Happy Holiday season, everyone! I have a guest writer today. Maria Cannon is the founder of HobbyJr.org , a website and organization to encourage young people to develop hobbies as an important component of mental health. I totally agree with that concept! My sewing is critical to my mental health for sure (-: Maria has written an article with suggestions for holiday gift giving to the creatives in our lives (note: links are NOT affiliate/paid). I am also adding some of my favorite suggestions specifically for sewists and quilters.
Of course, I am all for gift giving to yourself, too. How...
I hope you enjoyed following the Art Gallery Fabrics Quilt Block Tour last week. It was fun seeing how all my friends interpreted an individual quilt block to make a variety of beautiful projects! If you are planning on making gifts for this holiday season, you will love the pillows, table runners and baby quilts...all quick, satisfying makes!
I want to share a few of the pretties here and say a big thank you to my friends for participating! I know that making my mini quilt (a gift for a special friend's first grandchild) got me inspired to try more...
This week I am hosting a little tour of makers to showcase some of the quilt blocks featured in Art Gallery Fabrics' tutorial series on YouTube. I asked some of my favorite makers to choose one of the traditional quilt blocks available on the AGF YouTube channel and make a small project and tell us about the video.
AGF has a beautiful channel on YouTube featuring a variety of projects using their fabric collections. All of the tutorials and patterns featured are free of charge, so be sure and check them out next time you need some inspiration for a...
Here we are going on our first border for the Pixie Medallion quilt! Thanks to all who are participating and welcome to anybody ready to join. You can find out about the Quilt Along and links to all the posts so far, Here. Pixie Medallion Quilt pattern is available, Here.
At this point you have your center star sewn and maybe have your stop borders on too. If you are following the pattern, you will have two narrow borders around the center star. There is some room for adjustment if your center star block doesn't come out exactly the right...
Are you working on your Pixie Star for the Great Pixie Quilt Along? We are almost finished with our first step! To catch up on past posts and read quilt along details, Click Here.
I decided to do some different things for my new Pixie Medallion...I wanted a different look from the original quilt and to use some of my favorite fabrics from my stash. My initial inspiration was the fabric collection Avante Garde by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics. I've been saving my little stash of it for the perfect project. I am also adding coordinating colors and...
Now that you've fallen for curved piecing with your Classic Curves Ruler, I have a brand new quilt you are going to love! Indigo is the newest design for the CCRuler and I couldn't be happier to show you these beautiful quilts.
If you have a pack of 10" squares ("layer cake") you have been saving for the perfect quilt, you have found it! Indigo is ideal for 10" squares to show off those favorite prints, but the classic design would look amazing in any type of fabric. I would love to see one in batiks or 30's reproductions (-:
October is flying by and we are ready to sew the half-square triangle borders for our Pixie Medallion star. Feathered star is one of my favorite classic quilt designs, but the traditional block can be tricky to sew, with set-in (Y) seams and partial seams. The Pixie Medallion is so much simpler! Just straight sewing, so here we go.
I know that some people like to do half-square triangles different ways. If you cut and sew them according the pattern instructions (like I do), there is no trimming required. Your little units, before they are sewn together, should measure 2...
Today, I have instructions for making this pretty variation on my Mermaid quilt pattern. This is the same sewing and layout as the original pattern, but you get a whole new look by changing the placement of colors and prints.
Clamshell is one of my favorite classic quilt designs. I like how this pattern gives you the classic shape, but made in a unique and modern quilt. To follow these instructions and make a quilt like mine, you will need the Mermaid pattern and a Classic Curves Ruler for quick and easy cutting of the shapes.
Cut the following "set"...
Introducing the Pixie Medallion Quilt Along. Here we sew!
For schedule and other particulars on the QAL, click here. To get your pattern, click here
I have seen some photos popping up on Instagram that some of you are choosing your fabrics and getting ready. It is so exciting to get us going with fabric and sewing the center medallion star in October. I want to emphasize a few important things before we start cutting:
Read the entire first section of instructions and familiarize yourself with the process we are going through to cut and sew the star pieces and half-square...
Who wants to sew along with me? The kids are back in school, summer vacations are over, and we are looking at new projects to sew, right? I am going to be working on a few quilts for Quilt Market in October, but I also want to do something just for fun. I am planning to join @thenextstitch, an Australian shop who is starting a quilt along with my Pixie Medallion Quilt soon. I want to make a new version for myself and support you as you make one along with me.
My birthday is in October, and the best gift...