Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Daylight Company Brand Ambassador

I've been up to a little something and I couldn't be more excited about it. Quilt market is always fun, but it's even more fun when you can connect with a group of folks with an awesome product like Daylight Company and instantly hit it off.


Remember that pic I just shared recently of my Sizzix Applique Doll block up on my studio window so you can see the seams better and make sure they are all tucked in? Here it is below...

Well, mama's got a brand new toy and no longer has need for taping anything to any window.

If you haven't heard of the Wafer Lightbox yet - you have to check it out. This Wafer light box is so thin and portable and amazing! My mom used to make her own (huge) light boxes (because she was an art teacher but also worked at the Color Place and did layouts and such, and taught kids how to make their own). But I have never had time for that, nor have I ever had the tools to make one or space to keep it.

I walked into their booth at market and started asking loads of questions because I wanted to leave market with one in my hands. Then some friends came up and it was an instant party. Nicole from Modern Handcraft was there because she is one of their Brand Ambassadors and the more we talked the more I knew I wanted to work with this company. I'm excited to say I am now one of the Daylight Company Brand Ambassadors too and I just had to make them a little block of their Daylight Bulb Logo to say thank you. I wanted to capture the general color in the fabric, but also the glow of light in the logo. The bright spot was improv so they can show customers at shows some of it was paper pieces and some was sewn prior to starting the block.

I did a little Instagram story showing how it can be really bright or just a little bright which is great because during the day there is so much light in my studio it's hard too see unless the tablet is really bright. But at night - I won't need it at 100%. I'll try to see if I can upload that here.

I hope you'll have to check out all of the other lamps and lights they also have on the Daylight Company website - I'm eyeing one of their floor lamps now that my eyes are having trouble seeing tiny needles and hexies in the dark. Please be sure to sign up for my emails to get info about new patterns, new Sizzix dies, future sales or coupons and other fun stuff.




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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Neptune and Mermaid Tote Bag

Nancy over at Free Spirit graciously asked me to make something with their newest fabric designer's line "Neptune and Mermaid" by Toyko Milk. There's so much I'd love to make with it (because it's just that versatile), but I started off with this fun in the sun, Beach Tote bag. My daughter's love it so much, they each want one, which shouldn't be a problem since there are so many possibilities with all the beautiful prints.
This tote bag has 4 large pockets, one on each side and one in the front as well as the back. I used some Soft and Stable from ByAnnie to keep it from flopping over in the sand (because no one wants sand in their bag). I also decided this fushia glitter vinyl I purchased from SewSweetness was the perfect match for the flowers in this "Lost Atlantis - Aqua" print and perfect for keeping the water out of the bottom of my bag. Salt water and sunshine are the two worst things for vibrant fabrics - so I'll be sure to keep it dry and behind my beach chair during future outings.

I kept the FMquilting simple by following the organic movement of the fish, flowers, and mermaids to accentuate them a little more. I accidentally sewed the straps onto the bag across from each other, and had to quickly correct that, so when you are making a bag of any kind...don't pull a Kerry on your straps! lol. And PSA: don't use a thin needle like I did with your vinyl! Sara told me I should have used a denim or leather weight needle and would likely not have broken two needles...if they were thicker.
I'm currently debating which prints to use for the next tote bag but think I'm sticking with these. I love the bathing suits in the Song of the Siren/ What Would Poseidon Say? prints and love the aqua with the lime green colorings. Of course I also still love those pops of pink flowers too.

I'm so excited summer is coming right around the corner and excited to bring my new beach tote with me for a day of relaxing! Thank you to Free Spirit for allowing me to work with these gorgeous fabrics and to ByAnnie for providing me with Soft and Stable whenever I need it!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Kid Giddy Sizzix Doll Appliqué Sew Along - Block 1

Hi everyone,
Sometimes the best laid plans are still not enough to give me more time on the clock. Last year I finally got around to finishing my Ballerina Doll Quilt, but wanted to have even more fun and make 9 applique doll blocks to put into one huge quilt. I thought there might be some other sewists out there that would join me in sewing together. You can make your blocks into a quilt as I am planning on doing, or you can make 9 different blocks and use them individually. As individual blocks, they could be great as tools in a Homeschool or Montessori style class room. They can be fully sewn or made to be a "get the doll dressed" style block that helps to teach specific skills.

