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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 7

Petal Path

Petal Path is on the blog today!–It features Avignon fabrics by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake.  The thing I especially love about this quilt is that the petals can be made using large scale prints–they are oversized petals.

Petal Path Quilt

The accompanying pillow is also larger at 24″ square.

Petal Path Pillow

I added some of my favorite big stitch hand quilting using 8 wt. Perle.  If you are unsure about adding hand quilting to a project or if you want to try just a bit, start with a pillow and mix it in with straight line machine quilting.

Hand Quilting

Adding in the hand quilting will give your pillow a little bit of something extra without adding a lot of time to your project.

I hope you are all enjoying seeing the quilts from Playful Petals.  I have the last two quilts to share this week and I will also be sharing another free quilt pattern with you all.  And I’ve got a great giveaway lined up for the end of the tour–some of my favorites are on board! =)

Playful Petals HeaderToday, Amber from Gigi’s Thimble will be sharing about Playful Petals on her blog.  I always love seeing what Amber is up to over on IG–she always has such cute projects going on!  Make sure to pop over and see what she’s up to today on her blog. =)

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Great Granny Squared Blog Tour and Giveaway

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:


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!


Great Granny Sew Along Week 1



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:


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


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. =)


Great Granny Sew Along



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.


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). =)



Girls!–I can’t tell you how excited I am for this fabric!  Do any of you have that elusive fabric line..you’ve seen it in some other form(paper, wallpaper, artwork) and wished forever that it would be a fabric line?

I have wished & dreamed about the Sidewalks Scrapbook collection by October Afternoon becoming a fabric line for sooo long!

I would see these papers and think…if only…

And stumble across things like this:

And think what fabulous fabric this would be!

This print especially…

I even went so far as to contemplate how bad it would be to upload to spoonflower and print for my own use…I never did of course!

Since October Afternoon designs for Riley Blake I knew there was a chance that someday it might be fabric.  And girls, that day has come!

I am soooo excited!–Now I just have to wait until September.

And while we are talking about fantastic fabric lines…Cinderberry Stitches has teamed up with Riley Blake for this fun little line:

Cute Right?!

Riley Blake is knocking it out of the park this fall!

Pillows Projects

Buttoned Up Pillow

Today I’m sharing another recent magazine project.  This is my “Buttoned Up” pillow for the winter 2013 issue of Stitch Craft Create.  It takes full advantage of two hot trends right now…chevron and buttons.  Plus it’s super easy and you can whip it up in a jiffy!

Did you know that you can buy fantastic assorted bulk buttons from the Martha Pullen store?

I had to take a screen shot of all these lovelies!–Aren’t they fabulous!  I have been itching to work with these buttons–so when Shannon, the editor of Stitch Craft Create, asked if I had any projects up my sleeve and offered to send me buttons to use for my Buttoned Up pillow idea I jumped at the chance.

I love the way it turned out!–a super fun and quick project.  I machine quilted my pillow top following the chevron pattern.  This was actually the trickiest part of making the pillow for me–some of the larger buttons were a little bit tricky to navigate around.

And just look at all the cute buttons–I love the little flower ones.  And I stacked some of them to give it a little bit more added interest.

My chevron pillow is currently sitting on this fun little chair.  This was another project I took on during my break.  I picked up two gnarly chairs from my local thrift store, painted them, and refinished the chair cushions.  Love the way they turned out.

I picked up the cushion fabric online here–it’s a home decor weight fabric by Cosmo Cricket for their Odds and Ends fabric for Moda.  It’s also available in aqua and in green.  It is a beautiful text print and was just what I was looking for–I may end up picking it up in another color way (or two).  This fabric is also available in quilting weight fabric–just as cute, but the print is much smaller.

If you’d like a Buttoned Up pillow of your own, this issue of Stitch Craft Create is in stores now.

Happy sewing!


Winter Solstice Quilt

Today I’m sharing with you one of the most recent quilts I have designed for P&B Textiles, “Winter Solstice”.  I totally flaked on taking any pictures of my own, which I now wish I had so I’d have more pics to share with you!  When I receive fabrics for my quilts from P&B, time is truly of the essence and the quilt tops must be on their way back in as little time as possible…usually a day or two at most.

Winter Solstice Quilt using Marguerite & Marmalade Fabrics

My design features a Kaleidoscope quilt block and an alternate “9 patch block”(it’s not quite a 9 patch).  No curved piecing although it has the illusion of curves.

The free pattern is available in a large and small size.

