Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: Dresden Plate

Happy Thursday! Today I am sharing my Dresden Plates with you. These unfinished plates came from my daughter's grandmother's family.
I have about 20 of them and I am hoping to make at least 2 quilts so I can pass them along to my daughters.

Each blade was hand sewn and the center yellow circle was reverse appliqued.  They measure 14".

There are so many different feedsacks, its like a little fabric history lesson.

The tutorial and pdf I am sharing next week will not be using the reverse applique for the center. The technique I am using is (I think) much simplier.

 I needle turn appliqued each plate on to a square. You can still see my cross hair folding I used to center the plate.

I haven't decided how to join the blocks yet, sashing, no sashing.

Check back next Thursday for a tutorial and free pattern to make this block!

Today I am busy putting Advant Garden bundles together. Momo has put together another great line!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Up Parasol Clutch

Several weeks ago I saw a clutch on Instagram made by Pinksuedeshoes. I had to make it! That happens to you right, you see something and want to drop everything to make it?

I used Up Parasol scraps from a few projects I have lined up (this is a great tiny scraps project), linen from our shop and a pattern by Stitch Magazine.

The hardest part (and I only call it hard because it takes time) is the petals. After that its smooth sailing.

I have a few more sets of petals cut out in preparation for Christmas sewing.

The pattern is from an issue about 4 years ago but I also found it in the book Best of Stitch  Bags to sew.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ruffled Pouch

I am a mad pinner on Pinterest. Mad as in crazy. I am sure many of you are too.

I pinned this fun tutorial not too long ago and set out cutting the pieces. I don't read instruction much, just blaze ahead. So when I cut the back piece was 4"X5" I realized this was going to be a teeny pouch.  Not quite what I had in mind.

However, I love this teeny ruffled pouch. My kids love it too (perfect for holding coins and small treasures) . I will be making many more I am sure.

I used a thrifted skirt for the bottom and ruffle. The skirt was amazing but a size xxs.
Vintage blue sewing machine courtesy of Heather

The linen can be found in our webstore or on Etsy.
The tutorial is here

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: Drunkard's Path

Only a week behind but here I am with the follow up to the Vintage Quilt Thursday, Drunkard's Path. You can check out the vintage quilt I used as inspiration here .

The vintage quilt's individual blocks finished at 2". That's no typo. Mine finish at 6".

I used a fantastic ruler by Marti Michell. You can find it here.

I pieced the individual squares in the traditional block but, as you can see, there are many different layouts. The unfinished  block I made is 20"

I wanted to sew a 2 color block like the inspirational quilt but I am very excited to make a scrappy quilt. I haven't decided on a totally scrappy block or make each block with the same fabric but each block different.

The above block I hand quilted with chunky stitches using Perle cotton. It didn't take long at all. I do spy a small section I missed. I must have run out of thread

On the top is a zipper half installed. I am easily distracted. Eventually it will become a pillow for one of my daughter's beds.

Next weeks Vintage Quilt Thursday are blocks I inherited and the following Thursday I will have a PDF template for you to download. My first PDF, very exciting.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Linen Thread Catcher

So, no Vintage Quilt Tutorial. I was hoping to get something in the mail today to share with you but it is coming tomorrow. Boo.

In the meantime, here is a cute, little thread catcher.

I have been working with linen lately. I have a few more linen projects and I am excited to get them done so I can share them with you.

The tutorial is very well written and would make a fun gift for your quilty (and non quilty) friends.

Another picture taken with my cell phone. Don't mind all the junk on my dresser. 

Here is a link to the linen I used
The Thread Catcher link

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Show and Tell: Table Runner

 Happy Monday! Today's Show and Tell is a little table runner I made to fit my coffee table.

The strips are cut  1.5-2" and are 10" wide. The table runner itself is 10" X 24" long. It was a quick and easy finish and I used up scraps.

I finished it using quilting in the ditch

 We have the fabrics I used in a fat quarter bundle and 10" Layer Cake

I just realized how well this runner and that can go together. 3 Bear Honey and that little bee with a kerchief and pink honeycombs!

 I love cutting custom bundles for customers. They come up with the best colors. Sometimes, I like them so much I cut a few extra. This is my latest favorite. Isn't it awesome!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: Drunkard's Path

Its Thursday! And I love Thursday because we share awesome vintage quilts!!

Today I am sharing another 2 fabric quilt. I tell you, I am sold on 2 color quilts.

The green cabinet and pink frame in the background are new vintage pieces Heather added to our new little shop. Have you been by and checked it out yet?

 This little quilt is a toddler bed size and each individual block is 2" finished!!

The little 9 patch in the corner is a fun touch.
Come back next week and I will share a modern version or two and instructions on how to make this fun block.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Whats New: Chillingsworth

Its Tuesday! And that means new stuff to share. Today I brought in my finished Chillingsworth table runner. It was so simple to make.

And I quilted it myself!

I used one Chillingsworth panel, (5) 2.5" binding strips, and a black backing (and batting, of course).

I marked my cross hatch lines with a Frixon pen (the best marking pen ever) and quilted with a walking foot.

The bundle is super fun too. Can you make out the little skulls on the purple damask? And newsprint is always a hit with me.

Heather is making a table topper with this line and I can't wait to see it. I will be sure and share pics with you when it is done.

You want to be sure and mark July 11th on your calendar. Heather is hosting another Instagram destash., 9Am-9PM. This round is hard to find and out of print fabrics.

The destash is under @thequiltbarndestash

You can also enter to win a low volume fat quarter bundle! Check it out

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vintage Quilt: Daisy Pinwheel

Its Thursday and that means vintage quilt fun.

Here is this weeks inspiration, a Daisy Pinwheel quilt.

I love all these vintage fabrics and hand quilting.

Yes, this block uses curved piecing but don't let that scare you off. You can do it! The key is use lots of pins.

 Here is my tester block. I laid the slices out and noticed that the white background fabrics stuck out.
I unpicked the 2 blocks and reused the background pieces.

That looks better.

Some of the fabrics used in this block
Vintage Happy
Bee My Honey

Here is the start of my second block. I labeled the pieces using my handy Frixon pen.
The markings disappear with an iron's heat.

I really like the background fabric I chose for this block. So modern and fun. A few pieces from Carolyn Friendlander's line, Architextures was re-released.
I am so grateful when fabric is re-released. I missed out the first time and I am going to stock up this time around.

The color slices are Up Parasol by Heather Bailey. I have lots of scraps left from this block and I have a few little projects in the que. It is so fun and girly

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Up Parasol

The grey cross hatch fabric is also Architextures and is an extra wide backing, 108" wide!!

You can find the instructions for this block here. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What I'm Working On: New Fabric

 I had a few scraps left over from a quilt project I am busting through (or trying too. I miscalculated how much fabric I needed but I am too excited about this one to let it sit undone) so I made a few diamond stars

I am going to finish them up in to a pillow to match the quilt. The fabrics are Emmy Grace by Barij

I quilted this awesome panel this weekend and bought the binding this morning. So close to a finish line.

Marking this panel was real simple using a Frixon Pen. The lines disappear with the heat of an iron.

I also use my pen to mark fabric when making clothing, darts and matching points etc.