Sweet as Honey – a blog tour

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Hello all and welcome! If you’ve been following the Sweet as Honey Blog Tour featuring Bonnie Christine’s Sweet as Honey fabric, thanks for stopping by. I’m honored!

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I’m Cindy, owner of Schoolhouse Patterns and am so pleased to have been able to participate in the blog tour. I just happened to be on Instagram at the right time and boy, am I glad I was. I got to work with some crazy, slick fabric. Just look at that. Isn’t that a delicious collection of fat quarters?

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My fabric came in the mail, just like this. Two fat quarters and two fat eighths, wrapped in a beautiful ribbon, topped with a spool of thread (more about that in a minute) and a sweet press-on tatoo. You would not believe the frenzy that ensued when the tatoo was discovered. Four girls, teens and tweens, went nuts for it. The 14 year old won. I bet she didn’t know her shoulder would be on display.

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Miss Bonnie gave me the choice of the fabric that I would like and I chose Orchard Blossom Spring and Bed of Daisies Golden, both in the Spring Harvest color way. She also threw in the fat eighths of Fly by Night and Cherished Deer Sepia, both of the Autumn Harvest color way. Thank you very much, Bonnie. I haven’t  had a chance to work with the latter, but I will, as soon as….whatever. You know how it goes.

So, here’s what I have done. I chose to use her fabric to make a bag that I call Granny’s Pocketbook. It’s a new pattern that I just debuted yesterday. You can read all about it here.

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I paired the beautiful fabric with a soft linen for this bag. I can honestly say that I haven’t worked with a softer, dreamier fabric. The colors are sweet and the texture is heavenly. Sweet as Honey is fantastic. It’s like spring came to my sewing room. I can’t wait to work with the rest.

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Along with the fabric, Bonnie sent along a spool of Aurifil thread that is part of a coordinating collection. You can see the fabric and thread here. Remember I spoke about the tatoo frenzy? Well, there was another frenzy. I was so surprised and thrilled to be given the thread and I guess I went on and on about it. My girls were a little annoyed by it, I’m sure. You see, I’ve never sewn with Aurifil before and now that I have, I’m ruined. It was dreamy and silky and wonderful. The thread was the perfect companion to the fabric and was great for all of the quilting on the bag. Loved it. I want more.

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Well, thanks for visiting today. I hope you’re as fired up about Bonnie’s fabric as I am. Be sure to visit Bonnie’s blog here for her turn on the blog tour. She made some gorgeous pillowcases. Also, be sure to visit Melissa at Missouri Mel tomorrow for her installment. I hope that you are all well and that Spring is coming to your sewing rooms too.

Toodaloo,

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Review of the eClutch…keep reading!

Hey all! I’m shouting out to you today. I’m promoting. I’m linking up a review for you to check out. It’s about one of my patterns. I know you’re going to be tempted to click the links right now. That’s what I would do. However, I think it would be in your best interest to read to the bottom of this post first. Wink, wink.

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Katie, over at The Crafty Blog Stalker wrote a lovely review of Schoolhouse Patterns’ eClutch sewing pattern for iPad & iPad Mini/Kindle on her blog. Check out her review here. The picture above is of Katie’s case. If you look closely at her picture, you’ll notice that she added a button and elastic loop for her closure. I love it. The pattern includes instructions for a velcro closure, but you could definitely customize yours like Katie did.

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As Katie mentioned in her post, this is a very quick sew. Heck, you could start now and have one finished by lunch. Maybe I’ll make another one for my iPad Mini. Maybe. I really should spend my morning writing a new Free Pattern Friday post for you. It’s been a while.

I’m pretty sure you could score this pattern in my Etsy shop. OR, you could continue reading this post like I told you to in the first place. I’m feeling a little bossy today. My kids have friends over and it wouldn’t be appropriate to boss them around. I guess I’ll take it out on you.

So, here’s what I’m telling you to do.

  • First – go to Katie’s blog. (Not yet. Read the rest first!)
  • Second – read her post and leave a comment for her. Be nice.
  • Third – come back here and leave a comment telling me that you left a comment on her post.
  • Then, on Monday morning, I’ll randomly pick one of you to receive a complimentary copy of the eClutch sewing pattern.

By the way, I haven’t told Katie about this giveaway. I just decided to do it. I guess I better give her a heads up, huh?

Schoolhouse Patterns signing off. Go!