A Supernova Finish!

Supernova: pieced by Gail Maddick and Nancy Swanwick, quilt by Stephanie Palmer

Supernova: pieced by Gail Maddick and Nancy Swanwick, quilted by Stephanie Palmer

I have a gorgeous supernova quilt to show off today…

unfortunately, it is not mine.

But I did get to quilt it for my lovely friend Gail Maddick! Gail is also a member of the Late Night Quilter’s group on Facebook, so if you’re a member there too, this quilt might look familiar to you.

That reminds me… we are all anxiously awaiting Lee Heinrich’s decision on the best finished Supernova quilt entry. Don’t worry, we have not forgotten about it!  I picked up the signed copies of Lee’s book (part of the prize package) over the weekend when I saw her at QuiltCon.  Now she just has the incredibly difficult job of making a decision.

Now, back to telling you a little more about Gail’s quilt:

Gail participated in the Supernova Friendship Block Swap with Nancy Swanwick; the bright, beautiful blocks that comprise this quilt were made by both these talented ladies. They used a collection of orange, yellow and red batiks, with a dark navy batik as the background.

As a quilter, it’s so important to carefully consider what a quilt will be used for when choosing the quilting design. Gail told me that her teenage son had claimed this quilt for himself during his mother’s long, arduous process of making it (it’s 90 x 90″). The fact is, men seem to gravitate toward simple, angular, or straight line quilting; so that’s the direction we headed.

I quilted long, straight, horizontal and vertical lines across the quilt.

Supernova up close Gail Maddick

 

The long, straight lines posed a bit of a challenge since I don’t have a channel lock on my machine, that keeps the longarm running in a straight line from left to right. Therefore, I relied on my trusty straight line ruler by Teryl Loy.

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It’s 3/8″ thick, 3″ x 8″ long.  See that open channel in the ruler? It’s wonderful for stitching in the ditch.

We chose to leave the triangles unquilted so as not to lead the eye away from the stunning supernova effect of the stars. I did stitch in the ditch around each and every triangle, and knotted and buried every thread (because I really love Gail a lot!).  I am reminded of what my friend Melanie from Mel in The Attic said about making her Peek quilt… minimalism does not mean easy.

We used one of my favorite threads ever created, Glide, by Fil Tec, in Sand. It glimmers like a thin, delicate strand of gold, and it looks great on almost everything.

It was definitely a challenge to stitch in the ditch accurately around all those triangles, given the extreme contrast between the yellow and dark navy fabrics. But I did my best, and I am happy with the results. As I stitched, I tried to relax and remind myself that there is no such thing as perfection in quilting (and for the record, there’s no crying in quilting either).

Now check out the back of this quilt! Something about it reminds me of The Kiss, by Gustaf Klimpt.

Supernova quilt back Gail Maddick

Gail worked some serious magic with the backing fabric.  She carefully pieced the back so that the straight lines on the edges of the print would line up perfectly to create a very cool frame around all 4 sides.

I’ve now carefully wrapped up Gail’s baby in cellophane to protect it from the elements during the shipping process and will head out to mail it momentarily.  Hope she loves it as much as I do!

Special thanks to my parents, who lovingly help me hang and photograph many of my quilts.  Where would we be without the quilt-holders in our lives?

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I’m linking up to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.  See you Sunday for the latest on my new addition to my fabric stash (it’s a good one!).

 

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday: How to Wind your Bobbin and Get Back to Sewing without Re-threading your Machine

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Hi all!  There were some really wonderful tutorials and tips posted last week.  You bloggers are awesome! And if you didn’t have a chance to look at those wonderful tutorials from last week yet, you can click back to it HERE.

The prize for the week goes to Nesta from Ella and Nesta’s Little Room.  She designed the cutest little heart mug rug that can be folded up into an envelope.  I love it!

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Congrats Nesta.  I’ll be sending you a cute little handmade fabric necklace as your prize.

Now, for a tip this week… you’re gonna love this!

Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to attend QuiltCon, the modern quilter’s convention here in Austin.  I took some excellent classes there, including one on Paperless Paper Piecing with the amazing instructor, Cristy Fincher, from Sew Much Like My Mom.

