Monday, August 17, 2015

Vintage Holiday Quilt Along (QAL)

It's beginning to look a lot like August?! Yes, in August. Because when you're a quilter that's when you have to start your Christmas sewing.

photo from @Thimbleblossoms

For the longest time, I've wanted to make the beautiful Vintage Holiday Quilt by Thimble Blossoms. When I saw the beautiful reds, greens, and aquas in the Hello Darling line - I knew I had to make it! I posted the idea on Instagram to make Vintage Holiday using Hello Darling in May and asked if anyone would want to do a quilt along. I should've known the answer - of course! Chrissy from Sew Lux Fabric joined in the fun by asking me to put together a kit. The kit is gorgeous and a few are still available on her website.

photo from @sewlux

So here's some general information:

1. What's a Quilt Along? (QAL)
A QAL is where a group of quilters make the same quilt and share their progress. Super simple. We will be using Instagram for this QAL which brings me to 2...

2. This QAL is taking place on Instagram.
This QAL is taking place on Instagram so you need an Instagram account.  Instagram is available as an app for smart phones. You can watch the fun from your computer, but you can only post pictures  from your smart phone. Note: If you want everyone to see your photos, you need to have a public account. If you have a private account, consider opening a second account that is public for sharing sewing projects. That way people can see your photos.

3. Follow me @everydaycelebrations on Instagram.
That way you can keep up with the "schedule" (I use that term very loosely) and for giveaways and all the fun!

4. Use the hashtag #vintageholidayqal when sharing your photos.
That way your photo will appear with everyone participating in the QAL.

5. Fabrics.
Chrissy from Sew Lux Fabrics is offering a kit featuring Hello Darling. There are a limited amount left. You of course are welcome to use whatever fabrics you like, but a kit option is available.

6. When do we start?
September 1st! See you then!

If you have any questions, let me know! I check my Instagram more frequently than the blog, so if you need a quick response try there! 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Grand Old Flag Pillow Pattern and Mini Block | FREE Pattern

Hello end of June! A couple of weeks ago I shared this fun Fourth of July pillow I made on Instagram

It got some love and interest and so tonight I'm happy to share a new pattern! Grand Old Flag is now  available as a FREE download right here on my blog. I included material lists for both a pillow and just a single flag block too. It measures in at a tiny 3.5" x 5.75".  I always double and triple check my measurements, but if you find any mistakes, please let me know. If you make something using the pattern,  I'd love to see it! If you're sharing on Intagram use the hastags #ecgrandoldflag or #ecquilts.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Fourth of July Pillow - All Season Patchwork Pillow Template see what I'm up to check my Instagram for more frequent updates....

 Happy Summer everyone! We are settling into our summer routine and gearing up for a summer of fun. This week we've been getting the house ready for the Fourth of July. (Nothing too fancy, just some fun decorations we've collected over the years.) I've always loved the 4th and look forward to it every year.  I thought it would be fitting to make a new All Season Patchwork Pillow to add to our decor.

I love how it turned out! If you've already purchased this pattern, you can download Fourth of July template here.  (The template is only the template for the number 4, no other directions are given.)  If you need the pattern, you can find it here in my Etsy shop. The pattern includes templates for a Halloween and Christmas version too! I plan on making more for other occasions and additional templates will be available here on the blog for FREE to download.

Here's to lots of red, white, and blue in your future!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale

 I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are ready to say hello to December! I am ringing in this most festive month with a very festive sale.  Everything over in my shop is on sale. Everything.

All patterns are $5.00
 Fairground Mini Pattern


 Stockings are $10 per stocking or $35 for a set of four.

All owl totes are $18.50. This will be my last batch of owl totes I will offer ready-made. 

All banners are $3 to $5 off!

Quilts are priced to sell!

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

{Tutorial} Jolly Old St Nicholas Quiet Book

Happy-week-before-Thanksgiving! Here is a festive little treat for you all tonight. This little treasure of a quiet book was my first pattern I ever wrote and offered for sale in my Etsy shop.  This year, I thought I'd offer it as a free download right here on the good ole' blog. Thanks for all your kind comments here and on Insta! What a fun crafting/quilting community we have! Just click here to download the pattern!

