May 26, 2012

Announcing...the WINNER(s) of my first GIVEAWAY!

to all who commented for a chance to win


This is my very first giveaway EVER, 

and I was hoping to have at least 50 comments.  
Actually, there were 158 entries!

I think I had better give away 2 prizes!

{It made me HAPPY to see that so many people wanted to win my prize!
I feel like Sally Fields!}

Mr. Generator chose the winning numbers for me.

First he picked the comment belonging to Christie S.

"Love the cheery Cherry Carrier."

{Here is Christie's favorite casserole carrier!}

And then Mr. Generator chose Krystina, who said,
"These are so clever! I'd choose Love and Chocolate. Thanks for the chance!"

{And here is Krystina's favorite casserole carrier!}

If you didn't win my prizes, I hope you were lucky at one of the other blogs!
Even if you didn't win anything, anywhere...
remember you can purchase
your very own casserole carriers!

Or if you're just too busy, pick one of mine 
that's for sale and ready to ship

{If you don't see one you like, contact me...
I'd love to sew something special,
just for you!}

Don't forget about the 15% off discount, before shipping,
being offered through May 31,
when you use the special code
provided in this post!

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May 21, 2012

GIVEAWAY with Sew, Mama, Sew!

If you are new to my blog,
I'd like to WELCOME you...I'm so glad you're visiting!

And if you've been here before,
hello and WELCOME back!

To thank ALL of you, I'm participating in the
Giveaway Day.

It's an event that's so huge, it actually lasts all week!
There are dozens of prizes to be won by visiting Sew, Mama, Sew
and the participating blogs.
You have until 5 p.m. PST on Friday, May 25 to enter.

{Here at my house in Pennsylvania, that means 8 p.m. EST on May 25!}

INTERNATIONAL entries are welcome!

So, what can you win from me???

How would you like to have this version of
Aunt Ellie's Casserole Carrier,
in sunny yellow with cherries?

{It uses Mary Englebreit's Recipe for Friendship!}

Wait...maybe you prefer chocolatey browns with 
apricot polka dots.

{This one features Breakfast at Tiffany's by Fig Tree Quilts.}

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL???

{Don't even TELL me if you're not a Steelers fan!}

Or how about this one?
I made this as the model for my tutorial-style PDF pattern

{I've used Giddy by Sandy Gervais and Java by Deb Strain}

For my prize, I will send the winner
 the casserole carrier of his or her choice 
from my shop on Etsy - eamylove, a $25 value!

Here's how to enter my giveaway:

Just leave a COMMENT on this post
telling me which casserole carrier is your favorite.

That's all you have to do!

 {Need more choices?  Visit me at eamylove on Etsy!}

If you are my winner, I will notify you by email 
and announce it on my blog in another post on May 26.

{IF you are a no-reply blogger, please include your email in your comment, so I can reach you.}

If you are my winner, you can still change your mind when it 
comes time to select your casserole carrier.  
Also, if someone purchases the one you liked, your favorite may not be available.  No worries...I'll make sure you get one you like!


If you're shopping, don't forget about my discount code for 
15% off through May 31.
See my earlier post for the code!
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May 17, 2012

Zakka Style Rain Cloud Mug Rug

Welcome again to the weekly edition of the
Zakka Style Sew Along!

{For more information, visit LRStitched.}

This one is the perfect project for a rainy day...
the Rain Cloud Mug Rug.

{For my mug rug, I did not stray far from the one featured in the book,
made by contributing artist Christie Fowler.
I thought hers was so adorable!}

Here is the one I made...

There was one major departure...
I did not use even a scrap of linen for my mug rug.

{I hope that's legal!}

For the background
I chose a solid in Mist from Amy Butler.

That reminded me of a piece of Amy Butler's
Midwest Modern
that I'd recently purchased.
The tiny gray polka dots were perfect for the fussy cut cloud!

It's called Optic Blossom Linen.

{Hey..."Linen"...does that count?!?!?!}

For me, the most fun part was machine quilting the wind and rain lines!
For the rain lines,
I used masking tape to mark a few parallel slants.
I stitched those first, using the white thread.
Then I filled in with some more rainy lines, in gray thread.

{I just eye-balled my windy swirls, modeling them after the book photo.}

I'm pretty pleased with my machine binding...
I used more of the Optic Blossom for that.

{I just love the little bits of sunshine that the yellow brings!}

I love the back just as much as the front, actually...
that's a piece of Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey,
in soft blue with yellow.

This is a gift for my sister, Susie.
I got to give it to her in person today!
I owed her a mug rug, because she's made 
a few cuties just for me.
Here's the latest...for teatime!

I put my little eamylove label on the back, so Susie knows
I made it, just for her!

I hope it will bring a little smile to Susie, even on rainy days!

{Love you, Susie!}

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May 14, 2012

My Sewing Space

Do you have a sewing studio,
or a room in your home that is
dedicated to your creative impulses?

{You are so lucky!!!}

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Or are you like me?

{I sew in my dining room.  Have for years.}

You know what?  I think I've ALWAYS sewn in the dining room.
I started sewing while I was in junior high school, 
and I guess I even used my mom's dining room back then.

I've never had a "sewing room"
{or a fireplace, or a kitchen island}
even though my wish list would never be complete 
without those items!

MY WISH LIST looks like this:

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But I've done okay all this time, setting up my stuff
over and over again for sewing,
and taking it down again for company...
or holidays.

I'm the kind of person who might not clean it all up, 
from time to time, if I didn't have to!
And I can prove it, because you ought to see the place(s)
where I store all my stuff when I'm NOT sewing in the dining room!

