Sunday, May 22, 2011

May Giveaway Day! --Kathy Davis Journeys Fabric & More

Hi friends, and welcome to my May Giveaway!  But first I have to tell you about my new bag.


I was recently sent a gorgeous stack of fabric (plus a book and some cards!) from the Journeys collection by Kathy Davis. I have been wanting to make myself a new bag and had the Amy Butler book, Style Stitches, (affiliate link) checked out of the library. I decided to make myself the Teardrop Bag using some of the Journeys fabric:
my new bag
(I didn't get photos taken when the bag was brand new because I made it in a rush before vacation. It's a little bit broken in here--it's been a great bag and I really like it!)

My thoughts on the pattern and the bag--
*I used the recommended Shapeflex interfacing; next time I might try a stiffer interfacing or interline the bag with stiffer canvas or use fusible fleece instead. (It's a little floppy.)
*There is an error in the book for the larger sized Teardrop bag. If you want to make this bag, check out the correction for the pattern on this page.
*I followed the pattern for the handle and it turned out too narrow for my tastes, so I made another one and widened it.
*I found some good tips on inserting magnetic snaps here. I used 2 layers of interlock knit to reinforce the snap pieces, instead of fleece.
*I sewed some dividing seams in the pocket, you can sort of see them in this pic:
inside shot of teardrop bag
My phone fits just right in that center pocket.
*The strap. I lengthened the strap so I could wear it cross-body but I don't think I got it quite right. Someday I need to figure out how to make an adjustable-length strap.
*And, I used sewn-in interfacing on one side of the strap and added some sturdiness by using a layer of twill fabric in place of interfacing the other side of the strap fabric.

 
Ok, you made it! The folks from Kathy Davis Designs would also like to give a set of these fabrics to one of my readers. The giveaway includes:
Half-yard cuts of the following fabrics (this was my set, obviously I've used some of them):
Kathy Davis Journeys fabric
I like all of these... but I LOVE the text fabric, and the dragonflies are my favorite, too! The large floral in the top row is also super pretty.

Also included in the giveaway is the book Scatter Joy, along with a pile of gorgeous greeting cards, all by Kathy Davis as well.
Kathy Davis book and greeting cards
(The giveaway does not include the bag!)

**The giveaway is closed now, thanks so much! Winner will be posted in the morning!**

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below (one comment per person.) I'd love it if you tell me something interesting, but it's not required. :D I will choose the winner via random number generator on May 25, and the folks at Kathy Davis Studios will mail the prize to the winner. Don't forget to make sure I have a way to contact you! If you are a no-reply commenter, include your email address in your comment!

If you are interested, here are a few more places you can find out about Kathy Davis Designs and her products:
Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathydavisstudios/
Twitter:
http://twitter.com/KathyDavisKDS
 

Now, go enter more giveaways at Sew, Mama, Sew!

357 comments:

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Anonymous said...

thanks for the giveaway

radiyas(at)gmail(dot)com

Tara Smith said...

Thanks for such a great giveaway! Something interesting... hmm... did you know that if you shake a can of mixed nuts, the larger nuts will rise to the top? Ha! Don't know if that counts as interesting, though.

manybooks said...

That fabric totally SINGS to me - gorgeous! Thanks for the chance at a fabulous prize lot :)

am12pm said...

Thanks for this great giveaway!!

morn12night (at) gmail (dot)com

Irina said...

I love that fabric! thanks for the chance. I live on an island in Galway Bay...

territhegirl said...

Thanks for the opportunity! I love to quilt!

TLBRATT at Yahoo dot com

Marcia W. said...

This is beautiful fabric - and cards. Something interesting: I signed up for Kathy's flickr photo notification so that I can see her new photos as added. She is so very talented!

danette said...

Something interesting is it is my son Caleb's 11 birthday.

Alisa said...

I like the bag you made. I too have the problem with handles being the wrong length.

Something interesting... I live in the Chilliwack, BC Canada. We have a very wet climate (especially this year!) but that keeps things lush and green. Our drinking water has been entered in world competitions and has come out as high as 5th best in the world. We're pretty proud of that! I'm a mom of 5 kids, ages 2-10. I'm busy but it's a good thing to busy with. Is that enough interestingness? :-) Hope you have a good day!

mellowpuff said...

