Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Sewing

Is it hot where you are?  Summer is in full-swing here; most days hovering around 110°. At this time of year, the most we can hope for is it doesn't get any hotter.  : /

Anyway, I've been inside (when I'm not out in my garden picking endless tomatoes) working on some small projects.  First a little potholder for the patriotic holidays.  I used two layers of cotton batting and  a stretch zigzag stitch (I think that's what it's called) about 1/2" apart to quilt it.  This combo gives it a nice texture. 

Next is a little lettuce drying/storage bag that I've been wanting to make for a while.  If you haven't heard of this, you just put your freshly washed greens in the bag. pull the drawstring, go outside (very important) and start doing arm circles.  You'll be surprised at how well this works to dry your lettuce. 

According to what I read, you can also store your greens in there too.  I'll be trying that with the next batch of lettuce I get. 

I've also been working on organizing my sewing space.  Here's a snapshot of part of my little corner.

I'm using the chalkboard to remind me of my current projects.  I get distracted.  : )   The chevron blocks are made of Farmhouse by Fig Tree & Co. (coming soon).  They'll be going into a table runner shortly.

I've also been working on some secret sewing.  Here's a sneak-peak:

I'm loving the teal and orange combo right now.  I'll be able to share more on this project real soon. 

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Linking to:  Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday!
                         My Quilt Infatuation: Needle and Thread Thursday 
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Tote Kit Winner!

I loved your comments about where you're going (or would like to go) for summer vacation.  Most of you would like to hang out at the beach, go camping or travel to Europe.  Those all sound great to me! We hope to spend some time working on our cabin in the Utah mountains (a life-long project!).  

Congratulations to lucky number #20 - Lucy Ferguson.  Lucy, please email me with your address and I'll get the kit right out to you. 

I plan to list some of these tote bag kits in the store soon.  Email me if you'd like your own.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dream Vacation Tote Kit Giveaway!

Today I'm participating in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day.  Woohoo!  My giveaway is this cute tote kit.

This kit will make the perfect bag for taking along on your summer vacation.  The fabric I chose has lots of famous cities to dream about visiting someday!  The tote is easy to make and sturdy enough to stash beach necessities or trip souvenirs.  The kit includes a free pattern sheet from Robert Kaufman, Robert Kaufman Dream Vacation fabric for the outside, and Moda Bella Solid Black for the inside of bag and handles.  

Just leave me a comment telling me where you're going (or want to go) for your summer vacation.  I will choose a winner randomly on Monday, May 11, and will ship by Wed, May 13.  Happy commenting!  Oh, and be sure to go check out the other great giveaways on Sew Mama Sew blog. 


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Improvisational Zipper Bag

My local MQG had a "improvisational zipper bag" exchange last week, so I thought I'd share the bag I made.

This is as improv as I get.  I had some B & C Happy Go Lucky wedges left over from a project, and thought they'd pair perfectly with Moda Linen.  I pieced the wedges, added the linen strips, backed it with fusible batting and a green print, and quilted it with simple straight lines.  For the back I just sandwiched linen, fusible batting and the green print; no quilting. 

I sewed on a zipper with tabs, top-stitched, turned with right sides together, sewed a 1/4" seam and finished the edges with a zigzag stitch.     

added a HGL fat quarter just for fun
I really do like how it turned out.  And seeing the other exchange bags was really fun.  You just can't have too many zipper bags.  : )

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Linking to Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday

Monday, April 13, 2015

Posie Patch Quilt Finish!

So happy to have this one finished! 

I started the top a few years ago when co-teaching a retreat class with my friend Christa.  I used some loved & hoarded Susan Branch/RJR fabrics from a few years prior.  It is still one of my favorite collections! 

The flowers are fused with Heat-n-Bond and machine-appliqued down. I quilted the 9-patches with curvy lines, and echo-quilted around the flowers.  I did a free-motion leaf design (which I often use) around the border. 

 I used one of my favorite text prints from Polka Dot Stitches by Lori Holt and Riley Blake on the back.  So cute, it has lots of stitch-y words and illustrations.  The binding is another Susan Branch/RJR print and is applied entirely by machine.  LoVe machine-finished binding.

Next up -- finishing my grandson's baby quilt (he's almost 3 months), a blouse and zipper pouch for my local MQG's swap.    

Pattern from the book Patches and Posies by Teri Christopherson 

Linking to:  Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday

Monday, November 24, 2014

Charm Pack Winner Is.....#37!

And #37 is Sonja Mclane!  (I had my son pick a number between 1 and 49.)  Send me your mailing address Sonja and I'll get it right out to you. 

Thanks to all who played along, your answers were so fun and diverse.  I apologize I haven't been able to answer each one personally. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Autumn Table Topper Finish & Giveaway

Yesterday I finished up a new table topper for fall.  Yay!   

It measures 31" square.  I used one charm pack and a solid creamy white for the background.  I love the modern color palette and prints of this collection (Autumn Woods by Kate & Birdie/Moda).  I backed it with a soft yellow print and bound it with a medium yellow, so I could use it for other seasons (like spring).  I machine quilted it in a crosshatch design and finished the binding by machine too.

