14 Paper Pieced Home Blog Tour

3.27.2015

Hi there! Today is my stop on The Paper Pieced Home Blog Tour. I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Penny and her husband at Quiltcon recently and they are just the nicest people! Penny is really talented and I just love the unique paper pieced patterns she comes up with!
I chose to make the Jar Block. This is one of the simpler patterns in the book, and it came together really quickly!
I wanted to make a jar full of butterflies, and I think it turned out pretty cute! I used fabric from Sarah Watson's Arcadia and Biology lines from Cloud 9, with some of an old staple, Heath for the binding. It's quilted with straight lines in the blue and swirly FMQ in the jar, to make it look like the little bugs and butterflies are flying around!
I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with the finished block, but I decided to make it into a mini to hang on the wall in my sewing room!  I don't make a ton of minis, but this one makes me smile.
The Paper Pieced Home is filled with a ton of cute patterns (40 blocks and several projects), and would be great for anyone who loves paper piecing! There are a range of different types of blocks and difficulty levels so it's perfect for all skill levels. There is also a CD of all of the block designs included for easy printing. I really want to make the alligator quilt for a little boy, its adorable!

Thank you so much to Penny and Tommy at F+W for asking me to be a part of this tour!
By Penny Layman
Interweave/F+W; $26.99
You can purchase the book directly from Interweave here or on Amazon here.

Make sure to check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour for more fun paper piecing projects:

3/16       McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block
3/17       Love of Quilting / Review
3/17       Sandi Sawa Hazlewood  of Crafty Planner / Watering Can Block
3/18       Quilty Pleasure (Quiltmaker blog) / Review
3/18       Imagine Gnats / Rotary Phone Block
3/20       Verykerryberry / Lion Block
3/21       Artisania / Cast-Iron Skillet Block
3/23       Where the Orchids Grow / Lamp Block
3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt / Layer Cake Block
3/24       House on Hill Road / Oven Mitt Block
3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced / BBQ Grill Block
3/26       Pink Penguin / Allie-Gator Block
3/26       A Happy Stitch / Giraffe Block
3/27       Bijou Lovely / Jar Block
3/27       Two Little Banshees / Saucepan Block
3/27       Charise Creates / Espresso Mug Block
3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles / Couch Block
3/31       Poppyprint / Clawfoot Tub Block
3/31       One Shabby Chick / Stack of Books Block
3/31       During Quiet Time / Sleeveless Dress Block
4/06       Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting / Author Podcast Interview

13 Caravan Tote & Pouch.

3.06.2015

I've been meaning to share a post about my trip to Austin for QuiltCon, but haven't had a chance to go through all my photos yet. So in the meantime, I'll post about the bag I made to take with me!
Anna asked me to test out her new knitting bag pattern, the Caravan Tote. A cute bag with hardware and metal zippers and places to store knitting needles and notions? I said yes of course. The timing was perfect too, because it meant I'd have a new bag for QuiltCon.
Anna's patterns are always so nicely designed and easy to follow and this one is no exception. It all went together easily after cutting out all the pieces and interfacing. I had to wait until I got home to install the snaps, but they make the bag and pouch really look finished and professional.
I had several people ask me if I made my bag at the show, which is a win for me! It's always my goal to make things that don't really look handmade. The straps also held up pretty well, even after carrying about a billion pounds around on my shoulder all weekend.
The pouch is perfect for holding WIPs, it's currently holding my Fluid Beanie made with SpunRightRound's Graffiti Overlay.  Which was given to me by Heather, who also happens to have collaborated on this pattern with Anna! Meant to be I think.
You can purchase the Caravan Tote pattern here. It's awesome and I highly recommend it!

8 Experimenting.

1.30.2015

I've been experimenting a bit with block printing and hand painting fabric lately. It's really fun!

I've been really into simple, graphic, imperfect looking patterns lately, so I printed some up to include in a new quilt.

I love how they looked mixed in with these pretty prints!
These fabrics will all be included in a new traveling quilt project I am doing with a few friends.  I stitched up two starter blocks for the quilt and shipped them off this week to start the project. I've had this first block design in my head for awhile, just some simple pieced stripes with a gold heart appliqued on top!
My second block was improv pieced.  Just strips put together on different angles.  I mixed in my own prints in this one, which was fun!  Now I want to make an entire quilt like this.
Pretty happy with how these turned out!  I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else makes to add to the quilt.  You can follow along on Instagram under the #fantasticquiltvoyage hashtag.

11 Heaven Mitts.

1.12.2015

Happy 2015 everyone! I am only a couple weeks late :) I hope you all had a lovely holiday season.

I have been on a knitting kick lately, which seems to happen every winter around this time. It's freezing outside here and I just want to wear warm handknits all the time. I finished these Heaven Mitts sometime in November, and I've been wearing them pretty much everyday since. I finally had the chance to photograph them while my sister was home for winter break.
The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Fino in the Silver Teaset colorway. It's super soft and a really pretty gray! I held the yarn double to make them a little thicker and am very happy with how they turned out.





These are the perfect winter mitts for me, as I don't like having full mittens on my hands when I'm out taking photographs. I need to be able to feel the buttons on the camera.
I'm planning to make another pair of these very soon, as my dad saw them and told me he wanted a pair! It's not very often that I can make things for my dad, so I'm happy to oblige.
Full disclosure: I fell flat on my backside while taking these photos. Turns out the roads are slippery in the winter! :)

65 Present Perfect Blog Tour & Giveaway.

10.17.2014

Hi there! I'm excited to be a part of the Present Perfect blog tour today. It's a new book written by Betz White and published by Interweave/F+W. The book offers 25 projects, all items that are perfect for gift giving!