Pretty fabric and an interesting book. It looks like you've had a lovely trip, I'm hoping we make it to a beach this summer. Thanks for the chance.

Susan C. said...

I'm just so happy the sun is shining after the rain this morning. Not too interesting, but that's all I've got! :)

Tawny said...

Hmm telling you something interesting is harder than it seems. Maybe I'll tell you something mundane instead :)

We're having BBQ chicken for dinner.

hehehe

Pat V. said...

I love your bag. If I win the fabric, I'll have to purchase the pattern and make one of my own!

Sarah said...

Lovely fabrics, thanks for the chance to win!

sewcarmendoes said...

Thanks for the lovely giveaway chance...and I might just have to try and make that bag for myself...But I still get frightened by those kind of patterns...chicken, I know. x
carmenvm@web.de

Paleo said...

love the fabric so beautiful

crazylifewith3 said...

That is beautiful fabric! Thank you for offering it.

Memories By Me said...

I admit I like the dragonflies too! but I love that blue !!! It's so pretty. thanks for the chance to win!

Suzanne said...

I love the blues and greens! Maybe not interesting but exciting for us - we're expecting our 5th child to join our family in September!

fern said...

I love the greens in those!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the fabrics and i love your new bag.
jmarcellus@frontiernet.net

Shannon said...

I bought two new books today. I am not sure if that is interesting to you but it is to me. I bought Scrap-Basket Sensations by Kim Bracket and 3 Times the Charm by Me & My Sisters. I love both of them!!

nicmowat said...

something interesting :)


thanks for the giveaway!
email in profile
or
nicmowat (at) gmail (dot) com

Rebecca said...

Thank you so so much for the opportunity to win this. This is amazing giveaway. Thanks again.

Kathy said...

That fabric is gorgeous! And the bag is inspiring. Thanks.

Marguerite said...

Oooh this is nice calming colors :) I don't know anything interesting... hmm... is it interesting that I'm about to go see Pygmalion with my husband and my parents? (well, I hope it won't be boring!)

dangandblast@gmail.com

Rachel D said...

What a great giveaway! Thank you :)

Dielle said...

Super cute bag, and I'm IN LOVE with those fabrics!!! Seriously, they're amazing!!!

Mary Jo said...

Super giveaway! It's sunny in Boston today! First "real" day of spring after all our rain...

bethany said...

I have been to almost all 50 states, but never outside the country!!

tolmema said...

i really like that fabric up in the top left corner of the squares. :)

a fun fact: did you know that if you turn a shark upside down, it will become immobilized for up to 15 minutes?

drewteach said...

LOVE the colors - and would have to make something for two of my dragonfly-loving friends!

Rachael said...

Beautiful fabric and cards! Thank you!!
rachael_nicole06@hotmail.com

Peaceful Piecer said...

Thanks for a chance to win!

Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Anne said...

I just learned that birds cannot live in outer space because they need gravity in order to swallow.

Mary P said...

Beautiful fabric!

Mary said...

I am watching American Idol and checking out giveaways. Yours is very generous!

Jessica said...

Something interesting... I made 22 capes last night for kids to decorate today.

Heather said...

I picked up 2 fqs of this fabric while on vacation in February. It is so yummy. Would love to win your package ~ then maybe I would consider cutting into it! thanks for a great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I love the fabric and your bag looks great

Thanks

Agata (alwaysthinkpink@live.ca)

Serena said...

I love the colors of the fabrics. Did you know that sloths are excellent swimmers? I didn't until recently, when my daughter informed me of the fact. Thanks, Go Diego Go!

Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

patricia clearly said...

great fabrics! hm...something interesting... i was in labor for 49 hours? is that interesting? :) (and, no, it wasn't awful.)

Barb said...

Kathy's watercolored nature elements are so soothing.

Melissa said...

Thank you for the fabulous giveaway! The fabrics are gorgeous.

Ramona said...

Beautiful fabrics. The bag is lovely. I have the same book and can't wait to make something out of it!
ramona_murray at comcast dot net

Jagels said...

thanks. love the bag and the fabric.

bulabean said...

Wow, that fabric is really pretty!

Tanya said...

Love the bag! Something interesting. The short version of my sons name is also his 3 initials, BEN, it just turned out that way, we didn't set out for it :)

Treasuresofjoy said...

I lived in Kansas. Mission to be exact until I was 13. That is my interesting comment. I love the barb-Q. And my dad (who still lives there).