This is the first Kid Giddy Doll Applique block using my Kid Giddy Sizzix Doll die for a fun 9 block quilt along I'm hosting throughout the rest of the year. This first block represents April Showers. You can make each of your blocks similar to mine, or you can create your very own blocks. Later on, some of my blocks may use a combo of the Sizzix Kid Giddy Doll die (for the head and body) and the Sizzix Kid Giddy Fox die (for the arms and legs) as I did for the first Ballerina Doll block above.

Before we get started, here are some basic tidbits of info you may find helpful:
In order to use the die, you'll need a Sizzix Big Shot Machine (if you can get the Big Shot Plus - you can use all of my dies on it) and the BigZ XL 25" cutting pads. You can use the smaller cutting pads for some parts, but not for the legs as they are longer than the shortest pads.

What you'll need for each block:
1) 1 Fat Eighth of skin tone fabric of choice. Depending on how you choose to sew your doll applique blocks, you may need less. (1 Fat Qtr will be enough for 2 doll blocks, or 1 stuffed doll).
2) Background Fabric (I used white) - 13" x 18" (or larger if desired). 
3) Other materials will depend on the doll you wish to make (additional quilters cotton prints and wool felt for hair if desired).
4) Glue, Fine glue tip and Iron are helpful for glue basting your pieces in place.
5) Bright thread for stitch basting and matching thread for needle turn applique or raw edge applique.
6) Create A Pattern paper for designing any extra pieces (as I did for the jacket, hood and raindrops).

I have decided that I am going to needle turn all of my blocks. I just love the look of needle turn applique, but understand some others may prefer to raw edge applique. For those that also wish to needle turn applique, but haven't done so yet, I learned some great techniques from Carolyn Friedlander's CreativeBug class (not an affiliate link). If you are going to raw edge applique your blocks, you should use an iron on fusible stabilizer prior to cutting out your pieces on the die. Some steps may vary for raw edge appliquers but may not all be noted.

To Start sewing your block:
Step 1: Sew the doll and head pieces together, placing right sides together and using a 1/4" seam allowance. (You may notice in the later pics, I also sewed the boots to the bottom of the legs and the raincoat sleeves to the hands. I cut off the excess skin colored fabric underneath)
Step 2: Place your doll pieces down on your block background as desired (mine are centered but your design may not work best if centered). Lightly glue baste each piece to be sure correct placement at first (as this can be moved around if necessary). Using your brighter thread, stitch the pieces in place 1/2" away from the seam allowance. Clip and notch your curves (within the 1/4" seam allowance - not at, and not more than) to reduce the bulk around the edges (see pic below).

Step 3: While I am needle turning, I love using the two products: the Dritz squishy Thimble grips, and the Thread Cutterz ring. I have bought many and have them all scattered throughout my house and may mom and sister's houses too. lol.
Turn under your edges and stitch in place.

Step 4: When sewing the arms in place, make sure they are going to still be under the body portion when the body is turned 1/4" under too. Note that the little thumbs are pretty awkward, but the stitch basting here really helps.

Step 5: If you hold your block up to a light source, you can see one of my corners just barely makes it under the body edge (on the right hand side). I'll be sure to tuck it in the better on the next block. You may also see here that I have tucked the legs further up than normal. I wanted this one and all of mine to look younger and therefore shorter. Again, you can make your blocks as you would like, just be sure your blocks are all the same size in the end if you want uniformity, and that your blocks are large enough to accommodate your design.

Step 6: Continue adding and sewing all of your detail pieces as you'd like, as I'm doing with the hood, jacket panels and raindrops to complete your block, staying within the 1/4" - 1/2" seam allowance. I've decided to leave the jacket pieces unsewn on the inside and bottom edges. This will allow her jacket to move around. If you decided to add this type of feature, double roll the edges, glue baste and top stitch to secure the hems.

