Threadbias Blog Tour

 

Today I’m very happy to have the chance to participate in the Threadbias Blog Tour. Threadbias is an online community built just for you – fabric lover, sewist and quilter. You can create a fabric library, browse and upload projects, participate in discussions and using the new, subscription based Quilt Design Tool…digitally design your next quilt!

This web-based tool is super easy to use. I spent some time over the weekend playing with it to mock up a quilt design. I’ve had flying geese on the mind, so I thought I’d try my hand at making a quilt top.

Creating a new project is very straightforward. I love how the program auto-saves as you are working so you don’t need to worry about losing your project if, say, your 4 year old decides to hit the on/off button on the power strip where your computer is plugged in. Not that THAT has ever happened around here…

Using the Line Tool, I easily created my first Flying Geese Block.

I quickly copied and pasted to create a column of 4 Flying Geese.

Then I filled in the geese with fabric that I had added to my “fabric stash” library, via the Threadbias website. This is my favorite part. I love to be able to see how the fabric will look in the design.

Once I had my set of 4 Flying Geese, I locked them together as 1 block. This made it easy to copy and paste them as a group, and create my quilt top quickly.

So have I gotten you excited? If you are looking for a new, convenient, affordable way to start designing your quilts, I highly encourage you to check out the Threadbias Quilt Design Tool.

Be sure to keep up with the rest of the tour – some stops have giveaways!

Monday, March 25 – Freshly Pieced
Tuesday, March 26 – Don’t Call Me Betsy
Wednesday, March 27 – Generation Q Magazine
Thursday, March 28 – The Sometimes Crafter
Friday, March 29 – Diary of a Quilter
Monday, April 1 – Swim, Bike, Quilt
Tuesday, April 2 – Me!
Wednesday, April 3 – West Coast Crafty
Thursday, April 4 – Sew, Mama, Sew!
Friday, April 5 – Alison Glass
Saturday, April 6 – Pink Castle Fabrics
Sunday, April 7 – Ellison Lane Quilts

Stitch Savvy Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop of the Stitch Savvy Blog Tour! I was thrilled last month when author Deborah Moebes (of Whipstitch Fabrics) asked if I would like to review her latest book, Stitch Savvy: 25 Skill-Building Projects to Take Your Sewing Technique to the Next Level. This is Deborah’s second book, and in a way a sequel to Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time.

When the book arrived and I started flipping through it, I had some initial, non-content related impressions. First, it’s spiral bound – yay! Please tell me I’m not alone when I say I seriously get giddy over spiral bound craft books. I love having a book lay flat when I’m working on a project. Yes, it’s the little things in life. Second, there is a CD at the back of the book full of the patterns. I love this too! No spending time over at the copy shop scanning and enlarging pattern pieces. Third, this is a long book, there is a LOT of content in here. It’s over 200 pages!

The book is broken down into 5 sections – Home Decor, Patchwork and Quilting, Bags, Sewing for Children, and Clothing. That’s a huge variety of projects in one book.

I would say I’m primarily a quilter but I do like to try my hand at other things – sewing for my home, bags, clothing, sewing for my kids. There are lots of project in this book I would make. The above curtains would be great for my house. They are simple, classy and have some light embroidery at the bottom. Definitely something my husband and I could agree on for the house.

I am really drawn to this improvisational wall hanging.

So many bags, but I’m especially excited about the clutch with the metal frame. (The project on the cover of the book.)

I feel like everyone around me is having babies – how cute is this lovey?

And clothing – a knit top! Do I dare? It’s super cute so I just might.

Deborah also dives into a lot of topics that scare and mystify many of us – sewing with knits, buttonholes, installing invisible zippers, working with silks, selecting the right interfacing… These tips are scattered throughout the book like little bits of treasure.

Besides the book being broken down into the obvious sections or chapters, there are also work paths you can take through it. For example, after making the Sashiko Window Treatment I showed above, the book guides you to similarly styled projects such as the A-Line Skirt with Peek-a-Book Pleat (clean lines) or the Everyday Shoulder Bag (adding embroidery embellishments).

If you are looking for a book with a huge variety of projects, I think you will very pleased with Stitch Savvy. Thank you to Deborah and F+W Media for letting me check it out!

Ruby Star Wrap-Along

Big welcome today to those of you visiting from the Ruby Star Wrap-Along! Last October at the Sewing Summit, we received a copy of Ruby Star Wrappingby Melody Miller and Allison Tannery. This book is a beautiful collection of handmade ways to wrap and give gifts, as well as other fun surprises like recipes!

