Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Minis Blog Tour with Pat Bravo and a Giveaway

Good Morning!!! I am really excited to share my mini quilt I made for The Minis Blog Tour with Pat Bravo using her beautiful fabrics. 
A few weeks ago, on Instagram, designer Pat Bravo had a post where she asked all the makers out there if they would like to sew along with her. I jumped at the chance and put my name in the hat to be part of the blog tour. I was really happy and honored to be chosen...and then I got really nervous.

I got to work with the blush colorway from Pat's Essentials II line. It was so pretty!

Right away I set the stripes aside for binding.

I also received  the Dare to be Bold colorway from Pat's Dare line. It is such gorgeous fabric and played beautifully with Essentials II.

I knew right away I wanted to make a Grandmother's Fan quilt. I hadn't made one in about 10 years. That quilt was for my daughter and the pinks I was working with for this mini really reminded me of that quilt. I also knew that I wanted it to have a modern feel to it. I wanted to step outside my box a little. I started by cutting the blades of the fan with scissors improv style. It was fun but they all looked very similar in size and not very improvish at all. That's okay though. I'm really happy with the way they turned out. They finish at 4"!!! I love how mini they are.

I wanted to use all the fabric and I did. But I had to continually tone the quilt down as I went. Here is my initial layout. I mixed the 3 Grandmother's Fan blocks with several four-patch blocks and squares. I wanted to showcase the fabrics but it was a little busy for what I wanted. 

I started taking out some of the printed squares and used white solid in their place. It was coming along but I still was unsettled. It was one of those moments where what you envisioned wasn't happening. I had used all of the fabric within the 6 Fan blocks and I wanted to focus on them but the layout was wrong. 

And so after going outside to play with the kiddos for a little. I came back in to work and decided to separate the fan blocks. I rearranged them and I liked that. But I wanted a more clean, crisp look with a bit more order to it.

I took out all of the printed squares and left the four-patch blocks along with the fans. I was really happy with this final layout! (sorry for the bad lighting)

I have been wanting to try quilting the Baptist Fan pattern for so long. I thought now might be a good time to try it in keeping with the whole fan thing :) I didn't mark any lines. So it doesn't look like the traditional quilting pattern. I used my free-motion foot and just decided to wing it. My lines are wobbly in some places and quite uneven but I really enjoyed the process. 

Here is the stripe that I saved for the scrappy binding. I took a quick shot of this because I loved the pretty speckled pink dots next to the stripes! Isn't it so simple and pretty?! Both of these prints are definitely "essentials".

Here is the full shot of it! I used a few pops of the more saturated pink floral in the binding. 

The hand of the fabric along with the quilting make such a wonderful texture for this quilt. 

This was such a fun quilt for me. 

I'm happy it turned out pretty much how I envisioned it even though I had my doubts for a second there.

Now it's hanging in my daughter's room. She asked if she could have it and of course I said yes! I am always overjoyed when my family likes what I make. 

Thanks so much to Pat Bravo for the beautiful fabric and the chance to participate in such a fun blog tour!

Here is a list of the other participants. Be sure to check out all of the pretty minis being made!
Monday April 25
Laura Piland

Courtney Zadik

Tuesday April 26
Katie Skoog

Stacey Gibson

Wednesday April 27
Amanda Woodruff
A Crafty Fox

Jessica Stewart

Wednesday April 28
 Erin Cox
Why Not Sew

Anjeanette Klinder
Anjeanette K

Friday April 29
Aimee Leptick
The Little Bird Designs

 Sharla Krenzel
Thistle Thicket Studio

Monday May 2
Christine Blessing

Cat Noonan

Tuesday May 3
Sarah Overton
My Crowded Nest

Jyoti Haeusler
Sewn Modern Crafts

Wednesday May 4
Faith Essenburg
Sarana Ave

Lesley Storts
Storts Market

Thursday May 5
Ellen Ault
Hand Made 3d

Michelle Bartholomew 
Michelle Bartholomew 

Friday May 6
Kate Basti

Kate Lyons
Modern Makerie

Monday May 9
Cindy Guch
Raspberry Sunshine

Name: Lucy
Skinny Malinky Quilts

Tuesday May 10
Marija Vujcic
Marijas Fabricreations

Isabel Kelly
Lamb and Wolfie

Wednesday May 11
Samantha Green
For The Love of Fabric

Tara J Curtis

Thursday May 12
Samantha Dorn
Aqua Paisley Studio

Maja Wlusek

Friday May 13
Jemima Flendt
Tied With a Ribbon

Kerry Smith
Thats Sew Kerry

I am also giving away a pretty scrap bundle of the fabrics I used for my mini. Just leave a comment to enter!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Monday, April 25, 2016

Backyard Roses Blog Tour

Good Morning!!! Today is my stop on the Backyard Roses Blog Tour. I'm sharing a project I made using the beautiful new fabric Backyard Roses created by my friend Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis & Higgs for Riley Blake Designs.

