Saturday, January 31, 2015

Red Chair, Little Bird

"Welcome" by Gretchen Jolles of St. Johns, Florida, posted on the Tangerine Key blog.
I'm enjoying the fabrics she chose for the walls and rug. So unexpected. And I love the way the curtains seem to be moving with the breeze. The white background really makes the bird stand out.
Nice work, Gretchen!

New Use for Selvages!

My friend Donna wanted to bake a chicken at her vacation house. She was a little short on roasting supplies so she had to improvise. As far as I know, this is a first! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pillowcases with Crocheted Edge

Found on Pinterest, these colorful pillowcases have charming crocheted edges. Have you noticed that these have become very popular on the Internet? Suddenly they're everywhere. So pretty.

Visit RoseHip for tons of inspiration.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jeans for Fabric Lovers

What a fun way to use some of your favorite fabrics. This looks like raw-edge applique. I like this!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pull-Apart Party Loaf

This looks so yummy and not too difficult to make either. 
See the directions here: Land O' Lakes Test Kitchen blog.
For all you non-football people (like me), 
I hope you get to sew all afternoon Sunday!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

White Wedding Coat from Amber Studios

This stunning white wedding coat is the creation of fiber artist Barbara of New Jersey. Her Etsy shop is Amber Studios. I love her work, it makes me happy. She's a creative genius!

I have to show you one more photo, a custom order. Isn't this over the top? It could inspire a novel!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Quilters Ready for the Blizzard?

Let's assume you have enough fabric to get through a blizzard. Heh, heh.
Not so fast. How about enough low volumes for backgrounds? Backings? Thread?
Keep a hand-sewing project ready too, in case the power goes out. 
What do you do to get ready for a blizzard?
We're expecting 30"!
I'm making a "chain" quilt. Photos coming soon!

Don't Weave While Driving

She's lucky he didn't arrest her for holding her knitting needles like pencils! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sock Quilts!

This clever quilt "Odd Socks" was made by Juliet (originally from Scotland, living in New Zealand). Her blog is the Tartan Kiwi. You can see her patterns here. My favorite sock is the blue one in the upper right corner. I like those polka dots. Nice low volume background too.
Great job, Juliet!

Now I'm thinking about sock quilts, so here are some more.

The sock quilt (above) is the creation of Harriet Dennant. Lots of buttons and nice hand embroidery on this quilt.

The "Lost Socks" quilt was made by Teri Christopherson at Black Mountain Needleworks. She made a pattern for this quilt. 

This quilt "Looking for a Mate in Galesburg" was made from donated socks sewn onto felt. This was a public art project. You can read more about it on Susan Lenz's blog Art In Stitches.

Baby socks quilt made by heatherstrunk on Etsy. She makes them using the customer's baby socks.
Cute idea!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Glow in the Dark Cupcakes!

Hold the phone! Glow in the dark cupcakes from Recipe Snobs are made using tonic water and jello. She explains just how to do it here. And it doesn't look that hard! Oh my gosh, this is so cool! I wish I'd known this when my sons were little. But I'm saving it for possible grandkids!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cook Breakfast Overnight in the Slow Cooker!

Here's a recipe to remember when you have overnight guests. Set it up before bedtime and wake up to a delicious breakfast that yields 8-10 servings. I'm going to try this! See recipe here.
Posted by Amy Ott at aLattewithOttA

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New City Lights Quilt Pattern!

Here's my newest quilt pattern, hot of the presses! City Lights is a soft raw-edge applique quilt that's great for beginners who want modern style. Directions for wall size and twin size are included. 

After the first time you machine wash and dry it, you'll have to pick off lots of threads. But not so much after that. See the pattern.

Your Own Personal Handwriting Font

I know there are countless fonts out there. But did you know you can even make a font out of your own handwriting? A fellow from Nepal who says he's a perfectionist will do it for $5 on fiverr.
Also take a look at handwriting fonts on Google and  Pinterest

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kaffe With Giant Quilt

I found this photo of Kaffe Fassett in front of a giant quilt on Pinterest. There was no description or link. Does anyone know the story here? Pretty amazing.

