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Liberty Pin Cushion Sale

March 9, 2019

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I wanted to drop in over here to let you know about my Liberty Pin Cushion sale happening over at my Instagram shop @faithessenburgshop on Monday March 11 at 10 am CST! I haven’t held a sale in well over a year and I am so excited about all the pretty pin cushions I have for you!

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My Original Liberty egg cup pin cushions that started it all almost exactly two years ago! I just love these little classy cups and I know you do as well!

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I was extremely disappointed to learn I can no longer find this style dish for my double Pinnies, they were perfect for keeping a spool of thread or thimble in the extra cup spot. I will have a few available on Monday and then they are gone! While I was sad to loose these, I have found two new styles that I hope you will love as much as I do.

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This sleek modern dish pairs beautifully with the classic Liberty prints we all love and has an added bonus of being magnetic to hold pins, clips and things while you work!

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I could not love these little dishes more! At just under four inches square and two high, they are the perfect little sewing companion to hold your sewing notions.

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For this Original Liberty Pinnie dish debut I have pulled out some of my rare and hard to find Betsy prints, a few of which are pictured here along with classic Betsy colorways.

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I am also giving this oval style a try and while they are not magnetic bowls, the dish is big enough to hold several clips or even a spool of thread. I think the ridges in the bowl will be handy for getting clips out too.

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Here’s a little custom beauty I made this week for a special order. Pop on over to @faithessenburgshop and follow along so you don’t miss any of the sale information and set your clocks for Monday March 11 at 10 am CST! See you there!

 

 

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Sonata Showcase

January 2, 2019

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Happy New Year and welcome to my stop on the Sonata Showcase! As you may know, I am a big fan of everything Amy Sinibaldi, from her gorgeous fabrics to her sweet patterns, she is always inspiring! But even more than her sweetly stitched projects, she is a dear friend, encouraging and supportive through and through! She gave me my first blog tour invite for her Paperie tour a few years ago, I made a sweet simple pillow and some hearts, I had fun thinking about those projects as I tackled my Sonata quilt.

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I know I say this with each of Amy’s collections but this one truly is my favorite, so much so that I kept these hung up in my living room for a few days just so I could look at them! Something that stands out to me with this line; look at all that glorious low volume fabric! So much to work with! Also, those deeply saturated blues have my heart, and I’m not always a blue person.

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I had been wanting to try my hand at a flying geese quilt and I thought Sonata would go perfectly. I used the four at a time method from the book Modern Quilts by Emily Dennis and just started cutting. By the time I was done I had used up almost every scrap of my Sonata bundle which makes me sad and happy all at the same time, after all, fabric is meant to be used!

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My flying geese are mostly pointing down, with a few random blocks pointing up to give a bit of contrast with a diamond shape. I went with straight vertical quilting lines in Aurifil soft white to keep the focus on the fabrics and I really love how it all turned out.

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I tried to make this quilt as big as I could, once I had the bold flying geese all pieced together I used the more subtle pink prints for boarder geese pointing in to frame it out nicely. I think this might be my favorite part of the quilt, those really soft prints. This was made with a fat quarter bundle and just look at all the low volume I had to work with!

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I used two prints from Amy’s Dollhouse collection for binding and I love how well they play together! Actually, all of her lines go together beautifully, which I think gives credit to how well thought out each print is.

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For backing I used this boarder print from Paperie, it took a little trick but I managed to have the salvage show on this corner edge. I wouldn’t usually do this, but since this quilt is just for me I did, and it makes me happy! It’s the little things, right?

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I just have to say that between the four at a time method in Emily’s book and the 1/4 sewing foot on my Janome machine most of my points came out beautifully. That’s not to brag, just wanted to give proper credit, and also if you look closely you can find points cut off here and there, I try not to worry about those and remember the whole thing will be a beautiful crinkled mess soon enough. It’s quite gloomy here in the Midwest but even so, I think Amy’s fabrics just glow!

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One last thing, if you have never worked with Art Gallery Fabrics you really have to feel them! Crisp yet soft which makes them beautiful to work with for any project.

Thank you for stopping by, feel free to poke around and come back again soon for more sewing inspiration and fun!

