Janome Memory Craft 6700P Review Part One: The Machine

November 14, 2017

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Hi guys! Remember that beautiful new Janome I’ve been testing out? Well here is your long awaited review! Now, I must tell you that this is my first time ever reviewing a sewing machine, but I figure if I just share with you like you’re my bestie then I can’t got wrong. So grab a cup of something hot to drink and lets get started!

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This my friend, is the new Janome Memory Craft 6700P (P standing for professional), and boy oh boy isn’t she a beauty? As you read along, note how every little detail of this machine is made to work WITH you and not against you, something that really stood out to me. The first thing I noticed was how sturdy she is (it’s a she, OK?), the whole base is metal, making it a heavy duty working machine, perfect for a more serious sewer like myself. Sometimes I sew for long stretches at a time and I’m usually sewing fast, my own machine will overheat and start to smell like burning plastic (I know, I know!) not a problem with this one at all! The next thing I noticed is just how HUGE that throat space is! Oh my GOODNESS, have I been in quilting heaven!

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Now if you look very closely, you will see my own tiny machine sitting back there to show you just how big that work space is. I not so lovingly refer to my little sewing machines throat space as being keyhole size and now that I see it compared, it really does look like a keyhole! I worked on a medium size quilt with this Janome and there was SO much room to quilt, never once did I have to push or pull to get things moved around and for me that is HUGE (literally!).

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Here we have some of the setting features on the machine that are probably familiar to Janome users but were totally new to me. You’ve got speed control, I kept it on full speed for my fast sewing and moved it down to slower when working on smaller projects. The start/stop sewing button which allows you to sew without using the foot pedal, I found perfect for piecing, gives your foot a rest and is so easy to just start and stop on smaller pieces. The reverse button and the auto lock button are great in that they start WHEN you press them, my own machine likes to sew an extra stitch and then reverse or lock in stitches leaving me having to calculate my stitches, this just takes the guess work out of it by actually doing what you want WHEN you want it to! And possibly my favorite feature on this section is the auto thread cutter! I don’t tend to loose things in general but I am forever looking for my scissors when I need to cut my thread! And I am ALWAYS needing to cut my thread! So this little scissor button is such a time saver and brain saver! See what I meant by a machine that works with you? 😉

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Now here are a whole lotta buttons some of which I didn’t use like the dual needle option or programming options to make this machine even more specialized to your personal sewing needs. I love the little lock button which is a time saver for when I need to walk away from my machine but don’t need unwanted sewing attempts by my children. Also perfect for any sewing foot changes or needle threading, it’s a real finger saver! The little bobbin button is easy to use as well.

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Here we have your tension for thread and sewing foot (which your friendly display will recommend a setting for whatever project you may be working on), and of course threading is super easy with everything marked out for you.

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Top view has everything all marked out for threading and I love how this machine comes with the fancy thread guide which is perfect for my big Aurifil spools. I feel so professional now!

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The display is very easy to read and so helpful, on the left you have the recommendations for sewing foot, tension, presser foot and feed dogs. Every time you select a different stitch, your recommendations will change accordingly taking all the guess work out. The section on the right has all the pre programmed stitches for quick sewing, these can be customized to the ten stitches you use the most. Just another time saver for ya!

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Don’t worry, I had the lock on while doing this but I had to show you this really cool feature! You can lift the sewing foot as you normally do, or you can lift it extra high when working on thicker projects! How awesome is that?! This was perfect for working on thick seams (which I will show you in part two of this review) and also great for sewing zippers when you need to move the zipper pull half way through sewing the zipper on. Before I always had to stop sewing and take my whole project out to close the zipper, but with this I was able to move the zipper pull while my needle was still in my project. Gotta love a machine that works WITH you 🙂 Speaking of zippers, did you know I had never actually used a zipper foot before? I had to look it up in the manual to see what one looked like! LOL! I can tell you zippers are much easier when you have a zipper foot to work with!

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More to add to the list of user friendly features, bobbin thread is easily marked out where to go so it’s all set and ready to go and it even has a tiny little bobbin thread cutter! This machine comes with three sewing plates and they easily pop off with the press of a button! No more digging around for your screw driver when you need to look under the hood! And once you snap the new plate on, your machine knows and will adjust the screen display settings automatically! She’s one smart cookie and my mind was a little blown at that one! Took the guess work right out for me!

