Outhouses & Shirts Deadline Approaching

We just have a couple weeks before the mailing deadline! It’s April 1. Here are all the details of the swap. I love receiving all the packages! This will be the first time that we are doing both outhouses and shirts. Remember, you get back as many outhouses as you send and as many shirts as you sent. They are not interchangeable.

I have sent out an email with the mailing information. If you did not receive it and are participating, please email me. LC at maychappell dot com. Let’s see those shirts! Let’s see those outhouses!!

xo LC

To the Outhouse & Don’t Forget Your Shirts Swap

I’ve hosted a few rounds of the All Shirts No Shoes swap. It’s been great fun and I’ve been amazed by the talent and creativity of this community. Shirts 3.0 is coming to a close. The shirts are all heading off to their new homes! We exchanged around 200 shirts which is amazing considering it’s the holidays!

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So it’s time for the next round…with a twist! Carolyn has a fabulous new pattern, Outhouse. It’s meant for swapping! So instead of Shirts 4.0, we are doing the “To the Outhouse & Don’t Forget Your Shirts”! That’s right, we are swapping both SHIRTS and OUTHOUSES!

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The patterns are awesomely detailed! Here are the rules.
1. You will get back the same amount of shirts/outhouses that you mail in. You can make five or five hundred. All the same fabric or different:) You can send just shirts or just outhouses! If you send 7 shirts and 12 outhouses, you’ll get back 7 shirts and 12 outhouses.
2. Ship your shirts to me by April 1. If you’re international, try to ship by March 20:) Once you sign up, I’ll email you my address. Signing up is how you get my address; it’s not a commitment to participate. I’ll update and post reminders about the swap here on my blog.
3. All items must come from a SMOKE FREE home.
4. You must include return postage. Please send a self addressed stamped envelope; it’s much easier for me.
5. If you’re international, I will send a PayPal request for return postage.
6. When you mail your package, please attach a notecard to the inside of a gallon bag as shown. It should have the following info:
A. Your Name
B. Your Mailing Address
C. Your Email
D. How many shirts/outhouses you sent.
E. Any special requests you have for the shirts/outhouses you’ll get back. (“I hate orange.” “Anything is great!” “No florals please.” “Masculine prints only.” “Love pink!”) I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to adhere to this, but I’ll try!!

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7. Use the hashtag #outhouseshirtsswap on Instagram! Find your fellow swappers:)

A few details about the sewing!

1. Background for the shirts is white or cream. It can be anything that fits in this family, but it must be quilt shop quality (Robert Kaufman Kona, Moda Bella, FreeSpirit Solids). Robert Kaufman Kona from Joann is acceptable too! (Robert Kaufman has confirmed that if it says Robert Kaufman Kona, it is the same.) It should be solid; no tone on tones or prints. Carolyn’s white on white crosshatch is also a go!

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Background for the outhouses should be light neutral. Prints are great as long as they’re more tone on tone. Carolyn’s crosshatch prints are great! Solids are also fine!!

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2. The colored fabric is up to you! Use modern fun fabrics. No batiks or civil war prints please!

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3. Remember to use a shorter stitch length and quality neutral thread. I use Aurifil, but it’s up to you. (Aurifil is pretty awesome though so I highly recommend it.) Make sure your seams are 1/4″!

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4. Leave on your paper! And sign the back with your name, blog (if applicable) and location.

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Are you in?! SIGN UP here! Signing up is not a commitment to send shirts; it is the list that I will send my address to:)

Do you need a pattern? They’re both available directly from Carolyn! Email info@carolynfriedlander.com. Include your name, paypal email, which pattern you want and mention this swap for free shipping during December. The patterns are $12 each.

Go forth and make outhouses and shirts!

xo LC

Shirts 3.0 Deadline

I’ve just sent an email to all the Shirt swappers! If you didn’t get it and you need my address to mail in shirts, just email me or comment below. Some shirts are already rolling in. Check out these awesome ones from Cynthia!

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The rules and details of the swap are here. The deadline to mail is extended to Wednesday, November 5!
Let the swapping commence!
xo LC

Shirting it Up

Have you been furiously making shirts?! Let’s be real, I furiously make shirts the week before the deadline. But I do love to make a quick shirt here and there. They’re so fun to make!! I made this little guy out if some Liberty scraps.

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And I made a special sewing shirt as a surprise for a friend.

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We are about halfway there to the deadline in All Shirts 3.0! Shirts need to be mailed by November 1, a bit sooner if you’re international. You can read all the details and rules here. There’s also a sign up form. I’ll email my address to everyone on that form.
So go forth and shirt make!!
xo LC

Shirts 2.0 Recap & the Launch of Shirts 3.0

Shirts 2.0 was a huge success!! So many shirts! So much cuteness!!

