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Starflower Pillow03.28.14

Starflower Pillow

Julie, over at The Crafty Quilter, gave a wonderful review of Playful Petals.  In her review, she shared a pillow she made using the Starflower pattern.  And I love it so much!

Starflower

From her fabric choices(love the Strawberry Fields fabrics in there), to the amazing quilting:

Starflower Center

This pillow is just too cute!  It totally makes me want to make the Starflower quilt in this color way & add feathers!  If you’d like to make one of your own you’ll find the pattern in Playful Petals. ;)

Here is a quick shot of my original pillow featured in the book:

Starflower

We’ve been enjoying spring break over here but I did manage to draw a giveaway winner from last weeks’ giveaway. =)

Winner

Alice, you are the winner of a copy of Playful Petals and Pillow Cover.  Look for my email soon!

Giveaway Winner

Thanks again everyone for all of your wonderful feedback about Playful Petals!

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Let’s Talk Applique + Giveaway!03.20.14

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I haven’t talked about my book a lot because, quite frankly, it makes me nervous to do so! =)  This was the last way I thought I might feel when at long last it is available to purchase.

I remember when I started the writing process, Chloe was starting 2nd grade, and I knew she would be almost done with 3rd grade when I would finally have a copy in my hands.  And now it’s here…and I didn’t realize I would feel anything other than excitement.  I didn’t realize how much I would feel like I am totally putting myself out there–makes me nervous! =)

Pillows

Today, I thought I might share a bit about what led me to write a book about applique.

When I began making quilts about 15 years ago, I was drawn to applique right from the start.  This is the 2nd pieced quilt I made(the first was a ragtime quilt).

First Applique Quilt

My fabric choices sure have changed! =)  I continued making quilts for several years often incorporating applique into them.  When my oldest daughter Chloe came along, I veered off into appliqued clothing for a number of years when I started my children’s clothing business, Little Miss Shabby.

I started with simple applique pieces but quickly realized that I enjoyed designing more complex designs and custom pieces.

My custom work varied a lot–I did a lot of pieces for clients traveling to Disney who wanted something special for their daughter.  I think it’s important to note that these are not done using an embroidery machine!–They are all appliqued on my little old Bernina.  I drew up the design, hand cut all of the pieces, fused them into place and satin stitched around them using a tight zigzag stitch and then hand painted the faces.

Ariel Applique

Disney Custom

Sometimes a client would want a special character they were unable to find elsewhere:

Little Einsteins

SuperWhy

Or sometimes, something for a themed event.

Fall Custom

Ballet custom

As much as I loved designing all sorts of custom clothing for my clients, the workload was a little bit intense at times and I stepped back from the business when my daughter Elonie was born.

At that time I realized that I hadn’t made a quilt for several years, and thought this would be a great project to keep me busy during those rare down times between keeping a home and caring for a 3 year old and a newborn.

I soon found out that my love of designing had me wanting to try my hand at designing quilts and pillows–often featuring applique.

Cathedral Window Birdie Pillow

Chirp Pillow

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Cover Girl Pillow

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Appliqued Hexagons

Appliqued Hexagons

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Over the many years the one thing that I hear most often in regard to applique is “Applique!–Oh I could never do that!–it’s too hard.”  And I am always surprised by how many people are so intimidated by it!

So, I wanted to create a book that would give anyone the skills to start to applique with success.

One of the intimidating things about applique are all the different terms:  fusible web, raw edge, needle turn, freezer paper, add a seam allowance, reverse templates.  How does one begin to sift thru all the information?

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Playful Petals focuses on just one shape and one type of applique.  It’s the quickest and most simple form of applique.

The book includes 9 quilts and 9 pillows.  Each quilt has an accompanying pillow made using the same block as the quilt.  That way you can try out and master the applique on a small project before jumping in to making a larger quilt.

Playful Petals

I love how the book turned out.  I think it’s a wonderful introduction to applique but it also includes a lot of great information for anyone wanting to improve on their applique skills.  The Stash imprint of C&T Publishing always does a wonderful job of photographing for the book and I especially love the eye candy!

And now onto the giveaway!

Giveaway

During my book proposal process, I had to make a couple samples of my proposed projects and submit them.  This little pillow was in my initial proposal but I ended up changing the design a bit for my book.

So, I am giving away the pillow cover as well as a copy of Playful Petals to one of you! =)  You’ll have the opportunity for 4 entries into my giveaway.

  1. Leave me a comment with your thoughts on applique for one entry.
  2. If you follow me on facebook, leave me a comment below letting me know for a 2nd entry.
  3. If you follow me on instagram, @lmshabby,  leave me a comment below letting me know for a 3rd entry.
  4. If you follow me via bloglovin’ or email subscription leave me a comment below letting me know for a 4th entry.

I’ll draw a winner sometime next week!

Comments are now Closed!

Playful Petals is now shipping to your quilt shops, and is available for pre-order on Amazon here, and is available for shipment right away from Fat Quarter Shop.

