gearing up for a sewrific weekend

Angels sets flipped and patiently waiting to be top stitched…I have a few more set of teeny diapers to completed before all these angel sets will be ready to get their cap and be packaged… October 17th 2013

Shamus wondering why I’m sitting on the floor talking like a duck to him… October 16th 2013

Antique hankies drying after a good long soak to brighten them up…the 2 with clothes pins won’t be becoming bonnets as one has holes and the other has a pesky nose stain I can’t remove…the rest however will be lightly starched, ironed and made into bonnets this weekend. October 17th 2013

Just a Little Hankie

I am just a little hankie,

As square as can be;
But with a stitch or two,

They’ve made a bonnet out of me.
I’ll be worn home from the hospital, and on special days,
And then I’ll be carefully pressed and neatly packed away.
Then on the wedding, I have been told,
Every well dressed Bride must have something old.
So what would be more fitting than to find Little Old Me,
A few stitches snipped and a wedding handkerchief I will be!
And if per chance, it is a boy, someday he still will wed.
So to his spouse he can present the handkerchief once worn upon his head!

Newest flannel finds at JoAnn Fabrics! 10 fat quarters will make 5 angel sets with 2 teeny diapers and 1 wee lovie each. And 10 yards of flannel that will make 5 newborn receiving blankets and 5 angel sets. I just love the lime green buffalo plaid! Thanks to eagle eye Jazmin right before I paid for it all she saw that there were intermittent tiny blue dots on the pink stars flannel…we went back to get a different piece of the same fabric and found that about 4 yards of the pink stars had these tiny blue dots…thankfully when we started looking at a new bolt of the same print there were no blue dots.  One just cannot have blue dots just showing up hibbly jibbly on your pink on white stars…

Looks like I have a bit of ironing, cutting and sewing in my future! October 17th 2013

Heavenly Fabric

Heavenly cotton

from Heavenly Patchwork Quilt Shop http://www.heavenlypatchworkquiltshop.com/  in Waconia…massive thanks to Kris for the gift certificate for some more fabulous hippy-esque cottons for the tacky hippy quilt I’ll eventually be making…I’ll be bring all the hippy fabric to the shop so I can find the perfect solid shade to sash the hippy squares with. The bubble gum pink with little Shamuses will be going into the pink box rather than the hippy quilt. December 27th 2012

 

Heavenly flannel

from Heavenly Patchwork Quilt Shop http://www.heavenlypatchworkquiltshop.com/  in Waconia… eeeeeeeeeeeeeee lookit the wickedly fun green with bugs! Love it! The stripy blue is for the opposite side of the plethora of diapers I can make via Teeny Tears for God’s Tiny Angels and any other hospitals I hear from here in MN…think I’ll make a couple preemie flannel lovies out of it as well.  Out of each fat quarter I can make 2 large teeny diapers, 2 small teeny diaper and 1 microteeny diaper…the itty bitty scraps left over are so tiny my heart is hardly broken to throw them away (usually I safe any scrap larger than 1X1 inch) The pile of small square is a charm set of flannel…at least 2 or 3 preemie lovies there…and now that the sewing machine is home safe and sound and ready to sew…so am I! If you’re in the area this is the dandiest place to get your machine adjusted: http://www.papasshoerepair.com excellent service and the prices are totally affordable! The Embroidery machine will be going in next! December 27th2012

 

on a sock monkey note…got 3 pairs of FABULOUS holiday knee hi’s at Target for half price! BOOWAHAHA!!! fear the savvy shopper!

Signs of a Fabric-a-Holic

Signs of a Fabric-a-holic:
1. Petting the Fabric: Reach out and lightly stroke the fabric with the fingers of one hand. Don’t use too much pressure; just pet the surface so you can feel the Fabric’s softness and texture.

2.  Drape: look around to make sure no one’s looking…unwind a bit of fabric from the bolt, no more than a yard…holding unwound fabric in one hand look at the drape…enjoy the drape, contemplate this drape in your next project.

2. Cheek Testing: Quickly, so that no one can object, pick up the skein in one hand and rub the yarn lightly against your cheek. Tilt your head slightly so that you can get the most facial surface area against the yarn. If you find yourself quietly humming or purring during this activity, go with that. It is a natural reaction to piece of yarn art. (The quilter/fabric bond is beginning to form at this point.)

The quilter/seamstress bond in action:
3. Color Admiration
Hold the bolt or remnant out in front of you, moving it at different angles as though it were a crystal and you wished to see the light reflect off of it from different angles. Walk to the window and admire the color as it looks under natural light. Hold the cloth to your skin and notice how well it looks with your coloring.