In class, Cristy shared a simple tip that I swear will save me a ridiculous amount of time in my sewing years to come.  I’m still slapping my forehead, wondering how I never thought of it before. I asked Cristy if I could share it with you here, and she was game.  Thanks Cristy!

You know how you’re happily sewing along, minding your own business, when OH CRAP! your bobbin runs out.  AAAGH! You’re facing a sewing crisis: Stopping the sewing bliss to unthread your machine, wind your bobbin, and re-thread your machine.  Who’s got time for that?!?! Ummmm, no one I know.

Enter Cristy Fincher.  Imagine her walking into your sewing room to save the day (or at least several infuriating minutes of your time).

Here’s what Cristy says to do:

Step 1: Clip your thread where it’s hanging there in the middle:

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Step 2: Go ahead and wind that annoying little bobbin, using that solo spool of thread that’s on your machine.

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Step 3: When you’re finished winding your bobbin, tie a quick square knot with those two hanging pieces you clipped earlier.

Then pull that thread right down through all your thread guides, and the knot will slip right through the hole in your needle.  And BAM! you’re ready to start sewing again without re-threading your machine!

 

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 WHAT?!?!  How did I not know this before????? sigh

Oh yes, one more thing.  Have you heard of paperless paper piecing?  It’s a technique developed by Cristy Fincher and her mom, Sharon Schamber.  Check out Cristy’s picture below to see the beautiful points and seams you can accomplish using PPP.  If you’re curious about this unique technique, click over to Cristy’s blog for a fantastic tutorial that can start you off with this mind-blowing method.

 

 

And keep an eye out for her Craftsy class coming out soon, where you can have one-on-one class time with her.  At QuiltCon, Cristy showed us the quilts she will be teaching in her Craftsy class, and they are incredible.  I mean really, really gorgeous. I can’t wait to enroll in it as soon as it’s available!

If you have any tips or recommendations or tutorials to share, go ahead and link up below!




The Sum is Greater than its Parts

I have a dear friend who is expecting a little girl named Sadie. Now you might think that this is not a unique story but before you scroll down to look at the pictures of the quilt let me tell you……this is quite the story.
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I met Michela and Joe a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with them. They are one of the sweetest and loving couples we’ve ever met. I had no idea that they were struggling with getting pregnant and I certainly had no idea that her life hung in the balance through this journey to start a family. I’ll let Michela tell you more….
Many of us have spent the majority of our young adulthood trying to avoid starting a family before we are ready, and we often assume that when we are ready, our responsibility will be rewarded –
 
POOF! A baby!
 
 
This is not the case for many struggling with infertility issues, and the bumps just keep on coming, just not the “bump” we are waiting for.
 
In November of 2013 my husband and I saw those two beautiful pink lines you always dream of and began planning our life with a child on the way.  Shortly after, we knew something was wrong. Upon getting an ultrasound, the doctors could not “find” the pregnancy.  Hearing a doctor refer to your precious child as a pregnancy that could not be located is Earth shattering. After weeks, the doctor tried again unsuccessfully to “locate” the baby and diagnosed us as having an ectopic pregnancy and could not be kept. Later, I had excruciating pain in my abdomen and we went to the hospital to find out I  had severe internal bleeding and was quickly rushed to emergency surgery for a ruptured fallopian tube.  Within hours, I would die if it was not fixed because of the severity of the bleeding. They had to completely remove my right fallopian tube and I was left at home in bed to heal and process what happened, or try to. 
 
We were told in 3 months we could try again with my one remaining tube and although our chances of pregnancy were reduced by 50%, there was a good chance every other month.  Three months later we picked ourselves up to try again and sure enough, there they were, those beautiful pink lines again.  The day following the test, I felt those familiar pains that could only be recognizable by the severity of what I had experienced before and less than 24 hours after finding out we were pregnant again, I was taken to a second emergency surgery for a ruptured ectopic on my other side. They had to remove my left fallopian tube in order to save my life.
 
I have asked the question time and time again- why me? Why us? What did I do to deserve this? And I’ve found peace in the fact that sometimes there is no answer, there is just progress and moving forward in life.  
 
