Abakhan Fabrics Giveaway Winner!

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Wow, thanks to all of you who left comments for the Abakhan Fabrics giveaway! I’ve got the two winners right here:

The winner of the bright bundle is: Elizabeth McDonald

The winner of the pastel bundle is: Kaitlin M

I’ve emailed the winners using the email address they left in the comment, but if you think you’ve won and haven’t had an email, let me know at jennaexcell (at) gmail.com and I’ll try to sort it out. :)

Thanks everyone! And a special thanks to Will at Abakhan Fabrics!

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Winners! Sew Intertwined QAL

Wow, we can’t believe it’s the end! We had 87 group members and a ton of beautiful finishes. It was such a fun Quilt Along, and we’re so proud of everyone who participated, and the level of creativity in the group just blew us away. Some of those ladies had never made a quilt before, and they pulled it off beautifully. *sniff, sniff*


We decided the fairest way to draw for prizes was to use a random number generator. Melissa took that job, and here are the results:

Prize 1 – Superior Threads – $30.00 Gift Cert – #12 – Shimmyblister
Sew Intertwined Top

Prize 2 – Intrepid Thread – $50.00 Gift Cert – #2 – Quilting Lodge
Sew Intertwined QAL Quilt

Prize 3 – Stitches N’ Giggles – Riley Blake Chevron Bundle – #9 – Nanners1222
Sew Intertwined QAL - finished with border

Prize 4 – Contemporary Cloth – Fat Quarter Bundle – #4 – Marjorie68
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Prize 5 – Eclectic Maker – 5 Fat Quarter Bundle – #3 – Jennie’s Threads
Sew Intertwined - quilted and finished

Prize 6 – Quilting Lodge – Layer Cake – #13 – Piecestolove
Sew Intertwined
If you’ve won, please email jennaexcell(at)gmail.com and I’ll sort out the prizes. Thank you SO much for participating in our Quilt Along!

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I’m in the Brit edition of Fat Quarterly Magazine!!

When I started this blog two years ago, I NEVER imagined I’d be in a magazine. And when Fat Quarterly first came out, I was so excited to have a modern quilting magazine that actually ‘gets’ us. It’s a real dream come true to have met with the FQ gang in London (even if I was hobbling a bit), and to have a pattern published in this issue of Fat Quarterly is SO amazing I kinda don’t have words for it.

So here’s the bag:

It’s called Je’taime Le Thames and it’s very roomy. Of course I’m not the only pattern in the Sew Britannia edition of Fat Quarterly, and I’m definitely not the best – I really recommend buying a copy of the magazine. There are some truly amazing quilts in there.

The Sew Britannia edition of Fat Quarterly is $8, and an annual subscription is only $28. If you follow Lynne at Lily’s Quilts and Katy of I’m A Ginger Monkey, you’ll know how good the magazine is. Oh yeah, and there’s a book out too, of blocks designed by the whole team – that’s a whole lot of talent in one book, trust me.

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Manic Monday Linky Party & Features (& Giveaway Reminder!)

Hey, if you haven’t signed up for the Abakhan fabric giveaway, get over there now!

Hello!!! Sorry for the late posting today – I got my Mirena coil out and yikes! Cramps and everything. And because I haven’t had cramps or any of the more annoying aspects of being a woman for around 9 years, I’m not dealing with it very well. Actually, all I’ve done is sit on the couch and read. Perhaps a tad bit lazy but since I’m still fighting that low feeling, it simply feels like too much effort to do anything else. Is that pathetic?

Anyway, I have a couple of features from last week’s linky party:

I Quilt For Fun made this groovy scrap quilt using scraps from her own collection and some saved up from quilty friends – I’ll let you read the journey this quilt’s got ahead of it. What a cool idea!

Dorian of Ridge Top Quilts made this lovely 4 patch quilt top, adding a bit of the sublime into the centre with that bright orange/red diamond – perfect!

Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, recipe or project, 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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Welcome: Abakhan Fabrics & FQ Bundles Giveaway

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It’s Giveaway time! Woohoo! I’ve got a new sponsor, Abakhan fabrics, so I’d like to introduce you to them.

Abakhan has super deals on fabric, knitting and crochet supplies, general craft supplies and just about everything else you might need for your sewing and crafting adventures. And it’s all at great prices, so it won’t hurt your wallet!

