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Thursday
Aug152013

I'm Back! 

...I'm never very clever at blog titles, but this is my attempt! I've missed posting in the space. Why the absence? Lots of reasons! But mostly because of Chris and I's business, Remnant, and I'm also working at Modern Domestic quite a bit lately. Also, it's funny how new social media pops up and takes over isn't it? Instagram has been a great tool and I often feel like it replaced this blog. It's such a hub of conversation and instant sharing. But, it's not inclusive! If you don't have the right smartphone, you can't be in the instagram community. :(

My loving mom has been so sweet and reminds me how much she misses my posts, too. And I love sharing with her and everyone want I'm making. 

A new development is I should probably change my blog name to Joy of all Sewing (but I won't), as it is the thing I do the most! I can't remember the last time that I did something creative that didn't involve sewing!

In an effort to make posting easy, I might sometimes just post a few instagram pictures, with little or no text. There probably won't be many tutorials, just a place to share my inspirations and what I'm currently sewing.

 

Four Seasons Paper Pieced wall hanging - pattern by Carolyn Friedlander

My fall look - handmade polka dot tank top. Pattern is the Wiksten tank. Hand knitted cowl - Seed stitch in a round. 

This is my favorite bag I've ever made! The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman, Perfect Quilted Totes

I made this top during the summer, it's made with soft lovely voile, using a pattern from Deer & Doe, Datura.

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Apr182013

Bee PDX

This year I'm participating in my very first quilting bee! What's this? It's a group of 11 gals, everyone has a quilt certain month. When it's your month, you purchase the fabric, plan the quilt, and distribute the fabric to other members. Every month I make a block (sometimes more than one) for a fellow bee buddy. It's a great opportunity to try new techniques, play with fabrics that I wouldn't normally use, and get to know some PMQG pals better. What could be better?

Here's a look at a few of the blocks I've made so far:

January - Amber's Flying Geese

Feburary - Jaime's Converging Corners

March - Ale's Star Sampler (I'm making another paper pieced star too)

April - Megan's Scrap Improv

It's lots of fun planning and designing each block! I'm excited to get started on the next one for Katie!

Wednesday
Apr172013

Neon Challenge

When I first got this neon fabric, for the Michael Miller Neon Challenge, I wasn't in love with the fabric. Honestly, I didn't like it at all. For starters, the fabric is literally saturated with color, so much so that it is VERY stiff! But after washing it (it's still stiff), it started to grow on me. 

For Bee PDX, I had started working on my first paper pieced star block. I was instantly hooked! I have been seeing more and more paper pieced stars pop up on blogs and pinterest, now I know why! They are so fun and once you learn the technique the possibilities are endless. Once I finished Ale's block, I didn't want to stop. So I ran out to Powell's and picked up this book that many people recommended. 

 

This block is the Alabama Star, I simplified it a bit, I found it made a bigger impact with less fabrics. Couldn't you just imagine a whole quilt of these? 

 

Friday
Apr122013

Spring Mod Block 

Throughout this year, Portland & Bay Area Modern Quilt Guilds are both organizing Block of the Month programs, and they have teamed up and asked me to design a block based on my QuiltCon Block Challenge. They will both feature this block at the meetings and many people will make it for charity quilts and more! I'm so honored! 

I'm calling this block the Spring Mod block, because I've been inspired by the Portland Spring. It's gloomy in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. Sometimes visa versa, sometimes still gloomy. It's hard to have such beautiful days of sunshine, followed by pouring rain and not seeing the sun. The back and forth is harder to get used to! ;) These colors in this block represent that. The Mod part is based on my love of all mid-century design. :)

Spring Mod Block

  • 12.5" unfinished block
  • 1/4" seam allowance
  • Press all seams open

Cutting: Cut 1.5" strips then subcut into the following measurements.


Black Essex: 

  • Two - 3" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 8" x 1.5" 
  • One - 1.5" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 7" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 2" x 1.5" 
  • One - 3.5" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 4" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 6" x 1.5" 
  • One - 2.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 13.5" x 1.5" strips
  • Two - 13.5 x 2" strips for the right and left side 

 Yellow(s):

 

  • Two - 3.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 4" x 1.5" 
  • One - 9" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 5.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 8" x 1.5" 
  • One 3" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 4.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 7" x 1.5" 

 

Assembly: 

 1. First, cut all of the pieces that you will need. The trick to this pattern is to first layout all of the strips in the correct arrangement. Follow the pattern in the above picture. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Piece together the cut pieces into  strips. 

3. Sew the strips together. Make sure that the alignment is correct. I like to pin the strips together to make sure each mod shape is lined up correctly. 

4. I've made the block bigger than it needs to be, so that you have a little wiggle room! ;) Trim up the block to 12.5" square. 

 I tested this block again and asked my friend, Petra if she wouldn't mind testing it too. We made both of these in the leftover neon fabric that we had from the PMQG/Michael Miller Challenge. :) 

Have fun with this block! Feel free to modify and arrange blocks in different ways! I'm excited to see how these turn out. Please don't hesitate to ask questions in the comments. :)

Happy Sewing!  

 

 

 

Tuesday
Feb192013

I Passed the Weekender Test!

In the sewing world, the pattern Weekender is sort of a test of wills. Everyone loves the bag, designed and written by Amy Butler, but many have struggled through it with all of it's difficult directions. Because of this, I had always been leary of diving in and making it.

But after seeing Elizabeth's quilt as you go weekender bag, I knew I had to finally make one for QuiltCon. I had lots of help and tips from many people who sewed it before me. 

I found  quilting the pattern pieces, lots of fun, but much more time-intensive than I thought. However, I really love the outcome and would do it again! 

The best tip that I received was from Kim, she suggested to hand stitch the corners where most of the bulk and many layers make it difficult to sew on any machine. 

One problem I ran into was I cut the pattern pieces all out of duck canvas, then lay the batting over it. I had planned to use the canvas as my guide to trim down the batting and piecing. But once I started to piece and quilt as you go, the pattern pieces sometimes became miss shaped. Next time instead of cutting the pieces first, I will cut the pieces a little bit bigger and then trim down the entire piece.