• Sewing Clothes,  Uncategorized

    #memademay #biscayneblouse

    It’s the last day of May, so I’m going to talk about #memademay which is a project where people document themselves wearing clothing they’ve made.  I love the idea, and since none of my clothes fit right after the baby, it’s good timing for me to get into garment sewing anyway.  I think I might be *gasp* a little bored with quilting!?! I’m sure it will come back to me. I think I was just ready for a new challenge, and I got a little bit obsessed! I made some shirts, skirts, and more skirts. I tested a new blouse pattern, the Biscayne Blouse by Adrianne Appl at Hey June…

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    Knit Challenge: Charley Harper Knit Syrah Skirt and Layer Me Up Tank

    Phew, I finished my Fabricworm Knit Challenge in time.  It was a great chance to tackle the terrifying beast that is knit fabric. I was so happy to have the opportunity to play with this beautiful fabric! I experimented with two patterns. First up: the skirt! I covered my first two rounds with the Syrah Skirt pattern here. It’s a great basic skirt pattern and it can be used as a maxi skirt or a shorter version. I looked at about a million patterns before choosing it, but it’s probably going to become a serious percentage of my summer wardrobe.

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    Selvage Giveaway

    So, selvages aren’t much to some people, but to the right person, they are worth their weight in gold. I saved my selvages for years thinking I would start getting excited about selvages. After all, I love scrap quilting! But I am having to get real about the 10,000 projects waiting in the wings. I have more fabric than I think I can use in my lifetime, and umm, I’m in my thirties. So, I’ve been destashing like crazy, and decided to give away my selvages as a thank you to all the awesome folks on instagram who make destashing possible and profitable. It’s so much easier sending off a…

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    Whole Lotta Tote Bag Tutorial

    I made this fun and huge bag using Lotta fabric. Yes, it fits 6 rolls of paper towels. I love this size bag, I’ve made a few more since. You can never have a tote bag too big. I want a tote bag you can fit a whole car in! We use this one all the time! Whole Lotta Bag instructions I took about a million pictures of this bag. Including one showcasing all the paper towels that fit inside! Enjoy the show below!

  • Pieced,  Quilt Guild,  Quilts,  scrap,  Uncategorized

    Converging Corners Rainbow Quilt

    Occasionally my guild, the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild – has a block lottery where we all make a block (or two) and each block you bring gives you an entry – a name is pulled and voila! The winner gets a quilt! Our February block was the Converging Corners pattern by Film in the Fridge – I definitely recommend this block as a great option for group quilts. I was pretty excited to win this beautiful rainbow of block at our February meeting! I decided to make 15 more blocks to make a 5×6 layout. I also made up a border to add a few inches. It’s just under a twin…

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    Circus Swirl Block Tutorial

    I’ve been playing with blocks made using the hypnotic random 9-patch block generator and saw the block below. I decided to make it! The bold colors I chose and the erratic dancing shapes it makes when pieced together reminded me of something one might see at the circus, hence the name. Update – here are what some of the blocks look like together. Note: I found it a little tricky to get the points to go the right way. I suggest you lay it all out before sewing it together. Unless you love your seam ripper or are impervious to mistakes.

  • Applique,  Quilts,  Uncategorized

    Ohio Explosion Quilt Returns

    Sorry to show this quilt again – but I am entering it the Bloggers Quilt Festival – into the applique category. The previous post is here. All the applique quilts in this festival are really different, which is neat to me! There are fun prizes, you should go vote for your favorite quilts! I also entered into the baby quilt category – another applique quilt.  

  • Canning,  Food,  Garden,  Quilts,  Uncategorized

    Cherry Blossoms and Other Berries

    I’m not sure exactly why I love cherry blossoms, since they are responsible for a terrible, horrible, no good sinus infection I got once while coordinating an event in DC. Luckily I had a good team that took over when I went down. Cherry blossoms 1; Dana 0. These flowers are cheesy, but I like them. I keep wanting to think of ways to class them up, but maybe they are fine sweet and simple. And in the realm of berries that don’t try to kill me, I got a goumi bush last fall, which apparently is invasive in much of the US! Very frustrating to learn that, but the…