Hello Friends and Happy Friday! So, I am sitting here waiting from some programs to download on my computer(I got a new computer yesterday!–yay!) and thought I’d shoot up a quick blog post while I wait. =)
So, no pretty pictures–I don’t really have any on this computer.
What I really wanted to post was a huge thank you to all of you who responded to my call for pattern testers!–I appreciate each one of you so much. I received hundreds of wonderful emails & comments from all over the world from ladies eager to be testers.
Thank you, thank you!
I wish I could have reached out to each and every one of you–and wish I would have the time to thank each one of you personally!
I have several ladies working on my current round of patterns and I will be adding all of you who expressed an interest in pattern testing for me into a data base to pull from as I design new patterns that need tested. So, if you didn’t hear from me over the last week, no worries–I will have more patterns I’ll need tested down the road. =)
Hello All! I hope everyone’s Monday is off to a great start! Here at the Yoder household it is off to a sleepy start. The Spring time change is never a welcome one here. It leaves us all tired, and slightly cranky. However, I am very thankful not to have to adjust a newborn to the time change any longer–that was even trickier! I am also excited to have temperatures nearing 50 today–that’s almost shorts weather here in Ohio folks! =p
By they way, I don’t have photos exactly pertaining to today’s topic so instead I am interspersing this post with some beautiful Moda fabrics for no other reason than that a blog post needs some pretty pictures!
Fresh Air Fabrics
January and February have proven to be very busy months. With Spring Quilt Market just a couple months away, I have kicked things into a higher gear. The reason for this is that I will be attending market again this Spring and I will be launching a new pattern line.
I can’t wait to share my patterns with you. =) Right now, they are in the testing phase and ready for some pattern testers. I would love to compile a list of readers who might be interested in pattern testing for me. Interested testers are those who love to make quilts, have an eye for detail, will give honest feedback, & can test the patterns quickly(within a 1 to 2 week turn around).
In return for your feedback, you would receive the complete collection of this set of patterns upon their release and perhaps a little fabric surprise. =)
If this sounds like something that might interest you, send me an email(just hit the pink “contact me” button on the top right of my page). I will be compiling a data base of testers and contacting several of you for this first round of patterns.
Happy Monday all! Fat Quarter Shop has teamed up with Art Gallery Fabrics to release a number of free patterns for you all this year. I was excited to be asked to participate in sharing the release of the first quilt pattern, Birchen.
For my quilt, I chose 2 fabrics from Petal and Plume (Panache in Fresco as well as Nib and Pluck in Zinnia) , Nature Elements in Green Tea, & Pure Elements in both Nocturnal & Linen White.
We were asked to make the blocks into whatever project we wanted to make. The original Birchen Quilt pattern is for a 72 1/2″ square quilt, which is what I planned to make when I started my project. I had my fabrics all cut out and was making the triangles for the blocks when my trusty Bernina of 15 years quit in mid-sew. Mind you, this was on Wednesday–just a couple days ago Wednesday.
I called my local Bernina shop and was able to get a same day appointment for Thursday to have the machine serviced and ready to go by Thursday afternoon. I was told to drop off the machine at 9 in the morning. So, I showed up the next morning to do so–but they were closed!–and remained closed for the 1/2 hour I waited there for them to open. I called at noon and they were still closed. Not sure what happened!
I decided to stop at my local Sew & Vac (after I couldn’t reach the Bernina shop at noon)–I’d heard great things about them. The folks that do the servicing were out of town but I was able to drop off my machine to have it looked at within the next few days–and they give out loaner machines to their customers to use while their machines are getting serviced.
So I have been using a wonderful Elna the last few days–it’s got all the bells and whistles. My girls think it’s a fancy machine and want me to get rid of my Bernina and buy the Elna. =) The Elna really has been a great machine to sew with over the past few days.
Because, my time was a bit more limited than I had planned for, I opted to make a Birchen mini–it finishes at approx. 36″ square and utilizes 2 of each of the blocks in a slightly different orientation than the original. And then I finished off the quilt with some simple straight line quilting.
Here’s a picture of the original Birchen Quilt pattern as designed by FQS. It features Hello Bear fabric by Bonnie Christine.
Kimberly and the gang at Fat Quarter Shop have put together quilt kits for the Hello Bear quilt which can be found here. The Birchen quilt pattern is a free pattern which you can find here. Don’t be alarmed by the number of triangles!–They are made using triangle on a roll paper and are such fun to make. If my sewing machine hadn’t conked out and my time cut so short, I definitely would have enjoyed making the large version.
In addition, Kimberly has put together a wonderful video to walk you through the making of this quilt.
At the end of last year, I purchased a bundle of Mimosa by Windham fabrics. I first saw peeks of it before Spring Quilt Market last year and knew it was a line that I wanted to have. I was disappointed that it wasn’t shown at spring market as it was one of the lines I was really looking forward to seeing in person.
Fast forward to this past fall when Mimosa came out. I knew I needed some of it because I planned to pair it with Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope. In my mind, I knew they would be beautiful all mixed up.
Mimosa by Windham Fabrics
However, it wasn’t until yesterday, that I actually opened up my Mimosa fabrics and pulled my Flea Market Fancy & Katie Jump Rope from my stash to see just exactly how well they played together.
Over on Instagram Soak Wash has a great Photo of the Day thing going on where you post a picture based on their word of the day. Yesterday’s word was “throwback”, so I figured between the reproduction feedsack prints & that FMF & KJR were printed from 2005-2007 that they fit the bill for my “throwback” photo. Does 10 year old fabric count as a throwback? =p
Flea Market Fancy & Katie Jump Rope
And, oh my!.. they are beautiful together in all their feedsacky goodness.
FMF/KJR on the left, Mimosa on the right
I have no idea what quilt pattern I will be using for these fabrics, nor when I will have time to make said quilt. But I am excited about it nonetheless!
Hello, Hello everyone!–First blog post of 2015..craziness! So what has been happening here at the Yoder household? Well, since my last post, we Christmassed & we New Yeared, got some stomach flu and some regular flu–battled some coughs(are still battling). Traveled to Sight & Sound in PA with the girls as a surprise Christmas gift(some of the stomach flu was happening then). Our little pup, Lilli, got really sick but she is much better now.
Some trunk shows happened, some classes were taught, a lot of great quilty friends were met, some meet-ups with blog readers were had. And of course plenty of sewing has gone on.
It’s been a busy start to what promises to be an exciting year.
If you follow me on IG (lmshabby the first letter is a lowercase L) or facebook you’ve seen snippets and pictures here and there of my Vintage Fancy Medallion quilt. This is an additional pattern I have designed as a companion pattern to Playful Petals.
Vintage Fancy finishes at 66″ x 66″ and features a little bit of everything; half square triangles, flying geese, and of course petal applique.
I machine quilted my quilt on my Bernina with only about 6″ of throat space–that was certainly a challenge–and a lot of bobbins!
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.
I used this tutorial to create several quick (and easy!) 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).
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.
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.
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)
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.
The completed runner measures 12″ x 36″ and will be a welcome addition to my coffee table.
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?
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.
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:
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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!
Photo Courtesy of Martingale, Photographer Brent Kane
And I especially love the story behind this quilt design–in Amber’s words:
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.
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!
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!: