Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday Review 05

Little bits of awesome I came across this week. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and enjoy!

- LOVE this preppy, striped camera strap.

-Oversized log cabins. What a great sunshine and shadow layout!

-Pantone 2013: Emerald Quilt Challenge (and last years tangerine tango winners)

-This is a great concept for a quilt. Maybe in greens?! See above ; )

-Time to get organized. This pressing board topped storage by Jacquie G is brilliant.

It's the last Sunday of 2012, make it count!

p.s. Thanks so much for the positive feed back on these Sunday Reviews!  I love putting them together and it makes me smile that you like reading them.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bunny Love

I'm sending out some bunny love! This little bunny was filled with love and sent to someone special for Christmas. My five year old wanted to help make it so she traced pattern pieces onto freezer paper, picked out fabric, and sat on my lap for some of the stitching. She also handed me bits of fluff to fill it with. It turned out to be a really fun project to do together. We were sure to give her extra hugs before we sent her to her new home.

I've used this pattern before and I highly recommend it. Fiona also has patterns for a super cute doll, giraffe, and dog. Check it out if you're in the mood to make a softie.  : )

My other bunnies: Handmade Bunnies

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas, Finished

I finished our quilt just in time for Christmas Eve snuggles. Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Adrianne xx

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Review 04

Little bits of awesome I came across this week. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and enjoy!

-Hey Salt Water fans, Squid art in a nursery? Sure! You too can have it for only $3550

-More Marine Life Art Collection at Apartment Therapy

-Will 2013 be the year of the Block of the Month? Here are two to get you started.

     -Modern BOM at Gen X Quilters - Starts January 2013
     -Lucky Stars BOM at Don't Call Me Betsy - Starts January 2013

-I love this idea! Outline a bold fabric with embroidrey. Her stitching is so beautiful.

Happy Sunday,

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Little Mouse House

I try to make a gift for each of my kids for their birthdays. One has a birthday right before Christmas and one right after. I like the idea that they have something special made by their Mama. In the past, I have made little artist sets, bean bags, and a even a waldorf style doll.  

About a month ago, my daughter saw this Nursery Versery fabric by Heather Ross and LOVED it. She asked me to make her a round container and went about picking out the perfect fabric for the inside. Julie (my friend and shop owner) and I made lots of suggestions, but she wouldn't have any of it. This is a girl who knows her own mind.  : ) After carefully looking all around at all the bolts, she decided she liked this print from Cuzco by Kate Spain.

For her birthday I thought it would be cute to make a pair of little mice to go in her basket. They are a hit!  She has already requested two more smaller mice to play with.

FREE Pincushion mouse pattern from Bustle and Sew
Fabric Bucket Tutorial from Ric Rac

Fabric Basket Tutorial from Nana Company
Fabric Storage Bucket Tutorial from Film in the Fridge

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy Christmas II, Finished!

Happy Christmas II is done! I've added "almost" orange peel quilting with a walking foot like my friend Ruth and again I can't seem to follow directions. My shapes don't exactly meet, instead they line up and criss-cross. I still like it, but it's definitely different. Michael Miller's holiday stripe was perfect for the binding. Isn't it fun cut on the bias? 

The label is written with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen, heat set it and then framed out with scraps. The backing is from The Good Life by Deena Rutter. Early on I decided that this quilt will be a gift for someone special.

A little back story for you. Five years ago, my daughter was supposed to born on New Years Day. Instead, she was delivered two weeks early via emergency c-section. It was right before Christmas and I barely remember that time. We were were tucked into our hospital room being nursed back to health. The only sign of the holidays was a little ornament taped to my door. This thoughtful touch of peace and holiday cheer made me smile.

I'll be taking this sweet little quilt to our local hospital to bring a smile to another family that finds themselves in the hospital during Christmas.

Happy Elving,

Further Reading: Leftovers? Yes please!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Busy Elf

Striped binding anyone?