When Amy suggested a blog hop for the book, I knew immediately I wanted to feature a project that I could make with my 6 year old daughter. Today I’m happy to share with you The Simple Drawstring Bag.

I let my daughter pick her fabrics from my stash. Naturally she picked these adorable little girls and boys – a fat quarter I had been saving – So Happy Kids by Puti de Pome for Kiyohara Fabrics. That’s ok though, I can’t imagine a better use for it really.

We spent some quality time in the sewing room on Sunday. I cut the fabric and she pinned…

sewed…

and snipped.

The top of the bag is made with elastic thread. I *love* working with elastic thread – feels all magical. I did that part and then added the 6-year-old-required rose embellishment. See more about that on Katie’s blog hop stop.

She was very pleased with the end result and it really is perfect for little gifts.

You can make these easily in any size.

I think a tall skinny one would be awesome for gifting a bottle of wine. Or a Christmas ornament.

You can add a tie using a strip of fabric, ribbon, or baker’s twine. I put a little gift tag on one using plain tags from Office Depot and some Washi Tape. These smaller bags would be great for gift cards!

You can buy a copy of the book at the following shops:

Roostbooks
Sew, Mama, Sew
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Random House

If you make a project from the book, be sure to add it to the Flickr group.

And don’t forget to keep up with the rest of the blog hop!

11.7.12 Anna of noodlehead
11.9.12 Amanda of A Crafty Fox
11.12.12 Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!
11.14.12 Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch
11.16.12 Erin of Two More Seconds
11.19.12 Jennifer of BettyCrockerAss
11.21.12 Rochelle of Lucky Lucille
11.23.12 Sukie of Sukie – don’t you know who I am?
11.26.12 Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
11.28.12 Gina and crew of Bolt Neighborhood
11.30.12 Ellen of the Long Thread
12.3.12 Katie of Swim, Bike Quilt
12.5.12 Me!
12.7.12 Lee of Freshly Pieced
12.10.12 Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
12.12.12 Sara of Sew Sweetness
12.14.12 Colleen of The Busy Bean
12.17.12 Amy of Diary of a Quilter
12.19.12 Monica of Happy Zombie

Modern Designs for Classic Quilts ~ Review and Giveaway

Modern Designs for Classic Quilts Blog Hop

Today I’m happy to share a new book with you, Modern Designs for Classic Quilts: 12 Traditionally Inspired Patterns Made New (F+W Media) by Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson. I first met coauthor Andie last Spring when I was in Cincinnati for the International Quilt Festival. She is part of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild and they hosted a party one evening. A couple months later we worked together when organizing my visit to teach one Saturday at their guild. She is just the sweetest, funniest person. When she asked if I wanted to check out her new book, I jumped on the chance.

This book has 12 quilt projects that I think would inspire any modern quilter. You know I love solids…

Modern Designs for Classic Quilts Blog Hop

Scrappy spider web – amazing! Something like this is on my quilt bucket list.

Modern Designs for Classic Quilts Blog Hop

And I really love the minimalistic look of these off centered flying geese. And the dark solid background? It’s really striking.
Modern Designs for Classic Quilts Blog Hop

Kelly and Andie also have a thorough tips and techniques section which is always helpful to those just starting out quilting.

Modern Designs for Classic Quilts Blog Hop

Aren’t they cute?

Modern Designs for Classic Quilts Blog Hop

Kelly, Andie and F+W Media were kind enough to send me an extra book for one of you. If you’d like to try to win the copy, leave a comment and I will pick a winner Friday, 11/9, evening!

And if you’d like to see more about this book – check out the blog hop!

11/5 : AndieJohnsonSews and Stitchy Quilt Stuff
11/6 : CraftBuds
11/7 : Darling Jill Quilts
11/8 : Me!
11/9 : Generation Q
11/10 : Quilting is my Therapy
11/11 : Stitch Craft Create
11/12 : Scarlet Fig
11/13 : KZJo’s Studio
11/14 : A Little Gray
11/15 : The Tulip Patch
11/16 : Whipstitch
11/17 : The Cottage Mama
11/18 : Sew Kind of Wonderful
11/19 : LollyQuiltz
11/20 : Thomas Knauer Sews
11/21 : Pink Castle Fabrics
11/22 : Inspire Me Grey
11/23 : The Last Piece
11/24 : AndieJohnsonSews, Stitchy Quilt Stuff and Cara Quilts

++ Closing comments to pick a winner ++

The lucky winner is Dolly! Dolly said “I’d love a shot at winning that book. I just adore the modern minimalistic designs.”

Congratulations Dolly, I know you will love the book. I will be emailing you for your address.

Thanks for commenting everyone!