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 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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{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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Deck the Halls Placemats Embroidery Patterns Freebie10.17.13

Hey all!–I’m glad to sneak in some blogging time in between several patterns I am writing up and some quilts I am working on for quilt market.  I love this time of year with all the new fabrics coming out and exciting new patterns!

You all may remember my Wedding Wishes Quilt and Love Pillows from the Moda Sweet Celebrations Book.

But, what you didn’t know was that I had another project accepted into the book–a set of Embroidered Christmas Placemats.  Unfortunately, due to the size of the book, they ended up being dropped from the book.

I had planned to share them with you last year, along with the free pattern, but that sneaky big project I’ve mentioned here and there over the last year was hogging up all of my time last fall and I never got around to sharing them with you.

I know many of you are gearing up and diving into Christmas projects and thought now would be a great time to share these with you.

The set of 4 placemats feature cute, simple embroidery and a bit of applique.  The piecing is also super simple.  I love an easy quick decorating project or gift idea that comes together quickly!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate the font info. for the applique(it has been two years!).  But, they were fonts that I had in Microsoft Word that I sized appropriately.  It’d be no problem for you to choose your own fonts and size them—or leave off the applique altogether.

I’m giving away the placemat instructions and the embroidery patterns for you all!  So you can whip up some cute placemats of your own. =)

This little guy is my favorite!

Deck the Table Placemats Instructions

Snowman Embroidery Pattern 

Reindeer Embroidery Pattern 

Santa Claus Embroidery Pattern 

Christmas Tree Embroidery Pattern

I machine stippled all of the placemats being careful not to quilt over the applique or embroidery.  After machine quilting, I added a bit of hand quilting using 8wt. perle cotton.  The edges of my applique were completed using a blanket stitch on my machine.  The fabrics I used were from Sweetwater’s Countdown to Christmas line.  These fabrics are hard to find as they are out of print but, Christmas Countdown by Deb Strain has a very similar feel to my original fabric and is currently available.

If you use my embroidery patterns to make placemats or use them for another cute project I’d love if you’d share them!

Enjoy!!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #11}09.23.13

For this weeks row we will be making our last appliqued polka dot row.  Row #11 Details:

Fabrics:  1/4 yard Verve Violet Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics & 1/3 yard of Moda Bella PFD White and 1/2 yard HeatnBond Lite.

From the White solid cut (3) 3 1/2″ x WOF strips, trim selvages and sew end to end, cut 1 strip 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″

From here, I’m going to refer you to the directions for Row #3.  Make an identical row using the Verve Violet fabric.  Remember this handy tip:

When you are ready to iron the circles onto the white strip, place the long white strip directly over top and centered onto the pink polka dot row in your quilt top.  Then you can lay the purple circles in place without having to measure their placement & it will be identical to all the dotty rows.

Sew the violet strip onto your Rainbow Rows quilt top.

Next week we will complete our quilt top with one last dark purple row.  If you’ve been sewing along for the last 11 weeks you’ve now got a pretty cool quilt top!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #9}09.09.13

It’s time for another dotty row in our Rainbow Row Along.

Fabrics: 1/4 yard Cozumel Blue Pure Elements Fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics and the 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″ white strip that you set aside from Row #7.

You will also need 1/2 yard of Heat n Bond Lite.

From here, I’m going to refer you to the directions for Row #3.  Make an identical row using the Cozumel Blue fabric.  Remember this handy tip:

When you are ready to iron the circles onto the white strip, place the long white strip directly over top and centered onto the pink polka dot row in your quilt top.  Then you can lay the aqua circles in place without having to measure their placement & it will be identical to all the dotty rows.

After completing the strip, sew it onto the quilt top.

In just 3 more weeks our quilt top will be complete!

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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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Rainbow Row Along {Row #7}08.26.13

This week for our Rainbow Row Along we are going to be making another polka dot row!  I am a huge fan of applique so these little dotty rows are some of my favorites.

Fabrics: 1/4 yard Light Citron Pure Elements by Art Gallery & 1/2 yard Moda Bella PFD White (someone asked me last week why I was using this particular white–it’s because I like this particular shade of white–it’s a nice creamy warm white.  Very similar in color to Kona Snow if you prefer to use a Kona).

