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My Heather Ross Norah Quilt

April 10, 2019


I managed to get some beautiful photos of my log cabin block quilt and thought I would post a gallery here. The #sunnylogcabinsal hosted by my friends at Sunny Day Supply has been so much fun not only to sew with but also to see all the other beautifully inspiring makes. I decided to go with the “Nora” version where the whole quilt is one big block since I had been wanting to make one for years after seeing Mary’s original Norah quilt. I am just so glad I did, it was such a fun easy make and what better fabric to use than my long hoarded Heather Ross collection. I say long but actually by the time I started sewing many of Heather’s fabrics were hard to find and well out of my price range, but thanks to friends for sharing bits and pieces with me over the year I do have a nice stash! I went with 2 inch strips that finish at 1.5 and the whole quilt top is about 74.5 inches square. Since this quilt is just for my family, I took the liberty of using all the tiny parts I wanted to including salvages, tiny scraps and pajama pieces that I took apart with a seam ripper. This quilt is full of happiness for me, my boys keep asking when I am going to finish it as its already their favorite quilt. I plan to take it with me to Vermont this summer to hand quilt while I chat and visit with the dearest group of sewing friends imaginable, then not only will my quilt look beautiful but it will also hold the memories of laughter shared in the stitches.






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Sunny Stocking Sew Along

October 23, 2018


The Sunny Stocking Sew Along is well under way this year and I am excited to share my fun yo-yo edition! You can’t go wrong with this fabulous stocking pattern from Sunny Day Supply, I have seen so many beautiful ones under the #sunnystockingsal on Instagram, each one is sweeter than the last and no two are exactly alike!


I pulled from my favorite pink and green fabrics, some Christmas but most not and set to work with handy yo-yo makers from Clover in the small and large sizes. They are so quick and fun to make that I soon had enough to cover the front of a stocking. I made a plain white stocking and hand quilted both sides using 28 weight Aurifil thread to give my stocking a vintage look. The yo-yo’s applique nicely with 80 weight Aurifil (doubled up for durability).


Yo-yo’s are the perfect addition to any project and really give that vintage look I was going for. I used every fabric from lawn to linen and they each sewed up beautifully. I think sitting watching a good Christmas movie while making yo-yo’s sounds like the perfect night to me!


Since the newest edition to our family is our Husky; Liberty, I decided to make this stocking for her. Instead of stitching her name onto the stocking I decided to make a little dog bone tag with her name (smaller and perhaps cuter).


Not only is it a cute addition to a Sunny Day Stocking but they also make great Christmas ornaments or gift toppers for your dog loving friends. To make your own Dog Bone Tag, you will need to print out this simple little template, grab three favorite fabrics (2 1/2 by 4 inches), a felt piece the same size and Wonder Fuse to back each fabric with.


Print Bone template and cut out around black outline, fuse web to back side of each fabric, trace bone shape to back of your base fabric and cut out (the pink and red fabric is my base fabric on this one), next trim the bone print out template just inside the black outline to make your smaller (top fabric) template. Trace smaller bone to back of your top fabric, make a “sandwich” as shown here and fuse all the layers together with hot iron. Trim excess fabric using the front side as your guide.


Add string and small bells or grommets and embroidery. Just a little something fun to add to a gift or your Sunny Day Stocking.


I don’t always embellish the backs of my projects but I couldn’t let these cute extra yo-yo’s go to waste, we certainly have the fanciest pup on the block now! Also, white on white quilting just has such a classic clean look to it, LOVE!


There is still plenty of time to whip up a Sunny Day Stocking with this free pattern and Mary has so many tips and options for making it your own. Did I mention there are also prizes? I might try to make a couple more of these next month for the new babies in my extended family too, they are such a fun weekend project to sew up.


Thank you for stopping by! Make sure to follow Sunny Day Supply for ALL the best projects, sweetest fabrics and brilliant sewing tips!

Mandolin BOM Club

March 5, 2018


I’ve had the honor of joining Jodi from Tales Of Cloth and Martina from Ava and Neve for this years Mandolin Block of the Month Club. When they first asked me if I would like to play along I was a bit hesitant. For one, I had never done a year long project (at least not one that I finished!) and two, we are moving this Spring/Summer and life has been very busy to say the least. I had some encouragement from dear friends and I am so glad to be making these blocks! It’s the perfect hand sewing project to take with while our house is being shown and most nights it’s really all I have energy left to create at the end of a long day. The blocks are BIG (I think about 12 inches across) and all the pieces were a little overwhelming at first, but they do come together quicker than I thought and it really is so fun working with these GORGEOUS fabrics!


