Do you find that there is sometimes a little lag between projects, or during a project while you’re waiting for the next step to become clear in your mind? I also sometimes have to give myself some “thinking” time for the next inspiration, or “research” time to learn a new technique.
I must be in that stage right now–I think it’s related to making a decision about prioritizing. Do I want to do THIS before THAT. Sometimes cleaning and organizing the studio is enough, but yesterday I felt like my brain needed a little more time before I was ready to focus in on “the next big thing”.
So, I’ve started a scrappy little project! Nothing complicated, in fact sort of mindless. In the end it will be something functional and useful. I’ll be able to set it aside if needed once my brain decides to focus in on a more weighty project. But for now, I’ll spend a little time making this wrapped and coiled project which might turn out to be either a rug or basket–haven’t really decided yet.
I always pull out my older heavy duty Singer for coiled projects as it can handle the thickness of the cording, and has a nice big bobbin which allows me to sew longer. So far, I’m up to approx. 13″ x 18″ on the same bobbin using a moderate zigzag with poly thread which is strong and fine. She how I fold the strip of fabric over the end of the cord to keep it from fraying, and then start wrapping the cord counter-clockwise to start the coil. Hold, or pin the coil in place to start, and as the coil gets bigger it is easier to handle. I’ll show you a finish once I get to that stage, but for now, some good music and thinking time!
I’m excited to do some Blog Hop Show and Tell today! It’s finally my turn to reveal the project I made using Happy Hour Stitches Lindsay Mayland’s free Charming Mini Pattern! As you can see, I made a little doll quilt for Stella, (a charming mini herself) and she is delighted! Didn’t that work out well? 🙂
I used a couple bundles of Moda Mini Charms; Lydia Nelson’s “Darling little Dickens” which has sweet little animal faces and characters, and Sherri & Chelsi’s “Bright Sun” for added contrast. I also wanted to make the quilt just a little wider, adding a half-drop block to alternating ends of each row. This also staggered the seam allowances, so there were no seams to match as I was sewing the rows together. BONUS!!
The half-drop blocks were the perfect size to show off these bunnies from Elizabeth Hartman’s “Paintbox Basics” in a few different color-ways.
Obviously this is a very versatile pattern, and I know you will want to check out the other participant’s projects:
I’m participating in a Blog Hop that is starting today! My friend Lindsay Mayland of Happy Hour Stitches has organized the hop to last just this week and featuring a different designer each day. SO, I wanted to give you a heads-up to check out the other blogs and designers all week long! We have each made a project with a free downloadable pattern Lindsay has available. It will be fun to see everyone’s interpretation and fabric collection, using mini charms! And just as a tease, I’ll start the day off with a cute pick of a three-year-old tucking in her baby!
Congratulations to Sheryl K.!! She was in my class at A Quilter’s Affair in July, and entered her Color Wheel Footstool into her local county fair, taking Best of Show! Not surprising to me, as the fabric choices and construction are perfection. What a way to celebrate the end of summer with a great project!
You can get a kit for the Color Wheel Footstool in my SHOP, and then watch the video tutorial about foundation piecing the strips. It is wonderful to see this three dimensional project blossom!
Well, you know how it is! You get an idea, and you just have to see how it looks in every fabric, every embellishment, every which way imaginable! Yup!
I started making these 4patch blocks to use up some terrific fabric from Bambini Fabrics I had left over from another project, and BAM there I was with an armful of these FUNNEST EVER paper weights! I’ve filled them with crushed walnut shells, some with lavender, and some with a combination. Oh, the scent is heavenly! I use them to actually hold papers from escaping the pile in my office, will give some to each of my girls for their offices, and the scented ones will be used around the house–home dec–and in our dresser drawers. Need to make more, they’re going fast!
I’ll be posting a tutorial soon, with other ideas and resources for the supplies! Have a spectacular day!
There are 16 great designers contributing to the book, with a wide variety and style of designs, along with all kinds of tips and ideas for using the tools and gadgets that are available to make your quilting easier, more efficient, comfortable and FABULOUS! Get your fix with new all-over designs, borders, blocks, wreaths, motifs, all suited for hand or any kind of machine quilting.
I’m jumping up and down for how well it’s put together, and proud to be included in the list of designers.
That’s right! I’m headed back to see all my coastie buddies! I’ll be at Forget Me Knots in Bandon, Oregon with Michelle and her crew. Such a wonderful shop/retreat center and in a great location. I think next Saturday 1/14/17, will be the perfect day to start a footstool!
Here’s what happens: The class is taught in two parts. The first class on the 14th, you will learn how to foundation piece the panels used to make the footstool “upholstery”. By the end of class you’ll be totally ready to finish the homework and come back in two weeks. Then, on the 28th we will get together again to build the footstool! I bring all the tools and the kits. It is a remarkable day as these wonderful pieces of fabric blossom into a finished footstool! It is so fun to see all the happy faces at the end of class.
Call Michelle to reserve your spot: 541 347-9021
If you can’t make the class, or live in another location I’d love to come to YOU! You can also see my SHOP page to purchase a kit and I can send it off tomorrow!
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What fun to be featured on the MIY blog today! I designed these fun flowerpot covers with my great friend Lisa Bee Wilson of Towerhouse Quilts, and they were published in a fun article in Make It Yourself Magazine last year. We used up-cycled sweaters in a variety of decorative and useful projects. Aside from these fun flowerpot covers, I am currently using the cozy neck warmer in this cold snap we are having! Thanks to Meredith Corporation for the fun reminder of this article!
Hi to all my coastal friends! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to teach a class on the beautiful Oregon Coast! And guess what? There’s one more opening for this weekend! I’d love to see you there. The class is at The Quilter’s Corner in Port Orford, Oregon. Give Vicki a call to sign up and get the details! 541-332-0502. This could be the highlight of your summer, wouldn’t you love to have an adorable footstool in your color scheme? Maybe you have a special event coming up and need a gift? All sorts of reasons to set the time aside to make one! I’ll be there, and it will be a fun time!
Some of you know I’ve been in this industry for many years, almost 2 decades now! I’ve always done my best to be inspired by other quilters and ideas, and to ensure that my designs were uniquely mine, mine alone, and that there was no possibility that I had copied someone else’s design, especially in publishing.
To my surprise I have been alerted to a copycat of my Color Wheel Pincushion Kit. What to do–what to do!? I certainly can’t allow this to ruin the business I have worked to develop over the years, and so looking into it is what I will do. I have contacted the other party, with no response. My next step is to contact the group where the copycat pattern is being marketed. Next, I need to make my distributors aware, maybe they have an avenue to help in this situation. I want to reassure my customers that I am doing everything I can to protect them and their investment of my kits for their shops. Hang in there with me, and we will get this figured out!