Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Christmas Eve - Quilter's Planner Stickers in Use :)

Good Morning,

Happy Christmas Eve! May the Peace that passes all understanding be yours this year and always.

Peggy, you left a comment yesterday but no email. Can you please email me so I can send you the stickers? :)

I just wanted to show you how I decorated a few of the pages in my Quilter's Planner (affiliate link) for January.

On the Sampler page the top three stickers and the first two down the left side fit the boxes on the monthly layout page.

 Joy is my "Word of the Year" so you will see it a lot from me this year. I have decided to Take Back the Joy in 2018! But you can write whatever you want on the stickers :)

The last two rectangle boxes on the left fit the list box on the top of each daily layout. The dots and water drops are for the tracker. The larger of the two largest rectangles covers the box that is on the outside bottom of the page on either side of the planner.

The Weekend sticker covers the list boxes for the two weekend days. The smaller of the two large rectangles covers the box that is on the inside bottom of the page (there is less room due to the spiral).

Here are some more of the daily layouts decorated with the other sticker sheets.
 The 11th is my daughter's birthday and this little girl looks a lot like her.

And I think this might be one of my favorites:
Who doesn't love a hot drink :)

I hope you have a lovely Christmas Eve!


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Quilter's Planner and Some Freebies

Hey Everyone,

You probably have seen that I am a planner addict. If you look at my instagram feed you can see that I spend as much time in my planner as I do in front of my sewing machine... I also love to make stickers and arty stuff for my planners.

As you can see above I am on a "Teal Winter" train right now.

I was ever so fortunate to receive my Quilter's Planner at Market and instantly fell in love with it. It is going to be my master planner for the year. What I mean by that is that all of my other planners will feed into this one since it has an hour by hour schedule and nice big pages for getting messy.

I let the ladies at Quilter's Planner know how much I love their product and they asked me to become an affiliate. If you consider purchasing I would love for you to use my link I get a small amount of compensation at no extra cost to you and you get a free bonus that I will tell you about in a minute.

It comes with tons of fun stickers designed by Alison Glass, in the book itself.

 It also comes with a magazine that has the patterns for all of the monthly quilt blocks and a few other really cool projects.

There are gorgeous coloring pages of Alison's designs as well.

And of course the regular planning pages.

I love making stickers for my regular planner so I decided to make box stickers for the Quilter's Planner. Just for me... then I thought maybe you all would like to have them too. So just for fun here is a sampler sticker page for everyone. For best results download the file then print. The pdf app i opens in the browser is not so good. These are the (this is also an affiliate link) labels I use to print on.

I also have a bonus for you. If you buy the Quilter's Planner from my link and you email me to let me know I will send you copies of the three other sticker sheets I made. These are in PDF format so anyone can print them on label paper and use them too. If you already have the planner you can buy the PDF downloads for $3 :)
I will be making new ones with themes throughout the year. January is obviously Winter Themed. Periodically I will have free sampler sheets for those that buy/bought through my affiliate link.

PS. If you have a Silhouette let me know and I will send the Silhouette cut files so you can cut these in your silhouette easily :)
PPS: I will be showing the Sampler Stickers in use tomorrow so come on back :)

You will want to grab up your planner soon since January is just around the corner.

Pretty soon we will be doing another Quilt Along with Tilda's newest collection that comes out in February, called LemonTree. And you will all see me around here a lot more often :)


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Cottage Christmas Quilt Along Final Post - Kinda

Hey Everyone,

As usual the world got in the way this week. So I didn't actually get my blocks finished yet. I did come by to tell you all how to finish the Lap Quilt if you want to do it like mine... of course you can do whatever you want :)

 I am sure that you figured this out but just in case. You will sew two rows of cross and crown and star crossed blocks together then sew them to the one tree block on the top and the two tree blocks on the bottom.

I used 1 1/2" strips (to finish at 1") for the inner border, and 2 1/2" strips (to finish at 2") for the outer border. Sewn end to end then cut to size. I am going to use the left over small pieces of assorted fabrics to make a binding.

If you are making The Table Runner I designed it to have 1 1/2" strips for the border making them 1" finished. This is different from the way that Brooke finished hers. So if you bought the kit just know that there is only enough of the Minerva in Red to make 1" borders.

Sally is quilting her Bed Runner as I write this (over achiever) and she finished it the same way I designed it but used different fabric for the border. So you can look at her post for that info.

