Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My First Aeroplane Bag

You read that right, my first, as in I can't wait to make another!

Clearly I love Sara's patterns, and this pattern has been on my "I want to sew that" list since it was in the pattern testing phase. I was pretty excited when Sara asked if I would like to make a bag for her booth at market - out of her new fabric Fantasia - I knew it would have to be an Aeroplane Bag. Here it is in Krokos Sprites Teal, with Canary yellow. Perfection! 

This bag came together so quickly - I can hardly believe it. I loved the process since it's so much like making a zip pouch -- perfect for me! I would recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to make an overnight bag that they don't have to spend a year planning and gearing up for (Weekender anyone?). This one is much more attainable and fun! 

If you're at Quilt Market this weekend, stop by Sara's Art Gallery booth and check out this bag and all her other fab projects. I can't wait to stalk all the designer's Instagram feeds for all the beautiful pics! Maybe someday I will make it to Market, but until then I'll live through everyone else's pretty pics!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Emily B!

Last week was my best quilt buddy's birthday. So what did I do? I secretly made her a gift. 

I had made a project pouch for Emily when we first met - using my favorite (Kona Curry), and she uses it all the time, so I thought she might like a new one. 

I had a bit of Kona Papaya stashed just for the occasion, and I paired it with a good Tula Pink Fuschia. I'm pretty happy with the fabrics I came up with here. Emily likes a more vibrant yellow than I usually use, so it was fun to work with such bright colors! 

I'm happy to say I even remembered my label and my prairie points on the inside!
I'm hoping to share the details about this pouch at a later date - but for now you can see the front and the inside. :) 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

#CitrusSwap Sent and Received

I joined a little swap on Instagram called #citrusswap. It was a lot of fun... short and sweet. We all made the medium Open Wide Pouch by Anna / Noodlehead using citrus themed colors, and we filled them with citrus themed goodies. 

My partner hasn't received hers yet, so I won't share who this one is for. I did start off making these tiny little blocks (above), but in the end I didn't like them as much as I liked the back - Anna Maria Horner fabric slays me every time!

I tried something new and added my signature prairie points in at the zipper - It's an okay look, but I will probably stick to putting them in the side seam or the inside seams from now on.

I used Erin / Dog Under My Desk's tutorial for the little zipper end. It turned out just perfect! I'm so proud of that perfect little zip end!

I also received my swap! I received this from @courtiepie Look at all the cute stuff she sent! Thanks so much!! This swap was a lot of fun!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sewing and Swapping

Tag me in any sewing swap you see - I'll help everyone stay in the loop. #sewingandswapping

I've decided to start a regular blog post sharing the swaps that are starting soon on Instagram.

So many great friendships can be made through online swaps and it's so much fun to get happy mail.

Here's what I need you to do: If you see a swap announced (or if you're hosting a swap) let me know! I'll post a "List your swaps here" post on Instagram, leave the # for the swap, and tag the swap host. You can tag me on the instagram swap announcement pic too -- but it's hard to keep up with them all! Alternately you can email me (emedoodle at Yahoo dot com). I'll try to keep up with this as much as possible.

Often swaps will fill up really quickly - so I'll try to post the full swaps separately -- follow the host of the swap to get notices of the next rounds!

If you don't see a swap that fits your needs, start one! (Maybe I'll write a separate blog post for tips on running a successful swap).

Here we go the first edition of #SewingAndSwapping

#Kawaiihalloweenswap is being hosted by @shaunajared75 signups end Mon 8/25
#IGminiswap hosted by @curly_boy1
#dumplingswap hosted by @rockislander (signups open 8/15)
(Flickr) the Fox_Swap hosted by (signups open until 8/17)
(Flickr) The Fabric Scrap Swap (signups open until 8/15)

Signups closed (watch the hashtags and swap hosts for possible future swaps!)
#citrusswap hosted by @rockislander
#icecreampencilcaseswap hosted by @lillaluise
#starbucksmugrugswap hosted by @yvcampbell77 (flickr only?)
#verycherryswap hosted by @emilyannskloset
#thestrawberryswap hosted by @frampuna
#schnitzelandboominiquiltswap hosted by @schnitzelandboo
#kittyminiquiltswap hosted by @iamlunasol

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WIP - AMH Love Quilt


I have an obsession, and it's nothing new. I am in LOVE with Anna Maria Horner's fabric designs. 

Way back when I started quilting the first designer fabric I ever purchased was from her Chocolate Lollipop line. I was hooked immediately, and I've been hoarding bits of her fabrics ever since.

A bit of shadow piecing.  #tinypiecing #miniquilt #freepieced #konacharcoal #konacotton #aurifil #annamariahorner

For the past few months I've been (intermittently) working on a quilt I call AMH Love. It's all my tiny bits of AMH fabric, and I'm hoping it comes together just as I envision it. 

To ensure that I don't screw it up - I made a maquette - a practice mini. (I learned this term from Jacquie Gering, what an inspiration!) So while I'm not sharing my full project just yet, here are some snaps of the Maquette.

Playing along with #whatsonyourdesignwall ... this guy is on the design ironing board (not even floor space to spare lol)... since this pic was taken its been quilted, but needs some thread burying and binding to happen soon. Wanna play along #chicagomqg

I'm loving the dense quilting (what? I haven't taken pics of the quilting yet). I'm loving the paper pieced letters ("my first alphabet" pattern by Diane Bohn)

Monday, August 4, 2014

As Seen In Quilty Magazine!

I'm I'm Quilty!

Check it out! I'm in Quilty Magazine! Pick up the July / August issue today!

I'm super excited about this one - it's a good quick project that's perfect for using up all those scraps. And -- you can watch my Quilty Episode and Mary and I will walk you through all the steps! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

As Seen in QuiltNow magazine!

Get your hexie templates and check out a preview of my project for issue 1 of @quiltnow magazine! www.quiltnow.co.uk/

Guess what?! I'm in issue one of QuiltNow Magazine! See that pretty little pencil pouch? I made it!
I'm super excited to be a part of this publication, it's sure to be a great source of inspiration in the quilt world.

I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my copy -- so far I'm impressed by everything I've seen. For those of you in the UK - run out now and buy a copy and check it out! If you're in the US, you can order it through Pink Castle Fabrics.