Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Singing Squares - Quilt Now issue 15!

This month's issue of Quilt Now magazine includes my Singing Squares quilt and pillow. This is probably one of my very favorite quilts I've made in a long time. It's no surprise that I adore Anna Maria Horner's fabrics, and her Folk Song line is one of the best fabric lines in a long time. It speaks to me. Much more than just that, the line of fabric splits so easily into warm / cool stacks. That was my inspiration for this quilt - playing with scale and negative space, warm and cool. I also wanted to make this quilt very charm square friendly. I have already used my stack of AMH charms (so sweetly gifted to me by a friend who participated in the AMH Charm Swap a few years back), but I know so many people still have those charms and are waiting for the perfect project to use them! This project is the one! 

This quilt comes together quickly, it uses about half a FQ bundle (or a bunch of charms / scraps), and paired with linen the colors really pop!

The pillow was a bit of an extra - and I backed it with some scraps of Anna Maria Horner's velveteen. It's so cozy! 

If you make a quilt using this pattern I would love to see it.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Color Gradient Pouch - Quilt Now Magazine!

When you submit items to magazines a lot of the time you don't really have a solid date as to when they'll hit the newsstands... so imagine my excitement when I realized that two of my projects are in magazines this month! 

My Color Gradient Pouch is in this month's Quilt Now Magazine! I love this pouch! Here's the story - last spring I was really geeking out over this teal / coral combo. I just NEEDED it in my life. (I'm still in love with it - what's not to love?) Anyway, I just wanted to go buy all the coral fabrics. My husband and I had a morning off, and we decided to go to the fabric store together. It was totally sweet. Wally and I were stacking bolts of solids, and playing with color options. He was impressed that that sort of thing is a regular happening at a quilt shop! He helped me pick out these colors - and as the shop ladies cut it from the bolts I dashed around to the Art Gallery shelf to find a coordinating print. Wally was adorable, talking me up to the shop owner. It was pretty sweet. I'm glad that he's interested enough in my projects to join in a little bit!

Ok. So the details about the pouch - it measures at about 10" x 10" It's flat on the bottom, and a layer of Fusible Fleece inside there keeps it sturdy enough to stand on it's own. And yes, those are 1/2" finished stripes. :)  I hope you'll go grab a copy of Quilt Now issue 14 and make one for yourself! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fusible Flex Foam Blog Tour!

Two 5" x 5" squares fused to the 2-Sided Fusible Flex Foam. Quilted in strait lines with no walking foot. I encountered no puckering and no shifting. This is a perfect product for mug rugs and pouches!
I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for the Pellon Fusible Flex Foam release! I've been playing with samples of this stuff and it has a ton of great possibilities! 

For those who are not familiar, Flex Foam is sew-in stabilizer typically used to add structure to bags and pouches. It's a great product, and now it's being expanded to include two fusible options, a one and a two sided fusible.

Once fused the fabric is tight against the surface of the Flex Foam. The fabrics and foam stabilizer act as one!
Last week I spent the afternoon playing around and testing the 1 Sided Fusible Flex Foam (FF78F1) and 2 Sided Fusible Flex Foam (FF79F2). It has been really great. The fusible is everything you would expect from Pellon. It's completely sew-able, not gummy. It fuses really quickly, and best of all, it keeps your fabrics nice and crisp! 

I have big plans for some dense free motion quilting using the 2-Sided Fusible Flex Foam. I tested it out, it's perfect. Typically, thick stabilizers are prone to puckering or stretching when doing dense free motion work, but since the 2-Sided Fusible Flex Foam fuses down to both the top and backing fabric it is perfect for dense quilting! I'm looking forward to the intense texture on pouches and mug rugs!

Zipper Pull
Today's stop on the blog tour is my super sweet Zipper Pull. It's the icing on the cake for any fabulous zippered pouch! You can get the project download here. 

Don't forget to check out the other stops on the Blog Tour:
9/8 – Pellon9/8 – Swoon Sewing Patterns9/9 – Mommy’s Nap Time9/10 – Cut to Pieces9/11 – My Crafty Crap9/13 – Pellon9/14 – Baby Rozen Design9/15 – Sew Sweetness9/16 – Love to Color My World9/17 – Anjeanette Klinder9/18 – Pellon

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Leafy Pouch, Make Modern Magazine!

Whew! Summer is winding down and we're finally settling back into the school routine here. I am ready to have my weekly afternoon of sewing back! I feel like I didn't sew very much this summer, but mostly, I just did a lot at the beginning of the summer. One of those early summer finishes is now available in the fall issue of Make Modern Magazine!