It was so easy to put together.  I used the Moda Love pattern; it's available as a free download at the Moda website.  It comes in sizes for mini charms (2.5" squares), charms (5" squares), and 10" squares.  I really want to make one up in the 10" square size; a red and white one would be fun for Christmas.

Would you like to win your own Autumn Woods charm pack?  Just leave me a comment telling me what you'd make with it.  Winner will be chosen on Monday the 24th (yes, this Monday!) at 9pm PST.     (Sorry, due to higher int'l shipping costs, giveaway open only to those in the US.)

My "helper" - Snickers
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Linking to:  Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday
                     Sunny Simple Life Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 
                     Sew Many Ways Sew Darn Crafty 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Go Lucky Quilt Top Done & Another in the Works

It's been a little while since I finished this quilt top, but haven't shared it before now (I don't think?).  It's made up of simple strip-pieced pinwheel blocks (8" finished) using 18 Happy Go Lucky prints  (by Bonnie & Camille/Moda).  I really love the happy colors of the collection and how they look in the top.  Just one problem though; I used two different whites for the background - Bella White Bleached and Bella Bleached White.  Oops.  I couldn't remember which one I started with, and well, they look so similar in my sewing room, I didn't think it would matter much.  When I went to take a photo of the top outside - WOW - different story. 

Oh well, I still love it.  Not sure how I'm going to quilt it yet.  Maybe with straight or curvy lines, or a curvy design in the white areas. Have to give that some thought.

I strip-pieced the blocks using 2.5" strips, which left me with some pieced scraps, which I decided to turn into 4-patch units.

So, I went looking on Pinterest for ideas on how to use them, and found a few I liked.

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The layout right above is my favorite and the one I think I'll go with.  I'm thinking of making all of the star points solid red or navy to give it a modern touch.

Come see me on Instagram to see what else I'm working on.

Linking to:  Sew Many Ways Sew Darn Crafty
                  Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday
                  My Quilt Infatuation Needle and Thread Thursday
                  Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Great Pumpkin Quilt Finish

(Warning - lots of orange in this post)  Happy October!  Well, what's left of it.  I have a quilt finish to share today - yay!  It's a small lap size - 40" x 50" - perfect for my grandkiddos. 

(Sorry about the shady pic)
It's made with a Peanuts Halloween print which was too cute to cut up.  You can read more about the fabric and pattern here.  I backed it with a Riley Blake medium chevron in black and white, and machine-bound it in a solid black. 

I free-motion quilted the large open areas with my favorite wavy lines in orange thread, and echo-quilted in the black squares with black. 

Snickers approves.  

I also made this little potholder (or maybe snack mat?), while at our guild retreat last month.  I just took an orphan block, sandwiched it, quilted it with an elongated zigzag stitch, and bound it.  Fun little project.

Speaking of our annual guild retreat, I won this table topper a couple of years ago when the theme was Halloween.

Happy Halloween!

I love pumpkins.
Linking to:  Sew Many Ways Sew Darn Crafty
                  Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop Post

My good friend Christa of Christa Quilts asked if I'd like to participate in the Around The World Blog Hop.  I said sure!  Each hop post consists of answering a set of questions about the writer's creative process.  I'm always curious to know how others think, and I'm guessing you are too.  I was supposed to post this on Monday, but due to computer problems (ugh!), it had to wait until today. 

1.  What am I working on?  I am a quilter, but lately I've taken a little break from quilting to work on some simple projects.

Chevron tote

Moonflower tote/purse
Such instant gratification.  : )  I'd like to make some matching accessories next, like wallet, sunglasses case, tissue holder, etc.

Before making these bags, I started on a 16-patch quilt made from Moda Printemps fabrics.  It will be set 6 blocks x 6 blocks (72" square). 

I'll get back to it soon, maybe at the retreat I'm going to with Christa later this month.  Can't wait for that.  

2.  How does my work differ from others in its genre?  Doesn't everyone's?  I love how each person interprets a particular design differently.  Quilts that have vintage roots and modern style are my favorite to make.

3. Why do I create what I do?  I am a born sewer; I begged my mom to teach me at an early age (6, I think).  I began quilting when I took a continuing-education quilting class at the local university and decided to make my now grown daughter a baby quilt.  At first, I thought it was so much work! Of course, I was hooked and have been making them for myself and my family every since.

4. How does my creative process work?  I'll see a quilt or color combination that I like (I love Pinterest for this), and then think about how I'd interpret it. I rarely work with a pattern.  Whenever I make a quilt, it almost always takes me 3 times to get it right, with both the arrangement of the fabrics, and the quilting.  That frustrates me, and there's always a lot of ripping involved.  But, I've learned to accept that it's the way I work.  It doesn't seem to help to sketch it out first, makes no sense. ; )

I hope you enjoyed a little insight into my process. I'm tagging my good friend Linda at Linda's Tangled Threads, so look for her Around the World blog post next Monday.