July 14, 2018

Spelling Bee Saturday

Today's Spelling Bee Saturday is brought to you by the "at sign". I'm sharing today with the awesome Kristyne of Pretty by Hand who is making the ampersand. I think both of these are my favorite punctuation marks, along with the exclamation point!!! :)




You can find this cute block in the book Spelling Bee Saturday by Lori Holt. Once again, Lori has written a wonderful book full of super cute projects. But for me, the most important thing is how Lori writes her patterns. They are so easy to follow and almost fool proof. Even a beginning quilter can make a fun block!!




I made the 12" block and am thinking it might become a cute pillow to put on my office desk chair. It is such a cute reminder of how much fun I have on instagram where I use the @ symbol several times a day! I used fabrics from Lori's Sew Cherry and Modern Minis. The graph paper print is one of my favorites!


 There are so many projects that can be made with these cute letters and blocks! The book is available here. If you want to see lots of cute projects with these letters take a look here!




July 13, 2018

Seaside


Happy Summer!! I am so excited to be here to share the cute new fabric "Seaside" by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake. The colors and prints are so cute, and this summer I am loving all things red, white and blue!

It was so fun pulling out all the cute red. white and blue fabrics to work on a few fun projects. I knew the first thing I wanted to make was a knitter's size "weebrawbag". It is the perfect size to hold all my sock knitting projects and these fabrics make it perfect for seaside, or in my case, poolside knitting.

You can find the weebrawbag pattern here. It is so fun to make, and a great way to play with all the cute Seaside prints!!

The next little project I wanted to make was a cathedral window pincushion. I haven't made one in over a year and had to refresh my memory. So I went here for the tutorial by the super talented Go Go Kim!





I forgot how much I love making these, and fabric buttons are totally my jam!!



The last project I made was a cute little mug rug. The sails are actually pockets that you could tuck a tea bag in to send to a tea drinking friend. I also found it useful to keep track of my wonder clips while I'm quilting! I found the pattern here and modified it to make a small mat.

I hope you have as much fun sewing with Seaside as I did. You definitely need some of this cute fabric in your life!!



November 4, 2017

Spelling Bee Saturday


Today's Spelling Bee Saturday is brought to you by the letter "d". I'm sharing today with cute Holly Draney on instagram who is making the upper case "D".

You can find this cute block in the book Spelling Bee Saturday by Lori Holt. Once again, Lori has written a wonderful book full of super cute projects. But for me, the most important thing is how Lori writes her patterns. They are so easy to follow and almost fool proof. Even a beginning quilter can make a fun block!!


I decided to make my block into a project bag for my knitting. Because "d" is for debbie!! (I love lower case letters!!) I made a the smaller lower case block and added my favorite 2.5" squares to make a patchwork block. I used a cute floral print from Dear Diary by Riley Blake for the letter backed with linen.






There are so many projects that can be made with these cute letters and blocks! The book is available here. If you want to see lots of cute projects with these letters take a look here!

May 12, 2017

What's New?

Hello! It seem ages since I've been here. Instagram is a very bad thing as it's so easy to share pretty photos there. But I do miss being here with those of you who aren't on Instagram, or those who like reading a bit more about the behind the scenes of the the photos.



Since we last chatted, sewing mojo up and left the building. But that doesn't mean there wasn't anything crafty happening. I picked up the knitting needles and had a wonderful times with lots of lovely yarn. Sock knitting is so addictive and the perfect winter night activity. Knitting has also led to the discovery of knitting podcast!!! Oh my!! So much inspiration! My favorites are the lovely ladies in the UK who really make the most beautiful things. You can find the podcasts on You Tube. Be sure to check out the lovely Jooles from Sew Sweet Violet.

Now that Spring has arrived, and along with it, more wonderful light, the urge to sew is starting to come back.


I am slowly but surely stitching together the amazing Dwell blocks I received during a swap I participated in last summer. So many talented quilters participated in the swap and I am thrilled to have samples of their incredible work.


I have also been stitching up project bags for my knitting. They are so much fun to make and I have to admit to matching my bags to my current project.  Bonnie and Camille fabrics remain my absolute favorite. This bag is from a kit by Sew Lux fabrics as part of their year long Pouch Club.


