Friday, April 11, 2014

☆ Country Girls Stars Quilt ☆

Last week I finished this Country Girls mini quilt I made for my girls' room. I've been wanting to post about it since then but we all have been under the weather at our house. Sore throats and stomach bugs. Yuck. I hope we are on the mend. My mom is visiting and should be here today! I told her maybe she shouldn't come but she wouldn't hear of it. I hope she doesn't get sick. I've Lysoled, bleached, Purelled my heart out, so I'm hoping we're good.

Anyway, I am loving this mini!!! I fussy-cut the Country Girls from this fabric. Then I used some Country Girls fabric along with some others from Tasha Noel. All of which I got from Shay at Simply Sweet Fabric.  I added some Strawberry Fields, April Showers, Scrumptious and Flea Market Fancy. The colors all went well together and I love the scrappy look.

I hand quilted around each star and that was all. I may add more quilting around the edge near the binding and in the space where the four corners of the blocks meet. I just haven't yet. I love the center block. The little girl feeding the ducks reminded my 4 year old of herself feeding her ducks. She loves the quilt and can't wait to have it on her wall. I have to paint first. I hope to do that while my mom visits. We shall see :)

Have a great weekend! Stay healthy...wash your hands!!!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Alphabitties ~ How I'm Using Them

I got these cute little Alphabitties from Fat Quarter Shop.

I've been using them for my Briar Rose quilt. They work great with the Clover Wonder Clips. They are much cuter than the scraps of paper I used to use for keeping track of my rows and I don't poke myself with pins.

Of course, the kids like them too!

a lot!

Yup, she thinks they are hers! I think I might get another pack and attach magnets to the back of them for our school whiteboard. They are just too cute!

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Pretty Potholder

I finally got around to making a potholder using Amy's tutorial. The tutorial is great. I added a crocheted trim instead of the ruffle that Amy uses. I also just cut my binding on the lengthwise grain instead of the bias. I had enough stretch for the binding to wrap around the curves nicely. My quilting is a little wonky or what I like to call "organic" :)

I will definitely be making more of these. They are so cute and there are so many quilting and design ideas to make them all different. I'll be making some of these for Christmas gifts for sure. This one is going away to my swap partner along with this coaster.
Hope all is well where you are.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Friday!

Just popping in to say I hope you have a lovely weekend! I finished this little coaster for a swap I'm doing on Instagram. I have some weekend sewing plans.

I hope to get to play with these lovelies!!!

I got them from Sew Me a Song. Becca has such a fabulous selection of Japanese and text prints. I can find prints from some of my favorite designers, Atsuko Matsuyama and Suzuko Koseki, in her shop too! This shop is such a gem and I have spent hours eying up all of the pretties!

I am really excited that the 2nd round of the cocrico bee has started and these prints are perfect to add to my stash for the paper pieced blocks I will make for my bee mates.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Birdie Patchwork Pillows with Crocheted Scallop Edge

Hi there! I hope you all are having a nice start to your week. We are enjoying some warmer weather today and beautiful sunshine!
I've been working on some pillows for my Etsy shop.
I made this pink and yellow one.

This aqua, red and pink one! (I love this one so much)

and this yellow and pink one!

If you happen to be in the market for a pillow. Stop by my little shop here and use the code BLOGFRIEND20 for 20% off a pillow!!!

Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comments. It's always very encouraging and adds so much happiness to my day.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

WIP Wednesday 3/5/2014 ~ Briar Rose Patchwork

(not sew yet, just fused down)
Hello!
Yesterday I cleaned off my design wall. I had this patchwork at the top of it since September. I had to do something with it. I didn't want to just take the squares down and let them sit until who knows when. I remembered something I had seen on Elizabeth Hartman's blog years ago about using fusible interfacing for postage stamp blocks (I think it was postage stamp blocks). I'm pretty sure I used the method for this little doll quilt and then tucked it away in my mind and forgot about it. I remembered it the other day when I was thinking about making piles of these squares and chain piecing them which I really don't have time for right now. I decided to use the method for these 3" blocks. I figured even if I didn't get to sew them right away at least they would be altogether and ready when I could sew them. I think that you are supposed to use interfacing that has a grid or mark a grid but I did not do that.

I'm making 8 or 12 panels like this. Depending on how much fabric I have. I may have to get more Briar Rose. I want this one to be near queen size. I am going to sew 2 panels together and then quilt each section as I go. My basting area is so small and I think quilting as I go and then joining the sections will work great. At least I hope it does :)

I did get to sew the 2 panels. This method for patchwork is so fast and the seams look perfect. I'm definitely using this technique again!!!

Hope you are having a great week!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Linking up with WIP Wednesday

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bright and Cheery Revisited :: A Pillow

I whipped up a cute little pillow this week. I made it similar to the bright and cheery birdie quilt I made a couple of years ago. 
Although the weather is cold, the sun is shining and I am dreaming of spring.
I hope you are having a lovely week.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin
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