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Aug 31, 2011

Vote! and my little Interview for Halogen TV

Aug 31, 2011
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Today is the last day to vote in Connecting Threads Fabric Design Contest.....  stop by and VOTE for my friend (and roomie at the Sewing Summit) Lee of Freshly Pieced.

Her design, pictured above, is called "Flourish".  Isn't it lovely?  The winner gets to design a line of coordinates for Connecting Threads.  Please vote if you haven't already!

In other news, I was contacted by a reporter at Halogen TV (a cable network that focuses on socially conscious entertainment) over the weekend about a piece on the Arts & Crafts revival.  Go here to check it out!

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Aug 30, 2011

{Sew} Beautiful Bee - My month

Aug 30, 2011
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bee fabrics

I've been really excited for my month in the {Sew} Beautiful Bee since I started watching Camille put together her Farmer's Wife blocks using both Ruby and Bliss.  Those colors were just shouting to me.  Absolutely gorgeous.

I already had one Bliss charm pack stored away and I was able to get 3 Ruby charm packs to make plenty of charms for my quilt planning.

dutch pinwheel sample block for {Sew} Beautiful Bee
Sample Dutch Pinwheel made with Strawberry Fields

I'm choosing Dutch Pinwheel blocks (based on these I fell in love with first and inspired the tute).

packet layout

Here's the layout of what I'm sending out.  Each little row will be one block.  This was before I added any Bliss.  Can't wait to see everything coming back!
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Aug 28, 2011

Farmer's Wife Quilt Along: The Farmer's Wife is back!

Aug 28, 2011
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30 end of day
#30 End of Day

It's been over a month since I've posted about the Farmer's Wife QAL.  That's because I hit a mental road block.  After I attempted this block....

34 Flock
#34 Flock

which tested my patience with tiny HSTs and ended up being completely not square.  I was frustrated.  I didn't know how I would complete any of the more complicated and intricate blocks if I couldn't get #34 Flock right. I pull the whole project to the side....

Then, thankgoodness for Michelle of City House Studio, who blogged about joining a group for the FWQAL where there were paper piecing templates.  Ah ha!  That was my answer!  No better way to get perfect points every time.  Thank you so much Michelle!

39 Friendship
#39 Friendship with a little improv
So I started with some easier blocks to remind myself how to paper piece (until now, I'd only done one circle of geese for our Bee).  Sweet.  Don't mind the improv on the Friendship block.  After I'd paper pieced the whole thing, I realized I forgot to check the scaling on my printer.

A lot easier in my opinion.  Not necessarily less time consuming, but overall less frustration so far.

And no cutting 12 triangles from templates.
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Aug 24, 2011

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag

Aug 24, 2011
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Cosmo Bag

I've been bitten by the Travel Handmade bug.  I can't help but get excited for the Sewing Summit - but I've got just over a month to get some bags, pouches, etc made.  I must get to work!

I've decided to make the Amy Butler Cosmo Bag.  It's Project #1 in Style Stitches.  And although it's supposed to be the easiest pattern in the book, I must confess I'm intimidated!  I've heard her patterns are a bit difficult, but I'm going to give it a try anyway.  I'm very confident at two dimensional quilts, but as soon as we go 3D, I tend to waver and sweat.

I need your help...  I'm looking for opinions....

Here are my fabric selections.

fabric selection Cosmo Bag
1.  Josephine Kimberling for Robert Kaufman Just Dandy
2.  Amy Butler Midwest Modern
3.  Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow Dogwood Bloom

This bag style typically does a good job of showing off large prints, like the Modern Meadow print.

But I want to use this bag at the Summit and this fall, so I'm wondering if the Modern Meadow print is too summery??

Modern Meadow Main
A.  Modern Meadow

Just Dandy Main
B.  Just Dandy

I like both prints and will have a hard time hiding one as the lining.  But please let me know what you think is the best choice?
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Aug 22, 2011

Hello Sunshine Queen Quilt Finish

Aug 22, 2011
Pin It Hello Sunshine is FINALLY finished!  The individual x-block used in this quilt has always reminded me of a railroad crossing sign.  So for this quilt's finish photo shoot I decided to head to a historical village with some railroad nostalgia.

