Sunday, July 27, 2014

Flower Pond Dress

Flower Pond Dress

I had the chance to work with some of Alison Glass' latest fabrics from her line Field Day by Andover Fabrics.  I met Alison in person at Quilt Market this past spring and just adored her.  She is down to earth and fun and oh so talented.  I felt very comfortable with her, which can be a difficult thing to achieve with a person you have just met.

She sent me a bit of her fabric to play with and I was stumped for a while I'll admit.  I had some various fat quarters from the line and I felt a bit like I was torturing the fabric.  I don't know if you know what that is like but I was overworking it and trying to make it into something rather than letting it become something.  I finally had a bit of inspiration with one of her large floral prints and realized that I kept seeing it as clothing.  So I begged a bit more fabric from Alison and paired it with one of her Bike Path prints that I had already bought from a previous line.  And ta da!!  The Flower Pond Dress was born.

Flower Pond Dress 3

I used a McCalls pattern (6065) which is actually the same pattern I used to make Caitlyn's Easter dress earlier this spring. I like the pattern because there are no closures to worry about but it comes off a bit oversized on Caitlyn.  She's fairly petite and should I make it a third time I would definitely make the front bodice smaller.  The back is great, but the front is too wide for her petite frame.  I raised the neckline a bit from the first time, and I prefer that, but a few more alterations would be needed still.  Regardless, I made this darling dress.


I forgot to check the colors against Caitlyn's skin.  The mustard color was a last minute design change because the fabric looked better than the pink bike path I had been planning on using.  And I neglected to confirm whether my daughter actually looked good in that color.

Turns out...she doesn't.  lol  

Alison Glass Dress

I know...the pictures are cute.  I hope so!  I took a lot of them to get these shots. ;) But trust me when I say that I visibly flinched the first time I put the dress on her.  I just did NOT get the color right for her.  It's a darling dress and a darling girl, but sometimes the two just don't go together.  (Just long enough for a photo shoot with a great prop)  I'm happy to say that someone has already claimed the dress and it is going off to a happy home to another darling four year old.  And the two of them will make each other look better. ;) 

Flower Pond Dress Details

We're not concerned over here.  I make Caitlyn plenty of dresses and certainly could make this in another color.  She loved playing my model and in typical four year old fashion has promptly forgotten about the dress and moved on to greener pastures (hmmm...I wonder how GREEN would look on her? )  I do adore the little dress and the way Alison's two fabrics pair together so beautifully.  The large floral print is a perfect scale for garments and looks so bohemian and sweet at the same time.

Alison Glass Dress's a color for her.

Oh and Alison is showing off all kinds of beautiful projects that people are making with her Field Day line.  And you know what that means...a giveaway!  So hop over to Alison's site to see more projects and enter to win a FQ Bundle of the Field Day line or a set of her Aurifil threads.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Sponsor :Discover Fabrics (And Giveaway!)

Well goodness!  We are just all about giveaways over here on the blog lately!   It's funny how things end up that way sometimes.  I had a few things prepared and then some pop up, but it has all meant great fun for you all while I recover from nose surgery I had last week.  No sewing for me this past week...and while it has been a bit of a nice break it's also KILLING me not to get some work done! lol  So while I'm resting up and getting antsy to move on to my next projects (because you know there are always more!), I hope you enjoy another giveaway.  (The previous two giveaways are still open so just click back to the last couple of posts for a chance to win a spot in the Sewing Party day or a chance to win a copy of the Downton Abbey inspired magazine)

Today we welcome a new sponsor to the blog, Discover Fabrics.

We had a bit of confusion at the beginning because it turns out that we are both named Angela, but Angela and I have it figured out now. ;)  And she has some fun fabrics to offer over at her shop.  Here are a few selections that she picked out to show you!

Of course then this Angela had to go searching and find some favorites to share too ;)  I found these!

Wishing Flowers Fabric

Hobbs Batting!

and Patterns!

Discover Fabric is an online fabric shop dedicated to supplying the needs of quilters, crafters, and sewing enthusiasts. Our goal is to delight customers with a large selection of colorful modern fabrics that inspire creative sewing projects. We offer designer quality fabrics, sewing patterns, sewing threads, gifts and much more.  All our fabrics are high quality quilting cottons perfect for quilts, apparel, and crafts.

Our fabrics are by companies/designers you know and love such as Camelot Fabrics, Riley Blake Designs, Clothworks, Michael Miller, Henry Glass, Anthology Fabrics, Robert Kaufman, Marcus Brothers, and more.

