How to Create a Faux Madeira Applique Collar- Guest Post at the Swhetty Betties Blog

Today I'm honored to have written a tutorial post for the Swhetty Betties blog.  I hope that you will come and join us as I show you how to create a faux madeira appliqué collar for your Trumpet Flower dress.  This is a great technique that really can be applied to a multitude of different patterns with just a little ingenuity.  It was a fun and simple project and I am totally in love with the results.

Finished Scrap Attack Quilt

Hello everyone!
I wanted to share with you my latest quilt finish.  Here is the Scrap Attack quilt that I made for a friend's baby shower.  I can finally share it because the shower was yesterday.  I didn't want to spoil the surprise, you know?

It finished at only 36 x 36 inches, but it's a nice size for a baby.  Each block took about a hour to complete and there are at least 10 years worth of scraps in the mix.  The great thing is that I am finally beginning to see a dent in my scrap pile.  Woo hoo!  It has only taken me all summer to do.

I toyed around with several ideas for the quilting, but in the end settled on simple stippling.  I love how it softened the lines.  I even didn't cross any of my lines... well, almost.  There's at least one tiny one, but I'm not telling where it is, if I could even find it.  It's probably my best stippling job yet.

I bound it in red polka dot fabric and backed it with a print I have had in my stash for a long time.  It's a bright colored print with happy little mushrooms.

The happy bright colors just make me smile every time I look at it.  I hope it makes baby smile too.

In other news, I have been slowly working on the next pattern which I hope to have ready sometime in the fall.  I have been taking my time really thinking through the design.  Just a little hint as to the idea... think princess seams and 1940's inspiration.

I hope you are having a great week creating pretty things.  I'd love to hear about any projects you are working on.

Until next time,
Happy Sewing!

Love Bird Dress Pattern Review

This morning I'm glad to announce that Amanda Kaufman of Mandy K Designs has sewn up one of my patterns and written a review.  It's posted on the Betties Blog today.  I hope that you will stop over and check it out. I don't want to spill the beans too much, but Amanda put her own unique twist on her finished dress and I love the results!

Scrap Attack Quilt Progress And A Bit Of Randomness

I finished up the last of the 36 blocks needed for this little quilt last weekend.  Now it's paper peeling time.  Picking the paper off of the back of paper pieced blocks is not my favorite activity. Hopefully it will be tempered by some TV watching at the same time.  

I feel as though I hardly even made a dent in my scraps, though.  How is it even possible that I still have this many strings left over?  Just for reference, the drawer that they are in is approximately  18 inches by 22 inches by about 6 inches deep.  I told you all that I have a huge task in front of me to tame these scraps by the end of summer.  Here's the proof.

I'm considering joining my friend Amanda over at Crazy Mom Quilts for her Scrap Vortex quilt along.  Her use of scraps is really phenomenal and always inspires me to try something new.  I have used her slab piecing method before with tiny scraps and it really turns out awesome.

I used that method on a pillow I made for my niece's birthday a couple of years ago.  I took an "anything goes" approach to it and I was really pleased with the results.

"The Summer of Scraps"- Using it All Up

Above is a new - old scrap project that I have been working on.  I made just three of these blocks about a year ago and then got busy with other projects and kind of just set it aside.  Last weekend I was feeling inspired to sew, but didn't know what to work on so I started going through the UFO's in my sewing room, of which there are no lack, and remembered this little gem.  I have a friend expecting a baby in the fall and the gender is unknown, so I thought maybe this might be a good project for a gift for her new little one.   Each block is taking me about an hour to sew up, so this is not going to be a big quilt because I just don't have that kind of patience.  Thirty six blocks for a 36X36 baby quilt is probably all I'm going to be able to deal with.  I am LOVING it so far, so it has made the fact that it is so time consuming more bearable.  That, and the fact that I don't have any other really pressing projects at the moment begging for my sewing time.  I still have 12 more blocks to go which will probably take another weekend or two for me to complete.  I don't have a lot of sewing time during the week, I might catch an evening here or there, but my sewing happens primarily on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

As I have been working on this project I have come to realize that my scrap situation is really out of control and I REALLY need to do something about it. What you see above is only a small fraction of what lurks in my sewing room.  In response, I have declared this "The Summer of Scraps".  I'm going to really try, this summer, to make a dent in these scraps and I thought maybe my readers might like to join along.  I know I'm not the only one out there with lots of scraps.

If you'd be interested in joining a link party once a week, comment below and I will get it set up.  I'd love to see what you are all working on!  Maybe we can encourage each other to get creative and use up what we have hiding in drawers and boxes and bins.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Aspiring Desginer's Challenge

Hello all!
I'm excited to be participating in the Swhetty Betties' Aspiring Designer Challenge this week.
Please check out the posts at Pattern Revolution and the Betties' Blog.

I'm also excited to not only be launching the Trumpet Flower Dress today, but also my new website!  Stop by and check both out as well as my other patterns.

The Trumpet Flower dress pattern for girls 2-6 will be on sale for $4.00 US through Memorial Day, Monday May 25.

I'll leave you with lots of pictures.

Photos by Pawinee Dodson

Photos by Jen Balliff
Photo by Laura Manning

 Photos by Linda Lehn and Phoebe Garrett

 Photos by Alyssa Carrion