Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Down the Rabbit Hole Pattern - Finally for Sale!!

Well my grand plans of getting this done by the end of August are laughably unrealistic in retrospect.  But I'm happy to announce that I finally have my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt Pattern for sale in PDF format on multiple sites!

Down the Rabbit Hole

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into a world of beautiful quilts!

This is a  truly unique quilt that makes a perfect wedding or baby shower gift! This hexagonal quilt can be either a picnic blanket or a baby's play mat. Easier than it looks, this quilt is quickly made in one day. Just pick your favorite fabrics and start sewing. Quilters of all skill levels will enjoy this pattern.

Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt Pattern

Plus I've included BONUS instructions for making a 6 colored version!

Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt Pattern

Finished Size: 56" x 60"

1 Fat Quarter
(3) 1 yard cuts of Fabric
1.5 yards backing fabric (54" wide)
Binding fabric

I've had a lot of you request this pattern so I'm happy to finally have it available.  And just in time for you to put together a Christmas gift.  It really DOES come together super quickly and in no time you will have a fun quilt.  I recommend using fabrics that are in fairly high contrast to one another for optimum results.

Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt Pattern

The pattern is made with one (included) template and some quick piecing.  The trick is in the construction with an easy partial seam.  Don't worry if you haven't done it before.  Many of my testers had not but had NO problems following the step by step instructions.

The pattern is currently available for sale in my Etsy Shop, on Craftsy and Pattern Spot for the very reasonable price of $8.

I hope you all enjoy it!  I'm nervous and excited to get this pattern out there to you all!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Kansas City Shenanigans

My husband and I decided pretty last minute to tackle an 11 hour drive (we made better time coming home) to Kansas City to see my brother and his wife...the tricky part of that being that we have that little two year old.  The way out was filled with fog.  I'm sure any of you traveling in the midwest on Wednesday experienced the fog.  It was everywhere!  We had a wrong turn that changed our route a bit.  And then the true fun started...

We were literally 1 minute from my brother's house when my daughter, complaining that her stomach hurt, threw up EVERYWHERE.  It was awful.  But we got to his house, cleaned up the girlie and all of the car and items, and chocked it up to a little car sickness.  But no.

The next day at nap time she got quite sick again, this time all over the bed (ugh!) and then proceeded to be sick for the next 12 hours.  Oh and my SIL found out that her boss had been killed in a car accident the night before.  Did I mention that this was Thanksgiving Day?  Thankfully the girlie was starting to feel better the next day and loads of laundry later we were able to get out of the house for a few hours of distraction.  I of course wanted to find a fabric store!

Kansas City fun

My SIL and I broke free and found the cute little store dowtown, BonBon and also stopped at World Market nearby.  I definitely indulged just slightly as a reward for getting through the stomach flu the day before with the girlie.  I even bought my very first Liberty Fabrics!

My very first liberty fabrics!

And this adorably overpriced candle by Lotta Jansdotter!

Lotta Jansdotter candle. A definite indulgence

All play was halted when my husband was the next to come down with the stomach flu.  He was laid up the whole next day (our last day there) and I was attempting to keep a 2 year old entertained in the house the whole day.  Let's just say that I may have had a little pitty party for myself at that point.  Nothing like a long car ride to get to stay in a house and play nurse the whole time.  :p  But he perked up enough to be able to watch the Notre Dame vs USC game that night.  Possibly the highlight of the trip was watching ND beat USC and complete their undefeated season.  Awesomeness.

We took off the next morning to return home and thankfully the drive was pretty uneventful and we made good time.  I brought some yarn and a crochet hook with me at the very last minute, so I spent a good portion of the drive both ways trying to re-teach myself to crochet.  I worked on a skinny scarf using a simple double crochet stitch and some lovely cashmere yarn.  I've almost got it to a length I want...so I was a  little productive.

Simple crochet for the long car ride

Oh and we found out when we got home that my SIL now has the stomach flu.  What great guests we were.

So.  How was YOUR Thanksgiving? ;)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'm so thankful

I have a lot to be thankful for as I approach Thanksgiving and the End of the Year.  But today I want to focus on the generosity of Kirsten, Threedancingmagpies, and her pillow and gifts to me.  You can see for yourself what an amazing package she created for me!

Pillow Talk Swap Received!!

The other day, I received a HUGE box in the mail.  I don't care how old I get, I think it will always be exciting to receive a huge brown box in the mail.  It was filled with wrapped packages!

Eeep!!!   A HUGE box just arrived with pillow for the pillow talk swap.

I didn't know where to begin (well after the card) and slowly started unwrapping things.  I'm pretty sure I was already teary eyed.  I knew that this was my pillow talk swap package and I was in for a ride.

The first things I saw were two new skeins of cashmerino yarn and a bundle of Kei Polka dots.  Right off the bat I was already overwhelmed with her generosity.

I'm about to be totally spoiled!!  More cashmerino yarn. A bundle of kei honeycomb dots. A package labeled a little HR. And another package filled with my ISOs.  And I haven't even got to the pillow yet!!

