Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fun-Size Quilts Book + Giveaway

Happy Thursday! About this time last year I was wrapping up work on a mini project. It was literally a mini quilt! I'm happy to share that I have a quilt in the new book Fun-Size Quilts out this month from Martingale! I love making mini quilts, so contributing to this book was a no-brainer!

Imagine my surprise when I saw the cover for the first time, and my quilt on it? My Fox in a Box quilt is on the right!

What started as a tulip design quickly morphed into a fox! This was the first time I've ever used an embellishment on a quilt, but I think the whimsy the button eyes give the foxes is worth it!

I used Indian Summer by Sarah Watson and various Elements from Art Gallery Fabrics for this mini quilt! I kept the quilting minimal to let the design shine!

A few of my favorite mini quilts from the book:

Elongated Triangles by Missy Shepler.

White Stars by Julie Herman.

Perhaps by Thomas Knauer.

Martingale is offering one lucky reader a digital copy of Fun-Size Quilts! To enter, leave a comment letting me know your favorite mini from the book (you can see them all here). Giveaway will run until Wednesday, July 30th at 5pm CST. Stop by the Martingale blog for more chances to win!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Indelible Datura Blouse

Indelible Datura Blouse
Happy Tuesday! Today I want to share my most recent garment project with you. Fellow Art Gallery Designer Katarina Roccella just debuted her first collection, Indelible. I knew right away I'd want to make something with one of the voiles in particular! The stars aligned when she asked me to be a part of her blog hop!

I chose to make the Datura Blouse Pattern by Deer & Doe. I made two for my Geometric Bliss booth, and was anxious to make another!

Indelible Datura Blouse
In contrast to the other two that I have made, I used a single print for this one. In addition, I left off any color detail since the print is pretty busy. It is my very favorite print from the collection, so awesome! The voile is so buttery, it stitched up great and is so comfortable to wear.

Indelible Datura Blouse
For the back detail, I simply sewed the buttons in place through both layers rather than make them functional with buttonholes. This saved me some time and effort and still gives the same look! This top comes together so nicely, from the sweet details to the fully lined blouse. I love that the only bit that needs bias binding is the hem!

Indelible Datura Blouse
The dark gray thread from my Aurifil Favorite Things Collection was a great match for this print! I know I will get a lot of wear out of this top. I am actually wearing it today! It is perfect for this spike in hot and humid weather we are having.

There are so many beautiful projects being made with this collection! For more of the Indelible blog hop, see here.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Olfa Anniversary + Block Tutorial

Happy Monday! Where would quilting be today without the invention of the rotary cutter? Thankfully, we never have to know! Olfa is celebrating 35 years of rotary cutting this year. So, let's party! I have a little review, block tutorial and giveaway for you.

Olfa kindly sent over a package with a few products in it for me to try! Part of their celebration includes a commemorative quilt, so I put these tools through their paces making a block for it!

The guidelines for the block were pretty minimal, it had to be 6.5" and have yellow in it. I decided to take inspiration from the design of the rotary cutter, which surprisingly isn't much different from the very first rotary cutter! You can see a photo of it here. I drafted up my design in Illustrator and went with paper piecing for the construction.

The rotating cutting mat is too cool! It conveniently is the perfect size to fit between my sewing machine and iron, which is where I like to work when paper piecing. With all the trimming down, having the rotating mat is pretty handy. I know it will be useful for trimming down half-square triangles as well!

I don't generally work with 6.5" blocks, so having the tiny 28mm Rotary Cutter was great for cutting such small pieces and trimming the seam allowances while piecing. I tested it on the curved double wedding ring templates as well, and it handled the curves great! It will definitely come in handy for that project, which I'll share more about soon!

The final product to try out was a 6.5" Frosted Advantage Ruler. Now I'm not going to lie, I was pretty excited about this one! This is my favorite size of ruler, and I use them a TON. This may be my... fourth ruler of this size! The first two have had their corners worn down from use, so having another to add in to the mix is good! The frosted bit sticks nicely to the fabric, but is still easy to see through. I also really like the lines through every 1/2"!

The verdict? Olfa makes great products. I have been using their 45mm Quick Change Cutter (seen above), exclusively for a few years now and I love it. It is literally my perfect cutter. I do a lot of cutting, and unlike other cutters, it has never given me a single blister or sore. The handle is bigger than others which makes it easy for me to grip and squeeze, even with my arthritis. I will definitely use the 28mm for the odd project here and there, but the 45mm will remain my go-to! :)

Without further ado, here is my final block! Want to make one too? It would be really fun as is, done scrappy or done with four different fabrics! You can find the free pattern download here!

Need a paper piecing refresher? See my tutorial here.

Olfa has a mini kit to give to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment telling me about your favorite quilting tool! Giveaway will end Thursday, July 24th at 5pm CST. One entry per person. Open to U.S. only.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, July 18, 2014


1. Malka finished top, 2. Miichael Miller challenge quilt, 3. Triangler ruler quilt, 4. Quilty photo shoot on Main Street, 5. #farmerswifequilt #fwqal blocks are set! Ready for borders galore #julyfinish #cmykquilt #cmyk, 6. Wonky Cross NICU quilt, 7. Scrappy Firedrill Quilt, 8. Just goofing off for a minute., 9. gracecirclemayquilt2

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!

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vintage Summer Project Book

Love, Patchwork & Quilting - Issue 10
Happy Thursday! I have a really fun project to share with you all today! As you may know, I write a monthly column for the UK magazine, Love Patchwork & Quilting! I have had the pleasure of working with them from their very first seasonal issue! With the release of Dreamin' Vintage on the horizon this past Spring, they approached me about doing a project book to feature the collection! I couldn't say yes fast enough! I am so pleased to show you the finished product, which is a part of Issue 10!

