I Spy With My Big Eye

I Spy Little Man Quilt

I Spy Little Man Quilt

I Spy.......

I Spy…….

........a helicopter

……..a helicopter

Youngest grandchild, Little Man, needed an I Spy quilt. Last November, he tried to take his cousin’s I Spy quilt. During our visit, he kept asking me “to read” his quilt to him. Needless to say, he loves it!

This was my second quilt-as-you-go quilt and I’m in love with that technique.

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New Studio Design With My New Best Friends

studio

My studio is in dire need of a do-over. Although I absolutely LOVE the Waverly Violets wallpaper it’s been up for about 25 years. Daughter Darcey loves violet as much as I do and this paper was perfect for teenage Darcey. Time marches on. In order to plan the redesign, I’ve discovered that three, design “best friends” were extremely useful. Let me introduce you to three of my design best friends: 1. Pinterest, 2. Incomtech, and 3. Evernote and Evernote Chrome extension.

Don’t you just love Pinterest? The first step in my studio redesign was to chose the color palette. Love, Love, Love this color palette, and have chosen it for my redesigned studio. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I don’t call my studio a sewing room because it’s not just sewing, it’s designing! My creative juices are allowed to flow in my studio. Curls calls us Renaissance Women because we do a little bit of everything. Anyway……

floorplan125Next step was to measure the size of the room and make a floor plan. Enter design best-friend Incomtech, hurray! This site allows a person to make their own customized, printable graph paper. I was able to translate my room size 11 feet by 13 feet into a customized graph paper. The paper is 11 squares by 13 squares, each square represents a foot. If I wanted to I could have made it 22 squares by 26 squares so I’d have half foot lines. Now the floor plan was ready for the items.

After the millionth broken needle when machine quilting the Eye Spy quilt, and complaining that I wish I had a new sewing machine, my sweet husband insisted that I buy a new one. Hello new Pfaff! It is so perfect! But…… it doesn’t really fit into my sewing table. The throat is so much deeper than my last machine that I’m sewing with my left leg pressed firmly against the table. Not comfortable. A new sewing table is in order. Yikes! After pricing new ones, around $2000 for what I wanted, it was time to head back to Pinterest for new ideas. Done! Last but not least, ………

Studio Ideas

I have been collecting studio ideas on Pinterest, but it’s time to choose what I want to have in my redesigned studio and what I need to buy tied into one place. Enter Evernote and the Evernote extension for Chrome. Serendipity! I received an email from Evernote describing their new browser extension which can capture entire webpages or just a screenshot. I signed up for a free Evernote account and started a new notebook called Studio Ideas. I did screenshots of all of the new ideas I want to incorporate into my studio. I captured the entire DIY instruction page for the new sewing machine table using the Ikea’s Linnmon Table top. The Hubs is going to need the instructions. See the left-hand column, it has all of the items I’m interested in. Look at all that wonderful info I captured about the Linnmon, perfect for scaling into the floorplan.  Another bonus is that I can access the Studio Ideas on my phone so I have the list of what I want at Ikea. Oh yea, there is a long list. This extension is so AWESOME that you really should try it! No, I’m not getting paid a penny from Evernote, I just LOVE this extension. I already do my rough draft drawing ideas for sewing projects on Penultimate, using my iPad. I have created a notebook for all the ideas in Evernote. The two programs are from the same company.

Now back to scrapping off wallpaper and painting, yuck!!! Why can’t I twitch my nose and have it done? Sigh…….

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I Spy with My Little Eye……

Luke and quilt2

I Spy with my little eye……  Hurray! I finally finished one of the four I spy quilts I’ve been working on. This one was finished just in time for Luke’s Christmas present. He’s in love with it. Don’t you just love the bright colors?

luke finds it.jpg

I had such fun playing I Spy with both Luke and Nathan, his 2 years old cousin, when we kept them over New Year’s. Luke finds the letters. I’m in the midst of quilting Nate’s now. He was not happy when Luke left our house with the quilt.

full size picThis was my very first Quilt-as-you-go quilt. Love, love, love that technique. So nice to just quilt a few squares at a time, then join. I didn’t use any particular pre-quilt template, just made it up as I went along.

The quilt was designed using my favorite quilting app, Quiltography. See more about my much loved app from this post. The first I Spy design had a double layer of fabric around the center square.

i spy1

I have to admit that I got tired of taking pictures of the plain fabrics which went around the center, I Spy squares so I started reusing the same ones. The final quilt did not use any repeating fabric. Except for the I Spy squares, I wanted to use up my stash for the other fabrics. Deciding that I had enough 5″ square fabrics already cut to use just a single layer around the center I Spy, I redesigned the quilt.

