Friday, January 16, 2015

IBBS Help Post 2: Stalking your partner

By now you should have gotten your partner information and you're not sure where to go from there. The point of the BOOTCAMP is to put you in a situation (that hopefully you'll never find yourself in in the future) that is making it difficult to know what your partner likes. If you're following along and are not part of the swap this is what each of the swappers had to go on:

Name
Instagram handle
Favorite color
A term: Modern, Traditional, or Modernitional
and either Subtle or Saturated?

That's it! No space for likes, dislikes, favorite designer, favorite color combo, nothing!

In swaps, there is usually a survey that enables a swapper to provide as little or as much information to let their partner know what they want. It is not uncommon for a swapper to be too detailed, leaving their partner completely overwhelmed, or too vague, leaving their partner with not enough to go on. For this BOOTCAMP, I went with the latter.

Now it's time to stalk your partner and you don't know what to look for. I'm going to give you some help by giving you my answers to the questions (don't worry, I'm not in the swap) and taking you through my IG feed to help you get a better understanding of what to look for.

Jayme
findingsweetland
All colors
Modernitional
Saturated

Starting at my IG feed, you'll see this:


Right away the first thing you want to do is get to know your partner. Read their profile and see what it says. Some just have a name, some tell you more of their hobbies, and some even provide you with a link. It might be a link to their blog, to their shop, or maybe even to Pinterest. All of which are great places to get to know your partner. Mine is confusing. It tells you to check out all my favorites on Flickr, but only gives a link to my blog. The first thing I would do is click on the blog link, if I couldn't find my way to the Flickr profile from there, then I would go to Flickr and search for "findingsweetland" to see what I could find. Remember you do not have to be a Flickr member to stalk your partner on Flickr. But getting back to the Instagram feed, in the picture above, the first thing my eye catches it that picture of Liberty fabrics... If I were to click on that picture, you would see this:


This doesn't really state whether I like Liberty or not. It does say that I don't have any, and considering my survey says "Saturated" and "Modernitional", I'd think these modern colored florals are a pretty safe bet to use in my swap item.

Continuing down to the photo below, I can see a lot of swap pics. Looking at the top left, there is a picture of a mini quilt I received in a swap. Its made with low volume and Tula Pink's FoxField fabrics. Chances are the partner I had in this swap had more knowledge of the things from her survey answers, so I think it's safe to say you could use either types in my swap item. There are a lot of other photos we could talk about in this picture, like the Marmalade charms or the stack of pretty fabrics at the bottom, both of which would be a positive indication that I like that color combo or that I like Bonnie and Camille fabrics, but we'll continue through the feed.


The picture below shows a lot of fabric that I bought from #thegreatfabricdestash when it was first up and running. When clicking on pictures of fabric in your partners feed, make sure you are reading what is being said about it. If it's fabric they are trying to sell I would shy away from sending them the same fabric. If it's fabric they bought, again, I wouldn't send it unless you knew they needed or wanted more. But seeing the photos gives you an idea of the colors and styles they like. If you are having trouble identifying fabric in their feed and it's not stated in their description, read the comments. There might be a hint in there for you.


In this last picture, I tagged the designer of the fabrics. So even if I hadn't stated what they were, you could probably do some digging by clicking on that tag.


In conclusion I think there was quite a bit in this feed to help me decide on 4 fat quarters to send. Another tip is to use the #ibbsbootcamp hashtag on Instagram. Pick 4 fat quarters you think your partner will like, post a pic to Instagram using the hashtag, and see if your partner responds. Hopefully, if everyone follows good swap etiquette like I hope they will, there will be lots of comments on your picture. This should help you feel confident in sending the fabrics you picked to your partner.

Happy Swapping!!


IBBS Help Post 1: Traditional, Modern, and the in between, Modernitional

Some people may have a pretty clear understanding about what these terms really mean. But I'm going to give you a few examples and explain to you why I put them in the categories that I did.

Let's start with Traditional.

tra·di·tion·al
trəˈdiSH(ə)n(ə)l/
adjective
adjective: traditional

existing in or as part of a tradition; long-established.

