Thursday, May 22, 2014

Another Notebook Cover

I made another notebook cover. This one is for Ginger #2's speech therapist. Ginger #2 happens to be turning the big THREE on Saturday, so her speech therapy continues at school and not at home. Her speech therapist is so lovely, and has been a great teacher to me and Ginger #2 as we learn to communicate through sounds and signs. I wanted to make her something special.


Again, I followed Lori Holt's Notebook Cover pattern. This is a free download, and a standard notebook fits perfectly inside. The pattern has a lot of pockets. This time, I used my Silhouette to personalize the cover.


I added a quote on the inside of the notebook cover. Anne Sullivan was Helen Keller's teacher. I thought this quote fit the bill perfectly.

Fabrics used:
Tsuru by Rashida Coleman Hale for Cloud 9 (Yep, I pulled out my really good stuff!)
Camp-A-Lot by BoBunny for Riley Blake
Domino Dot for Michael Miller
Rain for Timeless Treasures
Savvy Swirls by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics

My other notebook cover can be found here.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Repository Mini

Repository is an original pattern created by me. It was inspired by entomology art. You know, bugs arranged under glass and framed. Kind of gross, but as a mini quilt it's pretty fun. This is my second entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.


This mini measures 14 inches square. I designed it in EQ7, and it is foundation paper pieced.


I mostly used various Kona Cotton charms. For the background, I used Quilter's Burlap by Robert Kaufman in Straw. Timeless Treasures Sketch in Black was used for the binding. 


The backing text fabric is Windham Fabrics A is for... I used Aurifil thread for the piecing and binding. Isacord thread in Linen was used for the straight-line quilting.


This original pattern is available for free download from my craftsy shop. It makes a lovely color wheel wall hanging for a sewing room. Enjoy!

Thank you for taking the time to view my quilt. My other entry can be found here.
Happy Stitching,

Free Repository Pattern

Good News! The Repository Pattern is now available as a free download from my pattern shop at

Enjoy! This is a confident beginner pattern. If you have done any foundation paper piecing, then you are ready for this pattern. If you haven't tried foundation paper piecing yet, you may want to check out my tutorial.

Thank you so much to all those who visited my blog for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. That was such a blast! You guys ROCK! 

The winner has been selected and contacted. Congrats to Crystal in Canada! She was lucky number 479 out of 1057 comments. I am in awe here!

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Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry: Hugs and Kisses Strip Quilt

I'm entering the Hugs and Kisses Strip Quilt into the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side.  This quilt will be entered into the Large Quilt category.


The quilt measures 70 inches square. I used 2-1/2 inch strips, and the blocks are trimmed to 12-1/2 inches. This was made from a fat quarter bundle of Promenade by Riley Blake and Kona Cottons in Petunia, Snow, and Daffodil. 


The texture of the quilt turned out lovely. I quilted hearts in rows spaced 2 inches apart. 


It was intense quilting, and I spent 3 days free motion quilting on the longarm machine. I loved every minute of it too!


The backing is pieced from various Heather Bailey and Amy Butler fabrics. The tan fabric is from Andover Fabrics. I had just enough 2.5" strips to make the binding. I love the scrappy binding. It works so well with this quilt.


Quilt Stats
Quilt Pattern: Strip piecing by me
Measurements: 70" x 70"
Fabrics: Promenade by Riley Blake and various Kona solids
Thread: Aurifil for piecing and binding
Binding: Promenade by Riley Blake scraps
Quilting: Free motion 2" hearts quilted by me using Isacord thread in linen
Backing: Heather Bailey, Amy Butler, and Andover Fabrics

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Finished Repository Mini

Yesterday, I thought the repository block would make a nice throw pillow, but I changed my mind this morning. No shock there. I've always wanted a color wheel poster in my sewing room. This suffices nicely. So it is now a wall hanging, and will be a welcome addition hanging above my sewing machine.


The backing turned out nicely too.


The repository block was entered into the Accuquilt Block Contest. You can still vote for it and others I designed here.

The new Juki is preforming nicely. The walking foot with this machine is much heavier than my Kenmore walking foot. It made the quilting and binding easier than ever. Every stitch is perfect. I am so happy with this machine!

PSA: The Sew Mama Sew Giveaway ends on Friday, the 16th, at 5 pm.

Thank you for visiting!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Making the Repository Block

Since so many new followers are smitten with Repository Block that I designed for the Accuquilt Block Contest, I decided it was time to make it. I'm loving the finished block.


It's all foundation paper-pieced. And the pattern is fairly simple to make. For a 14-inch block, it require 13 various scraps of fabric and 1/2-yard for the background fabric. The idea for this pattern came from looking at entomology art.

I am overwhelmed with joy over how many new followers my blog now has. The comments from the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway have delighted me. THANK YOU! There is still time to enter my giveaway if you have not already done so.

With much gratitude, I will make the Repository Block into a free pattern which should be finished next week. The Giddy and Luminary Blocks will be made into quilt patterns later this summer.

There is still time to vote in the Accuquilt Block Contest too. Here are my submissions. Thank you for taking the time to vote!

Pretty Peonies
1. Luminary  2. Pretty Posies  
3. Giddy  4. Repository

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

Hello, and welcome to my spot on the interweb. My name is Katie, and I love to sew and quilt. Here are a number of projects I have completed over the last six months...

1. Hugs & Kisses Strip Quilt 2. Notebook Cover 3. Quilty Fun
4. Churn Dash Quilt 5. Monkey Quilt 6. Owl Quilt
7. Weekender and Tote 8. Economy Block Quilt 9. Warsaw Mermaid Pillow

I've been busy, and I love every minute of it.

But, I'm guessing you are here for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway. So let's get to it. 

I'm giving away 5 fat quarters of Another Point of View for Windham Fabric, red Aurifil spool of thread, and (best of all) a pack of 50 Clover Wonder Clips! I will be happy to ship internationally!

There are 3 ways to enter: 
(1) Leave a comment below and say Hi to me. 
(2) Because I love followers, become one via Bloglovin' or any other reader you use for blogs. Let me know by leaving a second comment below. Here's the button to make it easy...

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(3) Vote in the Accuquilt Block Contest. I'd be happy if you vote for my blocks below, but just leave me a third comment letting me know that you have voted.
Pretty Peonies
1. Luminary  2. Pretty Posies  
3. Giddy  4. Repository

The giveaway will continue through Friday, May 16, and will end at 5 p.m. PDT on the 16th. The Random Number Generator will choose the lucky winner, and I will announce the winner on Monday, May 19.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you will follow and check back often to see what I'm up to.

Happy Stitching,

Friday, May 9, 2014

Notebook Cover and a New Machine

I'm enjoying my new Juki TL2010Q! It worked perfectly right out of the box. The tension was perfect. I'm loving the extra speed and the auto thread cutter. I didn't even know that I needed that extra speed! My husband was actually a little worried when I put the pedal to the floor. Don't worry, I won't be sewing at 1500 spm all the time.

I whipped up my first project with the Juki, a notebook cover for Ginger #1's teacher.


Here is the interior with Ginger's artwork. I'll be buying a fresh notebook for Ginger #1's teacher.

This Monday, I will be participating in the Sew Mama Sew Give Away Day. Yay, I'm so excited! So, mark your calendars and come back on Monday!

Also, don't forget to vote for my blocks at accuquilt.comYou can vote as many times as you like, and the contest continues through the end of May. Thank you for taking the time to vote.

Pretty Peonies
1. Luminary  2. Pretty Posies  3. Giddy  4. Repository

Linking up: crazymomquilts // peekaboopatternshop // confessionsofafabricaddict

Happy Stitching,

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