This boxy pouch is my latest project. I used a tutorial by Kelbysews that was so easy. You should check it out if you are inspired to make one. The fabric is Sew and Sew by Moda. Isn't it so summery??

It's hard to believe that Memorial Day is just a few weeks away and the unofficial start of Summer will be here. I'm looking forward to lots of time at the pool, wearing flip flops and drinking iced tea. I've discovered a new favorite. I brew up a cup of peach tea. Bigelow or Celestial are both yummy. Then I add a tablespoon of Torani Vanilla Syrup. Yum! Delicious either hot or iced.

Let me know what you've been up to! Be back soon! xoxo


November 18, 2016

Quilt Petite Blog Hop


Thanks for stopping by today for my turn on the Quilt Petite Blog Hop.  I've admired Sedef ever since I saw her adorable projects on her blog years and years ago! This girl knows cute!! Her attention to detail is amazing and she always chooses the perfect fabrics for her projects which makes me one of her biggest fans!
 
I was super excited when she announced that she was writing a book with Tuva Publishing and could not wait for it to be published. With her amazing projects and lovely photography, I knew this was a book not to be missed! When it arrived it my mailbox I wasn't disappointed!  Quilt Petite is chock a block full of the cutest projects.   Both beginner and pro quilters will find something they will love making. The directions are all clearly written and all of the templates are included and are FULL SIZE!! Can I get a YAY!!!!

It took forever to decide what I wanted to make, but in the end I knew it would be pinwheels.

I love pinwheels and could make them over and over again. These little cuties were super fun to make, and I decided to make a pillow to match a quilt I made earlier this summer. I used First Blush by Windham fabrics and am really happy with it's vintage vibe. I love the little detail of the appliqued circles. While I love the look of hand quilting and hand stitching, I do not have the patience it requires. I used raw edge applique and my favorite wavy quilting and am happy with the results.




The blog hop continues until December 11th and there is an amazing group of  talented bloggers sharing what they have made from the book.

November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane
November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art
November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place
November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth
November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt
November 11: Minki at Minki's Work Table
November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork
November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama
November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy
November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs
November 16: Amy at Nana Company
November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave
November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew
November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl
November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet
November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design
November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut
November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot
November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox
November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew
November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane
November 28: Kate at The Homemakery
November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon
November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac
December 1: Anorina at Samelia's Mum
December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric
December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made
December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This
December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand
December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs
December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz
December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen
December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

October 21, 2016

First Blush Blog Hop


The winner is legato158!!!! Congratulations!!!
Happy Friday!! Welcome to my stop on the First Blush Blog Hop!


I was excited to be invited to be a part of the blog hop and fell in love with my first glimpse of First Blush!  I received my bundle of fabric in the middle of summer and it was perfect timing. This adorable fabric just says summer and vintage!! The prints are so fun and bias GINGHAM!!!!! The colors just make my heart sing!


I have always wanted to make the Vintage quilt from the book Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley, but decided that a baby quilt would be perfect. I did a little quilty math to change the size of the block and set out to work. The blocks are so fun to make and I love the way they show off the cute prints.  I used my go to wavy quilting and scrappy binding and "voila" instant vintage baby quilt!!!

First Blush makes a great addition to any fabric stash. It has the scrappy happy look that I love. I cannot wait to make more cute things with this fabric.


I hope my little quilt inspires you to make something adorable with First Blush
Here is more inspiration for you. These are all the other stops on this hop!!! 


 October 10 – Chris Dodsley Made by Chrissie D
 October 11 – Sinta at Pincushion
 October 12 -  Fat Quarter Shop
October 13- Windham/Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine
 October 14- Jennie at Clover and Violet
 October 15- Aurifil- Erin Sampson
 October 16- Tina Egner
 October 17 – Pretty by Hand
 October 18 – Allison Harris
 October 19 – Erin Cox
 October 20 – Angie Wilson Gnome Angel
October 21 – Debbie at happy little cottage
 October 22 – Heidi Staples
October 23 – Leanne Elliott
 October 24- Greg Jones Grey Dogwood Studio
 October 25- Wendy Sheppard Ivory Spring
 October 26 – Stephanie Lynn Denton
 October 27 – Lisa Ruble

EDITED: COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED! Ready for more fun???  On each stop of the hop, Windham Fabrics is giving away a First Blush fat quarter bundle PLUS a small thread box of First Blush from Aurifil!  To enter today's giveaway, leave me a comment with your favorite quilt pattern. Contest closes Thursday, October 27th and is open to all. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments posted on blog posts and will be announced Friday, October 28th.

