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My Little Sunshine Blog Hop Reveal

August 28th 2017

Welcome to my day of the Blog Hop, where I finally get to reveal the secret sewing I’ve been up to. (click here for the other blog hop posts)

It’s been a week of suspense as we see the special project each of the blog hoppers  has made with My Little Sunshine, the new fabric line by Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Studio. I shared a bit about her on my last post here. She designs for Benartex  and her style is pretty, sweet and fun! This line is no different with a baby theme covering onesies, animals and the alphabet.

Right from the beginning I knew I wanted to make a diaper bag.

These prints and colors in My Little Sunshine play so well together I wanted to display that in some patchwork shown on the front pocket of the tote. I also used the extra charm squares to make a little changing mat.

It fits perfectly into the back pocket.

I was inspired when I added the detail to the pocket because Rick Rack makes anything cuter!

I tried new techniques I hadn’t done before like the gusset zipper and the outside binding. It definitely is far from perfect but I love the happy colors and functionality of zippers.

I used some of the selvage on the zipper pull, just for fun.

The duck print is my absolute favorite. I used it on the outside pocket, lining and for the straps which I made extra wide, because the bag is pretty big and will likely be heavy for moms toting little ones and all their gear.

I added my label to the straps. I had a general idea for the bag but as I played with the fabrics it kind of evolved as I went. No pattern or videos! It is completely lined and quilted and I used Shape Flex for the pockets to give it some body.

Cherry picked the perfect colors that work for baby boys or girls, add more pink for girls and more blue for boys! It was so fun playing with her new fabric line.

And to celebrate Benartex is giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of My Little Sunshine to a lucky winner! The deadline is August 30th, US addresses only please. Just leave a comment telling me what print do you remember from baby days? Perhaps some of Cherry’s fabric will jog your memory?

My fixation with the duck fabric comes for a dress my neighbor gave my daughter with darling little yellow ducks, we still have it!

Good luck on the giveaway!

Winners will be announced here please make sure your email shows from the comments so I can contact the lucky winner!

My Little Sunshine Blog Hop

August 21st 2017

Welcome to my teaser post about My Little Sunshine, the new fabric line by Cherry Guidry.

Who is Cherry Guidry? She is a fabulous designer for Benartex fabrics. Her fabrics are soft on the eyes, enchanting and whimsical. It was Quilt Market 2014 when I met Cherry, I was drawn into her booth because it was so bright and cheerful and ended up staying quite a while. She was kind enough to share her journey into the quilting world with me and we became fast friends.

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And speaking of bright and cheerful, her My Little Sunshine fabrics are adorable! The pleasant pastels in greens, blues, pinks, yellows and grays, feature all things “baby” plus elephants, monkeys and duckies, oh my!

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  It’s perfect for little nurseries for all the babies in your life. Cherry outdid herself creating with her new line (you may have spotted them at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis in May) see how she showcased her fabrics right here.

My Little Sunshine

I am so excited and honored to have been invited to be part of the Benartex Blog Hop featuring her new line, many other designers will also be sharing their projects using these lovelies, see schedule below.

Tuesday: Mary from Needled mom

Wednesday: Carol from Just let me quilt

Thursday: Erin from Avery Lane Designs

Friday: Free patterns from Sew in Love with Fabric

Monday: Me!

Tuesday: Annie from Annie Smith

Hop on over to Benartex fabrics for the blog hop kick off!

Quilt Market 2016 My First Booth

November 7th 2016

I’m back from Quilt Market! It’s true what they say that dreaming is a form of planning.

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We’ve been back less than a week and I can hardly believe that I was even there. At Quilt Market. In Houston. With my very first booth!

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It was a great first experience. And I must say, I was very happy with how the booth turned out.There was a certain look and feel I was going for.

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 I was tickled to hear comments from passersby who commented that it was “bright, cheery, cute and beachy.” What more could a girl ask for on her first try?

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A couple of nights before leaving, I got the last minute idea to re-do one of my sea horses in a different and scrappy colorway, like @67kirsten had done. It’s important to hang the quilts strategically to catch the eye of people walking the floor and it worked.

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We kinda got there too early to set up. Because our booth was surrounded by huge crates from other companies, we did the drapes and floors and other small jobs and left the quilts for hanging the next day.

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We had a small round table for treats and a larger table decorated with bunting with patterns for sale.

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Getting feedback from people was so valuable and affirming for me as a designer. People “out there” like my stuff and that was so encouraging. It was also amazing to see how my Watercolor Sea Horses quilt was familiar to so many. Shop owners, individuals and even other designers would say how they had seen it, made it, loved it or sold it. Some even said that they teach a class with it! peppermints-on-the-beach

The Peppermints pattern was another one that stopped traffic. It was a sweet surprise. When I mentioned that a different color scheme would make it Salt Water Taffy (Thanks to Sheri from Sunshine in the Attic)  it put a smile on everyone’s face.

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Maui was the new quilt that made its appearance at Market. It was literally “hot off the long arm.” This is a great souvenir or memory quilt for that special trip to the Hawaiian Islands. This quilt depicts all the special sights known to Maui such as the Road to Hana with its 600+ curves, Pineapples as seen on the farms, fruity drinks and of course surfing. This one will be available in a couple of weeks.

But the best part by far was just connecting with people. People you have known virtually, via Social Media or Facebook.

