Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Paperie Blog Tour and Giveaway

Hello! I am so happy today is my stop on the Paperie Blog Tour!!! It's been fun to see the projects that are being created with Amy Sinibaldi's first fabric line with Art Gallery Fabrics. I am beyond honored to be a part of such a talented group and just a little intimidated too! So many gorgeous projects on this blog tour. Amy is so very special. I am just in awe of her really. She inspires me to create. I think a lot of us could say that about her, right!?! Everything she makes is detailed and in my opinion, flawless. I knew her fabric line would be the same. It's soft and beautiful. 

I had so many ideas for what to make for the blog tour. I thought I was settled on a clamshell pouch / sewing kit for myself. Then, one weekend all of my girls and I were watching Miss Potter. My oldest daughter mentioned how much she liked the portfolio she ( Beatrix Potter) had to hold her artwork. I instantly knew I had to make her one and with Paperie 1.) because she mentioned over and over how much she loved this fabric line 2.) the girl likes to read. I mean A LOT. Books are her thing. So, of course, Paperie was perfect. 3.) she loves drawing and painting. So I thought her own portfolio would encourage her to do what she loves.

For the portfolio I basically made an oversize folder with a pocket on the inside to hold her pictures. I gave the folder body and made it sturdy by using foam poster board inside of it. The cover is a take on Ayumi's book pattern from Patchwork Please. I used half-square triangles for mine and increased it in size. I added a little cross-stitch patch initial to the inside along with my daughter's favorite fabrics from the line. 

I ended up making the clamshell piece into a pencil case for her paint brushes. I used Kristyne's (Pretty by Hand) pattern.
I love the pattern. I hesitated to show the case because it's not perfect. It's a bit gathered up on the sides but I still love how it turned out. It actually reminds me of the sleeves of the dresses I used to make my daughter when she was little. It's funny that's the first thing I thought of when I turned the case right side out and saw the gathers.
The lighting has been so dim the last few days so no good shot of the pencil case. We'll just call these moody picture, okay?

Here is one last one of one of my favorite pictures my daughter has painted. From Tangled.

I am thrilled to be able to offer one of you a half-yard bundle of Paperie courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop!
Thank you so much Fat Quarter Shop!!!
Just leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner next week.

 January 25 ~ Heidi Staples of
January 26 ~ Kerry Goulder of
January 27 ~ Cheri Lehnow of
January 28 ~ Sharon Holland of
January 29 ~ Jemima Flendt of
January 30 ~ Michelle Curtis of
February 1 ~ Christina Egner of
February 2 ~ Ali Brorsen of
February 3 ~ Kristine Lempriere of
February 4 ~ Nicole Young of
February 5 ~ Lori Landenburger of
February 6 ~ Jennifer Chon of
February 8 ~ Melissa LeRay of
February 9 ~ Megan Jimanez of
February 10 ~ Faith Essenburg of
February 11 ~ Renee Lange of
February 12 ~ Sedef Imer of
February 13 ~ Kristyne Czepuryk of
February 15 ~ Heather Andrus of
February 16 ~ Stacy Olson of
February 17 ~ Erin Cox of
February 18 ~ Amy Sinibaldi of

Congratulations again, Amy, on your beautiful fabric line!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

**** Comments now closed! The winner has been notified and will be announced as soon as I hear from her! Thanks so much!!!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along ~ House Blocks

Crossroads Quilt Along House Blocks
Welcome to the Crossroads Quilt Along benefiting March of Dimes with Fat Quarter Shop and Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts! If you haven't heard about the Crossroads Quilt Along, let Kimberly and Joanna tell you more about it in their new video here

Today the first block for the quilt along is being introduced. The block is the house block. The Crossroads quilt blocks are FREE to download on the 15th of every month starting in February 2016. They only ask a suggested donation of $5 to their March of Dimes campaign for each time you download our patterns.

love this selvage on Strawberry Fields Revisited
Love these blocks. The are simple and sew up quickly.I am using the quilt kit made for the quilt along. Although you don't have too. The fabric requirements are HERE

I spent the weekend cutting and organizing. Honestly, it's not how I usually work when I make a quilt. But I really should! It's so efficient. I organized mine into ziploc bags and then put those into a small plastic storage container.

fun and organized weekend sewing
This is a shot I shared on Instagram. See how organized I am?! :) What a great way to work. One of my goals is to work more efficiently.

Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts (@figtreequilts)
Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
April of Prairie Grass Patterns (@amrosenthal)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Angie of Gnome Angel (@gnomeangel)
Vanessa of Lella Boutique (@lellaboutique)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Erin of Why Not Sew (@whynotsewquilts)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)

Check out the other house blocks being made by these lovely bloggers and also share your progress and creations on the Crossroads Facebook group. Post your blocks using #crossroadsquiltalong on Insatgram, Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Aurifil Thread Challenge Review

I was thrilled to be chosen to participate in Fat Quarterly's Aurifil Thread Challenge. When I received my package of the threads I went straight to my sewing room to get started. We were allowed to use one, some or all of the thread. For me I knew I had to use them all. That was what the challenge meant for me.

 I decided on a Modern Crazy Quilt design. I've always loved all of the different stitches that traditional crazy quilts have and thought it was a perfect design to showcase all of these fabulous threads.

The two threads that instantly caught my eye were the thicker 12 weight threads. In my pack I had a green colored 12wt. thread and a white wool 12 wt. thread. I really wanted to showcase these.

I used the green for the feather stitch on the quilt blocks

and also for the machine stitched binding.

I used the wool thread to raw edge applique each block to the linen background fabric using a blanket stitch. The wool was incredible. I loved everything about it. It was thick, showed up well and sewed like a dream.

With the bit of wool thread that i had left I hand quilted some big stitches between the blocks. The thread was great for hand quilting too! All of the threads were excellent to work with.

 I used the 28wt. variegated thread for the herring bone stitch. It showed up well and sewed wonderfully. I used the 40 wt. thread for the honeycomb or smocking stitch. It was a lighter weight but it showed up really well. I also used this weight for some of the piecing to see what that would be like. No problems at all. It's definitely  a good thread for piecing. Lastly I used the 50 wt. thread for a decorative swirl stitch. It showed up well and has a nice delicate look. I also used this weight thread for some of the piecing and it was great. I could see this thread also being of good use for subtle quilting stitches.

All of the Aurifil threads that I used had different characteristics making them extremely versatile. I am so happy that I had the chance to work with them. Thanks Aurifil, Fat Quarterly and Lynn for organizing this exciting challenge.


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