Here are a few pictures. I sold my original years ago so these pictures are 7 years old! They were taken with my old Sony digital camera and with my very basic photography skills.

I hope you do enjoy! Happy Christmas Sewing!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween Countdown Cards - FREE Printable

I told you I'd be back soon.

Today I am sharing a free printable of {30} printable 3" x 4" cards full of fun Halloween activities, jokes, and riddles.  Think things you are already doing for Halloween: carving pumpkins, going to the pumpkin patch, baking pumpkin recipes, etc. The activities are nothing overblown and don't require preparation in advance. If you've made my Halloween Countdown Calendar, they are the perfect size to slip right into those pockets. (The pattern is available here and for only $5 for a few more days. All my Countdown patterns are $5 right now!)

 {I hang my countdown on my pantry door}
 {click on image to access download}

Yes, there are only 30 cards, but 31 days in October. The reason? Simple. I honestly don't see myself doing a Halloween activity a night with my family. I enjoy Halloween but it isn't my favorite holiday. Choose the activities you want to do and slip into the pockets on the day you want to do that activity.  For the days without a card? Do whatever you want! Slip a piece of candy in. Get some fun Halloween goodies from the dollar bins at Target, straws, pencils, etc. Keep it simple. Or you can be like me and just not do something that night! Keeping it real folks! (I did throw in some blank cards to write your own.) The point is to have fun and to create memories with your family. Keep it simple.

Don't have a Countdown Calendar? No problem. Print them out, pick the activities you want to do, punch a hole in the corner and slip on a binder ring. Done. No binder ring? Gotcha covered. A length of cute ribbon works just fine too. See my Thanksgiving and Christmas Countdown cards below? Same idea.

So there you go! Something super simple but oh so fun for this great time of year. I love fall and the lead up to my favorite time of year, Christmas. Can't believe we are already at October. How in the world did that happen? 2015 will be here before we know it.

Be back soon with more goodies. Promise

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Patterns and Such

Today I am here sharing some fun new patterns with you all! I've been sewing up a storm lately and here are two new patterns that I hope you love as much as I do. When I made these projects for the first time, I had no intention on making them patterns. I shared them on Instagram and had lots of interest so patterns they became! Although I haven't been posting here, you can find me on Instagram sharing what I'm working on in my sewing room. You can find me @everydaycelebrations. I still plan to post here, but I will be sharing over on Instagram much more frequently.

First up is the Fairground Mini. This is a mini version of the Fairground quilt I made for the Moda Bake Shop. (You can find the original pattern here.)

Mini quilts are so fun to make! They are quick and oh so cute because of their size. Mini quilts make the perfect gift for a sewing friend to hang in their sewing room. Or you can make the a single block and add to bags, quilts, or other sewing accessories. Or if you have a little miss in your life, mini quilts make the perfect dolly quilt. Because dollies need cute quilts too!

Next is the pattern I'm really excited about. Say hi to the All Season Patchwork Pillow. (The pattern includes templates for both the Christmas and Halloween styles.)

These pillows are quick and the perfect project for the beginning sewer.  How cute would these make as a gift this holiday season? I promise they take no time to make and are a great way to personalize your holiday decor. This pillow has an envelope back which makes switching out a breeze!

Why am I so excited about this pattern? Well, I plan on making many more styles of this pillow for various occasions. Think Thanksgiving, Valentines, sport teams, etc.  I first made the Halloween style after I had a good pile of scraps after making a Halloween quilt. (More on that later.) I loved it so much that I knew I needed one for Christmas. Then I started thinking of the possibilities. There are a ton. So this is the plan. The future styles will all follow this basic pattern but you can come back to my blog and get the templates needed for the new styles for free! One pattern but endless styles and options! Fun right?

Well that's enough for tonight. I will be back soon with some more patterns and some free tutorials for the blog! Promise it won't be as long as my last break. ;)


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