I’m a Project Run and Play Designer!

What is Project Run and Play you say? (And if you don’t, here’s a refresher!)

Aside from a clever play on the popular “Project Runway” series(!), it’s a fun sewing contest created 17 seasons ago. The series is run by Audrey of Skirt Fixation, who took over from the co-writers of Simple Simon and Co earlier this year.

Here’s a quick rundown – six designers compete to sew clothing for their kid(s) in a series of four themed weeks. Each week one designer is moved on, leaving the rest to continue. In the final week, 3 designers compete for the top three spots and prizes.

Here’s where you come in – each week, designers are judged equally by:

  • a celebrity guest judge
  • 3 past PR&P designers
  • and YOU!

I’ll be posting a link to the voting each week. But, if you want to be ahead of the game, follow Project Run and Play on social media (Facebook, Instagram) or in your favorite blog reader so you don’t miss the post! Weekly designs will be up for voting each Tuesday at 7 am EST and voting ends on Thursday at 8pm EST. (Weekly winners are announced on Fridays at 7 am!)

You can also be a part of this season by joining the weekly Season 18 Sew Along link-up. (They have prizes there too!)

Want more info about Season 18?

Plus – I’ve written a new updated bio about me – ‘cuz this one is getting a bit old! *lol*

I’m headed back to my sewing machine – see you again soon! 

P.S. The photos in this post are hints for my PR&P Week 1 look. Can you guess what fabric I used?

Winner, Winner and Winner!

Catch up Saturday! I’m excited to let you know who won the last two giveaways and what you all chose as the name of the Janome Skyline S5 I’m using!

First up, the Bess Top Pattern Giveaway from Fabric Spark. My Bess Top made with Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous fabric has been in constant rotation over here, until I accidentally left it at my brother-in-laws last weekend. I’ll be getting it back tomorrow, thank goodness! Just in time to pair it with a nice fall sweater I think!

The winner of a paper copy of the Bess Top pattern from Fabric Spark is: Entry No. 394! Rebecca H. who said “What a darling top. I would love it in blue. I liked Katrina Roccella Imprint, the Add Night one.”

Next, the winner of the amazing (Merchant & Mills filled) Torn and Frayed, Revival Issue kit from Cannonball Collective. I just put another hole in my jeans and will be doing more visible mending soon to patch them up. You can buy the stand-alone kit on their site if you’d like too!

The winner of the Torn & Frayed kit from Cannonball Collective is: Entry No. 381! Elena W. who tells me she has a pair of jeans at home waiting for some mending, perfect!

Last, but not least… (drumroll please…)

I am pleased to introduce you to Bluebell!

Ok, so you’ve seen this Janome Skyline S5 already, but now she has a name, Yay! Thanks so much to everyone who voted, and especially the last minute folks on Facebook who helped break the tie! I am off to use the monogram letters on the machine to make her a nametag. I’ll post a photo on Instagram later today! (Find my Janome sponsorship info here, and the Skyline S5 review here)

Whew! I’m off to sew, sew, sew this weekend. Lots of fun stuff coming up. You can see sneak peeks on Instagram, along with photos of the pencil cases I talked about earlier this week!

5 Days of Giveaways! {Day 3}

Day 3 Folks! Still interested? I know I am, you all have been so helpful with your comments I can’t wait to ask another question! I am always grateful to get feedback on what you’d like to see and what you’ve liked in the past. It helps me to plan so much better and hopefully put together something that is better tailored to what everyone is interested in. (That said, today’s comment question has nothing to do with the blog!)

My family left for our vacation this morning and it was so much fun to read all of your comments as we drove along. I was super excited to see the amazing number of new readers that entered yesterday’s giveaway (which is still open) – Welcome everyone! I attempted to send you all a “Hi” through email, but I think I may have missed a few of you – if so I hope you will take this as your personal “Hello”! And a special shout out to Linda, who made me and my husband laugh when she mentioned that a “perfect wonky star” is probably an oxymoron! (See yesterday’s tray description for the background on this one…)

Today’s giveaway is not pretty, but it’s super useful! I thought it would be nice to give someone a pair of my favorite sewing scissors. I got my pair from my mom, and you can find out more about them in this post. Of course, with sewing comes the unfortunate necessity of a seam ripper – so I picked up a nice one of those to throw in today’s giveaway too. Don’t forget to make sure you enter for your chance to win each day this week – Monday’s Giveaway is hereTuesday’s Giveaway is here.

Necessary detail recap again: Each day this week I am posting a new giveaway. Each giveaway will stay open until midnight on July 21, 2014 (EST). The giveaways are separate, so come back each day to find out what that day’s prize is and to enter for a chance to win! The giveaways are open internationally – so everyone can have a chance! Enter on the Rafflecopter widget below – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email!

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Frolic with Fabric Spot Challenge Reveal!

I’m so excited – today is the day we reveal the projects from the Frolic with Fabric Spot Challenge! These four ladies have made some amazing projects using Fabric Spot’s Frolic collection.  The entire collection is 20% off until midnight tonight (June 30, 2014) if you want some!

Each challenger received 1 of 4 bundles of organic Frolic fabric. Two challengers got pink bundles, and two received the blue colour-way in the mail. The challenge was to make something using the fat quarters received, within the 3 week timeline. You can find out more about the challenge in this post, and here as well.

I have only been able to choose 2 photos of each project to feature here, so please click on the links and photos to see and find out more about their projects. It was so hard to choose, these four sewists have put so much work into this challenge! Without further ado, here they are…. (in alphabetical order!)

