WIP Wednesday07.23.14

MBS Project

I think it’s time to let you all in on a secret…drumroll…I am a serial project starter–much less so of a project finisher.  Ha!–I know many quilters claim to have this same dilemma.  But, seriously ladies–sometimes the unfinished projects take over!

When I started quilting over 15 years ago, I told myself that I would only purchase enough fabric to work on one project at a time, finish said project and then move onto the next.  I even said this out loud…to other quilters…I am sure they all had a good laugh at that one!

So, my hope is that by sharing a couple WIP’s with you every Wednesday, it will give me the motivation to finish the project by the following Wednesday so I can share the finishes with you.  Hopefully it will help a bit, but I know that my personal projects often get pushed to the back burner for other deadlines.  Well, and of course, it is still summer and that means all kinds of summer fun with the girls!  I’m curious to see how my schedule pans out this fall…the littlest miss will be heading off to Kindergarten and it will be the first time in 9 years that I will have days with no kids at home.  Our school district is still deciding as to whether our Kindergartener’s will be going to school every other day or every day.  Either way, there are going to be kidless days…weird!

So, the project at the top of the page is MBS project–I won’t be able to share the finish with you next Wednesday but it will be completed by then!

My 2nd project is my sew-together-bag….it still needs sewn together. =)

Sew Together Bag

And the last project I would love to finish in the next week is a Metro Rings Quilt.

Metro Rings

I’ve been wanting to try out the Quick Curve Ruler and when I was asked to make a quilt to donate to auction off, I knew now was the time.  I am very excited about this quilt–the lady(a relative of my husband) left the pattern design and fabric choices 100% up to me…but, she mentioned several times during our conversation how much she loved my Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt(my pattern is available on MBS).

Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt

Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt

I showed her the new Miss Kate line of fabric knowing it was a sister collection to Ruby which was used in my original design.  I got the feeling she wasn’t entirely sold on Miss Kate(much as I would have loved a good excuse to purchase some more of this line!)–so I raided my stash and pulled fabrics with a similar color palette to make a scrappy quilt with the same feel.  I cannot wait to see this quilt finished, I think it is going to be beautiful. =)  And, I think she will love it!

So, those are the 3 projects I would love to have finished by next week at this time…fingers crossed! =)

Tell me, what are your tried and true tricks for keeping the unfinished projects under control?

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A Change of Pace01.09.14

Perle

This week has been a fun week for us so far.  Our schools were supposed to be back in session on the 2nd but due to weather today is the first whole day that the kids are back.  It was great having such a long break after Christmas–I’m sure many of you moms can relate!  The Christmas gifts my girls received kept them busy–I don’t know how many hours Chloe spent with her Rainbow Loom.  And I have to admit to having just as much fun with it as she does.

Hand Quilting

I was able to spend some time hand quilting.  Who wants to be out in negative temperatures?  It was the perfect time to hunker down with some quilts, some old shows, and some hand quilting.  BTW, any favorite series I should catch up on?–I still have quite a bit of hand quilting to do and am always looking for fun series.

Floss

Yesterday, Chloe had a half day of school so after dropping her off, Elonie and I headed up to one of my LQS’s and picked up some embroidery floss.  I have a fun project in mind for the floss, if all goes well I’ll be sharing it with you on my blog as a BOM of sorts.

FreshCut

I also was so inspired by some quilts blocks that I saw on instagram that I was “forced” to make another quick trip to pick up the pattern from another LQS(I’ve got a lot of them close to me)–can’t beat growing up in an Amish town–you will never want for a quilt shop! =p

I think I might turn these fabrics/pattern into a quilt for our bed.  Right now we have a Pottery Barn quilt on our bed.  For some reason, I’ve gotten a bit of flack about that in the past.  Surely I’m not the only quilt maker with a PB quilt on their bed? =p

The giveaway for the Liberty Fabrics is still going strong–If you haven’t entered yet there’s still time!

Have a creative Thursday!

 

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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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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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That Red Quilted Pillow–A Free Tutorial03.20.13

I get asked quite frequently for a tutorial on this little pillow which I made for a class I taught awhile back.  It’s gotten pinned and repinned quite a bit over on pinterest–especially after Joann Fabrics pinned it(how fun!).

Can’t take credit for the Daisy pillow–I received it in a round of the Pillow Talk Swap.

I’ve decided to offer the tutorial here on my blog for anyone interested in making one of their own!  It’s a super easy tutorial with tons of pictures–including all of the finishing details(binding/pillow back).  The quilting is easy to do & a perfect project for a beginning quilter.

Patchwork Pillow Tutorial

The tutorial itself doesn’t have the supplies listed so here they are:

Pillow Supplies:

25–3″ squares of assorted fabrics

1/2 yard fabric for pillow top backing and pillow backing or a 15″ square piece of muslin for pillow top back and 1/3 yard print fabric for pillow backing)

1/4 yd. fabric for binding

14″ square piece of batting

505 Spray & Fix temporary adhesive

Perle Cotton

embroidery needle (size 5)

water erasable marker

thimble (optional if preferred for quilting)–quilting can also be done without a thimble for this project

12″ pillow form

Enjoy!

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Garden District Pillow03.04.13

Yay!–I finally get to share my Garden District pillow with you all!  I designed and made this pillow almost two years ago!  Yikes, I can’t believe it’s really been that long.