The last two photos feature fabrics from Marguerite by Cindi Walker for Riley Blake & Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.  The pattern works very well for showing off a limited color palette.  I was primarily working with blues/greys for the P&B quilt so I went with a high contrast design to show off the fabrics.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Fall Petal Pillow & Giveaway

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. =)

Fabric Stash Giveaways

Birthday Giveaway Day #4

And my weeklong celebration continues with Kerri of Sew Deerly Loved!

I’ve gotten to know Kerri through various swaps that I have participated in.  You might remember the pillow above that I made for her in the last round of the Pillow Talk Swap.  Or, the pillow below that I made from hexagons received from Kerri during the Hexagon Swap.

Kerri has a wonderful shabby taste in fabrics and a design asthetic that really resonates with a lot of quilters.  Her blog is a wonderful feast for the eyes & her shop is chock full of red/aqua/pink fabric and a mix of other cute fabrics.

I dearly love each new Lecien Flower Sugar line of fabric–I always love the shabby prints and bright pops of color.

Flower Sugar Fabric Bundle--Photo Courtesy of Kerri

And of course this Sugar and Spice bundle fits right in with Kerri’s love of Red/Aqua fabric:

Sugar & Spice Bundle--Photo Courtesy of Kerry

Not only does Kerri have a wonderful selection of fabrics but she has got some great trims as well.  These buttons are just the cutest little things ever!

Riley Blake Buttons--Photo Courtesy of Kerri

I’m stoked that Kerri is joining in to help me and you all celebrate my birthday!  And I’m even more stoked about the giveaway Kerri suggested…how about a 1/2 yd. bundle of Sew Cherry?!?

Sew Cherry 1/2 yd. Bundle--Photo Courtesy of Kerri

 This fabric just came out and isn’t it the cutest fabric!  I’ve been eyeing it ever since I saw the previews and Kerri’s picture makes it look even cuter!  And the giveaway gets even better…Kerri is throwing in a yard of the coordinating ribbon:

Photo Courtesy of Kerri

Aaaannnd, as if that weren’t enough, right?!?–A coordinating crocheted cherries and flower set:

Photo Courtesy of Kerri

How’s that for a fabulous Giveaway!!

You have 3 chances to enter–Please make sure that I have a way to contact you!

 1. Leave a comment.

2. If you are a follower of mine or become one, leave a 2nd comment.

3. If you are a follower of Kerri or become one, leave a 3rd comment.

The giveaway will be open thru Tuesday, May 17 & I will draw the winner on Wednesday.

May sure to enter the giveaways from the last couple days if you haven’t already!  And stop back tomorrow for another great giveaway!

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Pretty Little Pillow

They Grey/Yellow Fabrics I talked about last week have been turned into a fun pillow.  And for those of you wondering about my bobbin debacle–those blocks have since been resewn–and I want to give a huge shout out to all of us merrily sewing along with no thread. =)  My mom couldn’t believe I had sewn that many blocks without realizing I had no bobbin thread & hubby said “do the blocks stay together when they aren’t sewn?”…”thanks, hubby….very helpful.”  I was very glad to see so many other people in the same boat as me. =)

On to the Grey/Yellow pillow…the pattern is an “improved nine patch” or glorified nine patch”–I have seen it called by both names.  It is an older quilt pattern, maybe early 1900’s?,  usually involving many templates to make the blocks.  It’s a pattern that I have wanted to try for awhile and I knew that one of my back issues of American Patchwork and Quilting had a pattern for it.  I was getting all set to dig thru my issues to try to locate it–I have probably 10 years or so of issues so it was gonna be a bit of a task.  Well, lo and behold, look what arrived in my mailbox.

The newest issue of AP&Q–and what did my little eyes spy…

That’s right, a pattern for an Improved Nine Patch.  And what a great pattern it is–only two templates required…so much nicer than all of the templates typically required.  There is a bit of fabric waste using this method but it went together so nicely–I’d definitely use this method again.  I had originally thought I would make an 18″ pillow using 4 nine patch blocks–they finish at 9″.  But in the end, opted for one nine patch framed with a gray border followed by a white border.

I sandwiched the quilt top, stippled it, and finished with a grey binding.  I wish I had remembered to snap a picture of the back–it’s pretty cute and it has some fun new labels that I just got recently from Lilla Lotta–she has the cutest ribbons!

April ends Rachel’s Blogger’s Pillow Party–I can’t believe it’s been 4 months already!  So, this is my final entry. =)

Blogger's Pillow Party