Friday, February 05, 2016

Cutting, sewing and a big sale!

Hello hello... It's been a few weeks since my last post. Pretty typical for me really. I get real motivated because I have to blog ;) and the life sort of takes over.

I have been starting a few quilt projects. I haven't really finished any.
This project is suppose to be a pillow. I chose the new Moda Regent Street Lawns with some Zen Chic Modern paper background text print.
It's about half done.

I tend to get distracted easily and decided I should cut some 5" square of low volume prints for my etsy shop. There are still a few listed there if you want to add to your stash from mine.

I have spoke quite a few times about my mother-in-law and quilting.
She loves to make stuff. Quilting, embroidery or amazing Indian food....
however, as time goes on she is having more and more days when her right wrist swells. It swells to the point that she can't cut with a rotary cutter or stir a pot of soup :(

The last time she was visiting she asked if I make a project to cut one for her so that she could just sit and sew. Well I decided to take that a step further and cut her some kits. 
All the pieces cut, labeled and ready to sew. 
I particularly like patterns with precuts (less cutting for me) and that are small and manageable for her to machine quilt if she wants such as table toppers.
Pieced Tree patterns makes quite a few very simple projects on a small card. 
I have used their patterns long before I designed my own. 

My mother-in-law has made most of my patterns so I needed to branch out.
I also cut up a snowman pattern by Pieces of my Heart. I know it's after Christmas but I'm hoping she'll make it for me for next Christmas ;) LOL

While all that fun was happening the new Yuwa Sunday 9 am prints arrived and a bundle of Atsuko Matsuyama 30's collection Strawberry Squared.

They are all listed on my etsy site and by the way there is 40% off ALL regular prices and 60% off clearance through 2/14/16 midnight! Pre-orders of the new Moda Sample spree fabrics are included in the sale. They are arriving around 2/12/16 and shipping by 2/15/16.  Volume II by Sweetwater, Just a Speck, Lollies and Beyond the scenes by Jen Kingwell, Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique, and Flow by Zen Chic.

Here are some of the prints I cut for 5" and 2.5" mini charm packs. If you haven't used Yuwa fabric before you can pick up a charm pack to get a feel for colors and texture of the fabric.
until next time...happy sewing...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Paperie Receiving Blanket - a Top -10 Video 2015

This is my last project highlight of the Top 10 of 2015 from the Fat Quarter Shop
I really enjoyed making this one.

At first I wasn't sure what fabric to use - that is until Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi arrived.
I was smitten with Paperie and I knew it had to be made into a baby item - items.
I don't think this will be my last Paperie quilt or project.
The Bloom and Bliss video that accompanies this receiving blanket free project can be seen here:

This post is a bit heavy on the pictures, for some reason I was camera happy when I sewed.
I have a big cutting table - thankfully.
Since I began sewing this around the holidays
 I didn't want to get my design board out - company was coming!

The video shows very nicely how Kimberly pins her pieced top for the receiving blanket.

She goes into detail about the corners too.
Luckily I had already purchased this nifty creative grids ruler for another project.

It really made the corners easy. Easy to draw, sew and cut.

Here are a few peaks of my blanket.

Tomorrow is always fresh - right at the seam :)

Look at these corners! I used Aurifil thread 50wt. for my entire project. For some reason Aurifil is the only thread my Janome 'likes'. I have tried others and my mother in law has a Pfaff and she can only use Connecting Threads thread successfully. Makes you wonder why? Maybe there's a reason. 
Sorry I digress...

Here's the finished receiving blanket top.
Ready to be gifted.

 I would love for you to share your #fqsreceivingblanket or any other #FQSTop10 quilts for 2015 on Instagram. For every #FQSTop10 post you do, you will be entered for a chance to win a Fat Quarter Shop $100 Gift Certificate! This fun contest ends January 31, 2016 and the winner will be announced on Instagram February 1, 2016. Good luck and happy quilting everyone! 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Top 10 Videos 2015 Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt - the Spun Sugar Way....

We are continuing to celebrate the Top 10 Videos of 2015 with the Fat Quarter Shop this week.
Once again I thought it would be an excellent idea to participate. 
Everyone learns a little differently, visual, auditory, etc..
I learn by seeing something done and doing it.  
I can read a pattern and make a quilt 
but there are times when a demonstration is the key to my success - no doubt.
I think that is where my appreciation for the Fat Quarter Shop videos began.
When I made the design boards by Lori Holt - I watched the video 3 times. 
I did. I know they are simple, right? 
well it was easier for me to watch how she did it vs. just pictures or words.
So how does that relate to the post?
Well this particular project, although very easy sewing, required me to watch the video a dozen times.

