June 27, 2014

Two mini charm packs = two Bibs!

I'm always trying to figure out what to make with my mini charm packs. Last year I signed to be a member of the Moda Mini Charm Pack Club at Fat Quarter Shop. Then, I ended up collecting 48 minis!

With two mini charm packs (each with 42 2.5" squares) you can easily make two bibs like these two. I used a pattern from the book Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers

So, here is how I made the bibs in some simple steps:

1- For each bib you need to sew seven rows with five squares each row. After that you sew all the rows making a patchwork. (35 squares sewn total)

2- Trace and cute the pattern on a paper, set it aside.

3- Cut the batting and the back for the bibs. It's easier to cut them as squares then quilt all the layers together same way you make a quilt. I quilted with straight lines, but you can quilt as desired.

4- Place  the pattern on the top of the "quilt". You can also trace the pattern on the top of the patchwork or you can pin the pattern (inside borders) and then cut following the outside borders of the pattern.

5- Bind the three layers, again, like you're making a mini quilt (but, with many curves on the way!) If you don't cut the stripes for the binding on diagonal you may have a wrinkled binding like I got on mine. If it does bother you (but if you don't like to cut stripes on diagonal to make the binding) you can buy those packed binding and get a more good looking binding on the bibs.  With no rush watch the curves carefully while placing the binding, go smoothly for best results!

6- Sew on the fasteners: one on the back of one of the edges, another one on the front of the another edge so they can close up.

Hope you can put in a good use your mini charms! I mixed two minis: Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille with Giggles from Me & My Sister Designs. I think they matched perfectly. With the remaining squares from both packs (14 squares total) I made a burp cloth. No waste at all!

BTW, missing blogging so much!!! But, busy, busy, busy with my newborn (plus a toddler :-) Well, happy to spend time with him and at the same time can't wait when I'll be sewing more often. I'm sure you do understand me!

Have a great weekend! 

June 17, 2014

Fabric Grab Bag - a delightful surprise!!!

I've been seeking a surprise 12 pounds fabric grab bag from Fat Quarter Shop for quite a while. I love this idea of getting a box full of fabrics for a great price since, well, a long time.  I remember when I used to live in Brazil (while I had my small business producing and selling fabric bags) I once got a bag with scraps from another online fabric store. It was a long journey though... A friend of mine was moving from New York back to Brazil and I can't believe now days how I could ask her to bring me some extra pounds of fabrics!!! Oh, well I did. She brought all the fabric in her backpack inside airplane so I could save money on shipping and importing taxes. 

Last week I really took advantage of a exclusive coupon sent to my email with a 20% Off code!!! It was a "We Miss You" coupon from FQS to loyal customers! A perfect time to treat my soul with a box full, I mean FULL of fabrics! (OK, if you did not get a code keep reading to take advantage of another deal running this week until June 22nd).

I could make three piles like this one with the fabrics that came in the box!

If it does worth it? SURE! But, this is my honest opinion about getting fabrics in a bulk. This kind of mix is perfect if you don't mind mixing fabrics that aren't necessarily from the same collection in your projects. Also if you don't mind getting a lot of different width from each print. For example, I got some one yard of fabric in my box, but also some strips about 6"inches wide. It also gives you options when choosing prints to make some project. I think if you're a newbie quilter it's a quicker and cheaper way of giving richness and color to your stash too. 

Some of my favorite prints 

Sometimes it's just hard to choose one bundle from dozens of new collections we have available each season. If you buy one bundle of fabrics you miss all the other prints you also like from other collections  because can't afford all at once. Well, if you get the bag it's like someone else made a great favor for you mixing prints from different collections and making you feel like you got much more than if you had to choose only one or two bundles of fabrics.

