Birdsong Bows: May 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday game winners!

I had lots of trouble with Facebook tonight! You can read about it here: . Anyway, I was able to finally log in again and chose the FIVE winners of the new Posy Pillow pattern from Birdsong. They are: Sara Black, Jennifer Wagner, Fabiola Woerner, Kristen Boyd and Christina Royal-Clark. Please contact me at birdsongbows (at) gmail (dot) com with your e-mail address so I can send you the new pattern!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Congratulations to the winners of Accessories Challenge 9

Congratulations to the winners of the accessories challenge this month!!!

The Voter's Choice award, by one vote, goes to Heidi, with patriotic hair flowers! She wins a tutorial of her choice from Birdsong Bows and Patterns!

The winner of of the drawing goes to...Lora! I was surprised when the number 1 popped up on the page...because Lora was in second place for the voter's choice award. Lora wins a $15 gift certificate generously donated by The Ribbon Retreat.
Thanks so much to everyone for entering! Both winners can contact me at birdsongbows [at] gmail [dot] com. I'll host another contest next month! :)


Sunday, May 20, 2012

4-H Sewing: Front and back sewn!

Anna, with my help, has been working slowly on her 4-H sewing project - one 90-minute session each weekend, plus a short session mid-week (to do simple things like zigzagging the edges of seam allowances). This pattern (she's sewing View A) is marked as "Easy" by McCall's, but it's challenging for Anna! So far she's learned how to do curved seams (with clipping and notching included) and gathering.

The ruffled detail on the front, along with the two princess seams, are done. This weekend she created decorative ties for the back, and finished the two curved seams on the back of the garment.

On tap next week: Sewing the shoulders and side seams to connect the front and back, and gathering the sleeves/finishing sleeve edges to prepare for sewing them onto the blouse. There's plenty of "trickiness" ahead with the collar and the front band...and her first buttonholes. The project needs to be completed by the end of the third week in June.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Entries for "Summer Picnic" accessories challenge!

Thanks to the 4 women who sent photos for our ninth challenge! The theme of this challenge is "Summer Picnic," and I asked participants to send a photo of a bow, hair flower, or tote that fits the theme!

There will be two awards! The first winner will be chosen by The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate generously provided by The Ribbon Retreat.
But there's another prize! The second way to win is to have your friends, family, Facebook friends, etc., vote for you! There's a poll in the upper right corner of my blog (in the sidebar). Voting will continue until 1 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, May 21. The winner will receive her choice of a free tutorial from Birdsong Patterns! :)

Enjoy the entries! And thanks again for participating. I will post the winner here on Tuesday, May 22! Please check back here and on the Birdsong Facebook page for an announcement of the winners.

From Lora:

From Kat:

From Deborah:

From Heidi:


Friday, May 4, 2012

Accessories challenge: Summer Picnic!

Photo from Patsysjoyon Etsy

The theme for our ninth challenge was suggested by one of our Facebook fans: Summer Picnic! You may make a boutique bow or bow set, a headband, a bowband, a funky loopy bow, a fascinator, a hair flower, or basket/tote-- basically, anything you've fashioned using a Birdsong pattern or tutorial -- following the them of "summer picnic." The design must be made from a Birdsong tutorial or pattern. You can focus on making your accessory to match picnics, barbecues, fun in the sun, ladybugs/plaids...anything that reminds you of a summer picnic!

There will be two prizes again. The first will be chosen by The winner of this award will receive a $15 gift certificate generously donated by The Ribbon Retreat!

The second way to win a prize is through "Voter's Choice." I'll put all the submissions on the blog and will host a poll in the sidebar beginning Monday, May 14. Invite your friends and relatives to vote for your photo! The winner of the Voter's Choice Award will receive a FREE e-book from Birdsong Bows and Patterns.

To enter, E-mail your best photograph of your finished product (either on a model or not) to me at deanna [at] by 2:59 a.m Pacific time (11:59 p.m. Eastern) on Saturday, May 12 (so, basically before you go to bed Friday night). Please keep your photos around 600 pixels wide, so that they're neither too big nor too small. And remember: They must be recognizably made using at least one Birdsong tutorial or pattern. No more than one entry/photo per contestant, please. If you're on Flickr, feel free to post a photo to the Birdsong Flickr Photo Group as well, for all to see!

Good luck! I can't wait to see your entries. :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

4-H Sewing: Pinning and cutting the pattern

I spent the weekend on sewing projects! First, I enjoyed a "quilt retreat" and invited a friend to sew with me on Saturday - we were both happy to have completed several blocks. I'll post my quilt progress here soon. I continued working on my quilt blocks through Sunday afternoon, when I stopped to help my daughter with her 4-H project.

Now, who really likes pinning and cutting? It's soooo not my favorite part, and I expected she would dislike it (as much as she did last year, when she sewed a pair of shorts). But she was in a good mood the whole time, evening admitting that she had fun. Fun? With mom? Now, I can't "make" her do anything she doesn't want to do, and sewing - even sewing a structured blouse - was always her decision. But I didn't expect her to have fun with what I consider the "non-fun" part.

Next is marking the notches, and then I'm going to cut out the pattern again on the piece of fabric she chose for me to use. As I mentioned last week, I plan to make her a blouse as well, to go through the pattern so I can help her construct her own. For the past two years she went to a 4-H sewing instructor, but that's fallen through this it's just me and my hopes that I can teach her the proper way the 4-H judges want her to do everything. I briefly considered making a muslin before she started, but the sizes on the envelope are pretty much "true" to her body, so I figured we'd wing it. Fingers crossed!