Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

Thermoweb is having a huge sale for black Friday and Cyber Monday.

If you need supplies, this is the time to make your purchase.

Enjoy by just clicking below!





Friday, November 18, 2016

In Our Garden Blocks for November

The
In Our Garden Block of the Month blog hop
Hosted by Amy over at 
has the cutest blocks and I've kept up with the blocks all year (so far).
Every month one designer shares an applique block and a pieced block
and by January this will be a super cute quilt.


The weather is frightful here today so please excuse the inside pictures, but I wanted to post my Friday finish in a timely fashion.
If I took these blocks outside today they would end up in Oklahoma.

This months block were designed by Lana over at It Seams to be Sew and are fast to make.


Lana loves anything bunnies so she designed a little Pilgrim bunny harvesting the last of the carrots and corn flowers for the applique block.  Of course I used my favorite fabric iron on adhesive by ThermowebHeatnBond® Lite, for the fusible appliques.


The pieced block this month is a pinwheel.  How appropriate for this super windy day!


 I was lucky enough to receive Riley Blake fabrics for this quilt.
That pinwheel is so pretty with  fabrics in Botanique by fabric designer Lila Tueller.



There is still time to jump in and make this quilt with us!



Here is the list of bloggers and the months with links to find the 
blocks and patterns:

February - Blocks 1 and 2

March - Blocks 3 and 4
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 


April -  Blocks 4 and 5

Bonus Block


May - Blocks 7 and 8

Bonus Block

June - Blocks 9 and 10

July- Blocks 11 and 12


August - Blocks 13 and 14


September - Blocks 15 and 16

Bonus Block


October - Blocks 17 and 18

November- Blocks 19 and 20

Still to come:

December
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

There's a group Facebook page HERE 
 and a Flickr Group 

where everyone has been sharing garden blocks.



Join in on all this fun!!!

My friend and our hostess, Amy Warner, was featured on Pat Sloan's American Patchwork and Quilting Pod Cast this week. 

 Listen to her by clicking HERE.
It is a great interview and fun to hear her sweet voice!


Friday, November 11, 2016

Christmas Craft Ideas

It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but if anyone is planning to give homemade gifts for Christmas it is time to get your crafting on.  Christmas will be here before you know it.

You can find great Christmas gift projects over at the Thermoweb blog this week 
and
 I want to make them all!


My friend Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt has a great pattern for this Santa mug rug with a pocket that is perfect to slip in treats or a letter for the big man.  



Carol made her mug rug with black and white fabrics and super shiny gold iCraft Deco Foil stars. 
It caught my eye and I just had to make one with her easy to follow instructions.
 You can see Carol's version and pick up the pattern by clicking HERE.

Carol is also hosting a Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop from 
December 5th to December 8th
If you would like to participate, click HERE to sign up.
I can't wait to get new cookie recipes for the holidays.

The drawstring bag above was made with ribbon, interfacing, and lining fabric.  
Just like these.


And then the same technique, but different weaving led to a Christmas pillow.


Weave up your own shiny holiday projects with my tutorial by clicking HERE.

Oh my, but there are so many projects to make. 
 Some of the projects featured this week over at Thermoweb are slippers, little money holder stockings, a mug cozy, ornaments,  and a candle holder. 
 There are many more ideas to get your Christmas crafting started.

And maybe, just maybe that's what we need this week.

Love one another
 and
don't forget to thank a Veteran today.




Happy Veteran's Day.  
Thank you to all that have served.

This pattern is free in my Craftsy pattern shop.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fall Quilt Market 2016 - Learn to Button Pillow and Kanzashi Lattice Quilt

It was a huge honor to display projects in the ThermOWeb booth at the 2016 Fall Quilt Market in Houston.  


Photo courtesy of ThermOweb

Today, I'm over at the ThermOWeb blog to show the 2 projects.
Hop over to see how the quilt was made with Luxe interfacing (Thermoweb's quilt shop brand) as a foundation 
and 
the "how to" for my Learn to Button pillow.

I had a lot of fun with Moda's new fabric collection, Manderly by Franny and Jane
 I just love the colors and it is SO easy to work with.

The first project is my
Kanzashi Lattice Mini Quilt
 16" x 16"




The label was fun to make for this quilt.
 I used  HeatnBond EZ Print Inkjet Transfer Sheets to make it. 




The second display was my


Learn to Button Reversible Applique Pillow Cover



Not only does this pillow cover help with learning to button, it can change and be a totally different color with the switch of a couple of wings or flowers.


Get all the details over at ThermOWeb for both projects.




Maybe next time I can go and see my displays in person.
A girl can dream...


Friday, October 28, 2016

Collage Quilt a Sugar Skull - Tutorial

It's Halloween time and making crafts. quilts, and even foodie treats  for the season is a love of mine.
(who am I kidding, we all know I really don't like to cook)
One thing I haven't made is a sugar skull and I've always wanted to.


Today I did it, I made a sugar skull and here is how I did it.
I call this technique collage applique, but someone told me it's called broderie perse.
I'm pretty sure this isn't what the early quilters had in mind for broderie perse....
Although it is a lot of flowers.

First step is to find a skull drawing.  I found one on the Internet and traced it with a permanent marker onto my light weight fabric.  I chose to use pink because I used lots of pink flowers.  This fabric is what Walmart calls quilting cotton.  It's super, duper thin.  The eyes are modified with hearts.  I just drew them on.



Next fuse Heat N Bond Lite  or your favorite paper backed fusible to the back of various fabric flowers and cut them out.
I used all kinds of floral fabrics from Tula Pink to Moda to Art Gallery.
Start arranging the flowers on the skull.  I peel off the paper as I go.
  (I have fused a few papers down before so trust me, peel the paper off as you go!)

He looks like he has a beard...lol

I like to use a few birds and butterflies in my designs.
This is what it looks like when the design is covered and the flowers are bonded to the fabric.


Turn the skull fabric over and cut out the design.  If there is a design you want to keep on the outside of the skull, cut it out first on the front, then cut the rest from the back.
Here is mine all cut out.



Baste the skull to your final background fabric with basting spray.  I use Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive but you can use your favorite.


Stitch around the skull with a zigzag, straight, or I used a blanket stitch.  Stitch in the eyes and the nose too.  Next make your quilt sandwich with batting and backing fabric and quilt as desired, but it must be tight quilting stitches over the skull to catch the edges as much as possible.
 Matchstick quilting or a free motion small meander stitch works really well.
I used Aurifil 50 wt  in black - 4241 for the background 
and 
my favorite "go to" Aurifil light grey - 2600 for the sugar skull.


This sugar skull is a 16" pillow cover, so I finished it with an envelope back.


If you have any questions about this process, just leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.

I'm so excited, I'm ready to make another one with a white background.
And maybe a quilt too!!!

Have a happy weekend!