Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ashley Star Backing

What I'm working on?  I have been designing the back for  my Ashley Star quilt.  Here's a sneak peek
 Doesn't look like much now. But give me time to finish the block.
Sew to make someone HAPPY! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cable Cozy

Earlier this year I made myself a Cable Cozy. It has lots of room for all my tech toy cords (Of course I have more than what the picture shows)

The zipper pouch holds all my plugs. This cable cozy is awesome!

My closure is a little different than the designer. Only because I miss read in a hurry. (rushing to leave town.)

I found the pattern on Live it, Love it, Make it website. I took it on a test drive ( My Anniversary Vacation). It had all my tech cords and plugs handy. It worked out great!

The Cable Cozy is quick and easy to make. You will want to make one for each tech person in your life. So, I had to make three more (my sisters are tech people too).  I made theirs with  magnetic snap closure. I later added a flowers, yo-yo, and beads.

 I later added a flowers, yo-yos, and beads. The magnetic snaps leaves a bump and can cause wear in a short time. Besides, I think the flowers gives it a nice touch.

These are the three Cable Cozy for my sisters

This is the only picture I remember to take after adding the flowers. When I see them again, I will have to remember to take a picture.

Sew to make someone Happy!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ashley's Star Quilt

My latest quilt, Ashley's Star. This quilt will go to my niece, Ashley as a bridal shower gift. I hope to have it completely quilted before she marries next month.

I was unable to attend the bridal shower. But I sent her matron of honor a picture of the quilt to share at the shower. She called me and stated she love her quilt.

Sew to make someone Happy!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Quilting with Enough Contrast

Have you wonder if you have enough contrast in your quilt? Sometimes I want to control where my contrast value are placed. It can give a pattern a different look.Did you know medium fabrics can read as light fabric?

Under the Stars

My Under the Stars scrap quilt needed enough light and dark fabrics. The stars were a secondary design in this quilt pattern. The medium fabrics I used must not produce a light value.

I took a pictures of my quilt using different settings. The mono setting was the best setting to show color value. The light fabrics are read as dark fabrics. The mediums  fabrics read as light fabrics. And the dark fabrics read as medium fabrics.

I can see I had good contrast value in this quilt. This is awesome!
I will be playing more with my photo setting in the futures. I'll just take mono picture after selecting my fabrics. A mono photo of  a sample block can help with the  fabric placement value, especially in scrappy quilt. Give this a try when you feel stump with contrast and value.

Now, go sew to make someone HAPPY!

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body,. And be thankful.  Colossians 3:15

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cinnamon Stars

Around 2005, Moda came out with “The Tinbox Sampler Series”. The Tinbox Sample Series contained up to forty (40) 5”x 5” prints swatches from their fabric line. Each tin box had step by step instructions for a mini quilt, a CD was included with the designer’s bios, the entire collection color swatch library, directions for a larger quilt, recipes and more vital information. Now Moda has something similar: it’s called Frivols Tins (contains 10” squares).

I purchased my Cinnamon Stars Tinbox Sampler Series in 2005  with the intent to start and finish that year. Well, here we are in 2015 and they are still tucked away. So, I decided to complete this project from start to finish. Here are some of the yummy colors. The fabric line was inspired by vintage children’s drawing. I guess children's clothing in drawings. I can’t see children of the past drawing this well with limited recourses….lol. Anyway, I love the collection.

Here is my mini quilt; completely cut out.      Wooho! 

I quilted it using my walking foot. I wanted an organic quilting look. So, I went with vertical wavy lines.

I chose a pretty batik for the back. The leftover Moda fabrics was used for the binding. I think the scrappy binding shows up better on the back.

Oops! I need a label on this one.

I really enjoyed making this quilt. I didn't have to think about what colors to use or fabric placement. I followed the instructions with no changes (that was hard….lol). But doing this, allowed me to finish this 15” x 15” mini quilt quickly. Yippee!

I completed it on April 18, 2015. I know my last  and current post are quilts I completed earlier this year. But I was working hard on my family reunion (it was a great celebration by the way). This is last quilt I completed before the family reunion. I was working on two other quilts before the family reunion, but had to use my studio as a guest room. I will post pictures of them later. In the meantime,

Sew to make someone Happy!

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

Friday, August 28, 2015

Under the Stars

As I was posting “Hats For The Winter”, I realized I didn't post a picture of the finished quilt, Under the Stars. Silly me....

This year's resolution was to reduce my fabric scrap bin.  Also, I promised myself  not to buy any fabrics to complete a fabric scrap bin project. Last winter, I saw this quilt on Facebook. This is a Roberta Kuhn pattern. Since I promised myself to reduce my fabric scrap bin, this pattern came to mind. It sews up pretty fast.. You could use this pattern as leaders and enders instead of a small piece of fabric (which is most commonly used). It’s making two quilts a one time. Of course, my other quilt was paper piecing. Ugh!

This is a free quilt (not purchasing anything to make complete a quilt), I choose to make it a lap size quilt. Its a little oversized.  It measures 72” x 84”

I took a Craftsy class called, “Creative Quilting with your walking foot”.Since this was a free quilt and a keeper, I wanted to quilt with my walking foot. I know I should have started off with something small. But I wanted to dive right in. In my earlier post, I showed you my quilting space. This quilt was on my sewing machine being quilted at the time. My throat plate is very small. But I manage to get it quilted with my walking foot. I did an off center continuous circle. You can see in the pictures (left and right). I started in the 2nd row,  3rd column and spiral out.

 I love back art on quilts. It makes a 2 for 1 quilt. Here, larger pieces of scrap fabrics were used to create the quilt back.

