Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Let's Bake Sew Along

Hello! Happy New Year!! It's been too long. The twins have been keeping me busy but I still find the time to sew. It's what keeps me sane! If you follow me on Instagram (where I post most of my pictures), you can see how much they have grown and taken over my feed. Well, I was able to sneak in this project into my hectic life - Let's Bake Sew Along project for Bake Sale 2 by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Fabrics

I was asked by the lovely gals at Riley Blake to make a project and this is what I created - a Bake Along Wall Organizer. I chose the Let's Bake, Milk Jar, Egg Carton (which I adore, so much fun to make!), and Cocoa Jar blocks for my project. Not only is it cute and decorative for your kitchen, but it's useful as well! Check it out:


Bake Along Wall Organizer

Bake Along Wall Organizer


I followed along with Lori on her Blog, downloaded her guide, and used her sew simple shapes for the project. Following along her blog made it easy and fun to put the project together. 



Ideas in the making.


All pieces ready to go!
Ready to applique the egg carton.

Egg Carton


I don't have a light box that Lori made (but I probably will get one soon!). I sew with a Bernina machine and it has this little window on the plate which I have no idea what it's for (I never read the directions lol), so I' used it as my lightbox! For the Let's Bake Block, I did actually tape the piece to the window and traced the words.


Cocoa Block - ready to embroider.

Please tell me this is a miniature light box, if not,
what is it for???


Okay, I have to admit, I didn't make my own binding for the Let's Bake block. I used pre-packaged binding and I'm okay with it! It turned out great!

Pre-made binding for the Let's Bake block.
  
Let's Bake block traced, and ready to glue.

Ready for quilting lines using my handy Clover Hera Marker!

Milk Block ready to applique.


Here is the final project done. Sorry for the explosion of pictures. Wanted to show you all the details!



Bake Along Wall Organizer


Bake Along Wall Organizer

Bake Along Wall Organizer

Bake Along Wall Organizer

I added a paper pad for grocery or to do lists.
I used clear vinyl and mad a recipe card pocket.
This can hold up to 3 x 5 sized recipe cards.

I added these cute strawberry buttons and bakers
twine so you can use small clothespins to hand
business cards or small things.

The Milk Block has no function other than
being cute!

Details



The Egg Carton Block functions as a pocket to hold paper, money, etc. I added the small flower button in the middle to divide the pocket into two compartments. I didn't have the heart to sew a line down the middle of the cute egg carton!

 Egg Carton Block functions as a pocket. 

Egg Carton pocket details.


I also made a cute potholder using the Cocoa Jar Block. I knew the block wouldn't fit into my design, so I decided to make it into a pot holder. I added these tabs to the organizer so you can hang hooks for essentials such as a potholder or measuring spoons!



Cocoa Jar Block potholder

Cocoa Jar Block potholer

Bake Along Wall Organizer and Cocoa Potholder.


That's all friends! I hope you enjoyed my Bake Along Organizer!

See you soon!


Karen

Friday, November 3, 2017

Bee Happy Block Party!!

Hi!

Happy Friday everyone! It's been quite a crazy month over in my household. My twins are getting bigger, faster, and more exhausting (ha!), but I do find the time to squeeze in sewing. It's what keeps me feeling normal! So when, I was asked to participate in Lori's Bee Happy Quilt Sew Along this month, I gleefully said yes. Lori Holt's projects are so much fun and I've always dreamed of making the entire quilt during a sew along. For this project, I chose 2 blocks - the flower box and bee hive and made these cute mini quilts. I have a blank wall in my sewing space, so I thought mini quilts would be perfect to start filling it. 

I've only started applique for dresden's and hexie blocks, so it was fun to use her Sew Simple Shape templates for the flower box and bee hive. It made the process easier that I may have to use more of her shapes for future projects!

