May 20, 2016

Make Modern Mini MIni Quilt Challenge

We are thrilled to partner with Make Modern magazine for a unique challenge to kick off Summer!
We don't know about you, but we love the adorable mini quilt trend!  We're busy moms with a huge sewing wish list.  And while, we would love to churn out a bunch of big bed quilts, we simply don't have the time in this busy season of our lives to get to all that we want to do.  Clothes for the kids tend to win out over other sewing projects.  And dang, we sure have fun stitching for our littles.  This is where mini quilts fit in perfectly.  We can try out a technique, play with some inspiring fabrics, and complete a project without adding to our dreaded half-finished sewing pile.  What could be better than mini quilts?  How about mini mini quilts?!
Make Modern magazine is hosting a challenge honoring these itty bitty works of stitched art & we would love for you to join in!

It's simple to play along:
1.  Make a mini mini quilt (no larger than 6" square)
2.  Share a photo of your finished quilt on Instagram with the hashtag #MMminimini and tag @makemodernmagazine
3.  Repeat from step 1 as many times as you'd like before June 20th.

Did we mention there would be PRIZES?! Phat Quarters is a sponsor!  You could win from over 30 prizes worth over $1000 including fabric (yay fabric!), patterns, kits, sewing notions, gift certificates, & more!

This is open to all International sewists!  Feel free to enter multiple mini mini quilts, but please just share one photo per quilt (be sure to use the #MMminimini hashtag & also tag @makemodernmagazine).  The challenge is open from May 20th til June 20th, 2016.  The lucky winners will be announced in the Make Modern newsletter on July 8th.

Make Modern has issued this very important warning:
"Making mini mini quilts may be highly addictive and may cause you to neglect every other WIP, partners, children, pets and significant others that require feeding, and your housework! Given that you are probably looking for reasons to neglect the latter, go forth and create!"

We can't wait to get started on our own mini mini quilt creations!  Be sure to follow us on Instagram as we'll be sharing some mini mini quilts that shine as well as our own!  There's a ton of inspiration in the latest issue of Make Modern, which is available today!

May 15, 2016

The Splendid Sampler: Simple Simon

The sew along continues this week with The Splendid Sampler block #5, Simple Simon, designed by Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods.  I like the way she turned a basic nine patch block into something new & interesting with a few cuts & some sashing.
I have been using the tropical colorway from Lavish by Art Gallery Fabrics, but switched things up this week by pulling out prints in jewel tones.  The crisp lines of this design drew me in and I also enjoyed fussy cutting the 2.5 inch squares to showcase the Bejeweled Seal Ink print.

The other prints used in this block are Petal Picking Dense and Sunprint Orchid
I'm enjoying seeing new blocks each week with the Splendid Sampler sew along.  I am also glad that there's no pressure to keep up with everyone else.  Have you joined in the fun yet?  We'd love to see your blocks!  See what we've been stitching on Facebook and Instagram
- Leah

May 10, 2016

The Splendid Sampler: Goose on the Loose

I am excited to share with you my latest quilt block for The Splendid Sampler.  If you haven't heard about it, The Splendid Sampler is a year long sew-along hosted by Pat Sloan & Jane Davidson.  Two new six inch blocks are released each week, designed by over 80 different contributors.  I am taking my time and have committed to making one block each week.  There have already been so many wonderful & unique blocks shared so far.
The block I chose to work on this week is block #22, Goose on the Loose, designed by one of my own quilting heroes: Amy Smart of Diary of  a Quilter.  I have long been inspired by her bright and playful quilt designs.
This block allowed me to try out a technique that I have wanted to try my hand at for a while:  foundation paper piecing.  The verdict is in... I love it!  While this block isn't as intricate as many foundation paper-pieced patterns I have eyed, it was the perfect pattern for my first try.  I must admit, there's a bit of a thrill to see those point match up so beautifully.
Fabrics used in this block are Bejeweled Seal Teal and Dots Tile Fresco, both from the Lavish collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics
Before starting this block, I reviewed some tips for paper piecing and this is what I tried & recommend for success:
1)  Print the pattern onto vellum paper.  
It's easier to see through when placing fabric.  A lot of people suggested using a light box or a brightly lit window.  As a mom with littles, most of my sewing is done late at night, so brightly lit windows aren't an option. (which in the Pacific NW are hard to come by).  I already had vellum on hand, so it worked great for me.  It was also easier to fold.
2)  Pre-fold all the lines before you start stitching.  
This wasn't a must, but it certainly did help with keeping my folds nice & crisp.  I think the extra fold lines helped when tearing the paper away when I was finished with stitching.
3)  Color the foundation paper to match your fabric placement.  
This block is comprised of 2 blocks (repeated) that are essentially the same, but the fabric placement is opposite of each other.  Coloring each foundation paper before stitching helped to make sure my fabric placement was correct on the first try.
4)  Use the Add A Quarter Inch Ruler to simplify trimming the quarter inch seam allowance.  
I started my block without this ruler.  Once I started using it, trimming went so much more quickly!  I love that this is a chunky little ruler, so if my toddler gets a hold of it, I know she won't immediately snap it in half.  The quarter in ledge "hugs" the seam, making trimming quick & accurate.  You can find the Add A Quarter Inch Ruler in our shop
I really enjoyed making this block & have already been daydreaming about making other things with this same pattern.
Have you tried foundation paper piecing?  What tips can you offer to make foundation paper piecing successful?
- Leah

