ThermOWeb is launching a new product called Fabric Fuse. It is a washable, permanent quick bond liquid adhesive that dries clear and remains flexible. You can use it on fabric or embellishments. It’s washable 48 hours later! It’s no sew, no ironing. You can buy it here.
I wanted to share this Foxy zip bag! I made it a few months ago for the Zakka issue of Fat Quarterly magazine which you can now purchase here. The complete pattern with templates is provided in the ezine. I made an adorable fox with it’s tail wrapped around the other side. It was inspired by a ring I saw online where a dog wraps around your finger so you see the head and the tail on the front.
The fox is appliqued with little button eyes. I added some free motion quilting stitching to the left side that reads “foxy” just for fun.
It was the perfect chance to use the cute orange strawberries for the lining with a little lace for the pull. My zipper is from Zipit!
I hope you have as much fun making one as I did!
Sorry to be an enabler but I have a couple of sales to share. Sew Fresh is having a major sale right now for 30% off of everything. I might have just placed an order for all the fabric needed for a new quilt at a steal. This sale ends today though so hurry!
And starting today is a sale at The Fat Quarter Shop. All Riley Blake Fabrics are 20% off!
I shared this Oakshott Colourshott runner that I designed and called Diamond Jewels a few months back. I mentioned that a pattern would be coming soon and I am sorry for the delay. The pattern is now available in not only runner size but also in 3 quilt sizes along with a kit containing the Oakshott necessary to sew it. You can read all about it on the Oakshott blog, Shotthrough and buy the kits in their shop here.
We have moved on to By the Shores of Silver Lake and this is block 11 in our Little House on the Prairie Sew Along. Apparently the smaller type wasn’t such a big deal because Lily is flying through this book. Mary loses her eyesight in this book due to scarlet fever. Laura describes things to her and Mary says that her words paint beautiful pictures. Laura describes a few sunsets and talks about wild geese. I told Lily that there is a type of triangle called Flying Geese in quilting and maybe we could use them to make a sunset block. She liked the idea and this is what I came up with.
We chose the fabrics together to try to achieve good gradations in color. We looked for prints that had bits of the color that we were moving toward or away from to help blend them together. I think it makes for a beautiful block. The geese are a bit challenging. Lily lost the tip of one but I don’t think that’s bad at all for a beginner!
You can download the free pattern here. Please note that I am providing all these patterns for free for personal use only. Please do not use them to profit from my work. Thank you for your understanding.
I made this block for Kylie in my Cocorico Bee. This is our second round of the bee. In the first round, she requested block with a “Best of British” theme. I sent her this block:
(You will find the pattern in my shops labeled “Garden Boot.”)
This time, she wanted to add to the blocks she had received with teapots, teacups and all things tea related. I decided to make a tea cup but wanted to add a little something to it. I search “tea with lemon” and found that it is often served on the edge of a cup. I thought it looked so attractive so I decided to try to design my block around that idea. I wanted to make the lemon scrappy because it’s more fun that way. Since that required a lot of piecing, I kept the cup and saucer themselves simple, with a more modern line. I chose fabrics from the Kissing Booth line by Basic Grey because the floral reminded me a bit of Chintz ware. To do justice to the handle, I felt it needed to be curved. I drew a curved template to create the handle unit. It’s a tight curve but doable with clipping and pins!
I have been tying up some loose ends this week. I’ve finally put my Melon Ice Quilt Pattern in my Etsy and Craftsy shops. This pattern was originally published in American Quilter magazine but you can now purchase it as an instant download as well. I know that helps those of you overseas! This pattern assumes knowledge of paper piecing but is a great pattern for those new to paper piecing. It isn’t too complicated and, most importantly, you don’t need to match too many seams/points. I specifically designed it that way. I hope you enjoy it!
Many of the seam rippers I listed this afternoon flew off the shelves but there are still 4 beauties left if you are interested!
Join “The Sewing Party” for the First Online-All-Day DIY Event in History!
