Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 22

Time is flying and the countdown is on for the completion of the last row of blocks to be released in The Sewcial Bee Sampler (a fun online sew along), hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. The block for this week is Mosaic.  (for the free download to make this or the previous blocks, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog). 
Block 22 of 25 in the Sewcial Bee Sampler is Mosaic
Here's a look at the first 20 blocks in the sew along, which today's and last week's block will be joining.  My vision for a scrappy rainbow sampler is coming together quite nicely and I am super excited that there's only three blocks left to make before I can start joining them together with sashing.

Blocks 1 - 20 for the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along

I love seeing so many favourite fabrics and all those happy colours thrown together!  Nearing the finish, I guess I better pay close attention to make sure I keep a good mix of colour.  ;o)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 21

Another week has zipped by! Time for the next block to be released in The Sewcial Bee Sampler (a fun online sew along), hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. The block for this week is an Hourglass.  (for the free download to make this or the previous blocks, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog).
Block 20, Hourglass for Sewcial Bee Sampler
If you're following along, you know that my plan for this sew along is to make blocks using my scraps and to make the overall colour theme for this quilt, a rainbow. So far, so good! This block will be the second one to use the colour purple and considering that this is not a popular colour in my stash, my block was made mostly from fabrics that I have received in swaps over the years.  It feels like an achievement that I found enough purple fabrics to make this block happen!

Rather than share a mosaic of all 21 blocks together, I will just link to last week's post for that.  I have decided that for the final row of blocks, I'm going to skip sharing a mosaic to build up a little anticipation for the finish. ;o)

Pop over to Maureen's blog and Sharon's blog  for all the details in joining this fun,  sew-at-your-own-pace, virtual sew along! It doesn't matter if you're new to quilting or if you're experienced - this sew along is geared to be fun and manageable for all skill levels. The best part is the community of support you will be a part of! It's unbelievable - truly makes it so enjoyable! If you're on Instagram, you can find all the inspiring blocks that are being made shared under the tag #sewcialbeesampler - although I will warn you, it will be difficult to resist joining in, once you see so many beautiful versions.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Shades of Rose

Today, I’m excited to be able to share one of Free Spirit Fabrics’ newest lines, Shades of Rose, by one of my favourite designers, Tanya Whelan! Please, pop over to the Free Spirit  blog for the Artist UnSEWn series and more.

Shades of Rose is now available to purchase, but I was lucky enough to receive some yardage in advance, so that I could do some secret sewing with it. ;o) What a pleasure to be sewing with these gorgeous, romantic fabrics! I love the vintage, yet modern feel to Tanya's designs. Shades of Rose is soft and feminine with a shabby chic flair to it, which I love.  A great line to start with, if you're new to Tanya's designs, as well as being a great line to add to her other collections.

 I selected four fabrics from the red colour way to sew up a few projects of my own design.

My kiss clasp coin purse design is compact, yet roomy - it will hold more than just coins! The fabric rose on the front is fastened by a brooch pin, so it is removeable.

 Shades of Rose seemed like the perfect fabric to debut a couple of coin purses that I designed several years ago (and always intended to turn into a pattern). My first coin purse with the attached fabric rose brooch, has Trellis for the exterior and Falling Rose for the interior. The fabric used to make the brooch is Toile.

The coin purse with the pocket, has the exterior made from Toile with Trellis for the interior, while the pocket flap is fussy cut from Falling Rose.

I couldn't resist sewing up my favourite gift bag design using Shades of Rose and adding a couple of extra details to it.  Perfect for tucking a gift or two into! The drawstring bag features Wild Rose and Toile for the exterior and Trellis for the interior.

I used some fussy cuts from Falling Rose and Trellis combined with scraps of linen and twill tape to make two different "tags" for a special detail.  The rose prints work so well for fussy cutting!

Speaking of fussy cutting... I didn't stop with making tags for the gift bag! I also made some individual gift tags featuring fussy cut roses stitched onto canvas and then backed the canvas with more Shades of Rose (**I used my tag die in my Sizzix Big Shot to cut them out of canvas & fabric which allows me to make multiples quickly and easily. However,  you could draw or trace a tag shape you like and then you can cut tags by hand).

For gift giving, I can either stitch or stamp the recipients name onto the tag - or more often, I use either a fabric pen (which is permanent) or a Frixion pen (which is removeable when heated by iron - just be aware that ink will reappear if subjected to below freezing temperatures ;o). 

Simple gift tags made from fussy cuts stitched to canvas and backed with interfaced Shades of Rose.

The final simple project I made were sweet notecards, that use scraps of Shades of Rose along with assorted haberdashery (scraps of lace, ribbons and odd buttons work wonderfully for this!).

Notecards made from scraps can be stitched onto the card or as in this case, secured using double sided tape.

I had the most fun creating with Shades of Rose and I hope you will find some inspiration in what I've shared today.

Be sure to check out the Grey and the Turquoise fabrics in the Shades of Rose collection (there are six prints in each of the three colour ways). 

GIVEAWAY:  update: winner is Marta!  Congratulations!  I know you will enjoy creating with Shades of Rose! 

Comment below for a chance to WIN a bundle of  Tanya Whelan's Shades of Rose fabrics (the ones that I used in my projects) from Free Spirit Fabrics!
  • Contest will run through 6pm PST on June 23, 2017 and is open worldwide.
  • One entry/comment per person, please.
  • Winner will be contacted via email (please, leave your email in your comment) and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
The giveaway and the fabrics used in this post are both sponsored by the friendly folks at Free Spirit Fabrics!

Thank you so much for visiting and special thanks to Free Spirit Fabrics!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 20

Time for the next block to be released in The Sewcial Bee Sampler (a fun online sew along), hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. The block for this week is an Irish Chain Variation.  (for the free download to make this or the previous blocks, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog).
Block 20 - Irish Chain Variation in the Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew along
I love that I was able to use squares that were already cut and waiting in my scrap stash! The block is very straight forward in design and this allowed me to use twenty four different low volume fabrics for the background, plus another four for the borders. I was surprised to find so many prints that contained red on white in my stash, but it made me very happy to find a block that I could put them all into. ;o)
This block would make a wonderful quilt all on its own! I couldn't resist making a mock up using the collage option of PicMonkey to see how this would look.

Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew along;  Blocks 1-20
Woohoo! That's the fourth row complete in our quilt top - only five more blocks to finish and then it will be time to add sashing strips.  Getting really excited to be nearing the finish!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 19

Another week has flown by and it's time for the next block in the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along! This fun online sew along is hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. The block for this week is Circle of Friends.  (Please visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog for the free download to make this or the previous blocks).
Block 19, Circle of Friends

My favourite blues were selected to make this fantastic block! Digging through my scrap bins, it was fun discovering how popular aqua has been with me and how similar in value many of these fabrics are.

I gave  Block 19 a minor alteration from the original design. I decided to eliminate half square triangles (HST) as much as I could to give unbroken sections of my aqua scraps. Dividing this block into quadrants you will notice that there is only two HST units per quadrant (which means I reduced seams needed to construct each quadrant by three ;o). It made sense for me to do this since I'm making my blocks from scraps - this change even allowed me to use larger scraps, and I love the results! I could easily see this block being used to make a whole quilt, wouldn't it look fabulous?

Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along, Blocks 1- 19

Wow! One more block and we will have finished the fourth row of blocks in the quilt - with only one more row to sew. I can hardly wait! Hopefully my mosaic making will help guide me in choosing colours for the remaining blocks.

Happy Wednesday!
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