Hi there! I’ve been sewing non stop lately, working on a few deadline projects that I will be able to share soon – promise! Meanwhile it’s also Spring Break and my family is home and we are adding fun to mix too – here’s a quick picture of them with dyed hands, after we dyed eggs over the weekend –
Lots of crazy fun, and a little glitter going on here!
The help I was asking for?
My friends at Baby Lock are looking for some feedback from all of you – and have a survey that takes about 5 minutes to complete. Even if you aren’t all that familiar with their machines or websites, they want to know more about you and your experiences online – please. There’s also a chance to win a $250 gift card (fabric shopping!!) to sweeten the deal. … Read More »
I shared my quilting studio space via Instagram yesterday, and thought I better keep it real, and put it up here too! It looks pretty messy still, but it’s all picked up and I can walk around a bit – huge improvement!
My Melody is dropped into the little table on the left, Crown Jewel is slightly covered with projects I’m currently piecing, the aluminum table at the right is on casters and moves where I need it easily. Fabric, my patterns, and notions are on the book shelf, there’s a matching shelf out of frame, to the left full of books, and magazines. It’s definitely not perfect, but I do look forward to spending time here, and know where everything is. Which is key!
There’s more decluttering to be done (always), but for now I’m back to my projects.
What are you up to … Read More »
Last week, I was actually feeling pretty bad – I think I overdid it and stayed up a bit too late one night, and paid for it the rest of the week, in the form of a cold. boo! Thankfully, I’m feeling much better, and had a chance to work (play) with my new upgrade – the Pro-Stitcher!
I pieced a backing for this quilt I pieced back in February, and loaded everything. I selected a design, and sorted out the details to quilt, and pressed go! I watched the first couple of passes, then left it to do it’s thing, while I started dinner upstairs! SO cool! and just what I need!
**My girls came in from playing outside about this time, and were rather confused and amazed to see my long-arm running without me. Usually they gloss over whatever mess I … Read More »
My friends over at the Fat Quarter Shop have a new pattern, and it’s adorable!
The Coffee Koozie is perfect for the always adorable mini-charm packs (2 1/2″ squares). I can see them as great gifts, and they are so fast to make too! I made it in about a half hour, and it will definitely be faster next time! The fabrics used are Dottie by Moda, which are cheery and bright, or pretty neutral depending on your preferences. One mini charm pack could make up to three Coffee Koozie’s too!
I quickly added the button via machine – that was a first for me and Melody, and it was so simple! Glad to have a better understanding of that foot :)
My only concern is that my girlies will try to claim the Coffee Koozie as a bracelet when I’m not looking…I think … Read More »
Last week was a fun adventure! Tuesday afternoon I left Salt Lake City, with St. Louis and Baby Lock headquarters as my goal. The inaugural Common Threads event was a huge success!
The trip was a little bumpy, but thankfully I was able to get some work done on my second flight. It was kinda empty, and I had page proofs to work on, for my book coming in December.
The list of attendees was small, perfect for true interactions. It was a time to really get to know each other, and build friendships!
All the attendees donated to the swag bags – I sent in a mini charm pack of Modern Neutrals, there are piles of magazines, books, and patterns as well! I’m still looking forward to looking through everything!
We spent a majority of the time at the different types of machines that … Read More »
Hi there! Things have been rolling right along here – I’ve learned a TON about publishing my own patterns, and have had fun sewing with my own fabric. I’m also getting all the details together for Blogger’s Quilt Festival – I hope you are ready! Just to reiterate – EVERYONE – yes, that means you, is welcome to participate! No matter how long you’ve been quilting, or how good you think your work is – we want to see it! The linkys will be up on May 16th, get your photos taken, and posts ready.
Some of what I’ve been working on, getting ready for Market, with my fabric. Working start to finish with my own fabric, has been so exciting! I love that I can fully realize my vision for the quilts, with my long arm too.
Fabric covered buttons, … Read More »
Hi friends! Since wrapping up Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I’ve been sewing non-stop. I have a book due in January, and with the holidays nearly here, I’m rushing to finish as much as I can now! Like, all of the piecing.
The way I tend to work, takes over the kitchen table, and I would love to be done setting up and putting away (daily) for a month, while I quilt everything downstairs.
It’s a lot of work, but I always enjoy the bits of frantic energy!
Even if I do question my decision when it’s time to trim things up. It’s not always perfect but it is getting done!
Next June I will be teaching at the Small Town Quilt Show, right here in my little valley! High Valley … Read More »
Thanks to everyone that participated in the giveaway last week! I love reading about your favorite colors – it sends me to my color card to check out all the different shades!
Linda is the winner – I have an email out to you Linda, please reply to claim your prize :)
I’ve been working on this quilt, over the last few days – I don’t seem to have enough hours in the day, but it has been fun to work on! It’s not black and white, just took the color out until I can post the finish – any ideas on the fabric line(s) included?
More soon –
This quilt has been in the works since April, I think! It’s fairly simple, and was pieced quickly, but I wanted to build my confidence before I loaded it on the long-arm. Looking at it now, I’m glad I waited a bit!
I call it “Formation”, as I’m reminded of a flock of geese as I look at it, and the traditional name for the triangles is “flying geese” – fits right!?
This is the first of many projects for Baby Lock over the next few years – I will let you know when a pattern is available on their site.
I was initially inspired by Emily’s fabric – Technicolor is a fun and vibrant collection, and one of the prints is groupings of triangles. You can see it in my quilt if you look close. Then when quilting it, I took my … Read More »
Hey! It’s been too long :) Blogger’s Quilt Festival was a huge success – thank you to everyone that entered quilts and shared their stories. It means so much to learn about you, and how you create! The details are all wrapped up, for now, and I’ve got a few pictures to share, along with current happenings.
With the end of the school year, there were lots of field trips! I went with Owen to the zoo, and had a blast, while making sure that my five charges stayed together too! The local zoo is going through some major renovations, and had Lego exhibits set up as well. The boys were particularly taken with the polar bear, they kept asking about how many pieces…it was a great day, and a major milestone, as my baby is done … Read More »
Hi friends – I’ve been having fun quilting, and wanted to share a few pictures with you, and a great sale happening online this weekend!
My days are choppy with Owen in Kindergarten, so I worked on this for two afternoons, while he had fun playing with Lego. I had to look back through my archives to find when I pieced this top – I’ve had it hanging in the closet for a while…turns out it was four years ago! I plan to add a scrappy binding soon, and I will share more photos.
I cut and prepped pieces for a new tote for Market too! PB&J is super soft and I had just enough to cut all the pieces – more soon.
I’ve been working on Dancing Stars blocks as I can … Read More »
Technically, it’s bigger, and heavier than my kiddos, but a new sewing machine is just as exciting around here!
My friends at Baby Lock have provided the Crown Jewel, a 18″ long arm, in exchange for some projects and tutorials for all of you and their loyal readers! It’s a win-win situation :) (Yep! That’s a pallet in my driveway!)
Thankfully Joe was home yesterday afternoon when it was delivered – I know I could have put it together, but I trust it a lot more with his handiwork. The table went up, we made lots of adjustments and rearranged a few things in the space around the table.
Isn’t she pretty?
The kids kept checking in on our progress, Ella and Sophia were excited to … Read More »