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you are invited to a high tea party

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You have probably already seen lots of sneak peeks at Jera Brandig’s new line of fabric from Lecien, called High Tea. It has the most gorgeous muted color palette with tiny florals, strawberries, and doily motifs. And teapots and teacups, of course!

I was honored to be asked to make a project for this Blog/Instagram Tour, which starts today! I can’t wait to see the wonderful makes from these talented designers.

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I hope you will join us and be inspired!

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pretty playtime quilts :: butterfly block

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Back to the sewing room for this fun block. Again, I’m amazed at the clever construction of the blocks that Elea has created! As usual, I stitched this beauty up Sunday afternoon, just in time to catch the last of the light to photograph it. One of these days I’ll have my block done early and be able to photograph it in some decent light!

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This quilt along has been so much fun! It’s been really good for my skills and I look forward to making these blocks every week. And this Strawberry Biscuit fabric is so sweet. My favorite print is the little bouquets above.

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Check out Heidi from Fabric Mutt this week. She is one of my favorite makers. And as always, stop by the Fat Quarter Shop to pick up a copy of Pretty Playtime Quilts.
Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast
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slow stitching

 

photo credit: Minki Kim
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Have you heard of the Slow Stitching Movement? It’s all about process over product. Take your time and enjoy–there’s no finish line. It’s a frame of mind that I have to remind myself to be in–today’s world is so rush, rush, rush! But our sewing doesn’t have to be that way. (deep breath) It’s not even just about sewing–it can be knitting, crochet, anything creative pursuit really.

Today, C&T Publishing ran a blog post about slow stitching featuring Sew Illustrated! We talk a lot about sewing being a way of life in the book. Take time to sit down with your cup of coffee and stitch for a few minutes–and reap the rewards for that self-care for the rest of the day.

Here’s a website devoted to it, and here is a good blog post about it.

Enjoy the process friends.

 

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pretty playtime quilts :: pinwheel block

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Hey there! I was so glad to get back to the sewing machine this weekend to sew up this adorable pinwheel block. Half square triangles are totally my jam these days, so it was a breeze to make.

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I can’t help but stop here to sing the praises of my Bloc Loc ruler. I’m not kidding when I say it has changed my life!IMG_9258 (1024x683)

One of the things I wanted to challenge myself with on this quilt is to improve my accuracy. There are a lot of blocks with tiny pieces–and accuracy matters! Half square triangles are hard to sew accurately and they get stretched out of shape very easily. So, now I just make them a tad bigger and trim them to perfection with the Bloc Loc ruler. And they go together with perfect points (most of the time). There was a time that I would have thought that whole trimming thing would take too long. But now, at my age, in all my wisdom, I realize that quilting is as much about process as product–so what is a few extra minutes trimming when it improves the end product so much? I need to put the Flying Geese version on my Christmas list.

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Back to the pinwheel block–I cut it out and sewed it up on one afternoon. Boom. Done. I love the colors and the simplicity of the block. I think it would make a very cute pillow, but this one is going in the quilt.

Check out Erica’s block over at Kitchen Table Quilting. It’s still not too late to grab yourself a copy of Pretty Playtime Quilts from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast\
P.S. In other news, my book with designer Minki Kim comes out one week from today! Make sure to check back next Monday, August 1!
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pretty playtime quilts :: strawberry block


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IMG_9159 (2) (1024x758)Oh my gosh guys! How cute is this strawberry block? I have to admit that the part with the leaves looked a little fussy–but actually was not problem at all. I have to say it again: the instructions in this book are so clear!

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I am using Elea’s Strawberry Biscuit fabric–which is the same fabric that she uses in the book. Up until this block, I’ve been doing my own thing–making my own fabric choices. But on this block, I have to admit that I used the exact same fabric that she did. Because–strawberries! I mean, how could you not use this adorable strawberry fabric on the strawberry block? In fact, I’m in danger of running out of this fabric, because I think I’ve used it on every block.

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This is Debbie’s week on the blog hop. Pop on over to her blog to see what she has done with this block. Are you sewing along? It’s not too late! You can pick up the book and fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast
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pretty playtime quilts :: teapot block

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I’ve been waiting for this block! I am a total Anglophile and love all things tea–so this darling block was right up my alley. I’ve gotten better about being organized with my cutting–carefully labeling each piece with a sticky note. This block has twenty pieces and most of them are small, so it pays to stay organized. But once it is all cut out, the directions are so clear that it went together like a dream.

