Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cottage Christmas Quilt Along - Part 1

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to part one of the Cottage Christmas Quilt Along.

Here is the picture of the lap size quilt I am making, it will be 46" by 66".

 If you would like to see the other versions you can look back at this post.

The fabric requirements for each version are as follows.

For the Table Runner:
2 or 3 - 1/8th yard pieces of red fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
2 or 3 - 1/8th yard pieces of blue fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
3 - 1/8th yard pieces of green fabric
1 yd f background fabric
1/4 yd of border fabric

For the Bed Runner:
5 - 1/8th yard pieces of red fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
5 - 1/8th yard pieces of blue fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
3 - 1/4 yard pieces of green fabric
1 3/4 yd of background fabric
1/2 yd of border fabric

For Lap Quilt
9 - 1/8th yard pieces of red fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
9 - 1/8th yard pieces of blue fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
3 - 1/4 yard pieces of green fabric
2 3/4 yd of background fabric
1/2 yd of border fabric

Here is a PDF of the block if you want to print it.

Cross and Crown Block

Cutting: The first number is for the lap size or bed runner size, the number in parenthesis is for the table runner size. You will need 9 Cross and Crown blocks for the lap size, 5 for the Bed Runner, and 2 or 3 for the table runner depending on how you want to configure it.

From each red fabric:
1 – 3 1/2” (2 ½”) strip by WOF
                Subcut: 2 – 3 ½” (2 1/2”) squares
                                4 – 3” (2”) squares
                                5 – 2 ½” (1 ½”) squares
From Background Fabric (cream) for each block:
1 – 3 ½” (2 ½”) strip by WOF
                Subcut: 2 – 3 ½” (2 1/2”) squares
                                4 – 2 ½” (1 ½”) squares
                                4- 2 ½” by 4 ½” (1 ½” by 2 ½”) rectangles

(All seams are ¼”)

1. Mark a diagonal line across the back of the 3 ½” (2 ½”)
background squares, and the 3” (2”) print squares.

2. Place marked background squares right side together with the Print squares that are the same size. Sew ¼” on each side of the marked line.

3. Cut apart on the marked line.

4. Press toward the print. And Square to 3” (2”).

5. Place the marked print squares right sides together with the
half square triangles creating an X in the middle of the block as pictured.

 6. Sew ¼” on each side of the marked line and cut apart on the line.
7. Press toward the print triangle. Square to 2 ½” (1 ½”).

 8. Lay out your 2 ½” (1 ½”) squares and pieced squares
in four patches for each corner. Then your rectangles and
center square in a cross as pictured.
 9. Sew your four corner 4 patches together.

10. Sew the three rows.

11. Then sew the three rows together. And you are done. 
Next Wednesday head to Sally's blog for the tutorial for the next block.She and Brooke will be showing their Cross and Crown blocks today too so head on over to see.

And don't worry if you forget where to go next week I will be here to direct you :)

Have an amazing Thanksgiving!



Thursday, November 16, 2017

How about a Quilt Along?

Hey Everyone,

I am almost ready to throw myself back into this space. To get things started my friends Brooke and Sally and I are going to do a quilt along with you. I designed a fun pattern for a Christmas quilt out of Tilda's Cottage. Each of us will give you part of the pattern and we will sew together for the next few weeks. It will start next Wednesday.

The blocks will be available in two different sizes so you can make small projects or larger projects.

Here is an idea of some of the ways you can put the blocks together:

Sally wanted a bed runner so this is 72" by 22"

And I did these two different versions as ideas for Brooke for table runners:

 This one is 32" by 12"

This one is 37" by 12"

Here is a fun button for your blog if you like.

My version will be a lap size. I will show that to you on Wednesday when we kick off...

I made kits if you would like to purchase your supplies you can find them here.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Whoops.... Hi!

Hey Everyone,

I let life take over again! You know how that is right? In case you hadn't seen Tilda's Cottage arrived. And it is gorgeous!

Photo from Tilda's World used by permission
Perfect for all of your Hygge projects. I have lived with it for the past week and I still haven't gotten over all of the gorgeousness. :)

It is just two weeks exactly before I leave for Market. I am going a bit early to hang out with Sally
I can't wait. We are going to get up to some hijinx.

