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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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Welcome: Eclectic Maker!

I’d like to introduce you to an exciting UK fabric & craft store, Eclectic Maker. They’re an online-only store at the moment and supply designer fabrics for patchwork, quilting, dressmaking and craft.  I LOVE their shop. When you click to look at something, it shows you everything, instead of 9 or 12 products at a time – so no extra surfing around! Here’s what Simon told me about their shop and goals:

We started trading nearly a year ago, setting out to provide an exciting alternative for the sewing community, with the freshest designs and whole fabric collections to choose from.  We have fabric ranges from internationally renowned designers as well as newcomers.  We supply our fabric in pre-cut fabric bundles for quilters, to take the hard work out of matching – these include fat quarters, charm packs, layer cakes and jelly rolls.  We also supply continuous lengths for dressmaking and larger projects.  Our designer fabrics are complemented by an ever-expanding range of sewing patterns, haberdashery, notions and basics, including Vilene and Quilt Batting.

Patty Young Fabric Pack Andalucía 2012 in Tutti Frutti, FQ Bundle for £39:

Patty Young Fabric Pack Andalucía 2012 in Tutti Frutti, FQ Bundle for £39

We believe in giving excellent customer service and take great pride in providing a quality service that our customers can appreciate – we are happy just to take a call or answer a query by e-mail if it results in a happy customer.  We offer a fast turn-around as standard and every purchase is backed up by our ‘no quibble’ returns policy.

Ed Emberley Happy Drawing Frogs, FQ £3.50:

In the future our goal is to provide a one-stop-shop for our customers, offering pretty well everything needed to complete a variety of sewing projects.  In a nutshell, we aspire to be ‘fabulous fabrics and more’.

Lucie Summers Fabric Pack Summersville in Scandi, just £16.80!

Kaffe Fassett Design Roll Classics in Blue, £34.95:

 So please go check out their huge range of fabrics, from Andalucia 2012 by Patty Young, Summersville by our very own awesome Lucie Summers, Happy Drawing by Ed Emberley for Cloud9, and Trade Winds by Lily Ashbury. They’ve even got Premier Lord by Dan Bennett with its delicious Egyptian flavours.

Also be sure to look at their large and lovely selection of buttons (important for you seamstresses and knitters out there!) and ribbons.

And I’d like to publicly thank Simon for supporting me in pursuing my dream of making a living through sewing and teaching others how to sew. It really means a lot to me.

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Welcome: Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom!

When I first started blogging, I came across Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom, and I’ve enjoyed it ever since for her lovely, creative tutorials for items you haven’t been seeing everywhere else, and her gift of wit. She is a funny, sweet lady with a great blog that I think you’ll love, and I’m honoured to have her as a sponsor. I know I can’t do an introduction any justice, so I’ll just hand things over to Suzy:

Hi, I’m Suzy from Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom. By day, I’m a mild mannered Executive Assistant in a large company in downtown Atlanta. But, when the evening rolls around, the gloves come off and I become a total crafting maniac. The family is slightly relieved by the fact that rather than subject them to craft project after craft project, I have instead chosen to subject the rest of the world to it through my blog. Unfortunately, they soon realized that not only do I blog about crafts, but I tend to blog about them too. Because my life is a sitcom. And some things are just meant to be shared.

Each week, I try to feature other artists and crafters and throw in a bit of my life along the way. On Thursdays, I offer a Commercial Break Linky list for anyone that would like to advertise their site, their current project, their etsy shop, their new hairdo, whatever. It is kinda a free-for-all, no rules party kinda thing. It’s like inviting everyone into my living room and telling them to help themselves from the fridge. I get the pleasure of your company and don’t have to do any cooking. Works for me…

And there is my buddy, Tom Selleck and his mustache. He hangs out with me every Wednesday when I do Guest Star interviews. He thinks it’s because he’s famous. But his mustache has it’s own dressing room.Just saying.

And every Friday, you can expect a tutorial of my latest project. Some projects come together well, some are kinda a pain in the butt. Sometimes I’m just as surprised as you are when the post comes out.

My Ukrainian Eggs that are for sale in my Etsy Shop.

