After posting the first challenge for SewMyStash2017 (read HERE), there was a lot of enthusiasm! But, there certainly was some hesitation and anxiety about committing to using those beauties. So, I thought an encouraging blog post was needed!

 

First: Don’t think of it as cutting up, screwing up, or ruining your most treasured fabric! You need to think about how awesome it will be to enjoy them in a new form… including how nice it will be for others to enjoy them, too! You are a great sewist! You like your work, others like your work… there are not many projects that you made that turned out to be total shit. Seriously. So, lets look at some great ways to decide what you’re going to make.

 

Pinteresting… One of the first things I do when I need ideas is to search Pinterest. If I have fabric I want to use (in MY case I plan to cut up my precious Heather Ross fabrics) I begin my searching there with keywords like “heather ross, briar rose, quilt, bag, etc”. If you haven’t done this, try it! You might be surprised how many results you get!

 

Pocket Friends! The Instagram community is so very awesome and supportive! Talk to your followers and get ideas from them! You can also search the hashtags of your fabric you intend to use and see what others have made. Same as the keywords in Pinterest, try different hashtags to maximize your inspiration!

 

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Welcome to a new year! I hope everyone, personally, had a great 2016! It was a little bumpy for society as a whole, but at my house it was an awesome year! We welcomed Ruby Rae at the end of June, if you didn’t already know! She is happy, healthy, and as adorable as can be! The whole family adores her.


How did your stash sewing go last year?? For me, not as well as I hoped. My pregnancy made me more tired this time and I didn’t find much time to sew. To be honest, I think my stash grew a little more since I did less sewing! So, if you didn’t do so well, don’t beat yourself up! You are in good company 😉


Lets dive right into 2017 with the first challenge! I posted it over on Instagram, which will be the main platform for SewMyStash2017. What you can find here on the website is tips, links, and info on helping you through the challenges… extra stuff. I also wont be doing link ups here like I have in previous years. It will be too difficult to keep track of both areas.

The first challenge is to pick your FAVORITE fabric bundle and cut right into it for a project now! Its time for us to stop waiting to use those lovelies! There are too many great fabric lines always coming out.. you need to clear space so you can gather new favorites. Post a photo on […]

I’ve been holding in a little secret that I can finally share! Well, maybe I was allowed to share before, but I doubt it and I didn’t ask… and secrets are fun! Anyway…. I was interviewed for a magazine!

Make Modern Magazine is an Australian based digital magazine, made by quilters for quilters. They produce bi-monthly issues and are on their 4th one! Even though they are somewhat new, their issues are packed full of great articles, tips, tricks and projects! The issues are easily over 100 pages! I feel totally honored to share the digital pages with other great quilting enthusiasts!

Make modern contacted me to be included in a section they were dedicating to sewing your stash. I got to answer a series of great questions and send some pictures of my not-too-giant stash to be included. I ended up with 2 whole pages discussing the #SewMyStash2015 challenge that I started on Instagram! If you have read my previous posts for SewMyStash, you know the story… but I still highly recommend you head over to Make Modern’s website and get the latest issue! If not only to check out yours truly, then to pour over the entire issue in all its quilty goodness!

Thanks for all the support and participation in #SewMyStash2015! Its been so fun so far and there are many more exciting and interesting things to come!

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I had so much fun making stockings for our family of 3 that I wanted to share it with you… now that Christmas has passed, lol. Better late than never!

Mostly I used this tutorial from the Moda Bake Shop site and this photo I saw on Flickr. I’m really only going to share what I did differently and any tips I think would be useful.

First I used our existing stockings to make a pattern piece out of a paper grocery bag instead of the template they provide. I traced it with some space all the way around. I didn’t fuss to make it perfect.

Then I cut my strips from the Cherry Christmas collection by Aneela Hoey along with some coordinating fabrics. I didn’t fuss about what thickness. The tutorial didn’t really explain the best approach to get the diagonal strips, so I thought I would share how I decided to do it:

I laid them all out straight at first to get my pattern down. Once decided, I laid them on top of each other into diagonals, alternating, so they become wedges. For ease, I used my water fabric pen and traced the edges of each strip onto the strip below it (this tells me what angle to cut that wedge in order to match up with the ones next to it). Using that drawn line, I trimmed the strips to a 1/4″ seam allowance. So now, they are wedge shaped. Make sure that the fabric […]

I decided to do a post with the details of my triangle quilt! I got so many great compliments and people were asking for a how-to. This is going to be sort of like a step-by-step but you need to know the basics of sewing and quilting at least. This was a beginning quilting class I took, myself, at Sew Modern in Los Angeles!

1. Materials:

Basically, you need 1/3 yards of 16-26 prints. Depends on the variety you want in your quilt. You also need some batting (twin or queen size) and about 4 yards of backing. Also, I highly recommend you purchase the 60º ruler HERE on Amazon. Its a great one to have in your sewing stash and its the one used for this quilt.

And other quilting stuff like rotary cutter, basting pins, etc.

2. Cutting & Arranging Pieces:

Start with cutting 2 triangles of each print. Start arranging however you like, then decide how many more to cut of which fabrics to fill your holes. Points match up with points, sides to sides.

3. Sew, sew, sew:

Sew triangles together by row. Then match rows up by first matching seams. This will make sure you are as close as possible to lining up points. Also, its easy to stretch and pull a little here and there if the cuts of your triangles vary a little. No one will notice and try not to be too anal about it. Sew rows together. 1/4 inch seam allowance on EVERYTHING!