MERRY & MOD fabrics by Natalie Barnes from WINDHAM FABRICS

Monday, October 11, 2021

#sewPINK Initiative Blog Hop - byAnnie's Nesting Baskets

#SewPINK Blog Hop

caution:  Nesting Baskets; you can't make just one!!!



It is my honor to be a part of the #SewPINK Initiative
Blog Hop
2021

But the big thank you's go out this month to
www.byannie.com
"Our goals were to raise awareness, encourage people to get their screenings, come together as a community, and donate to breast cancer research. We believe breast cancer awareness is important all year. Although we emphasize awareness in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), our continuous goal is to provide resources and awareness year-round."

It's time to make that appointment for your screening!



I asked Annie and her team if I could make
Nesting Baskets
For this set of baskets, I used Our House fabrics
by Windham Fabrics (coming to shops this Spring)
and a light grey variegated Aurifil 50 wt thread.
Wonder Clips are very helpful, as are sharp scissors for precise circle cutting.




First, let me tell you just a few things about this pattern.

1.  Your best success will be to use Soft and Stable from byAnnie
WARNING:  At first glance, you think opening the package is going to be like 
opening one of those new queen size mattresses that come in a small box
Let go of that idea.
It is a GREAT product, and yes, you can fold it back up and get it back in the bag.
It's easy to accurately cut with a rotary cutter.
It WILL compress when stitched.
(I do sew on a Janome HD-9, but no special heavy duty machine is really required)
Soft and Stable is magic stuff.  
If you use byAnnie's Soft and Stable, you will have great results!


2.  Be sure to read all instructions.
WARNING:  Falling asleep at night imagining how to make these nesting baskets
is not going to help you figure out how to make these.
And guessing at the dimensions and what goes where is just not the right approach.
As my minister once said in a sermon,
"If all else fails, read instructions."
And this pattern is full of great information. 
Just follow the detailed step by step instructions -I promise, these are easy to make.



3.  Be ready to make more than one set of these Baskets.
WARNING:  Once you've made the first of three, you'll be ready for more, more, more!!!
They get easier with every one that you make.
And while you're sewing, you start thinking of all of the different 
"themed fabrics" you can use to make these.
Halloween!!!!
Hanukkah.
Christmas.
New Baby.
Neutral Low Volume Prints for home decor!!!!

Let me just tell you, you can EASILY make a set of these in an afternoon.
And they would be a wonderful gift to give, and to receive!!!
(see offer after signature line)



Finally, let me just remind you - 
Follow the hashtag #SewPINK on social media. byAnnie's has exciting things planned! 

"Schedule your mammogram, know your risk factors, and support your friends. 
Breast cancer doesn’t take a break, neither will we."
-Annie

 Oct. 1 (Fri):Fat Quarter Shop - The Jolly Jabber

 Oct. 2 (Sat):Sallie Tomato

 Oct. 4 (Mon)Hugs ‘N Kisses

 Oct. 6 (Wed)Sewfinity

 Oct. 11 (Mon):Beyond the Reef

 Oct. 13 (Wed)Great Heron Thread Co.

 Oct. 15 (Fri)Love You Sew

 Oct. 15 (Fri)Emmaline Bags

 Oct. 16 (Sat)Meadow Mist Designs

 Oct. 18 (Mon)OklaRoots

 Oct. 20 (Wed)Suzn Quilts

 Oct. 20 (Wed)Teresa Coates

 Oct. 22 (Fri)Knot and Thread Design

 Oct. 23 (Sat): Shannon’s Studio

 Oct. 25 (Mon)The Littlest Thistle

 Oct. 27 (Thur)Mister Domestic

 Oct. 27 (Wed)Sookie Sews 


Thanks to Annie and her team,
we are reminded that it's important
to participate in October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
caring for ourselves, and caring for others!

HappiestDays.

Natalie.






If you'd like to make a set of these baskets
in Merry & Mod fabrics by Windham Fabrics,
please donate $36
to the fundraiser that byAnnie has set up 
to match the Fat Quarter Shop donation
(click on this link, below)
Email confirmation of your donation of 
$36 to the link above,
and we will send you these three pieces of 
Merry & Mod fabrics
A total of 3-1/2 yards of fabric, for your donation.

You'll need to go to byAnnie.com to order the pattern and 
a package of Soft and Stable, but then you'll have everything you need
to make a set of Christmas Nesting Baskets!

with your donation confirmation, and your mailing address.
And we'll send you 3-1/2 yards of fabric, sent right to your door.

(Pattern and Soft and Stable can be purchased from www.byannie.com)

(free shipping to US addresses only, please)




Sunday, October 10, 2021

The #SewPink Initiative Blog Hop

My mother always wanted to attend the survivor's luncheon at USC Breast Center - Keck Medicine of USC
Sadly, she was never able to attend that Luncheon.
She passed away when I was just in my 30's.

Breast Cancer has touched each and every one of us in one way or another.
But still -- still we need to be reminded.

"Our goals were to raise awareness, encourage people to get their screenings, come together as a community, and donate to breast cancer research. We believe breast cancer awareness is important all year. Although we emphasize awareness in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), our continuous goal is to provide resources and awareness year-round."
ByAnnie.com

It is with great honor that I am happy to participate in the #SewPink initiative created by 
ByAnnie.com LLC

"#SewPINK began with a blog hop. Each year we reach out to talented makers around the world to share their time and talents to help us promote healthy living and available cancer-screening resources! 

We're as excited as ever for 2021's #SewPINK Blog Hop sew-lebrity lineup! This year will be packed with awesome prizes, patterns and projects, encouraging messages, and so much more!"

