More Spoonflower Fabric12.04.14

Spoonflower Fabric

The Spoonflower fabric I designed and had printed has arrived.  I think it turned out pretty cute and I was eager to turn it into handmade Christmas gifts.

The squares on this fabric are 2″–I designed it that way because I knew it’d be quick and simple to create cute patchwork by adding just a bit of machine quilting or hand quilting.  I decided I wanted to make some zippy pouches for teacher gifts/bus driver gifts etc.  Just tuck a little gift card inside along with a little lotion and lip balm and it’ll be a cute gift.

I pulled a few coordinating fabrics from my stash for the pouch linings.

Coordinates

I used this tutorial to create several quick (and easy!) zippy pouches.

Zippy Pouches

I played around a little bit with the machine quilting to add some easy snowflakes on one of the pouches(stitch #24 on my Bernina).

Snowflake Quilting

If you are interested in purchasing some of this fabric for your own projects you can find it here.

Are you working on any fun handmade Christmas gifts?

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Winged Blog Tour12.02.14

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Hello, Hello!–I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We made it through–complete with the requisite holiday germs.  What is it about holidays and the sickies?…almost seems like you can’t have one without the other!  The girls are mostly on the mend–with some lingering coughs..and I was lucky enough to not get hit with it until yesterday–only one holiday party had to be missed.  I call that a success! =)

A few weeks back, I shared this wonderful stack of fabrics.  All Bonnie Christine fabrics for Art Gallery–it’s a mix of Reminisce, Sweet as Honey, & Winged.  And they go so beautifully together.  As soon as Bonnie asked me to participate in the Winged blog tour (to showcase her latest line of fabric, Winged), I knew that I wanted to mix these collections together–it’s “sherbety” goodness.

Bonnie Christine

When, I first started my project for this blog tour I had something completely different in mind.  I was going to share a quilt top with you along with a quick tutorial.  However, when I finished up the quilt top a couple weeks ago, I was so happy with the way it turned out that I ended up submitting it to a magazine to be considered for publication.  There’s one elusive magazine I’ve had my eyes set on that I’m hoping to get into–so we’ll see what happens.

In the meantime, here’s a little peek at the quilt top.

Quilt top

So, that left me with a project still needing to be completed for today–and very little fabric left over with which to use.  I decided to make a table runner using my Stashbuster Blocks (1 & 2)

Runner

I added in a few more of the browns and charcoals from Sweet as Honey to add a bit more contrast.  I machine quilted the runner and surprisingly enough, I machine bound it as well.  The machine binding turned out very well, cutting my binding strips at 2 1/8″ instead of 2 1/4″ made a world of difference.  I almost always opt to hand stitch my binding–but decided to machine bind and it turned out wonderfully.

Quilting

The completed runner measures 12″ x 36″ and will be a welcome addition to my coffee table.

Binding

The Winged Blog Tour will be running through the 18th of this month.  Yesterday, Jo, shared her Winged project &  tomorrow Taylor will be sharing her project.

Are any of you working with Winged right now?–what are you making if so?

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Quiltmaker Giveaway Winner11.26.14

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Just popping in with the 100 Blocks giveaway winner!  It was comment #149, Nancy–and I just sent you an email.  Congrats!

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I’ve got so much to share with you all–but it will have to wait until next week.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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A Fantastic Package11.21.14

Rose Bag

Happy Friday Ya’ll!–I apologize for my slightly wrinkly picture!  I’ve been wanting to share this with you and I just couldn’t take the time to iron before snapping the pictures. =)  After running up to the school twice this morning before 9am–my time has gotten away from me.  How ironic is it that the girls and I left the house early this morning to pick up cans of food to drop off at the school for Share-A-Christmas only to realize that Chloe had forgotten her lunch at home. =p  So after running that back up to the school, my morning started a bit later than I had planned.

So, enough of that…let’s talk bloggy friends.  Do you remember this post where I was talking about some Winter stitching I would have loved to start–namely the Moda Tote given away at Fall Market.