At 28 years old I lost my chances of conceiving a healthy child naturally. We turned to thoughts of in vitro fertilization. Luckily the doctor had frozen my eggs, so there was still hope.  Desperate for any relief to my emotional pain and loss, my husband and I agreed we would do whatever it takes to have a family.  We set up a fundraiser page and shared our experience with our friends and family.  We had hidden it from most, I had lied to friends about why I was missing for a while and we tried to smile through it, but the real emotion came for us when we did open our story to our friends and family and trusted them to lift us back up. 
 
By the grace of God, donations began pouring in.  Those who know us know that we do not ask for anything from others and we are private people.  With such an immensely emotional and heartbreaking time,  I do not think I would have survived had we not shared our story.  It allowed us to mourn not only my loss of feeling like a woman and the physical pain I endured, but the emotional loss of two children that were supposed to be our babies.  After a few weeks, the donations continued until we raised enough to pay for the majority of our in vitro process. 
 
When I start to ask why this happened to us, I try and remember what else has happened that I do not question- the fact that I survived both ordeals, the amazing emotional and financial support of family and friends, the fact that I have a wonderful spouse to spend my life with and most of all in this story, the blessing that in vitro was successful and we are expecting our baby girl in April of 2015. 
 
If told before what I would have to endure, I would have said I could not.  If told after the first time that it would happen again, I wouldn’t have believed it.  But sometimes, we have to realize how much stronger we truly are than what our minds limit us to, and know that somewhere, somehow, things will always get better.  
When Michela contacted me asking if I could make her a quilt to commemorate the people who helped make Sadie’s life possible, I was already on my way to the quilt store before I even finished reading the email on my phone.
She wanted it simple……. Very simple. Like an all white quilt with black script quilting kind of simple. Black and white were her colors.
Hmmmm….this was going to be tougher than I thought. Surely a toddler could not be trusted with an all white quilt and knowing me, I was going to have a hard time keeping it so simple.
Then the ideas flowed: plus signs would be cool and have some sentimental value. Oh! and I have some of that Michael Miller Glitz white fabric with gold metallic ombre polka dots. Oh! and I also have some of the cherished Ikea Brittan script numeral fabric for backing. Again, simple but not too simple; and most of all it tells a little about their story and the many people that came together to make a dream come true.
I stitched the name of each friend who donated money to help Michela and Joe pay for the extraordinarily expensive in vitro process.
Each time they look at this quilt, they can remember the beauty of having friends and family who love you enough to sacrifice for you.
And I hope it will help Michela and Joe tell Sadie the story, and show her the power of the collective love that surrounds her.
After all, the sum is always greater than its parts.
 Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday… then on to my shopping and classes at QuiltCon!

Tip and Tutorials Tuesday (Linky Party): The Simple Wishes Baby Quilt Tutorial

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Last week’s Tips and Tutorials Tuesday was so much fun!  Thank you to everyone who linked up with their awesome blog posts.  I hope you will link up again, as you have tips, tutorials, and recommendations to share with others.

The most popular link of the week was by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl….for her “Tech Talk Tutorial… Blogging Tips“. You clearly hit on a topic that we all are trying to master; so thanks for all the great information in a tidy little blog post package.

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I will send your prize your way! (a charm pack of V. and Co’s Color Theory).

I hope to create a compendium with all the links from Tips and Tutorials Tuesday, so readers can scroll through and find information about topics that interest them.  I’ll be working on this project a little at a time, so if you have ideas about how best to organize it, let me know!

As for next week’s Tips and Tutorials Tuesday, the prize for the most popular link will be one of our pretty little fabric necklaces that we featured in last week’s tutorial!

This week, I wanted to share with you my tutorial for a new quilt pattern called Simple Wishes.  It measures 51.5″ x 55″, and it uses Moda’s pink Ombre fabric by V. and Co.  It’s featured this week over at Moda Bake Shopso if you’d like a printable version of the instructions, hop on over there and click on the PDF.

Stephanie Palmer Simple Wishes Cover Image

Simple Wishes is the first quilt that my daughter Sophie and I have made together.  She’s 7 years old, and has just started to become interested in my sewing machine.  So we sat down and sketched out some ideas together, talked about the quilt-math to figure out dimensions and measurements, sewed the hearts together (I even let her sit there and sew by herself a bit), ripped seams together, re-stitched seams together, and had a wonderful time bonding over the sewing machine.  We’re both so happy with the result, and hope you like it too.

