Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Crib sheets are easy!

Marny here...toddlers, babies and joy, just go together don't they? And they provide new sewing opportunities!

Jill and I explored and toured the ongoing renovation at Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence, Kansas on the way home from Houston Quilt Market a couple of years ago. Sarah's always has an amazing array of fabrics, patterns and books. It is a must see if you are anywhere close! The staff is warm, knowledgeable and very helpful! The Lawrence downtown is worth exploring as well! The staff at Sarah's pointed us in the direction of a fun deli place!

Of course I purchased fabric (not just lunch). I'd been curious about double gauze, and they had an assortment.
What little guy (or girl for that matter) wouldn't want to share 'night night' time with buses, cement trucks, wreckers, fire engines, police cars, traffic signs, etc. etc.?
This is really high quality double gauze, and washed beautifully.
Could the selvage be any cuter?
I held onto it for a couple of years, not knowing what to do with my two yards. I first thought of a double gauze infant blanket and lovies with satin blanket binding. But the young family already had enough of those on hand. 

So then I remembered I had purchased and downloaded great instructions, Happy Baby! fitted crib sheet pattern from Leah Day awhile back. Leah has a very helpful and complete video on her website that accompanies the pattern. 

In no time at all I completed a crib sheet, adapting the instructions a bit to the very loosely woven double gauze, and popped it on the mattress in the nursery. Leah's directions are perfect for a safe, snug and smooth fit!
Happy baby! and happy grandma!
 Till Tuesday...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Marketing postcards of Sketchbook 

jill here...okay so I can't get the random number generator widget to come up as it promised and I'm tired of fighting with machines!  I ran the little numbers icon with 16 comments and # 16 was the winner!   You'll just have to take my word for it. Tamie is the winner of the Every Last Piece Book by Lynn Harris.  Thanks so much for all your comments.  Many of you lead a sordid (get that, not sorted) life of scraps like me.  I'll try to do better!

So on to our next market discovery.  We were so excited to see Sketchbook in a section of
 Art Gallery Fabrics.  In some of the quilts, we recognized several of the fabrics that we have used.  

We love the multidirectional "backgrounds".  They're just a little spicy.
These are two fabrics from the Gossamer collection. 
  •  Sharon Holland is the designer who we had the pleasure of meeting.  Not only is she a great artist but she's an Iowa State graduate, really nice and lived in Iowa!  The featured fabric below seems to step out of the usual color schemes with a nice balance of contemporary flair based in traditional "sketches": florals, dots, little textures.

Sharon Holland's designs in fabric and quilts/pillows.
Sketchbook quilts.
Variety, values and textures make this collection easy to work with!
Looking forward to seeing this collection in the retail market. 'Till next Tuesday...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

And what do you do with every last piece? Please tell us!

jill here.... Lucky us at market to be situated across from F+W Publications.  We were able to meet several authors during their book signings.  One author,  a midwestern friend of a friend is Lynn Harris.  The Little Red Hen is her blog site.  She is truly an inspiration for creating all those little scraps into beautiful quilts.   What a patient fabricator, savoring the minute details (not exactly my approach so I truly appreciate the differences).

 This is a copy of the book Every Last Piece.
Lynn's design foundation is traditionally based.   She takes different settings to add her modern touch  using scraps, strings and appliqué .

Inspired by retreat classes,
Gwen Marston played a role in Lynn's exploration
and made her a happy camper.

Stardust, queen size, is a beautiful display of
only 434 2'' finished stars.  

My greatest inspiration from the book is Lynn's instruction on
scrap management.  I occasionally work with controlled
scraps so moving out of my box will be the challenge.

So this is my present scrap management called ''throw it in the pile
and I'll deal with it later''.

Please comment on how you deal with your scraps.  You have random chance

to win a signed copy of this book!  Lucky you. Contest closed.

'till next Tuesday...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Modern Quilt Relish Trunk Show in Adel Quilting and Drygoods

Marny here...A couple of weeks ago Jill and I made a fun road trip to Adel Quilting and Drygoods to deliver a trunk show. Jacque Johnson, the owner, was a joy to meet and her store is wonderful. Needless to say I found lots of fabric to buy and a really special/useful pattern you'll see below!
Jacque did a wonderful job displaying our quilts and sent us this great picture! Note the row of yummy ombre fabrics paired nicely with Tasty Measures.
Tasty Measures is a pattern that lets the ombre fabric do the work for you!
From left to right hanging, Modern Pickle Relish, TV Dinner, Tasty Measures.
Nibbles on the chair, and Supper Club hanging on 
the back of the fabric shelving.
Jacque Johnson, owner and proprietor of Adel Quilting and Drygoods.

Wonderful little vignettes inspire you at every turn.

Front porch 'decked out' for the season!