Nicey Jane Hello Sunshine #1

This quilt is queen sized for our master bedroom.  It's the first one I've made for our bed.  Yikes!  I can't imagine doing a king - this was big enough for me!  I started with a half yard bundle of 10 Nicey Jane prints that I received for Christmas.  I absolutely love how it pairs with the Kona Maize - it's so cheery and bright.

Nicey Jane Hello Sunshine #2 edited

What started out as an x-block has a lattice effect when you look at the whole piece put together.  I think it was the right choice for the garden and vintage-y florals of the prints.

Nicey Jane Hello Sunshine #3 edited

I was trying to learn how to use EQ7 when I designed this quilt (that was also a xmas present).  After having done a couple designs with the software, I have noticed it seems to overestimate yardage requirements.  When I first started this quilt, it was only to be lap size, 16 blocks.  I ended up making 42 - 14" blocks for the queen.

Nicey Jane Hello Sunshine #4 edited

I quilted it at my LQS on a HQ Avante.  I love working with that machine!  It makes doing a large quilt so easy.  It only took me about 1.5 hours to quilt the whole thing.

Nicey Jane Hello Sunshine #5 edited

I know you can't see very much of the quilt, but I just love this bench shot.

Nicey Jane Hello Sunshine #6 edited

I uses one of the green prints for the binding, and struggled with whether I should hand or machine bind it.  In the end, getting it done quick won out.

Nicey Jane Hello Sunshine #7

Overall, I'm really happy with how it came out and it's really warm to sleep under at night!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Fresh Poppy Design
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Aug 20, 2011

Sponsor Specials this Weekend

Aug 20, 2011
Pin It Sew Obsessed is having a special this weekend....

Also, Sew Delightful Fabrics is back open again!  Kristen is having a great sale on:

Now through the end of August all Precuts and Bella Solids will be 20% off. 

Happy Shopping!

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Aug 19, 2011

Flickr Friday: End of Summer - Summer Fair Favs

Aug 19, 2011
Pin It Hi everyone!  As school gets ready to start and summer is coming to an end, I thought we'd celebrate (after all, Fall is my absolute favorite season) by taking a look at a few of the Summer Fair entries.  These are my favorites.  Thanks again everyone for linking up!

To find the original entries, find the details here at the Summer Fair post.

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Aug 15, 2011

Rockin' Robin Quilt Along: Quilt Tops

Aug 15, 2011
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The big day!!  The whole quilt top is put together and revealed.....

I am extremely happy with the way my quilt top came out and can't wait to see it quilted.  I'm thinking some playful quilting by the houses will be a lot of fun....  I'm SO glad I decided to go with the color gradation across the quilt.  I think it makes the Central Park prints visually relaxing since there are so many prints included in a layer cake.

How is your Rockin' Robin quilt top coming along?  Remember that all quilt tops finished by August 22 will be entered into the GiveAway....  so hopefully, we'll see your big reveal before then too!!

Rockin' Robin GiveAway (3 winners chosen at random) - 2 - $25 gift certificates for the Fat Quarter Shop and 1 Metro Market (8) fat quarter bundle from the Fabric Shoppe

Be sure to check out the other host's colorways to see their finished quilt tops:

Heather and Megan's at QuiltStory

Lisa at That Crazy Quilty Girl

Melissa at Lilac Lane

and Jen at Reannalily Designs.
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Aug 10, 2011

Tutorial: How To Add Piping to a Pillow

Aug 10, 2011
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I've piped a couple pillows now and the tutorials I've referenced before didn't explain things how my mind works.  So of course, I thought I'd write my own!  Hopefully, this will help you add the piping with less frustration.  Because in the end, it adds such a professional touch and is worth it!

