05 March 2015

I don't know if you guys have checked out the new digital magazine, Make Modern, but if you haven't you should do so asap!!  Make Modern just released their fourth issue and it is a jammed packed 119 pages that is filled with 14 amazing projects and tons of great articles.  The balance between patterns and reading material is perfect. 

I had the pleasure of working with the magazine and the ladies behind the scenes are amazing.  What I find super impressive is the price point, so, like I said, go check it out!

If you do happen to check out issue four you will see one of my projects!  One of my main goals for 2015 was to write up some patterns with the intention of publication and I actually did it! 

Here is "Radiant"! 

 I am in love with this quilt.  Bettepat, @sewaggie on IG, did the amazing quilting for me.  I know she spent countless hours getting it just right. 

I have decided that I am done making excuses for why I can't follow my dreams and goals.  I am just going to commit and take the plunge.  So far I am loving this adventure and I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for me.  I challenge you to dream and make a creative goal for this year.  You will never reach your dreams if you don't actually dream and try.  I would love for you to share your dreams with me.  You can do it!

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap

30 January 2015

Back in November I signed up for the Schnitzel & Boo mini quilt swap.  I received my partner info and got to work.  I ended up using a Thimbleblossom mini pattern.  I would highly suggest using starch when working with pieces this small.

My partner loves red and turquoise so hopefully this will be something that she appreciates!  I also added in some extra goodies in with her package.  I love making the lined drawstring bags.  The pattern is by Jeni Baker.  They are so easy to make and are perfect as little gift bags.

Hopefully my partner will like what has been sent her way.  Now that this swap is over I can't believe it but my sewing list is empty.  I have nothing on my "Need To Do" list.  So now I guess I get to move onto my "Bucket List" for quilting!

Patchwork Heart Mug Rug Tutorial

25 January 2015

This is super easy to put together.  But I thought I would write it out just in case anyone wanted to give it a try!

You will need:
106 - 1" squares in low volume prints
 74  - 1" squares in various pink/red prints
12" x 8" piece of batting
12" x 8" piece of backing
Minimum of 50" of binding

Helpful Hints:
1. I starched all fabrics before I started cutting.
2. Make your 1/4" seam as consistent as possible!  There's not extra wiggle room in this project.
3. I sewed mine together in four different quadrants before I pieced the whole top together.
4. Press seams open!!!

Project will yield:  9" x 6" mug rug

1.  Arrange all of your 1" squares like the diagram below.
2.  Sew together one quadrant at a time.  I sewed the entire row then sewed the rows together.
3.  Once your quadrants are complete you can sew the quadrants together for your completed mug
     rug top.

4. Baste and quilt as desired.

5. Bind! And you have one impressively tiny pieced mug rug.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.  I will help as best as I can!  Enjoy the tutorial and if you end up making something I would love to see pics.

McKinney MQG February Swap

23 January 2015

The McKinney MQG is swapping Valentine related mug rugs for our February meeting.  I decided to make a mug rug that had a patchwork heart and I wanted to use 1" squares that would finish 1/2".  So I opened up EQ7 and started playing around and I came up with this.

It's not perfect but working with those tiny squares isn't easy!  I hope whoever receives it will enjoy it.  I also added some extra goodies to the swap package.

I can't wait to see what the other ladies come up with!!  I always love seeing all of the different ideas when we swap items.  There are so many talented ladies in our guild, we are one lucky bunch!

2015 Bee - The Stash Sewciety

18 January 2015

In December, I was asked to be a part of The Stash Sewciety Bee in 2015.  I don't usually sign up for bees because they are normally such a long commitment but with the amazing ladies that make up this group I couldn't say no.

January's blocks are going to the amazing Jennifer (@jjarchowa).

I love how these turned out and judging by the other blocks that she's already received, these should fit in nicely!

I have been busy sewing lately, but unfortunately I can't share what I have been working on.  But soon ... I promise!
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