19 December 2013

A Little Sugar

Willy Wonka's bag is finally ready! 
Just kidding. No but really, these colors are making me crave taffy.
I remembered on Tuesday that I needed to get a little something special together for someone who really needs it. I gathered my happiest scraps (mostly "It's a Hoot" by Momo for Moda + Alison Glass' "Text in Charcoal") and went nuts.
I kind of want one now. (Maybe after Christmas.)
Oh and I used Noodlehead's free Cargo Duffle pattern on Robert Kaufman's website
Well, sort of. (I left off the pockets and made it super scrappy.)
Now, to clean up my big mess. 
Merry Christmas, everyone! 

09 December 2013

Special Delivery

This afternoon, the UPS man dropped off a very happy package.
I'm sort of freaking out over here.
Now I don't mean to be a tease, but I cannot show you the contents of this box.
 
Okay so that's not entirely true. I can show you this:
 
!!!!!!!!!! 
That's my name on a fabric selvage. Wait that's my name AND Moda's name on a fabric selvage. CRAZY TOWN!!!! If you've been following my blog for any amount of time, it is obvious that I am a bit partial to Moda. To say that my dreams have come true would be understatement of the year.
I wish I could show you more, but you'll just have to wait a little while longer.
And if you need me, I'll be on cloud nine.

02 December 2013

Mantle Candy

I absolutely adore handmade holiday projects. If it weren't so impractical (and there were more hours in the day), I'd make new stockings every year. It's THAT fun. There is just something so special about making stockings for the people you love--of course, I love deliberating over the fabric and trim choices to fit each personality!

I truly believe that they are simple enough for anyone to make so I wanted to share a few tips on basic assembly. Let's get started!
 First, you'll need to pick out a stocking pattern you want to use--I'm demonstrating with my Twinkle Toes pattern.
No matter the pattern, there are three basic components you need to assemble a stocking: the stocking hanger, the stocking itself, and the lining (lining should be inside-out with an 4-5″ gap in the side).

You could also add an embellished stocking cuff. See my tutorial here on how to make one.
Once you've gathered all your components, it's time to sew them all together.
First, you'll need the [optional] embellished stocking cuff. Slip the cuff over the stocking, matching up the side-seams and aligning the raw edges at the top. 

Next, pinch the stocking hanger in half. Pin the hanger in place, centered over the side seams of the cuff/stocking.

Slip the pinned hanger/cuff/stocking into the lining, right sides together, aligning the side seams and raw top-edges once again. Pin all the layers in place along the stocking opening (don't pin the stocking shut). See why we’ve left a gap in the side of the lining? It’s how we’re going to turn this right-side out in a minute.
Sew around the stocking opening using 3/8″ seam allowance.

And now for the best part! Bring everything right-side out through the gap in the side of the lining!

Fold in the fabric in at the lining hole and pin shut. Stitch the opening closed using a needle and thread. (I recommend a ladder stitch.)

Tuck the lining into the stocking and you’re all set! They're ready to be hung on the mantle and stuffed with goodies. 

20 November 2013

A Walk in the Woods

Once in a while, I make something and forget to post about it. I made this sweet baby quilt over a year ago, so I'll go ahead and blame it on the pregnancy-brain I was experiencing at that time. 
When I made this one, I decided to submit the idea to Moda Bake Shop so I had to keep it under wraps until I knew if it was accepted. In the meantime, I snapped a few pictures and sent it off to my sweet sister-in-law.
By the way, this adorable fabric is primarily "A Walk in the Woods" by Aneela Hoey for Moda. I also managed to sneak in a houndstooth print from "Vintage Modern" (Bonnie & Camille for Moda) and another from "Millie's Closet" (Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs). 
I love freemotion swirls, don't you? And let's not forget some super cuddly fleece on the back. It takes a bit getting used to quilting with something this thick, but the result is well worth it in the end.
Now if you don't recognize what this prototype became, that's okay. (I made some major changes between here and there.) It's my "Jumping Jacks" pattern, and the tutorial can be found at the Moda Bake Shop here. You can also see my original post about it here.
I'm sure you'll notice this is pretty much a complete reversal of that pattern. In this one, I used a charm pack to create a variety of center blocks with mainly neutral fabric framing them, and only a few "accent" frames. In the MBS version, I used a jelly roll to create a variety of frames around primarily neutral blocks--with a couple "accent" blocks thrown in the mix.
It's funny what things can change from rough draft to final, eh?

13 November 2013

Niner

When I was a little girl, I loved to sew but hated following patterns. Instead, I made up my own, and even if I did use a pattern, I always made many changes.
For once in my life, I followed someone else's pattern AND tried my best to make it look as close to the original as possible. Do you recognize this beauty? It's Camille Roskelley's "Niner" pattern using "Scrumptious" and "Happy-Go-Lucky" fabric collections mixed together. I just couldn't fight perfection.
Okay so it would be pretty much impossible for me to duplicate hers but I'd like to think I came close! I even tried to mimic Angela Walters' quilting (ha ha, right?) in some parts. 
I did deviate on the binding--wasn't actually sure what Camille used but I was very set on using a stripe-y binding against a solid mint back fabric.  
Happy to finally enjoy it!

