Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Rope Bowl {experimenting}

I'm a little late to the rope bowl trend.  Actually, I got in right away and then it became rope bowl platter in my WIP pile and I finally finished it up last week.  There are tons of rope bowl examples on the interwebs, but I really liked this tutorial by Flossie Teacakes.  Ann at Stitch Supply Co. made a great one too that looks to be a great stash buster.  Finally, Amanda has quite a collection of inspiring shapes and materials. Those awesome painted ones are what I'd like to try next.

I did find this process to be really enjoyable.  Something meditative about that circular sewing that just soothes the soul.  I would like to try some other options for ending the bowl.  I went until I ran out of a rope (I used100 feet of 7/32" clothes line), and covered the end in a scrap of liberty. I used liberty scraps throughout, just wrapping bits here and there.  I used white thread in the needle and some gray (bottom and top) in the bobbin, but also a section of white in the middle.

It really makes a nice, sturdy bowl, but you can bend it a bit : )

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

a little bluebird ::tablerunner::

I recently got a bundle of the Cotton + Steel Bluebird fabric collaboration from Stitch Supply Co. and it is beautiful!  I couldn't wait to use it and the Bluebird Sew Off was just the incentive I needed to get started.

I'm really crushing on the aqua, navy, cobalt combination at the moment, so I added some aqua Cotton + Steel basics into the mix and made a stripey table runner that fits in well with my aqua kitchen.  The white essex linen border and binding gives it a summery, beachy vibe.

The strips are 10" x 2.5" and the linen borders are 3.5".  I quilted it with some simple straight (ish) lines in a soft white aurifil thread with my walking foot. 


Photographing a long table runner is not the easiest thing to do, but hopefully you get the idea? So, are you crushing on Bluebird too or are you already on the newest C + S collabortion, Black & White?  So much fabric, so little time!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Diamond Lattice Block Tutorial

#havendgs bee mates🐝, what do you think of this for our April blocks?  Charm square friendly and color palette totally stolen from @ashapatel #dogoodstitches

Quite a while back, I wrote a tutorial for a lattice block on the stash bee blog here.  I love the quilt that my hive helped me put together (details here), but I've been toying with the idea of changing it a little to make it a quicker blocks (all those 2" squares!).

I thought a diamond shape would be fun and bold, so I worked out a way to make it charm square friendly.

14" Diamond Lattice Block
For each block you will need:
 (4) low volume 5" squares
 (5) Diamond Blocks, which consist of (5) colorful 5" squares and (5) 3.75" squares

5" Diamond Block
1. To make one diamond blocks take one 5" square and cut it on the diagonal both ways to end up with 4 triangles.

April blocks

2. I find it easiest to press creases into the 3.75" square by folding it in half and then in half again.  Line up a triangle (right sides together) so that the point is on the center crease line and sew along the side (1/4" seam).

April blocks

3.  Press open, and repeat on the other side.  It may be helpful to trim off the overhang before continuing to the final two sides.

April blocks

4.  For the last step, trim your block to 5" square, making sure to leave 1/4" seam allowance beyond each point.

April blocks

You will need five of these diamond blocks to make one 14" lattice block.  It's definitely faster if you chain piece.

April #havendgs block - tutorial coming soon

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Finish Along 2016

Happy New Year (I know, I'm a little late)!  I always get caught up in the urge to better myself and organize my life every January.  I'm working out every day (not such a new thing) and doing another round of Whole30 after great results last October.

Now I just need to get these quilty WIP's in order!  I thought that the Finish Along 2016 might be just the thing to help me stay on track.  I narrowed it down to a mosaic of 8 items in various stages of completion and then realized I forgot three biggies!  It's like they come back to taunt/haunt you! So 11 projects - roughly one a month, totally doable, right?

These are the 8 WIPs I hope to finish in 2016

From the top I have the Meadow Quilt from the Lizzy House class I took in Knoxville, TN this past fall.  Next are my beautiful paper pieced envelopes (pattern from Ayumi's book Patchwork, Please) made by me and members of the Sealed With a Kiss swap group.  Third in the top row is just something I made for fun that I want to turn into a mini and maybe make a tutorial for.

Middle row is my Modern Medallion from Handstitched Camp over at Stitched in Color.  Then my Very Quilty Christmas quilt-along that Lori Holt did via Instagram in 2014. The third is a big gingham/buffalo check quilt I want to make for my youngest son's bed.  It's just so so so boring to make.

Bottom row is the Small World QAL from Jean Kingwell - I even have some of the dresden plates/rainbows, just need to hand stitch them on and quilt.  That final bottom corner is my liberty Flowering Snowball.  I fall in and out of love with it.  I worry that I used precious, expensive fabric for something that I don't love.  I need to just finish it and see for sure!

