pincushion giveaway

It’s ultimately time to clarify why I’ve gone pincushion crazy. (As if I need an excuse, appropriate?) I’m packing all these up to take to Quilt Con this week for a super duper giveaway! If you would like a pincushion, come say hello to me at Quilt Con! All that I ask for in exchange is that you show me a photo of anything that you have created from a single of my patterns, tutorials, fabric, one particular of my books, etc. I program to do the giveaway over two days….Thursday and Friday. (I will have about half of the pincushions with me every day.) The giveaway is while supplies final, clearly.

I originally wanted to make one hundred, but I am going to be pleased with my 75, I guess. I don’t feel I would be capable to carry 100 of them, anyway! 🙂 I hope to meet you there!

Content Monday to you!

content new year!

Content New Year! I always enjoy hunting back at the past year and setting objectives for the year ahead. It is a great time to take stock and evaluate items!

This mosaic features the top nine most popular pictures from my Instagram feed from 2016.

2016 was one more scrappy year! I finished writing my book (which is available for pre-order!), I made a small mountain of pincushions, I worked on some long term scrap quilts and did some stash busting, too. I finished a total of 22 quilts! It was a very good year!

In July, I did a one-a-day pincushion challenge, which was really enjoyable, but also a fantastic learning expertise. In the course of that challenge, I discovered that I genuinely love operating in a series. I enjoyed having definite parameters to operate inside and the concentrate that it brought was outstanding. I also learned that it really is excellent to make something, even when on the days that you don’t feel like it….and that creativity never ever runs out!

In September, I began tracking how considerably fabric I used each month, compared to how considerably fabric I purchased. I know a lot of individuals believe that notion is crazy, but what a fantastic eye-opener that was! It kept me on track and reeled in my fabric purchases many times. It’s a extremely good issue! Starting to track it right as the youngsters went back to school was wonderful timing, since that is my most productive sewing time in the entire year. 🙂

My one and only crafty purpose was to knit a sweater for myself. Whilst I didn’t finish my sweater ahead of the end of the year, I truly committed and bought the yarn, which was possibly one particular of the hardest components of the whole method so far! I am over half done with the body of the sweater. Of course, I still have to knit the arms, but it really is coming along! I really do really like the colour and the pattern and it fits me, so these are all fantastic issues.

Hunting ahead….

My book, No Scrap Left Behind, is scheduled to be released in February! Promoting the book will be at the leading of my list this year. I have a bunch of dates scheduled in the upcoming year to speak and teach from the book, which I am very excited about.

If all goes according to strategy, my new fabric line should be released this year, also!

I hope to do some designing and collaborating with my daughter. She’s only 10, but I consider it would be entertaining to start off operating with her and investing in her in a far more focused manner. That girl has suggestions and I consider she almost certainly loves colour even more than I do!

I want to function in a series where I discover choices, considerably like my pincushion challenge. I am not confident what that looks like but, but I hope to come up with a strategy quickly.


I am starting off the year with only 9 functions in progress, which feels outstanding! I appear forward to a excellent year of finishing ahead!

I also want to crochet a giant rag rug for my front entryway. I’ve been kicking about that idea for years, so I believe it really is ultimately time to do it! It will be the ultimate scrap buster. Ha!

Do you make crafty objectives or resolutions for the year? If so, I’d enjoy to hear about it!

I’d like to take the time to say a massive THANK YOU for reading my blog. It wouldn’t be the same without you! To these of you who take the time to leave comments, they are quite significantly appreciated! Here’s to a wonderful New Year!

sweater progress and a couple of small projects

I’ve been knitting away on my sweater! Late last week, I realized I had knit a row incorrectly, so I had to knit back about ten rows! That was super frustrating. I also discovered (thanks to my pal Suzanne) why it is essential to alternate skeins of yarn when working with hand dyed yarn. I will admit that I got sort of freaked out and I was frustrated that there is so considerably to knitting that I have definitely no clue about. Nonetheless, I am enjoying understanding new things…even if it is a small painful. 🙂 I’m knitting forward again, and I am pleased with my progress! I very very carefully tried on the sweater this morning and the size is spot on. What a relief! I really really like the color and how the yarn is knitting up.

