August 26, 2016

Summer Sewing

Hope you don't mind a little mindless conversation. Most of my blog posts lately have been for blog tours and promotions which is fun, but this post is just me rambling. :)

Summer is almost over. I still have a ton of things on my "want to do before summer ends" list.

1. Go to Farmers' Market for corn and tomatoes.
2. Go to the beach.
3. Go on a bike ride.



I have gone to the pool as much as possible. Went to the Summer Market. Went to an Indians game. Went to Soak City. Discovered yummy ice cream cones in the frozen section at Aldi.

And spent a lot of time sewing. In the air conditioning. Because it has been hot and humid. Like summer should be. It's nice not being on a school schedule as I can stretch summer all through the month of September, which is the BEST month in northeast Ohio.

I've joined a swap and a block exchange. Because I needed to remember how FUN sewing is and the connections that can be made from it. The quilting community on Instagram has so many amazing quilters who are so generous of their time. Organizing a swap is no small task!




I am super excited about the Dwell Swap. I made 20 identical houses over the summer (well, mostly during the Summer Olympics) and these are the full size houses. So that I will have an actual quilt when I receive all the blocks and stitch them together. I am already looking forward to finsihing this fun project. The blocks are due on 8/31 and I finished AHEAD of time!! Me, the queen of procrastination finished a whole week early!!! All of the swappers are sewing with Bonnie and Camille fabrics, and as I was stitching my polka dot Ohio Stars and aqua quirky houses, I realized how much I love Bonnie and Camille fabrics. Ruby is the fabric that started my love of quilting and their fabric never fails to inspire me. I think Little Ruby was perfect for this project!








I also joined a block exchange. Again all the blocks are made with Bonnie and Camille, and this is so fun and just for me! These are spring star blocks for my first exchange and I am officially addicted to making 12" blocks. Some successfully and





others not so much. I need to remember to read ALL the directions. Cutting with a dull rotary blade is another NO NO!! I didn't realize how much a dull blade can throw off the accuracy of your pieces!! Wow!! Making these blocks makes me remember why I love patchwork. For me it's all about color!!
I love this great granny block and want to make an entire quilt from these blocks. This one has at least one square from Bonnie and Camille fabrics starting with Bliss and ending with Little Ruby. Can't wait for Handmade to arrive!! These blocks will end up in one of my quilts. Not perfect enough to send to someone, but still lovely enough to use.



I love summer, but have to admit that I look forward to pumpkin spice everything. This is probably the 4th or 5th time that I've made this pumpkin block from Vintage Farmgirl. I am always amazed at how much orange I have in my scrap bins!! I'm still hopelessly head over heels with stitch 22.

If you've gotten this far, thank for stopping by and hope you're still enjoying the last bits of summer!!

August 22, 2016

Sew Illustrated Blog Tour


I remember the very first time I saw one of Minki's posts on IG. It was love at first sight and I had to see more of her work. I followed her feed right away, and then one day she posted a picture of a basket full of the cutest pincushions I had ever seen. I bravely sent her a message asking if she would want to trade one of her pincushions for one of mine. 
Much to my delight, she answered right away saying she would be happy to have one of my pincushions. Her little pincushion has place of honor on my sewing table and I look at it every day.


Through Minki I also got to "meet" Kristin who is one of the nicest ladies on Instagram!! Imagine my excitement when I found out they were writing a book all about Minki's sewing illustrations so that we could try it ourselves!! I was even more excited when they asked me to be a part of their blog tour! The book is absolute eye candy on each and every page, and it will be hard to decide where to start first!


I knew right away that I wanted to make a few of the pincushions to share with some of my sewing friends, as well as a cute mug rug!!


All of the projects in the book are fun to make and have step by step instructions to help you along the way. Before long you will find yourself wanting to make all the things!!


The projects are designed for machine stitching, but can easily be done by hand if that is your joy.

This was my favorite project!


I mean how cute are those tea cups??? I used a mix of linen and Hello Darling for all of my projects
and love the combination! I couldn't resist adding a bit of ric rac trim!!


The more you stitch, the better the results. Though I love Minki's philosophy that it doesn't have to be perfect. She recommends using an open toe foot so that you can easily see your stitching. I don't have one (yet) so my stitching isn't as nice as I would like.


The timing could not be more perfect because now you can stitch the cutest Christmas gifts ever!!