I hope you all have been well. I am getting better every day.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Selling off my Scrapbooking and Planner Items for Harvey Relief

Hey Everyone,

I am selling all of the paper products at about what they cost me and I am going to send 100% of the proceeds (not just the profit) to Harvey and Irma relief.I have so many friends in Houston and in Florida I just had to do something.  Here is a link to the stuff. And here is a video of what is in the packages:

I have been wrapped up in moving all of the fabric home from the warehouse. Now I am working from home again and I feel so much more settled. Hoping to do some fun sewing soon. Here is the first thing I have made in a few months. It is a Traveler's Notebook for one of my planner friends.

I think it is pretty cute :)

Talk soon.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sneak Peek

Hi Everyone,

Would you like to see a little sneaky peeky of what I am working on?

It is gonna be a quilt... That is all I can tell you so far. But stay tuned for the full reveal soon.

Harvest is here and will be sliced and diced this weekend and shipped out on Monday and Tuesday... so exciting!

Talk soon,

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tilda's Harvest Is On The Way.

Hey Everyone,

I am a little surprised that it has been so long since I posted. I have been super busy with the clearance sale and Tilda Pre-Orders have been going so great that time has flown by.

If you haven't seen pictures of Harvest (for one I would be surprised) but I would love to show you.

For those that don't know Tilda has been super hard to get in the US ... we usually have to order it internationally and pay tons for shipping as well as paying the huge international prices. Luckily there is finally a distributor in the US and now I am able to offer it at a great price. When I was buying internationally I was selling it at $16.99 a yard (even though the retail price was $20) but I will have it for $13.49 from now on. It is super exciting for me.

Tilda's new book is coming in November and these adorable pumpkins will be one of the patterns:

You will be seeing me around her a lot more from now on. I have been super busy getting all of the fabric moved home. I still have another couple weeks of work on that but then my time will not be split anymore and I can concentrate on creating content here again.

I am excited for a new project that I am going to start this fall. A fun series of patterns for a seasonal sampler ... I hope you will join me.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tilda Circus is here... In the United States for real!

Hey Everyone,
From the Tilda's World Blog used by permission

It is finally here... so exciting. I just sent out a newsletter with tons of info but I wanted to show these IRL photos I took at the shop so you could get an idea of scale... this fabric is perfect for fussy cutting because the scale is so nice...

The colors are so pretty!
 I love this print...
There is also a pre-view of the new collection, Harvest, at the website link... and you can see what a perfect scale it is in this picture from Tilda's Blog of her new book Sewing by Heart...


Saturday, June 10, 2017

I made something with fabric...

I know you thought it would never happen :)

So this is funny... I have always wanted a French Noteboard... when I was a little kid I dreamed of having one. I have thought of making one a million times but never did it. Why? I have no idea. I make things all of the time why not that? Silly really ...

So I finally did it... I grabbed a painter's canvas ... it is 16" by 20" and made a pieced cover for it with Charleston (I love it more and more) and voila.

 It makes me so happy! I did a little tutorial on the other blog on how to make it if you want to look. Really simple but a fun way to use some scraps for sure.

The Tilda Circus was delivered this afternoon so all of my pre-orders will start shipping on Monday. The yardage that is left and the accessories are listed. Weird that UPS delivered on a Saturday.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend :)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Winner, Winner, and pretty sparkling tutorial...

Hi Everyone,

I picked the winner of my Traveler's Notebook:

The winner is Barbara

barbaradougherty126May 21, 2017 at 4:38 AM
I subscribed to your new blog! :) Thank you

I will email in a few minutes Barbara.

I did a tutorial over on I'll Take Jesus for making these foil accented journaling cards:

 Our first order of Tilda is arriving next week and that is pretty exciting. Other than that nothing going on in this neck of the woods... 

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

So Busy! And a Giveaway!