One package was labeled "a little HR".  A total understatement for what was in there!  A full yard of this gorgeous hard to find gold fish fabric and some adorable pins by Christine.  I've wanted both forever!  I was definitely crying at this point.

Okay now I'm just crying

And then there was a package labeled "from your ISO list".  Uhm?! Are you kidding me?!  I was completely blown away.  This is beyond generosity.  One of my friends saw this pic and said it was a tribute to gods of fabrics.  lol

From my ISO list.  I'm beyond blown away.

Oh and wait...remember that this was a PILLOW swap?  I haven't even gotten to the pillow yet!  And let me  tell you.  it did not disappoint.  I love everything about it...from the text fabric, to the original Flea Market fancy prints that I have not a single scrap of!, to the tape measure fabric and of course that gorgeous whimsical and patchwork design.

It's soooooo gorgeous!!!  I love it!!!!

Those photos are all from real time because I made myself wait and take a photo with each step.  I still can't believe I could have the discipline to do it.  But it was a good thing to do because each item needed to be thoroughly processed and enjoyed.

Thank you so much Kirsten!  You outdid yourself in generosity!!  I am truly thankful and think I was the luckiest person in the whole swap.

Pillow Talk Swap Pillow Received - Detail

Now I need to go hang out with these guys for a while....

Gorgeous Fish Pins!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Moments

Well technically these moments are all from Friday, but they are too cute not to share.  I was keeping the girlie out of the house while my husband was blowing insulation into the attic through her bedroom.  We had a day filled with antics.

At Target, missing her nap...

Keeping her out of the house while daddy insulates...someone is missing her naptime!

We found a tricycle at Target and she proceeded to ride it all over the store!

Terrorizing target

We popped over to one of her cousins' house and she played dress up (her current favorite activity).  Here's my new favorite picture of all time...my niece (and goddaughter) and the girlie both dressed as Cinderellas.  They couldn't be more pleased with themselves.

Two Cinderellas !! Two Cousins!!

And finally, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, which we Americans celebrate this week, a little Pocahontas for you!

Thanksgiving Pocohontis (sp?)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Super Mario Brothers QAL - Assembly

Cut To Pieces

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.

♪do do da do. Da do da do...do do da do do do da do do do♪

Ready? It's Assembly time!

mario quilt

It's time to cut the sashing and sew this top together!  Some of you clever duckies out there have already done that and I'm ADORING the quilt tops that are finished.  Please go check out the flickr group to see the tops and quilts that are finished.  Can we say AWESOME?!

Anyway, for the rest of us, it's time to cut up some more fabric.  There are two colors in my sashing as it looks in the image above.  So I will give you the dimensions for cutting those.

The sashing finishes at 3" wide, so we will be cutting all our pieces 3 1/2" wide to account for seam allowances.

• Cut (31) 3 1/2" x 18.5" Blue Strips of Fabric
• Cut (20) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Black Squares of Fabric

And now is a good time to square up those character blocks to 18 1/2" unfinished.  It's going to be pretty common to have some variation in the block sizes.  Maybe all of your blocks ended up at 19".  That's totally fine.  Basically you just need all of your blocks to be the same size.  Adjust the measurements I am giving you to account for any differences but nothing is dependent on a certain block size now.

To assemble the quilt top, we will be using a sashing with corner stones.  I love to use corner stones when doing a sashing on a sampler quilt like this because it really helps keep the quilt squared up.  You can skip the corner stones if you want and just do long strips of sashing if you prefer though.

To create the sashing rows, sew (4) corner stones to (3) blue strips of fabric as shown.  You will need to make (5) rows like this.

mario quilt_sashing rows

To create the character rows, sew (4) vertical blue strips to (3) character blocks as shown below.  Use the layout shown in my overall quilt pattern or create one of your own.

mario quilt_sashing blocks

Assemble the full quilt top by sewing each sashing row to a character row, following my layout.  Be sure to use pins to help you match up the corner stones with the vertical sashing strips.  The quilt grows very quickly at this point, so pins help keep everything in place as the weight of the fabric starts to pull on the quilt.

                                        mario quilt_quilt top assembly

Your final quilt top "should" measure somewhere around 66" x 87".  A perfect twin sized quilt!  Select the batting of your choice...either a couple of yards of batting on a roll or a prepackaged twin or full size batting.  

Create the backing of your choice.  There are some fabulously creative ones out there and I had high hopes of being one of those.  But at this point, I just need to get the quilt finished.  So I'll be going the quick route...with one fabric.  I'm going to use (4) yards of fabric cut into (2) yard lengths.  Sew the lengths together to create a 72" x 90"ish backing.  

And then quilt.  (so easy to write, but this one is going to take some thought.  Suggestions anyone?)

Then bind...I estimate about 3/4 yard needed for a binding.  I plan on going with a print for this.  After all of those solids, I think a little print around the edge will be fun!

I can't wait to see even more finished quilts.  Join me in my goal to get this finished by Christmas.  Or start now and get a couple of pillows done!  This is a proven design winner among particularly the boys or boys at heart in our lives.

