Monday, April 10, 2017

#1000NamesWins......Eddycrest Sewing Furniture.....Naming Contest!!!

When I say this is Big....I am not kidding.....but how Big? That depends purely upon all of you!!!!
You control the level of prizes in this contest!!! Intrigued?
I'll explain in a minute, but first, let me tell you a little bit about 

@eddy crest.furniture
I first became aware of Eddycrest Sewing Furniture while on a shop hop here in Ontario, Canada. 
It was love at first sight, when I saw the sewing table set up in Country Patchworks 
but I wasn't ready to purchase at the time, because I was still saving for my longarm.
Fast forward a few years and again on the same shop hop, with my husband this time, who is my rock and supports my quilting hobby 100 percent. He also is so much better about spending money on me then I am. Why is it that women feel guilty.... even now that my kids are full grown... I still struggle with spending larger amounts of money 
on things that are "just for me".....
My husband calls them "investment pieces", Happy Wife, Happy Life, lol
and asks me...will they be used, will they make things easier, 
will they last...yes, yes and yes!!!
He's the best, and so right! (don't tell him I said that, 😉)

Ok...back to the original post.....

Left: Short Right                                  Right: Standard

We ended up going back and taking an Eddycrest shop tour....and let me tell you, it's impressive!
Starting with the C.N.C. machine that cuts out each blank sheet of baltic birch






The sewing tables are then routered, sanded and branded by the talented Eddycrest team



The Top Secret finishing process comes next and let me tell you it is smooth!!
(no pictures of that though...lol)

Then the tables are assembled and ready to ship to all us happy customers!! 





You can see in the first picture I ended up buying a Short Right and a Standard....I'll share more pictures and my experience (all good) in another post, being as this is probably going to be my longest post to date, and you are probably anxious to get to the contest......

And I bet by now you are also wondering what the big surprise is.......
or maybe you skipped to the bottom, lol 

Well the Eddycrest team is expanding their product line to include another sewing table size...
It's just perfect for a small room sewer, compact in size, but with the same quality and craftsmanship that Eddycrest puts into all their products......
And
They are having a hard time coming up with a name.....
They've been calling it, 
the Basic Sewing Centre work table that is ergonomic and stores just a little bit, but looks and feels "Real Nice"

As you can image that is quite a mouth full....that's where you all come in....
They have decided to have a naming contest, 
so get your thinking caps on and come up with your best idea! 
This is not a random draw type of contest, best name wins, chosen by the Eddycrest team...
 but there is a catch.....

It's a 3 tiered contest:

Level 1:
If 50 of you lovelies submit your name ideas
The Eddycrest team will award the naming winner with a 40" Quilt Mount with white finish
Valued at $70 Can.

click on picture to be taken to a video on how the quilt mount works


But......

Level 2:
If 500 of you amazing readers submit your name ideas
The Eddycrest team will up the ante and the top prize will become a shelving unit 
(sorry fabric not included)! 
Valued at $400 Can.
And the Second place winner will receive the Quilt Mount



And if that wasn't good enough....



Level 3:
Here it is the top prize, if 1000 of you totally awesome followers and friends submit your name ideas (spread the word)
The Eddycrest team is generously awarding the winning name's submitter with.....
Their very own model of the new desk they just named!! How awesome is that!!!
And the Second runner up receives the Shelf Unit 
And the Third runner up receives the Quilt Mount

Valued at $950 Can.

And I know right about now, some of you are wondering.....is this contest open outside of Canada.....


YES!!!! 
Isn't that Fantastic!!
Open to all!!

And if that wasn't awesome enough....
A few of my other Blog Sponsors 
have generously donated more prizes
So if your name wasn't chosen.....
You still could win in the random draw for these 3 amazing prizes...

@fabricplease

is sweetening the pot with this offer for one lucky random winner
Level 1
 Charm Pack of Joel Dewberry's Modernist
or
Level 2
 Layer Cake of Joel Dewberry's Modernist
or
Level 3
Layer Cake of Joel Dewberry's Modernist + 3 yards winners choice from Modernist line 
(must choose in stock yardage)



@madaboutpatchwork
Level 1
$10.00 Gift Certificate
or
Level 2 
$20.00 GC
or 
Level 3
$40.00 GC



Level 1
$25.00 Gift Certificate
or
Level 2 
$50.00 GC
or
Level 3
$75.00 GC




So here is what you have to do......
You knew you would have to do something, 😉



I tried to keep it really simple...so share via social media, on FB share original post with blog link
IG share any Contest post with #1000NamesWins 
And if you have multiple name ideas....share one name per comment....so we'll all know when we reach that 1000 names goal!!

 Let's get to a 1000+ name submissions and max out these prizes!!

but, do stop by the links I provided to the sponsors and look around and share some love or stop by their social media sites and say thanks.....

