Saturday, November 11, 2017

Pretty Handmades


I shared a while back that I had done some pattern testing for Lauren Wright's (Molly and Mama) new book Pretty Handmades.  At that time I did not have a copy of the book, and Lauren had a blog parade for her book launch which I did not want to take away from.  The book has been released, and I do have a copy now, so I would love to share a few of the things I was fortunate to make.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mini Charm Chocolates Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop

I am so excited to finally be able to share this quilt with you.  It has been a long time coming, but well worth the wait!   (And yes, we did put one Christmas tree up already)!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

I Goofed...

All week last week I was sure that the Mini Charm Chocolates Quilt Along was this Friday...well, it was not.  It is November 3.  SO, that being said I wanted to share a few things I've finished so at least there was something to show.  To be honest I have a lot of huge decisions to make in the near future, and I think I am trying so hard not to dwell on them I'm throwing myself into other things that make me happy.  On a good note, I won't be frantically sewing the days before the deadline, because my quilt is finished. ;)


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mini Charm Chocolate Quilt Sew Along

Twice in a week...and I will be back again on Friday.  Just wanted to share with you that I've been sewing for the Fat Quarter Shop Mini Charm Chocolate sew along, and have actually finished another quilt.


There are lots of 2-1/2" squares in this one.  And it is quick to piece!  It would make a great gift if you are thinking Christmas at all.  (I'm always thinking Christmas).  ;)


 It is quilted, bound, and ready to share (on Friday).  

I'm starting another quilt along with Thelma of Cupcakes N' Daisies, although I am well behind.  It is a fall quilt, so I haven't completely forgotten about falling leaves and pumpkins.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Friday, October 6, 2017

FQS Cobblestone Sew Along

Today marks the beginning of the Fat Quarter Shop's Cobblestone Sew Along.  This is such a fun quilt to make and really does not take a lot of time to piece.


I used Sweetwater's Hometown Christmas Edition fabrics, which has a Christmas/holiday theme, but really doesn't read that.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A New Pattern

For my newest project I've been working on an upcoming Fat Quarter Shop pattern.

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I chose Hometown Christmas Edition fabric by Sweetwater (which I absolutely love).

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Pincushions Galore!

The beginning of August I found a neat "sew along" on Instagram that was 31 pincushions in 31 days.  I quickly jumped in because of course I love pincushions, and how hard could that be?  Well, it proved to be quite an adventure.  It forced to me to do things I had put off before like paper piecing, learning how to use EQ7, and finishing something everyday.


These were made from left over scraps and using my GO!  It seems saving scraps came in very handy, as the two in the back were made from strip sets from the Cracked Pots quilt I finished a couple of months ago.


I learned how to make a cathedral window (the one in the middle).  I think a pincushion is the best way to make your first cathedral window.  It is one and done.  Tiny hexagons also worked well, as did the left over corner half square triangles from the Rush Hour quilt.


Paper piecing small items can prove to be difficult.  I had a couple that just didn't make the cut, but I'm not giving up yet.  It was also fun to make some really small blocks and to fussy cut.  I think I see some mini quilts in my future.


I found a lot of patterns (or made my own) for fruit pincushions.  I just realized I never made a tomato.  Next time.  :)


These five were all made with Thimbleblossoms patterns and Bonnie and Camille fabrics.  Easy to make and just the right size.


I had tested the hexagon block for Geta Gamma a long time back, but had never used it for anything.  I figured out how to put sides on it, and it makes a great sized pincushion!  The long one fits perfectly on my Adirondack chair which is nice to use when I'm on the patio.


These two were made from the Sew Perfectly book, and they were so much fun to make.  I made the red and white one first and then realized I had put the pocket on the wrong way so I made a second.  The red and white pocket is just the right size for a longer scissors, so I guess I needed one with the pocket on the wrong way.  I've seen a lot of these made and now I know why, they are wonderful to use!


Last but not least was this 5" pincushion made using wool for the flower petals.  (I'm trying to remember the name of the pattern).  

Whew, that is a lot of pincushions.  They were all enjoyable to make, but maybe I won't do as many in such a short time period next time, or maybe I will, as this forced me to expand my horizons and see just what I can accomplish.  Now to figure out what to do with them all.  :)  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen