Fabric Flowers from Indygo Junction review and giveaway

I was recently asked if I would like to review Amy Barickman’s (of Indygo Junction) newest book, Fabric Flowers and I jumped at the chance. I love all the fun ideas and techniques (at least 25 different ones) for fabric flowers that are contained in this beautiful book.  It’s such a nifty reference with lots of pretty inspiration and information.
I love to work with wool and wool-felt, so I chose to create the large Spiral Bloom. I used the pattern and method in the book to create this rosette with the contrasting detail.
I also tried a slightly simplified version where I just stitched the outer edge, rather than adding the contrasting wool embellishment. I machine stitched using Aurifil wool thread to give the stitching extra thickness and I really like the result. I think I need to try more with wool thread too.

I really am impressed by the quality of this book – I would highly recommend it if you love creating floral embellishments – so many pretty ideas in one place. The video above gives a nice sampling of the projects and pictures from the book.
If you would like a look at other projects from the book, visit these other stops on the Fabric Flowers blog tour:
2/2/13 – Indygo Junction
2/4/13 – Kollabora
2/5/13 – CraftFoxes 
2/6/13 – Sewing Secrets 
2/7/13 – Princess Lasertron 
2/8/13 – Dollar Store Crafts 
2/11/13 – Tatertots & Jello 
2/12/13 – Family Ever After 
2/13/13 – This Mama Makes Stuff 
2/14/13 – Amy’s Creative Side 
2/15/13 – Today’s Creative Blog 
2/18/13 – Lazy Girl Designs
2/19/13 – Skip to My Lou
2/20/13 – The Sewing Loft
2/21/13 – The Crafty Cupboard
2/22/13 – Fishsticks Designs
2/25/13 – Taradara 
2/26/13 – Diary of a Quilter (moi)
2/27/13 – Craft Gossip
2/28/13 – How Joyful
3/1/13 – Lindsay Sews
3/4/13 – Flamingo Toes
3/5/13 – In Color Order
3/6/13 – See Kate Sew
3/7/13 – Handmade Charlotte
3/8/13 – Sew Caroline
3/9/13 – Indygo Junction Wrap Up Post, Bonus Giveaway & Free Project
And today, Indygo Junction is giving away a copy of the book and a collection of Clover Yo-Yo Makers in four different sizes. Some of the projects in the book are designed using the handy Clover products for creating embellishments. I love these yo-yo makers – they are so snazzy and slick – you can make the perfect looking yo-yo’s so quickly.  
I’ve been experimenting creating yo-yo’s out of fabrics besides quilter’s cotton like linen and silky rayons. They turn out so pretty.

To enter to win a copy of Fabric Flowers and a collection of 4 Clover Yo-Yo Makers, just leave a comment on this post. Giveaway open until Saturday, March 2, midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the chance.

And as a gift to everyone Indygo Junction is giving you 20% off your next IndygoJunction.com order with the code FFBK17. Offer good until 5/1/13!

Felt Circle Pillow and Someday Crafts

This little felt-circle pillow was my weekend project. I LOVE how it came together. And so much faster than I thought. Today I’m guest blogging over at Someday Crafts and sharing the tutorial to make your very own! And it’s even easier than it looks!

And it looks great with the Snowflake felt pillow from last year.

If you haven’t visited the Someday Crafts blog, you must go. Michelle started her blog as a way to save great crafting tutorials to make “someday”. The great thing is she does all the work finding creative stuff and shares it all in one place! She is a great resource. I met Michelle last summer. She is one of the funniest and most genuinely kind people I’ve met. I love meeting cool people. Go visit her!


Since it’s that time of year when roses suddenly triple in value,
I thought I’d share some you could make for yourself.
(They don’t die either!)
Aren’t they sweet??
I made mine from wool. Tried a few different colors.
The best part? They are SUPER EASY!!!
I got my inspiration from Nedra who shared this tutorial by Betz White.
So darling. So simple. So many possibilities.
The other best part?
Each rose takes hardly any fabric.
So even if you’re using real wool, it’s not very expensive.
The circle above is all that it took to make the rose next to it.
(Bobbin is merely there for size reference – you don’t even need to sew!!)And while we’re talking about wool, here is another cute little hair doodad.
And while we’re still on the subject of cute rose hair doodads,
check out these cute ones from the Purl.
Wow. I haven’t tried them yet, but they make it look easy too.

So now? Roses for everyone this weekend!
Have a good one.

Christmas wool applique

I love wool applique. To me it’s such a relaxing project. Just cut out the pieces and start tacking to the background. No turning anything under and you can take really big stitches and it’s okay if your stitches show. :) And if you’re working with the good stuff (100% felted wool) it’s like sewing through butter.

Amy McClellan, the owner of American Quilting (the store where I work), is an amazing designer. Her creativity is limitless, I think. She has been designing wool applique patterns for the past six years. She started with these stocking patterns. At first there were only four options but people kept telling her they had bigger families and needed more options so she expanded to eight. I think these patterns are the all-time best seller at AQ. Then a couple of years ago she came out with a coordinating tree skirt. Gorgeous, I tell you.

If you love wool applique, go to the American Quilting blog to see the many Christmas patterns available. Amy’s patterns are so well written and well done. You can call the store to order. (And if you call tomorrow afternoon, we might even get to chat on the phone!)

Some of the projects even come in kits! (They’re not cheap because she only uses the really good, 100% wool, but they’re worth it if you want the variety of colors, all ready to start cutting.)


Also for you locals:
(click on image to view bigger size.)

Two of my favorite events: the American Crafts warehouse sale. (Here’s the damage from last year.) Lots of scrapbook-y stuff available, but I usually load up on ribbon and gift wrap. I also got a couple of leather bound albums for only $7 each. (My damage was not nearly as severe as last year.)

Also, I’m taking my girls to the Beehive Bazaar tonight. I love that thing. Not your typical craft fair – lots of funky, inspiring stuff!

More Easter decor

This is a little wool piece I made-up for the store 2 years ago to sell a pattern we carried. Last year, I finally got it framed, but it took me until this year to attach the little nail hook and hang it on the wall.
Why do I get hung-up on such small things?
My favorite part is the robin’s-egg blue basket. I could not find wool in the color that I envisioned, so this was my first attempt at dying my own. It was REALLY fun and I loved the colors that came out!

A little something

A sweet friend of mine is moving, so I wanted to make a little something for her. And since she is a quilter, this was the perfect something.

This little pin cushion was simple and fun to make. You can find the pattern here.
Plus, it made me feel springy to make it. We are having sunny skies and [slightly] warmer temperatures. I am starting to feel symptoms of spring fever . . .