I decided to share my Coffee Cash Coin Pouch project, since I had already made one up to test the pattern for Betz. This pouch is so quick and simple to make!
It has a magnetic pouch frame inside, so there's no risk of all your change falling out. It was much easier to insert than I would've expected too, which makes me want to use more of these frames!
I used one of my favorite linen prints from Melody Miller's Ruby Star Shining collection for Kokka, along with some Chicopee, brown wool felt and some vintage lace trim. It was nice to be able to use up some precious scraps for once!
There are lots of cute projects throughout the book! Some I want to keep for myself, like the Sweet Life Pillow! :) I'd love to make a Gentlemen's Travel Case for my husband too!


You can find out more about the book in Betz's Present Perfect trailer! You can purchase a copy in the Interweave store or on Amazon.


I've got an extra copy of the book to give away to one of you today too! Simply leave a comment on this post. I'll choose a winner on Monday (10/20). Make sure to leave an email address so I can contact the winner.

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Lisa Marie!

Make sure to check out all of the other stops on the tour too!

Happy Home
Sew Mama Sew – Make & Bake Apron excerpt – Mon, 10/6
Stacy Sews – Falling Leaves Appliqu├ęd Placemats – Tue, 10/7
House on Hill Road – Hot Mitt House & Tea Towel Set – Wed, 10/8
A Happy Stitch – Sweet Life Pillow – Thu, 10/9

Memorable Moments
Sew Sweetness – Wool Courier Bag – Fri, 10/10
Raspberry Sunshine – Gentlemen’s Travel Case – Mon, 10/13
Pink Chalk Fabrics – Pasha Pleated Clutch – Tue, 10/14
The Long Thread – Eye Candy Glasses Case – Wed, 10/15
Made with Moxie – Cargo Tablet Sleeve – Thu, 10/16
Bijou Lovely – Coffee Cash Coin Pouch – Fri, 10/17

New and Little
Flax and Twine – Forest Friends Finger Puppets – Mon, 10/20
Imagine Gnats – Bib, Rattle & Burp Baby Set – Tue, 10/21

21 Modern Solids Challenge: Woodcut Quilt.

10.08.2014

Update: You can now purchase the Woodcut Quilt Pattern in my shop!

My quilt for the Modern Solids Challenge is finally finished! (You can vote for your favorite quilt in the #modernsolidschallenge on the FreeSpirit blog, facebook page, or pinterest board!)
I designed at least five different quilts before deciding on this one, which of course was the first one I came up with. Funny how that always happens! I was inspired by a few different traditional quilt designs and combined them a bit to come up with this block design. I wanted to make a variation of a traditional log cabin block, but somehow incorporate half square triangles into the design as well. I also love clamshell quilts and wanted to achieve the look of clamshells without curves. In the end, the blocks remind me of trees in a forest, so I'm calling this the Woodcut Quilt!
I used 12 different colors solids on the front of the quilt, along with Arctic White for the background fabric. I wanted an edited color scheme, so I chose my favorites from 75 colors in the Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids box. I am happy with how all the colors look together! I wasn't completely sold on the color scheme until I started hanging the blocks on my design wall.
The blocks are all paper pieced, and finish at 8" square. Each block took quite a long time to piece one at a time, so I made them in batches of 12 (one in each color) to make it go a little faster.
The quilting looks deceptively simple here. I didn't want to distract from the graphic lines of the blocks, so I opted to just quilt each block in the skinny white strips. This meant there were more than 246 knots to bury, as I really don't like the look of backstitching while quilting on my sewing machine. Burying threads alone took me at least 5 hours, and that didn't include the quilting part! It does look pretty neat on the back of the quilt now though, so I suppose it was worth it.
I bound the quilt in a light pink. I was scrambling to finish the binding before the sun went down so I could take photos! I don't like binding quilts by machine, so I managed to somehow hand stitch it down in an hour and 15 minutes! Not bad for a 60" square quilt. Definitely faster than I've ever done it before.
The back is just some random coordinating fat quarters from the box and more pink yardage, along with a few of my favorite Chicopee prints that seemed to match.
It's been really fun watching everyone's quilts come together for this challenge! They're all so different, even though we were using the same fabric.
 This quilt will be made into a pattern very soon! I will let you all know when it's available.


Thanks to FreeSpirit Fabrics/Coats & Clark and Denyse Schmidt for the opportunity to participate in this challenge! Please vote for your favorite quilt in the #modernsolidschallenge by commenting on the FreeSpirit blogfacebook page, or pinterest board!)

Update: You can now purchase the Woodcut Quilt Pattern in my shop!

19 Modern Solids Challenge Progress.

9.30.2014

I've been working really hard on my Modern Solids Challenge quilt the past few days!  I am a little behind due to waiting for my background fabric to arrive and then promptly getting sick as soon as it got here, but I am hoping to finish very very soon! It took a few marathon assembly line sewing days to finish all the blocks. These blocks take quite awhile to finish, especially while making just one at a time. I made them in large batches and it seemed to go a little faster.
Paper piecing makes such a mess, but the precision is worth it in my opinion. I think I filled up an entire garbage can with all the little trimmings!
Once I started hanging them up on the design wall, I got pretty excited. I wasn't really sure I was going to like them or not at first!
 I spent last night basting and I'm looking forward to getting started on the quilting today!


 You can read more details about the Modern Solids Challenge on this post!  Make sure to follow along on Instagram too at #modernsolidschallenge.

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