Etno Blog Tour

12 April 2015

I was so excited when the lovely and amazingly talented Pat Bravo asked me to be a part of the Etno Blog Tour.  She sent the most gorgeous fabrics for me to play with!  If you have missed out on the tour, you can find all of the details here. 

As soon as I laid eyes on these beauties I knew I had to create something that would embody the nature of these prints.   I sketched out my idea and went straight to work.  I love how all of these prints play so well together.  This collection has some large scale prints that would be perfect to use all by themselves but it also has some that would function as fantastic blenders or staples to add to your stash.  I have fallen in love with her low volume prints in this collection.  I would buy a whole bolt if I could!

Oh and don't even get me started on the feel of these fabrics!  Art Gallery is known for the luxurious feel to their prints.  There are no words to describe them!

After the agonizing decision of trying to decide which fabrics to cut into first, I quickly made progress on my pillow cover.

I can't say enough about how gorgeous and inspiring this collection is.  If you are in a sewing rut, this is the collection to get you out of it!

Thank you Pat, for letting me play along, it has truly been a pleasure!  Your designs are inspiring and I can't wait to get my hands on your upcoming collection, Artisan

And if you have missed any of the stops on the tour you should go check those out.  There are so many amazing projects that will surely make you want to run to your machine and start working away!  Yesterday, Kathryn of Upitis Quilts posted a modern table runner, and I know Abbey will have something wonderful for you to see tomorrow!

Monday March 30thAllison Dutton │Allison Sews
Tuesday March 31stBrandi Blowers │BNB Studios
Wednesday April 01stMiki Simic│Mint Needle
Thursday  April 02nd Rochelle New│Lucky Lucille
Friday April 03rdTeri Dodds│Fa Sew LA
Saturday April 04thLisa Nielsen│The Quilt Jam
Sunday April 05thHilary Smith│Young Texan Mama
Wednesday April 08thNancy Purvis│Owens Olivia
Thursday April 09thBecky McCoy│Sewin 4 Him
Friday April 10thErin Stewart│Poppy Quin
Saturday April 11thKathryn Upitis│Upitis Quilts
Sunday April 12th → Lori Hartman│Lori Hartman Designs
Monday April 13th → Abbey Garcia│Sew Charleston
Tuesday April 14th → Aida Valverde│Aika Maku
Wednesday April 15th → Debbie Jeske│A Quilter's Table
Thursday April 16th → Lara Bowditch│Scrap Quilt Preach
Friday April 17th → Isabel Kelly│Lamb and Wolfie
  Saturday April 18th → Kylie Kelsheimer│Faith Love Fabric

Etno Blog Tour

04 April 2015

I have been busy working on a project for the Etno Blog Tour.

I can't wait to share it with you guys on April 12th!  If you haven't seen Pat Bravo's new line, Etno, you really should check it out.  Etno, is gorgeous and I couldn't wait to work with the prints.  There have already been some amazing projects featured.  You can see the whole schedule here.

I am also getting ready for Sew South and I am beyond excited!!  My prep list is a mile long and it's a little less than two weeks away.  I see some long nights in my future. 


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.

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