SMS Giveaway Day – A Quilting Kit – CLOSED

Welcome to Giveaway Day, a semi-annual event hosted by Sew,Mama,Sew!

I thought it would be fun to give away a kit filled with quilting supplies, which fits nicely inside a handmade drawstring bag. My kit includes:

A square ruler, a jelly roll ruler, thread, batting, scissors, rotary cutter, seam ruler, straight pins, bent safety pins for basting, seam ripper, and binding clips.

Everything comes inside this pretty Drawstring Bag made from Sis Boom fabrics, measuring 11 inches wide x 12 inches tall.

If you’re interested in winning this quilting kit, leave me one comment by 9:00 pm CST on Friday, December 17. I will draw a random winner.

Note: I forgot to mention that I will ship Internationally if you live outside the U.S.

Cool Colors Patchwork

I made a new zipper bag in this cool patchwork combination. Kinda beach-y, kinda spring-y, kinda cheerful – all things that make me happy.

These blues and greens are so calming, making me think of the gently rolling ocean waters. Why do all the uber-fabulous Sis Boom fabrics make me want to go to the beach?!

I changed the handle a bit with just a strap attached as a zipper pull, instead of a wristlet-type of handle.

This particular zipper bag is a perfect size for carrying your sewing notions, or your camera or mp3 player and charger cord.

I adore the patchwork combination of this new drawstring bag I made too!

I love the colors teal and brown next to each, with a splash of pink too. Again, now I want to go to the beach, carrying this bag filled with suntan lotion, flip flops, a towel, a radio, snacks, and a cool beverage to top it all off.

I added piping to the bottom of this one, giving it a more finished look.

This one measures 14 inches tall with a 7-inch wide bottom. I use these stuff sacks to carry stuff, especially whenever I travel, such as keeping shoes separate inside my suitcase or to keep dirty clothes separate from clean clothes.

Both added to my Shop!


Just recently, I finished making these patchwork coasters using fabrics I bought a year ago and based on a pattern from The Purl Bee. I even had the pieces cut and ready to be sewn together since last year, so I am happy to have these completed and in use. I ended up with a set of 24 so they are scattered all over the house. I even have extras that I might be able to use for gift sets.


I am not very good about planning ahead when it comes to making things for a season, especially gifts for Christmas. I keep getting distracted with all the wonderful projects that keep coming out. I just want to rush straight home from work and make a new project every single day. (Those three projects are very high on my list, when I get some free time.) I could be so much more productive if work didn’t get in the way! Oh yeah, I am also making more of these in Christmas and winter fabrics.

patchwork drawstring bags

I did manage to finish this cute little garland, inspired by the photos in this book. I just love the combination of the snowy white pom poms with the shiny star beads and pony beads.

pom-pom garland

The only exchange I am participating in this year is the Holiday Traditions Exchange. I have spent a lot of time lately getting the gifts ready to mail to my partner. After a few days, I will post pictures of those goodies. I sure hope my partner likes what I made especially for her!

Specially Made For You

Thank you to everyone who left such nice comments on my one year anniversary of my blog!  Another thank you for sharing your favorite homemade gifts to give at Christmas time.  You gave up lots of great ideas.  I love to hear that so many people giving handmade gifts more and more.  The time and thought that goes into making gifts are great to see, and hopefully appreciated by the receivers.


Using the random number generator, the winners are:

Renee of Treasures of Joy won the Christmasy fabrics, which comes with some other surprise goodies, all bundled up in a patchwork drawstring bag I made specially for you.


Lisa of A Spoonful of Sugar won the snowman fabrics, which comes with some other surprise goodies, all bundled up in a patchwork drawstring bag I made specially for you.snowy-bag-giveaway

Renee and Lisa, please your mailing address to me at (tadawilhelm at hotmail dot com) and I will ship these bundles of goodies to you this week.  Congratulations and enjoy!

If you didn’t win, please visit again because it’s fun hearing from you and sharing ideas!  Hope you all stay motivated as this holiday season progresses.

Patchwork Projects

After participating in a recent scrap swap and creating a couple projects from scrap fabrics, I was motivated to use more pieces from my growing stash.

I still adore the Chocolate Lollipop fabrics by Anna Maria Horner, so I decided to combine several pink and brown scraps from my stash with some Chocolate Lollipop scraps for good measure. I love how girly this patchwork project turned out – a drawstring bag using the tutorial from Pink Penguin. What a fabulous tutorial! I would highly recommend trying it.

Since Halloween is coming, I used up some scraps left over from my hubby’s Halloween quilt for this patchwork drawstring bag. It’s not big enough to collect many treats during trick-or-treating, but I don’t need that much candy anyway.

Another pile of scraps went well together so I thought a fabric basket was in order. I used another great tutorial from Pink Penguin. There are many ways to use these fabric baskets – makeup, office supplies, fabric scraps, jewelry, ribbons, buttons, threads, wrapped candy, iPod and cord storage, CDs, spare change, and on and on.

I am growing addicted to both of these projects so I loaded up on Christmas fabrics to make gift bags and gift baskets. I just need to make the rest less cute so I can part with them for gifts. In fact, I carry one of these bags to work to admire during the day. Seriously, I’ll do whatever it takes to get through some work days!

Treats and Flowers

I came across some wonderful flower tutorials lately, and I decided to try this one first.

It was an easy pattern to make, and it only took about an hour to cut out the pieces, gather them and assemble into a corsage. I can see making a big pile of these flowers, not just for corsage pins, but for garlands, and embellishments on gifts, notebooks, bags, and more. I used the scraps I had leftover from this project-

… and from this project.

I decided to use this little drawstring bag as a gift bag for some treats to send to my sister, the queen of chocolate!

There are a lot of great tutorials popping up in blogland lately. Check out these sites for some of my favorites:

Boutique NutMeg Designs – Meg has done some cute butterfly appliques, butterfly pin heads, and fabric flowers.

Sew Mama Sew – Check out the fabulous summer sewing series including the portable cushion and the picnic blanket. (I just finished making one of these awesome cushions and have the second one almost finished. I will post pictures when they are both finished and ready to show off!)

Heather Bailey – Heather has a cute yo-yo tutorial and a binding tutorial that are great for beginning quilters. She also offers suggestions on what to do with those fabric yo-yos.

Portobellopixie – Sandi Henderson has added a couple new tutorials just recently on making bias tape or piping, as well as gathering a ruffle, which works great for her free ruffle edged pillow pattern. Also check out her rolled roses and shirring tutorials.

Anna Maria Horner has a quick and easy tutorial for making bookmarks from scrap pieces of fabric. Of course, her examples in her new Garden Party fabrics look gorgeous!

If you have a new tutorial you want to share, post a comment here with a link.