Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway: Gift Certificates to Sassy Kid Blanks & FWFS! Enter HERE!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Giveaway with Sassy Kid Blanks!

Hi there! I am really excited about today's giveaway!  We are changing things up a bit and are teaming up with Melissa from Sassy Kid Blanks to do a dual giveaway!

Have you heard of a "blank" before?  Well, it turns out I was one of those people who didn't know what a blank was! When I came across Sassy Kid Blanks, I was super impressed with the quality of their garments and the different options they have in their store! I was one of those mom's who has tried to find decent blank shirts to appliqué fun designs on for my little girls! ( I just had no idea, that's what they were called)  Well, I don't have to search anymore! Sassy Kid Blanks, has an excellent variety of designs of products for a great price!

I am excited to introduce you to Melissa, the owner of Sassy Kid Blanks!  I was able to do a small interview with her so you could get to know her a little better!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a mother of two sweet little girls, and wife of a wonderful supportive husband. We currently live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I was born and raised in South Carolina. I love where I am from, and I have stayed close to my roots. It is a great life, and I feel blessed every day for it. 
I grew up exposed to sewing and crafting from my mom. She almost always had a project going. I started cross-stitching when I was a young girl. Then of course, I took Home Economics back when I was in middle school. That was back when they still offered it in schools. I made my first skirt then. I remember when Martha Stewart came on the scene and opened up the world of crafting and home-making. I was obsessed with Martha back in the day and my mom and I tried out many of her projects. Crafting and sewing was how my mom and I spent time together usually. It was always relaxing and fun! 

2.  For those of us who don't know,  can you explain to us what a "blank" is?

Essentially, a blank is a non-embellished garment upon which a design can be added. In addition to shirts, blank garments include dresses, onesies, rompers, etc. A company who sells blanks will have a ready supply of the same styles for their customers to rely upon for their embroidering or crafting needs on a regular basis. Here is a before & after photo of our Sassy Shirt! 

3.   Tell us about your business, and how it got started?

As years passed, I continued to craft and sew. I purchased my very own sewing machine shortly after I was married. I made most of the curtains and pillows seen in our home. But I always longed for an embroidery machine - even more so after I started having children. I always thought I can do that stuff I see in the stores. And let's face it, there is more satisfaction when you make something yourself. 

So after years of dreaming, I finally took the plunge and bought an embroidery/sewing machine combo. As I started embroidering for my girls and for my friends as well. I opened an Etsy shop and was keeping really busy. However, I just could never find plain kids clothes that were exactly what I wanted to embellish. I had these cute appliques, but the shirts just didn't have that pizazz - or the sass I wanted. That is when it dawned on me I should design a line of clothing for embroiders, like me, who want something special upon which to put their appliques and designs. Sassy Kid was born! 

I started sketching and figuring out what I wanted the blanks to look. To make a long story short, finding a manufacturer and getting to the end product our customers see now took over a year. Here is a picture of one of my early sketches of the short sleeve Sassy Shirt. It is obvious I am not an artist. Ha ha! But there is a lot of love and effort put into my designs. 

4.  What advice would you give to someone who wants to start doing embroidery and appliqué on shirts?

My first piece of advice is to invest in a good machine if you don't have one already. Find a licensed dealer in your area who sells embroidery machines. They are experts and will know how to take care of you and your machine. If you have a problem with the machine, they can fix it. The store where I bought my machine has great customer service and support. They taught me how to use my machine properly. I could not have been successful without them. 

Girls Long Sleeve Empire Waist Dress -- Purchase Here

5.  Do you have any coming soon or new products you'd like to tell us about?

Our Sassy Empire Dress that has been so popular this spring has a long sleeve twin for the fall and winter! We have long sleeve Sassy Shirts for the fall in two beautiful colors - plum and brown! They will be perfect for applique pumpkins and turkeys. 

Girls Long Sleeve Shirt -- Purchase Here

Now, that you know how awesome Melissa is and can see how cute and sassy her blanks are, we thought it would be fun to do a little package giveaway!

