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Spoonflower & Me

I am so lucky as a fabric and surface designer to have a company like Spoonflower to help me with my creative ideas. I was working on this quilt using some of my collection from Evelyn’s Sewing NotionsEvelyn's Sewing NotionI had wanted to use some white with the quilt design. However after getting the quilt sewn together, I realized I had way too much white. What to do with a huge white border, that was way too plain? I decided what I wanted to do was apply some applique  to cheer it up. After giving it a lot of thought I decided to take my actual design and separate and blow up the design and use that for my applique. It saved me a lot of time and frustration trying to get the applique  just the way I wanted it to look.

side applique of quilt

side applique of quilt

both end corners have this applique on them

both end corners have this applique on them

Spoonflower printed a yard of it and I ironed on wonder under, cut, ironed, sewed it on and was really happy with the end product! Lucky me for being able to use Spoonflower. I then took it to my local long arm quilter Jeannie Horton at Quilting Arts Studio and she did a wonderful job quilting it for me.

At home I worked on quilting pillows and pillow shams to go with the quilt. As you can see too I love to make my queen size quilt bigger than some queen size’s available as I don’t like my blankets showing on the edges of the bed. This quilt will stay in my sewing/bedroom until my sister-in-law claims it in May. I think she will be surprised!

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Okay while I am bragging on myself, I also made a queen sized sheet set for her to match. I trimmed the top sheet in a blue gingham check that is part of the collection and trimmed the pillow cases with scissors. I was lucky to find some 118″ white fabric that is scrumptious for sheets. I just can’t find more of the fabric and I want more, I love the feel of it. I need to find a place to get this kind of fabric for sheets.

 

Butterwick B5211 bohemian rhapsody -cross from the Bohemian Rhapsody Collection

Butterwick B5211 bohemian rhapsody -cross from the Bohemian Rhapsody Collection

New Look 6000 with Hannah LaChance Houndstooth

New Look 6000 with Hannah LaChance Houndstooth

Simplicity Pattern 1778 LSU colors

Simplicity Pattern 1778 LSU colors

Simplicity  2053 with Bohemian Rhapsody Stripes

Simplicity 2053 with Bohemian Rhapsody Stripes

Butterwick 5211 using two of the designs in the Hannah LaChance Collection

Butterwick 5211 using two of the designs in the Hannah LaChance Collection

It has been quite a while since I have posted anything. All great plans of mice and men huh? During the holidays we got to spend time with all our kids, usually that is not a problem as they live so close to us. Our youngest daughter, after much soul searching decided to go back to school and get her PhD. Her goal is to become a Professor and she chose LSU to get her degree. So we don’t get to see her as much as we would like. While she was home for the holidays we decided to spend some time sewing dresses for her that we had been planning to do for over a year. We had picked fabric designs from some of my fabric collections which then collected dust for a while until we both had time to work on them. I do enjoy sewing and Rebecca enjoys learning to sew. I will say I don’t spend as much time sewing clothing as I use to. Now a days, mostly I only have time to sew home décor or quilts. Together Rebecca and I managed to sew 5 dresses for her to take back to LSU. For one of the dresses I had designed the fabric using LSU colors. I don’t think the photo captured the colors quite as good as I would have liked. However we did not have that much time for photos with her busy schedule here trying to catch up with family and friends. My dress fabric designs were printed on Performance Knit at Spoonflower.com they are of course available to anyone who wishes to purchase them. One dress I had envisioned using two designs from my Hannah LaChance collection, so I used the basic pattern then  changed it to include the two designs. I think it ended up reminding us of Downton Abbey.

Evelyn’s Sewing Notions is my latest fabric collection. I named it in honor of my mother who loved to sew. I inherited her love of sewing.

This design was done for the latest Spoonflower contest. The contest starts Thursday afternoon June 26, 2014. The contest challenge was to create four coordinating designs with sewing notions being the theme. We also had to fit the four designs on to one yard of fabric. The public votes and narrows it down to the top ten then, guest judge Denyse Schmidt, designer, quilter and author picks a collection out of the top ten designs that

Evelyn's Sewing Notions

Evelyn’s Sewing Notions

will be featured on the pages of the upcoming issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting.

Since you can’t really get a good idea of what the design looks like on this page I am posting each design separately.

Of course it goes without saying that whoever wins will be thrilled to be in the magazine.

If you would like to vote on this contest you can go to http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome

Evelyn's Sewing Notions

Evelyn’s Sewing Notions

Rulers

Rulers

Thread

Thread

Dress Pattern

Dress Pattern

Whitney Farms

Whitney Farms

My latest entry in the weekly Spoonflower design contest. The theme for this contest is Farm Tools.
I had great fun designing this collection. Having been literally born on a farm and living on one now, I can relate to farm tools and all things country. I hope you enjoy this design, I will be posting the coordinating designs soon too. This contest starts Thursday afternoon June 19, 2014. If you really enjoy this design I would appreciate your vote. Just go to http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome on the left of the page you should see the place to vote. Thank you so much!

Cut & Sew Shopping Bag

Cut & Sew Shopping Bag

Spoonflower.com is having a contest for Cut & Sew Shopping Bags. I got excited about this contest so I thought I would have ago at it. At first I worked on a floral design and yes I do love floral designs! My first thought had been a shopping bag for shopping at the mall. Then I thought this should be more about shopping for groceries. So I dusted off a collection I had started a while back titled Mrs. Brown’s.
I thought this would be perfect for a grocery shopping bag. I worked on adding to the collection, that was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it.

The collection was named after my daughter Sara Brown, she is a wonderfully dedicated wife and mother. Always concerned about good nutrition for her family and on the lookout for new recipes to try.

The Spoonflower contest starts April 17, 2014. I would certainly appreciate your vote.

Spring Cheater Quilt at Spoonflower.com

Spring Cheater Quilt at Spoonflower.com

Can you believe I’m talking about Spring when there is snow on the ground and a snow storm coming tonight! However Spoonflower.com is having a design contest that I decided to enter. The contest starts January 9, 2014.

I wanted to enter this contest since I have been having a love affair with making quilts the last few months. My spare bedroom is knee deep in fabric, I straightened it out and someone must have come in the middle of the night and made a mess! Ok, the sad truth is that I can not, no matter how I try, make myself be neat when I am creating something.

In the next few weeks I plan to post a free quilt pattern and a tutorial on how to make it. I will be using fabric that I have had for longer than I care to admit. This was long before I started designing my own fabric. So check back if you want to quilt along with me.

Twin Quilt using Swatches from "Nature" Collection

Twin Quilt using Swatches from “Nature” Collection


I have been busy having fun! I bought myself a new sewing machine and have been as busy as I can be quilting. Okay I have to confess as long as I have been sewing ( more years then you need to know) I had no idea what a walking foot was. I used to quilt my quilts by hand which I truly enjoy. However I did not make that many quilts. I did more personal or home decor sewing. At any rate my machine came with a walking foot. It is the most marvelous thing! I can machine quilt my quilts and not have it push the fabric all over the place. I am using up tons of fabric I have had around for a long time and I am also using my own fabric designs which I am really excited about. The last three quilts I have made I used up swatches of my fabric designs from Spoonflower. My Grandmother always taught us “waste not want not”, so with that in mind I made quilts! The first quilt made with swathes from my “Roaring Twenties” collection I had a wonderful lady in town that does long arm quilting, quilt it. The next ones being smaller I quilted on my machine. Using of course the walking foot.
Lap Quilt from Bay City Chicks Collection

Lap Quilt from Bay City Chicks Collection

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