Quilty Fun 1st Birthday Celebration!!

Happy 1 year Birthday to “Quilty Fun”, Lori Holt’s adorable book!!

Quilty-Cake

This is the block that she designed for the celebration, such a fun idea. It is the cutest, as is everything she makes!!

Birthday-Celebration

If you would like to make your own birthday block you can go here for the cutting directions. And if you would like to purchase Lori’s book go here!! This book is filled with many adorable projects and you can learn so much from her. I never thought I would be able to sew such tiny things until I started sewing using her method!! Here is the link for party central!!

Have a great day!  I have a little secret for choosing these colors, my granddaughter  will be celebrating her 1st birthday in just a couple of weeks and this is going to be for her birthday celebration. Lori helped make Lydia’s birthday just a little bit cuter!! Thank you!!

Mini’s & Swaps

As the holiday’s approach it seems like gifts are on more on our minds. All through the summer there were many swaps going on.  I have put together some of the swaps I have been involved in, these are from instagram swaps.

enchanted-forest-mug-rug-swap

This is the most recent swap I was involved in on instagram. It was called the #enchantedforestmugrugswap. This cutie is what I received in the mail Saturday from Courtney, she is super talented and made this for me. She did beautiful paper piecing on the front of it.

mini-back

This is the back, no less cute than the front. All that very special fabric, that I had never even seen some of before. I am going to hang it in a special place in my new sewing room. I am still transitioning, hope it is finished soon!!

strawberry-swap

Next is this little mini that was made for me by Carmen. Isn’t it adorable? She made it using paper piecing also. This is hanging in my kitchen. It was part of the #strawberryswap.

strawberry-mini

I made this for my partner and sent it off to her this summer. I really enjoyed the paper piecing. It was so much fun being involved in all of these swaps. Since not everyone is on instagram I thought I would share here so you don’t miss out. I know there are a lot of swaps going on all the time.

books

My purpose for showing these mini quilts was for two reasons, to share them with you and to give you ideas for gift making. I have these three books that I love browsing through. I plan on making a few gifts from them soon. I am currently working on one already. I will show it when I am finished.

I hope you are enjoying the fall, it is a great time for sewing and stitching inside!! My instagram name is @cloverandviolet2 if you are on instagram and want to follow. It’s a great addition to blogging!!

Moonlit by Cotton + Steel Mini Quilt

mini-quiltThe Felicity bag is finally out to the pattern testers, which has given me a chance to just start catching up on some of my other sewing! The first finish I have for you is this mini quilt made out of Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel, a division of RJR Fabrics.

We have worked with RJR Fabrics for a while {our Anne handbag out of Mary McGuire’s Cold Spring Dreams was our first collaboration and is still one of our best selling patterns!}, so it was exciting to see the new division launched and all the fanfare that has come with it!

mini-quilt-1And, just like RJR’s other fabrics, these Cotton + Steel fabrics feel so nice! I’m also working on making Norah a dress out of some Mustang by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel and I know it will be a dream to wear {maybe i need to make myself one!}.

mini-quilt-2Based on the sewing community’s response, I think we’re going to see a lot more Cotton + Steel in the future, and after having worked with it, even just this little bit, you’ll be seeing more of it around here too!

Now, this quilt is off to a quilty friend who’s been waiting far too long for it! I’m so glad it’s done and I”m hoping to keep things going at a little better pace now that the summer race {and relaxation} is over. What are you hoping to get accomplished this fall?

Great Granny Squared Sew Along

The winner is #32, Capi Cohen!

Hello and welcome to the second week of the Great Granny Sew Along!  The Fat Quarter Shop is hosing a sampler sew along for Lori Holt’s book, Great Granny Squared, and making a sampler called Mama’s Crochet Quilt.  Last week was the Filled Basket Block, and this week we’re making the Yarn and Crochet Hook.

Yarn & Hook Image

All the cutting directions are in the Great Granny Squared book, then, there are additional PDFs available to make the sampler {so, you will need both a copy of the book and the PDFs to make this quilt}.

Crochet-Block

One of the fun things about the patterns from this book is that they use little pieces, so they’re great for scraps.  I pulled all the yarn ball pieces from my scrap boxes!  And, don’t forget to visit Kimberley, Lori, Debbie, and Kerri to see their blocks!

Block-&-Book

And, now for the part I’m sure you’re here for, giveaways! The Fat Quarter Shop has given me a copy of Great Granny Squared to give away to one of you! So, just leave a comment about a current sewing or crochet project. I’ll draw a winner Friday, May 2nd so that I can ship the book over the weekend.

But, that’s not all, submit a photo of your Yarn and Crochet Hook block to the Great Granny Squared Flikcr group and be entered to win the Stitchy Fun Sampler pattern!  Three winners will be drawn by the Fat Quarter Shop.  Happy sewing {and crocheting}.

Patchwork & Ribbons Bunny Ear Wood Teether {tutorial}

Bunny-Ear-Teether

I saw these wooden ring Bunny Ear Teethers on Instagram and Etsy and had to have one for Lydia.  But, naturally, I wanted it to be a patchwork one.  And since she really likes those ribbon blankies, I thought maybe adding some ribbon and ric rac would be a great addition.  These are super easy to make, and I’m sure there are lots of tutorials, but here’s the simple way I made mine. Download the PDF shape here! I plan to make a couple of the fabric parts, so when one’s in the wash, I’ll have a spare too.

Teether-1

Sew together a variety of 5″ strips that are between 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ in width until the piece measures about 16″ long x 5″ wide.

Teether-2

Fold the patchwork in half and cut to the bunny ear shape.  Add ribbons and ric rac if desired.

Teether-3

Place right sides together on a rectangle of Cuddle fabric {Shannon is my favorite!} and stitch around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Leave a 3″ opening on one edge {I recommend stay stitching if the opening is over seams of the patchwork}.

Teether-4

Trim the Cuddle and clip the curves {it creates a lot of fuzz, so I do mine over a trash can!}.  Then carefully turn the bunny ears right side out through the opening.

Teether-5

Then, top stitch 1/8″ around the edge, stitching the opening closed.  Additionally, stitch along seam lines if desired. Then loop it through a wooden ring {I got mine from Sunny Sprout} and give it to your favorite baby:

Baby-Teether