Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nordika Sew Together Bag

Nordika Sew Together Bag
Happy Tuesday! With summer coming to an end, I've been looking back through all the things I made this summer. There are quite a few I haven't shared here yet, so I'm going to try to play catch-up and fix that.  The first project is another Sew Together Bag. I made a pair of Dreamin' Vintage Sew Together Bags earlier this year, and found I needed to make just one more!

Nordika Sew Together Bag
Nordika Sew Together Bag
This time around I used prints from Nordika. I quilted the outside panel the same as my last pair, with simple straight lines using the dark gray 50wt thread from my Favorite Things Aurifil Thread Collection. I used an extra long (22") gray zipper for the outside.

Nordika Sew Together Bag
For the inside I used three coral zippers and a number of different Nordika prints from the Frost Valley colorway. It came together without a hitch!

Matching Set
Around the time I released my Sew Portable Travel Set Pattern, I realized that a matching Sew Together Bag would be the perfect addition to my set. So naturally, I immediately made this one! It's so matchy! I love it!

You can find the Sew Together Bag Pattern by Sew Demented on Craftsy.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Favorites

Favorites
1. sea glass table runner by karin jordan - leigh laurel studios - for sizzix, 2. Finished!, 3. Exploding Star - in the Summer 2014 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited, 4. Jacob's Ladder, 5. Pastel Hand Dyed, 6. Citric Acid Curves quilt top, 7. Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap, 8. x-plus, 9. DiamondsintheDeep4

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, August 28, 2014

Lei's Indigo Patchwork Quilt

Lei's Indigo Patchwork Quilt
Happy Thursday! Today I have a quilt finish to share with you! This simple quilt came together this month just in time for my friend Lei's birthday!

Indigo Shibori Dyeing
Lei had mentioned earlier in the summer that she liked the indigo fabric I had dyed. When my parents came to visit at the end of July, I was able to to another batch of indigo to dye fabrics for her quilt and a backing for my one-day indigo quilt.

I use this kit when I dye. It's inexpensive and easy to use.

Indigo Shibori Dyeing
I had my Mom snap a few photos as I was dyeing, they turned out pretty cool!

Indigo Shibori Dyeing
Indigo Shibori Dyeing
A few of my favorite pieces from this batch!

Lei's Indigo Patchwork Quilt
I didn't want to chop up the prints too much, so I went with simple large patchwork scale to make this throw sized quilt. It adds some extra interest, but let's the fabric shine.

Lei's Indigo Patchwork Quilt
I used four separately dyed pieces for the backing. I couldn't imagine anything else for the backing, and this makes it a double-sided quilt.

Lei's Indigo Patchwork Quilt
Lei's Indigo Patchwork Quilt
For the quilting I used my go to white #2024 Aurifil thread for the piecing and quilting. I kept it simple with the quilting. I shadow quilted on either side of each seam, then added an additional horizontal and vertical line through each block as well as two diagonal lines. I bound it up with a Swiss dot that I indigo dyed last summer.

One of my crafty goals this year was to give more handmade gifts. I'm happy I can add this quilt to the list! :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Geometric Bliss Home Decor Projects

Geometric Bliss Pillows
Happy Tuesday! This week in our lead up to the release of Geometric Bliss (shipping in September), I'm going to share the home decor projects I have made with the collection!

As you can see, I made a lot of pillows! Pillows are such a great way to show off the prints, and I think the prints in this collection lend themselves well to pillows! I especially love the tulip print in pillow form!

Geometric Bliss Pillows
My Mom helped me make a bunch of simple envelope style pillows for my Quilt Market booth last Spring. They're easy to make, don't take much fabric and make a statement. I used a bunch of coordinating blenders for the backs.

Geometric Bliss Pillows
Geometric Bliss Pillows
Don't they look pretty? Pillow covers are such a simple project, but a great way to change out the look of a room!

Geometric Bliss Mystery Pillow
One of the first projects I made with the Geometric Bliss strikeoffs was a pillow using my Mystery Quilted Pillow Pattern. I love how fun this one is, and how different it looks from the Nordika and blender versions of this pillow. These prints play well together, even all chopped up!

Geometric Bliss Mystery Pillow
I quilted this pillow using the coral thread from my Favorite Things Aurifil thread collection. I went with simple shadow quilting on the diagonal seams.

