Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Satchel Bag and a Giveway

Making The Satchel Bag  and a GIVEAWAY here!

Recently,  I got to make a purse .. for a  brand new  pattern designed  by Samantha,  of  At Home With Mrs H !    Samantha has a fun  blog and is such a talented purse designer. 

Her latest bag is called  The Satchel Bag :

The Satchel Bag  designed by Samantha, of At Home With  Mrs H
I was immediately drawn to the cute handle on top of the flap, with the hardware,  and the sides with the buttoned straps.  To tell you the truth, I was a little scared that these details would be hard to make.  But my fears vanished  as soon as I started the actual construction of the bag, using Samantha's directions and pictures.  

Fabrics:    Outer-   Black denim  with some striation lines throughout  ( I wanted durable fabric)

Here's the button for the front flap

Lining fabric  :  Elizabeth's Studio Stitch in Time   Black Thimbles
I just love this fabric , and smile every time I look inside of my purse!

This is the black hardware for the adjustable strap
The Satchel Bag !     made by Susie

It has a roomy interior,  with a zippered pocket.  The flap is closed by 2 magnet snaps

I love the side straps, with the buttons!  I tucked the sides in a little to give my bag a little softer shape on the sides.

I just adore this purse!! I love  the  across-the-body purse handle , and the decorative handle on top of the flap.  Samantha has brought a modern shape to the classic satchel style.

Well, now I can tell you what the giveaway is!  Samantha (not only talented, but generous, too!!) is giving me a pdf pattern of The Satchel Bag  to give to a lucky winner !!  

What do you have to do get your chance to win this pattern?

Simply....  in my comments,  tell me what you belong to~  
any Sew Along groups , or Block of the Months... or Sewing Bees...  or  Quilting Guilds... online and/or in person.....It's ok if you aren't in any.  (No 'Quilt Police' around here. )

You can see who I hook- up with  on the sidebars of my blog.   I think it's so interesting to see what we are all doing around this big old world!

Be sure I can get your email to contact you and get the pdf  pattern to you, if you are the winner.
The giveaway will be open from  Sunday, March 24 until Monday, April 1  11:00 pm EST.

If you love to sew purses, go on over to see Samantha's other patterns in her Etsy store... she has a 4 Pattern Bundle of her patterns, that is new!

I have made three of her four patterns so far!
 Look what I just joined in on...check out this Bag Lovin Blog Hop below...
first are directions that you copy to get onto this linky,.. then you  can see the linky of the bags.

Note: This Blog Hop is ONGOING so you can add YOUR Bag Lovin Blog at any time! :)
What do you have to do? It's easy! (Please note links require approval so will be approved after all 3 steps have been carried out! Please make sure your blog has posts about BAGS otherwise your submission will be declined!)
Step 1) Just add your blog link below by clicking on the "Click here To Enter" link and follow the easy steps to add your blog!
*Step 2) IMPORTANT! Click on the "Get the code here" link shown to grab your copy of the code and create a new post on your blog! Please include these instructions so that new members will know what to do! :)
*Step 3) Grab this button: (Right Click and Save)
and pop it in your sidebar linking to your Bag Lovin Blog Hop post so that we can leave this blog hop open and people can keep finding it and hopping on! :) 
After all 3 steps have been completed, please email ChrisW Designs and your link will be approved and added to the Blog Hop as soon as it is verified that you have completed the steps correctly! :)
That's it! :)
 Please note it may take me a little while to approve your link due to the time differences! If you have any technical difficulties or you can't see your link within 24 hours, please don't hesitate to email her soshe can  help! :) 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

And Sew On Block for March

Just Spoolin' Around with my And Sew On BoM


Last night, I got time to work on March's block in the  And Sew On BoM!
This month,  Kristy,  of Quiet Play,   has made a  pattern with  the cutest spools,  available for free at her blog and Craftsy!

This is Kristy's   Just Spoolin' Around block

I decided to make my spool tops and bottoms in black fabric.

