Friday, February 24, 2017

Meet the Designer: Lisa from Sew What You Love

Hello Project Run & Play! I'm Lisa, the woman behind @sewwhatyoulove. I live in Switzerland and am a mom to 2 little ladies and wife to one very supportive husband. I finished architecture school, worked as an project manager and took a Wilton Master Course in Cake Decoration ;o) before I started sewing on a regular basis in 2012 after the birth of my first daughter. We were living in the Mid West of the US (Kansas City) at that time and I was lucky enough to join a sewing circle. I was mainly sewing clothes for my daughter but picked up quilting through a girl at that sewing circle. Now I try to sew in every free minute I get (and yes I do choose sewing over household chores :o)). 
I’m really excited to be a part of Season 13 and can't wait to see what everyone produces. 
Here’s to a great season for all of us! 
Xo, Lisa

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Meet the Designer: Cassy from Pear Berry Lane

Hi there! I'm Cassy of Pear Berry Lane blog.  I'm so excited to be joining in on this season with some fabulous creatives.  I've been sewing regularly for the last few years and have been blogging and gramming (follow me here on IG) my adventures in sewing for the last year and a half.  I have basically learned all my skills through pdf patterns.  I have a collection of designers I test for which has given me such great insight into the design side of the sewing world.  The experience in testing has been so beneficial in growing my skills.  Along with testing and blogging, I also do some work with Laela Jeyne Patterns supporting social media and promotions.  

I mostly sew for my three daughters, though some are more willing to model than others at times. No matter if you see one or all three on the blog, they sure do love to get new goodies hot off the machine.  This is probably my favorite part of sewing!  There is nothing more exciting than seeing my girls fall in love with something I've made them.

Aside from my blogging hobby, I'm a full time middle school math teacher.  My husband does a great job handling my late nights grading and last minute photo shoots that pop up so that I can enjoy doing something I love along side my "real job."  If I ever had the opportunity to sew as my career I would be all over it in an instant.  Thanks again for the opportunity to experience Project Run and Play as a contestant.  I'm excited to see what is ahead!

Happy Sewing!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Meet the Designer: Lindsay from PA Country Crafts

Hi, there! I am sooooooo excited to be a part of Project Run and Play!!! (If you don't believe me just ask my friends and family... and the fashionable stranger in the store who helped me to match colors.)  


My name is Lindsay and I am a wife and momma to six: five girls and their very outnumbered big brother. We live on a little farmette in the countryside of Pennsylvania, but people who actually live in this state often call it PA (pronounced one letter at a time). I started out with an Etsy shop selling ornaments and baskets, which led to a blog- PA Country Crafts. I have a teaching certificate in Chemistry, but I am staying home with the kiddos until they are a little older. It was actually Chemistry that drove me to sewing. After a particularly hard semester of college, I sold back all of my textbooks for the pitiful amount they would give me and went straight to the store to buy the only machine I could afford. That summer I taught myself to sew and quilt as a way to recuperate. (Sewing is like therapy for me.) My mother-in-law used to make Easter dresses for her girls and I thought that was a great tradition. I just never dreamed that I would be sewing FIVE Easter dresses each year! I like to draft my own patterns based on measurements (I love math!) and the girls' ridiculous requests. Also, I am usually sewing on a tight budget, so I have to get creative about my fabric sources and make do with what I already have. I am honored to be one of the designers for Season 13 and I am have some things planned that are really going to challenge my sewing skills and creativity. This is a fantastic group of ladies and I can't wait to see what everyone makes!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meet The Designer: Shelly from Coral + Co

HI I'm Shelly.  I share all of my sewing adventures at Coral + Co.  Mostly I sew for my two girls Ava and McKenna, but I also like to quilt and make other pretty things. I started sewing when I was six years old making my first pair of barbie pants.  As a kid I was given an old sewing machine and I would make doll clothes using scraps of fabric I had been given. After my girls were born, I fell in love with sewing all over again.  I grew up in Sonoma, California located about an hour north of San Francisco  My family and I now live on an Island in South East Georgia, which is totally beautiful, but the humidy (ugh).  We pretty much don't come outside during the summer except to swim.  

Some of my favorite things are flowers, polka dots, and stripes and my favorite colors are aqua and pink.  I daydream about my next sewing project, love vintage patterns, drool over fabric, and I can't live without coffee. Bright colors make me happy, I love sunshine am super lucky to live near the beach and go as often as I can. I am super excited to be a contestant in this seasons Project Run and Play and can't wait to see what amazing clothing my fellow designers make!
Friday, February 17, 2017

Sponsor Spotlight: Cali Fabrics

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to another one of our fabulous sponsors: Cali Fabrics.
All 4 weekly lucky link-up winners will receive $25.00 to spend at this online fabric store! 

Cali Fabrics offers a wide variety of fabrics ranging from Burlap to Upholstery fabrics, from beautiful Brocades to delicate Lace and Netting. Seriously, a nice selection.
Here's a little inspiration for the upcoming themes.

So if you haven't checked out Cali Fabrics hop on over now. While you are there, you can also check out their fun Blog as well. 
And if you would like even more of this fab shop, you can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
We are thrilled to have Cali Fabrics sponsoring Project Run and Play this Season!

Also, don't forget the pre-season giveaway and enter it here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sponsor Spotlight: Stash Builder Box

Today we want to tell you more about one of our new sponsors for Season 13, Stash Builder Box.  Our top designer this season will win a 12 month Stash Builder Box subscription!!!

Stash Builder Box is a monthly box for makers. Every month, you receive 3 yards of fabric (plus a few other goodies) from a modern and fun fabric collection delivered straight to your door. 

Not only that, 20% of every box sold helps them turn around and buy supplies to make quilts to donate to kids in need. With these boxes, you’ll build your stash while making a difference! It’s a win, win!

To help make a difference and build your stash, click here to join today.

To find out more about the quilt donations or the additional ways to get involved, click here.

You can get social with Stash Builder Box on Facebook and Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube too.

Pretty neat, huh?  We're so delighted to have Stash Builder Box sponsoring Project Run & Play this season.  
Also, remember the pre-season giveaway and enter it here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Pre-season Giveaway!!!

Today we've got a giveaway for you all, just to get you in the mood for sewing for Season 13!  

Here's what you can win:

$25 gift certificate to Fabric Mart

The brand new boho collection from Petite Stitchery, just in time for Week 3: Boho!

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below telling us which theme you're most excited for this season.
For an additional entry, leave a comment telling us you follow us on Facebook.
And for a 3rd entry, leave a comment telling us you follow us on Instagram.

Here are some other ways to get ready for season 13: