To market, to market…

To Quilt Market I go! Today I take off to the International Quilt Market- the big industry trade show that is right before the International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas. We have a booth at Market; Booth 1249. So if you are there, please stop by and say Hi!

In the meantime, I am leaving you with some photos I took the other day on my walk: enjoy fall in my little spot in Colorado.

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Check back later this week;  if I can I will post from Market but we at least hope to post a few pictures on Facebook.

I have a scrappy post all set for you for Monday- just a few tweaks and it will be good to go so don’t miss it!

See ya later alligator!

happy quilting,

Kate

Scrap Monday

What a great weekend we had- beautiful weather. Sat morning I walked a lot; went on a group walk with some neighbors and we met up with Walk with a Doc group and walked some more. Then we walked home! Phew!

DSCN2250I went for a walk this morning so I didn’t lose momentum.

It was glorious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN2280This past weekend I decided I needed to continue to update my fall decorating. I had this cute witch statue and pumpkin by the front door but the mug mat did not go with them at all!

 

So I made a new one.

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN2240First I drew a picture of what it would look like; then I went to my 1 ½” scrap bin and started looking for fall color scraps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I ironed, cut, pieced …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then some quilting with my cute spool of #12 Aurifil thread and another scrap for the binding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SO much better don’t you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN2241And, with this pile of leftovers, I cut them into “my” scrap sizes- a 5″ square, a couple of 3 ½” pieces, a few 2 ½” squares and some 1 ½” strips.

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Would you like to make one? You don’t even have to use fall fabrics; use whatever you have! I should have taken pictures as I made the first one, but I didn’t. That’s OK- I have LOTS of scraps!

Here is what you need to make a mug mat about 8″ x 10″ (or a mug rug, mini quilt…call it what you like!):

 

10 pieces of colored fabrics- 1 ½” x 7″ long- cut each piece into 1 rectangle 1 ½” x 5 1/2″ and 1 square 1 ½” x 1 ½”.

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Background: 20 squares 1 ½” x 1 ½”

You can use all one fabric or go scrappy. I like mine consistent since the rest of the quilt is scrappy.

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Batting and backing: about a 10″ x 12″ piece

Binding: 1 strip 1 ½” x 40″ for single fold binding

 

 

Lay out your colors in a pleasing arrangement.

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Add in your background pieces. Alternate rows.

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All rows: press away from the background squares.

Sew the rows together.

Layer with batting and backing; quilt. Bind. Done.

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Easy peasy!

happy quilting,

Kate

p.s. If you need instructions on how to do single fold binding, we have a PDF on this page. Enjoy!

p.p.s. Later this week I will show you some more groovy pictures from my walk. Fall is just glorious!

Decorating for Fall

DSC02427 (copy)I used to love to decorate for the seasons. I would change curtains, accessories and knick knacks, maybe change up the quilt that is always on the back of the couch…

I haven’t done this as much since we moved to this condo last year.

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN2224So the other day I decided I would update the house just a little for fall.  I made these pumpkins and little pumpkin dolls many years ago- aren’t they cute? (one of them looks like he is nodding off… I guess he got a little droopy over the years!)

 

 

 

 

DSCN2228And my Halloween table runner I made last year- so cute! I used our Row House pattern because it is fast and so much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

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I put my fun sunflower quilt on the back of the couch-

Now I have a little touch of fall inside as well as outside!

happy quilting,

Kate

Scraps again!

DSCN2174After I made the aprons for our booth at Quilt Market last weekend, I swore I would not make new badge holders. Even though our current ones don’t match the new aprons. I said I was going to use the last little bit of the strip set to make a mug rug.

I lied.

On Saturday, in spite of having many other things to do, I realized I had just enough of the leftovers from the aprons to make us new badge bags.

So I did.

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Cute, huh? And now they coordinate. I will have to pop over to a local store and get some ribbon for the handles/ties- I did not have enough for that!

 

 

 

DSCN2213Want to see what else I made with some scraps? I had these two fabrics, and this spool of Aurifil thread that was just perfect!

 

 

 

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Using this tutorial from Seaside Stitches,  I made a cute little fabric box for the booth to hold our small patterns. I used pins I received from a shop hop a couple of years ago to hold the flaps down instead of buttons.

 

There are so many great ideas in the web on how to use your scraps.

 

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Speaking of scraps, this is the daily deal at C&T today. Scrap quilting with Alex Anderson. How did they know I would be talking about scraps today?

Click here to get it 50% off.

happy scrap busting!

