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I have been having  fun quilting pillow shams! You can also see them at my shop on Etsy. The pillow shams are quilted on both sides. I am going to start on a quilt that coordinates with them, I can’t wait to get that done.

I have been having a great time designing tea towels! I hadn’t thought that much about designing tea towels, then I designed the 2016 calendar tea towel. That got such a great response that I thought I had missed the boat. At any rate I had a ball designing the towels and I had them printed , I got them hemmed and now I am putting them on my Etsy Shop. I thought I would share some of them with you. There are a total of 8 designs in this collection of tea towels, each set has two different designs. A total of 4 sets.DSC03172

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Scrapbooking Papers

I have added some digital paper files to my Etsy Shop. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. Unfortunately I have not kept up with my Etsy Shop, not enough time in the day! I plan on adding more digital paper packs as soon as possible. Some of the designs I already have available as fabric available at Spoonflower. So I thought this would be a way that someone could really get creative. I hope you enjoy them.

Southwest of Denver

Southwest of Denver

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Here Birdie, Birdie Baby Quilt

Here Birdie, Birdie Baby Quilt

Here Birdie, Birdie Baby Quilt

Here Birdie, Birdie Baby Quilt

I wanted to share this quilt pattern with anyone who wants to use it for their personal use. I really enjoyed making this quilt and I think you will also. I think it is a fairly easy quilt to make. You can use up scraps of fabric and make the different blocks. I used my fabric designs on Spoonflower, called Here Birdie, Birdieclick here for pattern

Of course I would love it if you used that also! The solid colors I purchased and were not my fabric designs.

Farm Fresh 2016 Tea Towel

Farm Fresh 2016 Tea Towel

Another year just about over with, time goes so fast! I designed a 2016 Tea towel calendar to get ready for the New Year though. I don’t know what came over me actually planning ahead. It is so not like me to plan ahead. Actually Spoonflower is having a contest in a few weeks and a 2016 Calendar Tea towel is the theme. Every year I say I am going to do one and this time I got inspired. I also need some tea towels for my kitchen so it is a win, win situation. The layout on this design is so that you can order a fat quarter on the Linen-Cotton fabric and have one towel fit perfect on it or of course you can order more. Hope you enjoy it. It will be available in a few days.

Mad About Plaid Quilt

Mad About Plaid Quilt

I designed this quilt for my grandson. It happens that blue is his favorite color right now, yellow and red a close second. I of course love plaid, lots and lots of plaid! So I designed some plaids with his favorite colors and came up with the idea of using oversize nine square blocks to keep the quilt simple. Of course he had final approval.

I have come to the conclusion that I love fabric, I love to sew but I am always wanting to get on to the next project. There might be a little ADHD in me! I don’t love to fuss over things. I do so admire quilters that create quilts with all the tiny pieces and intricate patterns. They amaze me and I drool over them. For a long time I thought I had to do it that way and of course with my total lack of patience it did not go well. I spent more time removing stitches then stitching. Or throwing it in a pile of other not so successful projects. Promising myself I would figure it out later.

Now I create my own quilt designs, sometimes changing it in mid way through. I have decided what I enjoy is the color and the fabric designs themselves. If it is a design I especially enjoy I want to see more of the design so I don’t think a traditional pattern on it’s own is what I want for it. Maybe a traditional block but oversize works for what I want. I also have a hard time sticking to the ¼ inch seam, so if I am using bigger pieces I generally use ½ inch seams. I figure I can trim the seams if I need to.

Block 1

Block 1

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The quilt is fairly easy to make as I used the strip quilting method. Each block is 19 inches square (remember I am using ½ inch seams). I also have strips of fabric at the top of the quilt, I just like the look. I did use a lot of white fabric in this design. I thought it would show off the plaid more.I found a plain yellow fabric that matched the yellow in my plaid for the round bolster pillow. For his pillow sham I decided to keep it simple. It is basically and bit of an over sized pillow case, before sewing it together I quilted the fabric. After sewing it together I bound the edge in the solid yellow fabric.  To get a copy of the pattern click on this  mad about plaid twin size quilt pattern if you have any questions about the pattern please feel free to ask.

Mad About Plaid fabric can be found at Spoonflower.com. I have quite a few fabric collections on there now.

I am learning to free motion quilt on my home sewing machine. I have a lot to learn and a lot of practice to do. That is pretty obvious in the photo’s. All I want for Christmas is a long arm machine! I have asked for information on the machines from several Linkedin groups I belong to and they have been kind enough to share their experience with me. I have to take some time and try out machines.

The headboard was built by his grandfather. Kind of an all in the family thing. My husband builds wonderful things and I get to paint them and sew.

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.

 

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