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Quilting Autumn

Sometimes when you see a nice cozy quilt under someone‘s knitting and book reading on Instagram, you just have to pull fabrics out and start sewing.

I started with a stack of fabrics that made me think of autumn. Oranges, deep purples, blues and greens. Brown, and a little pink because… pink.

Maple Tree Quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

 

This quilt has been two years in the making. I kept going in spurts. As soon as I got my Chicopee fabric I cut it and pieced the maple leaf blocks immediately. Like, within hours I had all the blocks done. That was in 2012. Yup, 2012. Then they went in a bin and sat for a year.

Virtual Quilting Bee – Block #9 Tutorial

If you’re visiting for the first time today, welcome! I’m glad to have you for my stop on the virtual quilting bee. The blocks so far have been great, go here to check them all out.

vqb blocks

This block is pretty easy, but does contain some itty bitty half square triangles. I’ve discovered that I really like to make things tiny.

Start by cutting your fabrics.

vqb cut

 

Orange Stripe:
(4) 1.5″ x 4.5″
(4) 2.5″ x 2.5″
(8) 2″ x 2″

Green Scallop:
(4) 1.5″ x 4.5″

Honeycomb Quilt

I recently had the opportunity to test out a new pattern for a friend.

Honeycomb

Kati blogs at From the Blue Chair, and I’m lucky enough to get to hang out with her all the time. She’s the one who designed the gallery quilt I made last year, and she has recently started selling her patterns! She has such a great eye for placement and color… when I grow up, I want to be just like her.

HoneycombPatternCoverSM

I tested the Honeycomb pattern for her. It’s amazing. It looks a lot more difficult than it really is. (Which in turn makes you look like your quilting skills are off the hook awesome.)

Pattern Review: Perfectly Pleated Clutch by Amy Butler

Originally posted on Sew Sweetness as part of Purse Palooza.

The Perfectly Pleated Clutch is one of many projects in Amy Butler’s Style Stitches book. I’ll be honest, I’ve had this book on my shelf for over a year and have had every intention of sewing a few projects. I’m glad Sara provided me the kick in the butt to actually get one done.

How To: Invisible Zipper with Regular Zipper Foot

Here’s part 2 of the invisible zipper post. (Really should have been done yesterday but a clogged kitchen sink took priority.)

Using an invisible zipper foot will unroll the coils for you as you sew. The biggest (really the only) difference in using your regular zipper foot is that you will have to unroll the coils and iron them flat on your own. So start by unzipping the zipper and ironing the coils flat.

Next, line up your zipper according to your pattern directions, laying it right sides together and lining up the edge of the tape with the edge of your fabric.

Open Wide with a Handle

I love Anna’s Open Wide Bag tutorial so much. I made my first, and it quickly became my favorite for knitting. It sits up so well on its own, plus the big opening means my yarn doesn’t snag on the zipper and I’m not squishing stuff into a big bag through a small opening.

The only thing missing is a handle. I like to grab my bags by a handle whenever possible. I’ve been grabbing this one by the little tab, but I wanted something more. So I figured out a handle for it.

Purse Palooza Pattern Review: Perfectly Pleated Clutch

Today I’m guest posting over at Sew Sweetness for Purse Palooza! Head over to check out my review of the Perfectly Pleated Clutch by Amy Butler. (It will be up some time today… not sure if it’s morning or afternoon.)

Then keep checking back on Sara’s blog for more reviews every day for the rest of the month. Here’s more details:

1. Every weekday in June, there will be 2 amazing guest bloggers scheduled to share with you a purse sewing pattern review. The review will contain detailed information about what they thought about the sewing pattern, modifications they made, what kind of interfacing they used, and more! Get inspired!

Lazy No More

Monday was a holiday here. Memorial Day… A day to celebrate our heroes and remember those who have passed before us.

If you’re me, the day was spent laying in bed in jammies all day long having a Harry Potter movie marathon. Seriously, all day in bed. Thank goodness for a hubby who took the kids outside to play while he did yard work, made all the meals (including pancakes in bed for me) and generally did everything. I wasn’t sick or anything, I just didn’t feel like getting up! Please tell me I’m not the only one with days like those.

Challenge Accepted

Have you heard about the EZ Dresden challenge the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild is hosting?

Several of our members met Darlene Zimmerman at Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake last year, and we’ve been working on a little challenge using one of her rulers. Our little challenge got big. We’ve been able to line up some great sponsors for prizes including a Singer sewing machine, Gutterman thread cabinet, fabric bundles from Robert Kaufman, and even a quilt made by Darlene herself! How exciting would that be?