If you are a non reply blogger, please please please leave an email address....I sure would hate for you to loose out because I can't find you

To add your name for submission, click on the comments link below! 

There have been a few comments that haven't made it through...I've checked all my settings and am not sure what is happening. If for some reason you comment doesn't post, email me directly....but try the comment link first! Thanks. Trying to keep all the names in one place. 

upstairshobbyroom at gmail dot com
Thanks Everyone

























Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Let's S.E.W. Link Up 1000 Quilts for Ronald McDonald House

I'm super excited to say that my small quilt is finished and on its way to a quilt guild that is part of
The Big Quilt Bee collection team!!
The last time I checked the Canadian Quilter's Association website the number of quilts had reached 400!!!
We are almost half way there!!!


After doing some more reading I realized that finishing one quilt was probably better then sending a stack of blocks, being as the amount of time at Quilt Canada is limited for piecing and quilting!! 


Have you gotten involved? How are your blocks or quilts coming along?
Here's your chance to share....
Link up your slab blocks or your quilt top or finished quilt for all of us to see...

I know it's hard to tell, but this is a retro print...little boy and girl playing with balloons, so sweet

and 
bonus
get entered into this months draw

2 lucky Let's S.E.W. linkers will receive a
$25.00 Gift Certificate

from 

and if you missed my post on February's link up.....I will be adding extra entries for my faithful few who linked up that month!!

I love it when I can use up the extra backing strips that are trimmed off after quilting! This binding (a lovely red wideback, from Fabric Please) is made with such lovely trimmed pieces from another quilt project!! 

One last thing before you link up....
There are some very fun and big events coming really soon....
So you may want to sign up for email post notifications, if you haven't, so that you don't miss out!!




My newest blog sponsor 

And I are teaming up with any amazing contest!
How big the prizes get......is totally up to all of you......
This is going to be fun!!!!
Stay tuned!!!!



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Monthly Fabric and Fun Enabler

How's the catchy title of the post grab you? I will be making a regular post at the beginning of each month showcasing my blog sponsors sales and events to help you find the fun fabric and items you may or may not have known you are looking for, lol!! 
I'm always looking.....
Comment below to give a suggestion as to the name of the monthly post
 or 
say "Yes" if this works for you!!



I want to share again, there are some big things coming in the next few month.....one of which has been in the works for months and will change everything, including my web address!!😉
A huge give away and a fantastic book review, which changed my views on curved piecing forever!!

For now, enjoy these sales and coming events!!!



It's Mad About Patchwork's 9th Birthday and they're celebrating all month long....

Starting with Double Loyalty points for the first week of April!! 
Have you signed up??? 
You get your first 100 points for creating an account!!
 Look for the pop up window on the sight


and the Stash Builder monthly deal to help you build up your supply of solids!!

Fabric Please has added a new tab on her website.....one us fabric addicted people love to see...

But she will still be offering the weekly rotating sale items too....


Along with all the regular New Arrivals and everyday stock!






Kristy sells great zippers at amazing prices in a rainbow of colours!!!!
I'm always excited when my order arrives in the mail!!
Don't forget to use the discount code
"UPSTAIRSHOBBYROOM"
To save 15% off your order!!







One of my new blog sponsors...I really appreciate small businesses that are trying and succeeding at offering great products and customer service!!
If you've been following me you will have seen my new sewing tables, that I purchased last year, from Eddycrest Sewing Furniture. I can't say enough good things about the service we received and the quality of my desks!! So extremely Happy....and
They don't just make  Sewing Tables they also make

and 

If that isn't enough they also make amazing Crokinole Boards

And there is something big, huge even, coming this month....so stay tuned...
If you aren't following my blog or IG you may want to make sure you are receiving updates, you do not want to miss this!!



Friday, March 24, 2017

The Year of the Finish.......

The winter blues had me under its spell for awhile....
but I think spring is starting to show itself around here and my funk is starting to lift!

I never believed in winter blues before this year....
Just like I never understood the need to go south for the winters, till a few winters ago, lol!
I didn't go, but I totally get the appeal!! 

Not sure why this winter hit me so hard......but I am so glad that Spring is just around the corner, fingers crossed....

I have sadly neglected my blog for the last few weeks and missed announcing last months 
Let's S.E.W. link up winner......

Unfortunately it was a small link up again, probably my fault for starting too early, so we are looping February with April and skipping March all together! The faithful link ups will get extra points towards the April sponsored prize, which will be two separate Gift Certificates from Fabric Please....

Hope everyone is starting to see spring, too!! 

Here's a poll question for everyone........
How do you fight the winter blues? If you indeed feel it!!! 
Give me some suggestions to put into my grab bag for next year!!!