4. Content Test
Read the label if available (don’t let go of the fabric itself, keep stroking it with a finger or thumb); coo over the various lovely things which have made up this wonderful cloth.  Even if there’s no content to be found, wonder in amazement what could have made such a perfect fabric! Cotton, wool, poly-happiness

5. Distance and Resistance Test
Put the fabric down where you found it and walk away. Watch every other person in the store like a hawk to see if they go near your fabric. If someone looks like they are going to pick up Your FABRIC, swoop in and grab it and say something like, “oh THERE it is, I am so glad I found one more yard/remnant of the EXACT SHADE OF (insert fabric color here) for my mother’s birthday quilt/skirt/dolly, Whew!” This tactic tells you how much you really want the fabric: If you cannot stand to see another quilter even hover next to the shelf your fabric is on, you need to buy the fabric. If you can tolerate another crafter walking around the shop with your wonderful cloth, pick another fabric and start over. (It wasn’t meant to be.)

Other Advice for the Blossoming fabric Collector
Start small. Wee mismatch remnants really doesn’t count as stash, as many wise quilter in the comments have pointed out, so that’s a non-threatening place to start. Pretty colors and reasonable prices; and you may even actually make a pot holder out of it someday.

Bring a Fabric friend.
A Fabric friend is someone who says things like, “You deserve a little treat today,” or “That is so beautiful; I bet you won’t find one of those again anytime soon” or “It’s just one fat quarter of fabric, it won’t kill your budget”–encouraging phrases that help you break down your resistance to buying non-practical collectibles such as fabric. Art objects are for the soul, for the joy of the heart; a good fabric friend can encourage you to follow your heart and not your head whilst in the cloth shop.
And finally: The most successful fabric collectors have stopped asking themselves “But what would I make with it?” every time they see a fabric they love in the shop. They buy for the love of the cloth, for the fuzzy delight the fleece or flannel brings to their lives. Fabric isn’t just the project you can sew/quilt with it; fabric is its own joy, in and unto itself.

Fabric in all shapes and pre-cuts

Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, and Turnovers. . Oh My!
Everything You want to Know about the Latest Fabric Products

WHAT’S A LAYER CAKE?

A Layer Cake is a Moda product made up of 40 – 10″ squares of a fabric line. Another fabric product beginners are sure to love, and, because of its larger size, offers more options to make quilt blocks. For a quick quilt, they can be use without cutting. . . Instead of using a Charm Pack, substitute 10″ square and adjust the length of the sashing and border to fit the larger size square.

Like the Jelly Roll before it, the Layer Cake previews 40 squares of fabric line is the prelude to yardage of the fabric line.

WHAT’S A JELLY ROLL?

A Jelly Roll is made up of 40 strips of fabric, each 2 1/2″ by the fabric width (usually 41- 44″). Beginning quilters are attracted to this product because strips are precision cut, making cutting fabric in the quilt-making process easier.

The 40 strips of fabric which make up a Jelly Roll preview fabric lines and usually all of the fabrics in the line are represented. Sometimes multiple strips of a single fabric print are included (this usually depends on the number of fabrics in the line.) Once the fabric manufacturer decides which fabrics and how many strips are to be in the product preview, it is rolled up so that it looks like . . . . a Jelly Roll.

WHAT’S A CHARM PACK?

On the market for a little longer period than Jelly Rolls, a Charm Pack is a package of 5-inch square fabrics. Like Jelly Rolls, they preview new lines and give the quilter a sampling of that fabric line. Precision cut, they provide accuracy and simplicity to cutting and, as a result, are attractive to beginner quilters. Quilts designed for Charm Packs can often use additional fabrics for more complex quilt blocks, sashings, borders, backing and binding.

Unlike Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs vary in the number of five-inch squares included in a package, so check the label for that information. Because of this variation, prices may also vary.

FAT QUARTERS . . . WHAT ARE THEY?

Most quilters are familiar with this fabric product because it has been around for the longest. A fat quarter is a 1/2 yard of fabric which is then cut in half (so there are two fat quarters in a 1/2 yard of fabrics). Fat quarters measure 18″ x 21-22″, depending upon the width of the fabric used.

Fat quarters offer the quilter the option of purchasing smaller pieces of fabric that are required in many patterns, wider fabric choices for scrappy quilts, and generally a more inexpensive way to expand the quilter’s STASH!

What can you get from one Fat Quarter? (18” X 22”)

You can cut:

99 – 2” squares

56 – 2.5” squares

42 – 3” squares

30 – 3” squares

20 – 4” squares

16 – 4.5” squares

12 – 5” squares

12 – 5.5” squares

9 – 6” squares

6 – 6.5” squares
TURNOVERS. . . . IN A VARIETY OF FLAVORS!

Made up of 40- 6″ precision-cut squares the squares are then cut diagonally to make 80 triangles. The fabrics in the Turnover are samples of all of the fabrics in a line. The photo shows “Oh Cherry Oh” by 3 Sisters for Moda. A quick way to make half-square triangles and other shapes.

