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Easy Lace Edge Tutorial

May 17, 2017

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Hi friends! I have a quick little tutorial I want to share with you for adding a lace trim edge to your quilting. It’s so simple, but I had trouble figuring out which way to fold mine to get nice corners so I figured maybe someone else would appreciate pictures too.

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Today I’ve made a simple nine patch mug rug, I have my binding and trim all ready and clips holding it in place for starting. My favorite binding method is from Jera Brandvig of Quilting in the Rain which can be found in her book Quilt As You Go Made Modern. Her method takes all the math work out of closing up your binding strip and has turned the dreaded last step of the process into a breeze. I machine sew all my binding mostly because I am just too lazy to hand bind but I also feel that my binding will hold up better over time having been machine stitched (After all, its gotta hold up under the wear and tear of my three boys!).

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Sew your lace and binding on at the same time, stopping when you get a few inches from the corner. With your quilt still in place under the sewing needle, move the binding to the side so you have room to make a neat corner with the lace. Leaving a little slack in your lace, lay flat along the bottom edge and push out to the corner.

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Finger press your corner and play with it until you have a neat angled corner. Use a clip to hold into place while you sew your binding to the corner as you would normally. Repeat with all four corners and close off your binding.

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Once you have attached the lace and binding, fold the binding to the back side and clip into place. I stitch in the ditch on the front side of my quilts just along the edge of the binding, making sure to catch the back of the binding as I go. If you miss a spot, just go over it again when you are done and it wont be noticeable.

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As you can see, I’ve trimmed the lace so it overlaps a little. You could whip stitch the two ends together to give it extra hold as well. You can also see a closeup of my closed off binding. I know some people prefer a seamless look but for me it was so stressful doing the math and trying to get any uneven bumps out that I’ll take this little overlap pocket look and save myself the stress. For me, quilting is about enjoying the process and pouring love into something that will be a treasured gift.

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Sweet little mug rug ready for a hot cup of tea. Fabrics and lace are La Conner by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics. I added simple hand quilting using Brillo from Aurifil which has a golden shimmer to it and goes nicely with the bits of metallic in these fabrics. This is a line you need to see in person to get the full beauty of those sparkles. (Insert heart eyes emoji here).

I hope this little tutorial was helpful, feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

 

Made for Baby Blog Tour

May 13, 2017

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Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop along the Made for Baby Blog Tour! I am so excited to be a part of this incredible line up of talented makers. I met Ayda not that long ago through Instagram and let me just say, it was love at first sight! Her makes are so fresh and her posts are beautifully designed, I look forward to them each week. They are my go to “happy place” for when I need inspiration, and to top it off she is just the sweetest!

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With a beautiful blog and Instagram feed, I had very high hopes for her first book, especially with Tuva Publishing and their track record of gorgeous sewing books. I was absolutely thrilled when I opened Made for Baby Cute Sewn Gifts and saw such beautiful pages! So many fresh new ideas and sweet little makes, perfect for quick baby gifts.

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Not only are the sweetest patterns in here, but it’s also the perfect book to pour over with a cup of tea and just look at all the beautiful pictures and tiny design details. Inspiration for any maker. I have looked through this book several times already and have read over the instructions of most the patterns. Do you do that too? Like a cook reading over a cookbook (which I’ve also been known to do). A good book is a good book and can be read over and over again.

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My first project was the adorable Peter Pan Collar. It only took me 30 minutes from start to finish and, I believe would steal the show at any baby shower (which let’s face it, is what we all secretly want to do!). It is reversible and can be gently tied on to dress up any casual baby clothing.

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No newborn ensemble would be complete without a pair of mittens! These Liberty of London ones in soft gray Capel and coral lining are the perfect balance of girly yet classic.

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Crochet ribbon bows and tiny hand stitching accents are enough to make me want another baby! Well, ALMOST enough 😉

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Once again, the mittens took me less than an hour to make and I think it’s safe to say they would be an instant keepsake for any new baby. Wouldn’t a pale blue version be sweet for a baby boy too? As mom of three boys I’m always thinking of boy versions. Can’t let all the pretty thing go to the girls 😉

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Ayda has very detailed instructions for each step of her patterns along with pictures and drawings making this book a perfect choice for newer makers as well as more experienced ones. And let’s be honest, it’s just plain eye candy too!