ByAnnie.com 



"The #SewPink Initiative was created by ByAnnie.com LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year. Our efforts culminate in an annual blog hop during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote self-care, awareness, early detection, and support for those affected by breast cancer. 

To learn more and see the calendar of events visit: https://www.byannie.com/SewPink

To find screenings available near you: 

In addition to participating in the #SewPINK Initiative, Fat Quarter Shop invites you to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the goal of raising $10,000. 


To find the #SewPINK donation to Fat Quarter Shop’s fundraiser visit: https://fundraise.nbcf.org/FatQuarterShop"

-Annie

 BLOG HOP 2021 SCHEDULE

Oct. 1 (Fri):Fat Quarter Shop - The Jolly Jabber

Oct. 2 (Sat):Sallie Tomato

Oct. 4 (Mon): Hugs ‘N Kisses

Oct. 6 (Wed): Sewfinity

Oct. 11 (Mon):Beyond the Reef

Oct. 13 (Wed): Great Heron Thread Co.

Oct. 15 (Fri): Love You Sew

Oct. 15 (Fri): Emmaline Bags

Oct. 16 (Sat): Meadow Mist Designs

Oct. 18 (Mon): OklaRoots

Oct. 20 (Wed): Suzn Quilts

Oct. 20 (Wed): Teresa Coates

Oct. 22 (Fri): Knot and Thread Design

Oct. 23 (Sat): Shannon’s Studio

Oct. 25 (Mon): The Littlest Thistle

Oct. 27 (Thur): Mister Domestic

Oct. 27 (Wed): Sookie Sews 


Thanks to Annie and her team,
we are reminded that it's important
to participate in October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
caring for ourselves, and caring for others!

Join us on October 11 for our project reveal!!!

HappiestDays.

Natalie.






Monday, August 23, 2021

THE BIG REVEAL! Merry & Mod Mystery Quilt Along


 

Merry & Mod Mystery Quilt

The BIG REVEAL!

CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST


August 2021

You've finished your blocks!!!!
And now it's time to put them all together.

So many of you figured out what we were making
early on!
A Tree!
To be more specific, Snowy Pine, by beyond the reef patterns.

How did you KNOW??!!!???
I really wanted to keep you guessing right up until the end.

Well, I hope you enjoyed sewing along with me for a week.
Remember, if you want to make this into a lap size quilt,
just double the sizes of the pieces,
and of course, the yardage.

You'll have to recalculate binding and backing yardage too.

Thank you so very much for being a part of the launch - 
the shipping
of
Merry & Mod fabrics!!!
I appreciate each and every one of you.


HappiestDays

Natalie.


Saturday, August 21, 2021

Merry & Mod Mystery Quilt Along - Day 7!!

 

Merry & Mod Mystery Quilt Along

CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST


August 2021

You've finished your blocks!!!!
You're almost done!

We'll take Sunday off
for Gardening, or even a catch-up sewing day.
AND THEN
The big reveal will be on Monday!!!

Here's the info on tonite's giveaway on Instagram.
Tag a friend, and please - - FOLLOW  our IG feed to be entered to win
Tell us one more time - what's your best guess - what do you think we're making?

Thanks again for your support.

HappiestDays

Natalie.



Friday, August 20, 2021

Merry & Mod Mystery Quilt Along - Day 6


 

Merry & Mod Mystery Quilt Along

CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST


August 2021

It's Friday!
And tomorrow is the last day to make blocks.

We'll take Sunday off
for Gardening, or even a catch-up sewing day.
AND THEN
The big reveal will be on Monday!!!

Here's the info on tonite's giveaway on Instagram.
Tag a friend, and please - - FOLLOW  our IG feed to be entered to win
Tell us how many Zoom meetings classes and quilt alongs and sew alongs you have attended
from March 2020 to today!
We'll send you Merry & Mod Fabrics if you've attended the highest number of events
via Zoom.

Hope you'll enjoy taking some time to do a little bit of sewing
each of the 7 days.

Thanks again for your support.

HappiestDays

Natalie.



Thursday, August 19, 2021

Merry & Mod Mystery Quilt Along - Day 5

  

Merry & Mod Mystery Quilt Along

CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST


August 2021

If you're still following along,
you've made it to Day 5!!!
I hope you'll stick with it, and finish the next two blocks
Friday and Saturday
and then we'll take Sunday off
for Gardening, or even a catch-up sewing day.
The big reveal will be on Monday!!!

Here's the info on tonite's giveaway on Instagram.
Tag a friend, please - - FOLLOW  our IG feed
and tell us if you recognize that quilt pattern and designer of the quilt
on the left of the screen!
We'll send you a Merry & Mod beyondthereef pattern!!

Hope you'll enjoy taking some time to do a little bit of sewing
each of the 7 days.

Thanks again for your support.

HappiestDays

Natalie.




Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Merry & Mod Mystery Quilt Along - Day 4

 

Merry & Mod Mystery Quilt Along

CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST


August 2021

After not posting for quite some time,
we're posting daily for the Quilt Along!!!

Here is the block for Day 4
It's a mystery, still!

Thanks for joining in the fun!  
I know one block a day seems like a lot, but it's simple!

Here's the info on tonite's giveaway on Instagram.
Tag a friend, follow our IG feed
and let us know how many Grandchildren you have!
The winner will receive a fat quarter bundle of 
Merry & Mod

Hope you'll enjoy taking some time to do a little bit of sewing
each of the 7 days

On day 8, we will have the big reveal!

HappiestDays

Natalie.