Friday, October 30, 2015

Quilt Market Recap - Houston 2015

It's been too long since I wrote a blog post. My life has literally been a whirlwind in the past 6 months. Summer took an unexpected turn when my youngest son, who had just turned 4, was involved in a freak accident that left him with nothing more than a broken leg. He was put in a body cast for several weeks, and life was emotionally and physically exhausting for the both of us. Just 24 hours prior to his accident, I received a grim prognosis for my ESA and companion, Millie. I had to put her down just days after my son's accident. I wasn't at all prepared for these two events, but life throws us curve-balls when we aren't prepared, right?

About the same time, I started working as an independent contractor for Shannon Fabrics. What started as a trial run soon turned into a regular job for me and I couldn't have asked for a greater company to work for.

They allowed me to travel and participate in Quilt Market last weekend. After the summer, the 5 days of sweating, visiting, walking, physical labor, and stress of deadlines, turned out to be the most relaxing 5 days I have had in years. I came back rejuvenated, with a new outlook on things, and more excited than ever about this industry we all love so much. I met so many new people. I put faces to names. I learned a lot. And even though I mostly felt like I was a little out of place, everyone was so welcoming and kind.

I really can't wait for my next adventure, and I truly hope its an opportunity to meet so many more of you out there. Quilt market in Salt Lake City is going to be even better, and I'll be more prepared. I hope you all get a chance to attend at least one event like it. It's inspiring.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bonnie Christine + Renaissance Ribbon Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the BC+RR Blog Tour! 

I am so excited to be participating in Bonnie Christine's blog tour to promote her line of ribbons!

 There are a lot of designers that I like for different reasons but Bonnie's designs are so me. Colorful, deep, and whimsical. Everything I love about fabric design wrapped into one designer. So no surprise that I jumped at the chance to work with her line of ribbons she designed for Renaissance Ribbons. I had a few ideas for things that I wanted to make, but the hardest part was deciding what and how to make it so I knew how much fabric and ribbon to order!! I should've just ordered everything I could!! Oh well...maybe another blog tour is in my future. 

The first thing I chose was the ribbon I wanted to work with, followed by my fabric choices. That was a tough decision. I mean, just look at all this gorgeousness!!!

Photo courtesy of Bonnie Christine
But it the end these were the choices I made. Gorgeous prints from her "Winged" collection for Art Gallery and a coordinating ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons.

 For my project, I decided to make a pillow. There were several ways I could do it, but I wanted to use the reverse applique technique, with an envelope and D-ring strapped backing.


This pillow really brightens up my living room and provides a much needed dose of spring since the weather decided to bring us snow yesterday.

I hope you are enjoying the blog tour. Yesterday, Bonnie's mother, Maxie, made The Perfect Whatever Bag... she is seriously amazing! Now we all know where Bonnie gets her awesomeness!! And tomorrow we'll get to see what Shannon made with her ribbon. Visit her by clicking HERE.

If you want to go back to all the Blog Tour Posts, click HERE and you'll find a list of all the bloggers/sewists who participated in the blog tour!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Itty Bitty Beginner Swap Round 2 - Mini Quilt

Hey All!!

So sorry I've been MIA. The last round went pretty smoothly. Some people were late sending...but everyone received their pincushions (and super cute ones I should add) and we didn't need any angels!! Woot!

For this round, I'm giving you more time! Sign ups will begin today and run until 6pm MST Sunday, April 5th. For you conference goers you can sign up earlier and not have to worry about it over the weekend ;) The International shipping window will be from Monday, April 27th through Saturday May 2nd, and the Domestic Shipping window will be from Monday, May 4th through Saturday, May 9th. No packages should be shipped before your assigned shipping window.

Here are the details for this swap...

You will be making a 1 block mini quilt. Meaning, you can pick one block pattern, and make it any size you would like between 10"x10" and 24"x24". For example, if I want to make a bear paw block, I can choose to make one big bear paw any size between those given measurements, or make smaller bear paw blocks and sew them into a 2x2, 2x3, 3x3, 4x4, etc. layout as long as they remain withing those given measurements.

Because this is a beginning swap, I want to be sure that people are not overwhelmed. By doing a one block pattern, you eliminate most of the need for improvisational designs. 

Here is an example of a one block mini quilt using 1 bigger block:
Here is an example using the same block design in a smaller scale for a mini quilt:

You are more than welcome to use pre-designed mini quilt patterns if you wish. You can find some for purchase HERE, HERE, and HERE. I also have a mini quilt pattern available in my tutorial section. There are a lot of free block patterns available on Pinterest and online.

There are lots of other regular quilt patterns and blocks that are big enough that you can use them for a mini. For example, this "On A Whim" block by Timbleblossoms...20 of these blocks make a throw size quilt, but at 15", this is a great block to use on it's own for a mini.

Or this colored pencil block by Cluck Cluck Sew...this is a quilt pattern from her book Growing Up Modern, but I used only a limited number of her blocks and made a mini. 