I also do Faux Stained Glass from Elmers glue.

I have tons of tutorials on my site, ranging from simple crafts to much more complicated. A bit of something for everyone!

And one thing that you can count on with Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom is that with any luck it will put a smile in your day. Because after all, life is a sitcom covered in glitter, hot glue strings and dog hair…isn’t it?

So please go have a look round Suzy’s site – it is HUGE and you’re guaranteed to find something over there that you like. Most likely you’ll find something you need to make RIGHT NOW!! :)

Jenna

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Welcome & Jelly Roll Giveaway: Sanourra’s Fabric Love

Hey, have you joined PLAY – a mini quilt competition with fabulous prizes? Read about it here! And Manic Monday Linky Party is still open too!

I’d like to welcome my newest sponsor, Megan from Sanourra’s Fabric Love on etsy. Take it away, Megan!
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Hello, my name is Megan.  I am the owner and proprietor of Sanourra’s Fabric Love, and I’m a textile addict. I started sewing in 1999, and I made my first quilt three years ago.  I have since learned how to knit and I’ve fallen in love with the process.

Hullabaloo Jelly Roll, on sale in Sanourra's Fabric Love for $32. Click on the picture to see the listing.

After I was laid off from a job as an administrative assistant in 2009, I decided to follow my passion:  I opened my Etsy shop with vintage fabrics and patterns. Since then, I have added many fabric collections and precut bundles from Moda Fabrics. I have started adding my own hand-dyed yarn and knitted creations to my shop as well.

Vintage 50/50 blend fabric, available for only $5 per yard! Click picture to see listing

For those of you wondering about my shop name, it just so happens that while I enjoy being crafty and creative, I’m also a bit of a gamer. Sanourra is the name of a character in an online game that I created years ago and has stuck with me. It’s a mixture of the French sante (health) and the English nourishment; creating nurtures my soul and makes me a happier, healthier person.  I’m sure many of you feel the same way.

Half yard of Mirage Batik Spirals in Peach for only $4.45. Click on picture to see listing

Half Yard Mirage Batik Sprigs Scroll in Autumn, $4.45. Click picture to see listing!

I feel truly blessed to have had the pleasure of meeting so many creative and kind people over the past few years while running my little fabric business from home. I have built a solid reputation for providing outstanding service and a satisfying online shopping experience to my customers because I treat them as I would like to be treated.

Hometown Flower Shop yardage, on sale for only $8.99 per yard! Click picture to see listing

Little Apples by Aneela Hoey, Layer Cake for only $35! Click picture to see listing.

Seriously guys, Megan has some sweet deals in her shop, so go check it out! 

And to top it all off, she’s giving away a blue Puttin’ on the Ritz jelly roll! Woohoo!

Here’s how to win:

That’s 4 chances to win! The giveaway is open internationally, and winner will be chosen on Thursday 26 April using my And The Winner Is…plug-in. 

 

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Sponsor Welcome: Fabricworm

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Hi all! Today I want to share a bit about my newest sponsor, Fabricworm. Cynthia is a working mum of 2 boys and says her inability to make frilly dresses accounts for her eclectic, robust taste in fabrics. And she picks out brilliant bundles on that basis, let me tell you! I am loving this one for a subdued bed quilt:

Cross Country 12 half yard bundle, available for $68.50. I also love this kid’s primary colour fabric – so cheerful!

2nd Safari Primary 12 half yard bundle, $71.

She’s also got some really cool fabrics in the new section:

This Samantha Walker fabric, Saddle Up in blue, features all kinds of sweet motifs from the Old West – just $5 per half yard!

She’s got lots of patterns too. I particularly like this Make It Perfect A+ skirt pattern as you could make it out of quilt cotton with a muslin lining that would be perfect for keeping cool this summer!

You can also pick up some SUPER deals in the Sale section -

There are some fabulous stash builders in the Sale, like this Paula Prass Botanika, only $6 per yard!

So the next time you need fabric, keep Fabricworm in mind! And I want to thank Cynthia for helping me run this blog and pursue my dreams by sponsoring me. It means a lot to me to be able to continue giving my readers good content.