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Since there are so many sweet makes in this book, I had to try another. Seriously, this is a book I could easily make everything in it! I’ve done it before with another wonderful Tuva book (which you can see the results of here) and I might not be able to stop myself this time either! I may have a problem, a very fun problem!

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The Cute Fabric Boxes made for a wonderful weekend sewing project. I chose to go with the ever classic Liberty and Linen fabric combo bring a bit of sophistication to these little organizer boxes.

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It’s all in the details and this soft pink Aurifil thread on the corners of the tray is the icing on top of an already beautifully sweet cake.

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And since I have no baby girls in my house, I’ve decided these boxes are just right for my sewing space! I didn’t think I needed any more organization for sewing supplies, but this was super handy having next to my sewing machine yesterday. There are many projects in Made for Baby that can also be Made for Mama, or Grandma or Sewing Friend. Ayda’s book is available from Amazon and I believe is worth its weight in gold. A wonderful resource for sweet sewn gifts as well as to go along with your Saturday morning cup of tea or coffee or whatever you fancy drinking while you look at pretty pages.

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Be sure to follow along on all the tour stops listed below and enter for your chance to win a copy of Made for Baby Cute Sewn Gifts over at Cafenohut.

I am so glad you stopped by today, make yourself at home and feel free to look around.

As always, I hope you leave here feeling inspired to make something yourself.

May.03 Ayda ALGIN www.cafenohut.blogspot.com @cafenohut
May.04 Jemima Flendt www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com @tiedwitharibbon
May.05 Sarah Edgar www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk @sarahedgarprettyfabrics
May.08 Lisa Cox www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com @aspoonfulsugar
May.09 Ange Hamilton www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com @alittlepatchwork
May.10 Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama
May.11 Melissa LeRay www.ohhowsweet.com @ohhowsweetco
May.12 Minki Kim www.minkikim.com @zeriano
May.15 Faith Essenburg www.SaranaAve.wordpress.com @faithessenburg
May.16 Kristin Esser www.kristinesser.com/ @kristin_esser
May.17 Lauren Guthrie www.guthrie-ghani.co.uk/blog @guthrieghani
May.18 Bridgette McNay www.thefamilyhearth.com @thefamilyhearth
May.19 Torie Jayne www.toriejayne.com @toriejayne
May.22 Constanca Cabral www.constancacabral.com/blog @constancacabral
May.23 Stacy Olson www.stacyolsondesign.com @stacyolsondesign
May.24 Caroline Husle www.SewCaroline.com @SewCaroline
May.29 Nadra Ridgeway www.ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs
May.30 Wynn Tan www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com @zakkaArt
May.31 Sedef Imer www.downgrapevinelane.com @downgrapevinelane
JUNE 01 Lauren Nash www.transientart.com @transientart
JUNE 02 Jennie Pickett www.cloverandviolet.com @cloverandviolet
JUNE 05 Amy Sinibaldi www.nanaCompany.typepad.com @amysinibaldi
JUNE 07 Kim Kruzich www.retro-mama.blotspot.com @retro_mama
JUNE 08 Elea Lutz www.elealutzdesign.com @elealutz
JUNE 09 Samantha Dorn www.aquapaisleystudio.com/blog @aqua_paisley
JUNE 12 Ayda ALGIN www.cafenohut.blogspot.com @cafenohut

 

A Dresden Mini Quilt

March 2, 2017

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I’m popping in to show you a little something I made for a friends birthday gift. It started out as this fabric pull of blues and pinks that I literally dreamt up ( funny, I know!). I added some spicy mustard yellow into the mix to give it a more grown up look.

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I think the added pop of color did the trick of pulling these prints together. They are mostly Amy Sinibaldi prints along with some Sevenberry and of course my go to Liberty Of London. Oh, and a gorgeous Rifle Paper print as well.

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I used my machine to sew the Dresden down and then set to work hand stitching using my favorite Tulip Hiroshima embroidery needles in size 8 and a 28 weight thread from Aurifil. Perfect combo for smooth stitching!

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So here she is, all finished! I was going for a balance of modern-vintage, the fabrics being more modern and the hand quilting adding that older style feel. I have taken to visiting antique shops lately and have been so inspired by the old quilts and hand sewn items I find, and rather then going broke buying them all, I try to bring some of that “old, well loved” feel to the things I am making now.

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I completely winged it with my Dresden sections and had to add the corner quarter circles almost as an after thought. Do you ever get so caught up in making something that you completely forget to plan a few key pieces? Just part of learning as I go and flying by the seat of my thread covered pants!

