Friday, November 21, 2014

Sunset Tiles Quilt and Scraps, Inc.


Happy Friday! Today I have a fun quilt to chat about today! Last year about this time, I was invited to contribute a quilt to a book on scrap quilting being put together by Lucky Spool Media, called Scraps, Inc. To be honest, I had sort of come to a point where I was swearing off contributing to books. I have done a decent number with a variety of publishers, and was ready to focus on other things. But, this one was a little too intriguing to pass up! The lineup of designers that they pulled together and their alternative approach to contributor books convinced me.

http://luckyspool.com/collections/books/products/scraps-inc-vol-1
Not only did I feel my time would be valued, we were able to be involved in some behind the scenes decisions. As a group we were able to vote on a cover, and even had input on what to do on the promotional side. It was a really cool experience, and definitely different from other books I've contributed to. We turned in our quilts and instructions in March/April, and the book was published this month! The resulting book is beautifully designed and filled with great quilts. There are many I want to make!


My quilt in the book is called Sunset Tiles! The design was inspired by a set of sheets I saw at Target a couple years ago. I sketched it up in Illustrator and had saved it for a rainy day. It seemed like the perfect fit for a scrap quilt. For the colors, I used this photo as a starting point, adding in some teal and black for a little extra pop.


I had so much fun making this quilt. I haven't made a scrap quilt in ages, and it really felt like some of the work I used to do. Between sewing with new fabric lines, making projects for publications and creating for new quilt patterns, my work has changed over the years. I'm not sure if it's better or worse, but it's just different. I suppose I have adapted as the work as evolved.

Anyways, there are tons of different fabrics in this quilt, and I love the memories that pop up when I see different prints. I think that's my favorite thing about scrappy quilts!


I wanted the quilting to be pretty minimal for this quilt since there is already a lot going on print wise, so I quilted it with my traditional loopy meander. It kind of disappears into the quilt, which is exactly what I was going for. It's bound up in a favorite Nordika print.


I think this book would make a great holiday gift for your favorite quilter (or yourself)! Plus, from now until 12/1 you can receive 30% off the list price ($26.95) with code "SCRAPS30"! Click here to purchase!

For more on Scraps, Inc, as well as some inside shots of the book, visit the Lucky Spool Media website.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Geometric Bliss Fold Over Pouches

Geometric Bliss Fold Over Pouches
Happy Wednesday! I can't believe it's the middle of the week already. I also can't believe Thanksgiving is next week. We were able to get home for a quick trip over the weekend, so my sense of time is all messed up! I will share more from our trip next week. Today, I want to share a few more finishes. As I mentioned last week, my friend Aneela released some new patterns recently and I had the opportunity to try a few out!

I actually made these projects a few weeks before the storage boxes, but had a hard time with the photos. I deleted about two weeks worth of photos last month that I unknowingly forgot to transfer to my computer. So I've been doing a lot of re-photographing! These are the Fold Over Mini Pouch and Needle Book Pattern and the Fold Over Sewing Pouch Pattern.

Geometric Bliss Fold Over Mini Pouches
The mini pouch and needle book are so quick to stitch up! And look how tiny?! I love things in miniature, and these pouches are so cute! These will be perfect to hold little notions and needles of course!

Geometric Bliss Fold Over Mini Pouches
I wanted these pouches to be matching, so I used the Tessellate Huckleberries print for the inside of both pouches. The outsides are Fractal Garland Black and Radical Blooms Fresh, all from the Turquoise Angle colorway of Geometric Bliss.

Geometric Bliss Fold Over Sewing Pouch
Making the fold over sewing pouch was a lot of fun. I have never made a sewing kit before, but I've always been drawn to them. I don't do a lot of hand sewing, but having a cute little pouch for it might twist my arm. I do love being organized about things! I love the way the Parallel Segments Seaglass print looks on the outside. Plus I got fancy and intentionally switched the direction of the closure to give it some extra interest.

Geometric Bliss Fold Over Sewing Pouch
There are so many different features on the inside. A clear zippered pocket, a small slip pocket, a pincushion, and a little needle book. A place for everything you need to get stitching. This kit would make a great gift, especially filled up with tools or notions!

Geometric Bliss Fold Over Sewing Pouch
I again stuck with the Turquoise Angle colorway of Geometric Bliss for this pouch. I used Spherical Buds Aqua for the interior, Cuboid Orchid for the pincushion and slip pocket, and Polygons Callalily for the zippered pocket (my favorite bit!). I used Aurifil 50wt thread in #2024 to sew this kit up, and of course had to fill the pocket up with mini spools from my thread collection!

Geometric Bliss Fold Over Sewing Pouch
The zippered pocket was my favorite part of the project, I think it's so fun. It wasn't hard working with the plastic, and the construction was really interesting! I had a hard time choosing a zipper color, but the bright fuchsia looked too cool with the black and white, so it won out! The zipper came from Zipit!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Favorites

Favorites
1. Finished top. #imaginecircle #dogoodstitches, 2. Soar - Not afraid of solids challenge, 3. Nine Patch Dash, 4. Fall Forest is finished! The kona and aurifil colors are listed on my blog. More photos and links to the kit and pattern are on there too!! #fallforestquilt #aurifil #kona, 5. "Up Down" Quilt, 6. pixel snowflake quilt - front, 7. a finish - small spiderweb pillow with vintage fabrics, 8. charly harper, 9. Kelly's tree skirt

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!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Geometric Bliss Storage Boxes

Geometric Bliss Pull Out Boxes
Happy Tuesday! Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend! I spent some time on Sunday sewing up a just-because project. It was nice to take a little break from have-to sewing. Aneela has been turning out all kinds of cute new patterns, and asked if I'd be interested in sewing some up! These storage boxes were made from her Pull Out Boxes Pattern, and I have a few other projects to share soon too!

