Log Cabin Quilt Blocks

These are my log cabin quilt blocks that I received from the ladies in the Sew Sweet Bee and I am ready to finish and sew them into a quilt. That will make one less w.i.p. and another great quilt to have in my home.Sewsweetbee-1The photos are not that wonderful but the blocks really are special. I love that each and every block has fabric that is not in my collection, but came from someone who made them for me. I have decided that I think this quilt needs to be larger so I will be adding several more blocks to make it the size that I would like it to be. I have started 7 but now that I have thought about it more, I have decided to go even larger. I will show updated pictures as soon as I have made  more blocks.

Sewsweebee-2I am playing with the layout to decide which one I like better. It is a little hard to tell but I have laid them out in two different patterns.

Sewsweetbee-3I really do think this is the pattern that I like the best, the top photo is the same layout and you can see it a little better in it. I just need to do some rearranging after I make the additional blocks, that is the fun part.

Aqua-stashI always enjoy searching through my fabric stash to see what I have that I can use. No trip to the quilt shop this time!!

What are you sewing on these Winter days? It sure does seem to be perfect weather for sewing! Although, I will say I am so looking forward to Spring!!

 

Washi Tape Pincushion {Pattern Release}

washi tape pincushionI love embroidery. It’s fun, relaxing, and has such a personalized result! So, today, after much delay, I’m releasing the Washi Tape Pincushion pattern. This cute little pincushion {with a little price tag of $2!} is now available in our shop.

Washi-Tape-Pincushoin-1The sample pincushion is stitched on Mochi Linen Dot and has some glittery Cotton + Steel Netorious on the back. I used Finca Perle thread for my stitching, Perle cotton is my favorite!

Washi-Tape-PincushoinIf this little pattern generates some interest, we’d love to do some more. As always, our shop is ever growing and evolving {though, there will also be more bags, of course!}.

There are also kits available, with the pattern included, at Sew Lux Fabric.

With our impending snowy weather, it seems like the perfect day to sit around and do some stitching. What’s your favorite sitting around project?

Quilt Goals for 2015

Ruby-and-Miss-Kate-Jelly-RollsFor the past several months I’ve been participating in a Facebook group run by Angie of Gnome Angel, Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts, and some others. It’s a group for quilting bloggers and instagram users to grow their blogs, business, and themselves, through the support and encouragement of others. Every month the admins are working on putting together a list of blog prompts, and I’m just now getting down to writing my first post! The prompt is quilting goals for 2015, what you want to make, learn, and conquer.

I thought about this for a while, and thought about setting some lofty learning goals, but then I realized, along with my “focus” theme for the year, I really just want to make quilts. I love quilts, but I find I’m generally drawn to smaller projects that have a more immediate result. But, every time I snuggle under Silas’s quilt for reading or chatting, I realize I really want to make quilts for all the beds. So, that is the goal for 2015!

Cluck Cluck Sew Shortcake CoverI’ll be making the Shortcake Quilt by Cluck, Cluck, Sew for Norah’s twin bed {the kids have bunk beds now!} using Ruby and Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille  for Moda {maybe a little Bliss too, since Norah’s baby quilts are made with Bliss and Ruby}.

Lydia-Plus-QuiltI will finish up Lydia’s Plus Quilt for her toddler bed {she’s still sleeping in the crib, so hopefully I can finish this before we turn it into a toddler bed!}.

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Week-3I’ll also at least make great progress on my Simple Scrappy Sampler for my bed.

Low-Volume-Scrappy-StarAnd, if I get really motivated and successful, maybe I’ll get to my Low Volume Scrappy Stars for the spare room…but that may be more of a pipe dream for the year!

So, there’s my quilt goal list for the year. While I may not be learning any new quilting skills, perseverance will probably be a lesson I’ll really be learning. What are your quilting goals for the year?

Snappy Boxy Pouch in Jet Set by Benartex {Tutorial}

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Do you love the look of boxy pouches, but feel intimidated about actually making one? Me too! Instead of making mine the traditional way, I’ve added little tabs and snaps to a regular pouch and turned it into a boxy pouch. The fabric is Jet Set by Kanvas for Benartex, and it’s so cute and whimsical. I think this would make an excellent make up bag set: one for home and one for on the go.

novelty hop logoThe tutorial is available today at the Benartex blog, Sew in Love {with fabric}. Benartex is also giving away a fat quarter bundle of Jet Set. To enter, leave a comment on this post that you’re a follower of their blog and/or Facebook. We’d also love to know what you’d make with these fun prints.

Snappy-Boxy-Pouch-20The giveaway will be open through Monday, January 26th, and we’ll draw a winner on Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by and head over to the Benartex blog for this fun tutorial!

Snappy-Boxy-PouchIf you make a Snappy Boxy Pouch we’d love to see it. Tag it on social media with #cloverandviolet #snappyboxypouch. Also, feel free to add it to our Flickr group here.

Last Bee Blocks {Union Jack}

Good Morning! It’s Friday and the start of a nice long weekend. I did not accomplish very much sewing this week, not really feeling very well. But, I am so glad to be back to normal now.

A couple of things that I made are these two “Union Jack” blocks. They are for the lovely Rhonda of quilter in the gap for the Modern Stitching Bee. By the way they are very late!

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This is the first one and was very much a trial for me. I really dreaded making it. But once I decided I had to make it or tell Rhonda I had chickened out and couldn’t, I decided to really just give it the best shot I could. I also got a lot of encouragement from my daughter, Jennie, Rhonda and lot of lovelies on instagram. And just like many others said, it really wasn’t that hard. Hehe, so easy to say now that they are finished.

After I made this one I did think it could have used a different color in it and maybe it would have been a little more interesting. But saying that, I really do love these two blue fabrics. Rhonda also gave me her approval, so that is really all that matters, since it is for her.

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Next was to make a second one. I really like Pam Kitty Morning fabrics and thought this would be a good combo. I am super pleased with it. Kind of like Valentine colors, I do love them. It did get easier after the first one, it’s because I used a great tutorial that Molli Sparkles has on his blog. It is really a super tutorial and that is why I added the link. I am sure I could not have done it without it. If you have ever considered making one just use his tutorial, it’s the best. I am now dreaming of a quilt with these blocks, it would be so lovely!!

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Here are the two blocks side by side, totally different but the same.

The Modern Stitching Bee is no longer running. I only belonged to it for one year and really enjoyed it. A little sad it is over though.

I hope you have a great Friday and a super weekend.