Jun 162009
 

Do you remember the Christmas Patchwork Quilt I made?  A picture to jog your memory?

Christmas Quilt

My friend, Carly, wrote up this pattern for her Etsy shop. It uses one layer cake (pre-cut 10 inch squares) and one charm pack (pre-cut 5 inch squares). It is a GREAT quilt for beginners!  The top goes together quickly since you’re using pre-cut fabric. 

So guess what?!?!?  Carly is letting me sell her patterns in my store.  And I’ve made this exact quilt available as a kit!  So  you can make one too! Even better?  This particular kit includes the backing!  You can find it here.   :-)

Christmas Fabrics for my quilt

Speaking of Christmas….we are about HALF WAY through this year!  WOW!  So even though it’s nice and warm outside – it’s not too early to start your Christmas sewing!   Did you join in the Advent Calendar Sew Along?  I guess I did since I have the button on my blog….but I haven’t made anything yet.  In fact, we have never even used an Advent Calendar in my house.  Oh well.  If you’re looking for Holiday fabrics for the sew along…or for any project,  I have added a few new things to the Seasonal Fabric section of my website.

Okay so you’ve stuck with me this long….why not have a little give away?!?!?  I would love to send ONE person the kit and pattern for this super fun Christmas Quilt.  Just leave me a comment telling me what are some of the gifts you would like to make for the holidays this year.  I like to leave these up for about a week but we’ll be leaving town next week.  So I’m guessing that I’ll need to wrap this up after the weekend.  So comment away!  And if you don’t win…well you know where to find them! :-)

Apr 272009
 

This weekend (I’m reclaiming my weekends by the way) I made several things!  Yay for sewing!  One project was a new bag for me to take to Market.  It is from a Melly & Me pattern, Meadow.

I used prints from Moda’s Wonderland and Michael Miller’s Andalucia – plus Amy Butler on the inside.

  • Tweedle Dum (light floral)
  • Pepper (Polka Dot)
  • Kiwi Jester (Green Harlequin)
  • Espresso Pod Ditz (Brown Floral)
  • Grey Wallflower (inside of bag)

I like how it turned out.  And the whole time I was sewing it, I talked to myself in an Australian accent – so that was pretty fun.  (Melly & Me is an Australian company…in case you didn’t know.)  The instructions were well written and easy to follow.  (Just FYI, Australians sew in inches, so you don’t have to convert everything to centimeters!)

The only change I made was adding a zippered pocket to the inside.  I figured that a secured area in a bag this large is always a nice option.  Zippered pockets are easy to add.  I might get around to showing you how some day.  ;-)

On a related note, my husband has asked if he could be a guest blogger.  He would like to show you all the bags I have and take a vote on if I am out of control.  :-)

Mar 252009
 

I have a finished project to share with you really really soon – but first I had to hop on here and show you Wonderland.  I fell in love with it at Quilt Market.  And the Twill – oh the twill is so nice. (Honestly, it’s some of the only fabric that I have really really wanted to NOT list for sale. Please don’t tell the other fabrics…it might hurt their feelings. But most of them are going to be reprinted – and this, well once it’s gone it’s gone!  I’ve got to start sewing pronto to make sure I can use these prints.) Wonderland is wonderful!

Jan 272009
 

The path to becoming a precut junkie is an easy road to take.  I resisted at first – but now I’m on the path and I am here to stay.  Honestly, it took me a while to warm up to the little sweets -but now I love them so!  Let’s do a quick lesson for those of you, who like me, are new to the precut world.  These pictures are from Lila Tueller’s newest collection, Soiree.  The precuts are here and the yardage should arrive next month!

The Jelly Roll:

This sweet little bundle contains 40 2 1/2 inch strips from the collection. That’s about 3 yards of fabric – and you didn’t have to cut one single strip!!!!  Just imagine what a time saver that is for you!!!!  It’s huge.  :-)

And for those of you, who like me, are not avid quilters – there are other uses!   I plan to make Haley a strip work skirt with this little beauty!  Can you just imagine what a cute little spring outfit this is going to be?  I can’t wait.  (And if I can get my work done today, sewing this skirt is precisely how I plan to spend my evening!  And just FYI, it’ll make several skirts – you’ll just need yardage for the waist band and bottom ruffle if you choose!)