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I really could not get them all in one picture!

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These are some of the ones I made!

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I received over 400 shirts, more than double round one. I’ve packaged them up and they’re spiriting off to places far and wide. Fifteen states and five countries participated!

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Since Shirts 2.0 was such a success, we are doing version 3.0!! Same rules. New deadline. Here are the rules.
1. You will get back the same amount of shirts that you mail in. You can make five or five hundred. All the same fabric or different:)
2. Ship your shirts to me by November 1. If you’re international, try to ship by October 20:) Once you sign up, I’ll email you my address.
3. All shirts must come from a SMOKE FREE home.
4. You must include return postage. Please send a self addressed stamped envelope; it’s much easier for me.
5. If you’re international, I will send a PayPal request for return postage. You still must include a self addressed envelope.
6. When you mail your package, please attach a notecard to the inside of a gallon bag as shown. It should have the following info:
A. Your Name
B. Your Mailing Address
C. Your Email
D. How many shirts you sent.
E. Any special requests you have for the shirts you get back. (“I hate orange.” “Anything is great!” “No florals please.” “Masculine prints only.” “Love pink!”) I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to adhere to this, but I’ll try!!

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7. There is a Flickr group to show off your shirts! Although in the first two rounds, most of the activity was on Instagram with the #allshirtsswap tag. I post updates to Instagram under the username “maychappell”.

A few details about the sewing!
1. Background is white or cream. It can be anything that fits in this family, but it must be quilt shop quality (Robert Kaufman Kona, Moda Bella, FreeSpirit Solids). Robert Kaufman Kona from Joann is acceptable too! (Robert Kaufman has confirmed that if it says Robert Kaufman Kona, it is the same.) It should be solid; no tone on tones or prints. Carolyn’s white on white crosshatch is also a go!

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2. The shirt fabric is up to you! Use modern fun fabrics. No batiks or civil war prints please!

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3. Remember to use a shorter stitch length and quality neutral thread. I use Aurifil, but it’s up to you. (Aurifil is pretty awesome though.) Make sure your seams are 1/4″!

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4. Leave on your paper! And sign the back with your name, blog (if applicable) and location.

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5. The finished shirts measure 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ so make sure that you copy your patterns at 100%. Make sure the full 1/4″ is around the outside edge.

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If your shirts don’t follow the rules, I’ll send them back to you.

Are you in?! SIGN UP here! Signing up is not a commitment to send shirts; it is just the list that I will send my mailing address to:)

And for those of you that need the pattern, just send an email to info at carolynfriedlander dot com to order it. She’ll happily ship internationally and is offering free shipping!

Want a button?! Here you go! Spread the word! Invite your friends!!

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<a href=”http://www.maychappell.com/2014/07/18/shirts-2-0-recap-the-launch-of-shirts-3-0/” target=”_self”><img src=”http://www.maychappell.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/CFShirtButton.jpg” alt=”ShirtsSwapButton” width=”125″ height=”125″ /></a>

And don’t forget that you have just one more day to enter my Olfa GIVEAWAY! I’m off to make more shirts!
xo LC

Shirt Mania!

Have you been shirt making like a fool?! I have!! This is my current favorite.

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The deadline is fast approaching for All Shirts 2.0. Details are here. I just sent a reminder email to everyone that’s signed up with my address. Just email me at LC at maychappell dot com if you need my address! You need to mail by June 15. There are some awesome shirts out there! Check these out from Instagram.

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And since I know lots of you are going to ask…there will PROBABLY be a Shirts 3.0 with a late Fall deadline.
Happy Shirting!
xo LC

Shirts 2.0!

There are so many cute shirts from the ALL SHIRTS no shoes swap! I’m overwhelmed…seriously, I couldn’t fit them in one picture!!

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I secretly want to keep them all! But instead I’m packaging them up and they’re spiriting around the world to their new homes! I received almost 200 shirts!!

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Since round one was such a success, we are doing version 2.0!! Same rules. New deadline.

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Here are the rules.
1. You will get back the same amount of shirts that you mail in. You can make five or five hundred. All the same fabric or different:)
2. Ship your shirts to me by June 15. If you’re international, try to ship sooner:) Once you sign up, I’ll email you my address.
3. All shirts must come from a SMOKE FREE home.
4. You must include return postage. Please send a self addressed stamped envelope; it’s much easier for me.
5. If you’re international, I will send a PayPal request for return postage.
6. When you mail your package, please attach a notecard to the inside of a gallon bag as shown. It should have the following info:
A. Your Name
B. Your Mailing Address
C. Your Email
D. How many shirts you sent.
E. Any special requests you have for the shirts you get back. (“I hate orange.” “Anything is great!” “No florals please.” “Masculine prints only.” “Love pink!”) I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to adhere to this, but I’ll try!!