Kate

 

Salep.s. Craftsy’s 5 Million Member Flash Sale is ending tonight. Click here for great savings on classes! So many classes- so little time!

“I really enjoy all the resources on Craftsy, and can’t wait to keep exploring.” – Jeff

Whirlybird Winner

Thank you to everyone who visited me over on Kris Poor’s blog last week- wasn’t it fun to check out her stuff? And thank you to all of Kris’s friends who popped over here- so nice to have you visit!

DSCN2148But, I am supposed to be telling you who is the winner of the Whirlybird pattern and fabric pack.

 

Drum roll please: Elise W!

 

Congratulations Elise- I will be emailing you for your address.

 

 

 

 

 

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And the winner of Kris’s Wine Cooler pattern and Thermfoam is:

Vicki H! Congrats to both of our winners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So, what are you up to today? I am working on a new project, and I just love the fabrics. Aren’t they fun?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have this lovely tree outside my sewing room. (Maybe I should say sewing studio. It makes it seem more legit!)

The tree shades me in the summer from some of the intense western sunlight and then drops it’s leaves so I can see the mountains in the winter. A very nice tree.

 

 

Do you ever feel that the trees change color quickly? One day they are mostly green and then, wham! They are in full color?

It is true.

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This was my tree on Sunday and then today. 4 days.

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Fall is here.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

happy quilting,

Kate

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Whirlybird Quilt Pattern

p.s. If you did not win Whirlybird, you can grab your own copy of the pattern here. Or, hopefully it will be in your local quilt shop soon!

 

p.p.s I added a couple of items to our Etsy shop- two pumpkin wall hangings and some other things… check them out here! We did some of the work for you!

 

 

Scrap Busting Apron

Hi all! I hope you are having a good week. This past Sunday I decided to make a few aprons. In a little over 2 weeks, Elizabeth and I are heading to Houston for Quilt Market- a trade show for quilting that happens right before the big quilt show, International Quilt Festival. If you have ever been to Quilt Festival in Houston, you know it is a quilt show on steroids!

Quilt Market is the trade show; pretty impressive in it’s own right. And we have a booth and showing off our great patterns to shop owners! We have been planning our booth recently and decided we need new aprons.

DSCN2194Aprons are handy at Market when you are in a booth; they can hold extra brochures, pens, business cards, your phone, candy for when you need a pick me up…. and the ones we used the last few times were cute, but inadequate.

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Sooo cute but the pockets are too small for patterns or the brochures.

 

 

I started a board on Pinterest for booth ideas and my daughter, who will be coming to help with our booth, found an apron pin from Sugar Bee Crafts that she thought was cute.

I made the decision to only make the aprons from my scraps. So off to the scrap pile for me.

DSCN2179I found these strip sets in my piles of scraps from a never completed project. Not really sure what I was making with these, maybe it was to be a quilt, or maybe a quilted jacket.

 

Either way, whatever it was going to be never materialized (haha!) so now these cute little strips will be aprons.

 

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I tweaked the apron pattern, made the back pockets big enough to hold patterns, brochures, etc and made sure there was a small spot for pens; otherwise you are digging in bigger pockets for pens and it is frustrating!

 

 

 

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I made three aprons- each one slightly different in fabrics and size depending on what I had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And all leftover fabric went straight into the bins- a couple of 3 ½” pieces, a couple of 2 ½” pieces and the leftover strip I am putting aside to make a mug rug.

I had one slightly larger piece of the green fabric that I had the most of- almost a FQ so that went in the green fabric bin.

It will probably come back out to be the backing of the mug rug but at least it is in it’s place until I use it!

I am so proud of myself for using up some scraps, really repurposing an old project.

Reduce, reuse, recycle! It makes room for new fabric!

Happy quilting,

Kate

DSCN2157Hubby and I went hiking on Sat- we did not find pretty fall colors, but we did find snow  in them thar hills!

Big News!

Wow! I guess we can finally share our big news! Elizabeth and I have been working on our first book with C&T Publishing and it is on Amazon as a preorder! So exciting!

BookSo pop on over to Amazon to check it out and preorder!

 

It will be out in the spring.

 

Don’t forget to pop over to Kris’s blog and enter my great giveaway!

 

So excited.

 

happy quilting,

Kate

Guest blogging, new pattern and a Giveaway! Oh my!

Hi! Today I am guest blogging on Kris Poor’s blog- over at the Poorhouse! So click here to go to her blog- I am introducing a new pattern and I have an amazing giveaway!

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Don’t miss it!

happy quilting,

Kate

p.s. If you tried to click over to her blog earlier- we are sorry! Her server was having issues all day Thursday. But it is back up and running and the giveaway box works again!

Sept Blocks for Globetrotting BOM

Phew! Just made it! I was able to get my blocks for Globetrotting with Pat Sloan done this weekend. They really went quickly- a fun block. Here they are:

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What I did not get done was my scrap bin clean up. :(

Some other things came up over the weekend and so scrap bin clean up is on the agenda for later this week. But I did promise some  links about scraps so I will share one with you.

DSCN2140Bonnie Hunter does a lot with scraps. She has tons of information on her website  and here is a free pattern; a scrappy 9 patch that uses 2″ squares or strips.

Who doesn’t love a 9 patch?

 

She also has a tutorial on her scrap system- click here for that.

 

 

Cover1If you have not entered to win Kris’s pattern for her Wine cooler and some ThermoFoam, click here. And, remember, this Thursday I will be guest blogging on Kris’s blog and I have an amazing giveaway planned!

So don’t miss that! I will post a link to her blog on Thursday, but if you want to peek around her site, here it is. She has some really fun stuff!

happy quilting,

Kate

 

DSCN2136Yesterday we had truly crazy weather- thunder hail like I have not seen before! It came down so fast and hard- my poor cat was hiding under the couch, shaking! Thank goodness we had no broken windows or skylights- though not everyone here was that lucky.

But, today the sky is blue and the sun is shinning… a great day!

Welcome Kris Poor- our guest blogger!

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Today my quilty friend Kris Poor of Poorhouse Quilt Designs, is posting on the Seams Like a Dream blog about her newest pattern, Wine Cooler. Kris has really fun patterns and this new one is a winner!

Kris shares the pattern details, some tips and a contest:

 

“Hi! I’m Kris Poor and I am thrilled to be a guest blogger today on Seams Like a Dream blog! I like to design small projects for home dec and gift giving, with some quilt designs sprinkled in! As Kate said, I am talking about my new wine tote pattern, Wine Cooler. Sometimes you know that giving something handmade will be appreciated – Wine Cooler is both functional and sophisticated.

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We’ll be debuting the pattern at Quilt Market in Houston. It’s a wine tote with small handles and a cover to keep chilled wines at their chilly best! The handles slip through an opening at the top and top stays closed with the help of a small piece of velcro.

 

OK – I know there are tons of Wine Tote bag patterns out there – this one features a product called ThermoFoam. ThermoFoam is a dense fusible polyester foam with a heat reflective, metallized film laminated to one side. What is that supposed to mean? It means that it’s a thin sheet of foam with fusible on one side and “foil” on the other.  Heat reflection takes the heat (or chill) of the object inside, and directs it back to that object. The added bonus of this material is that it needs no lining for this project! Take a look inside the Wine Cooler:

 

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The shiny material that you can see on the flap and inside the tote is ThermoFoam.

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk about using new materials – the key to your success is reading the instructions that are supplied with it and testing, testing, testing.

Everyone’s iron and fabric is different, so the instructions provide you with a starting point, then you have to find out what’s going to work for you. Just cut a small square of ThermoFoam and your project fabric and then…test!

 

My Tips for ThermoFoam:

  • Use a damp press cloth
  • Overlap when you fuse
  • Use a Microtex Sharp 80 needle

 

So, if you are in the mood to make a few gifts ahead (I wish I were like you), this pattern is for you. Each Wine Cooler uses 2 fat quarters; you can make 3 Wine Coolers from a single package of ThermoFoam. Wow! Are you ready to get started? Of course, you’ll need to visit your local Wine Shop to get some interesting bottles (one for yourself, as a reward!!)

 

You can enter my contest to win a pattern and a package of ThermoFoam here – “like” Poorhouse Quilt Designs facebook page through the link below and you will be entered!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway is open until Oct 9th.

happy quilting!

 

 

 

Week in progress…

How is your week going? I seem to be very busy this week without much definitive progress on anything. Hmmm… I guess the answer is to just keep moving forward and something will look like it is done soon!

The leaves outside my window however, seem to be on a roll. The other day, they were all green; today they are this! DSCN2098

Fall is here- I love fall, the crisp air, the blue sky, the color of the leaves… of course, here in the greater Denver area, it is supposed to get into the 80’s today! A little bit of summer still left to enjoy.

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A quick update- tomorrow Kris Poor of Poorhouse designs will be guest blogging here- her post is really great and she has a fun giveaway for you! You are going to love it.

So, come back tomorrow.

