Sunday Stash #11

Oh happy day, today, thanks to Molli Sparkles I have the great glittery honour of hosting Sunday Stash.

If you’re a regular reader you might be aware that I’m all signed up to Fabriholics Anonymous so maybe you’re wondering why on earth I’m hosting Sunday Stash.  I could have used it as a good excuse to buy fabric just for the purposes of this post but I didn’t. For those of you that know me well you’ll probably know that I’m stubborn and once committed to something that is it.

So instead of new fabric I’ve pulled out some gorgeous ones from my stash that remain unused and in the case of charm packs unopened too:

FQ bundle of Novella

I am still pretty smitten by this fat quarter bundle of Novella by Valori Wells, it’s been in my stash for 18 months and it’s probably time I opened it up and sewed something with it. I want to make another plus quilt and think that this might be just perfect for it, however I’m open to suggestions.


Next up are 2 charm packs of Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille, I really like this line and as all I have of it are charm packs I’m waiting for the right project to use them in, they have however been in my stash for almost 2 years!


I also have 2 charm packs of Wishes by Sweetwater, it’s a really cheery line with some lovely text prints in and guess what? I’m waiting for the perfect project for them!


There has been one sewing related item enter the house this week, not fabric but a book; Little One Yard Wonders sent to me by Storey Publishing for review.  There are a stack of gorgeous projects in there (101 to be precise) I’m pondering which to make first and for who I have already started cutting out a pair of shorts for my middle child! 


I’ve rifled through my stash of fabric, notions and patterns and come up with a bunch of items to give away to one lucky Sunday Stash linkerupper (yes that is now a real word):


There are 2 quarters of some of my favourite Jay McCarroll prints from his Garden Friends line, a fat quarter of Quilt Pirates by Michael Miller, a quarter of Alexander Henry Home Sewing is Easy comic strip print and the spools print.  The winner will also receive 2 yards of tape measure twill ribbon, a new, unused Steam Punk quilt pattern by Jen Kingwell and a packet of fabric grips which are wonderfully useful for sticking on the back of your rulers to stop them slipping around while you’re cutting!  The giveaway is open to anyone linking up below wherever you may be in the world.  I’ll use RNG to select a winner and announce it in a weeks time.

Now, show us your fabrics/notions!

1. Link up a blog post welcoming any new sewing supplies to your stash.

2. If it is fabric from your existing stash that you’ve showcased before, please use new photos with as much natural light as possible, and provide as many manufacturing details about the fabric.

3. Please try to leave a comment on at least two other links. We want this to be a safe space for sewing supply collectors, after all!

4. Grab the button, and proudly proclaim you endorse Sunday Stashing!

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Vintage Sheet Strings – Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day (now closed)

Giveaway now closed, winner announced here

Welcome to new and regular readers of my blog.  Here I write about my sewing projects and fabric acquisitions, feel free to stay and browse.

Just over 2 years ago I opened my etsy shop selling vintage sheet fabrics from my rather large stash. I’ve sent fabric all over the world and I am continuously amazed and delighted at people’s enthusiasm/obsession for vintage sheets.  I’ve used them in quilts, cushions, bags and bunting:

Vintage Sheet Bunting

My goal for May for the #ALYoF is to make a vintage sheet quilt top and after a bit of indecision I opted for a string quilt. So it seemed like a great idea to enable one of you to join me in my current stitchy plan.

These are the blocks I’ve made so far:


You might be able to guess that there has been no planning, just string after string pulled from the pile, I think it’s looking pretty good so far.  I’ve use Ashley’s tutorial and I’m using a 10.5″ paper rather than 7″.

So today I am giving away a pack of vintage sheet strips for you to make your own quilt blocks.  The pack contains 450g (approx 16oz) of vintage sheets strips. Strips range in size from 1″ – 3″ wide and 5″ – 18″ long. In a sample pack there were 170 strips, however packs are made up by weight so the number of strips may differ. Each pack contains at least 20 different prints.


To enter:
Please leave a comment below telling me about your vintage sheet memories or why you’d love to win.

For additional entries:
Visit my etsy shop and add it to your favourites – leave an additional comment to say you’ve done that.
Tweet about the giveaway using the tweet button at the bottom of this post, then leave a comment with the tweet link.

