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July 22nd, 2016

I’m feeling a bit like a shopping pimp lately, but I love to share my sweet finds like these killer Sock Guy unicorn socks. I have mad love for Sock Guy socks, and not just because there are so many awesome designs and styles, and the king/queen of cycling fashion — but because I suffer from Neuropathy (for reasons unknown, but all signs point to nerve damage from multiple surgeries and reconstruction on one of my feet) and these socks are like magic on me feet (specifically on my toes). These socks are not marketed as Neuropathy socks, but for what ever reason these socks take a huge edge off my pain. Especially after long rides. Or just everyday wear.

But seriously. How freaking cute are they? Hella cute, that’s how cute.

 

 

Sock truths. #🦄

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I got my unicorn pair here. (or see all of the Sock Guy socks here)

And because I love unicorns. Even the ones with missing horns.

 

Took the long 🚲 route to the bank today and made a new friend. Poor thing, she seems to have lost her horn. 🦄

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If only I had a knife

July 18th, 2016

I was joking about this on my Instagram, but wow, these knives (Cuisinart Advantage knife set) are pretty awesome (and so pretty) - once you get Wolverine to break them free from the crazy packaging.

 

 

Cuisinart, you are an asshole.

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Kawaii pencil sharpener recycle bin

July 1st, 2016

Ohmygosh, how cute is this Kawaii pencil sharpener recycle bin?! If you’re like me and must have this, you can get it here.

Kawaii pencil sharpener!

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Love Quilt

June 16th, 2016

With a feeling of helplessness, sadness and horror over what happened at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I went straight to where I find my comfort and happiness and that is to my sewing room.   I think every quilter can relate to that do-something-mentality of needing to make a quilt, to give love through cotton and thread, to hug someone with a quilt.  The Modern Quilt Guild has a great blog post about #QuiltsforPulse Charity Drive with the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.  There are lots of great ideas and info on quilt blocks.   For my own personal needs and desire, I wanted to create my own and I thought I’d share it.  I made a pattern that could be used by guilds, clubs, or individuals. Individuals/groups making blocks or individuals/groups making entire quilts.

There are 49 heart blocks in the Love Quilt, one for each person who lost their life.  One heart for each person who left behind a grieving spouse, partner, parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.  One very important heart of forty-nine very important hearts.

The Love Quilt can also be used to just show love, and maybe it wants to be made for other loving purposes.  Please use this pattern for all kinds of love that need to be celebrated!  I ask please that no profits from this free pattern be made.  Unless of course a finished quilt is used for a charity auction/raffle to raise money for such organizations like Equality Florida/Support Victims of Pulse Shooting,  your local LGBTQ center, It Gets Better - any charitable organize that promotes love, kindness, safety, help, shelter, equality and support would be awesome.

This Love Quilt pattern is very basic and for quilters who know how to make quilt tops.  Not included are finishing measurement and instructions (sandwiching, batting, backing, quilting, and binding), and is intended for individuals as well as guilds, groups, and clubs.  Please feel free to download the PDF version and share with your friends, or group, or you can give your friends or group the link of thehappyzombie.com/love and they can go download and/or print it themselves.

Love Quilt by Monica Solorio-Snow

Love Quilt by Monica Solorio-Snow

Love Quilt by Monica Solorio-Snow

Love Quilt by Monica Solorio-Snow

Love Quilt by Monica Solorio-Snow

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May The Floss Be With You on May The Fourth Be With You Day!

May 4th, 2016

I’m so excited to announce on May The Fourth Be With You Day with some brand new t-shirts featuring Sew Yummy’s very own Bob Flossy in a May The Floss Be With You design! T-shirt design comes in pink & orange and in lime & aqua.

May The Floss Be With You t-shirts featuring Sew Yummy's Bob Flossy by MonicaSolorio.com / thehappyzombie.com

Sold exclusively by me on Amazon, and in 100% super yummy cotton.  Shirts come in both men’s and women’s sizes/styles, and I can say the women’s shirt fits quite yummy on me and very femine flattering.

May The Floss Be With You t-shirts featuring Sew Yummy's Bob Flossy by MonicaSolorio.com / thehappyzombie.com

May The Floss Be With You t-shirts featuring Sew Yummy's Bob Flossy by MonicaSolorio.com / thehappyzombie.com

There are two styles, one with Bob Flossy in lime and aqua, and one with Fob Flossy in pink and orange. Both designs come in 5 color shirt options. Click here for lime and aqua, and click here for pink and orange.