I'm keeping busy over here, how about you? The quilting is done for both Happy Christmas I and II and the binding is ready and waiting.  I LOVE a striped binding!

Poochie Bags to be

After making my first poochie bag the other day, I decided I need some more for gift bags. And this time, I'm going to follow the pattern! Aren't these fabrics cute together? The top print is from Joy by Kate Spain and the bottom prints are from Oh Deer by Momo, Joy by Kate Spain, Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey and the pink one is an old Robert Kaufman print from my stash.

Type by Julia Rothman

While I was shopping for others, I treated myself to a few new prints from Type by Julia Rothman. These are so fresh and fun. I don't even have a plan for them, I just had to have them.

I needed help picking a solid. Julie suggested orange, and I think it's awesome!

Speaking of typewriters, this gorgeous piece is from Ruby Star Shining by Melody Miller. It's destined to become a tote bag. The solid orange is going to be the lining. Aren't they great together?  

Yes, another Christmas quilt is in the works.

I have a new quilt idea sketched out and it's almost time to cut into my delicious layer cake of Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey. I can't wait!  I know it probably won't be done in time for this year, but that's ok by me. I love quilting all year long.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Review 03

Little bits of awesome I came across this week. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and enjoy!

-Gorgeous color palette: Architextures coordinating solids by Carolyn Friedlander
(the Architextures prints are pretty great too)

-This quilt by Folk Fibers is gorgeous in it's simplicity

-Ikea hackers Cutting Table from an Expedit Shelf = Awesome

-Lightsaber Lip Gloss, Hilarious!

-3 New Quilt Patterns from Cloud 9 Fabrics.  Pssst!  They're FREE

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thoughts on Quilting Swirls

I have admired swirly quilting for a long time. Do you know Kellie Wulfsohn's work? How about Karen McTavish? And of course, Angela Walters! I have watched Angela in action in her Craftsy class. I also have her book, Free Motion Quilting with Angela. Like she recommends, I practiced with my pen and paper first.  I thought I was ready.

Here is my test quilting on scraps.  Not bad!

Warmup round: getting my swirl on. Elves are waiting...
via Instagram

Then I started quilting my Happy Christmas quilt. Oh-my-gosh. This is so much harder than it looks! Good thing my family will still love it and I only have to look at it once a year. Bwahahaha.

In hindsight, starting with a simple baby quilt would have been better for a first try.

  • Try different feet. I really like the closed toe foot, but it's different for everyone.
  • Relax your shoulders and remember to breathe
  • Fresh needle required
  • Bounce. Yes, this one magical word from Angela helped me so much. Swirl until you come to the edge of something (block, quilt, another swirl) and the bounce off the edge and start another swirl.

  • Flannel quilt backs make for a heavier quilt and more arm muscles required to move the quilt around a home sewing machine
  • Managing the bulk of a quilt is two thirds the battle - at least!
  • Basting pins break up the workflow (more than when quilting lines or stippling)
  • The molding on my wall makes a crack wide enough for the quilt to escape off my extended sewing table. D'oh!
  • I tend to like wider, more open quilt designs, but I found wider, bigger swirls much harder to make look smooth than smaller tighter swirls. Basically, whatever you can fit in-between your two hands while quilting is perfect.

  • Spray Baste? - I'll try anything once
  • Smaller Quilt - Definitley
  • Tighter quilting - Perhaps
  • Rent a long arm?!   : )

     -Kellie Wulfsohn: Blog
     -Karen McTavish: Website
     -Angela Walters: Blog, Craftsy, Book
     -I love this post about the process of quilting by Rossie

Angela cracked me up when she said to me the other day, #putaswirlonit

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Leftovers? Yes please!

Happy Scraps

What happens when you keep pulling more and more fabric off of your shelves for a project? What about when you don't do any math calculations and instead cut everything in your stack into 2.5" strips? Well my friends, you end up with leftovers.

