Category Archives: Pattern

Footstool Upcycle!

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How much do you LOVE this footstool made by my friend Pam!!!!  I can’t get over the sophisticated look she got out of some recycled sweaters!  Here’s what happened: A VERY talented group of women in Seattle found a wonderful way to support Green Eileen, by participating in the Chop Challenge!  The challenge is to create an auction  piece by using materials which have been provided from donated clothing.  Please go to the Green Eileen website to find out more, and to see the events coming up soon in the Seattle area, including the “Chop Challenge” on October 3rd from 5-8pm.

In the meantime, let me explain that Pam used her creativity, imagination, and one of my footstool kits to make this piece for the auction!  I don’t know how she will be able to give it up! Seriously!!  I may have to copy her idea! You can too, by ordering a kit from my “Shop” page, and adding your own collection of recycled materials!

Just added a Craftsy Pattern!

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Hey! It’s always fun to add a new pattern out there!  I’ve just added a fun table runner to my Craftsy Pattern Store!  Can’t wait to see your version of the Barber Pole Table Runner!

If you haven’t tried Craftsy yet, it’s a great location to check out some great classes–that’s what they’re known for best.  But there are also TONS of designers who put their patterns out there!  Most are at great prices, and all immediately downloadable.  Some are free, and there is such variety, it’s just plain fun to see!  Click over to see what’s new and happening!

In a Pinch!

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Just finishing up a few new pincushions this weekend.  I love have some ready for a last minute gift!  But I also LOVE thinking ahead and putting together fabric collections for specific people.  Greens for Cheri, polka dots for Ellie, plaids for Jenn.  Then there’s the fun of choosing the buttons to complete the mood, or punch up the personality.  I always have the kits available here on my SHOP page!  When you’re finished with yours, be sure to send a pic, seeing your fabric collection is a highlight of my day!

International shipping for Footstool Kits!

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I have finally been able to find a reasonable price for international shipping, at least for Canada, the UK and Australia–where I’ve had inquiries.  I will be able to add these into the shop buy buttons soon, but in the meantime, if you want to shoot me an email I’d be happy to answer any questions!  There is a SIGNIFICANT price break for shipping two kits, so hopefully you will have a friend who’s interested too!

Openings in the Footstool Class!

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Hey peeps!  I just heard through the grapevine, or was it email (?) that there are still a couple openings in my next Colorwheel Footstool class!  NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!   Here are your instructions:

1.  Call or go over to Piece By Piece Fabrics.

2.  Sign up for the class scheduled for Saturday April 4th and Saturday April 18th from 10:30-1:30.

We will have more fun than a barrel of monkeys, and you will have a finished footstool to cherish or to give away.  I’ve made so many now, I almost think I should make one for every quilt.  Seeing the different fabric collections and artistic choices for the feet and the tufting button is always inspiring!

Hope you can join in the fun!

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See. Love. Gotta have it!

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If you haven’t seen it yet, run out and get the latest issue, Winter 2014 of Quilts and More!  Then turn to page 10 to find my Pincushion Kit featured in the HOT STUFF review.  It includes a fun pic of some  of my finished pincushions, and one of the components that are included in the kit.  It will direct you RIGHT HERE to my site so you can find out more!  These little guys are such a fast and fun project that you’ll soon have a list of people you want to make them for, or on second thought, maybe give the kit as a gift so the recipients can personalize it themselves!  You can see my neice Beret made one with me when she was only seven!

Check my shop page to purchase one, or email me for multiple orders!

Upcycle/Recycle!

Well, it’s been rainy and windy for the last few days here in the Pacific Northwest! I thought I needed a pick-me-up, so I’m sharing a project that was featured in an article in the Fall/Winter issue of Make It Yourself.

These flower pot cover-ups are so cheerful and fun!  I especially love having something to set my Christmas poinsettia into that will fit with the rest of my Holiday decor, and what better use is there for a worn out Christmas sweater!!  Find out how to make them, and lots of other projects in the magazine, it’s available now at newstands.  The article has several designs from  Lisa of Towerhouse Quilts too, BONUS!

Check out Make It Yourself on facebook, they always have creative ideas to share!

Make It Yourself!

Believe it or not, this Men’s Neck  Scarf was made with upcycled sweaters!  It’s part of an article featured in the Fall/Winter issue of Make It Yourself magazine which you can find on newstands now, or you can get a digital copy by using the link.  It is a fast project, very functional and stylish.  Make it in team colors for your favorite sports fanatic, or like I did in monochromatic shades.

If you missed my previous post about this article, check it out here!  Then don’t miss out on seeing the fb page for Make It Yourself, and for me!

New Projects in Print!

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Several projects that were done in collaboration with my friend and quilting buddy Lisa, over at Towerhouse Quilts are featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Make It Yourself magazine!  Be sure to keep up with Make It Yourself on line and on facebook!

We love working together on anything, and this is a fun example of Girlfriends Gone Wild with imagination!  We had the best time brainstorming how to make the projects we came up with.  Once you get atarted, it’s hard to stop! I hope you will pick up the magazine, it is loaded to the MAX with fun stuff and of course the directions and patterns are included for you to make your own wonderful versions!

Here’s a link to get a digital version and see other awesome projects included in the mix.  Lisa is also featuring more projects on her site too!

I’ll be posting more pics of some of the projects soon!

 

Quilt Show Fun!

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I came home with a few ribbons today!  I don’t do that every day, so it is a thrill!  The Blackberry Jam Festival was held this weekend, with all the blackberry pie, jam, syrup, scones, treats and recipes you could hope for! AND it includes a fun judged Quilt Show put on by the host quilt guild, the Pine Needlers.  It is a fun show with a wide variety of styles included, but one thing you can always count on is the high quality of quilts.  Yes, I’m telling you, the competition is fierce, and the hand-made ribbons are spectacular! I got lucky and came home with these:

Best of Show and Best Machine Quilting, for Hidden Agenda which is currently in American Patchwork and Quilting.

Honorable Mention, for Harrington’s Guardian Stars, in the Traditional Category.

Best Use of Color, 2nd Place, entered as a collaboration with Lisa Bee Wilson! (I’ll tell you more about this quilt in a future post)

Excited?  YES!  All the quilts were simply marvelous!