To counter balance the enormous knitting project, I am also functioning on quick finishes. This tiny cross pincushion was inspired by this pillow that Anna made awhile back. I loved it so. In truth, this fabric scrap came from Anna and I believe that it was in fact leftover from her pillow. I absolutely adore it in pincushion kind! It measures three 1/two” x 2 1/2″. It is scrap project #189!

I also whipped up a couple of pillow instances. I love making these due to the fact they are excellent stash busters AND a excellent way to use cute novelty prints. This festive fox one is for me! I discovered the fabric at SR Harris about a week an a half ago and it was as well cute to pass up. The main fabric is festive forest by TamaraKate for Michael Miller Fabrics. The cuff fabric is Picnic Pals by Alyssa Thomas of Penguin &amp Fish for Clothworks.

Since I will not want to share my new pillow case (how terrible is that?) I produced this a single for my cartwheel-loving daughter. The main fabric is Hello Petal by Aneela Hoey for Moda. The cuff fabric is Kiss Dot by Michael Miller. I have a feeling that she is going to adore it!

I am so thankful for swift projects that I can sew from the stash. Excellent for the week before Christmas!

Happy Monday to you!

rainbow quilt total

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I was able to finish the rainbow scrap quilt this week! It is a simple quilt, by means of and through, but I really like it all the identical! If it were any larger, I’d be seriously tempted to keep it for myself.

For the backing, I did some colour-blocking with a handful of solid fabrics from the stash. Solids are good to use for a pieced backing due to the fact it does not matter were the seam falls, there is no pattern repeat to match!

I kept the quilting super straightforward….just an X by means of every block. I employed my hera marker to mark the lines just before I quilted, since I am horrible at just eye-balling it. It really is an further step, but to me, it really is totally worth it.

There is such a enjoyable assortment of fabrics in this quilt! I had to dig deep for adequate low volume prints to fill in. Some were repeated numerous times, but I think it worked effectively anyway.

I enjoy this gray stripe for binding! (It is from my good neighbors collection.) This is probably the 4th or 5th quilt that I’ve bound with this fabric. I never consider it will be the last, either. 🙂

The patchwork squares were cut at five”. The quilt measures 45″ x 63″ and it’s scrap project # 190!

Now it really is your turn! Please hyperlink up your finishes for the week. Thank you, as usually, for joining me for finish it up Friday! ‘)

crazy rails quilt top

My crazy rails quilt top is comprehensive! Every of those small logs (all 960 of them!) finish at 1″ x three”. I adore how it turned out and absolutely program to revisit this pattern once more….either in a twin or king size next time. This quilt top measures 48″ x 60″. This is a fantastic scrap buster, simply because virtually something goes! Gotta adore that!

rainbow quilt best

There are a couple of a lot more days left this year, so naturally I’m doing a final push to see how numerous quilts I can finish before the calendar modifications to 2017! This is a basic scrap quilt created of five” squares. I loved playing with the layout of this one. The mix of brights and low volume fabrics makes it a extremely cheerful quilt! It possibly comes as no surprise that the aqua almost took over. (hahaha!) I’m hoping to finish this one (and maybe one or two much more quilts) just before Sunday. We’ll see! There will be a lot of quilting breaks to play board games with my household. I sort of adore this week between Christmas and the New Year. I hope you are getting a warm, cozy and restful week, too!

straightforward quilt comprehensive

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Regardless of all the craziness of the week before Christmas, I managed to finish a quilt! I’m fairly excited about that!

I am calling this the simple quilt. It is just a basic stash quilt, but I so enjoyed producing it. I love the bigger pieces and the mix of pinks, corals and grays.

I free of charge-motion quilted each and every row of patchwork with two lines of loops in peach thread.

I enjoy coming up with a backing from the stash due to the fact it’s one massive puzzle with several achievable solutions. It took a bit of auditioning before I settled on this layout, but I am quite pleased with the outcomes! I really like the simplicity and the truth that it is asymmetrical.

