I keep a running list of my favorite goodies to share with you guys. It’s sometimes quilt-related but often it’s just because! Here are my current September favorites.
I’ve recently discovered a fabulous online tea resource based in Portland, Oregon: Plum Deluxe. I love to drink a hot cup of tea in the afternoon and then again after dinner. It’s a great way to relax and be present in the moment. All of the Plum Deluxe tea blends are organic, non-gmo, and free of chemicals and sulfites. They support local and USA farmers wherever possible and run an active philanthropy program. The company was founded by Andy Hayes as a tribute to his mother, who lost a brave 6-year battle with breast cancer but never forgot to enjoy “the little things” in life. Try the Spicy Caramel Apple Herbal Tea or the Garden Grove Green Tea – so good!
The only digital magazine that I subscribe to is Make Modern. It’s definitely worth mentioning because it is loaded with great patterns and wonderful articles on the latest in quilting. I enjoy reading it on my iPad and I can print only what I need. It’s great for the environment, it fits my budget, and it’s easy to organize!
Here’s a handy tool for machine stitched binding: the Shortcut Binding Tool by Franklin Quilt Company. I was given this tool last year (thank you Sandy) and it sat in my drawer, until I was reminded of it and watched the video. This ruler works for a flanged binding or a two-sided-colored binding with ease.
My latest find from Pinterest: these Best Chewy Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies from My Gluten Free Kitchen. They really are amazing! Even if you don’t care about gluten (which sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t), they’re worth making. The secret ingredient is cream cheese. I wish I had one right now, to go with my afternoon tea. Hmmm….
Here’s a great gift idea for your favorite crafter (or yourself): a Tiny Tin Sewing Room from Tea Rose Company on Etsy. These are unique and hand-crafted miniature sewing rooms that fit inside a tin. I think they are so cute and sweet! I love the bright colors and attention to detail that Sachiko gives to each item.
Note: My monthly favorites are not sponsored by anyone. These are picked by me “just because”. They are something I would tell my friends about and that definitely includes you! Do you have any favorites you’d like to share? Do tell and leave a comment.
Hi everyone. You know how I like to keep in touch with the quilting community through blogs, Instagram and newsletters. I’ve been seeing a lot of activity with regards to hurricane relief efforts. I thought it would be nice to share what I know and tell you how quilters, specifically, can help.
Note: This isn’t at all a comprehensive list, so please, leave a comment if you have a recommendation or news to share. I have not included the numerous organizations that are accepting financial donations. That’s another priority, but I feel like that information is readily available elsewhere.
Fat Quarter Shop is headquartered in central Texas and many of their friends and family have been directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. You can read the full story here. They have designed a special, fat quarter-friendly quilt pattern to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts. The Healing Hearts quilt pattern is available from now until October 31, 2017, and FQS will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this pattern to the JJ Watt Foundation.
Art Gallery Fabrics knows what it’s like to live through a hurricane as they are based in South Florida. Here is an excerpt from their blog:
This is why we’re starting #AGFcomfortsTexas as an effort to collect regular sized quilts -at least 50″ x 65″ or larger ( and especially bed size quilts) for the flood victims as a way to bring more comfort & warmth to their lives as they recover.
We’ll be collecting any quilt you would like to donate from September 5th – September 22nd. Due to Hurricane Irma which affected South Florida, submissions have been extended until October 2nd. We truly appreciate your generosity and anyone who donates a quilt will receive a bundle of 6 fat quarters as a gift from us.
To assure that the quilts are given to those in need, we’ll be working in collaboration with Quilts of Compassion. They are a nonprofit organization who’ve been delivering quilts to victims in disaster areas since 1999. We’re excited to work with them to help as many people as possible!
The Missouri Star Quilt Co. is collecting pillowcases and quilts and delivering them to relief facilities in need. Here is an excerpt from their newsletter:
The aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma has been weighing heavily on our minds and hearts here at Missouri Star Quilt Company. Tens of thousands of people have been left without food, shelter, and other basic necessities, and they need our help. Hamilton is a small town, but this community is filled with generous people and they are wonderful at reaching out to help those in need. In response to this crisis, we are giving back by donating $10,000 to a hurricane relief charity and collecting items to comfort those affected.
The Linus Connection is a Central Texas 501(c)(3) organization that collects quilts and blankets for children in crisis situations. They are working with the Austin Disaster Relief Network and will be accepting larger quilts as well to comfort all ages.
If you are an animal lover, TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM). They help animal shelters when disasters strike. It is a way to join a larger effort to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love. TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team supplies kennel quilts to shelters. Visit their Facebook page for more information on how you can help.
I follow a wonderful quilter and friend, Karen, who blogs at KaHolly. She has a beautiful story to share of how her daughter and son-in-law have adopted a family in Texas who lost everything. Karen’s daughter learned of this family through Second Chance Farm, a pet rescue agency. Karen is also asking for Dog Gone Cute quilt blocks that she will make into a quilt that will be auctioned to support Second Chance Farm. You can find out more details by visiting KaHolly.
