Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cozy Cottage Calendar Celebration!

Today I'm excited to be part of a group of bloggers, celebrating Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet, new limited edition calendar.   This twelve month calendar features beautiful photos of Lori's gorgeous home and includes her pattern for a house block in two sizes, plus a mini quilt and pillow.

I used the eight inch block to make her Cozy Cottage pillow.  Christmas has been on my mind so I decided to pull out some of my favorite Tilda fabrics for a Christmas Cottage pillow.  I couldn't stop there, I made the super cute four inch block into an ornament with Santa peering out the window!  As ever, Lori's instructions are clear and easy and make the whole process of creating so fun!

The Fatquarter Shop is hosting the celebration, go here for a list of participating bloggers and for a look at their fabulous creations.  While you're there, don't forget to purchase the calendar before they're sold out.  This would make a great present for the quilter in your life!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Patriot Flower Sugar

Recently I became part of Lecien Corporations new Flower Sugar World Ambassador program.  I have joined a group of designers, around the globe, who get to sew with the new Flower Sugar fabric before it's released to the public.  The first collection is Flower Sugar Fall 2015 which will be unveiled next week at the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas and will be in stores in May 2016.

I have long wanted to make a patriot shabby chic quilt to go with my style and decor in my home. The red, white and blues from Flower Sugar fit that description perfectly.  The pattern I used for the quilt is "Just Pruned" by Brenda Ratliff, owner of Pink Castle Fabrics. The pattern first debuted in Issue 7 of Quilt Now magazine.  The pillow was made using the pattern, "Patriotic Pillow" from the Summer 2015 issue of Easy Quilts magazine.

I enjoyed every minute of sewing with this gorgeous fabric and I have more projects to show from the remainder of the line.  I have been hoarding collecting all the Flower Sugar fabrics from previous lines and I must say, they compliment each other wonderfully.

Have a great start to your week!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tiny Box Zippy Nightmare

Can you believe that awesome paper pieced project bag that Gina made me?  Oh my word, when she gave it to me at a recent sewing retreat I about fainted.  That girl has some mad paper piecing skills. She also is one of the nicest people I know.  Gina is one of those people that when you meet her, you feel like you have known her forever.  At this same retreat, I tried to tackle my fear of zippers. Michael Ann gave a wonderful class on her Tiny Box Zippy.  Don't let this little pouch fool you, it was tough as nails for me to make.  I sewed the zipper in wrong and had to rip it out.  I sewed that back yellow panel to the side and had to rip it out.  When I got it all done I saw that I had sewed the pocket on the inside of the lid, upside down.  So, in my frustration I cut it out with scissors.  The rotary cutter is covering up a blood stain from where I pricked my finger, unknowingly, and bled on the fabric.  I'm keeping this pouch, blood stain and all, because in the end the zipper is installed correctly!