Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fractal Quilt Block

I hope you're all having a lovely Labor Day weekend! Mine's been pretty productive so far, I finished and posted my first pattern on Craftsy yesterday. It's a large-ish foundation paper pieced quilt block called Fractal, and includes templates for both 12 in and 16 in versions. It all came about from a mini quilt I made for a mini quilt swap for my local Houston Modern Quilt Guild. I posted some pics on instagram and got a lot of feedback requesting the pattern, so voila.... I made one!

you can find the pattern here.

I am so bad at remembering to take pictures before I ship them off, but here's a rather grainy pic I took of it on my mini quilt wall before I gave it away.

One of my pattern testers, karriofberries, made it up into a super sweet rainbow pillow.

This is my original sketch which I posted on IG back in July.

One of the comments I received was from Mary Claire (@splendorfalls on IG) who rather astutely observed that it looked like facets on a gemstone (yes!), so I mocked one up... 

hello sparkly emerald!

My husband has been bugging me to make him a quilt that's big enough to fit under on the couch (I tend to make a lot of lap and baby sized quilts unless it's for Quilt Market because the little ones don't seem so daunting), but all the ones I've already made are really girly and sweet. So, I mocked it up how it might look as a quilt and dang if I don't think it would be perfect for him; geometric, clean, non-floral and non-pink! In fact, I've been itching to make an all solid quilt for awhile, so this just might be the one. 

What are some favorite masculine, or at least not-ultra-feminine quilts you've made or seen?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Half Yard Bundle Winner!

And the Blog Tour finale winner is...

I've sent you an email, Jessica, to find out which colorway you'd like to receive and will pop it in the mail to you as soon as I get your address. :)

Thanks so much to everyone who followed along, I hope you enjoyed seeing all the projects and are inspired to make some of your own!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Emma's Garden Blog Tour Finale

I'm so glad you made it to the end of the Tour, I enjoyed reading all the posts myself! If you missed any of the stops,you can find the full listing here

There were a lot of talented ladies involved and most were from my very own Houston Modern Quilt Guild. I thought I'd use this last stop to show some of the projects sewn up by some of the ladies without blogs. They're too darling not to be shown.

I absolutely cannot wait until emma can wear any of the following outfits!.

The sweet purple top on the left is reversible with the cutest pink flower buttons on the other side. Mona Keegan made it using the Lucy Tunic pattern by Shwin and Shwin Designs.

That cuter than cute french-y looking jacket with ascot tie was made by Rebekah, as well as the sweet butterfly skirt dress with peter pan collar on the right. Both patterns are from the book, "Sew Classic Clothes for Girls" by The Cottage Mama.

Rebekah additionally surprised me with this adorable romper she made from her own self-drafted pattern.

Here are emma and I in coordinating colors!

Which brings me to big girl's clothes, or in other words, dresses for me! I was hoping to wear garments made from my collection every day at Market, so I started by making this Simplicity #1419 dress for the first day.

It was super comfortable and had pockets which I love in a dress. I was inspired to make it after my fellow guild member, Julia, wore this dress to our monthly meeting. Another talented quilty friend, Felice made one also, in the cutest kitty fabric by Alyssa Thomas. You can see it here.

The second day, I wore a dress made with my Garden Bouquet fabric in the violet colorway. It uses the same Simplicity pattern, I just left off the peter pan collar. I've always liked a classic bateau neckline, and though this isn't technically a bateau, it was close enough for me. I think I could alter the neckline a bit more the next time to get one even closer.

I fussy cut the pieces for the back of the bodice to try to match up the design on either side of the zipper. And I'm pretty darn proud of how it turned out! I will be savoring this achievement, because I don't expect I'll have that much luck on all my finishes.

The third day's wardrobe was made possible unknowingly by Hilary and the gorgeous sweetheart dress she made for display. I told her to make it to her measurements since she'd be keeping it after Market. But as I eyed it hanging in my bedroom in the days before Market, I just couldn't resist trying it on, and wouldn't ya know, it fit. 