May The Floss Be With You t-shirts featuring Sew Yummy's Bob Flossy by MonicaSolorio.com / thehappyzombie.com

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BLOCK BUDDIES - piecing boards

January 17th, 2016

Years ago I took a quilting class with Darlene Zimmerman, and one of the things I learned from her was a nifty tip to keep your cut block pieces organized before piecing them. The tip so simple and so genius is hurt my brain a little.  That tip was to use el-cheapo paper plates for each block to corral each of it’s pieces.  And each paper plate could be stacked, too. BRILLIANT. I’ve been using this method for almost a decade now. But suddenly I needed something more - something where I could layout out the block, stack it, and then join the pieces a block at a time without a big mess and confusion.  Ideas danced like Elaine Benes in my head with ingredients like Soft & Bright poly bat (by The Warm Company) and corrugated plastic sheeting. And most of all, I didn’t want glue in my little dance.  And most, most of all I wanted it to be fast and easy.  Sweet Fancy Moses, I’ve got it!

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

I went to my local big box home improvement store (which BTW is Home Depot and we appreciate immensely the discounts they give to veterans) and found a big 36″ x 72″ sheet of corrugated plastic sheeting for $10.50 USD. I found it near all the flat stuff (acrylic, glass, plastic, etc.). It’s super lightweight, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to get this piece of sheet (hahaha I crack myself up) home, so I waited until I was shopping with my husband and could pop the sheet in the back of his truck. Getting this home is the most creative part of this project, but is also available on Amazon.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

With an old rotary cutter (that’s dedicated for paper and crafting use), I cut the big piece of sheeting into ten 14″ x 14″ pieces.  I chose 14″ so I would have room to work on a 12″ finished block.  I saved all the leftover small pieces and set them aside. Of course anyone could cut any size they wanted, larger or smaller.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

I took a “Baby Size” package of  Soft & Bright and cut ten 15″ ish squares - so all sides were larger than my 14″ plastic squares. Soft & Bright also available by-the-yard here.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

I adjusted my sewing machine’s pressure foot as high as it would go.  I also used an old needle (or if you use a current needle, be sure to replace it with a freshie once you’re done).

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

I did a test run on the plastic and it sewed like a charm.  I used Aurifil cotton thread (because I love it and it’s always threaded in my machine) and I put my stitch length somewhere between a basting length and a piecing length.  Everyone’s machine is different, so kinda in the middle but more towards a baste length.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

With the smooth side of the batting towards my worktable, and bumpier side towards the plastic, I centered the plastic on top of the batting.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

It is important to stitch on top of the plastic so that your sewing machine’s feed-dogs have something to grab on to (ie, grab the batting).  Stitch about 1/4″ (or less if you’re comfortable) from the edge.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

At each corner, be sure to back-stitch to lock your stitching. You do not need to cut your threads at each end, just pivot 1/4 turn to start the next side.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

Trim the excess batting from your plastic board.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

Flip your board over and admire your work. High five yourself.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

Give it a go - try out your new board buddy and build a block on it. Pretty cool, eh.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

Do a vertical test. What? Yup. Awesome. And you can even stack your board on top of other boards that have block pieces on them. The plastic backside no-likey the fabric pieces on the stacked board below it and doesn’t want to stick to them.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

With your leftover pieces you can make mini Block Buddies. It’s also a good way to use up some batting scraps. I did try cotton batting scraps (Warm & White is what I use for quilting), but I particularly like the Soft & Bright poly for this project as it’s not too stretchy, has a low loft, and the poly makes for a nice stick.  It’s just perfect.

Block Buddies - DIY quilting piecing boards

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New addition to my shop!

May 31st, 2015

Strawberry Delight - needlebook tempalte PDF

The Strawberry delight PDF template pattern is now available in my shop or at my Craftsy shop.

Strawberry Needlebook

Strawberry Needlebook

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It’s a sale to celebrate my newest pattern release - Chicken & Stars PDF pattern!

February 10th, 2015

Chicken & Stars PDF pattern!
It’s a sale to celebrate my newest pattern release - Chicken & Stars PDF pattern!

Chicken & Stars PDF pattern!

Just enter soupweather20 (before Feb. 13, 2015) in the discount code field when you’re checking out. My entire shop is on sale until 2/13/2015, so shop big!

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Put some pants on!

