Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Happy Wednesday! Time for more Dreamin' Vintage Projects! Today I want to share the quilts and home decor projects!
First up, a baby plus quilt made using my Arithmetic Quilt Pattern. I love making these quilts, this is the first time I've made a baby size! It's quite cute!
A simple strip quilt. I cut different size strips, all the width of the fabric. It was quick, easy and cute! Would make a lovely gift!
Another pattern quilt, I used lots of blenders along with Dreamin' Vintage to stitch up this one using my Half-Square Triangle Sampler Quilt! I even squeezed in some Color Me Retro for the border!
This quilt is one of my mini patterns that I released earlier this year, Lazy Daisy Quilt Pattern! Super simple and fun to piece!
I always make lots of regular pillows for market, but this time I made a few quilted ones as well. Two framed in solids and one using scraps!
Fabric bowls are always a fun projects! I used Nova's Fabric Nesting Bowls Pattern for these! I followed the instructions at the end of the pattern for making them square.
Finally, a few cute jar pincushions! I filled them with the scraps leftover from trimming half-square triangles for the sampler quilt! They were too pretty to toss!
You can see more photos of these projects in the Dreamin' Vintage Flickr set. I'll be back tomorrow with the solids and blenders that match the line!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Happy Tuesday! I told you it was going to be all Dreamin' Vintage this week, right? Well, I'm happy to keep that promise! Dreamin' Vintage is on it's way to your favorite shops! The lovely folks at Art Gallery Fabrics have just revealed their Look Book for the collection, and I must say, it's awesome! I'm sharing some of my favorite images here in this post (it was really hard to choose though!). Make sure to check out the entire Look Book here, or click the image below!
The free quilt pattern I designed for the collection is called Golden Afternoon! It features giant half-square triangles in a warm/cool diamond arrangement! A little homage to my warm/cool quilt along! Download it here, or click the image above!
(All images taken by Art Gallery Fabrics)
Monday, April 14, 2014
Happy Monday! This week is all about Dreamin' Vintage! It's arrival is imminent and much anticipated around here. I can hardly wait! So, it's time to finally share the projects I made for my Quilt Market booth last Fall! Today I'll be sharing the bags, accessories, and garments, and tomorrow I'll share the home projects and quilts. We'll finish things off with the coordinating blenders and solids on Thursday!
You know I can't let new fabric pass through here without making drawstring bags, right? You might recognize these bags from the Gusset Video Tutorial I did for Fat Quarter Shop! I made the snack size, everything size, project size, and artist size bags! They can all my found in the Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern. Don't forget, the everything size is still available as a free tutorial!
I made a few tote bags as well! A large market tote bag, a library size tote bag, and a scrappy smaller tote bag. The larger two are based on my own measurements, with a few fun details. The scrappy one was a ready-made bag I already had that I sewed a scrappy pocket to! It was a fun way to use up scraps!
I stitched up a few simple zipper pouches with gussets. I didn't use a particular pattern but you can see how I make zipper pouches in this tutorial.
Anna's 241 Tote Pattern was perfect for showing off the versatility of these prints! I used two prints paired with sandstone Pure Element!
Since I had very limited fabric, I had to get creative with the garments I made. I knew Rae's Ruby Dress Pattern would be perfect! I paired my favorite print with parisian blue Pure Element.
I had to sew up my tried and true standby, the Wiksten Tank Pattern. I paired this print with quartz pink Pure Element.
Finally, I tried making a simple skirt! It ended up a little too small, but that's okay! I used the Colorblock Skirt Tutorial and paired the print with parisian blue Pure Element.
A simple craft apron seemed appropriate! The apron is split into four pockets for lots of storage space! This will be a free tutorial coming next month! I paired the prints with sweet pea Oval Element.
Another simple but pretty project was an infinity scarf!
I couldn't resist playing with the warm/cool contrast I love in this quick and easy scarf!
See you tomorrow for more Dreamin' Vintage projects! You can see more photos of these projects in the Dreamin' Vintage Flickr set.
Friday, April 11, 2014
1. Just finished the quilting, watching the hockey game. Now to bind it. #usa #maybaby, 2. ouch pouch, 3. 2014 01 03_ICOHSTBoM_0003, 4. a pressie for Tracy, 5. florette, 6. drawstring bags, 7. Star Quilt I, 8. Herringbone lined drawstring bag, 9. spring quilt
Every week I go through my favorite photos on Flickr, and choose nine sewing/quilting related projects to showcase here. These photos and projects are not my own, you can find the original images and creators by clicking the coordinating links! If for any reason you do not want your project featured here, please email me and I'll remove it!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Quietly popping in today to share a sneak peek of my next fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics: Geometric Bliss! It will ship in September!
Oh yeah, and there are going to be knits and voiles too! WOO!! :)
Monday, April 7, 2014
Happy Monday! Today I'm here to share a fun new pattern with you from the lovely folks at Fat Quarter Shop! Their Youtube channel is chock full of fun tutorials, shortcut quilt patterns, and loads of interviews with your favorite designers! The Pockets & Pies Apron Pattern is their newest video tutorial!
I choose to make mine with the Quite Lovely print from my third fabric collection, Dreamin' Vintage, shipping this month! I paired it with a turquoise dishtowel from Target and some lovely 50wt Aurifil thread.
It's a quick and easy project, perfect for beginners. It has some really fun details, like the divided pockets!
It just takes a dish towel and 1 yard of fabric!
Watch the video above to make your very own apron, or follow the written instructions.
This happens to be my first finished project made with Dreamin' Vintage yardage! Not bad for a Monday!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Happy Weekend! I wanted to pop in quickly to share a fun quilt I made earlier this year. I've been meaning to post about it for a while now, so I thought I better go ahead and do that today while I have some extra time! Otherwise, I'll never post about it!
Michael and I have been together for 6 years, but somehow I still hadn't made a quilt just for him. For the longest time, he never asked for one. Finally last winter, he did, but with the craziness of last year, I just didn't get around to making it. This year, for his Birthday I set aside the time and made him his own quilt! I haven't made too many manly quilts, but he gave me plenty of guidance. Very specific guidance. It needed to have Detroit Red Wings fabric, Detroit Lions fabric, Detroit Tigers fabric, and Cleveland Cavaliers fabric in it. Oy!
I started searching for all this sports fabric, and was not coming up with much luck, at all. I managed to find some Cavaliers fabric but that was pretty much it. So, I decided to forgo that idea and instead use solids. I went with half-square triangles because I love them, and they are geometric, which felt like it would go well with a sports theme. Each half-square triangle is made up of colors from one of his favorite teams. The orange and navy is for the Tigers, gray and blue for the Lions, white and red for the Red Wings and the gold and burgundy for the Cavaliers.
I was a little nervous he wouldn't realize what I had done, but he got it right away, and it was a hit! It has been getting lots of use this winter! I quilted it with my typical doodle loops, and finished it off with some solid binding. I used all Art Gallery Pure Elements for this quilt, specifically: Snow, London Red, Burnt Orange, Nocturnal, Parisian Blue, Ash, Spiceberry, and Honey. It's bound in Moonstone. I used 1/2 yard of each solid, and cut 8" squares to make 7" finished half-square triangles. Super quick and easy!
But the real party is on the back! A couple years ago, I thrifted this amazing vintage NFL sheet. I knew immediately it would make it's way into a quilt for Michael one day.
So, now Michael has his own quilt, and I feel much less guilty! :)