Lots of action in the garden right now. Mostly cucumbers and green beans, but the squash is starting to take off, and all of those green tomatoes are finally turning red. Something, possibly a bird, even got to one of them before I harvested it. At least I can save the seeds from that tomato!

And now for the bad news - the squash vine borers are out in full force. These things are so gross. I've dug a bug out of every single squash plant I have, and I'm not sure they are going to recover. We applied beneficial nematodes at the beginning of the season, and I wrapped foil around the base of the stems, but neither have helped at all. They've destroyed my squash plants every year, and I'm afraid they're going to do it again. Does anyone have a good way to keep these out of the garden?

I've been tracking my harvests using MyFolia, but here are the numbers for the year so far:

3 Squash, 0.68 pounds
1 Bell Peppers
2 Jalapeños
Green Beans, 4.6 pounds
11 Cucumbers, 4.14 pounds
4 Tomatoes, 0.73 pounds
8 Carrots, 0.38 pounds
Lots of herbs and some lettuce

I can't wait for next month; these numbers are going to skyrocket!


I don't know, I can't tell. :)

Wow! There were 396 entries to the giveaway! Thanks, everyone, for your sweet comments about my store and tapes. There was a great variety to what you all use bias tape for. First, however, let's see the winners!

Winner of the Amy Butler Full Moon Polka Dot in Cherry Quilting Tape: #8, Kirie, who said "I use bias tape for cup coasters or potholders mostly. For bigger quilts I prefer straight cut binding. Thank you for the chance to win :)"

Winner of the Diane Kappa Zinnia Garden in Teal double fold bias tape: #130, Angie, who said "I use extra bias tape to go around the edges vinyl of zipper bags. They are great to keep unfinished projects in."

And because you guys are all so awesome and we surpassed the number of entries to last December's giveaway, I drew one more name to win three yards of Keri Beyer Purple Zinnia quilting tape: #394, Irina, who said "Hello! Mostly on quilts, but sometimes on dresses for my little girl. Thanks for the chance!"

Congratulations, winners! I'll be in contact by email shortly. If you weren't one of the lucky winners but you still want some pretty bias tape, we're having a 10% discount on the entire store through the weekend. Use the coupon code SMSMAY11 through Sunday at midnight to get the discount.

And for those who are interested, here is the data on the types of projects you all use bias tape on. There were lots of good ideas in the comments! If you've never used bias tape before, I have a link on the top bar of bias tape resources - what it is, how to use it, etc. Don't be afraid to try it out; it can be such a beautiful detail on any sewing or quilting project.

23. May 2011 · 398 comments · Categories: Sewing
It's that time again... time for another wonderful Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day! Welcome! For those who don't know me, my name is Jennifer and I have an Etsy shop called Slightly Biased full of handmade bias and binding tapes.

You'll probably be able to guess what I'm giving away.

The first prize is three yards of some scrumptious Amy Butler Full Moon Polka Dot in Cherry quilting (folded in half, not cut on the bias) tape!

The second prize is three yards of this springtime Diane Kappa Zinnia Garden in Teal double fold bias tape. So much better than store-bought bias tape, no? If you want to see what else Slightly Biased has to offer, don't forget to check out the store!

So what do you have to do to win? Just answer this one easy question:

What kinds of projects do you use bias tape on?

The two winners will be chosen randomly. One entry per person. The giveaway will be open until noon central time on Friday, May 27th. International entries are welcome! Good luck!

CVS, Week of 5-15

This week I bought:

  • 2 Scott 6-pack paper towels, $5 each with two $1 newspaper coupons and $2 ECBs for buying two = $6
  • 2 Neutrogena suncreens, $10.99 each with two $2 internet coupons and $10 ECBs for buying two = $8
  • One $5 off a $25 purchase CVS email coupon
  • $1 ECB for my fourth bag tag scan

Net cost: $8.47. I love those email coupons!

YTD OOP: $38.92
YTD Savings: $289.81
YTD eBay sales: $1.81


Remember the pinwheel quilt I told you about? It’s done! I quilted it with some straight line quilting and used a different color on top and bottom.


The quilting left a cool pattern on the back, which I totally love. I think this will keep a sweet baby boy warm for years to come!


Through tomorrow, May 17th, you can sign up here to get a free quart of paint from Glidden for their National Paint Giveaway. This would be great for any small projects around the house. You can even pick any color you want! (Picture borrowed from here.) Thanks, Coupon Cravings!


I thought it would be fun this year to make my mom and mother-in-law some pretty cloth napkins for Mother’s Day. I spent a long time picking out the fabrics and ended up going with two prints from Joel Dewberry’s new Aviary 2 line. Are these not absolutely gorgeous? I really wanted to keep them for myself.

Rolled Hem

Here’s a close-up of the rolled hem. Pretty awesome, no? Such a fast way to make napkins!


And here’s the awesome serger that made this all possible and that I forgot to blog about. This was a Christmas present from my parents. I’ve been slowly learning how to use it; it seems more complicated than a regular sewing machine, but that could be because I’ve used a regular sewing machine since I was about ten years old. I’m looking forward to making some clothing this summer with this machine!

1. Black Krim, 2. Black Krim, 3. Black Krim, 4. Royal Chico, 5. Topsy Turvey, 6. Pink Icicle, 7. Royal Chico, 8. Margo, 9. Ananas Noir

Sooooo excited.

CVS, Week of 5-8

Slightly boring week, so I thought I’d spice it up with some lipstick. A girl can never have too many, right?

  • 2 Skintimate shave gels, $1.99 each with two $0.55 newspaper coupons = $3
  • 2 Revlon lipsticks, $7.99 each with two $2 newspaper coupons and $7 ECBs = $5

Net cost: $8.26.

YTD OOP: $32.44
YTD Savings: $258.84
YTD eBay sales: $1.81