Friday, August 1, 2014

Skirting the Issue: What We Have For You...Like A New Babylock Sewing Machine!!!

Every July we are always surprised by the generosity of others...both by all of you who sew along and by our sponsors. And this year is no exception.
 
For every skirt that any of you sew and donate to charity for Skirting the Issue you will be entered to win one of the following gifts that have been so graciously provided by our sponsors:
The first gift is amazing.
 
Babylock will be giving away one of their Elizabeth sewing machines to one of you!
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I use this machine almost everyday and I LOVE it...and not just because of it's name! (Although "The Elizabeth" is a fabulous name :) ) It has pretty much ruined me for any other machine. Seriously. It is so quiet and easy to thread and use...plus it has some features that will totally spoil you...like the automatic thread cutter and the needle threading device...and then there is the little computer screen....and all the decorative stitches....
Whoever wins this machine is going to love it!
 
And they have also sent us 2 boxes of delicious MadeiraThread to give away to 2 of you as well!
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I am all about the colors of these threads...they are brilliant!
 
(And we really need to thank Babylock for all their support during this event. They have been nothing but kind to us and our endeavors. They are truly a generous company that is interested in their customers and we feel blessed to be able to work with them.)
 
 
Our next sponsor has sponsored Skirting the Issue all three years. They have been with us from the beginning and are always quick to offer support.
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The Fat Quarter Shop will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to their shop to 2 of you who se along with us.
 
I want this prize! The Fat Quarter Shop is FULL of the greatest selection of fabrics plus they are fast and efficient in getting their orders out. If you haven't ordered fabric from them before you should...you won't be disappointed.
 
 
 
Next up is another long time friend that has been with us for years. Riley Blake Designs: Riley Blake Seaside Fat Quarter Bundle
Again this year they are giving away a fat quarter bundle of their ADORABLE fabric to 2 of you who sew along with us. I LOVE their fat quarter bundles...every time I have gotten one I nerd out over all the choices in the bundle and all the things I can make with it. We love Riley Blake Designs. Both their fabric and their company...we have been lucky enough to work with them on many different projects and have loved our involvement with them.
 
 
Our next sponsor is a company we can't say enough good about....
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For the past few years we've been able to work with The Ribbon Retreat and have seen first hand their passion not only for all projects ribbon related but their love of sewing...and that passion is contagious. They are always cooking up some fun over there and I am always excited when we get to be a part of it.
 
This year The Ribbon Retreat is giving 2 of you a $35 gift certificate to their shop.
 
 
And last but not least we have another "from the beginning" shop with us.
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I want to buy EVERYTHING they have....which is saying something because every single day they have new items! And seriously everything is DARLING. From scarves to cute outdoor lights they have a little bit of everything and all of it is amazingly priced.
 
This year Pick Your Plum giving one of you who sew along with us a $50 sewing box!!!
(How awesome is that...and how much do I want to steal if for myself???)
 
 
It is such a generous line up of gifts and we are excited to give them away to you!
 
The deadline to have your skirts made and donated is August 15. So you still have time to get sewing and enter to win one of these prizes. (For all the details you can click here: Skirting the Issue)
 
As of today we are just over 300 skirts that have been made to be donated! (And remember you can mail them to us if you aren't sure where you can donate them locally!) In our prior two years we have had 500 items made and donated and it would be so great to reach that number again this year.
 
Thank you again to all of you who have sewn along with us. It means a lot.
-liZ

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why Skirting the Issue?

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Over three years ago Elizabeth had a conversation one afternoon on the phone that I will never forget. We were talking about how much we were loving working on the blog, how much we loved sewing, and how many things we wanted to make and share....but we felt like we were supposed to be doing something else...and that something else involved using our blog to do good.
 
More conversations were to follow and Skirting the Issue was born. It took us time to plan what we wanted to do and who we wanted it to benefit....but the night we landed on skirts for foster care girls we knew it was the perfect fit for us and we have never looked back.
 
Over the past 2 years more than a thousand items have been made and donated to local foster care closets during our Skirting the Issue Event. That is something Elizabeth and I could NEVER do alone. We need you and we appreciate you sewing along with us. I've been with foster system girls as they have gone through donation bins looking for clothes. It's not like going to the mall..... And I love the idea of girls now, instead of finding hand me downs or factory seconds, finding something new and soft and feminine and made just for them.
 
I have a special place in my heart for foster care kids (That I wrote about here: Why I hang Fruit Snacks on my Bedroom Wall.) and so does Elizabeth who has her own story. But we can't care for all of them....as much as we would like to...but we can do something. We can make a small difference to one girl at a time, with all of your help.
 
Between what we have in the linky party, what has been actually delivered to us, and the photos we have gotten from emails we are well over 300 skirts so far this year.
 
And even though our skirt tutorials will end this month you still have until August 15 to make and donate skirts for Skirting the Issue to still be eligible for one of our giveaway prizes (that we will talk more about tomorrow). It would be terrific to have over 500 hundred skirts again this year.
 
Thank you again to everyone who has and is sewing along with us. Your participation means a lot to us.
-liZ

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Skirting the Issue with Paisley Roots

Today we have Karly with us from Paisley Roots sharing a skirt pocket tutorial with us for Skirting the Issue . 
 
Karly was nice enough to drive A LONG way up to spend an evening with us recently at our Skirting the Issue Sewing night.  It was so fun to have her come and to be able to spend some time visiting with her! 
 
 
 
Now hop on over to Paisley Roots to check out this tutorial!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Skirting the Issue with Petit a Petit and Family


Today we have the beautiful Celina joining us for Skirting the Issue today...and her skirt today is to die for!!!!  A reversible paper bag skirt---there is nothing cuter.  Head over to Celina's blog to see the full tutorial HERE!

Together We Can Do Great Things


I love Skirting the Issue.  I can't ever imagine not doing it.
I always want to do something BIG....you know like pay off someone's mortgage or open a fully stocked house of sewing in Central America...but then I remember...we can barely cover our own monthly mortgage payment and I've never even been to Central America.
 
However, every July I can sew up a storm, with many of you sewing along with me and together we can do something BIG...like give over 500 girls in foster care something made especially for them, with love.  It might not be a new home or a wicked awesome sewing hut but it's something...
 
I could never do this by myself...not even with Elizabeth helping...but with all of you we can do great things. 
So thank you, thank you to everyone who has already made skirts and uploaded them to the linky party, thank you to everyone who has sewn along and has sent us photos and emails, and thank you to those of you who are still going to sew along.  We appreciate everyone of you.
-liZ

Friday, July 25, 2014

Skirting the Issue with Crafty Cupboard

Today we have the adorable Melanie from The Crafty Cupboard with us.
We just love this lady!  Both her and everything she makes!  She is so darling and feminine...just like the tutorial that she has for Skirting the Issue!
 
 
Sooo cute!
And for all the details click on over to The Crafty Cupboard and check them out!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Skirting the Issue with Daisy Chain Creations

Today we have one of our long time Project Run and Play all time favorite ladies with us....Sally from both Daisy Chain Creations and Sew Cool for the Tween Scene and she has a terrific tutorial to share with all of you!
 
Check it out!


And click on over to either Daisy Chain Creations or Sew Cool for the Tween Scene to get the tutorial!