Some fabrics are not really my favorite color or print (really just a few), but I do see potencial on each different print that I got in the box. I can imaging myself creating scrap and creative backs for my quilts, for example. The less loved prints could line bags or pouches, or I could use only a little bit of them if I'd make a stamp quilt or very scrap one, for example. Consider that sometimes we buy a bundle but not always we love all of the prints that come in that collection, we do buy because our favorite ones though...

My last reason: if you do like the element surprise in life... I mean, the good surprise, the grab bag is also for YOU!

Take advantage until June 22th of a FREE Shipping at FQS! Celebrate with FQS their 11th anniversary and give yourself a gift! 

Fat Quarter Shop is a sponsor on my blog. But, this post has my very honest opinion about buying a fabric bag. I'd make a post like that anyway. Actually I've been waiting a long time to get a fabric bag from the shop and share my experience here.

I'd love to hear your opinion about buying "blind" boxes like that. How do you buy fabrics, do you prefer buying half yards, fat quarter bundles, eights, charm packs? Have you bought a fabric bag before? 

Thanks for stopping by... and THANK YOU for all the comments on my previous post! I'm trying to answer all of them, very slow process, but very happy with all the tips, critiques and compliments I got about my blog!

June 03, 2014

New Quilt Blogger - Blog Hop 2014

Today I wanna share with you that I'm participating in the 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop hosted by Beth from Plum and June. I'm really excited and honored!

When I first heard about the blog hop I got really excited to jump in! First because I'd get a chance to be featured and connected with other new quilt bloggers. Second because I was sure I'd learn a lot about blogging and modern quilting.

So, in this post I'm gonna talk about my trajectory as a quilter and I hope you stay with me until the end of this post where I'm gonna share with you some links from other new quilt bloggers.

I'm Janaina - my name is a typical Portuguese-African name (not very popular these days) - and I was born in Brazil. As soon as I moved to USA five years ago, I had to make everyone's else life easier, then I started to introduce myself as Jana. It's still works! LOL

I always loved to dedicated my life to study... I spent about nine years graduating and getting a master degree in History. I LOVE everything that has a story to tell... usually old stuff!

Well, you could ask, how I got into sewing and quilting?! It was seven years ago while finishing my Master in History I was introduced to patchwork and you know the rest... felt in love with quilting.

(Some of my favorite quilts! All patterns are from Camille Roskelley.)

But, quilting wasn't my first adventure in this fascinating quilting/pathcwork world. When I learned how to sew I started making fabric bags. If you're curious to check them, please click here. I had an online store while I used to live in Brazil. I had clients all over the country and my work was featured in some very known teen/fashion magazines. It was a really fun years of my life!

It was after moving to USA that I really learned about quilting. I have taken many classes also taught myself many techniques just as I did when I used to make bags. Quilting books and tutorials are my favorites to learn about quilting.

To finish this post I'd like to share some personal things and tips about blogging and quilting. Stick with me!

1- Blogging tip: Do your best taking nice pictures for your posts! Life is busy and sometimes we have no chance to read big posts, but if you've nice pictures I guarantee you that your readers will be pleased seeing colors and details in your project pics!

2- Quilting tip: I'm very curious and love taking classes about what I'm interested in the moment. I really encourage you to take as many classes as you can if you wanna learn the basics or build new skills on quilting. But, the more important, spend time trying the projects you saw in classes, books, tutorials. It is when you MAKE that you really get to know the process. And when you have a chance to make mistakes that you really learn something NEW!

3- A question for you, reader: What you think about my blog's name? I kept the old name and URL "Janaina Machado" because it used to be my bag's brand name for years. Right now I don't have a bag business anymore... Does my blog's name and url make it difficult for you to remember my blog?

4- My dream Vacation spot: Rome and Greece.

5- My favorite book: Bible

6 - My favorite Movie/Series: I'll always love "Gilmore Girls".

7 - My favorite TV Show: all from HGTV, I love makeovers!

PS: I'd LOVE if you could answer number 3 in the comments! THANK You!

Hope you enjoyed this post, and visit my friends in this hop listed bellow!