-Faith

 

Zakka Home Book Tour

November 8, 2018
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Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Zakka Home Book Tour! I am sure you have already seen so many beautiful makes along the way so far. Sedef’s second book is a beauty, full of sweet patterns and new designs to brighten any home.
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With 19 projects to choose from, the Scallop Trivet seemed like a good place to start. I pulled some striking Liberty fabrics from Ava And Neve and added a pale gray floss stitching from Aurifil. The backing is a classic navy stripe ticking fabric which I think always pairs nicely with Liberty fabrics.
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This trivet came together in no time and was the perfect Saturday sewing project I had been hoping for.
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This pattern will be a fun one to make again and again. I saw this Christmas one and it is just the cutest!
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All set with my afternoon coffee and ready for some hand stitching and Zakka Home book browsing.
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For all the Zakka Home inspiration make sure to follow along for the whole tour and thank you for stopping by.
22 October – Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane
23 October – Jemima Flendt – Tied With A Ribbon – @tiedwitharibbon
24 October – Minki Kim – Minki’s Work Table – @zeriano
25 October – Jane Davidson – Quilt Jane – @quiltjane
26 October – Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box – @quilterscandybox
27 October – Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama – @mollyandmama
28 October – Sarah Scott – Piccolo Studio – @piccolostudio_sarah
29 October – Alyce Blyth – Blossom Heart Quilts – @blossomheartquilts
30 October – Emily Dennis – Quilty Love – @emily_dennis_
31 October – Sharon Burgess – Lilabelle Lane Creations – @lilabellelane
1 November – Wynn Tan – Zakka Art – @zakkaArt
2 November – Amanda Woodruff – A Crafty Fox – @a.crafty.fox
4 November – Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio – @aqua_paisley
5 November – Love Patchwork & Quilting – @lovequiltingmag
6 November – Kate May – The Homemakery – @thehomemakery
7 November – Ayda Algin – Cafe Nohut – @cafenohut
8 November  – Faith Essenburg – Sarana Ave – @faithessenburg
9 November – Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis & Higgs – @ellisandhiggs
10 November – Fat Quarter Shop – @fatquartershop
11 November – Laura Cunningham – @laura_zuckerkuss
12 November – Bev McCullough – Flamingo Toes – @flamingotoes
13 November – Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter – @diaryofaquilter
14 November – Riley Blake Designs – @rileyblakedesigns
15 November – Michelle Hickson – @coleandtaffy
16 November – Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter – @the_tattooed_quilter
17 November – Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork – @alittlepatchwork
18 November – Sarah Ashford – Sarah Ashford Studio – @sarahashfordstudio
19 November –  Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane (ROUND UP)

Pretty Little Projects

August 28, 2018

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After two big quilting projects in two months time, I felt the need to do some small sewing. Some ‘just for me’ sewing. I spent an entire day last week pulling fabrics and making pretty little combos for patchwork coasters.

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This set was made with a recent Liberty Society bundle from Ava and Neve and added to with a beautiful scrap pack that I got in July. The blues, grays, purples and bit of green are so soothing to look at.

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Since this was “just for fun” sewing, I decided to pull all my Betsy and Capel Liberty prints to make a set of coasters out of them. It made for two warm and two cool, a fun coaster set.

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Each one is soft and has just the right amount of puff to them. I wonder, is it just us quilters who enjoy the look of patchwork or does it bring comfort and a feeling of nostalgia to others as well.

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I added bits of trim to each set for an added touch of sweetness. This one has a beautiful vintage golden yellow crochet to it.

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Backed with ticking stripe fabric for the perfect touch of classic.

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This set in green, pinks and yellows has found their place around our home. There is something so good about just sewing for fun, a small project that can be done in a day, using pretty colors and tiny trim and bits of charm. Reminds me to slow down and enjoy the little things.

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I have two sets that will be available in my Etsy Shop shortly and are looking to brighten up someones home. For now, I think I will do one more small sewing project before I start on my next big quilt.

Christmas Makes

December 22, 2017

Well it’s ALMOST Christmas and I’ve managed to squeeze in a couple little makes. I got a great head start in June on the Merry and Bright pillow from NanaCompany that I had wanted to make for years and years and then as you know, personal makes just sit and get pushed to the back of the line. Well this summer when I went to Vermont on a sewing retreat I wanted to take something small along that didn’t need much attention, this was the perfect chance to sew for myself!