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Now it’s your turn to link up and show ‘em what you’ve got.



Sunday Stash and My New Sponsor

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Tula Pink!

My post-QuiltCon to-do list is getting longer and longer by the minute. I’m just desperately hoping I can get the things on my current list done by Wednesday, when the party in Austin gets started.

At the top of my After Quilt-Con list, is to make a sweet and simple (my favorite kind) baby quilt for my friend Lori, using some new fabrics she picked out at Valli & Kim Quilt Shop — my new sponsor!

Lori’s expecting her first grand baby, and she’s crazy, out-of-control excited! She asked if I could make a keepsake quilt for the new baby, and I was honored to oblige.

So I sent Lori over to see Kim, of Valli & Kim’s in Dripping Springs, Texas, and they picked out this sweet bundle of pink and gray fabrics for me to work with.  The Tula Pink birch trees will be the focus fabric, with all these little beauties as accents.

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I suggested that we use this extra-wide fabric by Windham for the backing.  It’s 108″ inches, and an all-around classic.

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If you’re coming to Austin any time soon, you’ve got to visit Valli & Kim (they’ll have a booth at QuiltCon!).  They carry all your favorite designer fabrics, Art Gallery, Free Spirit, Kaffe Fasset, and a million others…. and most importantly, they have the nicest staff.

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The store was recently featured in Better Homes and Gardens’ Quilt Sampler Magazine for one of the best shops in 2014. I am so thrilled that they are going to sponsor my blog and supply pretty fabric prizes for my contests and giveaways!

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So now that we have all these pretty, girly fabrics, the question is… what to sew?  I think Lori and I have a direction, but what do you think?  Here are some of my favorite free patterns available on the blogosphere. What do you think?

1. By Sew Adorable Fabrics

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2. By Taffy Talk

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3. By CB Handmade using pattern from See Kate Sew

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4. By Bijou Lovely

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Well, I better get going.  I’ve got a lot of sewing to finish up by Wednesday!

I’m linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.

Finish it Up Friday… DIY Fabric Mood Necklace

We’ve had great success with our first ever Tips and Tutorials Linky party.  If you didn’t get a chance to link up, there’s still time. It’s open til Monday.  You can even use one of your older blog posts. Just link up with a little sewing tip, a tutorial or info about a sewing product you love.

There will be another one next week too, starting on Tuesday. And there’s a prize for the most popular blogger link each week for the month of February!!!

Check out all the cool tips and tutorials posted by other bloggers over there, vote for your favorite (most popular wins a prize), and come right back, to check out the tutorial for our DIY Fabric Mood Necklace that we finished up this week.

And by the way, I did finish up my bag for QuiltCon.  Here’s a picture of it we took yesterday.  Although it was a sewing debacle, (you can read about that here) I still love it.

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Now, here’s that DIY necklace tutorial we finished this week.

Necklace 1

I love these necklaces so much!  Once you’ve gathered your materials, they only take about 10 minutes to complete.

In fact, they’re so easy, you can change the fabric to suit your mood each day! They kind of remind me of those old mood rings we all used to have…. today my mood is Scrumptious.  But tomorrow, it might be Architextures.

We’ve got a whole bunch of these adorable necklaces that we’re working on now, and we’ll be putting them up in our Etsy store!  Keep an eye out!  If you don’t have time to make your own and you’d like to order one, just comment on this post and I’ll email you.

Here are the materials you’ll need:

A jewelry setting (see below) and chain

A scrap of fabric that’s about 1/2″ bigger than your setting, on all sides

A scrap of batting that is cut to the shape of the inner portion of your setting (optional)

A needle and thread and small scissors

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To begin, let’s talk about the jewelry setting.  Here is an example of one:

jewelry setting

I buy my settings from an Etsy shop called Kailea. She carries settings in all shapes and sizes, so you are sure to find one that’s perfect for you.  Michael’s occasionally has them, but they are usually more ornate than I like, so I prefer to purchase the simple, silver type.

