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

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

TMQG Pillow Swapped

Last night we finally swapped our pillows for the Modern Quilt Guild! We made the travel pillow size; I wish I’d taken pictures of all of them, but alas, I just stood there drooling. My partner was Colleen. She loves green and Denyse Schmidt!

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And I added some Tula (which she also likes!) with Yarn Dyed Linen and a little ric rac action.

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For the back, I used Acacia and more linen! I think she was happy! And it was fun to make for her!!

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And here is what I received!! Made by the ridiculously talented Kelly Wood! She is a dear dear friend and I am blown away by this pillow!!!

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I can’t believe she quilted that for me! I knew she was that talented (because she is!) but I just cannot believe she made me something so amazing!!

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Thank you so much Kelly!! I love my pillow:) And I’m so happy you had my name! The talent in this group is off the charts!!
xo LC

Feeling Sew Sew Modern

Another round of SEW SEW MODERN just wrapped up on Flickr! And as usual, I’m blown away by the amazingness that everyone whipped up! From weekenders to pillows to totes…the bar was certainly raised!!
My partner (who shall remain nameless until she receives her package) asked for a bag of some sort. She mentioned that a laptop sleeve would be handy. And that she wanted an everyday tote. She loves low volume and grey with pops of color.

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I hoard low volume charms so I decided I’d piece the pocket. And I had some pearl bracelets in bright colors for the accent!

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I used the new Noodlehead SUPER Tote pattern. It’s awesome! And as per the usual with Noodlehead patterns, it’s well written and easy to follow! I modified the interior pockets. I made one sleeve padded to hold a laptop. I would probably still keep my laptop in a protective sleeve and then put it in this pocket, but that’s because I’m a nut:) I made this by cutting two extra exterior pockets and lining them with fusible fleece. I sewed them wrong sides together across the top edge, flipped and pressed. I topstitched and attached to the lining the same way the pattern advises for interior pockets.

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I’m really liking these two sided straps! This will be my new favorite strap making technique…love it!!

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I made the other interior pocket flat and sewed one side to hold a phone. Phone pockets are the best!

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For my small gift, I made a coordinating pouch for her chargers and cords. I thought that would be a nice bonus:)

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I pieced a strip of chevrons to match the tote. More low volume yumminess.

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And I added one of my favorite books to the package. I can’t wait for it all to arrive!!

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Happy Swapping!!
xo LC

Modern I Made

I love swaps! I love sewing for other people and working to make something I think they’ll like! I joined this round of Modern She Made on Flickr. I’ve participated in the first two rounds of this swap as well! I’ve always made pillows for my partners. But this round, my partner requested a travel sewing kit. I thought it would be nice to make a matching pouch too! After a bit of stalking, I noticed her love of stars. I paper pieced some stars to be the focus of her pieces.

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She also said she loved linen; I chose a linen blend in charcoal grey. Since these are for travel, I wanted a color that wouldn’t show dirt.

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I don’t think I’ve ever used so much interfacing. And there’s something about using hardware that makes me feel more legit!

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The star is actually on the back of the kit:)

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The inside of the kit has little pockets and a vinyl zipper pocket. And a spot to put needles and pins. Plus a spot for a real pen!

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Here are some close ups.

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Fingers crossed that she loves it! I’m thinking about making the kit into a pattern or tutorial. Anybody want to make one?
xo LC

Sew Sew Modern 2

Are y’all ready to sew up something MODERN and amazing?! Mel and I are hosting another round of SEW SEW MODERN. It is a blind swap and we will be making one large item and one complementary small item. This is a swap for experienced swappers who love to make all things modern!! There were so many amazing things in round 1; I wanted all of them:) Check out what I sent and received!

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SIGNUPS: Begin on February 13 and end on February 20. We will close at 50 participants.

PARTNERS ASSIGNED: February 24

MAIL DATES: May 20 for International. May 27 for domestic. Do not mail before May 10!

THE RULES:
You must have lots of MODERN awesomeness in your photostream to join the group.