Hey Everyone,

I know it has been a while since I have added any kind of interesting content here. I decided a long time ago that I would quit apologizing for blogging absences, but really, I have been gone way too long. Let me tell you a bit about what is going on in my world :)

My child started college in January. She has finals this week and she is getting straight A's... super proud of her, but she doesn't drive yet.

For those of you in places like where I grew up that don't have a lot of traffic and craziness on the roads, it might seem strange that a 19 yr old would not be driving already but it is pretty common here. Add to that the fact that we only have manual transmission cars and you see my problem. I drive her to school which adds an extra 2 hours to each day for me. She will be driving by the time Fall semester rolls around LOL

I did a 30 day challenge with Creative Bug to learn brush lettering and I am practicing every day. It is super fun and I have used it in some projects which you will see below.

 I made this Zip-up Tray Pouch for my friend and roomie at Sewtopia, Jaime.

 We were in Denver and this is the gift that Jaime made and brought for me.

This is my Traverse Bag that I made at Sewtopia with Anna Graham (Noodehead) I use it ever day and LOOOVE it!

Had a great class with Lizzy House, who reminded me that being intentional about the items that I make and buy is what will keep my passion alive.

This is the quilt I made in Lizzy's class out of lawn fabrics designed by Heather Ross. I am going to hand quilt it with a lawn backing.

My child made these adorable origami bunnies for me for Easter.

I made the new Sorbetto Tank from Colette for Sally and Amy Sinibaldi's lookbook for Charleston.
Art Gallery didn't use it but you will see more of it once it gets back to me and I send it to Sally :) It is probably the most technically perfect clothing item I have ever made.

I went to Planner Con in March and came home with all kinds of swag. I love my planners and it is my new passion. Arting up the planners has gotten my creative mojo fired back up.

This is a picture of my three planners. The Marigold one is my daily planner for life, the Ballerina Pink one is my Faith planner, and the fabric one is my art journal/ listing planner.

I made the fabric planner as a tutorial for my new blog venture with Sally. It is called I'll Take Jesus, we do crafts and tutorials, give away fun printables, and do weekly Bible devotionals on Fridays. We post daily. So that is where a lot of my time is spent. Can I just say you don't have to be a believer to come over and see our arts and crafts tutorials? Here is one that I posted this week:

 It is a perpetual calendar. You can see I used my brush lettering technique for the month tags.

Speaking of paper crafting it is where my heart is right now and I am starting a new paper crafting club. (Yes, you all that have signed up already through the Scrappy Stash Buster Club I am finally getting going.) If you would like to sign up for the newsletter for paper crafting click here.

About the shop.... I mentioned a few months ago that I am changing the trajectory of the fabric shop. I am choosing small collections that not everyone else is carrying and only things that really speak to me. I found it soul crushing to have so much fabric coming in all of the time and to just cut fabric all day long and have no time to create with the beautiful stuff passing through my fingers. I am working on downsizing enough to move everything back home. I have enough room for about 1/3rd of what I had in the shop. So I might still be a bit quiet while I finish up with the warehouse and get things moved. If you wanted any of our shelves or classroom tables please email me because I am ready to give them up now. We did great with Neptune and the Mermaid and Charleston ... there is a bit left of both. I am still on the look out for small sweet collections and, of course, I have the Tilda coming.

Now for the giveaway. I am giving away one of my prototype Traveler's Notebooks that I made a month or two ago (I will let you choose your favorite). If you would like to win a notebook cover with an insert already installed for you to start with right away.

Please leave a comment on this post. I am also including a bunch of sticker swag from planner con and my own stash.

For a second chance, you can sign up for the newsletter and leave a second comment letting me know that you did. Don't forget to leave an email where I can reach you if you win. I will use to choose a winner next week on Thursday morning.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Neptune & the Mermaid is in and the $4.99 sale continues

So excited about this gorgeous new collection that just arrived.

Neptune and the Mermaid...

And we are continuing the $4.99 sale. I just added 200 more items to the sale section here.

Monday, May 1, 2017

I am a Queen

Bee that is... for The Honey Pot Bee

I refreshed my Feather Leaf Block Tutorial with this Emma Jean Jansen and Elizabeth Hartman fabric...

I always loved the block but hated the old pictures that were super dark ....