Up Handmade blog tour.  It’s all about […]

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Polina Peplum and French Terry Ila

We are so excited to be a part of the Coffee + Thread patterns blog tour.  As you might know, we love Olga’s patterns, and we’ve sewn up both the Antalya dress and the Elena dress before.  For the tour, we would have loved to sew either one of those 2 dresses again, but we […]

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Win the Spring Collection!

Hey y’all – today I’ve got something fun for you – a giveaway! You can win all the patterns featured in the spring lookbook. Take a scroll through it below: Enter now through the end of the day Monday, March 27 to win. Must be 18 to enter, void where prohibited by law. One winner Read the Rest…

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Pattern Review and Giveaway: Indygo Junction Everyday Tank

Hi!  My name is Judi and I have a pattern review for you. It was my pleasure to make Indygo Junction’s Everyday Tank. Indygo Junction describes the Everyday Tank as follows: “Classic tank top which features decorative mini-pleats along the front neckline. Finish with bias along neckline, arm holes and curved hem. Available in two lengths. The…

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 48 + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome back to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along! We are down to the final quilt block. Can you believe it? We are having a giveaway to celebrate, but first let’s take one more look at this wonderful … Continue reading

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Chetnanigans Elite Hook Organizer Giveaway!

I have something very exciting to share with you!!! I’ve been fans of Chetnanigans for years. Sean and Holly are such lovely people and they make such beautiful handmade hook organizers. I’m a real sucker for gorgeous woodwork! Here’s my organizer, just as pretty as can be. When Sean told me he wanted to giveaway […]

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7 Years Of Blogging & Giveaway

Wow, how did that happen? Seven years of sharing my sewing, my life, my dog. It’s my bloggiversary today. I’ve made lots of lifetime friends, I’ve made a lot of clothes (I just chucked some out this morning!) and I’ve … Continue reading

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My Latest Obsession: God’s Eyes or Ojo de Dios and a Giveaway

You guys! Remember those fun yarn weavings from summer camp? Yah, those colorful God’s Eyes. (Did you just have a flashback?)  Well, they’re back in a big way but they’ve grown up a bit. I’m obsessed with making these little beauties right now. … Continue reading

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Kaffee Fassett’s Adventures in Color – Book Review and Giveaway

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m a bit late with this today. My computer isn’t recognizing my camera and I wasn’t able to get the photos I took onto my computer! I’ve been at the Farmers Market all day and just got home. These photos are taken with my ipho…

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Happy Friday + Sewing Happiness Winter Tour (Giveaways!)

Happy Friday, friends! I’m thrilled to announce a little blog/IG tour of sorts happening over the next couple of weeks. A few of my wonderful international sewing friends have agreed to do a feature of Sewing Happiness, and we’re doing a giveaway that includes a signed book + 45 euro gift certificate from the wonderful […]

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Another Archer and #SewingCommunityGives

Another day, another Archer. I’ve now made Grainline’s Archer shirt more than any other pattern. What can I say, I love this pattern! A classic button-down shirt with an easy fit and no darts? Sign me up! This pink and… Continue Reading

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Giveaway Winner

Last week during the Runway Skirt blog tour, we had saw so many beautiful skirts!  A huge thank you to each and everyone who sewed and modeled a Runway Skirt. Make sure you didn’t miss a single day: 12/5 Day 1 12/6 Day 2 12/7 Day 3 12/8 Day 4 12/9 Day 5 And many of you […]

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This Adorable Cookie Bag is Perfect For Your Next Cookie Exchange and a Winner

Now that the holidays are in full swing, cookie exchange season is upon us. But the last thing you should do is show up to the sugar fest with plastic-wrapped sweets resting on boring paper plates. Bah, humbug! Give your … Continue reading

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Happy Friday + Drop Top!

Happy Friday! Has it really been over four months since I posted something I made for myself?? Whoo-boy, it’s been a long time. Well, I’m bursting at the seams to tell you all about the Drop Top by Madeit Patterns today — I’ve already worn my Drop top multiple times and can’t wait to make […]

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Happy Friday + Drop Top!

Happy Friday! Has it really been over four months since I posted something I made for myself?? Whoo-boy, it’s been a long time. Well, I’m bursting at the seams to tell you all about the Drop Top by Madeit Patterns today — I’ve already worn my Drop top multiple times and can’t wait to make […]

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These Cozy Sweater Trees are Perfect For Your Holiday Decorating and a Giveaway

A funny thing happened on the way to holiday decorating this year, I started WAY before Thanksgiving. I know, I know, you’re supposed to wait until AFTER Thanksgiving, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. The past few weekends I’ve … Continue reading

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