Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tutorial: How to sew 8 HST units from 2 squares

Yesterday, I mentioned I have been making more HST for a baby quilt and I gave this link to the chart for making 8 HST units from two squares of fabric. Today, as I was sewing more of them, I thought I would walk you through the process with a step by step, photo tutorial. 
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Swirling Star Blocks

I'm squeezing in time to work on the baby quilt I started earlier this month, but I needed to make a few new half square triangles.  I needed a total of eight HSTs for each star block, so I made eight at a time using a square of background fabric and the same sized square of contrast fabric.  This method is so quick and easy!  You save time sewing only two seam lines (diagonally - to make an "X" - across those 2 squares which are placed right sides together) and then you can cut 8 finished HSTs from it.  Simple, right? All that's needed after that, is a bit of trimming and you end up with 8 sets of matching HSTs!
 
Trimming my newest HSTs to the finished size - each set of 8 started as 2 squares of fabric!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Just a hint

I'm celebrating a bit, as I have finally finished stitching up the last of the birthday gifts for the younger members of my extended family.  Whew. Once again, I drafted up a design of my own.  Makes the sewing extra fun, but of course it also takes longer than just using a pre-made pattern.  Good news is, that the prototypes are behind me and it came together better than I had hoped. Yay!
As excited as I am with this finish, I've learned my lesson about sharing things on my blog BEFORE the recipient receives them.  Instead of a full reveal, I can share that I had a theme for this gift.
 
This bit of fabric may be from Fabricland
  (can't rightly remember- I've had it so long now, I believe it's old enough to vote. ;o)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You could win a Quilt Kit!

It seems that in the midst of all the canning I've been doing, I missed passing this information on to you.  I wouldn't want you to miss out on your chance, if you're interested so check this out... (excuse me, while I go back to my canning... tomatoes canned yesterday - now must check to make sure they've sealed, get them labelled and prep for the next round of canning...peaches are on today's to-do list). ;o)

Did you know that Craftsy has quilt kits?
I love the idea of having the fabric and pattern I need, all gathered together in a kit, so I can get down to sewing that much quicker.  Check out the colours in the Notting Hill Quilt Kit or the clever use of stripes in the Kaffe Fassett Crazy Square Table Runner Kit. 

 Did you know Craftsy is giving you a chance to win a quilt kit?
One randomly selected (lucky and very happy) quilter will get to choose their prize, whether it's the starry True Blue Quilt Kit OR the elegant Blue Garden Quilt Kit. (Hey, the prize even comes with the coordinated backing fabric for the quilt!)  Which one would you choose?

What are you waiting for?   Go enter....

You can enter to win from August 15-27, 2014 here:
 Enter to Win a Quilt Kit from Craftsy**



**Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter.**

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Round the World Blog Hop

Today, I'm participating in the "Round the World" blog hop after being invited by my lovely friend, Teje, from Nero's Post and Patch.  The whole idea of this hop is to get to meet other bloggers and to learn a little more about one another by answering 4 questions.
 
1) What am I working on?

The short answer to this question would be a baby quilt I making for friends, but in truth I've got several other projects in the works as well, some of which I need to keep hush-hush. ;o)

Star blocks made from another quilt's leftovers.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Topping it off

I stitched up something extra to go with the ruffle skirts I made for those 3 little girls.  I had just enough of the Summer Ride print from the Wee Wander yardage I bought to sew a reversible bucket hat for each girl.
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A bit fancy

"She likes bling!"  These were my guiding words for coming up with a birthday gift for one of my young nieces.  Since she also likes playing dress-up,  I thought she might like a fancy little drawstring pouch to tote her treasures.
 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Star gazing

A month ago, I came across leftover half square triangles (HST) and decided to make a few into star blocks.  Since then, I've been mulling over how to use the remaining HST and figure out a suitable layout for those star blocks. 
Of all things, a design idea popped into my head while I was canning salsa. During a canning break, I had to try my idea out.
 

Obviously, I will need to cut some background fabric to fill in the blank spaces around the star, but I think I've found a use for the remaining HST units.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Just a glimpse

I'm getting so close to being able to share a reveal on the girly twirly skirts and all their ruffled goodness. 
 

Hope your week is off to a pretty start!

For fun

Jess over at Me Sew Crazy has put together a fun little quiz called: Which Sewing Celebrity Blogger would be your BFF?  I couldn't resist taking the quiz...



Apparently, Katy Jones and I would be BFF! ;o)   Sounds good to me.  I love Katy's style and energy.  That reminds me... Katy's first line of fabric is about to be revealed this Monday.  Woot! Woot!  I tell you, it was so hard for my BFF to not let me in on this news ahead of everyone else. ;o) 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Getting ruffled

Summer is flying by!  Really, it's been so gorgeous this summer that I could be lulled into thinking it's going to last for ages yet. A visit to the Farmer's Market this weekend clued me on just how far along the season really is.  Time to get canning, in preparation for the coming cold season (dill pickles and salsa are wanted).   Keeping that in mind, I'm trying to finish some summer sewing projects. 
Top of my list? This one.
 
All the fixings for some pretty summer skirts!
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