Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Motivation! {free pattern link in post}

Welcome back to  Monday Motivation!  Four years ago Sara organized a New York Beauty Sew Along and it was pretty amazing.  Using free New York Beauty patterns and a hop to different blogs to learn about the different ways to paper piece these stunning blocks.  Jump ahead four years and I still have orphan blocks that need some love and a stash that I need to sew through... Meet Violet! 

The original free pattern is Myrtle the Purl Turtle from Purl Soho.  It was another one of those, "I must make this someday" projects that hang out in Pinterest Purgatory just waiting to be hopefully made someday.

This pattern is a free pdf with excellent support tutorial with beautiful photos on the Purl Soho website.  It takes only a few choirs from cut to stuff if you are using fabrics and not a NYB block.  If you make the NYB, it can add a few more hours. The NYB is Joel Dewberry fabric, the dark purple is flannel from my stash and the sweet polka dot belly is Tula Pink :o)  I constructed the block and Violet with Aurifil 50wt thread.  I used a light neutral and wish I would have gone with either the 2600 ( Dove) or a full purple.  Next time I will know better and match my thread to my fabric.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sewing fashion statement!

I realized this weekend that there is not a day of the week when I do not have a thread snip or bit on my clothing, in my hair or at the very least stuck to my socks! My kids have ( finally) given up pointing out the colorful pieces of short or long glistening beauties to me for removal since they are very aware that I consider thread on my clothing as an accessory :o)  For all of my fashion forward sewing friends... we can wear them with PRIDE!

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Splendid Sampler Bonus First Block!

Here is my first block for The Splendid Sampler!  Pat and Jane had an early release party with this block for a special project that will help you throughout your Sew Along journey! For my blocks, I chose to dive into my stash of Amy Butler fabrics and I will be piecing with Aurifil 50wt for perfect seams and flat blocks! 

As a fun BONUS...Jane designed a Folding Block Station with a free tutorial for you to try out your blocks to make sure you love the layout before you stitch them up!

As another added bonus, Pat Sloan created a fantastic tutorial on how to read quilt patterns! Make sure to visit this one! It is  everything you need to know about reading a quilt pattern! Thanks Pat! 

Only NINE days until the event starts!  Cannot wait to see in the Facebook group  ( almost 10,000 strong) or on Instagram sharing your blocks!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Splendid Sampler and WIP Wednesday!

For WIP Wednesday it is progress not perfection, right?   With only 11 days away from The Splendid Sampler kickoff date,  I *think* I have decided on the fabrics ( this is progress) I will be using to have a really exciting and unique sampler quilt! What do you think about an Amy Butler Sampler Quilt?

Pineapple Princess is one of my all- time favorite quilts I made for my lovely Dr. and his wife's new baby girl ( she is not a baby anymore and I am feeling really old now).  The blocks were designed by Faith From Fresh Lemon Quilts for the free Solstice Star Block series.  I used as many Amy Butler fabrics from all different lines with a white background for this sampler quilt and loved the result!  This quilt is what made me think that Amy is the way to go!

For the The Splendid Sampler I just pulled these off my shelf!  It makes me happy just to look at them :o)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rheumatoid Awareness Day Block

Today is Groundhog Day ( YAY early Spring!)!  Phil better have it right this year, I know last year I was really to cover his hole! 

Today is also Rheumatoid Awareness Day.  I made this block to show my support!

The block is a free awareness paper pieced from Carol Doak and was originally designed for Breast Cancer Awareness but will make a beautiful awareness block for any cause! I hope you will make a block to support a cause you feel called to support! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday Motivation! { free pattern link in post }

It is Monday!  The second day of the official week and the first day of usual dread to most. Time to get busy with work, kids, and just regular life in general!  Instead of the usual doom, I will be attempting to bring some joy and inspiration into this otherwise deemed day of gloom by providing free patterns from fabulous designers, sewing humor or just a fun thought.

 Welcome to Monday Motivation!

Over the weekend I was busy sewing binding onto a quilt and my hands decided they were done!  I have had this free Cat-Eye Zippered Pouch Pattern by Sherri from Thread Riding Hood on my must do list forever!And so I did :o)

For my pouch, I chose the sweet Heather Ross gnome for the fussy cut part ( the goldfish were pulled too but the gnome won this round), Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt .  The one shown is the original from back in the day but there has been a reprint of this very popular collection by Free Spirit Fabrics and you can find it on DS Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop  or Westwood Acres.  I constructed the pouch with Aurifil 50wt and created beautiful topstitching with Aurifil 28wt.  Hi impact topstitching without the fuss...LOVING!

These guys helped out with the photos.  They were my grandmother's.  She had a small collection of tiny animals that she kept over the sink in her kitchen.  I always loved them and now I have a variety of them all over my sewing room to keep me company.

Sherri did an outstanding job with both the instructions and the photos in her pattern ( I cannot believe it is FREE).  She makes this pouch a breeze for every level no matter if you are a beginner or an expert!

This pouch is perfect for a variety of items.  I am sure I will be making more this week for the girlie to put her pencils or make-up in for stylish keeping!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Just a little something!

It has been forever since I have paper pieced anything!  The precision with paper piecing is incredible and if you have not tried it I encourage you to give this sweet Sewing Machine pattern pattern a go.  It was designed by Meg from Monkey Beans and is free!  This sweet and easy paper pieced block is perfect for a quilt guild name tag or pincushion or a tiny little mini quilt!

I used Liberty of London lawn fabric, one strip from a Zen Chic for Moda jelly roll, and Aurifil 50wt for the stitching and 12wt for the embroidery.  I added the Aurifil 50wt spool in a beautiful blue!  Now to decide what to make next! 

What are you sewing? 
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