What does one do with a heap of leftover holiday fabric? Make another quilt of course! I trimmed all the strips down to 2.5" squares and chain stitched them onto a long strip of white. After separating out the pairs it was easy to just sit and piece this quilt top together.  This top measures 36" square.  Perfect for a baby quilt.

Postage stamp quilts are awesome. Bay Area Modern made quite a few of these for charity quilts this year. I'm loving these brights paired with white.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Review 02

Little bits of awesome I came across this week. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and enjoy!

-Pantone announces the 2013 color of the year... EMERALD!
-Trends in kid decor and I see triangles

-I love these printable holiday gift tags

-Jenny's awesome interlocking spiral quilting on her long arm

-Anna Maria Horner book giveaway  (Ends December 12th)

-I'm obsessed with this alphabet needlepoint pillow from PB Teen.  I know!

Happy Sunday!

Monday, December 3, 2012

On the Design Wall: Happy Christmas

Introducing, Happy Christmas

This is the power of suggestion at work. The week before Thanksgiving, my son says to me, "Mom, you should make a Christmas quilt for us this year." Sure, thing Buddy! The next thing I know I was shopping for fabric. I picked out lots of happy, fresh, crisp colors in red, lime, kelly, pink and aqua.

Fussy Cut Gnomes
First, I cut a bunch of strips for the over-sized rail fence blocks a la ORBCO. Then I added the over-sized square blocks because the gnomes *had* to be fussy cut. Last, I had to figure out a way for it to all go together. This is what I came up with and I'm calling it, "Happy Christmas".

Pieced Top

-An eclectic mix of holiday prints from Michael Miller
-1001 Peeps by Lizzy House
-Kumari Garden by Dena Designs
-Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt
-Apple of My Eye by the Quilted Fish
-City Weekend by Olive + S

Little Bluebell via Instagram

I'm silly excited that I bought the mini gnome print for the back!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunday Review

Little bits of awesome I came across this week. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and enjoy!

-Tula Pink announces a new FREE quilt pattern, Anchors Aweigh.

-Cute wall calendar from Heather Ross called "working mother".

-Lotta Jansdotter's newest collection, Glimma.

-Ashley and Rossie have already been cutting into their Glimma!

- A simple screen printing technique you can do at home.

-Woah, just woah! This dresden plate by V & Co is so clever!!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Secret Fabric Swap and the *almost* Poochie Bag

This gorgeous bundle is for my secret BAMQG holiday swap partner. After I got her wishlist, I headed my local quit shop. My partner likes:
  • Ric Rack Rabbits
  • Chicopee
  • Geometrics 
  • Retro fabrics

I remembered another helpful hint; my partner often comes to the meetings wearing red. I liked the idea of a coordinated, but slightly eclectic bundle. These rabbits were my starting point and I added the rest one at a time.

These are about to get pooch-ified! @happy_zombie

When it came time to wrap it up, I thought I'd be sneaky and use the same prints from her bundle. Who would guess if it matched? I remembered Monica's fat quarter friendly Poochie Bag pattern. Perfect! I ended up fudging the measurements a little to fit the print. It's not exactly as the pattern was written, but I think it still looks cute. For inquiring minds, I pooched 2" in order to fit the fat quarter stack.

Add in a fabric covered journal and a spool of thread and we're good to go.

Now my secret it out. Happy Holidays, Annemarie!

Ric Rac Rabbits, Bunny Dresses in Red by Creative Thursday
Meet the Gang, Friends in Green by Creative Thursday
Chicopee, Cross Square in Green by Denyse Schmidt
Chicopee, Circle Cross in Red by Denyse Schmidt
Ric Rac Rabbits, Wreaths in Red by Creative Thursday
Ric Rac Rabbits, Bunny Suit in White by Creative Thursday
Chicopee, Cross Square in Red by Denyse Schmidt
Chicopee, Voltage dot in Red by Denyse Schmidt
Chicopee, Paisley in Red by Denyse Schmidt

Poochie Bag Pattern - FREE from Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie


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