Here's a teaser for you too....

There is a big event giveaway coming soon. You do not want to miss it, so if you aren't signed up for email notifications or on Bloglovin' for my blog you should, just saying, this is BIG!!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Let's S.E.W. link up and Big Quilt Bee Blocks

Sorry for the delay on putting up this months Let's S.E.W. link up party....
I have been so busy and it just totally slipped my mind...bad excuse, I know.....
And today is Family Day here in Canada...technically a holiday Monday....but I figured I better get this post up before it slips my mind again, lol! I'll leave the link up open till March 6th at midnight EST. to make up for the lateness of this month. 

Just a quick reminder that our link ups are joined with the Big Quilt Bee happening to make 
1000 quilts 
for Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. All the information links can be found in the 
#BigQuiltBee tab at the top of this home page.

I have partnered with Rita at Fabric Please to help share the information with you all and hopefully inspire you to join in and help us reach that 1000 quilt goal!!

Which reminds me....Fabric Please is celebrating its 2nd Birthday and Rita is offering 
Free Shipping in Canada and the USA on 
FEBRRUARY 21st
She is also adding in a special surprise to every order
USE CODE 
SHIPFREE

I've been slowly working on getting 12 blocks done here in my UpStairsHobbyRoom and keep sharing my progress with you during these monthly link up posts....2 more to go!!! 

This month Fabric Please is sponsoring another $25 Gift Certificate for her shop, for one of you who link up your BigQuiltBee blocks!! Good luck everyone!


I just finished the above blocks and I'm still working on my last 2 red blocks to finish this small sized quilt, 3x4 blocks.
I'll just need to figure out what fabric to use on the back and the binding and this cute quilt will be ready to mail off to one of the designated quilt collectors!!


How about you?
Have you got any blocks made.....or working on a full quilt in one of the 2 sizes asked for?

Can't wait to see what you have been making......


Have a great week everyone!





Saturday, February 4, 2017

PJ Bottoms Sewing Tutorial

I can't believe I am posting a sewing tutorial that involves sewing clothing....
I am not much of a seamstress (lol, who am I kidding....I'm not a seamstress at all), so if I can do this,  I know you can too!!!

Over Christmas I was recovering from a flu bug and got it in my head
that I needed flannel Pj bottoms.
Now, I know I wasn't in my right mind, because if I was I would have reminded myself of all the failed clothing attempts I have had. So it's a good thing I wasn't thinking clearly
 and just Googled anyway, lol!

What I found gave me the start I needed, but I didn't quite agree with everything I read, so I tweaked and the results......
A very shocked quilter, me,  who not only created a pattern, but a pattern that worked!
And Pj bottoms that fit and look great....



So what did I do to celebrate....besides wearing them right away....and all the time...
don't judge me, lol
I found a baby pattern online and made a pair for Ava for Christmas....👍🏻
Technically, two pairs, because the first pair was way to big....so I tweaked that pattern too, using a pair of Ava's pants.


This went so well I thought I had better make another pair! And that went so well, again,  I figured I better write up a tutorial to share.... and honestly when it's been awhile between making a project, I'll come back to my own tutorials for a refresher.....so this is for my benefit too. 😉



Then, I reached out to some of my blog sponsors... to help you out with a sale, incase you want to try this tutorial for yourself....
and


And



both came on board to help sponsor this project tutorial.

Here in Canada it gets pretty cold over the winters and flannel is just the thing to keep you toasty warm, but some may not want such a warm fabric.....so this tutorial is done using a brushed cotton, a   lighter weight fabric, still with that soft feel,  it's a great option for mid-winter into spring alternative and for those of you who maybe warmer blooded than I am .....
You could also use cotton for a great summer version.


Pj Bottom Tutorial 


Tips:
  • There is a long running debate in quilting about pre-washing your fabrics or not....there is no debate when you are sewing cloths.....PRE-WASH your fabrics!!!! and dryer them! You do not want to go to all the trouble of making a pair of pants that shrink after you wash them....even if you are like me and hang your cloths to dry, PRE-WASH and dry.
  • Press the fabric after pre-washing and drying to have a flat surface to lay your pattern on and cut accurately.
  • Choose a pair of pants that you love and are comfortable in to make your pattern from. I wanted a loose Pj bottom so I used a pair of jeans that were a size or so too big, but that I still love wearing. (it doesn't have to be jeans)
  • Trace carefully. Make sure you line up the seams and have the pants hand pressed out flat so you are tracing an accurate size.
  • I used an end roll of newsprint that I got from a local newpaper to trace my pattern out on. Some craft stores now sell rolls of paper too. I like the newsprint paper because it is a bit thinner than regular paper. You can also buy pattern paper at some sewing centres. 
  • The amount of fabric you will need will depend on two things. You leg pattern length and the width of the fabric you buy. I used about 3 yds. I'm 5" 10" and laid my pattern pieces end to end, because my fabric was not wide enough to have them side by side.
  • If you own a serger you will serge all your seams, sewing and finishing your seams in one step, but if you don't you will want to finish your seams with either a zigzag stitch or I rolled each side of the seam allowance under and topstitched to completely encase, and add a stitch feature to all the seams. (*You'll see more in the tutorial pics)
  • You will want to backstitch at the beginning and ending of all your seams.
  • (EDIT) I sewed my seams at 3/8" not 1/2"....I wanted to make sure I had a comfortably loose pant and I figured I would err on a little bigger than not loose enough.
  • Abbreviations: RST- right sides together


