Monday, October 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Quilt Talk by Sam Hunter

WORDS!!!!  I love em...I use em...A WHOLE BUNCH...and now I can quilt with them too!

Sam Hunter  ( another word lover), wrote this fantastic book Quilt Talk with C&T Publishing  providing patterns for you to make all kinds of fun and fabulous projects using you special words.



I met Sam at Market in Houston whilst working with Alex, Elena and Dario in the Aurifil booth at International Quilt Market ( have I ever mentioned I am the LUCKIEST girl in the WORLD) .  She was a whirlwind bearing gifts of BUTTONS with the best sayings.  I like anyone presenting me with gifts but ones that crack me up too...Sam is a KEEPER!  Sam has this sassy saucy attitude with a whole TON of realist thrown in so you never have to guess what she is thinking...she will tell you!  I am thrilled to have her in my life and I hope you will enjoy this book and her projects as much as I have.

Sam has written a very detailed sections of paper piecing, how to reduce and enlarge the patterns in the book as well as little tips along the way to help ensure all of your projects turn out just the way you want them to without pulling your hair out! The book is filled with actual photos for the paper piecing and since I am a very visual sewer I found this to be a big bonus!  I was also amazed to learn about "Letter and Word Anatomy."  This is stuff I never knew I needed but am so happy to now know!  All the information is broken down and delivered in a way that flows...like Sam is telling you herself.  Finally, and this is pretty cool, The section on how to make your own quilts!  There is encouragement and instructions to take her patterns and make it your very own!  No one size fits all in this book...you can make it ALL YOU!

Look at some of Sam's patterns in the book for your home or a good friend that shares your love of words and quilts!

I think this one is my favorite in the book.  I do love what I do everyday.


And what a great quilt for newlyweds or a great anniversary gift for a couple that will be together 27 years this December ( hint hint).




I did make a project using Sam's paper priced letters using the RED pattern that you can download for free !  WOOT WOOT!!!

I was going to make the scrap bucket but then had a quilter AHA moment!  Don't you love to get those little plot twists when you are working on something.  I have a friend that has a birthday coming up, a quilty friend that LOVES red and has three letters in her name.  She does so much for the quilting community by sharing her knowledge and she has an Aurifil collection or two ;o)  I decided to make her a mini quilt for her studio cuz I love her bunches!


I had to pick the perfect red Aurifil thread for the quilting and the 40wt WON! I popped out some very quick straight line quilting to keep it simple.


I think she will be very please with this scrappy goodness all bound in red!



Here is another project that is included in the book, just what we all need...SCRAP BUCKETS!



After you make the RED block, make sure to visit the rest of the blogs in the hop to read more about Sam and to get ALL of the wonderful colors! The pattern for the scrap bucket ( like the one featured on the cover) is in the book too!!!!  If you make a pattern from the book please be sure to share using the hashtag #quilttalk.  Sam's blog is the final day and there will be an incredible prize including a copy of the book and all kinds of stuff you will not want to miss!!!


- See more at: http://thebitchystitcher.blogspot.com/#sthash.PpfUgkcP.dpuf



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Unplanned

Everyday I wake up and say to myself,  "Self you are going to blog today!"



Everyday that has not been happening.  In late July was my last post and here it is SEPTEMBER and I am just getting back into the swing of some things.  I have had things to say and sewing to share. I am on Instagram as Gogokim and try to at the very least post some things there to keep connected.  I may also be very guilty of overgramming on occasion.


There was a very long car trip (2600 miles is a long trip right?)  with two kids and me this summer to see the oldest son, his ( I cannot say this enough) WONDERFUL wife , who so kindly puts up with me, and the two sweetest grandsons ever.  There was also the stops through to see the spare older son  to and back from seeing the oldest.  It was a very last minute decision and I could not have been happier!

And Gary...OMG!!!!  I love this guy!!!! In OK we visited Lost Creek Safari  and we allowed to hold a baby kangaroo named Jack and kiss a baby camel named Gilbert.  If you are in Stillwater...GO to this place!  I lived in San Diego and had a membership to the Zoo/ Wild Animal Park and this place was better as far as exposure to the animals.  I still love and miss San Diego Zoo but I cannot wait to go back and see Gary again!!!


With the trip I bought home the latest and not so greatest crud that was in OK and even left some in TN ( Sorry Michael) .  So there was another 12 days of my life...GONE!!!!  Still, no blogging.