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There is a very nice sized removable table for working on bigger projects as well. This made quilting so easy, just look at all that space! Oh and if I could have shown you the lights on this thing in the dark I would have but my camera wasn’t having it. You all know it’s football season which means my husband is watching football down here in our family room/sewing room/play room a couple nights a week giving me more sewing time but also less light since he likes to watch TV with low lights. This has been a problem in the past but this machine has three different LED light sections perfect for late night sewing. Bonus: I wont burn my fingers on these lights either (and yes, that’s a problem with my own machine!).

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Another thing, see that black circle in the front at the bottom? That is for the knee lift which I was so excited about trying. I used it on a sewing illustration project (which I will show you in part two of this review) and absolutely loved how it worked! Saved me time and effort by being able to keep my hands on my project while working instead of moving back and forth to lift the sewing foot. Also I realize I didn’t show you the walking foot (which is a dream!) or the free motion foot (or any of the other 15+ feet that it comes with!) but I will be talking more about those in my next post where I will show you some of the projects I have made using the Janome Memory Craft 6700P.

Really I thought I would feel overwhelmed trying such an impressive machine (especially compared to what I have been sewing on!), and I was a bit nervous before it came but mostly I was so excited and once it came and I got it all set up, watched the intro DVD as I unpacked everything, leafed through the instruction book and just started sewing. It has been a breeze, no guess work, no fingers crossed hoping things will turn out and even took the fear out of trying something as scary as free motion quilting for the first time!

I have pushed this baby to the max not only to test its limits but also that’s just how I sew. As I said before, I want a machine that works with me and not against me, helping me to grow in my skills and abilities and not hold me back from trying new things. This machine did exactly that! Janome has been very generous in giving me extra play time with this machine and I have LOVED every minute with it. I know so many happy Janome users and have never once heard a complaint about them, I feel confident in recommending the Memory Craft 6700P and with Christmas right around the corner (hello Black Friday sales!), put this baby at the top of your list! You will be one happy sewer!

For even more information and details about this machine head over HERE and stay tuned for part two of my Janome review where I will show you some really fun things I made!

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Simply Stitched with Applique, Book Review and Giveaway!

October 30, 2017

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My friends over at Zakka Workshop sent me their beautiful new book Simply Stitched with Applique and they also sent one for me to share! Do you follow Yumiko Higuchi over on Instagram? If you don’t, you are missing out on some beautifully inspiring embroidery work!

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I always say a good sign of a great book is the one that has all the pages marked and papers sticking out everywhere. I had such a hard time choosing what to make first, so I just started putting papers in the ones I loved most (that cover motif is at the top of my list!).

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This Leaf Sampler is so striking in black with all the green shades. Each design comes with multiple options for colors or layouts, you could make these really modern or much more traditional, something for everyone!

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This one is up next on my to-sew list, in these purples and greens, maybe just a small pin cushion with a few leaves on it. Also what a beautiful way to bring nature into our homes for those of us who tend to kill actual nature, just whip one of these beautiful botanical scenes up! This design is also shown in rich Fall colors, perfect as Thanksgiving home decor!

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I fell in love with this tiny strawberry pin cushion and wanted to make one exactly like it to share with one of you. I remembered that my local antique store had some vintage linen towels with embroidery on them so I went in search of this minty green color and found one. Yay! And don’t worry, the original vintage embroidery will be going in a small hoop for my wall soon.

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Yumiko also has a wonderful embroidery guide in this book which I kept flipping back to. I don’t embroider often enough to have anything more than basic stitches memorized, so a picture guide is always a helpful tool.

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Something so sweet and little makes me happy, and what a joy to work on bits here and there while watching Wives and Daughters (it seemed very fitting to do a small embroidery to go with the time period of that show).

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I used a green wool thread from Aurifil for the leaves and other thread weights of Aurifil in yellow and red that I had on hand. The wool felt is from Benzie Design, they have a beautiful selection of quality felt at a very good price (just don’t get carried away with the felt balls for Christmas garland like I did! hehe!). And of course the linen is vintage which I think gives this whole project just a bit more charm.

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I just love giveaways and I am so happy to send this little pin cushion along with a copy of the beautiful Simply Stitched with Applique book from Zakka Workshop. This book is also available HERE on Amazon and would make a wonderful addition to your embroidery library. To enter the giveaway, find my post over on Instagram and enter for your chance to win. Giveaway will run from Monday October 30 till Friday November 3. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by!

