Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sharing Day! What are you Creating?

What a fun quilt!  We love the bright cheery colors.  Who doesn't love red and white!  This quilt was created by Jennifer Colton and was made using one of our Always & Forever Valentines Fat Quarter Bundles. 

Urban Zoologies and Remix prints continue to be a favorite with childrens quilts.  The Royal Blue Remix Bundle with the Blue Owls is in this darling quilt created by Quilts by Christina.  We love this blue and green combination.  Beautiful quilt Christina!  You can contact Christina HERE

Custom Cutees designed this sweet and fun summer dress. Lucky Sarah - she even gets an Elmo on her dress.  Custom Cuties does beautiful embrodiery work! You should see her Etsy Shop.  For Etsy Shop Click Here 
Monique Thomas made these darling accessories.  Love the coordinating Kumari Garden prints - especially the stripe closures.  Just imagine the compliments when you pull out such a cheerful wallet.

This quilt comes from one of our customers in Romania, Kovia Rakosi.  She created this using another Urban Zoologie Fat Quarter Bundle.  This one is the Butterflies with the Houndstooth and Polka Dot fabrics.  Kovia added some additional fabrics to her quilt.  So bright and cheery..don't you think?  Link to Kovia Click Here

This awesome project come from Julie of PeekaBooBugs.  Beautiful work Julie!  This fabric is from Riley Blakes Pirate collection.  Julie creates seat liners for Bugaboos.  Link to Julie's shop Click Here

Jennifer Schneider sent us a picture of this wonderful quilt. Love it!  Jennifer certainaly has an eye for fabric combinations!  This modern quilt has the Echo Moira Catalina large teal flower in it. These quilts with the bold modern prints are so popular. We love the coordinating prints she chose. 
The Echo fabrics are selling out quickly (this is our second shipment too).  They will no longer be available :(
This fresh bright quilt comes from Amando Popp.  What a cheery quilt!  It would brighten any bad weather day! The Quite Contrary fabric line was a very popular collection from Riley Blake Designs.  We have long sold out of these fun pink, red, and green prints. 

MackenzieMonroe make this gorgeous zippered clutch.  We love the Amy Butler prints - especially this one! MackenzieMonroe has several beautiful handmade bags and clutches. And she is having a sale.   Click Here to visit her shop!

Amber Bradley also did something new and creative with fabric - she wallpapered her little girl's Doll Dream Home with fabrics from the Sweet Nothings collection.  Very creative idea! So much better than paint! I believe she set it with Mod Podge glue/sealer.  Thanks Amber for sharing.  We love it!

Leisha Farnsworth created these two lovely pillows.  Look at the detail.  The black & white floral pillow has folds sewn in opposing directional stitch lines.  You migt have to click on the picture to see the detail.  And....
This Rosette Pillow has a gathered strip sewn in a circle.  We love what you do Leisha!  This polka dot pillow was made out of the Circa 1934 Collection by Cosmo Cricket.

Thanks again for sharing your ideas and creative projects!  Keep them coming!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Something for Everyone! New Fat Quarter Bundles

Welcome to Bear Country!  Remember the Berenstain Bears?  Some of our family's Berenstain Bears favorites - The Berenstain Bears.........Visit the Dentist, and The Messy Room, and Too Much Junk Food, and Too Much TV, and my personal favorite is The Berenstain Bears Get The Gimmies.  Did you know there are over 300 books?  I didn't.  Well 2012 is the Berenstain Bears 50th Anniversary.  Moda has printed some fabulous fabrics your little ones will love.  We have the Fat Quarter Bundles in now.  Yardage is expected in a few weeks.  Keep checking back.  I think these would make perfect pillowcases!

AND If you are a Berenstain Bears is a link to the Moda blog featuring the Berentains Story.  Link:  CLICK HERE

Kate Spain has done it again.  Good Fortune is another one of our favorites.  I keep looking at this bundle wondering what I will make.  I am not sure yet which pattern I will choose but I know whichever it will beautiful.  Just look at those orange prints with the green!  If you have made something out of these fabrics PLEASE SHARE!

Scoot collection by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake, a 24 piece Fat Quarter Bundle. These darling prints of planes, helicopters, scooters, trains, wagons, and fire engines are perfect for those little boy quilts. These fun light blue, green, and yellow prints can all be combined in a sewing project.   I saw these fabrics in a Wonky Log Cabin Baby Quilt - so so cute.