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I went back and forth on whether to add more stitching or colored stitches or just scrap the whole thing (ah, the phases a maker goes through in the course of one small project!), but in the end I just really love all the white space on this mini.

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My stitches are not perfect or exact but this was the most enjoyable hand sewing I think I have ever done and that counts for a lot in my book. I could have gone on forever, it’s a little addictive.

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I really like how this mini looked on my bathroom wall, I might just have to make another to keep for myself!

So there you have it, my humble little gift. My friend, by the way, is Jenni. We have yet to meet in person but we text almost daily for about two years now. You just never know who God will bring into your life (in any way or form, thank you Instagram!), to encourage and bless you just when you need it most. And you never know how something as simple as reaching out to say hello might just be the start of a blessed friendship.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you leave here inspired. Make sure to come back on Monday March 6 to see some more of the hand quilting I’ve been up to.

Hand Quilting in Progress

February 8, 2017

Hi friends!

I’ve been slowly, slowly working on a project for next month and though it seems like I have nothing to show for all my hard work, I thought you might like a little peek.

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If you follow me on Instagram you have undoubtedly seen lots of this adorable Bunnies and Cream fabric by Lauren Nash for Penny Rose Fabrics. It is absolutely the cutest and I decided a special project like this needed hand quilting.

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Lets just say, my hand work was a little rusty. As you can see, I decided not to stress about imperfections and gave myself grace for the less than perfect stitches. Funny thing is, when you don’t stress and spend your time unpicking, you end up using that time stitching and little by little you get the hang of it. It’s true what they say, “practice makes perfect”,  Well maybe not perfect, but pretty good will do 😉

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See, getting better and better, little by little stitches. Isn’t this print to die for!?!? ALL the heart eye emoji’s here!

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I just happened to have this pale green Aurifil thread in 28 weight and it has been a dream to hand quilt with through these three layers. I am doing very simple quilting but just between you and me, I felt a little silly/happy when my stitches finally crossed. Ah, the simple joys of hand work, am I right?

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I have worked myself up to loading 4 small stitches on my needle by keeping one hand at the back of the quilt and using my index fingernail to make sure the needle is catching the backing fabric. I’m no pro by any means but I’ve found a hand quilting pace that works for me.img_2934

I don’t usually hand quilt, I prefer the speed of using a machine, however the change of pace is a welcome calm to our modern busy world. A calm I am enjoying immensely.

I hope you will stop back next month to see more of this adorable fabric and my finished product.

 

Pretty Little Valentines

January 27, 2017

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Well it’s about that time of year again, Valentines Day! This year I am trying to get a head start on things since these special dates usually pass me by in a blur (you know, mom life!). If you are anything like me, you probably have a running list of friends you plan to send little gifts or thank yous to. Unfortunately, this list can tend to take a back seat to all the other lists we have going on. And then there’s the mental list of all the grand things you will hand make and goodies you will buy to show just how much you are thankful or care. This mental list of ideas alone can be overwhelming and at some point you just have to come up with a simple idea to run with.

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I grabbed one of my trusty books, Quilt Petite by Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane, chose a small project and set to work.

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I pulled all the sweetest pinks and reds from my Elea Lutz stash and got to work making six mug rugs, perfect for Valentine gifts.

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Out came all my sweetest trims and cutest ribbons, which just happen to be gifts from friends (which explains my ever growing list of kindnesses to return!).

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Some of my seams had trouble lining up at the beginning, but this was a project that went smoother as I went along and hopefully the chocolates that I sent with will be a distraction to any imperfections there may have been. And here they probably thought I was just sending chocolate for fun, I’m sneaky like that 😉

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It’s the little details that make gifts special. Some pom pom trim and cherries for this one, please.

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It was such a treat to pick out all the little details I wanted to add for each friend, and though these are only small gifts (not the grand ideas I had worked up in my head) it was my hope that each one will feel a little loved when they open their packages and know they are special.

Have you had your fill of pink, red, and tiny details yet? No? OK! One last one.

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Now that I have sent out these sweet gifts to even sweeter friends, I can start dreaming up grand ideas for my next list… So long as I don’t get myself so overwhelmed that I end up doing nothing at all! (I know I’m not the only one who has that problem! ;-).

It’s a blessing to have sweet friends to make sweet little gifts for, isn’t it?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have been inspired to make something sweet today.

