Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday Love and Dove Ornaments (and free patterns)

Quick sewing 8 dove ornaments with Audrey
"Hi, mom. Can you help me? I need 8 dove ornaments for a Christmas exchange next week."

Oh, sure. I'll put my magician hat on and wave my magic wand and voila! - 8 quick ornaments.

Lucky for me I had a Santa sack of various crafts sitting in my hall closet (honest) that I had pulled out last week looking for something. In there is my trusty Dove Ornament pattern. And I even had a sample ornament to remind me of what they look like.

I did the fusing. Audrey did the cutting out. I quick stitched the gold thread on the outside. I was shocked to see I still had some gold cording. We found that 10" lengths worked best.

Here is a single ornament front and back:

Holiday Dove: 4" x 5"
 Use pretty fabric on the back, too.

Holiday Dove, reverse
You can get the FREE PATTERN at my Craftsy store. It's a one page pdf that also includes a simple heart shape. All you need are scraps of pretty fabric, bits of fusible webbing and batting. Everything is sandwiched, fused and then stitched. I use freezer paper as my template material.

Holiday Love and Dove Pattern

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Paper Pieced Birdhouses (and free pattern)

Set of 12 Birdhouses to paper piece
I created this set of 12 birdhouses over 10 years ago and it still is very popular with quilters. Just when I think I should mothball them, another person asks for them. So, I bundled them for sale at my Craftsy site (only $5.50 for all 12 patterns in pdf format).

Home Tweet Home Block with fussy cut "door"
I up-sized the Home Tweet Home block two years ago to make a quilt for Blank Fabrics for Spring Market. I love this little quilt with the lush blooms in the border.

In 2013 I had a Birdhouse Quilt Along, but I couldn't keep up and some folks got frustrated with me. So, I took it down!

Would you like the pattern for this block? It is 7-1/2" x 10" and easy to foundation piece.

Just click here for Home Tweet Home and piece away! Maybe you can make a holiday birdhouse. Let me know how you like it or how you plan to use it. Now that I'm home for a few months I can do more designing and get my patterns page at Craftsy up to date. I do like to offer free patterns along with those for sale. If you haven't been to my Craftsy site lately, go take a peek.

Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Supersize Quilt Blocks

Diadem Quilt from Supersize 'Em Quilts
My second book is out of print for the hard copy version, but my publisher (Martingale) now has it available as an eBook and it's got a special price through November 23. You don't have to go out of the house, get dressed or get in the car to buy it. The beauty of digital!

Go see the blog post and see the various ways you can use these supersized blocks. The Diadem Quilt uses a 14" block (see first picture).

Rotary cut Lone Star blocks - 19" x 19" EACH!
Now, those are really supersized blocks! I love teaching classes on this Lone Star, too. No set in seams, by the way.

The 16" Album Block by Jean Ann Wright
Go take a peek at every single one of the 22 projects in the book. And check out the fabulous price.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Technique Tuesday with Knitty Sheep

See what those crafty sheep were up to!
Take a visit to the Benartex Fabrics blog - Sew in Love with Fabric - to see how to make these blocks very quick and very easy. And see what those clever Knitty Sheep were up to besides knitting!

Fun fabrics . . .

Monday, November 10, 2014

Baa Baa Sheep Tutorial Tomorrow


Tomorrow is Technique Tuesday over at the Sew in Love with Fabric blog by Benartex. Just thought I'd give you a teaser picture. These two sheep have been up to some mischief with my yarn and crochet hooks, so come on by tomorrow, Tuesday November 11 for a peek at some new fabric and a tutorial on how to make this easy quilt.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fabric Postcards

I mailed this to my husband several years ago; still sits in his office
My favorite quilt shop in Atlanta (Intown Quilters) sent their newsletter announcing upcoming classes and one of them is a fabric postcard swap. How fun! I taught a workshop several years ago on making these little gems and I want to share some of my creations here.

I used a tiny yo-yo in the postcard at the top of the page.

Bits and pieces of trim and rick rack add some pizzazz to a card. Notice that I use a decorative/blanket stitch along the edges. That's how I join it to a cardstock backing.
Don't you just love this dancing groundhog?
Tiny bits of trim and fuzzy yarn; wool felt packages
And a few others . . .
My daughter bought me a pair of green sneakers and I sent this to thank her!
 I wore those Saucony Jazz Edge sneakers every day for years. Still have them and love putting them on with some jeans. Very fun.

Then how about using a specialty edge rotary blade to trim the postcard? I straight stitched around the sides first. Used freezer paper to cut the "picture frame"; added fusible webbing to back of red fabric. And yes, there is batting in there. So, this is quilt related!

An excellent way to capture a novelty print
And more, using paper piecing. . .

Little 3" paper pieced boat; sewing machine letters
Here is a jpg of the boat block. Not sure how it translates on your end, but I hope to get some uploaded in pdf:

One of my paper pieced trees

I still have this; postage on back is $.39, so you know it was several years ago!
Now I'm going down to the basement to find the 2 dozen postcards I received in a swap several years ago. Some of them are so awesome and true works of art. I'll take pics and put them up soon.

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my postcards!