Welcoming display using their Quilts of Valor project! If you are in the area, take the short road trip to Adel and visit this charming quilt shop.

So now for the very special and useful pattern purchase in Adel! I'm in the midst of celebrating 7 new babies. Five of the young families have a toddler in house already. It is fun to send something along for the older sibling too. So here, a little bedtime story...
5 little hamsters and 2 special monkeys shouting for a sleepover camp out! What to do? 

Atkinson Designs Slumber Party pattern to the rescue!

 Now we all have our own sleeping bags...bedtime will be such fun!
Mine is a jungle border print lined with solid green, 
bound with an active stripe and accented with a red zipper.

Mine is cars and trucks and counting numbers lined and 
bound with a happy polka dot and a green zipper.

 I've got campers and fish!
And below, happy giraffes with polka dots and a yellow zipper.
Till Tuesday...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pie Class

Teaching Pie, Sweet or Savory this past Saturday was a blast!
Below is the story in pictures. 
Unfortunately we don't have pictures of every student. 
Nor do we have photos of the tasty lunch provided by the Quilting Connection.
We offer special thanks to our students! 
Three traveled 4 hours to arrive at 10 am. You do the math! 
Others we've taught or helped at the store in the past. 
Several were new faces we were lucky to meet.

Jill starting off with a demo of the simple 3 pin technique in the Pie block.

Julie sorting arcs, crusts, and wedges.

Lori planning cuts and choices.

Maria's two fabric choices included a green fabric 
with a wide range of values across it's width. 
This choice added variety to her composition.

Amber, a rookie quilter, is knocking out her blocks with ease.

Thyra double checking her scant 1/4" seam allowance. 
(An important lesson to us all)

Carol working on those simple curves!

Interesting approach to the pattern, Linda maintained the same print throughout the wedges and crusts.

Some of Elaine's harmonious choices in gray, yellow and white. 
Note, she still has lights, mediums, and darks.

Kelly finger pressing and constructing her blocks.

Trimming the oversized block following our helpful tips and diagram!

Table runner plan!

A good start on a happy throw.

Auditioning arrangements to distribute values.

Leslie's two fabric Savory queen underway!

Technique accomplished Linda!
Thanks again to our students and the Quilting Connection in Ames, Iowa. It was a fun and rewarding day.
Till Tuesday...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pie, Pie and More Pie

jill here....  We just shipped this one off to the retail display in Sisters Oregon!  The annual July outdoor show is on my bucket list.  Guess just the quilt will have to work for now.

Sweet "Pie" in bright pastels, throw size.

 We have our "Pie" class at the Quilting Connection this coming Saturday.  There are just a few spaces remaining!  We're looking forward to seeing former customers/ friends and meeting some new ones too.

Close up view of the "Whole Lotta Bubbles"  pantograph
designed by Urban Elementz
Our pattern  gives instructions on how design the remaining cuts.
It's the perfect improve opportunity for an interesting back.

We'll share a whole class full of ideas next week!  'till next Tuesday....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Clothes or Quilts?

jill here.... You'll know I'm a baby boomer when I tell you I learned to sew in jr.  high home ec. classes and made most of my own clothes through high school/ college.  Dresses, skirts and more dresses because we couldn't wear pants to class!  Can you relate?  Boy, those were the dark ages.  I made a few dresses for my daughter  when she was little but when she pulled and tugged to get them off (and downright refused to wear) I said NO more with things that had to fit.

Part of the reason I started to quilt was there was no fitting involved (well at least in the end).  I despise alterations and hemming but I do them if absolutely required.  Sadly, there are some elements of found clothing that still have tags on them.  So when I saw these cute patterns at market a year ago, I did a double it really worth my time to attempt another "fitted" dress for my granddaughter(s)?  This pattern is fairly unstructured so I bought it and put it on the back burner.  I needed a fun project  so I picked it up last week and went shopping for some cute girlie fabric.

The Cottage Mama Daphne Wrap Dress and Top

Carrie Bloomston's of Such Designs for Windham Fabrics "Paint".
We used this same collection in our latest  child TV Dinner.

Cute little dots for the yoke and lining form Michael Miller fabrics.

I also had to find the perfect color of piping and buttons...not an easy task! With fabric laundered and ready,  I READ the instructions (really, I had to read the instructions with good pics to guide me).  Once I figured out the pattern pieces, traced and cut the right size, I was ready to sew with lots of prep.
Freezer paper patterns.

Lining side up of the little wrap dress.
Piping, curves, clipping, flipping and edge stitching....
So you can see that "Paint" is a border print.
This is the back.
Front view of the dress, bottom holes/ buttons yet to be completed.
Look like a smiling purple monster?

So I'll send it off to check out the fit!  Keep you posted.  'Till next Tuesday...