 

Little Liberty Love

January 9, 2017

Once upon a time, long, long ago… I started a baby quilt. It was first intended for a baby gift for my niece, then a Christmas gift and now it’s much closer to a first birthday gift. Her package should be there today, so I figured it was safe to post.

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My sister and I have a fondness for small floral prints, they remind us of some sweet sheets and blankets we had growing up. Since she also has a patchwork bed quilt, I decided to stick with that patchwork theme. It was a lot of fun sorting through my stash for just the right tiny floral fabrics.

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Most of the prints are Liberty of London, but a sharp eye for Liberty will be able to spot some Sevenberry mixed in. The white is a Lawn fabric from Cotton and Steel which is very fine and smooth to work with (and much cheaper than Liberty!).

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A few tiny creatures thrown in for sweet little girls to look for when they should be napping, something my sister and I were famous for 😉

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I wanted something that would be super soft and snug-able, so I went with the old fashioned tie method using a pale violet floss from Aurifil Thread and tied each knot twice. The backing is a soft blanket fabric I picked up from the remnant bin on clearance at Joann’s for like $6, which made me feel a little cheap until I remembered how expensive Liberty fabrics are! So, I guess it all evens out. This ended up being a playpen size blanket, at just 30×36 inches, making it small and light enough to be used and loved and dragged all over the place by a sweet little girl.

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Little Liberty Love. Once I actually got sewing this, it came together so quickly and was a joy to make. I would love to work on another, so if you are in need of a very sweet baby gift this year, just let me know and I would be happy to customize one just for you. After all, who doesn’t love a handmade gift, and I have a stash full of tiny floral prints.

Long Overdue Makes

December 6, 2016

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I have a confession. See those Playground fabrics up there? Ya, I got them in August and have just now completed two projects with them. I feel like there’s maybe some sort of quilters jail I should be put in, then again us quilters are famous for our WIP’s (work in progress) so maybe I am finally just your average maker with a pile of half made projects. Don’t worry though; they have been pet and played with plenty and ever so slowly turned into something sweet.

First up, the I Spy print reminded me so much of my three boys at play in our yard that I knew almost immediately what I wanted to make with it.

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A little portrait wall hanging for our home, complete with matching linen, hand stitching, and sewing illustration name tags. My boys are ages 9, 5, and 3 and they look VERY similar to these pictures, so much so that my middle son asked how we got their pictures on to the fabric.

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My sewing illustration cursive is a lot like my cursive hand writing: messy. But, I tried my best and got better as I went. It’s no joke sewing tiny words with a sewing machine!

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See, better already! I used Aurifil thread 2745 in a dark inky blue color going over the letters twice with the 50 weight thread. The blue hand stitching is a double strand of color 2815 in 28 weight which I need to order more of.

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And Zachary. My hand stitching was so rusty when I first started this little project that I had to use a piece of washi tape just to stitch a straight line next to. Fortunately, creativity seems to be like riding a bike and with a little bit of patience and practice it comes back.

Next up I made a pillow to match.

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I used the blue colorway and added some Art Gallery Denim in Indigo Shadow which matched pretty perfectly. This block is one I used over the summer for a QAYG quilt I made for Lecien which can be found here. It was a lot of fun doing a small “quilt as you go” pillow and I just love how it turned out. There’s where all my Aurifil blue thread went! All that quilting!

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These colors are just so striking. I think I need to make one with the pinks next. The back is a Paperie print with an envelope closure and I managed to stuff a 16 inch pillow form into it which is a snug fit but will work fine.

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So there! It may have taken four months, but I finally have a cute finished bit of handmade goodness for our home. And that’s always worth the wait.

 

Jesus Storybook Bible Advent

November 30, 2016

Hi friends! We are coming up on the holiday season FAST and I really should have posted this a month ago or even a week ago but life happens and better late than never.

I wanted to share my favorite Advent reading for children and families. This is not a sponsored post, just something we really love.

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The Jesus Storybook Bible from Zondervan is a beautiful telling of Bible stories that shows Gods plan from the beginning of time. It speaks to the reader and makes the stories relate-able and even funny. My boys call this book “the stinky foot Bible”, which you will see why in one of the stories.

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We aren’t always great at Bible reading consistency, but I find it especially important at this time of year when we can all get so wrapped up in the buying, giving and general busyness that this next month brings. We can all use a reminder of the reason we are celebrating this Christmas season,  Jesus coming for us. EACH ONE OF US!