 

I am off to see if I can move something to the DONE! pile- wish me luck.

happy quilting,

Kate

image1p.s. Silly me- I forgot to add something- heather, our winner from last year’s Wicked Blog Hop, made her Leftover‘s table runner and sent me a picture! Isn’t it great!

You can more of Heather’s work on Flickr here.

Love it!

 

Scrap Organization- AKA- an intervention

Last week I posted about getting organized. And no, I did not get very far! My friend Sue mentioned that often the problem is that there is too much stuff for the space. Well that is certainly true for me! Moments after I took the picture of my clean desk, it looked like a bomb had gone off. The floor had piles of stuff and if I did not look where I was walking, I would trip over them!

DSCN2097The iron is on the floor under my desk. Sigh.

But while I prefer to be more organized than this, it is, in part due to too much stuff and not enough space.

So I thought, can I learn to live within the space I have? Probably not, but I can make it better.

I decided to start with fabric scrap management. The desk stuff is too boring!

There are lots of great books out there with patterns for your scraps and systems to store your scraps. I decided to do a little research and see what ideas I can add to my current system to make it work better.

I found some great ideas and I will share a few links with you as I post about my scrap management over the next few weeks.

Years ago, I has shoe boxes for my scraps. I wish I had a picture of them. I had one for ¾” scraps, 1″ scraps, 1 ¼” scraps, 1 ½” scraps….. are you getting the picture? What was I thinking?

My quilter friend Joan Ford had three great books on scrap management and her system is called Scrap Therapy. Cute concept!

DSCN2091She has three sizes of scraps- but that won’t work for me. I can’t go that cold turkey!

I have cut it down to 1 ½”, 2″ 2 ½”, 3″ 3 ½” and 5″.

I do need to streamline this but my problem is that I hate to cut a perfectly good 3″ scrap down to 2 ½”. What if I need a 3″ scrap???

I think I need help.

 

 

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And my system is not really working- these were all in the 2″ box- hmmm…. either I can’t measure or I did not cut them down to size.

So, for me, Step 1 is to go through the boxes of strips and check the sizes of strips and end up with strips that are the size listed on the box!

And yes, if that means cutting a 2 ¼” strip down to 2″, that is what I must do.

My boxes will now be:

1. 1 ½” (yes, I do use them! I like little stuff!)

2. 2″

3. 2 ½” (because I use a lot of that size )

4. 3 ½”

5. 5″

It is a start. I will have to talk about bigger pieces of fabric later. Right now I am focusing on my strips. I will check back and repot on my progress next Monday and post another link for you on interesting scrap management ideas.

In the meantime, I need a catchy name for my process. I think I will call it A Scrap Intervention- How to manage your scraps and get control of your quilting space!

And if you have any great scrap management tips- please share in the comments. I will take all the help I can get!

happy quilting,

Kate

Sale 2p.s. Just an FYI- Craftsy’s Big Fall Sale goes thru the end of today- here is my link- you get up to 50% off classes and I get credit. Maybe I can get a chance to do another class with them- it was so much fun the first time!

Go on- sign up for that class you have been meaning to take. I just signed up for a knitting class- I love to watch as I sew- or while I am cutting strips!

Fall Craftsy Sale

As promised yesterday, here is a link to the big fall sale at Craftsy.

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Have you taken a class there yet?

It really is a lot of fun- I often put a class on the computer while I am sewing- I can stop, pause the class when I need to, watch a spot over again if needed… so many great things to learn!

I signed up for a photography course- I would love to take better pictures.

Of course, better photography means patience, and practice!

( I hear my mother in my head-yes mom, I know, practice, practice, practice!)

Have a great day and pop over to Crafsty using my link and sign up for that class you have been meaning to take.

Have fun!

Let me know what you are taking- I would love to hear!

happy quilting,

Kate

Are you organized?

Some people thrive in chaos. They can live with stuff helter skelter about the house- counters piled with things, surfaces covered with the congestion created by daily life- mail, receipts, keys, yesterday’s lunch remains still not out of the lunch box…

I hate that. I like order and structure and a place for everything and everything in it’s place. A lesson my father used to impart to me. I remember his tools in our basement- each had their place on the pegboard and he had old baby food jars screwed into the ceiling each holding their own size nail or screw. He knew where everything was.

The problem is, I don’t always put everything in it’s place, or even have a place for everything and so chaos ensues. Just before I went on my last trip, I had a small cleaning frenzy and did manage to clean up some of the piles.

