Sunday, 26 February 2017

Saint Patrick's Day Pixel Heart Quilt

It has just dawned on me that I haven't blogged about my newest pattern yet! It's my "Drunkard's Shamrock in a Pixel Heart" quilt pattern.


This is a lap quilt that finishes at about 52 x 52 inches but could be made larger by adding more background squares. This is a quick project to make as I got mine put together in a weekend. There are drunkard's path pieces but there are only 8 curved seams and if you watch my YouTube Tutorial on sewing them you will see that it is not hard at all. :) The tutorial is also linked in the PDF pattern file.

This is a great scrap buster for your green scraps! I used low volume greens for the background, medium greens for the heart and dark greens for the shamrock.

There is still plenty of time to sew this one up for St. Paddy's Day. You can find the pattern on my website, on Etsy and on Craftsy. If you were to be sitting under this I think that would count as wearing green wouldn't it? So no one can pinch you while you're staying cozy under your Drunkard's Shamrock in a Pixel heart quilt!


Feel free to pin on Pinterest! :) 


Friday, 24 February 2017

Shamrock Pin Cushion Tutorial

Shamrock Pin Cushion for Luck on St. Patrick's Day and All Year at the sewing machine.


In 2014 made up this cute little shamrock pin cushion and it was a quick and easy little project. I have just given it a refresh and re-posted it because it was hidden at the bottom of my Tutorials page and no one could find it! This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon for the fusible product I used.



Here's how I made it if you want to make one too. 

You need:
-two charm squares and a green scrap for the shamrock
-if you plan to blanket stitch the edges like I did you will need green embroidery thread. (or you can machine stitch it)
- Thermoweb Heat'n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive or your preferred fusible for fusing your shamrock to your top charm square.



 I Googled "Shamrock Line Drawing" and found the little shamrock here. I printed it out and it was just the right size!



 Trace the shamrock onto the Thermoweb Heat'n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive and then fused the therm o web to the wrong side of the green shamrock fabric. (Follow instructions on the package for whatever product you are using.)



 Carefully cut out along pencil lines and peel the paper backing off.



 Fused the shamrock to the charm square that you want for the top of the pin cushion. The charm square on the right is the one for the bottom of the pin cushion.



If you want to hand stich around your shamrock you can do that at this point. Or if you are lucky enough to have a blanket stitch on your machine you could machine applique with that. Or zig zag stitch with your machine. You need to set the stitch length very low or almost zero to get a nice satin stitch around your shamrock and cover the edges. If you want raw edges that will fray you could just use a straight stitch very close to the edge of your shamrock with a small sitch length to keep the fabric from fraying past your stitches.



Put your charm squares right sides together and sew a quarter inch seam around three sides and leave an opening for turning on the fourth side. Back stitch at the beginning and end of your seam. Clip your corners and turn your pin cushion right side out. Push out your corners and stuff with your choice of filling. I used crushed walnut shells (which you can find in the pet stores). Pin your opening shut and whip stitch closed. There you go! Best of luck to you with all of your sewing projects! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Beautiful Colorful Fabrics

I got happy mail today! It was a much needed pick-me-up. I have been having some fun with my camera taking photos of fabric. So if you like photos of pretty rainbow fabrics click into this post to see. :)

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I ordered some of Craftsy's new Boundless Fabrics to try them out. I got the Boundless Blenders Ombre All Colors Pre-cut in the 6" width. Find it here.


I love the gradation of color in these strips and I am planning to make an epic Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart Quilt in rainbow colors!


I would say these fabrics are comparable to Moda Bella Solids in that the color is printed onto a white base (as opposed to Kona where the color goes all the way through). In other words there is a definite right and wrong side to these fabrics. They have a very nice hand (in other words, they are soft to the touch).


The ombre effect on the Boundless Fabrics is repeated along the strip four times. So it is different from Moda fabrics in that way but this will work out better for me for my purposes so I am quite happy with that.


The fabric comes rolled up in this fabulous rainbow roll and shrink wrapped in plastic. I took the plastic off for my photos. I am very happy with my purchase and am pleased to recommend these fabrics.



My other happy mail that arrived today was this glorious bundle of Uppercase Fat Quarters from Studio 39 Fabrics. She has two bundles left at about 40% off.


I made some bags out of the knit print fabrics for my Etsy Shop and my own website so I am relieved that my supplies have been replenished. ;)


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Solar Flare Quilt | Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters

Have you been watching the Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters on YouTube? 


The kids and I have been gathered around the computer this evening watching and we love it! We are thinking about popping up some popcorn and making a whole night of it. :) I am secretly hoping it inspires them to get going on their Canadian Quilter's Association kids challenge quilts.

Anyway, here is one of my favorite videos. You can find the kit for this quilt and more here.




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Monday, 20 February 2017

On the Go Bags Book Review

A Book Review of On the Go Bags - 15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers: Unique Projects to Sew from Today's Modern Designers by Lyndsay Conner and Janelle MacKay

I bought myself a new book at my local quilt shop on Saturday. I've been meaning to buy this book for a while and finally couldn't resist any longer. You can find this book at C& T Publishing and Amazon.

