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Sep 30, 2011

Flickr Friday: Travel Handmade

Sep 30, 2011
Pin It From my 2 other posts this week, you should be able to tell I've been really getting into the Travel Handmade theme for the Sewing Summit.  But really, why not Travel Handmade all the time?  Like to the grocery store and stuff?  It might make me feel more fashionable and together if I had a really great Amy Butler Cosmo bag on my arm while I'm chasing after my 2 y.o. in the cereal aisle.

I may need to cut into my Parisville stash after seeing Becky's bag.  Nice job ladies!  So inspiring....

1. Parisville bag inside, 2. Needle case & Pincushion Goodie for Partner 1, 3. Sophia Bag, 4. Aviary Damask Woodgrain Purse Set, 5. Jardin Bag Front, 6. tote bag in Central Park, 7. Nappy Bag, 8. amy butler pouch. front., 9. messenger bag for UHG swap partner

I'm making pillows this week (Some surprises for the Summit), so all the fantastic pillows caught my attention when browsing this week.  Upload yours to hopefully be included in the next Flickr Friday coming in the next couple weeks. Pin It

Sep 28, 2011

Embroidery To-Go Pouch & Daisychain ABC Crewelwork Sampler

Sep 28, 2011
Pin It Have you seen this lovely pattern??  It's the Daisychain ABC Crewelwork Sampler from Posie: Rosey Little Things.

I first saw it over at Twin Fibers.  I forgot to pin it - so thankgoodness I remembered and it was on my mind when I needed to come up with a portable project for the Sewing Summit.

I've started just a little bit.  I'm working on natural linen and using DMC embroidery floss instead of the crewel wool.  This will probably take me quite a while, but that's okay....

ABC Sampler

And while I was setting up my embroidery project for travel, I realized I don't really have a pouch for carrying everything.  So, of course, that sidetracked me into a totally different project.

Embroidery pouch.  Love. it.

I found the quote online "I cannot count my day complete til fabric, thread, and fabric meet." and thought it was perfect for my embroidery pouch.

Here's the back...

I embroidered some embellishments onto this adorable print.  I don't know what it is.....but I received it in one of Sew Fresh Fabrics awesome scrap packs. (edit:  It's Spring Street by Carolyn Gavin, P&B Textiles) Here's my favorite detail.

I added a D-ring and lanyard clasp so I could carry my portable embroidery project as a sort of wristlet at the Sewing Summit after-hours sew-a-thons.  This part didn't turn out exactly as planned, but it was deemed "done anyway".  Doesn't have to be perfect, right?

And here's the inside, lined with a 30s print and filled with my hoop, linen and pattern, ready to go Travel Handmade!!

Sometimes I just love it when one project leads to another unexpected one.

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Sep 26, 2011

Cosmo Bag: Done

Sep 26, 2011
Pin It Consider me Travel Handmade ready!  Whew - it took some determination to make it to the end on this one.  But I'm glad to say I've conquered an Amy Butler bag pattern!

Cosmo close up

1.  6.25 yards of interfacing need to be applied to almost every piece cut.
2.  Instructions are clear, but need to be read very carefully.  I read each step at least 2 x before beginning.  I found I really needed to focus to avoid spending time with the seam ripper.
3.  For some reason my lining ended up larger than the exterior of the bag.  So the lining doesn't quite fit as well as I'd like it to.  As a result, there are various tucks in the fabric where the lining joins the exterior.....but unless you're really searching for them, I don't think anyone will notice.

Yes Moments:
1.  Realizing I'm SO glad I went with Modern Meadow on the outside.  Thanks to everyone who helped me decide!
2.  Pleats are not hard and I love the look they add.
3.  My first covered button.  So simple!  Must add more of these to future projects.
4.  Sewing curves....  I still need more practice, but the practice helps.
5.  Realizing the interfacing will make this bag awesomely sturdy.  This bag is constructed well.  A necessary evil I guess.
6.  Just being able to say I've made it thru an Amy Butler pattern.  It was no easy task for a quilter.  and I feel like I really accomplished something!

Here's what I'll look like carrying it at the Sewing Summit!

Me carrying Cosmo

Do I see more Amy Butler bags/patterns in my future??  Yes.  

Anytime soon?  Nope.  

For now, I've spent the past month working on this bag and know what I realized?? 

I really miss quilting.  
There's still just something about working on a quilt that's really IT for me.  

I'm gonna go cut up some squares or something....

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
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Sep 24, 2011

Silk Fabrics from China

Sep 24, 2011
Pin It My husband returned from a trip to Hong Kong and Beijing, China about a week ago.  His travels there were for his international business course of his MBA, and he left me and the kids on our own for 10 days.  Yikes - that was a long time.  The longest he's ever been gone.
Hubby in front of the Great Wall of China
Knowing his wife as the full blown fabric-addict she is..... hubby came home bearing gifts of silk!!  I am thoroughly impressed at his fabric shopping ability abroad.  Especially since he never sets foot in a fabric shop here in the US, then must pick out fabrics alone in a different country.