TWO WINNERS will receive: a $10 gift certificate to Sassy Kid Blanks & a $10 gift certificate to Fort Worth Fabric Studio!

To enter to win, answer the following question:

What would you make if you won?! 

Please leave your answer in the comment section below.  If you are an anonymous or no-reply blogger, please include your email address so we can contact you if you win!

You can also get two more entries:
1. Like Sassy Kid Blanks on Facebook -- HERE
2. Like Fort Worth Fabric Studio on Facebook HERE

Just leave separate comments for extra entries!

Giveaway will close on Sunday, April 27

Good Luck and I'll talk to you soon,

PS: I would make matching appliqué dresses for my two little girls--in a 4th of July theme, using this dress in white!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday {Features}

Hi there! I hope you all are enjoying your Easter weekend! We spent the day working in the yard and getting ready to plant our garden and some flowers! Things are getting green around here, and the trees have started blooming! The kids are pretty excited for Easter, and we have a fun day planned tomorrow!

Now let's get to this week's features! There is always so much inspiration shared, so be sure to check  them out HERE!

First of all I am completely blown away by Carole's quilting! I mean, this is seriously amazing! I have tried my hand at long arm quilting, and it's not as easy it it may look! So this is pretty fantastic, if you ask me! Check out Carole's blog: Fresh Off the Frame for a lot more inspiration!
Fresh Off The Frame: Nearing the Finish Line

 Next we have this lovely quilt top from Twiggy and Opal! I love the Briar Rose collection, and I am pretty smitten with this diamond quilt! The blocks are paper pieced, and look relatively easy to put together! I may have to try this out! 
Twiggy and Opal: A Diamond in the Rough

This next lovely quilt is from That's Sew Julie! I have seen these I Spy quilts before and I am always so taken with them! Julie did a lovely job on this one, and I am sure this quilt will get lots of love from her children!

That's Sew Julie- I Spy Quilt Quilt Finish

These are just a few links from all the great inspiration shared! You can check out all the links here!

If you were featured, you can grab our "featured button" here:

Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

Talk to you soon,

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday #12

I can't tell you how happy I am because it's Friday! :)  Not only is it the weekend, but it's Easter weekend!  I always love to celebrate the holiday's, especially since my kids are all young and get so excited about celebrating each holiday.  We have some fun things planned, so it will be a great weekend!

I wanted to give a big thank you to all the sweet comments left about my tea towel tutorial! I had such great feedback and such a great response! So thank you! :)

We are giving away a kit for the tea towels--so be sure to enter HERE!

Now onto our newest Friday Bundle Batch:

Turquoise Jackpot

Turquoise Jackpot is an 8 piece bundle filled with turquoise and black and hints of white! I pretty much love anything paired with black! It's just something about how the black makes other colors really pop and stand out!  The turquoise in this bundle just stands out against that black and makes it that much more vibrant!  

Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):

Ink Blossom Main Print - RJR
Ink Blossom Dots - RJR
Stitched Circles Aqua - Michael Miller
Basics Paisley Black/White - Windham
Ink Blossom Flowers - RJR
Elegant Scroll Black - Loralie Designs
Aqua Pindot - Michael Miller
Twirl Vines Black – Henry Glass

Need more than a fat quarter? You can purchase this bundle in 1/2 yard cuts rather than fat quarters.

Now that I shared our fabric for the week--We want to see yours! :) 

Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 

*Please link up a specific post, not your main page
*Please link back or use a button on your post, or blog. 
*Please visit some other links and leave a comment! :) 

200 x 200
Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog
If you need a different sized button--click here for different sizes.

It is going to be a frenzy of fabric around here and we can't wait to see what you have been creating with your fabric! So please, grab a button or share a link and let's party!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Crazy Acres Quilt Along {Spray Basting}

Hi there! Welcome back to the Crazy Acres Quilt Along!

April 17: Basting
April 24: Quilting
May 1: Binding
May 15: Show and Tell

Now that we have our quilt tops ready to go, we are ready to baste!

There are a few different methods that you can use when basting.  Please use whichever method you prefer! I am going to show you the spray basting method today!

