WIP Wednesday – Experimentation and Nostalgia

I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing the past few weeks. I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things though. I did a bit of experimentation with some Pigma Paintstiks on fabric. That was interesting to play around with. The bottom of the feather I drew directly onto the fabric with the Paintstiks and towards the top I put the paint onto a stencil brush and brushed it on. I like the look at the top better – it almost looks airbrushed on. The corgis are enjoying the new couch. I’ve decided to start a new quilt this year. I’m participating with the Reddit Quilters group and will be working on the Super Mario...
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“Wander” – The Hot Air Balloon Quilt

Saturday morning I had a burst of inspiration and decided to make a small, scrappy hot air balloon. I had no idea how I was going to use it or if it would ever be finished into a quilt. I just wanted to enjoy the process of making something unexpected out of the blue again. I pulled out some of my favorite blue and green scrap fabrics and set to work doing some machine applique.  I used my favorite turquoise 50 wt cotton Mako Aurifil thread for the balloon top and a light brown 50 wt cotton mako Aurifil thread for the basket. I was really happy with how it turned out, wonky basket and all....
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2014 FREE Craftsy Block of the Month is here!

Hot off the presses – Craftsy has finally released their 2014 Block of the Month program and the best thing about it is it’s completely free! Join quilting instructors Amy Walsh and Janine Burke as you say goodbye to color confusion. Learn how to choose inspired color combinations for captivating quilts! Start with color theory basics and discover accessible techniques for combining colors. Create a soothing, low-contrast look with analogous colors, or an energetic, high-contrast effect using complementary colors. Add emotion to your designs with warm and cool colors, make your piecing pop with hexadic color schemes and create contrast with value. Along the way, you’ll make six different blocks, sewing and arranging them into a vibrant...
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Hand Woven Bali Basket Finish

I’ve had this pattern for a month or two now and it ended up being the one quilty/sewy thing I did on my holiday break. You don’t have to use your sewing machine at all to make these and there is only a teeny bit of handsewing involved in the beginning and end of the basket. The rest is just weaving ends together and wrapping around the piping to create the basket. It was very simple to get the hang of and the pattern offered both written and photo instructions. Hand Woven Bali Basket Pattern The pattern is intended to be used with jelly roll strips so I tried it with a 1930′s solid jelly roll...
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Panasonic Cordless Iron Review

The quilters on Twitter (we call ourselves “Twilters”) will be the first to tell you – I’m a bad influence. I find good deals on quilting stuff and share the info immediately. This cordless iron was one such deal that I found and several of us purchased one.  I mainly wanted to see if a cordless iron would be useful with my melt and blend crayon classes since the cord does get in the way sometimes.  I’ve been using the iron for over two months now so I think I’m ready to give it a review. Surprisingly enough, I’ve quickly found it’s become my main iron that I keep by my sewing machine. Panasonic Cordless Iron...
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Ticker Tape Applique Quilt Finish

This quilt is a sample for a class I’m teaching next Quarter. I love how it came together and enjoyed the process of making it so much. It would work for a large or small quilt and is perfect for using up all sorts of scraps.  I pieced, appliqued, quilted inside the white part of the blocks and did the binding with Aurifil 50 wt. mako thread. The colored areas of the block borders were done with various embroidery threads I had on hand, I wanted something really shiny to make it pop. It was quilted on my Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0 (“Anne). Bernie hopes you are enjoying your Christmas morning too!
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Class Sample Preview and a mini update

My surgery went well and I’ve been home recovering. Lots of time to sit and do quilting stuff and small projects when I’m up for it. I’ve been getting a lot done! I wanted to share a little preview of some of the things I’ll be teaching next quarter. I love this little in-the-hoop owl sewing kit from Embroidery Garden.  It doesn’t take very long to make one in the hoop and it is such a useful kit to keep all your binding supplies together. Who doesn’t like having a little stuffed owl carrying around all their hand sewing supplies? It’s just too cute.   The e-reader craze is still going strong and everyone wants a...
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