Here is my Leafy Pouch! This little guy was originally made for my fall-loving daughter, and was recreated for the magazine. 

Go check out issue 7 of Make Modern. It's a digital magazine from Australia and it's full of great projects. You can get the current issue here

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sparkle Pouches!

sparkle vinyl various sized zippered pouches

I've been taking custom orders for my sparkle pouches for a while now. They're so much fun to make, that I just can't bear to keep them all for myself. I have made bout two-hundred pouches in the past year or two. It's amazing to know that people keep coming back to order more! 

The pouches above were made for a college friend, Allie. Allie has ordered a ton of pouches from me and I just love working with her on these! She uses them for everything and has even commissioned a pouch sized specifically for her allergy meds! I love it! 

I recently purchased a teflon foot for my Juki. I can't believe I have sewn vinyl for so long without it - but I tend to not buy things that aren't necessary. I finally broke down and bought the foot - it was only a couple dollars on ebay, and it works great. Now I can topstitch vinyl at full speed!

If you're ever interested in ordering a sparkle pouch from me, just drop me a line and we'll work out the details ($12 - $17 for box pouches, $8 for flat). I don't like the business end of things, so I don't keep an Etsy store. I tend to do pouches in spurts - when I get an order I'll post the call out on social media in case anyone else wants to order one at the same time. :) Typically I do more around Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pimp My Hearing Aid / Cochlear Implant - another type of crafting.

There has been another type of crafting happening around here. Every month or so I settle in for a session of hearing aid / cochlear implant decorating. In the online community (mostly in the UK, since their healthcare system rarely allows for anything but flesh-toned hearing gear), they call this "pimping". It's pretty cool, and it exemplifies the feeling of owning one's hearing loss. Own it. This is me, don't ignore it, don't hide it. Love yourself. 

I hope that Allie always feels this way about her hearing gear. She has always had purple hearing aids, and now her CI processors are pink (Naida) and red (Neptune). She chooses a different color for her ear mold every time - for now it's hot pink. She gladly shows off her glittery and shiny "pimped" hearing aid and CI. 

Every month or so when it's time to refresh her look, Allie weighs in and tells me what color / what stickers / what gems. And after she goes to sleep I get to work. It really doesn't take long, and those tiny embroidery scissors help so much!

For now I'm glad that Allie is happy. She likes to pick out charms to hang from her hearing aid tube. She picks the rhinestones, and the tapes. (We've even had Hello Kitty tape!). 

AB Naida

These pictures show the hearing aids / CI decorated using washi tape (paper tape), plastic craft tape (marketed for teen crafting), stick-on rhinestones (from the scrapbooking isle). The hanging items are charms either for jewelry making, or for loom band crafts. I used small, sharp, embroidery scissors to trim around the edges. The main goal is to use a gentle, removable product - nothing permanent, nothing that requires acetone to remove. Don't cover any buttons or microphones. 

For more information please request acceptance on the facebook page Pimp My Hearing Aids / Cochlear Implants - UK.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Quilt Labels - Screen Printed

This quilt label has been more than a year in the making. It seems like I've had this plan for ages... but it took me a while to take the plunge and decide on what I wanted it to say! 
I've always been lazy about labeling my quilts. I don't like hand stitching, I don't care for written labels, and I leave the labeling to the last moment - which means it doesn't end up getting done. 

About a year ago I saw Rossie's screen print quilt label. I loved the idea of using one standard label - printed onto the quilt backing. It would be quick, pretty, and permanent. 

So. I decided to do it. I'd order a screen with my details on it - I'd screen print my labels. The more I thought about it though, the more hung up I got. I don't know how to use a vector program, I don't feel well versed in graphic design. I just wanted it to be "me" but I sorta froze just thinking about it. Eventually I put a shout-out on facebook and my friend Samantha offered to do it for me. :) I was able to commission her to simplify my existing blog header (the header was designed by Shruti years ago). We worked together to decide how to incorporate my name, my nickname, and my blog name. Samantha did such a great job  - and I am so pleased that I didn't have to worry about all the little details!!

Next I ordered a Thermofax screen to be made from the image. I ordered it from Rossie's friend, and it turned out so nicely! I went with the large size, and I think next time I'll shrink it down a little. I do like the nice large size though!

So now I'm screen printing my labels to the back of my quilts. I have done a couple of them so far. I would prefer to screen print the label before quilting, but both these quilts were already quilted and really in need of a label! Printing after quilting leaves a slightly less crisp print (since there is texture due to the quilting stitches), but it worked out well enough, and it's way better than having no label! 

For now I'm using Versatex Screen Print Ink. It has worked really nicely.