Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WIP Wednesday: The One Where I Painted A Lot

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
You guys! I spent most of the week in Michigan visiting family and going to the AQS show, and since getting back, I've been working like a dog to get my new studio up and running.

This all means that I don't have much in the way of sewing to show you today, but how about a studio shot instead? That's my current WIP, after all!


I admit, it doesn't look a whole lot different than last week's shot. That's because I've spent hours and hours and hours just painting trim—and it's still not done. There is so much trim in this room. And it all has to get painted because the current color is a hideous yellowish ivory. I don't know the paint company's name for this particular shade, but "Pale Vomit" might be apt. In fact, that got me thinking about all the variations on vomit that you could turn into a paint color name: Faded Vomit. Antique Vomit. Vintage Vomit. This is where my mind goes when I'm painting, you guys. It's not pretty.

So anyhoo, I've made good progress in the new studio, and by the time I'm done, all that trim will be a fresh, clean white. But I'm still days away from actually using my new studio. Sigh.

What are you working on this week? Here's how to link up:
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 and mention me, @freshlypieced
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, August 26, 2014

My First Tutorial for We All Sew

I've been sewing on my Bernina 750 for almost four months now, and I absolutely adore it—it is an amazing machine that reliably does everything I want it to do and then some. Which means that the announcement I get to make today is something of a dream come true: I'm now officially a Bernina Expert! I am so thrilled that Bernina has asked me to join this group of very talented sewists!

In the coming months, I'll be posting a number of project tutorials and tips on Bernina's We All Sew blog. And my first one is available today! Today I'm showing you how to attach a quilt sleeve with almost no hand sewing. It's true, you guys. 

Attaching quilt sleeves has to be one of my least favorite quilting tasks. I mean, it's tedious and slow. The sleeve a purely functional item that adds nothing to the look of the finished quilt. So anything that can speed up the process is a welcome addition in my book. Bernina came across this excellent video by Felisa Quilts, but since it's captioned in Japanese and is in centimeters, they asked me to break down the technique in English/inches for all of you. 

Click here to check out my tutorial for a machine-stitched quilt hanging sleeve. And don't forget to follow We All Sew, so that you don't miss any of my future posts there! I've got some fun projects planned—including a quilt-along in October using Bari J's Emmy Grace fabric! It's going to be a lot of fun, so join me over there ASAP!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Summer's End

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Wednesday again already? My girls have two weeks left of summer vacation, and it is flying by, you guys. Here's where I'm at on some of my projects:

My upcoming Christmas pattern is coming right along! It's a Nordic-inspired design that I'm tentatively calling "Christmas Sweater." : )

Can't wait to get this baby together.

And of course, my new sewing space is my other big project! We added french doors to the doorway, the lights are installed, and they finished the drywall work earlier today—which means I get to paint, paint, paint this week. And how much do you love my aqua light fixtures? I got my craftiness on and spray-painted some cheapie white fixtures.

What are you working on this week? Here's how to link up:
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 and mention me, @freshlypieced
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!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Fat Quarter Style - and a giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Style book tour! Fat Quarter Style from the Fat Quarter Shop features 12 fun patterns that are quick to whip up and perfect for pre-cuts.


Fat Quarter Shop asked me to make the block from the cover quilt, Sparklettes.


I'm a fan of star blocks in any form, so this block was perfect for me. The instructions in the book were so simple, clear, and well-illustrated.

And once I made one block, well, I guess I just couldn't stop! It only took me an afternoon to make enough blocks for this crib-size quilt top. (The background is one of my recent Kona Solid faves, Aloe.)

Want your own copy of Fat Quarter Style? You can buy it right here. You can also comment on this post for a chance to win a copy, since the Fat Quarter Shop was nice enough to give me a copy to give away. I'll draw a winner on Monday, August 25.

And don't forget to visit the other stops on the Fat Quarter Style book tour—some still have open giveaways of their own!

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour

August 4 - Paula of The Sassy Quilter
August 6 - Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation
August 8 - Karin of Leigh Laurel Studios 
August 11  - Caroline of Sew Can She 
August 13 - Jana of Jana Machado
August 15 - Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock 
August 18 - Lee of Freshly Pieced (you are here!)
August 20  - Holly of Bijou Lovely 
August 22 - Ashley of Film in The Fridge 
August 25 - Erin of Why Not Sew? 
August 27 - Kristyne of Pretty By HandAugust 29 - Amy of Diary of A Quilter
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