There's no place like Moda

Well, not long after I shared that I would love to have one of those totes, Melissa of Happy Quilting contacted me to see if I might be interested in an extra tote that she had…say, what!  I was so excited to read that email!–We decided to do up a little swap for each other.  And I received this package of goodness last week:

Swap Package

Melissa totally rocked this swap package!  As I opened the package, I was thrilled with the tote and then I pulled out the book(It’s Modern Baby), then I delved a little bit further and there were the mini charms(and such good ones!), and then a charm pack.

Mini Charms

And the tote even included all of the Aurifil embroidery floss and needles to complete the stitching.  The one side of the bag has the roses stitchery and the other side says, “There’s no Place like Moda”.

Goodies

It was such a wonderful swap package to receive and I love every bit of it!  If you want to see what I sent over to Melissa, you can read about her swap package in this post.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Vintage Vibe Blog Tour11.20.14

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Today is my stop on the Vintage Vibe Tour–such a beautiful book!  I was excited when Amber, the mastermind behind the book Vintage Vibe  asked me to participate.

Growing Up

Photo Courtesy of Martingale, Photographer Brent Kane

I am such a sucker for beautiful photography in quilt books.  And this book not only has beautiful photography–a lot of great outdoor shots–but it has great quilts also.

Amber had each blog tour participant select a project from the book to share.  And I chose, Playing Favorites.  I’ve been on a churn dash kick lately(haven’t we all!) and this quilt is such a fun modern take on a traditional block…which I love!

Playing Favorites

Photo Courtesy of Martingale, Photographer Brent Kane

And I especially love the story behind this quilt design–in Amber’s words:

Quote

Amber’s Churn Dash is a lot bigger than you might think–over sized blocks along with the borders bring it to a roomy 73 1/2″ square.
A lot of bang for your buck.

Amber’s quilt reminded me that I have been meaning to work on some mini Churn Dash blocks–they’ve been on my to do list for awhile and “forced” me to cut into some of my Daysail fabrics.

Mini Churndash

You’ll be seeing more of these little guys!

And, now one last photo from the book–this quilt is Vintage Vibe.  And it might be my favorite picture in the book–but really, the photography and quilts are all just beautiful!!  Congratulations on a wonderful book Amber!

Vintage Vibe

Photo Courtesy of Martingale, Photographer Brent Kane

I hope you all will check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour–I hear there are some giveaways along the way!:

11/11/14 – April @ http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/
11/18/14 – The Fat Quarter Shop @ http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
11/20/14 – Corey @ http://www.littlemissshabby.com/  That’s Me! 
11/25/14 – Sherri @ http://www.aquiltinglife.com/
12/2/14 – Jodi @ http://www.pleasant-home.com/
12/11/14 – Heather @ http://quiltstory.blogspot.com/
12/16/14 – Andy @ http://www.abrightcorner.com/
12/23/14 – Melissa @ http://www.polkadotchair.com/
Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour11.19.14

My Block is in

It’s that time of year again!–Time for the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour.  I can’t believe that this is the 10th issue of this fantastic publication.  Quilty Pleasures is featuring great giveaways during the blog tour and listing all of the participants for each day so you will want to make sure to stop over there.

100 Blocks Cover

I was excited to make it onto the cover of this issue–it’s always fun seeing it there.  Can you guess which one it is?…. I’ll narrow it down for you:

Cover Block

But even more exciting, in my opinion was being block #1000!  I’ve got a thing for numbers but even if I didn’t, this one would be pretty cool.  Being at the end of the alphabet sometimes pays off. =p

Block 1000

This was such a fun block to design and make.  And, it’s a perfect Star Block for a little Christmas quilt if you are still looking for Christmas ideas… ;)

Block

That little mini star in the center is my favorite part.

Block Center

As always, I played around a bit with the block in EQ and this layout quickly became my favorite:

Serendipity Stars Quilt

It’s a very versatile block!–I hope you enjoy it!