That’s everything I have at this moment for hurricane relief. I know that both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have left a path of destruction that has affected many. Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated.
Some exciting news and upcoming events
I do have some good news to share. My oldest daughter, Kelly, is expecting child #2 sometime in March! Happy day! We are SO excited, and so is Amelia (child #1). She probably has no idea what’s in that ultrasound, but she can tell that everyone else is excited so she’s on board! Of course, Grandma can’t wait for another baby to cuddle.
The winner of the I Love Home BOM Giveaway for September is comment #14, Michelle Roberts. Congratulations! You’ll be receiving a fat quarter bundle of fabric from Sarah J. Thanks to everyone for participating by leaving a comment on your favorite precut. Just so you know, fat quarter bundles were number one (if you can afford them). They are so versatile!
I busted out the fall decorations and found that I needed to update my look. After years of accumulating “stuff”, it doesn’t all fit in with my current, modern farmhouse style. It was time for a trip to HomeGoods and boy did I get lost in there! But it was so much fun (and productive).
I had a hard time (at first) coming up with a color scheme for fall that would work with gray. Then I found this wreath and it was “hello sweet orange and pale cream!” I added some goldenrod yellow to the mix and it was a done deal. Here’s a little Fall inspiration for you:
I love my quilt ladder! I finally have a place to show off my quilts.
I love picking hydrangeas at the end of their season and letting them dry out. They change colors from a vibrant pink, to a dusky rose to a grayed lavender. You can see the difference below.
I had to take a picture of this basket of fat quarters. It’s such an easy way of decorating and why not let your fabric show off?
I finished quilting and added the binding to my candy corn table runner. I’m not sure where it will end up in the house, but it will find a spot somewhere.
I also finished quilting my I Love Home BOM (block #2 Autumn); the binding is almost there. I added some tight quilting to the checkered, gray squares and it really makes the orange ones pop. The corners were stitched with a free form feather design. I can’t wait to hang this one!
It’s so much fun getting ready for Autumn. There is so much inspiration in nature, and you can always look online for lots of decorating ideas. I spend way too much time on Pinterest, but if you don’t mind that rabbit hole, check out my Fall Decorations Pinterest page for more inspiration.
I’ll be back soon with some information on how the quilting community is joining together for the benefit of the recent hurricane victims. The destruction we’ve seen on the news has been enormous and our hearts are with those that have been affected.
I’ve been playing with some candy corn flowers applique recently, and that led to the creation of a new, fall table runner. It still needs to be quilted, but I wanted to show you sooner rather than later.
I don’t have a full tutorial for you, but I’ll share how I made the candy corn flowers. I stitched a strip of orange, yellow and white fabric together to create a strip set. Then I traced a triangle onto fusible web (Heat ‘n Bond lite) and placed it onto the wrong side of the strip set. I cut out the candy corn triangles and then fused them onto some background fabric to create a flower. A little zig zag around the edges and it was done! For a full tutorial on applique, see my applique series here.
I started with a 60° triangle and then decided to make it more narrow. I brought the two lower edges in by 1/2″ to get my triangle size. You can see the original triangle in the upper photo. From there, you can make it as tall or short as you want.
I rounded the corners of the triangles to make it more candy corn-like. The buttons will get added on after the quilting is finished. To get the most use of my fabric, I alternated the direction of the triangles when cutting them out. This gave me two slightly different candy corns. One with orange as the predominant color and one with white as the main color.
I also changed the size of the strips to make a smaller flower from the candy corn. The background fabric squares are 8 1/2″ for the large flower and 5 1/2″ for the small. I decided to set them into traditional quilt blocks which measure 12 1/2″ unfinished.
I stitched three of the blocks together and made a table runner. All of this was made from my newly organized scraps. I love being organized! Now it’s time for some quilting.
I’ve also been doing some fall decorating around the house. I’ll show you that next week. Remember, there’s still time to enter the I Love Home BOM giveaway for month 2. Just leave me a comment there to enter.
I’m so excited about this month’s block for the I Love Home BOM! There is a fantastic giveaway, too, so make sure to read all the way to the end. You’ll also want to visit our lovely leader and creator of this FREE block of the month, Jacquelynne Steves. You still have time to sign up if you haven’t already!
As you might recall, I’m picking a season to represent each block and this month’s season is Autumn. I LOVE this time of year, and all of the fall colors really tug at my heart. It was so much fun for me to pick fabrics for this block.
Isn’t this block adorable? I love it when the piecing is easy, but it looks more complicated. The applique is so cute and cozy – I thought it would make the perfect fall house block. I added a few pumpkins to mine to really give it that Autumn feel.
The applique stitching is a simple zig zag stitch in matching cotton thread. I added a thick, triple stitch to the windows to create window panes. You can read more about how I use machine embroidery stitches in applique here.
I love the addition of the gray floral fabric in the checkered border and that smokey turquoise accent in the applique. It fits in well with my remodeled living room which has gone from warm browns to cool grays.
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me your favorite type of precut fabric. I love charm squares and fat quarters, myself. You have until September 10, 2017 to enter! Giveaway is now CLOSED.
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