Geometric Bliss Mystery Pillow
I finished this pillow with a zippered closure! I like to close quilted pillows this way.

Geometric Bliss Half-Hexagon Bunting
Geometric Bliss Half-Hexagon Bunting
It's no secret I love to make bunting, and so I had to whip some up with this collection. This time I decided to make half-hexagon bunting! The connecting thread through the projects in my booth this time was geometric shapes (surprise, surprise!). This was a fun twist on traditional triangle bunting. I'm hoping to share a tutorial with a template this Fall!

Geometric Bliss Folding Chair Geometric Bliss Folding Chair
This quick project turned out better than I expected it to! We had a lone gray folding chair here, and I was brainstorming ideas to keep costs down. Oh a whim I decided to recover the seat of the chair with some patchwork from my chain piecing tutorial. The seat cushion was easily unscrewed from the chair and I attached the patchwork with a staple gun.  I interfaced the patchwork to reinforce it. I love how it turned out!

Geometric Bliss Bunny Softie
This bun and bear aren't really home decor projects, but they don't fit into any of the other categories! We used this tutorial for the bunny, and an old McCall's pattern for the tiny bear I think! Softie making is neither my Mom nor my forte, but between the two of us, we managed! Thankfully it turned out super cute! We figured the bunny needed it's own softie, so that's where the bear comes in. It's so tiny! :)

Thanks for stopping by! Next week, I'll share the garments and accessories!

If you're a shop interested in carrying Geometric Bliss, it can be ordered through Art Gallery Fabrics.  Find your sales rep here, call toll-free (888) 420-5399, or visit artgalleryfabrics.com.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Favorites

Favorites
1. ocean views quilt, 2. Which Way Quilt, 3. Split Infinitive, 4. Parallels Quilt, Wishbone 1, 5. sweet scrappy trip, 6. image, 7. Shelley's Quilt, 8. "Circles and Stars" English Paper Pieced Quilt, 9. Orange Peel Vines

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, August 21, 2014

Your Dreamin' Vintage Projects


Happy Thursday! Ready for another photo heavy post today? I had a hard time narrowing down which of your Dreamin' Vintage projects to share here today! I really want to just share every single one! Thank you for adding your projects and photos to the Dreamin' Vintage Flickr Group and the #dreaminvintage hashtag on Instagram! I hope you'll continue to share your work with me!

Each photo is linked to the respective Instagram account or Flickr account, so you can find the maker easily!

instagram.com/rhondaleo
LOVE this flowering snowball by Rhonda!

instagram.com/babygotbobbin
A number of folks are making plus quilts from DV! It's such a fun pattern for it, here is Michelle's version!
instagram.com/barij
Bari J mixed in some real vintage sheets and other vintagey prints for her Arithmetic quilt!
instagram.com/cristycreates
Cristy is making a flowering snowball too! Love the addition of solids!

instagram.com/lisausry
Lisa made the Golden Afternoon free pattern is is trying to choose a thread from my Aurifil collection to quilt it! Tough call!

http://instagram.com/pinksuedeshoe
Erica's flowering zipper pouch is amazing!

instagram.com/joanna_kent
Love the contrast and quilting in this gorgeous quilt by Joanna! The pattern is in the September issue of British Patchwork & Quilting magazine!

instagram.com/amber_crawley
How fun is this block by Amber? Love the use of the Jolly Dots prints for the background!

instagram.com/strawberryswingstudio
This quilt by Debbie is so super sweet!

instagram.com/quiltypharm
Barbara's greek cross is gorgeous! She stretched the collection with blenders!

instagram.com/sallykeller814
I had the pleasure to see Sally's hope bag in person at quilt market, it's too cute!

instagram.com/thatswhatlindseymade
I love Lindsey's scrappy bear paw blocks! Perfect for DV!


Holly whipped up this block from Fat Quarter Shop's new book, Fat Quarter Style! So pretty!

http://instagram.com/pinksuedeshoe
Erica's plus quilt is so full of color, I love it!

instagram.com/quiltdesignatelier
Allison played with the cool colorway for this beautiful nestled churn dash!

instagram.com/kathleenquilts
Kathleen's metro medallion quilt is to die for!

Reversible Mini Quilt Reversible Mini Quilt
Alee0923 made this adorable reversible mini quilt for a swap!

butterfly 1
Love this scrappy butterfly block by Rachael!

