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.
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.
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.
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 Notions. I 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.
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!
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.
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 thatwill 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
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!
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.