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A Change of Pace01.09.14


This week has been a fun week for us so far.  Our schools were supposed to be back in session on the 2nd but due to weather today is the first whole day that the kids are back.  It was great having such a long break after Christmas–I’m sure many of you moms can relate!  The Christmas gifts my girls received kept them busy–I don’t know how many hours Chloe spent with her Rainbow Loom.  And I have to admit to having just as much fun with it as she does.

Hand Quilting

I was able to spend some time hand quilting.  Who wants to be out in negative temperatures?  It was the perfect time to hunker down with some quilts, some old shows, and some hand quilting.  BTW, any favorite series I should catch up on?–I still have quite a bit of hand quilting to do and am always looking for fun series.


Yesterday, Chloe had a half day of school so after dropping her off, Elonie and I headed up to one of my LQS’s and picked up some embroidery floss.  I have a fun project in mind for the floss, if all goes well I’ll be sharing it with you on my blog as a BOM of sorts.


I also was so inspired by some quilts blocks that I saw on instagram that I was “forced” to make another quick trip to pick up the pattern from another LQS(I’ve got a lot of them close to me)–can’t beat growing up in an Amish town–you will never want for a quilt shop! =p

I think I might turn these fabrics/pattern into a quilt for our bed.  Right now we have a Pottery Barn quilt on our bed.  For some reason, I’ve gotten a bit of flack about that in the past.  Surely I’m not the only quilt maker with a PB quilt on their bed? =p

The giveaway for the Liberty Fabrics is still going strong–If you haven’t entered yet there’s still time!

Have a creative Thursday!


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Friendship Star Pillow Feature & Giveaway01.06.14

Big Stitch Quilting

I’m excited today to be sharing my last finish of 2013.  I put the last few binding stitches in just before New Year’s Day and today my quilting tutorial and pillow pattern are being featured over on Sew Mama Sew.

SMS Contributor

If you follow me on either facebook or instagram you’ve seen a few sneak peeks of this project in the works.


Instagram love

I had purchased a beautiful bundle of Liberty fabrics from Westwood Acres Fabric in November.

Image Courtesy of Westwood Acres Fabric

Image Courtesy of Westwood Acres Fabric

I couldn’t resist those beautiful Libertys!  I added a couple Japanese and Liberty fabrics from my stash mixed in with the Liberty fabrics from Westwood Acres for my pillow top.

Liberty Fabrics

Giveaway News!

If you are a Liberty fabrics love like myself you are in luck!  Amanda, of Westwood Acres Fabric,  is offering up for grabs a fat sixteenth bundle from the first installment of their new Liberty Lawn bundle of the month club.  I have to admit to be completely jealous of you guys–I want it for myself! =p

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below telling me what you would make with your little bundle of Liberty goodness. =)  I’ll draw a winner next week.

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And if you haven’t shopped at Westwood Acres fabric, I encourage you to check it out!  Aside from Amanda’s spot on picks for amazing fabrics, the photography is perfect.  I so appreciate beautiful photography that really shows off the fabrics when I am fabric shopping.  Sucks me in every time!

Right now, I’ve got my eye on Botanique fabrics and the Gelati quilt pattern:

And if you want to make a pillow of your own, be sure to hop on over to Sew Mama Sew for the free pattern and hand quilting tutorial!

Posted in Giveaways, hand quilting, Pillowswith 383 Comments →

That Red Quilted Pillow–A Free Tutorial03.20.13

I get asked quite frequently for a tutorial on this little pillow which I made for a class I taught awhile back.  It’s gotten pinned and repinned quite a bit over on pinterest–especially after Joann Fabrics pinned it(how fun!).

Can’t take credit for the Daisy pillow–I received it in a round of the Pillow Talk Swap.

I’ve decided to offer the tutorial here on my blog for anyone interested in making one of their own!  It’s a super easy tutorial with tons of pictures–including all of the finishing details(binding/pillow back).  The quilting is easy to do & a perfect project for a beginning quilter.