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Welcome: Sewing Directory

Have you ever been about to visit somewhere and wanted to know if there’s a local quilt, yarn or sewing shop to visit while you’re there? Or you’re just trying to discover what’s in your area? It’s not easy to find the relevant crafty listings in normal business directories – Yell, even Google can let you down. Did you know, for instance, that if you sold both yarn and fabric in your store, you’d have to pay an extra listing fee to be included in both categories? No freakin’ wonder we can’t ever find the craft stores we want!

Well, Fiona Pullen has figured out a brilliant answer to that problem. Stores that sign up with the Sewing Directory can list themselves in as many categories as they wish with no extra charge. What does that mean for you? It means that no matter what you’re looking for (online seller, a local yarn or quilt or sewing shop, a local papercraft supplier) you’ll be able to pinpoint exactly which businesses to visit. And yes, I did say online.

But there’s actually a bit more going on at the Sewing Directory – she’s got listing for upcoming workshops (by city or county), there are some very nifty How-To Guides, informational articles (some of them are really fun to read) , and you can even get in on the sewing machine giveaway!

She’s got a blog, Facebook and Twitter, so it simple to keep up with the latest crafty news, and you can check out upcoming events and shows too.

All in all, The Sewing Directory is a fantastic resource for feeding your crafty habit. :)

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Welcome: Studio Kat Designs & Pattern Review

Hello! I’d like to welcome Kat of StudioKat Designs, the newest sponsor at SewHappyGeek. She sells handbag patterns which are adorable, and sewing supplies too – those nifty bits and pieces you need to make a really profesh-looking handbag. She sent me 2 patterns to review, the Reuse-a-Bag, and the Boho Baguette:

Isn’t it adorable? I also like the sophisticated look of the Bellagio Bag:

She has TONS of great patterns available. And although I haven’t made the Boho Baguette, I have made the ReUse-a-Bag and have read both sets of instructions through. This is where Kat’s patterns really distinguish themselves, above any of the big pattern companies – the instructions are really thorough. They’re so good, and written in such a casual, easy to understand style, that it’s more like taking a class than reading a pattern. And I’m not just saying that because she’s a sponsor. And they’re a great price – $10 to $12 each. Plus she’s got some adorable free patterns too!

It’s taken me weeks to get to a point where I could make this Studio Kat Designs ReUse-a-Bag pattern, but I finally did it! I’m super proud of it:

I didn’t put in a zipper because I wouldn’t use it, so I just folded the edges over twice and made a hem. If I had it to do over, I’d do the ‘lock-in’ seam option before basting the interior and exterior together, so that it would match the side seams as well. I didn’t have Peltex so I jerry-rigged the straps, but I’m very happy with them. And the instructions were so easy to follow!

Here it is unfolded – I made the medium size and plan to leave it in the car. That way, when I pop in to the local shop I can just use this instead of their plastic bags.

It’s got a wee pocket inside for receipts and lists. Please excuse my awful stitching. I forgot to change the bobbin to orange thread :p.

All in all, what I can tell you is this: using one of Kat’s patterns is a delight, and I like buying from an real person, and an independent designer. 

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Welcome & Giveaway: Fat Quarter Shop!

Hello! Did you notice I didn’t blog yesterday? I bet not! I had a foot appointment and was hanging out with a special friend who’s been having a tough time lately. So I didn’t get time. The foot appointment went well, considering what it looked like a few weeks ago, but I’ve also been referred on to the specialist for having plantar fasciitis in BOTH feet. It’s SUPER painful and I’m going to have to 1) wear trainers or other good shoes that are ugly and 2) rearrange my sewing studio so I can do most things sitting down. ****If you have any advice about brands of shoes I should be looking at for plantar fasciitis relief, PLEASE leave a comment or email me: jenna@sewhappygeek.co.uk!****

On to the show! As you probably know, Fat Quarter Shop is my premium sponsor. Their team has to be some of the nicest quilty people on the earth. They’re a dream to deal with, and when you order from them, you know you’re going to get exceptional service. But let me share what’s new:

You knew I’d find my way to the bird fabric first, right? I am SO in love with this line, Imperial Pheasant. This FQ Bundle would make an amazing quilt! You get 12 FQs for $38.99! Wow!

