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Liberty Bag06.04.14

Liberty Bag

One of the items that I made for myself before heading off to Quilt Market this past May was a Liberty Bag.  I didn’t really have a nice handmade by me bag and I knew I wanted something roomy to carry all my goods in.

I shared my bag making progress over on Instagram, but I realized that I hadn’t shared over here!

Liberty Petals

I made the petals using HeatnBond lite (my go to fusible) and a wonderful stack of Liberty Fabrics.  I like using Liberty Fabrics where small bits of fabric are needed so I can stretch them further.

Progress

I didn’t really have a pattern for my bag although I started with this Moda Bake Shop pattern initially.  I mostly used the tutorial for the basic construction technique.  My bag is larger and of course pieced differently and appliqued.  And, I made the handles longer so I can wear it cross body if I want to.

Quilting

I machine appliqued using a 50 wt. Gutermann thread and also machine quilted using a 50 wt. Gutermann thread.

Liberty

Picked up a nifty big button from my LQS to finish off the bag.  It’s roomy, durable, and has come in handy for more than just at Quilt Market.

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More International Quilt Market Pictures06.03.14

 This week is such a busy week for me!–School is out which is always excited and we go right into frantic VBS prep.  Our VBS starts on Sunday and as one of 2 VBS directors that means this week gets quite busy for me!  I love it though–I have always wanted to be involved in a serious way with Vacation Bible School and am so excited to be involved every year.  I could almost get a little bit teary about it–it is just so fun to plan for & exactly where I feel I am supposed to be right now at this stage in my life.  I am sure that those of you who have been plugged into your perfect ministry know just what I’m talking about. =)

With that being said, I have found that as my mind gets to going 100 miles an hour, sitting down and spending some time at the computer whether it’s via blogging, designing, or just to answer emails, gives me a little bit of down time and I feel ready to tackle my to do list in a much more productive way.  Whew!–That was a long sentence! =)

So this is my VBS downtime Quilt Market report round 2. =)

Fig Tree

I wanted to kick off this round with pictures of one of my favorite booths at Quilt Market–the Fig Tree booth.  I love this line of fabric–I love the new patterns–large and mini.  Just beautiful!

Fig Tree Quilts

Next up is Hatched & Patched, “Gossip in the Garden” quilt.  Every time this quilt pops up somewhere I think it’s the cutest ever.  This quilt has it all–embroidery, applique, great blocks, all over cuteness.  I was excited to see this one in person.

Gossip in the Garden

 

This is Moda’s Modern Building Blocks quilt which is pretty stellar.  Definitely caught my eye every time I walked past.

Modern Building Blocks

I had to snap a picture of Playful Petals in the United Notions booth! =)

Playful petals

I chatted a bit with Vanessa of Lella Boutique.  She was debuting her first line with Moda, Into the woods.  She was the sweetest ever! =)  Her fabric palette is beautiful.

Vanessa

 

Next up Violet Craft’s new line, Brambleberry Ridge.  Really pretty line & some great patterns coming out.

Violet Craft Booth

 

This pillow was adorable.  On another note, I used the word “adorbs” to my husband last week just to see what he would say.  I thought he was going to fall over laughing–I don’t think I’m an “adorbs” saying sort of person.

Violet Craft Pillow

 

So, there you have it!–Some more photos to wet your fabric buying appetite! =)

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Great Granny Squared Blog Tour and Giveaway05.05.14

GG2-SewAlong-HeaderHello!  Welcome to my stop on the Great Granny Sew Along blog tour!  If you are here for the first time, I welcome you to browse around my blog a bit as I share what’s been going on in my quilty life.  I am a new author, long time designer, and passionate about fabric.  There is always something fun going on around over here!

Great Granny Along

I have been enjoying following along each week of the Sew Along!  This week we will be making the Mama Blocks for our sampler.  And I just finished mine yesterday.

Mama Blocks

There are 20 of these blocks to make for the sampler.  When I started cutting them on Saturday, I thought no way was I going to be able to finish them in time to share all of them on Monday.  I got a late start Saturday–and I try not to do a lot of sewing on Sundays.  But, much to my surprise these little blocks whipped up in no time–just a couple hours including cutting time(I should have known as all of Lori’s patterns are so user friendly and quick!).  So, I finished all 20 of them with no problem–and here they are:

Blocks

You will find all of the information to follow along over on the Jolly Jabber.  You will need a copy of Lori’s book Great Granny Squared, & the pdf instructions for each week.  Here is the pdf for this week.

Great Granny Sew Along

The Fat Quarter Shop was kind enough to send me an extra copy of Great Great Squared to give away to one of my readers!

So just leave me a comment about your current favorite fabric line to enter. =)

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Also, make sure to add the Mama blocks you make this week to the GGS flickr group for a chance to win a Creative Grids 6 1/2″ Square it Up Ruler.  This makes squaring up those Mama blocks a breeze!

And stop by Amy’s,  Amy’s, Lori’s , and of course The Jolly Jabber for more Great Granny Squared Fun today.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Great Granny Sew Along Week 104.21.14

GG2-SewAlong-Header

 

Today kicks off the Great Granny Sew Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!  This week’s basket block was so much fun to make and I was so excited to cut into this lovely pile of fabric:

Fabrics

The block is based on one of the blocks from Lori’s book Great Granny Squared.  Here’s my center block:

Basket

This block has yarn balls in it which is an addition to the original block from the book.  You will need a copy of Lori’s book and a copy of this pdf companion sheet to complete the center block.

I love the addition of the yarn balls!

Yarn Balls

You can find more info. about the sew along on the FQS’s Great Granny Sew Along Page.  Be sure to stop by this weeks sew along blog hosts:

Why Not Sew?

Pam Kitty Morning

A Quilting Life

Hope you all join in–there are fun prizes along the way. =)

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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 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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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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