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Break out the Christmas Décor

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Holiday!  I definitely had a lot of fun traveling back home to Dallas to visit my parents and have a mini family reunion for the holiday.  Airports don’t seem to understand that it’s perfectly normal to travel with a sewing machine and a carry-on full of fabric… at least it is for quilter.  But I got everything there and back home without too much fuss.

So this Christmas stocking that I made with cathedral window was fairly epic.  I used the technique on the Missouri Star Quilt Co. website, however I did not use the 5 inch charm squares.  I thought for a stocking, the fabric variety should be smaller.  I used 2 1/2″ squares for the stockings.  Half way through making the stocking, I realized I that I could provide a cheat sheet for those that want to make something similar.

Cathedral Window Stocking
Materials:
1 Fat Quarter for the lining
1 Fat Eighth for the cuff and loop
3 mini charm packs or 1 charm pack of Christmas Print
3 mini charm packs or 1 charm pack of white fabric (I used Bella Solids White)

If you are not using mini charm packs, cut the charms into 2 1/2″ squares.  There are 106 print squares needed and 112 white squares needed.  Iron all of the white squares’ opposite corners together to form a triangle.

Now you will need to layout the printed fabric as shown in the photo below.  This is really to cover the part that is going to be cut for the stocking size.  Make sure that you make one that has a MIRRORED layout to get both sides of the stocking.  The layout must be mirrored or else your stocking will have 2 of the same side!

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I decided that I wanted to glue baste the white triangles, so they did not move while being sewn together. I ended up not glue basting the squares together, just the triangles to the squares.  I did attempt to glue baste the pieces completely together, but it caused too much bulk.  If you have never glue basted, you can use Elmer’s washable glue with a micro fine tip or something similar to help get a small line of glue.  Then you use your iron to heat set the pieces together.  If you made a mistake, no worries just pull the fabric apart and re-glue.  I used a walking foot to piece the squares together due to the bulk of fabric.

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Once the pieces are sewn together, pick prints to go in the windows of the stocking.  When making a cathedral window with 5 inch squares, you don’t need to cut the pieces down.  However, we are using the mini charm size, and the pieces will be too big for the window.  The mini charms for the windows only will need to be trimmed to 2 1/4″ square to fit.  Once you trim them down, you can lay it out to show how the stocking will look.  I glue basted the white edges down on the print square so it would be easier to sew together.

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Once they are all glue basted, I used my walking foot to sew on the white edges to secure all the fabric in place.

I used Sew Like My Mom’s free stocking pattern as my template to trace on the cathedral window fabric for my stocking outline.  I sewed on the line around the stocking so when I cut the stocking out, the fabric would not unravel in some places.  You can use her tutorial for how to assemble the rest of the stocking together here.

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I love how this stocking turned out!  It was so much fun to make, and it looks so good.

I also found this really neat No-Sew “Quilted” Christmas Ornament YouTube video by Shabby Fabric that I can’t wait to make.  I ordered some fabric and got supplies to make the ornaments later this month.  It looks like a great project for some scraps left over from a Christmas quilt.

I think this upcoming year I’ll have more time to plan quilt gifts for friends and family.  I don’t really have any quilt Christmas gifts planned this year so sorry to everyone that was hoping to get one!

11/29-12/6 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Wednesday and Friday Night, and Saturday and Sunday afternoon

Projects I want to work on:
Powered by Quilting Patterns
Steampunk
Treehouse Quilt

Goals for the Projects:
Powered by Quilting Patterns:  Cut fabric for Pattern #102, start sewing
Steampunk:  Complete 10 Blocks
Treehouse Quilt: Machine quilt and bind.

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Happy Thanksgiving Week!

It’s Turkey Day week!  I can’t believe the holidays are among us! I figured I should probably do some Christmas quilting in addition to the Cozy Christmas quilt.  I’ve wanted to make a Cathedral Window Christmas Stocking for months now so that is my Thanksgiving holiday.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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Anyway the Blog Hop last week was super fun! If you didn’t get a chance to check out the other awesome designers you can check out the list here.   I did forget to update my completed quilts page with the Spinning Vectors quilts, but it’s up there now!  Check it out here.  I finished binding my Moroccan Getaway quilt last night too, but there wasn’t enough light out to take a good photo.  That makes the total number of quilts finished this year (minis included) to 12 so far!

