Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 3}

Greek-Square Alright, let me be honest…I cannot believe I’ve made it to week 3 on time! We spent the better part of last week visiting my parents, and Josiah has been on vacation too, so sewing hasn’t exactly been a priority! But I just knew that if I let myself get behind on the blocks, I would slow slip into being more and more behind. So, I finished them up this morning! I snagged some of this amazing Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda from #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram.

MosaicAnd, I bravely cut into the one fat eighth of blue seeds from the original release of Flea Market Fancy. I bought these on a destash on Etsy, since I missed the original release, and I’m so glad someone let these amazing fabrics sit on their shelf for seven years, but I didn’t want to do the same! The center fabric is also from Bliss, and I only have a small strip, so it was a tough decision to fussy cut the center, but I am glad I did.

Simple Scrappy Sampler 5-6Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Greek Square: As usual, I oversized the half-square-triangles. Also, I sewed the rectangles in strips and then cut them apart, that way I could again trim for accuracy. The rectangle units also ended up slightly wider than the center and corner squares, so I had to trim them down. I opted to just trim the dotted side so that I would have more of the pink Bliss.

Mosaic: Aside from oversizing the half- and quarter-square triangles, this block was pretty straightforward.

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Week-3Here are all six blocks together, I’m getting so excited about this quilt!

If you wanted to make a mini quilt like the one I made for the mini quilt swap {you can see it here}, you now have all the blog patterns. I made my sashing 3/4″ {cut at 1 1/4″}.

And, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal. Although this is a casual quilt along, I just might have a prize or two up my sleeve for those of you making the blocks, because you’re the ones keeping me motivated to make this quilt!

Restored 316 Designs, WordPress, & WooCommerce

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With more indie pattern designers moving to WordPress, and since I just gave our blog a little bit of a facelift, it seemed now was a good time to address some of the e-mail questions I’ve received about our website on WordPress and what we use.

Restored-316Our blog is set up on a Theme by Restored 316 Designs, which utilizes the Genesis Framework. All of the themes at Restored 316 Designs are really beautiful, so far I’ve used three different ones, Craftiness, Simply Luxe, and now Sprinkle. Each theme is so detailed and easy to modify, not to mention mobile responsive. If you’re looking for more information on setting up a WordPress blog, Restored 316 Designs also has some helpful information and resources.

shopOur shop is run on WooCommerce, which is a free plugin available for WordPress. It is fairly easy to use and customize, though it has the occasional glitch {like when we had a pattern sale after an update and none of the patterns were automatically sent! oops!}, but as long as you’re attentive to your shop, it is pretty easy to notice if things are going wrong. The only drawback is that shipping seems difficult to customize, if you’re sending physical products.

I have done all our blog moving and customization myself, it took a good amount of time and some web searching, but it wasn’t too bad. Using the Genesis Framework and the Restored 316 Designs themes made it much easier than it would have been without. I hope this helps you out if you’re planning to make the move to WordPress.

Note: I have not received any compensation for this review, I’ve just been very satisfied with Restored 316 Designs, the Genesis Framework, and WooCommerce.

Sewing with Children :: Pasta Tricolore

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Hello everyone!

This is Susi from Lillaluise again :) I hope you are all having a fantastic summer so far! We sure do. We spend most of the time outside and whenever we are outside and I need to go back in to prepar food I wish I had an outdoor summer kitchen. Have you ever heard of them? I think they are awesome. So one of my big dreams is to have one…one day :) So as I cant have an outdoor kitchen any time soon my girl does have one and she is madly cooking away felt food, her favorite at the moment is past…in any shape and size. So I thought it might be fun to show you how you can easily make your own felt pasta tricolore for your little ones outdoor summer kitchen!

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It really doesn’t require much, we just need some scraps of wool felt, thread and a needle. With a pair of zig-zag scissors cut out squares of felt that are about 2 inches in size. Use three different felt colors – we did green, red and yellow – to make it “tricolore” (three colors).

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Fold your felt squares as shown in the photo and run a few stitches with matching thread through all layers of felt to secure it. When doing my first stitch I like to secure my thread by simply going through my starting loop and pulling but you can totally just tie a knot to prevent the thread from slipping through!

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See, easy peasy and super quick! Have fun with the new dish in your outdoor play kitchen!

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Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 2}

TurstyleWelcome to week two! I’m really excited about this quilt because I’m using all my favorite fabrics, so I know I’m really going to love this quilt! Oh, and we started a Flickr group too, for those of you who prefer Flickr to Instagram, you can find it here. Block three uses one of my favorite prints from Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.

Economy-PatchBlock four is the Economy Patch, and I decided not to use the La Creme dots on this one. Since I didn’t really plan on using them in every block, I thought it was a good time to throw in some blocks without the dots.

Simple Scrappy Sampler 3-4Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Turnstyle: I cut the blocks at 5″ and 5 1/4″, respectively. Then I trimmed each quarter of the block to 4 1/2″ before sewing. This seemed easier than cutting anything with 3/16ths of an inch!

Economy Patch: I started with a 4 1/2″ center square and over sized the triangle corners. The first set of corners trims down to a 6 1/8″ square, then the second set to 8 1/2″. I’d much rather trim a little off than have my block too small.

Week-2-blocksAnd here are all four blocks together. I’m excited to start the next two. If you’re sewing along, we’d love to see your blocks either in the Flickr group or be sure to tag it #simplescrappysamplerqal on Instagram.

Spiderweb Quilt Top {almost complete}

Summertime, and I am loving it even though I am not a huge fan of really hot, humid days. But, I am loving the sun. Since I am originally from WA state, where we do not see the sun a lot, I try to enjoy it as much as possible.

I have four new blocks to share from the Modern Stitching Bee group and an almost complete top.

First two are from Leanne. They took a little scenic tour getting to my house but I am so glad they made it safe and beautifully.

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We made two 12 1/2″ blocks for each partner.

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Love them! Thank you Leanne from She Can Quilt. (Love the Briar Rose strawberries).

The next two are from Rhonda at Quilter In the Gap. Love them so much!!

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It has been fun seeing all the variety of fabric that make up each of these blocks. These are the perfect block design to use because they include a large variety of prints. Thank you again Rhonda, I love them, (especially all the low volume)!! Be sure to check out their blogs, they have great inspiration on there.

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This is not a great picture, but I wanted to share a little bit of what all of my blocks will look like put together for my finished quilt. I think they go perfectly together. I am so thankful for such kind and generous women who have made all of these blocks for me, I know it will turn into a beautiful quilt that I will treasure!

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Since it is summer, I thought I would share this cute little hummingbird that I saw out of my kitchen window this morning. I put that feeder up about a month ago. It hasn’t seen very many birds because there is still a lot of syrup in it. I just happened to see a little bird there on the weekend, so now I check regularly. Happy days!!

I hope you are enjoying your summer. I sure am, lots of grilling, watermelon, cherries and corn on the cob. I come from a family of corn on the cob lovers. It was very pleasant yesterday, my son and I went for a walk and then sat on the back deck enjoying the fresh air. What have you been doing this summer?

Today will be for some more catch up sewing, I am so excited about my little visitors I have coming soon. I have lots to do to get ready for them!!

Have a great day and weekend!