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A (little) Birthday!

2015 July 30

We’re headed on a long weekend vacation in about an hour. The last week has been filled with birthday party planning, partying and packing for said vacation! We now have an (almost) newly-minted 5 year old. Amazing how fast time flies. We definitely don’t have babies anymore over here!

 She got her birthday gift from us a little early, and I was so excited when she wanted to have her own sewing machine. I did a bit of research and took a recommendation from Amy of Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop and bought a Janome New Home 1/2 size machine for her, in “Turbo Teal” no less! It’s smaller which is nice, it’s a lot slower than my Janome and it has a really great shaped presser foot that is built so it is really hard to get your fingers under the needle. (Sorry for the quick phone pictures – we were in the middle of packing when she got it!)

She is so excited to play with it and loves that it has “up to J” different stitches! Including her favorite, a scalloped zig-zag. It’s really simple to use and she’s been sewing lots of lines to test out the stitches. Of course I am over the moon that she loves sewing. And she seems to be intuitive about keeping her fingers safe, thank goodness! I was a bit worried since this machine does not have a speed control – but she got the hang of the foot pedal really quickly.

I will be able to give you a better review after we’ve got a few projects to show off. I love my Janome machines – so I’m sure it won’t disappoint. Now we are a 4-Janome family – lucky us!

It’s been so nice to spend the last few days with my kids, and we are looking forward to getting away for some friends and family time. Away from wifi and electricity even – though the cottage does have some solar power. We need a break, some swimming, sitting by the dock, fishing, canoeing… ahhh…. good thing we leave soon! I can’t wait!

I’ll be back late next week. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks to YOU Week Winners!

2015 July 24

Hooray, it’s finally time to reveal who won the Thanks to YOU Week Giveaways!

As usual this is bittersweet for me, I’d love to give prizes to everyone! That said, I am super happy for the 14 winners! Many thanks to these amazing shops for providing our generous prizes!

Lauren T. and Debby G. each won a $25 gift certificate from Canadian National Fabric! (See the giveaway here.) 


Shirley D. won an 8 Fat Quarter “Summer Fun” bundle from Country Clothesline! (See the giveaway here.
Erin I. won a Cantik Batiks 2.5″ Pre-cut in Christmas Traditions. (#1), Linda N. won a Cantik Batiks 2.5″ Pre-cut in Winter Solstice (#2) and Laura M. won a won a Cantik Batiks 2.5″ Pre-cut in Evening Shadows (#3) from Fabric Please! (See the giveaway here.
Amorette D. won the July Free Spirit Monthly Subscription Bundle of 10 Fat Quarters from Fabric Spark! (See the giveaway here.
Heather A. won a 14 fat quarter bundle of Cotton + Steel Spellbound from Fishskin Fabric! (See the giveaway here.
Lori M. won a Five Half-Metre Bundle of Paint by Carrie Bloomston from Flare Fabrics! (See the giveaway here.
Melissa H. won the July Le Club Half Stash from Fridays Off Fabric Shop! (See the giveaway here.
Jo H. won a $50 gift certificate from Mad About Patchwork! (See the giveaway here.
Kristin G. won a 4 half-yard bundle from Seam Allowance! (See the giveaway here.
Kirsten W. won a 10 Fat Quarter bundle of Maker by AGF Studio from Sew Sisters! (See the giveaway here.
Mindy P. won an Amy Butler Design Roll and a $15 Shop Credit at Stay Home Fabrics! (See the giveaway here

Note: All winners were selected randomly using the Rafflecopter widget selection system. Thanks!

Last Day to Enter! {+ 11 sewing tips}

2015 July 20

It’s your last day to enter the 11 amazing Thanks to YOU Week Giveaways. Tonight (July 20th) at midnight EST they will close and tomorrow I’m so excited to find out who will win! (Winners will be posted later this week.)

If you haven’t already, CLICK HERE TO LINK TO ALL THE GIVEAWAYS!

I also really love the sewing tips that we got from our giveaway sponsors and thought they should all be in one place – just in case you skipped over them in your hurry to fill out the entry form! A lot of these are new-to-me tips, and I love learning something new, especially when it saves me time and brain power!

Which of these sewing tips is your new favorite? 

Bebe’s Sewing Tip: The majority of my quilts come from patterns I find in magazines or books. When I’m working on a pattern from a magazine (or book) I find it a pain to have to keep looking back and forth at a magazine/book that’s sitting on a table. I’m always losing my spot on the page or the page flips. Depending on how many different cuts I have to make I have two things that help me.

