Valentine's Day is a special day around our house because the date doubles as my wedding anniversary. Yes, in 2004, Valentine's Day fell on a Saturday, and we had a great time planning loosely around the theme. Instead of reception guests tapping their glasses to get us to kiss, we asked them to sing a song (at the microphone!) with the word "love" in it. That little game went over pretty well... late into the night as the open bar began to run low. :-)
Anyway, these sweetheart tutorials have me swooning, and I think you'll fall in love at first sight too. Okay, cut the cheesy-ness and on with the tuts.
This special episode of Stash Resolution features an interview with Kate Dixon of Fat Quarterly, an ezine for modern sewists. The most recent issue of Fat Quarterly was released Thursday, January 27 and can be purchased on the Fat Quarterly website. I think you all will really enjoy hearing about Kate's own sewing adventures as well as learning more about Fat Quarterly.
Please email me with other interview ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all who have taken the time to comment on the blog!
A special thank you to Frances of the Off Kilter Quilt, Kelli from The Pioneer Quilter, and Anne from Green Stitch podcasts for the recent shout outs. If you haven't checked out these podcasts, give them a listen. They are some of my favs!
I see handmade teddy-bears looking at me!
(If you're a mom - you know exactly what book I'm referencing.)
There is a wonderful KAL-CAL (knit-along, crochet-along) to benefit the Mother Bear Project sponsored by a fellow podcaster - Dr. Gemma of CogKNITive, who just may be the most whitty, humane, and intelligent person I've ever met via the virtual airwaves.
Reaching countries all over the globe, this charity organization is brings comfort to children suffering from AIDS/HIV by supplying them with handmade bears. For a mere $5 donation, you can request a pattern and also receive a bonus heart tag to personalize your completed bear.
Don't knit or crochet? You can still participate by making a monetary donation to assist the organization with administrative costs.
Dr. Gemma of CogKNITive is sponsoring the KAL/CAL as I mentioned. Check out her Ravelry group for a look at the swag up for grabs just for participating.
I'm joining in to support this worthy cause. Please find me on Ravelry as SarahOlivia to let me know if you are too!
Woke up early today and decided to make Valentine's Day bunting. Perfectly normal goal for a Sunday, right?
First, I scoured the Internet for a great tutorial, and ended up finding several. I used a combination of My Patchwork's tut and the one from Cicada Daydream.
Pulling from my scraps, I settled on five different pinks. Folding the fabric, I was able to cut two triangle pairs at a time. Four of the fabrics yielded enough to make two complete triangles, and one had only enough for one.
Sewing the triangles together took no time at all. Turning them right side out was a different story. This is one of those sewing tasks I just dread. Using a knitting needle, I was able to muddle through. :-)
After pressing, I was ready to top stitch.
Instead of using rope or ribbon, I decided to use double-fold bias tape. Purchasing a pack this afternoon, the final assembly of the bunting was super quick.
I put the petal to the metal and roared through the stitching. First, I did a 5/8" pass, which was followed by a 1/4" pass.
For a couple hours of work, I'm pleased with the results. The pink adds a little Valentine's Day cheer to our family room mantle - a room we spend a majority of our time in.
My next project is re-arranging the stuff on top of the mantle. Since we took down Christmas, I have been in the mood to do something different and need a little time (alone) to shop for what I have in mind. Please excuse the mess it's in now.
Loving the whimsy and cheerfulness the bunting brings to my home. I can't wait to make it for every holiday now!
After dreaming about this quilt for months and months, I finally decided it is time to tackle it. What have I been waiting for? This pattern is awesome! (using this tut) It's so addicting to cut scraps and see them take shape. And, trust me when I say there are scraps to go around here.
And Exhibit B
There just might be enough left overs in these bins to make an entire queen-sized project. Each block being 12" finished, it won't take long for that to come together, right?
Cutting the scraps is satisfying in and of itself. Each piece being tossed in a bin as a throw-away now has new life and new purpose. Utilizing every tiny sliver possible is gratifying. Plus, seeing all these old favorites again is like a visit from a good friend. Am I too sentimental about my fabric? Tell me I'm not the only one.
Might be hard to believe something that looks a little on the ugly side at first will turn into a beautiful quilt block. After getting through the awkward string piecing stage and post a little trimming, voila!
This is my first block - the first of many, many to come! I can see this being a project that is on the sidelines and then center stage and then back to the sidelines again over the course of time. Someday that queen size quilt will be finished - a little memory treasury trove of quilts and sewing projects past.
There comes a time in every sewers life when a drawer just won't do it any longer. Their fabric addiction can no longer be contained - should no longer be kept a secret. They want to display their fiber-candy in public for all to see. Shelving is in order.
This week, I scoured the internet for images of chic sewing studios and their fabric displays. While these aren't true tutorials, they are inspirational none-the-less. Enjoy!
I haven't had much time at the sewing machine over the last few weeks for a variety of reasons, which I will discuss on this weekend's podcast. Therefore - I am sewing vicariously through my Flickr and Twitter friends. :-)
The poor Quilt-in-a-Day Flying Geese ruler remains pristine in it's original packaging, untouched. I'm itching to break it open and try it out. Instead, I'm drooling over these incredible projects, dreaming about the time I will have a solid hour - no 10 minutes! - to make one myself.
Yesterday, my mom came over for a bit to sew. We had a wonderful time together.
She worked on an adorable baby quilt for a soon-to-be-born baby in our family. We started from scratch deciding on a pattern, and by the end of the afternoon she had most of the cutting finished and on block pieced.
The fabric is a mix of several different lines of boy-focused themes none of which I can remember (I know, mom - should have written it down). If you know what they are, please leave a comment!
We ended up modifying a pattern my mom found online that was a tad more complex. This more simple version will have 9 blocks, sashing, and borders. The pieced blocks finish at 12" square and the large blocks alternating are also cut at 12". Then, the sashing is 3". Finally, the border will be a nice green color - size TBD.
Just love all the fussy cutting she did for the block centers. The quilt is going to be adorable. She's even considering a pieced back with extra fabric. Will definitely share the finished quilt with you when it's ready.
What was I working on during our little sewing afternoon? Well, I was mostly working on her quilt too. :-) More on my projects later.
Have a great rest of your weekend. See you tomorrow with another tutorial roundup!