That’s 3 possible entries.

Giveaway open internationally.
Giveaway closes at 5pm PST on Friday 16 May.
Duplicate entries will be deleted.
Winner will be picked by True Random Number Generator and notified by email and by update to this post.
Please ensure that your email is linked to your profile or left in your comment so that you can be contacted if you win.

AND for all of you there is a discount code for 15% off everything in my etsy shop this week, use code SMS14 at checkout.

Thanks for visiting, now click on over to Sew Mama Sew and enter some more giveaways.


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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

Hello and welcome to my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway. If you’ve been here before you may know that I have a soft spot obsession  for vintage sheets, my latest project which is awaiting quilting is this:

Scrappy Trip Around the World using vintage sheets scraps

Yes it’s a Scrappy Trip Around the World in vintage sheets using fabrics from stash, in fact many were from my scraps bin.

I’ve very recently (i.e. last week) added fat quarter bundles of vintage sheets to my Etsy shop and thought it would be fun to give away some away to a lucky reader.

Pink and Blue Fat Quarter Bundle of Vintage Sheets

All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter form below, you can simply enter once by answering the question or you can choose to increase your chances by completing the other options.  The winner will receive 10 vintage sheet fat quarters in the colours of their choice (e.g. pink, blue or a mix).

Yellow and Orange Fat Quarter Bundle of Vintage Sheets

I’ll be running another round of the Vintage Sheet Fat Quarter swap in the new year for the UK and Ireland, if you’re interested please join the Flickr group.

Vintage sheet charms

Last but not least I’m offering you 20% off all items in my etsy shop this week, so if you’ve been eyeing up charm packs or the new bundles of FQ’s now is the time to buy. Use code: SMS13 when you check out.

Good luck and have fun entering the other giveaways.

I’ve closed the comments on this because people were leaving them here rather than on the rafflecopter widget.  If you want to enter please click the rafflecopter link.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Lola the Owl and a Gingercake giveaway

**before you get your hopes up I’m not giving away a baked Gingercake**

A month or so ago a lovely email popped into my inbox from Virginia of Gingercake, it was a request to take part in her Handmade Gift Series.  I was delighted and flattered as I’ve been a fan of Gingercake patterns since I came across them a few years ago.

I’ve used the Love Your Lunchbox pattern:

Love Your Lunch Box

It’s been used every school day for 2 and half years and it’s still going strong.

I’ve made 20 or so of the Mini Crayon Art Folio (found as a bonus in the Crayon Art Folio pattern):

To the rescue - crayon wallet

You may well have seen one or more of the many journal covers I’ve made using the Notebook Slip Cover pattern as a starting point:

Selvedge notebook/journal covers

So I was given the opportunity to choose another pattern to try out and chose Lola the Owl.

Now Virginia initially made this pattern up as a cushion but what I was really taken with was the pattern variation of making an owl bag.

I had a browse through my fabric stash and none of the fabrics really grabbed my attention, so I then had a think about what I had in my vintage/thrifted stash and found the perfect fabrics.

Lola the Owl bag

As expected the pattern was easy to follow (once I’d found my felt stash anyway!).  I decided to omit the closure option of velcro or a magnetic snap.

Lola the Owl bag

The one change I did make to the pattern was to make the strap adjustable with the use of buttons and buttonholes:

Lola the Owl bag

So it can grow with your child (or be borrowed by you if you fancy!).

What I really needed was a child to model the bag for me, neither of the girls could find time in their busy schedules to help out (truth be told we had just got back from the library and books were far more exciting!).  So a small boy in an owl hat was enlisted and pulled some especially cute faces:
Lola the Owl bag
Virginia has kindly given you the chance to win a copy of the pattern so you can make your very own Lola bag or pillow just in time for giving as a gift, simply enter using the Rafflecoptor form below.

AND as an added bonus you can use the code: GINGERCAKE to take 15% any orders placed in my Etsy shop through until Saturday 30 November, so you can stock up on vintage sheet fabrics to use for your holiday crafting.  Grab yourself some vintage sheet fat quarters which are new to the shop:


Or treat yourself to a charm pack of 21 different prints (42 charms total), all sourced in the UK:

Vintage Sheet Charm Squares (5")

Thanks to Virginia for inviting me to be part of this series, check out her blog for links to others taking part and for more chances to win.


