Wednesday, September 3, 2014

National Sewing and Quilting Month

Good Morning! Did you know that September is National Sewing and Quilting month? Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating by hosting an  "I Love Sewing and Quilting" blog tour. The tour is to celebrate the art of sewing and quilting! How fun is that! Fat Quarter Shop challenged us to make something new to us. I do consider myself primarily a quilter but I have sewn all kinds of things.

There are 2 things that challenge me are darts (eek) and piping! I've tried adding piping to things a few times and it always comes out uneven and kind of bad looking. So I tried piping again on this tote and I think it's better than the piping I did on this bag. It is something I still need a lot of practice with. I do plan to tackle darts again someday.....maybe. Here are a few questions Fat Quarter Shop asked us to answer:

1.       How did you start quilting/sewing?
I started sewing Barbie Doll clothes when I was little. Then as a teenager I would sew patchwork up the sides of my pants and I embroidered everything! I really got serious about sewing when my first baby was born. I started making her dresses and clothes with a sewing machine my mother in law gave me. Then I discovered quilting in 2001 and never looked back. I HAVE to sew often or I get a little cooky :) haha! no seriously! 

That's why I love these little badges FQS made... It's so true! I have to sew something most days and always have to have a project going or I get overwhelmed with all of the creative ideas stuck in my head. Sometimes writing them down and drawing them out helps but a little sewing always does the job!

2.       When was the first time you knew that you were a quilter/sewer?

Oh, this took forever! I'd say about 5 years after I started quilting I considered myself a quilter. That was probably how long it took for my confidence to catch up with the skills I'd learned.

3.       Do you have any sewing/quilting horror stories or faux pas? Yes! my first quilt, it's was a mess! It's here.

4.       What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out in sewing/quilting? Enjoy the process, don't rush it. Be confident in your choices and have fun. Practice is also the key to learning any new skill so Sew often, I recommend everyday :) 

Be sure to catch up with the other sewers and quilters on the blog tour and see what they made for the challenge!

Sherri of A Quilting Life
Charise of Charise Creates
Anne Marie of Generation X Quilters
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks
Jana of Jana Machado
Lynne of Lily's Quilts
Maureen of Made by Marzipan
Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Melanie of I Heart Stitching
Kaye of Miss Print
Natalia of Piece N' Quilt
Denise of Pieced Brain
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
Jane of Quilt Jane
Heather and Megan of Quilt Story
Cheryl of Quilter Chic
Michele of Quilting Gallery
Allison of Quilting Mumma
Liz of Sew4Home
Sara of Sew Sweetness
Leanne of She Can Quilt
Erin of Why Not Sew?

So Fat Quarter Shop wants to challenge YOU to try a new project new with them! Share your projects on their Facebook, Google +, and Instagram using #fqschallenge !
They also have the cutest free quilt pattern to celebrate the occasion! You can find the PDF here . Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting!
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

P.S. the tote is free pattern from Crafty Hipster made especially for a featherweight.


Heidi Staples said...

Great post, Erin! It's always so fun to look back and see how we've grown. That bag is so pretty, and I'm just crazy about your new blog header. It's perfect!!!

legato1958 said...

Just love your piped Miss Kate tote bag! It's beautiful ! It is inspiring to hear about your journey as a quilter... sometimes it's easy to forget that making such beautiful quilts and projects didn't just happen overnight.
I also love your new header art! Too sweet with the bird and strawberries!

mb said...

I won the Fat quarter pack of Kate Spain fabrics on August 8, and was sent an email from Erin but never received the fat quarters. I have e-mailed Erin my address but have not received a reply. Does anyone know if she is at a show or something?? Mary

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Hi Mary,
I am not sure if I am the right Erin, am I? I have not had a Kate Spain fabrics giveaway. Can you send me the email I sent to you? That would help! Thanks so much! Erin

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Hi Mary, I checked my sent e-mails and I didn't send you one. A different Mary won the Miss Kate giveaway and she was emailed/contacted. Sorry if there was any confusion. Have a great day! Erin
P.S. please forward the email that you have and maybe I can help.

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Hi again, Mary. I looked and you aren't even entered in the Miss Kate giveaway so I think you have the wrong blog.

mb said...

I'm sorry it was the Miss Kate fat Quarter bundle for your August 1, 2014 giveaway, winner _Mary # 43 announced August 8, I can not get my emails to go through to you. Can you email me privately and I may be able to forward the email you sent to me by coping and pasting your email into the address. I must be missing something. Love your blog thanks Mary -

mb said...

Ok, thanks maybe it was just a mix up. Maybe I'll win another time. Mary



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