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I chose some of my favorite prints in shades of green along with red, pink and low volumes. I could not be more happy with the way it turned out! Amy’s patterns are always the sweetest and this one is no exception! And it’s FREE!

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I used a red floss from Aurifil and took my time stitching not only in Vermont but at the pool during swim lessons as well. I love that this Christmas pillow has so many wonderful summer memories sewn into it.

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That trim is just the right size and color but I didn’t have quite enough to finish so I stitched another kind in as well and called it good enough.

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I believe these tiny skates were from a Moda line but I could be wrong. I added pale pink stitching along the boarder and white hand quilting on the patchwork.

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Santa and tiny stitching, oh my heart!

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I just happened to pick out felt balls that matched this project, totally unplanned. From left to right some of my favorite prints, Scrumptious by Bonnie and Cammille, green floral from Atsuko Matsuyama, Milk Sugar Flower by Elea Lutz and a beautiful Christmas worthy print from Lecien.

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I had to back this pillow in my hoarded original B&C Scrumptious print that I bought years ago and I couldn’t love it more!

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All ready for Winter snuggles with my boys and my favorite Christmas book. The quilt is my very first one, full of mistakes and flaws but also full of love and the comfort of handmade goodness.

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I didn’t realize how much the colors in this stocking and my pillow went together untill today and what a happy surprise! I used a free pattern from Sunny Day Supply and kept things super easy by spray basting the diamonds to the fabric and adding stitching to hold things in place. Gives it a fun texture too!

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All the wool felt love for Benzie Design, they have to most beautiful selection of colors and sizes. I added a thick fleece lining and cuff that had been leftover from a sleeper I made for Zachary when he was a baby. Sweet memories added in.

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This stocking will hang in my boys room for now to Christmas things up a bit along with the garland that my oldest made. I just love these colors all together. Have you seen all the beautiful stockings over on Instagram from Mary’s Sunny Day Stocking Sew Along? So much inspiration!

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Wishing you ALL a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year FULL of Gods goodness and blessings!

Faith

 

Janome Memory Craft 6700P Review Part Two: The Projects

November 29, 2017

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By now you have hopefully had the chance to read my review of the Janome Memory Craft 6700P (just click HERE if you haven’t). Today I thought I would show you some of the projects that I made on the new machine.

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As soon as I got it set up I went to work strip piecing this beautiful Memoire A Paris collection which went lightning fast and even using the 1/4 inch sewing foot, which might just be my favorite foot. I can’t show you this full quilt yet as it’s away with Lecien Fabrics right now but I will say the quilting went so smoothly with the Dual Feed Foot! There were no lumps or bumps (that I am used to dealing with on my other machine) and with all that work space there was no pushing or pulling (did you see the size difference on my first post?!).

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Next up I need a project to test out several features on the machine, so a bag was the perfect way to try them all out.

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This typewriter is one I had wanted to try from the book Sew Illustrated by Minki Kim and Kristin Esser. Those tiny circles were no joke, but I saved myself a lot of time and effort by using the knee lift on the machine. This left my hands free to hold onto the fabric for turning and maneuvering while my knee was able to simply lift the presser foot. A very useful feature that I will be using again.

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I used the same method of sewing illustration on the flowers that I did with the typewriter, open toe presser foot and knee lift. These flowers were fun to work on, cutting and sewing down while watching a show after kids are in bed makes for very fun work.

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I used matching Aurifil threads in mostly 40 and 50 weights which made for smooth sewing.

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Can you believe this was my very first button hole? It’s a bit wonky due to user error, but it’s sturdy and was otherwise easy to do.

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And see, it works! I usually sew buttons on by hand but this time I let the machine do the work for me and it turned out just fine even with a big button like this one.

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For the back of the bag I decided to try some decorative quilting with one of the MANY (200?) stitch options and I think these little leaves are just perfect. I also used this stitch on the front of the bag to outline the panel.

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By far the most amazing part of making this bag was adding this strap and sewing smoothly through 14 layers of fabric including batting, linen and woven straps, something my own little machine could never do! And remember that extra high lift on the presser foot from my last post? That came in real handy on this bulky section.