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I can picture this as a quilt all on it’s own–twelve teapots all done in different fabrics. Or just four teapots done as a mini would be a totally cute table topper. So many choices!

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Pop on over to Amanda’s blog to see what she has done with this block. Are you sewing along? It’s not too late to quilt along! You can pick up the book from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast
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pretty playtime quilts :: star block

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This week’s block was pure pleasure! I’m a lover of straight patchwork and this block was chain piecing bliss! It went together in a heartbeat. I was able to sew, drink tea, and rewatch a couple episodes of the last season of Downton Abbey–so I was in heaven!

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Pop on over to check out Amy’s Star block–I love her fabric choices! And showing off the next block is Renee. It’s not too late to quilt along! You can pick up the book from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast
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pretty playtime quilts :: tooth fairy block


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Isn’t she adorable? I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by this block! There are a lot of little pieces in there! It took a bit of time to cut out, but I finally got smart and started labeling each piece with a sticky note. Each fabric piece is given a letter of the alphabet to help keep them straight. Some Alphabitties would have come in handy, but I don’t have any–so sticky notes it was.

The block was complicated–but the instructions are so clear. I just took it one step at a time and it really wasn’t hard at all. It was really fun to see it come together. The block design is pure genius!

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There were a lot of half square triangles in this block and the Clearly Perfect Angles cling helped a lot to keep my seam allowances accurate. I’m happy with the investment I made in it.

I went with embroidery for the face because I didn’t have any buttons for the eyes and when I saw how cute Anorina’s tooth fairy was with french knot cheeks, I was sold.

I’m learning a lot making this quilt; most of all–slow down and enjoy the process!

How are your blocks coming along?

Hop over to check out Amy’s Star block next!

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

 

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pretty playtime quilts: dragonfly block


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The first block in the quilt-a-long is the Dragonfly Block.  Not gonna lie–this one has a lot of pieces! I waffled on the background fabric. I had originally planned on the light gray dots, but when I saw how many pieces the block had, I was afraid that the dots would look too disrupted. So I bought some white fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop. While I was waiting, Erin posted her block and all of a sudden, I knew it would be alright. Yay! (You can never have too much white fabric, right? So no problem on my FQS order. Psst–I also bought some Little Ruby).

I sewed this block carefully and did some ripping out when things didn’t match up as well as I wanted them to. Then the whole block came out 1/4″ too big! (Not a big deal, I can trim up the sashing around it.) But, I wanted to figure out why.

I purchased a new 1/4″ foot for my Babylock sewing machine at QuiltCon this year. I have been thinking that it was sewing TOO scant of a 1/4″, but my HST quilt was working out, so I dismissed the thought. But after playing around with it a bit, and running some tests–it’s quite a bit less than 1/4″. I’m going to take it and my machine back to the dealer and show them.

In the meantime, I  looked up a few YouTube videos and went old school. I measured out a scant 1/4″ from my needle and built up a stack of painters tape to slide my fabric along. I ran a lot of tests–measuring the fabric, sewing a seam, pressing it open, and measuring it again, until I got it right. I think I might add a few more layers of tape to make it the stack a little taller.

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Things seem to be more accurate now, and Block  2: Bows, is coming together easily.

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Are you sewing along? How did your Dragonfly block come out?

Hop over and check out Wynn’s Bow Block today! I’ll post mine next week.

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorian from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

 

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::finding joy

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The holidays can be so overwhelming–so much to pack into already full days and nights. So, I am going to look for little things this month that make me happy. I want to let the busyness go and enjoy Chrismastime. The month leading up to Christmas is really the best part, in my opinion.

I’ve been so inspired by being part of the sewing/quilting community on Instagram. I have enjoyed looking at all the wonderful creativity is out there. I am usually a pattern follower, but I see people whipping up simple, little designs on their own, so I decided to play around a bit in the sewing room the other night.

I was inspired by a mug rug I saw posted, but beyond the applique Christmas tree, the rest of this (very) simple design is mine. I did a bit of hand stitching, and tried out the wavy line stitch on my sewing machine for the quilting. It was fun and quick and I think I might make a few more variations on it. And maybe some Christmas tree coasters. Who knows–no pressure.

Where are you finding joy?