Just Spoolin' Around ....   by Susie     Susie's Sunroom

Close up of a fussy cut fabric

I even found a LOVE to fussy cut

Here's a little bird

The first 3 blocks of the BoM    made by Susie's Sunroom
Kristy has a linky for sharing pictures of the current month's blocks.  Hop on over to her blog to see them, plus all of the other gorgeous and fun patterns she has designed!  I just love her style and flair!

Well, that' s enough spoolin' around.... time to get back to my newest project.
I'm off to my sewing room!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Blog Hop Winner Is.....

Chase The Winter Blues Away  Blog Hop Winner Is....

It was so much fun to  hear from visitors and new followers,   and read  all of your current sewing and quilting obsessions!! Thank you all for participating!
  (I don't know if I am more "normal" or "Over-obsessed !"   smiles :)  )

Mr. Random Number Generator chose a  number between 1 and 190 , and he said:   7   

Comment #7 is..... Linda
I'm obsessed with baby quilts, practising free motion quilting and mug rugs.

(ignore the number 1 's showing up.... blogger is giving me grief copying this to my blog!)

Congratulations, Linda!   I am emailing you to notify you that you are the winner of  my contest!  Please contact me if you don't get the email.     I will need your mailing address to mail you the prizes.


   View my fresh blog posts through  Bloglovin', by  clicking on the link on the right sidebar  my blog page, and follow me.

Use this to keep reading my new posts.... by Bloglovin'    


I'm off to my sewing room!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Linking to Bloglovin'

Posting this test  to get set up with Bloglovin'

Bloglovin'  seems to be the easiest  way to read our new blog posts, after Google Reader is gone.
So, I am trying to get Susie's Sunroom linked up to Bloglovin'.   

This post is a test.   Smiles!!!
<a href="">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

Add Susie's Sunroom to Bloglovin'     (just click that link to get to Bloglovin')

I'll be letting you know who won the giveaway very soon!!

Have a good sewing day!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick' s Day

St Patrick's Day and the last day of the giveaway

Happy St. Patrick's Day , everyone!     

And in case you haven't signed up for MY giveaway   yet ....   today,  Sunday, March 17,  at 11:59 pm EST, it will end.     I will announce the winner on Monday.  I love your comments!


 Thank you, , Michelle at Quilting Gallery for putting the Blog Hop Party all together.  Hop on over to Quilting Gallery to see the huge list of participating bloggers.... who all have a giveaway.  

This weekend, I was able to give a few little presents to my daughter , in person!  That was so much fun.

I was just bursting until I could give her a sweet  little   Hedgehog Mug Rug,  designed by the  Queen of Mug Rug designs... Amanda,  The Patchsmith !  

The Patchsmith  has this pattern,  and SO  many more , available in her Craftsy shop!!  They are in pdf format, so when you order them,  you get them in minutes!!  That's instant gratification , and you are ready to run with your project!!
Hedgehog Mug Rug   made by Amanda,  The Patchsmith

 I saw  this mug rug on her blog and just knew I was going to make it for my daughter.  I even had some  fabric that has a little hedgie in the design in my stash!
Amanda's patterns and directions are a delight to use!  I use Heat-n-Bond to iron on the applique shapes. And my Viking Topaz has a little blanket stitch that I am using a lot on these mug rugs.
Susie's Hedgehog Mug Rug

I just love the X stitching on the hedgies' backs!   (  That is even on Amanda's pattern! Isn't she clever!!)  I did the Happy Dance last night when I found that stitch on my machine!!  

The back side is cute, too!  I sewed the binding on by hand.
Fabrics:   Exclusively Quilters    -  Razzmatazz  Tree Brown , and some others in that line

I just stitched in the ditch on the bottom strip, with a long swirl.... Oh, look who has dropped in to say  hi!
Meet Patty

Say hi to  Patty,  my March bird  pincushion.   In case you are a visitor to my blog,  I began  my addiction  making these bird pincushions in our Across The Pond Sew Along, in Jan 2013.  They just seem to pop up whenever they  I feel like it . 
 (Come on , there must be at least 100    20   2 of you out there that have been asking yourselves when a new bird was going to pop up in Susie's Sunroom!)  Check out our Flickr group to see more lovely birdies...

