Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hello Moon March

It has been so much fun to see all of the moons appearing in the Flickr group! I love the way the different fabric choices make each block so unique.

We're still playing catch up...Are you ready for March?

I guess this should have been the April block, since Earth Day is in April. When I was putting the pattern together, that didn't even occur to me. Oh, wait...I just read this so we're good: "The United Nations celebrates Earth Day each year on the March equinox, which is often March 20."

Here are the Hello Moon March Block Instructions.  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Raw Edge Free Motion(ish) Applique Tutorial

Many people have asked how I do the free motion outline on my raw edge applique, so I thought I would write up a quick tutorial.

First of all, I don't free motion :).  I use an open toed foot and leave my feed dogs up. I make a total of three trips around the applique piece. 

Let's start with an easy shape.  The first time around, roughly outline the shape.

The second time around, weave back and forth across the first line.

The third and final time around, fill in any of the big gaps.

Now try a more difficult shape.

First time around - roughly outline

Second time around - weave back and forth.  Remember, you do not have to be perfect.

Last time around - fill in the gaps. Feel free to overlap onto the background fabric.

 Now your done!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hello Moon Catch Up

Are you still with me...or have you given up on Hello Moon?  Are you ready to play catch up? I've finally gotten my act together and have the Hello Moon patterns finished! What if we do February now, then we'll do the March block next week? We should be ready for the April block by April.

You can find the Hello Moon February Block instructions here. Be sure to join the new Flickr Group, and add the pictures of your completed blocks!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Maggie's Classy Hooch Press

What do you get when you mix 3 Mormon Chicks, one Jersey chick and a few fifths of cheap vodka?
 Maggie's Classy Hooch Press! Ella hosted a fun sew day and Maggie treated us all with Vodka and spray bottles.  I brought some linen scented mineral oil, but Marion figured out a great way to scent her Hooch Press with zested grapfruit!

Maggie's Classy Hooch Press is our homemade version of a Best Press type of product.  Spray it on your fabric before ironing and it works wonders!

Our concoction was one part vodka, two parts water, and about a tsp of scented oil.  Marion came up with a great tutorial. Feel free to use the label for your own Hooch Press bottle.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

London Calling

with Thomas Knauer. While at market, I attended the Andover School House featuring Thomas Knauer.  He is so brilliant!  Listening to the way his mind works was so amazing and inspiring.  Naturally, I picked up some of his fabric... a fat quarter pack of his Asbury line.

I was hording it a little, and was waiting for just the right project that I felt would honor his sense of color and design.  When my daughter's 13th birthday came rolling around I knew just what to make and just what fabric to use.

I went with a Union Jack of sorts - I kept calling it a Union John, since it's not quite a jack.
 She is a fan of all things British, especially boys with British accents - oy!
 It seemed a little crazy to use such bold patterns together, but I think Tom would approve!
 White really highlighted the fabrics and gave a uniform look.
Since I had already jumped off the ledge with the bold prints, plaid seemed fitting for the sashing.

I backed it with a bright pink minky, and Sara loved it - almost as much as the trip to London that she really wanted for her birthday!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Quilts from 100 Blocks

Remember Elephante? This was my block that was featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks
Just after market, they asked if I would be interested in being in Quilts from 100 blocks!  Of course I said yes, and went to work on some companion blocks. Here are a couple in progress...


I played around quite a bit with color and came up with Elephante and Friends...
There are elephants, hippos, flamingos, lions and snakes that go across the width of the quilt (the red and orange here are the bodies of the snakes).  You can see a picture of the full quilt along with a close up of the flamingo in the magazine.
For a chance to win a free copy, visit Quiltmaker's blog. They will be giving away 25 copies of this issue.