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Feature Friday {And Are You Signed Up For My Giveaway?}

Wow! What a week! I’ve been fighting feeling low, and I think I’m starting to feel a tiny bit better. I think it helped that the sun came out for a couple of days. I really ought to get one of those SAD lights. Do any of you use one? If so, what do you think of it? Does it work?

Things might be kinda ‘bare bones’ around here next week. My lovely daughter Savi has a week off of school for half term, so I expect we’ll use a lot of that time to hang out together. She is such a good kid. I am SO lucky! I’m hoping we can go shopping, dye hair, bake, sew, maybe even knit together. Plus I’m getting A NEW SEWING MACHINE today! Oh yeah! I ordered a Janome Horizon from GUR sewing machines. AWESOME!! So I’ll be immersed in reading the manual for a few days.

And make sure you’re signed up for my sweet giveaway – there are {at least!} 3 prizes so get in on it now!

On, on with the features! This week’s most popular links were:

We were all intrigued about Patricia of Happy Days Quilting and her pile of rainbow charms. So pretty! Looks like she’s making a New York Beauty block! (I am too, but it’s taking forever.)

Dorian of Ridge Top Quilts has been making some truly lovely scrappy log cabin blocks – there’s very small at only 5″ but so cute! Go Dorian!

See you all Monday for another Manic Monday Linky Party!

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© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday Linky Party!

Hello! How was your weekend? Wanna catch up via Twitter? Or Facebook? Did you get any sewing or crafting done? If you blogged about it, link up!

Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!



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© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday Linky Party!

Hello! How was your weekend? Did you get up to any sewing? I can’t wait to see everyone’s links! And did you sign up for my Fat Quarter Shop Welcome Giveaway? There are 3 chances to win and 3 prizes!

Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!



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© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday Linky Party!

Hello and Happy Monday! (I know, I’m groaning inside too.) What have you been up to? Done any crafting? Please link up!

Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!



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P.S. Because I write a non-Blogger blog, I am one of those unfortunates who will lose my Google Friend Connect widget soon. I really value you as a reader and follower, and I’d like to ask you to consider following me on BlogLovin’, a free service built specifically for people to follow their favourite blogs, or by Feedburner, which is an RSS feed. Thanks!! :)

© J C Excell, 2011

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Features, Random Crap and Revamped Binding Tutorial

Hello! Friday already? What do you all have planned for the weekend? Buzz and I have a photo shoot we desperately need good weather for. I’m a little concerned that we’re not going to get it.

I also wanted to direct you toward my quilt binding tutorial – the first set of pics featured fabric that didn’t really show up well, so I re-shot it and I think it’s vastly improved. But I’d love your opinion too.

And I’ve posted my first Swoonalong pics on Flickr – I only allow myself to work on it on Fridays and if everything else is done. So after I finish putting together the Cherish do. Good Stitches quilt top, I’m going to cut another Swoonalong block! Whee!

I had 3 big ‘winners’ this week for the most hits. Remember yesterday I said I’d be doing a tutorial for my friend Melissa’s Valentine’s celebration? Well I’m also doing a tutorial for my friend Sarah’s Learn to Sew Series. She has some FANTASTIC tutorials coming up – and I don’t just mean mine. (But mine’s good too. Really.)

FairyFace Designs

And Sarah’s been gearing up to participate in Mouthy Stitches Zippy Pouch swap, which I’m pretty sad I missed.

The next one comes from Tabatha at Bending Pins:

Isn’t this lovely? If she does a pdf of these beautiful appliques I’d pay for it! ;)

And finally Esther from Happy in Red made a cute shopping bag:

See you Monday for another edition of Manic Monday Linky Party!

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© J C Excell, 2011

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Feature Friday And A Bit Of Pre-Valentine Cheer (Just A Little Bit!)

If you’re wondering what’s going on in the Sew. Happy. Quilt. QAL, go check out the Information page and the Flickr group – lots of inspiration in there!
Love (Two red hearts)

So my friend Melissa of Sew BitterSweet Designs is preparing to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a big way - from 6 Feb to 14 Feb she’ll be featuring guest posts, tutorials and all kinds of good stuff. And I’m posting a tutorial for her on the 10th, so I’m excited! And you should be excited too: she’s going to host a Valentine’s Project Linky Party, and you can link up your Valentine’s projects AND get your friends to vote for you! The one with the most votes wins a sweet prize! I can’t tell you exactly what I’m making, but I can tell you it’s quilty, and it’s small. Hmmm. No prizes for guessing correctly. :p So get your reds and pinks out and start sewing!

