Thursday, December 4, 2014

Merry December

Can you believe that we are already in the middle of the holiday season???  I can't.  I've been sewing up a few things for Christmas, and started this cute Christmas sampler quilt along that was going on over on instagram.  Hosted by Lori Holt.  Many of the patterns are free, and some are from her book, Quilty Fun

I don't often sew such cute blocks, and I am enjoying them so much.  This is a pretty small quilt, so I am working on some extra blocks to make it bigger.  I want a quilt we can sit under.  So, the fun continues.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

pivots quilt

Oh, boy.  This is a colorful quilt, and I love it.  My first Christmas gift finish!  Yay!  I used my drunkards path die for my GO! Cutter to cut it out, and it went together so quickly and easily.  Curves aren't my favorite to sew, but I love the way they look. 
When I started cutting out this quilt, I knew that I wanted to use only solids, but my solids stash is embarrassingly small, so I quickly ran out of variety and color and added in some almost solids.  The overall effect is basically the same and I didn't purchase any new fabric for it.  Yay!
With the front so bright and bold, I knew I wanted the backing to be muted and mellow.  I really wanted one piece for the whole back, but didn't have the yardage, so I pieced a few together.
 I quilted the circles free motion in spirals, and I cannot bring myself to show you close ups, they are terrible.  It's a shame, I know nobody really notices, but I wish they were better.  I know that spirals are much better done with a walking foot, but I could not bring myself to push this quilt through my machine that many times. I also stitched in the ditch between each circle, so it's still soft.
 Black and White binding.  It was the best option with all that color!

 p.s.  bonus points to anyone who gets the pivots reference...(farmers will know)

Monday, November 10, 2014


Have you guys seen this new Kaleidograph Toy?  It was new to me, but once I started playing around with it, I'm hooked.  Basically you have different cards, all with different shapes and colors, and you stack them to create patterns.  (it also comes in black and white, which would be very cool too).

I love this sort of toy.  My daughter and I started playing around with them and we couldn't wait to share our creations.   We took pictures of some of our favorites.
  So, I had to make one into a quilt block...I sat down with my graphing notebook and started sketching and calculating, and honestly it made my brain hurt.  I put it aside for a few days and decided to just go for it.  Improv-style.  No planning--and it worked!  It's not an exact match, but I like it that way.  I'm not good enough for an exact match.  

Here's my block:
 Here's my inspiration:  
 What do you think?  I can see a few places I wish I would've used green...but I love that it got my juices flowing.  I would love to do a whole sampler quilt from these creations.

find it here.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Christmas Decorations Blog Hop!

The folks at Stitch Craft Create recently sent me a digital copy of this book, Handmade Scandinavian Christmas, and I'm excited to share it with you.  (Can you believe it is already this time of year??!!) 

First of all, this is a pretty book.  The images and photos are exactly what Christmas is in my mind.  In Texas, we just don't have snow, and usually we pretend it is cold enough to light a fire in our fireplace.  Despite the weather, we still like to decorate and make our home festive, even if the outdoors doesn't feel like a snow white Christmas.  

Many of the ideas in this book use natural supplies, things you can find in your backyard, and if they aren't found in your backyard, most can be found in your craft box.  And, there are A-L-O-T of projects in this one book.  It is chock full of ideas with directions for each, that really serve as inspiration.  You can take their ideas and make what you want.

I made a list of all the projects I wanted to try, and have 2 to show you.  My 5 year old helped with both of them, and loved it.  
First this wooden star, made from tree branches.  Mine doesn't look as nice as the one in the book, but that is the beauty of this type of project.  It doesn't really matter.  It still looks great.  We made both a 5 point star and a Star of David.  We also added glitter, because 5 year olds love glitter.  I also think these would be fun to spray paint.  Gold would be lovely.

Next we made these paper balls.  Let me say that these were EASY, and I think you could really spruce up a tree with them.  I didn't have any cool colorful scrapbooking paper, so we just used white, and I still like them.  I think I will purchase some fun paper and make these with my other kids over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 I don't know that they will survive multiple Christmas', but that's okay.  We will just make more.  I think they would even be fun as garland.

 this image is from the book, to give you an idea of what colorful paper would look like.