School started for everyone and with that came new schedules, new drop off and pick up times and juggling how to be every where at once.

Something HAD to give!  sadly, it was my blog.  My connection to the quilting community.  So here I am, after way too long, to start back to doing what I love.  Connecting to my online quilting friends.

I am discontinuing SEWjo Saturday.  I cannot give it the attention it really deserves.  I loved hosting it and I may bring it back next summer.  I do appreciate all the great link ups from everyone.  I hope you had fun too.

For now, I am working on a few projects, one is a tutorial for a new quilt I have designed ( that will be coming out at the end of Oct if all goes as planned...fingers crossed and it is STUNNING), a couple  of quilts for a friend and this one in the photo being the most important to me.   There will be 200 log cabins and I am about half way there. It is all clothing sized from newborn to XXL.  It is an incredible learning experience  using all of the different textures.  There is rayon, cotton, silk, poly, different cords, satin, microsuede and just about anything else you can imagine.  I have started on the second 100+ blocks and hoping I will have this completed soon.  Again, if everything goes as planned.  And as this past six weeks has shown me, I am not in control.





Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Liberty Lifestyle~How to make a Cathedral Window Sewing Journal Cover { tutorial linked in post}

Last summer I made a beautiful quilt for the Liberty Lifestyle blog.  I was really very honored and a little overwhelmed  since it was the first quilt tutorial they were featuring ( no pressure).  The Lovetag  Quilt is still in my home being loved all the time.

A couple months back, I was contacted again ( boy are they nice) and asked if I would consider another project...LOL...SERIOUSLY!?!  I said yes and then pitched an idea.  I wanted to use the scraps I already had left from the last project to make something lovely.   Cathedral windows are lovely and I love to make and use them whenever I can!  I put them on pincushions and pillows and purses...and now a planner.  So apparently I put them on anything that starts with a P ;o)

My first attempt was an EPIC FAIL!  I did not let that stop me and moved on to my next idea that was not much better but the third time was a charm but at the last minute...I cut it 1/2in TOO SHORT!  I did not have enough scraps to make another from the start so I did what all good sewers do...IMPROVISE!  I decided to do something a little different.

I finally ended up with this beautiful planner that will hopefully bring you inspiration whenever you take it out!

Please visit The Liberty Craft Blog to see the FREE tutorial for The Cathedral Window Sewing Journal Cover.


The quilting was so perfect and straight and I love the way the 40wt shows off just a little bit more than the 50wt :o) !  And that was the other reason I could not start over, the quilting was amazing and that never happens for me!


An inside pocket holds all your goods right where you need them and the zipper is a breeze!  No reason to be afraid with this one at all! I used all Pellon interfacing and batting, I used SF-101, my favorite WONDER UNDER and Craft Fuse.  Love my Magic in the Middle :o)


I used resin snaps but you can use velcro for your closure.



I hope you like this project as much as I do!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

SEWjo Saturday Birthday sewing!

I finally made it!  I made it to the ripe young age of 48 and I have now sewn my very first apron!!!!  I also had to renew my license which is why this post is up late.  Morning at the DMV...FUN!  Not really fun but I am legal again :o)

For the apron I wanted retro cool so I dove into my collection of Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt.  I really wish this would be reprinted.  It is, by far, my most favorite Denyse Schmidt line.  This is an apron I will wear all the time!




I used this Vogue pattern and chose A as my base.





 I made a couple of changes to the original to make it my own.


I added the floral pop of fun!

and the edge on the pocket.


I honestly could not figure out the instruction for the straps in the back.  I am neither a garment sewer nor a pattern reader.  Thank goodness I had a surprise visit from Heather from The Sewing Loft for my birthday!  She brought me gifts and knowledge!!!!!  Thank you Heather!  She has a SWEET quilt in the new book by Martingale  Fun Sized Quilts!



This made me laugh so much!




The incentive giveaway this week is two mini charms  of Valori Wells fabric for Robert Kaufman!!!!!


