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Sweet As Honey Blog Tour03.11.14

blog-tour-image

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 my SuperSized quilt along 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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WIP Wednesday02.26.14

Mini Hexes

I have been working on some mini hexagons using Bonnie Christine’s Sweet as Honey line of fabric for Art Gallery.  These little hexagons are pretty cute!  They would be considered 1/2″ hexies(hexagons in the quilting world are measured by the length of one of the sides).

Mini

These fabrics just scream, “make me into hexagons”–it’s all the wonderful bees/hives/hexagons sprinkled throughout this fabric line:

Bee
Bee Hive
Hexagons
Bonnie even designed a free hexagon quilt pattern for this line which you can find here:
HoneyPot Quilt
I still have more little hexagons to make but they are a fun little winter project.
Squares
By the way, if you ever want to print out your own hexagon paper pieces for english paper piecing, this site is a perfect resource.  You can set your hexagons at whatever size you need and print them out(I print mine out on card stock).
Paper
Cut apart, and you are all ready for making hexagons. =)  My hexagons are destined to be made into a pillow or mini wall hanging–I haven’t decided which yet.  For those of you who have been sucked into the mini craze, where do you hang all of your mini quilts?
Happy Sewing!

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Epic HST Technique01.30.14

As part of my goal to finish up some WIP’s, I broke out these blocks this week:

Blocks

These are quilt blocks from several years ago that I had made for me in a quilting bee.  All the fabrics used are scraps from my stash-and I love these blocks.  By, the way, this is not a block I would recommend for a quilting bee!–All those HST’s–the dear ladies in my bee are so appreciated! =)

This block is an easy block to make though–if you don’t mind making lots of HST’s.  The block is 16″(if you use 2 1/2″ HST’s/patches–the HST’s will finish at 2″) and is constructed using 8 Block A’s:

Block #2

And 8 Block B’s:

Block #1

Arrange and sew together to make the 16″ block:

Star Block

I need to make a couple more blocks and I plan to add sashing that includes HST’s as well.  So, I was feeling a bit daunted by trimming up all those HST’s–it always takes so long.  I had a bunch of already made HST’s that just needed trimmed that I had received back from the ladies in my bee.

HST's

And, I thought, there has got to be a better way.  As luck would have it, I had just purchased a handy little 2 1/2″ square ruler on Saturday.

Square Ruler

And it hit me that, since I was making 2 1/2″ unfinished HST’s, I could use this ruler to trim up my HST’s much faster.  By cutting them *before* pressing them open I could cut the trimming time in half.

Cutting

Just place, the diagonal line of the ruler onto the seam line of the HST and trim the 2 sides–so fast!

You can do this with any square ruler that has a diagonal line.  Now, I am sure you are thinking:  ”well, that’s handy if you happen to have the right sized square ruler ~with~ a marked diagonal line”.  But here’s where it gets even handier.

Dry Erase

I remembered seeing on Pinterest where someone had used a dry erase marker to write on their washing machine(so they’d remember to line dry or check for stains on a certain garment) & I thought “Ha!–I can totally use that idea to make any size HST ruler”.  The ruler in the picture above is my 6 1/2″ x 18″ ruler.

Make your HST’s however you normally do but when you get to the trimming part, do not press them open.  Whatever size you want your HST’s to be before sewn into the project that is where you would draw your diagonal line on your ruler(use a fine point dry erase marker for accuracy).  For my example, you will notice I drew my line from 3 1/2″ to 3 1/2″–the HST will be 3 1/2″ *before* sewn into the quilt or 3″ once it’s sewn in.

Place the dry erase line onto the seam line(not the edge of the HST) and trim the two sides.

Trim

Press open and you will have a perfect HST in half the time!  And when you are finished, just wipe the dry erase line right off.  I think this is such a great way to trim HST’s and I am always all about saving time.  Hope this technique helps some of you out in your HST endeavors! =)

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Bits & Bobs01.02.14

Scrappy Fabrics

I hope you guys all had a wonderful holiday season!  Today, the girls are both back to school and the lazy days of vacation have come to an end.  I always enjoy having everyone home–Ryan was home most of the time as well.  We celebrated too much, ate too much, slept too much, played way too many games(have any of you played Forbidden Island?–so much fun!), had too much stomach flu–all in all a very successful holiday–minus the stomach flu part smack dab on Christmas day. =)

Instagram love

I’ll be sharing this project with you next week!