This fabric has such a sweet vintage feel to it. There are rich, saturated colors as well as softer, more pastel colors. I love it! I knew right away I wanted to make a Lone Star quilt with it. The colors really reminded me of a vintage Lone Star quilt.

I took pictures of the entire process in hopes of sharing a tutorial for it sometime in the future. I thought this looked really neat. I love the red center star.

So after I got the star finished I had so many ideas of what to do next I made up a few different options to see what I liked best. I wanted to use some applique on the set in corner squares and maybe even the triangles too. I tried birds first. 

I didn't like my first 2 attempts at all. After the time and work that goes into the Lone Star I really wanted to make this just right as well as show case these pretty fabrics.

I did like these birds but I decided against them all together. 

I decided to fussy cut the beautiful roses from the larger floral prints. I used the checked and striped fabric as baskets. I appliqued them to Riley Blake baby pink Swiss Dots. 

Later, I embroidered handles on the blocks with a brown colored embroidery floss.

I thought a lot about making a round robin style quilt. 

I made some Churn Dash blocks to go around the center star. I liked it a lot. 

I was going to add Lemoyne Star blocks to the corners of that round. I laid it out and let it sit for a few days. I decided on simplicity instead and made a wall hanging to showcase the Lone Star. 

I quilted in the ditch following the star's seams as my guide. 

I'm so happy with it. 

I was going to stipple but I was afraid it would take away from the star. 

I used a scrappy binding and I think it turned out really cute. 

I have plans to use those Churn Dash blocks and appliques pieces for another quilt. I am going to use every little scrap of this beautiful fabric!
Thanks so much to Nadra for asking me to be part of this fun blog tour! Please check out the other bloggers sewing pretty things with Backyard Roses!

4/25 - Why Not Sew
4/27 - Allie & Me
5/6 - Oh How Sweet
5/10 - Greenfietsen
5/12 - Ellis & Higgs

Happy Sewing!

xo Erin

Friday, April 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along ~ Friendship Block

Good morning! Today a new block is available for download for the Crossroads Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop and Joanna Figueroa benefitting the March of Dimes. 
The new block is called Friendship. For the quilt you will be making three blocks. The block is simple to put together. I used pins when putting my rows together which I don't always do but it keeps all of those seams lined up just right. 

Here are all of my blocks so far made with Strawberry Fields Revisited. I'm so excited to see this one finished. 

Here is the list of other bloggers sewing along.

Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts (@figtreequilts)
Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
April of Prairie Grass Patterns (@amrosenthal)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Angie of Gnome Angel (@gnomeangel)
Vanessa of Lella Boutique (@lellaboutique)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Erin of Why Not Sew (@whynotsewquilts)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)

Don't forget to share your blocks on social media using the #crossroadsquiltalong hashtag and on the Facebook group HERE

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kimberly's Sac Sew Along

Hello quilty friends! Today I want to share this really cute bag I made using a new pattern from Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop and Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. The bag is called Kimberly's Sac. 

I was in need of a new bag /purse so I was happy to be making this one. I used Vintage Picnic by Bonnie & Camille and Essex Linen for my bag. I intended to use the navy, red and aqua prints with the polka dot Mochi linen by Moda but... I started pairing up the corally pinks and greens from the line and went in that direction. I'm a sucker for pink and green! There's a little splash of aqua too. I used a cute button I made years ago from a little scrap of the much loved blue eyelet/seed from Flea Market Fancy. I stipple quilted the body and used a wide zig zag stitch for the bottom quilting. I love how it turned out. My oldest girl loved it too so I decided to give it to her. I'm making a bag for myself now with the navy, reds and aquas. I'll share it with you when I finish.

The instructions in the pattern were great. It didn't take too long to make either. A step-by-step video on making the bag with Kimberly and Joanna can be found HERE.

