Friday, February 5, 2016

The Splendid Sampler Bonus First Block!

Here is my first block for The Splendid Sampler!  Pat and Jane had an early release party with this block for a special project that will help you throughout your Sew Along journey! For my blocks, I chose to dive into my stash of Amy Butler fabrics and I will be piecing with Aurifil 50wt for perfect seams and flat blocks! 

As a fun BONUS...Jane designed a Folding Block Station with a free tutorial for you to try out your blocks to make sure you love the layout before you stitch them up!

As another added bonus, Pat Sloan created a fantastic tutorial on how to read quilt patterns! Make sure to visit this one! It is  everything you need to know about reading a quilt pattern! Thanks Pat! 

Only NINE days until the event starts!  Cannot wait to see in the Facebook group  ( almost 10,000 strong) or on Instagram sharing your blocks!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Splendid Sampler and WIP Wednesday!

For WIP Wednesday it is progress not perfection, right?   With only 11 days away from The Splendid Sampler kickoff date,  I *think* I have decided on the fabrics ( this is progress) I will be using to have a really exciting and unique sampler quilt! What do you think about an Amy Butler Sampler Quilt?

Pineapple Princess is one of my all- time favorite quilts I made for my lovely Dr. and his wife's new baby girl ( she is not a baby anymore and I am feeling really old now).  The blocks were designed by Faith From Fresh Lemon Quilts for the free Solstice Star Block series.  I used as many Amy Butler fabrics from all different lines with a white background for this sampler quilt and loved the result!  This quilt is what made me think that Amy is the way to go!

For the The Splendid Sampler I just pulled these off my shelf!  It makes me happy just to look at them :o)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rheumatoid Awareness Day Block

Today is Groundhog Day ( YAY early Spring!)!  Phil better have it right this year, I know last year I was really to cover his hole! 

Today is also Rheumatoid Awareness Day.  I made this block to show my support!

The block is a free awareness paper pieced from Carol Doak and was originally designed for Breast Cancer Awareness but will make a beautiful awareness block for any cause! I hope you will make a block to support a cause you feel called to support! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday Motivation! { free pattern link in post }

It is Monday!  The second day of the official week and the first day of usual dread to most. Time to get busy with work, kids, and just regular life in general!  Instead of the usual doom, I will be attempting to bring some joy and inspiration into this otherwise deemed day of gloom by providing free patterns from fabulous designers, sewing humor or just a fun thought.

 Welcome to Monday Motivation!

Over the weekend I was busy sewing binding onto a quilt and my hands decided they were done!  I have had this free Cat-Eye Zippered Pouch Pattern by Sherri from Thread Riding Hood on my must do list forever!And so I did :o)

For my pouch, I chose the sweet Heather Ross gnome for the fussy cut part ( the goldfish were pulled too but the gnome won this round), Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt .  The one shown is the original from back in the day but there has been a reprint of this very popular collection by Free Spirit Fabrics and you can find it on DS Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop  or Westwood Acres.  I constructed the pouch with Aurifil 50wt and created beautiful topstitching with Aurifil 28wt.  Hi impact topstitching without the fuss...LOVING!

These guys helped out with the photos.  They were my grandmother's.  She had a small collection of tiny animals that she kept over the sink in her kitchen.  I always loved them and now I have a variety of them all over my sewing room to keep me company.

Sherri did an outstanding job with both the instructions and the photos in her pattern ( I cannot believe it is FREE).  She makes this pouch a breeze for every level no matter if you are a beginner or an expert!

This pouch is perfect for a variety of items.  I am sure I will be making more this week for the girlie to put her pencils or make-up in for stylish keeping!

Thank you for stopping by and if you are looking for more fun and inspiration you can find me on

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Just a little something!

