A few fun things…

little-dresses-for-africa-1A few fun things to share. A few months ago, I attended a sewing conference where we worked on a service project making these pillowcase dresses to donate to Little Dresses for Africa. Last week this picture was sent to host BabyLock by founder Rachel O’Neill. If those sweet girls don’t just melt the heart, I don’t know what does.

If you would like to contribute pillowcase dresses, they are always in need! You can read more about Little Dresses for Africa here.

While we’re talking about doing good, is anyone aware of any quilt drives or projects for flood victims in Baton Rouge? I’d love to hear about them. Please leave them in the comments. If you are looking for a way to contribute Kathy Brown, BR resident, suggested the Baton Rouge Food Bank is in on the front lines and can use all the help it can get.


Last May I shared pictures of this pixilated rose quilt made by Trish Poolson for Riley Blake Designs. I’ve since had many people email to ask where they could find the pattern and I’m excited to share that the free Pixelated Rose pattern by is now available here.

Finally, Craftsy is having a BIG sale this weekend with EVERY class under $20! It’s a great time to sign up for a class you’ve had your eye on! A few of my favorites include Accurate Streamlined Piecing with Lee Monroe, Smarter Strip-Piecing with Joanna Figuroa, and Pre-Cut Piecing by Camille Roskelly.

If you do have your eye on something, act soon. Sale ends Sunday, Sept 25!




Last thing: I’ve been on the road this week.  Here’s a quick sneak peak. I’m excited to be back home and tell you more about it this week.

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  • Reply
    Karin H.
    September 25, 2016 at 6:33 am

    So excited to see the Pixelated Rose pattern and that it’s free! Thank you for providing the link, Amy!! 🙂

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    September 25, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Love that they are taking those to the kids.. I wish you could send things over, but I hear they never make it. Let me know if you find out about the LA. drive.. I would love to send some things.

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      Amy Smart
      September 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      One thing I love about Little Dresses for Africa is that people (including the founder Rachel who is in the picture) take the items themselves to make sure they are hand-delivered. I’m sure you could contact them with more questions about needs and how things are delivered. (Link is in the post above.)

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    September 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Yes, there is a need for help for our four legged friends in Baton Rouge. The Quilt Pattern Magazine is one of the sponsors of the Small Kennel Quilt Project. When disasters occur, a team of volunteers gets busy making and sending kennel quilts to the organizations who rescue the pets left behind. There is a current need throughout Louisiana; but, in Baton Rouge, Their address is: Rescutopia’s Happy Tails Island, PO Box 41768, Baton Rouge, LA 70835. To join the team and/or learn more information about the kennel quilt project – your local shelter will appreciate donations too – http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/program/KennelQuilt/#Current is the link.

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    Summer Daisy
    September 26, 2016 at 10:41 am

    The little girls look so cute in the dresses! Such a sweet and kind project ♥


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    September 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    The Gulf States Quilting Association (gulfstatesquilting.org) is sponsoring a “store,” where flooded quilters can “shop” for donated supplies. In New Orleans, you can send supplies to the Mes Amis Quilt Shop (mesamisquiltshop.com). Thanks!

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      Amy Smart
      September 27, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Awesome!! Thanks Libby. I have a bunch of stuff I’d love to send!

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    October 7, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Such a beautiful quilt, Amy. Going to check out my stash and see if I can cut while we’re waiting out the hurricane and can’t sew. Oh for a good old treadle machine.

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      Amy Smart
      October 7, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Oh good luck to you! Hoping the storm passes soon and all are safe!

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