Patchwork Pillow Tutorial

The tutorial itself doesn’t have the supplies listed so here they are:

Pillow Supplies:

25–3″ squares of assorted fabrics

1/2 yard fabric for pillow top backing and pillow backing or a 15″ square piece of muslin for pillow top back and 1/3 yard print fabric for pillow backing)

1/4 yd. fabric for binding

14″ square piece of batting

505 Spray & Fix temporary adhesive

Perle Cotton

embroidery needle (size 5)

water erasable marker

thimble (optional if preferred for quilting)–quilting can also be done without a thimble for this project

12″ pillow form


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Quilting with Perle Cotton08.21.12

I have received numerous questions recently about using Perle Cotton for quilting whether by hand or by machine.  So, I thought I’d talk a bit about the two techniques.

The Faux Sashiko pillow(pictured above) that I designed for the fall issue of Stitch magazine was machine quilted using Perle Cotton.  This is a great time saving trick, but one I would really only reccommend on smaller projects–my machine gets a bit cranky when using the heavier weight thread and I certainly wouldn’t want to attempt it on a larger quilt.

When I machine quilt using Perle, I only use the Perle for my top thread–the bobbin thread is regular thread.  I use 8 wt. Perle cotton–although 12 wt. might make my machine a bit happier with me.  I always lengthen my stitches–I usually set my stitch length as long as I can on my Bernina.  And I manually pull the thread off the Perle cotton spool so my machine doesn’t have to work so hard.  I leave my tension at the same setting I would use for regular sewing.

My Fall Petals Pillow is hand quilted using 8 wt. Perle Cotton.  Hand quilting with Perle Cotton is essentially the same thing as hand quilting with quilting weight thread.  The technique is the same, but you take longer stitches and you get to use prettier thread. =p

There are a lot of great resources for hand quilting–one of my favorites is from Mary.

Appliqued Pillow

 I almost exclusively use Finca Perle Cotton which I can now purchase locally.  Prior to purchasing locally, I purchased online from Yarn Bazaar.  I was able to purchase a color card from them which is a wonderful tool if you are unable to view the thread colors in person.

Machine Quilted Journal Cover

 Hopefully this answers some of your burning questions about quilting with Perle Cotton! =p

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Fall Petal Pillow & Giveaway08.20.12

I am very excited to once again have gotten the opportunity to work with Stitch Craft Create Magazine. =)  My Fall Petal Pillow is featured in the Fall 2012 issue which just came out.

We all know that I’ve kinda got a “thing” for applique and hand quilting.  This pillow combines the best of both worlds.  And I always love working with fall colors–and that unexpected pop of blue just works so well in my opinion.

There are so many cute projects in this issue of SCC…paper, yarn, fabric, felt, thread…I think that’s why I like this mag so much!  It’s just got a ton of cuteness going on–and as a mama who loves crafting, with a 7 year old daughter who loves crafting, we always find cute new projects we want to try & new inspiration on every page.

Can I tell you how much I enjoy being able to use Flea Market Fancy for binding!–No fear of not being able to buy more…at least for now…which is perfect, ’cause I love that little posey as a binding.

Shannon, the editor of Stitch Craft Create Magazine, was kind enough to send along an extra Fall issue for me to give away to one of my readers!  If you haven’t checked out Stitch Craft Create Magazine yet, or if you have and you’re addicted to it (like me), just leave me a comment for a chance to win a copy of your own. =)

Posted in hand quilting, Pillows, Projectswith 140 Comments →

{Insert Clever Title Here}09.22.11

Dead Simple Quilt Along Fabrics

I hope you aren’t tired of seeing this stack of fabrics!  I just got some coordinating Perle Cotton and I think this quilt is going to look amazing hand quilted something like this:

Fabulous, no?

