Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Vintage Sheet Love

I've been enjoying a fun and busy week making fabric rainbows from vintage sheet fat quarters.
 

These pretties are part of the selection my friend, Heather and I, are offering in the little online shop we have  @sewgoodvintage on Instagram.


Along with putting together bundles and listing them this week, I did manage to acquire a few new vintage beauties to add to our inventory.  All this vintage goodness has me wanting to dive back into finishing the pink vintage sheet quilt I have waiting to be basted and then start a new quilt from vintage sheets, using all the colours of the rainbow!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tiny Dresdens!

It's been a few years since I've stitched Dresden plate blocks, which are a lovely and classic design for quilting. This week I've been revisiting them, only with a bit of twist - downsized into a mini Dresden!  I have Deidra, over at Quilt Obsession, to thank for this inspired idea. She has put together a series of posts on making them which can be found on her blog and she is currently hosting a #tinydresdenparty on Instagram!
 
 
I began my foray into mini Dresden making using fabrics from my Heather Bailey stash (as a part of my #sewingmystashadesigneramonth2018 sewing plan).  I have been downsizing a pattern to make my dresdens into minis - the first attempt resulted in a Dresden that is 8" across and then further pattern reduction brought the finished Dresden down to 5" across (which qualifies as a "mini"). I may push the limits a bit more with scaling down the pattern further to see if I can manage a Dresden that finishes in the 3.5" range.  Meantime, I am loving the results!
 
There is just something so appealing about a mini version and I'm not sure I'll be able to stop making them just yet - especially when I dream about all the things I can sew these little beauties onto. ;o) Pop by Deidra's blog for links to templates, instructions, tips and inspiration, if you're feeling the need to make some mini dresdens, too!
 
 
 

Monday, January 1, 2018

The start of something fun!

Happy New Year!
 

I hope your year is off to a wonderful start! I'm looking forward to and making plans for the next year and I wanted to share one lovely plan that I have put together with my friend, Maja.  It is something I hope you will consider joining us in.

This is the hashtag to use on Instagram if you decide to join our challenge of sewing from your stash and featuring a designer a month in 2018!

Fabric stashing is outpacing our sewing, it seems, and as pretty as our shelves in our sewing rooms look filled with so much loveliness, we decided to encourage one another to use those pretties in projects!

 Our plan involved writing a numbered list of the designers that have fabrics we have lovingly stashed and yet are the ones that we hesitate to cut into (because they are precious! ;o). We then chose for each other, a number.  Maja selected the number three, which on my list happens to be the designer, Heather Bailey!  This means that during the month of January, I need to sew a project (or projects) using some of my stashed Heather Bailey fabrics.


I had fun digging through my stash and gathering these treasured fabrics together!  It feels good to have a plan for getting me into my stash and fun to know that soon I will have turned this "potential" into something I can use and enjoy (which is the point of stashing fabric... I think? ;o).

Maybe you would like to join Maja and I in our plan to sew from our stashes in 2018?  This is not a contest or a competition - just friends sharing a love of fabric and sewing! We would love to have you join in.  I will post on my blog as well as on Instagram to show you how I'm doing with this - including works in progress as well as a final result. Please feel free to sew along, too and if you're on Instagram, tag your post with #sewingmystashadesigneramonth2018.

Here's to a wonderfully creative 2018!
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