July 22, 2016

Pixie Noel Blog Tour


Happy Friday!! It's my turn on the Pixie Noel Blog Tour and Sophie and I are so excited to share this super cute fabric from Tasha Noel and Riley Blake Designs with you!!

I have been a fan of Tasha Noel's fabric since the very first time I laid my eyes on The Simple Life. I recently used my very last scrap of that adorable fabric and was sad. But not for long. Tasha asked if I would like to be a part of the blog tour, and I instantly knew what I wanted to make!

These prints are so perfect for fussy cutting, and I knew that a cathedral window pillow would be the perfect project. I used the awesome tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Company for the pillow. I started out with 3 1/2" squares because I wanted all of the cute designs to be a part of the fussy cutting. I think I prefer this method of cathedral windows as it is easier to get your points to line up and almost no chance of raw edges popping through. I used Pellon SF-101 on the backside of the panel to keep things nice and neat and give more structure to the pillow front. The polka dot fabric is Swiss Dots by Riley Blake.

The back of the pillow is a standard envelope enclosure and the pillow finishes at 18" square.

Once I finished the pillow, I really wanted to make another Moda Love Quilt. I used a combination of Pixie Noel and coordinating Riley Blake basics and cut them into charm size squares.

I used my most favorite method of quilting which is stitch 22 on my Brother machine, and stitched about 1" apart. I LOVE the texture it gives my finished projects. I may never quilt another way!!

I still need to add the cute striped binding and love the way this looks in my daughter's room, but I think this will look so cute as either a baby quilt for a Christmas baby or as a fun table topper for your dining room!

Here is a list of the Blog Tour full of lots of amazing projects using Pixie Noel!

7/18 Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts
7/19 Taunja of Carried Away Quilting
7/20 Angel & Amy of TaDa! Creations
7/20 Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane
7/21 Tina of Emily Ann's Closet
7/22 Debbie of Happy Little Cottage
7/22 Megan of Dolly Henry
7/25 Heather of Vintage Grey Handmade
7/25 Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl
7/26 Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon
7/26 Angela of A Little Patchwork
7/27 Andy of A Bright Corner
7/27 Lindsay of The Cottage Mama
7/28 Wynn of Zakka Art
7/28 Kerry of Kid Giddy
7/29 Christine of Stitching Revival
7/29 Tasha of A Little Sweetness


I hope you'll have as much sewing with Pixie Noel as we did!!










July 11, 2016

Pretty Playtime QAL - Week 9



Hello!  It's week 9 of the Pretty Playtime Quilt Along and it's my turn to sew along with you.


Elea Lutz has a sweet new book out called Pretty Playtime Quilts. For 16 weeks, the Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a blog tour featuring a new block each week from the Garden Fairy sampler quilt from the book, featuring her latest fabric collection, Strawberry Biscuit.

The book contains 15 different block patterns for the Sampler quilt and there is also six additional projects made from the fun variety of block patterns. I love that it is spiral bound for easy use!!


I have been so inspired by all things summer lately, so I'm excited that this week we are making the super cute strawberries. This a fun block to play with your red and pink fabrics!! I am using a mix of Pam Kitty Morning and Red polka dots for my blocks.


You will be working with lots of triangles for this block, so remember to be gentle with your fabric, and PRESS, don't iron your pieces. This adorable block finishes at 12.5".



There are so many cute, unique blocks in this quilt and would so amazing as a scrappy happy quilt or the Fat Quarter Shop has a Garden Fairy Sampler kit if you would like to make your own using Elea’s Strawberry Biscuit fabric.

Each week the Fat Quarter Shop's blog the Jolly Jabber is featuring one of the blocks from the book made by a different quilter. Here's a list for you to follow along:

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorian from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage (that's me)
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

Happy Sewing!!

July 1, 2016

Spools on Parade Pouch and Pincushion


Happy Friday! Here we are at the start of a long holiday weekend, and to me, the mid point of Summer. Summer has been a huge distraction this year. There is so much I want to do to enjoy these lovely, bright and long days. I crave light and sunshine and want to take advantage of these few months. So some of my sewing hasn't gone as planned (Weekender Bag, cough cough). Sometimes the best laid plans get pushed aside, and this was one of them. Chrissy has been sewing and has updated her blog with her bag progress.

I have been sewing here and there and if you want a fun project, head here to grab a kit or pattern. The kit comes complete with everything you need to make a cute pouch and pincushion. You only need to add a zipper and cute zipper charm.

Sew and Sew by Chloe's Closet for Moda is just the most adorable and summer fabric imaginable. The colors remind me of frozen sorbet in all different flavors. These are must have in your stash.






The back of my bag was a happy accident, and I love the back of my pincushion. That measuring tape print is perfect for everything!!

I hope you all have an amazing 4th of July! God Bless America!!

