Saturday, October 27, 2012

autumn washi.

I made a new washi tunic yesterday.
Phew, that was a crazy week.  Steve was gone on a hunting trip, so it was just me and the kiddos.  He is my favorite person and the best dad, so we are all a little lost without him when he is gone.  He will be home any minute, I can't wait.  Life can resume as normal.

Liberty washi tunic
My love affair with garment sewing continues!  I made my second Washi earlier on in the month.  My first was a dress, so this time I tried out the tunic.  I really like my dress but I LOVE this top.  I used a beautiful print from Liberty of London's Bloomsbury Garden line, isn't it the perfect autumn print? 

Liberty washi tunic
I went sleeveless and used the traditional washi neckline for the first time.  I really thought the cutout was cute,  but after making a top with it, I love it even more!  It is so unique, a nice little touch.  I like it sleeveless, it fits perfectly under my mustard yellow cardigan.  Plus, I feel like those little sleeves, which look adorable on everyone else apparently, just don't work on me.  I feel like a football player!

Liberty washi tunic
I cut out another washi top already.  This one will have the 3/4 length sleeves from the Tova top.  Did you see Rae's new tutorial for her long sleeves?  That dress is adorable!  I might have to switch mine up, the elastic at the cuffs looks so comfy.

Liberty washi tunic
xo, Ang

PS - Thanks to all who entered the Sweet Celebrations giveaway!  The winning comment is from SewLindaAnn:  "My fave line has always been Authentic by Sweetwater. (Love all the garments you've made, the tanks and dress are really great. Your shawl is stunning, can't believe it's your first!)"

If you haven't already heard from the kind people at Moda, you will be soon!  I hope you enjoy your book and fabric. :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

on the same page.

Blocked my new honey cowl! So soft and drapey and cozy. Up next- Avery cowl! (yarn for this honey cowl is Madeline Tosh silver fox on vintage)

I went to the Sewing Summit for the second time this past weekend.  Did I tell you that?  This isn't quite a recap post, that is coming soon.  This post is to share with you what I learned, and it is been floating around my head all week.  I guess it is time I finally write it down.  It is kinda wordy, so please bear with me. :)

I've been through a bit of a blogging drought.  If you have been reading for awhile, you can probably tell.  I started blogging nearly 4 years ago, back when I kept an etsy shop.  It was a way for my customers to know me.  That quickly changed once I became active in the online sewing community.  I started reading sewing blogs, and I wanted to share what I was sewing for my home, family, and friends, not just what was going on in the shop.  I think I was quickly classified as a quilting blog and I had plenty of "sewing time" on my hands with sleepy babies.  I was blessed with many real friendships through blogging.

Fast forward to today.  Now I have a 2, 4, and 6 year old, and not much time to sew.  My projects have mostly switched to portable items (like knitting) and smaller projects (like garment sewing, bags, pillows, etc).  I still quilt, but it is a lot harder for me to do since I don't have big chunks to devote to bigger projects.  In all honestly, I was starting to feel like maybe my blog readers weren't interested in what I was making lately, since they originally were drawn to my quilts.  And they just aren't happening now. My blog became pretty quiet.

Then I went to Sewing Summit.  So many of you, my readers, came up and introduced yourselves to me.  You shared with me how after you read my blog, you were inspired.  Inspired to knit a cowl, tackle socks and sweaters, sew a farmer's wife block, take a break from your farmer's wife blocks (because sometimes you just need a break), sew clothing for yourselves (even if it is scary at first), and more.  You told me that you were inspired to create when you had the time, just because you love it and need to do it. 

I was and continue to be humbled.  I truly believe that I desire to create because I serve a creative God.  He gave me the ability and talent, and the idea that He uses me in some small way to inspire others blows me out of the water.  It humbles me and brings me to tears.

So I want to thank you so much for your support and encouragement.  To all of you that introduced yourselves at the Sewing Summit and shared these things with me, and also to those of you that take the time to read my blog and leave me comments.  It means the world to me. I hope you know that. 