I also discovered instagram again.  I had tried it out a couple years ago and never got into it.  But now, it seems like everyone has moved over from flickr and it’s like a lovely reunion of familiar faces over there!  I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing quilty photos and seeing what everyone has been working on over the holidays.  If you are an IG’er I would love to follow you and see what you are up to!

I had hoped to be back tomorrow to share a fun little tutorial with you.  But, this is the view from my front porch this morning:

Snowy Day

 

Which is not very conducive to good picture taking so I’ll have to wait and see if it brightens up a bit!

I hope your 2014 is off to a great start!–If you have any quilty/sewing goals I would love to hear them.  For me, working on the wip’s is always a goal however–I am a much better starter than I am a finisher!

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Gift Card Boxes12.19.13

Boxes

Just a quick little post today.  I wanted to share these fun little gift card boxes I whipped up this morning.  I know some of you may be looking for fun packaging alternatives to cards for your gift card giving.

Inside

These cute little boxes can literally be made in minutes–maybe 10-15 minutes tops.  It actually took my girls and I longer picking out the papers to use than it did to make the boxes.

Gift Card Boxes

And look how cute!–And you could even bling them up a bit with some cute twine or ribbon and a great little tag(there are some really cute free chalkboard gift tags available this year!)  Heather Bailey has the free gift card box tutorial available here.

Enjoy!

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Norman, the Sock Monkey12.18.13

Sock Monkey

Yesterday, I spent working on this little fellow who I’ve been calling Norman.  I found a great Sock Monkey Tutorial  awhile back and I’ve been wanting to make one and yesterday was the day.  I had thought I might make one for each of the girls for Christmas but instead decided to make him for another little someone.  Now, of course, each of the girls are asking me to make one for them!

Monkey

I thought the tutorial was very easy to follow and it took just a few hours to make Norman.  I picked the socks up at Walmart and had the rest of the supplies I needed on hand–very inexpensive Christmas gift!

I am asked very often, and I think a lot of people assume that I make a lot of gifts for people–showers, Christmas, Birthdays etc.  But, interestingly enough I really don’t.  I’m not sure why this is?  I know a lot of quilt makers do make cute gifts–I just saw the cutest pot holders/oven mitts over on Rita’s blog today.  What about you?–are you a handmade gift giver?

Sitting Monkey

Ryan told me my little sock monkey looked like “Bender”.  Have you guys heard of him?–At first at thought he meant Beaker:

beaker

And, I thought, really?!–maybe..but, I didn’t quite see the resemblance.  But then, he was “kind enough” to whip out a picture(he’s thoughtful like that) of this “Bender”:

bender-for-website

Do your husband’s have a running commentary on your projects as well? =)  Mine sure had a lot to say about my sock monkey project! =p

I’d love to hear what you are working on for Christmas!

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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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Framework Pattern11.15.13

Framework Quilt

I know some of you have been waiting on my Framework pattern to be available–and here it is! =)  You will find the free pattern available for download on the RJR website here.

The line of fabric the pattern showcases is called Little Friend by Yuko Hasegawa.

Fox & Rabbit

I actually designed two quilts for this collection, Framework and an upcoming quilt for McCall’s Quilting.  The little foxes, rabbits, and mushrooms were so cute and fun to work with.  I don’t very often work with “novelty” type fabrics so this was a fun change of pace.

Mushrooms

I also really liked the blenders available in this line–in particular these little ovals which are available in 7 different colors.

Blenders

Little Friend fabrics will be available in February but you can snag the Framework pattern today.   It’s a pattern that works very well with many collections–you’ll remember that I tested the pattern in Winter’s Lane:

Quilt

And, I did a quick mock-up of it in Mirabelle by Fig Tree Quilts–this is probably one of the lines introduced at quilt market this fall that I am most excited for.  It’ll be available this spring.

Mirabelle Framework

Speaking of Fig Tree(I shared this with my facebook followers), did you know that Soak introduced a new line of nail polishes curated by favorite fabric designers?–and Fig Tree is one of those!–So, you can now have figgy nails!

Fig Tree Nail Polish

There are actually sets from a few fave designers:  Denyse Schmidt, Lizzy House, Sandi Henderson, & Fig Tree.

Fabric Designer Nail Polish

The only spot I’ve found so far to purchase them retail is The Workroom in Canada–but they do ship elsewhere.  Wouldn’t they make great stocking stuffers for your quilty friends!  Who doesn’t want nail polish to match their fave fabrics?! =p

Hope you all have a great Friday!

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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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