I hope you will all share on social media or through email when you are finished. I would love to see it.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Cottage Christmas Quilt Along Part 3

Hey Everyone,

Here is the tutorial for the tree block from Brooke (her's is putting together either the table runner or the bedrunner). Here is Sally's Bedrunner which she has finished (over achiever). Here is my tutorial since I had to be difficult and make the lap size :)

Lap Size Tree Tutorial (pdf)

Cut your biggest pieces first and then use the strips to cut the next pieces. This is written as if you are using 3 green fabrics but you can use whatever you like as long as you can get all of the pieces cut. Be sure to keep your left overs you will need them for the inner tree part of the pattern that is later in this tutorial. Mark your pieces with the corresponding letter which is noted after the measurements in the cutting directions and diagrammed on the block below

Cutting For Tree Block: (10”x 20”)
From 2 green fabrics cut one 7” strip
                2 – 7” squares (one from each) if you don’t mind your points on each block of your tree being the same you could economize by just cutting one of these (A)
                2 – 6 ½ squares (one from each)(B)

From remaining green fabric cut one 6” strip
2 – 6” squares (from the new fabric and one from one of the other two 7” strips you already have)  if you don’t mind your points on each block of your tree being the same you could economize by just cutting one of these (C)
2 – 5 ½” by 3 ½” rectangles (again from 2 different fabrics)(D)
2 – 5” squares (from 2 fabrics) if you don’t mind your points on each block of your tree being the same you could economize by just cutting one of these(E)
2 – 4 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles (from 2 fabrics) (F)
2 - 4” squares (from 2 fabrics)  if you don’t mind your points on each block of your tree being the same you could economize by just cutting one of these (G)
2 – 3 ½” x 1 ½” rectangles (from 2 fabrics) (H)
2 – 3” squares  (from 2 fabrics) if you don’t mind your points on each block of your tree being the same you could economize by just cutting one of these (I)

From Background Fabric:

Cut one 7” strip
                2 – 7” squares (or one see above) (A)    
2 – 6” squares (or one as above)(C)
2 – 5 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles (J)
2 – 5” squares (or one as above) (E)
                2 – 4 ½” squares (K)
2 – 4” squares (or one as above)(G)
                2 – 6 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles (L)
2 - 8 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles (M)
2 – 3” squares (or one as above) (I)


From your 7”, 6”, 5”, 4”, 3” squares make half square triangles as we have been doing in the last two blocks. Marking diagonally on the background squares and sewing down each side of the line, cutting apart on the line. Square to 6 ½”, 5 ½”, 4 ½”, 3 ½”, and 2 ½”.

Piece the rectangles in as you see above on the block diagram. You will need two blocks just like you see them.  The easiest way to do this is lay the pieces all out so you can see the picture then piece them in rows.  This block will come out 10.5” x 20.5” unfinished.

Inner Tree Block

You will need to piece one more block from your green fabrics. You can piece this any way you like as long as it comes out 10.5” by 20.5” unfinished. Here are two different ways you can make it.

These are basically to show you that you can do this any way you like. It looks good any way.

And here is a graphic of how the whole quilt goes together again. As you can see the bottom row has the inner tree. And I show a version with either piecings of the inner block. it looks fine both ways so, go easy I say :) We will have another post next week about finishing with the border.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Cottage Christmas Quilt Along - Part 2

Hey Everyone,

Are you ready to get the next block for your Cottage quilt going? You can find the tutorial for the Star Crossed block on Sally's blog. I designed this one

 a few months ago and made this tiny quilt with it. It is a variation of the Secret Sisters block :)
 This quilt is 22" square and I made it with the Table Runner size blocks (5"). As a little bonus if you want to make this tiny quilt. The corner setting half square triangles are 4 1/2" cut in half once diagonally. The side quarter square setting triangles are  8 3/8" cut in half twice diagonally. I made this little one with Tilda's summer collection from this year called Circus :)

PS. I just restocked kits

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cottage Christmas Quilt Along - Part 1

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to part one of the Cottage Christmas Quilt Along.

Here is the picture of the lap size quilt I am making, it will be 46" by 66".

 If you would like to see the other versions you can look back at this post.

The fabric requirements for each version are as follows.

For the Table Runner:
2 or 3 - 1/8th yard pieces of red fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
2 or 3 - 1/8th yard pieces of blue fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
3 - 1/4 yard pieces of green fabric
1 yd f background fabric
1/4 yd of border fabric

For the Bed Runner:
5 - 1/8th yard pieces of red fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
5 - 1/8th yard pieces of blue fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
3 - 1/4 yard pieces of green fabric
1 3/4 yd of background fabric
1/2 yd of border fabric

For Lap Quilt
9 - 1/8th yard pieces of red fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
9 - 1/8th yard pieces of blue fabric (depending on the version of the table runner you make)
3 - 1/4 yard pieces of green fabric
2 3/4 yd of background fabric
1/2 yd of border fabric

Here is a PDF of the block if you want to print it.

Here are links to the rest of the posts in the quilt along:
Post 2
Post 3
Post 4 

Cross and Crown Block

Cutting: The first number is for the lap size or bed runner size, the number in parenthesis is for the table runner size. You will need 9 Cross and Crown blocks for the lap size, 5 for the Bed Runner, and 2 or 3 for the table runner depending on how you want to configure it.