La Conner Blog Tour

October 26, 2017

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Hi friends! Welcome to my stop on the La Conner Blog Tour, I am so excited to share what I’ve made with Jera’s beautiful new line for Lecien Fabrics. Last year I had the honor of making a quilt for Jera’s new book Quilt As You Go Made Vintage, I learned so much from her first book Quilt As You Go Made Modern, I love how she combines the traditional with the modern to make such lovely work, it’s a book I go to often for tips and inspiration. Do you see that stack up there in the pretty pink basket? This line is full of color and endless options, how beautiful would a Christmas quilt be in the reds and greens? Or a spring quilt in teals and pinks? OK, you get the point! Right? It’s a beautiful line with endless possibilities, a perfect addition to any fabric stash.

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I wanted to make a classic quilt pattern that would show off the colors in the La Conner fabric line, I was inspired by Heidi Staples’ Big Bear Cabin Quilt and she was so kind to let me work from her design, with a few changes to accommodate for sizing. I am really loving how this turned out! I was able to use most of the colors along with a few added in from Jera’s first line, High Tea which go together beautifully.

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I just love the strawberries, flowers, and gingham prints. This was my very first time trying out Free Motion Quilting and it was a lot of fun. Just simple loops quilted in Aurifil 2324. I am currently testing out the brand new Janome Memory Craft 6700P and it really took all the guess work out of something so overwhelming as FMQ. Smooth sailing and pretty even stitches considering my beginner status.

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I used some High Tea fabrics to back this quilt and you can see more of my imperfect quilting up close here. But really I couldn’t be happier with this quilt! I cant wait to wash it and see all the wonderful crinklyness. I think I’ve caught the FMQ bug and I’ll be doing more of it in the future, maybe some to go along with the patterns in Quilt As You Go Made Vintage!

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Several of the fabrics in this line have a beautiful gold metallic shimmer to them, which give this line a little something extra. And really those greens are just begging to become something for Christmas!

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I just love it! I really should keep it hung on the wall but I think it will end up being a lap quilt instead.

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This next quilt is one I made earlier this year for Spring Quilt Market, using the Cozy Cabin pattern by Jera. It is a bit wrinkly from its long travels to Huston and then all the way to Japan and back home again to West Chicago.

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Here you can see the bits of gold on the strawberry print and I added some Lecien lace trim to the binding and made a little tutorial for adding it which you can find HERE.

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It is always a treat to make for Market and always a treat to work with Lecien Fabrics. Jera’s new line is in shops now and is just waiting to be made into all kinds of goodness! She has many free patterns on her blog if you need any inspiration and make sure to check out the full line up of makers for the LA Conner Blog Tour over at Jera’s blog.

Thank you for stopping by today, as always I hope you leave here inspired to try something fun for yourself.

Winterberry Infinity Scarf Tutorial

October 24, 2017

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Today I have a super quick tutorial for an infinity scarf. I made one last year out of Rifle Paper Rayon and I’ve gotten so many compliments and questions on how I made it. I’m sure you can find a number of tutorials for infinity scarves but I thought I would share the way I made mine just in case the world needs another simple tutorial. And I do like my method best because it only takes one yard of fabric!

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I am using this gorgeous Winterberry rayon in Pine from Amy Sinibaldi’s Little Town Fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics. Let me just say, I’ve been wearing it ever since I made it, only taking it off to sleep (and I even wondered if I could sleep in it!). SO soft with the perfect drape for this scarf.

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Start by cutting your fabric in half length wise, so you have two long strips.

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Place fabrics right sides together and sew, using a 1/4 inch seam along one short side. (This was my first time sewing rayon with the Janome Memory Craft 6700P and it was smooth sailing! Also, I LOVE the 1/4 inch foot guide!).

Next, fold your fabric in half length wise, right sides together so you have a very long narrow strip. Starting at one end sew using a 1/4 seam allowance all the way to the other end. Turn right side out.

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Fold your fabric in half, joining the two ends together (right sides together), line up the seams and sew together until you have about 4 inches left. (This closing off method is thanks to Tinkerellen since my first one has a big ugly seam down the back of it! Not really an eye sore but still, this way is better ;-).

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Turn your fabric so seams are on the inside and sew your four inch opening closed, either by hand sewing or machine (which suits me just fine) I used a matching Aurifil thread (4129).

