Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Just a Walk Dolls

These are from the third fabric line I have gotten in my shop that comes with a doll or stuffie panel. This fabric line is called Just a Walk and it's from Moda. I made the dolls last week and they are adorable!

As with the previous fabric lines, one yard of fabric makes everything you see here: two dolls, a skirt for the girl doll, a bear, a bunny, a pillow (behind the boy) and a quilt. These are easy and fun to make!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Elephant Bag Cover

I've started a new Sue Spargo project. Here it is with all the applique done but before being embellished with embroidery stitches.

The pattern is from her book Folk-Tails. It will be a cover for a Yazzi bag. I hope to have it finished before the end of January. I expect to receive my first kit for Sue's 2017 BOM at the end of January. I'd like to be able to use my Yazzi bag to keep all my BOM stuff together for the year.

The last time I did one of Sue's BOM I had to work by myself. This time I have four local friends who are doing it too! We are planning to meet at least once a month at my shop to work on the blocks together. Looking forward to it!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Mini Trees

'Tis the season for holiday sewing! I made up this fun runner earlier this week.

The pattern is a free pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful. Click here to go to their free patterns page. You do need their Mini Quick Curve Ruler but the pattern itself is free. It was fun to make too! I really like their version in solids but opted to use print fabric for my version. Finished size is 20" by 45".

Friday, November 18, 2016

Towel Apron

Last weekend we held a very successful sale and demo day at my shop. The demo was for this fast and fun to make apron.

You need a towel and 1/2 yard of fabric to make one. Here is a link to a tutorial on how to make one for yourself. The towels we used retail for $4.99 so with the addition of a half yard of fabric you can make one of these for about $12 or less. It's a nice price point for a homemade gift.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Goose on the Loose :: Block 10

This is the block for this month.

Here is what you will need to make one: (2) 5" squares of scrap fabric and (2) 5" squares of background fabric for the corner units; (1) 4.5" square for the center and (8) 2.5" squares for corner triangles; (4) 2.5" by 4.5" rectangles of scrap fabric; (1) 5.5" square of scrap fabric and (4) 3" squares of background fabric for the flying geese units.

If you made extra flying geese previously, just pull out four of them and trim them to 2.5" by 4.5".

Make your flying geese units using your Wing Clipper Ruler. These should be trimmed to 2.5" by 4.5" (which makes 2" by 4" finished size flying geese units). If you don't have a Wing Clipper ruler you can still make the block. Just choose another technique. Here is a link to four other techniques for making flying geese units. Make sure that your flying geese units are 2.5" by 4.5" unfinished.

To make the half square triangle units for the corners, draw a diagonal line on the back of your (2) 5" squares of background fabric. Put these right sides together with the (2) 5" squares of scrap fabric. Sew 1/4" seams on either side of the diagonal line. Cut them apart on the line and press to the darker fabric. Trim them to 4.5" square.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of your (8) 2.5" squares for the corner triangles. Four of these will go on the corners of your 4.5" center square. The other four will go on your half square triangles. See photo below.

Place a 2.5" square on one corner of one of your half square triangle units. Sew on the drawn line and trim 1/4" away from the sewn line. Press. Repeat for all of your half square triangle units.

Place a 2.5" square on one corner of your 4.5" center square. Sew on the drawn line, press and trim 1/4" away from the sewn line. Repeat with the remaining (3) 2.5" squares and the other three corners of your center square.

Sew one of the 2.5" by 4.5" rectangles to one of the flying geese. Repeat for the other 2.5" by 4.5" rectangles and flying geese units.

Layout the pieces as shown in the photo above and sew them together to complete the block.

If you have any questions leave it as a comment. I'll get back to you personally if I can. If not, I'll leave the answer as another comment.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Sampler Spools :: A Finish

Another shop sample is finished and ready to hang at the store.

This one is a kit featuring Bonnie and Camille's newest fabric line for Moda, Handmade. It finishes at about 60" by 72". I love the top and bottom borders but my favorite has to be the black & white stripe binding fabric.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Piecing Done

I was able to get my Sampler Spools quilt finished before closing on Saturday.

I got it basted together on Sunday. I worked on the quilting yesterday, my day off from the shop. Mondays are my day to do the shopping, laundry, some cooking for the week, book work for the shop, and ordering for the shop. In between all of that, I sew a little too, usually for the shop.

This quilt is a kit. It supports the Handmade fabric line for Moda by Bonnie & Camille. I love Moda kits. They are all packaged so nicely in boxes that match the quilt. These boxes make great project boxes for other things once the quilt they originally housed is made. I love the binding fabric. It's a black and white stripe printed on the bias. You'll have to wait to see that, but hopefully not too long.

Friday, November 4, 2016

What I'm Working On

It's been a busy week! This is what I'm working on right now, another shop sample.

There are 36 blocks total. I have them all made but didn't get a photo of them all on my design wall. The pattern is called Sampler Spools and this is kit I have available in my shop. It uses the new Bonnie & Camille fabric line called Handmade.

I have two rows sewn together and will hopefully get it put together before the shop closes on Saturday so I can get it quilted this weekend.

On second thought, maybe I shouldn't hope to get it put together before we close on Saturday because that would mean we were really busy today and Saturday!