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Sweet As Honey Blog Tour03.11.14

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I am so excited to be taking part in the Sweet as Honey Blog Tour today!  Bonnie Christine’s fabrics for Art Gallery are quickly becoming some of my favorites.  You’ll remember that I used her Reminisce fabrics for this little quilt top last fall:

Sampler

And I have been having just as much fun playing with Bonnie’s 2nd line of fabric for Art Gallery, Sweet as Honey.

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Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing peeks of the mini hexagon pillow that I have been working on using Sweet as Honey.  I just finished stitching down the binding yesterday to complete my little spring pillow.  And it’s a good thing I have a little bit of Spring going on in here today as I think we’re gonna get another winter blast tomorrow…enough already!

Sweet As Honey Pillow

The fabrics that Bonnie sent over for me to work with were: the hexagon background fabric(I knew I “needed” that one for sure) and the fabric I used on the pillow back(I’ll share that with you in just a bit).  I already had a fat quarter bundle of Sweet as Honey to pull additional fabrics from as well as Reminisce scraps left over from my SuperSized quilt.  The green stems are from various Art Gallery fabric lines.

Closeup

This pillow went in a completely different direction than I had originally intended.  I had planned on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden type layout, filling up the whole pillow top with little 1/2″ hexagons.  However, Bonnie’s description of her fabric line led me to my flower/bee themed design:

Sweet as Honey is a collection with a story.  It’s a woodland themed line full of nestled deer, wildflowers and honey bees.  I was inspired to create the line after exploring nature and spending a summer growing a garden that generously allowed for freshly picked flowers.  It takes me to a most lovely place, where the sun is always shining, the birds fly free and the honey is extra sweet.

Bee

After I appliqued the stems and leaves and stitched the mini hexagons in place, I machine stippled the pillow top.  I left the applique portions of the quilt free from quilting.  I then went back in and added in the bees–and finished them with some stitchy applique.  The bees were fussy cut from one of the fabrics in the line.

Bee 2

I love adding in hand quilting to many of my smaller, as well as larger!, projects.  So, I completed the pillow top with some long stitch hand quilting using an 8 wt. perle cotton thread.

Pillow

The binding is a print from Reminisce and the backing is “Orchard Blossom in Spring”.  The pillow back is a simple envelope enclosure.

Pillow Back

You can read more about the making of this pillow here and here.

Amy shared a wonderful project on her blog yesterday using Sweet as Honey that you can check out here.  And tomorrow, I’m excited to see what Amanda of Material Girl Quilts will be sharing!

To see the complete Sweet as Honey Blog Tour line-up pop on over to Bonnie’s blog.

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WIP Wednesday03.05.14

Sweet as Honey

I’ve been working quite a bit on the little hexie project I shared with you last week.

If you are an IG follower you have seen more hexies made:

In Progress 2

the beginnings of a pillow layout:

In Progress 3

more layout:

In Progress

and some applique taking place:

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This design of this pillow has changed so much since my initial planning stages.  I knew that I wanted to use the hexagon fabric(the background fabric) and mini 1/2″ hexagons inside the hexagons printed on the fabric but I had initially planned on more of a Grandma’s Flower Garden type design.

It wasn’t until I had made 75 little hexagons that I decided to change things up a bit.

Hexie Flowers

For  you applique lovers, I use Heat n Bond lite (almost always) and in this photo I am appliqueing using a blanket stitch which is a pretty standard stitch on most sewing machines.

Stem Applique

To the hexagons, I added just a small piece of Heat n Bond lite on the back of them to hold them in place while I straight stitched around them.  I still have a number of flowers left to make and then I’ll be ready to start quilting.

I have an idea in my head for some hand quilting–we’ll see if it turns out like I am picturing of if I will end up changing things! =)

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Petals Runner03.26.13

Hey Folks!–Today we are enjoying day #2 of Spring Break–we kicked it off with a fun bit of snow yesterday–lots of snow & Spring Break, both events are equally as much fun for me now as they were when I was a kid.

Anyhoo, today I’m sharing my Petals Runner.

It’s in the current issue of Fons & Porters Easy Quilts.  This was another fun collaboration with RJR fabrics using fabrics from their line of Cotton Supreme Solids.

Love these colors!–And I think the back of the runner is just as cool as the front!

This is a great project if you are interested in trying out machine applique.  Gentle curves & a symmetrical template make this a breeze for a beginner.  I finished it off with a bit of straight line quilting–and voila!–a great spring project.

Happy Quilting!

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Garden District Pillow03.04.13

Yay!–I finally get to share my Garden District pillow with you all!  I designed and made this pillow almost two years ago!  Yikes, I can’t believe it’s really been that long.

I designed Garden District for Heather Bostic’s book Pillow Pop–a book featuring fun pillow designs from over 20 different designers/bloggers.

The fabrics I used are from Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks voile collection and a tan linen.  The combo of the two weights of fabric was a little bit tricky to work with but the end product is so striking.

One of my fave parts of the pillow is the colorful hand quilting using perle cotton.  I’ve been asked often what type of needle I prefer for quilting with perle.  I use an embroidery needle–the larger eye and longer needle are perfect for working with the heavier weight thread (I usually use 8 wt. perle).

I finished off the pillow with a simple envelope enclosure but I added a fun little strip of pieced fabric to spice the back up a bit.

