A while ago, maybe a month or so, Threadbias
announced a contest designing a quilt pattern using Heather Ross' newest fabric line Briar Rose. I was interested, but then I read that you would have full access to their Quilt Design Tool
in order to design the quilt. What? I'm so in! I had been dying to try out the full version, so this was the perfect opportunity.I played around quite a bit, the program is really easy to use, I read no directions, watched no tutorials, just dove right in. So fun. If I ever get extra funds, I will so subscribe to this tool, it makes designing quilts so easy. After playing around for quite a while, I decided on my final design and you can see it here, below. I titled it Modern Portal and my description of it is as follows, "
A simple geometric pattern that showcases the lovely feminine prints in this collection. Each "portal" focuses on the fabric design and can be appreciated on its own accord." I am quite happy with the final design, and truly hope to make this quilt on my own, maybe once I get a little more caught up on those Wips!Oh and before I forget, the Quilt Design Tool calculates the amount of fabric that it will take to make the quilt that you design. This quilt which measures 60" x 75" will take roughly 4 yards of the white and 1/4 yard of all the other prints. How cool is that?
This is a contest, and voting is open now through Friday. If you are a member of Threadbias, you can vote. I would love for you to vote on mine, but even if you don't, please take a moment to check out the other entries. So many beautiful designs, so hard to pick one favorite for sure! You can go vote HERE
, and remember, you have to be logged on, in order to vote.Thank you to all the sponsors of this contest, it really was fun to play around with great digital prints from Heather Ross and to use the Quilt Design Tool at Threadbias.
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Giveaway is closed! Feel free to comment, but everything after #604 will not be included in the drawing. Thanks to everyone who entered.
It is giveaway time here at Marci Girl Designs! I decided to play along with Sew, Mama, Sew! and host a giveaway in conjunction with their May Giveaway Day! If you are a first time visitor, thanks for stopping by! More importantly though, thanks to my blog followers and regular readers, your daily encouragement, ideas and comments mean so much to me! Awww...enough of the mushy stuff!
Five fat quarters from Denyse Schmidt's DS Quilts line of fabrics.
On to the giveaway! Here is what is up for grabs:
5 fat quarters of Denyse Schmidt's latest line of fabrics available at JoAnn's Fabric Stores.
1 Louise Pleated Wristlet PDF Pattern by Marci Girl Designs, emailed directly to you.
2 fat quarters of Heather Ross's latest Out of Print line from Spoonflower.
Awesome right? You can't even get those Heather Ross prints anymore, and the Denyse Schmidt prints are rapidly getting very hard to find! Even better, you get an awesome pattern (from my shop) that you can use all these great fabrics to create a super cute clutch for yourself, or an awesome lady in your life!
PDF Pattern by Marci Girl Designs
Two fat quarters from Heather Ross's latest out of print fabrics from Spoonflower.
The Details (How to Enter!) And yes, I will ship internationally!
1. Leave a comment, and in that comment answer this question, "What is your absolute favorite movie of all time?" (1 Entry)
2. If you are currently a blog follower, and have added your little photo to the Google Friend Connect widget to the right, you get an extra entry. If you are a follower through Google Reader (and I know there are quite a few of you out there) just add your photo to the widget and leave a comment that you did so. And if you want to become a brand new follower, just add your photo to that same little widget, and leave me a comment that you are a new follower! (1 Entry for Either of These 3 Options)
You have a total of 2 chances to win! Just leave a separate comment for each. Make sure you fill in the Email spot, so that I have a way to contact you if you win! If I am unable to contact you, I will pick another winner. The giveaway closes on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at midnight. Thursday morning, I will pick a winner via a Random Number Generator, and will send you an email letting you know that you won, and requesting your mailing address! Good luck and thanks so much for visiting!
Once again I decided to participate in Amy's One Thing, One Week Challenge. Well lucky for me, I finished this one up early in the week, and even got the pictures done early! Woo-Hoo! My goal this past week was to finish up the two dozen tooth fairy pillows that were a custom order for a boutique in South Carolina. It is so nice to send these little guys off to other parts of the country for someone else to love! I think their little pink and blue smiles are pretty darn cute, don't you? Thanks again Amy, for this little challenge that gives so many people that little kick in the butt to get stuff done! Now off I go to that next project...
P.S. In response to one of the comments left on this post asking if the pillows have a pocket on the back for a reward for the children, the answer is Yes! All of these pillows have a pocket on the back to safely tuck the little tooth and then the tooth fairy can leave her reward!