Sometimes the settings come in two pieces, like the one I am showing in this tutorial, and sometimes they come in three pieces, as shown in the picture below. I prefer the three-piece kind, because it has a backing that covers up your extra fabric and basting stitches.

jewelry setting in 3 pieces

Step 1:

Place your setting on top of the scrap of batting. Trace around the jewelry setting with a fine tip pen.

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Step 2

Cut out the shape you traced using a small pair of scissors.

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Step 3

Set the fabric scrap and cut out batting on top of the insert of your setting.  Fold the fabric over to the back side of the setting insert.

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Step 4

With a needle and thread, sew a running stitch around the backside of the setting, much like you would do when basting hexagons in English Paper Piecing.  Fold the fabric over onto itself as you move around the setting. No one will see these stitches, so don’t worry if they’re ugly! Pull the stitches tight at the end, and secure with a knot on the back side of the setting.

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Step 5

Place the frame (with the metal tabs) on top of the setting insert.  Make sure that the fabric is smooth on the front.  Trim the back if any of your fabric looks too bulky.  If you have a backing, place it on the back of your setting insert to cover up those ugly basting stitches. Press the metal tabs down (you may need to use tweezers or needle nosed pliers so you don’t hurt your fingers).

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Step 6

Add your chain, and enjoy!!

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Here’s one with a little fussy cut Anna Maria Horner print:

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I hope you get a chance to unwind and make one of these for yourself in between your other projects.  If you do, show us on instagram, #fabricmoodnecklace. 

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Last thing… here’s a sneak peak of Stephanie’s upcoming tutorial on Moda Bake Shop!

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Linking up to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!

Work In Progress – A Bag for QuiltCon and A Headache

Hey there – did you link up to our new Tips and Tutorials Linky party yesterday??  You still can!  It’s open all week, and you can even use an older blog post. There will be another one next week too. And there’s a prize for the most popular blogger link!!!  Check out all the cool tips and tutorials posted by other bloggers over there, vote for your favorite, and come right back, because I have a little story to tell you.

So……

Apparently, I was not put on this earth to make bags. I try and try. But perfection eludes me.

I admit, I may have been in over my head with this one from the beginning.
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It seemed like the perfect bag… I utilitarian sewist’s dream come true. It has four zipper pouches on the outside, one on the inside, a zipper on top so nothing will ever fall out, and one last big, fat zipper right in the middle that opens to EXPAND the bag! Come on. That’s cool.

It’s from a book called Purses, Bags and Totes — Moya’s Workshop. There are a ton of pictures showing you how to put it together.  More like a blogger’s tutorial rather than a traditional pattern.

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I was so excited to start it.  I’ll have to buy more stuff just to fill all those little zipper pockets!

It’s the perfect bag to bring to QuiltCon, the modern quilter’s convention here in Austin next week. And after I use it for a few days, it would make a perfect gift for my mom. (What? You’ve never borrowed your mom’s gifts before giving them to her? Well, yeah, I know it’s a little weird, but she’s my mom. I swear she won’t mind.)

I had to have it. I mean…. I had to have it so I can give it to my mom.
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But you don’t really know how to sew zippers, that little voice in my head said.

I ignored it. (Snort.)

Your last bag had more puckers than Bruce Jenner’s face on the cover of Us magazine.

Shut up. How hard can it be? I replied to myself.

Well….. a month later, let me tell you. It’s bloody hard.

Bag sewists around the world, I bow down to you. I will never curse you again when I shell out over $200 for a beautifully made bag.

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Things started out on the right track…. I cut the pieces sort of accurately. I interfaced them pretty thoroughly. Maybe the red zippers went in a little crooked… but no worries, if I just tilt my head to the left a little when I look at it, I can barely tell.

The beautiful expandable center has the most adorable black and white dragonfly print on the inside. When you open up that zipper, and look at that print, you just shiver thinking of the ridiculous number of hours that went into making it.

I wish I could show you that cute expandable center, I really do. BUT I CAN’T.

Do you know why I can’t????

Because the zipper fell off right before I sewed the band to the top of the bag.

Right after it fell off, I heard the baby crying, and I slipped the zipper pull into one of the red zipper pouches so I wouldn’t lose it. I ran to the baby’s room and listened at her door until she quieted, barely breathing lest she hear me, and then tiptoed back to my sewing machine.