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I started this Bible reading two years ago for advent season for my two older boys who were 7 and 3 at the time and even though the stories are short, it was a little too much for my three year old to sit and listen. Now however, they are both very engaged and my youngest who is three plays while we read but still is listening and looking at the pictures, which by the way are awesome!

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Here is a FREE printable to go along with the Bible Advent readings. There is one for each day with a picture on the front and the scripture reading on the back. I like to put these in our Advent calendar (along with a candy, of course!) and then let the kids find the matching picture in our book. The readings will take you from the very beginning all the way to Jesus birth; telling of Gods love that is “Never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love”. It is beautifully written and you will be moved no mater how old you are.

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This is the perfect chance to get your kids (and your whole family) in the habit of Bible reading! My boys wanted to keep reading every day last year so we could finish the whole Bible. These are stories and lessons that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. I know first hand the importance of knowing these lessons and knowing this “never stopping, always and forever LOVE”. If you are new to the Bible, this is a great chance to learn together the basics and if you have any questions feel free to ask me here or send me a private message on Instagram or Facebook.

So, get the book HERE from Amazon for about $10 or from FaithGateway who is offering free shipping till the 12th.

The FREE printable is HERE.

And if you are really lazy (or just awesome!) you can get the DVD’s HERE which is great watching and easy for the kids to do while you bake all the cookies.

So you may not start tomorrow, unless you run out to the bookstore today or get it on Kindle but even if you take a few days to catch up or double up on reading; you will be glad you did.

Make this holiday season one to remember with these short stories bringing the focus on the meaning of Christmas.

Antique Flower in Pastel and QAYG

September 19, 2016

Hi there friends! I feel like summer is officially wrapping up and before we head into Fall I want to share one, no actually two last summer makes with you. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some sneak peeks of the beautiful fabric bundle that Lecien Fabrics sent me called Antique Flower In Pastel. I’ve been trying all summer to do this gorgeous fabric justice in pictures, not an easy task and I’m afraid this is one of those lines that you have to see in person to believe how pretty it is. With pastel blue, pink, green and yellow and pops of bright reds and greens; it really is such a beautiful collection.

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After being thoroughly inspired  by reading Jera Brandvig’s book Quilt As You Go Made Modern I decided to try a little QAYG designing myself. Simple as it may be, it was so much fun (and a little terrifying)  working on a project all my own. Now, I am sure I have seen a similar block layout somewhere but I couldn’t find a pattern anywhere and so I drafted my own and tested it out until I got the dimensions just right.

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It’s a simple repeat of 6 inch blocks quilted one at a time. The center square is cut to 4 3/4 inch and set on its point with the four corner pieces made up of 4 inch half square triangles. If you have yet to try the QAYG method, I highly recommend giving it a go. Consider it the “coloring outside the lines” version of traditional quilting. Each block is unique, adding to the beauty of the overall finished “picture” of the quilt. I guess I took Jera’s words to heart when she said in her book “You are the artist and the batting is your canvas”. Pure inspiration right there!

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I love the look of the quilting and it’s imperfectly perfect simplicity. This baby quilt finished up at 36 inches square, backed with a pale green flannel for extra snuggle factor. I was thrilled to see that Lecien had it on display at a show this past weekend. So special and such an honor! After I sent this quilt off, I just wanted to keep working with this fabric line so I decided to make another quilt, this time using a pattern from Jera’s book.

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Since I had used up all of the white floral colorway in the first quilt, I added pops of bright green and pink from Lecien’s 1000 Colors fabric line. (By the way, I will be needing BOLTS of the white floral prints!!!). I wasn’t too sure about the random color placement about half way through the blocks but was encouraged by a couple of quilty friends to keep with it. I am glad I took their advice and didn’t scrap the whole project (come on, I know you’ve been there too!).

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I love how Jera has simple quilt blocks in her book with instructions and then multiple options for the layout. Seriously, so much inspiration to make her quilts, a variation or one all of your own. On this quilt I simply added another row to one side to complete the “X” pattern. After all, who doesn’t like a bigger quilt? Oh and her binding method is brilliant and has saved me the stress that used to come with closing off my binding. Seriously, BRILLIANT!

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Simple straight line quilting added a bit of a modern touch to go with the bold colors in this quilt. Oh and yes, it’s wrinkly ALREADY because in the day I waited for the sun to come out and play for pictures, my boys got to it.Oh well, such is the life of a quilt.

