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Giveaway Day 2013 + PDF Pattern Sale

December 8, 2013

Welcome to Giveaway Day!

Up for grabs today are two different pattern and fabric bundles. I’ve also got a PDF pattern sale code for all readers, so look for that at the end of the post!

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The Stitching Bundle: Five fat quarters and a copy of the Card Table Playhouse pattern, Cover Up sewing machine cover pattern and Studio Stitches embroidery pattern. Perfect for anyone who loves all things sewing!


The Christmas Bundle: Five fat quarters and a copy of my Advent Activity Calendar, Sleigh Bells Stocking and Wonderland tree skirt patterns.  I get to see these in my house every day right now and I have loved making them!

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International Bundle: International readers, you’re not left out! I’ll give away a PDF copy of the patterns from one of the above bundles. Winner’s choice.

Shipping: US shipping only for the first two bundles listed. International entries will be for pattern bundles without fabrics.

How to enter:

Simply tell me which giveaway you’re entering to win: “Christmas Bundle”, “Stitching Bundle” or “International”! Telling me what you’re sewing right now isn’t required but sure would entertain me today! Be sure your e-mail address is easily found in your profile or comment so I can contact you if you win.

The winners will be selected on Monday, December 16th at noon CST.


And now, a coupon code for everyone!

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After getting more and more e-mails from international readers trying to find copies of my sewing patterns, I finally caved and opened a PDF store. Many of the patterns are ready and uploaded and the remainder will be added over the next few weeks. Independent shops will continue to be the only way to get paper copies of my patterns, but digital copies will be available here at long last.

To christen the newly launched PDF pattern store here at Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio, I’m offering a 20% off code through Monday the 16th at noon. Simply enter the code GIVEAWAYDAY at checkout for 20% off your PDF pattern order. Ready? Head on over to the shop after you enter the giveaway!

Note: If you don’t see your comment show up right away, don’t worry. First time commenters go through a filter and will show up just as quickly as I can approve them. I’ll work to be speedy!

Christmas Pajamas (x6!)

December 5, 2013


Last year, I wrote about my sewing-as-nesting phase just before Rhett was born. I made Christmas pajamas for our three kids and our two nieces and nephew. The kids were so cute together in their PJs and I knew then that a new tradition had been born.

Fast forward to this year’s set of pajamas! When I saw Pink Chalk Fabrics post about the Mammoth flannel from Robert Kaufman, I knew it would make the perfect material for the pants. I used the Oliver + S Sleepover Pajama pattern and paired the pants with some simple Hanes and Circo (Target) love sleeved tees.

The Mammoth flannel is incredibly thick and cozy, especially after it is washed and dried. You really need to feel it to understand how great it is. (and you really want to prewash it as it does shrink more than regular quilting cotton)

Having kids who appreciate a handmade gift is so wonderful. Their genuine excitement and sincere “thank you” feels so great after all that sewing. I’m so excited to make PJs for this cute bunch of cousins each year!

Winners and Work!

November 22, 2013

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I’m plugging away over here on several different projects, but wanted to pop back in to declare winners for the pattern giveaway!

The three winners are Sarah, Susan and Beth. They’ve been notified and will get their favorite from the new patterns!

Speaking of new patterns… they are shipped to stores and distributors, so be sure to ask for them at your favorite shop! If you’re looking for a specific pattern, they are officially all in stock at Pink Chalk Fabrics.

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Back to work for me!

Introducing New Fall Patterns: Somewhere Under, Cantilevers & Studio Stitches!

October 23, 2013


It’s time to share the three new patterns for Fall 2013! I’ll be back next week to share more about each of these individually, so check back for many more images of the different samples made. As soon as they are in stock out there in the world, I’ll share some store links for you.

The first two patterns are quilts from Jessica Levitt, an Empty Bobbin Designer. You may recognize these if you attended QuiltCon this year! Each includes three different size options and Jessica’s detailed instructions and diagrams.

Somewhere Under can be pieced either wonky or straight and includes instructions for the optional flange binding and pieced backing, which uses scraps left from piecing the quilt top.

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Cantilevers is such a great design if you’re looking for something that can be made in masculine colors/fabrics. And do you see the pieces of orange in the binding? I love that little detail Jessica worked in and she’s included very detailed instructions for placing them just so in your own binding for some added zing. The design on this pattern is scaled, so no matter if you make the quilt in the lap size or the queen size, it’ll have the exact same look!

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And rounding out the slate of new patterns is an embroidery design from Lauren Hunt, another Empty Bobbin Designer. Studio Stitches marks the first in a line of embroidery patterns we will publish featuring Lauren’s art in her awesome trademark style. We’re calling the embroidery line “Stitchcraft” and you can expect some new designs in the coming year!

Studio Stitches is perfect for anyone who wants to show their love of all things sewing. Four different sewing machines, two spools of thread, scissors, a bobbin and needle and the “I am a maker” phrase. (More on the origins of that phrase next week!) All designs included for both an iron-on heat transfer and a traceable transfer.

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There you have it! Three new designs that have us very excited over here (and stalking the UPS man!).

If you’d like a copy of one of these patterns, you can find a digital copy in my PDF pattern shop or a paper copy at many of the stores listed on the Patterns page under “Where to Buy.” If you’re looking for an online source, Pink Chalk Fabrics carries my whole line of patterns.

Care for a giveaway! Help me pass the time waiting for the final boxes of patterns to show up. Which has you most excited? Leave a quick comment (and be sure I have a way to reach you!) I’ll pick three winners a week from today to receive their favorite!


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