Jul 14, 2016

Pandalicious Mini Quilt

Katarina Roccella has done it again!  Another amazing fabric line designed for Art Gallery Fabrics - Pandalicious!
"Out of all the black & white animals, we’ll dare to say that pandas are the most adored – so this is a collection for all panda lovers! It is the two contrasting colors in their body that inspired the bold and graphic prints. The pastel and bambooey shades tint their habitat and make a delicious background in which they can play."

We are thrilled to be a part of the Pandalicious blog tour to promote and showcase the versatility of these beautiful fabrics.  With so many lovely prints in this line, I wanted to create a project that would showcase each and every fabric.  A modern mini quilt is always a good idea, isn't it?!

Art Gallery Fabrics generously provided fabric for this blog post.  They look so luscious stacked all together!
These sweet colors remind me of salt water taffy found in candy shops along the boardwalk at the beach.   Naturally, these fabrics pair  beautifully with Art Gallery Pure Elements in Mediterraneo.  With no particular design in mind, I elected to mimic the bamboo arrows in two of the prints.  Modern flying geese blocks would give me the look I wanted.  To get nice sharp points, I chose to foundation paper piece each block.  I just love the "stitch by color" feel I get when I paper piece.
To complete this mini quilt, I quilted in an echo design along the flying geese units with light turquoise thread.  This quilting continues into the blank block to add interest.  It is bound with the same Mediterraneo solid in order to keep focus on the printed "geese".  My Pandalicious mini quilt finished at approximately 20" wide and 15" tall.
This project was a delight to complete!  While I love the sweet pastel prints that play so well together, I must admit that my favorite fabric from the line is the bold contrasting black and white Panda print, Pandalings Pod Assured

Katarina has proven time and again that she sees rich vibrancy in the world around us with her fantastic designs.  She draws us to explore with her through bright colors and versatile prints.

Be sure to travel with us on the blog tour to discover more unique styles and patterns featuring Pandalicious

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Jul 8, 2016

Mini Privet Drive Quilt

I have several lap quilts that are currently works in progress, so of course I am ignoring them & starting on something fresh & new.  I've been anxious to stitch one of the new quilt patterns I discovered while at Quilt Market.  Sassafras Lane Designs is an adorable mother daughter team who have made themselves known for their fresh & modern quilt patterns.  I was delighted to learn that they decided to jump on the mini quilt craze and release six of their popular patterns in mini size. 

Mini Privet Drive, Mini Firelights Lane, Mini Diamond Detour, Mini Canyon Boulevard, Mini One Way, Mini Wynkoop Court, Mini Firelights Lane (isn't the blue colorway beautiful?!)

I really like each and every one of these regular size quilts and they are even cuter in mini size.  But I was especially drawn to Privet Drive, as it's paper pieced and I have a new found love for foundation paper piecing.  It's like stitch by number!  Everything stays nice and exact; I love it!
The catalyst to get me sewing rather than push this pattern to a "someday" project was to sign up for a mini quilt swap.  I've done a couple of swaps, but that was several years & a couple kids ago.  They are a fun way to stretch your creativity & learn new skills.  My swap partner told me she likes modern quilts as well as the colors blue & green.  The only other mandate is that I needed to use scraps and I have PLENTY of those! 
There are 35 blocks all together; each block is a different main print.  I still have so many fabrics in my scrap bins to to choose from, and many of them can be found in our shop as well.
I kept the quilting simple and modern with straight lines spaced the width of my walking foot.  God bless the walking foot! I sew with mine ALL the time!
This mini quilt is finished with my favorite method of binding - machine-stitched.  It's much faster and let's face it, I just don't enjoy sitting and stitching by hand.  (There's usually a toddler trying to crawl in my lap).  The finished size is 12.5" x 17.5"
I must admit that this is one of my most favorite quilts!  I may just have to make one for me now!  I am sure my swap partner will love it too!
Do you love mini quilts?  Are there patterns you've wanted to see stitched up?  Let us know!  We love to know what inspires you!

Jul 2, 2016

Fishtail Kimono Double Gauze Cover-Up

The fun part about running  a blog with your friend is that you get to have two Pool Side Beach Parties! Leah used her new Super Tote by Noodlehead to get everything to the party and I brought the tween-spirit! I hope that you all are enjoying all the different stops on the tour. There have been so many fun and inspiring post so far! In case you have missed any....here is the lineup.

Jun 30, 2016

Modern Americana Table Scape

Hi. We are so excited to have you join us today for our stop on the Sew Americana Blog Tour. It such a perfect time of year to explore and celebrate all the details that make America so great! I am an American history junkie and I love the 4th of July! That being said I have very little in the way of home decor because I always find our family traveling around this time of year.

