Sometimes I think things are fun that other people do not. So, if this doesn’t sound fun to you, please don’t feel bad. It’s not you…it’s me. I thought it might be fun to start hosting a weekly or bi-weekly link-up on Love You Muches. It’ll be called Fabric Friday, and you can write posts featuring favorite fabrics or showing off a diy that involves fabric and link to them from here. Link ups are my favorite way to find new blogs to read on certain topics. Please let me know if you’d be interested in Linking Up with Love You Muches!
It’s been a hot week in Alabama, so I wanted to share some of my favorite summery fabrics.
1. Lily Ashbury – Summer House.
Vibrant and on the verge of being neon. This fabric is so much fun.
2. Little Yellow Bicycle – Vintage Summer
This is the fabric that made me fall in love with red, white, and blue.
3. October Afternoon for Riley Blake – Seaside
I stalked this collection online until it finally came out. It’s probably my favorite fabric line I’ve bought yet.
Which of these do you like best?
I can’t tell y’all how happy it makes me that so many people have embraced Summer Stitches. We have a pretty active Facebook Group, and people are already making some amazing things. I tell M all the time that y’all are putting me to shame! Some people have already done one or two projects! We’ve even had a request to make this a year round craft group!. If you haven’t joined us yet, you can join us here.
What have you been working on this summer? Do you have any suggestions for a name for year round crafting group?
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For today’s Fabric Friday, I thought I’d share some choices from my stash. I’ve been on a fabric buying spree lately, but now it’s time to make things out of all this gorgeous fabric. My stash isn’t nearly as extensive as a lot of people’s stash, but it’s nice to have fun choices when inspiration strikes! As always, I have no affiliation with any designers, manufacturers, or retailers.
1. Flea Market Fancy Legacy by Denyse Shmidt
I ordered this because it was on sale, and I was vaguely familiar with it. After I placed the order, I started hearing about FMF everywhere. Apparently it’s a big deal in the quilting world. Everyone loves this fabric! I’m starting to see why.
2. Riley Blake
This set is another sale item. I see a sweet girly quilt in its future.
3. Aqua, Red, and White
I bought the aqua fabrics at a LQS and the white from JoAnns. I actually bought the white for something else, but it didn’t work out for what I was intending it for. I love this fabric. Whatever quilt I make out of it will definitley be staying with me!
What are your favorite fabrics from your stash?
Yay! It’s June 1, which means it’s time to start our Summer Stitches craft & quilt along. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to those who have shown interest. It’s not too late to join us, either! I can’t wait to see what y’all create. There will be several updates about Summer Stitches in the coming weeks.
For now, it’s time to start sewing, gluing, painting, pasting, and crafting to our hearts’ content. Have a fun and creative few months. – Beth
The Summer Stitches Craft & Quilt Along hasn’t started yet, and I’m already loving the experience. People are sharing their goals and their projects already, and each time someone posts in the Facebook group, I get excited and rush to read their posts. All of this crafty goodness has made the topic of creativity take over a large part of my brain.
Why do I want to make things? Why am I so drawn to the handmade and quilts in particular? When I first started thinking about this, a bunch of different words popped in my head.
- Story telling
It all boils down to this – I want to share a piece of myself with others. So I keep on stitching and smiling!
Do you have the need to be creative?
Michael and I can be like kids at Christmas time. We both love Christmas music and movies, and I adore decorating for Christmas. I wanted to get a head start on some Christmas crafting. I saw this idea on Pinterest, and it looked like a lot of fun. I decided to create our own version, and Our 25 Days of Christmas bucket was born. This project took me an hour to do and cost less than 10 dollars to make. I can see this becoming a new, fun tradition our family can participate in each year. Starting December 1st, every morning, Michael or I will draw one of the cards from the bucket. On each card is written a Christmas related activity for us to do that day. Each activity is relatively simple, and I’m a big fan of simplicity! I can’t wait to get started! The activities on our cards are:
- buy a Christmas book
- read a book together
- listen to Christmas music
- bake cookies
- drive around to look at Christmas lights
- drink hot chocolate
- watch a Christmas special
- lie on a blanket by the fire
- watch White Christmas (my favorite)
- watch Elf (Michael’s favorite)
- bundle up and take a winter evening walk
- call or visit family
- make popcorn garland strings
- surprise a neighbor with something homemade and yummy
- wrap presents
- sing the 12 Days of Christmas
- play a board game
- work on a puzzle
- color a Christmas coloring page
- write letters to Santa
- open one gift (Michael insisted on this one)
- write love letters and put them in each others’ stockings
- go Christmas shopping or browsing
- do an anonymous good deed
- buy a toy to donate
What are simple, fun ways you and your family celebrate the holidays?
After the day I had on Thursday, some major stress relief was in order. I got to hang out with some great girls at a Painting Party hosted by a friend. It was just what I needed. I’m the least artistic person in the world, and I was a little nervous about trying this. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. The girl who taught us how to paint the pumpkins is so creative and makes some really cute stuff. I’m happy to have a new Halloween decoration, and I had fun with friends while making it!