Whew. That was close, I thought. I almost didn’t get to finish the top of this bag tonight.  That would have sucked.  I grinned, and got back to work, and sewed on the top panel above the big, fat center zipper. I added the handles, added the last zipper on the very top of the bag and the binding around the outside edge.  And then went to bed.

The next morning, over my morning coffee, I paused to admire my work.  Ahhhhh, lovely.

And then I saw it!

What the F*#%  ?!?!?!?!!?

There’s NO zipper pull on the external expandable panel!!!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

I feverishly opened that little red zipper pouch, and there it was.  Right where I left it.

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Not attached to my bag.

That pretty expandable panel will never expand again.

I know, I know, a more perfectionistic sewist would rip it out and do it right.

But I’m not that girl.  I’d rather shed a few tears, take some Advil from the resulting headache, and then move on.

Let’s not forget, I still have the abominable binding to hand stitch on.  And I’m pretty sure I’m doing that wrong too.  So let’s just get this thing over with, right?

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I’ll lovingly remember my expandable panel… I’ll pay homage to it through this post.  But I absolutely will not redo it.  Ce la vie. Mom won’t mind.

And maybe the lack of the expandable dragonfly-print panel will save me a few bucks at QuiltCon. Cuz, you know, I’ll be able to fit one less yard of that new Cotton & Steel print in my bag. Sigh

I’m linking up to Work in Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced and Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

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Tips and Tutorials Tuesday (A New Linky Party): And DIY Fabric Mood Necklace

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We are so excited to announce our new weekly Linky party called Tips and Tutorials Tuesday.

Each Tuesday, we’ll offer a quick sewing tip, highlight a favorite product we can’t live without, or offer a tutorial for a project. We invite you to do the same! Link up here, steal our button for your blog, and share the knowledge that you’ve got! It doesn’t have to be a recent post.  Feel free to link up to anything you think others would like to see.

Scroll to the bottom of this post to add your link!

We blog in the quilting world to share information, to improve our skills, to challenge ourselves, and to learn. We hope this new linky party will help us achieve all of these goals.

Guidelines for the Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays Linky Party:

1) The link up will be live on Tuesdays, and will be open til the next Monday night.

2) Your post should have something to do with a sewing tip, a tutorial or a sewing related product you can’t live without.

3) Your linked up post does not have to be a brand new one… feel free to use an older, or freshly re-purposed post. We all have so many great tips and tutorials buried in our blogs. This is a great opportunity to show those off.

4) For the first month, there will be a prize awarded each week to one of the linked up bloggers! The person who has the most popular Tip or Tutorial wins. I am trying out a function using Linky Tools that will allow us all to vote for the best post. The winner of the linky will be announced on the following Tuesday when the next round opens.

5) Just go to my blog www.latenightquilter.com to enter. Scroll to the bottom of the Tuesday post and click on the linky icon, and it’s a piece of cake from there.

6) Grab the button using the HTML on my sidebar and add it to your post, linking your post back up to my blog.

7) Visit and vote on your other favorite links!

What’s today’s prize for the winning entry? We have a colorful, modern charm pack of Color Theory by V and Co for Moda!

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Now… for our first link up day, Michelle and I are offering a fun and easy tutorial for gorgeous, DIY Fabric Mood Necklaces (IG #moodnecklace).

Necklace 1

 

I love these necklaces so much!  Once you’ve gathered your materials, they only take about 10 minutes to complete.

In fact, they’re so easy, you can change the fabric to suit your mood each day! They kind of remind me of those old mood rings we all used to have…. today my mood is Scrumptious.  But tomorrow, it might be Architextures.

We’ve got a whole bunch of these adorable necklaces that we’re working on now, and we’ll be putting them up in our Etsy store!  Keep an eye out!

 

Here are the materials you’ll need:

A jewelry setting (see below) and chain

A scrap of fabric that’s about 1/2″ bigger than your setting, on all sides

A scrap of batting that is cut to the shape of the inner portion of your setting (optional)

A needle and thread and small scissors

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To begin, let’s talk about the jewelry setting.  Here is an example of one:

jewelry setting

I buy my settings from an Etsy shop called Kailea. She carries settings in all shapes and sizes, so you are sure to find one that’s perfect for you.  Michael’s occasionally has them, but they are usually more ornate than I like, so I prefer to purchase the simple, silver type.

