Apr 28, 2016

Craft Party #30 with DIY Crush

Hi all, we have something new and different for you today! We are joining up with DIY Crush & Easy Sewing for Beginners as Guest Host for their LINKY PARTY this week. We love link party's because they allow us to connect with with so many amazing people! We love to see what everyone is creating and the inspiration that you kind find is endless!! Today we are going to share with you our three favorite links from last weeks party.  It was so hard to narrow it down but we loved the following links.

First up is this fantastic tutorial buy Cucicucicoo Patterns for Fabric Scrap Butterflies. If you know any about Phat Quarters you know that we have a slight obsession with fabric - hence our fabric SHOP! We are constantly sewing and have piles and piles of scrap fabric. Lisa, shared not only this sweet picture of dreamy little fabric butterflies, but also the template and tutorial to create your very own! I have a feeling my girls will be making these this summer!

With 8 kids between the two of us, Leah & I are deeply touched by our children's school teachers! They teach our children so much more than just math and reading!We truly are grateful for their services to our families. This sweet little Ruler Pencil Holder from Little Free Monkeys, is adorable! I love the fact that it is something that I could make with my children. What a wonderful way to teach your children to repay kindness by making a handmade gift for their teachers!

Another favorite from last week is Katie, from The Crafty Blog Stalker take on this Wood Decor USA Kit from Apostrophe S featuring the United States of America. I love maps and this wooden version of our country is so modern and right on trend! I was moved by the inspiration quote that she applied to her decor. Home truly is where the heart is!

To see what Denise & Domenica feel in love with last week, head over to DIY Crush! Be sure to add your newest creation to this weeks party so that we can be further inspired and delighted by all that you do! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! We also hope that you will stay connected with us on Social Media. Until next time have a great week!

Ready to party now?? We sure are! 
Let's see what you have been up to lately! It's time to show off!

What Can You Show Off?

  • free craft tutorials & patterns
  • pattern reviews (can include links to the pattern for purchase)
  • decoration with small list of how you did it
  • recipes for foods that are also kids friendly (no alcoholic recipes please)
  • business/blogging tips
  • money tips for SAHM’s and WAHM’s

What You CAN’T Show Off?

  • shops
  • giveaways
  • spam sites
  • products for sale
  • adult content
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Apr 27, 2016

The Splendid Sampler: Lina's Gift

I am back with my second completed block for the Splendid Sampler.  Since I jumped into the party after it already started, I have the opportunity to pick & choose which blocks to get working on first.
This week's block was designed by Pat Sloan & I love the story that goes along with it.  Pat describes her friend, Lina, who inspired her from the beginning of her quilting journey.  Lina taught Pat about the loving nature of quilters.  She says, "Lina’s gift helped me appreciate quilters who put thousands of hours into a project and then give it with love to someone else."  I can attest to this!  Quilters, and sewists in general, are some of the nicest, most generous people I've ever met.
Here is my block #18, Lina's Gift:
I plan to continue using fabrics from the Lavish collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics for these blocks while mixing in other fabrics from my stash.The floral print in this block is one of my favorites from Lavish, Flowered Medley
 I used Icy Mint Pure Elements for the basket pieces.The background print for this block is Triangle Gradient in Grapefruit from the Coraline collection by Camelot Fabrics.  
The Art Gallery Fabrics SALE in our shop ENDS SATURDAY!  Be sure to snatch up your favorite prints (luscious knits included!)

I am enjoying seeing how others make each block their own. Are you participating in this mystery quilt bock sew-a-long?  We'd love to see your blocks - share in the comments below!
- Leah 

Apr 22, 2016

A Splendid Sewing Adventure

I started sewing at the end of 2009, when my first child was 18 months old.  Because I was too delirious with fabric to realize how crazy I was.  I've since had two more children & my sewing adventures may just have no limits.  My first sewing projects were quilts.  There's just nothing like taking some beautiful prints and cutting them into small pieces only to stitch it all back together again into something completely new & different.  I've ventured into sewing some clothing for my children & even myself, but I am always drawn back to the appeal of a quilt.
I was thrilled to stumble upon a fabulous quilt block sew a long of sorts called The Splendid Sampler.  It is hosted by none other than Pat Sloan & Jane Davidson.  Pat describes The Splendid Sampler as "a year long 100 block 'Epic Adventure' in quilt making.  That's right:  100 blocks created by 84 designers to be released over a year.  A new block is released each Thursday & Sunday morning & we are encouraged to just jump in on the fun wherever we can.  There's a great opportunity to learn new patterns & methods an as well as make some favorites, I am sure.  My personal goal is to complete approximately one block each week.

With gorgeous prints from Lavish freshly delivered from Art Gallery, I am thrilled to get stitching on some new quilt blocks.  Who knows what new skills I will learn along the way.  You can follow my adventures on Instagram.  As of today, 20 blocks have been released, in addition to a few bonus blocks
The first block I chose to work on is block #12 Checkerboard:

I used this lovely Trellis Plaid Fresh from Katarina Roccella's latest line from Art Gallery Fabrics and paired it with Quartz Pink woven solid.  I love how the Trellis Plaid looks completely different when cut into small pieces & stitched back together.