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Ta-Daaa! You now have an infinity scarf to live in and never take off! I hope my instructions are clear, if you have any questions feel free to ask me and I’ll do my best to hold your hand. Really though, it’s so simple and took me a half hour total! How great would these be for Christmas gifts?? Make a few to have on hand for easy gift giving! Perfect gift for under $10!

Tag me if you make one, I would love to see!

Blue Carolina: An Unconventional Mini

September 29, 2017

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Welcome to Sarana Ave, my name is Faith Essenburg, I am a stay at home mama to three boys, making pretty things every chance I get. Today I am excited to share with you my Unconventional Mini Quilt for the Blue Carolina Tour. I’m sure by now you have all been ooohing and aaahing over Christopher Thompson’s, (aka The Tattooed Quilter) first fabric line for Riley Blake Designs. I love Christopher’s fresh designs and his fabric is no exception.

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These are some of my favorite prints from the line, I can imagine everything from quilts to dresses in these lovely prints, and don’t you just love those tiny pups on the salvage? I was so excited to work on this blog tour and a little bit stumped when it came to the “unconventional” part, because lets face it; it’s sometimes comfortable to work inside the quilting “box”. Our mission was to make a mini that was a shape other than a square, so I of course let loose and went wild with a CIRCLE! Crazy, I know!

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This design is one of my favorites from the book Sweetly Stitched Handmades by Amy Sinibaldi, I just left out the pillow instructions and went with a hand quilted wall hanging instead. It’s a really fun pattern to work on and I just love how it turned out in these beautiful blues.

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As I was working on this project my husband said he really liked it, he usually likes the things I make but I believe this was the first time he “really” liked something I made. I’m guessing it has something to do with the amount of pink and frills that usually go into my projects. I’ve made a mental note to make more blue things 😉

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I added a boarder of hand stitching using wool variegated thread from Aurifil, I had planned on using pink and blue but at the last minute decided to go with yellow to play off the bits of sunny yellow in the fabric. I’m so happy with how it turned out, sometimes the little last second tweaks are the icing on the cake.

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Pins and puppy dogs, what’s not to love!?!

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I cant decide if I’ll keep this on my wall or use it as a table topper or even hanging half way over the side of an end table, the possibilities are endless with a mini quilt. Each print from Blue Carolina is in this Starburst Dresden and I can’t settle on a favorite, the minute I pick one I change my mind.

 

Make sure to check out all the unconventional mini quilts by these amazing makers!

Monday 9/25 Kate of Quilt with Kate
Tuesday 9/26 Kerry of Kid Giddy
Wednesday 9/27 Cristy of Purple Daisies Quilting
Wednesday 9/27 Nicole of Modern Handcraft
Thursday 9/28 Sarah of Sariditty
Thursday 9/28 Veronica of Vivid Felicity
Friday 9/29 Faith of Sarana Ave.
Thank you for stopping by, feel free to look around and come back again soon. As always I hope you leave here inspired.
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-Faith

Dolly Book Tour

September 18, 2017

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Hello friends! Welcome to the Dolly Book Tour! I am so excited to be kicking things off here on Sarana Avenue for Elea Lutz’s new book Dolly for Riley Blake Designs. I have been a fan of Elea’s work ever since I started sewing, I remember looking at her first fabric line Milk, Sugar & Flower seeing all the pretty things being made with her sweet designs and thinking to myself that maybe one day I would be able to make sweet things just like those. Elea’s work just keeps getting sweeter and it’s a true honor to be a part of this wonderful book tour.

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Dolly has everything I look for in a good maker book; beautiful pictures, sweet projects in a variety of sizes and skill levels, clear and easy to follow directions, and plenty of room to make things your own style. I had the hardest time choosing what project to make so I decided to start with two (which was still a struggle! They are ALL so cute!). First up, let me introduce you to my very own Dolly:

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When my husband came home and saw her sitting on my desk, he asked if I had made myself into a doll, I told him yes I had, because who doesn’t want to be an adorable doll?! Dark hair with natural highlights? Check! Messy bun? Check! Dark eyes? Check! Although I maybe should have dressed her in leggings and t shirt but I think we can all agree her little skirt and top are much cuter!