Here is a list of inspiration! So many talented ladies are sewing along, each with their own amazing style!!
August 15: C&T Publishing
August 16: Amy at nanaCompany
August 17: Wynn at zakkaArt
August 18: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane
August 19: Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar
August 20: Amy at chick chick sewing
August 21: Stacy at Stacy Olson
August 22: Debbie at happy little cottage
August 24: Faith at Sarana Ave
August 25: Ayda at  cafenohut
August 26: Melissa at Oh, how sweet
August 27: Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon
August 28: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
August 29: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations
August 30: Nadra at ellis & higgs
August 31: Kristyne at pretty by hand
September 1: Elnora on Instagram
September 2: Jennie at Clover and Violet
September 3: Auribuzz
September 4: Minki at Minki’s Work Table and Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast

Happy Sewing!!

August 2, 2016

Posy Garden Blog Tour

Hello there! I am super excited to be a part of the Posy Garden Blog Tour!! In case you don't know, Posy Garden is the latest fabric designed by the amazing Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Designs.


I've had the pleasure of sewing with this fabric for most of the summer, and there couldn't be a prettier fabric to sew with!


A million ideas went through my mind and I really wanted to make all the the things! But I knew for sure that I wanted to make a Sew Together Bag with this adorable fabric.


My favorite part of making Sew Together Bags is designing the exterior. The insides are always pretty much the same, but the exterior can be almost anything you would like. It's a fun way to play with patchwork on a small scale. I used 3" mini granny squares to start with, and added cute patchwork borders. I really love the navy blue as binding.


I also made a baby quilt using this pattern. I found out that a friend of mine is going to have a sweet baby granddaughter, and her daughter's favorite colors just happen to be all the colors of Posy Garden. Pinwheels on a crisp white background is possibly one of my most favorite quilt designs.

I added a 2.5" border all the way around and once again I used my favorite wavy quilting and am happy with the texture and feel of the quilt.

I used the navy blue dot as a binding on the quilt too! It keeps it from being too girly and little more modern. Just like the baby's mama!

There are lots of amazing bloggers making lots of cute things with Posy Garden! Here is the list so you can be inspired!!


Monday, August 1st: My Sewing Haven with Carla Peicheff
Tuesday, August 2nd Happy Little Cottage with Debbie Homick
Tuesday, August 2nd The Family Hearth with Bridgette McNay
Wednesday, August 3rd Fort Worth Fabric Studio with Lindsey Weight
Wednesday, August 3rd Happy Quilting Melissa with Melissa Corry
Thursday, August 4th Pretty By Hand with Kristyne Czepuryk
Thursday, August 4th Out of the Blue with Sondra Davison
Friday, August 5th Samelia’s Mom with Anorina Morris
Friday, August 5th Free Time Frolics with Adrienne Woods
Monday, August 8th Flamingo Toes with Bev McCullough
Monday, August 8th Silly Mama Quilts with Brooke Sellmann
Tuesday, August 9th Snickerdoodle Stew with Jessica Stewart
Tuesday, August 9th A Little Patchwork with Ange Hamilton
Wednesday, August 10th Ameroonie Designs with Amy Chappell
Thursday, August 11th One Little Pooh with Tina
Thursday, August 11th Jedi Craft Girl with Amanda Neiderhauser
Friday, August 12th Stitching Revival with Christine Cook

Happy sewing!!


July 27, 2016

Holiday Wishes Blog Tour



Happy Halloween! Happy Holidays!! I am so excited to be a part of the Fat Quarter Shop's Blog Tour for the really fun book by Sherri Falls called Holiday Wishes! The book has 12 fun projects for you to make your own!!


This book is definitely Christmas themed, but as you can see, you can take almost any of these projects and make them for any holiday, or just for every day.


I LOVE Halloween and decided to use one of the Midnight Clear blocks and make a fun accent pillow. I love the way it looks with a quilt I made ages ago!!


I chose some cute Halloween prints from Blend Fabrics and my stash, and added a 2.5" border all the way around to make a 16" square pillow cover. A simple envelope back finishes it off.

Be sure to head over to The Jolly Jabber to see all the other super fun projects made by the talented bloggers on this blog tour!!

July 22, 2016

Pixie Noel Blog Tour


Happy Friday!! It's my turn on the Pixie Noel Blog Tour and Sophie and I are so excited to share this super cute fabric from Tasha Noel and Riley Blake Designs with you!!

