Saturday, June 30, 2012

Numbering Comments and Giveaway Winner!

Thankfully I finally found a great source for renumbering my comments and I no longer have to count them out by hand! I have been doing that since the beginning of the year. It's no fun people. When Blogger made their comment changes, it changed my numbering. I let it go because when it first happened not enough people had tackled the issue yet and nothing was working for me.

 Well today I finally decided to "tackle" it again. I did a quick google search and up popped Jenelle's blog with the perfect EASY solution. I did a double take because I didn't expect to find this info on another quilting blog. But I did and it took me about 2 minutes to fix what has been an extremely annoying formatting issue for months. So thank you Jenelle!

 And with that in mind, I now have the giveaway winner for the 2 yards of Japanese fabric from Hart's Fabric store.

Lucky #100!

 Who I was thrilled to see was my very dear friend Cherie! Last time I saw her we were sharing a bed. Don't worry...we were roommates at the Sewing Summit. ;)

  Cherie     June 21, 2012 7:31 PM 
I left you a comment :-). You are amazing as always my friend!

Congrats my friend!!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Sweet Celebrations - Sneak Peak

I'm so excited to share with you all the pictures that were sent to me yesterday! I'm finally allowed to give you just a sneak peak of my quilt in the upcoming Moda Bakeshop Book, Sweet Celebrations. The book is not due out until October, but in publishing time that will be here before you know it!


Isn't the cover of the book gorgeous?! It almost makes me want to bake.





And here's a peak at some of the fabulous projects that will be in the book. Everything has been designed to be made Bakeshop style...aka...with precuts. It is definitely looking drool worthy!




And then.... I finally got to see what they did with my quilt design! My "celebration" was Christmas and I designed a quilt just perfect for the holidays. The staging on this picture is so fun and I'm really excited to see the high quality version of it in the book!





I'm not sure what the quilt is titled in the book, but I ingeniously titled it the "Ho! Ho! Ho! quilt". Sometimes my cleverness knows no bounds. ;)

The quilt is made from Fat Quarters that I mixed and matched from various Moda lines and then three different color neutral layer cakes. Oh and I rather crazily pebble quilted this whole thing. Lots of bobbins people. Lots of bobbins!





I'm really happy with how they photographed the quilt. It has that simple yet comfortable aesthetic that I could envision for it. I sort of want to just climb into that bed and snuggle under the covers. But I'll just have to wait until I get the quilt back before I do that.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Operation Wood Hollow

If you are in the US, you are undoubtedly aware of the fires sweeping across the West.  In particular, Sanpete County in Utah has been heavily affected with at least 29 homes already destroyed.

Julie at Have Fun Quilting was recently evacuated herself but is already raring to go and support those that have lost everything.  Won't you please stop over at her blog and see if there is any way that you can help?  She is looking for quilts, quilt tops, blocks, fabric, and anything else you could do I'm sure.




The Quilting community is known for its generosity and I know that this will be no exception!



Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along - Materials List

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This is part of an ongoing series of posts for The Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along I'm hosting here on my blog. You can join in at any time! You will find the links to all steps in my top bar. Also please feel free to join the Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along Flickr Group.



Well given the number of people who are already playing along in the Flickr Group, I think we are ready to get this Mario Party started! So put down the game controllers and pick up some fabric.


My design calls for a quilt made entirely of solid colored fabrics. I've chosen to use Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids for my quilt. They really have such a lovely hand for solid fabrics and I'm excited to work with them. I am going to give you all the fabric requirements with a reference to the particular color I have chosen from the Couture Cotton collection.



 But of course, you are welcome to use any fabrics you would like. I think it would be great if we had a running list going in the flickr group of the colors people are using from any fabric collection.






As you can see, there are a lot of different colors in the quilt. So that means that you need a bunch of different fabrics if you are planning on doing the whole quilt. Some colors you will just need a bit of, but others require some yardage. Nothing out of the ordinary here. But there will be a little something unusual later in the materials list. I've got you interested now don't I?






Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop has supplied me with my fabric for the quilt and has a great discount code for you all to purchase the couture cottons as well! Thank you so much Kimberly for your generosity to the quilting world!