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I didn’t have matching dark brown thread so I decided to add “highlights” to her hair and no “Faith” doll would be complete without curly wisps of hair on her face. Aurifil 12 weight thread was perfect for her eyes and lips. The touch of lace was an afterthought to fancy her up a bit, it’s all in the details, right?

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When my sister and I were little we loved wearing socks with lace trim, we called them party socks and wore them every chance we could, so I thought it only right to give Dolly her very own “party socks” with lace peaking out from her boots.

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This little yellow floral print is my absolute favorite from Elea’s Little Dolly Fabric line for Penny Rose Fabrics, it reminds me of the little flowers on a favorite blanket I had growing up that my baby now snuggles with. I love her little messy bun, my hair too is ALWAYS in a bun.

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Dolly was SO much fun to make and I love how Elea included so many different ways to make her your very own, from hair styles to socks and sleeve options and even fancy eyelashes! The little skirt was so quick and fun, I think she will need some more wardrobe options. As soon as I finished making her I wanted to start all over again and make another! Aren’t those the best kind of projects? The ones you want to make over and over. Good thing I have plenty of little nieces in my life who clearly need their very own Dolly too.

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This adorable dollhouse quilt was shown at Spring Market and I absolutely fell in love with the sweet design, when I saw it up close in the book I knew I wanted to make one myself. It’s a pretty big play quilt measuring 37×58 inches and there are details galore! I had so much fun making each little room to my liking, adding and changing bits here and there. This was one of those projects that held my interest from beginning to end with all the steps it included, from each tiny fabric choice, the tracing, cutting, ironing, cutting again, ironing again, and finally sewing; it reminded me of the crafting I did as a child and the simple joys it brought.

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Welcome to Little Dolly’s home, make yourself comfortable while we take you on a little tour.

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Here we have a sweet little kitchen with pink gingham curtains, a puppy along with his bone and dish, and a fresh pot of applesauce simmering on the stove.

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Upstairs we have a beautiful bathroom with a claw foot tub, perfect for bathing Puppy or Little Dolly. I added the ribbons of water and made the tub into a little pocket and no bath is complete without a yellow rubber ducky!

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Next we have a perfectly cozy living room where Little Dolly can snuggle up in her big chair to read a good book after a long day of sewing and puppy care.

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At the top of the house I added a sewing room complete with sewing machine, iron and Little Dolly’s very own Elea Lutz fabric stash, sure to be the envy of her Little Dolly friends! The sewing machine is a design by Minki Kim that just happened to be the perfect size for our little house.

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Here we leave Little Dolly tucked into her bed to snuggle with her favorite Bunny, night, night Little Dolly.

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And lastly, we have a tiny little mouse living way up in the attic, because no doll story would be complete without a sweet mouse family scampering around the attic after the house is fast asleep.

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Have you fallen in love with this sweet play quilt like I have? Are you thinking of the ways you could make this project your own and of all the fun little details you could add here and there? Perhaps colors and fabric prints are coming to mind as well. This my friend is inspiration and Elea’s book is FULL of it. Full of sweet projects just waiting to be made and treasured for years to come.

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Looks like Puppy is getting into the apples! The fabrics for my projects are Little Dolly by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics and Riley Blake solids. Threads are a variety of colors and weights from Arifiul. I used Clover Wonder Fuse to back each of my applique templates. Notions and trims are from my personal collection.

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This little heap of Dolly mess just brings a smile to my face. For now they are sitting in my room looking cute. Scratch that, this morning I found my two little boys playing trucks and planes on the house lines, haha, boys!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my makes today, this has honestly been the most fun sewing that I have done in a long time and I truly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Thank you Elea for making such a wonderfully sweet book, I can’t wait to make more of your projects!

This is just the beginning of the Dolly Book Tour and I for one can not wait to see what the rest of my friends have made! Make sure to follow along for all the fun and inspiration!

