Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Huge Labor Day Sale Event

Hi I just wanted to post about my 
HUGE Labor Day Sale Event
happening on my etsy site.

35% off 
Regular priced fabric yardage, fat quarter bundles, 
fat eighth bundles, charm packs, jelly rolls, 
patterns, kits and precuts

Art Gallery
Penny Rose
Studio E
Michael Miller
Ella Blue
Robert Kaufman
and many more

50% off clearance items as well!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Classic Vintage Hope Blooms Log Cabin Quilt

Once again the awesome Fat Quarter Shop has created a pattern
and video to showcase a newer quilting notion.
If you didn't know, Creative Grids produces
a wide variety of rulers for every quilting need.
The newest in the Classic Vintage series
highlights the 8" Log Cabin Trim Tool by Creative Grids.


The pattern can be done without this ruler.
However, I was curious about it.
Thoughtfully, I asked the question, why would a company create a useless ruler?
There must be something about it that makes it special.
When I read the pattern and looked at the pictures,
 I was like "meh", no big difference than any other ruler.
I followed along.
Ignore that the picture shows the curvy log cabin trim tool....
I opened the wrong ruler at first - hey I was excited for a new toy!

I cut pieces for one block...
a trial block if you will -
out of Modern Country by Mary Elizabeth Kinch, 
Hello Darling and Atusko Matsuyama 30's collection.
The free pattern can be found on Fat Quarter Shop here.

I highly recommend that you watch the video - really- no really I do.

Once I started trimming the block with the ruler, I quickly figured out how cool it is.
You square up each round before you add another.
It's perfect.

I mean perfect.
I was stunned.
After watching me sew and trim for a while, my 8 year old said, that is so cool. 
Then she went to ask me to make her a whole quilt like this.
love them.

My block turned out perfect. 
The ruler was worth every penny (yes, I bought it, wasn't given to me).
It was simple to use... and right now, simple is best for me. 
Nothing frustrates me more than a tool too complicated to use!

So if you are wanting to make a simple quilt accurately, 
I highly recommend the Log Cabin Trim Tool.

Thank you for reading my little blog,

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Winner Winter Wonderland giveaway

Winner of the Winter wonderland giveaway - a fat eighth of Ella Blue basics is

Thank you for all the great comments. 
I really appreciated that you took time to comment.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Winter Wonderland Sew Along Block #5 and a giveaway

I am super excited to be a part of the Winter Wonderland Sew Along.
The Winter Wonderland Sew Along is the Sleigh Bell Sampler. 
 Each week you make two of these adorable blocks!!!
If you have just discovered this sew along, the book can be purchased at the Fat Quarter Shop
Sherri asked me to participate while we chatted at quilt market this spring. 
I thought...I will have plenty of time to make a block or project.
Um, I think you know where this is going....
My Block is #5 the Wreath.
I gathered my fabrics including Ella Blue's basics 
red tone on tone stripe, green cross hatch 
and Lecien basic white with aqua dots.

Cutting was simple...small pieces for sure with some 1" x 1"!

I adore how my block turned out.
Sherri is sharing the block construction on her blog here.

A few commented that my block was constructed incorrectly.

I frogged it at 7 am and re-stitched it. 
While I was stitching the block I had a ton of trouble with my sewing machine. 
I was frustrated. 
I guess I wasn't paying attention to my block placement.

The improved block looks great!

I would like to turn this into a potholder for the holidays.
I thought for sure I would have had time yesterday to quilt it and bind it.
That didn't happen.
I was unpacking fabric bolts and cutting a bunch of bundles.

To help you get started or continue your sew along, 
I'm giving away a fat eighth bundle of the new Ella Blue basics - 37 prints!

Just leave a comment on this post. 
I will draw on August 17,2015.
thanks for reading ;)
p.s. I have 30% off Back to School sale in my etsy shop!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Christmas in July sale 25% off

Just a quick note to let you know that I am having a 
Christmas in July sale in my etsy shop 
starting Noon eastern time today through Tuesday July 28 midnight.
25% off on all regular price items. 
50% off clearance
Several new fabric lines have arrived including 
Modern Country by Mary Elizabeth Kinch

Very Merry Sandy Gervais
I have tons of stash building low volume fabrics 

and brand new precuts from Moda 
Hello Darling Bonnie and Camille

Farmhouse by Fig Tree

Varsity by Sweetwater
and many more

p.s. I am permanently in one state now, there should be no shipping delays! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Four Square Fun at Connecting Threads


I created this Four Square Fun pattern a couple of years ago. 
It's a super easy large block quilt that launched the idea for my Large Block Quilts book. 

I was over the moon when I found out that Connecting Threads
 has recreated the pattern as a kit in their NEW fabric line
Animals ABC by Alyssa Thompson of Penguin and Fish.
It's an organic quilt cotton fabric line for kids.

Isn't it adorable?
And quite a change from the original
 made with Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater for Moda.

Do you ever order from Connecting threads?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Blog Hop - Farm Fresh Flower

I am so happy to be sewing a bit again.

I have been struggling to find the motivation to sew with all the changes still happening in my life.
In the last 60 days I've sold my office, my office real estate, the school year ended and we have our house in contract.  I spend 4 nights a week in Ohio and hours and hours in airports each week. 
While I wait, I do english paper piecing,
games on my i-pad if I don't feel the itch to stitch
or swoon over friends' Instagram accounts.
I have been drooling over Lori's instagram
Beelori1 showing her new book, blocks, projects and retreats.

As soon as I had a copy of her book Farm Girl Vintage in my hands, 
I was instantly smitten with every - single - project. 
There are many simple blocks made extra special with the fabric choices.

I think that the fabric choices are the key to a real farm girl vintage look. I love the way that Lori keeps with a theme and changes the sizes, making bed sized quilts and table runners from the same block designs. I have made 5 of the 12" blocks and all of them sewed together lickety split.

Here is my version of the week 8 block
 Farm Fresh Flower.

I used several different low volume ( aka background ) fabrics 
with some 1930's reproduction fabrics by Yuwa Japanese designer Atsuko Matsuyama.
 You can get these fabrics HERE on sale today 25% off!

It's not too late to join #farmgirlfridays on instagram
 and the Fat Quarter Shop has bundles of fat quarters chosen
by Lori to get you started.
Plus there are alphabitties , Lori's new fabric line Modern Mini's 

and a copy of Farm Girl Vintage available as well.
If you would like to check out the other blogger participating in the sew along,
they are listed here with all the gorgeous blocks

well I'm off the pack orders, clean bathrooms 
and IF I am lucky...
sew more on the farm girl friday ;)