Sew Adorkable Bloghop and GIVEAWAY!


Modern Handcraft // Sew Adorkable Blog Hop Tour: 8 Bit Birds The drawing has now closed - our winner was Cassandra - I will be emailing you shortly, thanks everyone for commenting with your favorite games! There are definitely some good ones and some I have never heard of that I have to check out!

There are certain people you meet in your life that you just get. If you are really lucky they also have a passion for the same things you do and that makes it even better. If you are really really really lucky, they are also insanely hilarious - and that my friends is Samarra Khaja!

I met Samarra two years ago while standing in line at Quilt Market waiting for a signed book, we had chatted online before (like most of us do) and instantly felt like we were buddies upon seeing each other for the first time. I'm not sure if she remembers this but she told me she was working on a new book - and I told her, please let me make something out of it when you are done!

Modern Handcraft // Sew Adorkable Blog Hop Tour: 8 Bit Birds

Well, here we are today - Samarra with a finished book Sew Adorkable - 15 DIY Projects To Keep You Out Of Trouble and I had the extreme pleasure of getting a sneak peek of the entire thing (oh man it's really good) and made something!

Also, read a it further down for a chance to win something really awesome....

When I first had a chance to look through the book there were a few projects that really stood out to me, the Odd Socks Quilt, that Jessee from Art School Dropout made (I am totally making that for my laundry room!) and also Toothy the Tooth Fairy Pillows, for my young son who hopefully waits a few more years to start losing teeth.

The one that I really had a connection with was 8-bit Birds, and yes its a smaller take of the original 3 bird version but it's my most favorite part.....

Modern Handcraft // Sew Adorkable Blog Hop Tour: 8 Bit Birds

I was a HUUUUUUUGE fan of Duck hunt growing up, and if you were also a child in the 80's I am sure you have a certain sentimental feeling about the above image as well. 8-bit Birds is a fun pixelated quilt featuring 3 birds / a mallard, a cardinal and a blue jay. The original quilt measures 60.5" x 60.5" so it's much larger than my mini that measures 34.5" x 29".

Modern Handcraft // Sew Adorkable Blog Hop Tour: 8 Bit Birds

I quilted it by "stitching in the ditch" or quilting along each seam and then added an extra quilting stitch through the middle of each pixellated square.

Modern Handcraft // Sew Adorkable Blog Hop Tour: 8 Bit Birds

I framed by duck with a rich mahogany wood frame ( or a lovely wood look fabric ) and a camo backing....because we all have camo fabric right?

Modern Handcraft // Sew Adorkable Blog Hop Tour: 8 Bit Birds

I wanted to display my prize duck as a trophy for all of those hunts I went on as a child. Nintendo hunts that is, I could never actually hurt one of these pretty little guys. When I have some more time, I am going to make the full version of the quilt because I think it will be the coolest game room quilt ever and I know my son will appreciate it when he is older.

Side note, when he saw this duck on my design terrified him. He just kept moving back and saying no no no. I of course thought that was hilarious....but then he warmed up to it. Who knew three year olds were afraid of pixellated ducks?!



Samarra and C&T Publishing are giving away a free copy of Sew Adorkable to one of my amazing readers! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me your most favorite video game ever - not a video game player? Leave a comment with your favorite board game - all games are fun!

Now the technical details: One book per winner. Open internationally, however if winner lives outside of the US, they will receive a promo code to purchase the ebook version free of charge. US winner will receive a hard copy. Entries are open until midnight, October 26th. Please make sure your email address is correct when commenting, otherwise I won’t be able to contact you! Winner will be chosen at random, using

The Rest of the Tour:

09/14/15:  C&T/Stash Books
09/18/15:  Sew Timeless
09/23/15:  Art School DropOut
09/25/15:  Craft Buds
09/28/15:   Pellon
09/30/15:  Crafty Planner
10/02/15:  Modern Handcraft
10/05/15: Imagine Gnats
10/07/15:  May Chappell
10/09/15:  Nancy Zieman
10/12/15:  Dritz
10/14/15: Spoonflower
10/16/15:  Sew Sweetness
10/19/15:  Aurifil
10/21/15:  Accuquilt
10/23/15: Schmancy Toys
10/26/15:  Samarra Khaja
So many awesome people right?!
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of the fun projects on the tour!