Monday 9/18 Faith Essenburg @faithessenburg https://saranaave.wordpress.com
Friday 9/22 Melissa Mortenson @polkadotchair http://www.polkadotchair.com
Monday 9/25 Lauren Nash @transientart  http://transientart.com/
Friday 9/29 Sedef Imer @downgrapevinelane http://www.downgrapevinelane.com/
Monday 10/2 Jemima Flendt @tiedwitharibbon http://www.tiedwitharibbon.com/
Friday 10/6 Jina Barney @jinabarney http://jinabarneydesignz.blogspot.com/
Monday 10/9 Ayda Algin @cafenohut http://cafenohut.blogspot.com/
Friday 10/13 Veronica Marroquin @vividfelicity https://vividfelicity.wordpress.com/
Monday 10/16 Ange Hamilton @alittlepatchwork https://alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com/
Friday 10/20 Nadra Ridgeway @ellisandhiggs https://www.ellisandhiggs.com/
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Have a wonderfully creative week and come back to Sarana Avenue again soon!
-Faith

 

 

 

 

Pretty Handmades Book Showcase

September 11, 2017

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Hi Friends! Welcome to my stop along the Pretty Handmades Book Showcase! Have you met Lauren Wright? She is maker of all things sweet, cute and pink (or at least that’s how I think of her). I am so excited to be a part of this showcase and to help Lauren celebrate her first book.

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First off, let me just say that I love Tuva Publishing books. They have published some of my favorite makers and therefore have some of my favorite books. The patterns are always sweet and the pictures are so beautiful and inspiring. This book was a bit of a surprise as I was expecting the more traditional smaller size Tuva book. It is big, has more craft paper feel to it and is full of the sweetest drawings to go along with the patterns.

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Just look at the pictures! It definitely adds another layer of charm to this book. With so many sweet makes to chose from, Lauren’s book is great to have on hand for small gifts and those enjoyable slow Saturday sewing projects. This cushion is just one of the items on my list to make from the book! There was however, one project that called out to me right away, I just had to make it!

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This gorgeous Garden Path Mini Quilt was so enjoyable to work on, I don’t always take time to slow down and hand sew but when I do I am reminded of how good it feels to just slow down and enjoy the simple work of something like joining hexagons or adding hand stitching to a project.

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All of the Hexies I used were gifts from friends, over the past few years I’ve grown a little collection of mostly Liberty hexagons sent to me in swaps from around the world. I couldn’t have planned a better project to join them all together and I love how the green and pinks came together. The two Liberty tea cups are extra special from my friend Lisa Ann and were the perfect center to this table topper/ tea mat. I also spy a little Hello Kitty, which reminds me, I need to find more of those cuties!

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I finally had a chance to try the 80 weight thread from Aurifil that I had heard so much about. In the past I had used another very fine thread and had to use a double strand just so it wouldn’t break. I am pleased to say I found the 80 weight great for EPP (English Paper Piecing) and was able to use just one strand.

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I skipped the binding that was called for in the book and went with a simple color faded hand stitched double boarder instead. I love how this wool Aurifil added another texture to the Linen and Liberty.

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Do you ever just look over each hexie for the little details? So fun! Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you leave here inspired to try something new. Feel free to poke around and check out my simple tutorials and follow along for more excitement coming this month.

Lauren will be giving away a signed copy of her book so be sure to check out the rest of the Pretty Handmades Book Showcase

1 Sept 2017 Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama
2 Sept 2017 Jemima Flendt www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com @tiedwitharibbon
3 Sept 2017 Sharon Burgess www.lilabellelanecreations.com @lilabellelane
4 Sept 2017 Lauren Nash www.transientart.com @transientart
5 Sept 2017 Sarah Edgar www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk @sarahedgarprettyfabrics
6 Sept 2017 Ange Hamilton www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com @alittlepatchwork
7 Sept 2017 Elea Lutz www.elealutzdesign.com @elealutz
8 Sept 2017 Sarah Scott www.piccolostudio.com.au @piccolostudio_sarah
9 Sept 2017 Martina Bahre www.avaandneve.com.au @ava_and_neve
10 Sept 2017 Heather Andrus www.quiltstory.blogspot.com @quiltstory
11 Sept 2017 Faith Essenburg www.saranaave.wordpress.com @faithessenburg
12 Sept 2017 Alisha Orlando www.ministryoffabric.com.au @ministryoffabric
13 Sept 2017 Bev McCullough www.flamingotoes.com @flamingotoes
14 Sept 2017 Stacy Olson www.stacyolsondesign.com @stacyolsondesign
15 Sept 2017 Ali Phillips www.arabesque-scissors.com @arabesquescissors
16 Sept 2017 Mollie Johanson www.wildolive.blogspot.com @molliejohanson
17 Sept 2017 Kristyne Czepuryk www.prettybyhand.com @prettybyhand
18 Sept 2017 Xanthe Grundy www.wife-made.com @wifemade
19 Sept 2017 Anne Oliver www.lolliandgrace.com @lolliandgrace
20 Sept 2017 Larisa Shurupov www.stitchingnotes.com @stitchingnotes
21 Sept 2017 Sedef Imer www.downgrapevinelane.com @downgrapevinelane
22 Sept 2017 Wynn Tan www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com @zakkaArt
23 Sept 2017 Veronica AM www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com @vividfelicity
24 Sept 2017 Minki Kim www.minkikim.com @zeriano
25 Sept 2017 Elise Baek www.eliseandemelie.com @eliseandemelie
26 Sept 2017 Megan Price www.dollyhenry.com.au @dollyhenryau
27 Sept 2017 Nadra Ridgeway www.ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs
28 Sept 2017 Ayda Algin www.cafenohut.com @cafenohut
29 Sept 2017 Jodi Godfrey www.talesofcloth.com @talesofcloth
30 Sept 2017 Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama

