scrappy project planner

When quilting = life and life = quilting, stay organized and inspired with the Scrappy Project Planner! Lori Holt has designed the ultimate tool for the avid quilter.  With over 200 useful pages for writing, scheduling and sketching, this incredible 7.5″ x 9″ planner is packed with everything you need, plus a few exciting bonuses.

Since the planner lets you fill in the dates, you can start using it whenever you want!

Split into five handy sections:

  • Weekly Planner – Stay on top of your busy schedule with colorful pages to plan your week
  • My Project Planner – Easily flip through your list of quilting projects and UFOs
  • Tips and Organization- A wealth of quilty information, including her favorite piecing methods, helpful charts and diagrams, and how to build and USE a scrappy stash!
  • Scrappy Planner – Six original quilt patterns by Lori that are only found here, an incredible value!
  • Notes – Extra lined paper to capture your thoughts and ideas

With the bright, clear, well-tested instructions and gorgeous photography you’ve come to expect from It’s Sew Emma, plus sweet spiral binding for longevity, the Scrappy Project Planner is ALMOST too pretty to use.

This is a great idea to keep in mind as a holiday gift for the quilters in your life!  Check out the planner and all the cute accessories at Fat Quarter Shop!


 

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Thanksgiving Sewing Projects

Rejoice always, pray continually,

give thanks in all circumstances

~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

Here are some Thanksgiving sewing projects to add a little warmth to your home in this season. Ann Voskamp writes that the key to true joy in life is to give thanks to God for all things in all circumstances. If you have not read her book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are then I highly recommend it! I constantly have to buy new copies because I give it away every chance I get. The story is about how a homeschooling mother of 6 learns to find true joy in the mundane, repetitive tasks of everyday housekeeping and care-taking. As this season of busyness begins we can be in too much of a hurry to stop and notice what is around us and pause to give thanks for even the smallest or unnoticed gifts in our lives.

I am in one of the craziest seasons of my life as I balance my master’s degree work with my stay at home mom work, and certainly this blog work which has been suffering the most. Many days I feel like I’m barely keeping my head above water! But in that frustration of feeling like I’m never going to keep up, I remember that not even a year ago I was pulled down by the undertow of depression and anxiety, so accomplishing any one of the tasks on my to-do list was a challenge. Now I’m a grad level college student again who still loves beautiful fabric and lovely sewing projects, and though I may never love trying to catch up on the laundry or swishing toilets, I know that I have so much for which to be thankful.

If you are working on any Thanksgiving sewing projects (most of you have probably moved on to Christmas already, haven’t you!) take the time as you work to give over thanks to the One who provides all good things.

 

Pumpkin Door Hanger from 20 North Ora

Pumpkin Door Hanger from 20 North Ora

 

Burlap Pumpkin Pillow from Knock Off Decor

Burlap Pumpkin Pillow from Knock Off Decor

 

Thankful Hearts from Lets Lasso the Moon

Thankful Hearts from Lets Lasso the Moon

 

Leaf Burlap Table Runner from The Seasoned Homemaker

Leaf Burlap Table Runner from The Seasoned Homemaker

 

Be Thankful Hoop Art from AKA Design

Be Thankful Hoop Art from AKA Design

 

Utensil Holder from Over the Big Moon

Utensil Holder from Over the Big Moon

 

Pumpkin Art from Jenny Bartoy on Etsy

Pumpkin Art from Jenny Bartoy on Etsy

 


 

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Girls Fall Clothing Tutorials

Girls Fall Clothing Tutorials!

I love this time of year. The kids are well underway back at school, the colors are so warm and inspiring, the smells of falling leaves, fresh picked apples, and baking pumpkins…well I’m probably not going to do any baking, but I will go light my pumpkin spice candle and pretend!

Are your little girls picky and choosy about what they wear to school?  I have a niece who will not wear anything brown because it isn’t girly enough, even if it is the perfect little girl autumn outfit.  Do they prefer dresses, skirts, or sportier clothing?  Does your school have a uniform?

Also, it’s the season for layering!  Dresses can be made oh so versatile by adding leggings, long sleeved shirts, and cute cardigan sweaters.  Or how about some kicky boots?  I’m in the market for some of those myself!

Here are some really cute girls fall clothing tutorials to help get you in the mood for this wonderful season!  I love to see the fall, almost adult-like fashion trends on little ones.  If only I had someone who wanted to wear something other than sports clothing and under armour.  Then again, maybe it’s better that way!

 

Side Button Sweater from Me Sew Crazy

Side Button Sweater from Me Sew Crazy

 

The Katy Dress from Craftiness is Not Optional

The Katy Dress from Craftiness is Not Optional

 

Classic Jumper from You and Mie

Classic Jumper from You and Mie

 

Peasant Dress from Sew Like My Mom

Peasant Dress from Sew Like My Mom

 

The Brooklyn Dress from The Stitching Scientist

The Brooklyn Dress from The Stitching Scientist

 

Vintage Modern Skirt from Simple Simon & Co

Vintage Modern Skirt from Simple Simon & Co

 

Pear Picking Tunic from Shwin and Shwin

Pear Picking Tunic from Shwin and Shwin

 


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Are you ready to get back into sewing full swing with the little ones off to school? How about if you had some tips to sewing faster and making things a little easier? Found on Melly Sews here are some tips for faster sewing that will get you off on the right foot and back in action!

Ten Tips for Faster Sewing by Melly Sews

Ten Tips for Faster Sewing by Melly Sews

 


 

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Milk Glass Oranizer from Missouri Star

Milk Glass Organizer from Missouri Star

A milk glass sewing organizer for your scissors and pins! I have one of these milk glass candy dishes and I’ve never known what to do with it! It’s too pretty to get rid of, but somewhat impractical to display. Look how the scissors are placed in the holes and the pins are in the middle! Mine has a lid. I’m sure I wouldn’t end up keeping it there, but what a great idea! Do you have a collection of milk glass you can put to use in your sewing room? What creative ideas can you come up with?

Milk glass is so inexpensive if you go to a thrift shop like Goodwill or the Salvation Army (at least that’s the stores we have around here).  With my white sewing room walls, black open shelving, and blue curtain, I’m thinking the milk glass will be a perfect addition and really add some class.  And I will pull out or go shopping for functional pieces too!


 

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