Monday, March 16, 2015

Fantasia by Sara Lawson

I had the opportunity to work with Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness new fabric line called Fantasia recently. I love the feel of Art Gallery fabrics, they were a pleasure to work with! I wanted a picture with Holly in it because she is 5'5" and I wanted you to see how far it hangs.

My favorite print is definitely the unicorn in the grey color way. It resembles a chalk board and I love the storybook quality! The cute novelty prints in this line are the mushrooms & horseshoes~ great for fussy cutting and accents.

 The small floral is so pretty, I put it inside the bag. It comes in both pink and teal & would make great clothing. Thank you Sara for letting me play with your new collection! The bag will be listed in my shop in the next few days here. The collection should be available by the end of this month!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Caravelle Arcade

Jennifer sent me her newest fabric line, Caravelle Arcade, due out in May to play with. I made my usual random patchwork and was overjoyed at the fabulous color ranges in this line!

I took the finished blanket to the local Santa Monica mountains to get some pictures with the vivid green that covers our area this time of year. Unfortunately, it was super windy and light was fading fast, but I had Holly help me get some pictures!




Next, I decided to try the mini dresden using my tiny scraps and used the tutorial from Amanda at Westwood Acres.


I also made a selvage flap purse with some more scraps. Even though there isn't any navy in Caravelle Arcade, I love the contrast with the other colors. Jennifer's fabrics always play well together!

Below is a fabric grouping I put together combining Caravelle Arcade with her past collections as well as the newest Jenny Eliza due in Joann stores any day now if not already! If you love this collection as much as I do, you can preorder a blanket in my shop here



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Farmers Wife Blocks

I'm really enjoying the Farmer's Wife Quilt book. I work on a block here and there choosing fabrics on a daily whim. It's been a fun side project & process. This quilt will be all mine (which is rare)!  I thought I'd share my blocks so far. If you are looking for perfection, you won't find them here! Tiny piecing is new to me and I enjoy the challenge & embrace my mistakes. When it's finished it will definitely look hand made!

A few things I've decided in the process: I'm not making every single block.  Some blocks have millions of pieces and I just don't enjoy that. My mistakes multiply and I get frustrated spending so much time on something that doesn't line up in so many places. 

I figured out that my Bernina 350 pieces way more accurately than my Juki TL 2000. The Juki is so heavy duty that it's not easy on the delicate pieces like the Bernina. So, after so many blocks, I'm only piecing them on the Bernina.

I'm drawn to navy & red in these blocks often buying fabrics that fit that mold even though I have  SO. MUCH. FABRIC! I decided to make the blocks without regard to my house colors, just fabrics & combinations that excite me.

I love being able to use some fabrics I've held onto because I can use really small scraps. Ideally, these blocks should all be from scraps, but I can't help pulling from my stash!

Those tiny bit of Susan Branch pie fabric is one of my favorites and I had just a teeny piece of it. Perfect use!

Hope you're inspired to make a quilt for yourself! I feel like these blocks reflect me in some sort of way and when it's done it will be a piece of me to pass on to my kids.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Good Company Love

I've been having lots of fun playing with sample yardage from Jennifer Paganelli's upcoming line, Good Company due out in November. I'm crazy for her color combinations and this time around I especially love the periwinkle/pink combo with the shot of yellow. I got out my beloved Casey Scroll fabric and used almost all of it for the exterior of my purse. (I did save some for quilts)



The strap & interior are Jane from Superfly. I used scraps from the random patchwork blanket I made her out of the fabrics. The back pocket was a great place to showcase some of the prints.




Below is the blanket ( I call it a blanket if it's minky backed with no batting in between or quilting).
I am taking preorders if anyone is interested. The fabric line will be out in November!




Friday, June 20, 2014

Love for Clara

When I heard about designer Sandi Henderson's  baby, Clara, was born with congenital heart defect, pulmonary stenosis with an insufficient tricuspid & a fundraiser was started to help cover all costs associated with getting this sweet baby healthy, I knew I wanted to donate a blanket made with all her fabrics. I pulled together fabrics from Farmer's Market, Meadowsweet & Secret Garden.  It's a 32x48 patchwork and minky blanket with medium pink minky dimple dot on the other side.  Perfect for a baby, toddler or child.
 Here is a link to the You Caring site where you can make a direction donation & read updates on Clara. Here is the blog with all the info on the fundraiser including all the items donated. For each dollar you donate, you are entered into a drawing for one of the items on the list. Hope you can help!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Jenny Eliza

Coming to a Joann Fabrics near you in July is Jennifer Paganelli's debut collection for them called Jenny Eliza. I had the privilege of sewing all the prints into one of my random patchwork minky blankets for her. I have to say I really love the quality! They all feel wonderful! The colors are vibrant and eclectic just as Jennifer always designs. You will not be disappointed! Click on the pictures to get a closer look.

Based on everyone's reaction to this line, it will sell out quickly! Right now Jennifer is giving away one of these blankets size 40x56 which is a perfect size for a small throw or it will fit a toddler bed nicely. Pictured below is Holly so you can see comparatively how big it is.

You just need to visit the Jenny Eliza Facebook page and like it. Then, comment on the photo that shows the blanket and you could win it! Then you can see for yourself how amazing these prints are. They are so summery and pretty! They also blend will with Jennifer's other lines, especially 
Beauty Queen Hope you win! If not, it will be available as a preorder in my shop!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Relay For Life Giveaway & Sponsorship

My daughter, Holly, decided to form a Relay for Life team at her high school and walk in honor of me & my breast cancer journey last year. She and her friends came up with the name, "Think Pink". I decided to also join her team and I will participate in all the survivor events. I really feel like this will feel like I am coming full circle in my breast cancer journey. As of today, I've had 3 clear blood tests, praise God! My hair is growing back curly & I'm really enjoying good health with lots of energy!

I decided that I wanted to give something to someone to thank them for their donation to support the team. If you donate $20 or more I will put your name in a drawing to win this messenger bag made by me with all Jennifer Paganelli fabrics. The outside is all of her newest Beauty Queen coming out in May.

The inside is Lucky Girl and Happy Land, both previous Jennifer Paganelli fabric lines.

The inside has 4 divided pockets & the outside 2 small and one large. There is a magnetic closure. The outside is entirely patchwork! It is valued at $95. I will also pay for shipping either within the US or internationally, but if you are international, you are responsible for your customs charges.

If you want to donate, here is the link to my page for Relay for Life. The relay is May 10th & I'll draw a winner that weekend. Any donation in any amount is appreciated! Thank you in advance for your donation! PLEASE COMMENT HERE IF YOU DONATE!

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