Sometimes the settings come in two pieces, like the one I am showing in this tutorial, and sometimes they come in three pieces, as shown in the picture below. I prefer the three-piece kind, because it has a backing that covers up your extra fabric and basting stitches.

jewelry setting in 3 pieces

Step 1:

Place your setting on top of the scrap of batting. Trace around the jewelry setting with a fine tip pen.

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Step 2

Cut out the shape you traced using a small pair of scissors.

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Step 3

Set the fabric scrap and cut out batting on top of the insert of your setting.  Fold the fabric over to the back side of the setting insert.

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Step 4

With a needle and thread, sew a running stitch around the backside of the setting, much like you would do when basting hexagons in English Paper Piecing.  Fold the fabric over onto itself as you move around the setting. No one will see these stitches, so don’t worry if they’re ugly! Pull the stitches tight at the end, and secure with a knot on the back side of the setting.

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Step 5

Place the frame (with the metal tabs) on top of the setting insert.  Make sure that the fabric is smooth on the front.  Trim the back if any of your fabric looks too bulky.  If you have a backing, place it on the back of your setting insert to cover up those ugly basting stitches. Press the metal tabs down (you may need to use tweezers or needle nosed pliers so you don’t hurt your fingers).

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Step 6

Add your chain, and enjoy!!

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Here’s one with a little fussy cut Anna Maria Horner print:

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I hope you get a chance to unwind and make one of these for yourself in between your other projects.  If you do, show us on instagram, #moodnecklace. 

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Sunday Stash – Doe by C. Friedlander

Have you gotten a close look at the textures of the Doe line, by Carolyn Friedlander? If not, this post is for you.  If you have, well then…. you have to admit, they’re worth seeing again.

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As a longarmer, I’m not surprised that I love this fabric line, because longarmers are notorious for having an obsession with texture.  In fact, texture is the whole reason many of us quilt.

With these powerful but neutral graphic prints, Carolyn has nailed it again. They are fantastic mixers to use with other pops of color, but they also provide the most fantastic overall look. I swear, the combination of these textures stimulates the brain and challenges you to look twice to consider how the patterns interact, compliment and impact one another other.

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And have you seen what my friend Melanie from Mel in the Attic has done with Doe? This is her Peek block, which I predict will take the quilt world by storm.  She’ll be releasing the pattern for it this Spring, and you can see her original Peek quilt in bold orange and white solids at QuiltCon in two weeks.  I can’t wait to see it in person.

Peek block in doe

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I’ll end on my favorite picture. The beauty of an unused jelly roll.  There just so pretty, it’s hard to bust them open. But since I have, I’ll just hang onto this picture for posterity.

 

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I’m linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.  Can’t wait to see some gorgeous fabric over there!

Molli Sparkles

Circle Lattice Quilt Finished!

 

Circle Lattice 1A finish for Friday!!  Nothing makes me happier…

This week, I tied up all the loose ends on my version of Carolyn Friedlander’s Circle Lattice quilt.

I went with a bold, complementary color scheme of blue and orange, with some white for the negative space.  It measures 46″ x 46″. I quilted it with on my Bernina with simple swirls, and I’m loving it!  It’s up in our Etsy shop if you happen to need a last minute baby gift.

I bought Carolyn’s recent book several months ago when she came to visit our guild.  That night, Stephanie and I had brought our Love Triangle quilt to show our friends at the meeting… we had no idea Carolyn would be there.  Ironically, we had used her Architectures print on the back of the Love Triangle quilt, so we were thrilled to have a chance to show her.

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We both love Carolyn’s fabric and use it every chance we get (Stephanie is obsessed with Doe at this moment, so don’t be surprised if you see a post on that sometime soon).

I flipped through the book while we were still at the meeting, and knew I had to make Circle Lattice as soon as I could.

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The motif is applied with raw edge applique, and I used a small zig zag stitch around the edges.

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I’m linking up to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Can I get a Whoop Whoop, Fabric Frenzy Friday, and Link A Finish Friday. Whew.


Fort Worth Fabric Studio

 

Hope to see you there.