Carla – Carla’s Creations &

I decided to make my girls book/stuffies totes for the summer as they are forever wanting to bring this and that with them when we’re out and about. Well, usually their things end up in my bag! lol! Now they have their own quilted tote to fill with all their treasures when we’re out! I did some simple quilting and went with a single strap for their bags as I find most kids have trouble keeping both straps on their shoulders. Plus… this way their animals can see where we’re going too. 😉 I used all of the prints in this great collection on both bags, then they both chose their favourite prints for the inside of the bag & the strap! (link to her project here)

Cyndi – The Nosy Pepper & on Facebook

“For this challenge, I knew I wanted to make a diaper bag, but also that I would have to think on a smaller scale to make it work, so I used the Brook Field Pattern by Sew Sweetness.  To go with the bag, I made a ‘wet bag’ that I appliqued an elephant on and used iron on vinyl to make the bag waterproof.  I also made a whale softie in the elephant print, I had never made a stuffed animal before and luckily it was a lot easier than I thought! Since I knew I wanted to use as much of the fabric as possible, I made a couple of fabric trays to use up the scraps … in a blooming onion style crazy quilting block for the inside of the large fabric.” (link to her project here)

Laura – Seams Sew Laura

“I was so excited to win this bundle of beautiful organic cotton. The print with the elephants and whales and the very name of the fabric “Frolic” inspired me to make a swimming bag and wet bag for this project.
When I was a kid, I had one of these swimming bags with a round bottom and adjustable strap and a drawstring closure. For this project I wanted to make something similar but with a zipper closure. A while ago, someone sent me a picture of a similar bag sold by an Australian company and I used their product dimensions to make my pattern. I added a front zippered pocket and a waterproof lining, which is actually a waterproof tablecloth I found at my local grocery store. The bag is big enough to hold one of my signature hooded towels 🙂 and the wet bag and there is still room for more. My 5 year old daughter declared it a winner because it’s easy to open and she likes the pocket that can hold her “stuff”.” (link to her project here)

Sarah – The Crazy Tailor

“I’ve always loved the look of a hexagon-block quilt, but they’ve always seemed so complicated and time-consuming. I decided that a doll quilt was the way to get my feet wet with non-square blocks! I did a little reading on the various ways of piecing hexagons, and went with machine sewing versus the more common English Paper Piecing. They aren’t as hard as they look after all 🙂 I did some hand quilting (I’m breaking out of my machine-quilting rut…still rusty though!) and highlighted a few of the animals on the fabric. J and E love to find the turquoise whale or the yellow elephant! The quilt is already getting lots of use keeping zebras warm, and as a blanket for many tea parties. Thanks for including me in this challenge!” (link to her project here)

WOW! Just wow…. what an amazing collection of projects. And each is unique – hooray. Just think what you could do with it! A big thank-you goes out to Karen from Fabric Spot for providing this amazing challenge. It’s been so much fun to see what everyone has made!

If you have made any projects using the Frolic collection we’d love to see them! Please leave a comment with a link below so we can check them out. (And don’t forget to get some Frolic if you haven’t yet!)

** This is a sponsored post and the fabric and challenge idea was provided by Fabric Spot. As always, all opinions are my own and I will not promote a business that I do not love myself!

Frolic with Fabric Spot! {a challenge *entries closed}

Good Tuesday to you all. I’m excited to share Thread Riding Hood’s first ever Fabric Challenge with you today! Fabric Spot and I have teamed up to give away 4 delicious organic bundles. Yes, I said 4 of you can qualify for the challenge, Hooray!

Ever since I met Karen last year she has been a promoter of organic fabrics. They are better for the environment and for our bodies, because the plants used to make the fabric are grown without pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified seeds. Just think how much better you and your (grand) kids feel without all that next to your skin! She stocks the largest organic fabric collection available online in Canada, including lots of organic solids to go with your organic prints.

She has recently stocked the birch collection “Frolic” (organic of course!) in both the pink and blue colourways. Check it out! I love the “hidden” animals and the flying whale might just be my favorite. Perfect for some summer sewing!

Karen from Fabric Spot will be sending 4 challengers one fat quarter bundle of Frolic each. Two pink bundles and two blue bundles in total. The challengers will sew something using each fabric in the bundle, photograph it and then I will post the finished projects here at the end of the month. I’m so excited to see what everyone will come up with!

Here are the details: (due to shipping time, this contest is open to Canadian and US readers only)

  • Comment on this post between today and Thursday night (May 29th) following the directions below.
  • I will chose, email and post the winners on the blog this Friday. Karen will ship the bundles as soon as she receives everyone’s address.
  • The challengers find the bundles in the mail (Yay!) and use only the fat quarter bundle fabric to sew their creation. They can add whatever other embellishments they wish to their project.
  • Contestants post their project photos on their blog, Flickr site or (not-private) Facebook page by June 27th with links to Fabric Spot and Thread Riding Hood. Thankfully projects get finished more quickly with a deadline right?!
  • Here’s the fun part for me – I get to post project photos here on June 30th with links to the challenger’s original posted photos! Maybe the challengers will even give us a little write-up on their process. (hint, hint?!)

To qualify for a chance to win (*entries closed), make one comment below that includes the following four things: 1)What city/town you live in. 2) Which bundle you would use – pink or blue. 3) What you would make with the fabric. 4) A link to a photographed previous project you have created. (By commenting you agree that if you are chosen, you will complete and photograph your project by June 27th so we can post them all in time, Thank you!)

Have fun! See you on Friday to find out who wins.