They carry a bit of everything – quilting supplies, dressmaking, curtain and home furnishing fabrics, the list goes on and on.

Can you believe this curtain fabric is only £4.99 per metre?

They’ve also got 50% off all Simplicity patterns right now – so if you’re thinking about sewing a few dresses or skirts for fall/winter, it’s definitely worth your time to see what Abakhan has in stock for you.

And now it’s time to get to the giveaway. Here’s what Will at Abakhan has for TWO participants:

A polka spotted fat quarter bundle of brights – there are 8 FQs in there! And another one:

Another fat quarter bundle of polka spots – this one in pastel.

Here’s how to win:

  • Leave a comment. That’s it. No strings attached.
  • For an additional entry, go Like the Abakhan Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. Leave me a comment letting me know which one.
  • For an additional entry, go Like the SewHappyGeek Facebook page or follow on Twitter. Leave me a comment letting me know which one.
  • If you share the giveaway via FB or Twitter, that’s an additional entry – just leave me a comment letting me know you did. (There are buttons below the post that make it super easy.)

Each winner will receive ONE FQ Bundle – whether you get bright or pastel is totally left up to chance. I’ll leave the giveaway open for one week – I’ll announce the winner next Friday, 14 Sept. The giveaway is open internationally – anyone can enter. I’ll use my And The Winner Is…plugin to determine who’s won.

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Sailor Mouth Swap Goodies Sent!

I must thank Allegory of {sew} Allegorical for setting up this delightful Sailor Mouth Swap. I had fun stalking my secret partner to figure out what kind of fabrics and colours she likes. I’m pretty sure she’s a big fan of Tula Pink, so I made a nice tote bag:

 I got The Birds and the Bees fabric from Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics. I LOVE the birds on it, so I’m happy that I’ve got a bit left over to make something for myself. Someday. BTW, I’m not showing you the curse word I put in there. If you want to know and won’t be offended, here’s the Flickr pic.

I also made a notebook cover from Cindy’s very useful notebook cover tutorial, using Art Gallery Fabrics provided to me by Hantex Ltd here in the UK. If you’re wanting to get your hands on some of this lovely fabric, Hantex Ltd has a stockist page to help you. I can tell you it’s gorgeous! (It’s the Modernology range by Pat Bravo.)

I threw in some chocolate and a fat quarter. I really hope my partner likes everything.

Thank you Allegory for organising everything! :)

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Manic Monday Linky Party Is BACK!!

Whew! That was like 5 weeks of no Linky Party while I was in Texas and whatnot. I really missed seeing what everyone has been up to – I really feel like I’m totally out of the loop now. I’m looking forward to getting back in the groove of things again! :)

Linky Party Rules:

  • You can link anything you’ve created – an etsy shop, blog or tutorial, recipe or project, 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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Ebook Review: Suzy’s Majestic Peacock Pattern

Suzy of Suzy’s Sitcom sent me a free copy of her new ebook, Suzy’s Majestic Peacock Pattern. I meant to review it over a month ago, but what with the limited internet in Texas and me injuring myself and all, I’m just now getting to it. (Sorry, Suzy!!)

I’ll tell you what I really like about this ebook – both projects are meticulously explained, in super easy steps that even I could follow. And I’ve never actually tried to make faux stained glass or my own batik fabric. Suzy is a SUPER talented gal whose drawing and crafting skills are really impressive, so the peacock template is absolutely fantastic. You get both patterns and the template for only $10, which is a great deal considering you can use the peacock techniques for other crafts – she’s even included suggestions!

The Faux Stained Glass Peacock is laid out in simple, well written steps. Best of all, she’s even got instructions in there for what to do when your hand is a bit shaky and your lines don’t come out completely perfect. I don’t know about you, but I’m not good at drawing of any kind, so I really appreciate the extra help. Once you’ve drawn your ‘leaded’ part and it’s dried, painting it in is a cinch! And again, if you mess up she’s got instructions for how to touch it up.

Once you’re finished you’ll be very impressed with the results – there’s really no way to mess this up with all the helpful tips for dealing with any boo-boos. Plus everyone who spots it in your house will be all like, ‘You made that?! WOW!’ which is the whole point of crafting, right? ;)

The batik panel is just as easy to make – you just use melted crayons! All you do is trace the outline in pencil and off you go. And her piecing instructions are suitable for someone who’s relatively new to quilting. And even if you’re new to piecing and quilting, she includes really useful links for tutorials to help you.

