Friday, February 28, 2014

Alphabet Quilt Blocks

 Although I was trying to resist another quilt along--it was futile. You can't make just one of those adorable alphabet quilt blocks from the Spell it with Moda Blog Tour

So last night when I needed a bit of happy sewing I decided to make an "A," "B," and a "C."

I'm using happy scraps from a variety of Bonnie & Camille fabrics for the letters, and I'm using their "low-volume" prints for my backgrounds.

 And I am having so. much. fun!  So much fun that I ended up making six blocks instead of three.

And then I cut out five more blocks to sew today!  Not only do I want to make the entire alphabet quilt, but I also keep thinking of words I could spell to make some fun pillows (because the more pillows the merrier, right?)!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pear Block Wall Hanging

This weekend I got a chance to finish up a little wall hanging using some scrap blocks left over from this fall when I pieced the "Canned Pears" quilt sample for  market (pattern by Fig Tree & Company).

I had three left over blocks from piecing the quilt, and I had other bits and pieces of the coordinating fabrics which were perfect for a couple of borders and binding. The fabrics are all from Mirabelle by Fig Tree & Company which will be in stores soon.

I've been making quite a few mini quilts lately, and I thought I'd share how I'm making simple pockets for the backs of my quilts in order to hang them. I take two charm squares (or sometimes a bit smaller square, say 4" x 4") and fold them in half on the diagonal, wrong sides together. I then baste one folded square to each of the two top corners of my mini quilt--matching raw edges and using a 1/8" seam. After I attach my binding, the raw edges of the folded squares are enclosed by my binding, and I can insert a dowel along the back side of the quilt. I then rest the dowel on two small nails to hang the mini quilt.

I know I shared my small "S" quilt the other day, but I'm sharing it again just as a reminder that the "Spell it with Moda" blog tour is still going on! All of the free alphabet patterns can be made with 2 1/2" strips or from Jelly Roll strips.

Did I mention I used that adorable April Showers umbrella print for the back of the "S" quilt?

Oh, and I'm posting over at the Moda Cutting Table today with some fun ideas for your Jelly Roll Strips. Thanks so much for stopping by!

PS C&T shared a sneak peek of my next book, Fresh Family Traditions, on their blog's getting close to arrival!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Divided Basket

 I know I've shared this pattern before, but it's just such a good one that I had to share again. The Divided Basket pattern by Anna of Noodlehead is perfect for your sewing room or for wherever you need a beautiful fabric storage bin.

 This is the fourth one I've made--and the second one that is a baby gift. You see, diapers fit perfectly in this divided basket! I used ShapeFlex as recommended for interfacing and also added fusible fleece on top of the Shape Flex for the main basket body.

The two divided outside pockets on the front are optional, and they also add some fun contrast to the basket! The center divider is easy to put in and is great for organizing whatever you are storing inside.

All of the exterior fabrics and handles are from the Baby Jane collection by Eric and Julie Comstock for Moda. The interior Chevron print is by Riley Blake.

This basket took under 3 hours from start to finish (but I've made 3 others). I'm also making a coordinating quilt (which won't be ready for the shower today but will be finished before the baby arrives)!

It has been an absolutely busy week this week, so this is the only sewing I was able to do, but it felt so good to be at my machine again last night. I have a whole list of projects on the agenda for this weekend though!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Little Finishes and Decorating with Quilts

It's always a good day when a block of the month kit arrives--I usually try to piece my block right away so I don't get behind. Block 9 of the Fat Quarter Shop Mystery Designer Block of the Month was in my mailbox Saturday morning, and by Saturday afternoon I had pieced this adorable house block.

 I'm adding sashing and setting my blocks together as I go this time. There are just three more blocks...I believe they are all supposed to be flower blocks--I can't wait to see them.

I really do love everything about this quilt...including the border and backing which I have ready to go as well.

Another little finish this weekend was an "S" mini-quilt which has been on my list for quite some time. If you're interested in some free alphabet letter patterns, be sure to follow the Moda Designer's Blog Hop, Spell it with Fabric, going on now. All of the designers are taking turns sharing alphabet letter patterns made with jelly roll strips and fat eighths. They are also sharing their unique versions of the alphabet quilt!

 I love decorating with my mini quilts in my sewing room. I moved a few around to make new for my recent finishes. I now have my Mini Swoon and Mini Spools above my design board (which is right above my sewing machine).

And my mini "S", Mini Dwell and Mini Puddle Jumping are happily housed above the window.

Thanks so much for stopping by...have a wonderful day!

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Friday, February 14, 2014

A Quilt Along Finish!

I'm finished with my American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along Quilt...the "Tone it Down" quilt designed by Lissa Alexander.