HONEY BUNS. . . A SWEET TREAT

Good enough to eat.  Precision-cut and representing all fabrics in a line, the Honey Bun is made up of 40 strips – 1 ½” x WOF (width of fabric).

Now You Know…

a moment for fabric

Houses thus far for the: Our house is a very, very, very fine house…with 2 cats in the yard…life used to be so hard…quilt

House paper piece pattern located at: http://www.connectingthreads.com/patterns/House_Keepsake_Frame_Card…free!

Printed up 9 of them blown up to 8.5 square

Won’t be sashing them…just putting them right next to each other on ‘postage stamp lots’ like in the big city

Will surround the belly button of the quilt with assorted shades of rainbow probably in 4.5 inch strips to make this a nice baby sized quilt or perhaps a wall hanging. June 24th 2012

House # 6 for the Our house is a very, very, very fine house…with 2 cats in the yard…life used to be so hard…quilt

House paper piece pattern located at: http://www.connectingthreads.com/patterns/House_Keepsake_Frame_Card…free! June 26th 2012

 

Some fabric and center block for the Tree hugger save the everything reduce that carbon foot print quilt…whew what a LONG name!

 

Center block is completed and is about 14 inches square…the pattern for the pine trees is FREE from:http://www.quilterscache.com/T/ThePinesBlock.html the center block will be sashed with something lime/Kermit the frog tummy…thinking 3.2 inch width.

 

The wide border is this FABULOUS save the whale, tree hugger, no nukes fabric from Kris to the K…it is SOOOOOOOOO neato I just had to throw a quilt idea together for it! The base color of the fabric is light ish turquoise with bright purples and green…the corner blocks will be paper pieced wonky houses in colors to go with this eye burning carbon foot print shrinking pile of giggle-ee-tude…in other words…haven’t decided yet! Wonky house pattern found FREE at: http://www.forestquilting.com/paperpiecing_free/paperpiecing_free_p…

Another 3.2 width border of same or similar green border

Hmmm…perhaps a border of rainbow stripe OR I’ll make my own rainbow out of 2.5 by hmmm…6.5 inch strips…can you ever have too much rainbow?!? Corner blocks for the rainbow border?!? Small 6.5 inch paper pieced trees matching the center block…not totally matching of course since I made the center a few years ago.

Finish it all up with a 3.5 width green border…with the ever popular rainbow prairie points in lieu of a binding…another eye burning spectacular yet to made but basically thought through quilted loveliness…will probably keep this one since it has the first paper pieced blocks I’ve ever made and the super special fabric from my friend! June 24th 2012

 

some fabric for the Paper pieced FrogZ In The Round quilt contemplation:

Paper piece frog pattern available at: http://www.paperpanache.com/free/guestpats/amobirdfrog.htm will be blowing up to 8.5 X 11 paper sized…so frogs will probably be about 8.5 inches square…frogs and their water backgrounds will be scrappy so no 2 are alike…no sashing…frog next to frog so the blue background can look like dappled blue water, I may use all different blues for the background to give the water more movement…I’m thinking embroidered or button eyes… June 24th 2012

 

Fabrics for the Use Up All That Fairy Fabric Quilt June 24th 2012

 

bumble bee stripes fabrics for the A brain storm of a quilt called Applebee’s

Center block is already made …the black and yellow borders will be oh I’m thinking 3.5 inch squares and black Minky and yellow flannel for a fuzzy bumble bee feel. The yellow border is the same bumble bee fabric that is the outer yellow of the center block.  Of course the whole quilt will be finished up with left over yellow bee fabric and black to match the outer black border prairie points!

Okey Dokey so the apple paper pieced pattern can be found at:http://fandominstitches.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/pattern_ofenjen…

And here’s the sweet honey bee pattern: http://piecebynumber.com/honeybee.htm

Revised 6/22/2012

 

Jazmin’s still in process Halloweenie quilt…so I’ve already wandered off the beaten path and put a border of assorted Halloween squares…then I’ll be adding a skinny border of the batik green…then the orange and black checker board border with paper pieced witches as corner blocks…this top is already getting too big to hang for pictures…I have the feeling it will indeed be larder than lap sized! June 24th 2012

 

Wee belly button for another Halloween quilt made of the left over border of Jazmin’s Halloweenie quilt June 25th2012

very fine house quilt contrmplation

Our house is a very, very, very fine house…with 2 cats in the yard…life used to be so hard…quilt

House paper piece pattern located at: http://www.connectingthreads.com/patterns/House_Keepsake_Frame_Card…free!

