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Aurifil Love – Nuff Said

July 29, 2014


What Shade are You?

June 30, 2014

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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A weekend away!

October 14, 2013

So a couple weeks ago, a bunch of girls left to Kimberly, ID to have a weekend of sewing.  We stayed at the Quilt Barn in the Coop.

I took 5 projects and knock out all but one.  Pretty damn successful compared to last year when I just worked on 2.

The first was sewing together the Rapid City quilt in Technicolor (Pattern is in Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman):

Rapid City Finish

I’m going to add some borders to it and then make the backing. But I really love how crzy bright it is.  I foresee making at least another one!!!

The 2nd quilt was a backing for my Valentine Quilt. I ended up doing a pieced backing and love it ~ but hate doing pieced backings.

The 3rd project was making a backing for the Starburst Quilt 

The 4th was finally sewing up my Carpenter Star (block tutorial from SEW and So Quilts) quilt from a bee I was in (2) years ago – I’m debating on adding more borders to make that bigger too because right now with the 9×9 blocks it’s only 54×54.

Swoon Wannabe Finish

The last project was making a whole quilt out of my Origami Star block with the new Up, Up, & Away by Cloud 9 Fabrics

Origami Star

Origami Star 2x2


After the week ~ I can tackle it all!!! Productive weekends are great.


Patchwork, Please! Week#7 Dino-Mite Hat + {Giveaway}

July 14, 2013

Patchwork Please Sew Along

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Week #7 of Patchwork, Please! Sew-Along! If you just tuning in, Lindsay of LR Stitched and Debbie of A Quilter’s Table are hosting another Zakka Sewalong 2.0 (if you missed Zakka 1.0 check out Lindsey’s blog)!   Each week they’re highlighting a project from the book: Patchwork, Please! by Ayumi Takahashi.  Ayumi makes awesome projects and her blog is a a must follow.

June 3: Penny | Sew Take a Hike :: Bell Pepper Coasters
June 10: Maureen | MC Handmade :: B,L,D Towels
June 17: Anna | Noodlehead :: Lettered Tea Cozy + Pouch
June 24: Angela | Cut to Pieces :: Polka Dot Cafe Apron (yay! you’re here!)
July 1: Lynne | Lily’s Quilts :: Diamond Patchwork Placemat
July 8: Lindsey | LRstitched :: Yum Yum Apple Bib
July 15: Sukie | Don’t Ya Know :: Dino-Mite Hat
July 22: Jennifer | Ellison Lane :: Book for Baby Quilt
July 29: Krista | Poppyprint :: My Scrappy Box
August 5: Kerry | Very Kerry Berry :: Swedish Bloom Time Quilt
August 12: Tamiko | Patchwork Notes :: You’ve Got Mail Wall Pocket
August 19: Monica | Happy Zombie :: Happy Hexagon Trivet
August 26: Krista | Spotted Stone Studio :: Piece of Cake Shopping Bag
Sept 2: Lori | Bee in My Bonnet :: Triangle Patchwork Box Pouch
Sept 9: Amy | During Quiet TIme :: Vintage Pencil Case
Sept 16: Svetlana | SOTAK Handmade :: I love My Ipad Quilted Cover
Sept 23: Amber | One Shabby Chick :: Handy Market Tote
Sept 30: Deb | A Quilter’s Table :: Sweet Trips Embroidery Pouch
Oct 7: Leila | Where the Orchids Grow :: Prettified Pincushion

Today I’m showing you the cutest Dino-mite hat!

Dino Hat

Ayumi wrote that is project was a quick project and that’s no lie! Also I love that the book gives your a difficulty level:

Skills Rating

I was planning to make one to fit my daughter’s head but instead we made a dino-mite hat for her teddy bear:

Dino Bear!

The fabrics that I used in this project was Mixteca by Eleanor Grosh for Cloud 9 Fabrics (spikes and lining) and Black Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman for the outer shell.


The one thing I did do differently from the book is with the spikes.  Instead of pivoting, I just went the end.  And then I did the same for the opposite side.  The main reason is you’ll be trimming it anyway.

Points & Cutting

I also reused the ribbon that tied the fabric bundles as the ribbon for the hat:


Overall, this project is super adorable and I’m kind of proud of myself that I could do it. . . I know that sounds lame but this is in the world of sewing clothes – and I don’t ever sew clothes (cause I suck ass at it).




Both Lindsay and Debbie we able to line up great sponsors for this sewalong!

Aurifil, Pellon, and Form and Fabric are sponsoring my blog’s giveaway today – winners will get either receive a variety pack of aurifil thread, pellon sample pack, or fun form and fabric pack.  Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite project from the sewalong is so far.

Also remember, if you decided to join the sew along – there’s so many more prizes and projects on the way! I’ll be drawing winners at the end of the week.

My creation

Sewing, Sewing Summit, Weekender

Sewing Summit 2.0

October 24, 2012

I’ve finally recovered after a week’s vacation + sewing summit. That’s right! I took the whole week off then I attended Sewing Summit. It was awesome and exhausting at the same time.

I don’t know what crawled up my ass but I thought it was a great idea to try to make the Weekender bag by Mrs. Amy Butler. . yeah and somehow I convinced Colleen to join me. We sat down and made a plan and gathered our supplies. A long time ago, I bought a fat quarter set of Outside of Olso by Jessica Jones. If you’re interested in purchase some, it’s still totally available:

The Needle Shop

Marmalade Fabrics

Drygoods Design

Weekender + Outside of Olso

Hauling my machine, supplies, and kid to Colleen’s house was easy. . .it was assembling the bag that kicked my ass.  Recently, I used Mrs. Fransson tutorial Mod Mosaic block and thought, “Hey! Lets do that on a bigger scale with Outside of Olso!” For the sashing (grout lines) I decided to use denim and make them 1″ finished. I also used the denim in the zipper part of the bag (saddles). I love how it turned out:

My creation

(More pictures are available on my flickr feed)

I want to give a special shout out to my good friend, Colleen – thanks for the help buddy!

Now off to Sewing Summit – I went last year and if you missed my post then here click here.  I think this year was a lot better for many, many, many reasons.  Sewing + bloggers = a fun packed weekend for all!  If you don’t believe me here’s a bunch of pictures of a goofball:

My creation

There were a lot more hands on classes than last year!  Yeah, I took 5 classes that needed prep and since I spent the week making the weekender. . my prep work was shit.  Luckily, the instructors were awesome and the sewing rooms were open to 1am to help me get ready.  I have a couple WIPs to finish but I loved the weekend!!!

Friday night was the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild Mixer . . . basically a mixer for the attendees and our guild.  I was tweetin’ and instagram’in teasers all before Sewing Summit – if you could see the look on the bellhop’s face when he saw what he had to hail to the room, I mean you only could imagine right?


I think a lot of folks had fun. . well I hope they did. . . .We tried to get everyone who came a swag bag and if they didn’t we had tons of raffle prizes.

When fabric geeks go to a bar
(Photo courtesy of Liz of Goddess in Process)

SLMQG Mixer Swag

(Photo curtesy of Darcy of Modern Cozy)

I’ll be attending next year for sure – and I hope I was approachable . . . true, I’m not a shy person but it’s also weird for me to introduce myself to ppl.  I’m sure if you came up to me and said, I’m this person on twitter/flickr/instagram we’d become close like peas and carrots but I can’t just go up to folks and say, “Don’t you know who I am?” lol

Had a blast will see you at Sewing Summit 3.0!!!