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On the Go Bags

I can already say that I am very pleased that I bought this book. There are 15 projects in On the Go Bags organized from Easy to Intermediate to Advanced. The easy projects include as scarf (see below), a laptop keeper, inserts for bags including purse pockets and a padded insert suitable for camera lenses and more. The beginning of the book includes a techniques section that is very helpful. I was happy to find that I already had most of the skills I needed but if you are new to bag making you will appreciate that section.

This morning I whipped up the first project in the book called the "Hipster Pocket Scarf" designed by Lindsay Conner in about an hour with three kids at home and a husband out at work. It's Family Day today in Alberta so the kids have no school but it's not a holiday for Federal employees, including soldiers in the army, so I am solo parenting on Family Day. Still, I am thrilled that I was able to complete this scarf so quickly!

I had the supplies in my stash so that was a bonus. I love the rainbow zipper with this Art Gallery Gramercy knit fabric designed by Leah Duncan. You might wonder, how does a scarf fit in with bags? This scarf has a handy zipper pocket that also gives it a cool edgy look. Now when I go out for a walk I can put my house keys and cell phone in my scarf and I don't need to haul along a purse!

Anita of Daydreams of Quilts in her new "Hipster Pocket Scarf" from the book On the Go Bags.

My 11-year-old son was thrilled to be asked to be photographer for this blog post. He did a great job! :)

You need knit fabric and a 7" zipper for this project both of which I luckily had on hand already. I love that rainbow zipper with this fabric! I got the zipper at Zipit on Etsy.


The Intermediate projects include a cart or stroller caddy (I'm sewing this one next!), a park blanket, a travel toiletry organizer and more. I really appreciated the tip from Lindsay Conner in the instructions for the travel organizer that we could use a shower curtain liner and mesh laundry bag for sewing supplies. That would have never occurred to me! Guess what I'm picking up on my next trip to Walmart?! ;) Also included in the intermediate level is the Sporty Strap Pack on the book's cover. I have ordered some hardware from the book's co-author Janelle MacKay at Emmaline Bags to make the cover bag. (I just needed a magnetic snap. Naturally that wasn't all I bought though. Ha ha!)

The Advanced projects include a snap-and-go sewing or art case, a gym tote, a minivan organizer and an airport sling bag. I definitely want to make the sewing/art case for myself and my daughter. That one is designed by Jennie Pickett and Clara Jung of Clover and Violet. There are several well-known bag designers in the book including Sara Lawson who has a cute tablet shoulder bag in the intermediate section

Now I have quite a few more projects on my "to-sew" list! :) I'm feeling pretty happy about that.

I recommend this book without hesitation! Please excuse me now as I get bag to bag sewing. :)

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

How to Catch a Frog Book Review

Review of "How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY" by Heather Ross

I love this book! I am reading it for the second time right now. It is possible that I could be biased because I am a huge Heather Ross fan but I don't think so.

 

"How to Catch a Frog" is very well written and I easily relate to the author, Heather Ross, in the telling of her stories. There are times when she is telling a story from her childhood where my adult self, as a mother, wants to crawl into the book and comfort her and take care of her. There are other times where I feel annoyed with her for some of the decisions she makes as a young adult, which is not to say that I myself did not also make annoying decisions as a young adult, so that goes back to being able to relate to the author. It is a real life story with struggle and success and loss and newfound success.

As a creative person I find it very inspiring. I love this quote at the beginning of the chapter titled "How to Start a Children's Clothing Company" - Ross writes, "The absolute best time to start a business is when you have nothing to lose." Then she goes on to say, "Luckily for me, that was a long and protracted period of my life..." and this is followed by anecdotes about her generally dysfunctional mother and absent father.

The thing that is really cool about How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY is it's overall concept. I don't think I've found another book like it! There are DIY projects throughout the book that are woven in with the stories. For example there is a time in the book where she is talking about surviving Hurricane Sandy and trying to keep her family warm by keeping the wood fire in their house going and at the end of that chapter are DIY instructions for creating coffee log fire starters.

The book has illustrations throughout in Heather Ross' style that many of us have come to love in her fabric designs. These illustrations are used to decorate the beginning of a chapter or to show how to do one of the DIY projects. Of course the cover is also illustrated and the inside cover design is a map of the area in Vermont where she grew up.

I recommend this book without hesitation. I bought my own copy (this is not a sponsored post) and I have provided Amazon links in this post to help you find your copy. This book was published in 2014 and if you haven't read it yet what are you waiting for?


 

Craftsy's Newest Fabric Line Flower Shop

Hello! I have received affiliate news from Craftsy that they have a new fabric line out called "Flower Shop." This is in their Boundless Fabrics. Isn't this quilt made with the new line cool?



It's definitely on my quilty bucket list. It's made with the Mirage Quilt kit designed by Janice Ryan of Better Off Thread.

Click here to find this quilt kit and others using this new Flower Shop line.


The Flower Shop line is available in several pre-cut options as well.


I just placed an order for Boundless fabric last night and I can't wait to tell you all about it when it gets here. It's already shipped so I'll be stalking my mail box! :)

Click here for the Quilter's Daily Deal. There's a new deal each day.

Happy shopping!

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