For this tutorial, I'm going to use the same block to differentiate why they would go into different categories. Here is an example of a Traditional Maple Leaf Block:




This Maple Leaf block is a full on traditional block. Why? Not only is the block pattern traditional, but this particular block is made using traditional fabrics. These kinds of fabrics have a lot of darker tones to them, lots of brown undertones, and off white/creams. Examples of fabrics that are traditional are batiks, marbleized, tone on tone (a color of fabric that has patterns printed in the same color. Ex., pink fabric with pink flowers on it), vintage florals, civil war era prints, and reproduction 30's feedsack prints. Here are some examples of traditional fabrics:

Darker colors with brown undertones
Creams, vintage florals, darker tones
Vintage florals and darker undertones
Civil War Reproduction Prints are dark with brown undertones
30's reproduction feedsack prints
Modernitional 

A mix between traditional styles and modern fabrics. Any block can be made to look more modern by the fabrics that are chosen to make it. Here is an example of a Modernitional Maple Leaf Block:

I'd consider this a Modernitional Block. But why, when there are a lot of fabrics in it hat look similar to the traditional block? These prints are a little more saturated and have more modern floral designs in them. This particular designer, Denyse Schmidt, uses more traditional styles in her prints, with more modern colors. Plus these oranges sit up against a stark white background. Which really makes these colors pop. Here are some examples of Modernitional fabrics:

Kate Spain Sunnyside: Even though these colors are more subtle they compliment a modern design.
V and Co. Color Me Happy: bright modern coloring help accent the vintage florals.
Bonnie and Camille Daysail: Again, a very traditional print with modern coloring and placement.


 Now onto Modern.

mod·ern
ˈmädərn/
adjective
adjective: modern
1.
of or relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past.
"the pace of modern life"
Modern is a little hard to pinpoint becaues there are various degrees to it. You can go full on Modern, with no prints or patterns. All solids and all improvisational pieceing. But for this tutorial we are going to take just a step or to into Modern and go from there. The biggest movement that I have seen in modern quilting are things like chevron, low volume, and curves. Here's is an example of a modern block:
What makes this block modern? I pulled this block for the modern version because of the saturated fabrics and low volume backgrounds that make this maple leaf really pop. Sometimes people to it the opposite and use the saturated colors as the background and make the leafs out of the more low volume prints. This creates an entirely different aesthetic for a quilt.

Here are some examples of modern fabrics:

Text prints are very modern
A minimalist print and grey are the epitome of modern
A graphic print and modern coloring in this two tone print (a modern version to a tone on tone maybe?)
Lets pull back from these blocks and see what they look like in their entirety.

TRADITIONAL FABRICS - Photo and Quilt from The Polkadot Debutante
Modernitional Maple Leaf Quilt - Photo and quilt by The Cactus Needle
Modern Maple Leaf Quilt - Photo and Quilt by Life's Rich Pattern
Well, that's it on this lesson...I hope that it was somewhat informative and helpful. If you have any questions or are just completely lost and need some guidance on what to send your partner, you are more than willing to email me! And as always have fun! Don't stress! Happy Swapping!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Itty Bitty Beginner Swap BOOTCAMP #IBBSBOOTCAMP



Welcome to #IBBSBOOTCAMP...
Here's the deal...You will be given limited information on your partner. You will then have to send 4 fqs that you believe match your partners interests. Try not to purchase items that you already see in their feed on Instagram/Flickr. Try and think outside the box.
This boot camp round is to get you in the mindset of "stalking" your partner, and finding out what they mind like without having full information.
Find them on Instagram, maybe even flickr. Don't let them know who you are!!
No extras, please include a card or note that states who you are, and you are more than welcome to ship first class because 4 fqs is light enough, but you MUST add tracking. That is REQUIRED.

If this round is something you would want to be signed up for, email me at findingsweetland@gmail.com. Sign ups close Saturday evening and is limited to the first 24 people.


Itty Bitty Beginner Swap


WHO?

Me. That's who. Jayme, or @findingsweetland if you follow me on IG or Flickr. I will be the main moderator and swap mama. If there is enough interest and more and more people want in, I may consider raising the number of participants and adding in swap mamas.

WHY?