December 3rd, 2014

Since it’s Christmas-tree season, I thought it might be the perfect time to leave a gentle reminder that not all trees like to wear skirts.  I live in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by big, tall majestic trees - so I know this to be true. That’s why I have a tutorial at Sew,Mama,Sew! for “Christmas Tree Pants - because not all trees like to wear skirts“. My tutorial is from 2011 but is of course good year after year.  Tree pants never go out of style.

Christmas Tree Pant

I made my red & white Christmas Tree Pants, as well as made a scrappy version.
Christmas Tree Pants

My scrappy version as modeled by Violet Craft.
Sew Mama Sew Christmas Tree Pants Sew-along
Blam-O, tree pants!
Sew Mama Sew Christmas Tree Pants Sew-along

Sew,Mama,Sew! has made a Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along flickr group if you’d like to join that, too. Come sew with me.  Friends don’t let friends have trees without pants.

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Beyond Neutral

September 24th, 2014

First things first… QuiltDad is my homeboy.  Oh man, I love this guy.  I’m telling everyone he wrote Beyond Neutral: Quilts Inspired by Nature’s Elements just for me.  I love making quilts that focus on fabric and that look complicated but are simple in construction.  In other words, quilts I can make that don’t require a lot of my concentration or, um, reading.  Not that John doesn’t write with lovely words, but I’m a read-by-illustration person. Words are hard. Pictures are easy. So thanks John for writing this book for me, and pretty cool of you to have plenty of copies for others, too.  And it gets better - John’s publisher is giving away an e-book copy to one of my readers (more info at the bottom of this post).

Beyond Neutral

I’m so smitten with the cover quilt - Pacific Crest. Crazy smitten. I even love all the fabrics and colors John chose. John writes in his book that Pacific Crest is, “… an asymmetrical repeat to mimic the movement of a flock of birds…”.  It totally looks like a flock of birds, but when I saw it I immediately saw sunlit sparkles on water atop darting fish, most specifically Pacific Ocean water which is just a few miles from my front door.   And then my mind immeadiatly went to fish tacos.

Beyond Neutral

What I especially love about the quilts in John’s book is that the patterns are what I think are easily adaptable to modify and personalize, which is something I like to do 99.5% of the time when I make someone’s pattern.  I set out to make a giant placemat/mugrug (<— just for you, homeboy) for my living room coffee table.  With John’s cutting instructions and a stack of yummy fabrics consisting of Anna Maria’s Dowry and Pretty Potent, Robert Kaufman Essex olive and Kona solids, and Moda Bella solids - I went at it.

Beyond Neutral

I got a little giddy when one of my smaller blocks (with the Echinacea print) ended up having some seam-magic with it’s bad self.

Beyond Neutral

I had an s-ton of fun making all these little blocks. So pretty and so fun to make. And the olive Essex goes so beautifully with Anna Maria’s prints.   I may be just a tad addicted to Anna Maria’s Dowry and Pretty Potent collections. I’ve bought it 4 times now, and no doubt will be buying more.   I did the same thing with Totem from her LouLouThi collection.   When I fall in love I fall hard.

Beyond Neutral

Tah-dah… my Fish Tacos table mat!  Next I need to quilt it - so I can bind it.   I think 80% of the quilts I make are for the sole purpose of having something to hand bind.  Up top, fellow hand binding lovers.

Beyond Neutral

Beyond Neutral

Beyond Neutral

I’m not sure yet how I’m going to quilt it.  Not that I don’t not have an idea of how - but this pattern screams so many possibilities.  Which is another thing I love about John’s quilts is that they are easy for me to come up with quilting ideas.   Often I find myself not knowing or seeing how I’m going to quilt something, so I could not be more tickled to have quilting possibilites dancing in my head. Thanks, John!

Beyond Neutral

RESOURCES
Linen:
Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed in olive

Solids:
Moda Bella Solids
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids

Prints:
Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry and Pretty Potent collections.

Fabrics purchased at:
Modern Domestic, Portland
Fabric Depot, Portland

Fish Tacos eaten at:
Astoria Coffeehouse Bistro & Bar, Astoria
Fort George Brewery + Public House, Astoria

John’s publisher is giving away an e-book copy of Beyond Neutrals.  To enter, leave a “QuiltDad is my homeboy” or something like “I’d love to win a copy” comment on my Instagram post here.  I’ll draw a winner Friday, Sep. 26, 10am PST.  You really need this book so give it a go.  Be sure to check the Beyond Neutral Book Tour for more blog posts and more chances to win a copy!

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Astoria, Oregon

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