Here they are waiting for their morning coffee
They are admiring my new Paris Flea Market Jelly Roll  { :) }
It's never too late to make something from our Across The Pond Sew Along, and just add it to the Flickr group!  Have you seen March's project  the Charm Square Scarf ?
I'm off to my sewing room!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sew Retro 2 is Sew Fun!

Sew Retro Kitchen  .... is Sew Fun !

Today, I got to sew and have some fun in my sunroom.  Ahh...  moments of  sunshine, stitches  and bliss.

First project:      Test a  new paper pieced block for Kristy,  of Quiet Play

Earlier this year,  Kristy designed these  delicious blocks,  and they are currently available in her Craftsy store.
Kristy's Sew Retro Kitchen patterns     available at Craftsy now

I had such fun picking out fabric for this  new block.
I wanted to make the top -half background look like "wallpaper", and then I only  had to pull out my turquoise and red fabrics.  
Susie's    Sew Retro 2 -  Mixing Bowl       designed   by Kristy@ Quiet Play

I just loved making this block!  It is fun to make, and you could split up the rolling pin from the mixing bowl, for separate projects!  Look for it soon on Kristy's blog.  And check out her other patterns, too!

Fabrics used:   Michael Miller  :   Mini Mike  Dot -N-Square
                                                Mini Mike  Dot Duo Red
                                                Mini Mike Tiny Gingham Cherry
                                                Aqua Red Daisy Doolittle Turquoise
                                                Stash solids

I will be making March's  And Sew On  BoM block next week.....

Second Project:  A Bow Clutch  purse for my daughter

When my daughter , "C",  was home over Christmas, she requested that I make a Bow Clutch bag for her.  She saw the bow clutch purse that I made   in June.  
Bow Clutch     made for Purse Palooza 
This is an excellent tutorial pattern found at  Elm Street Life, by Whitney .  If you have not "taken the plunge" to make a zippered pouch yet,  this is a good one to make.  I love this little pouch/purse!

My daughter wanted her bow clutch to be  in rust colors  and if possible, in  a houndstooth print.  I said, " I'll do what I can..."  I then looked  around on the internet, and finally  found  these rust fabrics at !  Whew!!

Rust Bow Clutch  for "C"  
It has a roomy inside
I added an interior slip pocket.  There is a lot of room for her phone and keys, and more.  She likes this size of purse because it slips easily in and out of her backpack.  

The fabrics I used for this bow clutch:   Premier Prints Houndstooth Rust/Khaki
                                                          Quilter's Linen Print  Rust    *love this line!* 

Have you entered my  giveaway yet?    For the  Chase The Winter Blues Away
                              Blog Hop Party  with Give-Aways!!

Quilting Gallery  is  Blog Hop Central..   Michelle has the list of all of the blogs . Visit them all and see their amazing work... and see what their giveaways are!

Thank you for all of your encouraging comments,  and  delightful  obsessions!!  Some obsessions have actually made me giggle out loud when I read them!

I have to go now... there is still time to sew!
I'm off to my sewing room!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Blog Hop Party to Chase Winter Away

Susie's Sunroom...  helping to chase  the winter blues away with a Giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by .... to  new visitors and to  my regular friends and followers! 

I am happy to be a  party animal participant in the  Beat the Winter Blues Blog Hop Party.... with  Giveaways!   
 Thank you, , Michelle at Quilting Gallery for putting the Blog Hop Party all together.  Hop on over to Quilting Gallery to see the huge list of participating bloggers.... who all have a giveaway.  

Well, let's get down to the giveaway details now!

Blog Hop Party  Giveaway is March 8 - March 17
( I will stop accepting  giveaway entries at 11:59 pm EST , Sunday, March 17.)