I spy2

I liked the crazy off-center look of the I Spy quilts in this model. Again, after doing 30 squares I got bored and just used the same ones over and over. I was looking for the “feel” of the quilt and achieved it.

design board

After the top was pieced and trimmed, the blocks were put on the design board and moved all around until I found the exact placement for each one. I love my design board. You can read more about it here.

To do the quilt-as-you-go, I sewed four blocks together and pressed. Using quilting spray glue, the four blocks were put onto the batting square cut just a tad larger than the 4-block square. The first half of the quilt was quilted using my Bernina and a walking foot. After the fourth needle broke, I’d had it! My birthday is less than a month from Christmas so my sweet husband, sick of hearing me scream at the machine, researched online and found a new machine for me. Here she is:

pfaff

My new Pfaff! Mom bought my first Pfaff for me in the late 1970’s. It is still going strong. It sewed clothes for all four kids, grandkids, husband, me, quilts, etc. I decided I wanted something with more stitch options so I gave the Pfaff to my daughter and bought a Bernina Quilter’s machine. Never was as happy with it as I was with my beloved Pfaff. I feel as if I have my old friend back with such wonderful new features!!! LOVE this machine. What’s that I’m sewing you ask? I Spy #4!

Off topic, I just want to let all of my favorite bloggers know that I usually read blogs with my iPad. For some reason, the last 6 months or so, I can “Like” a post but it refuses to let me log on and leave comments. I really have wanted to comment how much I am enjoying my “visits” and your wonderful blogs.

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In A Pickle With Earl and Opal

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Panel

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Panel

Who doesn’t look forward to the Sunday funnies with Earl and Opal? Starts our week off with a good, hearty, laugh. My Hubs likens himself to the “long suffering” Earl!

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Pickles

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Pickles

Timeless Treasures Pickles Cartoon Material Girl Comic Strip

Timeless Treasures Pickles Cartoon Material Girl Comic Strip

Laura from SewVeryEasy blog's panel quilt

Laura from SewVeryEasy blog’s panel quilt

At the Timeless Treasures site, is a fabulous quilt by Laura of SewVeryEasy blog, with a How to use Fabric Panels to Make Quilts link to YouTube. I am in love with her use of selvedges in the border. Super clever. The video tutorial show how.

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Tap, Tap, Tap and Design A Quilt

I Spy !

I Spy !

I Spy 2

I Spy 2

I’ve discovered the Quiltography app for my iPad and I’m in love. With this app, the most I’ve ever spent for any app, I am able to quickly design and create quilts. Both of the I Spy quilts above were designed using the app. The Enchanted Pond quilt, in My Quilts below, was designed on November’s plane ride back to San Diego from Honolulu. I had the fabric loaded into the app and just played around trying different blocks, different quilt layouts, etc. Kept me occupied and busy for many fun hours, the trip takes 5 1/2 – 6 1/2 hours depending on the wind direction.

The below three pictures are the main screens; the welcome screen, the second screen swipe, and the third screen swipe. I’ll be going from left to right through the screens, capturing projects and showing what each item is.

Welcome Screen

Welcome Screen

Swipe to second screen

Swipe to second screen

Swipe to third screen

Swipe to third screen

Welcome Screen:

First column – My Stuff 

My Stash:

My Stash

My Stash

Some of the fabrics in My Stash. You can see that I have 209 fabrics in the stash. The ones in this picture are Enchanted Pond by Moda. Curls has a fabulous quilt top made from these fabrics and they are so totally my colors that I was green with envy and had to order a Layer Cake too.

My Blocks:

My Blocks

My Blocks

Just a SMALL sample of the 210 blocks I’ve created. You can see my latest, three blocks in the top left. The other blocks are for I Spy quilts, with just a hint of the Enchanted Pond in the bottom right.

My Quilts:

My Quilts

My Quilts

These are some of the quilts which I’ve designed. Super easy and fun to design.

My photoQuilts

Doots PDF

Doots PDF

My photoQuilt is awesome. Chose a picture and the app will quickly change it into a quilt pattern, showing all of the colors needed. Then save as a PDF which gives page-by-page instructions for creating the quilt. This is one of my daughters.

