Wednesday, October 19, 2016

First Blush Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello! Today is my stop on the First Blush Blog Hop. First Blush is the debut fabric line by Ruby Red Designs for Windham Fabrics.

I fell in love with these gorgeous colors as soon as I saw the bundle of fabric that Windham had sent me. They're really vibrant but sweet and have such a great vintage look to them.

I wanted to use a traditional block and make a quilt with my bundle. I chose a flower block and paired two prints together saving all the green prints for the leaves. I had all of my floral blocks made and it just needed something more.

I decided to make some alternating chain blocks to increase the size. I originally thought I was going to go with a very scrappy look with the chains but instead I chose all the reds and light blues to "anchor" the scrappiness of the rest of the quilt. My daughter and I loved this one so much that I plan on making it even bigger

There is also a new First Blush Block of the Month happening, which is designed by It’s Sew Emma and uses a special 30 degree Starburst ruler by Creative Grids.
Windham and Aurifil have a fantastic giveaway for you all! Everyday of the blog hop they are giving a way a full fat quarter bundle of First Blush and a matching Aurifil thread set. How awesome is that!?! 
Leave a comment below to enter the giveaway and check out the lovely bloggers in the blog hop to see what they've made and more chances to win:

Monday, 10 October – Chris Dodsley, @made by ChrissieD
Tuesday, 11 October – Sinta @Pink Pincushion
Wednesday, 12 October –  The Jolly Jabber @Fat Quarter Shop
Friday, 14 October – Jennie @Clover & Violet 
Saturday, 15 October – Hillary Jordan @Aurifil
Sunday, 16 October- Tina Egner @Emily Ann’s Kloset
Monday, 17 October – Kristyne Czepuryk @PRETTY by hand
Tuesday, 18 October – Allison Harris @Cluck Cluck Sew
Wednesday, 19 October – Erin Cox @Why Not Sew?
Thursday, 20 October – Angie Wilson @Gnome Angel
Friday, 21 October – Debbie @Happy Little Cottage
Saturday, 22 October – Heidi Staples @Fabric Mutt
Sunday, 23 October – Leanne Elliott @daisy and jack handmade
Monday, 24 October – Greg Jones @Grey Dogwood Studio
Tuesday, 25 October – Wendy Sheppard @Ivory Spring
Wednesday, 26 October – Stephanie Lynn Denton @Creative Reveries
Thursday, 27 October – Lisa Ruble @Love To Color My World

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

AGF Timber Quilt

Good morning! I am so excited to share with you the quilt I made using the free pattern called Timber by Art Gallery Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop. It's one of the many free patterns in the AGF stitched with Kimberly series.

I love this pattern. It's so easy to cut, piece and sew. The blocks are big and go together in a snap, making a nice sized quilt that measures 64.5" x 80.5". 

Kimberly used Heartland fabrics by Pat Bravo for her quilt. There is a kit available for it HERE.  For my quilt I used Amy Sinibaldi's pretty Playground fabric.

I was so anxious to finally see it up close and work with it. I love how it turned out! My middle daughter claimed this quilt as soon as the fabric came.

The color combination in this block is my fave. These two fabrics look so sweet together.

This is such a fun and versatile pattern. It's a fun twist on a modern plus quilt.

Here is the link for the free pdf pattern.
Here is the link for the video tutorial.

Here is a list of the other bloggers who made the Timber quilt! Thank you AGF for the beautiful fabric!

Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Natalia from Piece N' Quilt
Megan from Quilt Story
Heather from Quilt Story
Afton from Quilting Mod
Erin from Why Not Sew  

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lovely Little Patchwork Blog Tour ~ Sew Along

Hello! Today I'm so happy to share with you a little project I made from my friend Kerri Horsley's wonderful book Lovely Little Patchwork ~ 18 Projects to Sew Through the Seasons.

I have been such a fan of Kerri's work for years. She has such a great eye for color and fabulous taste in fabrics. Her book is full of beautiful projects with just as beautiful pictures and graphics. It's a feast for your eyes. 