It has been forever since I have paper pieced anything!  The precision with paper piecing is incredible and if you have not tried it I encourage you to give this sweet Sewing Machine pattern pattern a go.  It was designed by Meg from Monkey Beans and is free!  This sweet and easy paper pieced block is perfect for a quilt guild name tag or pincushion or a tiny little mini quilt!

I used Liberty of London lawn fabric, one strip from a Zen Chic for Moda jelly roll, and Aurifil 50wt for the stitching and 12wt for the embroidery.  I added the Aurifil 50wt spool in a beautiful blue!  Now to decide what to make next! 

What are you sewing? 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Splendid Sampler Sew Along

I am so excited to announce and be a part of an upcoming event that has been organized by two of the most talented and fun loving quilters in the industry, Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson! These gals rounded up an incredible group of 80+ designers ( I think that would be a bit like cat wrangling) to create 100 sampler blocks using Moda Fabrics and Aurifil thread in various weights that will be released weekly starting 14 Feb!  There will be a full year of blocks to keep your quilting days filled with fun and beauty!

Visit the The Splendid Sampler site to find out about updates, the already very active ( almost 7k members) Facebook Group, meet the Pat and Jane and get ready for a GREAT TIME making a beautiful quilt that will be using all different techniques so there will never be a dull moment with this Sew Along!  

Looking forward to sewing along with you! 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Snowed In Creativity! My first finish of 2016!

When the snow forecast was announced last week and the in house meteorologist confirmed the impending doom, I knew it was time to find a project!  A few years ago a made my very first wallet using the free pattern by Confessions of a Fabricaholic.  This outstanding pattern ( did I mention the free part?) is one of my favorites!  I had pinned it on my Go-Go Kim Pinterest Board recently and was so happy that I did when I needed make sure I had all of the necessary sewing related items before the first snowflake fell! 

I looked through all of my fabrics on hand to see if I could create something with the Sew My Stash Challenge as a goal. When looking and not fining anything really definite...there... on the top of my UFO pile , were the remains of the Log Cabin Quilt that I sewed in Oct to make a circle skirt for Quilt Market.  If the stunning log cabins were good enough for a skirt, why not a wallet!?!   I measured out the necessary pieces of fabric and started quilting! 

I made two wallets and this is the crosshatch quilting on the first.  I was originally going to do match stitch but quickly changed my mind.

For the quilting and construction of the wallet,  I used Aurifil 50wt color 2605.  If I had this color in 40wt, I would have used it instead.  With so many layers there was concern of breakage.  I had not one break and no issues with stitches popping when turning!  YAY good quality! 

There were a couple of things I did differently with the pattern ( that is AMAZING without changes) to see what would happen.  I am a thrill sewer and like to change things to customize them to my tastes.  It is one of the reasons to sew.  Everything is customizable! 

To make this one fun, I added a magnetic snap closure.  I live on the edge! If you have never installed a magnetic snap, there is a great tutorial on Sew 4 Home or a video by Sew Sweetness .  It is an easy thing to do but can take some muscle!  

Being a curious sort, I wondered if making the corners curved would make sewing through the layers easier.  The closest circle was the lens cap to the camera!  Using the side of the cap, I created a little curve with a Frixion pen .  It was an easy adjustment to make and it did help with the sewing and also with the turning.  I liked the finished look as well. 

I added interfacing to all of the lining pieces to give the wallet even more body.  Katy said it is as sturdy as a building!  With the addition of the interfacing, I high recommend using a walking foot for all the construction with the exception of the installation of the zipper. 

The inside of the wallet has room for everything you could possibly need!  

I am so happy to have STARTED and FINISHED a project this weekend and it is my very first real finish of the year!  Time for HAPPY DANCING!!!!!

It seemed only right to take the photos in the snow!

If you were following along in the #SewnSnow on my gogokim Instagram over the weekend THANK YOU!  I had a blast seeing all of the projects and sorry for the overgramming. It helped to keep my on track with goals :o)  You guys are the BEST!  

Added to Craftastic Monday for fun :o)

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