Disclaimer: I was given the PDF pattern for the purposes of this series;  all views are my own.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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And the winner is…

First of all thanks to everyone who stopped by for the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day, I was amazed at the number of you who would like to win one of my Texty Triple Zip pouches.

Triple zip pouches

I have been reading through comments but I’ve not been able to respond as it’s been a difficult week here with school trips, a birthday, a life changing health diagnosis for my husband and the continuation of building chaos.  I will get back to anyone who had queries or specific comments.

But without further ado the winner is:

I’ll be emailing Tammy shortly to get her mailing details and to find out if she’d like scraps in her pouch.

Sadly you can’t all be winners but you could make your own pouch using Debbie’s tutorial here.

Don’t forget there is still time to save 15% off any purchase in the shop through till tomorrow 12th May using code: SEWMAMASEW.


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Giveaway Day is here again – now closed

Hello and welcome to all of you lovely people visiting for the first time as part of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day and happy Monday to all my regular readers, especially if you’re in the UK where it’s a bank holiday.

I’m Mary, I live in the south west of England with 3 young children and a wonderful husband.

I love to sew and to support my sewing/fabric habit a year ago I opened an Etsy shop as an outlet for my excessive vintage sheet collection, thanks to all you who been helping me out by buying the kits and charm packs over the year!  As a little extra treat on top of the giveaway, use code: SEWMAMASEW to take 15% off any purchase in the shop through till next Sunday 12th May.

Last summer I started teaching some workshops which has been great fun.  One of the classes is a zip pouch workshop and earlier this year I took part in the Triple Zip Along, (yes using not one but three zips in a pouch) and made two pouches that are very similar.

Triple zip pouches

I used some text print fabrics from a charm swap and I mentioned at the time that didn’t need two pouches and at some point I would give one away.  Now seems as good a time as any to do just that.

Triple zip pouches

I’m happy to fill the pouch with scraps too if you’re a fan of scraps!

So to be in with a chance of winning it’s simple; just leave a comment below telling me what was the last thing you sewed and who it was for.

The giveaway closes on Friday May 10th at 5pm (PST) (which I believe is midnight here in the UK, funnily enough I’ll probably be asleep so any comments left after this time will be deleted!).  I will use the Random Number Generator to select the winner who will be notified by email and announced on the blog.  Please ensure that I have a way of contacting you by email.

Thanks for stopping here and good luck with this and all the other giveaways listed on the Sew Mama Sew blog!

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Giveaway – Ruby Star Wrapping

You may recall back in December I made this inside out box:

Inside-Out Box - Ruby Star Wrapping

and blogged about it here, entering it into the Sew Mama Sew Ruby Star Wrapping Contest.

Well imagine my delight to discover that I won 4th place!  You can see below what Melody wrote about my entry:

Ruby Star Wrapping Contest - 4th place

Yes there was a bit of a happy dance in this house.  Recently I received a parcel from Melody with some prizes:


A copy of the book, 2 fat quarters of her gorgeous fabrics, some trim, a lovely handwritten note and a couple of her super cool stickers.  You can probably work out that I already have a copy of the book (otherwise I wouldn’t have entered the contest).

So, that means I have a spare copy and I thought I’d share my winnings and give it away to one of you along with some other bits and pieces:

Ruby Star Wrapping giveaway

1m of tape measure ribbon (2cm wide 100% cotton), 130cm of my very own handmade valentines sticky tape, 1m of mint ric rac, 1m of pink floral trim and a fat quarter of Amy Butler home decor weight fabric from her Nigella range.

It’s a great book and it’s not just for those of you who sew, there are a number of projects that are just cutting and sticking, even a recipe for cookies if you like to bake.

So how to enter, UK/Ireland entries only please – my carbon conscience tells me it’s slightly crazy to be posting the book off on a travel overseas again!

I’m using Rafflecoptor for the first time, I think it works, please shout if it doesn’t!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Spread the Love – Valentines blog hop

Emily came to play today, I cleaned the floor so she could baste a quilt, she sewed and I instructed and pressed, oh and I admired her new dress!   No photo’s were taken – we were too busy gassing!

