21 November 2014

Friday Finish: Miss Kate Something New Quilt - Another Fabulous Fat Eighth Quilt!

First, the winner of all three patterns from last week was Christine! I've e-mailed you you your bundle of patterns! Congrats!

My fourth pattern, Something New. With quarter square triangles and flying geese. And lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my.

The blocks finish at 16", and the quilt finishes at 68"X86". Again, she's fat eighth friendly, and so fun to make scrappy. Kate went scrappy with hers, and I'm loving the scrappy red, white and blue:

I sketched up a version done in all navy, just to see if those blocks would look like snowflakes, and they did! I think this would make a lovely winter quilt.

And now, let's have a giveaway. This is the last of my quilt patterns for a bit, besides the maxi versions premiering next week. So let's make it fun! The winner will receive PDF copies of all four patterns, plus their choice of F8 bundle from Westwood Acres. Just leave me a comment telling me if you prefer paper or PDF patterns. Inquiring minds want to know.

Giveaway runs through next Tuesday night. I'll announce the winner Wednesday morning. Good luck. If you don't feel like waiting, the pattern is available in my Craftsy shop for $5, this week only.

Oh, and checking this girl off the 4QFAL list!

18 November 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Swedish Bloom-Time Pillow!

It's not always about quilty finishes with me. Seems like it is, but it's not.

I made this block a while back. Thought I might make an entire quilt with these blocks. Thought again.

So here is a little pillow instead, and already claimed by my little peanut. She likes pillows.

Checking it off the 4QFAL list. Pattern designing has completely sidetracked me! Still, quite a few are done at least.

Linking up!

Quilt Story

17 November 2014

2014 Purse Palooza Finalist!

I entered my Vintage Happy Weekender bag in the 2014 Purse Palooza contest, and I found out today that I was one of the 22 finalists!

Go check out all the finalists here, and if you feel so inclined, vote for your favorite! I hope it's me!

14 November 2014

Friday Finish: Introducing Five Spot, another Fabulous F8 Quilt!

Well, after reading all your comments last week, I think it's time for a Maxi Quilt Revolution. Stay tuned. It's coming!

In the meantime, I'd like to show you my third pattern, Five Spot.

Yet another Fabulous F8 Quilt, and more than generously sized at 74"X95". This girl will cover your toes just fine and still reach your chin!

As you know, I've been banned from HSTs and QSTs by Kate, the Goddess of the Nested Seams. She's been editing and testing and red-penning my patterns, and so this one was a breather, I hope. Some cute little on-point four-patch blocks, some Birds in the Air blocks and you're done. Sashing (I love my sashing!), a border, and one big quilt! Kate started on a baby quilt by testing one block. I'm loving the non-white background. This is a great big scrap buster kinda quilt:

It's going to be a cute baby boy quilt!

I used the Spring 2014 Flower Sugar F8 bundle from Westwood Acres, and I'm seriously loving the bright colors.

Five Spot takes just 24 F8s, plus some yardage for the background, sashing, and border. The blocks finish at 18" square, so it all comes together pretty quickly.

Want to win a copy of the pattern? Want to win a copy of all three of my pattens: Make It Do, Taffy and Five Spot? If you don't want to wait to have a copy, she's on sale for $5, this week only in my Craftsy store.

Leave me a comment. Last week we discussed Maxi quilts (and I hope you're ready for the Maxi Quilt Revolution coming up). This week, I'd like to know your thoughts Etsy vs. Craftsy: which do you prefer? I like Craftsy because all my purchased patterns are all in the same place. Very user friendly, in my book, and why I chose to open my shop in Craftsy instead of Etsy. But Etsy is a little prettier, and easier to search. What about you? Which do you prefer?

Giveaway runs through Thursday, November 20th at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be notified by e-mail first and announced on this blog. If you're a no-reply blogger, I can't contact you, which means you can't win a pattern. So leave an e-mail address for me just in case!

11 November 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Blooming Lovely Open Season

Two things, before the pictures.

First, go check out my second quilt pattern, Taffy, and enter to win a copy of both my patterns. And enter at Katie's blog too! Katie is the genius behind my perfectly nested seams on my patterns.

