Thursday, September 17, 2015

September's Theme and Linky Party

Sorry that we are off to a late start in September but we wanted to continue our month with the theme of "BACK TO SCHOOL".  I am opening the linky party today and you can link up ANYTHING you have made for back to school! The linky party will be open until September 27th and voting will begin on September 28th.

We can't wait to see what you have been working on.....
Monday, September 7, 2015

August's Winner Is...

And the winner of August's Challenge is....

Charity from Say Grr Sewing with her baby smocked dress.
Congratulations Charity!

As the winner she will receive some fantastic prizes from the sponsors of Project Run and Play!

$25 fabric bundle from Riley Blake Designs

$25 gift certificate from Fabric Mart

and a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

Thank you amazing sponsors!!!!  We so appreciate their willingness to donate prizes each month!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015

August Link-Up Party With France Suzanne

Here is the linky party to put in your entries for the August Challenge for Project Run and Play.....the party will close on August 30th and the voting will open on August 31st....

Thursday, August 6, 2015

August's Challenge (with Frances Suzanne)

The month of August is a somewhat different Project Run and Play sew-along challenge!!! This month is NOT about a free pattern OR specific tutorial. While we are trying to include more tutorials on our blog, we currently don't have many to choose from . . . So, instead, we asked liZ and Elizabeth if we could hone into a particular LOVE of ours - HAND WORK! Looking back at our time on Project Run and Play, we realized each week contained a form of embroidery for us. It's our niche, and a special touch we add to many of our nieces' garments! That said, for this month you have FREE REIGN to select any children's pattern you so desire to sew. Consider it a PERFECT OPPORTUNITY for those of you doing a little "back to school" sewing, or those of you that have something cut and ready to sew. . .

But, like most "challenges", there IS a catch!!

Using the pattern of your choice, you MUST incorporate some from of hand work in the garment sewn. You choose the children's pattern, you sew the pattern, you use your hands and some DMC {or embroidery floss} to "detail it up" and create a "one of a kind" outfit.

  Embroidery InspirationThe design, the type/technique of embroidery, and the quantity of stitching is completely up to you! And, the good news is . . . embroidery can be used in sewing for both boys and girls! NO EXCUSES! We are SERIOUSLY excited about seeing what you sew, and are ready to be flooded with inspiration from you! Project Run and Play participants are some of the most creative out there - so, BRING IT!! Embroidery Inspiration For those of you needing a few ideas to get those creative juices going . . . feel free to check out some of our hand work "inspiration post" {HERE or HERE}, a post on smocking inspiration {with LOADS of links}, or Pinterest board on embroidery.
Let's do this!!
Ashley {frances} and Emily {suzanne}
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Designers: Where are they now? Frances Suzanne

Hi everyone! We are thrilled to be back over on Project Run and Play for the month of August! It seems like Season 8 happened just yesterday . . . but since we left you with the announcement of another "baby {NIECE} on the way" to sew for, and have since celebrated her 1st birthday . . . well, it has been longer than we realize! Nieces2 As for what we've been up to: We feel as if we are the "dark horse" of the featured "designers" {or at least the "wild card"}. The summation: sew - seam rip - sew - seam rip - sew - sew - photograph - blog. Rinse, and repeat :). And, if you don't believe us, our niece dramatically asked us last week to "UNSEW" a piece that didn't quite fit her. Sewing for our nieces keeps us busy, busy, busy. That's it. That's what we do! Nieces1 "What we're doing now" {literally speaking}: Our sister has convinced us to sew the girls' backpacks for preschool. So, we are muddling our way through zippers, batting, and interfacing while still attempting to complete a final Easter dress for the eldest niece. TRUE STORY! And, if any of you want to offer any words of wisdom on "backpack sewing," we will gladly take it! "What we're doing now" {generally speaking}: We are still enjoying blogging at Frances Suzanne {and can't believe it has been three years!} and creating unique garments for our nieces. For two of those years, we ran the contest "Flip this Pattern" {a spin-off on "Flip this House", but with patterns}. Through that, we got to know many of you - designers, bloggers, and the sew-along community. Occasionally, we pattern test for designers but the turn-around time is difficult for us {note: "incomplete Easter dress" paragraph above}. PeekABoo2 This summer was full of "firsts" for us! We "taught" an embroidery class through our local Agriplex's "Heritage Skills" series. Then, we dappled in creating YouTube videos on smocking {sans our southern drawl}. That pretty well covers it! As for this month's challenge?? Well, we will leave it at this: 1. EVERYONE can participate. 2. NO EXCUSES! 3. We are EXCITED! IMG_8050 See you tomorrow!!
Monday, August 3, 2015

Welcome Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Happy August!!!

And with the coming of August we will return to our regularly scheduled programming.

Skirting the Issue doesn't officially end until August 15th so if you wanted to sew along with us there is still time!  If you aren't sure about what Skirting the Issue is you can read more about it here:  Skirting the Issue.

And if you want to see how you can win a brand new BABY LOCK SEWING MACHINE or bundles of fabric, gift cards, and loads of thread just by sewing up a skirt you can check out this post:  Skirting the Issue Prizes.

Or if you would just like to see a ginormica round up of our favorite skirt tutorials from the first 3 years of Skirting the Issue you can check out this post:  86 Free Skirt Tutorials

But for's time for us to get back to business over here on Project Run and Play and this month we have a dynamic duo that you all know and love...Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne.

We love these ladies and hope that one day we will get the opportunity to meet in person but, for now, we enjoy their company over the internet.....and hope that one day we will get to have a personal smocking lesson from them.

So, check back in with tomorrow where we will get to here from Ashley and Emily and get back to business and usual!