As promised I wanted to give a recap on Sewing Expo in Minneapolis that I attended a week and half ago.  It’s a 3 day show with hands on classes and lectures, a vendor show, and quilt displays.  I was able to take 2 classes prior to leaving to China.  One of the classes I took was “Garden Pond” by Cristy Fincher of Purple Daisies Quilting.  It was a technique called Piec-lique!  It’s a great technique for sewing curves and they come out perfect!  You use freezer paper as a template to make the curved part and glue baste the pieces together before sewing.  The curves come out nearly perfect every time and makes it look so easy.

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The second class I took was “North to Alaska” by Kathy Lincoln.  It was a pattern that she designed for a sewing cruise to Alaska (hence the name).  It was a great class to learn about quick techniques about sewing quarter triangles and partial seams.  I used fabric that was left over from my sister’s Spinning Vectors quilt.  The partial seams technique can also be used on Spinning Vectors as well.  So I will be working on the tutorial for Y-seams and partial seams to help other quilters out.

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One of the best things about the quilt show was the MQG quilts that traveled to the show.  They were so amazing and helped give me inspiration.  I can’t wait to make something so wonderful that I could submit to a show.  Goal in my quilting life:  submit a quilt into a show and win! (or just be good enough to be accepted into the show)

My schedule for the next pattern will be the following:

  • Samples created by the end of December.
  • Pattern out to proofreaders right after the first of the year.
  • Pattern out to testers in mid-January.
  • Pattern out by beginning of February.

I realized that if I didn’t get myself a timeline, I wouldn’t get the motivation to keep moving forward.

I also finished my Month 4 Blocks of the Modern Heritage BOM.  They were nice and easy 4 patch blocks.  I realized that sometimes it’s just wonderful to work on some easy blocks.  They are so cute!

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That’s all I got this week!  Have a happy Thanksgiving!

11/22-11/29 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Friday, Sunday, and Monday Night

Projects I want to work on:
Powered by Quilting Patterns
Christmas Stocking

Goals for the Projects:
Powered by Quilting Patterns:  Complete math and fabric layout for Pattern #102
Christmas Stocking: Finish Cathedral Window Stocking

Blog Hop

Sew Pro All Stars Blog Hop

Hello from Shanghai!  I’m traveling for my day job this week, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a Blog Hop with the fabulous group I attended Sew Pro with!  And today’s the day!  I’m so happy to introduce to you my very first pattern inspired by my Sew Pro attendance this past September.  This pattern is called “Spinning Vectors” for the spinning nature of the flying geese and my STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) background.

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The pattern was designed with 3 main colors for the different flying geese for a more traditional looking block.

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The first sample that I created was using Ombre by V and Co. flying geese that were left over from my Moroccan Getaway quilt.  The rainbow pattern of color is one I just adore in any quilt, so I decided to do that as the first sample.  The edge to edge quilting was done by Rhonda Walker of Olie&Evie.

The second sample is more modern with a low volume mixture for the background color, but it stays with the main 3 color flying geese just alternating positions.  This quilt was made for my sister in a citrus colorway for some fun splashes of color with a modern look.  I quilted it with a simple crosshatch.  I decided to do my samples in two very different styles with the pattern written traditionally to show different possible looks of the quilt.

Look for a tutorial on how to do Y-seams and partial seams within the next month to help the beginner quilters with the blocks.

I’m now live on Craftsy and Etsy to purchase the pattern as a PDF download. (hip hip hooray!!!)

In short, Sew Pro Convention has changed my life.  I attended knowing hardly anything about the industry, only with the desire to be a part of it.  Even though I am working on consistently blogging each week, I don’t consider myself a “blogger” just yet.  My passion and motivation is to move towards pattern designing and my ultimate (long range) dream goal of fabric designing.  Sew Pro really lit the fire under me to start now rather than wait until later to begin.  I didn’t have a good answer when I asked myself, “What are you waiting for?”  So I designed Spinning Vectors and had some really awesome ladies proof read and test the pattern for me!

I gave a recap about my Sew Pro experience a few weeks ago right after the convention (you can read about it here).  But here’s my list of what I feel still resonates with me since then:

  • Quilting is a consistent asset in my life.  There is so much more structure in my creative life and that’s largely due to the accountability I have with blogging my weekly goals.  So thank you to all my readers for following and supporting me through this creative journey and doing your part in helping me stay accountable (even if you feel like you aren’t actively doing anything).
  • The one thing that sticks with me the most was something Tula Pink said in her keynote speech, about how not all your ideas are going to be great.  You just need to trash the not so great ideas and put more ideas down on paper.  I completely paraphrased but that was the gist of it.  Sometimes it’s frustrating that ideas don’t just magically rain down on me, but realizing that everyone goes through that is so normalizing and almost comforting knowing it’s not just me.
  • Keeping in touch with other participants from Sew Pro and supporting each other is going to be critical in staying in touch with the community.  I never considered myself much of an introvert, but too often I find myself that way with quilting.
  • Last but not least, I can do this!  Just see my first pattern above!