You will also need 1/2 yard of HeatnBond Lite–you should have this on hand from when you made the first polka dot row.

From the White solid cut (5) 3 1/2″ x WOF strips, trim selvages and sew end to end, cut 2 strips 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″–set aside one of them for later

From here, I’m going to refer you to the directions for Row #3.  Make an identical row using the Light Citron fabric.  One tip that will make this row go even quicker:

When you are ready to iron the circles onto the white strip, place the long white strip directly over top and centered onto the pink polka dot row in your quilt top.  Then you can lay the green circles in place without having to measure their placement & it will be identical to your first row.

After completing the strip, sew it onto the quilt top.

Happy Monday!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #3}07.29.13

Are you ready to kick the week off with another row?

We are ready for Row #3 of Elonie’s Rainbow Rows quilt.  Row #3 details:

Fabrics: 1/4 yard Crystal Pink Elements fabric by Art Gallery & the 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″ strip you saved from last week

You will also need 1/2 yard of HeatnBond Lite–if you don’t have this on hand, go ahead and purchase 2 yards of it–it’s gonna be used in a few more rows.

Begin by printing out this weeks circle template pattern here.  Note: If applique isn’t your thing, I’ve provided alternate pieced row instructions at the bottom of this post.

Trace 32 circles onto the paper side of the HeatnBond lite.  Iron onto the wrong side of the pink fabric.

Cut apart the circles on the traced line.

Place the circles on the 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″ white strip saved from last week.  The circles will begin and end about 1/2″ from the top and bottom of the strip and will have just under 1/2″ between the circles.  Keep them 1/4″ from the sides of the strip.  I ended up only needing 31 of the circles with this spacing.  You could also place them closer together.

A tip as you are placing the circles:  as you put the circles in place touch the tip of your hot iron onto the center of each circle.  This will activate the glue and will keep the circles in place–but, if you need to reposition them you can as they are just tacked in place lightly.

After the circles are positioned, iron them into place.  Finish the edges using a blanket stitch(or your stitch of choice) and coordinating thread.

Sew row #3 onto Rows #1 & #2.

*If you prefer not to applique you can substitute this strip with pieced squares instead.  Although I have to tell you that Elonie said this row was her favorite so far! =)  If you decide to swap out this row you will need 1/4 yard of pink fabric and 1/4 yard of white(or you can cut up the 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″ strip you saved from last week).  Cut (2) 3 1/2″ x WOF strips from both the white and the pink, subcut into 16 squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  Piece the squares together alternating pink and white to form a 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″ pieced square strip.  Sew this strip onto rows #1 & #2.

Hope you are all merrily rowing along!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7: Framed Quilt Block04.30.13

It’s that time of year again!–Time for the  Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour. =)  This magazine is such a wealth of great block designs and I am excited to have a block featured.  It even made the cover–can you guess which one it is?

As many of you know the whole quilt/block design process is my favorite part of making a quilt–it ranks right up there with my love of fabric.  This block came to be after a fun time playing in EQ7–it combines traditional patchwork with a slightly modern spin.  The solids contribute to a modern feel–they are a mix of Moda Bella Solids and Cross Weaves, Robert Kaufman Kona Solids, and maybe a Free Spirit Solid or two).

The instructions for my block, Block #700, can be found on page 71 in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7  which hits stores next week.

This block is pretty cool used just by itself in a quilt–here it is in Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda:

But, it’s even niftier when used with a 2nd block–Here I’ve used a 2nd block and Folk Tale Fabric by Natalie Lymer for Lecien Fabrics.

Or this one using Avalon by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics:

The possibilities are endless!  You can see another take on my block in the sampler, block tester, Sheryl Patton made.  It’s pictured in the Block Tester’s Gallery on page 90.  She used Lovely by Debbie Beaves for RJR fabrics and combined my block with two others to create this lovely sampler.

You can see more peeks of the blocks in the issue, visit other blogs participating in the blog hop, and enter great giveaways over on the Quiltmaker’s Blog.

Giveaway Details:

Would you like to win a copy of  the soon to hit Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks?  Just leave me a comment here & tell me about your fave type of quilt–do you prefer modern, traditional, applique?  I’ll draw a winner on Monday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Giveaway has now ended.

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