Thursday, August 17, 2017

Everything Old is New Again :: Chenille

Last weekend I tried the chenille technique for the first time. This is not a new technique, but I'd never done it now. I used five of these panels.

You have to line things up, pin in place, then sew diagonal channels. Actually, I marked the sewing lines on the top one first, then layered the panels. I sewed them half inch apart. Cut the top four layers between the sewn lines, wash and dry.

I put an envelope backing on mine with binding. This way it can be a wall hanging or a pillow. I'll have to make a pillow form for it since it finished at an odd size, about 17" by 21".

I could have been more careful when lining things up, but I think it turned out alright. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jiffy Jelly Roll Grunge Dots Quilt Top

I'm preparing for National Jelly Roll Day. It will be September 16th this year. 

I'm putting together some samples of quilts made from Jelly Rolls. This one is called the Jiffy Jelly Roll Quilt. It uses pretty much every bit of a jelly roll and makes a 48" by 60" finished size quilt. I love that there is nothing left of the jelly roll!

This will be one of a few free patterns I'll be giving to customers on National Jelly Roll Day with the purchase of a Jelly Roll.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cake Mix Recipe 3 :: Part 2

I've got the center together!

It measures 33" by 43" at the moment. I think it needs a border. I'm trying to decide which fabric to use for the border. 

I only used half of the layer cake for this and have a few half square triangles (HST) left over. I'm planning to piece the rest of the layer cake squares together to make the back. The rest of the HST will just get added to my scraps stash. I can always use already made 2.5" HST!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


A friend recently went to Alaska and brought me back a gift!

She knows me well. It is blue with circles. Love it!

Another gift, this one from a customer.

She has an embroidery machine, loves to use it, and is quite good with it too. She makes these adorable zipper pouches with various designs on the front. She gifted me this one last week.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

UFO Progress

This one has been in progress for quite some time. The last time I showed it to you was in November 2014! Click here to read that post.

Recently I put the final quilting stitches in!

I'm not sure if I want to put binding on this or a facing or something else. I'll think about it for a bit. Obviously I'm in no hurry to get this finished!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cake Mix Recipe 3

I had so much fun playing with Cake Mix Recipe 1 that I decided to pick another one to play with. If you don't remember what I ended up making with recipe 1, click here to see that finished top.

Recipe 3 makes 2" finished HST units. I chose a layer cake from the Haiku fabric line from Moda.

There are lots of blocks you can make with HST units but I decided not to make blocks. Instead, I'm trying to create a design with them. Above is my current favorite layout. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Basic Embroidery

After completing my hand embroidered Colorado State Bird & Flower piece there was interest in having a basic hand embroidery class at my shop. So I've started a little piece as a class sample.

My plan is to stitch on the lines which are printed on this fabric. I'm limiting my colors to the three you see above, light gray, charcoal and turquoise. I'm using Eleganza size 8 threads but any embroidery floss will work. 

Students will be able to choose to work on either the Colorado State Bird & Flower block or on a fat quarter of the fabric shown above. The advantage of these is that everything is printed on the fabric so you can just start stitching. The class will start with back stitching and go from there. Should be fun!