There's been a lot of swaps popping up on Instagram since Flickr changed their whole design, making it harder for swappers to use the app. Plus, Instagram is a buzzing box of awesomeness. Anyway, with all of these swaps have come a lot of beginner swappers signing up that have no idea what it entails or proper etiquette. Enter Karri of Karri of Berries and her blog posts of what swappers should be aware of. Some swappers are taking it to extremes and thinking that sending late doesn't mean anything even though the rules give you adequate shipping windows, or receiving packages but not sending at all is somehow legit. So some swap mamas have taken to not letting in beginner swappers because they don't have enough swapping history.

Let me tell you a story...I applied to several restaurants when I was a freshmen in college. I was out for the summer and needed a job. I wanted to be a server. I am great with people, and knew I would be great at it. But no one would hire me. After wasting weeks of trying to get a serving position I was finally offered a hostess position. I asked them why they wouldn't consider me as a server and I was told I didn't have the experience. And I wouldn't have the experience until I worked up to being a server from a hostess. Which means I would have to spend several months as a hostess before give the chance. By then, I would be back at school. Where am I going with this?

Oh yes, beginner swappers. There are several swappers or I guess I should say "future swappers" that will not be able to join in swaps with these more strict rules (that are totally understandable and there for a reason). So I have decided to start The Itty Bitty Beginner Swap.

WHAT?

This will be a beginner friendly swap designed for first time or new swappers. Each round is going to be geared towards teaching you what swapping is all about while building your swapping history with a reputable swapper and swap mama in the IG and Flickr world (yup, I'm talking about myself). Each round will be assigned a small handmade item that you will made with your partner in mind. Each round will last 1 month, this will allow international beginners to join in as well.

Each month will be different item, with the possibility of new swappers. There will be STRICT rules. Adhering to those rules is what will enable you to move up in the swapping community.

Breaking rules will not only result in not participating in future rounds of this swap, but I WILL BE NAME SHAMING!!! No joke, other swap moderators and mamas will know that you did not follow rules and will probably not let you in to their swaps either. I'm trying to build the next generation of awesome swappers here people!!! I won't let you use me to gain the history so you can bail out of some other swap!

WHEN?

There will be 3 main rounds. Each round will last for 1 calendar month. Sign ups and the item for the new round will be posted the 6 days before the end of the month. 4 days for signups, and 2 days for assigning partners. Partner assignments will go out by the 1st of ea month. International shippers will have until the 15th to make and ship, domestic will have until the 20th. These dates remain the same through the month. If either of those dates fall on a day the post office will be closed, it must be sent the day before.

This is a no theme swap, which means that just because we are swapping in February, does not mean you should send a Valentine's Day themed item. Extras can be themed.

BOOTCAMP: Sign Ups Today!
ROUND ONE: Sign-ups 1/26-29
ROUND TWO: Sign-ups 2/23-26
ROUND THREE: Sign-ups 3/26-29

If you make it into all rounds of this swap, you will have 4 swaps under your belt!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Juice Boxes Mini Quilt Tutorial

A couple months ago I participated in the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt swap on Instagram (#schnitzelandboominiquiltswap). There were so many participants and things got a little hectic for the amazing swap mamas. So I volunteered to make an angel mini if they needed one, and they did. The lady they assigned me loves all the same things that I do. Sarah Jane, Lizzy House, Cluck Cluck Sew, etc. The first thing I did was pull out all my hoarded scraps from all my favorite lines/designers and decided to make her a mini quilt using a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern called Juice Boxes (find the original quilt patter HERE).


With her permission, I give you the Juice Box Mini tutorial. This tutorial is great for extra charm squares. So you will need 12- 5" charms for your backgrounds and 12- 1.5" squares for your centers.


From each of your charm squares cut the four following rectangles, 1.25" x 4", 1.5" x 1.25", 1.5" x 2.25", and 2.25" x 4". See pic above for a visual. Arrange your pieces how you would like them to look.I fussy cut my centers and a few of my backgrounds, so I had to lay them out exactly how I wanted them to make sure that my centers were spread out how I wanted them.


Once you find a good layout, start by sewing your three center pieces together. Press your seems open. Then add your two side pieces to your center piece. Continue for all 12 blocks.


