A few finishes for Friday

I have a few finishes for Friday to share with you all.  But first, I want to say thank you for all of the awesome comments from my challenge on Wednesday to share the love of a quilt with a friend.  Your stories have been amazing and truly heart warming.

Speaking of that challenge, I have finished my 3rd Color My Heart Mini Quilt.  (The pattern can be found here.)  Just one more to go!

There are four things that I really love about this quilt.  The first thing is the scissor print found in the outside border.  How cute is that!  It’s just enough to say, “hellooo quilter”.  The second thing I love is the ombre binding.  I used two color ways of Vanessa Christenson’s ombre fabric from Moda.  It has great impact!

Color My Heart Quilt by The Crafty Quilter

The third thing I like is the simple quilting.  I used Sliver thread by Sulky in Opalescent which is an iridescent metallic and it gives things a little sparkle.  I stitched in the ditch with it and I duplicated the heart shape inside with it (twice).  That sparkle gives the quilting just as much kick as fancy quilting would (with much less effort!).

Color My Heart Quilt by The Crafty Quilter

And last is the backing fabric.  This was a fat quarter of Anna Griffin fabric that I’ve been hanging onto.  It looks great with the binding!

Color My Heart backside with Anna Griffin fabric

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Swoon quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms.  It was on everyone’s “make it” list when it first came out.  I made one several years ago as a shop sample.  I also taught a class on how to make it at The Granary Quilt shop.  I’ve had this one, unfinished block in my sewing room that I wanted to do something with.  So, I turned it into a table topper with the addition of some corner triangles.

Swoon Table Topper @ The Crafty Quilter

It’s going to be a birthday present for my mom.  I used some old Fig Tree fabric for most of it, and it’s perfect for the upcoming fall season.  It makes me want to make some pumpkin muffins and have a cup of tea!

swoon topper with tea cup copy

I had to quilt it in a hurry, so I did some large spirals in the yellow areas and found a stencil that fit perfectly in the center.

Swoon Table Topper @ The Crafty Quilter

 

I took pictures along the way, so I’ll have a quick tutorial on Sunday showing you how to add the corner triangles.  It really adds to the size and versatility of this single block.

That’s it for now.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Julie

 

I love quilting because… and a challenge for you

Hey everyone!  In honor of National Quilting & Sewing Month, Fat Quarter Shop has teamed up with some bloggers to share their quilting or sewing experiences by answering some questions AND to tackle a challenge.  The challenge is to make something that you have never made before.  Now that sounds like fun!  I’ll show you what I made in just a moment.  Plus I’m giving YOU a challenge and a GIVEAWAY.  Make sure you read the end of this post for details.

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I was asked to finish this sentence:  “I love quilting because…”  I was in a silly mood when I came up with “my stash needs a purpose”.  I’m sure many of you can relate!  But on a deeper level, quilting feeds my soul and my desire to create.  Fabric just happens to be my favorite tool in the toolbox!

I love quilting

Being able to share that passion with my students, family and friends (you all) is the icing on the cake.  It fills my cup!  Let me share the questions from Fat Quarter Shop (FQS) and my answers.

FQS:  How did you start quilting?  It started with a pillowcase that I made in a 7th grade sewing class.  Eventually I graduated to garments, home dec, and Halloween costumes.  In 1998 my sister finally talked me into trying to make a quilt.  She had been quilting for 15 years and still does beautiful work. So, when my 4th (and last) child entered kindergarten I decided it was time.  I was hooked after my second quilt.

FQS:  When was the first time you knew you were a quilter?  Probably when I realized that I had a (growing) UFO pile, and that I would never live long enough to use up all of my stash.

FQS:  Do you have any quilting horror stories or faux pas?  Nothing life threatening!  I’ve been lucky so far; it’s just the usual stuff like sewing a few pieces wrong sides together or not reading the instructions before moving ahead.

FQS:  What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out in quilting?  Great question!  Have fun and allow yourself to make mistakes – that’s how you learn.  Also, take as many classes from as many different teachers as you can.  You’ll find certain teachers and techniques really resonate with you.  We all have different ways of doing things and you may just find a new and better way in a class.