Second Column – Block Template:

Block template designer

Block template designer

Now you can create your own block templates from scratch. Pick a shape to add it to the grid, it positions itself ready to be resized, rotated and flipped into place.  I’ve used the template block designer both to create something unique and to replicate a blocks I love. You get to name your custom-made blocks. The one drawback is that the app does not allow the rotation of the shape to the exact degree I want.  I wanted to place a square at a 60 degree angle and could not.

Third Column – Fabric

Add Fabric

Add Fabric

This is the add fabric screen.  You can take pictures of your stash, or, which I did for Enchanted Pond, grab online pictures of the fabric from the manufacturer.  What pictures are in my stash you ask? The Enchanted Pond fabrics by Moda, about 100 I Spy fabrics, colorful prints for the I Spy blocks and my new Kiss Kiss fabrics by Moda for the latest blocks. Hey! I’m beginning to sound as a Moda rep! Hum….. You are able to record how much you have, where you got it from, when you purchased it and even how much it cost. The program even scans the fabric and picks out the top five colors to automatically tag the fabric, see where it has spots for Color 1 – Color 5? The app fills that in for you. So if I want to search my stash for “Blue” fabric, all of the tagged blue fabrics show up. Nifty!

Second Screen

First Column –  Block

Stock Template blocks

Stock Template Blocks

Custom Template Blocks

Custom Template Blocks

Use the stock blocks or design your very own custom block! See the custom blocks which I have designed? The modern star is based on a block I saw by LaineyBug Designs and Red Pepper Quilts was seen at their site. Click on the + tab on the Template Block Screen, upper right, to get to the Template Designer.

Second Column – Quilt

Quilt Design

Quilt Design

Now that you’ve added your fabric and designed your blocks, it’s time to create your quilt. I found the app so easy to use, that I was able to design the quilts quickly.  Search through the blocks you have previously created, or maybe new ones designed specifically for this new quilt. Enter the number of rows and columns needed for your quilt. Add a border around your quilt if so desired.

The app allows you to adjust the sashing width, add cornerstones, and flip and rotate blocks. The quilt design tool also allows you to link matching blocks, this saves you time and lets you change multiple blocks instantly. Which is a tool I’ve used many times. Just tap and highlight the squares to be changed on the quilt, then tap the block that’s to be place in the squares. This app is all about the tap, tap, tap! Tap on a quilt square, then tap on the block on the right and voila! The block is placed into the quilt. Also, notice the ? – you can click on that anytime in any screen and it takes you through a guided tutorial on how to use that function. Super great!!

A yardage calculator was added in the latest update! Hurray, the designer of the app really listens to what quilters want/need. When you’ve designed the quilt, click on the circular button under “NEW” towards the bottom right. The yardage calculator screen pops up.

Yardage Calculator

Yardage Calculator

 Third Column – photoQuilt

Doots photoQuilt

Doots photoQuilt

Have you ever wanted to turn a photo into a quilt? This is so totally easy. Click on the photoQuilt button, select the picture and it’s done. The photo is now a quilt with all of the colors needed. Click on the PDF button and the app makes an instructional PDF for you. No fuss, no muss! A photo quilt pattern in under a minute!

I’m not going to discuss the third screen. It’s all of the “other stuff”. BTW, I’m not being paid, or bribed, or otherwise coerced to write this review. I just LOVE the app. So the next time you wait at soccer practice for you child, in the dentists office, fly, etc create a quilt!

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Brushes Need A Lovely Holder Too

Finished brush holder, flap up

Finished brush holder, flap up

Sewing Tip: A make-up brush set it the BEST lint cleaners for your sewing machine and overlock machine. The little brushes get into the tiniest of spots. Thanks to theDealyo for the heads up on a inexpensive, free shipping site for the brushes. I bought two sets, one for Curls and one for me. Using the cheesy brush holder, which the bushes came in, as a template I designed a holder out of fabric from my stash.

Materials:

  • Three fabrics
  • Pellon iron-on interfacting
  • Ribbon for ties
  • Normal sewing supplies; machine, rulers, etc

Cut:

Main fabric:

  • 2 – 10″ x 7 1/2″  – For back and inside
  • 1 – 7″ x 6 1/2″ – Flap, Fold lengthwise
  • 1 – 7 1/2 ” x 9 1/2 – Pocket – Fold lengthwise

Iron-on Interfacing:

  • 1 – 10″ x 7 1/2 ” – Line main fabric
  • 1 – 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ – line 1/2 of flap
  • 1 – 3 ” x 9 1/2″ – line 1/2 of pocket

Seam allowance: Use 1/4″ seam allowance.