Well, fit might be a stretch, I could get the zipper up and even walk around reasonably comfortably, provided I didn't breath deeply or sit! I chose to wear it on the last and shortest day, which turned out to be a wise decision indeed. You can see it on Hilary's blog here.

If you've been a follower of my blog for awhile you might remember the two cathedral window pillows Robin Woods made for my Les Amis booth at Fall Quilt Market 2012. 

She very graciously offered back then to make me cathedral window pillows for every collection I design... for me to keep! Well, I hadn't seen her in awhile when Spring market rolled around and I wasn't sure if the offer still stood, but lo and behold I got an email from her reminding me that she would make me new pillows. Yes! She whipped these two up in a jif, one for each colorway. They're like little galleries of all the prints in each collection, I love that!

Then came the bags...

Debbie Grosskopf sewed up the wildly popular Noodlehead Cargo Duffel in my Big Blooms and Lovely Lattice yellow with some hot pink for contrast. I love it! Have I mentioned how much I love it? Well, I do. 

It's so bright and happy, and it showcases one of my favorite prints from the collection, Big Blooms. It's a great low volume print with delicately hand drawn blooms.

The inside uses another of my personal faves, Sketchy Stripes. 

Laurel Cull introduced me to a little bag you may have heard of, the Sew Together bag when she offered to make me one for the booth. I'd never seen one, but it sounded interesting so I of course said, yes please. When I finally received it I was blown away... by the ingeniousness of the bag itself. I refer to it as the Mary Poppins roll-up bag, so much stuff fits in there that you can just keep pulling stuff out for ages!

The three interior zippered compartments and webbed inbetween spaces are great for organizing and separating your stuff. Then the whole thing zips up into this tidy little cylindrical bag.

 If you're feeling brave, you can find the pattern on craftsy here. Or, if you're lucky like me maybe you can find someone to make one for you!

In addition to making the three children's garments mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, Rebekah almost made this cool wood-handled carry all bag that she designed herself.

It's plenty roomy with interior pockets (a must). Simple and modern with clean lines, it's so fun!

Okay, I know this has been a looooong post, but I'm glad you're still here, because here come the freebies! I have some free desktop wallpaper downloads for you and a grande final giveaway! 

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And one lucky winner will receive a half yard bundle of the colorway of your choice, Blush or Violet. Simply leave a comment to be entered. If you'd like an additional entry, you may do so by following my blog. I hope you will because I have lots planned for future posts!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Emma's Garden Blog Tour

Hi guys, I'm really excited to announce that  Emma's garden is now shipping to stores! If you want to get inspired by some projects using these fabrics, then you're in luck. My blog tour starts tomorrow and it's full of lots of eye candy, tutorials and free patterns, not to mention a few pics of lil' stinky britches herself.

I'm also guest posting over on Michael Miller's blog to kick off the Blog Tour for Emma's Garden, so pop on over and check it out!

From there we'll be making lots of stops, including one in France (ooh la la) before ending right back here on my own blog.

Here's a little preview of some of the projects you'll see on the Tour and a list of the blog schedule. It's going to be a lot of fun with a giveaway on every stop!

Sweet reversible wrap top sewn up by Liz Pawlik.

All the talented lovelies participating:

8/7 - Michael Miller's website (that's me!)
8/8 - Hilary - youngtexanmama
8/9 - Karri - karriofberries
8/10 - Felice - sewscatterbrained
8/11 - Sally - sallysangelworks
8/12 - Liz - www.fatchickquilts
8/13 - Julia - starsandsunshine
8/14 - Jacey - jaceycraft.blogspot
8/15 - Sophie of C'est LaVie - lescrapdesoph
8/16 - Pam - pamquiltaholic
8/17 - Patty (yup, that's me again!) beckandlundy

Hope you'll join us, and don't forget to pop back by on the last day for a Grand Finale giveaway!

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