October 8, 2014 · 5:56 pm
A group within the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild is working together on a charity quilt featuring improvisational arrow blocks. Today I grabbed some scrap fabric and experimented with a piecing strategy.
For my group, these are not instructions and certainly feel free to create your arrow blocks however you’d like! But let me offer this Improv Arrow Quilt Block Tutorial just in case it’s useful.
Read more for the tutorial.
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August 4, 2014 · 5:22 pm
Ooooo it’s been a busy summer. I made this quilt a while ago and have been meaning to blog about it forever. But then this morning I got some great news – Folded Flock is going to be in the International Quilt Show’s Modern Quilt Guild showcase in Houston!
This quilt features the Botanics line by Carolyn Friedlander. The quilting was done on my walking foot. One large arrow shape echoed many times.
This quilt was inspired by origami cranes and this rug designed by Lesley Barnes. I sketched out my idea on the computer. Birds and arrows.
I made the wings, head, body for my birds and used extra background fabric to flesh them out into rectangular blocks. I’ve made another post – here – describing more about how I slabbed together fabric to make my bird and arrow blocks! Thanks for stopping by!
May 30, 2014 · 1:37 pm
Hello, Summer. Hello, Jorna.
Remember this dress pattern? For a limited time it’s available in the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 bundle!
This bundle includes:
- Poppy Tunic by Make it Perfect
- Water Bottle Tote by Radiant Home Studio
- Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand
- Staple Dress by April Rhodes
- Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files
- Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #3 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Prefontaine Shorts for Women by Made with Moxie. This shorts pattern has a retro trim, loads of pockets, two inseams and are so comfortable you won’t want to take them off. Includes sizes 0 – 24. Exclusive launch on Pattern Parcel. Be the first to own this pattern!
CUSTOMERS SET THEIR OWN PRICE! And at PPP, customers are encouraged to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together they’ve raised almost $4,500 towards eliminating educational inequality.
SO go out and get that bundle, ya’ll!
May 6, 2014 · 5:32 pm
If you are a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, then you got some awesome email this week: a complete Improv Echoed Hexagons Quilt Pattern by Rossie Hutchinson!
Rossie is super awesome, and I don’t mean to sound braggy but she is truly one of my most beloved friends and I love her and she loves me. Side bonus? I got to pattern test some hexagons!
I made two pillows.
Word on the street is that this pattern will be available to people everywhere sometime someday. Keep an eye on Rossie’s site for the world-wide pattern release and general awesomeness. She also Instagram’s here at r0ssie_fmq
May 5, 2014 · 6:03 am
I am so honored to be a part of the blog tour for April Rhodes’ upcoming fabric line “Arizona” from Art Gallery!
I made another quilt inspired by my most recent project, Play on Point, which was inspired by this quilt Instagram’d by 2ndavestudio! I call this one Arizona on Point.
April Rhodes is sponsoring a giveaway HERE for a FAT QUARTER BUNDLE! Just leave a comment below by Saturday May 10 and I will randomly select one winner to get a fat quarter of this fabulous line mailed to them ASAP! United States residents only, please.
AND I HAVE A TUTORIAL! Just click Read More at the bottom of this post.
Here’s the whole gorgeous Blog Hoppin’ Gang!:
Thursday, May 1 – Noodlehead –
Saturday, May 3 – Julie Herman – @jaybirdquilts
Sunday, May 4 – Erin Sobon Sundet – @sewbon
Monday, May 5 – Jenna Brand – @howtobejenna
Tuesday, May 6 – Kelli Ward – @truebias
Wednesday, May 7 – Rachel Howard – @familyeverafter
Thursday, May 8 – Delia Randall – @deliacreates
Friday, May 9 – Kelly Costas – @cutcutsew
Saturday, May 10 – Rachel Gander – @imaginegnats
Sunday, May 11 – Devon Iott – @missmake
Monday, May 12 – Mary Dugan – @marysdugan
Tuesday, May 13 – Shannon Cook – @soveryshannon
Wednesday, May 14 – Penny Layman – @sewtakeahike
Thursday, May 15 – Katie Blakesley – @swimbikequilt
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May 1, 2014 · 6:45 pm
Where it around your neck!
Yay for Spring! I actually like yardwork and gardening quite a bit and nothing helps keeping hair out of your face, bugs of your neck, the sun from burning your ears, or sweat dripping everywhere like the perfect bandana!
Gardening style- keeps hair up and ears covered.
It’s totally TUBULAR like they wear on Survivor.
Stoner beanie! Or bold fashion turban! Or crazy bag lady!
The most popular brand of these is BUFF brand. They are seamless tubes so they must loom their own tube-tastic fabrics or something.
Apocalyptic home improvement expert!
But you can make one with simple jersey at home on a basic sewing machine! Let’s make ours with a sort-of-kind-of-flat felled seam / french seam. Read on for the tute.
Girl with the pearl earring!
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February 21, 2014 · 10:28 pm
Have I really never blogged about this masterpiece?!
My friend Rae just posted this great blog about her favorite knit fabrics. Since I am SO LUCKY and get to sew with her at Sew Ann Arbor meet-ups, she has seen me use some Lillestoff… specifically, this amazing if not pretty racist “Indian” fabric.
Of course I made a Jorna in tank length.
Was it ever warm outside? Were there ever flowers? What does grass smell like?
You can see lots of amazing different Lillestoff fabrics here, and you can even own your own racist Indian fabric by buying here.
February 20, 2014 · 6:22 pm
Lizzy House had the best idea ever to hold a dress contest for her fabric line Catnap. Participants chose to either make an adult dress or one for little girlies. I opted to sew myself a full skirt sleeveless dress, perfect for wearing to cat tea parties:
The pattern is Simplicity 1873 by Cynthia Rowley, Style B. I had to merge two sizes in order to get the perfect fit and I added an inch to the bodice length.
Nope, these aren’t my kids. I went to a girls-only party at EmmmyLizzy’s so I could hang with these darling ladies in their Catnap dresses!
More pictures and one tip for sewing pleats after the jump!
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January 6, 2014 · 9:13 pm
Here is a quilt I made for my mother for Christmas! I call it Woodlands in Winter. They live in the forest and run the Woodlands Sawmill.
Improv trees on a sea of mixed neutrals. I was inspired by Lovely Design’s Lovely Little Forest quilt from the Purl Bee.
Walking foot quilting in flowing lines, inspired by Debbie’s Joy of Simplicity pillow seen here.
I bought a white-on-white bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics and used a lot of Kona Bone for the background. It measures something like 80″ x 75″.
One tree fell down. Time to harvest its lumber!
Read on for a tutorial on how to make these wonky trees and plan for the final layout…
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December 31, 2013 · 9:28 pm
If you saw the Hunger Games: Catching Fire, then you might have noticed this amazing sweater vest cover-up dealy worn by Katniss. I sure did!
I put it in the back of my mind that I wanted to make one, and then my friend (Nicole from Owen Faye) asked if I knew how to crochet or knit so I could make THIS.
It looks like maybe Two of Wands has stopped selling the pattern? Not sure what’s going on there, but here are two similar other instant download patterns…
Enough is enough! I have to 1. buy this pattern 2. learn to crochet 3. learn to knit 4. make this thing.
I did it! I actually think this is a great first-timer project. Sure, you have to learn a bunch to get the final product, but the bulky yarn makes things go fast. Also, the whole point is to get an organic looking product. Drop a stitch? So what! Katniss made hers from a BRANCH.
If you would like to dive in the deep end like I did, might I recommend these youtube videos?