Since we are trying to keep our house spotless, I’ve been keeping all my EPP pieces rather organized and I thought you might like to see what I use and how I keep them (since I myself love seeing this type of thing from others!). I tried using Elmer’s glue stick to glue baste my shapes but found it much too sticky, especially working with such fine Liberty Lawn fabrics. Clover has been just the right amount of stick for my liking, however my biggest papers have been coming out from all the folding and handling, so I added a bit of Elmer’s on those pieces only after they were sewn in. The Richard Hemming and Son milliners needles are from Sunny Day Supply and have been great! Just the right ballance of thin and sharp. A trusty Needle Minder from my friend Cheri, AKA Tinkerellen. Aurifil 80 weight which I double up for extra strength. I tried a 50 weight but it wasn’t a good fit with the Liberty fabrics. And of course a scissors all packed in one of my favorite zipper bags from Lisa Ann.


When my first three months of Liberty fabrics came I sorted them into groups of five, cut them up into their shapes and put them in zip lock bags for safe keeping. Now whenever I’m ready to start a new block, I just grab a bag and start. I suppose I could also glue baste them all, but I prefer a little change of pace as I work on projects.


Jodi makes these really great templates which made cutting fabrics SO easy. Such a great tool to have on hand for future projects as well.


Each months papers come with shapes for two Mandolin blocks and one joining block. This Cotton & Steel fabric was such a good choice to pair with the classic Liberty fabrics that are bright and bold, thank you Jodi! I’m still debating whether or not to make the center of the joining blocks a Liberty print as I’ve seen some others do. Also make sure to check out the #mandolinquilt hashtag for loads of inspiration!


Well I think that’s all for now, it’s been a while since I had the time and brain power to blog (not to mention take proper pictures!). I do manage to post on Instagram though so make sure to follow along over there. It’s also not to late to join in and start your own Mandolin quilt! I’ve included links that are highlighted to make it easy for you to find any products or further information (I do this because I personally don’t like hunting for something I find on a blog, it’s just helpful).

Now back to my Mandolin block which is coming along nicely =)

Infinity Scarf Quick Pic Tutorial

December 18, 2017


Last week I shared this little Infinity Scarf Picture Tutorial in my stories on Instagram and I wanted to save them here for going back to later. I hope you find these step by step pictures helpful. Just start with one yard of rayon fabric! I have used a beautiful print from Art Gallery Fabrics for this one and it is SO soft.




















I hope you find this helpful, for more details find my original tutorial HERE. These Infinity Scarves are SO quick and easy to make, perfect for gifts… That is, if you can part with them 😉


Infinity Scarf Sew Along

December 1, 2017


Hi friends! Today we are starting a super fun and easy Sew Along with my Winterberry Infinity Scarf Tutorial! It’s such a quick and easy make and turns out beautifully that I thought it would be the perfect thing to sew along and make for ourselves and as gifts for others! Each week I will post a tip or idea and show you a scarf using the hashtag on Instagram #infinityscarfalong (if you’ve already made some feel free to add the hashtag;-)

All you need is ONE yard of fabric and a half hour (less if you’ve made one before!). I have chosen to use rayon because of the added width and also it just feels so good! Art Gallery Fabrics rayon is especially dreamy, not only in the way it feels and sits but I also discovered that it washed and ironed up really well too! And who doesn’t love their prints?!

So this week to get you started, Fat Quarter Shop is offering  15% off the purchase of fabric by Art Gallery (excludes sale items and cannot be combined with other offers.  One use per customer.  Expires Dec 15th, 2017.) using the code FAITH15. I was so excited to get started that I ordered already! And while you are at it, why not stock up on some of your favorite Art Gallery Fabrics? You can see them all HERE.

So, it’s December 1st and if you are like me, feeling a bit panicked about the lists of things to do, places to go and gifts to buy, take a deep breath and let this little sew along be a break from all that. Grab a cup of something sweet and warm and pick out some fun fabrics to make a scarf for yourself and some for friends and just like that, you will be on your way to a handmade Holiday season. The coupon code FAITH15 is good until the 15th, but get a head start so we can start sewing next week together.

If you’ve already got rayon laying around just waiting to be used, go ahead and start sewing along with my simple tutorial, you don’t even need to pre-wash! And don’t forget to share your pictures in #infinityscarfalong!

Happy December and happy sewing along!