Thanks for joining me today for Sew Thankful Sunday. I missed you guys last week! I was in Austin with my husband and son visiting my daughter and her husband. We got to see some live music on Saturday, and on Sunday we went furniture shopping for their new apartment. The two quilt shops that I wanted to visit were closed (Sunday) :-(, so I have yet another reason to go back for a visit :-).
Well, I have lots to share with you today. If you’re new to my blog, this is my day to highlight the wonderful things that others are doing in “blogland” for quilters, and that I am sew thankful for!
First of all, my friend and co-worker, Sarah, has a fun tutorial on her blog, SarahRose Quilts. Her mugs and teacups are so darn cute! You can find the tutorial here.
Sarah is a very talented (and young – but I don’t hold it against her) quilt pattern designer. Two of my favorite patterns of hers are “Whooo’s There?”
I think it’s s0 cute and so very nice of them to share it with us! I hope you take a look around their blog because they have sew much more to offer.
A new-to-me blog and blog hop is going on that I just discovered and even though the hop is almost over, there are new “heart hops” brewing to carry on the theme. You really should take a look! Created by Leah of Burgundy Buttons,
“Sew Red for Women was created to raise awareness of Heart Disease among women by way of creativity and camaraderie within the modern sewing community. Check back often for sewing inspirations using our token colors of Red and White.”
Here are just a few of the blocks so far:
It’s a perfect way to get inspired for February and Valentine’s Day!
And if you want more inspiration for hearts and quilting, you have to visit Quilt Inspiration. This is a new treasure for me and just like the name says, you will be inspired!
Marina and Daryl Lynn are two sisters who share a passion for quilting. They share this passion on their blog, Quilt Inspiration, in addition to having the largest free pattern archive that I have ever seen! Check out some of their Valentine’s Day collection:
And that’s just Part 3! Doesn’t that just make your heart skip a beat? Me too!
And since it’s still winter, it’s going up on the wall. This pattern is from Holly Hill Quilt Designs and it’s appropriately called, “Welcome Winter”.
I love all of the small details that make this quilt so cute!
The snow globes are my favorite, and I found the perfect fabric for the inside of each one. It sparkles just like real snow!
I spent a good amount of time quilting this project since I had already invested quite a bit of effort in the applique and embroidery. I added pebble quilting around all of the snow globes and some swirls and stars around some of the snowmen. I added “teardrop stippling” around the large letters and some feathers in the large open rectangles.
In case you are wondering, I used a variety of applique techniques on this project. My plan was to do a turned edge applique using the freezer paper and starch method and then machine stitch it in place with invisible thread. But for some reason (I can’t remember why), I decided to hand stitch the large words in place. The wool mittens are also done by hand with a blanket stitch.
When I got to the snowman on the sled, the details were too small for this technique. So I switched to a fusible, raw edge applique and used that on the small words, too.
Does all of that applique terminology make your head spin? Would anyone like a run down on all of that? Let me know – maybe I can come up with something that will demystify the many forms of applique.
I am so glad I got this finished and now I’m looking for my next UFO to tackle in February. There are so many choices!
Aren’t those fabrics fun? I’m so glad I chose this line to work with. Which line you say? Oh yes, it’s “Flutter” by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake:
I have also been playing with this adorable charm pack from Moda called “Flirt”.
I can’t wait to show you the cuteness that I’ve come up with! It will have to wait until next week, though. I’m going to Austin this weekend with my husband and son. We’re going to visit my daughter and her husband and watch some live music! Woo hoo!