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Now we have another handmade tote bag for library trips, farmers market runs and whenever we need a bag, you can never have too many!

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And lastly for today, I really wanted to try my favorite Ruffle Zipper Pouch pattern (which you can find the tutorial for HERE). As I’ve mentioned before, I had never actually used a zipper foot to sew zippers in so this was very exciting for me. First I had to identify the zipper foot with help from the sewing machine manual since I had never even seen one before either! After that it was smooth sailing and I hope to never be without a zipper foot again.

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I used some of my prized Atsuko Matsuyama fabrics to make these little bags and just had fun with the quilting and adding little details. Aren’t those strawberry zippers absolutely the sweetest?

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I changed out my thread colors several times while making these so the colors would match and just that little step was easier with this Janome, remember how easy the bobbin is to load? Just like in our sewing projects, it’s all in the details and Janome has thought of each and every detail to make sewing a smoother, more user friendly process.

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These are just a few of the projects I have made with the new Janome Memory Craft 6700P, and in case you missed it, I did a full post about my first attempt with free motion quilting over HERE which I think went very well considering I had never even tried it before.  I have been posting my Janome makes on Instagram under #janomesewn where you can continue to see what I am working on with the Janome machine and also add your own Janome sewn projects.

I would like to thank Janome for letting me play with the Memory Craft 6700P and also for making such a wonderfully user friendly machine.

Friends, put this at the top of your Christmas list if you haven’t already! You just never know what Santa might bring 😉

 

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!

Trying New Things

July 10, 2017

For years I told myself (and everyone else) that I wasn’t a sewer. People always assumed I sewed and I was always quick to correct them, I didn’t want to be “that” girl (whoever that was). Well years went by and people change, usually in unexpected ways, and I found myself needing and actually WANTING to sew.

A few years have passed and lately I’ve been feeling the desire to paint. I kept telling myself I’m not a painter, I’m not an artist, my grandma was but she hadn’t passed her skills down to me. Growing up with creativity all around me, drawing, painting, sewing, carpentry, writing, gardening and baking must have rubbed off without my even knowing it. While I was busy living my life, the seeds that were passed down from generations before were busy taking root and waiting to sprout.

After returning from my weekend sewing trip to Vermont, I couldn’t stop thinking about painting the beautiful place we stayed in. The scenery was incredible, full of lush green and the most vivid colors. They moved me in a way that I haven’t been moved by a place in years, probably because we never go anywhere…But still! It was breathtaking! Days and a couple of weeks went by with this desire popping up and each time a little voice would ever so politely remind me that I am NOT an artist. But still something in me just had to try, perhaps it’s the teenage rebellion I’ve never quite outgrown, the desire to do it when I’m told I can’t or worse, I shouldn’t.

After ordering some supplies (and letting them sit on my counter for a few days) I decided I just had to try. I told myself, I may not be an artist, but let’s just see what’s inside. I reminded myself that for the first 29 years of my life I was not a sewer, I had no idea I would be sewing and actually pretty good at making quilts and things.

As I sat down, supplies all set out, I felt like a kid again. I used a pallet and brush that my grandma had given me for my 12th birthday and I could her the instructions she had tried to teach me back then. I worked from a few pictures I had and tried to keep things simple. A couple hours later, I was done. My oldest kept me company by painting along with me and it was a beautiful way to spend an afternoon.

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I feel like I set that scene free that had been locked in my mind for weeks. Starting out with low expectations and just trying to have fun turned out great, I’m happy with my little art piece and I truly enjoyed myself. The portions are not to scale, the details are all wrong and I’m sure this little painted house holds no structural integrity, but who cares? I had fun! Maybe one day I’ll take an art class to work on more detailed projects, but for now it’s fun to just play around. I’m glad I gave myself permission to try something new. I might not be an artist, but I also don’t consider myself a quilter either. I am just Faith and I enjoy creativity in many forms. No need for labels or titles here.

So I’m curious, what have you been wanting to try? What’s that little voice inside (or perhaps outside) telling you that you can’t do, you shouldn’t try? Go for it! I encourage you to try! Because you never know what seeds of creativity have been growing inside of you while you’ve been busy with life, just waiting to sprout up. Take a deep breath and have fun!