Forget-Me-Not Blog Tour

August 28, 2017

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Hello! Welcome to the Forget-Me-Not Blog Tour! I am so excited to kick this week off and show you what I made. Forget-Me-Not is a beautifully bright and fun fabric line designed by Tammie Green for Riley Blake Designs. Tammie said her inspiration for this line was her little girls and I think that comes across so well in the floral designs and heart motif. The color range with its pops of red and dusky blue makes this line perfect for any girl, whether young or all grown up. And to be fair, my boys didn’t want to part with this quilt either, so I guess that makes this line little boy approved as well 😉

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As soon as I saw the Forget-Me-Not fabric line I drew up a simple baby quilt to make for our newest niece. It is a simple 40×40 inch square and I imagine will be used as a play mat and take along quilt on road trips. The design is perfect for a charm pack and a great way to play with solid color as well.

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Each block is made up of four 2 inch squares finishing at 4 inches each, just add rows of 2 inch sashing and you have yourself a quick quilt that shows off the sweet prints in a fun way. This would be so pretty using white for the background as well, but this time I thought I would play with color a little more than I usually do, and I really like the results.

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For the backing I chose this beautiful main print in teal green. I just love those flowery hearts! For the quilting I used my trusty Aurifil thread 50 weight in a creamy color (2000) that blended in nicely and lets the fabrics stand out. Thanks to my sweet quilty friends for their machine quilting tips, (walking foot, longer stitch length, take it slow, and drink wine, lots of wine!) I am very pleased with my quilting results (which doesn’t happen often).

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Riley Blake has beautiful solid fabrics to coordinate with their lines, I used Sea Glass for the background and Coral on the four inch boarder. I love this tiny Petal print for the binding, so perfectly sweet and it comes in three colorways.

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This Forget-Me-Not quilt is all ready and waiting for a new baby girl to snuggle. I just keep looking at it, loving it more and more.

Be sure to follow the rest of the tour with Sedef Imer on Wednesday August 30th and Veronica AM on Friday September 1st, and while you are at it check out Tammie Green  and her beautiful designs as well.

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Thank you for stopping by, for now this little cutie is helping take care of the quilt and hoping it will stay at our home. Maybe the next one will my boy 😉

Wonderful Things Blog Tour

August 23, 2017

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Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday and welcome to my stop on the Wonderful Things Blog Tour. By now I’m sure you’ve seen the Wonderful Things fabric by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics in all its wonder 😉

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This Aquarelle Study Tint print jumped out at me right away and I picked the other fabrics to compliment the colors. There is also a pastel colorway which is so soft and beautiful, but for this project I liked the striking blacks and bright pinks with pops of yellow.

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My first project is a set of simple zipper pouches that snap together and come apart so you can take one or both of them along with you. Right now I am using them for my makeup, the smaller one holds my on the go makeup, you know; just the essentials. The larger one has my more detailed makeup that I don’t use every day, this way I can take the smaller one and pop it off and into my purse or snap them back together for when I travel.

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The gold snaps I ordered HERE ,they were easy to use and I really like the look of them along with the gold zippers. Kinda gives them a bit of a fancy look, don’t ya think?

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Here they are snapped together, I love how slim and sleek they are. I used Pellon Flex Foam which gives them a bit more stability and durability than just cotton batting. I’m thinking these could even be used for a fancy date night, and how perfect for sneaking lady products to the bathroom in the smaller one! I’m totally going to do that!

