Sunday, December 14, 2014

Peppermint Candy Pillow

During my treasure hunt, I also unearthed this block that I had designed for the Sew Sweetness 12 Days of Christmas Quilt Along... in 2011!   I have had this block for quite some time and decided it would make a GREAT pillow to go along with my others.  The Peppermint Block Tutorial  is easy and fun.  The wrapper has a 3-d effect that gives the appearance of a real wrapper :O)

I used my Bernina 440QE for some fast free motion bubbles and meandering for the quilting.  The thread used was 50wt Aurifil to melt into the fabric.

I may have more treasures hidden away in that room of mine and I really do need one more pillow.  If you have block or two that you know will remain a UFO, make a PILLOW!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hidden Treasures!

We all have them in our sewing rooms, those bits and pieces of projects scraps that were just too good or big or vvhtf or just have that " I know I will use this later"  look to them.  They sit in a bin, ziploc or pile until a much later date ( three years is later right?) when they are accidentally unearthed and seen in a completely new light.  This is one of those treasures :o)

I was not looking to make a project, I have my plate full with over due projects as it is.  I started one that kicked my butt and was looking for fabrics to restart and I came upon the scraps from a Kate Spain project I made I think three years ago.  I am not sure why I hung onto the bits left over from the stocking I made but I am happy now that I did! This is what was created using those scraps...A scrappy Christmas pillow!!!!

I have done nothing for Christmas decorating this year.  It has been one thing after another around here ( today is two kids home with the flu) so the "norm" has been changed.  When I found this bag of left items day before yesterday, I could not remember what it was for and then I remembered I had used it to make stockings.  I was looking at the sweet strips and the idea popped into my head.

Grabbed the ruler and started playing by angling it and cutting down both sides to create the tree!

I liked the look of the background fabric since it appears to be snowing

Choose some Aurifil colors and sat down at my Bernina 440 with a fun idea.

I used a little Pellon Fusable Fleece behind each of the trees to create more dimension and started playing with decorative stitches.  I had a practice piece first to make sure that with a layer of Pellon and batting that the stitches would work.

I had so much fun creating the "decorations" on the trees!

I made an envelope back using the Julie Herman tutorial on Sew Mama Sew ( it is perfection). I made two red Gingham larger pillow to bring it all together and now at least part of my home is somewhat decorated for the holidays.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! Aurifil Giveaway!

With so many things to have ready for the craziness of the holidays what better time to stop for a day (or two)...relax and take part in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!!!

So many giveaways full of goodies and so little time!!!

The giveaway is for AURIFIL!!!  But not just any Aurifil!!!!

A special edition Aurifil 50wt collection!  Are you swooning yet?  Can you believe all of these yummy colors in one perfectly lined box!!!!!???!!!!

and an Aurifil color card with all 270 colors so when you need to know what #Auricolor you need... there will be NO GUESSING!

Be sure to visit all of the other bloggers and giveaways on Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day link party !!!  Thank you Kristin!!!

I will be using Rafflecopter for this giveaway to make it easier for you to enter and for me to contact the winner! This amazing giveaway closes December 12, 2015 5pm PST.   The winner will be chosen randomly and I will announce the winner on this post on or around 14 Dec.  This giveaway is open internationally and please feel free to repost everywhere!

Thank you SO MUCH everyone for your participation in this giveaway!  I loved reading your comments and REALLY appreciate your likes for the Quilt Alliance, my favorite organization for keeping our stories going!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day and Little Quilts!

I hope you are all having a lovely day filled with peace and yummy food and most importantly...

I signed up to take part in the Little Quilts Swap a couple of months ago!  I thought that I was going to be finished with the othe projects much sooner than I really was, that seems to happen quite often around here, lol! The swap is from the new book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger is FILLED from cover to cover with so many great minis that it was so hard to choose which one to make for my partner!  The one thing I did know...without a doubt...when I found out who my partner had to be Denyse Schmidt fabrics! Nothing says happy retro fun like DS fabrics :o)  

These are the fabrics I pulled 

and the blocks so far :o)  When I am done cooking some sweet potato casserole and snapping some beans, I will be working on the adorable fussy cut heart blocks with Heather Ross ( not really WITH HR but with her fabrics)!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Box pleated skirt

My focus has been completely on finishing quilt tops for the past few months.  I had the big red one and two others that I cannot share yet ( they are so cute and those I will be super happy to share!).  When the red dust had settled, I cleaned up ALL the bits and pieces that had been trailed completely throughout the house and decided I needed to make something different.  Something not a quilt.

