Friday, March 3, 2017

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt Along - Nan #75

Hey everyone -

Kinda feeling sad this is my last tutorial block with Angie @GnomeAngel for the Farmer's Wife 1930's book. Although I haven't had the time to make every block during this sew along I have enjoyed the ones I made and enjoyed reading the letters that each block comes with.

Say hello to Nan - block number 75. I selected these two Cotton and Steel prints based on the really sad letter. Mrs. J.D.K lost her 16 year old son in April of 1930 after he drowned during a class picnic day. Weeks later she was feeding chickens and found pages from an old book providing words of peace and comfort. So being this is a cross pattern I decided to use the Sardinha print (representing the fish that Christ feed to the 5,000 during the Sermon on the Mount) as the Cross, surrounded by the beautiful Rifle Co. flowers. I also decided to paper piece the block because I'm not a master patchworker.

I don't normally precut my paper piecing fabrics in a specific way (I just tend to cut pieces off the corner of a fat quarter), but wanted to make sure this looked seamless. I guess if I wanted it to be exact I could have stuck with patchwork. LOL.

I've gotten better about not wasting as much fabric as I used to when I first started paper piecing but still don't measure each section with a ruler. As I cut my pieces I lay the fabric down on the pattern piece and cut it off. Some pieces are easier than others. If there are triangles - I fold the corner back and cut it as a square, then cut diagonally to separate. 

Before you begin sewing, make sure your pieces are just past the seam allowances for each section as above to avoid having pieces that are too small, and trim off any excess seam allowance.

I know this tutorial wasn't ground breaking, but it's a very simple block, maybe a level 2 for beginners. You can check out my other Farmer's Wife tutorials or paper piecing tutorials for more tips and tricks to paper piece your Farmer's Wife blocks. by clicking on the Quilt Along tag. Thanks so much to Angie for including me in this sew along. I'm looking forward to seeing your Nan blocks on social media!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Welcome to The Mug Club

Hi everyone,

Well - we've introduced The Mug Club pattern (part 1) Instagram - but felt I should officially introduce it here on my website. My sister @MossAndLotus and I are closing in on finishing the mugs for Part 2 as well as some of her really fun extras - but in the meantime, here is part 1.

This Mug Club is our first collaborative pattern set and certainly not our last. I designed these paper pieced mugs using the Electric Quilt Company EQ7 program. The mugs are offered in two different sized blocks (6" x 6", 10" x 10"). There are two PDF's to keep all of the pieces in order, however you get both sizes to download as you wish. The Mug Club Part 1 mugs are available in my Kid Giddy Etsy shop.

The Mug Club Part 1 includes 6 mug blocks and 5 different Levels:
Level 1: The Boot Camp mug - this is the beginner mug being that it is all one section, think boot camp paper piecing 101 (it allows anyone new to paper piecing to join in the fun and grow in confidence).
Level 2: The Paper Love Mug - Almost as simple as the boot camp mug, but the handle becomes a little more detailed and now there are multiple sections.
Level 3 - The Vardagen Mug - based on one of the first mugs I ever owned in my home after getting married, I've called it "the everyday" mug. I've increased the level here because the base of the mug also becomes a little more detailed. 
Level 3 - The Kawaii Mug - the cutest one of the bunch.
Level 4 - The Tupper Mug - a throw back from my earlier life and an homage to the must have of the 70's (has the most sections other than bonus block).
Level 5 - The Daddy Mug (has two Y seams) and is therefore the hardest block in the club - check out the pics below for a little help on these silly Y seams....

 Once you've sewn C1, C2, and C3 -sew C4 and C5 on too.

Tuck the top corner under and fold or press to line up with the pattern line.
Using a window or other light source, make sure your fabric is folded properly to line up with the line between C2 and C5 or C3 and C4. Once it's folded where it needs to be, glue baste it in place so both fabric pieces stay together where they need to be. Unfold and sew your y seam accordingly. In this instance, you can even sew it from the fabric side if you want to keep an eye on the actual fabric. If you can't get the hang of it - it's ok. The best trick I've come up with is to fold it in place and leave it be until you'd torn all the paper off. Then you can go back and sew it by hand with a hidden stitch.

There is also a really fun bonus mug - The Kermy Mug block. You could say I became mildy obsessed with Kermit the Frog when I was in HS and college and had to add this one to the bunch! The really fun can easily look like two other childhood characters too by simply using either blue or red fabrics. A sweet 3 in 1 deal.

What's even more fun than that? Once you've downloaded your patterns - you can head over to @MossAndLotus IG pic and claim your Mug Club number assignment! This will allow you to post all of your pics to the "club" using #TheMugClub, but then you can see all of your own mugs (and we can too if you don't have a private account) using your special number. Mine is #TheMugClub1, Sue is #TheMugClub2...and so on.

We will have more exciting things to come for all of our mug club members - and more Mug Club mugs too when Part 2 is released. Are you a member yet? For those of you that are...we appreciate your support more than you know! For anyone on the fence...or shall I say in the doorway...come on in! We'd love to have you join us!

