Sukie’s Epic Fabric & Notions Destash

If you have been following my on Instagram. . . you’ll know I’ve been destashing a bunch of fabric lately.  I didn’t really keep track but I know it was over 50 yards. . . as my husband would said, “Honey, that’s half of a football field.” 


Anyways, I’m planning to upload more to Instagram tonight!  I’ve got gray bundles, black bundles, and low tone/low volume . . . if they don’t sell they’ll go to my shop (MENU OPTION AT THE TOP!).  Please help me clear out my fabric (so I can buy more of course! ha)


#Sewoff Quilting Edition Update

SewOff Quick update: Lee of May Chappell and I were working on the Moda Modern Building blocks pattern. . . and after a phone conversation a few weekends ago, we decided that the pattern isn’t meant for us. We dropped it. We decided to go with All Squared Up by May Chappell. IMG_8316   If you want to join – the pattern can be purchased for Lee’s store.  Right off the bat, the cutting instructions are super easy and you can knock this quilt out with ease! Fabricrequirements I’m cutting into my lovely bundle of Franklin by Denyse Schmidt and will be showing off my blocks on my Instagram feed.  My next post will be showing off the whole quilt (aiming for Queen btw). 2014_10_29_17_25_0

#Sewoff Quilting Edition

A couple months ago, I purchased a Bernina 350 PE and have been posting on my Instagram how awesome it is.  Lee Monroe of May Chappell has been a great Instagram buddy and commenting on how we’re sewing machine twins.  Well I was thinking of how fun it would be to have a #sewoff.  We both know what we’re doing with quilting, same machines, lets work the same pattern, and show our tips and tricks on our Bernina! SewOff   This is a super duper friendly competition!  Our goal is to challenge ourselves and you can follow us on our journey on Instagram and via our blog.  If you want to challenge yourself too – sew along with us!  We’ve choosen a recent- if you want to pick up the pattern and start sewing along – tag #sewoff The pattern that we decided on is from Moda | Modern Building Blocks This pattern released this spring.  It consists of 48 blocks varying in sizes from 6×6 to 36×36. modernblockpattern   The schedule has been tweaked a little (mostly because of my sorry ass – been kind of busy with #sewtopia )   We’re tackling each block in sections:

  • December 10: Blocks 1-8
  • December 17: Blocks 9-16
  • December 31: Blocks 17-24
  • January 14: Blocks 25-32
  • January 21: Blocks 33-40
  • January 28: Blocks 41-48
  • February 4: Finished Quilt

Moment of Truth! I’m behind already but fessing up to you guys keeps me accountable!!!  I was able to get only the first block done last weekend.  Don’t worry – I’ll keep chugging along. . . . I’ll catch up to you Lee!!!!! I’ll be using most of Japanese fabric for this quilt.



About a month ago, I decided that our family eats out too much.  We would eat out at least twice a week and sometimes more depending on how stressed out I was.  If you don’t know, I work full time and then I run a business at night, on top of “maintaining” a house, kids, and being a wife.  So yes, it gets pretty damn stressful and cooking dinner was one of the last things I wanted to do every day.  Seriously!

On August 24th, I threw this out on my facebook:


I wanted accountability – posting it publically to my FB friends would help motivate me to stay on track.  After I posted it, I told the hubby and kids we’re doing this!  They were reluctant at first . . . and kind of annoyed about the whole thing.  Add this to another one of mom’s crazy ideas but at least they humored me and said they would try.

We planned our meals for one week.  Tuesday and Thursday were leftover night, meaning everyone feds for themselves and the rule was anything in the fridge can be eaten.  That also gave me a break from cooking.

Monday | Wednesday | Friday I would make easy recipes because typically I work 10 hour days so I didn’t want to set myself up for failure.  Meals that take 1hr or less to prep and make were on the menu.  Time yourself!  Next time you’re thinking, “Hey we’re going to go out to eat” watch the clock – how long does it take you to load the family into the car, get to the place, order, and get your grub.  Most of the time it took us 30mins from beginning to end to get to the place and then get our grub, unless it was a sit down kind of joint, then it would take us longer.  There are plenty of meals and recipes out there that would take you 30mins or less to make.


I started posting pictures of my meals on Instagram more because again accountability! On the weekends, I would make more complicated meals, because I had the time!


Driving around hurt big time!  Damn drive-thru!  So to combat that urge to drive through, I put snacks in the car like a small jar of cashews or almonds.  If I can munch on that while running errands then I didn’t get the urge to do pick something up.  And really, I shouldn’t be grocery shopping on an empty stomach anyway!  The 2nd week, my teenage even got into it and suggested we make Mapo Tofu.