This lovely new Citron Gray by Michael Miller Fabrics bundle is only $41.99 for 13FQs! Sweet!

And I just had to share this Timeless Treasures book fabric with you – $10.50 per yard. (Have I mentioned I have over 200 biographies of Elizabeth I alone? Yeah, I’m a book addict too.)

I’m also a little in love with this Hopscotch quilt pattern by Bonnie and Camille. I’m thinking about making my baby niece’s quilt using this pattern… Only $8 and instant download!

Or maybe you’re like me and have a thing for layer cakes? This brand new Papillon by 3 sisters is so pretty! $39!

And as for the giveaway, Fat Quarter Shop has generously offered to give away 3 charm packs of Scoot by Riley Blake:

Isn’t it cute? So there will be 3 WINNERS! yay!

So there are 3 ways to win:

I’ll leave the giveaway running for a week, and draw next Thursday morning, 2 Feb 2012. I’ll be using my usual And The Winner Is… plug in.

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Welcome Wed: Pink Castle Fabrics :)

Hi All! I know you’re busy with the Sew. Happy. Quilt. QAL, or doing other fun crafty things so you can link up to Manic Monday Linky Party (which is still open!), but I wanted to share some info about my new sponsor, Pink Castle Fabrics.

Pink Castle Fabrics has some of the nicest fabric available. If you’ve been wondering where to get your hands on more Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks flannel, Pink Castle has TONS to choose from! And believe me, a flannel backing to your quilt will be so nice and warm this cold winter.

She’s got a fantastic half yard bundle of the sweet scissor fabric from Half Moon Modern for only $22.50:

She’s got new pre-cuts too! Hello Luscious by Basic Grey, Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket, and Kate Spain’s Good Fortune:

And she’s got nearly 70 different solids to choose from, so you’ll never be without coordinating solids again!

And if you’re looking for bargain stash builders, Pink Castle is your stash heaven! She’s got loads of fabric from just $6 PER YARD!!

So why not visit Pink Castle now and see what’s on offer – I promise you’ll be glad you did!

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Need A Last Minute Gift? Hello, Hawthorne Threads!

Hey, want to leave a link on Manic Monday Linky Party? You still can!

I know by now you know all about Christmas, and you’re probably ready for it. Or maybe you’re not. OR, maybe you know of a really fun QAL coming after Xmas and you’re thinking, hmmm, I better get some fabric for that (I’d say anywhere between 5 and 7 half yard cuts would do it.) and you’re wondering where you can buy fabric in the exact colour scheme you’re thinking of.

Here’s an idea. See, Charlie and Lindsay have a $5 flat rate US shipping deal on right now. Plus, you can search by colour grid for fabrics – so if you want orange and teal, like my mosaic, you go straight to the colour grid and start choosing! Oh, and their shipping for Canada and International isn’t bad either – up to 9 yards for only $10.95 and $12.95, respectively.

The other thing I love about their website is the ‘coordinating fabrics’ options when you look at a fabric. So if you fall in love with, say, this Loulouthi Velveteen print and want to build a quilt top around it, you can find coordinating fabrics REALLY easily!

Hawthorne Threads don’t sponsor giveaways on blogs, but they do have a very generous giveaway EVERY WEEK which you can enter simply by adding your email address to receive the newsletter. (You have to enter every week, not just once, but you won’t get more than one newsletter in your email, I promise!) The newsletter is written by Lindsay, and is full of fabric news, deals and all kinds of good stuff.

From Jules Davis, Garden Of Delights

They’ve got collections I’ve never seen anywhere else, and they’ve got your favourites: Shadow Flower by Jackie Shapiro, Garden of Delights by Jules Davis, Juicy Blossoms by Simon and Kabuki (orange and teal beauty!), It’s A Girl Thing by Michael Miller House Designer, and my favourite, London Calling by Timeless Treasure. So cute!

London Calling - It's an Underground Map! Awesome!!!

So please go check Hawthorne Threads out and make sure you sign up for the giveaway!

Thanks for reading, guys!

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