I found a pattern on the internet for a cute little fabric bag. You have probably all seen it. It's called the OneHourBag from KelbySews. It actually took me a little more than an hour but who is coating. Maybe I am too meticoulous. I used Pellon 809 Decor Bond instead of fusible fleece interfacing. The basket is made from two fat quarters ( one for the outside and one for the inside) then scraps for the handles. I have loads of fat quarters so it was fun going through them and choosing the color combos. I finally decided on some prints from Cotton and Steel (probably my fabric fabric line right now!). I picked up a huge supply of their fabric at QuiltCon in Austin last year.
That's it, no more!! I have either got to give these away or figure out what to do with them. You know, it's fun every once in a while to create something quick and easy to get that instant gratification. There is nothing better than the wonderful feeling you get when you finish a quilt but sometimes that can takes weeks or even months. This was happiness one hour at a time!!
Just wanted to show you the letters I painted to hang on the wall in my studio. It's so great to be able to put something on the wall for fun. I'm not worried about coordinating colors or design......it's just my studio and is supposed to be CREATIVE!
I found some wooden letters at Michael's and painted them red, my FAV color.
Hanging them on the wall was more difficult than I thought. Not totally straight but then who really cares?
PieceLoveQuilt for me and Peace, Love, Beer for the hubby!
I recently posted about my first attempt at making clothes for my grand babies. It actually wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I ordered a pattern online from Children's Corner called "Johnny" to make little rompers for Grayson and Kyler. Made two sets - one in gray and white seersucker for them to wear with a white shirt for their Dedication Ceremony at church and the other in navy and white seersucker for their photoshoot. Kirby and I love seersucker, could make them one in every color! Well probably not pink! Once I finished the rompers we took them to be monogrammed. A monogram just really gives the outfit a finished look.
The monograms look awesome but I started thinking, "Can't I do that myself"? So I started researching embroidery machines and decided on a Brother PE 770. Keep in mind I know absolutely nothing about embroidery. Nothing! I mean nothing! I wanted to find a machine that could do the basics and beyond but had to be easy to learn. I couldn't wait for my delivery to arrive. I was so excited for UPS! I opened the box, pulled the machine out, tried not to stress, read the instructions, figured out how to thread the machine, loaded in a design and IT WORKED!! Of course I have not done anything at all fancy yet....it's going to take awhile. I'm still learning about threads, needle sizes, stabilizers, how to format the design, etc. I have managed though to do a few things. I added Grayson and Kyler's names to some denim rompers I previously made (I didn't do the appliqué) and made a small lovey tag blanket for a baby gift.
Lots more to learn and not enough hours in a day!! SO HAPPY!!
Kirby asked me to make a vintage style quilt with a modern flair for a photo shoot she had scheduled for the twins. She wanted lots of color contrasting with a white background. I had recently made a quilt with all black and white print fabrics that I though would be perfect. The quilt is time consuming with lots of piecing and corners to match but it's for my grand babies so nothing is too difficult!
The pattern, Snapshots, is from Elizabeth Hartman's wonderful book called The Practical Guide to Patchwork. It's made using a jelly roll with 36 two inch patch blocks. I chose Darlene Zimmerman's Bunny Tales by Robert Kaufman fabric. I thought the colors were cheerful and youthful and the prints were charming. I used Kona Snow for the alternating color to give it a soft and cozy look. The pattern makes the vintage style fabric feel modern.
Look at all these gorgeous colors and prints!
Sewed alternating strips of Bunny Tales to Snow and then cut into 2.5 inch strips.
Pieced 6 strips together to make the 36 patch blocks.
Pieced all the blocks together, did straight line quilting and finished it off with a striped binding. I love straight line quilting!
Added a special label. Don't forget to label all your quilts. It provides an opportunity for the recipient to always remember the special person who made the quilt for them.
I finished the quilt just in time for the photo shoot. Mom and boys love it which makes me so so so happy!
I think the photo shoot was a success. Not because I think my quilt turned out beautiful but because my grand babies are soooo adorable. Can't wait to see the pictures!!
Starting working on a new project based on the slice and dice technique I learned from Jacquie Gehring's class at QuiltCon 2015. If you are not familiar with Jacquie's work, I encourage you to look at her work online. She also has a couple of books out. Very modern, she loves a straight clean line. She was a fabulous teacher and I hope to take another one of her classes at some point in the future. Really taught me to be free and let go......be creative!