Second, I did a little holiday wish listing yesterday, and you can too! Just blog a list and link up!

Okay. Phew. That's done. On to the finished quilt:

 I finished this top on my retreat in January, and it's a fun one. I'm wanting to gift this one, but I'm not sure where it should go. I think my couch is a great spot.

It was a windy day yesterday, and cold. My little troopers tromped all around the park with me, collecting leaves and letting me know just how cold they were. But we found some great picture taking spots!

I used the Open Season pattern from Schnibbles Times Two, but I used a fat quarter bundle of Blooming Lovely fabric I'd won ages ago, and added a bunch of coordinating FQs along the way. I'm calling it my Indian Summer quilt.

She's backed in pink polka dot flannel, and so cozy. Perfect for a cold November. And I found this funky pink and brown leaf fabric for the binding on the clearance table! Love good finds like that.

Abraham Lincoln approves.

Checking it off the 4QFAL list.

10 November 2014

I'm Dreaming of a Fabric Holiday

Good mornin' stitching world! Unless it's already afternoon or evening where you are at. Then it's just, hey. How's the day going to turn out for the rest of us? :)

First, go check out my latest pattern, and Kate's version, and enter the pattern giveaway. I'll wait. We're cool.

And now, what about a fun linky party?

Post your holiday wish list (pictures are helpful!) and link up! I know it might be useful for anyone who really wants to get you something you love.

For me?

The Merry & Bright fat quarter bundles at the Fat Quarter Shop:

An Acorn Trail FQ bundle from Westwood Acres:

A Cherie FQ Bundle, also from Westwood Acres

And a Roots and Wings FQ bundle from Fabricworm

A new Olfa Cutting Mat (the 24X36 one)

A quilt ladder (think I can get the husband to make me one?)

(photo courtesy of the lovely Cindy at Hyacinth Quilt Designs)
Another building projects for the husband!

And, the one thing I ask for every year, TIME! Just some quiet, uninterrupted sewing time. Free babysitting. Or just a new movie that will make my kids into zombies for an hour or so. It's not complicated!

And if any elves want to come in and recover my chair for me, I wouldn't chase them out. I might even feed them cookies, or peanut brittle, or donuts. Just sayin'. 

Okay, you're turn! Blog a list and share it with us. You have 10 days, so no pressure.

Happy wishing!

07 November 2014

Friday Finish: Introducing Taffy, another Fabulous Fat Eighth Quilt!

Introducing Taffy, my second quilt design, available in my Craftsy shop.

She's fat eighth friendly. Honestly, F8 bundles are quickly becoming my favorite pre-cut. Not as pricey as a fat quarter, but still enough of the line to make a decent sized quilt. And this girl is 75" square. All stitched up in the bright candy colors of Wee Wander.

I backed her in baby pink minky, and of course my baby girl has claimed it. Do you know how many quilts this girly has? Yeah. Too many.

Taffy would be adorable in just red and white, for Christmas:

I might make just four or six blocks for a table runner too:

Kate, while testing, is making Taffy up using Be Jolly, a Christmas line from Moda, and it's adorable:

Kate is the genius behind the fabulously nested seams on all my patterns. Taffy was a challenge, and I'm always ready to just throw in the towel and press everything open, but Kate solved the puzzle and these babies lock together like Legos. It's a beautiful thing! Must be why she's so fabulous at t-shirt quilt designs. Seriously. A master at puzzles, Miss Kate.

And there's a giveaway! But there's a catch. Here's the catch. I'm wondering something.

There's a big "mini" trend. I love them for their cuteness, but honestly, my Gran's voice is in my head saying, "What's that supposed to cover, my elbow?" Quilts, at my house, are meant for snuggling.

So why not big quilt blocks? Like, say 30-inch blocks?

I sketched up a Taffy quilt, just for fun, that's 75" square, just like the original, only it uses 30" blocks instead. So just four blocks. Wouldn't that be fabulous? Just four blocks and you have a big, snuggly quilt!

