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To Vancouver with love

July 4th, 2012

The Portland Modern Quilt Guild and Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is in the thick of a pouch swap. All of our projects have been made and sent, but we’re all eagerly awaiting for our respective July guild meetings to enjoy the fruits of our swappy labors (and labours) of love from our secret pouch pals.

I can’t say who I made a pouch for, but I will say I had a blast making it for her!  I had just ordered Camille’s new Spools pdf pattern, and I KNEW I had to some how use the pattern in the pouch.  Something about Camille’s spools that are so cute and different.  Maybe because they’re a little chubby, squishy and soft.  <—- the spool version of me?!  I danno, I just know they’re so dang cute!

I made my secret swap pal a tall pouch (a modified/smaller version of Camille’s spool).
PMQG & VMQG pouch swap

From my own experience, I never have anything tall and narrow enough for bottled stuff.
PMQG & VMQG pouch swap

Hope me secret swap pal has tall stuff!
PMQG & VMQG pouch swap

I decided I needed a pouch for myself that was tall as well as wide.
Spool pouch

I got a little carried away.
Spool pouch

My scraps were begging to be used.
Spool pouch

So yummy is the black Kaufman Essex yarn dyed. Looks like linen, sews like butter.
Spool pouch

An excuse to do some hand quilting (and not have it take 2 years to finish).
Spool pouch

Spool pouch

Back.  Or visa-versa.
Spool pouch

I’m pretty sure I’m going to need a cooler next. Thank you Camille for my new spoolobsession!

Black linen: Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed
Spool block:  Camile Roskelly’s Spools pattern
Bag pattern:  Elizabeth Hartman’s Perfect Zip Bags pattern
(both spool and bag patterns I modifed in size to suit my project)

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IKEA Godis Chokladkex mini quilt

June 29th, 2012

When I discovered these IKEA Godis Chokladkex treats, I didn’t care what was inside.
IKEA Godis Chokladkex mini quilt

All I saw was the wrapper.
IKEA Godis Chokladkex mini quilt

I did some research…
IKEA Godis Chokladkex mini quilt

… and remembered the Half Rectangle Triangle Tutorial at the MQG website.
IKEA Godis Chokladkex mini quilt

My little 8″ x 9″ mini quilt. Or a potholder.
IKEA Godis Chokladkex mini quilt

Proving that dessert should always be a priority.
IKEA Godis Chokladkex mini quilt

Fabrics: A Stitch in Color by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda

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Treat Yo Self

June 22nd, 2012

Super lucky us, Jen and I got to be beta testers for Elizabeth’s new Refrigerator Magnets Quilt Blocks Pattern. Not only am I lucky enough to be able to participate, Elizabeth even gave us each a gorgeous bundle of fabric to play with PLUS a package of printable freezer paper sheets (which is freaking brilliant and works fantastic)! I knew right away what I was going to make with the letters…
Treat Yo Self

the phrase Treat Yo Self from Parks and Rec from the episode “Pawnee Rangers” (season 4, ep 4). I LOVE Treat Yo Self. Love.

(if the embedded video fails, click here. You can also watch a deleted scene from Aziz Ansari’s tumblr here.)

Elizabeth’s patterns come in lower and upper case letters, punctuation and numbers - and in 3 different sizes. HOLY COW! Each letter, number and punctuation also comes with a “how to” assembly page. I’m so visual, so this was right up my alley. While I was making my letters, I 400%’d the pdf so I could do a quick lookie look at what as I was supposed to be doing.
Treat Yo Self

I love this block pattern pack. Crazy, madly love. And not just the patterns themselves, but I love Elizabeth’s instructions and I learned how to do Freezer Paper Applique. I had the same kind of feeling when I learned how to drive a car - something new, something liberating and something that I’m going to love doing. Another thing I like about Elizabeth’s freezer paper applique pattens, is that you can press open your seams and your blocks lay nice and flat, and with less bulk than traditional foundation piecing.
Treat Yo Self
(I have since removed the periods)

Treat Yo Self

Treat Yo Self

Treat Yo Self

Treat Yo Self: Bretzles from Costco
Treat Yo Self
(Violet & Griffin)

Treat Yo Self: Fly wine
Treat Yo Self
Treat Yo Self

Treat Yo Self: The Walking Quilted
Treat Yo Self
(the walking quilted)

Treat Yo Self: Serious cuteness
Treat Yo Self
(Leon Sugar and Cannon, Violet’s daughter)

