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

Around the World Blog Hop

Have y’all seen all the Around the World blog hop posts popping up? It’s a cool idea because you can trace back and see who tagged who and discover a million new blogs and a million new things that you want to make! (Or at least that’s what I did!) I was invited to join the extravaganza by Jen Kingwell! If you’re not already following Jen’s blog, then you should! She’s an amazingly talented quilter, pattern writer and now fabric designer! And I must add, one of my favorite people in the quilting world! The point of the blog hop is a glimpse into my world and then I send you on your merry way to a few new blogs that you’ll love discovering. So, here goes…I’m a pattern writer and teacher. My style definitely skirts the line between traditional with a modern touch. I love color and scrappy!

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My background is in graphic design and that comes in handy with pattern development. I love color and some of my most popular classes are my color workshops. I love teaching and count many of my students among my closest friends. I have a huge passion for quilting and enjoy passing that along. At heart, I am a perfectionist, but I balance that with the reality that life is too short! One of the most popular series on my blog is Terrific Tip Tuesday where I share little tricks and tips for making sewing and quilting easier. Check them out here.

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Here are some things that I’m working on right now. I bought a pack of Denyse Schmidt charms from Marci on Instagram and I’m making a simple quilt. I love it!

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I’m hosting a swap called To the Outhouse & Don’t Forget Your Shirt where we are swapping Carolyn Friedlander Shirts and Outhouses. All the details are here. This shirt was made by Cynthia Lees and outhouse by Carolyn Friedlander.

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Now I’m going to introduce you to three awesome sewists! First up is Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co. She’s a fantastic quilter and an even more fantastic person. She’s loads of fun and makes beautiful things, including her very own book! I met her at Sew South and feel lucky to call her a friend. Check her out here.

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Next up is Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy! She’s uber talented with lots of books, patterns and teaching gigs. Her Craftsy classes are quite popular; she has a new one about paper piecing that I’m hearing good things about. On a personal note, she’s helped me more than words can say on the Leadership Conference for the MQG. She’s the bomb! Check out her blog here.

4857_Stills_005_SQ-WEB2_zps9a8b596bLast, but certainly not least, is Miss Ginny Fisher of Fishcreek Studio! She makes all kinds of pretties and is a great person to follow on Instagram. Her blog chronicles her projects and you’ll find lots of inspiration. She’s also a really fun gal to hang out with and her lake house is the perfect sewing destination when I find myself in the Midwest! Love her!! Check out her blog here.

Ginny updated pic 32013I hope y’all are all lost in the quilty inspiration of the Around the World Blog Hop as I was.

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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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

A Very SURMA Summer

I’ve got a great group of sewing pals that get together to sew every few months. This time we headed to the

Ponderosa Quilt Retreat! I traveled handmade of course!
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I always love the drive to the mountains!

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We stopped in Black Mountain and met up with our friend Sarah from Stash Bash. Patchwork Threads were pretty popular!! This is Chrissy, me & Sarah.

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I finished a quilt top! It’s for a secret project, so more on that later! Obviously who it’s for, not what it looks like, is the secret.

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I used my new half square rectangle Bloc Loc rulers. Perfect points every time!!

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Each of us made nine of something to gift to everyone else! This is the present table. It was pretty amazing!!

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These are my little gifties!! I love each and every one!

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I made Liberty patchwork pinnies for everyone!

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And I finished my last block for my Tula 2.0 quilt. All 101!! There was a minor snafu and I made one of the blocks twice. We celebrated!

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Nicole wore her awesome Designer Star patchwork threads while she made chihuahua shirts. She’s my favorite.

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The facility is pretty well stocked! Check out the ruler & tool wall!! We played all weekend.

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Tessa and I stayed until the last minute. We sewed like mad people!!

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Thanks to Kim for having us!!

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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