Thursday, September 30, 2010

On a Roll Again

What a week! Somehow a few seams have been stitched.

I am almost finished quilting the Dresden Plate table runner. Fabric: Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley.

A new project was started in Hunky Dory by Chez Moi for Moda. It's a simple charm quilt using two packs. I plan to add a 1-1/2" border in white, and use a print from the same line for backing and binding. There were only two yards left of the print I wanted, so I promptly snatched it up.

Another purchase: 1-1/4" yards of Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet. Intended use is another pair of ruffle pants - Portabello Pixie Patterns - for Olivia.

And, lastly, here's a little stack of goodies for my next project. All from Amy Butler's LOVE line. I *heart* LOVE.

Have a great weekend. I plan to podcast (with my new mic!) this Sunday. Talk with you soon!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tutorial Round Up: Halloween

So, the banner swap didn't work out. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little harvest merry-making anyway. Here are some cute tutorials I found around the web for Halloween decor.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Good Lace, Bad Lace

So, here's the Scrappy Do Table Runner I mentioned in Episode 14 of the podcast. I'm using a Moda charm pack - although I can't remember the name of the line. Post it in the comments if you know, please. It's killing me!

The table runner came together so quickly. I can't find the pattern online to purchase, but I bought it at my LQS. I'm in the process of hand attaching the binding.

I just did basic straight-line quilting and outlined the bigger squares. Easy-peasy.

And here is the bad lace - and now some good lace work - I've done on Olivia's Helena Baby Sweater. Yarn is O-Wool. Knitting on US size 6 circs.

I'm loving doing the lace repeats now - it's so addicting. Great TV knitting - as long as the show isn't too, well, brainy. That's not hard when I'm into shows like Gossip Girl and Project Runway. :-)

Hope you're having a great week. Getting some crafting done? Post comments - what are you working on?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

episode 14: selvedge

Episode 14 of the Stash Resolution podcast is available for free download over at iTunes. Here are the show notes with links to what was discussed. Happy listening!

{Urban} Home Goods Swap
A Wool Gathering
Yellow Springs
Young's Dairy
Creatively Dyed Yarns

What I'm Working On
Helena Baby Sweater
Dresden Plate Table Runner in Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow (pics to come!)
Dresden Plate Table Runner in Denyse Schmidt in Hope Valley
Scrappy-Do in Moda (pics to come!)
Fat Quarter Shop Block of the Month
Portobello Pixie Ruffle Pants Pattern

Join the Harvest Banner Swap 2010! Details on this post. Join the Flickr group here. Deadline to enter is Friday, September 24.

Quilts from the Selvedge Edge by Karen Griska

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Harvest Banner Swap!

The intention of this swap is for partners to swap a harvest themed banner.  Who doesn’t love a little festive fall decoration? Banners can be themed Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Harvest/Autumn.

Participants get to request what their banner “says.” Here are a couple ideas:

Happy Halloween
Got Candy?
Trick or Treat
Welcome Fall
Welcome Autumn
Happy Harvest
Happy Thanksgiving
Give Thanks

Many links to tutorials are found below to give ideas on how to begin. Banners should have letters appliqu├ęd to them unless otherwise noted by partner. Therefore, skill level for this swap is advanced beginner.

This is a secret swap, meaning your partner doesn’t know you “have” him/her and you don’t know who your partner is. So – SHHH! Keep it a surprise!

All discussions and photos will be posted in our swap Flickr group.

Swap Expectations

Rules are no fun – and this swap is intended to be FUN! However, we do need to lay some ground rules so no one feels gypped.

-Item must be sent by deadline (October 18). Email confirmation and tracking number to
-Stash material may be used. Participants may not spend more than $15 on additional supplies (not including shipping).
-Materials should be predominantly fabric based. Fabric can be cotton, wool, or felt.
-It’s up to participants if they want to include extra “goodies” for their partners (i.e. candy, fat quarter, etc.). It’s not a requirement but is not prohibited either.
-Be active in the Flickr group! Encourage each other by commenting on progress photos. Post your own progress photos. And, of course, post finished pics of what you send and receive!
-Continental US participants only, please.

Questionnaire for Partner
Email me at by midnight EST Friday, September 24 with this information as your way of committing to the swap. You also need to join the Flickr group.

Flickr ID
Mailing address where banner will be sent

Describe your style in one sentence (i.e. I like modern designs with a vintage twist.)

Word/Phrase you’d like on your banner (i.e. Happy Halloween, Give Thanks, etc.)

Anything else you’d like your partner to know.


Submit commitment to participate by Friday, September 24 at midnight EST
-email to

Partner information will be emailed Sunday, September 26

Banners must be sent by Monday, October 18

Tutorial Links

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tutorial Round Up: Bags Part 1

Who doesn't love a cute new bag? Here are a few of the tutorials I've found in blogland to help you (and me!) spruce up our fall wardrobes. More to come next week!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lucky Girl!

What a fun package awaited me upon return from my four-day business trip! Thank you Rachel from Stitched in Color for this lovely package.

Rachel took extra time to ensure the sewing machine cover would fit my machine perfectly, searching this blog's archives to find my machine model so she could make it to spec. What a fantastic lady!

She used some of my favorite fabrics in an amazing hour-glass block design. Her points are absolutely perfect.

And just look at the back! It's just as amazing as the front.

She even included some sweet goodies. How lucky am I?

And finally here is a funny picture my three-year-old took of me accidentally when playing with my digital camera. Thought you might enjoy seeing some of my messy studio! ;-)

Hope you're having a happy start to fall. I sure am!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Completed {Urban} Home Goods Swap Goodies

Taking a break from Tutorial Round-up today (it is Labor Day after all!), here are some pics of the completed projects I'm sending to my partner in the {Urban} Home Goods swap.

Sewing Machine Cover made from Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley and 100% linen
Two crochet flower pins made by LivvySue Boutique
Spool Mister Blue Bird
Hexagon Pin Cushion
Heather Bailey Fresh Cut fat quarter
Collins Quilter's Flat Flower Pins

I hope my parter is pleased to receive these items - I had a blast making them!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hexagon Linen Pin Cushion Tutorial

As promised, here is my Hexagon Linen Pin Cushion Tutorial. I made this for my {Urban} Home Goods swap partner.

1. Cut TWO 4-1/4" squares out of linen.

2. Make THREE 1" hexagons out of three different coordinating fabrics.

3. Applique hexagons to one of the linen squares.

4. Select embroidery floss to coordinate with hexagon fabric.

5. Pencil line 1/8" around the hexagon parameter.

6. Using three strands of embroidery floss, back stitch along pencil line.

7. Pin right sides of the linen pieces together (so hexagons are in the middle) and stitch a 1/4" seam around all four sides leaving a 1-1/2" opening for turning.

8. Snip corners close to the seam to make clean, sharp points.

9. Turn right sides out and poke corners with a pencil or knitting needle.

10. Stuff until firm with fill of choice.

11. Stitch opening closed.

12. Insert pins and enjoy!