Hello, everyone! I’m here to kick off the Get on Board with Sewing Blog Hop for commemorating the fact that September is National Sewing Month!! I would like to thank Melva of Melva Loves Scraps for inviting me to co-host this hop with her. Now let’s have some fun!!
Our instructions were to sew something that ties into the theme and then write about it. Your “something” could have a tropical or surf feel. It can be clothing, a quilt, a bag, a toy, or whatever you choose! It might include some tropical themed fabric or novelty print… or not.
Well, I tried to hit a few of those ideas in my project, which is an insulated tote for keeping those cool items as cool as possible in getting them home from the grocery store.
When I thought about “tropical feel” my mine immediately went to an AccuQuilt die I’ve had for a while and needed a good excuse to use! LOL That die is the Flamingo die, which just happens to be on sale right now! This is such a fun die and certainly reminds me of the beach and surf!
I headed to Joann’s to get some of this beautiful blue canvas for the outside and picked up some extra Insul-Brite while I was there. Then I started digging through my Island Batik scraps and picked out the two pinks, the blue eye, and purple for her beak. Since flamingos don’t have hair, per se, I decided I had to add my signature color in there somewhere! And yes, I did have purple hair at one time – not totally but some cool highlights! So my flamingo got a purple beak! I used a green batik from my stash, that reminded me of a cool Hawaiian shirt. Fortunately, I had a lot of webbing for the handles that I’m not sure how long has been in my stash, but I was glad to get to use it!! LOL You know, saving it for just that right time! Do you do that?? OK, so without further ado, here is my tote!
I used Aurifil thread to stitch it all together because it is so strong and I didn’t have to worry about it breaking! I also used a Schmetz Chrome 90/14 needle because stitching through canvas, Insul-Brite, and another layer of cotton batik is pretty thick. No problems whatsoever! I would like to thank Schmetz for providing these needles as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program!
Another cool thing about this die is that on the AccuQuilt site there is a free embroidery design you can download and stitch the flamingo out in your embroidery hoop, which is just what I did. The pieces cut from the die fit perfectly inside the design!
But wait…there’s MORE!! We are having a grand prize giveaway. One person will win everything, which includes a $25 gift certificate from Gardensong Fabrics, $25 gift certificate from Rebecca Page, Aurifil thread, a digital pattern from Melva – Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail, a book, Fabulously Fast Quilts donated by Patricia from the Faith, Trust & Breast Cancer Blog, three stash builder bundles generously donated by Island Batik, and a crib sized Quilter’s Dream Dream Angel batt from Songbird Designs. Just leave a blog comment, but you can earn extra entries by following the additional prompts (these help us build or followers for the blog, Instagram, and Facebook! Enter through the Raffle Copter below. The Raffle Copter will close at 12:00 AM on 9/12/22. The winner will be announced on the blog and will be notified by email as well! Good luck!!a Rafflecopter giveaway
There will also be an Instagram photo challenge which is a simple daily posting or sharing of various sewing notions related to that day’s number. For example… Day one could be one thimble, or one pair of scissors, or one seam ripper… Day 2 could be two pins/needles, or two pairs of scissors… Day 13 could be 13 spools of thread. Follow Melva on Instagram for the daily prompts and use the following hashtags: #NationalSewingMonth2022, #NationalSewingMonth2022Day1 (change the day’s date each day, ie. #NationalSewingMonth2022Day2, etc.)
And last, but certainly not least, here is a list of today’s bloggers. Please visit them and leave a sweet comment. Some of them may even be holding their own giveaway!
Thursday, September 1
Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll send a list each day of the bloggers who are participating so you can follow along. Until then, keep on stitchin’ and grinnin’!!