Going out for Gelato was great!  It was a reward and a milestone you know?  I think that if you don’t keep yourself motivate then you’ll fail.  Sure there are hiccups in the road but try not to beat yourself up too much and always be aware of hiccups compared to excuses.  If you’re going to fall back into the eating out routine then maybe you’re just not ready but once you’re ready – COMMITT!


That was a crazy bonus. . . we both lost weight!  I lost like 7lbs and I can’t remember what the hubby lost.  Now remember, we’re not eating out and that means at work too.  Work is stressful and stress leads to comfort eating (based on my experience and excuse).  “Oh honey, had a shitty day – lets go grab something.” Plus since we’re packing lunches, our portions are more accurate, therefore the weight loss.


Finally, week 4 is upon the family and we decided at the end we’d get sushi dinner out!  But we’re still continuing the challenge and will only eat out once a month.  We did still go get the occasionally Starbucks drinks, but we’re working on that too!  We also shop locally more . . . every weekend or other weekend, we make it a point to go to the farmers market for produce.  Overall, I think we have save $400 to $600 in the month.  That number hits you like a sock full of rocks right?!?!  Ditto.  I think overall, we’re eating healthier and saving money.

Remember when you were a kid and eating out was a rare occasion?  Well I wanted to bring that back and give my kids more than just junk food.  I hope I inspired you because if I can do it you can too.   I’m a wife and mother of 2 kids.  I work 10 hours days and depending on the week . . . I could work in the 60 -70 hr range.  I issue the challenge to you and your family.  Think about your meals for the week; take it one week at a time!  Don’t over complicate it.  Post your results in the comments!  If you’re on social media use #eatathomechallenge.  Remember at the end of the month, come together as a family and decide how to reward yourselves for all the hard work!

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The Color Run & ALS Ice Bucket Challenge



The Color Run is “the happiest 5k on the planet” and I loved doing it a couple years ago and thought I would participate again this year.  Actually, last year I signed up but was a lame ass and stayed out way too last the night before the race and couldn’t get up. I made sure I dressed up for the race – here’s my before and after :

But the best part was that I was #alsicebucketchallenge last night by my good buddy Rachel of Creative Quilt Girl.

I answered the challenge and I issue the challenge to:  John Q. Adams aka Quilt Dad, Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson, and Amber Carrillo Quesada of One Shabby Chick!  If you’re reading this and want to be challenged, I throw it out to you too!!!!

Lets spread awareness about  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”  The neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Thanks Rachel for the Challenge!  Thanks to the folks at The Color Run for helping me coordinate with the Runicorn for dumping water on me!  And thanks to my running mates for filming it!

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Echino Layer Cake Swap! #JapaneseCharmSwap Round 3

It’s time for the next round of Japanese Charm swapping and this was is a little different.  I want Echino!  And since it’s a larger print, I thought a layer cake would be great for swapping.


If you haven’t been in a charm swap before – PLEASE READ over the rules!!!

If you have been in a charm swap before – PLEASE READ over the rules!!!!

  1. There will be only 28 slots available aka openings since it’s a layer cake and not a traditional charm swap.
  2. You must be on Flickr (you don’t have to be super active, just have an account).
  3. Join the Flickr Group – it’s there that you can post your fabric selection and ensure that we won’t have doubles.
  4. Quilt shop quality fabric only.  Now I’ve arranged a great shop for you to buy at with a great discount (more info below!)
  5. Purchase 2 yard of Japanese fabric and cut them into (28) charms.  Oh Fransson! has a great tutorial on cutting charms, just remember instead of doing 5×5 you’re doing 10×10. When in doubt post to the group for confirmation.
  6. You will send 28 charms – addy will be provided in a confirmation email.
  7. Postage is $6.00 for US and $20.00 for international (this could change depending on location)
  8. US Swappers must ship by


Don’t worry about shopping around – you should hit up Bunny Designs on Etsy.  She’s got a great selection of Japanese fabric and is also providing a 20% off discount code for shoppers.  She’s also has a dedicated section to Echino. Please use code: SUKIEDONTYAKNOW expires 7.23.14 at midnight.



Ang will ship your fabric to my house – she and the crew will even cut it into charms for you.  If you are ordering more – PLEASE separate it into 2 orders and put in the notes that Sukie’s Japanese Charm swap for the yard that needs to ship to my addy.