Giveaway Time!

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Quiltmaker Magazine has generously offered to giveaway one copy of 100 blocks to one of my readers.  So it’s comment time–I want to know what present you are hoping for this year for Christmas.  Just leave your answer below to be entered into the giveaway.  I’ll draw a winner a week from today.

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Block of the Months11.17.14

I love getting a “fabric-y” package in the mail–even better if they arrive on a routine basis.  You’ve probably run across various Block of the Months here and there–Fat Quarter Shop always has an amazing one every year.  This year they are doing “Snapshots” which promises to be another good one.  I have participated in their designer mystery block of the month–FQS does BOM’s right!

It’s been a few years since I have joined in on a BOM–but this fall, I joined in on two…two different ones totally caught my eye.

Fig Tree Mystery BOM

Photo Courtesy of Fig Tree Quilts

First up is the Fig Tree Mystery Sampler BOM–unfortunately this one looks like it’s full but if it strikes your fancy, keep an eye out–occasionally Joanna will have a couple spaces open up.

I really have no idea what to expect with this one–it’s a 12 month program, featuring various Fig Tree fabrics and a few more thrown in.  The picture above was the first teaser I saw on Facebook/IG.  I’m not sure what size the blocks are and I don’t think the final size of the quilt is even decided yet.  I really just couldn’t pass up a fun scrappy mix of Fig Tree & Joanna’s promise of using her favorite blocks for this quilt.  The first block ships very soon so I’ll be sure to share it with you!

Sweetwater BOM

Photo Courtesy of Sweetwater

The 2nd one I have signed up for is Sweetwater’s Block of the Month.  This one is an embroidery block of the month!–For 6 months you will receive 2 “feedsack” type blocks that you can add as much or as little to as you desire.  You only receive the panels(I’m not sure what size they are)–you would need to supply all additional supplies(i.e. embroidery thread, fabrics etc.).  There is an option to purchase the fabric/backing needed to complete the quilt as shown when the fabrics ship in the Spring.

I first saw this quilt in photos from Fall Quilt Market–and I immediately went to the United Notions/Moda website to see if those adorable feedsack panels where part of their Feedsack line of fabric coming out in the Spring.  I was bummed when I couldn’t find them.  So, when this BOM popped up over on their blog I knew I needed to hop on this bandwagon.

You can still sign up for this BOM through the 20th of this month–so a couple more days.  Read more about the BOM here.

And a quick housekeeping note

As of my last post, I will be answering questions/commenting in the comment section of  my blog rather than via email.  I have always answered via email but decided to go the comments route to simplify things.

Happy Monday!

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Happy Monday!11.10.14

Fall Fabrics

We are kicking off another week over here at the Yoder’s.  After last week, I am happy to move into this week.  We had a few fun things last week, hubby’s 40th birthday & our 17th wedding anniversary.  But some not so goods as well, most of which happened on Friday–our fridge quit working, our water heater quit working, and our garage door opener quit working….Friday was a little bit pricey! =p  There was some other drama thrown in there last week for good measure as well.

So needless to say, I am happy to move onto another week–and very thankful for friends(and moms) who will listen!

This morning, while I was waiting for the refrigerator repair guy to show up(btw, totally thankful that he has shown up already and I don’t have to wait here for him all day!–love when they show up at the beginning of the “window” rather than the end!), I had some time to play with some fabrics and pulled some fallish purples/mustards/browns.  I always forget how much I enjoy pulling fabrics–and sharing them with you all.  It’s always very intriguing to me the fabrics others choose to pair together.

I also took a little bit of time yesterday to work on a patchwork Christmas cheater print.

