Friday, August 7, 2015

Yarnspirations World's Biggest Stocking Project

Have you heard about the Caron United Yarnspirations World's Biggest Stocking project? My mom made eight 36" squares prior to my Granny's Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery this past June. My Grandpop was inurned there as well, after his many years of dedicated service as a Major in the United States Marine Corps. He never went a day without wearing his Marine Corps lapel pin with pride even after his retirement. To honor my Grandpop (her dad), and my Uncle (her brother), my mom made a red/gold United States Marine Corps color coded square, as well as three camoflauge colored squares.  The other four squares she made using Christmas colors, red, green and white (my Granny loved Christmas).

I wanted to share these pics from my mom, and this awesome project in the hopes of encouraging more submissions, not only from myself and my daughters - but to anyone reading this (and simply because she asked me to, for a good cause). When they have received enough squares, all of the mini blankets will be stitched together, photographed as the largest stocking, and then disassembled as blankets for the children of Fallen Patriots.
If you want to make a square or two (or more), you can get more information, free patterns, and even a discount on some Caron United yarn to help the cause, by visiting the Yarnspirations website. 

For more information on the Fallen Patriot Foundation, you can visit their website as well.  

(This is not a sponsored post, I have not been paid to say this, and there are no affiliate links).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Spring 2015 Kid Giddy Sizzix Dies -The Big Reveal

I'm so excited to finally share my very first line of Kid Giddy Sizzix dies, that were revealed at the Spring 2015 Quilt Market in Minneapolis. Back in December, I was able to share my big Sizzix secret of being a new Licensed Designer, but couldn't share all the details yet of the dies to come until now. Watch the video below from my time in the Sizzix headquarters in California.

The first die is the Bigz - XL 25" Kid Giddy Doll die. This die will cut out the head, body, arm and leg shape. It will also cut out a pony tail (for one pony tail or pig tails), traditional tie, pocket, small circle (can be used for eyes, cheeks or buttons), heart, glasses and a bow (this can be used a a bow for the girls hair, a belt buckle, or a bow tie for a boy). Using wool felt, the head shape can be cut out again for the hair, and then you decide what hair shape you'd prefer to try. Yarn can be used for the hair instead of wool felt, as the Gnome Dolls have in my book Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love. The ballerina doll has a "bun" in her hair, but is just cut by hand. You can personalize your dolls how ever you wish, that is the fun of it all.

The second die is the Bigz L Hedgehog die. This cute little fella would love to travel where ever you do. All the pieces to put a hedgehog together are included on the die. You supply all the 1" scraps you have laying around from selvages or extras from other finished projects. You can also use a furry fabric for the back to give it a more realistic appearance.

The third is the Bigz L Owl die. This little owl die includes the body, wings, feet and beak. You can use 1" scrap strips for the 'feathers', or you can use the beak piece as feathers and layer them in a brick pattern. Add any kind of eyes you'd like, ie: fabric, buttons, safety eyes etc.

Check with your local quilt shop and make sure they've placed their order so you can get them in early June. They will be available for purchase on the Sizzix website in late June or early July.

I'll be sharing more pictures in my KidGiddy Instagram feed, and would love to see your creations too. Please share them with us by tagging me @kidgiddy and @sizzix and join the pool of creations by hashtagging your pics with #kidgiddy and #sizzix for all to see!

Thank you for stopping by and as always thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Blogger's Quilt Festival

I couldn't resist entering my mini's into the Blogger's Quilt Festival. After all - I did finish two mini quilts I am most proud of with in the past 6 months (and miss dearly), so why not give it a go.

I'm submitting both of my mini quilts that I made for two great ladies during the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap:

The first is my Modular Star Mini Quilt (I'll share more details on this pattern soon when I have it up and ready in my Etsy shop) that I am submitting to the Original Design category.

The second is the "Doe Mini" which is a Mini Kite Tails pattern by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. This is being submitted into the Mini Quilt category.
Although both minis were time consuming - I couldn't help but be proud of finishing them both and seeing the results. Now I want to make more, just have to find the time.

Thanks for checking them out (and voting for them if you did).

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sewing with "Story"

I was so excited that Carrie Bloomston asked me to sew up some fun stuff with her newest fabric line "Story" by Windham Fabrics. Although I've made a few other things - the project and "Story" I wanted to share with you today, is this sweet little mouse I've named Pearl.
What's my story? I love making. I love sewing. Sometimes the smaller I can make something, the better (but I am from Texas so big is never a bad thing). I love living in my imagination and taking the things that I see in my mind or dreams and making them real and tangible. I hope to make a connection between the two, connecting it with life, other people and things around me. Life is crazy, and making things with my hands, is way more fun.

I woke the other morning searching for answers to many I pondered my week, I thought of Carrie's fabric again, with the moon and the stars, I thought of this little mouse looking out a window and a little bed. So I made it real.

Here's Pearl's story...

Pearl is little in size, but large in heart. She has big dreams of being the First Mouse Astronaut, and loves to look out her window at night before getting into bed. She used to live in a big city, but the street lights were always on and flooded the night sky making it impossible for her to see the stars. Pearl decided that since she wanted to go up in space some day, she would need to see space and learn all about it, so she move up north. She talks to the moon when it's not covered in clouds and tries to reach for it when it's really big. It looks so close, but it's still out of her reach.
It's getting pretty late, so Pearl decides to climb into bed, and invites her little bear to come snuggle for reading time.
Tonight they are reading "New Century Book of Etiquette", because every little mouse and bear should have good manners and know how to behave in all different places, even in space.
Finally Pearl and her bear start to yawn ("He's real" she says, "so he yawns too"), so it must be time to put the book down and go to sleep. Pearl tosses and turns a bit, and counts all the stars when she can't fall asleep very fast. She hopes a shooting star will pass by but hasn't seen one since the last meteor shower. Eventually all the stars fade as Pearl slips into her dreams, soaring into space.

I hope you had fun visiting my blog today. Carrie's amazing Story fabric is so fun and versatile, and if you'd like to win some, visit her Such Designs blog for more info. If you'd like to make a little mouse of your own, you can buy a copy of my book through my Kid Giddy Etsy Shop. I'll even sign it for you. Although I was given this fabric for my own use, my thoughts and opinions are all my own.
Happy sewing and storytelling!