The pattern can be found HERE.

I used 2 of these swivel D-rings for my bag.

I can't wait to see some other versions of Kimberly's Sac. The fabric choices are so fun for this cute bag.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along ~ Diamond Block

Good morning! I finished second set of blocks for the Crossroads Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop and Joanna Figueroa. I really like the colors for these diamond blocks. I think Fig Tree has the best browns. They're always very soft and pretty. 

Here are all of my blocks so far! I'm really enjoying this quilt along. Strawberry Fields Revisited is so pretty. I'm looking forward to seeing this beauty come together. 

It's been fun to see blocks from people not using the same fabric too. I love the different choices others are making. You can check out blocks by others in the Crossroads Facebook group and also by using the hashtag #crossroadsquiltalong on social media like Instagram. 

Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts (@figtreequilts)
Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
April of Prairie Grass Patterns (@amrosenthal)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Angie of Gnome Angel (@gnomeangel)
Vanessa of Lella Boutique (@lellaboutique)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Erin of Why Not Sew (@whynotsewquilts)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Paperie Blog Tour and Giveaway

Hello! I am so happy today is my stop on the Paperie Blog Tour!!! It's been fun to see the projects that are being created with Amy Sinibaldi's first fabric line with Art Gallery Fabrics. I am beyond honored to be a part of such a talented group and just a little intimidated too! So many gorgeous projects on this blog tour. Amy is so very special. I am just in awe of her really. She inspires me to create. I think a lot of us could say that about her, right!?! Everything she makes is detailed and in my opinion, flawless. I knew her fabric line would be the same. It's soft and beautiful. 

I had so many ideas for what to make for the blog tour. I thought I was settled on a clamshell pouch / sewing kit for myself. Then, one weekend all of my girls and I were watching Miss Potter. My oldest daughter mentioned how much she liked the portfolio she ( Beatrix Potter) had to hold her artwork. I instantly knew I had to make her one and with Paperie 1.) because she mentioned over and over how much she loved this fabric line 2.) the girl likes to read. I mean A LOT. Books are her thing. So, of course, Paperie was perfect. 3.) she loves drawing and painting. So I thought her own portfolio would encourage her to do what she loves.

For the portfolio I basically made an oversize folder with a pocket on the inside to hold her pictures. I gave the folder body and made it sturdy by using foam poster board inside of it. The cover is a take on Ayumi's book pattern from Patchwork Please. I used half-square triangles for mine and increased it in size. I added a little cross-stitch patch initial to the inside along with my daughter's favorite fabrics from the line. 

I ended up making the clamshell piece into a pencil case for her paint brushes. I used Kristyne's (Pretty by Hand) pattern.
I love the pattern. I hesitated to show the case because it's not perfect. It's a bit gathered up on the sides but I still love how it turned out. It actually reminds me of the sleeves of the dresses I used to make my daughter when she was little. It's funny that's the first thing I thought of when I turned the case right side out and saw the gathers.
The lighting has been so dim the last few days so no good shot of the pencil case. We'll just call these moody picture, okay?

Here is one last one of one of my favorite pictures my daughter has painted. From Tangled.

I am thrilled to be able to offer one of you a half-yard bundle of Paperie courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop!
Thank you so much Fat Quarter Shop!!!
Just leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner next week.

 January 25 ~ Heidi Staples of
January 26 ~ Kerry Goulder of
January 27 ~ Cheri Lehnow of
January 28 ~ Sharon Holland of
January 29 ~ Jemima Flendt of
January 30 ~ Michelle Curtis of
February 1 ~ Christina Egner of
February 2 ~ Ali Brorsen of
February 3 ~ Kristine Lempriere of
February 4 ~ Nicole Young of
February 5 ~ Lori Landenburger of
February 6 ~ Jennifer Chon of
February 8 ~ Melissa LeRay of
February 9 ~ Megan Jimanez of
February 10 ~ Faith Essenburg of
February 11 ~ Renee Lange of
February 12 ~ Sedef Imer of
February 13 ~ Kristyne Czepuryk of
February 15 ~ Heather Andrus of
February 16 ~ Stacy Olson of
February 17 ~ Erin Cox of
February 18 ~ Amy Sinibaldi of

Congratulations again, Amy, on your beautiful fabric line!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

**** Comments now closed! The winner has been notified and will be announced as soon as I hear from her! Thanks so much!!!


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