You will make one large item and one small item that complements it based on what your secret partner wants. A tote with a journal inside. A sewing machine cover with a pincushion. Or maybe the items coordinate by using the same fabric. You get the idea. There will be no assigned item you have to make. This is all about making your partner happy!!!

The small item can be handmade or purchased. You might want to send a quilting book in the tote you made or napkin rings with the table runner. It’s up to you:)

You MUST post a mosaic to the group before submitting your form. If you don’t have a mosaic up when we get your form, your form will be deleted.

Please fill out your form thoroughly. This helps your partner know what you want. Everyone wants to make something amazing for their partner:)

This is a blind swap. Do NOT tell your partner who you are! They will find out when they receive your item. That’s part of the fun:)

This swap is for your best work! We have all been guilty of waiting until the last minute to complete a project and that is okay, but make sure that you give yourself enough time to make something AMAZING!

Be active. Comment often in the group. It helps your partner see what you like. And be kind. It is possible to say something is not your style without being rude. “That’s really cool, but aqua and orange aren’t my favorites.” is okay. “That sucks. Why would you put orange and aqua next to one another?? They are hideous.” is NOT okay.

Mail on time! If you ship late this round, you will sit out next round. If you are a no-sender, you are out of the group permanently. If something happens where you cannot complete the project, please contact your swap mama as soon as you know you’re in trouble. Life happens and we are reasonable people. But everyone deserves their project on time!

No batiks, cival war, gingham, calico or non-modern fabric. Seriously, none of it. If you don’t have a modern stash, this swap is not for you.

You must be willing to ship internationally.

We hope to swap 2-4 times per year. You can join the group at any time, but sign ups will be for each individual round!

Have fun. Play nice. And don’t run with scissors!! :)

Here is the sign up form!

Grab the button for your blog:

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xo LC & Mel

Sew Sew Swapped

As y’all know, I’ve been hosting the Sew Sew Modern swap on Flickr. It’s a group of uber talented folk and I’m just amazed at what everyone has made!
My partner has finally received hers so I can show you ALL the loot! Cristin of Pear Tree Stitching was my partner! She’s crazy talented, so I knew I had to step up!!
She asked for a table runner, tote or pillow. I’ve been feeling over pillowed since I’ve made so many for the last few swaps…so I decided on a table runner! I checked out her inspiration mosaic. And began full on stalking her!
I knew she liked the cross pattern from her mosaic and I’ve been wanting to try the method of using interfacing for small squares. It was a plan!
I used Elizabeth Hartman’s tutorial for the interfacing method. I’ve since found out that you can buy the interfacing marked with a grid; you should do that! Marking it was a hassle!!

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One thing I changed was that I sewed a liberal 1/4″ seam (not quite 3/8″, but close). Instead of cutting with scissors, I sliced off the edge with my rotary. I barely cut 1/16″. This went really quickly. And the end result was 1/4″ seams. (This will only make sense if you’ve read her tutorial:)

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It did go together well! But I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t use it again without buying premarked interfacing. I don’t think it saved me any time. Pressing takes forever because of the interfacing. If you’re an accurate piecer, it’s probably not worth it. I think I’d save it for a time when my squares were really small. These were cut 2″ and finished about 1 3/8″.
Here’s the finished project!

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I was photo bombed by Mack the Chihuahua:)

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Another exciting tidbit about this table runner is that the guru is back in action! Sort of. She was able to bind about 10″ of this!! It’s the first sewing she’s done in months so it is exciting:)
With the table runner done, I needed to settle on my “small item” for the swap. The small item is supposed to complement the large item. I decided on a simple tote. A tote doesn’t really “complement” a table runner so I used some of the same fabrics!
For some reason that I don’t remember, I decided not to use a pattern, just go for it. I’ve made lots of totes, so I was drawing on experience. This was not a good plan. Everything came together, but seams were ripped. One important thing about a pattern is that it tells you the order to put things together! I forgot to put on the handle before I sewed up the sides! Grrr! But the finished product is pretty cute! It has a quilted front pocket and an inside pocket.

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And Cristin posted this comment!