May 4, 2016

May the Fourth be with you: Mom's Star Wars Stash

Star Wars is most definitely not just for boys.  Gemia & I determined that long before The Force Awakened & turned everyone into fans.  While my husband & son have made my love for all things Skywalker grow, Gemia has been a die hard fan pretty much since forever.
It's fun to see our kids get excited over the things we enjoyed as kids.  With moms that sew, that love extends to fabric as well.  They are always pulling their own fabric selections & putting in their "order" for what they would like us to create for them next.
We recently added Lecien Jelly Clips to the shop &  my daughter has been daydreaming about making a little clip purse.  I had fun playing with some of my Star Wars fabric stash this week as well as this new-to-me sewing toy.  The clips are chunky, playful, and very easy to use.    They come in several colors & 2 sizes.  I used the small four inch black clip frame for my little purse.  It's just perfect for slipping into my bag & helping to keep things organized.  While I could put anything inside from business cards to hair ties to change, I found the just the right purpose...

I LOVE chocolate!  And this is the perfect little pouch to contain a little stash for the chocolate lover on the go.  What a cute gift this would make!

It's always fun to see what other Star Wars lovers create.  Here are some of our favorites from around the web:
Gemia's favorites:  Star Wars quilt by katenearpass, Geometric Millennium Falcon by Just Joshin,   Chewbacca T-Shirt pillow by Kitchen Table Quilting,  Yub Nub:  source unknown
Leah's favorites:  Paper Pieced BB8 by Fandom in Stitches, Star Wars Maker's Tote by Fresh Lemons Quilts,  Triangle Star Wars quilt by Holly Gets Quilty, Cuddly Chewbacca by Draw Pilgrim
Follow our Pinterest board for more inspiring Intergalactic projects.  May the Fourth be with you!

Apr 28, 2016

Craft Party #30 with DIY Crush

Hi all, we have something new and different for you today! We are joining up with DIY Crush & Easy Sewing for Beginners as Guest Host for their LINKY PARTY this week. We love link party's because they allow us to connect with with so many amazing people! We love to see what everyone is creating and the inspiration that you kind find is endless!! Today we are going to share with you our three favorite links from last weeks party.  It was so hard to narrow it down but we loved the following links.

First up is this fantastic tutorial buy Cucicucicoo Patterns for Fabric Scrap Butterflies. If you know any about Phat Quarters you know that we have a slight obsession with fabric - hence our fabric SHOP! We are constantly sewing and have piles and piles of scrap fabric. Lisa, shared not only this sweet picture of dreamy little fabric butterflies, but also the template and tutorial to create your very own! I have a feeling my girls will be making these this summer!

With 8 kids between the two of us, Leah & I are deeply touched by our children's school teachers! They teach our children so much more than just math and reading!We truly are grateful for their services to our families. This sweet little Ruler Pencil Holder from Little Free Monkeys, is adorable! I love the fact that it is something that I could make with my children. What a wonderful way to teach your children to repay kindness by making a handmade gift for their teachers!

Another favorite from last week is Katie, from The Crafty Blog Stalker take on this Wood Decor USA Kit from Apostrophe S featuring the United States of America. I love maps and this wooden version of our country is so modern and right on trend! I was moved by the inspiration quote that she applied to her decor. Home truly is where the heart is!

To see what Denise & Domenica feel in love with last week, head over to DIY Crush! Be sure to add your newest creation to this weeks party so that we can be further inspired and delighted by all that you do! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! We also hope that you will stay connected with us on Social Media. Until next time have a great week!

Ready to party now?? We sure are! 
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  • free craft tutorials & patterns
  • pattern reviews (can include links to the pattern for purchase)
  • decoration with small list of how you did it
  • recipes for foods that are also kids friendly (no alcoholic recipes please)
  • business/blogging tips
  • money tips for SAHM’s and WAHM’s

What You CAN’T Show Off?

  • shops
  • giveaways
  • spam sites
  • products for sale
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