Geometric Bliss Pull Out Boxes
When I saw these little boxes, I was really excited! I love little storage chests, with drawers for small things. I have a little Hello Kitty set of drawers that I keep cute post-its, stickers, and stamps in. So, these storage boxes are right up my alley.

Geometric Bliss Pull Out Boxes
I will admit, I was a little hesitant when I noticed these called for heavy weight interfacing, like Peltex. Peltex is a thick, stiff interfacing, and we have not gotten along in the past. But, armed with my Janome 1600P, I was ready to try using Peltex again. You only sew through it in a couple places anyways, so I was willing to give it a go. I'm happy to report I had no problems at all! It went great, and the interfacing really gives these boxes so much structure. I'm glad I powered through!

Geometric Bliss Pull Out Boxes
Geometric Bliss Pull Out Boxes
I made the large size for both of my boxes. I used prints form the Pinkest Angle colorway of Geometric Bliss for these. For the first one, I used Radical Blooms Blush for the outside, and Cuboid Colbalto for the tray.

For the second set I used Poppie Coordinates Petal for the outside, and Polygons Bulbinella for the tray. I used Aurifil #2024 for all the stitching!

Geometric Bliss Pull Out Boxes
I think these boxes turned out really cute, and they were very satisfying to make. I'm excited to fill them up with treasures! And perhaps make a few more, they look so fun stacked up!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Favorites

Favorites
1. Leaf Quilt 1, 2. starbright quilt::for angled class, 3. spiderweb, 4. Pretty Potent Charm Quilt - Top, 5. Modern Sampler Quilt, 6. Seaside Baby Quilt, 7. Do Good Stitchs Arkanas quilt top, 8. Linked, 9. Autumn Columns

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, November 6, 2014

Weekly Snapshot

Fat Quarters
Happy Thursday! It's time for another round of Weekly Snapshot. Which, I suppose I should rename "Bi-Weekly Snapshot". Or "Every Once in a While Snapshot", but that's just too complicated!

This fun little stack of fat quarters from all of my collections is hanging out in my sewing room. It's cool to see them all together!

Scraps Inc. Quilt
I have a quilt in the new Scraps, Inc book from Lucky Spool, out this month. I'll be sharing the full quilt and more details soon! It's one of my favorites!

Adventure Time Vol. 3
I am a big Adventure Time fan, and I recently started reading the Adventure Time comic. It's really good, and so much like the show! This is vol 3, but I'm on vol 5 right now!

Theodore
This probably comes as no surprise, but I am always on the lookout for black rabbit things. I have had very little luck over the years, but last week I hit the jackpot! A STUFFED ANIMAL! I love stuffed animals, so needless to say, I was really excited! We named him Theodore, Theo for short. He is made by Jellycat and is so soft.

Orla Kiely Pouch
I am a huge Orla Kiely fan, and was excited to find her new cosmetic bags for Target. I was well behaved and only brought things pink one home. And I am actually going to use it for cosmetics when I travel, fancy!

Go Cavs!
The Cavs started their season last week, and we are a little excited about it over here! It's going to be fun following along this year!

George Bee
I had to give you one more George Halloween shot! He really does make a cute bee :)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Recent Magazine Features

Magazine Features
Happy Tuesday! I have a bit of a backlog of magazine features to share with you!

Love, Patchwork & Quilting - Issue 12
Love, Patchwork & Quilting - Issue 12
First up, issue 12 of Love, Patchwork & Quilting! My column in this issue is all about charity quilting! The issue also features a beautiful cover quilt from my friend Amy Smart, plus a color wheel and color book by my friend Holly DeGroot!

Love, Patchwork & Quilting - Issue 13
Love, Patchwork & Quilting - Issue 13
My column for issue 13 of Love, Patchwork & Quilting is on travel sewing! I love going on sewing trips, so I share my favorite tips and tricks for making the most of it!

There have been some Dreamin' Vintage sightings in a number of publications lately! It's so fun to see how folks are using the collection!

British Patchwork & Quilting - Sept. 2014
British Patchwork & Quilting - Sept. 2014
First up, is the September issue of British Patchwork & Quilting. The beautiful quilt on the cover was made by Joanna Kent! It looks like a quick and satisfying project!

Quilty - Issue 14
Quilty - Issue 14
You can find this lovely Vintage Pinwheels Quilt by Krista Robbins in the November/December issue of Quilty, which just hit newsstands!

There is a kit available for this pattern, you can find it on their website, here.

Quick Stuff to Quilt - Fall 2014
Quick Stuff to Quilt is a special issue put out by Threads magazine. There are a number of different projects in this publication that feature Dreamin' Vintage, which is so fun! Lots of great gift ideas in here.

Quick Stuff to Quilt - Fall 2014
Dream in Denim by April Mohr, features a beautiful rainbow of fabrics, including a number of Dreamin' Vintage prints!

Quick Stuff to Quilt - Fall 2014
This Padded Case is perfect to tote around your laptop. It's adapted from "Patchwork Pouch" by Kayte Terry, Quick Stuff to Sew Winter 2009.

Quick Stuff to Quilt - Fall 2014
The Quilted Book Cover by Sarah McFarland is perfect for protecting your favorite book.

Quick Stuff to Quilt - Fall 2014
Finally, make this sweet Easy on the Eyes eye pillow. Adapted from "Easy on the Eyes" by Kayte Terry, CraftStylish Gifts to Make Volume II.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween! This year George is a bunny bumble bee!

Have a safe and enjoyable day! :)