On Nov. 8, thousands will gather to participate in a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes;
Sponsors are Burda Style, Etsy, HUSQVARNA VIKING®, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, PFAFF® and SINGER®
La Vergne, Tenn. — On Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers from across the nation will come together to participate in “The Sewing Party” – the first ever online-all-day sewing and crafting event in the US. Participants will enjoy a fun-filled day of immersing themselves in more than 30 interactive, fun and innovative classes taught online by leading bloggers, designers and educational experts.
“The Sewing Party” is about connecting, crafting and creating. Sponsored by Burda Style, Etsy, HUSQVARNA VIKING®, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, PFAFF® and SINGER®, classes will be available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days; and will feature topics for every creative passion, such as home décor, fashion sewing, quilting, upcycling, and costume design, among others. Registration is $40 for the entire experience.
“We want to engage the next generation of sewers and crafters where they live, and that’s online,” says Katrina Helmkamp, CEO of SVP Worldwide, which spearheaded “The Sewing Party” and is the world’s largest consumer sewing machine company – source of the SINGER®, HUSQVARNA VIKING® and PFAFF® sewing machine brands.
In recent years, the Do It Yourself (DIY) and Sew It Yourself (SIY) movements have not only taken the creative world by storm, but dramatically widened its size and scope – increasing the value and appeal of handmade crafts, customized projects and personal creativity as it attracts a new generation of sewers and crafters to the wonderful world of self-expression.
At “The Sewing Party,” you can pick and choose the classes that are right for you. Create “Throw Pillows with Pizzazz,” refresh your skills with “Sewing Machine Basics,” make a “Hand-Dyed Baby Rattle,” craft the perfect “Strips and Bricks Quilt,” learn “Bra Making with Madalynne,” or participate in all of the more than 30 classes for a full 90 days after the event.
One of the headline sponsors, Etsy, shared its strategy for and excitement about joining: “Etsy is a place for makers and creators to build independent businesses on their own terms, and we encourage aspiring creative entrepreneurs to explore our global marketplace,” said Kimm Alfonso, Manager of Seller Development at Etsy. “‘The Sewing Party’ celebrates all things DIY, and we’re joining to share tips for starting a shop, as well as inspiring stories of artisans and crafters who are making money selling their goods to shoppers from around the world.”
For just $40, participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in the virtual marketplace. Space is limited and likely to fill up fast. To see a full schedule of classes, read teacher biographies and register, visit www.thesewingparty.com.
My husband has finished another batch of his popular, hand turned, acrylic handled, seam rippers! There are four necklace versions available today and 10 hand held. I am going to be listing them in my Etsy shop over the next couple of hours if you are interested!
If you are a Modern Quilt Guild member, you received a newsletter today with a link to the free pattern of the month for August which is this, my Kite Tails Quilt Pattern! If you are not a member, you may now purchase the pattern in my Etsy shop or Craftsy shop.
Kite Tails is a paper pieced pattern that repeats one large block. Although this is a single block quilt, the blocks are rectangular and ocassionally inverted. The end result has an irregular/random appearance. The negative space plays an important role in helping to create a dynamic design.
The finished quilt measures 60″ x 72.”
Cotton and Steel generously supplied me with the fabric for this quilt top. I chose some prints from each of the designer’s lines. It was fun mixing and matching their prints and I love the touches of metallic!
I used Warm and White batting and some straight line quilting in x’s that echo the piecing but are placed randomly throughout the columns of pieced “kite tails.”
These are just gratuitous quilt shots but I really love this one.
Oh, and this shot shows a bit of the backing which is one of my favorite parts of the quilt. I used Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Polka Dot 2013 for Kokka on an 85/15 cotton linen for the backing. It’s wide so I only needed to add a strip a couple inches of a solid down one edge. I found it still available at Sew Me A Song. Melody’s older line has bits of metallic and the arrows in common with her new collection for Cotton and Steel so it is a fun way to join the old and new together in this quilt.
This quilt could be made in so many fabric combinations. I look forward to seeing what you do with it.