1) I use a recipe book holder to hold my magazine/book while I’m working. This stops the pages from flipping and I find it easier to look at instructions when they are upright. I also use those reusable “sign here” labels that are used for documents to keep my place on the page. As I complete a cut I move the arrow to the next one. 

2) Depending on how many different cuts I have to do sometimes I transfer the cutting instructions onto a dry erase board and erase as I do the cuts. ~ Canadian National Fabric

Sylvia’s Sewing Tip: Remember those little reinforcements we used (back in the day) on our paper for our binders? Well, they are a great way to label your sewing machine bobbins, so you won’t forget which thread you have on which bobbin – you can find them at your dollar store or stationary store. ~ Country Clothesline
Rita’s Sewing Tip: Maintenance is key – sewing machine maintenance (cleaning, change needles), personal maintenance (Hydrate – drink water, move/stretch often), tool maintenance (change rotary blades). The maker is only as good as his tools!  They need not be expensive – just in good working order. ~ Fabric Please!
Daryl’s Sewing Tip: My best sewing tip is to take on something you’ve never sewn before. If you’re a quilter – make a dress, if you sew bags – slip-cover a chair. There is so much helpful information on blogs like Thread Riding Hood, your hand will be held every step of the way, and sewing is one of the most transferable skills there is.  It will open up a whole new world of creative opportunities.~ Fabric Spark
Jill’s Sewing Tip: I have a scrap piece of fabric that I ALWAYS start sewing on before I start stitching – to prevent that snarl of stitches underneath your work or even worse – the edge being eaten by your machine! ~ Fishskin Fabric
Marlene’s Sewing Tip: Press, don’t iron. Press once to set your seam, then either press the seam to either one side or open. Then press again from the front. Pressing means picking your iron up and moving it along the fabric, overlapping as you go. Don’t iron! Ironing — where you slide the iron in a back and forth motion across the fabric — easily stretches and distorts the fabric.  And don’t wait until the end to press – press as you go. This is true whether you’re sewing a quilt, clothing or — well, actually anything and everything. ~ Flare Fabrics
Alanna’s Sewing Tip: When sew garments always sew up a muslin first, it’s time consuming but so worth it. ~ Fridays Off Fabric Shop
Pam’s Sewing Tip: Use the best thread you can afford. We tend to spend a lot of money on fabric, but forget that the thread is going to have to hold it all together. My favourite is Aurifil. ~ Mad About Patchwork
Nikki’s Sewing Tip: My favorite sewing tip, although technically not a “tip”, is to listen to audio books while you sew. I’ve listened to so many great books (everyone, you HAVE to listen to The Girl With All the Gifts) while sewing, and it makes sewing twice as much fun! ~ Seam Allowance
Judy’s Sewing Tip: When you need to keep colours sorted while sewing – why not look in your baking cupboard? I sort small pieces into muffin cups and strips onto cookie sheets. At the end of the day they can be tidied up easily just by stacking them up! (Works great for Lego projects too!) ~ Sew Sisters
Lisa’s Sewing Tip: Never be afraid to try something new, you will be surprised at  what you can do!Stay Home Fabrics

Thanks to YOU Discount Weekend!

2015 July 18

WOW, what a week this has been! Things have been going amazing-crazy over here. I hope you’ve had a chance to enter the 11 giveaways posted last week. I am so grateful to all the shops that have provided them! (P.S. You can still enter all the giveaways until Monday 20th at midnight EST!)

Thanks so much for all of your amazing comments and well-wishes! I was going to try to respond to them personally, and realized it would likely take me a week.

Please know you are deeply appreciated and that I read each and every comment – always! (Also, I now know you have impeccable taste in fabric… and what fabrics I could get you for your birthday!)

Today is like a Thread Riding Hood “Black Friday Weekend”! And, the 18th also happens to be my 36th birthday! So… your mission is to go buy some fabric for yourself, it’s your Birthday Party Take-Home goodie bag!

Discounts are valid TWO DAYS ONLY – July 18-19, 2015.

Please take time to thank these Canadian Shops for providing generous discounts for you to use. A great place to leave a “Thank You” is in their Notes section when you fill in the check out form for the shop. There are so many amazing deals! Have so much fun shopping! (P.S. Most of these shops ship internationally!)

For the sake of fairness I have listed the shops in alphabetical order.