I wanted to make everything from the book! I hope I eventually get the chance to. For today's post though, since it's fall, I chose the Patchwork Pumpkin & Maple Leaf Placemat. 

I think it is such an adorable project and it also gave me the chance to work with colors I don't tend to use very much. 

I haven't played with my stash in a long time. It was fun to pull out some much loved Japanese prints, reproductions and OOP fabrics that I've collected. 

I love the pockets for the napkin and utensils. 

It's such a fun touch to add to the placemat. The pumpkin maple leaf block is so cute too!  I'd love to use this block for a matching fall tablerunner. 

have plans to make this sweet sewing kit next. It's just beautiful. 

Check out what others have made from Kerri's Lovely Little Patchwork book!

Sharon Yeager
Kristin Cobb

Congratulations Kerri! You did a beautiful job making a fantastic book! 

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Apple Farm Dahlia Quilt

Good morning! Today I'm sharing my Dahlia quilt I made using Apple Farm by Elea Lutz. Stop by the Penny Rose blog for more details and pics of this super cute "vintagey" quilt! 

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I'm a Calendar Girl

I'm so honored that one of my quilts is in the That Patchwork Place 2017 Quilt Calendar. 

My Love Birds quilt from my book is in the calendar for February. How exciting! 

Martingale has asked us "calendar girls" to take a selfie with our quilt from the calendar. So, although I am not much of a selfie taker, here is mine. 

All of the quilts included in the calendar come with full instructions to make each one. It's beautiful! 

I have an extra calendar to give away to one of you! Leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner in a few days! I hope your having a lovely summer (or winter).

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Little Ruby Quilt Along ~ Part Two

Good morning! It's time for part two of the Little Ruby Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. Part two focuses on sewing your strip sets together and cutting to make what will be the star blocks.

Here video for part two

You can find the free pattern for part 2 HERE

You will be using a solid strip and one of the print strips to make the strip set. You will make 54 sets.

Use your creative grids ruler to cut 6 triangles from each set. 3 Triangles will have a longer printed strip with a solid tip (for quilt one) and the other three have the longer solid strip and a printed tip (for quilt two).
Here is one top star section sewn together.

Here is the bottom star section sewn together.

Here are both top and bottom. Don't sew them together yet!!!
Here is one of my favorite fabric combos!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's star blocks!
Check out the others participating,

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Angie from Gnome Angel
Erin Cox from Why Not Sew
Andy from A Bright Corner
Pat from Pat Sloan
Peta from She Quilts a Lot
Heather from Quilt Story
Megan from Quilt Story
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri M. from A Quilting Life
Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts
Sherri F. from This & That Patterns
Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Stephanie from Modern Sewciety
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts
Carrie from Moda's United Notions

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Fest Simple Zipper Bag

Good morning! Today Fat Quarter Shop is releasing a fun new video tutorial featuring the Simple Zipper Bag with Sherri McConnell.

They are super cute and so easy to make. I made the large version and a modified smaller version.
I used April Rosenthal's beautiful new fabric line Summer Fest for my bags. 

For the larger bag I used a mix of the fabrics from the charm pack.

For the smaller bag I used only the red and aqua from the line. Summer Fest has some fabulous reds and aquas. This little pouch will be perfect for little notions and things. 

They are so fast to make too. I'm sure I'll be making more! My only regret is that I didn't use the suggested zipper. The hole on my zipper pull was too small to add the cute fabric pull to it. So that's something to keep in mind. 

Here is the link for the video. I was unable to embed it for some reason this morning. I will do that as soon as I can.
Here are the other bloggers sewing along! Check out their bags and see what fabrics they used.

Erin from Why Not Sew?
Kitty from Night Quilter
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Vanessa from Lella Boutique
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Cristy from Love You Sew
Leslie from Seasoned Homemaker
Tiffany from Tiny Seamstress

Can't wait to see these fun bags from everyone else!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin


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