Good luck and happy sewing!!!



September 29, 2016

Sweet Stars Sew Along


Hi!! I am the last stop on the Sweet Stars Sew Along and I am going to help you get the binding on your quilt!!



This Sweet Stars Quilt was designed by the amazing Peta from She Quilts A Lot. You can find a copy of the pattern in her shop and the Fat Quarter Shop has kits available if you want everything in one neat package!!

I decided to use four of the cute blocks from Peta's pattern and make a quick table topper for the holidays!


There are an abundance of binding tutorials online. And I mean a TON!  So I’m going to show you how I machine bind my quilts to look for an almost hand sewn look. This is the way I do it and I hope you may get a few tips and tricks that will help you. I am sure as you practice this technique, you will find ways that make it easier for YOU!

I bind all my quilted projects this way and over years of practice it has almost become second nature and pretty fast for me.  Hand stitched bindings are lovely, but when making items for sale, time is of the essence and I am confident that  my machine bound quilts can withstand lots of trips through the washer and drier and use from the recipients.

First you’ll need to square up the edges of your quilt.  I cut my binding strips 2.25″ x the width of the fabric and trim off the selvages.  To figure out how many strips you’ll need, add up the length in inches of all four sides of your quilt plus 20 inches.  Next divide that number by 42″ which is generally the width of the fabric. I usually cut an extra strip as I would rather have too much than run short.



Lay your fabric strips right sides together as shown, sew a diagonal seam from corner to corner, trim the corner, and repeat until all of the binding strips are sewn together into one long strip.  Then press that whole long strip in half, wrong sides together.

Using a walking foot, sew the binding onto the quilt FRONT first. Pin  the binding to a side of the quilt, matching the raw edges and leaving about a 10″ tail. I use Clover Wonder Clips instead of pins and it is so much easier!  Start sewing using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Keep sewing until you reach a corner, and stop stitching and back stitch 1/4″ before the corner/next side of the quilt…it’s important to get that 1/4″ of  space at the end!  Lift the binding strip up as shown making  a diagonal fold, then placel the binding strip back down creating a fold at the top and pin.   Start sewing down the next side.

When you get back to the beginning, stop sewing about 10″ from where you started, leaving a  tail. Fold the bindings to meet in the middle and finger press to leave a crease.  Open the strips, and match the crease marks and pin the strips right sides together.  Sew down the crease marks, trim after you've made sure it's sewn correctly, and press the seam.  Place the strip back on the quilt and finish sewing.

Next turn the quilt over and we’re going to stitch the binding down onto the BACK of the quilt.
Choose a place to start, and fold the binding strip over until it’s PAST the 1/4″ seam line and pin.  This part is super important!!!! If you don’t pull the binding edge past that seam line you will get stitches in your binding on the front and we want to avoid that at all costs!!I use my iron and press the binding away from the quilt and over to the front side. Then I use my wonder clips to hold everything in place.

Sew right along the edge of the binding on the back making sure you are sewing to the left of the seam line.  Just make sure that you have pulled the binding well past the seam line and stay really close to the edge as you stitch.

Keep sewing until you reach a corner, stop 6″ before the corner, fold the bottom edge up, then the side edge over creating a nice mitered corner and pin.  Sew to the corner, leave your needle down and turn to sew down the other side. 

Keep on sewing until you’re back at the start and you’re done! If you did it right your binding will look amazing!! All you will see is a nice straight line of stitches in the quilt, and it blends with your quilting.

Doesn't the binding look ALMOST handstitched from the front?? I hope you'll give this a try when you have a stack of projects to bind and a short amount of time!! It works well on mini quilts and pillows too!

Happy sewing!