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And now, since I cannot sew for a few days (or at least, I am supposed to keep this finger elevated which does make sewing challenging), I decided to look around and plan some more organization. So when I get back into a work zone, I won’t make as big a mess.

Or at least, that is the goal!

 

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First up, my desk.

Here it is now, actually all cleaned up for you, but without a place to file some stuff (it is a good thing you can’t see under the desk!).

Usually, when I go to sit down at the desk, there is no place to work or even a place to put the computer down.

I think I want to make a pocket to hang on the wall next to the desk for mail. That would be a good place to start. What do the organizers say? Touch things once- then throw out, file….

Any suggestions? Are any of you really organized?

 

 

 

 

DSCN2090Next up will be what to do with scraps. I decided I am going to come up with a better system for scraps and for making some scrap quilts. I have a cool plan for sharing some scrap quilt tutorials.

I will post more about that plan soon.

 

In the meantime, it has taken forever to write this as I am used to typing with 2 hands and many fingers- not hunt and peck with one or two! So off to plan, ice, elevate….

Send me any organization tips you have- my small desk space and I need help!

happy quilting,

Kate

p.s. Don’t forget to visit our Etsy store to get started on your holiday shopping. Only 98 days until Christmas!

p.p.s. I understand there is another big Craftsy sale starting tomorrow so watch for my link. It will save you $$$$!!!!

Our Quilt has a Name!

What a great week! I have been traveling this past week- to Boston, Hingham, then onto to CT to Hamden, Guilford and Fairfield CT to spend time with family and friends. I even got a chance to do a little quilting. Boston and Hingham was for my nephew’s wedding last Friday.

DSCN2034And we got to spend a little time in Boston with our son and his girl exploring- this guy sure has the life, huh?

But mostly my husband and I helped our daughter and new son in law with their brand new house.

 

 

 

 

DSCN2083It is an adorable 1919 cape style munchkin house. So small that my DH cannot walk thru the doorways on the second floor! But just a great place and so exciting for them!

 

In the meantime though, we have a quilt to name.

 

 

 

Thank you everyone for your suggestions- this one really had us stumped. So what did we name it? Well, what I love about all your suggestions is that they sparked creativity and took us in a direction that we had not intended to go. So, after a little more brainstorming, the quilt’s name is:

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Urban Twist

 

 

We love that the quilt looks like woven bands of fabric, twirling stars and the colors twist and turn.

 

And since we did not take anyone’s suggestion literally but used them all as inspiration, we decided to just draw a name to win a pattern.

And the winner is:

DSCN2081Nancy!

I will email you to get your snail mail address and when I have the pattern ready and on the website later this week, one will be in the mail.

 

Thanks again everyone. I am off to see the Jolly Beggars play (my son in law’s Irish band) at a car show and then on to the airport; it is time to go back to Colorado.

happy quilting,

Kate

 

Nameless Quilt Contest

We need your help. Our quilt needs a name. We have tried and tried and we just can’t seem to find one we like! Naming quilts can be tricky. We loved naming our Cat Nap series of quilts; they were easy. Cat name = quilt name! Done!

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This quilt is our newest pattern. A really fun, easy to piece block that creates a striking design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN0959I used this great mustache fabric as my “focus” fabric-and Crystal quilted mustaches all over the quilt,  but I don’t want to name the quilt based on mustache fabric. So what to do?

Can you help?

Do you have a suggestion for the name of this pattern?

 

 

Leave a comment with a name suggestion and if we use your name you could win a copy of the pattern! (Or if your name suggestion is the inspiration for the name.) One pattern; one winner.

Put your thinking caps on!

 

Pink and green quiltHow about the quilt in pink and green fabrics?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange QuiltOr a nice fall color scheme?

 

I bet it would look great in Christmas fabrics!

 

Please, help us name this quilt!

happy quilting,

Kate

 

 

Done!

DSCN2008I am caught up with my Globetrotting blocks.

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Enjoy your weekend!

The last big weekend of summer.

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Happy quilting,

Kate

Series

DSCN1922Do you ever work in a series? Lately, without meaning to, I have been working in a series. Each of the recent quilts I have designed for various projects, seems to have a variation of a checkerboard in them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How funny is that?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I must be in a checkerboard mood!

 

happy quilting,

Kate

 

 

 

Globetrotting- getting closer to caught up!

This past weekend, on Saturday night, hubbie and I went out to a photography MeetUp group event and watched the group set off paper Japanese lanterns into the evening sky. It was pretty fun, but I could not capture the lanterns with my camera; it was pretty windy, too windy really, and the lanterns were moving too fast! They all have these really spiffy cameras…

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This is the best that I could get. There were actually about 5 lanterns in the shot when I pressed the button on the camera!