Here is what I made:






Sew Simple Shapes by Lori Holt for Riley Blake


I'm not gonna lie, turning the flowers were the bane of my existence at first, but then I realized I missed Lori's advice to clip the corners. Clip the corners gals, it will make your life easier! After my mistake , it was smooth sailing from there and I was on a flower making, clipping corners frenzy! These actually were my favorite pieces to make. 





Process and progress


For the quilting, I decided to go with decorative stitches. These great little stitches are a cute way to highlight any shape to appliqueing. With the beehive, I quilted using a loopy stitch on my sewing machine. I thought these would be a cute touch with the beehive. With the flower box, I used a tulip stitch for the quilting to highlight the flowers. I chose all my favorite Riley Blake  and Penny Rose fabrics I've been hoarding. 






Here's that blank wall space, but I think I may just keep it on the
inside of my sewing cabinet. Please excuse Rosalie's bedhead. 


It was such a fun process making these projects and I can't wait to make more. 

I'm starting on my Christmas gift making bonanza and I think Lori's Sew Simple Shapes are definitely going to be included in some of my gifts! Happy sewing everyone!


Karen




Friday, August 11, 2017

Trick or Treat Blog Tour for Penny Rose Fabrics


Hi there!

I can't believe Fall is a couple of months away but I am excited for cooler weather and Halloween! It's been ages since I've been around my blog but I'm back, here to share my project for the Trick or Treat blog tour. The fabric is from Carta Bella for Penny Rose Fabric and Riley Blake Design and it's so darn cute! 


Trick or Treat Fabric by Carta Bella for Penny Rose Fabrics / Riley Blake Designs

I made a Halloween table runner (for me it's a counter top runner as my dinner table is out of commission but really with twins I pretty much eat anywhere I can within 5 minutes haha!). 

Front of table runner

Back of table runner - reversible

I hand sewn giant EEP's to create the border. I made 2 panels and sandwiched the quilted center fabric in between. I made it reversible, just in case you spill any melted chocolate on it. Yes, I already ate ten of those candy props. 


Details of table runner

Details of runner - front

Details of table runner - back

Giant EPP's

Quilting the center panel

I burned the midnight oil last night and was able to make this cute pillow using economy blocks. I think my favorite thing ever when making things is sewing the binding, specifically with striped fabric. The striped fabric in the Trick or Treat line is so cute and really highlights all the colors in the fabric range.


Economy block pillow


Economy block pillow

Pillow details

Back of pillow

If you follow me on my Instagram account, I've been making a few things here and there, but have been holding off on big projects until now. Perhaps this is a good time to start on Christmas projects too! See you soon!

Karen







Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lost and Found Americana Porch Pillow

Hi Friends! I finally feel like I'm out of hibernation from being a twin mommy! Lately I've been making some pretty neat projects inspired by upcoming seasons and this project reminds me of fireworks, BBQ's, and summer. Lost and Found Americana designed by Jen Allyson for Riley Blake Fabrics is patriotic, vibrant, and simply stunning. 

I made a patchwork porch pillow, using an array of patriotic patterns from the line.  

Lost and Found Americana Porch Pillow. 


I come from a military family, so this fabric line is near to my heart and also July 4th is one of my favorite holidays because fireworks of course! 

Lost and Found Americana Porch Pillow

Lost and Found Americana Porch Pillow

Details of pillow


I didn't use a specific pattern. Just measured the pillow insert and went from there. The fabric prints were so pretty, I thought the best way to showcase them was with a freehand type of design. Here's what I started off with and it just grew from there. My favorite print is the little girl holding the flag.


Freehand patchwork design


I hand quilted in random spots that I felt would look pretty. I think it came out quite nice!


Hand quilting detail


I used the stripes for the binding to bring it all together. The back of the pillow has the American eagle blue print. I thought it was perfect for the back.


Binding detail

Back of pillow


Lost and Found Americana is available now! Check your favorite or local fabric retailers if they have it in stock. It would be a great time to get started on your July 4th and summer projects!



Lost and Found Americana

Thanks for checking out my latest project. See you soon!



Karen