You can find the book here. (or ebook)
and other handmade Christmas items here.
Stitch Craft Create has some really fun non-holiday books too, here.

follow along the blog hop:
Sat 1st – Crafts from the Cwtch (crochet candle holders)
Sun 2nd – Patchwork Posse (ribbon baubles)
Mon 3rd – Moogsmum (paper bird garland)
Tue 4th – Yarn Demon (crochet snowflakes)
Wed 5th – From the Blue Chair (Washi tape cards & baubles)
Thur 6th – Straight Grain
Fri 7th – A Quilt Is Nice
Sat 8th – Haak & Smaak
Mon 10th – Knits and Crosses
Tue 11th – A Bright Corner
Wed 12th – Imagine Gnats
Thu 13th – Thimbleanna
Sat 15th – Ric Rac
Sun 16th – Chickpea Sewing Studio
Mon 17th – Ellison Lane
Tue 18th – Olivia Jane Handcrafted
Wed 19th – Boolah Baguette
Thu 20th – Made Peachy
Fri 21st – Pieced Brain
Sat 22nd – Rose Hip
Sun 23rd – Sewing Is for Girls
Mon 24th – Miss Print
Tue 25th – Feather’s Flights
Wed 26th – Follow the White Bunny
Thu 27th – Dotty Doily
Fri 28th – Guthrie & Ghani
Sat 29th – Cut to Pieces
Sun 30th – Molly Flanders Makerie

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pineapple quilt

I have nearly finished my pineapple blocks, and I'm really excited about this quilt.
tutorial found here (NO PAPER PIECING!) 

Fat Quarter Shop has a really great promotion going on.  All Art Gallery Fabrics are on sale.  Art Gallery has some really cool prints right now, with new designers all the time.  If you have never worked with Art Gallery Fabric, you are in for a treat.  Their fabric has such a great feel and drape.  Some of the softest fabric out there.  Check them out.

use code:  AG2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fat Quarter Shop :: blogger's choice bundle

 That's my name on a Fat Quarter Shop bundle!  This is exciting stuff.  Fat Quarter Shop contacted me and asked if I'd like to create a custom bundle for their shop.  I just couldn't say no--this is one of my favorite parts of quilting, pulling fabrics to put together.
...And then when I actually started looking at fabrics, I realized this is kind of hard.  There's so much pressure, what if they don't look good together--fabric shopping on the computer is tricky.  I made my choices (this was actually months ago), and I kind of forgot all about it, until this bundle arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago.  

When I opened the package, it was so fun to see them in person.   I tried to pick some colors that I wouldn't usually pick (the bright blue and the black) and I actually love them.  A refreshing mix, that I think have a fall-ish vibe to them.

Speaking of fall, I really want to make a Halloween quilt, and many of these prints would be perfect in a Halloween quilt...only problem is, I cannot settle on a pattern.  I have several Ghastlies prints that I would really like to use, but I just haven't felt like I know what to do with them...

-----giveaway closed----------
So... I have a bundle to share with one of you.  Just leave a comment with a pattern you like, or one that would work well for Halloween, or just leave a comment and I'll pick a winner on Monday (Nov 3).  

My bundle can be purchased here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

teepee quilt

My daughter just finished up a unit in school on Native Americans, so this quilt naturally looks like a teepee city. I had no reason for making this baby size quilt, I pulled fabric and just started cutting triangles. I wanted to do an isosceles triangle this time instead of equilateral (here and here), and I like them both. The equilateral is definitely easier to cut out (with a ruler). To cut the isosceles triangles I used this ruler.
I never really know how to quilt triangle quilts, I always feel like they need some curves, but I still want the triangles to be the star.  
I decided to do wavy lines, about 1/2-1 inch apart.  They work great, gives it texture, but still soft.
 Words for binding.  I debated binding for several days, and then finally went for it with this text-y print and I think I love it.  I thought it might be too much contrast with the cream next to the grey/black, but it works.

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