The finished quilt measures 45″ x 60″. (The blocks are cut 3 1/2″ x 9 1/two”, so they finish at 3″ x 9″. )
The very best component of this finish was almost certainly the reality that I took a walk through a nearby park for a photo shoot of the quilt. It was an absolutely lovely winter day….  
….and the scenery was just gorgeous!
Now, it is your turn! If you have any finishes that you can share, please hyperlink up! Thank you, as always, for joining me for finish it up Friday! I hope you all have a quite Merry Christmas! 🙂


sew it goes tote

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I’ve been working on this project for the past handful of weeks, but due to the want for a finish these days, I worked extra hard to get it carried out. I’m so glad that I did! This is referred to as the Sew It Goes Tote, and it’s a pattern created by my extremely talented friend Kristin. Isn’t it sooo cute???

The tote was designed for traveling with a hand work project. I love that it has a ton of compartments for all the little issues that you need to have when you are hand stitching. I was a tiny intimidated by this project (four zipper compartments alone…plus vinyl), but I took it step by step and worked slowly. It came with each other very effectively! It really wasn’t that tough…just a tiny time consuming. 🙂 My buddy Mary also made the project and she advisable cutting out all the pieces initial. That goes against all my inclinations (what if I adjust my thoughts on a fabric?) but that was wonderful suggestions.

Turns out I’m really happy with my fabric selections! There are wonderful diagrams in the pattern that show where every single piece belongs, so that created deciding on the fabrics much easier.

When I wasn’t positive what fabric to use, I chose Essex Linen in Flax. I enjoy linen paired with all of the printed fabrics.

I chose the aqua accents, simply because these have been the zippers I had on hand. Plus, aqua and red is a combination that is tough to beat!

One of my favorite components is a mini design board (undoubtedly squeal-worthy!)….

…that fits in the back pocket. So entertaining!

I adore, love, Really like how it turned out! I also don’t thoughts 1 bit that my version appears like a present! The tote measures about 10″ x ten”. The pattern is available for acquire here.
I believe I need to start a new hand operate project….soon!

How about you? Do you have a finish to share? If so, please link up. Thank you, as often, for joining me for finish it up Friday! ‘)

building a log cabin quilt

Last Saturday I decided to pull out my log cabin blocks. I thought it would be exciting to try to double the amount that I had created…so my objective was to make 18. In one day. (Yes, I was delusional!)

It is a  s  l  o  w   procedure. Making 14 blocks at a time requires awhile….

…AND it is messy!!! (This is just the tip of the iceberg. ha!)

A few days and hundreds of seams later, I have a total of 34 blocks complete. I only need 132 blocks for a king size quilt, so I’m about 25% carried out. That’s encouraging, at least! This quilt is certainly a labor of adore, but it’s going to look so great on my bed.

Each block is 9 1/two” unfinished. The complete measurements for the blocks can be discovered right here.

straighforward quilt best

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This is such a busy time of year, is not it? I really feel like I am not obtaining something done, but I actually am. The issue is that my “to-do” list is just ridiculous. Anybody else in the exact same boat? I do not know how to fix it, but at least I know what the difficulty is! That’s half the battle, appropriate?

Anyway, on to a couple of finishes…. 🙂

I finished a quilt best this week! I am calling it the straightforward quilt. It really is easy, fast, and it enables quite fabric to shine. What else do you need? The rectangles are reduce 3 1/2″ x 9 1/2″. I love this color mixture! It feels excellent to be sewing up my stash! This will be a charity quilt for A Mother’s Hope.

I also completed up a few far more pincushions this morning. The tops have been sitting on my sewing table for a few weeks now. It feels excellent to turn them into completed objects! Those small red circles are hand appliqued and rustic at ideal. After stitching this one, I threw out the remaining circles that I had been saving for years. There are lots of other scraps to use! Ha! These pincushions are scrap project #188.

Moody lighting in the photographs brought to you by the gloomy December weather. 🙂

Now, it’s your turn! Do you have a finish to share these days? If so, please hyperlink up. It really is very good to celebrate finishes! Thank you for joining me for finish it up Friday! Hope you have a lovely weekend.



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