So if you are interested in signing up for this round. Click on the link below to fill out your survey. Mosaics are REQUIRED for this round, and will help ensure that your partner has plenty of inspiration to work with. Those are due by Monday, April 6th using the Instagram hashtag #ibbsround2

Monday, February 23, 2015

Suburbs Mini Quilt

A while back I decided to put together a mini quilt for my friend Allison. Since she moved from Idaho a few years back we have only seen each other once since then (thanks for letting me tag along to market Al!). She was my neighbor here in The Burg and our oldest kids are the same age. I was sad that they were moving to WA but very happy she would be nearer to her parents (who are just as awesome as she is, by the way). To surprise her and show her I was thinking about her I made and sent this mini quilt. I drafted my own pattern/measurements from her Suburbs pattern and I think she has something in the works for this mini, so stay tuned to her blog!

Monday, January 26, 2015

IBBS Help Post 3b: Making a Mosaic from your computer


Itty Bitty Beginner Swap Round 1 (#ibbsround1) - PINCUSHIONS and SIGN UPS

So have you guessed yet? This round we will be making a PINCUSHION for our partner!! Yay!!! There are a lot of tutorials out there for pincushions, but since most of my swaps are sewing related, I'd like you to pick a pincushion that involves at least a little bit of sewing (not including hand sewing it shut). Here are a bunch of tutorials to get you started. You are more than welcome to use one of these tutorials, one that you find on your own, or make up your own.

Click on the photo to go to that tutorial...

There will be a question in this round's survey that asks about allergies. Because there are so many options for filling a pin cushion, I want to be sure no one will get anything they are allergic too.


Crushed Walnut Shells: The best material for filling a pincushion is crushed walnut shells. This can be found in a pet store as bird litter, or lizard litter. They typically come in 7-10 lb bags so if you can find one that is small that's awesome too. The walnut shells are great for sharpening your pins.

Steel Wool: Another good one is steel wool. This will also sharpen your pins.

Polyfil. This is the best option for filling a pincushion for a partner with allerfies. However, this material is really light, so to weight it down, use the plastic beads that are used to weight down stuffed animals.

Extra pieces of batting: If you're making a basic shape pincushion, you can probably get away with using small cut up pieces of scrap batting. I wouldn't suggest using this for pinnies with unusual shapes.


I've provided some help in my previous post for making a mosaic on your smart phone. I'm still working on getting my video tutorial up so when I do keep an eye out for it. But you will need to provide an inspiration mosaic for your partner this round. Be sure to make one asap and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #ibbsround1. Mosaics are due on the hashtag (#ibbsround1) by Thursday evening (29th) Saturday 31st at 6pm MST.


Signups start this morning (Monday 26th) and close Thursday evening the 29th. Partner assignments will go out by Saturday evening (the 31st).

The international shipping deadline is Saturday, February 14th. That's exactly 2 weeks to make and ship. You are more than welcome to send extras this round. Just remember that for international shipping, first class is always the cheapest option and you can send up to 4 pounds first class.

The domestic shipping deadline is Wednesday, February 21st. You are more than welcome to send extras in this round, so be sure to use a flat rate priority envelope or, if you're package is still light enough to go first class with extras, don't forget the tracking!


IBBS Help Post 3: How to make a mosaic on your smart phone

Sorry for the delay in getting this "Help Post" up! I was having technical difficulties with my video tutorial. I think I need to just completely start over and make a new one...but for now, here are some instructions for making an inspiration mosaic on your smart phone.

Making a mosaic on your smart phone:

I have a Samsung Galaxy s4 so I can't possibly tell you all the tricks of trade for every phone out there. But here is how I make mosaics for swaps from my cell phone. First I find pics on Pinterest, Google, Blogs, or Instagram, using my apps and internet browser on my phone. When I find a picture I like, I have 2 options.

I can take a screenshot of the entire window on my phone. I do this by swiping the side of my hand from the left side of the screen to the right (opposite of what the picture below shows). 
For an iphone, you hold down your home button and press your power button to create a screenshot.
Here are a few examples of pictures that I had open on my phone. They were pulled up on my Pinterest app and I took a screenshot. Once I did that, the image was saved to a "Screenshot" album in my photo gallery.
Here is a screen shot of the Cluck Cluck Sew website open in my internet browser on my phone. The second way to save an image to your phone, is to hold your finger on the image you want to save...
Once your phone recognizes that you are trying to do something with the photo, it'll give you some options, hopefully, there is a Save Image option. If there isn't, take a screen shot.
Once you have gathered photos for inspiration, you will need a mosaic app. I use a free app called "PhotoCollage". When you have your collage ready to save, the app will automatically give you an option to share it or not. If you do, it will take you through the steps to add it on Instagram. If you don't, it will save it to an album in your photo gallery so you can use it later.
And that's it folks! Hopefully this helps you navigate your way through making a mosaic to add to this next round's hashtag #ibbsround1.