Each step is well photographed and really, you just cannot go wrong unless you spilled the crayon paint everywhere. It’s kinda like a paint by numbers except you get to choose the colours and where they go. The applique technique is well explained and easy to follow, and even the binding is explained thoroughly with extra tutorial links if you need them.

You’ll be very pleased with the ebook and the projects – they’re not incredibly complicated, especially the Faux Stained Glass, and you’ll make items that you’ll be very proud of. They’d make excellent gifts, but if you’re like me, you’ll want to hang onto them yourself.

Suzy’s Majestic Peacock Pattern is available on her website for immediate download for $10.

All images courtesy of Suzy Myers of Suzy’s Sitcom.

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Sew Intertwined QAL: Borders

Hello! Welcome to the border edition of the Sew Intertwined Quilt Along! If you’re just starting, come on over and say hi to everyone in the Flickr group – we’re all super nice. Also, Melissa over at SewBitterSweet Designs is posting a tutorial on joining your blocks, so you’ll probably want to read that first! Oh, and here’s the QAL info page for more details.

I’ll give you directions to do 2 different borders – one a plain border, and the other with cornerstones. All seam allowances are 1/4″. The image below is of roughly 2″ finished sized plain borders, so here’s how to do it:

You’ll need to cut 7 strips of fabric – 2.5″ x WOF (width of fabric). Carefully cut off the selvedge because it doesn’t look pretty in your quilt.

The quilt by itself measures about 60″. Yours may be slightly bigger or even slightly smaller. That’s ok.

Take ONE of the strips and cut it in half, so you have TWO pieces, each 2.5″ x approx 22″. Sew each of those shorter strips to one of your 44″ length strips.

Now simply sew a strip each to the top and the bottom. Trim even with the edges of your blocks.

Then, sew TWO of the remaining four strips together to make a very long strip. Repeat with the remaining two strips.

Sew those longer strips, one to each side. Trim the ends so everything lines up. Now baste, quilt and bind! (There are some links about that at the end if you need them.)

For borders with cornerstones that finish at about 2″ wide, you’ll need 4 squares cut to 2.5″ x 2.5″ to put in the corners.

Also cut SIX strips, 2.5″ x WOF. Carefully trim the selvedges.

Cut TWO of the strips in half so they’re 22″ long – you’ll have four pieces.

Sew a 22″ long piece to one of the 44″ long pieces. Repeat with another set of one short and one long. Sew those, one each, to the top and bottom of your quilt. Trim the edges so they’re even with the blocks.

You should have TWO long (44″), TWO short (22″), and FOUR squares (2.5″ x 2.5″). Sew one long piece to one short piece. Repeat with the other strips.

Now we need to know exactly how long those strips need to be before you sew your cornerstones to the edges of them. Measure the distance that the long strip will have to cover. It should be right around 60″ (remember we’ll be adding the cornerstones to the ends, so the strip only needs to ‘cover’ the actual blocks in between the cornerstones.). Now ADD .5″ to that measurement, and cut your strips to that length.

Sew TWO cornerstones, one to each end,  to one of the strips. Repeat with the other two cornerstones and strip. Now you just have to sew them to the edges, and you’re done!

Baste, quilt and bind!

If you need a basting tutorial, Crazy Mom Quilts has a good tutorial, as does Chasing Cottons.

If you need suggestions for quilting, check out Tallgrass Prairie Studio, or if you want to see what my version of random straight line quilting looks like, I have a pic in my Flickr of a baby quilt I made.

If you need a binding tutorial, I wrote one a while ago that might help.

Have fun and don’t forget to add your pics to the Flickr group!

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Woven Block Tutorial – Sew Intertwined QAL

Hello! Welcome to the next tutorial in the Sew Intertwined Quilt Along! 

Im sorry I don’t have a picture to include in this post, but I guess I forgot to it it in the draft and I’m still on holiday in Texas. I’ll have to amend the post after I get home next week.

Z, here’s the PDF download for my version of the woven blocks. This tutorial will tell you how to make them using traditional piecing techniques. If you want, though, you can also try Melissa’s paper piecing tutorial to find out which method is right for you.

Have fun! Remember to come say hi and post your progress pics in the Flickr group!
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