The booklet is so well done, there are beautiful styled photos throughout, a bit on my inspiration for the collection, and helpful diagrams to help walk you through the projects! I hope you'll check it out!

Vintage Summer Project Book
The project book includes three projects, a quilt, tote bag, and berry softies.  There is also a free pillow pattern that coordinates which can be found on their website!

Vintage Summer Project Book - Block Flower Quilt
First up, the focal project for this book is the Block Flower Throw Quilt! I had such fun putting this one together! The design was inspired by a graphic I found on a vintage cassette box of all things! I love looking for inspiration on my thrifting and antiquing adventures! This quilt comes together quickly, and I love the bold design! I want to stitch this pattern up in Geometric Bliss too!

Vintage Summer Project Book - Block Flower Quilt
I knew I wanted special quilting for this project, so I quilted the entire quilt with tight swirls.  It took a lot of time (and bobbins!), but it was so worth it. I love the texture that the quilting gives it.

Vintage Summer Project Book - Trad Patch Pillow
Next up, the Trad Patch Pillow Pattern, which can be found on Love Patchwork & Quilting's website here.  I wanted to use a simple checkerboard patchwork design for this pillow, because it reminds me of a picnic! It fits with the prints and feel of the collection!

Vintage Summer Project Book - Trad Patch Pillow
I quilted this pillow with 6 different thread colors, all from my Aurifil Favorite Things Thread Collection! I couldn't choose just one!

Vintage Summer Project Book - Library Tote
I love a sturdy, straightforward tote bag as much as the next person! This tote is a great project to show off a focal or favorite print. I love using this print for bags, it's one of my favorites!

Vintage Summer Project Book - Library Tote
This tote features sturdy handles, a slip pocket, and gussets to give it shape and plenty of room!

Vintage Summer Project Book - Merry Berry Softies
Finally, the Merry Berry Softies! These strawberries can be made in three different sizes and are super fun to whip up! The Jolly Dots print was just begging to be a berry!
Love, Patchwork & Quilt - Issue 10
My column for Issue 10 is all about mini quilts, which are one of my favorite things to make! I haven't been good about documenting publications lately, will be sure to catch up on that soon!

If you're in the UK you can find Issue 10 on newsstands now! If you're in the US, it should be arriving in the next few weeks to JoAnn Fabrics and Barnes & Noble!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekly Snapshot

Happy Monday! I thought it was high time for a snapshot post. Mostly because it has been too long since the last George photo! He is one photogenic rabbit!

Wild Black Raspberries
It is wild black raspberry season! I have been eating them as soon as I pick them. I did break down and make a couple batches of freezer jam.  I had made it before but was so-so about it. This time I took the time to strain out the seeds and it's 1000x better! I am looking forward to enjoying it all year!

Pogona Progress
I started a new knitting project! It's for the third quarter challenge over at Eat Sleep Knit. I'm knitting the Pogona Shawl by Stephen West. More info over on Ravelry.

Hello Kitty Shelves
I put up some simple skinny shelves last week for some of my mini collections. Some of my favorite Hello Kitty trinkets took over! I might shorten the loops and add another row, there are quite a few more HK tins!

Bijoulovely Stitching Treats
I have been putting some new knitting goodies to use lately! These are from my sweet friend Holly! You can find the knitting gauge and thread organizer in her shop, here!

Orla Kiely
I love having matching things, so I didn't hesitate to add these things to my purse! (Both are from Target, purse is from Amazon)

Fourth of July
Michael and I managed to get out the big camera on the 4th! We're making an effort to take more photos!

Ever hear of the Prince and the Pea? :)

Friday, July 11, 2014


1. Oakshott triangle quilt, 2. Still with the flying geese. Going in the mail today! #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap #makeaquiltmakeafriend, 3. Lombard Street in Crayon Box Basics, 4. Buzz Saw, 5. Flowering Snowball Mini: Quilt, 6. pmqg wonky pinkwheel quilt top, 7. Kate Spain Charm Quilt, 8. Knit snippet quilt - front, 9. Anne's DS Pickle Dish

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!

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Simply Sampled Quilt Pattern

Happy Thursday! Time the share the last of the new patterns, the Simply Sampled Quilt Pattern! This is a skill-building sampler quilt I designed for the Block of the Month Club we run at The Sewcial Lounge

Simply Sampled
Knowing that many students would have little to no quilting experience, I wanted them to learn something every session! So, there are lots of different techniques covered in this pattern. There are half-square triangles, quarter square triangles, flying geese, strip piecing, and more.  Most of the techniques are repeated at least once so that by the end of the quilt, it should really sink in!

Simply Sampled
I made the blocks for this quilt during our first round of block of the month club in 2013.  I finally put it together this Spring! The quilting was done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. I can never resist swirls, and I love how this quilt turned out! Sometimes you just need some fun, all-over quilting!

Simply Sampled Quilt
Simply Sampled Quilt
Crinkly, wrinkly, quilty goodness!

Simply Sampled Quilt
I bound this puppy up in Oval Elements in Green Apple by Art Gallery Fabrics.  As it turns out, I am addicted to green bindings, I have used lime green for binding on NINE quilts! Oh well, it's just too perfect! I used my Color Me Retro collection for the top and back, with Pure Elements in Snow for the sashing.

We still have a spot left in our September - December session of Block of the Month club! There is a January - June session scheduled as well! Sign up here!

You can find the PDF and paper versions of the Simply Sampled Pattern in my shop!