Jenny said...

interesting...i think alexander henry co produces the most wonderful fabrics...there are always a handful i want every season!

Carly said...

That bag is awesome. Love the color combo on the fabrics. :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Not feeling too interesting this evening.

Bink said...

That is a beautiful bag. I was really unsure about making it ... but now that I've seen yours, it's moving to the top of my project list. Wow! Beautiful.
I'd love to win those fabrics and make a bag!

The One and Only said...

I so love the fabric with text...
something interesting? I have way more ideas than the time to create them :-)

Taleah said...

Great bag! :) Something interesting, eh? I should have been Prince William's bride. Kate and I have the same birthday :)

Lynn said...

i harvested the first greens from the garden! hooray!

thanks for the giveaway.

i love your rainbow quilt!

Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

Love that bag you made! I wonder if using cotton duck cloth would help with the stiffness?

Thanks for the chance.
debyeo at hotmail dot com

Katie said...

I love the colors of that fabric! katiefewell(at)gmail(dot)com

Sandi P said...

Beautiful fabrics and those cards look nice too. Thanks for the chance to win.

sandyandcosmo said...

Something interesting: my Scottie has one big ear and one little ear! Thanks for the giveaway!

The Sewing Dork said...

Oh, those blues are sweet! Something interesting: I read in a fabric recycling article recently that something like 98% of the clothing donated to the Goodwill is "unusable" as clothing in North America and is either sold as rags, or shipped to third world countries.

smivester said...

I'm new to this whole blogging thing so this giveaway event has been a great opportunity for me to find great sites like this. Those fabrics are adorable and I really like that bag. So charming!! Many thanks!!

bflomama said...

What an awesome giveaway - thanks for the chance! I'm trying to think of something interesting to say this late at night... I made a little skirt for my daughter this evening & I wish I put the pocket a little lower & am mulling taking it off & repositioning it. But I probably won't. xo

ecuakim said...

What beautiful fabrics! I wonder why fabric with words printed on it is so captivating? I love it!

Terri said...

I love the dragonfly fabric, love all of the colors as well!

Karin said...

I really like those fabrics! I'm actually drawn to that simple watercolor-like leaf fabric.

P.S. I'm from KS, too!

Leigh said...

What a great giveaway! Something interesting- One of my eyes is half blue and half brown, the other is all blue!

Edamommy said...

I love the colours you picked out for the bag. I'm new to Kathy Davis, so thank you for the introduction, so to speak! ^_-

Jessica said...

My birthday is on Saturday!

jessica (at) homfamily (dot) com

Shana said...

What a wonderful prize. I would be so happy to win. It is late here and I don't know that I can think of anything interesting to say lol. I am seeing blogs in my sleep from going to so many. I entered a giveaway of my own this time and I hope if you get the chance you will stop by and enter.

Mike and Jackie said...

I love the text fabric too

Janet said...

Thanks for a chance at your fabulous giveaway. Something interesting eh....My mind is a blank. Okay, I have two kinds of rock cod in my freezer, Atlantic version and Pacific version. They are both delicious but I think I like the Atlantic best. Have you tried them.

Elflyn said...

gorgeous fabrics.
Thanks for the opportunity.

rockgranny said...

Very generous giveaway; thanks so much for the chance to win.

razberiswrl said...

This fabric is so beautiful!! Thank you for the chance to win!

razberiswrl@gmail.com

Laila L S said...

Your bag looks great, and so do all the fabrics, I would love to win.

lorraine said...

love!! thanks for the giveaway raineoc@yahoo.com

Charlotte said...

thanks for being so generous ... I'm saying hi from New Zealand.

Sarah W said...

I am temporarily living in London (miss home in CA) - they have different cuts of meat (pork belly roast anyone?) and you can buy goose fat in jars. Not as many quilt shops as in the states.

Amy said...

Love the fabrics. Thanks for sharing. Random fact:under pressure I don't know my right from my left.

Kelly said...

Thanks for the chance to win. You should treat yourself to some chocolate or tea :)

kt said...

Love seeing the fabrics made up into the bag--they look so great! Thanks for the chance to win some fabric in my favorite color combo!

Alexandra said...

Lovely giveaway! :)

Pam O said...