Treat Yo Self: Portland summer sunshine
Treat Yo Self

Treat Yo Self: Babies!
Treat Yo Self
(Amber and Christina)

Treat Yo Self: Photo bombing
Treat Yo Self
(Amber, Jen and Christina)

Treat Yo Self: Baby kicks
Treat Yo Self
(Jen and Christina)

Treat Yo Self: Awkward moments
Treat Yo Self
(Amber, Jen and Christina)

Treat Yo Self: PMQG Show & Tell with rockemsockem quilt model
Treat Yo Self
(Bill, me)

Treat Yo Self: Refrigerator Magnets Quilt Blocks Pattern

Treat Yo Self: To a big, heaping spoonful of Ron Swanson sugar - coming soon on my blog! (silent squeal)

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It finally feels like Summer…

June 20th, 2012

… well, at least in the produce aisle.
Pacific Northwest summer - achieving through produce.
It has been a wet, dark, mucky and gloomy Winter Summer so far here in the Pacific Northwest.   The good side of that, is that little things like berries and the occasional sunny days are all the more magnificent. Reminding myself that our Summer is not ¾ empty, but it’s ¼ full.  And that ¾ is the perfect time to go quilt something.  Reminding myself.  Reminding myself.  Reminding my… SQUIRREL!!!

(squirrel = UPS truck with a fabric purchase)

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The Anatomy of Lemonade

June 11th, 2012

I bought some great London fabric by The Henley Studio (from Makower UK/Andover) from both Pink Chalk Fabrics and the Fat Quarter Shop.  My big plan was to sew with it on the weekend of the Diamond Jubilee, as well as simultaneously with Fat Quarterly’s London retreat.  Transporting myself to London from my little spot at our Portland MQG All Day Sew.  I had it all planned out - I would make another Lunch bag from Ayumi’s pattern (I think this makes 9 bags, now).  I was so careful, too.  Making sure I had my directions running in all the right ways.

Easy, this is the 9th time I’ve made Ayumi’s pattern.
Focused and mindful.
No sweat.
Piece of cake.
I can make Bag9.0 with my eyes closed.
I can sew this bag in my sleep.
I don’t even need to use a machine… I can mind-sew it.
Bag9.0 Diamond Jubilee Edition

Of course… naturally… I am full of $#!+.  Oh yeah (Kool-aid Man voice).
Bag9.0 Diamond Jubilee Edition

Sigh. Not gonna toss it. I sewed the outer and inner units together and trimmed it with some top stitching. I guess I have a too-small iron cover.
Bag9.0 Diamond Jubilee Edition

Or a hat for Traci.  (Meg, Amber and Jen are the happy little sewing bees in the background)
Bag9.0 Diamond Jubilee Edition

With no purse to finish now, I’ll just watch Violet make her beautiful bee block for Sally.
Violet's bee block for Mo

After PMQG All Day Sew we go out for Mexican food (so very London-ish, eh)… I watch Traci and Violet drink something out of giant cereal bowl that tasted like Froot Loops with tequila to me.  One sip and I was glad I was sticking with a Coke.  This has nothing to do with my sewing fail - I’m just so amused by this drink that I’m making it a part of Bag9.0’s story.
Violet, Traci, and a bowl of tequila & Froot Loops

The following day I pick up where I left off, and redo Bag9.0’s main body. So cute is Ayumi’s pattern, and I love it in this London fabric (+ some of Darlene Zimmerman’s long ago Little Darling’s from my stash for the band and handles).
Bag9.0 Diamond Jubilee Edition

I’m so glad I Instagram’d/tweet’d/flickr’d my Bag9.0 Diamond Jubilee Edition fail - Sandie left me a comment on my flickr pic with a great tip: “Turn it inside out and then fold a couple inches to the outside.  It’ll still be upside down inside, but once you fill it, who’s gonna notice?“.   And that’s just what I did.
Bag9.0 Diamond Jubilee Edition

Lesson learned: When life gives you lemons… Instagram/tweet/flickr about it. Thank you for the lemonade, Sandie!
Bag9.0 Diamond Jubilee Edition

Posted in Quilty n Crafty, I Heart Oregon | 27 Comments

EZ Dresden Recycling

June 5th, 2012

The SLMQG is hosting the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild EZ Dresden Challenge - projects, prizes, inspiration, fun… all using Darlene Zimmerman’s EZ Quilting Easy Dresden.  Holy cow, it’s the 20th anniversary of Darlene’s rulers! I love Darlene, and I love her rulers. I have every EZ ruler ever made with her name on it.  Love.  Them. Love. Darlene. Much of what I know about quilting I know because of Darlene. Did I mention I love her?