Arrange into a three by four pattern and sew your rows together. Alternate pressing your seems in different directions for each row and sew each of your rows together.


Baste, Quilt, Bind, and give to someone special! Or keep it for yourself...I won't judge. ;)

Thanks to Allison (Cluck Cluck Sew) for all the great patterns she designs and puts together for us quilters enjoy! Her hard work is much appreciated!!

Pillow Fight Swap

Hey All!

It's been a while...again. A lot has happened in the past couple months. We moved into our own home!! Finally!


So I've been unpacking and trying to catch up on sewing projects. That little man up there in the picture started the second grade a little over a week ago and will be turning 8 next month. He's so excited to start Cub Scouts and is already making lots of friends in the neighborhood. This has been a long time coming and we couldn't be more thrilled with the house and town that we are blessed to raise our boys in.

My other "little" started pre-school last week and is still trying to master potty training.

In the mean time, my in-laws have moved in with us until they leave to serve a mission for our church. They brought along two big furry friends, a chocolate and a black lab. So its been fun so far and will continue to be fun for the boys to have a couple more loyal companions.

On the sewing front, I've been trying to catch up on sewing in between organizing the house, painting the house, getting kids started in school, and making the youngest go potty in the potty.

I finally braved paper piecing in order to make this little (and by little I mean 19") pillow cover out of economy blocks. I LOVE this block. It's so easy and fun to make! I used the Red Pepper Quilts tutorial that is free on Craftsy. You just download the template and go. There was a bit of a learning curve and I made a couple mistakes but once I got started those blocks were kind of addicting. At least I finally dug in to my scraps and used some of my favorites that have been in there for a long time.


Coming soon: A tutorial...yay!! Also, "before" and "in progress" pics of the house.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sewvivor - Finding Sweet Land - Jayme Christensen

I love following along with the Sew-vivor competitions hosted by Rach of Family Ever After. If you aren't familiar with this competition. Here's a little about it in Rach's words:

What is Sewvivor? 
"It's a sewing competition that I created on my blog, and its loosely inspired by the show Survivor. We've had two successful seasons so far, with some outstanding sewing and competitors. The main idea is that anyone can audition, "sewlebrity" judges help choose our contestants, we have 4 weeks of sewing competition with specific challenges, and a couple Sew-vivor "twists" along the way. The judges and public vote for their favorites after each challenge. The winners score some amazing prizes at the end."

Many of the competitors from past seasons were seamstresses. Sewing garments has never been my strong suit. I tried entering a quilt in the first season and the competition is tough when you are competed against the cutest little girl dresses you've ever seen! So I skipped season 2 all together. But since this season is all about quilting, I'm all over it.

So on to my audition quilt!


I know you're probably sick of seeing this quilt, but it's my favorite quilt that I've made to date. It was entirely cut, pieced, pressed, basted, quilted and bound by me..for me. I'm absolutely in love with the Scout Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew and I had to make it for myself.

I gathered the fabrics as I shop hopped the annual Eastern Idaho Shop Hop that includes Eastern Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. It's a very long and tiring trip driving through all that country but it's absolutely wonderful to take a road trip like it every once in a while.


It was funny, the faces I'd get when I'd pull out my growing pile at each store. Those women must've thought I was nuts putting all these fabrics together. But I love what I love. Bright, scrappy, and a mix of modern and traditional prints in modern colorways. I've never been the type of person to make a quilt using only one line of fabric. I love to put together my own bundles.




Once I was done pieceing I knew that I wanted to quilt it in a couple of different tight FMQ designs all on my little Viking domestic machine. Since I knew that this quilt would be well loved, I wanted to make sure it held together over time. I used my favorite white Superior Threads Magnifico thread and used three different designs. A back and forth curve in the feathers similar to the quitling on the original quilt that Allison made. Then I tried something new in the sahsing and to date, it's my favorite design to use now, and a little rope design in the arrow portion of the quilt.


It's backed in the cutest little Alexander Henry print and my favorite print from Kate Spain's line Central Park. (and yes, I am in my pajama pants holding up a quilt in 90 degree weather)

I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog and learning more about this quilt. It has become a popular quilt in my house and my boys always grab it for themselves even though it's "Mom's quilt"!