Love the bag! The fabrics are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win. This is my first year entering SMS giveaways. I've learnt so much on the way and found so many fabulous, inspiring blogs... allmap(at)y7mail(dot)com

annabelle g said...

love these, thanks for sharing :)

Susan said...

Love the fabric and what you have done with it in your bag. Did you know it takes 7 years for a lobster to grow to half a kilogram - about one pound.

Andreina said...

lovely!
bunchofbees at gmail dot com

Erin said...

Hi, thanks for such a great giveaway! Something interesting about me.... Well, I am an American citizen, yet I have *never* been to the US :( Hopefully one day! If you're wondering, I was born & live in Australia.

Erin x

free indeed said...

great giveaway! I have made a goal of making purses this year..I have one under my belt. Those fabrics would be so LOVELY in a purse...I never bought large print fabrics but they make gorgeous purses so interesting. I've not heard of Kathy Davis before, but her work is lovely and I'll keep an eye out for more of her stuff.

Willa said...

Fabrics are really nice. Like your use of them in the bag. I enjoy making bags. Usually my own design.

MamaPPod said...

Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win them, and the book and cards.

Liz said...

Those fabrics are so beautiful! Thanks for such a great giveaway.

Mary said...

Your bag is awesome! I would love to win the fabric and cards. Thanks for being so generous!

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com

Crystal said...

Wow, great giveaway! Something interesting, I'm new to sewing and quilting - I am a dollmaker.
cwonitoy(at)shaw.ca

Monica said...

Any ol' comment? How about my motto for the month, "Just keep swimming."

Make Me Over said...

Iguanas are interesting :) Great giveaway, thanks!

Alli said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

deserae said...

I love the dragonflies too! Gorgeous fabrics!

BA said...

I can wiggle my eyeballs !

Thanks for the giveaway!!

babygirlhoarder said...

Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for the chance :)
Tia
mtrand2 at gmail dot com

Melissa said...

Hi! I'm Melissa from Vancouver, Canada.
I am completely addicted to fabrics and my fabric stash is starting to take over 1/2 my dining room. That being said, this fabric bundle is absolutely lovely and I would love to add it to my stash (and yes, actually sew something with it too).

Mare said...

Love your bag!
The fabrics are all lovely. Thanks for the chance to win.

Leslie said...

gotta love the serenity of these fabrics! thanks for sharing!

sukie said...

Something interesting. . I have double jointed elbows. . haha Thanks for the giveaway!

jendenscott said...

Great giveaway! Interesting fact: A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day. Kinda gross huh? lol! Thanks for the chance to win!
okiedokiemama at yahoo dot com

Tamara said...

I am the same way with projects. I am always in a hurry to use them before I get a picture taken.

Delaina said...

I LOVE that bag! Too bad it's not included ;-)

Crystal Hendrix said...

Very pretty bag!! I would keep it too!! But thanks for sharing your fabric!

Sandra :) said...

Gorgeous bag - I have that book - I need to go pull it out! Thank you for your construction notes and the link to the corrections - I'll add post-it notes :D

The fabrics are lovely - thank you for the opportunity!

Ly said...

Those fabrics are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win...also love your bag! =)

Ly

lyannab(at)gmail(dot)com

Hippie Housewife said...

What lovely cards!

Jessica said...

I'm releasing my first novel in February - interesting to me :) And lots of work! Thanks for the chance!

Callie said...

Gorgeous fabric!
I'm brand new to sewing and loving it so much. I would love to build my stash b/c right now I have to buy fabric and thread and everything for each and every project.

Thanks for the generous giveaway!
catherine(dot)alley(at)gmail(dot)com

Jo said...

Thanks for the lovely giveaway. j-j-s AT juno DOT com

Kathy H said...

The fabrics are great. SOmething interesting. I have to find places to put college stuff for 2 kids home for the summer. Can't take over my quilting space.

Lisa said...

I love this giveaway. I need some new fabric for my next project. This would be great to win. Thanks! However, I won't be spending my crafting time on my new projects today, I have giveaways to enter!

Kim said...

I'll tell you about my strip club comment to my children. One day I was getting ready to go to my LQS' strip club. My children asked me where I was going. I said without thinking, "I am going to the quilt shop for their strip club". They were flabbergasted that I would do such a thing. I had a bit of explaining to do. LOL :-)

Mama Bear said...

Nice job on the bag. I have that book, and the teardrop will probably be my next project from it.