DV2 7 14
Last but not least, a gorgeous equilateral triangle quilt by Maureen!

If for any reason you do not want your project featured here, please email me and I'll remove it!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fall Classes + Sewcial Totes


Happy Wednesday! I wanted to take some time today to talk about my Fall teaching schedule and to share a promotion with you.

As I mentioned last month, The Sewcial Lounge is moving! The big day is rapidly approaching, and they need your help! They are running a fun Sewcial Tote Promotion with different levels of involvement. The feature product is these hand screen-printed tote bags! There are discounts and goodies to be had as well, so make sure to check it out! You can get all the details on the promotion here, and you can buy your tote bag in store or online.


The Sewcial Lounge will be open in it's new location (841 Lakeside St, Suite A, Madison, WI) starting Tuesday, August 26th. They'll remain open in their current location through Saturday, August 23rd. And now, my Fall classes! All of this information can always be found on my Teaching page.

Triplizip Pattern
Zipper Pouch Basics Class
Learn to create two different style zippered pouches in this class! We'll cover zipper basics and learn to install a zipper for a simple lined pouch and a large cosmetic pouch using home dec fabric, from my Triplizip Pattern.

Scheduled Classes:
Wednesday, October 15th, 5:30pm-8:00pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
Thursday, December 11th, 5:30pm-8:00pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)

Triplizip Pattern
Laminated Cotton Zipper Pouch Class
We will advance our zipper skills in this class and learn to sew on laminated cotton. You will complete a boxed bag with handle, from my Triplizip Pattern. These make great gifts!

Scheduled Classes: 
Thursday, September 25th, 5:30pm-7:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
Thursday, November 13th, 5:30pm-7:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)

Sew Portable Pattern
Lined Drawstring Bag Class
Learn to sew a simple bag using my Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern. These bags whip up in no time, and are great for holding just about anything! Give as a gift, or use as eco-friendly gift-wrapping. A great project for beginner & advanced sewers alike! Bag is fully lined and features a boxed bottom.

Scheduled Classes:
Thursday, October 9th, 5:30pm-8:00pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
Wednesday, December 3rd, 5:30pm-8:00pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)


Equilateral Triangle Pillow Class
Equilateral triangles are a great shape to work with in quilting, and they’re not hard to use! In this class we will learn how to cut equilateral triangles without a special ruler, and straightforward piecing techniques all while working on a fun pillow project.

Scheduled Classes: 
Wednesday, October 22nd, 5:30pm-8:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)


Quilting Basics Class
Learn the basics of quilting in this fun class!  We’ll create a sweet nine-patch mini quilt for you to hang on the wall, or use as a table-topper.  This class is a great way to try out quilting for the first time, or as a refresher!

Scheduled Classes:
Thursday, September 18th, 5:30pm-8:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
Saturday, December 13th, 10:30am-1:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)

Dreamin' Vintage Arithmetic Quilt
Plus Quilt Top
Are you comfortable with the basics of quilting, and ready to make your first baby quilt? This is the class for you! We'll tackle a simple geometric plus quilt in this class, using my Arithmetic Pattern. Learn tips and tricks for accurate cutting and piecing. (Class will cover quilt top construction only.)

Scheduled Classes:
Thursday, November 20th, 5:30pm-8:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)

Simply Sampled
Block of the Month Club
Join us for the Block of the Month Club at The Sewcial Lounge. In this club you will learn fun quilting techniques, meet new friends and create a gorgeous, unique quilt. Each month we will get together to create two new blocks. We will use my Simply Sampled Pattern for the blocks, which includes finishing instructions for the quilt to complete on your own.

Scheduled Classes:
1st Thursday Sept to Dec 2014 from 5:30pm-8:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI) FULL
1st Wednesday* Jan to June 2015 from 5:30pm-7:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
*First session is the 2nd Wednesday (Jan 14) due to Vacation.

Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month Quilt
Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month Club
Join us for the Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month Club at The Sewcial Lounge! In this club, you will conquer half-square triangles, meet new friends and create a gorgeous, unique quilt. Each month we will get together to create two new blocks. We will use my Half-Square Triangle Sampler Pattern for the blocks, which includes finishing instructions for the quilt to complete on your own.

Scheduled Classes:
1st Thursday* Jan to June from 5:30pm-7:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
*First session is the 2nd Thursday (Jan 8) due to Holiday.