Canadian National Fabric

10% off + Free Shipping with Promo Code: TRH10shipp 

Cedar & Needle Fabric

30% off with Discount Code: summer

Country Clothesline

20% off all Country Clothesline’s Fresh & Pretty fabrics by the yard and pre-cut bundles too!  So many fantastic choices for your summer sewing projects! Use Discount Code: TRH3

Dinkydoo Fabrics

20% Cart Discount (does not stack with other coupons, excludes gift card purchases) with Discount Code: dd20trh

Fabric Please!

20% store-wide discount (sale items excluded) use Discount code: BLOGIVERSARY

Fabric Spark

Get another 15% off already discounted fabrics in the July Clearance Blast. Save on over 150 fabrics in the “Sale” section of the site. Two Days Only. Use Discount Code: Clearance Blast

Fishskin Fabric

12% Discount (applies to webstore purchases) use Discount Code: AUL3YZOV9

Flare Fabrics

20% off use Discount Code: FLAREFAB20

For the Love of Fabric

15% off purchases of $50 or more (Includes sale items!) with Discount Code: Blogiversary

Fridays Off Fabric Shop

15% off with Discount Code: TRHBLOGIVERSARY

Funky Monkey Fabrics

15% off EVERYTHING with Discount Code: TRH15 

Mad About Patchwork

10% off with Discount Code: TRHOOD10

Seam Allowance

10% off with Discount Code: threeyears

Stay Home Fabrics

25% off with Discount Code: threadridinghood

Thanks to YOU! Fishskin Fabrics, Giveaway No. 11

2015 July 17

Giveaway No. 11 of 11 – we’ve made it to the last one! Don’t miss your chance to enter to win all of the giveaways! (Find out more or Link to all of the posted giveaways)

The last giveaway this week (but not least!) is from Fishskin Fabric. This shop is a new sponsor of Thread Riding Hood and I’m excited to interview them later this year!

Jill’s Sewing Tip: I have a scrap piece of fabric that I ALWAYS start sewing on before I start stitching – to prevent that snarl of stitches underneath your work or even worse – the edge being eaten by your machine!

Today you can enter to win a 14 Fat Quarter bundle of Spellbound from Cotton + Steel!

This giveaway is open to International readers, from July 17 to July 20 at midnight EST. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email address. There’s a “click to enter”, no social media login entry too!

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Don’t Forget! Discount Weekend coming July 18/19…

Thanks to YOU! Canadian National Fabric, Giveaway No. 10

2015 July 17

Giveaway No. 10! Don’t miss your chance to enter to win all of the giveaways! There have been 2 giveaways each day this week and there will be 3 today! (Find out more or Link to all of the posted giveaways)

Today’s second giveaway is from Canadian National Fabric. I was really excited to find more fabric for my “Little Red” collection from them earlier this year!

We offer $5 flat rate shipping across Canada & Free Shipping on orders over $50 (before taxes). Find out more!” ~ Canadian National Fabric

Bebe’s Sewing Tip: The majority of my quilts come from patterns I find in magazines or books. When I’m working on a pattern from a magazine (or book) I find it a pain to have to keep looking back and forth at a magazine/book that’s sitting on a table. I’m always losing my spot on the page or the page flips. Depending on how many different cuts I have to make I have two things that help me.

1) I use a recipe book holder to hold my magazine/book while I’m working. This stops the pages from flipping and I find it easier to look at instructions when they are upright. I also use those reusable “sign here” labels that are used for documents to keep my place on the page. As I complete a cut I move the arrow to the next one.

2) Depending on how many different cuts I have to do sometimes I transfer the cutting instructions onto a dry erase board and erase as I do the cuts.

In this giveaway, two fortunate readers will win a $25 Gift Certificate (CDN funds) to Canadian National Fabric!

This giveaway is open to International readers, from July 17 to July 20 at midnight EST. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email address. There’s a “click to enter”, no social media login entry too!

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Don’t Forget! Discount Weekend coming July 18/19…

Thanks to YOU! Stay Home Fabrics, Giveaway No. 9

2015 July 17

Giveaway No. 9! Don’t miss your chance to enter to win all of the giveaways! There have been 2 giveaways each day this week and there will be 3 today! (Find out more or Link to all of the posted giveaways)

Today’s first giveaway is from Stay Home Fabrics. I worked with them a while ago to make an extra-large quilted dish mat tutorial that we use it in our kitchen everyday!