Lappegal said...

This bag was beautiful:-)

LisaO said...

I have to agree with you, LOVE the dragonfly fabric..my fav

Thanks for the great giveaway, please enter my name

Lisa
lisao68(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jeff said...

What pretty fabric, thanks for the giveaway! I'm getting ready to cut out pieces for the Cosmo Bag from the Style Stiches book, but reduced the size of the pattern pieces a bit so it's not so big. Hope it turns out!

Melody J said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Elisha said...

Wow, what gorgeous fabric! Thanks so much!

eternal.alchemy[at]gmail[dot]com

Deb said...

Beautiful fabrics!

audreypawdrey said...

Love that bag! I have that book, but I haven't yet made anything. I do like how yours turned out!

Rachel Teadora said...

Beautiful fabrics and I love the bag pattern. So happy to find your blog through the giveaway..

isabel f. said...

wow!! lovely fabrics and patterns:)
lovely bag!
count me in please!!!
hug

littlepinkcupcakes said...

I love your site! thanks fo joinng the giveaway.
deanaspice@yahoo.com

Victoria said...

My interesting fact: when my youngest child accepts his diploma next week, it will be the end of exactly 30 years of continual family enrollment in the same school district. Where did the time go?
In one year my granddaughter will begin kindergarten and my daughter will be where I was just three decades ago. The circle of life, my friends, the circle of life.

Holly U said...

Lovely fabrics!

The first time I met my husband, he was still smoking, so I blew him off without telling him why. The next year we met at the same music/dance camp, and he'd quit just a couple weeks before. Now we're taking our son to that same camp!

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

If only I knew something interesting to say...but thanks for hosting! The bag is cute.

T. Rehder said...

Thanks for the pattern review! Cute bag too.

Marilyn said...

Something interesting?
Just tried Wendy's new blueberry, strawberry, almond chicken salad with Asiago cheese. Upscale fast food? That was interesting (and good)

Anonymous said...

Lovely fabrics! I'm really enjoying finding all this great sites today. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I love all these fabrics! I've been making bags for everyone I know. :-)
lauragandrew@bellsouth.net
lauragandrew at bellsouth dot net

Jeni Key said...

Such pretty fabric!

Sharleen said...

Beautiful fabric! Thanks for the chance.

MissMary said...

Interesting... Well, I live in Nashville, TN, and this year the 13-year cicadas are out. The sound is like nothing you've ever heard before... the entire city is pulsating. Well, the entire *green* part of the city ;-)

Lindsay said...

I will be starting vet school in the fall :)


lindsay.forgette at gmail dot com

lydiaruth said...

That fabric is all so beautiful!

lydia(dot)hirschi(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Beautiful material to make into that lovely bag. Thanks for the chance to win. Why 'Sew Inspired?'
Does the material itself inspire you or do you already have the idea in mind and then go pick your fabric?

Lindsay Ladwig said...

these are beautiful fabrics. and that bag is super cute! fingers crossed!

adrienne said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

My interesting thing? I had a burrito filled with mashed potatoes and mustard greens for supper. Better than I expected, not quite as good as I'd hoped :)

♥Duff said...

thank you so much for talking about the process! I just bought the book and I'm glad to know that there are corrections!

All8 said...

Love this fabric. Thanks for offering it.

Michelle said...

What a lovely giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

joyce said...

I would to win.

Jeanette said...

Such a beautiful bag complimented by gorgeous fabric! Doesn't it make you smile every time you put it on your shoulder? I would! Best, Jeanette

Mindy said...

I'm out of interesting facts, my brain is mush from entering all of these fabulous giveaways, but man is it fun! Thanks for the chance to enter.

Kelly said...

Cute bag, cute fabric! =)

HelenN said...

Pretty fabrics and pretty bag.

helenhsin(at)yahoo(dot)com

Manda said...

Pretty! I don't know anything interesting, but I will recount a joke I told on another giveaway.

How do you make a tissue dance?



You put a little boogie in it!

stayathomelibrarian at gmail dot com

N. Perez said...

How generous to give such treasures away.
Thanks for the chance
naslyyadid(at)gmail(dot)com

Carla said...

What beautiful fabrics! Your bag displays the fabrics well. Thanks for a chance to win!

Larissa said...

Those fabrics are gorgeous!

Meikjn said...

I love this! it could be a project bag!

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