 

(And just in case you were wondering, the lanterns are biodegradable!)

 

 

 

 

DSCN1980 (copy)I did mange to get a few photographs of pretty flowers, much more my speed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN1964 (copy)And evidence that fall is coming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN2004Yea! My next set of blocks are done for the Globetrotting with Pat Sloan BOM.

DSCN2006These are the July blocks- I think they came out great!

Next up- the August blocks- I better hurry up- can you believe this is the last week of August???

Don’t we say this every year: Where did the summer go?

Have a great week!

happy quilting,

Kate

Inside/Outside

Sewing usually means you are inside. And in the winter, that is OK! but in the summer, it is often so nice out, I hate being inside! Last week, when we first got home from our travels, I had a bunch of fabric to iron for a new project. And it was just lovely outside.

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Now I have to figure out how to sew on the deck. I know I can bring the machine outside, maybe on a card table or my portable table from Arrow, but what about a place to cut and trim???

Hmmm…. this will take some thought.

Any suggestions?

happy quilting,

Kate

Giveaway Winners

DSCN1911Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! And for all your kind words about the wedding quilt.

I hope you all had a great weekend- did you see my ALS Ice Bucket challenge video on Facebook? I figured if my husband’s aunt challenged me, well, I had to rise to the occasion! Thank goodness it was a nice warm day here.

 

 

 

On to the winners-

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Congratulations ladies.  I have sent you both an email asking for your snail mail address. I hope you enjoy trying out the Fabric Folding Pen.

happy quilting,

Kate

August Giveaway

WeddingQuiltBack in July I shared a couple of pictures of my son and daughter in law’s wedding quilt. It really is just so beautiful (if I do say so myself!) Though it was started 2 years ago, before their wedding, it got put away for most of the last 2 years.

I pulled it out a couple of times, planned some of the flowers and then promptly put it away again as other projects demanded attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So, when I decided in May that it must be done and brought to CT in July, I was really under the gun.
t186_667aa7d2a39f743d77c3562375c0ed8cAt Quilt Market, while Elizabeth and I were looking for our notion for the Notion Commotion Blog Hop, I came across a Fabric Folding Pen at the Clover booth.

The woman demonstrating it made it look so easy and so helpful. So I decided to see if it was really was helpful!

 

 

 

I had a lot of flowers to appliqué. And given that I had less than 2 months to add the borders, make the flowers, appliqué them, get it quilted….. I was looking for anything to make the process go smoothly and easily.

DSCN1436For the appliqué,  first I drew and cut my flower shapes out of freezer paper. Then I ironed the freezer paper to the fabric and roughly cut the fabric about 3/16″ bigger than the paper template.

Then it was off to the ironing board.

I tried three methods.

 

 

 

For some of the flowers, I ironed the fabric around the template, removed the paper and pinned the flower piece to the quilt.

For others, I used fabric glue to help the fabric stay down.

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Then I tried running the fabric folding pen on the fabric around the edge of the paper and then ironing the fabric.

What I found was the pieces I made using the Fabric Folding Pen stayed pressed better than those without anything. The glued ones stayed too, but it was harder to remove the paper.

 

 

 

DSCN1443This was the piece without anything.

See how the edges are unfolding  already?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN1441This was the piece with the Fabric Folding Pen.

It stayed nice and flat even after I removed the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN1438The pen comes with this liquid, and you add just a few drops to the barrel of the pen and then fill with water. The package says the resulting solution makes the fabric pliable and easy to fold.

True!

 

Want to try it?

I have 2 Fabric Folding Pens to give away.

 

 

 

Leave a comment below and you will be entered in the drawing for a chance to win one of these pens.

DSCN1893Sign up for our newsletter (or let me know you already get our newsletter) and you get an extra chance.

Like us on Facebook (or let me know you already like us!) and you get an extra chance.

Follow us on Pinterest and you get an extra chance as well.

As a bonus, if we get up over 400 Likes on Facebook, I will also give away some other goodies. But those are a surprise. We have to wait and see if it happens.

So tell your friends to come here and to like us on FB too!

Giveaway closes Sunday August 17th at 9pm my time.

OK- off to do some more sewing… I love my job!

happy quilting,

Kate

 

Seam Ripping- so many options!

DSCN1879So, I know I have mentioned before, my seam ripper Jack and I are good buddies.

 

 

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In fact, Jack has many friends- he needs helpers so he doesn’t get tired with all the work to do!

