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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Chevron Quilt Finish03.24.14

Vertical Chevrons

First off, I want to thank you all for all of the wonderful comments about my post last week!  I have really enjoyed reading your thoughts on applique–and you guys are all so kind!!  Thank you, Thank you!

Chevron Quilt

Today, I wanted to share with you the finished Chevron quilt from the Be Purposeful Bee.  These quilts are being made to help support missionary work from my church.  The group of ladies who joined me in making these quilts was just amazing and we have made some beautiful quilts!  This is the 3rd finished quilt.  The first was the Scrappy Trip Quilt:

Scrappy Trip Quilt

Then the Churn Dash Quilt:

Churn dash

And now, the Chevron Quilt:

Chevrons

Rachael, was in charge of picking the colors & theme for October and she chose a very fun Navy/Aqua chevron theme.  I think Rachael intended to run the chevrons horizontally, but I loved it vertically as well!

Quilting

Since October was Rachael’s month, she was also the quilter on this quilt.  She recently purchased a long arm and put it to good use on this quilt.  Each of the white strips is quilted in a different design.  It makes for such a striking quilt!–Perfect design choice.

Quilting closeup

Thank you Rachael for such a great month–the finished quilt is beautiful!–Beautiful Quilting!

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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?

Quilts3

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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Quilty Stitches Block 503.17.14

Quilty Stitches

I am so excited about this week’s Quilty Stitches block!  It’s based off of Lori Holt’s super popular Barn Quilt Along she hosted last year.  If you have spent any time in blogland at all recently you have probably seen some of these super cute barn quilts popping up all over the place.  I did a quick screen shot after searching “Bee In My Bonnet Barn Along” on pinterest and look how many cute blocks/quilts popped up!  And these are just the ones that fit on my screen all at one time!

Barn Along Screen Shot

It’s such a great block!

The colors I used for my block are Sullivan’s 45121(Coral), DMC 351(Dark Grey), White and all of the following for the little squares:  Sullivans 45220, Sullivans 45338, DMC 743, Sullivans 45345, DMC 964, Sullivans 45169, DMC 958, DMC 744, Sullivans 45076, Sullivans 45422, Sullivans 45105, Sullivans 45193.

Quilty Stitches Block 5

Quilty Stitches Block 5 PDF Coloring Page

Barn Block

If you want to snag any of Lori’s Barn quilt block patterns, do so quickly!  You can still find them all on her website right now–all the posts are linked here.  But, I don’t think they are going to be available for very much longer at all–as I believe I heard a little rumor that they may be coming out in book format this fall… =)

Share your Quilty Stitches blocks over on flickr or via instagram using #quiltystitches.

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Weekend at the Lake Quilt03.13.14

Quick pink

Today I am sharing my Weekend at the Lake quilt I designed for McCall’s Quick Quilts featuring Little Friends by Yuko Hasegawa for RJR Fabrics.

Weekend-at-the-Lake flat

This little quilt features two oversized blocks that come together quickly–and the Little Friends fabric line is adorable!

Mushrooms

You might remember my Framework Quilt/Pattern which I also made featuring these fabrics.

Framework Quilt

Natalia Bonner quilted my Weekend at the Lake quilt and she knocked it out of the park as usual!

Quilting

You can find the pattern in the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts which is available now.

Quick Quilts

I snapped this picture taken just minutes after my quilt arrived back home from McCall’s:

Weekend at the Lake

Elonie was pretty quick to snatch it up!

By the way–I’ve heard that preorders of Playful Petals are starting to ship.  I’m excited and nervous about this at the same time as I start receiving feedback from everyone about something I worked on for so long.

Playful Petals

The folks over at Moda were kind enough to ask me to share a bit about Playful Petals on their blog.  If you’d like to read a bit more about my book just pop on over and take a peek.

And of course I’ll be sharing a lot more about it here!!–Can’t wait!

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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 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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Quilty Stitches Block 403.03.14

Block 4

Just a quick post today to share Quilty Stitches Block #4.  I’ve been away all weekend and my house is in dire need of attention!

This block is a fun take on a flying geese block which I’m sure you are familiar with. =)

The colors I used:

Orange Row(Dk. to Lt.): DMC 721, Sullivans 45169, Sullivans 45422, Sullivans 45453

Aqua Row(Dk. to Lt.): DMC 958, Sullivans 45293, Sullivans 45313, Sullivans 45113

Coral Row(Dk. to Lt.): DMC 351, Sullivans 45076, Sullivans 45077, Sullivans 45283

Pink Row(Dk. to Lt.): Sullivans 45338, Sullivans 45297, Sullivans 45220, Sullivans 45221

Block Diagram

Quilty Stitches Block 4 PDF Coloring Diagram

And the last 3 blocks altogether:

Cross Stitch

I hope you are enjoying stitching along!

If you have just stumbled onto this stitch along, it’s not too late to join in!  You can find all of the Quilty Stitches posts at the top of my blog under the “Quilty Stitches” tab.  We have been sharing our progress on flickr in the LMS group (there are some amazing blocks on flickr–check them out!)as well as on IG using #quiltystitches (again, some great blocks here as well!).

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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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Unsettled02.24.14

Sweet as Honey

Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics

I feel like I’ve been around in circles lately!  I think all quilt makers get to that point sometime or another.  For me, it’s when I have so many projects and commitments swirling around in my head it’s hard to keep them all straight.

I have definitely learned as I have gotten older that I must keep lists of what I need to get done.  Not only does it help me not to forget anything I need to get done, but I also find I am able to accomplish more when I write it down.  Plus it’s very satisfying to cross things off a list!

Plum Paper Planner

Last year I had an Erin Condren planner.  If you spend any time on the internet you will come across these planners referenced pretty often–and they are truly the Rolls Royce of planners–all the bells and whistles–worth the spendy price but more than I needed in a planner.

This year I decided to go with a Plum Paper Planner.  I am very pleased with my purchase!  Not quite all the bells and whistles–still enough to be fancy, and more in tune with my budget.  I’m more of a Jeep girl instead of a Rolls Royce girl anyway. =)

Once I could start writing down my weeks again, I have felt a bit more settled with all of my various projects.  Still a lot going on but more manageable!

Bonnie Christine

I have had some new fabric purchases roll in lately.  One of my favorites is this little stack of Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I loved Reminisce and Sweet as Honey is just as pretty.  I think Bonnie and I are on the same wavelength colorwise–just love the colors she chooses for her lines!  I think her two lines of fabric play together quite nicely–Reminisce is the little stack on the right.

Fabrics

I took a little bit of time this weekend for a fun fabric pull for an upcoming project I’ll be working on.  I really like this little collection of flowers & cherries.  I’ve got a couple more prints on the way from Fabric Shack to round out my choices before I start cutting and sewing.

Here’s hoping to a week filled with lots of marked off checklists!

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