( this is the only finish photo, Katy was NOT in the mood for taking pics)

I really adore clothes that are well fitted and flattering and can be found surfing the internet looking at ( mostly) vintage clothing for all of the features that I drool over.  My friend Brooke ( apriltwoeighty) is in LA interning with Luke and has been posting about her adventures that happened to include a box pleated skirt!  WHAT!?!  I LOVE box pleated skirts and immediately asked whet pattern she used!  She used the Merrick's Art tutorial .  It is very basic and has all the ideas that are needed to make the skirt.  So, using this tutorial I dove right in!

This is what I learned on the first go round...the pleats are what fabric is showing not what is hidden in the back ( face palm).  This skirt had 4in pleats not 2.5in pleats.

The finished skirt was perfection in the front...

However the back was as wonky as Weeble!

and I did not follow the recommended waistband sizing so I ended up with WAY too big a waist...

That's okay...this was my "trial" skirt and even though all of my sewing was perfect ( of course) I was okay with trying from scratch again.

So off I went to find what other tutorials were out there that explained a little more in depth on how to make this skirt for all different sizes and I found this youtube video Pleated Skirt Tutorial by Sara which has a more in depth explanation and some math to help make a pattern for more than one size but this can be a little tricky too using the math given in the video.  I had Katy's help me with some of the numbers and we came up with something that I felt comfortable going in and attempting.

The second skirt I used 2.5 in pleats.  I left about 1in on each end for the zipper.  Somehow, it did not work out...grrrrrr...when I placed the waistband on the skirt it was way too short.  There was no way it was going to work.  I walked away and made dinner for the people of the house and gave myself a little break to think on what my next step would be.

When I went back to the drawing board ( my cutting mat) I noticed the angled guidelines!  I was doing a happy dance!  I centred the waistband, pinned it down and then trimmed the excess fabric from either side.  I had to insecure the pleat to either side of the trimmed fabric but it was doable!

I ended up with aligned back pleats!!! WOO HOO!

I will be making more of these skirts.  They are super fast once you have the basics down and are very comfortable ( the most important part).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The best I can do at 22

I finished the red quilt top and was so excited to be completed ( I was happy dancing all over the place) until it came time to take photos!  Some crazy Polar Vortex with cold temperatures has taken over my neck of the woods ( thank goodness I am not in Buffalo!  If you are,please stay safe and warm!).  Going out in 22 degree temps is not my thing.  So, I had to figure out how to take semi decent photos inside...HA!  It has been a learning experience.  I learned that my windows are filthy and I spent some time cleaning them, I learned that printer paper and tape are the PERFECT size to cover the tiny windows at the top on the opposite side of the room to block the light from hitting the bottom of the quilt, I learned that photographing a red quilt and trying to get the true colors is IMPOSSIBLE and I learned ( which I knew since we moved in over five years ago) I HATE the color of this room!

Please forgive the less than perfect shots I have taken,  this is the best I can do at 22...degrees...

My hope is to have the entered and up for display during Quiltcon.  Luke will make this quilt of humble beginnings come to life!  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


After some long hours of cutting strips on Saturday, some serious sewing on Sunday and Monday and one very very good family, I was able to finish all the blocks!  I added to my design wall ( meaning the flannel and batting I have duct taped and staple gunned to the wall) and I was able to fit ALL the blocks in one spot!  I still have to sew all the rows together but I was just over the moon thrilled that I was able to pick up and vacuum up all of the bits and pieces of red that had taken over three of the rooms downstairs.  I will need to make some minor adjustments to the blocks and then tackle the task of joining the blocks and rows.  

When I am finished this will be headed off to see Luke Haynes.  This quilt is a collaboration that I had asked Luke about last December.  It took me some time to wrap my head around where to start since I had never taken on a project anything like this one.  Luke has been very patient and encouraging along the way.

The suggestion to make this from upcycled clothing was all Luke.  Truth be told that is one of the reasons it took so long for me to start.  The task of finding red clothing that is not knit is very daunting.  Quilting with anything but cotton was completely foreign.  In August I took the plunge of finding some garments I thought I could work with and not cry.  When I had built up some courage I branched out even more!  There are no knits in this quilt but there is just about everything else.  The textures are gorgeous.  The slight differences make a visual difference that is quite stunning.  Katy says it is intense!  I have to agree.

If you want to make a quilt from upcycled garments I can recommend Luke's tutorial on We All Sew called  Deconstruct a Shirt with Luke Haynes.  I did not use a rotary cutter but ripped the garments    ( very very messy) but the great tutorial is a great jumping off point if you don't know where or how to start.

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