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

Monday, February 24, 2014

Charm Pack Cherry ~ A Free Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop

Today Fat Quarter Shop is releasing their free pattern Charm Pack Cherry. They asked if I'd like to sew up a quilt using the pattern. Of course, I said YES!

This was a really fun and quick little quilt. I used 4 charm packs to make the quilt top. Two packs were Baby Jane by Eric & Julie Comstock and 2 charm packs of Moda Bella Solids in aqua.

This would be a great quilt to make for a baby!

It sews up fast.

It's a really great pattern for beginners, too. The charms and pattern make it so easy to put together.

Perfect little picnic quilt.

Oh, the cuteness. This quilt is chick approved!

The link for the You Tube tutorial is HERE

The Link to the free pattern is HERE

Fat Quarter Shop is also having a sale for 20% off on charm packs HERE The sale runs from Today until Sunday at midnight.

You can visit the Jolly Jabber blog for a list of other blogs having fun with this pattern HERE

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Sunday, February 23, 2014

April Showers Birdie Coaster

I got a charm pack of April Showers for my birthday and I've been playing with it this weekend. It's a really cute fabric line. I love every line that Bonnie and Camille make, don't you?! I have other things to sew right now but I had to take a little break to make this coaster. I love the floral print that I used for the umbrella and the umbrella print I used in the patchwork. Those 2 prints have been my fave so far in all the colorways.
I hope your having a lovely weekend! Be back to tomorrow with a fun project!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Monday, February 17, 2014

On a Monday

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I was able to get a small quilt basted, sew 2 and cut 2 more blocks for the variation stars quilt, finish my swoon block x-stitch, and  make this little coaster. They were all little things but I felt like I accomplished a lot. Sometimes between school, dishes, diapers, laundry, cooking, seems like all I do is plan for sewing and never get any done. I was happy to get a few things done this weekend. Now back to Monday and the rest of the week. Hope yours is a great one!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Friday, February 14, 2014

:: Variable Star ::

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope to get to sew a few more of these Variable Star blocks this weekend. I love this block! You can find it on Quilter's Cache HERE. I printed this ages ago and keeping with the same idea as my list. I'm making things I've long loved and wanted to do.

Here they are on point. The pattern at QC has them on point but I think I like them laid out in a row. We'll see.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cutest Boxed Bag Ever

I made two bags using my friend Heidi's tutorial HERE. I used some scraps of fabric from the Swell line from Urban Chiks that I had received from Angela years ago. I have been saving them for something. I thought I might use them for a ticker tape quilt but then the more I looked at them I thought I might be able to actually get some decent size squares from them.

I played around with them and then used the same measurement on all of them to get 2 half square triangles from each pair of light/dark charm scraps for a total of 30 HSTs!!! I left them on my design wall for a few days playing around with different layouts. Not satisfied with any of them. After I made the first bag (below) I decided to use the Swell hsts to hold my precious Sweet fabric. It's a happy Urban Chiks party all around!! I modified the original pattern just a tad with no problems. I was super thrilled because when I boxed the edges of the bag my squares did not get cut off at all. It was mean to be :)

This is the first Ellie Travel case that I made from Heidi's Tutorial. I used the cheater print from the Country Girls line by Tasha Horsley that I got from Shay's shop Simply Sweet Fabric.

I'm putting all of my cross-stitch and embroidery goodies in this bag. These little totes hold so much!!! I love them.

I'm working on the Quilty Stitches Sampler along hosted by Little Miss Shabby.
I am loving this cross-stitched Swoon block. I haven't x stitched in years but I faintly remember a teddy bear jumping out of a shamrock that I x stitched onto a sweatshirt. yikes.

If you need a new little bag / tote / case, check out Heidi's tutorial @ Fabric Mutt, if you haven't already. This little cutie packs a big punch. It holds a ton! Plus Heidi is the berries, she's one of the sweetest people I've met in our crafty, quilty blogging community and I am really glad that I can call her my friend.

****Edited 3/6/14**** Linking up with Ellison Lane ~ Crafty Traveler post

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

♥ Heart Bunting Tutorial ♥

So I whipped up this really cute bunting yesterday and I thought I'd share it with you. It takes very little time to make (about an hour).

What you will need:
Fusible web (like heat and bond or wonder under)
6 ~ 5 inch squares of pretty fabric for your hearts
1 ~ 5 inch x width of fabric of Linen
2 yards ~ Trim of choice (I used teeny pom-poms) you could use crocheted trim, binding, etc.
Heart Template HERE

Draw six hearts onto the paper side of the fusible web. Cut them out leaving about 1/8 of an inch around your drawn line. Iron the hearts onto the wrong side of each piece of 5 inch fabric you chose to be your hearts. Cut out on drawn line.

Remove paper.

Take the 5" x WOF linen and subcut 6 ~ 5.5" pieces. (you should have 6 ~ 5 x 5.5" inch pieces of linen)

Iron hearts onto linen. Top stitch about 1/8 of an inch around each heart. *see picture below

Find the middle point of your trim and mark it. I used a clip.

Now Clip or pin all of your hearts about 2" apart along the trim. *you can see the top stitching here

Stack your hearts and sew them to your trim. (Place the linen piece behind the bottom edge of the trim)

Your bunting is DONE! Was that quick or what?!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Monday, February 3, 2014

::Hello Petal Giveaway from Green Fairy Quilts::

I love Aneela Hoey's new line Hello Petal! As always her illustrations are super cute. This line is just so fun and colorful and that pop of yellow really brightens my day. I've seen some people working with it on Instagram and I am loving it. I'm going to have to add some to my stash for sure.

I am so excited to be able to give you all the chance to win some Hello Petal! Green Fairy Quilts is very generously offering a Jelly Roll of Hello Petal to one lucky reader. Isn't that fantastic?! To enter visit their shop and sign up for their newsletter. You don't want to miss the great deals they have on their pre-cuts plus FREE SHIPPING within the U.S. I have really come to appreciate free shipping now that I live so far away from anything any fabric shops. So sign-up for their newsletter (while you're there check out Judy's new book and her gorgeous quilting!!!) and come back here and comment for your chance to win.

I'll leave comments open until next Monday, February 10th! Just for fun and if you feel like it tell me what your sewing up at the moment! or just say hey :) Good Luck!



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