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Next up I made a Ruffle Zipper Pouch using my simple tutorial (which you can find HERE). I wanted to add some quilting and I may or may not have gotten a little carried away with it. I used a pink Aurifil (2479) thread and just kept quilting, it was really fun which is why I couldn’t stop!

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I just love the flowers that Bonnie makes, so pretty whether they are softly colored or bright and bold; all so pretty. If you haven’t tried making the Ruffle Zipper Pouch, give it a try! It’s easy and quick and really makes a statement.

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See how fancy that looks? I love the lining so much too, such a great print! How perfect would that be for binding on a quilt!? So this one ended up with makeup in it too which is funny since I only wear it a couple times a week. I actually think I will send this little set off to a friend. Isn’t it great to have some ready made gifts, especially with the holidays right around the corner (I can’t believe I just said that!).

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Simple gifts that are handmade with beautiful fabrics are my favorite. Find Bonnie’s Wonderful Things fabric for sale HERE and see the full blog tour lineup HERE.

Be sure to stop by Katharina Pferdmenge’s blog tomorrow and you can see yesterday’s post HERE.

 

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Thank you for stopping by, feel free to look around, get inspired to try something of your own and come back again soon.

Wonder Fuse Snowflake Pillows

August 4, 2017

Today I finally get to show you what I had been working on all last month! This Summer hasn’t seen much sewing and very few finishes by me, and honestly it’s been great! I’ve enjoyed so many wonderful moments and days on end with my boys just having fun together. I am sadly facing the beginning of school and soaking up every last bit of Summer and extra time with my cuties. But back to my Summer sewing!

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Using Clover’s new Wonder Fuse, I’ve made two raw edge applique pillows that I am absolutely in love with! They are sort of a one of a kind project in the way that I made them, using a classic paper snowflake method. I found various paper snowflake tutorials on Pintrest , set to work folding and cutting, and folding and cutting some more until I had two suitable paper snowflakes (not to mention a pile of very unsuitable ones too!).

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I ironed Clover Wonder Fuse to my fabric squares, folded and marked my cut out lines and set to work cutting out each small piece. My largest and smallest scissors came in handy for this project. Next I ironed the finished snowflakes onto my pillow front fabric. Once It was all fused on (which went quickly and easily compared to other brands I have tried), I added the raw edge sewing by machine using my trusty 50 weight Aurifil thread. A lot of stopping and going and turning, but very satisfying sewing.

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Little Town Fabrics by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics are absolutely gorgeous! I’ve already used up several of my prints! I’ll have to order more because they are the perfect Winter fabrics along with some amazing year round ones too! I’m thinking a Little Town quilt is in my future.

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I took my time and spent the month of July slowly adding hand stitching to outline each snowflake. I fell in love with Aurifil’s creamy 2311 color in 28 weight, so soft and subtle.

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This larger pillow gave me a bit of trouble when I first finished it up, it was so boring looking even with that dark to light contrast. I decided to sleep on it and so the next morning I added this wintergreen binding and a little snowflake patch which I think kind of pulled the whole pillow together and gave it a more sophisticated look. It’s all in the details and sometimes it’s good to just sleep on it and see what comes to you by morning.

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Can you keep a secret? I think this little pillow is my favorite 😉 Or maybe it’s just my favorite for now because the bigger one was my favorite to start with! I’m sure you know how this goes, right? They sure brightened up my sad, worn out chair. One of these days I’ll get brave enough to try recovering it.

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Hand stitching is my favorite relaxing craft and I picked up some tips from my friend Mary of Sunny Day Supply. Have you seen her hand stitching? I could watch her all day long! It’s so calming and peaceful. I used another 28 weight Aurifil thread for this one in a soft gray 2600. And of course I just had to center the a Little Town scene in this snowflake.

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I used this stripe Les Petits Fabric for binding and I just love how Amy’s fabric lines all play so nicely together.

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Yup, this one’s my favorite! These babies might be staying out, after all Winter is right around the corner here in Chicago! Maybe I’ll have a matching quilt by the first snowfall.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my pillows today! As always, my wish is that you leave here inspired to try something new.  Head on over to my Instagram for your chance to win a pack of Clover’s Wonder Fuse and their new Marbled Glass Head Pins (which are so cute I had to tell my boys, no they could not play with them!). Thank you Clover for sponsoring this giveaway!