So sticking with tradition, I decided that I needed a few more small items to add to my table decorations. As a child I remember helping my grandmother fold up her freshly pressed table linens & napkins and place them with tenderness, in drawer after a special family meal. Those sweet memories have caused me to LOVE cloth napkins and use them regularly in my home. So, I went to my favorite online fabric store... aka PHAT QUARTERS and picked out my favorite blue print, and my favorite red print. The winners were:

I used a half yard of each print and this tutorial, "DIY Dinner Napkins" on Craftsy, to get beautiful mitered corners on my 4 new Americana cloth napkins. I folded my new pretties up and placed them out on my kitchen table.

I have this old window hanging above my kitchen table and normally I have some sort of wreath hanging at its' center. I wanted to change things up a bit, yet was at a lose of what to make. Then I saw this post on Instagram from one of my favorite creative minds Cheri Lehnow of Tinkerellen and I knew I wanted to do something with Buck Forest Night by AGF and a touch of Americana!

A photo posted by Cheri Lehnow (@tinkerellen) on

The problem is Cheri is amazing with her little trinkets and embroidery thread.....me...?...not so much. I can, however use scissors, fusible interfacing, and fabric scraps from my new napkins to play around with my vision! So I went at it and added a little Americana, in the form of Uncle Sam, to my modern Art Gallery Buck fabric. The result is what I like to call.... Uncle Buck! (ha ha ha I crack myself up!!!)

I have plans to add more details to my Uncle Buck this summer, but only time will tell if I can come even halfway close to what Cheri can do. But seriously, how fun is this guy!

I love him and he makes my kids giggle every time they look up at him. My sons favorite part is the bow-tie and he is begging for his own. Lucky for him I still have some scraps left over. So, in the end, my 4th of July Table Scape is a fun mix of vintage Americana with a twist of Modern fun!

I hope you have enjoyed your time with us today! Be sure to check out the other stops on this great tour that Katy of Thread & Grain has put together. See you next time.

Take a look at the AMAZING lineup for the Sew Americana tour!
Monday, June 27 
Wild & Wanderful | Sew and Tell Project | Call Ajaire
Paisley Roots | Wally and Grace
Tuesday, June 28
Sew Thrifty | Coles Corner and Creations | Rebel & Malice
Friends Stitched Together | The Wholesome Mama
Wednesday, June 29
Sewing by Ti | EYMM | HattieLu Handmade
Daydream Believers | PenSebRox | Handmade Boy
Thursday, June 30
Beatnik Kids | Phat Quarters | Sew Starly | Sew Sophie Lynn
The Kisses Co. | Adventures with Bubba and Bug
Friday, July 1
Very Blissful | That's Sew Kari | Sew Happily Ever After | Pear Berry Lane
Mae and K
 | Musings of a Seamstress | Sew and Tell Project
As a special bonus for our readers, use the code ' SEWAMERICANA ' and enjoy a 20% discount at www.THREADandGRAIN.com  You'll find a ton of maker-inspired goodies!
(All created by your tour guide, Katy, from Wild & Wanderful.)

Jun 28, 2016

Poolside Beach Party: Summer Super Tote

Summer is in full swing and we're hanging out in the sun on the Poolside Beach Party blog tour!  Splash along with us and see some fabulous beach wear and accessories as well as some summer tips and giveaways!
 In the Pacific Northwest where we see a lot of cloudy skies (but we're thankful for all the green that surrounds us), so it's a nice relief to get some sunshine!  We have all the summer essentials:  swimsuits, towels, sunblock, snacks, snacks, more snacks (are my kids the only ones that seem to munch all day long in the summertime?!).  What to haul all this good stuff around in?  My new favorite tote bag!
I stitched up the Super Tote pattern designed by Anna of Noodlehead in some of my new favorite prints, Foxglove by Aneela Hoey for Cloud 9 Fabrics as well as some upcycled denim.

This is most definitely my new favorite bag!  Anna's patterns are beautiful & very well written.  I only made a few minor modifications.  The pattern gives instructions for gathered pockets on both sides of the lining.  I included pockets on only one side.  The pockets help to corral the small things without being fussy.  I also added a pocket panel to the denim portion of the outer pocket.  This gave me a quick spot to slip my phone or a pen without it getting lost on the bottom of the large outer pocket.  I forgot to snap pictures, but essentially I stitched a rectangle to the denim portion & then added stitching to separate the panel into 3 pockets.
Don't let this picture fool you, I can pack this bag to the gills and still zip it! That's the other great thing - I love that it zips closed!  This is great for the chubby toddler fingers helpfully unpacking everything I've so carefully tucked away.  While we're not hanging poolside, I've been slinging my new favorite tote around as my purse/diaper bag.  We cloth diaper & that means we need a little extra room for the extra fluff.  I don't feel like I'm hauling around luggage though, which is nice.  The Super Tote lives up to it's name.  The thick straps are stylish with two different fabrics & very comfortable.
The fabrics I used for this Super Tote are primarily organic cottons from Cloud 9 Fabrics
up-cycled denim from my personal stash

Be sure to swim over to the other party goers today & throughout the week to see their summer sewing and for some refreshing prizes!

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