Now, the important thing to realize BEFORE you even begin sewing is that you will end up sewing around the cording three times before your pillow is finished.  In order not to see the previous stitching line, it is important that each consecutive stitch line gets closer to the cording.

So the first line you sew is basically a basting line just to secure the cording inside your fabric strip.  It should be loose, with room to sew 2 more stitching lines inside the original baste.

The second stitching line attaches the cording wrapped in fabric to the pillow top.  This stitching line should be inside or to the left of the baste.

The third stitching line is the last one (!) and attaches the back of the pillow to the front plus piping combo from the previous step.  Again, this third stitching line should be inside or to the left of the other stitching line.

Clear as mud?  Let me show you with a little more detail and photos.  Just remember, each consecutive stitch line should be closer and closer to the cording to prevent seeing any unwanted stitches.

      Sew stitch line #1, the basting line.  I like to use my zipper foot for piping.

      Make the piping similar to how you would binding in terms of finishing.  Leave 2 inches or so open so   you can tuck the opposite end inside for a finished look.

      Pin all the way around and clip at the corners for ease of turning.

      Sew stitch line #2 to attach the piping to the pillow front.

      See the 2 stitching lines?  The right is #1 basting line and the left is #2, attaching the piping to the pillow front.

      Place your pillow front on top of the pillow back, right sides together.  The stitch line you see in the picture is stitch line #2.

      Sew stitch line #3 to attach the pillow front and back together.  Again, sew to the left of #2!

      Leave an opening for turning the pillow right side out.

      Here you can see stitch line #2 on the right and stitch line #3 on the left.  When you turn it right side out, stitch line #3 will conceal all the other stitching.

      Right side out....

      Stuff..... and hand sew the opening closed.

      That's all!  Hope this helps you make perfect piping next time!

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Aug 8, 2011

I'm going to the Sewing Summit!

Aug 8, 2011
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The Sewing Summit

It's been tentative for quite some time....

I am so excited to finally say, YES - I am going to the Sewing Summit!!

I made my flight arrangements yesterday and can't wait to meet many of you in person.

I had an absolute blast meeting other crafty people at the Midwest Craft Caucus in June....and I didn't meet any quilters there.

I can only imagine this is going to be over the moon!!

Can't wait!

SLC 7 OCT 11 - see you there!!
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Aug 4, 2011

Summer Fair: The Winners

Aug 4, 2011
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Like all good things, Summer Fair must come to an end....  THANK YOU to everyone who participated and made Summer Fair so much fun.  I've had a great time reading all the entries (I'm still working my way through), becoming inspired by quilty creativity and becoming hungry for some new recipes!!

Let's get straight to it....  Here are the winners of our lovely prizes (all selected by Random Number Generator).

1.  $20 gift certificate to Crafty Girls' Workshop - #80 Petra / Sew Paint Create

2.  One yard of Alexander Henry Pirate Pups in Blue and one pattern for a "Little Wallet" from Sew Obsessed - #85 Barbara / Cat Patches

3.  Fat quarter bundle of Forest Life and Kona from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics - #12 Kristen / KD Quilts

4.  $25 gift certificate to Sew Fresh Fabrics - #89 Melinda / Tilda's Twisted Life

5.  1 year subscription to Fat Quarterly Magazine - #61 Jenny / Corbin Creek Quilter

6.  1 signed copy of Modern Basics, donated by Amy Ellis - #1 Rachael / Blue Mountain Daisy

7.  $25 gift certificate to Fabricworm - #103 Katie / Katie's Korner

8.  1 copy of Block Party by Alissa Haight Carlton & Kristen Lejnieks, donated by Stash Books - #79 Heather / Moreygirl

9.  2 vintage Pyrex Au Gratin dishes in Blue and Yellow, donated by Gen X Quilters -#9 Mitzi / Live Love Quilt

MANY THANKS to Summer Fair's generous sponsors.  We could not have done it without you!

I will be emailing all the winners to get your contact information.

Thanks again - and we'll see you next year at the Fair!

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