 I'm absolutely in love with this's one of my favorites ever. Not only is the pattern amazing...but because of the great design I was able to pull some fabrics out that had been sitting in my stash for years and finally use them--and that's a good feeling! Because fabrics we love are meant to be used, right?!

 All along I had planned to bind this quilt with an ABC print on red--but after finishing the quilt I knew the binding needed to be blue...well, to "tone it down!"

The blue polka dot from Potluck arrived in stores just in time for me to pick up a yard--enough for binding and a little extra for my stash!

 I learned a lot from making this was a lot of fun to play with low-volume backgrounds and work with trying to get just the right contrast. And even though there were a few blocks that I thought didn't have enough the end it worked out beautifully. The beautiful chain design goes through the entire quilt--even in the blocks where I thought it was a little less obvious.

I finished binding this quilt the other night while watching the Olympics...and it occurred to me that the circles on the quilt are reminiscent of the Olympic just seemed like the perfect way to finish this quilt that I've come to love so much!

Thanks so much Lissa and Jennifer for letting me join in! And thanks so much to all of you who have been so kind in your comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Simply Small Quilts

Hello and welcome to the February edition of Simply Small Sewing...I have some quilts to share and a new project to feature! 

First, I have to share a sneak peek of the next project...but more on this at the end of the are some quilts from last month's project!

The January quilt was my simple table topper which uses just one pack of Moda Candy squares (or 40 squares). Wendy made this gorgeous version pictured above.

 And Christine made this beautiful Scrumptious table topper!

Jane's quilt proves that this table topper is beautiful in more traditional fabrics too!

 And Joy shows that a darker background can also be used.

Susan S has a beautiful version as well.

And our other Susan made another version of the pattern.

 Hildy shared her table topper made as a variation of this Moda Candy pattern.

And Heidi sent in her table runner from this Moda Candy pattern.

I'd love to send some Moda Candy packs to all of this month's participants...I'll be e-mailing you all for your mailing addresses!

For this month's pattern I was thinking along the lines of a mini quilt (I seem to be making a lot of those lately). I was also thinking about spring and used one Moda Candy pack of Daydream by Kate Spain. Since the finished quilt measures at 17" x 17" it is perfect for a mini quilt, a table topper, or even a pillow front. It will be fun to see what everyone makes.

 I used 1/4 yard of background and two fat quarters along with backing, and I'm really happy with the way this one turned out.

I'll have this pattern for free download at my Craftsy pattern store for my regular readers through February 12th. After that it will still be available for a small fee.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll join in the Simply Small parade next month!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Bryce Canyon Quilt Retreat

 On Wednesday of last week I traveled to Bryce Canyon Utah to attend and teach at the yearly retreat at Ruby's Inn. I had a wonderful time and was busy teaching 3 classes and enjoying the lectures and trunk shows. The scenery on the way up and back is always stunning--there is just nothing like the contrast between the red rocks, the evergreen trees, and the white snow!

 One of the classes I taught was the "One Piece Bag" by Fig Tree & Company. So of course I had to make a new one for myself to use as a sample. I made my version 2" narrower than the pattern and absolutely love the size of the bag. I was also able to teach the Scrappy Trip around the World and another Fig Tree pattern, "Saltwater Taffy."

I got my mini "Dwell" quilt bound the first night while watching one of the trunk happy to have this little mini all finished!

 And, I was able to stop at a quilt shop in St. George on the way home and pick up the perfect binding for my American Patchwork Quilt Along "Tone it Down" quilt. I chose the blue polka dot from Sandy Klop's Potluck collection. As soon as I'm finished binding I'll share one last post on this quilt.

The plan for Monday is to finally unpack from both retreats...there are even a couple more suitcases that didn't make it into this photo that need to be unpacked.

I'll be back tomorrow with the Simply Small parade and new project!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Oh...and I totally missed the boat on this one...I was supposed to post last week about the amazing #small town quilt show event this summer. There are lots of wonderful teachers and classes to choose from, and you can sign up now!

Some of the teachers:

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along

While I was traveling last week I was able to get my American Patchwork & Quilting quilt along quilt back from Abby. I didn't get to see her in person to tell her how happy I am with thank you Abby!!!

 Abby and I decided on a lovely clam shell design which adds a lot of texture to my quilt without being overwhelming.

 I truly love the vintage feel of this quilt, and I can't wait to pick up some binding and get it finished! Thanks so much Lissa and Jennifer at American Patchwork & Quilting for inviting me to quilt along!

Are you quilting along? If you are, please leave a comment--I'd love to visit your blog and see your quilt! (P.S. I'll post this quilt one more time when it's bound).

Thanks so much for stopping by...happy sewing!

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