Supplies:
Pair of pants to make your pattern
Pattern Paper
Pencil
Pins
Scissors (paper and fabric)
Ruler
Fabric (brushed cotton, flannel or even cotton)
3/4" waist band elastic (non rolling kind)
safety pin
And of course your sewing machine and thread

Making you Pattern:
You are going to want to fold your pants to make a back pattern, like the picture below. Lining up your seams and smoothing the pants flat to get an accurate template to trace. 


Then fold your pants as below and repeat to get your front pattern. Just tuck that back piece down when you get to the waistband section if your pants do this too.

 This is what my roll of newsprint looks like:


Once you have traced both front and back pattern pieces, and labeled them front and back,  take your ruler and add 1/2" for your side/crotch seams and 1.5" for the waistband casing and about an 1" for your hem.  Using your paper scissors cut out your two pattern pieces.



Making Your Pj Pants:
Lay your pattern pieces out on the pre-washed and pressed fabric, that is fold in half, staying as close to the selvage edge as you can. (That extra piece of brushed cotton on the fold side can be made into a narrower version an infinity scarf, tutorial found here, so practically no wasted fabric at all!!)
Pin in place and cut out your front and back pieces, with your fabric scissors. (you will now how 2 fronts and 2 backs)




I took two bright post-it notes and pinned them to my 2 front pattern pieces, so I wouldn't lose track of which piece was which. You can use a disappearing marking pen and write on the back of the pieces, if you prefer.



Sewing Steps:

  1. Lay a front and back RST and stitch the inner leg seam from hem to crotch (EDIT: as the tips said, I used a 3/8" seam). Repeat with the other front and back pieces. Press your seams open and finish the seam allowance as you wish.


  2. *Here is my seam allowance finish....takes more time and the last seam when the pants are together takes a little finesse, but so worth it for the finished look. (for me anyway)                            Roll the seam back and under and then topstitch close to the folded edge. Do this for both sides.


  3. Lay your two pieces RST matching the fronts and backs and lining up the inner leg seams. Pin in place and sew your crotch seam. Press your seams open and finish the seams.
  4. With RST front to back, match the outer leg side seams and waist.  Pin and sew outside leg seam. Finish the seams. This is the one that is tricky if you are rolling your seams, but it is totally doable. I've made  3 adult and a few infant sizes and I have finished all the seams this way.


     *You will start at the waist band in the most open area of your pants, and work your way into the leg. Just take your time flattening out the fabric as it bunches up. Sew in small sections, this is a good time to have needle down in play on your machine if you have it.

  5. Making the Waist Band: Press under 1/4-3/8" all around the top edge of your pants, and then turn it down 1". Pin in place and topstitch close to folded edge leaving a 2" opening for threading the elastic into your pants. This is also a perfect time to add a label, if you own your own, or just a ribbon if you don't, to mark the back of your pants....so you don't try putting them on backwards all the time, lol!!




  6. Now take your 3/4" elastic and measure it around your waist to get a rough length of what you need, and cut. Using a safety pin thread your elastic through the waist band casing you just created. When you have threaded it through check that you haven't twisted the elastic and pin the two ends of the elastic together to hold in place, watching that it doesn't disappear into the opening. Try on your pants to get the accurate length of elastic you need.  Re-pin and then stitch a box into the two pieces backstitching to make it strong and trim extra elastic away. Allow the elastic to disappear into the opening now and topstitch close.




  7. Hem: Try your pants on again to check for length, you shouldn't have a too much extra. I do a simple 1/4" fold and fold again.....but you can finish however you need to, to get the right length. 


    That's it....
    You have successfully completed your Pj Bottoms......
    I hope you love yours  as much as I love mine...
    Can't wait to see what you make.
    Use #pjbottomstutorial and tag me in @upstairshobbyroom on IG

    Oh and remember that extra strip of fabric I said you could make an infinity scarf.....
    Well I cleaned up the ends and trimmed the length straight and ended up with an approx. 15" wide by a little over 72" piece for my scarf....infinity scarf tutorial here






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