Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Little Joys Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop


I'm getting ready to play with these pretties this evening! Fat Quarter Shop and fabric designer Elea Lutz are having a really fun Little Joys Quilt Along using Elea's Little Joys fabric for Penny Rose Fabrics to make a super cute quilt designed Elea! There is a post with all the info on Fat Quarter Shop's blog Jolly Jabber. You can order a kit for this quilt (it's so cute and generously cut) or use your own fabric. The fabric requirements are posted now. I love this fabric! I can't wait to have a Christmas quilt to hang for the holidays. I am so glad the quilt along is happening now because we all know how busy we get sewing around the holidays, right! Are you quilting along? #fqsfun #LittleJoysQuiltAlong #iLovePennyRose are hashtags you can use if you are going to quilt along. 

Happy Sewing! 
xo Erin 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Prismacolors


Prismacolors were my first introduction to art and creativity. My father had a big box full of them that he would let my brother and I use them whenever we wanted. This is his sharpener. Heaven knows how old it is. Just the sound of it sharpening brings back a flood of emotions and I picture my dad standing with it pressed against his belly, sharpening all the pretty pencils for me. I've put his pencils away as they are just nubs now but oh so special to me. Father's Day is just around the corner and it's such a hard day for me. I focus on my husband and having the kids make things for him instead of feeling sad about my dad being gone. I'm making a pretty pencil case to hold my Prismacolors and I'll pass down my love for them, just like my dad did. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

:: Catching Up ::

Summer is in full swing here at our house and I'm loving it! I'm getting some time this morning to dust off my little space here and catch up with you all. I've been getting in some sewing as well as a lot of gardening.  

I'm still working on my Jewel Star hexies. Oh, how I adore this little project! 

I'm in the process of attaching the outer diamonds now. Still, I'm undecided as to whether I'll make this into a mini or a pillow. 



Our garden is starting to look full and lovely. I can't wait to eat my first tomatoes and squash from this seasons garden. There is NOTHING like a homegrown garden tomato, you know, if you like tomatoes, which I do! A tomato and mayonnaise sandwich has to be on the top of my list for favorite foods. 




My husband is helping me create a pretty perennial flower garden. I love Tasha Tudor! Her home and gardens are dream like and just so beautiful. I want to have flowers everywhere just like her. 

You may have noticed this little guy in a couple of pictures above. We got a new kitten. He is so cute and very sweet. 

Needless to say he is well loved here. 



I've been sewing a few "special" hexies for a swap I'm doing. 

I've been working off my WIP list and starting a few new projects. I finished this Dresden from quite a while back. It's appliquéd onto a really yummy white vintage linen. So nice! I turned it into a pillow for my bed. 

I also finally got my Briar Rose quilt top all put together! I love this one so much! I can't wait to get it all quilted and use it for lots of picnics this summer! 
There are several other things I've started and finished and I'll share them here soon. I hope all of you are doing well. You can find me on posting on Instagram pretty often these days. It's a lot of fun! 

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sweet Tweets Bird Placemat

Good Morning! I wanted to share with you this placemat from my book. I love the colors in it. Looking at it just makes me happy! I hope you all have a sweet day!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Birds and Honey Bees Hot Pad from Sweet Tweets - Simple Stitches, Whimsical Birds

Here's another fun project from my book! Birds and Honey Bees Hot Pad! I loved playing around with this one! My book should release in August and is available for pre order now with Martingale, Amazon and several other places. Thanks for all of your sweet comments about my book projects! I appreciate them from the bottom of my heart!  #sweettweets #sweettweetsbook

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Strawberry Fields Bird Mini Quilt from Sweet Tweets ~ Sneak Peek

This is one one of my favorite projects from my book! I am so happy to be able to show you a sneak peek. Joanna Figueroa (Fig Tree Quilts) is one of my favorite designers and her line Strawberry Fields is an ALL-time favorite for me. I am so happy I saved some over the years because I think it looks just perfect in this Courthouse Steps bird mini. Affectionately named Strawberry Fields Bird Quilt my book. I made it mostly from scraps that I saved from my Farmer's Wife quilt a few years ago. I used a floral print from Joanna's Whimsy line for the binding.The photography is beautiful. I really can't believe it still! Thanks so much for your sweet words about my book. I appreciate each and every one of you!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Busy Girl Sews Tour

I am so honored today to be a part of the blog tour for my dear friend Heidi Staples wonderful new book, Sew Organized for the Busy Girl : Tips to Make the Most of Your Time & Space!

Don't you just love that retro cover?! Heidi's book is like a breath of fresh air for me. It includes so many great tips and ideas for managing your time and organizing your sewing space as well as many super cute projects. I really love this book. I referred to it several times for organizing my sewing space and fabric. As well as the tips on fitting in time to sew. It's so encouraging because I know Heidi has little ones at home like I do and she is just as busy me, but you can still make time for sewing and maybe even get those littles involved in the process! Love that! 

Here's a peek at some of the projects in the book. This Baby Love set is so adorable! The Flutter Quilt is one of my favorites.

I also love this Starlet Mini! The pictures in the book are fabulous.

I wanted to make the Book Nook pillow. Here is the version from the book as well as the other 2 Nine-Patch Pocket Pillows in the book.

Here is the smaller version, a Deluxe Pincushion. I HAVE to make one of these!

But for now I made the big Book Nook pocket pillow.

My girls love it and stuff the pocket with all kinds of goodies.

I took some of those goodies out for sake of these pictures. They were promptly returned when I was finished!

They've used it outside to layout on a quilt and play. I think I should make another one so that the two little girls each have their own. 

Check out the other blogs on the book tour below:

March 30 - Lynne of Lily's Quilts (Tour Kickoff & Book Giveaway!)
April 6 - Jodi of Tales of Cloth & Angela of Cut to Pieces
April 13 - Lindsay of Craft Buds & Debbie of A Quilter's Table
April 20 - Leanne of She Can Quilt
April 27 - Fat Quarter Shop
May 4 - Erin of Why Not Sew?
May 11 - Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts
May 18 - Svetlana of SOTAK Handmade
May 25 - Lucy of Charm About You
June 1 - Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
June 8 - Becca of Bryan House Quilts
June 15 - Beth of Plum & June
June 22 - Jessica of Quilty Habit
June 29 - Caroline of Sew Can She
July 6 - Heidi of Fabric Mutt (Tour Wrap!)

Thanks so much to Heidi for letting me be a part of her book tour! You've done a wonderful job on your book!!! 

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin 






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