Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Emily B!

Last week was my best quilt buddy's birthday. So what did I do? I secretly made her a gift. 

I had made a project pouch for Emily when we first met - using my favorite (Kona Curry), and she uses it all the time, so I thought she might like a new one. 

I had a bit of Kona Papaya stashed just for the occasion, and I paired it with a good Tula Pink Fuschia. I'm pretty happy with the fabrics I came up with here. Emily likes a more vibrant yellow than I usually use, so it was fun to work with such bright colors! 

I'm happy to say I even remembered my label and my prairie points on the inside!
I'm hoping to share the details about this pouch at a later date - but for now you can see the front and the inside. :) 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

#CitrusSwap Sent and Received

I joined a little swap on Instagram called #citrusswap. It was a lot of fun... short and sweet. We all made the medium Open Wide Pouch by Anna / Noodlehead using citrus themed colors, and we filled them with citrus themed goodies. 

My partner hasn't received hers yet, so I won't share who this one is for. I did start off making these tiny little blocks (above), but in the end I didn't like them as much as I liked the back - Anna Maria Horner fabric slays me every time!

I tried something new and added my signature prairie points in at the zipper - It's an okay look, but I will probably stick to putting them in the side seam or the inside seams from now on.

I used Erin / Dog Under My Desk's tutorial for the little zipper end. It turned out just perfect! I'm so proud of that perfect little zip end!

I also received my swap! I received this from @courtiepie Look at all the cute stuff she sent! Thanks so much!! This swap was a lot of fun!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sewing and Swapping

Tag me in any sewing swap you see - I'll help everyone stay in the loop. #sewingandswapping

I've decided to start a regular blog post sharing the swaps that are starting soon on Instagram.

So many great friendships can be made through online swaps and it's so much fun to get happy mail.

Here's what I need you to do: If you see a swap announced (or if you're hosting a swap) let me know! I'll post a "List your swaps here" post on Instagram, leave the # for the swap, and tag the swap host. You can tag me on the instagram swap announcement pic too -- but it's hard to keep up with them all! Alternately you can email me (emedoodle at Yahoo dot com). I'll try to keep up with this as much as possible.

Often swaps will fill up really quickly - so I'll try to post the full swaps separately -- follow the host of the swap to get notices of the next rounds!

If you don't see a swap that fits your needs, start one! (Maybe I'll write a separate blog post for tips on running a successful swap).

Here we go the first edition of #SewingAndSwapping

#Kawaiihalloweenswap is being hosted by @shaunajared75 signups end Mon 8/25
#IGminiswap hosted by @curly_boy1
#dumplingswap hosted by @rockislander (signups open 8/15)
(Flickr) the Fox_Swap hosted by (signups open until 8/17)
(Flickr) The Fabric Scrap Swap (signups open until 8/15)

Signups closed (watch the hashtags and swap hosts for possible future swaps!)
#citrusswap hosted by @rockislander
#icecreampencilcaseswap hosted by @lillaluise
#starbucksmugrugswap hosted by @yvcampbell77 (flickr only?)
#verycherryswap hosted by @emilyannskloset
#thestrawberryswap hosted by @frampuna
#schnitzelandboominiquiltswap hosted by @schnitzelandboo
#kittyminiquiltswap hosted by @iamlunasol

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WIP - AMH Love Quilt


I have an obsession, and it's nothing new. I am in LOVE with Anna Maria Horner's fabric designs. 

Way back when I started quilting the first designer fabric I ever purchased was from her Chocolate Lollipop line. I was hooked immediately, and I've been hoarding bits of her fabrics ever since.

A bit of shadow piecing.  #tinypiecing #miniquilt #freepieced #konacharcoal #konacotton #aurifil #annamariahorner

For the past few months I've been (intermittently) working on a quilt I call AMH Love. It's all my tiny bits of AMH fabric, and I'm hoping it comes together just as I envision it. 

To ensure that I don't screw it up - I made a maquette - a practice mini. (I learned this term from Jacquie Gering, what an inspiration!) So while I'm not sharing my full project just yet, here are some snaps of the Maquette.

Playing along with #whatsonyourdesignwall ... this guy is on the design ironing board (not even floor space to spare lol)... since this pic was taken its been quilted, but needs some thread burying and binding to happen soon. Wanna play along #chicagomqg

I'm loving the dense quilting (what? I haven't taken pics of the quilting yet). I'm loving the paper pieced letters ("my first alphabet" pattern by Diane Bohn)

Monday, August 4, 2014

As Seen In Quilty Magazine!

I'm I'm Quilty!

Check it out! I'm in Quilty Magazine! Pick up the July / August issue today!

I'm super excited about this one - it's a good quick project that's perfect for using up all those scraps. And -- you can watch my Quilty Episode and Mary and I will walk you through all the steps! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

As Seen in QuiltNow magazine!

Get your hexie templates and check out a preview of my project for issue 1 of @quiltnow magazine! www.quiltnow.co.uk/

Guess what?! I'm in issue one of QuiltNow Magazine! See that pretty little pencil pouch? I made it!
I'm super excited to be a part of this publication, it's sure to be a great source of inspiration in the quilt world.

I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my copy -- so far I'm impressed by everything I've seen. For those of you in the UK - run out now and buy a copy and check it out! If you're in the US, you can order it through Pink Castle Fabrics.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sparkle Box Pouches!

I've been sewing.

Accomplished tonight: zips sewn and top stitched for 7 boxy sparkle pouches. One pouch finished. If you're looking for a sparkly gift these will be ready later this week. #sewingnightatemilys #noshedoesnthaveinstagram #boxpouches #forsale #zippouch #zippi

I'm a bit addicted.

I can't get enough.

New vinyl colors!! Who needs a pouch?? $17 for a 7" x 3" x 3" or set of three different sizes for $45. Mint, teal, purple, grey, blue, silver. #boxpouch #zipperedpouch #OMGallthesparkles #goingtoquiltcon

Sparkle vinyl!!

Big and little. Special orders for two of my co-workers. What do you think @saharfakhri and @texas_bones ?? Big is 10" x 5" x 4" little is 3" x 1" x 1" #zipperedpouch #boxpouch #sparkles

I'm hoping someone wants to buy these when they're finished... because I just keep making them! 

No really, if you want one let me know.
$17 each (usa shipping included) / $12 / each for the little ones. 

Christmas in July?

I even made a couple OSU themed ones - Go Buckeyes! 

Don't mind me, I'm just over here sewing sparkle pouches.