Friday, November 10, 2017

Mini Charm Chocolates with Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter shop is at it again!  They just released another project in their Shortcut Quilts pattern line.  This time the pattern uses mini charm packs (2.5 inch squares).


I chose to make the table runner version that uses two mini charm packs.  I picked Chestnut Street by Fig Tree & Co because I want to create a fall-ish version of the pattern. 

You can check out the pattern and video on the Fat Quarter Shop's blog.  And don't forget to check out the other beautiful versions create with the pattern!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cobblestone Stone Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop

The team over at the Fat Quarter Shop is at it again!  This time with another quilt in their Shortcut Quilt series.  The newest pattern, the Cobblestone quilt, is fat quarter friendly and a great way to show off your favorite prints. 

When it came time to choose what fabric I wanted to use, there was no question for me.  I knew it had to be Sweetwater's Hometown Christmas line.  To say I'm a fan of their designs would be a bit of an understatement.  Of the finished quilts in my house 3 are made from fabric they've designed, including one from their other Christmas line.  One of the things I enjoy about the way they design is the input they get from our quilting community.

The quilt comes together quickly and leaves hardly any scraps.  My quilt finished at about 63" x 80"  and is going to a great size for my whole family to snuggle under this winter.


I did simple straight line quilting to start with and I'm planning to go back and add some hand quilting in 12 wt. thread.  Not exactly sure but I'm thinking maybe some snowflakes or little trees. I love this binding fabric.  It finished the quilt off perfectly.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Handmade Wardrobe ~ Shirt No.1 Pattern

I have acquired quite a stash of fabric specifically saved for making clothes for my self and my kids.  I began collecting and making with it when we lived in Alaska because finding unique, well fitting garments was difficult in our little town.  Of course, we all know that stashes seem to grow faster than we can actually use them but I finally feel like I'm making a dent and getting more handmade items into my closet.

I recently watched a class on Creativebug by Sonya Philip's the designer behind 100 Acts of Sewing.  The class showed how to make her Shirt No. 1 pattern and a few really creative variations.  Since I'm pretty much a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl, the simple silhouette of this top will help me up my game without being uncomfortable. 

I was pretty confident that a straight up size L would fit me based on the fact that the pattern has a boxy shape, so I pulled out this great voile from an older Anna Maria Horner line.  With only two pattern pieces to cut, this top came together really quickly.  My only struggle was with the bias binding at the neckline...I had to try three times to get it to lay flat.


As you can tell it hits me higher on my hip, but since I'm fairly tall this wasn't a big surprise.  I will probably length the top a bit the next time I make one and I want to make one with the contrasting yoke.  I've already worn this one a couple of times and the voile will definitely make it easy to wear layered under a cardigan during Virginia's cooler months and in the summer when the humidity is  hits.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block with Fat Quarter Shop

The Lady of the Lake block is the newest Fat Quarter Shop tutorial and pattern in their "Classic and Vintage Series".   This block is quick to make following their great tutorial (which can be found on their free pattern page) or go watch their YouTube video here.

The pattern suggest using half square triangle paper but since I didn't have any on hand I drew diagonal lines on my background fabric and stitched on either side with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  After that I used my rotating mat to cut along my pencil lines.

Then I lined up the triangles with the 45 degree line and cut them all together, creating the required HSTs.

 A helpful tip if you don't have one of those fancy rulers for trimming block is to run several layers of washi tape down the back side of your ruler along the 45 degree line.  It creates a little ridge that can rest up against the seam line making it easier to keep everything lined up while you trim.

 This pile of scraps was all I had from creating these blocks.  There is really very little waste!
 I've completed 16 blocks so far but had to stop because I ran out of the background fabric I was using and then bought the wrong color.  So hopefully in a few days I'll be able to go pick up what I need and get the rest of my blocks made.  My print fabric is a bundle of Amy Sinibaldi's Les Petits from Art Gallery.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Simply 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.

Mini Charm Chocolates with Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter shop is at it again!  They just released another project in their Shortcut Quilts pattern line.  This time the pattern uses ...