Monday, August 30, 2010

Tutorial Round Up: Accessories

There is no such thing as having too many accessories. Don't you agree? Here are some of my favorite accessory tutorials made from scraps of fiber. Do you have a favorite in your bookmarks? If so, please post in the comments section!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

1/4" Shy

Ugh... I just finished the July BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Block of the Month - and I'm 1/4" short. The block measures 12-1/4" instead of 12-1/2".

Wonder if I'll be able to fudge it when putting the quilt together? Luckily there is plenty of extra fabric that I could remake the block with. There's no way I'm doing that now, though; I spent 3 hours making this one between the cutting and piecing tiny bits of fabric...

At least I don't feel quite as behind now that this one is semi-done... Now on to August and the millions of Christmas gifts still on my list to make...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tutorial Round Up: Sweet Petit Nothings

Aren't little things extra cute? Something about their small size evokes an "aww" factor that larger-scale objects can't pull off. Here are a few of my favorite tiny tutorials. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peak of the main project I'm doing for the {Urban} Home Goods Swap over on Flickr.

Fabric is by Denyse Schmidt in the Hope Valley line.

I'm using 100% linen for the solid. It's a little fiddly in the way it stretches, but I'm in LOVE with the end result. What do you think?

Using a walking foot, I'm quilting in a cross-hatch pattern. Hoping to wrap this up by the end of the weekend!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

episode 12: Cozy Quilts

Dessert at American Girl mother/daughter tea

What I'm Working On

Stash Report

53.75 yards baseline
-0 yards
+ 1 yard linen fabric
=54.75 yards

Bad Stitches Happen to Good People

Dresden Plate quilting disaster.

Tips & Techniques
Which direction you should sew.
Applique with interfacing and basting.
Numbering your quilt rows with pins.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pass the Plates, Please

I'm working on another dresden plate tablerunner, this time based on a pattern from Moda's Bake Shop.

Going was slow for a while. Picked myself up by the bootstraps this week and forced an early wake-up a couple of days to make progress. Very happy I did. It finally feels like it is coming together.

I plan to applique the plates tonight while watching the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance - my summer guilty pleasure! :-)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Tutorial Round Up: Baby Dolls

This weekend, I took my daughter to American Girl in Chicago. It got me thinking that surly there are some great baby-doll patterns out there. While we had a blast buying things at the store and always enjoy looking through the catalog, here are some things I'm considering making.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Nine-Patch Lattice Quilt Finally Finished!

Words cannot describe how happy I am this project is finished and on my daughter's bed. Therefore, I leave you with a picture story...

Pattern (modified) from Oh, Fransson!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tutorial Round Up: In the Kitchen

The kitchen is often called the "heart of the home," the place where we spend the most time and are likely to gather as family and friends. What better place to show off some of your handmade goodness?

Stash Resolution Episode 11: In Stitches

Thanks for the great comments! Keep them coming!

Don't forget to email me must-visit quilt shops in Chicago.

My Little City Girl - great crochet & knitting patterns!

Have you made projects with your selvedges? If so - please post pics in our Flickr group!

What I'm Working On

Jacques Cousteau hats

Ruffle Pants Portobello Pixie

Jump Rope Dress Oliver +S

Nine-Patch Lattice Quilt

The Stash Report

Baseline 51.75 yards


-6 yards Nine Patch Lattice Quilt

-1 yard Ruffle Pants

=7 yards out


+1.5 yards Dogwood Modern Meadow

+1.5 yards Martinique Hibiscus

+2/3 yards Martinique Coral

+2 yards Robert Kaufman Fresh Picked

+1.25 yards flannel from Jo-Ann Fabrics

Tips & Techniques: Try using the different feet your machine came with! Never know what new things you'll discover you can do.

Book Review: In Stitches by Amy Butler