So go check them out and see if they have something you are looking for!!


Angela is giving away a three yard bundle of fabrics to one lucky winner!


To enter to win the giveaway:

1. You can go "Like" Discover Fabrics on Facebook

2. You can sign up for their newsletter

3.  You can leave a note here telling us what fabrics you are looking for in an online shop!

So that is THREE chances for you to enter!  Good luck everyone!

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews Magazine (and giveaway!)

I was recently offered a copy of the Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews Magazine for review and to share with you all and I couldn't resist.  The cover drew me in and the subject matter is so intriguing.  I suppose there are people out there who haven't heard of Downton Abbey...but I'm not quite sure how you could escape it. lol  I'll fully admit that I watched the first season but have only watched one episode from the second season.  I definitely need to catch up.   I think they are up to season four already!

But watching one season, heck watching one episode, was enough to grab my attention when it came to reading about costume design inspiration.  So I was ready to dive into this magazine.  And it did not disappoint.  I interviewed Editor, Amber Eden about a few of my favorite pieces from the magazine and I hope you all enjoy it!

1.       Amber, I so enjoyed this magazine and all of the lovely creations it in.  I'll be honest and say that one of my particular favorites is the cover image.  It is effortlessly elegant! And the genius that it can be created in lace for an "Upstairs" look or cotton for a "downstairs" look makes the pattern so versatile.  Given that it is an overlay, what type of pattern would you recommend for the dress underneath? And do you have any recommendations for where I might find a lace fabric or chiffon to use for the pattern?  I live in small town America and it is difficult to locate delicate fabrics here.

For the dressier version, I would recommend a slip dress or short/cap sleeve sheath dress. For the cotton version, try it over jeans and a short sleeve T shirt or a solid color knit dress. I bought the cover fabric at Metro Textiles in New York City. Kashi is the owner and he is delightful and affordable and will send swatches. 

2.       Another stunning favorite of mine is the "Maid's Day off Coat".  The luxurious velvet looks beautiful.  I'm a bit intimidated to tackle a 3/4 length coat like this.  What would you say is the level of this pattern, beginner, intermediate, advanced? And do you have any tips on putting this piece together?

For me, a coat is not any more difficult than a lined jacket--it's just longer with heavier fabric. This coat is intermediate level, but I took on making a tweed trench coat when I was just returning to sewing, and it's still one of my favorite pieces that I own. I always encourage beginners to reach beyond their comfort zone. For tips, I recommend interlining for warmth (that's a lining that goes in between the fashion fabric and lining and is sewn to the fashion fabric to create on piece.) I also recommend fusing to give stability to the coat fabrics, and fusing the yardage rather than the individual pattern pieces. The end result will be nicer. And take time to learn how to steam and mold wool. With this technique, you can sculpt a lovely collar roll, for instance. 

3.       The details in this magazine are so beautiful.  What was the most important kind of detail that you wanted to be sure was included in the shots of these pieces?  The location? The jewelry? Hair and makeup? Or something else?

Location, hair and makeup and styling all compete for importance. But we have lots of experience with the latter two, and this was our first location shoot. So finding a place that was both affordable and gorgeous was our biggest challenge. I would say that we got very lucky. The location is a Long Island Gold Coast estate from the Gatsby whose grounds have become a great dog park where I regularly take my dogs. I just happened to ask if the parks department leased out the interior, and they did! For a song! 

4.       The luxury of the "upstairs" pieces is of course alluring, but there is no denying the sweet simplicity of the "downstairs" ones.  I love the Maid's nightdress in particular. I'm already thinking of scouting out some vintage lace for it from an antique store. What do you think makes this look so timelessly appealing?

The inspiration for this was based on historical sketches of the era, but it's amazing how timeless the classic nightgown can be. With a bit of vintage lace, it captures another time and with a newer fabric, it looks completely modern. The nightgown's basic shape has certainly remained popular through the decades and continues to be both alluring and practical. 

5.       As a quilter, I am particularly drawn to the table runner and Legacy Cot Quilt.  These items are both inspired by decor of the time, but do we know the actual quilt patterns that would have been popular at the time of Downton Abbey? I imagine they would have been found in the Downstairs rooms, but would we have seen quilts in the Upstairs rooms?