A few years ago I made Elizabeth’s New Wave quilt using the EZ Dresden ruler - step into my wayback time-machine.
High fiber low word diet
I have nothing to do with this event, other than I’m so excited about it, and think it’s awesome and want to pass it on + I got to recycle a blog post + a whole new world of genius ideas are going to be/being blogged to use the ruler for.  The Easy Dresden Ruler: not just for breakfast anymore.

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Stitchin’ awesome, royally cool

June 3rd, 2012

I saw this beautiful and interesting piece on the Royal School of Needlework on this morning’s CBS Sunday Morning.  The art of stitchery and history.  Too good not to share!

(if the embedded video fails, click here)

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Quilting Modern

June 1st, 2012

I’m so excited to be a part of Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen’s Quilting Modern book party!   Jacquie and Katie are two women who I so greatly admire and am in awe of.  Both of them in their own way have sparked a flame in me like only a few others have (like the Gee’s Bend ladies and Denyse Schmidt for example).  I shouldn’t say flame, it’s more like a torch.  When I think there’s nothing else that can be done with pieces of cut up fabric sewn back together again - Jacquie and Katie find a way to.  And they make me want to drop everything and do it, too.

When I first got a copy of Quilting Modern, my dilemma was not which project to make - but which one to start first. I want to make EVERY project in this book. And not just the projects I’m in love with, but Jacquie and Katie write in a such gentle, easy and loving way that’s such a joy to read. Especially since I rarely read words and only do pictures. Yeah, they got me to read it’s that good.

My first project I started with the Swirling Medallion Quilt. I made mine a little smaller to make it into a pillow. What I really like about this project is that it feeds the part of my soul that likes measurement, order, accuracy - and it also feeds the part of my soul that likes whimsey, improv and rebellion. This project is a perfect marriage of quilt happiness to me.
Having a sewful, blissful kind of day.

I liked the color choices from the book, so I kinda followed suit. For the yellow I used a fabric from my Happy Mochi Yum Yum collection, some Kaufman solids, and some weird-unknown-to-me cotton budget fabric (that I actually like) from JoAnn’s that looks linen but it’s not.  It’s fine Corinthian Linen.
Quilting Modern - Swirling Medallion

Bam.  Two hands.  I love my new el cheapo “quilting gloves” from Harbor Freight (hubs’ LQS).
Quilting Modern - Swirling Medallion

I quilted the top without a backing, this way the batting snuggles up to my pillow form and it keeps a nice shape. I discovered this trick on accident, and will always do my “pillow quilts” this way from now on.
Quilting Modern - Swirling Medallion

Sew on the back pieces to make it pillow and then I’m done. So fun, so fast.
Quilting Modern - Swirling Medallion

Bam. Pillow.
Quilting Modern - Swirling Medallion

Bam. Dog. My ham dog loves her photo taken and HAS to get in every shot possible.
Quilting Modern - Swirling Medallion

Bam.  My other ham. My pets are the Kardashian’s of the animal kingdom.
Quilting Modern - Swirling Medallion

I hope you’ll join in on the big Quilting Modern celebration this weekend (Queen Elizabeth isn’t the only party girl this weekend), and pop in see what the other parties goers are up. Twitter and Instagram, I’ve seen lots of us via have been making projects from the book, plus I heard [knowhatimsaying] there might be a few give-aways of Quilting Modern, so be sure to check out everyone who’s at the party.

Our hostesses:
Tall Grassprairie Studio – Jacquie Gering

Sew Katie Did - Katie Pedersen

The partiers:
A Stitch in Dye – Malka Dubrawsky

Fat Quarterly blog - Tacha Bruecher

Film in the Fridge – Ashley Newcomb

Generation Q – Jake Finch

Handmade by Alissa – Alissa Haight Carlton

Happy Zombie – Monica Solorio-Snow

i heart linen – Rashida Coleman-Hale

Oh, Fransson! – Elizabeth Hartman

One Shabby Chick – Amber Carrillo

Pink Chalk Studio – Kathy Mack

Quilting is my Therapy – Angela Waters

Red Pepper Quilts – Rita Hodge

Sew, Mama, Sew! - Kristin Link

Sew Take a Hike – Penny Layman

West Coast Crafty – Susan Beal

Whip Up – Kathreen Ricketson

Wise Craft - Blair Stocker

There’s also a Quilting Modern flickr group, and it’s so much fun to see what everyone is making from the book.  I already have my next project figured out, Tunnel Vision - because I have a tiny 3″x 6″ piece of Heather Ross mermaid fabric, and now I know how to build a quilt around it.  Thank you, Jacquie and Katie!