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With some dear creative friends in Goshen Vermont at Blueberry Hill Inn.

Two Liberty Quilts, a Faith Bundle and a Giveaway

June 30, 2017

Have you seen the Liberty half square triangle quilt I made? I was trying to be so sneaky about it, only posting little glimpses on Instagram. First of all, it was a surprise gift for a sewing friend and second of all, I was making TWO of them! That’s right, two weeks before I left to go on my first sewing retreat I decided that two of my dear sewing friends needed to be spoiled and what better way to spoil sewing friends than with Liberty QUILTS!?

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I set to work cutting and sewing like mad using a “four at a time” HST method. I absolutely loved this quick easy method of starting with one white 8 1/2 inch square and one Liberty 8 1/2 inch square, place right sides together, sewing all around the square with a 1/4 inch seam and then cutting a big X from corner to corner which leaves you with four beautiful 5 1/2 inch blocks to work with. Easy peasy!

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There’s me, holding up one of my quilts at the most beautiful spot in Vermont. All the gorgeous pictures were taken by my lovely friends Cheri, Jenni and Michael Anne since my phone died right as we went to take pictures.

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Once all my blocks were cut and ready to go, I had a little freak out about colors and placement of blocks. Color order is not my thing, rainbows don’t come naturally to me, but something about all those colors and prints together just called for a bit of order. So I tried it and I am so happy I did! Now, I am still no pro and I didn’t want to go over board with a strict color grid but I think that subtle wave of rainbow was just what these quilts needed. After laying out the first set of quilt blocks, I decided to make the second quilt identical, so I handed my boys the second stack of blocks and told them to match the prints, they had a blast!

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This picture came out fuzzy (we were getting attacked by bugs!) but I needed documented proof that there actually were two quilts, finished in two weeks or else you might not believe me!

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A bonus to the “four at a time” HST method is that the fabrics are cut on the bias which gives them a bit of stretch and ends up with perfectly matched points and minimal effort! Seriously, my points never all line up this well! I used a solid white cotton from Joann’s and a solid white flat sheet for the backing which made the quilts SO soft. I went with Aurifil 50 weight minimal quilting down every other row since I was short on time (and working with a machine that doesn’t like to play nice during quilting) and I loved the outcome, they have more of a soft and fluffy comforter feel to them making it the ideal snuggle blanket.

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Here is my friend Jenni and I, we should have gotten one with Cheri too but picture taking was just not at the top of my priority list (unlike, talking, eating, sewing and just enjoying our time together!). I should note here that these two girls have spoiled me rotten with hand made gifts over the past two years, shared generously with me their fabrics and notions and are truly dear friends (even if solely over text). I truly hope they love and use their quilts and wear them thin from use. After all, quilts are made to be used and loved!

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I just love the reflection of the quilt in the pond! Like a watercolor painting.

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People are always telling me that they have Liberty fabric but don’t know what to do with it, or they don’t know how to sew with it, or my personal favorite: they are saving it for something “really special” (as if everything we makers make isn’t already special enough!). If this is you, I would just like to encourage you to give it a try! I started sewing with Liberty when I was a very new sewer, so clearly if I could do it then, you can do it now! Liberty pairs so nicely with solid cottons, linen or even denim. I like to add it in whenever I can, mixing it right in with all my other quilting cottons! Just give it a try, I know you will love it!

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I have curated a special “Faith” bundle with some of my favorite Liberty prints, available from Duckadilly Fabrics in fat 16ths, fat 8ths and fat quarters which you can find HERE. It’s the perfect collection to add to your Liberty stash or the perfect bundle to get your Liberty stash started, either way I know you will love working with this striking, silky fabric!

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For your chance to WIN a Faith’s fat 8th bundle, head over to my Instagram post, follow both myself, Duckadilly and tag a friend or two in the comments. Winner will be selected at random on Monday.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I truly hope you leave here feeling inspired to try your own sewing projects… And maybe even a little Liberty 😉

Special thanks to Lesley form Duckadilly Fabrics for sponsoring the giveaway and for always having a fabulous Liberty selection and the best customer service.

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.