Printed up 9 of them blown up to

Won’t be sashing them…just putting them right next to each other on ‘postage stamp lots’ like in the big city

Will surround the belly button of the quilt with assorted shades of rainbow probably in 4.5 inch strips to make this a nice baby sized quilt or perhaps a wall hanging. Plan on making all the houses different with the same sky fabric. The middle house will be ‘my’ house…will be putting 2 cats in the yard most likely either using cat fabric as the large rectangle under the window or maybe trying out  my hand at a bit of appliqué’. Yet another idea for a quilt…printed the houses; that’s a start at least! May 11th 2012

I colored in the pattern in Gimp2 so I can see what color should go where easier…

contemplating continues unabated

I’ve contemplated the blank out of this idea now…

using photo shop, a Hole-in-the-Barn-Door block I made on WORD and the fabric swatches from Fabric.com I’ve made a block

then because…well who knows…I threw together the entire quilt without the prairie points though

yup I think this will indeed be very fun to needle! I may need to give it to some one color blind so I don’t damage their retinas! lol

rainbow in my thoughts

This perhaps baby or lap sized eye burner will be made of left over log cabin strips from sock monkey quilt blended into a rainbow checker board, unknown size yet…the strips are 2.5 inches wide…sashed in some sort of white perhaps with Rainbowie print…slabs of rainbow colors for border 1, each slab will be predominantly red, orange etc.…sashed in black…again perhaps with Rainbowie colors…and more rainbow slabs maybe different prints from the 1st rainbow border…finished up with another sashing of black, 1 inch wider than the other sashing…then yup rainbow prairie points!
contemplated with a graph-paper template on WORD. April 10th 2012

in the know

Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, and Turnovers. . Oh My!
Everything You want to Know about the Latest Fabric Products

WHAT’S A LAYER CAKE?

A Layer Cake is a Moda product made up of 40 – 10″ squares of a fabric line. Another fabric product beginners are sure to love, and, because of its larger size, offers more options to make quilt blocks. For a quick quilt, they can be use without cutting. . . check out our #101 Charm Square Quilt in the ‘Pattern Catalog’. Instead of using a Charm Pack, substitute 10″ square and adjust the length of the sashing and border to fit the larger size square.

Like the Jelly Roll before it, the Layer Cake previews 40 squares of fabric line is the prelude to yardage of the fabric line.

WHAT’S A JELLY ROLL?

A Jelly Roll is made up of 40 strips of fabric, each 2 1/2″ by the fabric width (usually 41- 44″). Beginning quilters are attracted to this product because strips are precision cut, making cutting fabric in the quilt-making process easier.

The 40 strips of fabric which make up a Jelly Roll preview fabric lines and usually all of the fabrics in the line are represented. Sometimes multiple strips of a single fabric print are included (this usually depends on the number of fabrics in the line.) Once the fabric manufacturer decides which fabrics and how many strips are to be in the product preview, it is rolled up so that it looks like . . . . a Jelly Roll.

WHAT’S A CHARM PACK?

On the market for a little longer period than Jelly Rolls, a Charm Pack is a package of 5-inch square fabrics. Like Jelly Rolls, they preview new lines and give the quilter a sampling of that fabric line. Precision cut, they provide accuracy and simplicity to cutting and, as a result, are attractive to beginner quilters. Quilts designed for Charm Packs can often use additional fabrics for more complex quilt blocks, sashings, borders, backing and binding.

Unlike Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs vary in the number of five-inch squares included in a package, so check the label for that information. Because of this variation, prices may also vary.

FAT QUARTERS . . . WHAT ARE THEY?

Most quilters are familiar with this fabric product because it has been around for the longest. A fat quarter is a 1/2 yard of fabric which is then cut in half (so there are two fat quarters in a 1/2 yard of fabrics). Fat quarters measure 18″ x 21-22″, depending upon the width of the fabric used.

Fat quarters offer the quilter the option of purchasing smaller pieces of fabric that are required in many patterns, wider fabric choices for scrappy quilts, and generally a more inexpensive way to expand the quilter’s STASH!

TURNOVERS. . . . IN A VARIETY OF FLAVORS!

Turnovers are one of Moda’s latest fabric products. Made up of 40- 6″ precision-cut squares the squares are then cut diagonally to make 80 triangles. The fabrics in the Turnover are samples of all of the fabrics in a line. The photo shows “Oh Cherry Oh” by 3 Sisters for Moda. A quick way to make half-square triangles and other shapes. We used them in our new pattern, Cheri Cherry Turnover Quilt which is available in our ‘Pattern Catalog’ on this website.

HONEY BUNS. . . A SWEET TREAT

Good enough to eat, Honey Buns are another new Moda fabric product. Precision-cut and representing all fabrics in a line, the Honey Bun is made up of 40 strips – 1 ½” x WOF (width of fabric). Our new pattern, Squares and Stripes uses the Honey Bun from the Snippets fabric line by American Jane for Moda. Check it out on our ‘What’s new?’ page and our ‘Pattern Catalog’ page on the website.

Now You Know…