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Starting from the top left and a bucket list item was meeting Jodie aka RicRac. She is from Australia, she is the first blogger I ever followed! She is also a librarian and crafty like me. I identified with her in so many ways, I felt like I too can take a crack at a creative career. Thanks Jodie! She is a hoot and kind and hugged a complete stranger! I warned her I would pop into her booth snap a picture and be off running out to mine. She’s so fun! She is also on Instagram @jodiericrac.

Vanessa from @LellaBoutique and designer from Moda stopped by (bottom left) and she was so sweet. I was flattered that she bought my Peppermint pattern which we both agreed would look fabulous in her Sugar Pie fabric line for the Salt Water Taffy look. Find her blog here.

Some friends from Instagram came by to say hi! @aquiltingchick and @donnaslavendarnest (bottom middle and right) as well as @thefeltedpear (top right) but I only found that we were “followers” after talking with her for a while. Isn’t that funny?

Can you spot @quilterPatSloan? When I first went to Market as a “spy” in 2014 she and I took a picture. So after pausing, every so slightly in front of my booth and recognizing the sea horses, we posed for another pic. You can also keep up with Pat on her blog.

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It is always great to catch up with my peeps from CABS (Creative Arts Business Summit) and my quilting coach Morna McEver from ICAP.

From left to right Morna, Daphne, Ebony from Love Bug Studios, Laurie Bay who combines her passion for animals and quilting, Kris from Poor House Quilts, Linda from The Patchwork Pearl and Joyce, thread painter at Joyce Hughes Originals.

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And of course, having the Mr along is always a plus. He especially enjoys exploring the restaurants in the area. It was such a joy to have our friend Cherry from Cherry Blossoms Studio join us for dinner one night.  The male bonding was not lacking since just one booth over they were talking about politics and business. It seems like there is always new friends to make at Quilt Market.

Christmas Lane: A New Holiday Quilt Pattern

September 30th 2016

Now that Fall is here (well theoretically speaking, I live in Florida for Pete’s sake!) I am looking forward to getting some Christmas projects done. I am planning some quilting pillows and stockings, a belated birthday bag and crafting some tags. But first, I’m so excited to share my new pattern called Christmas Lane, just in time for the Holidays!
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One of my fondest childhood memories was the inspiration for this quilt.  My dad would take the family out for drives during the holidays looking for festively lit neighborhoods. My sisters and I would be eagerly looking out the windows (or fighting about which one would be closer to the window) nose pressed against the glass. If it was a rare cool night, our heads would be hanging out the window. We’d be hollering to our dad to go down this street or to hurry to the next block. Of course, the original  “Feliz Navidad” song, by Jose Feliciano, would be blasting in the car while we all sang along, perfectly bi-lingual.

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Christmas Lane finishes at 62″ x 64″ almost square. My version is made with the Hello Darling line by Bonnie and Camille with a Bella Royal Blue background #9900-19.The pattern features houses with 6 different Christmas themed blocks: Ornaments, wreaths, peppermints, two kinds of trees and presents! Each design has two variations so no two houses are the same. This quilt has twelve houses but a quilter can easily add “more blocks” to increase the size of the neighborhood.

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The houses here in Florida don’t generally have chimneys but definitely lots of decorations and lights during the holidays. Each house in the quilt features a string of lights across the top and framing the Christmas Lane is a bold Holly border at the top and bottom.

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An adorable picket fence divides the blocks which is easily made by strip piecing and daisy chain sewing. As you can see, the quilting is perfectly done  in snowflakes by @quilterlove66 (thank you!) to complete the holiday feel. (I know, it doesn’t snow in Florida) But it looks great, doesn’t it?You can make your own version of Christmas Lane just in time for the holidays, by going to my shop and downloading your PDF file, paper patterns to follow.

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Kirsten was gracious enough to test my pattern. She lives in Australia so hers really does have a Christmas in July feel since it’s their Summer season during the Holidays. The warm tones in her quilt really reflect a Christmas Down Under, she did a great job, thanks Kirsten! Hop over to her blog, gemini-stitches and see more of her quilt.

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To make your own version of Christmas Lane just in time for the holidays, you can get the pattern via PDF download in my shop right now, paper patterns to follow. Christmas Lane will be making its debut at the International Quilt Market in Houston next month, where I will host my first booth #2338. Stop by and say hello, I’d be so happy to meet you!

Spell it with Moda Mini Quilts

August 26th 2016

As a former teacher and lover of words, I am naturally drawn to alphabet related things. So if you are a quilter and you’ve been around the block, you have surely been seeing these lovely Spell It With Moda quilts popping up all over the quilting hallways of the Internet.

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This is a snapshot of what I found by just googling that phrase. Doesn’t it make you feel like going and making a quilt right now?

Well, I certainly couldn’t help myself and I got the Spell It With Moda little workbook available at Fat Quarter Shop complete with all the letters, ampersand and filler blocks. I do have a whole quilt in my mind (fabric ideas too) but for now, I started small making mini quilts with first name initials for some special peeps I know in their favorite colors. (I hope)

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They were really so fun and fast to do.

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I even included a little sailboat on one of them to fill some negative space.

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As you can see from these, the only adaptation I made was to make them with patchwork squares which deviated from the larger pieces of the same fabric, which the pattern calls for.

Spell it backing

Matching up backing is always fun.

skewers for hanging

To make it easier to hang, I sewed triangles on the corners and custom fit a skewer into them to keep them straight and hang a ribbon from.

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Yay! And here are the happy recipients, love those smiles. I so enjoy making pretty things for others and making new friends from Social Media has been such a pleasant surprise. 🙂