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!

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!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Juice Boxes Mini Quilt Tutorial

A couple months ago I participated in the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt swap on Instagram (#schnitzelandboominiquiltswap). There were so many participants and things got a little hectic for the amazing swap mamas. So I volunteered to make an angel mini if they needed one, and they did. The lady they assigned me loves all the same things that I do. Sarah Jane, Lizzy House, Cluck Cluck Sew, etc. The first thing I did was pull out all my hoarded scraps from all my favorite lines/designers and decided to make her a mini quilt using a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern called Juice Boxes (find the original quilt patter HERE).

With her permission, I give you the Juice Box Mini tutorial. This tutorial is great for extra charm squares. So you will need 12- 5" charms for your backgrounds and 12- 1.5" squares for your centers.

From each of your charm squares cut the four following rectangles, 1.25" x 4", 1.5" x 1.25", 1.5" x 2.25", and 2.25" x 4". See pic above for a visual. Arrange your pieces how you would like them to look.I fussy cut my centers and a few of my backgrounds, so I had to lay them out exactly how I wanted them to make sure that my centers were spread out how I wanted them.

Once you find a good layout, start by sewing your three center pieces together. Press your seems open. Then add your two side pieces to your center piece. Continue for all 12 blocks.

Arrange into a three by four pattern and sew your rows together. Alternate pressing your seems in different directions for each row and sew each of your rows together.

Baste, Quilt, Bind, and give to someone special! Or keep it for yourself...I won't judge. ;)

Thanks to Allison (Cluck Cluck Sew) for all the great patterns she designs and puts together for us quilters enjoy! Her hard work is much appreciated!!

Pillow Fight Swap

Hey All!

It's been a while...again. A lot has happened in the past couple months. We moved into our own home!! Finally!

So I've been unpacking and trying to catch up on sewing projects. That little man up there in the picture started the second grade a little over a week ago and will be turning 8 next month. He's so excited to start Cub Scouts and is already making lots of friends in the neighborhood. This has been a long time coming and we couldn't be more thrilled with the house and town that we are blessed to raise our boys in.

My other "little" started pre-school last week and is still trying to master potty training.

In the mean time, my in-laws have moved in with us until they leave to serve a mission for our church. They brought along two big furry friends, a chocolate and a black lab. So its been fun so far and will continue to be fun for the boys to have a couple more loyal companions.

On the sewing front, I've been trying to catch up on sewing in between organizing the house, painting the house, getting kids started in school, and making the youngest go potty in the potty.

I finally braved paper piecing in order to make this little (and by little I mean 19") pillow cover out of economy blocks. I LOVE this block. It's so easy and fun to make! I used the Red Pepper Quilts tutorial that is free on Craftsy. You just download the template and go. There was a bit of a learning curve and I made a couple mistakes but once I got started those blocks were kind of addicting. At least I finally dug in to my scraps and used some of my favorites that have been in there for a long time.

Coming soon: A tutorial...yay!! Also, "before" and "in progress" pics of the house.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sewvivor - Finding Sweet Land - Jayme Christensen

I love following along with the Sew-vivor competitions hosted by Rach of Family Ever After. If you aren't familiar with this competition. Here's a little about it in Rach's words:

What is Sewvivor? 
"It's a sewing competition that I created on my blog, and its loosely inspired by the show Survivor. We've had two successful seasons so far, with some outstanding sewing and competitors. The main idea is that anyone can audition, "sewlebrity" judges help choose our contestants, we have 4 weeks of sewing competition with specific challenges, and a couple Sew-vivor "twists" along the way. The judges and public vote for their favorites after each challenge. The winners score some amazing prizes at the end."

Many of the competitors from past seasons were seamstresses. Sewing garments has never been my strong suit. I tried entering a quilt in the first season and the competition is tough when you are competed against the cutest little girl dresses you've ever seen! So I skipped season 2 all together. But since this season is all about quilting, I'm all over it.

So on to my audition quilt!

I know you're probably sick of seeing this quilt, but it's my favorite quilt that I've made to date. It was entirely cut, pieced, pressed, basted, quilted and bound by me..for me. I'm absolutely in love with the Scout Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew and I had to make it for myself.

I gathered the fabrics as I shop hopped the annual Eastern Idaho Shop Hop that includes Eastern Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. It's a very long and tiring trip driving through all that country but it's absolutely wonderful to take a road trip like it every once in a while.

It was funny, the faces I'd get when I'd pull out my growing pile at each store. Those women must've thought I was nuts putting all these fabrics together. But I love what I love. Bright, scrappy, and a mix of modern and traditional prints in modern colorways. I've never been the type of person to make a quilt using only one line of fabric. I love to put together my own bundles.

Once I was done pieceing I knew that I wanted to quilt it in a couple of different tight FMQ designs all on my little Viking domestic machine. Since I knew that this quilt would be well loved, I wanted to make sure it held together over time. I used my favorite white Superior Threads Magnifico thread and used three different designs. A back and forth curve in the feathers similar to the quitling on the original quilt that Allison made. Then I tried something new in the sahsing and to date, it's my favorite design to use now, and a little rope design in the arrow portion of the quilt.

It's backed in the cutest little Alexander Henry print and my favorite print from Kate Spain's line Central Park. (and yes, I am in my pajama pants holding up a quilt in 90 degree weather)

I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog and learning more about this quilt. It has become a popular quilt in my house and my boys always grab it for themselves even though it's "Mom's quilt"!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival

This week is Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. Pretty convenient timing considering this weekend was also International Quilt Market. Was everyone as sad as I was that I couldn't attend? My jealousy levels spiked while perusing my IG feed this week. ;)

For this season's festival, I decided to enter in two quilts. 

The first one is this Birthday Quilt that I made back in January. You can find the original blog post HERE. There are 15 hand prints appliqued to this quilt and I really really love the way it turned out! I do wish that I had gotten better pictures of it before it was sent off to it's owner, but the weather just wasn't cutting it for such a springy quilt! I used mostly Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

 I am also entering in my Doll Quilt from a group swap on Flickr. I really enjoyed making this little whimsical doll quilt for my partner. It's got a little guy throwing a paper airplane and a little girl swinging on a swing. It's something fun and playful and imaginative!