Monday, September 25, 2017

Free Quilt Pattern - WAY easier than it looks



I recently came across a new-to-me source for free quilt patterns. This one is going on my must-make list. How cute would this be in a lake house or beach-front home.....OR a home for dreamers far away from either one. Click here to get the pattern - thanks to Quilters Select for this one.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Quilting is finished!

Just finished the quilting of this queen-size quilt. Now to trim and bind.

This is the disappearing hourglass squares- used fat quarters and a 12 1/2 square ruler to make the blocks.........the borders are leftovers cut and pieced
 I have never been disappointed with the thread tension on my APQS Millenium....not sure how well you can see it, but the stitches are perfectly balanced.



The thread is Glide in both the upper and bobbin. And the pantograph is Dogwood from Urban Elementz.



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Little bit of quilting my APQS Millenium





What are you working on? I have been working on this quilt - hope to finish soon. I have been pretty sick for a couple of months now, so my stamina hasn't been so good.....hope to pick up the pace soon, because it is time to start preparing for Christmas!














Here is a full shot of the top, just after I finished piecing it.




The pattern is a disappearing hourglass, I just used the scraps to make the borders. 








The pantograph quilting pattern is Dogwood on the Urban Elementz site.




Pieced on my Baby Lock.














The quilting is being done on my APQS Millenium. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

American Beauty - Free Quilt Pattern

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FREE QUILT PATTERN




I really like this quilt pattern. I probably would do something a little different to the outside border, but the stars are quite eye-catching. A simple snowball square and four half-square triangle blocks are all that are needed to make the central part of this quilt. Thanks again Red Rooster Fabrics for another free quilt pattern.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sometimes it is the layout - free unique table runner pattern


CLICK HERE TO GET THE FREE TABLE RUNNER PATTERN
Sometimes it is the color, the print, or the value changes that draw your eye to a quilting project. In this case, it was the layout that caught my attention. Thank you to studioE for this free table runner pattern. The pattern also includes a table topper and placemat pattern as well.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Make Beautiful Things - Free Machine Embroidery file

I am thinking of using this free embroidery design to make a machine cover for my embroidery machine - or maybe a framed piece for my studio wall. What do you think?

It is available for download in multiple formats. Click here to get the file.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Embird Outline Stitches - Free sampler stitch-out file







If you are an Embird user or are considering purchasing Embird, I created a stitch out file of all the outline stitches available in Embird (version 2017.) I think it is helpful to have stitch-outs on hand when deciding which stitches to use. These can be used on Appliques or just as decorative stitching, etc.












You can put them into stitch samplers. They can be placed on any outline shape you create. Spirals of some of these designs would be pretty - even as a design element on a quilt. Hmmm.....I've got my brain working now!






I found the candlewick stitches to be a little weird, here is a photo of the back of the stitch-out. See how there is virtually no bobbin thread showing? Not sure if it is the bobbin thread choice, fabric or the stitch. When I use it on another item, I will let you know if it turns out differently.




After I stitched out, I used a fine tip permanent marker to label them with the name they are referred to in Embird.

I know - I could have been more industrious and embroidered the text, but it was late at night and I was anxious to see the stitches.


I am pleased with the stitch-out, as I didn't use any stabilizer and had VERY little pucker with just the fabric hooped in the largest frame. The fabric is a table-cloth remnant, so it is fairly heavy.


All of the stitches are done in the default settings in Embird - I didn't change any sizes. Note they adjusted to the size of the line as well. I didn't plan the length of the line - yet they all seem to begin and end in a nice place.
If you would like to stitch out this sampler for yourself, I have included the file in PES. The size is for the 9 1/2 x 14 hoop on the Destiny embroidery machine. It should work on the Brother Dream machine as well. Click here to get the file.

If you want it in a different size or format - you can easily do this with you copy of Embird.





Friday, June 2, 2017

Scrap Buster placemats - or use mini-charm pack



I really like these placemats for so many reasons!

  1. They are adorable!
  2. You can use up some of those scraps - 2 1/2" squares.
  3. Or you can not mess with cutting all those squares and use a mini charm pack.
  4. You can use up leftover trims - doesn't have to be ric-rack as shown, can be lace, cording, whatever you have on hand.
  5. You can practice you domestic machine quilting.

Click here to get the free placemat pattern.





Thank you to Sew4Home for providing this free quilted placemat pattern.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Free easily customizable bag pattern


Click here for the free retreat bag pattern

Be sure to read this post, so you don't miss the options you have for this VERY cute and functional bag pattern.  Emmaline Bags has created this "retreat bag" and given us the pattern in two different sizes. The links/resources for the frames are on that website. However, you do not have to use the frames to make this bag.


Laura Coia has made this pattern even better, by creating a video tutorial and showing us how to add handles and pockets!



I love this bag pattern. I have never made a bag with frames, but after seeing how easy it is on Laura's tutorial, I am going to try it!

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's time to garden - free garden tote pattern



Click here for the free garden tote pattern



Many people, much better people than myself, have already gotten their gardens going strong - maybe it is time for a new garden tote? You don't garden? Those pockets make a great space for quilting tools! Thank you Robert Kaufman for this free quilt tool tote pattern.....umm I mean free Garden Tote pattern.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hexagon Table Topper - free pattern and free machine embroidery design

Click here for the free quilt pattern and free machine embroidery design



This pattern can be adapted to any season or occasion, simply by changing the fabric or embroidery design. The staff at Pfaff has included a free machine embroidery download for this particular quilted table topper. If you don't have an embroidery machine, you can just use a complimentary piece of fabric, or may some applique, in place of the embroidered section. Enjoy!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Click here for the free machine embroidery design and project instructions


Wouldn't it bring a smile to anyone's face as they see it on your porch swing or rocking chair?  You will learn and use many different sewing techniques in creating this adorable spring pillow. Cording, piping, machine embroidery to start......free machine embroidery files for the bird and the "Bloom" are included. Thank you to the staff at Pfaff for another fun creative project.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easier than it appears - free pinwheel star quilt pattern

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FREE QUILT PATTERN


At first glance, this quilt looks like a whole lotta half-square triangles or diamonds.....but it's much easier than that. Great cutting instructions make this quilt only LOOK as if it took you forever to make!