****The discount will not apply to “CLEARANCE” fabric**** You can purchase it for yourself but not for the swap.*****

You still have to paypal me the postage.

To sign up – please click on the live form below:

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What Shade are You?

Today, it’s my turn on the RJR Blog hop for, “What Share Are You?”

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This blog hop is all about working with RJR Cotton Supreme solids and showcasing how awesome the are to work with.   I’ve been meaning to use Carolyn Friedlander’s Shirts pattern for something special and this was it:

RJR Project

The colors I used was (all the colors can be found here:

  • Pink Orchid 331
  • Bougainvillea 333
  • Cloud 9 281
  • Bora Bora 328
  • Cove 294
  • Peridot 342
  • Golden Topaz 285
  • On the Rock 283
  • Gale Force 282

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The pattern was really easy, especially if you have done foundation paper piecing.  If you haven’t Carolyn’s instructions guide you through each step!



I made this into a mini and made sure that it could support a dowel in the back. And I’m really happy on how it turned out.  Generally, I don’t just use all solids in my projects but with RJR Cotton Supremes – I think I will more!

If you would like to see other projects that were that were made with them, please visit RJR’s Facebook page!  Also Pink Castle Fabrics has a great selection too (I hear she’s having a moving sale so hop on it!!!)  


If you liked my bundle – RJR Fabrics is giving away a FQS – please leave a comment with what your favorite RJR solid is – and I’ll pick a winner next Monday (US and CAN only sorry).

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Quick Quilting Tips: Making Bias Binding

Confession: I have never done straight grain binding.


What’s the difference??  There’s really two types of binding: straight on the grain or cross grain binding and bias binding.  

Straight on the grain binding and cross grain is cut along with the selvage.  It’s easier to make. Strips are pieced on the diagonal.  When you piece on the diagonal, you’ll lose almost 3 inches of each strip due to the seam and trimming off the waste.

Bias Binding is more traditional.  It’s said that it last longer. . . because there’s more thread coverage at the outside edge of the binding.  It’s stretchy for the curved quilts.

There’s pros and cons to each binding.

Today, I will show you how to making Bias Binding my way.

First, I always premake my binding.  I like just reaching in the drawer and picking one. Slapping it on the quilt and then sitting in front of the t.v hand stitching it to the quilt.

1yds of fabric = 720 inches of binding
1/2yd of fabric = 360 inches of binding
fat quarter of fabric = 126 inches of binding
24inch ruler
Rotary cutter

Steps: Below, I made a nifty video on how I cut the binding.  Enjoy!

  1. Cut the selvages off
  2. Iron the fabric
  3. Fold into a square into a triangle
  4. Fold the right point into the center
  5. Fold the left point into the center
  6. Make sure it measures to 24inches or less
  7. Use the ruler as T-square and trim of the edge
  8. Start cutting your 2.5inch strips. . . or less whatever floats your boat.

If you’re looking for more Quick Quilting tips and great quilts to put together you should really check out Amy’s new book Fabulously Fast Quilts


I’ve known Amy for a long time and was really excited to find out that she finally wrote a book.  She’s got traditional style with a slash of modern mix.  In general the most down to earth quilter I know.


Pattern Review: Patchwork Napkins by Mrs. Gen X Quilter

The latest pattern that Mrs. Gen X Quilter (aka Anne Marie)  released is super easy and fun to make.  The pattern is called: Patchwork Napkins.


The pattern is really easy to follow and fast to make – I busted out my two napkins in the matter of a couple hours.  I decided to use my kawaii fabric that I purchased from Bunny Designs – I didn’t fuss cut the squares because there’s tiny!  But I love how they ended up:

For the background I used essex linen and for the other side, I used a sketch fabric by Timeless Treasures.


Would you like to win yourself a copy of the pattern? Well Mrs. Gen X is giving one of my readers a pdf copy and Ang from Bunny Designs is also throwing in a Candy Charm set from her shop! Just go visit Mrs. Gen X quilters pattern shop and tell me which one pattern you love and leave a comment below.


For a 2nd entry, visit Bunny Designs shop and tell me which Japanese fabric catches your fancy!!!



Patchwork Napkins Blog Hop Schedule

Mon. Apr. 28  Diane / From Blank Pages
Tues. Apr. 29  Lee / Freshly Pieced
Wed. Apr. 30  Adrianne / Little Bluebell and Amy / Sukie
Thurs. May 1  Kati / From the Blue Chair
Fri. May 2  Debbie / A Quilter’s Table

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