Working on my #stashsewciety quilt for my oldest boy. Only had a few minutes before the bus stop but made that second block on the bottom row - he requested some Aqua/teal

These are all my blocks from Stash Sewciety, destined to be a queen bed quilt for my oldest son.  I need to make a bunch more blocks, adding in more aqua/teal as I do.

I really need to make some more #scrappytripalongblocks and make this quilt already!

Okay, scrappy trip along!  This thing was an old WIP back when Sean was that little (he wears big boy underpants now).  It would make a great picnic/ fort quilt, maybe no batting and just back in something substantial?

Finishing the #pennysampler quilt top today

Penny Sampler.  I can't believe this still isn't finished.  I actually finished the whole top during the class. I wanted to do really fancy FMQ, something unique in each block.  I was afraid at first, then did a little bit and was loving it.  Now my Bernina is no longer behaving when I FMQ.  Threads breaking regardless of brand, weight, needle, tension, ugh.  

Well, it looks I better go sew!  Or maybe just push all these back into the basket under my table and start something new ; ) just kidding! maybe.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ellison Lane Handmade Holidays

Hello Everyone,
I'm over at Ellison Lane today with my friend, Jennifer!  I'm sharing a tutorial for a snowman dish towel as part of the Handmade Holidays Series.

Sneak peak of my Handmade Holiday tutorial for #ellisonlane @ellisonlane ☃

Don't forget to link up HERE to win one of these great prizes.  You may enter with a blog, facebook or Instagram, but you may only enter once.  Best of luck!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Winter Citrus Salad

Winter citrus salad - recipe will be on the blog tomorrow πŸ˜ŠπŸŠπŸ‹ #whole30

This is the perfect salad to brighten up a dreary winter day.  I was craving something fresh and bright yesterday and this fit the bill perfectly.  Something about being at birthday parties surrounded by coughing children leaves me with an urgent need to consume citrus.  Plus the plumello, kind of a less bitter or sweeter grapefruit, is my new favorite thing for looks and taste!

*Also, to make this Whole30 compliant, just leave out the honey in the dressing.  It still tastes great.

For the salad, you'll need:
Green lettuce leaves, one head
1-2 tangerines
2-3 navel oranges
1/2 C slivered or sliced almonds

For the dressing:
1/4C white balsamic vinegar
Juice of half a navel orange
juice from half a lime
1 teaspoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C of sunflower, almond, or other light oil (please no canola, read here!)
salt and pepper

Wash and dry the lettuce and all other fruits.  Cut the head of green lettuce in bite sized pieces and place in a large salad bowl.  Make 3-4 slices of the plumello and cut them in half to use as garnish around the bowl - so pretty with the lime green and hot pink! Cut one orange and the lime in half and juice half of each,  Reserve juice in a small jar for the dressing. Next, segment the remainder of the citrus fruit - I use this method.  Add the fruit to the bowl.  Dice the avocado and add to the bowl along with the almonds.  The last step is for the pomegranate arils.  You can buy these from the Pom brand or at Trader Joe's already removed from the fruit and ready to go, but it is quite easy (and cheaper) to do it yourself.  First, select a fruit that feels very heavy for its size.  Slice it in half and submerge in a bowl of water as your are releasing the arils from the membrane - this helps to avoid the red splatters on you and the kitchen and the bits of white membrane will float, making it easier to separate it from the arils.  Top your salad with these beautiful jewels of the food world!

Now for the dressing.  Add the white balsamic, honey and garlic to your jar of orange and lime juice.  Put the lid on and shake vigorously until homogeneous.  Add the oil, slowly, while swirling the jar around to help it emulsify.  Put the lid back on and give it a good shake.  I like to dress the salad with barely half of the jar immediately before eating and allow guests to add more to their liking.  There's nothing worse than an overdressed salad, in my opinion!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  It certainly is a pretty dish to take to a holiday party.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Super Scrappy Quilt for DGS

I'm happy to share another quilt for the Haven Circle of do. Good Stitches!  This is our October quilt.  Unfortunately, we had a quilter go A.W.O.L.  I had just seen Diane's amazing scrappy quilt and thought this might be perfect for our circle; so I took up the challenge for the month.  Since we had a slow start this fit perfectly.  Send me your orphan blocks, send me your wonky blocks, send me crazy, scrappy, fun blocks!

October DGS

Pretty crazy? Hopefully, in kind of an awesome way!  Well, you should see the back:

October DGS

October DGS

This one will be packed up with the Courthouse Steps quilt and on it's way to bring some love and cheer to the women's shelter in Texas.  Hooray for crazy quilts!