Step 7: Add a face as desired. This can be drawn with fabric markers, sewn with an embroidery machine (test on an extra face piece first), or hand embroidered (as I did for the first time ever below). I haven't decided how I am going to do their faces - I think I need some embroidery lessons or something - so the faces may come later. This one is from my Ballerina. Unplanned and noticeably so.  But I loved her little heart lips and those eye lashes!


Step 8: Once you have all of your pieces sewn, you can cut off the excess background from the back if you prefer, following the basting thread stitches. Be sure not to cut the front pieces and do not cut too close to the sewn edges (not shown). Remove the basting stitches.

Because this tutorial and sew along was supposed to start in April, I'm already a month behind my own schedule. I will be posting two blocks in June, unless I get May's block done sooner. As you can see, this is a pretty casual sew along. If you have any questions about this tutorial, please leave me a comment below so I can answer it for all to see and benefit from as well. I would really love to see your doll blocks. Please be sure to tag #kidgiddy on IG. I will be opening my KidGiddy Group up again on FB for sharing as well after I return from Quilt Market.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Dandy Drive QAL Week 4

Hey everyone - it's week 4 of Quilter Pat Sloan and Sarah J Maxwell's Dandy Drive. This week is all about the butterflies. Week 1 was the 9 patch blocks, week 2 was putting together the outer flower pieces (as shown below) and last week the stem blocks.
These buttterflies (above) don't have their outer background pieces on them but will eventually when. I have more white fabric. 
Who knew I would go through a bolt of white so quickly. I had some for these two below and love how they are starting to look with all the flowers and my one stem block (again waiting for more white). 

If you are new to this quilt along - Pat and Sarah have some fun things planned with prizes each week and the pattern is...FREE! You can download the PDF files each week over on Sarah's website Designs By Sarah J. I'm making my quilt with some of my hoarded Heather Bailey's Up Parasol fabric collection as well as some prints from her True Colors and Lottie Da collections. To get started you can check out the yardage info here (Sarah's Dandy Drive Yardage Requirements).

Pat and Sarah put together a really fun group of friends for this sew along too. Need some inspiration? Check out everyone else's blocks by clicking the links below to see all the possibilities. I'll be sharing more of my blocks on my Kid Giddy IG and Facebook too throughout the week.

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group
Sarah: Facebook/Instagram /HomesteadHearth 
Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram
Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram
Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
http://blog.patsloan.com/2017/04/free-sew-along-dandy-drive-block-4.htmlSo the prize this week. . . they want to give one lucky participant a Dandy Days FQ bundle. Head over to Pat's website (click the image above) and simply enter a pic of your block via the blue button link on her post.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm looking forward to seeing all of your butterfly blocks.




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Friday, April 21, 2017

Dandy Drive QAL Week 3

Good morning everyone!

I missed posting last week here on my blog - but if you are following my on IG - you might have seen one of my flower blocks and the new (portable) design wall I made with some of my blocks on it. As you know - Quilter Pat Sloan kindly invited me to be a part of Sarah J Maxwell's Dandy Drive quiltalong and it started 2 weeks ago...plenty of time to catch up if you are just getting started. Week 1 was the 9 patch blocks, week 2 was putting together the outer flower pieces (as shown below) and this week...the stem blocks.

If you are new to this quilt along - Pat and Sarah have some fun things planned with prizes each week and the pattern is...FREE! You can download the PDF files each week over on Sarah's website Designs By Sarah J. I'm making my quilt with some of my hoarded Heather Bailey's Up Parasol fabric collection as well as some prints from her True Colors and Lottie Da collections. To get started you can check out the yardage info here (Sarah's Dandy Drive Yardage Requirements).