UPDATE: Here's some info from Alida:
The picture of Kafe was taken in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands during a quiltexposition in “Het Fries Museum” in 21-03-2008. He is standing in front of the leaning tower “the Oldehove”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Clever Binding Tip!

Here's a tip from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts showing how to finish attaching quilt binding. I think this is much better than the way I've been doing it. Maybe you'll like it too. She leaves a long tail of binding at the beginning and the end. Then she attaches them as shown in her photo above. See her tutorial here. Pretty smart, Rita!

Monday, January 19, 2015

What Does Your Coffee Say?

This is what my coffee says to me every morning, doesn't yours?
I hope you have a quilting-filled day!
Would you like your photo or message featured in a cup of coffee? Rizky will do it for $5 on fiverr.
He does it in just one day. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sheep Wannabees Quilt

 "Sheep Wannabees" by Debora Konchinsky, Breinigsville, PA. 
Felted wool and lots of embroidery.  Wow! 
I found this quilt on Regan's blog: Floating on a Quilted Cloud
She took these photos at a quilt show in Maine, 2012.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Awesome Selvage Star Quilt!

Made by Tanya Perretta and posted on facebook by Handi Quilter. She used 1" wide selvages and Warm & Natural batting. I love how the selvages look with the black fabric. She said there's no pattern for it; she just make it up. Nice job, Tanya!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Spiral Quilt and Modern Crazy Quilt

"Solaris" by Christel Pietschmann was featured on Lisa O'Neill's blog: A Thread from the Edge. The quilt was on exhibit at the Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza. Thanks for the info, Elle!

Another quilt from the same show featured on Lisa's blog is "Jacob's Coat" by Marcia DeCamp from Palmyra, New York. I love how she made it in 4 big squares.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Little Woodsman Crochet Boots

Take a look at the pattern for these very cute crocheted woodsman boots by Alana from New Zealand. Her shop is the Inventorium on Etsy.

Alana also offers a pattern for baby girl boots. Nice job, Alana!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Selvage Teddy Bear!

This handsome selvage teddy bear is the creation of Sheri in Ohio. See more photos in her Etsy shop: Bungalow Quilts. Nice work Sheri!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fox Quilt

The only thing better than a great quilt photo is one with a happy little person enjoying it.
The quilt above was made by Astrid from the Red Red Completely Red blog. 
(See more in her Quilt Gallery too.)
Astrid used a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.  
The photo below is from Elizabeth's blog: Oh, Frannson!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 Is here. Are you waiting for a sign?

Probably not but, just in case, here it is. 
If you want to use this photo, go right ahead.
Looking for a pattern? Visit my pattern shop.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Laura Heine's Giraffe Quilt!

This colorful giraffe quilt was made by Laura Heine of Fiberworks in Montana. 
In case this inspires you to make a fused quilt, Laura likes to use Steam a Seam 2
This photo is from an interview with Road to California
I like this giraffe's leafy tail. Well done!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Embellished Denim Jeans!

Neuw jeans painted by Dan Vient and featured on Black Log from New Zealand. This was part of a fundraiser to benefit Mental Health New Zealand in 2013.

I Pinned this a while back and just got an email today from Pinterest telling me that it has been viewed over 10,500 times.

I would like to treat this slim model to some lunch. 

Painted jeans by shan shan at tinytoadstool

The photo above came from a site that caused trouble on my computer, so no link for this one!
But I like those colors!

From Dior on Nowfashion (above).

And finally, a little broderie perse applique on these jeans. From Refinery29. I really like this!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I Love Lilacs

This photo is so realistic, I can almost smell these lilacs!
Do you think fragrances can be a source of artistic inspiration for quilt makers?
I think so. Al least I'm going to pay attention and see if this is so.
What fragrances do you love? Leave a comment.
Here are some of my favorites:
1. freshly mowed grass

2. roses

3. pizza

4. baking bread

5. pine needles warmed in the sun

6. lilacs