More Of The Same

The summer heat continues. Temperatures are at least 10 degrees above normal and there is no end in sight. If I don’t get my coffee drinking done before 9 a.m., it becomes too hot to enjoy it. All of which makes my sample sewing seem like a miniature sweatshop. Summer SucculentsOver the weekend I managed a tiny bit of EPP. I parked myself in front of the portable air conditioner and finished up the last of the half blocks. Joining these bits didn’t take much time.AMH Half hexie beginHowever, before I started stitching, I thought you might like to see how the Pretty Potent fussy cut pieces would look if you joined them together.hexie possibleAiry flowers and bold lines…loads of inspiration in these simple jewel shapes. To see the print I cut these from, click here.

I hope you had a good weekend and are ready for the week. As for me, I’m stocked up on iced tea and lemonade. Hopefully, it will be enough to get me through the things on my To Do list.

Color Therapy Block #7

The colors for this month’s Color Therapy block are parrot blue and fuchsia–a lively combination representing compassion and protection with a bit of flirty attitude.Color Therapy 7Keeping in mind the color values and hues of my previous blocks, I selected fabrics that represent a similar feel even though the colors are not the same. These two prints are from Amy Butler’s Glow collection (in stores now, by the way).AB Glow Color Therapy Block7I think this block will be right at home with its fellows. Don’t you?

If you’re looking to expand your stash of Amy Butler, Quilt Home has a great selection of her prints. Another great place for Amy’s prints, Hawthorne Threads. And of course, a regular online shopping stop of mine, Fabric.com.

Have a Happy Friday!

Lovelorn Winners

Lovelorn winnersThanks to everyone for entering. I enjoyed reading about the things you want to learn or improve. That’s one thing about quilters and sewists…they’re always on the lookout for new ways to have fun!

I’m about halfway through the sample sewing so I’ll be getting some breathing space soon. I intend to use said breathing space to put together detailed tutorials for you showing how to use a drawing program to create your own patterns for quilt blocks and quilt designs. Over several posts, I’ll guide you through the process and then turn you loose to make your own mayhem. So stick around! It’s going to be a lot of fun.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Jenean’s Instagram of the dress sample I made in her new collection, Star Landing. Super cute! And just wait until you see the other samples…fun, cute and clever.

Happy Free Fabric Friday!

I’ve decided it is time for a little fabric giveaway. It’s a great way to wind down the summer (or winter if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere), don’t you think? Me too.Lovelorn giveaway

For this giveaway I have some Lovelorn from Free Spirit. This is Jenean’s 2014 Spring collection. You may remember this post of the market samples I made earlier this year. As always with Jenean’s designs, there is plenty to love here. The collection has a nostalgic feel without being sentimental. And of course, plenty of fussy cutting possibilities.

The winners will each receive 1/4 yard cuts of each of the 15 different prints you see in the photo above. That’s a healthy addition to your stash! I decided to double up on the fun and will choose two winners for this giveaway/sweepstakes.

So….here’s the deal:

  1. Leave a comment on this post before the deadline to enter. Tell me one new skill you’d like to learn in the next 12 months.
  2. One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
  3. You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Monday, September 8, 2014 to enter.
  4. International entrants are welcome.
  5. Winner will be selected by Random Number Generator.
  6. Winner will be notified by email and will have until September 15, 2014 to respond. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.

Good luck! I may not have time to reply to each and every one of you who enters, what with all the sample sewing going on right now. So to everyone who enters, “Thank you!” I’m looking forward to reading your comments.

A Few Things

004Days are beginning to run together. I find it increasingly hard to believe the calendar says “September” already. It feels a bit like being in a slow, mad rush towards some indefinable moment. A bit like I imagine it must be for this caterpillar. Chewing his way through my flat leaf parsley, his progress slow but persistent, he has a goal. It’s not something he knows, of course. He’s just doing his thing. And one day, he’ll be a beautiful Black Swallowtail butterfly.

(I don’t begrudge him the parsley. After all, it’s the least I can do to ensure there will be more butterflies. Stinka seems to think they’re snacks and eats her fair share–wings and all.)AMH rcvg blkt (1024x910)Last week, I took some time to do a bit of online fabric shopping. Anna Maria Horner has kits for receiving blankets, perfect for those upcoming grandnieces and grandnephews. Flannel on one side, buttery soft voile on the other, bound with cotton–easy and luxurious. You can’t beat that for a baby gift.AMH studio scrapWhile I was filling my cart, I had to throw in some Studio Scraps. These are a welcome addition to my EPP project stash. Just before checking out, I added a tapestry kit. Because, eventually, I’ll have some time to make another one.

In the meantime, it’s back to sample sewing! I’m off to make another cup of coffee. I’ll be back soon with a giveaway.