And now for my challenge.  When it comes to sewing and quilting, I’ve just about done it all.  But, I will say that working with something other than quilting cotton is definitely outside of my comfort zone.  The challenge I gave myself was to make something out of voile.  I’ve had several one-yard cuts of voile in my closet and I’ve been afraid to touch them.  Well, I’m so glad I did!  I also have never made a scarf before, so that was also my challenge, to make a scarf out of voile.  Here is my finished product:

Scarf Main W copy

If you’re wondering, “What IS voile?”, I’ll tell you (because I didn’t know either).  Voile is a semi-sheer lightweight cotton fabric that has a beautiful drape. Just as denim is a heavyweight type of cotton, voile is on the other end of the spectrum as a lightweight cotton. Voile is perfect for making garments such as dresses, tunics and scarves.

voile

My scarf was very easy to construct and working with voile was easier than I thought it would be.  Since I had one-yard cuts of two different coordinating fabrics, I decided to make my scarf dual toned.  I love how it turned out!  I’ll have a tutorial with all of the details for you next week. Let me entice you by saying that you can make three scarves out of two yards of fabric and that’s super exciting!

scarf hanging close W copy

Fat Quarter Shop has added to the excitement of National Quilting & Sewing Month with a free pattern for you:  Color My Heart Quilt.

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This project is quick, easy and adorable.  So much so, that I have made two so far!

Two hearts

I used one charm pack of Moda’s Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson and cut it into fourths, yielding 2 1/2″ squares – enough to make FOUR mini Color My Heart Quilts (plus additional yardage).

mini charms

 

The pattern calls for 5″ squares and it makes a 27″ square quilt.  It took me three hours to complete one mini quilt.  That includes quilting and binding by machine.  Each mini quilt measures 14 1/2″ square.  I did mostly straight line quilting, and I used left over charm squares for a scrappy binding.  Love it!

 

straight lines copy

This got me to thinking of some people that could really use their own little heart quilt. So, I’m going to keep one and send the rest to some friends in need.

HERE’S MY CHALLENGE TO YOU:  Make a mini quilt and give it to someone in need.  No swap, no strings attached, just “I’m thinking of you” kind of thing.  It could be a teacher, a friend, or a stranger you just met who lost their job.  You get the idea.  The Color My Heart pattern would be perfect for this project.

Share the love

I’ve recently encountered two people who have lost their entire quilting stash, tools and supplies due to fire and flood.  I know someone else who has been through some tough times recently. I’m glad to share a mini-heart quilt full of love and care to these lovely people.

To make this challenge more exciting, we’re having a GIVEAWAY compliments of the Fat Quarter Shop!  The first prize will be a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop and the second prize will be a Bonnie & Camille’s Designer Select Fat Quarter Bundle of Miss Kate.

logo-main-holiday bonniecamille_ds All you need to do is leave a comment telling me who you would give a mini quilt to and why (optional).  You can earn another chance to win if you actually DO send a quilt to a friend and then leave a second comment saying you did so (quilter’s honor system). I’ll pick TWO WINNERS on October 1, 2014.  That gives you two weeks to make one quilt for you and one for a friend!  I know you can do it!

Thanks for hanging out with me today and have fun spreading the love of quilting!

Julie

Wednesday happenings and a free pattern

Wednesday is usually my day to catch a breath and see where I’m at on my list of projects in process and coming up in the future.  I’m caught up with my blocks for the Classic Meets Modern QAL at Sew At Home Mummy.  August’s block was a modern churn dash with some improv piecing.  I like the block, but I’m not so sure about the background fabric that I chose.  A little too busy for this one.

Modern Churn Dash @ The Crafty Quilter

September’s block is the maple leaf and it’s definitely appropriate for this time of year.  I’m loving the bright oranges:

Maple Leaf Block @ The Crafty Quilter

As I was cleaning up my sewing room, I found a partially-made Swoon block that I had started as a class sample.  I finished piecing it together, and I’m in the process of turning it into a table topper.  I’ll have more info on that later.