Disclaimer: This blog may accept forms of compensation, including cash and product, and although I may be paid for this post all opinions of the Electric Quilt Company and EQ7 are always my own. There are no affiliate links. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Partnering with Electric Quilt

Hi everyone,

I have some exciting news. You all know how much I love designing paper piecing designs in EQ7 right? Well the folks over at Electric Quilt love that I’m designing with their program too and have asked me to be one of their Media Partners. A perfect partnership!
To give you a little background about my paper piecing/EQ7 journey…It all started with a mini quilt swap in April 2014 that I signed up for. My partner said she loved all things nautical so I got this idea to make an anchor. I was still new to quilting in general but wanted to make an anchor and didn’t know how – (at that point I still didn’t know how to do raw edge applique or needle turn either – yes I was really new to quilting). Somehow paper piecing was way more interesting to me so that is where I set my sights.
I had been hearing for a few months all about paper piecing but had no idea what it was and what that meant. The more I looked around the more I learned about the process and had enough ‘curious cat’ in me to figure it out. That’s when I discovered The Electric Quilt Company. Much to my dismay, the PC version had been out for years, but they were still working on the program for the MAC and were releasing it soon, but hadn’t yet. What to do while I wait? I tried designing a paper-pieced anchor on graph paper so it would be easier to get me up and running on the program. I got it all drawn out on paper and still wasn’t sure I was doing it right and took Amy (Friend) up on her offer to email my drawing just to be sure I had done it right (btw - she’s one of the EQ Ambassadors this year). If you click on the link above - you can read the comments and share in my #idontknowwhatimdoing hashtag! lol.
A month or so later the program came and I was thoroughly hooked. Everything new has a learning curve, but I quickly found answers on their website for anything I couldn’t figure out on my own. They really have an answer for everything! Now I can't stop myself from making more difficult blocks and pushing the program to it's limit (a limit of which I have yet to find).

About 2 years after beginning this paper piecing journey the folks at Electric Quilt Co. named me one of their #doyoueq artists and now almost 3 years later one of their Media Partners and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ve really enjoyed making so many new designs to fit my needs (like the chair above that I made last year for my husband’s quilt), and making blocks for friends like this one above I made recently for Giusepe to match his (Giucy_Giuce) logo.

I am also having fun making random blocks like the Christmas Sweater block (a play on the Ugly sweaters everyone wears to holiday parties) and hosting sew-alongs to encourage more fun.
If you are still wondering how paper piecing works…Here’s this analogy that I hope helps to explain it the best way I know how…Think of the game “Pick Up Sticks”. When playing pick up sticks (which are usually longer and colorful), the object of the game is to pick up as many sticks, one at a time, without moving any of the others. Meaning you can’t just grab them all at once. Paper piecing is similar but works in the opposite order. As you lay down the fabric, and sew on each line of the paper, you have to put them down in a particular order, one by one, as they will lay over each other line by line. As you sew each piece, you are sewing on the paper with the fabric underneath, flipping the fabric and trimming seam allowances as you go. When you have a design that has a perpendicular line next to a section that has another perpendicular line lower or higher, it splits the block into multiple sections. I hope that makes sense. You can visit some of my previous learning how to paper piece tutorials starting at the Land of Magic Crown tutorial.

Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you especially to the Electric Quilt Co for including me in this new program. I'll have a fun block to share with you later this month so keep an eye open for that. In the meantime, let me know in the comments below what you love about paper piecing, and any questions about paper piecing and the EQ7 Electric Quilt Program that you have. I'd love to help answer some of them and might chose your question to work a tutorial off of!

Disclaimer: This blog may accept forms of compensation, including cash and product, and although I may be paid for this post all opinions of the Electric Quilt Company and EQ7 are always my own. There are no affiliate links. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Chip and Joanna the Moose Couple

So it's been a few weeks since market and I haven't officially introduced my new Kid Giddy Sizzix dies with you yet here on my blog. When Amy Friend (duringquiettime) asked me to be a part of Pat Bravo's Heartland fabric blog tour - I knew I wanted to make a cute little Kid Giddy Moose. And when you make a cute little moose, you have a make a friend for it too.

For those of you that have known me or at least have known my work, know that I have always given my stuffed friends a name and a story (just like in my book: Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love). I messaged my sister to see if she had any suggestions for these two moose. She came back with a few, and then suggested Chip and Joanna! I mean seriously - who doesn't love Fixer Upper?! What's funny is that while I was sewing the girl moose - the fabric reminded me of vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips! But in this case - the boy moose needed to take the name Chip. lol. That was settled, it's Chip and Joanna!
So here's a closer look at Chip...He loved to wear his suspenders on the farm and to church. (The moose overalls were made with the bottom half of the moose body piece, as well as the bottom oval piece. I attached the leg pieces to the front of the "shorts" and the back legs pieces to the oval. Because I had already sewn him up, his feet were too big to fit through the leg openings, so I wound embroidery floss around his feet to bind them really tight to fit through. Then took the floss off. Worked like a charm! The suspenders Were 3/4" strips folded and top stitched like bias tape. The bow ties is from my doll die.)

And here's Joanna...She always looks so simple and cute in her floral dresses. They come in handy in the hot Texas summers! (This little moose dress was made using my sizzix die. The bodice is the same body pieces as the moose only shortened a half inch. I rolled the top neckline down and left the side seams open just a bit for the arms to go through. Then I added a little ruffled skirt to the bottom, and the opening in the back allows me to switch her dress as often as I please.)

Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you especially to Amy and Pat for including me in this blog hop. It's always fun to play with new fabrics and be crazy inspired by them. If you haven't seen the Heartland Fabrics Pat designed for Art Gallery Fabrics, you have got to go take a look at all of them. They are all gorgeous!

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