This is the quilt I started in Jacquie's class. Very clean and bold. I did all straight line quilting, very narrow and tight. I'm pleased with it. Now I am working on another one using the same technique but with larger blocks. Auditioning fabrics now.....
Wow, it's been a super long time since I made a piece of clothing, much less followed a pattern. It's like riding a bike (sort of), it all comes back to you, just takes a little bit of practice. So, I wanted to make little Jon Jon rompers for Grayson and Kyler. Didn't seem to difficult. Its probably been 25+ years since I made a button hole and certainly have never even used my new sewing machine's button hole feature! Had to read up on that and practice numerous times but ohmyguudness.....my Bernina can make awesome button holes. The rompers also have snaps and I had never done that. Found snap strips at JoAnn's and that worked perfect.
With twins you always have to make two of everything! One is blue gingham and the other is red. I don't know how to smock, embroider or appliqué so these will be super simple little rompers. I actually found a cute iron on appliqué that matched the red and blue. Finished the rompers and was ready to iron on the appliqué and wouldn't you know it, I ironed the first one to the back of the romper! It's on there good, no way could I get that off. Back to the store with my fingers crossed that they had one more of the appliqué. Fortunately I was in luck. Now the red one has the firetruck on the front and the back.
PaPa Jay thought the twins needed something more "boyish" so I made these cute little monster rompers.
The twins Mom doesn't particularly care for them (I understand!) but Grayson likes his!!
I tried but I just couldn't make it work. I had 20 four patch squares all pieced together but it was boring!! I decided to slice the squares up and mix and match them back together. That was a pretty cool idea but there were lots and lots of seams to match! Got all the blocks pieced back together and then decided to trim them to different sizes.
It sure is colorful! Now I had to figure out how to sew all the different sized blocks together. Decided to use a technique I learned in a class at QuiltCon to "float" the squares in same sized blocks.
Placed my different sized blocks in each square and then had to piece a solid around each block to make them all 10 inch. Ughh......great design concept but I am just not loving the fabrics. Started out to be a test - just try it on a block or two - and then I decided to go ahead and make enough for a quilt. Wrong....if you are testing a design and you are using fabric that isn't one of your "boyfriends", you have to remember it's just a test! That's all it is and that's why you are not using your fav fabrics. If you like the way the test turns out, that's when you go to your stash of fabrics and you choose some of those "boyfriends" you have been hanging on for way too long. LESSON LEARNED - USE FABRICS YOU LOVE OR YOU WILL NEVER ENJOY THE CREATIVE PROCESS!
Saw some pictures of this technique and wanted to try it but had to get my Bernina back first. Picked it up yesterday! Was so excited, took less than two weeks! Now I am in my studio just as happy as can be.
It's really simple. Just need charm packs. I am experimenting with some scraps but can you imagine the possibilities with other fabric?
I promised to post the finished product so here it is! It's nothing stunning but it was fun to do. I found a heart shaped wire wreath at JoAnn's so had to get it. Just need to figure out what color theme for the fabric. Also have another round one to do.....or for Kirby to do.
Also have to share a text Kirby sent me the other day, dreaming........
I feel a bit lost without my Bernina. My studio just feels so empty with that open space on my table. How many more days? I have to do something creative and actually without a machine, now is a great time to try something new! But of course, I still have to use fabric and I want something colorful. So.....I am making a strip fabric wreath.
I foolishly bought a fabric quilt online and then when I received it I knew there was no way I would ever make it. Way too many little boring squares and I don't particularly care for batik fabrics. But....why not cut the charm pack of 100 pieces into strips?
I cut each charm pack square into 5 1" strips. Now I just have to tie them all on the wire wreath I found at Michaels. Taking a bit longer than I anticipated (I'm into instant gratification!) but I'll post a pic when I'm finished. I bought an extra wire wreath in case Kirby wants to make one. And I for sure have plenty of fabric strips to make lots of these!
Hi! My name is Tricia Young and I live in Houston with my husband Jay. We live in a 60 year old house with lots of character which means we are constantly updating or fixing something. My mother taught me how to sew when I was very young. Back then, our sewing room was a closet. Now I have a whole "studio" and I love it! I am also a new grandmother to the two most beautiful twin boys ever. I am fortunate to live close to my wonderful daughter and son-in-law so we get together frequently. In addition to spending time with my family and quilting, I also love to cook, decorate my house and shop for clothes.