Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sewing and Swapping

Tag me in any sewing swap you see - I'll help everyone stay in the loop. #sewingandswapping

I've decided to start a regular blog post sharing the swaps that are starting soon on Instagram.

So many great friendships can be made through online swaps and it's so much fun to get happy mail.

Here's what I need you to do: If you see a swap announced (or if you're hosting a swap) let me know! I'll post a "List your swaps here" post on Instagram, leave the # for the swap, and tag the swap host. You can tag me on the instagram swap announcement pic too -- but it's hard to keep up with them all! Alternately you can email me (emedoodle at Yahoo dot com). I'll try to keep up with this as much as possible.

Often swaps will fill up really quickly - so I'll try to post the full swaps separately -- follow the host of the swap to get notices of the next rounds!

If you don't see a swap that fits your needs, start one! (Maybe I'll write a separate blog post for tips on running a successful swap).

Here we go the first edition of #SewingAndSwapping

#Kawaiihalloweenswap is being hosted by @shaunajared75 signups end Mon 8/25
#IGminiswap hosted by @curly_boy1
#dumplingswap hosted by @rockislander (signups open 8/15)
(Flickr) the Fox_Swap hosted by (signups open until 8/17)
(Flickr) The Fabric Scrap Swap (signups open until 8/15)

Signups closed (watch the hashtags and swap hosts for possible future swaps!)
#citrusswap hosted by @rockislander
#icecreampencilcaseswap hosted by @lillaluise
#starbucksmugrugswap hosted by @yvcampbell77 (flickr only?)
#verycherryswap hosted by @emilyannskloset
#thestrawberryswap hosted by @frampuna
#schnitzelandboominiquiltswap hosted by @schnitzelandboo
#kittyminiquiltswap hosted by @iamlunasol





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WIP - AMH Love Quilt

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I have an obsession, and it's nothing new. I am in LOVE with Anna Maria Horner's fabric designs. 

Way back when I started quilting the first designer fabric I ever purchased was from her Chocolate Lollipop line. I was hooked immediately, and I've been hoarding bits of her fabrics ever since.

A bit of shadow piecing.  #tinypiecing #miniquilt #freepieced #konacharcoal #konacotton #aurifil #annamariahorner

For the past few months I've been (intermittently) working on a quilt I call AMH Love. It's all my tiny bits of AMH fabric, and I'm hoping it comes together just as I envision it. 

To ensure that I don't screw it up - I made a maquette - a practice mini. (I learned this term from Jacquie Gering, what an inspiration!) So while I'm not sharing my full project just yet, here are some snaps of the Maquette.

Playing along with #whatsonyourdesignwall ... this guy is on the design ironing board (not even floor space to spare lol)... since this pic was taken its been quilted, but needs some thread burying and binding to happen soon. Wanna play along #chicagomqg

I'm loving the dense quilting (what? I haven't taken pics of the quilting yet). I'm loving the paper pieced letters ("my first alphabet" pattern by Diane Bohn)

Monday, August 4, 2014

As Seen In Quilty Magazine!

I'm I'm Quilty!

Check it out! I'm in Quilty Magazine! Pick up the July / August issue today!

I'm super excited about this one - it's a good quick project that's perfect for using up all those scraps. And -- you can watch my Quilty Episode and Mary and I will walk you through all the steps! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

As Seen in QuiltNow magazine!

Get your hexie templates and check out a preview of my project for issue 1 of @quiltnow magazine! www.quiltnow.co.uk/

Guess what?! I'm in issue one of QuiltNow Magazine! See that pretty little pencil pouch? I made it!
I'm super excited to be a part of this publication, it's sure to be a great source of inspiration in the quilt world.

I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my copy -- so far I'm impressed by everything I've seen. For those of you in the UK - run out now and buy a copy and check it out! If you're in the US, you can order it through Pink Castle Fabrics.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sparkle Box Pouches!

I've been sewing.

Accomplished tonight: zips sewn and top stitched for 7 boxy sparkle pouches. One pouch finished. If you're looking for a sparkly gift these will be ready later this week. #sewingnightatemilys #noshedoesnthaveinstagram #boxpouches #forsale #zippouch #zippi

I'm a bit addicted.

I can't get enough.

New vinyl colors!! Who needs a pouch?? $17 for a 7" x 3" x 3" or set of three different sizes for $45. Mint, teal, purple, grey, blue, silver. #boxpouch #zipperedpouch #OMGallthesparkles #goingtoquiltcon

Sparkle vinyl!!

Big and little. Special orders for two of my co-workers. What do you think @saharfakhri and @texas_bones ?? Big is 10" x 5" x 4" little is 3" x 1" x 1" #zipperedpouch #boxpouch #sparkles

I'm hoping someone wants to buy these when they're finished... because I just keep making them! 

No really, if you want one let me know.
$17 each (usa shipping included) / $12 / each for the little ones. 

Christmas in July?

I even made a couple OSU themed ones - Go Buckeyes! 



Don't mind me, I'm just over here sewing sparkle pouches.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap - Sent!


It's been ages. I know. 

No excuses. This is my blog and I'm sad to have let a month go by without sharing a bit of my sewing. It's getting harder and harder to find a minute to post -- but I don't want to let go of the blogging. I love blogging. So thank you to whoever is still out there reading!

Last month I finished this sweet little mini quilt for the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I decided to go with a mini Red Letter Day block - since I can't stand the cuteness of all those tiny bits! Also, I paper pieced a tiny paper airplane there. Really the theme of this was cute (check out those tiny Briar Rose strawberries). 

I have been a bit addicted to paper piecing these days - my preparation for Demoing at International Quilt Fest hooks me every time! I decided to go super personal by spelling out my partner's name in perfectly paper-pieced letters. I imagine with a name like Rhiannon, she doesn't see her name printed on most things. The pattern I used is "My First Alphabet" by Diane Bohn / From the Blank Pages. Diane is awesome and I recommend her patterns - they're great!! 

This one is now living with its new owner Rhiannon / @Raebirdrhi (on instagram)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I need to teach.


Today I demo'd at the Open Studios at the International Quilt Festival, Chicago. I demo'd foundation paper piecing for the second time this year. Having already done the demoing thing at this show last year, I wasn't particularly nervous or stressed while prepping for my demo. I was looking forward to it - it's fun to teach people new skills. 

Each demo is given a two hour time slot - and that's enough time for people to come and go - several sets of people stop to see what you're doing and ask questions. I managed to do my complete explanation of paper piecing about eight times today. It went so smoothly and everyone had such great questions. I really think I taught some people a new skill today. They can go and paper piece without fear. 


Today's demo affirms my desire to teach. I want to get out there. I want to share my passion for quilting. I still don't know how to go about doing that -- but I need to continue to work on it. I love the feeling of sharing my love of precision, color, pattern, design. I love connecting with a student - I love when you see that moment of clarity in their face. They get it. 

So bear with me as I figure out how to get to that next step. I need to teach.