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Y’all know me, I couldn’t stop there. I’d read on her blog that she is expecting twin girls! So I appliquéd some bibs!!

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Here’s how it all looked wrapped up! (There were some extra fabric goodies!)

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Her thank you note definitely convinced me that she was thrilled! These were so fun to make, even with the snafus! And it’s even better now that I know they are in a happy home!!
Now I’m just waiting on mine to arrive! What will it be???
xo LC

A Day of Thanks & Giving

Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve always loved this holiday. Who doesn’t love a holiday where it’s appropriate to eat multiple kinds of potatoes? When I was growing up, it meant a day with my best friend’s family. In college, I went home with my roommate to celebrate with her family–have you ever been to an Italian family Thanksgiving?! I still dream about it:)
One year while I was going to school in Atlanta, I invited lots of friends over and my parents came. My Dad takes his Thanksgiving food very seriously, so he arrived with his own potatoes, his own stuffing and his own rolls! I’ll never forget the look on his face when my friend Paul said that he’d “just popped in the turkey” and we were supposed to eat in an hour. Ha! So we ate about five hours later…
I also love to travel for Thanksgiving. I’ve given thanks in London with my good friend Amanda and her international group of friends. So many people wanted to play the wishbone that we tried other bones! I’ve spent the day in a treehouse in Ecuador thankful that my home has screens on the windows and a door. But sad that I cannot zipline, raft and hike through cloud forests all the time. And another soaking up the sun in the Dominican Republic. We ate something called “chocolate bread”; I’m still not sure what it was, but it was sinfully delicious! Last year, my family headed to the Outer Banks. We lucked out and it was beautiful beach weather all week!

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My birthday falls just after Thanksgiving; it’s December 7 for those of you marking your calendar! So my parents brought my present to the OB:) It was a little sewing table! Who knew a sewing table could transform your life?! I’d always kept my machine in the closet, so I didn’t sew too often. It was a hassle to get everything out and set it up. With my new table, I started sewing all the time, nearly every day. It changed my life:) It’s the smallest Horn table. I love it because it does fold up (I take it on vacation!), but it’s still SUPER sturdy.

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Then I discovered the online modern quilting movement thanks to my friend Sarah. And then May Chappell came to be:) I’m so thankful it all happened!
This has been a week of giving (and receiving!) in Flickr swap land!
For the famed Pillow Talk Swap, my partner asked for modern holiday. This is what I made.

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Here’s a close up of the quilting.

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I was pleased with it and she loved it:)
And then my package arrived! I was excited when I saw the return address–Synnoeve is amazing!! I LOVE my pillow! I love every fabric! I love the text prints! I love the quilting!! I LOVE IT!

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Even the back is amazing!! She used really cool orange buttons! Orange is my signature color:)

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This pillow is so well made; you wouldn’t believe it. It is perfect!! I’m amazed! I’m studying her techniques. Of course, I immediately messaged her with how much I loved it! She posted this which makes it even better!!

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I love that she learned from her grandmother! Just like I learned from the guru:) Thanks again Synn!! You could not have made a more perfect pillow for me!
I’m also in the Modern She Made swap. My partner lives somewhere in the UK and she didn’t have a lot of specific requests. I’d seen a cool appliqué pillow-called the Quilted States of America. So I decided I could machine appliqué the UK! I’m not exactly a geography genius, so I had to print about twelve maps to find areas large enough to appliqué, but smaller than the countries. I wanted to use lots of fabrics and I wanted to fussy cut.

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I used the zigzag stitch along the seams. It worked out well!

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Here’s the finished pillow! It’s currently flying home. I hope she loves it:) I cannot wait for her reaction!! I’m also hoping she’ll take some great pictures of it; I was rushing to the post office.

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I put on a nifty label!