In addition to reading about everyone’s projects inspired by Sew Pro, there is an associated giveaway with the blog hop!  There are 3 bundles of fabric with patterns! Enter below.

Note – The giveaway will be live at 12am on 11/14 and end at 12am on 11/19.
Rafflecopter giveaway (Click on the link to get to the giveaway)

SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Nov 14
Lisa Peterson – Lisa and Lorelai
Sherri Noel – Rebecca Mae Designs
Andi Stanfield – True Blue Quilts

Tuesday Nov 15
Vanessa Behymer – Vintage Barn Girl
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart – The Stitch TV Show
Sherry Shish – www.poweredbyquilting.com  (YOU ARE HERE!)
Joanne Kerton – Canuck Quilter
Lisa Nielsen – Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross – See Carmen Sew
Anne Beier – Hudson Valley Quilts
Jessica Caldwell – Desert Bloom Quilting
Pamela Morgan – My Sweet Little Stitches

Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell – Marvelous Auntie M
Cathy Smith – A Quilting Chick
Lissa LaGreca – Lovingly Lissa 
Paula Mamuscia – Creations by Paula Mamuscia

Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker – prettypiney.com
Holly Stockley – www.lighthouselanedesigns.com
Teri Seal – daymoonquilts.blogspot.com
Trinia Braughton – www.penguinfeats.com
Deanna Wall – https://www.stitchesquilting.com/

For those of you that are new to my blog, I end each blog post with my accountability goals for the week.  I will be giving my Sewing Expo recap next week as this week was a special blog hop post.

11/15-11/22 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
All day Sunday and Monday Night.

Projects I want to work on:
Powered by Quilting Patterns
Modern Heritage BOM
Moroccan Getaway  (It’ll be back from the longarm this week!!!)

Goals for the Projects:
Powered by Quilting Patterns:  Layout schedule for Pattern #102 and tentative launch time frame
Modern Heritage BOM: Finish Month 4 Blocks
Moroccan Getaway: Finish binding the quilt.

I almost forgot!  My sister is going to be going to Saturday of Winter Quiltfest!  I conned… I mean convinced her to attend! I’m slowly enticing her to become a quilter, hehe.  But that still means if you are attending and would like to share a room with me and wouldn’t mind it being the two of us Friday/Saturday, let me know!

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One more week!

One more week until my first pattern is going to be launched! Yay! So excited.  I was really happy to see the test blocks from my pattern testers.  A few minor changes and everything will be ready!  Also, next week is the Sew Pro All Stars Blog Hop.  Everyone that is participating is going to be posting about something that inspired them during Sew Pro and a sewing project.  I can’t wait to read and see what everyone has been working on.  There is even going to be a Blog Hop Giveaway so that’s super neat!

Because I didn’t get much sewing time this last week, I am going to talk about a few other things that are going on in my quilting world lately.  First of all, I need to convince my sister to attend Winter Quiltfest with me.  She ended up sewing some pants for her 5 year old’s Halloween costume and is slowly becoming interested… or maybe even hooked on sewing? 😛  But if she doesn’t attend it with me, if anyone else is looking at going and needs a roommate let me know!  A-la-carte registration for Winter Quiltfest is now open too!  My plan is to bring stuff home for Thanksgiving so we can work on some small projects together.  (Jie, I have no shame in trying to convince you and now the internet knows.  You’re welcome.)

Quilt Market Houston was last week (or so) and seeing everyone’s photos and blog posts about it made me REALLY want to go.  So maybe after I get this pattern business going, I’ll be attending market.  Serendipity Woods posted about Quilt Market in her latest blog posts and has so many awesome photos with Sophie, her most adorable sewn bunny.  I want to make a Sophie, she’s so cute!  You can check out her blog post here!

Sewing Expo aka the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo is in Minneapolis this week!  I can only take 2 classes on Thursday because I leave the country for work on Friday.  Super bummed I will miss Friday and Saturday, but I’m capitalizing on the time I DO have!  I remember last year when I attended I was extremely overwhelmed!  I had no idea what a longarm was and didn’t understand why someone would need one.  Now I can’t wait to go look at them and play with one.  The obvious second step would be to convince the husband that I need a second room in the house in addition to my current sewing room for the longarm machine.  So much has changed in the last year and I can’t wait to go and learn more!