These fabrics are extremely rich in color and the metallic thread in them makes them feel so much more expensive than the cottons I am used to handling.  I am not sure what I will do with these yet....  but I can't help but picture a lovely Chinese-style dress with the royal blue (looks like it might take some hunting to find the right pattern).  But wouldn't that be fun to wear to a wedding?

silks from China

These are actually tablecloths that my hubby picked up first when he couldn't find a fabric shop.  Of course, he is intending for me to cut them up, but I'm not sure I can do it.  Maybe I'll cut one and keep the other?  The funny part of this story is that my hubby said he was negotiating for these cloths without realizing that the woman had already offered them to him for below what he thought he should pay, but with the conversion rates he got a little lost in the bargaining.  :)

tablecloths from China

How special and unique these are!  How cool to add fabrics from China to my stash.  Thanks so much hubs!

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Sep 22, 2011

Meeting Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom & the Country Living Fair

Sep 22, 2011
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What a fun gal!  Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom at the Country Living Fair here in Columbus, Ohio.
Jennifer Paganelli and me

She was at the fair doing a book signing for her book Girls' World and a demo with Earth Angels.  We had tweeted back and forth a couple times....which basically involved Jennifer announcing she would be there and me responding to say I was coming and couldn't wait.

Girls' World

When I arrived at the book signing, I was greeted with the warmest smile and a big hug!  I couldn't believe Jennifer had actually been to visit GXQ!  We had a nice little chat and she met one of my sons, who was half playing shy.

I brought my copy of Girls' World and explained I have 2 boys.  Hey, you never know when you're gonna need to sew up an adorable girl's dress right?  For those with girls or nieces, etc., this book has some very  cute patterns in it.

Girls' World autograph

Also at the fair was a really fun booth of Kelly's (of Modern June) in the oilcloth theme for her book Sewing with Oilcloth.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet her since she was out doing her demo when I was able to stop by the booth.

oilcloth booth

If you ever have the chance to go to the Country Living Fair, I'd definitely make the effort.  In addition to 2 appearances by fabric industry authors, there are lots of other fun things to shop for.  My mom and I took the kids (which made it more difficult to really shop), but we still had a blast looking at crafts, antiques, vintage aprons, vintage linens...... eating Jeni's ice cream.......  and we had to stay for Cooper's Kitchen with Cooper Boone.  He's not only a cook, but he also gives a live performance of some good country music in between his cooking demos.

Cooper Boone

My 5 y.o. son loves country music and surprisingly likes Iron Chef America on Food Network, so we made sure he got a front and center seat for the show.  Cooper even gave him a shout out during the demo!  Talk about making a 5 y.o.'s day.  :)  Then the whole audience got to sample the recipes cooked up during the demo.

Anyway, I think you get my point.  It was a great day.
We'll be going back next year!
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Sep 20, 2011

Tutorial at Riley Blake's Cutting Corners College: all wrapped up quilt pattern

Sep 20, 2011
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An exciting day today!  My first tutorial is up on Riley Blake's Cutting Corners College!  Anyone else getting in the mood for some Christmas sewing??  It won't be hard when you see these yummy candy prints from doodlebug designs' line Christmas Candy.

Cutting Corners with Riley Blake Designs

The quilt is a lap size quilt, measuring 56" x 60".  It's fun and fresh, and it brings some energy to Christmas decorating.  It's an advanced beginner pattern using some fusible applique for the bows on top of the presents.

Want to see a close up of the fan.ta.stic. quilting done by my longarm quilter, Kathy Balmert?  I went to her asking if she could replicate some of the fun candy shapes seen in the prints.  She custom designed the quilting pattern for me to include lollipops, Christmas tree cookies, gum drops and peppermint candies.  Isn't it wonderful?!?!?

The perfect finish to this "sweet" quilt!

Go here to get the complete FREE pattern for all wrapped up.  There is already a printer friendly version of the pattern available at Riley Blake's Cutting Corners College.

This was SO much fun to make.....hope you enjoy it!

(Also, if you like what you see here, I have my other fun patterns available in the Pattern Shop!)
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Sep 18, 2011

Farmer's Wife Quilt Along: Sunday Update from the Farm and a little Sesame Street Finish

Sep 18, 2011
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This week's work on the farm included some mother-daughter time.  My mom came into town for a couple days and we decided to teach her paper piecing during naptime one day.  We started with an easy block "Batwing" so she could get the concept with just a few pieces.