From each red fabric:
1 – 3 1/2” (2 ½”) strip by WOF
                Subcut: 2 – 3 ½” (2 1/2”) squares
                                4 – 3” (2”) squares
                                5 – 2 ½” (1 ½”) squares
From Background Fabric (cream) for each block:
1 – 3 ½” (2 ½”) strip by WOF
                Subcut: 2 – 3 ½” (2 1/2”) squares
                                4 – 2 ½” (1 ½”) squares
                                4- 2 ½” by 4 ½” (1 ½” by 2 ½”) rectangles

(All seams are ¼”)

1. Mark a diagonal line across the back of the 3 ½” (2 ½”)
background squares, and the 3” (2”) print squares.

2. Place marked background squares right side together with the Print squares that are the same size. Sew ¼” on each side of the marked line.

3. Cut apart on the marked line.

4. Press toward the print. And Square to 3” (2”).

5. Place the marked print squares right sides together with the
half square triangles creating an X in the middle of the block as pictured.

 6. Sew ¼” on each side of the marked line and cut apart on the line.
7. Press toward the print triangle. Square to 2 ½” (1 ½”).

 8. Lay out your 2 ½” (1 ½”) squares and pieced squares
in four patches for each corner. Then your rectangles and
center square in a cross as pictured.
 9. Sew your four corner 4 patches together.

10. Sew the three rows.

11. Then sew the three rows together. And you are done. 
Next Wednesday head to Sally's blog for the tutorial for the next block.She and Brooke will be showing their Cross and Crown blocks today too so head on over to see.

And don't worry if you forget where to go next week I will be here to direct you :)

Have an amazing Thanksgiving!



Thursday, November 16, 2017

How about a Quilt Along?

Hey Everyone,

I am almost ready to throw myself back into this space. To get things started my friends Brooke and Sally and I are going to do a quilt along with you. I designed a fun pattern for a Christmas quilt out of Tilda's Cottage. Each of us will give you part of the pattern and we will sew together for the next few weeks. It will start next Wednesday.

The blocks will be available in two different sizes so you can make small projects or larger projects.

Here is an idea of some of the ways you can put the blocks together:

Sally wanted a bed runner so this is 72" by 22"

And I did these two different versions as ideas for Brooke for table runners:

 This one is 32" by 12"

This one is 37" by 12"

Here is a fun button for your blog if you like.

My version will be a lap size. I will show that to you on Wednesday when we kick off...

I made kits if you would like to purchase your supplies you can find them here.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Whoops.... Hi!

Hey Everyone,

I let life take over again! You know how that is right? In case you hadn't seen Tilda's Cottage arrived. And it is gorgeous!

Photo from Tilda's World used by permission
Perfect for all of your Hygge projects. I have lived with it for the past week and I still haven't gotten over all of the gorgeousness. :)

It is just two weeks exactly before I leave for Market. I am going a bit early to hang out with Sally
I can't wait. We are going to get up to some hijinx.

I hope you all have been well. I am getting better every day.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Selling off my Scrapbooking and Planner Items for Harvey Relief

Hey Everyone,

I am selling all of the paper products at about what they cost me and I am going to send 100% of the proceeds (not just the profit) to Harvey and Irma relief.I have so many friends in Houston and in Florida I just had to do something.  Here is a link to the stuff. And here is a video of what is in the packages:

I have been wrapped up in moving all of the fabric home from the warehouse. Now I am working from home again and I feel so much more settled. Hoping to do some fun sewing soon. Here is the first thing I have made in a few months. It is a Traveler's Notebook for one of my planner friends.

I think it is pretty cute :)

Talk soon.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sneak Peek

Hi Everyone,

Would you like to see a little sneaky peeky of what I am working on?

It is gonna be a quilt... That is all I can tell you so far. But stay tuned for the full reveal soon.

Harvest is here and will be sliced and diced this weekend and shipped out on Monday and Tuesday... so exciting!

Talk soon,

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tilda's Harvest Is On The Way.

Hey Everyone,

I am a little surprised that it has been so long since I posted. I have been super busy with the clearance sale and Tilda Pre-Orders have been going so great that time has flown by.

If you haven't seen pictures of Harvest (for one I would be surprised) but I would love to show you.

For those that don't know Tilda has been super hard to get in the US ... we usually have to order it internationally and pay tons for shipping as well as paying the huge international prices. Luckily there is finally a distributor in the US and now I am able to offer it at a great price. When I was buying internationally I was selling it at $16.99 a yard (even though the retail price was $20) but I will have it for $13.49 from now on. It is super exciting for me.

Tilda's new book is coming in November and these adorable pumpkins will be one of the patterns:

You will be seeing me around her a lot more from now on. I have been super busy getting all of the fabric moved home. I still have another couple weeks of work on that but then my time will not be split anymore and I can concentrate on creating content here again.

I am excited for a new project that I am going to start this fall. A fun series of patterns for a seasonal sampler ... I hope you will join me.