So that's your question. Maxi or mini? Would you make a quilt with giant blocks, or do you prefer the mini trend? Maybe we could start our own trend.

Winner will receive a free PDF copy of Taffy AND Make It Do. Giveaway ends on Thursday, November 13th at 11:59 p.m. MST. Good luck!

Oh, and if you don't want to wait, pattern is for sale in my Craftsy shop. Just $5 for the first week, then $9 after the 7th.

01 November 2014

Winner winner!

Congratulations to Janet of Simply Pieced! She won a copy of my new pattern, Make It Do. Thanks to all for playing, but more for your sweet words and encouragement.

I'll be releasing three more patterns every Friday in November, and then a big surprise reveal the day before Thanksgiving! Stay tuned!

31 October 2014

Friday Finish: Babe, Hobbes, and a Hobo Bag

Lest you think all I ever sew are bags and quilts, let me assure you. I get requests for things all the time from my kids. Slippers, scarves, hats, nightgowns. This year, Halloween costumes weren't decided until the 11th hour. Not like a few years ago where I worked for a full MONTH on this Iridessa costume:

You can't see it, but there are a lot of little petals on that waist. And the fabric was slippery. This is why I stick with cotton!

But this year, I had a Paul Bunyan. And he had to have a Babe:

And I had a Johnny Appleseed, who needed a burlap sack for his seeds:

And then there's Calvin, who wouldn't be Calvin without a Hobbes:

It's been a busy week of sewing, but I got them all done in time for trick-or-treating.

Friday Finish: Deep in the Heart of Texas quilt

Pardon me while I bust out my best Texan accent, y'all. I think I'll be a cowgirl for Halloween this year. I've got a thing for those sparkly rodeo princess shirts.

This quilt along was a blast, and I'm so glad I let Cristina talk me into it. (By the way, did you see that she's the Cover Girl on the latest issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting - and by she I mean her gorgeous quilt? SO COOL!)

Okay, but back to Texas.

Quilting this one was challenging. I've never had those wide, open plains of negative space to fill. What to fill them with? That quilting was going to show up! In the end, I went with stars and hearts.

Do I need to sing it for ya? Nah, I just quilted the lyrics into the top and bottom borders of the quilt!

Quilt stats:

Top fabric: Happy Go Lucky and yellow Bella solid
Binding: navy check from Happy Go Lucky
Backing fabric: more yellow solid
Pattern: Deep In the Heart of Texas Roadtrip Quilt Along, hosted by Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts and Melissa at My Fabric Relish

Marking it off the 4QFAL list. And linking up all around!

29 October 2014

Fat Eighth Sale @ Fat Quarter Shop

Hey, just letting y'all know there is a Fat Eighth bundle sale going on over at the Fat Quarter Shop.

I'm only telling ya because all my new patterns are F8 friendly! So grab a bundle. Next pattern release is November 7, with two more to follow!

Make It Do would look fabulous with Into the Woods:

28 October 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Vintage Happy Weekender

You still have some time to enter my pattern and fabric giveaway. Read all about it on this post.

Okay, but for today, I have a Weekender for you! This one is a gift for a super special friend, and I'm so excited it's done.

I used Vintage Happy everything, except for those navy dots. But they're Riley Blake too, and they work well with it all.

Lined with the cute pink floral print, and ready for a fun quilty retreat.

Had to use some of the cute motifs on it. Love the little irons and hangers and girls.


Linking up, and crossing this girl off my 4QFAL list. Now I need to finish the rest of the Vintage Happy stuff!

If you're interested in making a patchwork Weekender, I put together a post with my tips and tricks that I've learned along the way. You can find it here, and I hope you make one of your own!

Fresh Poppy Design

27 October 2014

Color Mondays: A Poll

That's right. You don't have to link up anything, although you can if you want.

Nope, today, I'm asking for your opinion. Oh, and you can still win a copy of my first pattern and a fat eighth bundle. You have until Friday!

But back to opinions. I need to choose a color palette for my blog revamp. Here are my final three (and yes, macarons inspire me - what of it?):

So vote! 1, 2, or 3. Special points go to those who choose the one I'm leaning towards!