And while we’re talking about sewing, I’d like to introduce you to this week’s features. They were the most popular links, and I think you’ll see why:

Danny at Mommy For Reals has a mini-tute on how to make this applique tree. And I am SO rubbish at drawing that I’m super jealous of the trunk of that tree. And the paisley shapes too. Isn’t it cool?

Dana at Water Penny linked up this tutorial for a Signature Wedding Quilt - doesn’t it look sweet?

Amanda at City Girl Gone Coastal linked up a sweet tutorial on using stamps as embroidery patterns! So clever!

I’ll see you Monday for another Manic Monday Linky Party! Have a great weekend!

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© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday Linky Party!

Hey, what have you been up to? Did you get some sewing time in this weekend? Show me what you’ve been creating!

Sew Happy Geek
Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog (the code is on the right sidebar), but you don’t have to!



P.S. Because I write a non-Blogger blog, I am one of those unfortunates who will lose my Google Friend Connect widget soon. I really value you as a reader and follower, and I’d like to ask you to consider following me on BlogLovin’, a free service built specifically for people to follow their favourite blogs. Thanks!! :)
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© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday Linky Party AND Katy’s Pocketed Cosmetic Bag Tutorial!

Hi guys! How has your last 3 weeks been?  Mine have been strange! Plus, I’ve had a pretty rough weekend. I got my stitches out on Thursday, which was FANTASTIC, but of course my arm isn’t at 100% yet and it’s very frustrating to have to limit myself. Then on Friday I woke up with a VERY sore throat and a seriously infected ingrown toenail and had to get antibiotics from the GP. So all weekend I’ve been eating ice lollies and drinking herbal tea. And looking at my toenail with a mixture of fascination and disgust. Yeah, I’m weird. So what. :)

However, I feel so much better now, thank goddess! Maybe it was the extra 12 hours of sleep I’ve gotten over the last 3 days. Or maybe it’s because the antibiotics are finally kicking in. Whatever it was, I’m just concentrating now on getting my arm back to normal.

Plus, I have an awesome tutorial for you! My pal Katy was generous enough to let me post her cosmetic bag tutorial on Friday, but for some reason it didn’t make it to everyone’s readers, so please go have a look at it right now. It’s very well written and easy to follow. If you’re scared of zippers I totally recommend it!

So I’m really curious to see what you’ve been up to in the last week! And be sure to come back tomorrow as I have another fantastic tutorial for you!
Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!





© J C Excell, 2011

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Feature Friday!

Well, the first week of Stashtacular! is over, but we’ve got 3 awesome weeks ahead, so make sure you come back for next week’s giveaway of a jelly roll from Fat Quarter Shop and 3 more tutorials!

Sarah at Fairy Face Designs shared her Kaleidoscope blocks – don’t they look fabulous?

Suburbs Mama shared a tutorial for making this Shabby Apple inspired dress.

Cindy from Fluffy Sheep Quilting tried out some groovy arrangements for some sweet looking blocks she made.

Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom shared a tutorial for making a sweet little quilled butterfly in a jar.

Erin from Bittle Bear shared her orange quilt – I love that the swap was named The Blockwork Orange! Ha!

The gals at Craft Buds shared a tutorial for a cute sewing machine cover – man I need to make one of these!

If you’d like a button, they’re up there on the left sidebar for you to copy and paste the html code :)

Right – I’m off to try to teach myself some new knitting stitches. And there are still 2 places left in Sew Bee Blissful if you’re interested!


© J C Excell, 2011

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Manic Monday + Stashtacular! Tute and Giveaway!

Woohoo! It’s arrived, finally!

Stashtacular

My friend Kelly from Blue Bird Sews publishes her tutorial on baby onesies today to kick off Stashtacular! And don’t forget to enter to win a $25 gift certificate to 1Choice4Quilting too! Yep, all for you! And tutorials to follow tomorrow AND Wednesday – you lucky thing, you!

If you’d like to leave your link, here are the rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, whatever.
  • You can leave up to 2 links
  • Please visit at least one other link and comment!
  • I’ll be featuring a few on the blog on Feature Friday
  • You are welcome to add my party button to your blog, but you don’t have to!

I’d also like to ask you a question. I’m thinking about hosting a quilting bee, Sew Bee Blissful. It would be for a year, so I’d need 10-11 totally dependable people to do it with me. Is anyone interested? I’d like to donate my month’s quilt to Linus Quilts, a UK charity which provides donated quilts to kids who’ve had bad injuries, but donation to charity isn’t mandatory. I just thought maybe others would like to help me make a charity quilt. :) Someday I hope to do an international charity bee, but I need to do more research and make more contacts, I think.

Anyway, if you’d like more info, visit the Sew Bee Blissful Flickr page, or email me at jenna (at) sewhappygeek.co.uk
Now go get in on that 1Choice4Quilting giveaway!

© J C Excell, 2011

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