4/2/17

Yarn Color Palettes & a bunny


I'm in love with cotton yarns and learning how to crochet finally! Something I've always wanted to do but hadn't taken the time to explore, until now.
My sewing room is still all packed away, waiting for a make-over & I needed to make something. So, what a perfect time to learn and play with some yarn! I am learning just the basics and was so surprised, at how easy it is to crochet. Basic stitches, like the single crochet, makes this adorable bunny...I found the tut on YouTube & used the 24/7 yarn-Aqua for them.




There is an Easter egg pattern too and similar to the body of this pattern. They were fun and easy to make and just perfect for starters. I seem to be more attracted to the cotton yarns more than others. Exploring different options, I found some that I will be trying. I love the colors of the DROPS Design Yarns. The website is a lot of fun too! Patterns and tutorials to explore.


Something tells me....I'd better get that sewing room finished. Before you know it, There's going to be lots of yarning around and I really don't need another creative endeavor. But just like fabrics and threads, these yarn colors call to me and just beg to become something.
Happy Spring....til next time.

11/5/16

Scoop pouches...




I'm making single & double scoop pouches, inspired by the tutorial on fat quarter shop. I've altered mine a bit in size & have added pockets, inside and outside & added charm loops. I'm just having fun with each one and making them as I go along.


I decided to use fabrics that gave the idea of ice cream flavors and had a fun afternoon modeling fabrics for these pouches. I have little ice cream charms for the zips & a few ice cream fabric prints.




a Double Scoop of Orange Creamsicle anyone? It makes me want one, the orange is that juicy...



Happy Sewing....


10/29/16

Scrappy Pumpkin Pillow....


Short and Sweet....because there are just so many projects on my table.
Scrappy squares makes this pumpkin oh... sew sweet. 6 rows down and across with hst on the ends and sashed with the cute, strawberry speckle fabric, I found at Hawthorne Threads. Small border, quilted and binded with an envelope closed back and ta'da'...a 19" pillow is done.

....back to the sewing table.....see you soon.

10/15/16

the Tilda pin cushion...

 

A sweet and easy pin cushion to sew using 'Tilda' fabrics makes for one fun afternoon! 


I'm using fabrics from various collections. Autumn Tree, Sweetheart &Tiny Treasures. I decided on four prints & cutting two each with the template. I chose a sweet little button for the center. I got mine from Cynthia Crane's Pottery on Etsy.


Get the template on Tilda's World blog.


and then.... I discovered...

Well, pumpkin time was near and I love to make, display and have pumpkins all around my home in the Fall...it's a favorite Fall thing for me.
Sew, using the template I created the pumpkin munchkin. Love them!



Have fun sewing....see you soon....

10/8/16

Sew-Simple-Scrappy...pumpkins


Sew Simple....

I'm making pumpkins over here...because tis the season and it's one of my favorite Fall things! 


I gathered up some fabrics and made 2½" strips & squares. Then I just mixed it all together and created a square, 9 pumpkin block, lap quilt. The pumpkin blocks are 10 ½" and I added 2½" & 3" borders using strips and squares.


It ends up with four patches on the corners, 2", 3" & the finished corners at 6" to join my patchwork at the top and bottom.


I have the final border to sew and this is ready for quilting. With a big pumpkin centered on the back. I love making the backs of my quilts with some patchwork. It's fun to continue the design on the other side in another layout & get two looks within one quilt. This one will finish at around 65" square.


I can't wait to get this done! It's going to be so crinkly and soft and will make the perfect throw in one of my sitting room chairs. 
The pumpkin pin cushion is up next....A Tilda pattern, that I discovered makes the perfect pumpkin munchkin.

Happy Sewing.....

9/24/16

September...sewing projects


I have many projects to work on this month and yikes!...September is almost gone. Sharing my WIP's for National Sewing Month..September!
The pixie quilt, cookie exchange quilt, sew together bags, pumpkins, pillows....are all started and I'm having a grand time.


Cookie Exchange Fabric...Pattern 'Lucky'



The cookie exchange fabric is an absolute pleasure to sew with....from SweetWater and the finish on this fabric is superb! I have opted to make a nine block quilt as opposed to the 12, designed in the Lucky pattern. For reasons.... where I'll be using it...a square simply appeals to me. I have the recipe print too and will be using that for the back, along with some of the others.

When, I set out to do a quilt, I draw the block on the computer, print it out several times & cut into small note sized pieces. It helps me keep all of the shapes of the block in check. Really, helpful when you sew like I do...re-inventing and switching from project to project. I make notes on the paper blocks and color with pencils. I take that block paper piece to the sewing machine with me too.
This was a super helpful tool for the lucky blocks. I used the same color palette throughout but the fabric patterns were different. And...because those HST go in different directions throughout the block....this kept me straight on late night sew-ins. I have nine blocks finished & ready to go to the next step. 


Pixie Quilt.... Pixie Noel Fabric... Pattern my own.....not sure I'll wing it like this again :0)   I have it all worked out and have opted for more strips and a nice border. You can preview my dilemmas on my previous post. I get myself in all kinds of messes at times....just me sewing;)


I chose to remove the top & bottom center blocks and I made two more pixie fussy-cut blocks. The plan now, is too make simple four patch blocks in a sashing strip & finish again square, with a nice border.



Sew Together bags....I have seen so many wonderful bags on IG. The possibilities for this bag are really only limited to your imagination. I found the pattern to be very easy to get along with, once I got moving with it. This is my third bag, the other two took off like a flash and no pictures were taken. But that's okay....I see many, more happening real soon. 


I used 5 fabrics for this one. Lewis & Irene's Spring/Summer '16 Collection - Tales of the Sea were my main fabrics. I chose 3 of the same print in different colorways and used some stashed pieces for the pocket linings & binding.
As, I was sewing this one....I planned the next, they are habit forming & make great Gifts!



The little pin cushion caught in the pictures was another quick sew. 

The Mini Pinwheel Pin Cushion can be found on IG... just use the hashtag and explore IG for all the makes and tutorials. ( #minipinwheelpincushion)    
@easypatchwork   &  @allie.and.me.design



Sew....There was my sewing for September and because she isn't over yet....I'll be in my sewing room tonight...working on Fall things. 


I'll be back soon....Happy Sewing!

8/11/16

pixie making...part one


I have started a pixie quilt. I planned for it to be a lap size but it seems to be growing (in my head) Once, I got nine blocks finished and took a look at the layout, I wanted to add more to it. This is what happens to me, when I don't stick with a pattern. It's a lot of fun this way but also a bit mind boggling. It's just how I create....what can I say.


I wanted it to be an easy sew because I have a lot on my plate right now and wanted to be able to sew all the projects on my list. I arranged the layout on my computer and figured out color placement & went with 2.5" strips and squares - making 8" blocks.  Now, I'm at the point of whether to do sashing? border? ...more blocks?
Decisions!


One thing is for sure, I love to cut out the little pixies. This is really a sweet fabric collection & I can tell you, there are more makes on the horizon. It's one of my favorite color combinations & so far my favorite collection by Tasha. There's something about striped tights & those bunnies....am I right?
Catches me every time...fun!



I'll figure things out for the quilt, while a spend some time in the sewing room tonight. Pixie making continues....I'll see you soon.



Fabric Collection: Pixie Noel by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake