Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Simpy Mini Swap

So a couple of weeks ago I shared my Mermaid Mini....well that was actually the second mini that I made with a mermaid.  The first was made for the Simply Mini Swap back in October 2015.  Based on my partner's preferences I created an ocean themed mini.  I created the ocean and coastline with the same curved cutting technique.

Then I sketched out the details that I wanted to include.  The scale of the details are much small to create the ocean scene.  I backed all the piece with fusible webbing and ironed them in place after I got them arranged in a way that I liked. 

I happened to have a Day Sail charm pack by Bonnie and Camille out on my sewing table when I was creating this mini and the little sail boats were perfect for this mini.  I used several of the other prints to help with the details of the lighthouse and mermaid's tail.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mermaid Mini

As next catch up post.  This one is about the most recent mini quilt I completed.

The was a Sea mini ocean creatures and colors.  After seeing my partner's inspiration pictures and reading all her answers on the sign up form.  I knew it had to be a mermaid.  I try very hard to make sure that what I make for my partners is thoughtful and heartfelt.  I want them to feel special when they open their packages. Sometimes that means make a pattern that already exists and sometime that mean something original.

So I started with a fabric pull...blues to represent the sea...

A few years ago, while we still lived in Alaska, I checked out a book by Jean Wells called Intuitive Color and Design.  She uses a technique where you overlap two strips of fabric, free hand cut a gentle curved line and then sew the strips together.  I used this method to create the background for my mermaid.
After completing the background I got busy sketching up my mermaid, scanned her into the computer and printed out several different sizes.  I ultimately went with the one in the upper left because I felt like she was the most proportional to the water.
In the picture below you can see a collection of scraps that I used to create my mermaid.  Her hair, face and arm are fused on to the background with Pellon Lite EZ-Steam II. With this particular fusible you can remove one side and stick the fabric on before you fuse it.  The hair was a bit labor intensive as I cut every little piece and attached it to the fusible web after I had drawn all the shapes on the back.  That allowed me to attach it as one large piece to the water without having to line up all the tiny strips and even though the fusible created a permanent bond I did stitch around every single bit of her hair to create more movement.  I starched the fabric for the tail and tacked it on with a fabric glue stick before sewing it down.  
For the quilting I just did wavely lines that mimicked the curves in the background and outlined the mermaid so that she would stand out a bit..  I also did a it of embroidery to add details to her face.

I love the way she turned out and while it was hard to send her off to her new home, I know she is loved.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hello again...

I realize that things have been really quiet around here but that doesn't mean I have been making.  Quite the opposite in fact!  I have made a lot (and shared on instagram) but when it came to sharing it here I kept putting it off and then I felt like I couldn't share because the projects were old news.  But I have decided to go back and share the things I've made...the mini quilts for swaps, the market sewing, the quilts for my kids, the clothes...because this place is a record for me, where I have more details about my projects than you can find in a small square picture.

So, without further procrastination here is the first of several post to share what has been made.

This past spring I had the opportunity to meet Amy Sinibaldi.  She and her family had recently relocated to Virginia and I had reached out to welcome them because I know what it's like to move across country and begin the process of getting settled in a new community.  I was honored when she asked me to sew up a couple of knit garments for her Quilt Market booth.   Amy created Art Gallery's first holiday line, which you can see more of in the Little Town Lookbook.

Since I was working with knits and I knew it was a holiday inspired line, I looked for patterns that I could imagine a my daughter wearing while opening Christmas presents. I found a pattern for some super simple leggings on  The pink pair are a size 4 and with only one pattern piece they were a breeze to put to. The blue pair with the cute little faces are a size 2 that had to be shortened a bit due to limited fabric, so I added ribbed knit cuffs for a bit of detail. 

This top is made from the a tutorial that Jess of Craftiness is Not Optional did several years ago.  It's the Scrunch Top.  It's super cute and looks totally comfortable, I might need to figure out how to make it adult sized.  I love the cuff detail and the shirring at the waist.

I'm not sure how I found this cute peplum top but it is also a free pattern that can be found on  I made a 12-18 month size which is a free pattern but Abby the patterns designer does have some adorable paid patterns including a similar peplum in larger sizes.

Thanks for reading along.  I'll be back in a couple of days with a post about a  mermaid mini quilt I made recently.

Monday, April 4, 2016

On Point Quilt top

This is project #3 on my finish-a-long list.  It is my On Point quilt made from Wee Wander by Sarah Jane.  This quilt is destined for my daughter's bed.  I purchased the fabric last spring and cut all the blocks, but stalled when it came to assembly.  When I finally sat down to work on this quilt, it came together pretty quickly.

The only problem was that our current house is so small, I didn't have much room to lay it out.  As you can see it took up most of the floor. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Dot Party Finish - a Q1 Finish

I joined the Finish-a-Long to help keep myself focused and accountable this year.  My first finish was my Dot Party quilt.  I can't find any record of when I actually started this quilt but I do know that I basted it together in January of 2015.
 The fabric was a layer cake called Oz by Momo and it't long out of print.  I'm almost positive that I bought it from Natalia of Piece'n'Quilt back when she still had a small online shop.  She was actually one of the first bloggers I ever followed.

The back of this quilt might actually be my favorite.  I love how all the colors stand out against the black and the improv nature of it.

Although a bit washed out, I think this picture shows off the quilting and variegated thread pretty well.

The finished quilt measures about 45" square. You can find my original list of projects I wanted to finish here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Simple Simon and Focal Point - The Splendid Sampler

Simple Simon

Focal Point
These are blocks #5 - Simple Simon and #6 - Focal Point in the Splendid Sampler.  I spend sometime last week sorting all my scraps in to bins that organize them by shape...strips, squares and triangles.  While I was at it I picked out what I wanted to use for these blocks and a couple of others.   Both went together pretty quickly.   All the blocks that have be released so far have been fantastic but I've decided to only make the ones that I'm drawn to the most.  I want this to be a fun, relaxing, no pressure project.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hearts A Flutter - The Splendid Sampler

My little block made it into the collage shared on the Moda Fabrics blog!

 So I'm sure by now, that if you are into quilting you've heard of The Splendid Sampler quilt a long being lead by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.  Its been kind of hard not's everywhere!  The Facebook group has over 14,000 members and lots of people are sharing on Instagram as well.  

I didn't plan to participate, as I have enough projects started and not finished around here.  But Sunday evening, while my husband was working on homework for school, I wanted a quick sew.  I knew that the first block pattern had been released, so I dug through my scrap bins and got to work.  This block was quick, from start to finish it probably only took about 15 minutes to make.  

I don't know if I'll make all 100 blocks in the quilt a long.  Or just the ones that I like best.  The only thing I am planning to do is use scraps and fill in with stash fabrics as needed to make the the blocks.  I'm not putting any pressure on's just for fun.

Simpy Mini Swap

So a couple of weeks ago I shared my Mermaid Mini....well that was actually the second mini that I made with a mermaid.  The first was made...