Swoon block from The Crafty Quilter

And finally, I want to pass along this FREE pattern from The Fat Quarter Shop.  It’s called Color My Heart and it’s all about spreading the love of sewing and quilting this month.  This pattern uses charm squares and finishes into a 27″ square.  Make one for a mini quilt or more for a larger quilt.

free heart pat (2)

I will be making this pattern soon and sharing my version with you next week.  Also, the Fat Quarter Shop has challenged some of their favorite bloggers to work on something that they’ve never done before and share it with their readers.  I’ve accepted the challenge and I’ll give you the full details next week, September 17.  Here is the full list of participating bloggers:

Sherri of A Quilting Life
Charise of Charise Creates
Anne Marie of Generation X Quilters
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks
Jana of Jana Machado
Lynne of Lily’s Quilts
Maureen of Made by Marzipan
Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Melanie of I Heart Stitching
Kaye of Miss Print
Natalia of Piece N’ Quilt
Denise of Pieced Brain
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
Jane of Quilt Jane
Heather and Megan of Quilt Story
Cheryl of Quilter Chic
Michele of Quilting Gallery
Allison of Quilting Mumma
Liz of Sew4Home
Sara of Sew Sweetness
Leanne of She Can Quilt
Erin of Why Not Sew?
I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!  I hope you’re all enjoying your Wednesday!

Sew Thankful Sunday, September 2014

{I am frequently visiting other blogs and I’m always amazed at the talent and passion that I see along the way.  Since I love sharing these new “finds” with you, I created Sew Thankful Sunday.  My way of giving back to the quilting community and sharing great content with you at the same time!}

Sew Thankful Button

 

Welcome to the September edition of Sew Thankful Sunday!  This month is full of activity with schools starting AND it’s national sewing and quilting month.  The ideas and projects that are featured today will reflect all of those things!

(Remember, you can click on any of the images in this post and it will open up a new tab to the associated link).

1.  The folks at Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber blog are celebrating National Sewing and Quilting Month with a free “Color My Heart” quilt pattern, plus they’re hosting an “I Love Quilting & Sewing” Blog Tour all month long.  I’ll be one of your tour guides on September 17!

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2.  The Moda Cutting Table blog is having a Moda Love Blog Tour with some of their own designers.  As part of the blog tour, you’ll see various interpretations of their FREE pattern, Moda Love, and there are giveaways and prizes too!

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3.  When I saw this tote bag on the Riley Blake Designs Blog, I thought it was just another tote pattern.  Wait until you see how clever the designer, Melissa of Sew Like My Mom, is in creating The Polly Tote!  A great way to keep your kids in tow.

Polly Tote

 

4.  I love the look of this quilt-as-you-go panel from Cori at Let’s Eat Grandpa.  This a great technique that yields a modern look for this North West block!

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5.  Don’t forget that the Aspen Glow Quilt Along at Cora’s Quilts just started this month. It looks like it will be a beautiful project to keep busy with this fall.

Aspen glow quilt along

 

 

6.  Bernina is celebrating National Sewing Month with giveaways each Friday for the month of September.  You can join them at their blog, We All Sew, and enter to win; plus check out their tutorials and project gallery for more inspiration.

National-Sewing-Month-Contest

 

7.  If you are looking for a baby or toddler quilt pattern, check out this Deep Blue Sea Quilt Tutorial by Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting. This is a great introduction to easy curved piecing!

deep blue sea tutorial

 

 

8.  Does your ironing board need a face lift?  Check out this great way to recover your ironing board by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.  It will look like new again!

new ironing board cover

 

 

9.  I love this new block, Trapped Square, from Chrissie of Made by Chrissie D.  She made this for her NYC Metro MQG Bee and she did an awesome job with the tutorial!  I love the modern look.

trapped square block

 

10.  Sometimes the back of the quilt can be just as beautiful as the front.  Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! recently shared a free pattern for her Pixelated Heart that she has used on the backs of several quilts.  It would be just as pretty as the front, too!

Pixelated Heart

Pixelated Heart Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman at Oh, Fransson!

 

11.  I am a big fan of the Curve it Up Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful, and I’m happy to see that they’re having a “Curve it Up Challenge Quilt Along” on their blog.  They’ll have prizes and giveaways along the way and lots of inspiration to cheer you on!

