My Mom’s Hidden Bluework Talent

Although my mom doesn’t sew, she’s always up for going to the quilt shop with me to look at fabric.  She enjoys seeing the patterns, colors, and imagining all the fantastic projects I can make with them.  She tends to favor batiks and more modern looking styles, while I definitely prefer the reproduction and vintage fabrics.   So between us, we cover the  gamut of tastes.

Bluework Hand Embroidered Top

In June we went to her local quilt shop (which is called Granny’s – great name!) and she saw bluework panel based on vintage designs.  To my surprise, she bought in and said she was going to embroider each of the blocks.  When she was done, she would give to me and I could turn it into a quilt.  I joked that she had to do one square a week so it would be done by October.  We didn’t discuss a time frame for when I would have to get the quilt part done :).


Bluework Close-up

I received a package in the mail a few weeks ago, and it contained all her embroidered squares!  As you can see, she did a beautiful job, and some of the designs are quite intricate.  Now that I know she has this hidden talent, I plan to ask her to finish up some of my embroidery projects!

Bluework Close-up

As far as the quilt goes, I am going to cut the blue border from the blocks and use something else for the setting.   For the corner stones, I plan to do some blue and white four-patch blocks, and may do a blue and white sashing as well.  Mom has really set the bar high on this one – but on quality and on how quickly it can be done.

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Fall Projects

I still owe you a report on my trip to Alaska and the quilt shops, and you will get that before the end of the year.  However, I have been busy working on some fall projects and should have lots to show and tell in the next month or so.

Fall Fabric Covered Box

Here’s a cute fabric covered box that I made from a class I took at Liberty Rose.  Sharon thought of this idea and taught it as a class.  This is one of my favorite projects because it only takes a 2 or so hours to complete from start to finish.  When done, it looks like something store-bought!

Project Storage Idea – Sara Lee Bakery Case

I found this Sara Lee Bakery Display at the local antique store.  It’s the perfect place to store all my works in progress.  As you can see, I have quite a few projects going on right now.  Most of these are 75% complete and will be done in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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In Alaska…

I’m still here, but have been busy with my real world job for the past few weeks.  Right now I am in Alaska for business.  Rest assured, I visited some local quilt shops and will be posting some pictures and updates soon!

Before and After – Chair Pincushion

September is National Sewing Month.  Let the sewing begin!  I hope to get back on a more regular schedule with my posts.  Things are calming down to a dull roar around here, so I should be able to post more often.

Here’s a little before and after project I did this week.  What do you think?  I found this chair at the thrift store for 50 cents.  It seemed so sad sitting on the shelf, so I rescued it.

Pincushion Chair – Before

I painted it and made new cushions with the same fabric I used on my sewing machine cover.  I think it turned out pretty cute!  Now I just need to load it up with sewing notions.

Pincushion Chair – After!

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Christmas Trimmings

Only 128 more days until Christmas!  Normally at this time of the year, I am thinking about Halloween and working on fall projects, but let’s take a quick detour to Christmas today.  I have a whole stack of UFOs sitting near my work table, and I am slowly working through them.  Today I finished up some wool Christmas ornaments that I started 2 years ago!

Wool Ornaments

This is the “Trimmings” pattern from Wooden Spool Designs (ppst – the pattern is on sale at her website).  It’s a great way to use up wool scraps.  They also make lovely gift tags and teacher gifts.

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A Little Inspiration….

Wow, the summer is almost gone and I still have so much I wanted to accomplish.   However, I had a great summer so I’m not complaining.  I promise to get back to more regular posts this fall.  Everyone deserves a summer break, don’t they?

In order to get inspired for writing up some new patterns and tutorials, I decided I needed a little inspiration.  The sewing room is looking a bit drab because I haven’t made the curtains yet (which will be in a very vintage and cheery looking Minnick and Simpson fabric).  So I decided to create a sewing machine cozy!

Sewing Machine Cozy

The tutorial is from Strawberry Patches and I figured this would be the best way to bring in a dash of cheer and inspiration to the room.  Once the cover was completed, it seemed like it was missing something, so I decided to applique my favorite sewing slogan on it – and voila! –  a constant and fun reminder of how to approach life.

For the applique, I used Steam a Seam 2, which is double-sided fusible web.  I cut out the letters, fused them on, and then did a basic zigzag stitch around the edges to hold them in place.   I love how it turned out!

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And the Winner Is…

Thanks to everyone who entered the Giveaway for the Cupcake Pin Cushion!  Winner is announced at the end of this post.  Several of you commented that it was hard to spot the error since the picture of the corrected one was rotated – thus making it hard to compared the two.  Of course, I did that on purpose to make it a bit more challenging!  See the picture below for the solution.

Solution for Fixing

As you can see, I had three squares that weren’t in the correct place.  This caused the small triangles in the upper middle to be mismatched with their appropriate color.  The squares were ripped out and re-sewn, as that that seemed the easiest and quickest way to correct it.  See below for the corrected version.  Note, I have rotated it so that it is easier to compare the two.

Update:  Just realized I mis-labeled Square 3.  Square three should be the square in the lower left corner.  That one needs to be rotated so the purple triangle matches up correctly with the main design.  Luckily I did this correctly when I actually fixed the quilt!

Fixed Table Topper

There were a total of 7 comments on the Giveaway post.  A random number generator from was used to select the winner.

Cupcake Pincushion Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Emily Breclaw of The Caffeinated Quilter, who posted the third comment!

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Giveaway – Can You Spot the Mistake?

I’ve been working on a table topper from the Summer 2012 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects that features both piecing and applique.  The background pieces were cut out a few weeks ago and I spent the past week piecing them together.  I felt really triumphant when I completed it on Saturday.  The plans was to start work on the applique part on Sunday.  However, after looking at it closely, I spotted a mistake….

Can you spot the mistake?

I felt I could live with it, but after sleeping on it I decided I couldn’t!  I spent a few hours Sunday fixing it, but it was worth it.  Below is the corrected background.  The applique work can wait until next weekend.

Corrected background.

Just for fun, let’s turn this into a giveaway.  The prize is a cute little cupcake pincushion (color may vary).

Figure 6 - Finished Cupcake

Giveaway Prize – Cupcake Pincushion

Post a comment below with what you think mistake is and how you would fix it.   All comments will be included in the drawing (even the ones that don’t have the correct answer).    Deadline for comments is Sunday, August 5th.   Winner will be notified via email and announced on the blog.

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It’s never too early for Halloween

My pumpkin obsessed son already has me working on things for Halloween!  Threads that Bind has a very cute pattern called Pumpkin Farm that makes five  stuffed jack-o-lanterns.  My son saw the pattern and insisted that I buy it.  Now he is expecting me to make him one new pumpkin each day for the next week.

Crack the Pumpkin

“Crack” is the first pumpkin to be finished (although it will probably take a few more weeks to finish all five) and he turned out pretty cute.  This is made with a very easy reverse applique process and only took about an hour to make.  Since I know these pumpkins will get a lot of attention from my son (ie, he will eat, sleep, and play with them), I went ahead and used the cheaper wool felt blend for it.  I don’t really care for this type of felt, it doesn’t look as nice and it pills quite easily.  However, for a kid’s project, it’s just the ticket.

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Still Here!

Just a quick post today.  It’s been a buy few weeks and I’ve gotten behind on my posts.  However, I do have a few fun projects I’m working on and will be able to post them later this month. There will also be a new tutorial – think Christmas – and some fun activities planned for my Blogiversary (3 years on July 23rd).  Check back soon!

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