Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Valentine's Day Oven Mitt Tutorial

Are you looking for a great project to showcase that one print that you may not have much of? 


Check out the tutorial that I teamed up with Janome to bring you by clicking HERE!  I know that I just love Liberty of London prints, but gosh...they're pretty proud of them, am I right?  It's not often I spend $40+ per yard on fabric...but I will admit to purchasing a couple of "swatches" from fabric.com for a few bucks a piece.  I could almost never bring myself to sew with them, especially considering each piece that I had was less than a fat eighth...hello...!  Not many patterns allow for this!  


So I whipped up this cute oven mitt tutorial and thought that Liberty fabric I had been hoarding for so long would be perfect for the little reverse applique window!  


It's a great project for showcasing your favorite prints, and also for using up scraps of low volume fabrics (or any scraps, really!)

Have the happiest of Valentine's Days and take this project into the kitchen to bake up some yummy sweets for the one you love :)


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Alison Glass Ventana Quilt

I usually am not such a sucker for holiday deals and sales...but when Alison Glass had her twelve days of Christmas, I couldn't resist.  I ordered the pattern below (picture from Alison Glass's website) in the kit format.  And I have to say...I have NEVER purchased a quilt kit before.  I take immense pleasure in selecting fabrics and design for a quilt, but it was so nice to not have to think about those things for once.  I opened the pattern, cut up all the fabric that was sent to me, and I whipped this quilt top up in about 4 days.  


I have yet to quilt the top...I'm thinking of adding some applique to the center of the white parts of the quilt to add a little more to it, but haven't quite decided yet.  I had allowed myself a few days of selfish sewing prior to the end of 2016, and this was the project I chose to do.  It's a great pattern--especially if you want to just follow someone else's instructions (the blocks are foundation paper pieced), and you don't even have to worry about being too mindful of the piecing process.  

foundation paper pieced blocks ready to be assembled

The kit I purchased came with Alison's newest line of fabric-Seventy Six.  I added a few blocks to the standard pattern to increase the dimensions slightly.  I really didn't think this pattern would come together as quickly as it did, and didn't really have a backing in mind for it when I finished.  So I just wanted to share my bit of selfish sewing for 2016.  And while this isn't really a pattern review, I have to say the pattern is extremely easy to follow (and the kit even came with enough fabric for me to make 12 extra blocks--increasing the size from a 5x6 layout to a 6x7 block layout.) and such a pleasure to make.  

My nearly finished quilt top 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Making connections with t shirt quilts

I know that t-shirt quilts aren't considered to be the most glamorous form of creating in the quilt world, but they have always held a special place in my heart.  The first quilt I ever made was a t-shirt quilt.  And I definitely won't post pictures of that quilt here (I had no idea what a 1/4" seam allowance was or that knit fabric stretched when you sewed it...), I still have the quilt and use it often.  Honestly, you could more appropriately call it a blanket.  But I digress...

I want to talk about this fabulous t-shirt quilt I was asked to finish for a customer.  Her son attended the same high school that I went to, ran cross country and track (as I did), and attended the same University!  This person was 5 or 6 years behind me in all these things...nevertheless, making this quilt was almost like making it for myself.  His mother even embroidered symbols from the university to put as cornerstones on the border of the quilt.  It turned out really cool!

I love seeing t-shirts being re-purposed, and it is really cool to see how many were saved and the duration they were saved for! 


Here is the finished quilt--It was so much fun getting to work on this and think about my college days (and I seriously can't believe that was 10 years ago!!!)


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mock Stained Glass Mini Quilt Tutorial

Happy New Year!  Well, this post is a day late and a dollar short, but it's here :)
I usually post on Tuesdays, but this one got away from me!  

Sometimes winter blues can get you down (although here, in Texas, it was nearly 80 degrees yesterday and looked WAY more like spring than winter!) and it helps to have some fun and easy projects to get you through the weather.  I hope you'll take a look at the free tutorial I teamed up with Janome to create.  It's listed on the APQS blog and is a great free pattern for a mini quilt--or-- if you prefer not to quilt it, hang it in a window that gets lots of light for a stained glass effect.  Either way, it's a great way to add another technique to your arsenal of skills.  



Find the free tut HERE

Have a great week!