Placement and Measurements:

Placements and measurements

Placements and measurements

Steps:

1. Iron the interfacings to the one piece of the main fabric; the top-half flap fabric; and the top-half pocket fabric. (Sorry I did not photograph this step)

2. Sew the side seams of both the flap piece and the pocket piece together right-sides-facing. Trim the corners and turn right sides out. Press. Top stitch both the flap and the pocket pieces.

Sew the flap and pocket pieces

Sew the flap and pocket pieces

3. Using the following measurements, place the flap onto the interfaced main fabric. Use a stay-stitch to hold the flap in place.

Flap placement

Flap placement

4. Use a running stitch on the left side of the pocket to hold it in place.

Running Stitch to hold pieces down

Running Stitch to hold pieces down

5. Line up the right side of the pocket so it is inline with the right side of the flap. Sew the right side of the pocket down. There will be a gap of fabric which you will be pleating.

Tack down pockets

Sew down right side of pocket

6. Using about an 1/8″ pleat make 7 pockets. I pinned the edge to itself until they all fit. I sewed one pocket at a time, starting at the far left pocket.

Flap and pocket placement

Flap and pocket placement

7. After cutting the ribbon, I cut one end of each ribbon at a 45 degree angle and used Fray Check on them so they would not fray. After the ribbon ends dried, I lined the uncut ends up with the right edge of the main fabric at the 1/2 way mark and sewed down.

Ribbon attachment

Ribbon attachment

8. Put the outside fabric on top, right sides together. Making a brush holder “sandwich”. Making sure the “hanging” ribbons are not going to be caught in the seam. Sew sandwich together using a 1/4″ seam, and leaving a least a 2″ opening to put the fabric right side out. Double stitch on either side of the opening. Trim the corners, pull the fabric right side out and PRESS!

Sandwich the layers

Sandwich the layers

9. Add brushes and admire your handiwork. Here it is with the flap down. Since this was Curls’ gift, I didn’t take the cellophane off of the brushes.

Finished holder flap down

Finished holder flap down

Brush holder folded up and ready to go on a sewing trip with the machine!

Finished, folded and tied brush holder

Finished, folded and tied brush holder

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Cutting Corners

The Razzle Dazzle Bins post last month, mentioned that I had an easier way to sew the corners without cutting them out ahead of time. It takes less time with this method since there is less fussing trying to match up the side and bottom. These are the steps I used to sew up the second set of fabric bins I made.

1. Cut out the appropriate sized outer fabric DO NOT CUT OUT THE NOTCHES ON EITHER SIDE. Fuse outer fabric with the interfacing. Sew up both sides.

Cut on the fold:

  • Large size : Cut 16″ by 12″ of main fabric, lining, and pellon
  • Medium size: Cut 14″ by 11.5″of main fabric, lining, and pellon
  • Small size: Cut 12″ by 11″ of main fabric, lining, and pellon

Note: if the fabric is a directional fabric, don’t fold the fabric add 1/2 inch to the bottom of each piece to make a 1/2″ seam.

Sew up both sides

Sew up both sides

Step 2. Squish the side corner down to meet the bottom fold line, forming a 90 degree angle.

Squish the corner down to meet the bottom center. To form a 90 degree angle

Squish the corner down to meet the bottom center to form a 90 degree angle

Step 3. Print and cut out the Fabric Bin Template. Using the appropriate template, line it up with the corner.

Line up the template on the 90 degree angle

Line up the template on the 90 degree angle

Step 4. Using a ruler lined up along the edge of the template, draw a line onto the fabric.

Use a ruler to draw a line onto the fabric

Use a ruler to draw a line onto the fabric

Step 5. Use at least two pins to hold the fabric layers together at the angle. Look at the second picture below to see how the fabric bin looks at this point. Gives a good view as to how the corner was squished down.

Use at least two pins to hold the angle

Use at least two pins to hold the angle

This is a top view showing how the side seams meets the bottom seam line

This is a top view showing how the side seams meets the bottom fold line

Step 6. Sew along the pencil mark on the fabric. Make sure to back stitch to lock both ends.

Stitch along the marked line

Stitch along the marked line

Step 7. Use a ruler to cut the fabric at least 1/4″ from the seam line.

Use a ruler to cut at least a 1/4" seam line from the stitched line.

Use a ruler to cut at least a 1/4″ seam line from the seam line.

And one more time, the Elephant-print Fabric Bins

Elephant-print  Fabric Bins

Elephant-print Fabric Bins

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