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Sewing for Halloween

Sewing Inspiration For Halloween

1. Halloween Bunting, 2. Halloween Quilt, 3. Selvage Mummy Progress, 4. Etsy, 5. trick or treat! BOO to YOU! Swoon!, 6. Halloween Buddy Bags, 7. Halloween bunting, 8. All in a row table runner, 9. Pumpkin Pillow, 10. Halloween Block, 11. Halloween bag set, 12. yoyo garland bling

Has anyone started sewing for Halloween yet? A couple years ago I heard some crazy statistic that Halloween is only second to Christmas for the amount of money people spend to decorate. Sounds like a good reason to make things by hand. I have been looking around Flickr for some ideas. I think I will at least try to make some bunting. How about you?

September 16, 2011   9 Comments

Improvisational Piecing Workshop with Malka Dubrawsky

Boy did I have a good day yesterday. After a few months of anticipation, I attended the Improvisational Piecing Workshop with Malka Dubrawsky at the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat. It was 8 kid-free hours where I got to sew all day, learn from a talented artist who has been inspiring me ever since I started quilting, meet Lee for the first time in person, and be with an entire classroom of fun ladies! I’m not sure how I ended up so lucky!

Malka brought several awesome class samples, including the photo above. Speaking of class samples, she brought in her new fabric line that is going to be available through Moda early next year and it is amazing. Start saving your pennies people, because you will not be able to pass it by.

Here is Malka explaining our class project to us. We made nine log cabin blocks, warm colors on two sides and cool colors on two sides. We didn’t use rulers and even the use of the rotary cutter was pretty loose. But I did learn that there are actual “rules” being followed on these pieces that seem to magically come together with no planning. (Such as use of warm and cool fabrics in certain places.) And those deliberate “rules” are what makes the projects work so well.

This is the wonderful Lee of Freshly Pieced! Hi Lee! I had a great time sitting next to her all day, she is so nice. :) I will see her again in October in Salt Lake City at the Sewing Summit.

These are my blocks coming together – the first four. Notice how the cool color sides are all meeting in the middle. That’s the planning portion of the project.

Malka also did a quick demo of how to make improvisational string blocks. No paper piecing, just eyeballing it. I am definitely going to try this.

This made me laugh – my blocks are on the left and Lee’s blocks are on the right. Think we have the same taste and fabric stash? LOL Isn’t the hotel conference center carpet nice?

All the ladies hard at work!

Yep, I got a photo with Malka! She was such a wonderful instructor and genuine nice person, I would definitely take a class with her again. Maybe we can talk her into coming here and doing a fabric dying workshop?

And here is my final product! I really love it. I showed it to my 4 year old and she said “I love the pink and purple! Why isn’t it big? Where’s the edge?” (binding) Well, she is starting to pick up the details of quilt construction so I was a bit proud of her comments. She *really* wants it so I am considering making more blocks and then giving it to her.

Overall, it was a fantastic day!

August 26, 2011   21 Comments

Barns of Old Mission Peninsula

Barns of Old Mission Peninsula

Thank you all for your kind words about my Summer Sampler Series quilt top. If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I live in the Chicago suburbs so that photo with the cows was most likely not from around my home. I am on vacation (brought the sewing machine!) up in Crystal Lake which is in northwestern Michigan. My in-laws have a home here so we visit often. Although it is a long drive with kids (at least 7 hours usually), it is a welcome change from the crowds and hustle of the Chicago area.

Barns of Old Mission Peninsula

We try to visit different areas of northern Michigan when we come, and that usually includes the Traverse City area. This trip we decided to see all the quilt barns on Mission Peninsula.

Barns of Old Mission Peninsula

Mission Peninsula is an area just north of Traverse City that is full of hills, barns, vineyards, wineries and beautiful views.

Barns of Old Mission Peninsula

I’ve numbered my photos to correspond with this map that we followed.

Barns of Old Mission Peninsula

It was like a fun treasure hunt and I discovered my husband is really good at spotting a quilt block on a barn in the rear view mirror.

Barns of Old Mission Peninsula

We also took a drive to Sutton’s Bay and on the way home we stopped at a local quilt shop in Cedar, Michigan called Liberty Bell Quilts.

Liberty Bell Quilts

It was totally adorable, surprisingly modern, and I was able to pick up a few fat quarters.


Next door was an amazing looking yarn shop called Wool and Honey. I didn’t go in as my husband and the kids were waiting for me in the car, and now I’m kicking myself – even though I can’t knit. Their website and blog look so cool! I will definitely be back.

We are now heading up for a couple nights at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the upper peninsula of Michigan. I have never been and am really looking forward to seeing it’s natural beauty. In the meantime, I will leave you with a photo of one of our little friends here that likes to hang of of the hole in the tree and stare at us on the deck.

August 18, 2011   39 Comments

Pillow Inspiration

Pillow Inspiration

1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIN, 2. Pillow Talk Swap 5 received, 3. pts5 done!, 4. the pillow I made for Pillow Talk Swap 5, 5. 007, 6. pillow swap d.o.n.e., 7. A Plus for me! – 193:365, 8. pompom.happy, 9. PTS4, 10. Front of pillow, 11. colorful bits pillow 002, 12. Joseph’s Coat Pillow – it’s done!, 13. My Pillow Talk Swap, 14. Patchwork Drawing Room Pillow, 15. Nate pillow , 16. PTS Pillow, 17. Rainbow Coin Pillow, 18. PTS4), 19. Amy’s Spiderweb – 192:365, 20. Bask in her beauty!, 21. Pillow Back, 22. Color wheel pillow in progress, 23. Tuesday blog pillow, 24. FMF Dresden Plate Pillow Front, 25. Flea Market Wonky Pillow

I’m in the mood to make some new pillows and have been searching Flickr for inspirations. No shortage there! I plan on using Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi Clippings in Passion for the central fabric. Now I just need a plan…

August 6, 2011   8 Comments