Thursday, March 22, 2012

April 20th Friday Night Sew In – Big Announcement

You know how we always stress that the purpose of the FNSI is to take time for YOU?! Since we all have a tendency to put others before ourselves?

Well, we are changing that in April... but in a good way.

By now, I’m sure you have heard about the organization called Conkerr Cancer. I love their tag line at the top of their website “Giving sick kids a reason to smile.. one pillowcase at a time.”

What does that have to do with Friday Night Sew In you ask? Well, for the month of April, we have partnered with Arrow Sewing Cabinets and Conkerr Cancer.

We would like to ask each and everyone who participates in the April Friday Night Sew In on April 20th, to make a pillowcase for a critically ill child. Just think of how many children we could make smile if we do this together!

Of course – making a pillowcase is totally optional. You can still make your own planned projects if you choose. But Bobbi and I thought that maybe just for the month of April – we could join together and do this as a group. Just think of the impact we could have.

If you decide to join us and make a pillowcase (or more than one) – here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

1. Please use this pattern/guidelines for making your pillowcase.

2. Use cheery fabrics for kids – colorful and fun as possible. They love the fabrics with food on them like donuts and pizza.. or sports teams are always popular too. Or racing/Nascar fabrics - etc.

3. Remember many patients are adolescent boys and girls, we always need pillowcases appropriate to teenagers as well as the young ones.

4. Cotton or flannel only!

5. Mail your completed pillowcases (at anytime before the deadline) to:

Arrow Cabinets
310 O’Connor Dr
Elkhorn WI 53121

*Be sure to add a note to let them know you are part of the April FNSI!!

Arrow Cabinets will also be sponsoring the Giveaway for this special event. And what a giveaway it will be!

To be eligible for the giveaway – you must make at least one pillowcase (and mail it).

The GRAND Prize is this rolling tote!! **

And 2nd Prize is this amazing June Taylor Kit.**

We will draw the winner of the Grand Prize on Sunday April 22nd.

We will draw the winner for the 2nd prize from all the pillowcases received at Arrow Cabinets by May 11th. That gives everyone time to get them in the mail.

**Prize winners will not receive their prize until Arrow has received their pillowcase.

So - What do you think? Are you as excited to be a part of this as we are? You could even start sewing pillowcases now.. why wait!! Gather up your sewing friends.. make pillowcases together! Just make sure to mail them with your name and let them know you are a part of the FNSI group!!

Here is the signup... The official FNSI is on April 20th, but you can start sewing and mailing those pillowcases anytime and you will still get your name in for these awesome prizes!!

Get your name on the list (include your state or country). Let's make a difference!

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Monday, March 19, 2012


**Swap is now closed!! **

Yes - It's time for a SWAP!!

Thank you all for your input on what type of swap we should do. You had some great ideas.  

After much thinking.. and discussion with my cousin (aka Bobbi @ Crafty Vegas Mom) I decided to host a "Quilters Day Swap"!!

I'm not sure if there already is a "Quilters Day".. but there is now!!

What will we swap you ask?

Well, that's the best part.. Anything you want to make!!

That's right - you can send your "Secret" Swap Partner a pincushion or a mug rug.. or a potholder.. or apron... or a zipper pouch.. etc. You get the picture.. ANYTHING!!

How does that sound?

If you want to take part - send me the following information:

1. Name
2. Blog address (if you have one.. totally not required)
3. Color preference (or colors you don't want)
4. Mailing address
5. Let me know if you are willing to ship internationally

Feel free to copy the above picture and resize if you want. You can also let all your friends know.

Deadline for mailing your projects will be May 1st! I will randomly match swappers - probably with the help of my kids.

So.. are you in?!
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Tip for Tip

Ok.. that's not really how it goes.. but it applies.

I wanted to give you all a quick TIP.. for a TIP..

Click Here to sign up for "Snippets: Weekly Sewing Tips"

You enter your email address and every Tuesday - a Snippet will arrive in your inbox.

1. You get to learn without having to actively research new techniques.

2. Tips cover a big variety of topics, from organization to stitching, so they’re useful to pretty much any skill level.

3. Each email is short and sweet, and illustrated with a clear photo.

4. Learning something unexpected will inspire you to try new things.

5. They’re easy to filter in your email program, so they won’t clutter your inbox if you don’t want them to.

6. It’s totally free, and it’s easy to unsubscribe any time.

Now get over there and sign up before tomorrows Snippet comes out!

You're Welcome!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012


How about this weather??? It's been unseasonably WARM here in Northern Minnesota. All our snow is gone and we have had the bikes out. A good portion of this weekend has been spent outdoors. How about your neck of the woods? Has the weather been great?!

Ok.. before I tell you who the winner is.. I wanted to let you know that we have two announcements coming this week.

Announcement #1 will be a swap.. I've decided what I'd like to do based off all your suggestions - trust me, you will all be happy.


Announcement #2 involves the April Friday Night Sew In. We have something BIG planned.. and totally different from anything we have ever done!! Stay tuned for that!!

Now on to the reason you are here.. the WINNER!

Bobbi and I are both giving away a copy of Crazy Mom Quilts new Book "Sunday Morning Quilts".

The winner on my blog is....


Send me your address and I will get this book in the mail to you via

Don't forget to check Bobbi's blog if you haven't already. You could be the winner over there..
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Reminder - FNSI

I just wanted to remind everyone that the Friday Night Sew In is almost here.

And depending on where you are in the World.. it's just around the corner!

Get those projects planned and prepped - preparation is key to having a successful FNSI. (Don't aak me how I know this)
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Monday, March 12, 2012

I've got a hankering..

Yep.. I do. I'm in the mood for a SWAP!!

Do you know of any that are still taking swappers? Or maybe I should host one? Hmmm... If I host one, what are you in the mood to swap?
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

March 16th Friday Night Sew-In Signup

YES.. the signup for the next FNSI is finally here!!! Time to get your name on the list!

If you are a first timer - click link above for details on how it all works. Then start planning those projects!

**Don't forget to add your State or Country next to your name.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Quid Pro Quo

 I made a trade this past weekend.. I love trades.

I made a tote. It's a good size - the outside panels were 22 x 16.

The inside is this pretty red from "Reunion" by Sweetwater

I added a zipper pocket to the inside.

The outside is made from heavy canvas. I love how it turned out.

One of my cousins works for a restaurant supply company. She gave me some commercial baking sheets years ago that I LOVE. They are the best cookie sheets ever. Actually, I use them for everything.. not just cookies.

Well, now they come with lids! So she got me two more - one big and one small. They are 100% aluminum so they will never rust.

She also tossed in an omelet pan and a knife sharpener and set of amazing knives.

You know it's a good trade when you both feel like you got the better end of the deal.

Makes me want to bake something...
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