Friday, August 28, 2015

Winter Wonderland Sew Along

Today is my stop on the Winter Wonderland Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop!

We are sewing the super cute Sleigh Bell Sampler from Sheri Falls wonderful new book Winter Wonderland.

The block I made is the Ornament Block. I used Kona Cotton Ice Fappe for the main ornament fabric. I used a little bit of Hello Darling stripes for the middle section along with Kona Bone color. The background fabric is Kona Snow. I love this little block! I am really crazy for these colors!

I turned my block into a trivet to use during Christmas. Can you see the wrinkles? After I had this all crocheted around the edge and was finished I decided to give it a little press. I sprayed it with starch and put the iron to it and poof! I still think it is so cute!!! I think I might embroider Merry Christmas 2015 on it or something like that.

I want to make this Peppermint Swirls tablerunner. It's adorable! I really love those pinwheels. The quilts in Winter Wonderland are so pretty. I'd like to make one for my mom and mother in law for Christmas. As I'm typing this there is a coolness to the air and I'm sipping hot tea. I can't believe August is coming to an end. Christmas will be here before we know it! I better get started!

HERE is more info and the other blocks and posts for the Sleigh Bell Sampler. Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My Book Has Arrived!

Hi there! My book released last Tuesday!!!! I waited in anticipation all week and weekend to receive my copies. They arrived yesterday and everyone at my house was so excited when the UPS man came rolling down the driveway. My husband happened to be home and he brought them inside. All my kids were waiting for me to open them. They all want a copy. That is the best feeling in the world. My family being so happy for me, not just me but us, because they really made writing it possible. They were by my side, literally, through every step of this process. My husband and kids totally picked up my slack when I was making and writing for the book. They are awesome!

My little girlie picked me some flowers for what she called my Happy Book Day. How sweet is that?!

Thank you all for all of the sweet comments and support for my book. I appreciate it so much. I hope you enjoy it. The pictures are beautiful as well as the graphics. Nancy Mahoney was my technical editor. Talk about me being nervous. She is a fabulous quilter, designer, author and much more. That in itself was just an awesome experience!

I've listed a few signed books in my etsy shop HERE. I'll list more as I can.

Stay tuned because I have a really fun book tour, blog hop kind of thing lined up in September. I am going to have a really fun giveaway with some of my favorite quilting things at the end of the tour.

Have a great week!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Little Joys Quilt Along ~ Finishing

We've reached the last week for the Little Joys Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. The finishing instructions are available for download on their Jolły Jabber blog. I enjoyed playing with these beautiful fabrics by Elea Lutz. Here is my finished quilt! I am so pleased with how it turned out. For quilting I did a free motion figure eight kind of thing. It reminded me of Christmas lights on a string. I can't wait to hang this up. Would now be to soon? Hehe.

I had a nice bit of the green backing fabric from the kit Fat Quarter Shop has for this quilt. I used some to cut 1.5 inch strips, folded in half and basted to the front before binding, to add just a little something special to the quilt. I really like how it turned out. I think it just encases the blocks and makes it cozy looking. 

It seemed funny to be taking pictures of a Christmas quilt the sweltering heat! But I suppose that's how it is for many of our friends in different parts of the world during Christmas. There was a little breeze under the trees out of the sun. 

Here is a super sunny shot from out under the trees. Definitely Christmas in July! Please check out the Jolly Jabber blog for more info on the quilt along. This quilt really was a "Little Joy" to make.

Happy Sewing! 
xo Erin

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Little Joys Quilt Along ~ Week 4 ~ Season of Giving Block

It was really pretty and peaceful out this morning while I was snapping a shot of my present blocks.

I am loving the little pops of pink in these Christmas blocks. I tried to make one block exactly as called for in the pattern, one block that was mostly pinks and then a third block with a more scrappy feel. I  laid all of my blocks out this morning and they look so cute together!

I love the pinwheels in this block! I have an older tutorial HERE for flat pinwheels. They are one of favorite things to sew. Mainly because I love after they are sewn together and I go to press them I get so excited over a "perfect" center where all the points look great! Not that they are always perfect but when it happens it's awesome!

The free download for the block is available now at Fat Quarter Shop's blog Jolly Jabber HERE. Are you sewing along? I am pretty excited about having my very own Christmas quilt to hang this year!

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Pretty Quilting on My Scrumptious Quilt

The Scrumptious Broken Wheel quilt for my daughter is finished! This one was a WIP for almost 2 years. It feels great to have finished it!

My friend Donna did the quilting for me on her longarm. Isn't it so pretty?! I wanted this quilt to be really special for my daughter. We even painted her room to match the aqua/minty color in the fabric line. She picked out the quilting pattern she liked. It's called Popcorn and I think it looks so nice on this quilt!

This is my favorite block in the quilt. 

I really enjoy quilting on my sewing machine but sending this one out to be quilted by Donna was really great! It was the first time I have had a quilt quilted for me and I am thrilled with Donna's beautiful quilting! Can I also say how nice it was to not have to crawl all over the floor to baste it?! it was really nice!

I used the corally pink bias stripe from the Scrumptious line for binding. Here is more of the quilting detail.

My daughter loves it too! I washed and dried it right away and she has been happily snuggling under it's crinkly goodness ever since.

I just want to thank Donna for doing such a beautiful job quilting this for me. It was such a pleasant experience especially for my first time having a quilt sent out. It was so smooth. I purchased my batting and backing fabric from her and she ships your quilt back to you for free. I thought that was awesome.

HERE is her info if you are ever in need of longarm services.

Hope all is well where you are. Have a great week!

Happy Sewing!!!
xo Erin

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Little Joys Quilt Along ~ Week 2 :: Trim the Tree Blocks

The first block for the Little Joys Quilt Along is now available for free download HERE on the Fat Quarter Shop blog. These blocks were really fun to sew up. I switched up the colors for 2 of them and added a little pink from Elea Lutz's Little Joys fabric line. I really love the touch of pink. The vintagey feel of these little prints is so sweet! I'm looking forward to next week's block! 

Are you sewing along? Share your blocks using the hashtag #LittleJoysQuiltAlong on social media!!!

Happy Sewing!!!
xo Erin 

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 


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