There are a lot of seam rippers on the market- do you have a favorite?

And then, the REAL question is, how do you rip out seams?

 

 

DSCN1881Yes, there are many different ways.

Some people rip out each stitch, one by one.

Some people rip out stitches, a few here, a few there and then pull the bobbin thread out to get the rest.

Check out this Youtube video.

 

 

Others use the curved end in the seam and rip along the seam creating little stray pieces. Check out this video. It looks awkward, but it works well, once you get it started. And for me, it works better when you hold the pieces up in your hand, not flat on the table.

Do you have one way to rip? I do use a variety of methods depending on the seam, the number of cross seams, etc. Well, that, and my mood!

DSCN1882If I only have a few stitches to rip, I just pick them out with the point of my ripper.

For a longer seam of stitches, I like the method of using the curved edge and ripping along my seam.

 

DSCN1884It goes so fast that way. You just have to be careful not to poke a hole in your fabric!

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN1888And for long stretches where there are a lot of seams, I may do a little combo ripping as sometimes the curved edge of the seam ripper can get caught in the seam allowance.

 

 

 

 

 

And this ripper helps to clean up the stray threads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You know what else helps with seam ripping? A extra sticky pet lint roller!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, and one other thing. A few of my seam rippers are old.

Most quilters like to be frugal, but guess what? Your seam ripper can get dull, just like your rotary cutter blade. So if your seam ripping is not smooth, get a new ripper!

You deserve it!

 

Happy quilting,

Kate

p.s. Two things:

1. Craftsy’s last day of the Dog Days of Summer sale is today. Click here to save up to 50% on classes! And it is not just my class- it is all quilting classes! There are some really great classes there. I am currently taking a class on machine quilting with Jacquie Gering.

2. Our August giveaway will start on Wednesday August 13th- so check back!

Week 1 of August and a Sale

DSCN1870How was your week? Mine has been busy- especially trying to get back into some sort of routine.

It is so easy to get distracted when working from home (actually distractions abound no matter where you work!) but at home the distractions are just different.

 

 

 

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the cat (she can get demanding- not so easy to ignore!),

the laundry,

the messy kitchen (fairly easy to ignore!),

the idea: oh it so nice outside, I should take a walk….

 

What distracts you?

 

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Is that snow still up on those mountains? Isn’t this August?????

Part of my week has been a little bit of sewing on a new project. When I sew, sometimes I like the quiet. No t.v., no music, just me and my sewing.

Other times, a little background noise helps.

What about you? Do you listen to music, watch t.v. or….????

This week, I have had so much on my mind, I needed noise to keep the chatter in my mind quiet.

So I watched some Craftsy classes while I sewed. Of course, the danger with that is that then you see (or hear) something very interesting and you have to stop sewing to watch.

Hmmm… so does it count a a distraction or as background helping to keep me from being distracted?

unnamedEither way, here is a code so you can sign up for some great classes at Craftsy and save $$. And be distracted with great information!

Who doesn’t like to save money? This is their last big sale of the summer and you can save up to 50% on all quilting classes.

Click here to go to Craftsy and save.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

happy quilting,

Kate

p.s next week we are going to do the August giveaway on the blog so be sure to pop back and check it out!

Globetrotting Catch Up

St Louis Block 1

St Louis Block 1

I am behind on my Globetrotting with Pat Sloan blocks. The wedding details derailed my plan of staying on track and getting each block in “their” month. No worries, though. I am determined to catch up!

This past weekend, when I arrived back home, first we picked up Miss Lily from the vet and then we went and picked up my sweet little sewing machine. She had been for a spa day while I was gone- all the lint and stuff has been cleaned out and she is humming along nicely!

 

On Sunday I decided to make the blocks for June to ease her back into sewing.

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St Louis Block 2

I have been to St Louis, once on my trip moving out here to CO, which is the city for June.

As some of you know, each month I am making 2 blocks so I can make my quilt a little bigger. I really loved that skull fabric I had used before and so I decided to use it again!

 

Next up, July!

 

 

happy quilting,

Kate

 

DSCN1853p.s. To save time, I made the 2 blocks at the same time, chain piecing sections. Do you know what happens when you are doing this and each block has a similar BUT different background fabric? Yup- I mixed them up and had to play with Jack the Ripper! Ah well, live and learn!

Strip Piecing Tuesday

DSCN1867When we showcased the Ideal Seam Guide last month (oops!- 2 months ago!) for the Notion Commotion Blog Hop, I wondered if I would use it.