Let's get our SEWjo (sewing mojo) going!  This link up will be open the WHOLE WEEKEND to give you LOTS of time in case you need to do silly other stuff like make dinner or driving your kids somewhere and then there is always making sure you have good lighting. The things we all have to go through...sigh ;o)

To participate in the party please... 
1. Share a project from this past  THREE weeks ( I want to get all caught up) or TODAY!!! 
Link it up from your blog, your Flickr photos, and now your Instagram by using your Instagram URL as the link.  Please hashtag #SEWjoSaturday and @gogokim :o)   

2. Share a link back to SEWjo Saturday somewhere in your post. I would be over the moon if you grabbed the button and shared that too ;o)

3. Share some love with some of the other posters!!!!  Visit some of the linked up photos and get inspired by other quilty friends' work. And please leave some sunshine in their comments! Let's support each other!  




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Aprons?

Aprons...do you have them, wear them, love them, hate them, make them?  I have three aprons and when I remember to throw one on, I LOVE them!  They protect my clothes and give me an instant dry spot for my hands or for drying off dishes from the dishwasher that have left over drips.

I asked my friends on  Instagram for patterns they liked or loved and was given a couple of suggestions.
( Adam was kind enough to take a photo for me :o) I love that boy!)

This one was highly recommended from Marie-Madeline Studio


Indygo Junction has an incredible selection of patterns!  I really am drawn to the Uptown Apron!


For an AMAZING tutorial for a half apron the FABULOUS Bari J has a free apron tutorial on her blog for this beautiful  (THANK YOU BARI J...I LOVE YOU!)
(image from Bari J blog)

And  A Fabric Lovers Apron Tutorial from Maureen Cracknell Handmade

( image from Maureen Cracknell Handmade)


Do you have a favorite apron pattern?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

SEWjo Saturday with Incentive Aurifil and an linking up from Instagram! ( winner announced)

It has been too long...much too long and I apologize!

SEWjo Saturday is back!  I hope everyone is having a productive summer and some good times with family and friends!

This week I was able to sew a new ironing board cover that was desperately needed.  I had to give up my all time favorite, now out of print, Alexander Henry Paloma Birds cover ( CRYING ) but replaced it with this fun cathedral windows Patty Young fabric I found at Joann's a few months ago.  One of those, "I love it and had better buy yardage now" purchases.  So happy I did since I cannot imagine an unhappy looking ironing board. And I cleaned up my space some too!  It was so needed!


The before and after shots. It was time for sure!


The other thing I worked on was The Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilt.  This one had me paralyzed! I have never done a traveling quilt and when I sew improv for others I kinda freak out.  It is hard to know what someone else likes and dislikes. My goal for this was beauty.  The decision was made to make it modern and colorful!



I hope she loves it!



The incentive this week will be an Aurifil Sample set.  This set contains each of the thread weights available and a wooden spool of Aurifloss!  The color of the set I am sending will be a very light gray :o)


Let's get our SEWjo (sewing mojo) going!  This link up will be open the WHOLE WEEKEND to give you LOTS of time in case you need to do silly other stuff like make dinner or driving your kids somewhere and then there is always making sure you have good lighting. The things we all have to go through...sigh ;o)

To participate in the party please... 
1. Share a project from this past  THREE weeks ( I want to get all caught up) or TODAY!!! 
Link it up from your blog, your Flickr photos, and now your Instagram by using your Instagram URL as the link.  Please hashtag #SEWjoSaturday and @gogokim :o)   

2. Share a link back to SEWjo Saturday somewhere in your post. I would be over the moon if you grabbed the button and shared that too ;o)

3. Share some love with some of the other posters!!!!  Visit some of the linked up photos and get inspired by other quilty friends' work. And please leave some sunshine in their comments! Let's support each other!  



All of you had SUPER productive weeks while I was away!!! Great job!

The winner this week is...




Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday #tbt Quilt



Throwback Thursday #tbt is really a fun way to see people's photos from many years ago when they had BIG hair or braces, those shoulders and sweet baby faces.  If you are on Instagram or twitter use#tbt and be prepared for fun photos!  I like looking back through all the old photos, since 99% of mine are from the olden days of film cameras. 


I thought it might be fun to share some of the old projects.  This quilt was for my grandson in 2011.  It was my first time making wonky stars.  I used the tutorial from The Silly BoDilly and the fun Funky Monkey fabrics from Erin Michaels for Moda fabrics.







Adam was a good helper for the action shots!


This was also my first time trying free motion quilting.


I really fell in love with the pieced back on this quilt.

I love seeing the old projects and what I have learned over the years.  Best of all, knowing that this is out there being loved!


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