Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Custom Fabric Bundle

Over the holiday break I spent a lot of time at Nido in downtown Burlington. I teach classes there and I also work some shop hours from time to time. This time, I was asked to create a fat quarter bundle for the shop. No holds barred, choose from all different lines... it was really really fun. This is what I came up with, and I call it "Math Class". I'm looking forward to making a quilt with it!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

'Tis the season

The holidays, for a crafter, are crazy. Crazy busy, crazy creative, crazy fun... and crazy. There are so many lists: handmade gifts, and projects for holiday shows, teachers to make for, yankee swaps, parties... It's manic I tell you!
 
All the same, this year has been a best ever year. Holiday shows have produced more sales for me than ever before and I am grateful to the community I'm in for all the support. That being said, this past week has been a major frenzy for the last show of the year: BCA's Holiday Artist Market. I love this show for so many reasons, mostly because I get to see all the summer artist market vendors that I miss seeing!
 
And I love doing these last minute, what-can-I-come-up-with projects:
 
 
 
 
Bags! New bag designs are my way to stretch my creative muscles and use on-hand fabrics to create some unique piece to sell at market. This bag uses some scraps from a blanket I made for my daughter Mira. It solidified in my mind over a couple of days and came together very quickly. I just love experimenting with these ideas!
 
Looking forward to slowing down next week and spending time baking cookies, catching up on some TV watching, and visiting with family. Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Geometric Applique Pillows

Subtitles for this post include "I love a good 14" pillow" and "Easy Beginner Sewing Projects"
 
I've been teaching at Nido / Sewing and Yarn Shop for almost a year. It's been really fun, really inspiring to work with Phiona and I'm happy to report that I've helped add on class offerings at her shop, including Kids Learn to Sew, a Kids Sewing Camp, and a Me and Mom (or Dad) class. I'm looking forward to working more at the shop, learning what people are interested in making, and of course... keeping up on new fabrics :)
 
I have noticed since I started teaching that there is a relative dearth of good beginner projects out there. Nido's classes do a great job, but because we are offering even more in the way of learning to sew, I have started doing more and more research on projects we can teach.
 
As you can imagine, I have criteria.
1. Has to use a reasonable amount of materials (to keep costs down).
2. Has to be pleasing to the eye.
3. Has to be relatively easy to sew (um, duh).
4. Has to be reasonably useful.
5. Has to fit in with my aesthetic and the general aesthetic of the store.
6. Has to incorporate at least 3-4 basic sewing techniques.
 
So... not so easy. Nido has been teaching a wonderful 1/2 yard tote bag for a long time, and I added some really kid friendly projects over the summer. But, variety is the spice of life, so I just came up with this very simple, unlined, removable pillow cover.
 
Materials:
1/2 yard fabric (non-directional preferred but can work with directional)
1 spool thread
1 14"x14" pillow form
one 6.5" square contrasting scrap fabric
one piece of heat n bond fusible interfacing (minimum 6.5" square)
 
Techniques:
applique with fusible interfacing
straight stitch
zig zag stitch
backstitch
basic hem
envelope pillow enclosure
 
Tah Dah! (please ignore poor lighting... it's been cloudy here for days)
 
I won't go into detail about construction (take a class with me if you're interested!), but I will say this. I love the project. I love throw pillows. I love bold geometry and bright colors (right now). I love that this is a quick sew that is relatively forgiving to new sew-ers. Whether or not I end up teaching it at Nido I'm glad to have experimented with some "easy sewing"!
 



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A New Little Tree Block!

My friend Jess is really the reason I made the Tree Block tutorial. She had seen one of my pictures of it, and rather than explain it to her via text I thought a tutorial with pictures would work!

And last night, she sent me this picture:


Isn't it great?? She even has woodgrain fabric for the trunks! I think she's decided to use white-on-white fabrics for the background, it will add some lovely texture to the quilt and help her use up some of her low volumes.

I'm so happy to see someone else's little tree turn out so well! If you're also working on this quilt, or block, send me some pictures I love to see them!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Stormy Quilt

It's interesting to me how my projects often reflect my mood. I've been dark and stormy lately, but still hoping for the sunshine to lift me up.
 


Cloud 9 First Light Organic Flannel.


Doe by Carolyn Friedlander.

What do I love about this quilt? So many things. Contrast and tension in the colors and quilting. Harmonious elements in the line drawings. Symbolism - sun in the colors, raindrops in the circles.

And perfectly mitered corners. On all four corners. Precision is beauty!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Half Square Triangle Study

I could just let this one tell the story in pictures, shall I?
 

 
Start with a bunch of Cotton & Steel FivebyFives in Mochi (yum yum)
 
 
Get the points to line up. It's hard. I didn't necessarily achieve the goal throughout the quilt but when I did... beauty.


Front.


Back. With Essex Yarn Dyed because of course! I love the stuff!

 
Quilting detail.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Little Tree Quilt

I finished the little tree quilt! If you're interested in the tutorial for the tree block, click here.

 



I'm in love with the textures this quilt has. There is a very nice combination of different fabrics including lots of Cotton and Steel, some beautiful solids, Kaufman Chambray dots, and even a touch of Skinny laMinx. Background is done in Kona Snow.

 

Backing is a Kaufman Chambray Dot (Olive), and quilting lines are variegated softly falling lines (like snow in winter).

This is one of the only quilts I've ever hand stitched the back side of the binding for. This quilt is being made as a wall hanging, and there really is no other way to get a beautiful clean and crisp front side of the quilt. The finished size of this quilt is approx. 40" x 48"... I used and 8x8 grid of my little tree blocks that had been trimmed to 5.5" x 6.5".


I hope you love it! This quilt will have a very special home this holiday season. I will be sure to post about that when the time comes ;)