30 October 2013

Testing 123

I've got a batch of pattern ideas in my head and I can't wait to get them all out. 
It might be a while before I can show them to you, but I thought I'd give you a little peek into what my days have been like lately--pattern testing.
The majority of the fabric I'm using for this one comes from Sarah Jane's "Children at Play" collection. There's also a Timeless Treasures' word print (I forget what it's called, it's been ages since I bought it). I love the newspaper-y sort of look it adds to the mix. I sure wish I had hoarded these fabrics when I had the chance, I heart them so.  
I'll just say that I'm sewing a lot of diagonal lines with this one. I was feeling too lazy to mark the diagonal lines and thought I'd try Camille's frog tape trick to help speed up the process. Works like a charm.

Also, lots of chain-piecing and assembly line behavior going on.
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I bought this cute little airplane at Hobby Lobby and I think it is going to be perfect in Lorenzo's room. And it was on sale. Woohoo. 
I really want an All-American 1950's sort of room for him and I think the quilt and airplane will be a great start. I really really look forward to the hopefully-not-distant day when we will be homeowners and I can really go nuts with the decorating.
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Until that day, I'll hoard all the treasures to go in it. 
More about all of this later. Happy Halloweek!

18 October 2013

Pint-Sized

Uhhhhhh, have you seen this "Hello Luscious" fabric by BasicGrey?! Adorable. I was late to the party on this one but am so glad I got some in my clutches to use in this special baby quilt.
I used 2 charm packs to make a disappearing 4-to-9 patch.
Have I mentioned before about the love affair I'm having with this Robert Kaufman yarn dyed flax? It adds such great texture to quilts.
I tried my hand at some freemotion blooms. Not only did I have a good time making them, I adore the result. Especially on the yarn dyed flax. The quilt back is white, making the quilting stand out that much more.

It's already been sent away and awaits the arrival of its sweet, long-anticipated owner.

14 October 2013

Boo Bags

If I had it my way, it would be October all year long.
The crisp air is delicious, the fashion is divine, and I live for the string of holidays to follow.
I decided to celebrate by making some scrappy trick-or-treat bags and sharing the basic tutorial with you. 
Materials Needed per bag:
  • FAT QUARTER #1: Cut two 9 x 11" panels for the bag exterior. 
  • FAT QUARTER #2: Cut one 8 x 11" panel for the bag exterior and two 2.5 x 15" strips for straps.
  • 1/2 YARD LINING FABRIC: Cut two 11 x 12.5" panels.

07 October 2013

Blue Skies

I've been working on a special little quilt market project for Moda and can finally show it to you! The fabric is Storybook by Kate & Birdie and I'm totally swooning over these hot air balloons and clouds. Aren't they sweet? This new fabric line will show at Quilt Market in Houston in a couple of weeks.

I only had time to make one project in time for quilt market, so I picked 12 of my favorite fat quarters from Storybook and fashioned them into a quilt perfect for a little man. (I used the Bella Solid "Flax" 9900 241 for the accent fabric.)
 
The pattern is now available in PDF and  paper in full color and you can make this quilt in two size options.

To celebrate the birth of this new pattern, I'm offering a 25% discount on the PDF pattern when you enter the promo code BLUESKIES at checkout. Discount good for the rest of October 2013.

23 September 2013

A Happy Swoon

I have been dreaming about making this quilt for a while now. 
Of course, you can't really go wrong with Camille's lovely "Swoon" pattern or any of the fabric Bonnie & Camille crank out for Moda. (Fabric is "Happy-Go-Lucky.") 
I cranked out all nine blocks in FOUR DAYS and then lost steam. The blocks sat around for weeks until I finally finished it last weekend.
I just did a basic freemotion meander for the quilting. So happy it's done and I get to enjoy it now.

In other news, just found out my husband passed the Florida Bar! Too bad we don't live in Florida, anymore...onto the Texas Bar!

17 September 2013

Time Goes By

Apparently I've taken almost a month off of blogging. Where has the time gone? I can't really say. I see these two growing up so fast and it just makes me want to cry.
I don't want to forget anything about these little sweeties so I have been moving slowly.
Sometimes I'm so busy cranking out quilts--it's nice to take a break and actually enjoy snuggling in them.. 
But DON'T YOU FRET. I have some projects in the pipeline that you'll hear about soon enough.

19 August 2013

Wind Power


Two weeks without sewing is a really, REALLY long time for me. As a result, I went on a quilting binge and whipped this quilt together in the blink of an eye--just in time for 'Renzo's monthly picture. 
When I look at this quilt, I see a sea of spindly pinwheels reminiscent of the fields of wind turbines so characteristic of my new home here in West Texas. 

I set the blocks on-point. That's new for me. It was a fun experiment.

The fabric is "Mind Your P's & Q's" by Keiki for Moda (two charm packs), some Moda Bella Solid in Scarlet, Moda Bella Solid in Grass (binding), and Robert Kaufman's Yarn Dyed Flax in Linen. 

The boy must have agreed about the wind turbine comparison because he spent most of the time rolling around instead of holding still for pictures. I can't complain, really. I love those ham hocks.

I managed to convince him to sit still for a second but he wasn't very happy about it. He put on his best pout and insisted that he was missing out on a lot of good-quality rolling.

No pattern...yet.