Sunday, March 28, 2010

April Friday Night Sew-In and a Giveaway.. with a TWIST!!

Ok.. storytime. When the Friday Night Sew-in began.. it went something like this.

Bobbi and I (although we communicate daily) live approx 260 miles apart. We had a new bag pattern that we wanted to make last year and we decided to make it "together" on a Friday Night. We helped each other along the way.. shared pictures of our progress via our cell phones.. etc. Not only do we sew "together" - but we've also been known to watch a few movies like this as well. LOL.. can you tell we miss each other. We really need to just live on the same street already.

And that is how the Friday Night Sew-In was born. Anyway - we decided to kick future Friday Night Sew-In's up a notch. We will be offering an optional pattern or project that we can all work on that night. Some will be free and others low cost... and all will be totally optional!! I can't stress that enough.

We want the FNSI's to continue to be that extra little nudge to cross projects off your To-Do lists!

For April - we came up with this super cute, super easy Canvas Spring Tote!

If you want to make it with us on Friday April 16th, you can purchase the pattern for only $5 on my Etsy site. It is in .pdf format and I will email to you.

There is also the option to purchase the pattern with a partial kit. I say partial because the kit includes everything needed except 2 fat quarters. The partial kit includes the pattern all for $10 and is also available on my Etsy site.

So, join Bobbi and I Friday April 16th for our monthly Sew-In.

Here are the "rules".
1. Enter your blog info below.

2. Make a post on your blog - letting all your readers know about the sew-in. Spread the word.. we could all use the virtual sewing support and encouragement.

3. On Friday – 04/16/10 - Get your house settled, put on your comfy jammies.. maybe make a cup of tea.. and sit down to work on some of those projects (or anything else that you want to work on).

4. Then, sometime on Saturday - Make a post about what you worked on.. show us a picture or two. You can post on Flickr too.

And finally - on Sunday 4/18, we will enter all participants into a GIVEAWAY for something fun! Maybe some fabric.. or a sewing gadget or two.

Friday Night Sew-in Participants
1. Bobbi
2. Cara
3. Pam in Texas
4. lisa
5. Ashley
6. Rene
7. Carol L.
8. Kimberley
9. Annie
10. Jane
11. Edna @ Needling Things
12. Libby
13. Terry
14. Manuela
15. Kerry
16. Polly
17. Karen W.
18. Celine
19. Jamie
20. Anne Lise
21. Crystal
22. Erin
23. Joanne
24. Donna @ Mudpies & Memories
25. marta
26. georgie
27. Dorothy
28. Jennifer
29. Valerie
30. Rachel @ Not-So-Plain Jane
31. Vikki
32. Debbie S.
33. Maria
34. Cleary Kipe
35. Karen
36. Sandy K
37. Oddbjørg
38. Satu
39. Linda -Texas
40. Bev C
41. Mary K.
42. dawn
43. Jill in Ohio
44. Linda
45. Kim P.
46. Jen
47. Jandi
48. Cheryl
49. Tracey
50. Carolette
51. Mrs Moen
52. Jessica C
53. Grethe
54. Susan E.
55. Susan
56. Jacque.
57. Kate quilts...
58. amy @ houseofbadcats
59. Madelyn
60. Annette @ Jindi's Cottage
61. Melissa
62. dianne
63. melinda c
64. Kristen @ beautifulordinary
65. Krista - Poppyprint
66. Sandy R
67. Balinda
68. Marybeth
69. Kim
70. Amanda@Busy Little Quilter
71. Dawn
72. Nikki
73. Joan
74. Sue M
75. Helen Koenig
76. Mikol
77. L. - Carbonated Creations
78. kimland
79. SoozeM
80. CJ
81. Lissa
82. Lisa M.
83. Debbie
84. Erica
85. Michelle - Dresden Quilter
86. Wendy
87. Kimberly Mason
88. Brenda
89. Sophie
90. Susan
91. Molly
92. Mary on Lake Pulaski
93. Laurie N.
94. Dawn Burchett
95. What Comes Next?

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Bobbi said...

I cant wait to make that tote!

Pamela said...

I am ready! I love this Friday night sew-in!

lisa said...

I will have to pass on the bag this time. I have been using these friday nights as a chance to finish things up and make a dent on works in progress, thanks though, maybe next time I will be more caught up

Ashley and Jason Faucett said...

Yay! That's a great idea; I'll have to see what I'll be needing to work on to see if I do the tote or not! I just started at a MDO, and might try to make stuff to sell to the parents there!! Can't wait!

Carol said...

I love this idea. It's so cute, I'm going to join for sure. I did the FNSI in March and got some quilting done but didn't get a chance to post a photo. This time I'll be sure to follow through. Thanks to both of you for your great ideas.

Kimberley said...

The bag is a wonderful idea but I have 3 projects on the go - count me in to be working on those!

Jane said...

Not sure what I'll be working on yet. Just had a week of very little sleep and need to get the brain back in gear

Edna said...

Looking forward to the next FNSI! I'm going to be working on finishing one of my many Projects half Done (PhD's). It would be really cool if there were some way we could all keep the group updated throughout the evening.

Libby said...


Unknown said...

I'm ready for April FNSI!

Terry said...

I just couldn't resist. 13 is my birthdate lucky number. Wouldn't miss FNSI it has kick started the dancing dollies for my sampler quilt


Polly said...

Count me in! Can't wait! Polly

lenoirdenantes said...

This will be my first Friday Night Sew In. I am looking forward to it. Karen W. in S.W. Ohio

Jamie said...

Super cute tote! Can't wait until the big night!

Crystal Hendrix said...

So excited!

Erin said...

