Thursday, February 26, 2015

Birthday Fun and a Winner!

I'm having a lot of fun sewing these jewel star hexies. I am using small scraps for some pieces and really pushing it on seam allowance but this will be a mini for me so I'm not concerned about it too much.

I so enjoy pulling out those precious pieces of fabric that you save for just the right thing, many from sweet friends, that I received in swaps over the years. Slowly working on a piece. I get really excited with each new star. The fussy cutting, well, you know, it's just the icing on the cake!

My birthday was last weekend and I sat down for some birthday sewing! Only I didn't sew anything I had planned. One of my girls wanted to sew. I could not refuse! She was so excited and loved every. single. minute!!!

Here is the beginning of her placemat. I think it's beautiful!

I ordered some pretty fabric for my birthday (of course)!!! Some lucious Liberty prints and some other favorites too!

Another fabric line I've been drooling over lately is Lighthearted by the super sweet and talented Ayumi!!! These florals are so pretty with the tiny strawberries too, gah! love them!

I have a couple of things I've been working on that I'll share another time. I feel a sense of freedom right now. I have 3 flimsies and only a handful of WIPs. It feels good to finish things up and also knowing what projects to let go of because your just not feeling it anymore. Time is far to precious to work on things you don't love. I'm slowly learning that just because I see a quilt that I absolutely adore doesn't always mean I have to make it or add it to "the list". It's okay to admire and move on, really!

The winner of the Milk, Sugar & Flower FQ bundle from Fat Quarter Shop is Bruinbr / Kim! Congratulations Kim! Thank you all who entered.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

~ Milk, Sugar & Flower Giveaway ~

I am SO excited to giveaway this gorgeous fat quarter bundle of Milk, Sugar & Flower by Elea Lutz courtesy of our lovely friends at Fat Quarter Shop!!!

This new fabric line is all the rage on Instagram right now (check out #milksugarandflower) and for good reason. The colors and prints are incredibly sweet. They just make you happy looking at them. And they won't give you cavities. Bonus!

I simply adore this fabric and I know so many of you do too! I love seeing what others are making with it. Every project is so pretty!

For a chance to win this FQ bundle just leave a comment! What would make with this stack of sweetness? or would you hoard it for a while?! That's okay too!!! I'll announce a winner next week.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Monday, February 16, 2015

:: Quick Prairie Point How-To ::

I finished the Milk, Sugar & Flower mini I was working on in my previous post. I love how it turned out. I quilted in the ditch around the basket blocks and then I quilted an outline around the prairie points. I bound it with one of the cute stripey patterns from this adorable fabric line!

I made a little mosaic of how I made the prairie points for this little quilt. Of course there are a few ways to make them and the placement of mine are opposite of the traditional layout around a border. It's a very fun way to add a little extra to a mini or any size quilt. I use a stay stitch and add the prairie points to one side at a time. The I did the binding by machine attaching it to the back first and then flipping it to the front and sewing close to the edge of the binding. 

We are getting lots of snow here today! I think a pot of soup and hot cup of tea are in order....maybe some sewing!!! Stay warm and safe if your stuck in this mess too. 

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Friday, February 13, 2015

Catching Up!

Hi! It seems as though I've neglected my little space here and I'm sorry for that. With sharing projects and such on Instagram I'm trying to find the right balance and not over share here, there and everywhere. Also I haven't pulled my real camera out since Christmas. I have to remedy that soon but just snapping a picture is so easy these days. It allows for more time right now and who doesn't need that! But I want to share here because I enjoy my space here and I know many of you don't use Instagram.
I made this little mini quilt for a friend! I hope she loves it. I pulled out some of my Bonnie and Camille fabrics that I have stashed. It was for someone special so I was totally okay using them :)

I made this baby quilt for my cousin. She has her first baby, a little girl. I was really excited to make this quilt because I got to work with Brambleberry Ridge by Violet Craft! I was in such a hurry to mail this out I forgot to take a picture before I packaged it. So I unwrapped it to take a quick pic! You can see the folds in this picture :)

Beautiful fabric! The colors matched the babies nursery perfectly so I was really pleased with that!

Also I got the cutest bundle of Milk, Sugar & Flower by Elea Lutz!!! There are so many cute projects being made with this on IG right now!!!

I am making another mini for a friend.

I chose the Postage Stamp Basket for the mini. I think it's perfect with these fabrics! I used a tutorial by Alex Anderson for a 4" basket. The link is HERE. It's a video on You Tube. I'll share the rest of the mini when I finish!

Hope you are working on something that is making you happy right now!!!
Be back soon! Pinkie swear ♥

Happy Sewing!!!
xo Erin

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Paper Pieced Tea for Kylie

My first sewing of the new year is this paper pieced block for my cocorico bee mate Kylie (threehoneybees). Her theme was Tea Please! Such a cute theme and a fun block to make. I mulled over ideas for so long. I thought about drafting some petite fours but honestly my creative energy is on the lowish side of things. So I used some patterns that are perfectly lovely and I still get to sew pretty blocks! For the kettle I used pattern no.68 from Kumiko Fujita's 318 Patchwork Patterns. The teacups are from  Piece By Number. I used linen in the block which I was a little nervous about but it worked just fine with the help of some starch. It's rainy day today. The perfect kind of day for sewing. Not so great for picture taking! Hope you are sewing something fun today!!!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Snapshots Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was just wonderful and relaxing. I can't believe the new year is just around the corner. I've been mulling over some quilts I want to finish and start in the 2015. I'm excited to start sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop and their Snapshots quilt. The quilt looks so cute and they are using Daysail by Bonnie and Camille which I am so excited to see in person. There is more info on the QAL HERE with pictures of all of the month's adorable blocks. Basically, For this QAL, Fat Quarter Shop is releasing the first pattern and video tutorial on January 15th, 2015, and all the other patterns and videos on the 15th of every month.

Although the pattern download is free every month they are encouraging everyone to donate at least $5 to St. Jude’s, here is the donation link:
 If you've read my blog for a long time I've mentioned how close St. Jude's is to my heart. I am so happy that the donations from this QAL are going to such a wonderful place. Moda is going to match up to $10,000 in donations raised too!!! That's awesome!

I watched the introduction video with Kimberly, Bonnie and Camille and I started balling like a baby. Hearing Bonnie speak really touched me. HERE is the link for the video if you'd like to watch it.

Fat Quarter Shop is currently taking pre-orders for Quilt Kits and Backing sets. These kits will ship early February. 

So are you participating in the QAL? What fabric are you going to use? If you are sewing along you can share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or you blog of your Work in Progress and finished blocks on every 15th of the month as well.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #fqssnapshots for your posts so that people can find them!

Here is a list of quilty people who are going to be sharing their blocks every month! 

Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N' Daisies
Pam Viera-McGinnis of Pam Kitty Morning
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs
Stephanie Kendron of The Modern Sewciety
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studios
Jessie Fincham of Messy Jesse
I'm really looking forward to seeing all the blocks being made.
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin


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