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Posey Patch Quilt05.01.14

Posey Patch

Today I’m sharing one of the quilts from my book.  This quilt is Posey Patch and it might be my favorite quilt from the book!  The quilt is made using mostly Art Gallery Fabrics–all except for the orange and the white background are Art Gallery Solids.

Pure Elements

I really enjoy the Pure Elements color palette and hand to their solids.I always have them on hand and keep adding new colors as they become available.

Posey Patch Closeup

Posey Patch features a fun stacked petal design and simple piecing.  All of the quilts in the book feature an accompanying pillow.  That way you can try out the block, the applique, and maybe some fun new quilting techniques without committing to a whole quilt.

Posey Patch Pillow

For the pillow, I used a variety of fabrics by Denyse Schmidt–some older lines; Flea Market Fancy & Katie Jump Rope, as well as some newer lines and even some of her fabrics for Joann’s.

The pattern works really well in both solids & prints.

And check this out!:

Posey Patch Tote

C&T Publishing used Posey Patch to create a new Eco tote.  I have been using mine so often!–It’s roomy and durable and it has my fave quilt on it. =)

If you make any projects from Playful Petals, I would love to see it!–You can share via instagram using #playfulpetals, my flickr group, or just email me a photo!

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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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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.

fat quarters

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:

In Progress 4

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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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.

Liberty

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!

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Friday WIP12.06.13

Fabric

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week last week!  I was lucky to have my girls home with me from last Wednesday(they had a snow day–perfectly timed weather!) all the way though Monday.  Ryan had off for most of these days also–we took the girls out for supper and to see Frozen on Wednesday evening.   It was Elonie’s first trip to a movie theater and Chloe’s 2nd and the movie was pretty cute so we all had a great time.  Thursday was spent with Ryan’s family for lunch and my family for supper, Sunday was at my cousin’s house and the rest of the time was spent relaxing at home.

I totally drank way too much coffee on Sunday and a coke–so got only a couple hours of sleep Sunday evening–I knew all that caffeine was a bad idea–it does me in every time!  Monday I woke up with some weird, extreme head cold–but it mostly moved out by Tuesday–must have been some strange sleep deprived, caffeine induced illness…is that possible? =p

So, with all that said, it has taken me a bit to get back into the swing of things!

Fabrics

I did have a chance to work on the chalkboard pillows that I shared with you.  I cut up the fabrics into 2 1/2″ squares and got to sewing.

This turned out to be one of my favorite bits once I started piecing the top.  The little “beautiful” right under the manger scene couldn’t have been more perfect if I had planned it.

Closeup

And here’s what the pillow top looks like completely pieced.

Pillow Top

I love the way it is turning out.  I’ll probably go pretty easy on the quilting to not detract from the pillow center.  Hopefully I’ll have this finished up soon and get a chance to work on the other two pillows.

I had a lot of you express an interest in buying these little pillow centers.  If you were one of those folks, be sure to stop back on Monday–I’m participating in Sew Mama Sew’s giveaway day and you just might find one(or more) of these little panels included in my giveaway. =)

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Christmas Pillows11.13.13

For Unto You

Whew!–I am so glad to be able to sit down and take a minute to relax!–Remember that quilt I referenced last week that I thought I was going to complete over the weekend and then have time to work on Elonie’s binding?–Well, I just finished it about an hour ago.    I seriously underestimated the amount of time it was going to take!–I think it was a combo of the size, it’s a queen, and the amount of applique.  At any rate, it is finished and I can now move on to a project that I’ve been itching to work on!  Well, after I get my house/laundry back in shape–they are both out. of. control.

Pillow Centers

A few weeks back, I had the idea to design and print out some fabrics that could be used for some cool Christmas pillows.  I ended up with 3 different designs and uploaded my designs to Spoonflower and had them printed.

Pillow Center

Aside, from printing out some quilt labels with Spoonflower previously, this was my first try at fabric and overall I am happy with the result.  I didn’t realize that often Spoonflower is unable to print a “black” fabric–so, the fabrics I received are more of a dark grey instead of the darker designs I uploaded–my designs were more “chalkboardy”.  However, I am still happy with the result and I might try re-printing them on a different base fabric to see what happens.

Fabrics

I plan to surround the pillow centers with some sort of pieced border(s) and I was looking at some fabrics this morning to use for them.

Fabric

I ended up pulling a selection of mostly Moda fabrics–there are just a couple Denyse Schmidt fabrics in their and the Laurie Wisbrun stripe at the top will make a perfect binding fabric.

I can’t wait to start working on these pillows!

Today I’m linking up with Lee’s WIP Wednesday. =)

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{Playful Petals} My Book11.05.13

In case you missed my announcement yesterday on APQ Radio, I am so excited to finally be able to share with you about the project that I spent last fall and this past spring working on.  My book, Playful Petals, will be available in the spring and is already available for pre-order on Amazon.

The towering pile of quilts/pillows I shared yesterday are all projects which will be available in the book–9 quilts and 9 pillows.

I will be sharing a lot more about the projects in the book in the upcoming months–I can’t wait to tell you more about it!

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American Patchwork and Quilting Radio11.04.13

This afternoon I’m a guest on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan.  You can listen live by clicking this link at 4pm eastern, 3pm central, 2pm mountain, & 1pm pacific.  If you miss the live show you can listen later on your computer, subscribe by iTunes (search American Patchwork and Quilting), or download to a player.  You can find more details on how to listen on Pat’s Blog Page.

We’ll be chatting about all kinds of quilty things and I will be sharing some exciting news….

I hope you all will tune in!

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Faux Sashiko Pillow09.03.13

Hope you all had a great Labor Day!  Just wanted to drop you a note to let you all know that my Faux Sashiko Pillow is now available as an individual PDF pattern over on the Stitch Website.

And, bonus!, the pattern is on sale right now for only $2.60.  If you missed purchasing the issue of Stitch the pattern was in, now’s the perfect time to snag the pattern.  It’s such a fun fall pillow!  You can purchase the pattern here.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for a fun new series I will be starting! =p

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