So you can see by this:

that I should have LOTS to keep me busy during the FNSI! Can't wait!!!

Joanne said...

Count me in too! I am sure I will find something to work on!!LOL ♥

Donna @ Mudpies & Memories said...

I'm already thinking of projects to work on!

georgie said...

I can't wait to join the sewin again i had quite a productive night.

happy sewing,georgie x

Teresa said...

I'll be there finishing of some more work. This Friday Night Sewin routine is a real motivator

OliveStreetStudio said...

I'm DETERMINED to join in this Friday night!! My taxes will be done by then, so I'll deserve the night 'off'. :-)

Val said...

I sure do hope I get to join in this month. Life happened last month. I did sew some but not on that night. I love that bag and may do it one day but right now I am gonna concentrate on some unfinished projects. I am also behind on the postage stamp quilt but I will catch up. Thanks for the encouragement.

Rachel said...

Yay! Another one!

Looking forward to April's Sew-In.

Debbie said...

Looking forward to April's Sew In. I really need to get some work done on the quilt top I started in February.

Maria said...

Am looking forward to joining in. I will be working on same of my UFO's.

amy and the bad cats said...

count me in again!

Karen's Korner said...

I am in again. This will be my third time and I am looking forward to "my sewing" time. Thanks heaps for organising.

Sandy said...

I need a best buddy like that!! None of my friends quilt/sew like I do. Great tote!

Oddbjørg said...

I enjoyed the sew-in last time, so I'm sure it will be another nice evening.

Bev C said...

Thanks Heidi and Bobbie, the link worked this time. Have a Happy Easter.

Mary K said...

Can't wait! Postage stamp time!

pinsandneedles said...

Can't wait to the April Friday Night Sew In! I love the tote!
Thanks Heidi and Bobbi!

Kim said...

Gee, I thought I'd signed up already--glad I checked! I'd entered the new date on my blog and everything--just forgot the details, I suppose! LOL! Thanks for hostessing these--they're great fun!

abi said...

My daughter and I won't be able to participate in the April Sew-in as hubby won't be working. We are sad that we won't have this time to sew together but do have fun all that sew.

Jandi said...

I'm looking forward to it!

Pamela said...

Just realized that I will be out of town on the next Friday Night Sew-In....darn. : -(

I'll be checking to see what everyone else was able to work on and then I'll be back next month!

Mistea said...

Thanks for the invite. I will be there stitching something together - probably a bag or a quilt top.
Looking forward to playing in the sewing room.

Carolette said...

So happy about this idea.. that's travelling around the world I see!
I'll be there on the 16th ... well I'll try we have a guest :-)

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

I love how FNSI makes me focus - at least one day a month.-)

Jessica Christensen said...

I love doing these! They do help me get things done. Thanks so much!

Grethe said...

Great!My second Friday with FNSI. Nice to be focused on a specific quilt, for one whole day.
Thanking you :-)

Susan Entwistle said...

Looking forward to next Friday. This time I will be working on something for me.

Jacque. said...

Looking forward to it!

Anonymous said...

I'm in again. :)

Missed the last one, so am really looking forward to this one. Bring on Friday night (do I get two because I'm in Australia?). LOL

Madelyn said...

I'm going to be just finishing up the NJ Shop Hop Friday. I'll be ready to sew. I have an apron to do for an upcoming swap.

Anonymous said...

I'm in - I'll be travelling to a stitchy weekend away so hand sewing will be the order of the night. Thanks for hosting.

dianne said...

twist my arm and make me sew on friday!

Melissa said...

I look forward to this Friday every month.

Loves to Quilt said...

I am sew ready for some me sewing time! I am sew happy that it's Thursday already!

Marybeth said...

looking forward to it :)))

Dawn said...

Yay, I'm available this month, count me in!!

nrnoodle said...

This is my first time joining the fun. I am looking forward to it.

wishes, true and kind said...

Looking forward to sewing with everyone!

Sue said...

Yikes. I'm ready to sew and nearly forgot to register. Phew! Lucky for me that Heidi put out a reminder.

Helen said...

Love the Friday Night Sew in! (Even if I can't participate in the whole thing!) It's like an appointment with myself to get together with others and focus on sewing and sharing together. A lot of fun!

Mikol said...

I'm ready. I have a mini that I need to get finished. Thanks ladies, that tote is super cute!

CTW said...

If a person without a blog can join in I have a table runner to finish and a mile long to-do list that beyond that.

kimland said...

Going to try again...

CJ said...

Not sure what I'll be sewing but I will be there - Lord willing. :D

SoozeM said...

OK I am signed up, have been out and bought fabric, bought the kit just now and hoping I can get the pattern emailed before the rest of the kit is sent :) Bring on the FUN!!

Lisa at Sun Naturals said...

OK, signed up, off to post. I'm actually starting this morning and working on my project off/on all day. If I wait until tonight something will get in the way!

Erica said...

This sounds like fun!

Brenda said...

Sounds like fun. My first Friday Sew In!

Susan said...

This will be my first Sew-In! I let it sneak up on me; I thought it was next week! Looking forward to it!

Molly said...

This will be fun again...I have several projects to keep me busy! :)

Laurie said...

LOVE this idea! Can't wait for next Friday to join in the fun!

Dawn Burchett said...

I have a brand new blog, The Straw Needle, and I hope I will be able to post the link! I have some projects that I wanted to work on so will have to pass up the bag this time, but look forward to future FNSI's! This is my first sew in, also! I took a break from sewing, but now back to work! Love your blog!

What Comes Next? said...

Okay, so I guess I "Unofficially" participated last night, but now I've got myself organized and should do better and be on time next FNSI!