These quilts are all modern interpretations and while there are certainly loads of historical quilt patterns from that time, the artists can have very loose interpretations. I know that with these two projects, they did a certain amount of research for inspiration. The Legacy Cot Quilt is created from the very popular Andover Downton Abbey fabric line. I visited Andover in New York City and learned how much research and work was put into researching the fabrics, so they are definitely historically accurate. Quilts were certainly valued for their warmth and beauty both upstairs and downstairs in a drafty manor.


Thank you Amber for that lovely interview!!

And now for the giveaway!  I have ONE copy of the magazine to offer to a lucky winner.  The magazine has PLENTY more adorable and luxurious patterns and inspiration.  Lots of Eye candy!

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below.  Looking for comment inspiration? Tell us your favorite Downton Abbey moment.  Although readers beware: there may be spoilers. ;)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Sewing Party! - and giveaway!

I'm so excited to tell you ABOUT an upcoming online event: “THE SEWING PARTY”:

“The Sewing Party” is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history!

On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts. It’s all about Connecting. Crafting. And Creating.

Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone! Classes include home d├ęcor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!
Space is limited and likely to fill up fast! For just $40, “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our marketplace.

The Sewing Party” brings together some of the best in the industry for this FIRST EVER event. Their stellar lineup of sponsors includes:

Let’s Party!  Register today at– space is limited!
 $40 Registration Fee*.




Anyone who registers for “The Sewing Party” from your blog between July 15 and July 31 will receive a free “The Sewing Party” t-shirt! The t-shirts are SUPER cute and valued at $20.

Simply enter LETSPARTY in the Promo Code box when you register. Later you will be contacted directly about ordering t-shirts in your size.  (US only please)

 And now for a Giveaway!!


I have 5 FREE tickets to share with you all! Each ticket is valued at $40.

- To enter the giveaway for a free ticket please follow or like The Sewing Party on one of the social media platforms listed below.

You can find the Sewing party at all of these SOCIAL LINKS 

- For a second entry, list a kind of class you would be interested in taking on a crafting day like this.

I hope you all decide to join in the fun!  It sounds like a great day of fun and crafting of all kinds!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sewing with Curves video on Sew Mama Sew

Sorry I've been a bit quiet lately.  We are off on vacation right now and I've been *attempting* to keep my sewing commitments to a minimum while we are here.  But I did want to let you know that somehow I managed to pull together a video on my method for sewing curves.  And today it is featured over at Sew Mama Sew.

"Hi All! I’m Angela Pingel from Cut to Pieces and I’m excited to share with you a new video (my first one in fact!) on sewing curved blocks. My book, A Quilter’s Mixology just came out and it’s all about sewing with curved blocks. These are a basic staple in any quilter’s arsenal of blocks but a lot of people are afraid of them. I walk you step by step through sewing the blocks using my one pin method, pressing the blocks, trimming the blocks and finally a special type of seam ....." 

click HERE for more and my complete video on sewing curves!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Birthday Clubs

There is a new little trend that I've noticed going on via social media...a fun kind of swap for birthdays! I started seeing pictures on IG with hashtags like #handmadebirthdayclub or #birthdayclub and wondered how I could get in on the action and how it works.  I'm a girl who likes to celebrate my birthday and to celebrated with crafty friends?!   The best!

So I put out a call for info on IG and found out lots of people are already doing these unknown to me, but that plenty of people wanted in on the action.  Here's the general idea: you have a group of 12 people, one birthday per month.  Each month the birthday girl gets to sit back and relax and wait for the the packages to come in.  While the other 11 months, you are sending gifts out to the members of your group.  So each person will send 11 different birthday presents but will also receive 11 different birthday packages for her own birthday.

Ideas for each group seem to vary as to what is appropriate to send and what kind of budget they have.  It's up to the group to decide that.  But what I've noticed is that the appeal of this type of club is that it is NOT entirely handmade items.  A lot of us have been in swaps or are in swaps and bees that are entirely hand made driven.  But now there is this idea to get gifts from like minded friends who understand that you have a favorite designer who might make things other than fabric!  Maybe you are dying for her art print or a great clutch.  Perhaps you love jewelry and salted caramels and pretty packaging.

Eep!  I'm already getting excited thinking about buying things or making things for crafty friends who will love that Dr Who light switch that I pinned.  If someone doesn't get something for me, I'm already thinking about getting it for her. ;)

So I started up my own little group of 12...much like you would start a bee.  We are doing a year long commitment of gifts.  Like a bee of course there is always the possibility that you could lose someone along the way or someone will flake out.  So I would try to put together a group where at least one person is vouching for a person in the group.  Frankly this swap should be a bit easier for all of us because we could just go shopping and send a store bought curated package rather than making something.  It's okay if you run out of time because online shopping is easy too in a pinch.  So hopefully that will curb any lateness or excuses that have popped up in previous bees.  Plus, come on!  It's for BIRTHDAYS!!

