Did you all hear about Moda Bakeshop’s Sliced Competition? I stumbled upon it a week or so ago and my eyes grew huge at the picture of the grand prize…new sewing machine, iron, fabrics, batting, etc! I hopped over to the flickr group to see the entries so far and there was only a few. And that inspired me enough to give it a whirl.
I’ve actually never entered a competition. I was trying to think back and I feel like waiting to find out scholarship information when applying to college was the last time I was in a “competition” (didn’t win those lol…at least not the full ride ones). So entering a competition is a bit (read A LOT) nerve wrecking for me. But I’m proud of what I made, so I wanted to share them before anyone has found out who gets into the competition. That way my opinion isn’t colored by the contestants. 😉
I made two entries. I was going to do a third but decided the insanity must stop and I needed to give myself a break. There were certain requirements for the “audition”. Being sponsored by Moda Bakeshop, as you can imagine a precut was required…so charms, fat quarters, jelly rolls, etc. All fabric had to be Moda (makes sense) and we had to use batting somewhere and a belt buckle somehow (that could be decorative or functional). Oh and we had to make an item for an office.
Phew! That’s a lot to think about.
I knew immediately what I needed for my soon to be new sewing room/office. So I set out to make that. Something to help me organize!
I call this wall organizer New, WIP, Phew. As in, new projects, works in progress and completed (phew!) projects. I’m always stashing my directions all over the place and then I can’t find them. This will help me attempt to keep that tidy.
I used the belt buckles decoratively as the label holders which I hand stamped (my new love!). I used a charm pack of Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott, Moda Marine Bella Solid and some Sunkissed by Sweetwater for the binding. I used plastic crochet sheets to help give the holders support and made gusseted sides for ease of use. Topped the whole thing with grommets (you know I love a good grommet) to make it easy to hang.
I happened to have the perfect ribbon (I won’t lie, I have a lot of ribbon!) that I used both decoratively and functionally to hold the pockets in place. And I carefully marked off the bella solid with tailors chalk in straight lines for a pretty cross hatch quilting design.
I was excited when I searched through my stash for another Moda fabric to match and found the Sunkissed fabric matched PERFECTLY. I love their text prints and this made me very happy to use this! In fact all of this fabric was in my stash! Woohoo! Me being me, I hand sewed that binding in place quite happily while watching tv one afternoon.
hmm…I think has gotten a bit long already, so I’ll save my second entry for another post. I have lots to say about that one too and I don’t want you to think I’m long winded. Oh well, you probably already think that. I’ve always been this way. lol
One last shot for the road! Wish me luck!!
If you want to check out the other entries (There is some stiff competition!), you see them in the Flickr Group HERE.