What's the giveaway?  

Blueberry Pie Mini Tonga Treat

Timeless Treasures Fabrics 

The giveaway.... with the lovely blues and tans and golds in 5 inch squares

Plus, I'll include a little something extra that I have made.

What do you have to do to enter?  This will be easy....simply - 
Leave me a comment , letting me know---
What three things, in the sewing and quilting world, 
  are you 'obsessed with' currently?

One entry per person.     Yes, international entries are welcome!
 Leave  me your email address, if you are a no reply blogger. You can't win if I can't email you.
 Random Number Generator will pick the winning number for me.
 Isn't he nice doing that all the time for us?!

I just so happen to have a beautiful suggestion for one way to use your tonga treat squares.....This  Skinny Charm Square Scarf!
It will  make  one scarf with the rectangles  on both  the front and the  back.... 
or  make 2 scarves ,using  some yardage fabric for the backing.
Here is the skinny charm square scarf that I made in the last post.

This is the scarf made by  my sister, Amy  of  Amy Made That! .  She is in the blog hop!
Amanda,  The Patchsmith  , made this beautiful charm square scarf
This was our Across The Pond Sew Along project for March. 
 Look back through my blog to see the monthly projects, and check out our Across The Pond flickr group.

Oh yes, in case anyone is  curious to what I am obsessed with...

1.  Pincushions
2.  fun pins  and ok, I'll admit it ... having LOTS of plain  pins in lots of pincushions!  (anyone else have this??)
3.  Pouches

Good luck in my giveaway!   Have some fun hopping around the internet at the other blogs in this blog hop party!
I hope you will come back to Susie's Sunroom  to see what I will be making in the 
                  in the future!  It's all a grand adventure!!                 
Some of my past projects

            Snuggly Sewing Machine by Susie's Sunroom... 
tutorial here (my first)

I'm off to my sewing room!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Skinny Charm Scarf

The Skinny on my  Charm Square Scarf

Last night, I made my March Across The Pond Sew Along project. 
                          It is the Charm Square Scarf . (Amanda's pick this month.)

From Moda Bake Shop    Trish's charm square scarf

Trish , of Notes of Sincerity,  made this pattern, and it was featured as a recipe in  the Moda Bake Shop.  (go over there to see all of the free patterns for projects!)

Amanda,  The Patchsmith,   and Amy ,  Amy Made That!, and I  have  each made our own charms scarf.
Amanda's charm square scarf     
I decided to make my scarf a little narrower. ( I have always liked my knit scarves skinny and long.)
I followed the pattern for the most part.  
I did adapt the width of my scarf,  by cutting  the charms in half. Therefore,  each charm was now  2 1/2 inch wide x 5 inches tall  for my scarf.

I sewed two together for each row , making the width a total of 4 1/2 inches now.  (The original pattern calls for 9 1/2 inches.)
After I figured out the new dimensions of the scarf, I just had to choose my fabrics.
I wanted the colors to be light and spring-like, and I love pink and yellow! 
I dug around in my stash,  and found the perfect thing to use.
My sister, Amy, had given  me some charm packs called Spring Pastel.  (It didn't say what company made them.) I have saved them for "just the right project."    I then  used  some Moda-  Lucy's Crab Shack  Daisies Blossom Pink  for my backing fabric.  (I didn't want to use flannel, like the pattern calls for.)

'Turning out' the narrow scarf was not difficult using the dowel rod.
My scarf is now ' rectangles' of pastel blocks

My skinny charm scarf with my cream colored coat

My scarf can be worn this way 
Or.... worn this way !
I think I'll wear it this way when I go to the next quilt show!

Hey, join us in making  a charm scarf,   and upload a picture to our flickr group !  There are some pretty scarves in there already.   These make a cute gift... and you can actually make 2 scarves with one charm pack  when you half the charms , like I did!  

Come back at the end of the week to see my giveaway in the

I'm off to my sewing room!