Of course I had the awkward part of asking my club if they wanted to start right away for July (and sweetly they agreed).  Awkward why?  Because July is MY birthday month.

Actually tomorrow is my birthday and I'll be turning the grand age of 35!  I'm not one who is usually shy about my age or fussy about getting older.  But 35 has always been THAT number for me. For some it is 30, 40, or 50...but nope.  It's 35 for me.  I think I associate it with officially being a grown up and making adult decisions.  At 35 I should know what I want to be and do and be on my way to doing that.  I should have accomplished something and be aware that I am NOT 20 and don't need to compete with those who are.  Let's just say that there are a whole lot of emotions and thoughts attached to 35 for me. But I tackle these things head on and age is just a number (says the math major number obsessed person).

Oh and could someone make me this cake?  Because THAT is awesome!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thank You and the Many Winners!

Last week was a whirlwind for me; sharing each and every project from my book with you all.  I soooo appreciate all of the positive support you all gave me on the book.  It was truly a labor of love. While I know I shouldn't care entirely what the world thinks, the reality is that it is important to me that you see what I do in each of these projects.

I will treasure each comment you made, and honestly teared up more than once at your generosity of compliments.  I know that prizes and such are involved but I can tell when comments run deeper than that.  I eagerly shared each one with my husband and I think in addition to the pride he has in my work, he is pleased that he is no longer the only giving me feedback on the book. lol

So thank you, thank you, thank you!

And on with the prizes!  Because that was a super fun part of last week too.

There are 5 lucky winners of a copy of my book (1 from each day of the week).  I hope you enjoy the book and are able to start a project in it soon.  I promise you will love your quilt, whichever you choose!

Monday's Winner:
I love the idea of paint much better than melting wax crayons on a canvas ( have you done that with the children??? its unbelievably messy)

Tuesday's Winner:
Pinned the Giveaway at:

Wednesday's Winner:
Book looks fantastic. Sure am enjoying the daily "tour" of your new book. Thanks

Thursday's Winner:
I love the ornamental quilt and the way curves are so versatile in those pillows!

Friday's Winner:
I love all of these projects. Curved piecing adds so much interest to a quilt. Thanks for sharing. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

And then of course there were extra special giveaways on each day to help continue the fun.  There are multiple winners!

The Clover Wonder Clips:
I regrammed on IG. (under notwenyok) Thanks! notwendy gmail

The Fat Quarter Shop $25 gift certificate:
I adore the Flower Power quilt! The arrangement of the different sized blocks make it so fun to look at!

The Hart's Fabric $50 gift certificate:
I told my daughter-in-law about this giveaway and your blog. I think there is no better advertisement or compliment than word of mouth.

Two Twin Sized Packages of Batting from Pellon:
Loving the Ornamental quilt.

The Southern Fabric $25 gift certificate:
The Shabby Fabric $50 gift certificate:
More beautiful projects! I am intrigued by the color combination on the table runner -- unique, rich, and gorgeous!

1/2 Yard Bundle of Every day Party by Emily Isabella from Fabric Worm:
This has been really fun, Angela! My favorite quilts (if for some reason you want to know) are Paint Trip and the Baby Medallion. You're right, that baby quilt is styled so very well. Makes me want to make it! I hope you're enjoying a well-deserved positive response!

Congrats to all of the winners!! Be sure to contact me with your contact information and we will get those prizes out to you as soon as possible.

And of course, a big thank you again to each and every sponsor!  Without all of them we wouldn't be able to have the fun we do for events like this. Their generosity is a gift.

Oh and just as an FYI, be on the lookout for other giveaways around the internet for my book and reviews.  I may obnoxiously direct you all to them as they pop up over the next couple of months.  But who doesn't love a giveaway?!

AND, in September, Sara Lawson, Sew Sweetness, will be kicking off a Sew Along for the book with lots more pictures, reviews, interviews, and of course, awesome prizes.  This will be an opportunity for you all to make a project from the book and share it for us all to see AND maybe win something fun.  So I'm giving you a heads up in case you need extra time to work on one of these projects.  Just a little something to keep in mind!


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