Quite a while ago now, I had two customers contact me to create a custom Origami Handbag for them. Have I ever mentioned how much I love doing custom orders? The top bag features Amy Butler's great fabric line "Love" and a solid dark blueish purple, it is totally reversible and oh so cute! The bottom bag features Jessica Levitt's fabric line "Timber." It also is reversible utilizing two of Levitt's fabric, just in opposite positions on the handbag. It is truly a pretty fabric line, and I love the little blue birds on the purple trees. I don't have any of these handbags listed in my shop at the moment, but if you are interest in one, just send me a message (Convo, Twitter, or my contact form on the Odds and Ends Page) and I will be happy to make one for you!
A while back, a customer contacted me about making some custom bags for her, she chose all of the fabrics, and she actually sent me some fabric that she already had, how cool is that! These are the two Uber Large Handbags that I made for her, and I thought they turned out just lovely. The top handbag features Anna Maria Horner's great Home Decor line of fabric (love it) and the bottom handbag features Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet line of cotton weight quilting fabric. The customer chose to have three fabrics featured on the Sandi Henderson bag (photos below,) and I love how unique it truly turned out. This style handbag is "uber" large (hence the name) and can hold so much stuff, but isn't too big, if you know what I mean!
Interested in a custom order? Just let me know and I will be happy to work with you on whatever design and fabric you would like. I LOVE custom orders!
Thanks so much to all you lovelies for entering my giveaway! I loved reading all of the super sweet comments from all of you! And now for the winner...
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Timestamp: 2010-08-18 15:15:48 UTC
Congratulations Lucky Number 13! Kristina
Who said: Happy Etsy-versary. You're doing really well, considering you've been on Etsy for a year! Keep it up!
Kristina I will be in touch with you shortly. Make sure you click on Kristina's name to check out her lovely Etsy shop!
Thanks again to everyone who entered and everyone who supported me in my first year of business on Etsy! Stay tuned to my blog for another great year of adventures, giveaways, and some great tutorials!
Sorry folks, this giveaway is over, congratulations to the winner, and Thank-you to everyone who entered!
Any idea what today is? Marci Girl Designs 1 year Etsy-versary! Oh the things that can happen in one year. So many changes, a lot of work, goals accomplished, a lot of new friends, and a bunch of great customers! Thank-you to everyone who has made it possible, my customers, twitter and blog followers, all of you who have "hearted" my shop, and everyone who has supported me through this time of "new adventures!" There is a lot more to come in the future, and I am here today to share one of those *new things* and host a giveaway of my own! The item you see here today, is one of my brand new designs, and I am giving this one away to one of my readers! A simple pouch that features pretty little prairie points, and is just the right size to slip into your purse.
Several easy ways to enter, please leave a separate comment for each:
1. Comment, any comment, anything you would like to say...keep it clean folks!
2. Follow me on Twitter. @Marci_Girl
3. Tweet about this giveaway, something like this: "Win a pretty little pouch from @Marci_Girl visit www.MarciGirlDesigns.com for details!
4. Visit my shop and tell me about your favorite item.
Giveaway ends one week from today, 8/17/2010, Tuesday at Midnight! I am looking forward to reading your comments!
To leave a comment for this giveaway, please click on the "Comments" link at the top of this posting! Thanks!
Sorry folks, these two giveaways are over, congratulations to the winners!
Want to win your choice of Mary Rose Clutch from my shop? These are just a few you could choose from...
Ready to enter to win? Head on over to a great site, A Little Etsy Love
, you have 10 super easy ways to enter to win! These guys have giveaways going on all the time, so stop by often to enter other great etsy shops giveaways...there is one I am hoping to win right now...run don't walk, giveaway ends August 5th, 2010. You still have plenty of time to enter!
Wait...that is not it...you could also win you choice of anything from my shop! Here are some great examples of what you could spend your money on...
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, My Talented Talented Friends! The Giveaway! for a chance to win a shopping spree to my shop or a ton of other great etsy shops! You have 18 ways to enter to win, and it is super fun to visit all of the other great shops that The RikRak Studio is featuring! Giveaway ends August 6th, 2010. You might want to hurry over, so you can spend lots of time lusting over all of the great participants...spend some time on The RikRak Studio blog too, it is a great read!
Notice anything new? I now have labels and tags for my handbags! Now, if you know me, I am a control freak (to a fault) and instead of allowing someone else to print my labels or tags, I figured, why not make them myself? Well I did, and after lots of tests and failures, ended up with two options shown to the left and below that I was really pleased with the end results. One day I will do a tutorial on how I created them both, but I will save that for another time. The tag shown on the left photo is larger and now featured on my Mary Rose Clutches and Handbags. The labels shown in the photos below are for the interior of my smaller bags, like my Georgette and soon to be listed new pouches and pouchettes. What do you think? I think they turned out quite nice, and the best part is, since I created them, I have a lot of color and style options!