Monday, April 14, 2014

3 Projects Featuring Moda Toweling!

I have recently discovered Moda Toweling, and I seriously can't get enough of it!  If you aren't sure what toweling is or have never heard of it, then you've come to the right place! I am going to show you what it is, and also show you three different ideas using this toweling!

Moda Toweling, is an affordable cotton fabric that is purchased by the yard.  It is 16" wide, and is hemmed on both sides.  It comes on a roll, kind of like a paper towel roll and it is cut by the yard.  So all you have to do is hem the top and bottom of your towel.  It also comes in a variety of types.  

               1. Natural                    2. White                   3. Red/Blue Border

I have used both the white and the natural in these projects, and couldn't be happier with them! 

For these tea towels, I used the natural toweling.  The towels measure 16" x 25" finished.  I also made a free pattern for download, so you can make these yourself!  You can download here!

Jodie has made these sweet towels into affordable kits so that you can make your very own! Each kit contains enough fabric to make two towels! You can buy the kits here!

You can enter to win a kit for these towels here! And you can download the PDF pattern for FREE! 

For the apron, I used the same method I used to make the towel, except I did 6 prairie points, and I sewed the prairie points on the long edge rather than the shorter edge.  I also added a grosgrain ribbon for the ties, rather than fabric! This was such a fun project and took less than an hour to make! 

For the apron I used:
5. 7/8" red grosgrain ribbon (2.5-3 yards)

I wanted to also show you a project with the white toweling! 

I decided that my little girl needed a fun little apron! I thought ruffles would be the perfect addition to the apron!

4. 7/8" red grosgrain ribbon 

If you know how to sew a ruffle, then you can make this apron! All I did was make 4 ruffles by using the width of fabric strips and sewed them onto the toweling.  I then sewed a strip of red ribbon above the ruffles to cover my seam.  I used another red ribbon on the for the ties.  

The sky is the limit here with this little apron, you could add a fun little pocket or even add some appliqué!

I have had so much fun creating these projects with the toweling! I have stocked up on both the natural and the white toweling for future projects! If you decide to make an apron or some towels, I would love to see them! Shoot me an email:

Talk to you soon,

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Giveaway: Tea Towel Kit and Free Pattern

Hi there! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!! I got some sewing time in this weekend and can't wait to show you what I have been working on.  :)

This week's giveaway is special to me! I have been waiting to show you guys these darling tea towels I've made for a while now!  I used the Moda Toweling, which I absolutely love and really can't get enough of! These little lovelies are a fast and easy project, that would make a perfect gift!

I came up with the pattern, and Jodie made these fabulous kits! The pattern is completely free! You can find the free PDF pattern HERE

I had a blast making these towels, and the best part is that they are easy and quick! I literally whipped one of these up in a half an hour!  You really can't beat that! :)

So to share the love, we are going to give away one of these kits!

To enter, answer the following question:

Would you actually use these tea towels or would they be for "show" only?

Leave your answer in the comment section below.  Please leave your email address if you are an anonymous commenter or are a no-reply blogger. :) 

If you would like to have another entry, sign up for our weekly newsletter!

To do so, go HERE and in the upper right corner enter your email address! Just leave another comment letting me know you are a subscriber.  If you already are a subscriber, please just leave another comment letting me know! :)

 This giveaway is open to international readers. Winner will be chosen at random.  

Giveaway is now CLOSED!

The winner of the Moda Project Books are Vicki H.  She has been notified by email. 

Good luck and I'll talk to you soon,

Linking up to:

PS: I am going to use these towels for sure! I actually really like the texture of the toweling itself and really don't see why I couldn't use these! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday {Features}

Hi there! I hope you all are having a good weekend so far! :) We are going to start doing weekly features from our Fabric Frenzy Friday link parties!  There is always a lot of fantastic inspiration each week, and I can't wait to highlight some of your links each week! 

Here are this week's features:

I Patch and Quilt linked up these darling paper pieced blocks! I will not lie, paper piecing intimidates me a bit.  I have tried very simple blocks, but nothing like these! These really inspire me to try out some more advanced designs!
I Patch and Quilt