 For 20% off Cotton Couture items at the Fat Quarter Shop
Use Code: Supermario
Expires: 8/1/2012


*There is now a Fat Quarter Bundle at the Fat Quarter Shop which contains the MM CC that you will need a Fat Quarter of.  It is aptly named the Mario Bundle.  You can find it HERE.*

Now, on for the unusual part of this materials list.  You all knew we would be using fabric obviously, but you may not have guessed that we would also be using a stabilizer.

 I've done a bunch of research for this and the method I will be using involves an adhesive stabilizer that dissolves with water when you no longer need it.  I'll go into more detail with block instruction particulars in future posts.  But for now, I am also recommending that you purchase Pellon's Stick-N-Washaway #542.  Trust me.  It's going to be fun.

If you are making the whole quilt, you will need (eep!) 12 yards.



Now my disclaimer is that this product is a bit pricey.  You can absolutely make the quilt without this but it will be A LOT more tedious because we are working entirely with 1 1/2" square pieces.  But I realize that the cost of this product may be off putting.  Another less pricey option is a fusible grid stabilizer.  The only reason I didn't choose a product like this is because I wanted to lose the stabilizer once I have sewn my block together.  But you can definitely keep it in...it will just make your quilt a bit more stiff.  So that is a personal choice you will each have to make. You will only need 9 yards of this product because it is wider.

*eta: it looks like Sulky also has a new product out there that is similar to the Pellon stick - n- wash.  I'm sharing the product so that you can get that if you find it on sale. ;)  You would also need 12 yards of this product and it is priced comparably with the Pellon Stick - n - wash.* 

I'll be back soon with some sources on where to purchase the Pellon Stick-n-Wash in particular and a little giveaway of the product and some batting.  Hopefully we'll find some places that have good coupons. ;)  But I wanted to get the fabric list out there so you can all start collecting that!

Don't forget the coupon code for the Fat Quarter Shop and sharing your alternative options in the Flickr Group!  This is going to be fun!!


Monday, June 25, 2012

Advice for New Bloggers



Hey all!  Today  you can find me over at Plum and June talking about my advice for new Bloggers.  Beth has been doing a series of interviews and blog hops gathering the opinions of some of us on how to write a blog.  I'm certainly no expert, but I do my thing. ;)

I share in my typical, probably a little too direct, manner about some of the issues of being a blogger and particularly on how to get more involved.  So if you are not too tired of hearing me talk about things, you can head over there and check out the interview.

Oh and there is a giveaway there too.  Yummy fabrics must accompany an interview.

Enjoy!



Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sew-Less Summer - Fabric Covered Blinds




Welcome to the first post in my Sew-Less Summer Series. While most of the posts will be done by some of YOU, this first one is by little ole me. And this is the project that inspired the whole series to begin with.

The project? Fabric covered black out blinds.

Intrigued? I hope so.







I did a bunch of research online trying to find out how to do this...and ultimately I knew that I just needed to bite the bullet and try out my own combination of techniques. So the following is my attempt cover those plain, and dare I say, ugly black out blinds with the fabric of your choice.


I chose to use Heather Ross' Far Far Away Flower Meadow Print which is done in a double gauze fabric. I decided to use this because it is adorable first off and also because I was looking for a really thin/fine fabric to use because I didn't want to add bulk to the blind. My results are very much related to this particular fabric and I have not tried this with a quilting weight cotton. However I do think that this would work even better with quilting weight cotton. I would NOT suggest using a home dec weight fabric for this because of the bulk it would add to the blind.


Onto the directions!

Supplies:

Black out roller blinds precut to your window dimensions.
Fabric cut generously to fit the dimensions of the blinds plus an inch or so extra on the long sides and a few extra inches for the bottom.
Spray adhesive Glue.
Craft Clue suitable for fabric and plastic.
Fray Check
Thread to Match fabric (yes! I did a little sewing for this "sewless" project)

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You will need a well ventilated area to work and a flat protected surface to work on. Roll out the blind and mark the length of your window with blue painters tape. (Most blinds will come longer than you need and you only need to cover what you will see)

My creation




Spray the blind with the spray adhesive according to the manufacturer's instructions. You may want to cover the upper part of the roller blind with a rag to protect it from over spray. You don't want that part to get sticky!

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Lay the fabric over the blind, centering the fabric and leaving a 3" or so overlap at the end of the blind. Smooth the fabric in place slowly, moving from the bottom of the blind up and out to the top. Peel off the blue painter's tape once the fabric is in place.

My creation




Carefully turn over the blind and trim the fabric along the side edges to 1/2".