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7. There is a Flickr group to show off your shirts! Although in the first round, most of the activity was on Instagram with the #allshirtsswap tag.

A few details about the sewing!
1. Background is white or cream. It can be anything that fits in this family, but it must be quilt shop quality (Robert Kaufman Kona, Moda Bella, FreeSpirit Solids). Robert Kaufman Kona from Joann is acceptable too! (Robert Kaufman has confirmed that if it says Robert Kaufman Kona, it is the same.) It should be solid; no tone on tones or prints. Carolyn’s white on white crosshatch is also a go!

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2. The shirt fabric is up to you! Use modern fun fabrics. No batiks or civil war prints please!

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3. Remember to use a shorter stitch length and quality neutral thread. I use Aurifil, but it’s up to you. (Aurifil is pretty awesome though.) Make sure your seams are 1/4″!

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4. Leave on your paper! And sign the back with your name, blog (if applicable) and location.

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5. The finished shirts measure 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″ so make sure that you copy your patterns at 100%. Make sure the full 1/4″ is around the outside edge.

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Are you in?! SIGN UP here! Signing up is not a commitment to send shirts; it is the list that I will send my address to:)

And for those of you that need the pattern, just send an email to info at carolynfriedlander dot com to order it. She’ll happily ship internationally and is offering free shipping!

Want a button?! Here you go! Spread the word! Invite your friends!!

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<a href=”http://www.maychappell.com/2014/03/10/shirts-2-0/” target=”_self”><img src=”http://www.maychappell.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/CFShirtButton.jpg” alt=”ShirtsSwapButton” width=”125″ height=”125″ /></a>

Here are a few more highlights from round 1! Check out this AWESOME pic from Susan!! I love it!!!

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I’m off to make shirts! This is going to be epic…again!

xo LC

Don’t Forget Your Shirts!

Have you seen all the cute shirts cropping up on Instagram, Facebook and Flickr?!

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They’re all so cute!! And I’m starting to receive them:) Here are all the details. It’s not too late to sign up. Remember, signing up just means I will email you my address for mailing. You need to mail by February 15! Here’s a cute one from Debbie!!

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Go make some shirts!!
xo LC

A Holiday Swap

I’m in an online bee with a great group of talented folks! We call ourselves The Usual Suspects. And we decided to do a holiday swap. We were supposed to make an ornament, send a cool card and send a gift either handmade or from our sewing studio. No purchasing. Well I had my sweet friend Pam! I decided to make Pam a pouch and fill it with goodness! I went with a scrappy outside.

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I added some cool trim to each side. I’ve been obsessed with the Robert Kaufman yarn dyes since they came out! They’re gorgeous AND they have awesome looking selvages. I used the selvages on each side to frame the patchwork.

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Last summer while I was in Paducah, I bought a really cute little charm that I planned to use for a zipper pull. This was the perfect project!

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It has a (totally true) little message on the back. I really wanted to keep this pouch:)

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Pam loves handwork and had strongly implied she’d love some Cosmo thread. I use Cosmo and Anchor for my embroidery. So I went to Knit One Smock Too and bought the same colors I have. That’s legit right?! They’re in my sewing studio; I just got her fresh skeins. And I put in a cool needle threader (again, I have the same one:) For her card, I found an embroidery design that was on a greeting card. So cute! And my favorite needles.

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I used a scrap from Winters Lane for my ornament. I quilted around the little tree.

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And I labeled it!! I actually labeled all these presents but I figured one picture would suffice.

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A while back, Pam had emailed me and asked if I wanted to do a little swap between us. Obviously I couldn’t say, “I have you in the suspects swap.” So I kept quiet and we decided to swap a small to medium gift. I decided on a pillow!

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I used selvages! I’ve been hoarding selvages for ages and I will one day make a quilt:) A lot of these came from John/Quilt Dad…thank you!! He was giving them away on Instagram and I have fast fingers.

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I already know I’m going to make another one because it was so fun to make. And The Guru was super disappointed it wasn’t for her! And this is what Pam made me!! Have you ever seen a more perfect Dresden?! And the quilting!! I love love love it!!!

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It’s amazingly perfect for me!! Pam is crazy talented! And there are puppies:) Handmade Christmas is the best!
xo LC