Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Work in Progress

 About five months ago, my sister and I started got working on a new quilt for her bed (which means she paid for the fabric and I was the lucky one who got to cut it up and sew it back together).  She picked a pattern from the February 2013 APQ magazine.  It had a popular pattern called "Butter Churn" which you might've seen on pinterest a lot.

Anyway, its coming along so nicely - and I couldn't wait for it to be completely finished to take some pictures.  I'm loving the clean lines of the black and white.  When I first started it on it, my 4 year old said scornfully, "Just black and white?  That's not fun."  I disagree.  ;)

More to come...  She chose an awesome backing so I can't wait for it to all come together.

Friday, January 15, 2016

New Pattern!

I just finished another pattern (yeah!)  This one is so simple, but still has a striking design - I love the process of seeing a new quilt come together.  

I used the "Daysail" line of fabric by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

The finished quilt is 40" x 46" great for a baby quilt or folded at the end of a bed.

(Winner of the giveaway were contacted)

Both patterns available now in my shop.

Happy Winter Quilting - it keeps me going when I feel stuck inside with the snowy snowy snowy days.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Confetti Pattern

I started this quilt on Christmas day, when I got my Quilt in a Day Triangle Ruler (thanks to Amy Smart's post here).  Its such a great ruler - one of those things that I now have and don't know how I lived without.  And I'm so happy about how this quilt turned out.

The fabric I used was Emmy Grace by Bari J. Ackerman.  I added some solid mustard yellow for HST.

And I ended up binding it with a solid plum color - which I love.  I never think of quilting with purple, but the two times I've used it, its turned out so cute.

This is lightly quilted with straight lines and backed with my favorite "Ultra Fluffy" fabric from Joanns.  I didn't use any batting.

This quilt is simple and easy to put together.  You can find the full pattern with instructions and fabric requirements in my Etsy Shop.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Crocheted Blanket with Lining

I'm not talented in the yarn crafts, but my Mom just finished crocheting this for my niece and I had to take some pictures.  Isn't is beautiful!

It's hand quilted in between the crocheting with some light pink crochet yarn.  I love how subtle it is.

She lined it with the Wallflowers fabric by Allison Harris.  I love this line and its getting hard to find.

And its definitely winter in Utah - Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Last Minute Presents - Hair Bows

Aren't these adorable!  And once you've made one, you can whip them our really quickly using scraps.  I saw a tutorial for this on pinterest, but wanted to do one a little more in depth here on my blog.

You'll need:
- Some fabric scraps measuring 2.5" x 10"  or  5" x 5"  
- A hot glue gun
- Some metal hair clips
- A sewing machine, scissors, thread

Make yourself a little template out of paper - here's the dimensions of mine.

Lay out your scrap of fabric with right sides together, and trace your template on it.  

 Sew on the line that you drew.  Start and stop leaving about an inch open in the middle of the piece so you'll be able to turn it right sides out.  (I drew two dots to remind me not to sew through it).

Cut out your piece, leaving a 1/4" seam

Make a couple clips into the seam allowance around the curve (be sure not to clip your stitching).  This helps make the curve lay flat after you've turned it right sides out.

Turn it right sides out and press

Take a small line of hot glue, and place put it just to the left of the center of your piece.  While the glue it hot, clamp the hair clip on and let it cool.

Now tie a knot - this part if kind of finicky and you have to just play around with it till you get the knot how you like it.  It should cover the whole clip without having to fuss with adding ribbon.  I'd make a really loose knot and then pull each side in turn to make the bow as even as possible.

Here's a shot of the underside.

Ta da!

I'm going to try to make a few more of these to list in my shop - just in case you're too busy to make some yourself before Christmas.  But honestly, I can't quite promise for sure because - you know - life happens.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Favorite Christmas Patterns

I always start my Christmas sewing in November, don't finish it in time, and take it up again a year later.  True to form, I'm have two Christmas quilts that I'm trying to finish up before Dec 1st.  

If you're like me and are just starting your Christmas sewing, here are a few of the patterns I've really liked for that cute red and green fabric:

 Joyfully by Allison Harris

Delightful by Aneela Hoey

Lucky by Camille Roskelley

Figgy Pudding by Vanessa Goertzen (one of my WIP this month)

If you're looking for some quicker projects - you can try my pattern for a pillow cover...

Or my pattern for a table runner:

I haven't tried these yet, but I love the classic look:
Cabin Christmas and Merry Christmas Darling by Bonnie of Cotton Way
Happy sewing!
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