I have been a fan of Tasha Noel's fabric since the very first time I laid my eyes on The Simple Life. I recently used my very last scrap of that adorable fabric and was sad. But not for long. Tasha asked if I would like to be a part of the blog tour, and I instantly knew what I wanted to make!

These prints are so perfect for fussy cutting, and I knew that a cathedral window pillow would be the perfect project. I used the awesome tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Company for the pillow. I started out with 3 1/2" squares because I wanted all of the cute designs to be a part of the fussy cutting. I think I prefer this method of cathedral windows as it is easier to get your points to line up and almost no chance of raw edges popping through. I used Pellon SF-101 on the backside of the panel to keep things nice and neat and give more structure to the pillow front. The polka dot fabric is Swiss Dots by Riley Blake.

The back of the pillow is a standard envelope enclosure and the pillow finishes at 18" square.

Once I finished the pillow, I really wanted to make another Moda Love Quilt. I used a combination of Pixie Noel and coordinating Riley Blake basics and cut them into charm size squares.

I used my most favorite method of quilting which is stitch 22 on my Brother machine, and stitched about 1" apart. I LOVE the texture it gives my finished projects. I may never quilt another way!!

I still need to add the cute striped binding and love the way this looks in my daughter's room, but I think this will look so cute as either a baby quilt for a Christmas baby or as a fun table topper for your dining room!

Here is a list of the Blog Tour full of lots of amazing projects using Pixie Noel!

7/18 Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts
7/19 Taunja of Carried Away Quilting
7/20 Angel & Amy of TaDa! Creations
7/20 Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane
7/21 Tina of Emily Ann's Closet
7/22 Debbie of Happy Little Cottage
7/22 Megan of Dolly Henry
7/25 Heather of Vintage Grey Handmade
7/25 Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl
7/26 Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon
7/26 Angela of A Little Patchwork
7/27 Andy of A Bright Corner
7/27 Lindsay of The Cottage Mama
7/28 Wynn of Zakka Art
7/28 Kerry of Kid Giddy
7/29 Christine of Stitching Revival
7/29 Tasha of A Little Sweetness


I hope you'll have as much sewing with Pixie Noel as we did!!










July 11, 2016

Pretty Playtime QAL - Week 9



Hello!  It's week 9 of the Pretty Playtime Quilt Along and it's my turn to sew along with you.


Elea Lutz has a sweet new book out called Pretty Playtime Quilts. For 16 weeks, the Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a blog tour featuring a new block each week from the Garden Fairy sampler quilt from the book, featuring her latest fabric collection, Strawberry Biscuit.

The book contains 15 different block patterns for the Sampler quilt and there is also six additional projects made from the fun variety of block patterns. I love that it is spiral bound for easy use!!


I have been so inspired by all things summer lately, so I'm excited that this week we are making the super cute strawberries. This a fun block to play with your red and pink fabrics!! I am using a mix of Pam Kitty Morning and Red polka dots for my blocks.


You will be working with lots of triangles for this block, so remember to be gentle with your fabric, and PRESS, don't iron your pieces. This adorable block finishes at 12.5".



There are so many cute, unique blocks in this quilt and would so amazing as a scrappy happy quilt or the Fat Quarter Shop has a Garden Fairy Sampler kit if you would like to make your own using Elea’s Strawberry Biscuit fabric.

Each week the Fat Quarter Shop's blog the Jolly Jabber is featuring one of the blocks from the book made by a different quilter. Here's a list for you to follow along:

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorian from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage (that's me)
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

Happy Sewing!!

July 1, 2016

Spools on Parade Pouch and Pincushion


Happy Friday! Here we are at the start of a long holiday weekend, and to me, the mid point of Summer. Summer has been a huge distraction this year. There is so much I want to do to enjoy these lovely, bright and long days. I crave light and sunshine and want to take advantage of these few months. So some of my sewing hasn't gone as planned (Weekender Bag, cough cough). Sometimes the best laid plans get pushed aside, and this was one of them. Chrissy has been sewing and has updated her blog with her bag progress.

I have been sewing here and there and if you want a fun project, head here to grab a kit or pattern. The kit comes complete with everything you need to make a cute pouch and pincushion. You only need to add a zipper and cute zipper charm.

Sew and Sew by Chloe's Closet for Moda is just the most adorable and summer fabric imaginable. The colors remind me of frozen sorbet in all different flavors. These are must have in your stash.






The back of my bag was a happy accident, and I love the back of my pincushion. That measuring tape print is perfect for everything!!

I hope you all have an amazing 4th of July! God Bless America!!