 

Friday Feline

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to have survived the week. Phew! StinkaStinka is happy to have survived as well. The summer heat has been a bit much for the both of us. There was a lot of lazing around during the hottest portions of the days.Stinka in the gravelI’m sure the weekend will be more of the same–hurrying to get things done in the morning before things heat up. But there will be some fun things to share in a couple months. The quilt I made this week is wonderful. I know you’re going to love it as much as Jenean and I do. I can’t wait to share it.Stinka clawsHave a great weekend, everyone! Stinka says to take it easy and get some relaxation in before Summer is officially over.

Easy Geometry Table Topper

Easy Geometry Table TopperIn the flurry of activity earlier this year, I completely forgot to share this project with you. Somewhere in the middle of the kitchen remodel I had plans to work up the details and get some photos. Surprisingly, that never happened. Better late than never, right? Right! Wishing Well table topperIt’s a small English Paper Piecing (EPP) project, just right for beginners and gift giving. (Christmas is 120 days away, by the way!) It uses 2″ squares and 2″ octagons (measured on one side). I used papers from Paper Pieces, but I’ve included the pieces on the little pattern so you can make your own template if you desire.

I used my friend Jenean‘s Wishing Well fabric for this one. The nostalgic feel of the collection makes for a happy little topper. Wouldn’t it look wonderful on an old farm table with a pitcher full of daisies? I did a minimal amount of quilting using pearl cotton and big stitching, but you could do all kinds of fun free motion quilting with this design as well.

Click here to access the pdf with fabric requirements, basic assembly instructions, etc. For EPP how to’s, check out Diane’s videos here and here.

Happy Sewing!

Modern Prairie Blog Hop

Welcome to this stop on the Modern Prairie Blog Hop! I’m so happy to be part of Abigail’s celebration. Modern Prairie bookI met most of the lovely Long Ladies a few years ago at Quilt Market. We immediately felt like family and ever since, I’ve considered them to be my “adopted” nieces. I’m very proud of Abi’s accomplishment, even if I’m not related by blood. She’s done a great job writing a book that portrays her style and personality.

The book is geared to the younger sewing crowd, Abi’s contemporaries, but it has a great mix of projects that can be used by sewers of any age. The instructions are clearly written and easy to follow. As Jona mentioned in her post yesterday, this is a great go-to book for last minute gift giving.

Modern Prairie Sewing projectI chose to make the Amy bag–a fun little bag, perfect for magazines and miscellany. Abi’s touch of lace overlay is just the thing to add a bit of sweetness to a basic bag. I used Heather Bailey’s Garden District home decor weight fabric for my bag, along with a simple dot lace for the overlay.Project for Abi's bookI almost used this fabric combination of Anna Maria Horner’s home dec weight with some teal lace. It’s still sitting by the sewing machine, so perhaps I’ll get a chance to whip this one up as well.AMH with laceSometimes, we just need to take time out for an easy project “just because”. This is one of those “just because” projects that will bring a smile to your face. Or to the face of anyone who receives it as a gift.Amy bag from modern prairieBe sure to visit the other stops on the blog hop:

Jenny at Sew Pretty Dresses August 20th
Jona at Stop Staring and Start Sewing August 22
Melissa at 100 Billion Stars August 23
Caroline at Sew Caroline August 25
Melissa at Lilac Lane August 26
April at April Rhodes August 27
Abiah at Marie-Madeline Studio August 28

And then visit Abi’s blog, The Modern Prairie Girl, August 29th through 31st because she’ll be giving away two copies of the book!

Staying Busy

pink bottlebrushSummer continues to move along at a brisk pace. The weather seems to be unchanging and Mr. P and I are constantly wishing for Fall with its drier air and cooler nights. It will be here sooner than we think. Time does seem to be flying by at ridiculous speeds this year.

In between the sample sewing, and consequent shipping, I have managed to add to the EPP project. I’ve almost completed the required full blocks. Just one more to finish and then I can work up the half blocks and the connecting stars. Here’s a peek at another finished block. AMH EPP blockIt’s a busy week here–a quilt to make, some embroidery to do and a bag to create. It will be a full caffeine week with plenty of sitting in front of the portable AC unit.

What’s on your plate this week?

Controlled Chaos Block Ideas

Controlled Chaos BQThe Fall Market sample sewing is underway. It hardly seems possible, but here we are in mid August already! While I sew through stacks of fabric, I thought I’d give you a little inspiration to mull over. This is my Controlled Chaos block from Quiltmaker’s 100 Block, Vol. 9 issue done digitally in Jennifer Paganelli’s Beauty Queen collection.

It also looks great in Jane Sassaman’s Gregory’s Garden.Controlled Chaos block2Both light and dark colorways look quite dramatic, don’t you think?Controlled Chaos block1You can purchase Volume 9 here. Hop over to fabric.com for Jane’s fabric at a good price. Same place, different page for Jennifer’s fabric.

I have a fun stack of Jane’s prints waiting for me. And a bit of Jennifer’s Jenny Eliza brand. The EPP project still needs more piecing. I need some minions! Stinka, however, disagrees and tells me that any minions found will be eaten on the spot. Cats.Stinka ears back