QAL Curve it Up Challenge

12.  There’s nothing more fun than peeking into someone’s new studio to get you motivated with your own.  Lee of Freshly Pieced recently shared her studio tour and it’s loaded with ideas and inspiration!

Studio Tour at Freshly Pieced

New Studio Tour at Freshly Pieced

 

13.  Sometimes the simplicity of a quilt block along with color placement makes for a great combination.  Andy of A Bright Corner has made that winning combo with her tutorial for The Scrappy Susannah Quilt Block. As the name suggests, it’s great for scrapbusting, too!

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14.  I am a newbie when it comes to embroidery, so I’m very happy to spread the word (and blog) of Red Brolly.  This lovely mother/daughter team has a great series of tutorials on embroidery, most recently this one on Selecting Fabric for Embroidery.

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15.  You’ll love this Itty Bitty Quilt tutorial from Monica at Happy Zombie.  It’s quick and easy; perfect for beginners and young sewers, too!  Monica was motivated by the “do-something-good” quilt making event put on by her local guild.  I think she succeeded!

Itty Bitty Quilt

Itty Bitty Quilt Tutorial @ The Happy Zombie

 

16.  Anyone have travel plans coming up soon?  If so, you’ll want to check out this Travel Wallet Tutorial by Marina of Frocks & Frolics for the Sew Mama Sew blog.  I’ve got this one on my list!

TravelWallet1

Travel Wallet @ Sew Mama Sew

 

17.  If you’re new to free motion quilting, you will appreciate the answers to these questions that were posed by readers of Wendy’s blog, Ivory Spring.  I love her Thread Talk posts and I always learn something new!

Ivory Spring FMQ

Free Motion Quilting Example by Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring

 

18.  Jen of Quilter in the Closet shares her process for free motion quilting in How I Free Motion Quilt, Part 1 and Part 2.  Great information for machine set up, tension and lots more.

How I FMQ

 

19.  I hope you’re ready for one more lesson on FMQ.  This one is fittingly called “Graffitti Quilting”, and it’s a great tutorial from Amy of 13 Spools.  I just love the look of this!

graffitti quilting

 

The month of September has always been a favorite of mine.  Beautiful weather, new beginnings, a time to get organized and lots of new projects to start (and finish) in my sewing room. Thanks to everyone featured today for helping inspire us towards that end!

Happy National Sewing and Quilting Month!

Julie

 

Destash Sale!

Hey everybody!  I’m having a destash sale on my blog today!  I’ve been sorting through my fabric stash so I can make room for new and future fabric.  This is what happens after quilting for 16 years and working in a quilt shop for 7 of them!  It would make me sew happy if they were to find a new home with some of my blog readers.

UPDATE:  All of the bundles have SOLD!  Thank you so much, everyone, for participating in my destash.  I wish I had enough bundles for everyone, but I am working on round 2!  I’ll let you know when.

DESTASH SALE button

I have made bundles of coordinating fabric that average about 4 yards each.  The minimum each bundle will contain is 3 1/2 yards and the max is 4 1/2 yards (with 2 exceptions).  I’m also adding in a free pattern, just because!  These are all high quality 100% cotton fabrics and they come from a smoke-free home.

The cost of each bundle is $20 (US) (excluding bundle #14 and #18 – see their description for price) and that includes priority shipping.  I will ship to Canada, but the price will reflect a higher shipping cost.

In order to claim a bundle, leave a comment with the bundle # and your name/email. I will reply with an email requesting your Paypal address.  It will be first come, first serve.  I would like to give everyone a chance to purchase a bundle, so please limit yourself to one for now.

