Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mini Quilts

As I'm finishing my fourth mini quilt, I thought it was time to share my first three minis that I made for the different times I participated in the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swaps.

The most recent was the "Doe Mini" (as I call it), where I shrunk Amy Friend's Kite Tails pattern so I could use the Doe mini charm pack I had from Quilt Market. As I began sewing, I realized I only had one and was going to need way more than just one. I put out an ISO on IG and a few awesome folks came to my rescue. Thank you Judy, Chen and Chelsea!

My partner liked the Doe Fabric line and matchstick quilting. I guess I love to overly challenge myself because I did the matchstick quilting free motion. I don't have a walking foot yet, so a girls gotta do what's gotta be done. When I made my first mini and used my Bernina Stitch regulator for the first time, I didn't know about burying the threads *cringe*, but I've since learned, thank heavens. I sort of cheated on this one by adding a little extra batting and the backing, so I could add a border on the front and cover all the edges. No thread burying. Yay!
Everyone loves some little extras right? I made a little light bulb pincushion for my partner to match her mini. The pattern is from my book "Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love". This doe print was the same as I used for the backing.
The Kite Tails pattern doesn't leave too much extra, as long as you aren't working with 2 1/2" squares as I was. I had quite a few decent sized scraps left over that I felt were too large to toss, so I tried my hand at improv. It was fun and there were no tears. There's no crying in sewing.

Once I had the strips - I thought little mug rugs would be fun to practice some different free motion quilting techniques. Some stressed me out more than others. I guess I have much work to do before I consider this my "therapy" lol. These were (are) not for my partner - but are little gratitude gifts I'm still working on. The hand binding is only getting done when I've gotten all my deadline stuff done. So it's very slow going.

The 2nd mini I made, was the Anchor Mini. The Anchor was my first paper piecing design, and to date is still my easiest.

It was fun to quilt the water pattern - and made a fun effect on the backside.

My very first was the "Modern Mini". My partner had requested modern and loved Tula Pink. I made so many mistakes - but being my very first, all I can say in my defense - I did my best. I still cringe when I see it, knowing I didn't bury my threads - but did some back stitches...(ouch), And machine stitched the binding. I can't recall what I did that - but have a feeling I was running behind schedule and knew it would take me forever to hand sew the binding. I feel bad for my partner that year and hope she has forgiven me by now. I never heard from her.

I'm still working on the Modular Star Mini. It's an "angel quilt" for a special friend that never got one during one of her swaps. It's my first EPP design I created in EQ7 and am making. I'll share all the process and finished pics soon. I want her to see it done first (you can see my process pics on my Instagram acct). I love making minis because I challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. I just have a really hard time letting them go. The Doe Mini was especially hard, not just for me, but my husband too. He loved it.

Are you new to quilting? Have you made any mini quilts and experimented with some different quilting techniques?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Kid Giddy Gnome Swap

Do you love gnomes like I do? I'm so excited to finally get this Kid Giddy Gnome Swap together. I've only participated in 2 mini quilt swaps (I'll post some photos soon of the mini quilts I made) - but never hosted or ran one myself.  I have a huge love of gnomes (hence the one on the front cover of my book) and sewing, so these two things together, are quite perfect in my mind! I also love getting mail and sending it's a win win all around.

This Gnome Swap idea was actually inspired by Angie from Gnome Angel. Last year I saw some gnome fabric she had posted on IG and had to ask her what fabric it was. She offered to send me a little so of course I wanted to send something back.  It quickly became a very little one on one gnome swap. Since then things have been crazy, and as much as I wanted to get a gnome swap together, I've been working on Sizzix deadlines and many other things. No worries though, the wait is over and now we can all play together. Yay!

If you are interested in participating, please click the photo above which will take you to the Google Doc to sign up. Sign ups will be open from Feb 9th - Feb 17th and hope to have partners assigned by Feb 20th. because of the huge influx of swaps going on, we are all busy, and of course Quilt Market in May, swaps will go out by June 1st for International, and June 8th within the US. Choices for making and receiving are: Mini Quilt (No side is larger than 20"), Stuffed Doll, Tote Bag, Pouch Apron, Ornament, Toy, or anything.

I am hoping there won't be any huge hiccups, if there are - we shall cross that bridge when we get to it. I have one willing moderator as of right now (thanks Angie), so if you'd like to be one also, and help out that would be awesome. There is a place on the form to advise me, so don't be shy.

I would be so grateful if you would share the photo above on your social media outlets and use the hashtag #kidgiddygnomeswap and #gnomeswap to spread the word. (You can also visit my Kid Giddy IG account and repost my image - if that's easier.) FYI - the Gnome Image above is my gnome paper piecing pattern which can be found in my Craftsy or Etsy shop. If you are in the UK - please contact me prior to purchasing as I have not set up my VAT solutions yet. If you'd like to purchase it - I'll get on the band wagon and get it done for you. Thanks!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast with Pat Sloan

Hi everyone,
I'm excited to let you know that I will be a guest today (at 4pm EST) on the American and Patchwork Quilting Podcast. I'll be talking with Pat Sloan on all things Sewing Tales and sew much more.

You can find out more about Pat Sloan and listen to her previous podcasts by visiting her website at Creative Talk Network.

Thanks for tuning in this afternoon and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Big Sizzix Secret

I'm so excited to officially announce today, that I am a Licensed Designer with Sizzix, Ellison.

I have pondered this post for the past 3 years. Wondering if it would ever happen, and if so, when. It all started with a crazy idea 3 years ago, a couple of phone calls and many emails. We officially met at the Craft and Hobby trade show where I had my chance to pitch the deal and continued building the relationship from there. These Sizzix folks have been so awesome to work with and I'm excited to be a part of their amazing team.
I can't go into specifics just yet, but will have more awesome details in April or May 2015 just before Quilt Market. In the meantime, I have a slew of fun projects for you to make, that I will be sharing on the Sizzix blog starting in January with some of their basic die shapes. I feel truly blessed with this opportunity and look forward to sharing more with you next year.

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