What better excuse to buy new fabric than a fresh new sew a long?  
Art Gallery Fabrics are still ON SALE in our shop (plus a code for Free Shipping on US orders of $40 or more!  Find details in the shop or on our Facebook page)
We LOVE seeing what our customers create, so please tag us on social media with @phatquarters and #phatquartersfabric.
- Leah

Apr 15, 2016

"All the Skirts" by Skirt Fixation

Have you heard of Audrey from Skirt Fixation? She is a blast to work with and very talented behind a sewing machine! We have been honored to be part of her current season of "All the Skirts." It is such a fun chance to see the many different skirt options that one designer has. We adore the team at Simple Life Pattern Company and so we knew that this was going to be a great success! We wanted to make sure that you did not miss out on "All the Skirts" and on the GIVEAWAY that Audrey is hosting. Take a peek at the skirts she and Teri, from Fa Sew La, have made using SLPCo's diverse skirt patterns & some awesome fabric prints that you can find in our SHOP! Below you are links to help you 'Get the Look' that you love! At the bottom of this post in the GIVEAWAY so be sure to put your name in the hat!

Remix Triangles Black (Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman) -SOLD OUT

Tilly's Circle Skirt by Simple Life Pattern Company
Leaf Turquoise Organic (Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud 9) - SOLD OUT
Seaglass Peppered Cotton (Studio E)



Mar 24, 2016

Spring Break Pj Party: Tween Edition!

My ladies have yet to have their Spring Break....BUT....they have it all planned out! The first thing on their list is to build a fort in the back room where they can have a fire and a movie going while they eat popcorn and drink root-beer. Sounds like fun to me! So of course I had to join in the Party and make my ladies a new pair of PJ's. Since we are sewing from our pattern stash for this one I had to think when the last time I made the kids a pair of PJ's was. Blog to the rescue! It was...December 1st 2014... hmmm.... I guess they are in need of a new pair of PJ's. So what pattern did I find in my Stash?

This is a fun pattern that has many options. However I ran into two problems for this particular project. The first is that the size range is limited to 12 Months to 8 Years. My youngest daughter fell within the size 8 measurements still, but my older two daughters were beyond the chart. A few measurements and an extra 20 minutes and I graded the two additional sizes that I needed. Problem solved. 
The next problem is what made this pattern so fun to make again. My little girls have turned into tweens, almost overnight, and such things as ruffles and stuffed animals are out. They have been replaced by more 'tween-ish' words and styles. And so we made the Tween Edition of the Ruffled PJ's by Once Upon a Sewing Machine.
Seeing as it is Spring we made the short version of the pattern and included the optional cuff. While showing the ladies the pattern, I was informed that ruffles were 'to little girl-ish.' So we left the ruffles off and in true-to-tween-form, once they saw the simplicity of the PJ's they asked if they could look in my stash for something fancy to add onto the cuff. They came back with trims. I have to admit that I was super excited to see what they found. I love trims and these bright colors scream spring.
Each little lady wanted her own color and since the fabric I choose to use was black and white the brightness of the trim was just the touch that we needed. They were also inspired by the bright array of colors in my trim box and my jar of sharpies, and they added a hint of color to the fabric. Then of course we needed to paint our nails the same color as the trim for the pictures and all of a sudden the simple PJ's photos for mom's blog turned into practice for Spring Break spa treatments. 
A little warm water, a face scrubber, some salt scrub, a cool eye-mask and their soft besties (not to be mistakenly called 'stuffed animals' anymore - trust me I learned the hard way!) and the tween gauge was at full throttle and the perfect photo shoot began! This is such a fun phase of life to see. I did not grow up with a sister and yet this is all that I dreamed it would be!
Of course part of being a 'tween' is the momentary lapse of maturity, as they become engulfed in the joy, wonder, and ease of childhood! I have adored raising little girls, but I must admit that raising little 'tweens' is a whole lot of fun. I know that this is a small phase of life, yet I am so grateful to be able to capture these sweet moments.

Our Spring Break will begin next week and from the look of things these 'tweens' and their new PJ's will be having the time of their lives! I had so much fun tweaking OUSM's Ruffled PJ's and giving them a 'tween' styling that I think I will have to revisit a few other patterns that I have packed away as for 'little girls only!' Do you have 'tweens'? I would love to know how you have tweaked your Pattern Stash to accommodate for the ever changing styles of your tween! 

There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour! sponsorspjtour 
Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Made By Jaime to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway! We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes: Fabric Sponsors  
Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st! PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US. Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th! Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!

And now for today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by Paisley Roots. You could win both patterns: the All Spice dress and the Saffron Twirl dress! Visit Paisley Roots to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 25th at 11:59pm EST. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 7 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 26th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Want to win more prizes? Visit Sprouting JubeJube tomorrow to see what new prizes will be up for grabs as well as see the previews for tomorrow’s bloggers. You still have time to enter yesterday's giveaway! Go to Lulu & Celeste's post from yesterday to enter the giveaway that ends at 11:59pm EST tonight (March 24th)!

Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:
Monday, March 21st
Tuesday, March 22nd
Wednesday, March 23rd
Thursday, March 24th
Friday, March 25th

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