Be sure to add your creations to the flickr group so we can all see how we are doing!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On Pins and Needles

It so rarely happens these days that I use a fabric within the week of buying it (no comment on my fabric buying habits!).  But this time I did.  I cut into some of the fun Echino fabric I just got and some Melody Miller fabric for a gift for a pal of mine.  There's nothing like making a gift for a sewing friend who shares your love of fabric to make you break out the good stuff!

Needle Book

My attempts to make a small gift always end up meaning small but DETAILED.  lol  And here's another gift that I seriously want to keep for myself.  Partly because I love it and partly because I actually need one of these:  a needle book!   I was heavily inspired by a tutorial I saw posted the other day on Sew Mama Sew, by NanaCompany.  My aesthetic is a bit different than hers but I liked some of the detailing I saw and it gave me a place to start.  I ended up using all of my own dimensions and construction but that needle book certainly sent me on my way.

Needle book interior

Filled with pages for multiple kinds of needles and a cute loop and button holder to keep it shut, this is a needle book that any cool, hip quilter would be happy to own.  And it's so fun to personalize these for the person you are making them for.  My friend loves Japanese fabrics, clean patchwork and awesome details.  So hopefully this is one handmade gift that she will love and use often!

Needle Book Collage

A very happy birthday to ..... ?  (oh you know who you are!)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Moment #2

I got the girlie down for a nap and made myself make the turtle shell block.  Phew!

Monday moment #2

Is it time for my nap yet?

Monday Moment

This Monday  after a busy weekend, I'm grateful to have finished one more Mario block.  My star block is done!

Monday moment

Turtle Shell block is well on his way too.  I have goals people...goals!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Every day sewing

Not all things I make are photo shoot worthy, but I'm still trying to capture a bit of those for you.

Yesterday I got some awesome new Echino fabrics (and some Nursery Versery fell in my cart too!)  in the mail that I ordered from Japan.  I love happy mail days!

Happy mail day!

And feeling completely cool and fabulous in my good taste in fabric, then I promptly went out to Joann's and bought some Tinkerbell flannel fabric.  Yep...I am just THAT hip.  ;)  (Hey at least I found one with spools of thread!  That's a little bit cool...right? right?  I'm trying)

Tinkerbell flannel.  A new pillowcase for my little tinkerbell.

But my love of fabric knows no end, and neither does my desire to make fun things for my daughter.  My little cuteness has been trying to "warm up" her pillow, so I decided that she needed a flannel pillowcase.  And yes, I have awesome AMH flannel that I could have used.  But I saw the Tinkerbell flannel and threw my designer taste out the window for some good old fashioned Trademarked images.

Tinkerbell pillowcase

I used this pillowcase tutorial for a roll up pillowcase and was pretty pleased with it.  I grabbed a little Riley Blake fabric from my stash for the binding and put them together for a snugly pillowcase.  And my little Tinkerbell was quite pleased this morning when I showed it to her.

My tinkerbell with her new pillowcase.

I will also take this moment to admit how far behind I am in my own Quilt Along.  I completed two more blocks, the pipe block and the fire flower.  If you are following along, you will realize that I posted about those blocks a while ago...but whoops.  Things get pushed to that back burner.

Another block... The green pipe is also complete!!

Fire flower block finally complete!!

I have two more blocks all ready to be sewn and then I will almost be caught up with myself.  Hmm...whatever.  At this point, I have personal goals of when to finish it and I'll make that happen.  No more apologies for where I am with it.  I've got one or two more instructional posts for you all with it but then we're all just out there sewing together hundreds of tiny little squares.

 Oh the things we do for the ones we love.  Tinkerbell flannel and teeny tiny squares of fabric.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Nautical Pillow

Today I want to share with you a pillow that I made this summer that has recently been published in International Quilt Scene Magazine by Interweave Press. I'm a sucker for anything Nautical and I hope you are too.

Nautical Pillow 2

Oh I just love this one! If you've followed me for even a little bit, you'll know that my favorite projects tend to be ones that combine whimsy with precision. And I think you get both with this pillow.

I just got the pillow back in the mail last week along with some copies of the magazine, and I was thrilled to discover that I'm a mini cover girl! (The main cover girl there is Elizabeth, lucky gal!) But I'm stealing a little of her cover time down there in the corner. ;)

Nautical Pillow Mosaic

It's always fun to see how they photograph your items as well. I love that they let the pillow be center stage here. You never know what they will do! ;)

And I was delighted when they told me that my pattern was selected as the free downloadable pattern from the magazine. That's definitely a new one for me! Of course you'll want to buy the magazine anyways just for all the other patterns and fab pictures of quilts from the International Quilt Festival...but just in case you need MY pattern right away, you can download it HERE for free!

Sailboat Pillow

Now I don't know that I could bare to part with mine, but if you could I think that this would be a perfect addition to any Nautical themed nursery or children's room. Heck, toughen up those fabrics a bit and add it to your fella's man cave. The beauty of nautical design...it's timeless and truly suits everyone.


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