Stay Home Fabrics aims to impress you with the fastest shipping possible, excellent customer service and only the highest quality products. Stay tuned in the coming months for exciting changes to our website.” ~ Stay Home Fabrics

Lisa’s Sewing Tip: Never be afraid to try something new, you will be surprised at  what you can do!

Today’s giveaway  is an amazing Amy Butler Design Roll and a $15 Shop Credit to Stay Home Fabrics!

This giveaway is open to Canadian and US readers, from July 17 to July 20 at midnight EST. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email address. There’s a “click to enter”, no social media login entry too!

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Don’t Forget! Discount Weekend coming July 18/19…

Thanks to YOU! Seam Allowance, Giveaway No. 8

2015 July 16

Giveaway No. 8! Don’t forget to come back, there will be 2 prizes each day this week and 3 on Friday! (Find out more or Link to all of the giveaways)

This giveaway is from Seam Allowance. This shop was interviewed here just a few months ago, and they have a beautifully curated collection of fabric!

I love carrying fabrics that have usually been hard to find in Canadian shops. It makes me so happy when a customer tells me how happy they are to finally find a Canadian shop that carries something they were looking for. The struggle is real!” ~ Seam Allowance

Nikki’s Sewing Tip: My favorite sewing tip, although technically not a “tip”, is to listen to audio books while you sew. I’ve listened to so many great books (everyone, you HAVE to listen to The Girl With All the Gifts) while sewing, and it makes sewing twice as much fun!

Today’s giveaway  is 4 half-yards of gorgeous fabric! LOVE these colours together.

This giveaway is open to Canadian and US readers, from July 16 to July 20 at midnight EST. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email address. There’s a “click to enter”, no social media login entry too!

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Don’t Forget! Discount Weekend coming July 18/19…

Thanks to YOU! Fabric Please!, Giveaway No. 7

2015 July 16

Giveaway No. 7! Don’t forget to come back, there will be 2 prizes each day this week and 3 on Friday! (Find out more or Link to all of the giveaways)

Today’s giveaway is from Fabric Please! (and she’s offering the week’s largest giveaway – 3 prizes for 3 different winners!). I got to meet Rita from Fabric Please! at Creativ Festival this year and I just used my blogger bundle to finally make myself a Diamond String throw pillow.

Jardin de Provence has arrived! Fabric Please! now carries the entire line designed by Daphne B. for Windham Fabrics. We are also offering the Moccasin BOM by GenX Quilters!  Buy the pattern as a whole or do the Block of the Month subscription! ” ~ Fabric Please!

Rita’s Sewing Tip: Maintenance is key – sewing machine maintenance (cleaning, change needles), personal maintenance (Hydrate – drink water, move/stretch often), tool maintenance (change rotary blades).  The maker is only as good as his tools!  They need not be expensive – just in good working order.

Today’s giveaway  will have 3 different winners! Each winner will win a random pick of one of these Canadian designed and made Cantik Batik 2 1/2″ Precut Rolls – #1: Christmas Traditions, #2: Winter Solstice, #3: Evening Shadows.

This giveaway is open to International readers, from July 16 to July 20 at midnight EST. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email address. There’s a “click to enter”, no social media login entry too!

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Don’t Forget! Discount Weekend coming July 18/19…

Thanks to YOU! Sew Sisters, Giveaway No. 6

2015 July 15

Giveaway No. 6 for today! Don’t forget to come back, there will be 2 prizes each day this week and 3 on Friday! (Find out more or Link to all of the giveaways)

Today’s second giveaway is from Sew Sisters. I got to interview them this year and I love how they started out!

“Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is a Canadian Quilt Store dedicated to all things quilting. Whether shopping online or in person at our store in Toronto our goal is to provide you with great service and offer top quality products at the best possible price. We have a large selection of quilting fabric, patterns, books and notions – everything you need to complete your unique quilts! Be sure to check out our very large Sale Section with over 400 bolts of fabric for only $7.99/metre!” ~ Sew Sisters

Judy’s Sewing Tip: When you need to keep colours sorted while sewing – why not look in your baking cupboard? I sort small pieces into muffin cups and strips onto cookie sheets. At the end of the day they can be tidied up easily just by stacking them up! (Works great for Lego projects too!)

Today’s giveaway is a 10 Fat Quarter bundle of Maker by AGF Studio for Art Gallery Fabrics. WOW!

This giveaway is open to International readers, from July 15 to July 20 at midnight EST. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email address. There’s a “click to enter”, no social media login entry too!

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Don’t Forget! Discount Weekend coming July 18/19…

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