As I made my stem blocks - I want to put out this PSA - read Sarah's instructions first. I knew something was wrong when my HST's were still 3 3/8" instead of 3". I luckily only cut one blocks worth first and then sewed it up - but I cut and sewed 12 HST triangles instead of cutting and sewing 6 and then cutting them in half. I wasted a lot of fabric and time! Don't pull a Kerry! lol. Luckily I was able to use what I cut and sewed and will be sure not to make that mistake again. The results...you'd never know I messed up. Whew!

Pat and Sarah put together a really fun group of friends for this sew along too. Need some inspiration? Check out everyone else's blocks by clicking the links below to see all the possibilities. I'll be sharing more of my blocks on my Kid Giddy IG and Facebook too throughout the week.

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group
Sarah: Facebook/Instagram /HomesteadHearth 
Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram
Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram
Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
http://blog.patsloan.com/2017/04/free-sew-along-dandy-drive-block-3.html
So the prize this week. . . they want to give one lucky participant a Sunday Drive batik FQ bundle. Head over to Pat's website (click the image above) and simply enter a pic of your block via the blue button link on her post.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm looking forward to seeing your stem and full flower blocks, and adding some butterflies next week. 


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Friday, April 7, 2017

Dandy Drive Quiltalong

Good morning everyone!

The fabulous Quilter Pat Sloan kindly invited me to be a part of Sarah J Maxwell's Dandy Drive quiltalong and it starts today...just in time to sew flowers in the studio as they spring up outside my windows.

Pat and Sarah have some fun things planned with prizes each week and the pattern is...FREE! You can download the PDF files each week over on Sarah's website Designs By Sarah J.

If you didn't see the yardage info last week - check here (Sarah's Dandy Drive Yardage Requirements). Week 1 is all about the traditional 9 patch block which is the center of each flower.

Here are a few of the 9 patch blocks I stitched up using Heather Bailey's Up Parasol fabric collection as well as some prints from her True Colors and Lottie Da collections.

I really challenged myself to use fabrics from my stash (that I've hoarded forever) so I had in some cases only a fat quarter for the flowers which worked out great (that just means I won't be able to use the same pieces for the butterflies). I decided I like that plan though because most of my butterflies will be shades of blue, hovering over and around a sea of pink and orange flowers, on a white background. This is going to make a beautiful spring and summer quilt and I'm so excited to see it progress.

Pat and Sarah put together a really fun group of friends for this sew along too. Need some inspiration? Check out everyone else's blocks by clicking the links below to see all the possibilities. I'll be sharing more of my blocks on my Kid Giddy IG and Facebook too throughout the week.

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group
Sarah: Facebook/Instagram /HomesteadHearth 
Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram
Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram
Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group


https://designsbysarahj.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/dandy-drive-quiltalong-part-one/

So the prize. . . they want to give one lucky participant a kit to make the Dandy Drive quilt. Head over to Sarah's website (click the image above) and simply enter a commenting on her block post and telling her which of the 4 colorways is your favorite. They’ll randomly pick a winner to receive that kit. The giveaway is open until Sunday, April 9 at 12 noon, CST. If you don't want to wait you can buy a Dandy Drive Quilt Kit too just check out Sarah's site for more info.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm looking forward to seeing your blocks, and adding the next part of this quilt. My daughter will be sewing with me which is also fun! She wanted to help make these blocks, but was a bit under the weather. So we really will be doing this together when she's all better.


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Friday, March 31, 2017

Basic Square and Hexie Blocks in Electric Quilt

Hello everyone.

It's be a really really crazy month and I'm so glad to have had a couple days of sleep to catch up after all the madness. There was a lot of secret sewing going on here that I can't share until May and October - but until then, I've been playing in my Electric Quilt EQ7 program again and wanted to share these fun blocks with you! I've been hearing a lot of people are afraid to start paper piecing - they don't know where to start, in terms of sewing and designing. I designed some basic blocks and took some screen shots to help visualize how they work.

Last time I posted about EQ7 and learning how to paper piece - I said paper piecing was kind of like playing pick up sticks in reverse order. I mentioned that you have to go in a particular order as you place the fabric and sew it down. It would be the same as putting pieces of paper down around the outside to get the shape you want on the inside.