5 bat wing
My version of #5 Batwing

Her first paper piecing experience went much as my first round with it did..... a lot of cursing under your breadth and becoming one with the seam ripper.....  :)  We had just 2 hours, so she was under the gun to get it done - and I kept trying to tell her it took me a whole darn week to get my first circle of geese right!

In the end, I'm not sure she's sold on it, but for me, the paper piecing will be a lifesaver with these Farmer's Wife blocks.  If nothing else, I hope she enjoyed learning something new!

5 Mom's bat wing
Mom's version of #5 Batwing
We also managed to hit up one of the LQS while she was here and I, or should I say, my 2 y.o. found this Sesame Street Flannel fabric.  (Let me tell you the panel was absolutely adorable.  Thinking I may have to go back and get it.)  I haven't seen Sesame Street in quilt shop quality fabric before!  So we grabbed a FQ for him, and while Mom was wrestling with the paper piecing, I whipped up this little pillow for my little guy.

sesame street pillow

It's about 13" finished.  Piped in yellow flannel and used some flannel scraps I had in my stash for the backing.  My little one even helped me stuff it.  I think he likes it!

sesame street pillow back
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Sep 16, 2011

First Quilt on the First (Sixteenth?!?): Joanna of Shapemoth

Sep 16, 2011
Pin It Welcome to a rescheduled First Quilts on the First guest post.  I somehow overlooked the fact that Joanna of Shapemoth was supposed to have her feature during the height of Summer Fair.  So better late than never, right?  Joanna has some wonderful quilts to share with you today.  It's absolutely shocking that she's been at it for just over a year.  Look and see!

'My quilting adventure started in May last year. I asked my friend, which was pregnant then, what she would like to get as a present for the baby. She knew that I have sewing machine (I bought one just to have it at home, cause you never know when you will need one :) ) so she asked me if I would manage to sew a baby quilt. As I always loved challanges I said yes. I didn't have any idea how to make quilt, from what and I haven't sewn anything more complicated than a pillow cover in my life then. I started to surf in the internet in search for tutorials, patterns, inspirations and shops with fabric... I was overwhelmed by the amount of new information but as I promised that I would do it I had to do it somehow ;)
I decided on a simple pattern quilt with some applique, cotton batting and a fleece on the back. Looking at the quilt now, I can say that it wasn't so bad for the first time, and I'm happy form the end result:

Since then I couldn't stop thinking about all those things which I could create using my small sewing machine. I signed on sewing forum where I met many amazing people with even more amazing ideas and helpful tips, I started to write my own blog, opened flickr account  and fully discovered the beauty of the sewing world. As time was passing I was finding more and more amazing shops with quilting fabrics, learning new techniques and started to design my own patterns. Now I sew quilts, pillows, softies, purses/clutches, design paper pieced and quilt patterns and I even mamaged to win some sewing contests. I think that if somebody told me that one year ago I would not believe him at all.

I would like to show you one of my new quilts - 'Shattered rainbow' - which was based on Andy Gilmore's graphic (as you see, you can find the quilting inspiration everywhere):

'Shattered rainbow' quilt finished (2)

'Shattered rainbow' quilt finished (1)

'Shattered rainbow' quilt finished (5)

The back of the quilt:

'Shattered rainbow' quilt finished (3)

If you are looking for some inspirations maybe you could find something interesting on my blog :)

I would like to thank AnneMarie for the chance to be featured on her wonderful blog and to you for the time which you spent on reading my guest post! ' Pin It

Sep 14, 2011

wip wednesday - 09/14/11

Sep 14, 2011
Pin It This wip wednesday is called Rock the Cosmo.....I've finally started to rock out this Amy Butler Cosmo Bag!!  The poll I took on fabrics for this bag a couple weeks ago ended up about tied.  I ended up going with the large Modern Meadow print.  The right choice I think!

bag exterior

It only took me 2 weeks to get over the grudge I had against the interfacing.  If I was really on, I should have drank a pot of coffee and stayed up half the night to just get that part over with.  There seemed like a TON of pattern pieces and then each one has interfacing to attach.

Instead I whined and complained and only did a few pieces every day or so, so it ended up taking forever.

side Cosmo bag exterior

But now I've finished the exterior of the bag!

Cosmo bag interfacing

Look at all that interfacing.  6.25 yards to be exact!  I was warned by quite a few of you - now I completely understand.  But seeing how this is coming together makes me appreciate the construction of this bag.  Well done.  Dare I say I see other AB bags in my future??

I'm moving on to the lining and am glad I'm on track to carry this at the Sewing Summit.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
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Sep 12, 2011

Lingerie {Delicates} Bag with Lilac Linen

Sep 12, 2011
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lingerie bag full shot

I just finished up this little lingerie {delicates} bag to send off to my friend Lee of Freshly Pieced.  I wanted to thank her for the graphic design work she did for me in the spring (see that header and GXQ's buttons, pattern covers, etc.).... and we had worked out a trade of some sorts to help each other out.

