Thursday, August 14, 2014

English Paper Piecing

I think I have caught the English Paper Piecing (i.e. EPP) bug again after picking up "Quilting on the Go" by Jessica at my local bookstore.  I started a few projects last year and blogged about how I organize my projects here.  I love that it's super portable, grows quickly, and is the perfect project when I have a "few minutes" to sew something.  It's just hard to find hours at a time when I can sit down and make a quilt.  EPP is just the perfect project for everyone.  Please check it out and give it a try if you haven't.

I am super into the 60 degree diamonds and hexagons.  I made a bunch of tiny (3/8") hexagons and are turning them into a mini quilt -- more on this later, but check out what I have got so far with my diamonds.

I am using my 30's reproduction fabrics simply because it's a great way to feature all these tiny prints, and I have tons of it!  What do you think of that "ABC" print?  I am running out of it!  Does anyone know the name of it so I can order more?  If you do decide to try EPP, please make sure you purchase enough fabric!

Friday, August 8, 2014

One Fish. Two Fish.

Are you also a fan of Dr. Seuss?

Do you ever go into Jo-Anne's Fabrics just to "look around"? I usually purchase my fabric from my LQS, but I enjoy shopping at Jo-Anne's as well. On my recent visit, I discovered Dr. Seuss' fabrics available for sale! They had an entire line available. Since my daughter really enjoys books by Dr. Seuss, I decided to make her a fitted crib sheet with characters from the book.

I watched this YouTube video and followed every step as instructed. I purchased two yards of fabric, pre-washed the fabric, trim the piece down to 69", kept the selvage edges, cut out four 8"x8" squares in each corner, and used a 65" long elastic. And this fits her mattress perfectly! There is nothing I would do differently next time! I never knew it was this easy to make a fitted crib sheet.

I also finished up this small XOXO quilt I started more than a year ago. It feels good to finish up these unfinished projects.

I hand quilted the border using a new stencil I purchased. 

My weekend is off to a good start. I hope yours is as well!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Say Hell to my ABC Quilt

I finished hand quilting and binding this American Jane ABC quilt over the weekend! It's all washed and dried. I love how this quilt came out. It measures 40" x 57" finished -- perfect as a crib quilt. This will soon be gifted. I know the recipients will love it and put it to good use. 

This is the first quilt I started and finished since having our baby.  I am amazed by my strong will to find a little bit of time here and there to work on this. I guess this is what happens when you are in love with a hobby.

I accidentally nipped the quilt top when I was hand quilting this; I know, I almost fainted. I covered it with a label and actually love the way it looks.

I used grey and neutral thread throughout this quilt and was very happy with grey. I will try that color again in the future. I took a million photos, so here is one more.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Japanese Taupe Fabric

Instead of hand quilting this baby quilt that I started awhile back, I find myself watching quilting videos on YouTube. Do you do that as well? I recently discovered this fantastic video about quilting with Japanese taupe fabric by National Quilters Circle. It's the best introduction to taupe fabrics that I have ever come across. It may be time to go through my small stash of Japanese taupe fabrics. Until then, I will keep working on this baby quilt. I am so thankful for this great hobby because I am just never bored!

I still have a more of these diamonds to hand quilt.

Here is a closeup of my Sunbonnet Sue sewing bag made with Japanese taupe fabrics.

Friday, July 18, 2014

L.O.V.E. | Marimekko.

I am in love with Marimekko fabrics! Marimekko is a Finnish company known for their bright, simple, and modern prints. If you have a Marimekko store nearby, then you should definitely pay them a visit.

 Rows and rows of beautiful fabrics! It took me forever to make my selections.

I picked out some fabrics with smaller patterns so I can make potholders out of them. The flower prints are called "Unikko." There is a story on Unikko.

 I had an assembly line. 

 Love my finished pile of potholders!

 Sporting my new potholder in the kitchen.

 OK. I made more than a few, but they came together so fast!

I made these potholders following my tutorial. I modified the dimensions so they measure 8.5" when finished. What am I going to do with the rest of these potholders you ask? Well, I have a special plan for them :) 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend doing what you enjoy!