It is a great video that accompanies the pattern.
To make the tree skirt, 
you need to buy and download the pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.
Grab a jelly roll and backing and you are on your way.

 Now you are probably asking,
 why does my title say a Jelly Roll Tree Skirt - the Spun Sugar way?
Great question.
Basically, once I reviewed the pattern, I decided a couple of things.
It was after Christmas and although I could probably use a new tree skirt, what I REALLY needed was a Valentine themed tree skirt - only smaller.

I  thought, I would use thinner strips, in pink and modify a few other things.
I used the video to help me with what direction I was placing my pink strips.
I made 3 going the same way - 
before I realized what I should change to get them to go in the other direction.

I'm telling you, the video is excellent and completely cleared up my confusion.

So remember when I said I made modifications?
I added connector corners to my blocks in the background fabric. 
Wham! a heart shape just that quick.

I added a center and corner background pieces that matched my altered dimensions.
Please don't ask what they were - I actually kind of winged it.
My heart blocks came out smaller than the original pattern 
and if you do this with jelly roll strips - yours might vary as well.
I realize that it isn't perfect. 
Most of the strips are on bias and that can lead to a little 'wiggle' of the quilt top.
Over all I like where this is going.
I need to quilt it, make a center circle cut for where the tree trunk will be and bind it.
Not much to do at all! LOL
But I have a few more weeks before Valentine's Day.
I did intend on finishing this for the post today. 
I became a little side tracked with the hand quilting - stitching
 on my mini charm box quilt - who wouldn't?
The Fat Quarter Shop would love for you to share your #joyfuljellyroll or any other #FQSTop10 quilts for 2015 on Instagram. For every #FQSTop10 post you do, you will be entered for a chance to win a Fat Quarter Shop $100 Gift Certificate! This fun contest ends January 31, 2016 and the winner will be announced on Instagram February 1, 2016. Good luck and happy quilting everyone! 

Friday, January 08, 2016

New Year - Increase Shipping Rates - boo and a Sale - YEAH!

Hi again,
I'm blogging today as a public service announcement of sorts. 
Once again on January 17, 2016 our USPS will be increasing it's rates, 
a 10% and 22% increase depending on the class of postage. 
I offer a flat rate postage in my etsy shop, however, priority rates are increasing
 and unfortunately I will have to increase my rate as well.
In addition, international shipping rates are also taking a hike in price. 
Until January 17th you can enjoy a slightly lower rate shipping 
I have my clearance items up to 70% off.

On the 17th my shipping rates will increase from $5.95 flat rate U.S. to $6.50 flat rate fee.
International rate will go from $26.50 to $30.00 USD - I can fit up to 9 yards in a flat rate padded envelope - send me a custom order request for accurate (cheaper) shipping :)

Many new fabrics were added to clearance 
and I may be adding more as the days go on. 
I just have too much fabric.
I have had my shelving not only fall once -
but actually twice - once was just this last weekend and well it was a mess

as you can see.
All other etsy shop items will be up to 30% off.

 I have to clear some bolts, please take advantage
 if you are looking for backing fabric etc.
I can barely walk in my sewing/shop area.
Many clearance fabrics are $3-4 a yard.
Message me if you need more yardage than what's listed.
 I just might have it in stock after all.
Thank you for reading and helping me clear out this January.
p.s. clearance sale ends January 25, 2016 midnight.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Charm Box Quilt Mini - Fat Quarter Shop Top 10 Videos 2015

I have had the privilege of making several of the free projects that are offered by the Fat Quarter Shop over the years. 2015 was no exception.
I am not sure how many video tutorials were produced to accompany the free patterns
 but I know what the Top 10 best are.
Over the next few days the Fat Quarter Shop, 
along with several bloggers, will recap the best 10 of 2015.  

Today we look back at the Charm Box Quilt. 
I'll be honest, I didn't make it first time around.
I had quite a bit happening in my life in 2015 that prevented me from sewing as much as I'd liked to.
Anyhow, I decided that it's 2016 now, sew I will this year!

Recently, well, it's stretches further back than that, 
I have been smitten with Lori Holt's fabrics and projects.
 I would say it really began in 2011.  I met Lori in Salt Lake City as quilt market. 
I fell in love with her patterns and fabric and as you know - she hasn't stopped since.
Her latest fabric line is Calico Days. 
I loved it so much, I bought bolts of the entire line for my etsy shop.
Calico Days seemed like a perfect project for my Charm Box Quilt.
Here is the video that Fat Quarter Shop made to accompany the free pattern.

This pattern couldn't be easier. I decided on making the mini version.

Typical for me, I couldn't just make a plain old small quilt.
I decided to doctor it up with a little hand stitching.
I used the Aurifil 12wt. cotton thread for 'big stitch' quilting.
That heart template is from Laundry Basket Quilts 
and it fit perfectly inside my light squares in the middle of the quilt.

I used a brown pigma pen to make my 'big stitches' with the template as a guide.
I wanted the stitches to be as even as possible...
I needed a guide let me tell you :)

Here is the mini as I was stitching my hearts, notice I just pinned basted this project.

 I added more colorful stitching in the sashings.
I love the big stitches on this.

I may add more stitches to the border but I haven't quite decided how much.
If I quilt it more, I'll be sure to post the update to instagram...
Speaking of instagram....
Use #charmboxquilt and #FQSTop10 when you share your pictures on Intagram & tag @fatquarter shop for a chance to win a $100 gift card.  The contest will end February 1st.

I suggest you check out the other bloggers that whipped up a Charm Box Quilt today.

I have a few favorites from the list above ;)
bet you will too.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Great Granny Twist Blog Tour - Twisted Great Granny Pouch

I have had the Great Granny Squared book by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet since it was released. 
Super cute quilts,projects and fabrics that I can never resist thumbing through.
When fat quarter shop challenged a group of bloggers to make a block with a twist....
many ideas started flowing for me.

I began with the new Sweetwater Valentine inspired line called First Crush.

In order to make a pouch, you need the book for cutting measurements.
I chose 5 fabrics and cut out a block using 1.5" strips. 
In order for a pouch to be made from a block, 
I modified the "letter F" dimensions in the pattern 
to the following: 2- 3.5" x 1.5" strips background
                       2- 1.5" x 2" strips of background
The rest of the measurements were the same as a 1.5" great granny block.
It measures about 9 1/4" square when sewn.

Once the block was sewn,
I layered it with 10" backing and batting just as I would for a little quilt.
I quilted it with cross hatch straight lines using coordinating Aurifil thread.

Next, square up the quilted block, I tried to make sure
 there was an inch of background fabric all the way around the block.
It measures about 7" square.
Remember this number can vary with the amount of quilting that is done.

I cut out a 3/4" square from 2 sides of the block... opposite sides. 
I chose a zipper that was about 14" because I wanted red for this bag.
The picture makes it look off but the zipper is connected on one end. 
I sewed the zipper to each 'long' side of the pouch. Turned it to the right side and top stitched the zipper in place.
Actually using such a long zipper allowed me working room for sewing it on.

Unfortunately, I didn't get many pictures of these steps. 
Next, match the sides of the bag - right sides together and pin from the zipper to the cut out out square area. 
Sew this seam carefully. 
Then pinch open the 'square' bottom and fold it flat. 
Sew a 1/4" seam across. This creates the 'box' bottom of the pouch.
Repeat for the other side BUT make sure your zipper is open half way.
Turn your bag right side out.

I loved this little pouch so much that I went on to make pouches
with 2" strips and 2 1/2" strips.

This grey pouch used 2" strips and a mix of fabric from my etsy shop.

The quilted block was trimmed to 9 1/2" and 
a 1" square was cut from the sides of the pouch to 'box' it.

Here is a large pouch done with Hello Darling mini charm squares.

I auditioned the look of this bag by folding the block in half before I quilted.

You can see the quilting is pretty basic - just straight lines.

This quilted block squared up to 12 1/2".

3 pouches....
perfect for gifts this season

Now as you know the Fat Quarter Shop is hosting this twisted tour 
and they kicked it off with their twist called the Great Granny Circle.
Here is the video on you tube for it.
Super cool idea....wished I'd thought of it!!

I hope that I have inspired you to make a bag or pouch from one of your granny square blocks!
Here is the list of other bloggers that had Twisted fun with their Great Granny blocks.
Lori Holt Bee in My Bonnet
Sinta of Pink Pincushion

Many more bloggers tomorrow
December 15, 2015
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage
Tina of Emily Ann's Closet
Renee of Sewn with Grace
Tricia of Notes of Serenity

Wednesday December 16, 2015
Melissa of Oh how Sweet
Marni of Haberdashery fun
Nadra of Ellis and Higgs

 Thursday December 17, 2015
Jennie of Clover & Violet
Erin of Why Not Sew
Sherri of This & That Patterns
Rachel of P.S. I Quilt
Sharon of Daisy Cottage Quilting

Friday December 18, 2015 
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studios
Pam of Pam Kitty Morning
Jamie of Busy Bee Quilts
Daisy of Ants to Sugar
Gerri of Planted Seed Designs

Again, I sincerely hope you enjoy the twisted blog tour.