I designed Garden District for Heather Bostic’s book Pillow Pop–a book featuring fun pillow designs from over 20 different designers/bloggers.

The fabrics I used are from Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks voile collection and a tan linen.  The combo of the two weights of fabric was a little bit tricky to work with but the end product is so striking.

One of my fave parts of the pillow is the colorful hand quilting using perle cotton.  I’ve been asked often what type of needle I prefer for quilting with perle.  I use an embroidery needle–the larger eye and longer needle are perfect for working with the heavier weight thread (I usually use 8 wt. perle).

I finished off the pillow with a simple envelope enclosure but I added a fun little strip of pieced fabric to spice the back up a bit.

I’m happy to have my pillow back home after it’s long absence!–It’s happily living on my couch. =)

BTW, in case you missed the scrap basket update in my last post, they were spoken for in just a couple minutes after my post.  They’ve been mailed off and received into their new home where they will hopefully be made into something fabulous.

I do still have scraps that I will need to unload again sometime and judging by all you scrap lovers (myself included!) a scrappy giveaway may be in order at some point in time.

Happy Sewing!

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Quilting with Perle Cotton08.21.12

I have received numerous questions recently about using Perle Cotton for quilting whether by hand or by machine.  So, I thought I’d talk a bit about the two techniques.

The Faux Sashiko pillow(pictured above) that I designed for the fall issue of Stitch magazine was machine quilted using Perle Cotton.  This is a great time saving trick, but one I would really only reccommend on smaller projects–my machine gets a bit cranky when using the heavier weight thread and I certainly wouldn’t want to attempt it on a larger quilt.

When I machine quilt using Perle, I only use the Perle for my top thread–the bobbin thread is regular thread.  I use 8 wt. Perle cotton–although 12 wt. might make my machine a bit happier with me.  I always lengthen my stitches–I usually set my stitch length as long as I can on my Bernina.  And I manually pull the thread off the Perle cotton spool so my machine doesn’t have to work so hard.  I leave my tension at the same setting I would use for regular sewing.

My Fall Petals Pillow is hand quilted using 8 wt. Perle Cotton.  Hand quilting with Perle Cotton is essentially the same thing as hand quilting with quilting weight thread.  The technique is the same, but you take longer stitches and you get to use prettier thread. =p

There are a lot of great resources for hand quilting–one of my favorites is from Mary.

Appliqued Pillow

 I almost exclusively use Finca Perle Cotton which I can now purchase locally.  Prior to purchasing locally, I purchased online from Yarn Bazaar.  I was able to purchase a color card from them which is a wonderful tool if you are unable to view the thread colors in person.

Machine Quilted Journal Cover

 Hopefully this answers some of your burning questions about quilting with Perle Cotton! =p

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Fall Petal Pillow & Giveaway08.20.12

I am very excited to once again have gotten the opportunity to work with Stitch Craft Create Magazine. =)  My Fall Petal Pillow is featured in the Fall 2012 issue which just came out.

We all know that I’ve kinda got a “thing” for applique and hand quilting.  This pillow combines the best of both worlds.  And I always love working with fall colors–and that unexpected pop of blue just works so well in my opinion.

There are so many cute projects in this issue of SCC…paper, yarn, fabric, felt, thread…I think that’s why I like this mag so much!  It’s just got a ton of cuteness going on–and as a mama who loves crafting, with a 7 year old daughter who loves crafting, we always find cute new projects we want to try & new inspiration on every page.

Can I tell you how much I enjoy being able to use Flea Market Fancy for binding!–No fear of not being able to buy more…at least for now…which is perfect, ’cause I love that little posey as a binding.

Shannon, the editor of Stitch Craft Create Magazine, was kind enough to send along an extra Fall issue for me to give away to one of my readers!  If you haven’t checked out Stitch Craft Create Magazine yet, or if you have and you’re addicted to it (like me), just leave me a comment for a chance to win a copy of your own. =)

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I’m in American Patchwork & Quilting!12.13.11

The February 2012 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting arrived in my mailbox last week & I’ve gotta admit to being quite excited to see it in my mailbox….because:

My quilt, “Butterscotch Squares” is in this issue! =)  Designed and pieced by me–and hand quilted by my mom.  I have wanted to to be published in AP&Q for quite some time–one of those bucket list things & last spring I decided to do something about that—I figured it doesn’t hurt to try!  And lo and behold, I about peed my pants when I heard back that they liked my design and wanted to publish it. =)

Butterscotch Squares features both piecing and applique.  I used Moda Bella Solids for the pieced portion of the quilt and a variety of Fig Tree Quilts fabrics for the appliqued petals.  I also think this quilt would be amazing made using white/charcoal and a variety of scrappy brights for the applique!


Happy Tuesday!

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Pillow Talk Swap Pillow Received10.22.11

Pillow Talk Swap Pillow Received

I was so delighted to receive this wonderful pillow last week from my Pillow Talk Swap partner, Mary.  Mary is a wonderful gal and has a great blog full of all things quilty so I was very excited to see a package in my mailbox from her!

Mary beautifully hand quilted this pillow using bright threads for pops of color–combined with linens (2 of my favorite things) and threw in some Heather Ross for good measure.  A sure fire winner! =)  And her piecing is fabulous–we all know I am a sucker for some great piecing!

Thank you so very much Mary!  So excited to finally have a non-rainy day to snap some pictures and share my wonderful pillow!

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