This pattern would also be a great use of a fat quarter bundle. For the "plain" squares using the repetitive fabric print, I would consider substituting squares from a fat quarter pack. Cut your large squares first, then you can cut the smaller pieces for the pinwheel stars.

Thanks for the folks at Windham Fabrics for supplying this free quilt pattern.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Free Fabric Easter Basket Pattern

Click here to get the pattern.



Still need an Easter basket for next Sunday? Thanks to the folks at Bernina for this pattern.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Free Quilted Pillow Pattern

Click here to get the pattern.

Here is a great project that gives you an opportunity to practice your free motion quilting and have an actual finished project to show for it! You get a pretty pillow and new skills to boot!

Try the recommended quilting patterns, or use it to try some others you have been wanting to practice. Not a quilter? What about using some of those small machine embroidery designs? How cute would a button in each square be!? This project is from Bernina.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Three free patterns - Bunnies


How adorable are these bunnies!? Not only do you get the bunny applique patterns, you also get full instructions for making the ruffle trimmed towels from start to finish. The free applique patterns are quite simple. Don't have time to make the towel from start to finish? The appliques can be added to pre-made towels. Thanks to the folks at Janome and Sew4Home for the free pattern and instructions.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Embroidery work




I have been a Baby Lock owner for 15 years and for the most part, have been really happy with the brand. In May of last year, I purchased a Destiny, on which I do mostly quilting. Recently I decided to do a couple of large embroideries that I plan to make into throw pillows. Here is the first of those two embroideries.

































The Blue Heron is a Baby Lock Exclusive built-in designs on the Destiny.  It is approximately 12" tall, so it is a large design.
















The thread used was a Madeira and the colors were exactly as recommended in the design.












I used a cut-away stabilizer. This photo is of the back side of the completed design.

The design is on a heavy linen fabric, which was basted on top of the cut-away stabilizer.











Thread used: Madeira Polyneon Polyester #40
Colors used: As directed on the design
Design: Baby Lock Destiny Exclusive designs #2
Stabilizer: Cut-away
Fabric: Heavy linen
Hooping method: hooped stabilizer, floated linen and basted linen
Tips: be sure the hoop is very tight. After the first color is stitched, check to see if there is any pulling/warping on the fabric - if there is, tight the hoop some more.
 



It is always a delight to watch the machine paint the design and to see it come to life. Stay tuned for the reveal of the second design.



Monday, March 6, 2017

Mug Rug Monday - Free Mug Rug Pattern

Click here to get the pattern



Don't have time for a whole quilt, enjoy making this mug rug by Karen Styles. Mug rugs are great scrap busters and skill builders - instead of orphan blocks, you get a usable piece when you are done! Thank you Marcus Fabrics for the free mug rug pattern.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Look at what I got today!




I finished my final project in the Martha Pullen Licensing class yesterday. I used my BabyLock Ovation Serger and my BabyLock Destiny to complete this Madeira Window Pillow.





Both machines made this project a breeze - especially the ruffles!
Click here to see teaching menu
So today, I got my diploma! And I am excited to be a Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher! I love sewing and I love quilting....and even more, I love sharing tips, tricks, techniques, and ideas with others. It is why I love the world of sewing and quilting so much - because sharing is at the core of this community.

While my Martha Pullen licensing is the newest addition, I have a few other tricks in my bag as well. I have created a new page listing my areas of knowledge. If you have a guild or a sewing store or even a group of friends who just want to get together and learn something new, please contact me. I would enjoy the opportunity to meet you and your group!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Must Make Monday - Crows in the Corner - Free Quilt Pattern

I've decided to add a "Must Make Monday" into my rotation. I don't know about you guys, but I frequently run across patterns that I REALLY want to make, and in my life, there is simply no time to get it done "right now."

But I really like the pattern and want to be able to find it, when the time opens up on my schedule. I need a go-to place to find them, so I decided to start posting links to them, that way, they are here when I need them. I thought you might enjoy them as well.

This one is a combination of piecing and applique. It is antique looking in the photo, but could easily be modernized, just by a change in fabric. If you didn't want to do all the half square triangles, you could just substitute a 9" finished square of your favorite quilt block. I would love to see a photo, if you make this quilt.

This one is brought to us by Windham Fabrics and designed by Jill Reid.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mug Rug Monday - Free Mug Rug Pattern - Valentine

Click here to get the free mug rug pattern




Here is one for Valentine's day - I know we missed Valentine's, but it is still February right? Besides how many of you are just collecting patterns to use later? Would love to see photos of ones you make! This one is from Connecting Threads and designed by Mari Martin:

Monday, February 6, 2017

Free Charm Pack Quilt Pattern

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This pattern uses a charm pack - got any of those lying around and wondering what to do with it? As always a well-written pattern with great cutting instructions. If you don't have a charm pack, you could cut 5 inch squares from a fat quarter pack or from standard yardage. I think this quilt shows off those fabrics you fell in love with! Another great pattern from Robert Kaufman.



Free Quilt Pattern - WAY easier than it looks

I recently came across a new-to-me source for free quilt patterns. This one is going on my must-make list. How cute would this be in ...