Saturday, January 12, 2019

Dear Jane Quilt

Hello! I haven't posted in so long. I thought I'd dust the old blog off today. I know a lot of people are on Instagram and other social media outlets and that's where a lot of the sharing happens but I really wanted to document my Dear Jane quilt here on my blog. 

I have wanted to make a Dear Jane quilt for so many years. Finally in June (2018) I started my Dear Jane quilt. I made a few blocks before I posted anything to Instagram because I really wasn't sure how it would go. But after making a few blocks I was hooked!!! 

I'm hand piecing, appliqueing and freezer paper piecing my blocks. I love changing up the techniques and working with some different colors and fabrics that I don't tend to use. 

I'm also mixing in some fabrics from my stash that I really love! It's a nice mix for me. I'm making my blocks in order, row by row. I know that if I were to skip around it would throw me off and I wouldn't feel as organized. I definitely need to be organized to complete this beautiful quilt! 

I use this resource from Susan Gatewood for the paper pieced blocks. It's been such a wonderful resource and I find I use it more than the actual book as far as templates go. I print, pick fabrics and prep a whole row at a time. Then I always have a block to work on very easily. 

I'm keeping my blocks in sandwich baggies labeled by row. I also have a chart that I've glued a scrap fabric used for each block. It's handy for picking fabrics.

I have three rows finished and row 4 prepped! I love having these little blocks (4.5" finished) to look forward to sewing. 

I took some time today to scan my blocks onto a grid on the computer. I did this for my Farmer's Wife quilt way back when. It's fun for me to see the blocks all together and I get a different perspective than when they are laid out on my floor. I absolutely LOVE this quilt so far! I'm filing them all under the hashtag #whynotsewdearjane On IG. 

Here is a list of resources I've used to help me on my Dear Jane journey.

Susan Gatewood - PDF's by row for all blocks

That Quilt - Anina makes all the blocks and gives tips along the way (also where I purchased my Dear Jane book, not sponsored..just price :)

Dear Jane - Official Site

Have you made a Dear Jane / Jane Stickle quilt? If not, is it on your list? 

Hope you all are well! 

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Floral Hues by Sue Daley

Hello! Today I get to share with you the quilt I made with Floral Hues by Sue Daley for Riley Blake Designs. Floral Hues is a cotton lawn fabric and it feels light and so soft. It would be perfect for apparel like an infinity scarf or a pretty top like the one that Sachiko made with this fabric. I decided to make a quilt and I used Riley Blake Confetti Cotton Solid as the background fabric and it worked really well with the cotton lawn.

There is a really fun mix of vibrant, pretty and bold colors and prints in this collection. I wanted to make this vintage Dutch Tulips quilt block for a while and I thought these fabrics would pair so well with that block to make a cute quilt.

I'm really pleased with the way the quilt turned out! I used the floral pink print for a small border and then some scrappy 4-patches as the next border.

another little Floral Hues project using that pink!!!
 I love the pinks in this collection! Here's another little project I started that great pink print! 

I bound the quilt with the bold aqua floral print.

I used the old trusty free-motion stippling to quilt it. I'm always happy with it. I used the black and white print from the collection for all of the circles in the blocks to tie them together since I made them really scrappy looking.

I used my favorite print in the collection to add diamonds in the sashing in place of cornerstones. Just something to anchor it all together. I really enjoyed working with these fabrics and I think the quilt turned out pretty much how I wanted it too, happy and bright! Like flowers and sunshine!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Crocheted Cathedral Window Squares

I've been crocheting a little in the evening. I can't sit still and do nothing at night and hand-sewing is on hold until I get a stronger pair of readers. I've been wanting to make this pattern for a long time. I pinned it years ago but when I went to start crocheting them I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for as the one I pinned was not quite right. Then I found this wonderful you tube tutorial by Potter and Bloom and she has a link to the written version too.  I thought I would pass the info along just in case any of you were interested in making them too!!!

Happy Sewing! (and crocheting)
xo Erin

Monday, February 12, 2018

Meringue Quilt

Good morning! Today I'm sharing this quilt I made using Fat Quarter Shop's new book Cake Mix Quilt Book and Miss Rosie's Cake Mix Recipe packs.

 I used a Flower Mill layer cake for my quilt.

I chose the Meringue Cake.

 They were fun blocks and each paper from the cake mix papers made two at a time.

I made a smaller version for my quilt and only included the aqua, pink, red and grey fabrics from the fabric line.

I think it turned out so pretty!

This was super simple to sew together and the cake mix book and papers would be fun for a beginner to use too. They help you make such precise pieces like the half-square triangles.

I used the multi-colored gingham stripe from Flower Mill for the binding. I am so happy about that! It's the perfect binding print.

I used a grey Bella Solid for the backing and I stipple quilted it!