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Sometimes I struggle with letting a quilt be random and wanting some sort of pattern. So this time I decided to let go of that part of me that grips so tightly to quilt “order” and let the pieces fall where they may. With the exception of the white pattern, of course. In the end I actually gave my two littlest boys the job of laying out the blocks and making the “X’s” appear, fun for them and gave me enough time to finish up two last blocks.

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My biggest quilt helper wasn’t quite big enough to show off the whole thing, but I’ll count this photo “fail” as a photo WIN with that cute smile! Also, I wasn’t too sure about the solid green binding (boring?) but I think it really kind of pulls the whole quilt together and once again I’ve backed it with pale green flannel.

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And with that, I have used up most of my Antique Flower in Pastel bundle (otherwise I would just keep making more!). This was the summer of Quilt As You Go for me, three quilts in total, one of which will be in Jera’s second book!! (where’s the dancing lady emoji when you need her?!). I may be a little late to the QAYG party but I think I have more than made up for it, and really it’s NEVER to late to join the fun!

Antique Flower In Pastel will be in stores this fall and you can find Jera’s book Quilt As You Go Made Modern now.

Thanks for stopping by, next time I’ll be back with something cozy/Fall-ish so make sure to follow along here and on Instagram.

An Afternoon With Aurifil

July 4, 2016

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to an Aurifil thread lecture with my friends Mollie and Becca. Now, I don’t get out of the house all too often and it’s even more rare that I get to go to something as fun as this. SO if I look a little over excited, you know why. Here we are with the CBDO of Aurifil, Alex Veronelli.

The first part of the lecture was a video of each step of the thread making process that takes place in Italy at the Aurifil factory. I enjoy documentaries so this was a lot of fun for me. As Alex explained the different steps you could just hear the passion he has for his product. The fine attention to detail in the making process only confirmed my belief that this thread is definitely a cut above the rest. Really the attention to detail and extra steps in the process is incredible.

I have been using Aurifil threads and floss for only a couple months now and have become a rather big fan of theirs. The floss on spool concept is just plain brilliant! And I also love the different weights for both hand stitching and a bold statement when machine quilting. I’ll be honest I did’t notice a difference when I started using the 50 weight thread in my every day sewing on the machine. HOWEVER I noticed a big difference when I switched back to my regular thread after working with the Aurifi. I guess I was getting spoiled by the smoothness and high quality of without even realizing it!

I have found that Aurifil can be found at most local quilt shops (at least in my area) in the 50 wt and sometimes 40wt. My favorite weight to work with though is 12 and 28 and I love the selection that Hawthorne Threads offers. Also quick shipping and the way they have the spool colors set up don’t hurt either.

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Becca, Mollie and I were like the paparazzi in the very front row with the more traditional quilters filling up the rest of the room. The last half of the lecture was more like a show and tell of threads and products that were made using them. A lot of beautiful quilting that I was too busy admiring to take pictures of. Here is Alex with a color card (which I really want, by the way!) showing all the gorgeous colors making it easy to order exactly the right shade to match your fabrics.

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Here is just a small example of the items that were passed around. I took a picture to use as inspiration for using the six strand floss.

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And what event would be complete without goodies to take home? This set has all six weights and types offered in one color. The red spool on the left is the 12wt, next is the orange spool of 50wt, green 40wt, gray 28wt, wooden spool for floss and lastly a wool thread. I had planned to show all the different weights in one project but instead used just the floss.

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So here is my own little example of the variety the floss offers in one spool. I used a template from the book A Spoonful of Sugar (which just happens to be in the middle of a great sew along on Instagram) and printed it at half the size. The top row is stitched in Sashiko style but only uses one strand of floss. The second row has two strands of floss and so on down to the last row which uses all six strands of floss. Also, bonus points for no tangling or knotting during the separating process and all through stitching!

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Close up of the stitching. This is a little mug rug measuring 6×9 inches and will make a nice little gift for a friend and was also a relaxing and fun way to spend some down time this weekend. I have a couple other colors I want to try this same idea with. Top stitching was done with 50wt in white and hand quilting on the patchwork used 28wt also in white.

SO all in all my afternoon with Aurifil was a lot of fun. Becca and Mollie have both written up about our time out and the threads too (see, we really were the paparazzi!).

This post is in no way sponsored by anyone, (haha, I only wish I was sponsored!) these are my own thoughts and opinions. If you have yet to try Aurifil, I would recommend trying it! If you hate it, you’ve only wasted $5, but if you like it you may LOVE it and be glad you took a chance.