June 20, 2016

Sew & Sew Sew Together Bag

Hi Everyone! I know today was supposed to be the next step of the Weekender Bag sew along, but I'm going to be honest and say I am still in the planning stages!  Between work, pool weather and watching the Cleveland Cavs finals (WE WON!!), I haven't done much with my bag. Sorry. But I wanted to share something that I did sew!!

Have you seen the new cute adorable fabric from Chloe's Closet for Moda called Sew & Sew? The colors are just so fresh and summery and lovely, and I knew right away that I wanted to make a sew together bag with cute patchwork print.

This is my first time making a non-patchwork exterior for a bag, and it took almost half the time to put together. Look at that cute tape measure print!! So fun as a binding!

I ordered 5 different half yards, and have enough fabric to make a few more bags. A tote bag might be in my near future.




I promise to get started on my Weekender Bag, and I will post on Wednesday with the cutting and sewing the panels part of our sew along! I think Chrissy is way ahead of me :)

June 17, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage Anniversary


Congratulations Lori!!! It's hard to believe that it has been a YEAR since we all became sewing farm girls and spent our Fridays sharing the cutest blocks imaginable!

Thanks to my sweet friend, #farmgirlvintage has been added to so many photos on Instagram and is one of my favorite hashtags.


In honor of this very special anniversary, the fun ladies at Fat Quarter Shop asked if I would make a special block designed just for this occasion. I was thrilled to be asked, and had so much fun making this cute little 6" block. The block includes some of my favorite Bake Sale fabrics which Lori designed a few years ago. Lori has kindly made the block available in both 6" and 12" sizes and you can find the pattern here.


I've been loving all things Summer this month, and knew that I had to make some summer inspired blocks.

Sunflowers and Cherries

Pinwheels and Old Glory

And a Layer Cake!!! Which in my mind's eye is a strawberry cake with whipped cream frosting!
These will all join together to become a cute runner for a summer picnic table!! Just waiting for more cute polka dot fabric so I can finish!!



If by any chance you still do not have this amazing book and think that you want to be a farmgirl too, you can find a copy here.

If you would like to see how other bloggers made this block, here's a list of the talented quilters who are part of the anniversary celebration!!
 
Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
Erin from Why Not Sew?
Kelly from Kelbysews
Renee from Sewn with Grace
Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion
Lisa from In the Boondocks
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting

Happy Anniversary to Farm Girls everywhere!!

June 10, 2016

Weekender Bag Planning Progress

So in my usual fashion I have changed my mind about how I want to make my Weekender Bag. My overflowing bins of Bonnie and Camille mini charms may have played a small part in that decision. That, and seeing the really cute patchwork bag by Porch Swing Quilts. The minute I saw it I knew that's what I wanted to make. If you follow the link you'll not only see the bag, but you'll get lots of tips and tricks for your bag.

I made a small pocket panel earlier in the week as an experiment, and though I love cathedral windows, I love little squares even more. According to Jennie,  a total of 274 squares is needed! I am going to make my pockets with batting and lining only, no canvas. The bulk when sewing all these layers together is really scary, and the batting should give plenty of structure to the pocket.

I'm still deciding what fabrics to use for the top and bottom, and for the straps. I am leaning towards the cream quirky from the Little Ruby for the top to give the eye a rest from all the color, and either red polka dot or gingham for the straps. I need to place my order so I'll be ready to make my panels!!

How is your planning coming along??


June 6, 2016

Week One - Weekender Bag Sew Along


It's time to start our Weekender Bag Sew Along!!  Chrissy from Sew Lux and I are thrilled that so many of you are sewing along with us. A few of you have made the bag before, but lots of you, like me, are making one for the very first time.


We know this bag can be a little intimidating, so we're splitting up the process over several weeks and sharing how we are making all the parts and any modifications that we incorporate as we sew this bag together. With a little patience and some denim needles you can totally do it too! 

Here's our schedule of events: 

Mon. June 6 - Planning - Fabrics & Materials
Mon. June 20 - Cutting, Interfacing, Making the Panels
Wed. July 6- Sewing the Outer Bag Together
Mon. July 11  - Finishing the Bag & Link Up
Mon. July 25 - Prizes!!!

As you can see, we are taking our time with this bag. I know lots of us are super busy during the summer with kids at home, vacations to plan and lots of pool time!! This week we are planning and gathering our fabrics and materials, if you haven't already. Here is the link to Chrissy's original post that will help you along the way.

I am planning on making my bag with patchwork panels using lots and lots of Bonnie and Camille scraps and cute mini blocks on the side pockets, and following Chrissy's lead, will be using quilting cotton, batting and cotton duck instead of the peltex that is called for in the pattern.

Leave a comment with any questions, and let us know how you plan to make your bag! We would love to see your progress. Please post on Instagram using @wbsa2016 so we can all see!!
Happy Planning!!!