My creation


Use Fray check along the edge of each side to prevent the fabric from fraying with use on the blind. (We do not want to do a typical double fold hem because we don't want extra bulk on the blind.)

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Allow the fray check to dry and then use the craft glue to glue the fabric onto the back side of the blind.

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At the bottom of the blind, glue the fabric to itself on the sides.

My creation



Then either use the craft glue or the spray adhesive to glue the bottom hem in place. I used the selvage edge here for a finished look but you could also use a cut edge and apply fray check just as you did with the sides. You want to make sure that the fabric comes over the bar at the bottom far enough for you to sew it down. (The bar will get in your way other wise)

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Allow the glue to dry and then take your blind to your sewing machine. Yep. You heard me. You are going to sew through the blind. Top Stitch an 1/8" away from the edge of the blind using a large straight stitch. Also stitch along the bottom of the blind to hold the fabric in place. You may need to use a zipper foot to get close to the bar in the blind.


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And that is it! Repeat as needed for the blinds in your room. You will have a completely custom window treatment for the fraction of the cost. Plus you get to use your favorite fabrics in new ways and cover up those less than attractive black out blinds.


Install your blinds and enjoy!

Fabric Covered Black Out Blinds


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Squeaky Clean Shower Curtain (and a GIVEAWAY!)

*the giveaway is now closed*


Goodness!  I have another project up at Moda Bakeshop today.  It's been a little busy around here!  This time I've designed a shower curtain that I like to think is the perfect blend of patchwork and crisp appeal.  You might say it is "squeaky clean". ;)


I worked with the laminated cotton canvas and fat quarters from the line Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater.   That group of ladies is quite possibly my favorite design group at Moda. I always seem to gravitate towards their fabrics.


I needed a new shower curtain and necessity is the mother of invention.  Those of you who are faithful readers know that I had a few "difficulties" when working on this project.  But rest assured, I persevered and I'm quite happy with the result.  Even my husband likes it and let me tell you, that is high praise indeed!  lol


So I hope you find the tutorial helpful or inspirational.  I always like to celebrate these tutorials with a little giveaway for you all.  And today's giveaway is a great one!



 Amy from Hart's Fabric, a fabulous fabric store in California and online, is giving away 2 yards of any Japanese Import Fabric of the winner's choice. So obviously you will want to head over there and check out the Japanese Imports. I'm in love with so many...Melody Miller, Heather Ross, Echino, Nani Iro and more.


For a chance to win the giveaway you can

(1) hop over to Moda Bakeshop and leave a comment on my tutorial.  Then come back here and let me know you did.

(2) Leave a separate comment letting me know your favorite color combination.  I'm looking for some ideas for some new projects and could use the inspiration.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sew-Less Summer

Now I don't want you to think that I'm all talk and no action.  I have not forgotten about this summer series that I promised you!  But I rather predictably over estimated the time it would take to get MY first project done, let alone anyone else.  Good rule of thumb: if you think something is going to take you a certain amount of time...double it.


So, my (hopefully!) next post will be on my first project for the Sew-Less Summer Series.  My Goal is to feature a number of projects and you all with projects that involve little to no sewing for the summer days.  Maybe you are hanging by the pool or watching kids in the backyard...or you just are feeling a little crafty...hopefully there will be a project that sparks your interest!

So get ready to break out the glue, scissors, modge podge, and the like and have some fun with a Sew-Less Summer.  


PS.  It's perfectly okay to say you are doing a sew-less summer and also do the Mario Brothers Quilt along. ;)  I know because I'm doing both.


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Want to be featured?  Have a great idea that uses fabric but doesn't involve sewing?  Drop me an email (find the link in my side bar) and let me know what you're thinking!  Don't be intimidated by doing a tutorial...that's why I wrote 10 Tips for Writing a Better Crafting Tutorial!

Did we talk about you doing a feature?  Could you drop me ANOTHER email letting me know to..err... jog my memory?  I know that there were some great things lined up and I'm blaming my recent move on my lack of brain power on this one.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Keeping it real

People.  You are all under some strange impression that I do not make mistakes when I sew.  I just wanted to give you a run down of how many STUPID things I have done while trying to put together a shower curtain tutorial for Moda Bake Shop.