I’m happy to have my pillow back home after it’s long absence!–It’s happily living on my couch. =)

BTW, in case you missed the scrap basket update in my last post, they were spoken for in just a couple minutes after my post.  They’ve been mailed off and received into their new home where they will hopefully be made into something fabulous.

I do still have scraps that I will need to unload again sometime and judging by all you scrap lovers (myself included!) a scrappy giveaway may be in order at some point in time.

Happy Sewing!

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Quilted States of America and Winner09.04.12

I, very spur of the moment, decided to enter in this round of the Modern Quilted Pillow Swap over on flickr.  This swap runs a little bit differently than traditional swaps in that everyone makes whatever pillow design they would like, everyone votes on their favorites & based on the number of votes your pillow receives is how the pillow recipients are decided.

I made a 14″ appliqued United States of America pillow.  I free motion quilted across the USA part and hand quilted the background fabric.  It will soon be making it’s way to it’s new owner. =)

And now, the winner of the Stitch Craft Create Magazine giveaway….

Congrats Wendi!–I just sent you an email. =)

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend–filled with lots of productivity–or relaxation–or both!

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Journal It!08.06.12

Thanks so much for your input in regard to my last post!–It definitely gives me some things to think about. =)  Today, I do have something I can share with you…from start to finish–pretty exciting. =p

The family and I got back yesterday from a weekend of camping.  I had taken along my boring old composition book which I have taken to using for writing notes, inspiration, patterns etc. in order to wrap up a few projects.  But the notebook was so dreary, it definitely needed some jazzing up–yesterday afternoon, jazzing up became my Sunday project.

I swapped some fabrics with Aneela awhile back and in with the fabrics she sent she included some Liberty of London fabrics.  I decided to use those and I added some Liberty prints from my stash in with the mix.  Then I threw in some Anna Maria Horner prints that worked well with the Liberty prints.  AMH’s voile prints are similiar in weight to Liberty fabrics.

I decided to use the same Linen that I had used in my Stitch Magazine pillow—a great chocolatey color.

I new the basic design idea that I wanted to use…Perle Cotton stitching with a cute little Dresden.  I found this free pattern on craftsy.com which provided a mini dresden template so I didn’t even have to draft my own pattern.

The stitching on my journal cover is all done using 8 wt. Perle Cotton on my sewing machine(regular weight thread in my bobbin).

I used a fun blue flower print to finish the edges on the inside of my journal cover.  And a perfect stripe for the binding on the top and bottom.

The back of the journal features the straight line stitching.

If I had more time, I would have added a little pen pocket or an oversized pocket to store a calculator/cell phone.  But, since I was after a quick finish project, no pockets were added.

All in all, so much better!  And the nice thing is, is that the journal cover can easily be removed and used for my next journal once this one is used up.  Perfect!

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Chirp Pillow in Stitch Craft Create Magazine05.07.12

 

You may remember me waxing poetic about the premier issue of Stitch Craft Create last fall.  I was(and still am) so in love with this magazine.  The projects are so doable and there is such a great range of ideas–I think anyone could find at least one(if not more) projects that they would want to try.

I am so excited that my “Chirp” pillow is featured in the issue hitting newstands tommorrow!

I love this little shabby pillow…it has a little bit of stitchy applique, some straight line machine quilting, some stippling, some embroidery, and is chock full of fun shabby fabrics.

The new Lecien fabrics that just came out would be perfect for making one of your own!

All you’d need is a little bit of Linen and you’d be on your way.

Happy Monday!

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WIP Wednesday & a Giveaway10.26.11

I have finished up the quilting on my reindeer pillow and the binding has been sewn down.  Has anyone had any luck machine sewing down binding?  I have tried several different popular machine sewing binding tutorials and I am never happy with the way it turns out.  Unless, the front and the back stitching line up perfectly I am just not happy with it.  Any tips or tutorials that worked for you?  Until then I will be hand sewing my binding…plodding along… =p

For the quilting on this pillow, I did an all over stipple, not over Mr. Reindeer, and then I did something a little bit different(for me).  Aurifil sent me a fantastic package of thread to try out several weeks ago.  One of the things that I have been playing with since receiving my fun thread package  is using the heavier 12 weight thread to straight line machine quilt.  I had planned to hand quilt the straight lines over the stippling but instead, I machine quilted them.  I used a longer stitch length for the straight lines but other than that I didn’t make any changes to my machine/needle.  I am so pleased with the way that it turned out.  Totally makes me want to try doing a white whole cloth quilt using straight line quilting and a rainbow of 12 weight Aurifil thread–how pretty would that be!–and since Aurifil thread comes in 100s of colors it would be a breeze to choose some pretty ones.

The folks over at Aurifil were also kind enough to send over 5 thread samplers for me to give away to 5 of my readers.  So, If you’d like to try out some fun thread leave me a comment.  If you aren’t into machine quilting, the 50 weight thread is perfect for piecing–some threads mess with your seam allowance just a bit which doesn’t seem like a big deal until you start putting together all the blocks.  Even 1/16 inch adds up over the piecing of a whole quilt.  US entries only please for this giveaway.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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