There aren’t enough Thank You’s in the world

I can’t even begin to tell you how mind-blowing it has to been to watch my little idea to garner help in making handmade clothes/gifts for our orphan friends in Tam Ky grow incredibly over the past two weeks.

I knew there were folks out there that I knew and admired who would help along the way, but I never expected the outpouring of offers to sew up a bag or dresses or a stack of receiving blankets or sling bags. It’s been amazing and I am incredibly grateful.

We’ve been lucky enough to have some friends from the fabric industry step up and offer to spread the word, which has helped immensely.

Specifically I’d like to thank:

Laurie Wisbrun, a fabric designer I’ve admired for a couple years now. I interviewed her a few weeks ago for an article I was writing for WebCents magazine, then talked briefly of book-writing and sewing clothes. A surprise friendship blossomed and at lightning speed she sewed up a ton of skirts, shorts and pencil bags for my project, then shared it on her blog.

Rashida Colemen-Hale is another fabric designer I adore. She’s a wonderful lady and mother, a woman I just happened to run into a million times at Spring Quilt Market and developed an online friendship with. I got a ton of messages thanks to her posting the Sewing for Orphans project not only on her blog, but on Pinterest as well.

Sewn Studios, a modern fabrics & sewing lounge, shared the word thanks to the suggestion of Rachel Gander, the blogger behind Imagine Gnats. We’ve yet to meet in person (same with Laurie!), but that hasn’t stopped her from supporting my cause or us from becoming friends over Facebook and blogs. God bless the Internet for making new friends.

Which is how I met Kim Niedzwiecki, the whirling dervish behind Go-Go Kim. I first heard of her when I found the cathedral window pincushion tutorial (which I made and gave away in the swap Rachel mentions in her post!). We finally had a quick meeting at the Kona from Robert Kaufman Fabrics‘ booth at Spring Quilt Market and through that and a crazy amount of FB Likes and comments, we’ve become friends of a sort. She was one of the first to post about my project and I’m super grateful.

And an enormous thank you to Shelly Figueroa, who was not only the first person to post it on her blog for me, she was also the first contributor to our Indiegogo campaign. Despite the fact that she lives locally, we hadn’t met in person,ut I had interviewed her, again for work, months before, regarding her fantabulous book Sewing for Boys book (written with Karen LePage). She’s currently raising funds for her sewing studio, so if you inclined, check it out here.

Again and again, I’m awed by the kindness of people. And I am always grateful.

P.S. If you shared the project, can you let me know? I’m trying to keep track of everything so I can link back to y’all. xo!

Guest: My swap gift maker–Deanna!

Hello Crinkle Dreams readers!  My name is Deanna and I am guest posting here today because I was Teresa’s secret swap partner in the Covert Robin swap organized by Imagine Gnats.

I blog over at Little D and Me, mostly about my sewing and quilting adventures. I mainly focus on making kids clothes to sell at markets and in my etsy shop, but I also love trying out new quilty type things.

When I found out that Teresa was my partner, I went over to her blog and checked her posts and her about me section.  There I found her other blog which also helped me to figure out what to make her. Lucky for me, she also had her Pinterest link on the side, so I checked that out too to find out more of Teresa’s style.

I found a couple hexie projects on her quilt board and so I thought I would make her something with hexies.

I also found out that she had been to Vietnam to work in an orphanage and that he was hoping to go back sometime.  That led me to the idea of a hexie pouch!  That way, she could stay organized while traveling and have something pretty to do it with.

I chose to go with bright colours and to use a pouch pattern that she had also pinned.

I added some hand stitching to the pouch to personalize it for her.


Hexies are a lot of fun to make and are so addicting!

In progress playmat for my daughter.

I used the tutorial by Thimble Blossoms when I began making hexies.

I did not buy templates but rather printed off my own on cardstock.  I am still using the original hexies I printed off, so they are definitely sturdy enough.  You can get a printable here.
All you need to get started then are the templates, thread, scissors, needle, and some scraps.
Many of my scraps came from swaps – gotta love swaps!
I also added a fun and happy bunting to the package as I thought that maybe when she goes back to Vietnam, she would like to hang up some things from home and small, light things are easier to pack.
Thanks so much for having me today Teresa!  I am glad you enjoyed the swap.