This was a super fun quilt! Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for asking me to sew along!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Geranium Dresses

The 2 dresses above I made a couple of years ago.
 I didn't do much piecing or quilting over the summer but I did make my 2 youngest some pretty Geranium Dresses.

I love the pattern and had made a couple of dresses previously but the expansion pack was released and it inspired me to make several more. I have wanted to do a post on these for a while now but it is seriously hard to get them all rounded up for a picture because my girls wear these all the time. Like almost everyday. You might be able to see some signs of wear if you look closely, but don't, haha ;) Here they are below.

This is the first one I made this summer. It was from the original pattern, cap sleeves, neck notch. Fabric is Vintage Market By Tasha Noel (Riley Blake).

I had to try the Peter Pan collar from the expansion pack. I absolutely love it and I use it all the time with these dresses. This one also has the fitted short sleeve. Fabric is Lecien Retro 30's.

This one is basically the same except for length. This is tunic length. Fabric is Posy by Aneela Hoey

Same as above. Bigger size, collar the same color as the dress. Oh, this one has a zipper instead of buttons. We prefer the buttons. Fabric is Indian Summer by Benartex.

This is the 3/4 length sleeve option.  This dress as well as the Posy tunic have a fully lined bodice which I don't do anymore. I just make an interfacing piece for the collar now. Fabric is The Good Life by Bonnie & Camille (Moda).

Same 3/4 length sleeve but in a bigger size. Fabric is from Walmart, Waverly? I think. This is the older of the 2 girls favorite dress!

This is the basic dress, cap sleeves, no expansion, no neck notch. Fabric is The Good Life again.

Same as above, bigger size. Same fabric, different print. These got worn the most in warm weather and now with a sweater. Fabric is The Good Life.

AND my absolute favorite one is the basic dress, cap sleeve, and a matching Peter Pan collar. Love this one so much. The fabric is a favorite too! Fabric is Aunt Grace, Simple Sampler by Judie Rothermel (Marcus Brothers).

I have at least 4 more planned and will continue to make more for my girls til they outgrow the pattern. It's so simple and I just love the fit on them. They do too. Win, win!!!

Hope you all are doing well.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sewn with Grace

Thinking of Renee....
so many words on my heart and in my head and yet I can't get any of it out to say anything worthy of such a special person. 
loved and missed by all who knew her.
with love and gratitude.
xo Erin

Friday, April 28, 2017

No Scrap Left Behind Blog Tour and Giveaway

Good morning! I'm so happy and honored to be a part of the blog tour for my friend Amanda Jean Nyberg's (Crazy Mom Quilts) new book No Scrap Left Behind. The book is full of quilts and projects that use all sizes of scraps. Down to the last little bits.

I am such a fan of Amanda Jean's quilts! All of the projects in the book are great. I decided on making Mini Nines.

I love the size of these nine patch blocks! I used some of my smallest scraps for this project and it was so rewarding!

I turned my Mini Nines into a pillow for my youngest girl. I added a little pom pom trim to the edges.

Those little nine patches are adorable! The individual squares measure 1/2 inch!!! The book has great tips for accuracy and how to make these tiny blocks easily.

I would love to make a larger version of the pattern. Maybe a long term scrap project the way Amanda Jean tackled it in the book. These blocks are perfect for scrap busting.

Since Amanda Jean is the queen of awesome pieced quilt backs I thought I would make a cute back for this pillow using my leftover blocks. I love how it turned out and I had so much fun with this project. It always feels good to use up some scraps.

We are sharing some tips for scrap organization and usage on this tour which I am always interested in hearing how others work their scraps. My system is always changing. I have such limited space. I went through my scraps a while ago and gave a lot away to my mom. Then I took everything and organized it by color into small rectangular containers. I organized it further by keeping larger pieces on one side of the container, strips in the middle and squares that are already a specific size on the other side. I have a smaller basket I keep my Japanese fabric in because I use them in a lot of small projects and they tend to be my favorites. I also always keep a basket next to my work area and that's where I put my scraps for my current project to be organized later. It usually takes a few projects before it's full and needs put away. So, that's how I take care of my scraps.

To win a copy of No Scrap Left Behind leave a comment here. If you have an scrap organizing tips you love you can leave them below or just say hi! That's fine too :)
Here is a list of the other bloggers on the blog tour so you can see the fun things they are making from the book!

Monday, April 24th Mary Kolb
Tuesday, April 25, Lee Monroe
Wednesday, April 26, Sandi Hazlewood
Thursday, April 27, Bernie Kringel
Friday, April 28, Erin Cox
Monday, May 1, Katherine Greaves
Tuesday, May 2, Tracy Mooney
Wednesday, May 3, Cheryl Arkison
Thursday, May 4, Debbie Jeske
Friday, May 5, Amy Smart
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin



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