This simple Square block is similar to what a log cabin block would be. However, instead of cutting out all of the pieces exact in the beginning and sewing patchwork style, you are sewing the lines on the paper, with the pieces of fabric underneath. Your first block is the white center block. This allows you to fussy cut your center as you wish. You would sew both sides to your center block and then both top and bottom pieces last. While designing in the program, you may have to put lines down, but then erase them. If you extended the lines up and down from pieces 2 and 3, you would have a basic 9 patch block. By erasing the two lines in area 4, and the two lines in area 5, it becomes a log cabin type block.



This Hexie block is just as basic as the square block - just has two extra patches.


I designed this Hexie (hexagon) block a long time ago but not as a paper piecing block. I wasn't able to get my hexie in the center consistently, becoming easily frustrated, so I decided this would make a perfect foundation paper pieced block. Now my blocks are consistent and so much more fun. If you are not a fan of sewing English Paper Pieced hexies, or larger set in seam hexies, you just might love this block. You can sew it with a fussy cut center on point or with your top and bottom hexie lines straight across. When designing your blocks in EQ7, you get to decide how they will look. Although I designed the block as 6" x 6", I have included it as a 3" x 3" Hexie block (another great feature of EQ 7 is choosing the size you'd like to print the block as. I have also included three other easy hexie blocks I created in EQ7, with slightly different lines. This pattern is only available on my Craftsy page. They are great for scrap busting and just good ol' fussy cutting fun. You'll also get the basic square block for free!

As you begin to sew blocks, and start designing them, it does get easier. You can check out my Land of Magic Crown and Land of Magic Star blocks too as the next levels up. More pieces and more sections.

What's more fun than that? If you haven't tried EQ7 or EQ Mini, now is your chance to win an EQ Mini from the Electric Quilt Co! It's a great beginner program to get you started on your way to designing your own blocks and quilts just the way you want! Head on over to my Kid Giddy Instagram page for more info - and to enter. Look for the blocks image above...that will be the giveway post!



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Friday, March 3, 2017

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt Along - Nan #75


Hey everyone -

Kinda feeling sad this is my last tutorial block with Angie @GnomeAngel for the Farmer's Wife 1930's book. Although I haven't had the time to make every block during this sew along I have enjoyed the ones I made and enjoyed reading the letters that each block comes with.

Say hello to Nan - block number 75. I selected these two Cotton and Steel prints based on the really sad letter. Mrs. J.D.K lost her 16 year old son in April of 1930 after he drowned during a class picnic day. Weeks later she was feeding chickens and found pages from an old book providing words of peace and comfort. So being this is a cross pattern I decided to use the Sardinha print (representing the fish that Christ feed to the 5,000 during the Sermon on the Mount) as the Cross, surrounded by the beautiful Rifle Co. flowers. I also decided to paper piece the block because I'm not a master patchworker.

I don't normally precut my paper piecing fabrics in a specific way (I just tend to cut pieces off the corner of a fat quarter), but wanted to make sure this looked seamless. I guess if I wanted it to be exact I could have stuck with patchwork. LOL.

I've gotten better about not wasting as much fabric as I used to when I first started paper piecing but still don't measure each section with a ruler. As I cut my pieces I lay the fabric down on the pattern piece and cut it off. Some pieces are easier than others. If there are triangles - I fold the corner back and cut it as a square, then cut diagonally to separate. 

Before you begin sewing, make sure your pieces are just past the seam allowances for each section as above to avoid having pieces that are too small, and trim off any excess seam allowance.

I know this tutorial wasn't ground breaking, but it's a very simple block, maybe a level 2 for beginners. You can check out my other Farmer's Wife tutorials or paper piecing tutorials for more tips and tricks to paper piece your Farmer's Wife blocks. by clicking on the Quilt Along tag. Thanks so much to Angie for including me in this sew along. I'm looking forward to seeing your Nan blocks on social media!




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