Fly A Kite Collection by October Afternoon for Riley Blake, a 28 piece Fat Quarter Bundle.  As you can see sweet images of children on swings and flying kites.  What I love about this line is the wonderful coordinates.  Fun damask wallpaper scallops, flowers, polka dots, and floral stripes.  A fun retro collection!

We received the beautiful Rouenneries Deux by French General yardage.  So Gorgeous! Sandra has arranged them into a fat quarter and half yard bundle for you.  These are going fast.  We wish we would have ordered more.  We still have a few Layer Cakes and Charm Packs left.   BTW - These go really well with the Little Pink Stars II collection.

NAVY'S ARE IN!  Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda yardage has also arrived.  You will love these modern prints.  Perfect for those 4th of July projects.  Good navy prints are always difficult to find. We have charm packs also available.
Prairie Paisley II by Minick & Simpson for Moda.  These beautiful reproduction fabrics would be perfect for those Americana or 4th of July Quilts.   The reds in this collection are bright and cheerful.  We love the paisley prints.  These fabrics would be work well in your traditional patterns like the Log Cabin or various Star patterns.

 Funky Monkey by Erin Micheals.  This collection in Blues!  This continues to be a favorite print.  Our yellow and red bundle was a huge we thought we would add some blue.

Check out our Precuts.  Several new Layer Cakes and Charm Packs in!  California Girl, Friendship reproduction prints, Hello Luscious, A Walk in the Woods, Prairie Paisley II, Scoot, and Fly A Kite....just a few!

Have a wonderful week.  And I hope you find some time to create!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Love Notes Table Topper...A quick Valentine idea

Love Notes Table Topper or Wall Hanging was a fun and quick project.  I thought it might be fun to add some pockets to my table topper to tuck valentine notes inside.  My husband  traveled often years ago and was such a sweetheart - he sent me letters from wherever he traveled.  I loved receiving them even though they often came after he had returned home.  Thanks honey!  My grown children still like receiving Valentines candy with a fun card.  So hence....Love Notes
I used one Always & Forever Charm Pack and some additional yardage - 1/8th yard pink swirl, 1/2 yard of Red Love Words, & 1/2 yard of the White w/red Swirls.  If you are using fabrics from your stash you will need 5" squares.
I used 1" sashing strips on this quilt and I wish I would have used 1 1/2" because when I pressed the 1/4" seams towards the sashing pieces they were really close.
I cut the outside borders  4" wide x the length.  That will make the finished outside borders 3 1/2" wide.
I have enough squares and fabric left to make another one row wall hanging with 3 pockets and one heart square!

The pockets are so so easy to make.  Here is a little tutorial if you need it.

Step 1: Separate your lights and darks from the charm pack.  I used the lights for the background and the brights for the hearts and pocket folds.  Fold two of the bright 5" squares in half on the diagonal for each pocket you are making. Press.

Step 2 Lay each pressed triangle on the bottom of your light square creating an envelope.  I apologize for the blurred image in the top picture!!!  Forgive me. I took it with my phone and I don't have another one.  :(

Step 3 Baste with machine around the outside edge to keep your triangles in place.  I basted just inside the 1/4" seam allowance.

Last step   Sew your pocket into your quilt top.  The squares are all 5 inches. Decide on your envelope placement ahead of time.  Note in this picture  that  I switched the overlap on the envelope so that the top fold would be on the outside corner.   I used 1" sashing strips and I wish I would have used 1 1/2" because when I pressed the 1/4" seams towards the sashing pieces they were really close.
Up close picture of one pocket.  Fun huh?

 I used a 3 1/4" cookie cutter for my heart pattern.  I love this size because I could get two hearts from one charm square if I placed the heart point in the corner  of the square when I cut out the heart.  I also think you could use some of those funky uneven hearts.  Draw your own!  I machine appliqued the hearts onto each square.  It is much easier to applique the hearts on before you piece your quilt top together!

I think this would be fun to create an envelope for each member of the family and make it into a wall hanging. If you can see in the top right corner a regular sized greeting card fits just fine.  You will need to make bigger pockets if you purchase those huge cards!  You will need to cut your own squares instead of using a charm pack.  NOW  its off to the quilter.  Yes! I posted this tutorial without having Leisha, my quilter, do her magic because Valentines is just around the corner.  I'll post a picture when it is finished.  Have fun.

My next project......Hearts Heart Hearts with the fabric collection Little Pink Stars.  See last weeks post.  Wish me luck!  Have a wonderful week!