Great Granny Sew Along04.16.14

GG2-SewAlong-Button

 

Did you guys see the new Sew Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop?  If you loved the Quilty Fun Sew Along you won’t want to miss this one.  This sew along features blocks from Lori Holt’s Holt’s Great Granny Squared book.

Great Granny Sew Along

You’ll find all of the fabric/supply requirements listed in this Fat Quarter Shop blog post.  And Lori talks more about the sew along here.  I had a lot of fun pulling some fabrics this morning for the sew along.

Fabrics

I can’t wait to cut into them!–It’s a mix of Lori’s line Vintage Happy, the new 30′s Playtime line from Moda, Flea Market Fancy, & Katie Jump Rope & I have a little bit of DS Quilts from Joann’s thrown in there as well.

Hope you all sew along!–There are some great prizes along the way–and I hear there are some fun bloggers kicking things off every Monday during the sew along (wink, wink). =)

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Water Wheels Quilt12.13.13

Water Wheels Quilt Pattern by Corey Yoder

I’ve got another free pattern for you all today!  This is my Water Wheels Quilt designed for P&B using their Mykonos line of fabric.

Mykonos

The quilt is a fun mix of blocks and finishes at 78″ x 92″.

Closeup

And of course I always like to share my patterns in an alternate colorway–so here it is in Little Black Dress 2 by Basic Grey for Moda:

Water Wheels Pattern by Corey Yoder

You can snag my free pattern here.

Have a Lovely Weekend!

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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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Stems {A Free Pattern}11.20.13

Stems using Color Me Happy

Stems pattern using Color Me Happy by V&Co. due out in the Spring.

It seems like a lot of the patterns that I worked on over the summer are now becoming available at the same time!  Today, I’ve got another free pattern to share with you.  This pattern is called Stems & I designed it for P&B Textiles to showcase their Garden Party line of fabric.  You can find the free pattern here.

Stems Using Garden Party

Stems Using Garden Party by P&B Textiles–available at Hawthorne Threads now.

This pattern is great to showcase just a few favorite fabrics.  In addition to the Color Me Happy version at the top of the post, I had to try it out in April Showers.

Stems using April Showers Fabric

Stems using April Showers by Bonnie & Camille–available in the Spring.

I can’t wait for some of these fabric lines to be available!  And on that note–thanks so much for all of you that visited my Etsy shop yesterday and helped me clear out some of my stash!  I added more items last night and I’ve got more to add today–really, I could keep adding all week and not run out! =p  Hopefully, I’ll be able to clear out plenty of goodies so I can shop some more in the Spring! =p

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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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Nightfall Quilt Pattern & Scraps Giveaway10.22.13

Nightfall is the quilt that I was working on last week for P&B Textiles for Quilt Market.  I designed this quilt to showcase P&B’s “Intersections” line of fabric.  It’s a paper pieced pattern and is now available for free on P&B’s website here.

If you haven’t tried paper piecing before, this is a pretty simple pattern and would make a great 1st project.

I always like seeing what my patterns look like in other fabrics–so here’s an idea of what it would look like in HoneySweet–Fig Tree Quilts newest line of fabric.

I just happen to have some scraps left over of Intersections that I would be happy to pass on to a new home.  This fabric won’t be available for a couple weeks yet so if you’ve been itching to get your hands on some now is your chance!  Intersections will also be for sale at Hawthorne Threads once it’s available.

Just leave me a comment to enter to win some Intersections scraps and I’ll draw a winner next week.

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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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My Little Sewer09.06.13

Did my title leave you wondering whether I was referring to needle and thread or flushing the toilet?  I have often wondered how two such very different words are spelled exactly the same and yet pronounced so differently with drastically different meanings.

In this case, it’s the needle and thread kind. =)  After I finished up the Chevron Cover last week, Chloe decided she wanted a cover for her Bible also.  She had been digging around in my fabrics and picking and choosing as I was working on the Chevron cover so I wasn’t surprised she now wanted one.

I had given this a little bit of thought and figured this was a sewing project, with the right pattern, that she could handle mostly on her own.  Chloe was very meticulous about her fabric choices–I was very careful not to influence her with my likes and dislikes.  This can be very hard to do as a mom!–The last time we worked on a sewing project together I couldn’t wrap my head around some of her choices and I did a bit of steering.

She started with a number of Kate Spain, Cuzco,  fabrics that she liked, then she added in some fabrics from Aneela Hoey’s Sew Stitchy line of fabric.  She’d add fabrics in, take some out, add some others in.  She’s got a great eye for color and the choices she was making were pretty much the same choices in fabrics that I would have made.  She finished off her fabric choices by adding in two fabrics from The Birds and the Bees by Tula Pink.

I cut the strips for her and did the ironing and she did all the sewing(every last stitch).  She did a great job–got good 1/4″ seam allowance practice –kept her fabrics lined up nicely & she’s got a nifty little Bible cover to show for her work.

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It’s Free Thursday {Free Patterns From Moda}08.08.13

Last week I shared some of my favorite free patterns available on the Art Gallery Fabrics website.  This week I’m sharing some of my favorite free Moda ones!  As if Moda Bake Shop didn’t have enough free goodness, the United Notions website has designer freebies!

I love this pattern and it’s available free here:

Image Courtesy of United Notions

I love the new fabric line Sweet Baby Jane & this great pattern perfectly showcases these great fabrics!:

Image Courtesy of United Notions

This quilt has been on my to do list ever since I it became available!  I think the colors are perfect and the design is stellar.  Here’s the free pattern:

Photo Courtesy of United Notions

This is a great quilt pattern by Kate Spain which showcases her Good Fortune line of fabric:

Photo Courtesy of United Notions

And last but not least(this is another one that I would love to make!) is this free Urban Cowgirl pattern by Urban Chics:

Photo Courtesy of United Notions

You will find more free Moda patterns available here.  I hope you find some great ones to add to your growing to make list!

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