Anyway, this past week I was able to finish the last block in the Cozy Christmas quilt!  Rudolph is so cute, and he rounds out all of the blocks!  The quilt top was also finished and now on its way to Olie & Evie to get custom quilted!  I can’t wait to see it finished!

11/8-11/15 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Thursday – sewing expo, and that’s it! :'(

Projects I want to work on:
Powered by Quilting Patterns

Goals for the Projects:
Powered by Quilting Patterns:  Work on designs for Pattern #102!!!

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November is here!

Happy November everyone!  I hope everyone had a fun Halloween.  We are the odd couple out in the neighborhood (we don’t have kids).  Thankfully, my husband bought candy for the Trick-or-Treaters because we had people before dark and before our porch light got turned on!  I thought the porch light was the universal signal, I guess not!

Anyway I got my Quilter’s Planner yesterday and I squealed with glee!  If you haven’t gotten one yet, hopefully there are some left and you can get your hands on one.  For everyone that’s ever asked me how I get everything done in my crazy life, this planner is laid out so well: Monthly calendar, weekly calendar with hourly breakdowns, and to-do lists for personal, work, and crafting!  It has a plastic cover and it’s really a nice book.  I’m in love.  There are also patterns, tips and tricks, weekly blocks and free motion tutorials, reference quilting pages, project tracking, and a place for ideas or notes.  I cannot wait until January to start using it!  I use Google Calendar and Outlook like it’s going out of style, but nothing can replace a paper planner.  I’m so excited!  The Quilter’s Planner mini is the smaller version you can throw in your purse to keep track of your busy life. I got both to figure out which one will fit my life better.

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This is the first week I didn’t feel super behind and pressed Monday night to get everything done.  One of the first things I talked about was setting achievable goals and I feel like I’ve gotten very aggressive. That means any procrastination or slacking off during the week results in stress Sunday and Monday night trying to make sure I got everything completed.  I am definitely someone that will be accountable as long as someone else (the internet) knows I’m going to do it.

Pattern #101 is out to the pattern testers this week.  I can’t wait to see how people fared making the block.  I have also finished both the first and second sample of this quilt and I’m so excited!  One of the things I did notice about myself is that I didn’t follow my color instructions completely so I hope that doesn’t confuse people.  I wonder if I should be making a quilt that follows the instructions or if the different colorways I chose will work.  One of the best compliments I got from one of my friends, “I’d really like a photo print of the [first sample], it’s like a work of art!”  I may have paraphrased a bit, but it was super cool!

When I was finishing up the binding for both of the quilts, I ended up with enough binding to make 2 of the smaller 10″ x 10″ design boards.  So here’s your sneak peak on the binding of my samples!

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Design boards are one of my favorite quilting tools because they help lay out blocks in a way that is portable!  You don’t need to move the design from a larger wall in pieces to the sewing machine with the potential of messing up the layout.  The design boards also have batting that allow the fabric pieces to stick on the board so they don’t fly away while moving.  The Fat Quarter Shop and Lori Holt made a YouTube tutorial to make the boards or you can purchase some from the Fat Quarter Shop.

I have a debate with my own patterns and other cute patterns that I want to make.  It takes quite a bit of effort to get my patterns made and written, therefore I need to dedicate most of my time to do that.  However, I have a stack of patterns and fabric designated for said patterns that are just waiting to be created!  I know this is going to be a constant struggle moving forward but I don’t seem to be coming up with a feasible solution.  My solution was to quit my day job and quilt full time… but my husband vetoed that solution.  So my goal is to find a balance, work on my own patterns, and work on another cute pattern at the same time!

Speaking of adorable quilts, the Cozy Christmas quilt sew-along is coming to an end quickly.  Here is the awesome block 11, the cozy gift block!

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I can’t believe there is only one more block left and then the assembly of the quilt top.  I am trying to decide if I want to join the next two Lori Holt sew-alongs.  The next one is Sweetie Pie with her new Sew Cherry 2 fabric line starting in January and then Bee Happy next September.   Both are super cute but take up precious time to create.

11/1-11/8 Weekly Goal:

Available time for quilting:
Tonight and Monday night

Projects I want to work on:
Cozy Christmas
Powered by Quilting Patterns

Goals for the Projects:
Cozy Christmas: Complete Block 12 and finish the quilt top!
Powered by Quilting Patterns: Photos and update pattern to prepare for launch