Really I’m just popping in to let you know about this event organised by Jennifer which starts next week:


I’m sponsoring a giveaway at the end of the month, be sure to check the participating blogs:

Here’s the line-up:

Blog: Ellison Lane – Giveaway: During Quiet Time
Be there or miss out!

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Birthday gifts and a giveaway winner

The end of another week and another amazing Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway day.  Thank you to all those who visited, for your lovely birthday wishes and welcome to all the new subscribers.

Before I announce the giveaway winner I thought I’d share photo’s of some of my birthday goodies:

Gorgeous brooches from my girls

My gorgeous daughters bought these for me, made by a very talented lady, Lucky Lulu.  We are lucky enough to have her living local to us and she had a stall at the Craft Jam at Exeter Castle last weekend and the girls sneaked off and spent their savings.

I had been wanting some ‘tape measure’ fabric for a while, Tobit even searched for some on his trip to San Francisco last year, the other day an email landed in my junk folder and as I was just about to delete it and something caught my eye ‘fabric on sale’.  So I headed over to the Fabric Guild and found some great fabrics for only £4.95 a yard, which in the UK is a bit of a bargain (and they had some not so nice stuff for even less).  I duly sent the link to my husband and low and behold on my birthday I received this:

Tape Measure fabric

A yard of each colour from the American Jane Recess range.  Fabric shoppers be aware the postage charge is calculated as you put stuff in the basket.  This lot was quoted at £5 to post which funnily enough Tobit thought was quite a lot.  Later in the week he discovered that they had only charged him £2.70.  I’d say they are missing a trick, I, for one am put off by expensive postage.

Oh yes and the chocolate cake was delicious and has all disappeared somewhere!

So without further ado I’ve put the numbers in and the winner of the vintage sheet charms is…

who is:

Congratulations Rachael, I’ve sent you an email and will get this off to you as soon as I have your address.

And remember if you didn’t win there is still a chance to get a 15% discount in my shop using the code SMS1212 until tomorrow 9 December 2012 at 9pm (UK time).

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day – sewing and craft supplies (now closed)

Hello and welcome to all of you lovely people visiting for the first time as part of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day and happy Monday to all my regular readers.

I’m Mary, I live in the south west of England with 3 young children and a wonderful understanding husband who for the most part supports my sewing habit whole heartedly (even fabric shopping for me when on trips to the US), oh and today is my birthday.

Back in May I opened an Etsy shop as an outlet for my excessive vintage sheet collection, thanks to all you who been helping me out by buying the kits and charm packs!

Vintage Sheet Charm Squares (5")

Today I’m giving away 3 packs of vintage charms – 126 charms in total.  You could use them to make some baby quilts or to make one big quilt.  I’ve made a few baby size quilts and would love to make a large one using my charms so I’m hoping that giving away some packs will motivate me to get on and make one.

Chevron quilt made with vintage sheets

Vintage sheet baby quilt

The charm packs will include a selection of fabrics the same or similar to the ones here:

Vintage Sheet Charm Squares 5"

I’ll also enclose a pack of Vintage Fabric Tape, made by me using up scraps from my charm cutting.

Vintage Fabric Tape

And just as a thank you for visiting and because it’s my birthday, this week I’m offering you 15% discount in my shop using the code SMS1212 until Sunday 9 December 2012 at 9pm (UK time).

To enter please leave a comment telling me what you are most looking forward to doing this week, I’m looking forward to eating chocolate cake with sour cream that my husband and middle child baked yesterday afternoon.

For additional entries you can:
Subscribe to my blog (top right of this page)
Add my Etsy shop to your favourites
Like my Facebook page

Just leave an additional comment letting me know any of those you do and please ensure that I have a way of contacting you if you win.

Open internationally

Comments will close on Friday December  7 at 5pm PST (which is 1am here in the UK, funnily enough I’ll probably be asleep at that time so any comments left after this time will be deleted!)

The winner will be selected using Random Number Generator and will be announced by Sunday December 9.

I should also mention that I’m organising a Vintage Sheet Fat Quarter swap (predominantly for the UK and Ireland due to postage costs).

If you are interested in joining in check out the flickr group here

Lastly but not least don’t forget to head back on over to Sew Mama Sew for so many other fantastic opportunities to win.


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