Hatbox Swap Update

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hi all!

Quick update on fabrics "received" for the Cotton + Steel "Hatbox" swaps ongoing here at Sew at Home Mummy.
F8 Group:
AN 85225
DB CMQG
ME 22172
RP
SE 82070
SS CMQG
ST 84120

Charm Group:
AR 76111 (2 spots)
SP CMQG (2 spots)
ST 84120

Just a friendly reminder that if you're swapping with us, your package back to me with your cut fabrics should already be in the mail *wink*

As well, if you haven't entered the giveaway here for a $25 gift card to Rose Room Quilts, you can do so on {this post}.

Happy Tuesday everyone!
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A little bloggy-break - a LOT of Doc McStuffins

Saturday, October 18, 2014

original Doc McStuffins image courtesy of Wikipedia
Hi all!

I'm taking a bit of a blogging break for a few days while I focus on family, and especially, my toddler, Audrey.

She'll be on the mend, watching a ton of Disney Jr. channel, I'm sure, with a strong focus on Doc McStuffins (a little girl who pretends to be a doctor to her stuffed animals) and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Oh. And most definitely Frozen. Over and over and over again.

Save me.

Hahaha! I jest. She's worth knowing all the words to all the shows and songs and movies.

See you in a couple of days everyone, stay outta trouble!
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Rose Room Quilts: A Giveaway!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Yippee!
It's time for another giveaway!

Up for grabs is a super fantabulous $25 gift card to Rose Room Quilts! WAHOO!!!
Rose Room Quilts was started by Cindy as a blog and an Etsy shop in 2010. Since then the store has expanded to host its own website. Cindy comes from a family of quilters and started sewing at a young age. Her love for stitching, thread, and fabrics has found her doing everything from operating an embroidery business with her mother, to owning a custom window treatment franchise, to selling sewing machines for a major retailer.  She brings this lifetime of experience to you to offer the latest trends in quilting fabric and designs. 

Rose Room Quilts has a great selection of fun modern quilting cottons from manufacturers such as Michael Miller, Riley Blake, Dear Stella and Windham Fabrics. Cindy stocks designer collection bundles and also designs her own custom bundles. 

So!

Want a chance to win $25 to this awesome shop? 
  1. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. If you don't have a Facebook account, no worries! Just log into the widget with your email address - you won't be contacted by anyone unless of course, you win! Make sure your email is valid so that I can actually contact you if you win!
  2. Open to International residents
  3. Complete as many or as few options as you'd like to enter! All entries are optional.
  4. Contest closes Friday October 24. Good luck!

A HUGE thank you to Rose Room Quilts for offering up this awesome prize!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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The Christmas Keepsakes Blog Tour - Winner Announced!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hi all!

I'd like to congratulate the author of comment #138:


Kim, as the winner of my giveaway from Shabby Fabrics for the Christmas Keepsakes blog tour post! Congratulations Kim! I've forwarded your email addie along to Shabby Fabrics, they should be contacting you shortly with your $25 gift card!

As a side note:
It makes me sad to say that I had to choose 3 random numbers before landing on someone that wasn't a no-reply blogger. (Good for Kim, bad for the first two people whom I couldn't contact!)

This is a screen shot of my GMail inbox - and these are all of the no-reply bloggers who entered my giveaway:
So - in total: 70 entries were from no-reply bloggers. A lot of you left me your email addresses to contact you back, but most didn't. Which means, if your name was drawn, I couldn't contact you.

If you don't know whether you're a no-reply blogger or not, click {here}. I wrote a tips/tutorial for how to figure out if you are/fix if you are. If you comment on a lot of blogs and never receive an email back from the author, odds are you are a no-replier.

**note: those using Open ID or Wordpress profiles when commenting, make sure to leave your email address in you comment to make it as easy as possible for bloggers to reach you if you win :)

Stay tuned: Tomorrow will bring yet another giveaway here on Sew at Home Mummy!!
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What's with the color 'purple'?

Monday, October 13, 2014

So, I'm going to preface this post with this:

...this is not a rant, per se, but an observation I've made and been quite hypersensitive to as I try to work more on 'rainbow' type projects... bear with me... feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments below, I'd love to hear them...
Okay.
image courtesy of Sweet & Lovely Life

Purples are pretty colors, no? I mean, I don't personally use a lot of them in my quilts, but I've been trying to expand and step out of my comfort zone with respect to palettes, and I really have found that I like purple.

I never really gave the color much thought before;  I'll be honest. It was never on my radar.

But then I started working with a lot more solids in my quilts (primarily, I'd say) and as I did, and started to play more with colors, shades and hues, I began to realize something.

The world of solid fabrics is seriously lacking in the purples department.

image courtesy of Caldwell Carpets
Here's an example:
Robert Kaufman's line of Kona brand solids had, up until their new launch of their 32 new colors, only 14 distinguishable purples* - i.e. - those that couldn't be mistaken for another color (you know, the ones you look at and think "is that purple, or pink/burgundy/blue?", etc.)

As a comparison, the same line has 35 distinguishable blues.

Poor purple.



image courtesy of Fashion Telegraph
To RK's defense, out of the 32 new colors this season, 5 of them are purples. Not bad!

But then I got to looking at my scrap bins.

My purple bin is nearly empty. It makes it tough when I'm making a scrappy something-or-other, and it just shouts out for a bit of regal-ness.

And then I look at my stash piles of purple prints. Another sad state of affairs.

So what is it about the color purple? It seems to be a pretty versatile color, since its hues range from on the red-side to on the blue-side. You'd think it'd be an easy-ish color to incorporate in a quilt.

I just wonder if:

  1. I'm just not attracted to lines of fabrics which have purple prints in them
  2. Purple is just not a popular color for designers to incorporate into their fabric lines
  3. Purple isn't an attractive enough color to use as quilters/sewists.
What do you all think? Am I out to lunch here? Or is purple getting the short end of the stick?


Thoughts?

*Footnote: this obviously, is open to interpretation. What you might call blue, I might call purple. I tried to be as critical as possible when determining these numbers.
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