I mean, I am a creature of habit and I had been used to doing something else.

 

 

 

 

I am working on a new project and I needed to sew some strip sets.

My sewing machine had been for a spa day while I was away and she needed a little workout! (She and I did do a little sewing on Sunday- I will show you those blocks tomorrow.) So today I got up and decided to get right to sewing.

 

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I love how I can make a channel between my two guides and just gently hold the fabric strips together and let them slide thru the channel.

I occasionally stopped, needle down, and re-adjusted the strips so they were lined up together and then just went pedal to the metal!

 

 

 

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Once I was done with the first group, I re- adjusted where the seam guide was, and then kept going!

 

So yes, the Ideal Seam Guide was worth it!

 

 

 

 

A whole pile of strip sets, ready for slicing and dicing – and all before breakfast. Pretty neat!

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happy quilting,

Kate

 

p.s. Does anyone know why you always run out of bobbin right before the end of the last seam?

 

 

 

Welcome Back!

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The bride and her brothers

Hello friends! I am back in Colorado after 2 weeks in CT- what a great trip! It was so nice to see all my kids together, to spend time with family and friends and to see my beautiful daughter get married! I don’t even know what to say, so I will let the pictures say it all.

 

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Alyssa and Jeff

 

Some of the photographs come from Walker Studios, LLC; two lovely sisters who took the wedding photos. Wonderful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They had a Best Woman and a BridesMan- love it!

The place was rocking- they finally had to cut the cake before it toppled over!

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The cake was amazing- beautiful and tasty!

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The Groom’s Cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of people had some fun in the “photo Booth” area!

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Scott and Jocelyn even got Grandma in the booth!

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Sean and Rea

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Even the happy couple!

 

After the wedding, the happy couple took off, and we took to the road with our son Sean and his wife Rea for a few days on the coast before they headed back to Scotland.

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Life is good.

happy quilting,

Kate

 

Wedding Week and a Quilt

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I have been so busy here in CT getting ready for my daughter Alyssa’s wedding. What an exciting time! And frustrating.

The woman we are working with at the wedding venue said that figuring out the table seating plan is the WORST part of the wedding- and she was right! We have changed it so many times in the last few days…

People coming that we did not know were coming- change the plan.

People now NOT coming that had said they were coming. Change the plan.

The venue does not have that many of that size table- change the plan! Oh my goodness!

But I think we are finally done with that. Yea.

 

 

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Yesterday Alyssa and I picked up her brother Sean and his wife Rea in Mass.

They came in from Scotland for her wedding. They spent a few days with her family and their friends and now they are here with us and we are so excited!

We were also so excited because we were finally able to give them their wedding quilt- 2 years later!

Long story, but isn’t it beautiful?

Alyssa and I worked on it together in Connecticut before I moved, then she worked on part of it here while I worked on part of it in Colorado and then I put the whole thing together.

Crystal Zagnoli of the Quilted Cricket quilted it for me and she did a great job.

 

More family arrives today: my son Scott, his girlfriend Jocelyn and my husband Jim. First time in two years we will be all together.  So happy.

Kate

WooHoo We have winners!

Short and sweet – and more importantly to the point.

Our winners from the Notion Commotion Blog Hop are:

Robin H – the Ideal Seam Guide

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Janet F – our gRadient quilt pattern

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Susan (the farmer) – our Jelly Roll Jumble quilt pattern.

New Jelly Roll Jumble

New Jelly Roll Jumble

We would like to thank all of our entrants.  Our followers are the best!  And after visiting all of our fellow designers blogs, aren’t we all inspired?  Lots of great ideas and nifty notions

Kate has a week of pre-wedding final touches.  I will be heading up to our old stomping grounds in New England to attend.  Pictures will follow next weekend!

Have a great weekend!

Elizabeth

 

Notion Commotion Blog Hop- Day 10

NotionCommotionToday is the day- the last day of the Notion Commotion Blog Hop posts! I hope you have had a good time visiting all the designers and seeing all the great gadgets and gizmos they have shown us.

 

I know I have had a blast!

 

 

southwindToday our blogger is my good friend Annette Ornelas of Southwind Designs. She is a great lady with some really cool patterns. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us! Pop over to her blog and check it out.

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in our blog hop. Don’t be a stranger- come back soon!

Elizabeth will be drawing a name on Friday and she will post the winners of our giveaway here either Friday or Saturday. So make sure you have entered our drawing- click here to go to the blog post if you have not entered yet! Click here for the entire list of bloggers- you don’t want to miss single one!

happy quilting, Kate