Monday, March 30, 2015

Flash Sale on Patterns, Monday and Tuesday Only!

It's spring break in my neck of the woods, and Michigan State is somehow in the Final Four, and I'm in a good mood, so I'm putting my patterns on sale!



Today and tomorrow only, all PDF patterns are just $5.99.* I don't do this very often—my last site-wide sale was almost a year and a half ago! So if you've been eyeing any of my patterns, now's the time. : )



*Please note that the Summer Sampler Series Anthology is not included in this sale, because proceeds are split among the three authors. Happy spring, everyone!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Running In Place

Welcome to another blustery Wednesday!

Most of what I've been working on this week doesn't lend itself very well to photographs. I've been doing a lot of designing, fabric selecting, yardage calculating, etc. A lot of time on the computer, in other words. My poor studio is feeling neglected. Hopefully I'll be back in there this afternoon!


But I do have two whole letters done on my embroidered "Freshly Pieced" sign, and I'm moving on to the third. Two letters down, 11 to go! I can do this! Right?

This week's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Gotham Quilts. Gotham just unveiled a new bundle of color text prints and Succulents by Heather Givans is now in the shop! Check it out, and don't forget to sign up for the newsletter to get 10% off on your next order.

What have you been working on? Don't be shy, let's see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BBQ Grill Block from "The Paper-Pieced Home"


Welcome to my stop on "The Paper-Pieced Home" blog tour!


The Paper-Pieced Home is a new book by the always-amazing Penny Layman of Sew Take a Hike. You guys might be aware by now that I'm kind of a fan of paper-piecing. : ) I've even been known to paper-piece half-square triangles and flying geese—that's how much I love paper-piecing. So this was clearly a book for me.


The blocks in this book are ridiculously cute. Like, insanely so. And Penny's book is so inspiring when it comes to ways to use these blocks. There are plenty of fun project ideas presented in the book, but I thought of about a dozen more of my own just flipping through the book for the first time. These blocks lend themselves so well to potholders, table runners, bags, placemats, pillows—you name it. Funny, I never realized my home was so lacking in paper-pieced d├ęcor until I got my copy of this book! : )


And while the patterns may look a little daunting at first, every time I do a "picture" pattern like this, I'm reminded of the fact that paper-piecing is paper-piecing—it truly doesn't matter how big or small the seams are. It will turn out perfect, no matter what. Just one of the many things I love about this technique! I made the BBQ Grill block, and as usual, the block was much easier to sew than it looked beforehand.

Cute, right? It was a nice springtime project that makes summer feel a little closer for me. And the whole block took less than an hour to make. I just need to pick up some Insul-Bright so I can turn it into a potholder for my master-griller husband.

Here are some other things I love about this book:
• a CD with all of the paper-piecing patterns (no photocopying!)
• great paper-piecing hints and instructions
• a whole section devoted to choosing colors and prints (a fantastic addition to the book, since I think that's one of the things Penny does so well)

The Paper-Pieced Home: Quilting a Household One Block at a Time
by Penny Layman
Interweave/F+W, $26.99

Want to see more? Visit the other stops on the "Paper-Pieced Home" blog tour! (Some have giveaways!)

3/16       McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block
3/17       Love of Quilting / Review
3/17       Sandi Sawa Hazlewood  of Crafty Planner / Watering Can Block
3/18       Quilty Pleasure (Quiltmaker blog) / Review
3/18       Imagine Gnats / Rotary Phone Block
3/20       Verykerryberry / Lion Block
3/21       Artisania / Cast-Iron Skillet Block
3/23       Where the Orchids Grow / Lamp Block
3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt / Layer Cake Block
3/24       House on Hill Road / Oven Mitt Block
3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced / BBQ Grill Block
3/26       Pink Penguin / Allie-Gator Block
3/26       A Happy Stitch / Giraffe Block
3/27       Bijou Lovely / Jar Block
3/27       Two Little Banshees / Saucepan Block
3/27       Charise Creates / Espresso Mug Block
3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles / Couch Block
3/31       Poppyprint / Clawfoot Tub Block
3/31       One Shabby Chick / Stack of Books Block
3/31       During Quiet Time / Sleeveless Dress Block
4/06       Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting / Author Podcast Interview


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WIP Wednesday: For Starters

This past week was all mostly starting things and not finishing them. It's a WIPpy week, I guess.

I'm making some test blocks for a potential new pattern. I like the block a lot, but I'm having trouble making color and print decisions on this one.


Started a gigantic embroidery project—literally. It's going to be the sign for my booth at Quilt Market (hopefully, assuming I can finish it).

I am thrilled to be making something from this beautiful new book, The Paper-Pieced Home, from Penny of Sew Take a Hike, for the book's blog hop. The blocks in this book are cute, cute, cute! Looking forward to showing you mine.


And these blocks are still taunting me from the design wall. Sigh.

What have you been working on? Don't be shy, let's see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


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