The Charm Pack:

Perfectly cut 5 inch squares!

PERFECTLY CUT! Now listen, I’m not so bad with my rotary cutter.  And I can get a few perfect 5 inch squares here and there- but to get the ENTIRE collection of fabric in perfect 5 inch squares….well that’s another story! Moda has made it so easy!

I love the charms.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!  I’ve made Haley skirts and jumpers – I’ve made patchfolio covers, quilt tops, and pincushions  I just love them!

The Layer Cakes:

Here we have 40 precut 10 inch squares.  What, oh what can you do?  A LOT!  Obviously you can leave them as 10 inch squares.  You can also cut them into 4ths for 5inch squares (aka 4 charm packs!), cut them diagonally once or twice,  cut strips, and the list goes on!

I can see these getting more use in my future, for sure!  In my opinion, if you don’t know exactly what you want to make, this is the perfect precut, because the possibilities of cuts from these squares are so great!  You can make it into charm packs, jelly roll strips, turnover triangles, etc. etc. etc.

At fall market, Moda introduced 2 new precuts as well.  I had a chance to talk with Mary Jacobson from Me and My sister Designs about these new precuts.  They are the Honey Bun and the Turnover.  I’m not sure why I didn’t order any while I was there.  That must have been before my precut understanding!  ;-)  So anyway, I don’t have them in stock, but watch for these to arrive as well!

The Honey Bun: precut 1 1/2 inch strips. (a smaller version of jelly roll love)

The Turnover: precut 6 inch triangles

There are a tons of quilt patterns that take advantage of precuts – and when using precuts, you have little or no cutting!  A huge huge time saver!!!  But remember, precuts are not just for quilting.  :-)  Also, I should mention that I am working (it seems like non stop) on making improvements to my website!  I added a new section just for precuts!!!  It’s not the biggest section yet, but I can guarantee that it’ll be growin’.

PS The cupcakes we made at my sewing group were from Sandi Henderson’s cupcake pattern.  They have sold out on my site, but will be restocked soon!


Dec 192008
 

I got this bright idea today.  I would make something festive to wear tonight (Christmas festivities, you know!).  “I’ll make a cute shirt.”

BAD bad idea.     The bust is like 10 times too big -and that’s saying something – cuz I’m not lacking up there – and then it was like 10 times too small in the waist and hip area – which is really not all that surprising.  So, about one o’clock I gave up, put a frozen pizza in (hmm….shocking I have waist problems when I eat such wonderful meals, eh?) and threw it in the trash.

EEK – I know!  I feel a little bit lot guilty about that.  I really do.  But you see – that fabric has absorbed so much anger and frustration and if I touch it again the same feelings will immediately overwhelm me and therefore ruin any re-purposing project I might attempt.  The good news is that it’s in my sewing trash and not the kitchen trash, so if guilt is still ruling my life tomorrow morning, it may get rescued – only to immediately be cut apart so I don’t have to remember the horrific experience from this morning.  Sorry no pictures of the first disaster – you know, the whole anger ruling over me thing.

Okay – so it’s like 1:30.  You think I would give up on the whole “I should make something to wear tonight” thought.  Would you believe that I am just a little bit stubborn?!?!?  So I start over with a new pattern and new fabric. (And no, I didn’t pre-wash my fabric – I have no time for such formalities at this point.)  I’m nearly finished when my hubby arrives home at 3:45.  I just have to hem the tunic and sew on a button.  I try it on – and then my husband says something genius like “You’re wearing that?  It doesn’t look finished.”  The translation in my head goes more like this.  “Oh my Lord, you look horrible – you fat cow.”  So I rip it off, put on my black sweater (black is slimming, you know) and stomp back downstairs.  *sigh*

Just now I decided to try it on again.  It’s not THAT bad – is it?  Maybe it’s the whole long shirt/dress thing over jeans that really messed up my husband.  (I’m hoping it wasn’t the fat cow thing.)  I am meeting some friends tomorrow for lunch – maybe I’ll wear it then (if I get the hem done – oh yeah, and the tie sash thingy – right now that’s just a strip of fabric.)

The earrings, however, are good no matter what I wear.    They are from my friend ModMoxie.  I think they are wonderful!  Visions of sugar plums dance in my head.   :-)