What Others Are Sewing 3

I love it when readers send me pictures of projects they are working on that have been made from my projects or fabrics. I know you love seeing the projects too, so this is my third post dedicated to "What Others Are Sewing." First I would like to introduce you to Kay Harold. She is a subscriber to this blog, but also a round about friend. Our husbands happen to work for the same company but in different states and in different roles. Kay moved to a town I used to live in and has become friends with a lady in my old quilting group. Small world huh? Well, Kay and I correspond and our love of quilting and sewing have brought us together as quilt-pals, even though we have never met each other.

Kay enjoyed my Valentine's Card Project and really took the project beyond just Valentine's Day. I will be doing a separate post in the near future explaining some of Kay's techniques in making the project even easier and in some cases even into a no-sew project. With small adjustments, this card project can be adapted for other holidays or celebrations throughout the year. 

The photo below shows Kay's log cabin blocks for her Valentine's Day Cards.

Here Kay made St. Patricks Day cards with using rubber stamps on one card and no-sew method on the other. Again, I will have more detailed instructions on another post.

Yesterday, I got an email from Sally Garrison, she made this baby quilt using fabrics from my Love Grows Collection.

Sally Garrison Quilt

Sally is using the Gathers & Giggles pattern from Sew Much Ado. What a beautiful quilt Sally, thank you so much for sharing it with us. Your baby quilt is so lovely, the effect is very Shabby Chic looking, what a lucky baby!

My last What Others Are Sewing projects to share with you are by a dear friend of mine, Marianne Jensen. Marianne is an amazing women and an amazing sewer. She sent me this beautiful tote bag she made using a pattern by Penny Sturges called Bow Tucks Tote #PS008 available from many online sources.

Marianne made the tote in fabrics from my Blue Skies collection. I love it! I can carry a ton of stuff in it and love all the interior pockets!

Bow Tucks Tote 1
Bow Tucks Tote 2

How cute is that tote?

But wait, there is more! I told you Marianne is an amazing sewer, she made me a quilt top made from the Fat Quarter Shuffle pattern by Connie Barr of Constantly Stitching 'n More.  Neither Marianne or I are a great one for getting the quilting finished on quilt tops, so I already have this over to the long arm quilter to be finished. I cannot wait to be enjoying it as a throw quilt in my family room! Thank you again Marianne, I truly love the tote and the throw quilt!

Fat Quarter Shuffle

I love seeing how my fabrics and my projects help to inspire creativity. It is a wonderful feeling and your creativity inspires my creativity. Thank you very much for sharing your projects.

Keep on Sewing!

As Seen on TV

As the new year began, the new episodes of the public television series, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting have started airing. This years series is labeled their 1900 series. Hosted by Marianne Fons and her daughter Mary Fons, various quilting projects and techniques are demonstrated using different quilting projects. As part of this years 1900 series, in episode 1904 titled, "Feedsack Flowers" Mary Fons is joined by Sandy Gervais to demonstrate making a hexagon "log-cabin" style block set together in a brilliant, no-set-in method.

In this episode, the fabrics used in the demonstration part of the project are from my Blue Skies collection from Fabri-Quilt - Paintbrush Studio line!

If you are wanting to give this block a try - it's super fun - use this link for a quick on-line video in conjunction to this project. This project had been first seen in their Easy Quilts - Scrap Quilts Fall 2011 issue and this link showcases the block from that source. Visit: http://www.fonsandporter.com/issues/Easy_Quilts___Scrap_Quilts 

click on the technique labeled "Log Cabin Hexagons" for the video. (sign in is required to view the video.)

You will want to check your local listings for the airing times of the Fons & Porter Love of Quilting series in your area. For more information on how to find out what is available by you, visit http://www.fonsandporter.com/tv_showtimes.html

I wish I had more time right now to play around with this block, I am fascinated by a hexagon shaped block and would really love to make a full project from this technique, but, alas, too many irons in the fire right now, that one must be put on a back burner for awhile!

Fabrics Page

Not only do I have a new look for my blog site, but I also have a new Fabrics Page! My blog also has some new navigation menus. Look under the Where to Buy Page for a drop down menu, here you will find the Fabrics page along with the individual collection pages. The Fabrics page is devoted to showcasing my different collections in a picture gallery that highlights each collection and places all projects done in those fabrics in one gallery. Any images with captions have links to projects. Just click on that image with a caption and you will find the free download page whether it is from my site or a free download project from Fabri-Quilt.

I will be continually adding new pictures and project links to the Fabrics page along with new collections as they become available. I hope you enjoy this new feature. I have enjoyed putting it together it for you.

1 Million Pillowcase Challenge

Before I start any new projects, I wanted to get some pillowcases made for the allpeoplequilt.com1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. I made one dozen for now and plan on making at least that again in the fall. It is a start, for now. I have to tell you, this is a quick, fun and rewarding project to do. If you go to the allpeoplequilt web site you can find participating quilt shops as well as other options for donating your pillowcases you have made. The quilt shop I use for my quilting, The Mason Jar is a participating quilt shop! How convenient! I loved doing the Roll It Up method of making the pillowcases, no raw edges. The outside band encased the raw edges of the body of pillowcase and you use french seams to finish the side seams. A thing of beauty. It was tons of fun coming up with different combinations for the pillows. Here is what I ended up making. Six from the Blue Skies collection (one of those being just like the Pattern 16 as shown on the allpeoplequilt site.) The other six pillowcases are from my Love Grows collection, much more feminine, very sweet and pretty colors.

Blue Skies pillowcases open
Blue Skies pillowcases open
Blue Skies pillowcases folded
Blue Skies pillowcases folded
Love Grows pillowcases open
Love Grows pillowcases open
Love Grows pillowcases folded
Love Grows pillowcases folded

I must confess, the next time I have some free time and are making more of these, I might be making a couple of pillowcases for myself too! I hope you find some time to take on the challenge, it is worth it!

Happy Sewing,