Friday, December 13, 2013

Little Birdie Ornamant with Crocheted Trim { a Tutorial }

Today I'm guest posting over at Quilt Story for their Holiday Tutorial Series. I'm showing you how I made these cute little ornaments. Please check it out HERE and let me know what you think! Have a great weekend!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Honey Bee Quilt with Patchwork Borders { Tutorial }

Today I have a tutorial for this cute throw size Honey Bee quilt over on the Benartex blog ~ Sew in Love.

Go check it out and then come back and enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle from Benartex!

To enter follow Sew in Love {with fabric} and for a second chance you can follow their Facebook page. and comment below letting me know that you did.

The winner will be picked by Random Number Generator on 12/12/2013!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Quilty Fun Sew Along and Blog Tour :: Week Six

Welcome to week six of the Quilty Fun Sew Along! I am so happy I was invited to be in the blog tour to celebrate the release of Lori Holt's (Bee in My Bonnet) new book, Quilty Fun ~ Lessons in Scrappy Patchwork, published by Fat Quarter Shop's It's Sew Emma pattern company. I am such a fan of Lori's fabric and patterns. The book is a feast for your eyes! There are many lovely pictures. Full of color. You get to see some of Lori's vintage goodies too! I love that. Not only is it pretty but it is also very informative. Lori has lots of experience and comes from a long line of quilters. She has some really good tips and hints for you in her book.

The sew along is 20 weeks long and will be going on through March 31. So if you haven't started yet there is still time to catch up. All of the info is HERE... This is the quilt that we will be making during the sew along. Isn't it wonderful?!!

Lori's book includes directions for her popular row along quilt. AND It also has 10 fantastic other quilty projects!

I really want to make this Apple~licious Quilt!

The blocks I made for the sew along are the Chubby Chevrons. Now, these are great because you don't have to worry about cutting off the bottom chevron point with these when sewing or not getting perfect points the way you would with a normal non-chubby chevron. I love the scrappy look of these!

You can download the pdf companion HERE

I enjoyed using my scraps for these. Lori has a great system for organizing her scraps. I've started organizing mine this way. I love it!

Now for the giveaway!  Fat Quarter Shop is giving away Bee in my Bonnet Hexie Half Ruler Sets 

and a package of their new Alphabitties!  

To enter upload your Chubby Chevrons to the Quilty Fun Sew Along and Blog Tour Flickr Page!
All of the info for the blog tour can be found HERE

I can't wait to see all of your blocks!

Happy Sewing ~

xo Erin  

Thursday, December 5, 2013

:: Hi ::

It's a gloomy day here today. I think I'll spend a little time hand quilting this piece of hexie patchwork this afternoon, maybe snuggled up with a quilt and some tea, and no doubt a kiddo or two. I started the hexies when I got this fabric from Shay. I picked them up again the other night when I couldn't sleep. I'll be turning this into a pillow. I'll post a picture when I finish.

I've been able to get some machine sewing time lately and it's been great. I have a project coming up for Benartex. A lap/throw sized quilt. It's a happy, bright quilt and I can't wait to show it to you.

If you've seen me on Pinterest lately, you may have noticed I went on a crazy peg doll / clothespin doll pinning spree not too long ago! I'm going to be making one of my girls a dollhouse and peg dolls for Christmas. This is one that I made for my pillow swap partner. I didn't realize how shaky my hand was until I tried painting the little details on this. I used to paint cute, small wooden things a lot when my oldest was younger. But I haven't done it in years. I'm shakier and my eyes are getting worse as I get older. But they are still cute, I think!!! 

Thanks for the nice comments on my last post. Seems a lot of you like the crocheted edging on things!!! I've been asked a few times how I put the edging on the fabric. I guess very often people use an awl. But I don't have an awl. What I do is blanket stitch around the whole piece and then crochet the scallops into the stitches. I learned this from Heather. She makes the prettiest things with crocheted edges!

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Finished Pillow and Coasters

I hope you all are doing well and that those of you in the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was really nice. Good food and good times with family.
I joined the Pillow Talk Swap on flickr sometime back. I was able to finish the pillow for my partner this weekend. This was the holiday edition of the swap. I love the way it turned out. I hope my partner does too!

For the back I kept it simple. I made a crochet hoop and used one cute little deer button.You can see I'm still enjoying crocheting those scalloped edges on everything!

I finished the coasters I was making. My mom saw them when she was here for the holiday. She kept commenting on how much she liked them. I'll be making  her some for Christmas!

Hope all is well where you are.

Happy sewing!
xo Erin


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