I had been thinking about closing down my blog, I think that I lost my way for a bit.  Now I feel focused again, and I see that this little space has meaning and a purpose.  I will continue to be me and blog simply because I enjoy it.  I'll share what I'm working on, and bits and pieces of my life, too.  This includes my faith and my family because they are entwined in all I am and do.  There is no way that I can leave them out. 

Thanks for letting me share this with you.  Despite the fact that I blog for the whole world to see, I am actually a very private person.  It is really hard for me to open up about this kind of thing.  I'm glad we are on the same page now. :)

with love, Angela

PS - That is my new honey cowl and Tova pictured above, I'm in love!  More details on the cowl can be found here on my ravelry page, and a Tova post is coming soon.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sweet Celebrations - blog tour and giveaway!

Hi friends, both old and new!  Today is my day to share Sweet Celebrations with Moda Bake Shop Chefs. This is the latest book by the talented folks over at Moda, and it is full of projects designed by the bake shop chefs.  Made from precuts, these projects can be used to celebrate holidays and special occasions all year long. 
 
Make sure to read to the end...
I am giving away a copy of Sweet Celebrations AND my favorite Moda precut!
 
 
I am thrilled to be a contributor in this book!  It is such an honor for me.  The falling leaves quilt, table runner, and placemats in the photo above are my projects.  Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and I had a lot of fun designing and sewing projects for that season. Moda Bella warm pastel solids and crossweaves are gorgeous and so fun to work with.
 
 
To spice up our blog tour, Moda sent along some questions for us to answer.
 
1. Do you prefer to celebrate wtih cupcakes, cake pops, or just plain old cake?
I have quite the sweet tooth, so I love them all!  However, when I choose a cake for my own birthday, I always go with a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.  It is my favorite by far!
 
2. What is your favorite part of quilting - fabric selection, piecing, quilting, binding - and why?
My most favorite part of quilting is binding.  Nothing beats snuggling up on the couch under a new quilt while handstitching the binding down.  I love it.
 
Single Girl quilt
 (more pictures of my Sherbet Pips Single Girl quilt are here)
 
3. How do you press your seams?
I mostly press seams to the side so that the pieces lock together when I'm sewing.  If I am working on a block with alot of pieces, I press open to reduce bulk.
 
4. What sewing accomplishment are you the most proud of?
I am most proud of my Farmer's Wife blocks.  I have 56 of those little 6" blocks finished, and I love them.  They are fun to piece, and each one feels like an accomplishment.  I am looking forward to getting back to this work in progress... I want a big, scrappy, queen sized FW quilt for my bed!
 
FWQAL - so far
(more pictures/posts on my FW quilt are here)

5. Do you prefer a corner piece or a center piece when eating cake?  Or do you not like to discriminate?
Oh, corner piece every time.  That way I get more icing. :)

 
Since my projects are autumn themed, I am sharing with you my favorite fall recipe - the Great Pumpkin dessert!  It is so wonderful, especially when it is served warm with french vanilla Cool Whip or ice cream on top.
 
 
 
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED - Thank you for participating!
Now for the giveaway!  In order to win one free copy of Sweet Celebrations and a fat 8th stack of Moda fabrics, leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite Moda fabric line is!  The deadline to enter is October 14th.  The winner will be randomly selected from the comments below and contacted via email.  Only US participants will receive the actual book - winners with an address outside of the US will receive an e-book.
 
Make sure you visit all of the other blogs on the tour!  You can collect recipes at each spot, and enter in giveaways there as well.  Thanks so much for stopping!!
 
October 1 – StashBooks and Moda Cutting Table

October 2 – Melissa Mortenson and Melissa Corry
October 3 – Mary Lane Brown and Natalia Bonner 
October 4 – Lissa Alexander and Corey Yoder
October 5 – Jane Davidson and Angela Yosten
October 8 – Angela Mitchell *that's me!* and Ellie Roberts
October 9 – Katie Blakesley and Aneela Hoey
October 10 – Amy Smart and Angela Pingel
October 12 – Moda Bake Shop
October 14 - Readers have until midnight on the 14th to comment on all the blogs for the giveaways!
 October 19 - Winners announced on all the blogs!
 
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED - Thank you for participating!
 
best wishes,
Angela