Bundle #1:  SOLD. Christmas collection – assorted Christmas fabrics including 1 yard red/tan holly stripe, (4) 1/2 yards, 8 fat quarters.  5 yards total. BUNDLE 1 copy

Bundle #2:  SOLD. Luna Notte from Moda collection – 2 charm packs + 3 yards of various cuts. BUNDLE 2 copy

Bundle #3:SOLD. Stars & Coxscombs from Moda collection – 2/3 yd. of quilt patch print, 3/4 yd. solid red +  2 1/2 yards assorted cuts.  3 1/2+ total yardage. BUNDLE 3 copy

Bundle #4: SOLD. Country Collage from Wilmington Prints collection – 1 panel plus 3 1/2 yards assorted cuts (a few have been cut into strips for pattern that is included). BUNDLE 4 copy

Bundle #5:  SOLD. Marzipan from In the Beginning collection – 2/3 yd. red/pink hearts, 2/3 yd. black heart print, (5) 1/2 yards.  3 3/4+ total yards. BUNDLE 5 copy

Bundle #6:  SOLD. Pink & Gold collection – includes Rosa de la Baguette by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse – 21″ large floral, 2/3 yd gold plaid, plus half yards and fat quarters.  Total 3 1/2 yards. BUNDLE 6 copy

Bundle #7:  SOLD. Chocolate collection – includes 1/2 yard of brown print “Chocolate” by 3 Sisters and 1/2 yard of tan print “Chocolate” (not pictured) plus half yards and fat quarters.  Total 4 1/4 yards. BUNDLE 7 copy

Bundle #8:  SOLD.  Harvest Vineyard collection from Robert Kaufman, includes 1 yd harvest grape fabric and 1 yd. red grape fabric.  Total 3 1/2+ yards. BUNDLE 8 copy

Bundle #9:  SOLD. Fall scrappy collection – 4 yards total of various fall prints. BUNDLE 9 copy

Bundle #10:  SOLD. Vineyard Collection from Robert Kaufman – includes (2) 7″ x 56″ strips of grape fabric plus 3 1/2 yards of various cuts. BUNDLE 10 copy

Bundle #11:  SOLD. Brown & Blue collection – 4 1/2 yards total, including 2/3 yd. “Porch Swing” brown print from Moda.  The tan multi-print shown has been replaced by a red/gold swirl print and I’ve added some tan scraps. BUNDLE 11 copy

Bundle #12: SOLD.  Cottage Garden collection – 4 yards total, includes 1 yd. of Cottage Garden from Red Rooster Fabrics.  Mostly half-yards and fat quarters. BUNDLE 12 copy

Bundle #13: SOLD  Pink & green collection – 4 yards total of half-yard and fat quarter cuts. BUNDLE 13 copy

Bundle #14: SOLD. Fig Tree collection – 5 1/2 yards total including many fabrics from the Cinnamon Stars collection by Fig Tree for Moda.  $25 for this bundle only. BUNDLE 14 copy

Bundle #15: SOLD.  Apples & Coffee collection – 4 1/2 yards total, including 1 1/2 yd. of apple fabric and 1 yard of “Daily Grind” by Clothworks. BUNDLE 15 copy

Bundle #16: SOLD.  Grapes collection – 3/4 yd red “Etchings” fabric, 3/4 yd tan, 2/3 yd cream, 1/2 yd grape fabric, plus some fat quarters.  Total 3 2/3 yard. BUNDLE 16 copy

Bundle #17: SOLD. Flower Show collection by Benartex – Includes 1 yard and 3/4 yard cuts of large florals, and 1/2 yard of each stripe.  I’ve added a red, green and peach (not pictured) to make the total yardage 4. BUNDLE 17 copy

Bundle #18: SOLD. Butterfly collection – mostly 1/2 yards and fat quarters for 2 3/4 yards total.  All from Riley Blake’s “Enchanted Butterfly” fabric.  $15 for this bundle only. BUNDLE 18 copy

Bundle #19: SOLD. Blue & Yellow collection – 3 3/4 yards total of various blue, yellow, and green fabrics. BUNDLE 19 copy

Bundle #20: SOLD. Bold Citrus collection – very scrappy bundle of various prints, including (1) 1/2 yard cut of white with dots, 4 fat quarters and lots of scraps.  Many of them are from the Daisy Dots collection by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse. BUNDLE 20 copy

Please let me know if you have any questions.  If this is successful, I’ll be having another round of destashing soon.  And thank you for helping my fabric stash find new homes!

Julie