Christmas Cheater for Blog

I thought it might be fun to have something cute to make some festive Christmas items–and I wanted something I could add some hand stitching to.  So, I designed this print yesterday afternoon and sent it off to Spoonflower to have it printed.  I’m excited to see how it turns out–it’ll arrive in a couple weeks.  Chloe also played around and designed a fabric on Saturday–so I ordered a Fat Quarter of that as well–she’s excited to see how it turns out. =)

So, that’s what’s going on here–hope your week is off to a great start! =)

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Vintage Fancy Quilt11.05.14

Quilt

I’ve been working on my Vintage Fancy quilt this week.  Yesterday was spent making and attaching the grey border along with the flying geese border.  Just a couple more borders to go and I will call this one done.

Medallion

It has been a very enjoyable project!

In other news, look what showed up in my mailbox today.

Daysail

A Daysail Moda scrap bag!  I love working with Moda Scrap bags and in fact have worked with a number of them over the years.  I made this strippy quilt using a Bliss Scrap Bag along with aqua and white yardage–you can read more about this quilt here.

Bliss Quilt

Bliss Quilt

And I made a little zippy chevron pillow using a Fig Tree scrap bag–more on that one here.  And I came across these string blocks I was working on also using a Scrap Bag–that one is a Martinique scrap bag.

If you aren’t familiar with Moda’s Scrap Bags, you really need to check them out.  They are made up of the strips left over from cutting fabrics for precuts(FQ bundles, Layer Cakes, F8 bundles etc.).   Usually all the strips in one bundle are from one line of fabric but occasionally they are from different lines of fabric–the strips vary in size–2″-3″ or so wide by around 30″ long.  And, if you are lucky you can snag them before precuts and yardage of the fabric come out–like I did with Daysail!  They are such a fun potluck surprise. =)

And lastly, the winners of the Make Modern Magazine Giveaway are comment #30 & #85.

Winner #1

Winner #2

Congrats Jean & Kelly!–I have sent you both an email. =)

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Quilty Stitches Feature and Giveaway11.03.14

Make Modern Issue 2

A couple months ago the folks over at Make Modern, a new digital Australian based magazine, asked me if they could feature Quilty Stitches in an upcoming issue of their magazine…What fun!

Issue 2 of Make Modern was just released on November 1 and with it, a Quilty Stitches Feature.  The powers that be over at the Make Modern headquarters have kindly offered to give away three individual digital issues for 3 winners. =)

Preview

I haven’t had a chance to peruse my copy yet but I have scoped out all of the preview pics of issue 2 and it looks great!  You can check out the preview pics here.

So, I’m giving away 2 issues here on my blog–I want to know your favorite hand project you will be working on this winter.  Here are a couple that have recently caught my eye:

This Alphabet cross stitch sampler by Stitchrovia looks so fun!–You can find the pattern on Etsy.

Stitchrovia

Image courtesy of Stitchrovia on Etsy

The 2nd hand project that has recently caught my eye is one that I couldn’t find a great picture of easily.  I’ve seen it popping up here and there on instagram.  It’s an adorable little tote bag that Moda fabrics gave out at Quilt Market–it’s not available to purchase as far as I know but it’s oh so cute!!  The tote came with the threads needed to do all of the hand stitching on the bag.  There is a beautiful flower design on one side and on the other it says “There’s no place like Moda”–so cute!  This was the best picture I could find to give you a little bit of an idea of the design.

Moda Project

By the way, that is the front cover of the digital issue of Piece.  If you didn’t already know, Moda puts out a fun little digital catalog featuring the new and upcoming fabric lines several times a year.  You can find the newest issue here if you want to browse fabrics coming out in the next several months.  Keep in mind you can’t buy the fabrics here–you’ll need to ask for them at your local quilt shop and the new collections featured won’t be available for purchase until Spring 2015.

If anyone comes across or has an extra one of these little lovely totes I would loooove to take it off your hands!! =)

So, those are the 2 most recent projects that have caught my eye in the world of hand work.

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Giveaway is now Closed.

If you’d like a chance to win a digital copy of Make Modern magazine, leave me a comment below letting me know your current hand work project or one you would like to give a whirl.  I’ll draw two winners sometime this week.  If you follow me on IG @lmshabby I’m giving away the 3rd copy over there. =)

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