My directions call for 12 grommets to be installed across the top.  That is standard in the shower curtain industry.  But how many did I mark and cut holes for?  13 
Yep.  And I didn't have any more that matched or were the same size so I added a larger golden grommet to one end.  Classy.


My pattern calls for a certain number of pieces to be sewn together to reach a 72" length.  uhm yeah...I sewed them together and my pieces I was trying to match together after that were over 2" off.  I don't know why it happened.  The math is perfect.  (I have a degree in mathematics so I know I'm good)  But my sewing is not.  So I added a cheeky little piece to square it up.


I went to sew two 72" long pieces together (read REALLY long seam that you don't want to have to rip out) and managed to sew one piece to the wrong side...so all of my text prints that I carefully lined up the same direction are now upside down.  Sigh.  Oh well.


Went to iron the piece and stupidly thought that I could iron it on my carpet...in theory yes...but only if you DON'T iron your actual carpet.  Now I'm waiting for my iron to cool so that I can clean it up before I go back and work on the shower curtain again.


And this is just ONE project.  TRUST me.  I make mistakes all the time.  This project has been slightly ridiculous but that's what happens.  And you just have to roll with the punches.  Because when I show this project to you, you'll never know anything crazy happened.  Because I'll make it work.  But just know that all this went on to get that final product!


Off to clean my iron!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Flickr Group for Mario QAL

Hey all!  I've already had questions about a Flickr group for the QAL, so I went ahead and started one.  Come join me so I'm not talking to myself.  lol


This will be a great place to post pictures of pieces you've already made, inspirations made by others, and just chat in general.  I'll post a link there when new instructions are up but I'll keep all of the directions here on the blog.  I know that some of you are already talking about personalizing the quilt in your own way, so that would be a great place to share.  Plus, if you have a design of your own for another image that would also be a great place to share.  I had to choose a select few icons for the quilt but there are lots of other great ones out there!  So feel free to share them!


Come rescue the princess!

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Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along Sneak Peak

So I think we have enough interest to do the quilt along! I hope you all are as excited as me. I'm still ironing out some details with fabrics and techniques but it is all coming together.


But I wanted to give you a sneak peak of the quilt.
Yes. It is the Super Mario Brothers.
Yes. It is a pixel style quilt with small squares.
Yes. I'm going to make this fun and doable! I PROMISE!
Yes. This is a sampler style that is perfect for a quilt along.

Ready?





A huge shout out to my friend Tracey for her help with putting this pretty layout of my quilt design into this image!


Okay, I hope you all like it! I'm planning on making this a healthy twin size quilt so that you can make it for actual beds. I think it will be AWESOME!


Remember the beauty of this quilt is that we will make one block at a time. So this is totally doable. And if you hate one block, you can substitute another. Or if you just have time for one block, they make great pillows!


I also just wanted to show you a version with a grey sashing as well just to see another slightly different option.







I'll have fabric amounts for you soon and even a special discount code from the Fat Quarter Shop if you need to purchase some fabric for this quilt along.


The plan will be to do one block a week...so a steady pace but not overwhelming. If you start it now you might actually have this done in time for Christmas. Let's think ahead and motivate ourselves with a holiday!


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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Have I mentioned my HST nemesis?

It happened again. Every single time I go to make a block with Half Square Triangles (HST), I inevitably screw up the pattern. I make those darn things perfectly because I always over size them and trim down...so my blocks look beautiful but they are not "right". This is what happened to me on every Swoon block I did and again so often in my bee, the Stash Trad Bee.

Because we are doing traditional designs, we are often using HSTs in the blocks. And my brain can apparently only handle so many steps before it goes caput and stops accurately seeing the pattern.


Here's the block I made for Tiffany. Interesting? Perhaps. Well made? Yes. Correct Pattern? NO.


Every freaking time!!!



My title of the picture when I took it was "Every Freaking Time!!!". I was slightly frustrated but humble enough to grab my phone quickly to take a picture for you all...because really...it has just gotten a little ridiculous how I manage to mess up every HST block I do.


And here it is as it was supposed to be. I had to take apart every row and resew them together in reverse order.


That's better




Ah well... I will never get cocky because things like this always happen to me. If you can do it wrong, then I will.


I really need to invest in a better seam ripper. I used to tell people that half of sewing is ironing. Well I've decided to change it up. 1/3 of sewing is actual sewing, 1/3 is ironing, and 1/3 is using your seam ripper to take out your mistakes.


Who's with me!?


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