Posted in Fabric Stash, hand quiltingwith 44 Comments →

Me? A Teacher?08.30.11

Strawberry Fields Pillow

So, the name of the game around here seems to be deadlines.  I have a number of different things going on right now that are hogging up my time…in a good way of course.  But one piece of exciting news is that I am going to be teaching a few classes at a local fabric shop.  The first series of classes, Pillow Talk, will be kicking off September 19.  I’ll be teaching the basics of piecing, hand quilting, & finishing a pillow like the one above.  I have never viewed myself as a teacher so I have been preparing quite a bit…hopefully I’ll be over prepared.

There are 3 pillow classes scheduled before Christmas so, there has been some pillow making going on over here.  I’m hoping all goes well–I’ve gotta admit to some nerves even though it’ll be just a small class.

Posted in hand quilting, Pillowswith 15 Comments →

Sunday Stitching06.05.11

Some Hand Quilting Perhaps?

First off, thanks so much for all of the recipe ideas!  I hope you all keep them coming–I so appreciate it!  I’ll leave you with the little peek above–stitching is a perfect Sunday afternoon project….aside from napping of course.

Posted in hand quiltingwith 14 Comments →

Framed in Quilt & Picture Frames Quilt05.20.11

Framed In Quilt Tutorial on Moda Bake Shop

I am very excited to be sharing another fun quilt with you all, over on Moda Bake Shop.  This quilt is made using Fig Tree Quilts wonderful line of fabric Strawberry Fields–it’s no secret I am a huge fan of this fabric line.

Quilting Detail

My mom and I had a fun time hand quilting this one as well–as always using Finca Perle Cotton #8. 

And….Leah from Burgundy Buttons is offering a Framed In quilt Kit!  Look how cute!

Framed In Quilt Kit

Be sure to pop on over to MBS if you’d like to make a Framed In quilt of your own.  You can also see how easy it is to change up the layout to make two more completely different looks.

I have also designed a 2nd quilt pattern designed to use up most of the extra fabrics you will have left over after making your Framed In quilt with the addition of two solids.  Regular readers of my blog will remember this sneak peek:


And, now, the finished quilt….Picture Frames:

Picture Frames Quilt

This quilt will use up the extra fabrics wonderfully and is also super layer cake friendly if you are using a different line of fabric.  The pattern is available below in pdf format.

Picture Frames Quilt Pattern

I hope that you enjoy both of these quilts!  I had such a great time designing them for you all!! =)

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Marathon Quilting Session03.30.11

I had been planning on machine quilting my quilt for Modern Relief Japan but on Sunday I thought…”hmmmm, I wonder if mom & I could bang out hand quilting this today?”  I gave her a call & she was up for it–so Chloe and I went scooting on over to Grandma’s house.  My mom has a nifty little quilt frame that works perfectly for these small quilts.  She also has a large quilt frame for larger quilts–on any given day she might have two quilts going at the same time–you might call her “the quilting queen”. 

 The quilt is a lap size quilt..I think it’s around 45″ x 60″ or so—hand quilting it wasn’t that huge of an undertaking.  We had the quilt in the frame by 12:30ish or so & we finished it up just after 7. =)  Much of the credit for the quilting has to go to my speed demon of a quilter mom, while we both quilted the same amount of time–I think she probably did about twice as much as I did–as I said “quilting queen”. =p

The hand quilting is done using Finca Perle Cotton in size 8 purchased from here.  Although word on the street is that my LQS is going to begin carrying this same Perle Cotton.  I sure hope so, it would be so handy just to be able to jaunt up the street to purchase it!

We quilted around each square in the quilt–we tossed around the idea of quilting in the center of each square but in the end opted not to.  I think this gives it a nice clean look and it really makes the fabrics pop.  Alternately, I used solid white for the backing just to show off the hand quilting on the back–the diamond shaped pattern it creates looks pretty nifty on the back.

I am hand sewing on the binding and the quilt should be finished very soon. =)

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