I chose to do the flanged binding by machine method. Lorna McMahon from Sew Fresh Quilts did a tutorial. It was my first time trying this method. I have to admit, I like how it turned out. I will be doing this in the future when adding a touch of color at the binding edge quickly.

Every quilt must have a label. I embroidered mines on the backing before pin basting. 

Under the Stars was finished on March 27, 2015.

In light of using scraps, I didn't seem to put much of a dent in my fabric scrap bin, So, I'll make another one. But this time as my leaders and enders. Who knows how big the next one might get. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Now, go sew to make someone HAPPY!

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hats For The Winter

I know it is not winter. And I know some are not waiting to see come after last winter. But I just wanted to get a head start on some winter hats for my goddaughter. They are made from fleece; just the right warmth for our Southern California weather. But this year, we are expected to see El Nino. So these fleece hats will do the job.

I think most of us hate throwing away fabric. So we store in hope to make some with it.  Well this year, I was determined to downsize my studio space. I came across a bag full of fleece material from my goddaughter’s robes. I kept thinking, why am I keeping this FABRIC?! Well, the light bulb came on. And out of the bag of fleece, hats were made for free. Yahooooo FREE!

I use my embroidery machine to make the 3D flowers. The design (Nested Flowers) is from Embroidery Machine Essentials: Fleece Techniques book and CD by Nancy Cornwell. I used segments 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9 from the embroidery design. The flowers were applied using segments 8 and 9.  When only segment 8 was used,. I glued a pearl in the center.

I used buttonholes for the turquoise hat to weave the ribbon through.

I used a covered button on the purple/pink/white hat.

I had a cover button and brown ribbon in my stash to accent these hats. All these hats were fun and a breeze to make. All were made in one evening. Now that's fast for you.

So, while you are Spring Cleaning your studio, make someone HAPPY with your scraps.

Sew to make someone HAPPY!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

My Quilting Space

Lately, I have been seeing quilters use their walking foot to quilt. I wanted to give it a try. I decide to take Creative Quilting with your Walking Foot class through  Craftsy . I do all my quilting on my domestic sewing machine. I 'm free motion quilt quilter and my walking foot just collect dust. Well, I dusted off my walking foot and now it putting to use. Varoom! Well maybe not that fast. 

Here's how my 64" x 76" quilt looks on my domestic sewing machine.
As you can see, I don't have much space. It can be challenging at times. You  just have to be patient (we quilters are patient, aren't we). I'm quilting a continuous spiral and it's a slow process. I can't wait to finish. Well, back to quilting. I hope to have my quilt finish soon.

Sew to make someone HAPPY!


Friday, March 13, 2015

2+6 = Baby Quilt Along Finished

This is the finished quilt from previous post (here). I wanted to give this quilt an allover quilting designs. I'm using a new stencil, Over-All Swirl by Full Line Stencil. I tried using the Miracle Powder Pounce with the stencil. It didn't work. Then I tried the stencil with the blue powder pounce. Still no success. Perhaps, next time I have better luck. But for now, the paper and Sharpie method won out.

Quilting with paper
                                                                                                                                                               I pieced paper together to match the size of the quilt. I traced stencil using my glass table as a light box. The paper was added while pin basting the quilt. I removed the paper will listening to a TV program.

Come Blow Your Horn Front
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The quilt finished 42" x 50". I named the quilt 'Come Blow Your Horn'
Come Blow Your Horn Back
This quilt is up for sale on my  Pinterest board.

 Sew to make someone HAPPY!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Flowers Everyday

Celestine's Flowers
I needed a gift for a friend's mom. She is like a mother to me. So, I wandered what do you give a person that has everything. I ponder and decided to make a "Mug Rug". I look online for one. But I thought it would be better if I designed it especially for her.

I thought flowers would be nice. She would be able to have flowers every morning with her coffee. This would be a perfect gift for her. Sorry to say, my design process took longer than expected. I didn't finish it in time for her luncheon.

Celestine's Flowers

 I had to settle on scarves (not photos) I made earlier. But the good news is, I will still see her on her actual birthday. She will be very surprised to receive a second gift from me.

Now that I made my first Mug Rug, I will make more to have on hand for other special occasions. Stay tune....

How was the Mug Rug quilted? I free motion matchstick  lines using my foot as a guide on the flying geese side. I organic quilted the flowers for an artsy look. I never appliqued this way before. I love the look. Will incorporate it in other small projects.

Mug Rugs are another way to use up your scrap fabric and batting.

Sew to make someone HAPPY!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Tea's Flowers

This month I have been working on my hand piecing. I started this quilt in August 2009.  This is my first hand pieced project. I lost interest because I was piecing too slow. But I was forgetting, if you are new at something, you have to allow yourself a learning curve (Duh!). Now I have a kit setup by my TV chair. I can work on this quilt whenever I watch a program with my DH. I am a bit slow. But I am determine to complete this UFO.  I hope as time goes by I can hand piece faster. Faster: to finish one flower in 30 minutes or less not hours....LOL. I know this is suppose to be relaxing. I'm trying. Really, I am. Maybe as I continue I won't be sooo tense. At least that is what I'm telling myself (tell that to the perfectionist, me).  I plan to hand quilt it, also (Yikes!). Am I  asking for a timeout or what.

Anyway, I hope to finish this year and will have learned to like love  (I appreciate all those that do) hand piecing.

Sew to make someone happy!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

To all my friends,
Happy New Year! 

May you have happiness, good health, and prosperity in the new year of 2015.

Sew to make someone happy!