I made this lingerie bag in enough time for her to Travel Handmade at the Sewing Summit.  I don't know about you, but my suitcase and packing are usually a mess, so a lovely bag like this could always help a girl out.

lingerie bag embroidery detail

It's made from the most delicious lilac linen you have ever seen (I ordered it from Whipstitch) and I paired it with an older (2006?) Alexander Henry lingerie/undies print my SIL gave to me.  I added some of the darling specialty stitches that my machine does that I hardly get to use as some little accents on the linen.  It's lined with the AH print.

lingerie bag inside

Inside I tucked a few fat quarters of Echino and other Japanese prints straight from the one and only Tomato in Tokyo.

lingerie bag plus fat quarters

This turned out too cute and I think I'm going to have to make another for me!  If nothing else, I NEED more of that lilac linen.

Thanks again Lee!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
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Sep 9, 2011

Flickr Friday: Aqua Mood

Sep 9, 2011
Pin It Here's a few of my favorites from the GXQ flickr group in the theme of aqua.  After surfing the group, I realized why I like it so much.  A ton of my own work uses aqua.  *Mental note:  branch out!*

I was also feeling like I needed a little inspiration for getting a move on my Cosmo bag for the Sewing Summit, but there aren't any bag/purse pics in the group.  Upload yours to hopefully be included in my Travel Handmade Flickr Friday coming in the next couple weeks.

And in the meantime, feeling aqua???

1. FTLOS Solid circle mug rug full view, 2. Blue and green zig zag quilt, 3. IMG_3028, 4. Juice Box quilt, 5. Pillow Talk {Swap} R.5_Finished Outside, 6. single girl mini., 7. Oceanic Supernova Full Frontal, 8. Cloth Fabric Quilts, 9. Mosaic squares Pin It

Sep 8, 2011

Revealing the Inner Nerd {Organized Sewing Planner}

Sep 8, 2011
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Ok, here it is.  On one hand, I can't believe I'm about to show you this blatant display of nerdom.  On the other hand, I thought maybe everyone has a little bit of this obsessive organization in their sewing.  After all, we already like our seams pressed a specific way and store our fabric on mini comic book bolts.  Who's to say you can't have a planner exclusively  for sewing??

{it's not that far fetched from my notebook with weekly grocery lists or the calendar of school functions, soccer practices, guild meetings, and toddler classes or storytimes.....}

How else are we women supposed to remember everything???

So here it is.  My little sewing planner.  It's cute and fun, and less than $10.  I don't have a budget for fancy electronics that begin with i.

planner outside

First, I organize by month.  As a general rule, I like to post 3x per week and try to keep a stack of 4-6 posts ready for publishing in draft in blogger.  This tremendously helps me to stay ahead of the game since I don't have time to write on a regular basis (especially when you include all the other stuff like photoediting that goes with it!).  If I'm really on, I'll sit down on Sunday and write the whole week's worth of stuff.

The monthly outlook helps me schedule out the Follower Friday interviews.  Also if I have a finish, I'll save that post for Mondays so I can link up to Sew Modern Monday and Fabric Tuesday.  Does anyone else scheme to only do finishes early in the week?  Other topics usually fall mid-week.

planner month

Here's where the fun stuff is.  The weekly "to-do" list grouped into categories.  Posts, Projects, Misc/Emails, Etsy, C-bus MQG.  I feel like I have accomplished something when I cross something off the list.  The Projects category is always a mile long, as there is just not enough time to sew everything I want to sew.  But I absolutely love adding new stuff there.  It makes me excited to look at my options and think "What should I sew today?"

Post ideas sometimes come to me at night or in the shower, so I keep a list of stuff I'd eventually like to write.

planner week

What do you think?  Is it nerdy?  Do you love it?  How do you remember all the creativity inside your head?
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Sep 6, 2011

Japan Relief Charity Quilts by the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild

Sep 6, 2011
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These quilts look spectacular(!) and I am so proud of them because they were put together in the first-ever charity effort by the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild.

We had a couple extra charm packs leftover from the Robert Kaufman Kona Challenge, so we decided to make lap quilts using Wonky Star blocks for the relief effort in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami hit the country hard in the spring.

CMQG Japan Charity Quilts
The charms were divided up into ziploc baggies and passed around at a meeting.  Everyone snatched them up and returned these awesome funky stars.  Look they so vibrant assembled together!


I am packing up both quilts and sending them to a friend who returned to Japan this summer.  We, CMQG, hope they will help a family keep hope.

A huge THANK YOU to all in CMQG who helped with these quilts.  And a special thanks to Kristen H. who helped organize and sew much!
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