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A few people have asked me for the “pattern”. Here it is! I scanned in what I worked from. THIS IS REVERSED. I traced onto wonder under and then pressed to the back of the fabric. If you are using a different method, you might need to reverse it back. I also numbered the pieces (make sure you put the numbers as you trace!), as all the pieces start to look alike. I have Ireland/Northern Ireland on the pattern, but I left them off my pillow. Please let me know if you have any questions! If you make it, please add it to the Made with May Chappell Flickr group!
Hope everyone is having a festive Thanksgiving!
xo LC

Sew Sew Modern

UPDATE: We are full! Partners coming soon! If you missed out, join the group anyway- Round 2 coming in the Spring!!

Are y’all ready to sew up something MODERN and amazing?! Mel, Sarah and I are starting a swap called SEW SEW MODERN. It is a blind swap and we will be making one large item and one complementary small item. This is a swap for experienced swappers who love to make all things modern and covetable! (Is that a word?? It is now.)

SIGNUPS: Begin on September 23 and end on October 1. We will close at 45 participants.

PARTNERS ASSIGNED: October 8

MAIL DATES: January 27 for International. January for 31 for domestic.

THE RULES:
You must have lots of MODERN awesomeness in your photostream to join the group.

You will make one large item and one small item that complements it based on what your secret partner wants. A tote with a journal inside. A sewing machine cover with a pincushion. You get the idea. There will be no assigned item you have to make. This is all about making your partner happy!!!

The small item can be handmade or purchased. You might want to send a quilting book in the tote you made or napkin rings with the table runner. It’s up to you:)

You MUST post a mosaic to the group before submitting your form. If you don’t have a mosaic up when we get your form, your form will be deleted.

Please fill out your form thoroughly. This helps your partner know what you want. Everyone wants to make something amazing for their partner:)

This is a blind swap. Do NOT tell your partner who you are! They will find out when they receive your item. That’s part of the fun:)

This swap is for your best work! We have all been guilty of waiting until the last minute to complete a project and that is okay, but make sure that you give yourself enough time to make something AMAZING!

Be active. Comment often in the group. It helps your partner see what you like. And be kind. It is possible to say something is not your style without being rude. “That’s really cool, but aqua and orange aren’t my favorites.” is okay. “That sucks. Why would you put orange and aqua next to one another?? They are hideous.” is NOT okay.

Mail on time! If you ship late this round, you will sit out next round. If you are a no-sender, you are out of the group permanently. If something happens where you cannot complete the project, please contact your swap mama as soon as you know you’re in trouble. Life happens and we are reasonable people. But everyone deserves their project on time!

No batiks, cival war, gingham, calico or non-modern fabric. Seriously, none of it. If you don’t have a modern stash, this swap is not for you.

You must be willing to ship internationally.

We hope to swap 2-4 times per year. You can join the group at any time, but sign ups will be for each individual round!

Have fun. Play nice. And don’t run with scissors!! :)

Here is the sign up form!

Grab the button for your blog:

Check out the Flickr group for even more details!

xo LC (& Mel & Sarah)

Pillow Talk Swapped

Today is mail day for PTS8! I finished the pillow late last night. Some nifty quilting, FMF binding and a cute little label:) Here is a close up of the quilted top! I wanted to add a little texture and accent the swirling middle block.
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Here is my little label made from a green seeds scrap. I love when my swap pieces have labels so I always try to make one. I can only show you half; you can’t see the “to” until she gets it!! I really wanted to use that print for the binding, but all I had was part of a fat quarter:( I made it work, but I used every inch I had! I could only miter 3 seams; one is just straight. But I think this fabric really completes the pillow so it was worth it!
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And here’s my completed pillow!!
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This morning, I decided to add some goodies to the package:) Everyone loves extras!! I chose some fun fat quarters! I just got the top print from The Little General. It’s very fresh and art deco-ish; I’m loving it! The Little General is formerly Karen Gray’s shop. Gina is the new owner and it’s just lovely. It’s bright, cheery and full of fabric that I LOVE!! Karen is missed though:)
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I decided to whip up a little pouch. I only had a 7″ zipper on hand so whatever I did, I needed to use that:) My secret partner had put Melody Miller typewriters in her favorites and I had a scrap half a typewriter. I think it turned out quite well!
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Fingers crossed that the USPS will safely deliver my little package! I cannot wait to hear what she thinks!!
xo LC