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All these years while I've been sewing in the dining room,
I've been able to cook, because I'm next to the kitchen...
And I can talk to my boys while they do homework or relax...
And I can listen to the news with my husband...
Or get up in the middle of sewing to take our dog outside!

Even though I've begged for this for a really long time,
I realized not too long ago that I really don't want
to have a sewing room in our basement.
The dining room is kind of "working" for us.

{This kinda looks a bit boring, day after day after day...}

The other day, I had a good idea, and I thought I'd show it to you:

For years now, I've collected these boxes, without ever really knowing why I had to have them.  They were stored in a closet until now.

I brought them out to a place of honor in...the dining room.

Now they hold items I need for my projects...
hardware for bags and purses...

ribbons and trims...
charm squares and scraps...
needles and pins, etc.

I can't remember which one is which,
so I had to label them inconspicuously. 

I love the way they make my dining room look 
just like a sewing studio...
in my eyes.

That being said, if we would ever add on a room to our house,
right next to the kitchen and all the other activity,
I'm gonna sew in it all the time!

{I'd let everyone else use it once in a while,
but they'd have to clean it up,
so I could have "my sewing room" back!}

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May 8, 2012

Zakka Style Itty Bitty Quilt Block Magnets

Are you still sewing along with Zakka Style?
I am...can't believe I'm keeping up
with this pace, but it's so much fun!

{Come along with us...details are at LRStitched!}

This week I made something that I'm keeping
for myself!

{All of my other Zakka Style projects have been listed for sale in my shop on Etsy, eamylove.}

They really ARE Itty Bitty Quilt Block Magnets! 
They finish at only 1 1/2" square!

This chapter's contributor is Nova Flitter,
who blogs at
Go and say hello to her lovely posts!

Adrienne of Little Bluebell  - another beautiful blog - 
has her own version posted this week for the Sew Along.
She has some great tips for this project!

{I'm going to give you my tips, too!}

One of the coolest things about this project is 
that you barely need any linen at all.  
Here is the scrap I used.  
I actually had enough to make all 6 magnets from this little bit!

{I actually considered...briefly...throwing this irregular bit away!  OMGosh!!!}

I cut all my linen pieces out first.
I used my favorite...100% European linen in Oatmeal.

{CONFESSION:  I cut my pieces for the triangles a tiny bit larger than the directions, 
rounding up to the nearest 1/4".  
That allowed me to cut the HST's to the perfect size when I squared them up.}

Next I cut all of my prints...
I kept them organized, in little stacks,
one for each block.

{I used coordinates from my Winter Dresden Quilts project...still a WIP, but coming along.
The gingham is from Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree Quilts.  The floral is from Martinique by 3 Sisters, and on the back I used one of my Winter scraps from Minick and Simpson for Moda.}

The BEST tip from both Nova and Adrienne was to shorten the stitch length.
It made it so much easier to stitch without the wee blocks shooting through my sewing machine.  

I squared up my pieces everytime I could...
BEFORE finishing each block, and AFTER.

{I LOVE this tiny block!}

Here they are, all done.
They were actually pretty perfect!
I was having fun now!!!

{They are not quite flat in this photo.}

You know me...I use Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece by the bolt.
I diverged a bit from the instructions and used that, instead of regular batting.
I thought the blocks looked very sweet the way they were, 
so I did not do the quilting, as the book suggested.

{I can't believe I'm admitting this...I thought about leaving this block out, 
because I didn't feel like  printing out a paper-piecing template.  
Turns out you don't need one!
And this one is now my very favorite one of all.
And it was THE MOST FUN to stitch!}

When it was time to turn the teeny blocks
right side out, I was sooooo glad I'd used the fusible fleece!
It helped to hold my little stitches in place
during this stressful process.

I used Darice Super Strong Ceramic Magnets
inside my blocks.  I found them at a local crafts store.

{I listened to the good advice to make sure the magnets were positioned correctly, 
so they would stick to the refrigerator!}

I love them so much...

{They are as sweet as a dessert!}

Go ahead...try them!

{But these ones are mine!}

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May 5, 2012

Mail...incoming and outgoing...and a DISCOUNT CODE!

Ever since I was a little girl,
I've loved getting something in the mail!

{Don't you?}

Yesterday I received a really fun package.
I was the winner of a giveaway from
and the prized was a SIGNED copy of

{Thank you so much, Deb!}

I've only had a chance to page through it twice so far.
I have a confession:  I enjoy READING cookbooks,
sewing patterns and quilting books, 
almost as much as I love USING them!

This book promises to become a favorite of mine.
Not only did I see some must-do projects in there...

But also there is so much good information, 
particularly the chapter on color and design.
I hope to learn a lot from this book!

{And then I'll do a post with a book review.}

Included with the book was a packet of modern charm squares
I wish I lived near looks like a great shop!

{But they have an online catalog for "visitors" like me!}

And now for some really big news!
I've gone global...
I am now offering international shipping from 

I've met a delightful customer from Australia, 
who wanted to buy my elephant pincushion, blogged here.
She kindly contacted me to see if I might check into sending it overseas.
Soon I found out that it's very easy to set up international sales with Etsy.

The package is now on its way, with some Darla key fobs 
to keep Miss Elephant company.

{There was just enough room left in the box for a few small surprises, too!  Shhhh...} 

Now I'd like to celebrate
International Shipping from eamylove on Etsy
with a special DISCOUNT CODE COUPON!

From now through May 31,
at checkout to receive
15% off of any order, before shipping!

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