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My little apple

May 27th, 2012

My youngest son asked if he can use my sewing machine. Whhhhhaaaaaaa? I heard what he said, but what *really* I heard was, “Mom, I think it’s so awesome that you sew, and like you I think it’s so empowering to make something instead of buying it, and I want to be just like you because you are so damn cool with your sewing ways“. Well. Something like that.

So naturally I asked him what he wanted to make (a pouch for his rappelling harness belt-thing), and off to JoAnn’s we went. When one of your kids wants to go to the craft store - you STOP EVERYTHING AND GO AND LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT AND PINCH YOURSELF REPEATEDLY AND THEN GO HOME AND WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT IT IN ALL CAPS. Dear sweet child-o-mine knew just what he wanted and how much of it. Fabric. Trim. Buckle. Plastic. No shopping list, no notes. I told him I find it helpful to have notes and some sketches. He then pointed to his noggin and said his notes and sketches where in there. When we got home and set up my travel-machine, all I showed him was needle up - needle down button and the back stitch button. And to town he went.
My apples sews

My son was a total improv sewer (OMG!), and has a knack for 3D sewing just like his super talented grandfather (my dad, my sewing mentor). He just kept sewing, and building, and cutting, and sewing. And like me, he also had a knack for unsewing.
My apples sews

HOLY COW, THIS BAG IS GOING TO MAKE ME GO ALL CAP AGAIN. Yeah, I had to beg him to blog about it. I pretty much keep my family’s lives private and respect their wishes for privacy. But NOT TODAY. My apples sews
And now to talk him into making a quilt. An improv one of course.

Because I’m on a giveaway roll, I have another one. At Quilt Market, Mo and I were in line at the United Notions/Moda Home booth for Amanda Jean’s and Cheryl’s  Sunday Morning Quilts book signing (OMG, I love their book so much - and love them, too!), we met the fun ladies from Marmalade Fabrics who made the wait in line so much fun.  When someone from United Notions was handing out these darling Kansas City souvenir hankies to all of us in line, I squealed so loud that my new pals at Marmalade said they’d give me one of theirs to give to one of my blog readers.  How sweet is that. I know, crazy sweet!   Leave a comment by this Tuesday night ish, May 29th, and I’ll draw a name by Wednesday morning (which is noon-ish my time, PST).
Kansas City hankie

Edited in #1: Occasionally my website goes on the fritz (it’s old, really really old) and my blog doesn’t send comments to my inbox. I wanted to answer everyone’s kind comments, especially to you everyone one who said I didn’t look old enough to have a son that age (and he’s my baby, I have an even old son!). Seriously, it was so heartwarming to read everyone’s kind comments. It was a pretty big deal for me to discover my little sewing savant, and just as big a deal to me to get all these lovin’s from this awesome quilty-sewie-crafty community of ours. A huge big thank you. Major huge thank you.

Edited in #2: The giveaway has now ended, and I wish I had a Moda Kansas City hankie for everyone (that’d be a squeal en masse!). Using random.org for comments 1-156, the winner is #49 by Florence!

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Sew,Mama,Sew! Giveaway Day!

May 21st, 2012

Fresh off a giveaway, I’m doing another one! This little bundle is like the last giveaway, it’s been set aside and waiting for today’s Sew,Mama,Sew!’s epic Giveaway Day - the crafty universe’s semi-annual gift giving day!

Easy as pie: no cheezie commenting requirements (unless you want to tell what your fave pie is, or cheese) - just leave a comment by May 25, 2012 at 5 pm PST when Giveaway Day ends.

Up for grabs is a 6″ charm pack of Winterkist and a gaggle of cut-out Gnomas.
Sew,Mama,Sew! Giveaway Day!
My new line is not yet out, so this is a chance to get Winterkist-bits early (it’s due out this summer, so keep your eye on the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop!).  I will ship internationally.

Edited in: The giveaway has now ended. Using random.org for comments 1-669, the winner is #515 by Pippa (in France!). My only problem now is finding an envelope large enough to fit Pippa’s prize as well as myself in it.  Stuff.  Squeeze.  Adjust.  Stuff.  Stuff.  Seal.  Ship.

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