My Half Square Triangles

If you haven’t seen this BEAUTIFUL fabric yet, you need too!!!  It is designed by Ami Sinbaldi for AGF fabrics.  If you don’t know anything about her, go check out her blog… blog .  She is so talented and I have made a few of her things.  She titled this fabric Charleston and I added one of her other lines that go together perfectly, Les Petites.

I knew I waned to do some half square triangles so I searched and searched for a pattern that spoke to me and this is what I found…it is found by Riley Blake Designs and even better, it was FREE!  I love free!

Not only is this just the cutest fabric, it feels so soft and silky

Chain piecing….

Keep going….

This thread cutter was in a Sew Sampler Box a couple of months ago that Fat Quarter Shop  does.  It is ALWAYS filled with wonderful surprises and this was super helpful to me!

Once you are done sewing on one side of the line, start over and do the other side.  Now cut on the pencil line and you have a pile of half square triangles.  Press open with the seam pressed toward the darker fabric.

Time to true up those squares

You begin to wonder if you will ever got done with that stack, but stick to it and I promise you will.

There is just something satisfying about those scrapes and a beautiful pile of perfect 4 1/2″ squares.

Layout your block before you begin sewing, it is easy to get them facing the wrong way…trust me on that.

I love how they are turning out and I love this fabric!!

Four of 12 blocks done…I will keep you posted.  Life is calling for now….

Foundation Paper Piecing

I love doing foundation paper piecing and A Spoonful of Sugar created this adorable pillow pattern made up of pineapple blocks.   Its called the Rainbow Connection, isn’t it so cute!  I was surprised that I didn’t have as many colors in my fabric stash as I thought I did.  Literally had to buy some orange, yellow and blue fabrics…go figure!  Oh, also needed to add to my low volume fabric stash, but shhhh, I love building my supply.

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Takings the paper off this was time consuming!

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Another post will happen when I get the pillow made…I’ve sewn them together and its ready to go.

My first attempt to paper piece

I was on instagram and if anyone is like me, I take a photo of quilt blocks or sewing projects that catch my eye and then keep them in mind for my “projects in between projects”.  This was one of those projects that I just had to try and I have to say, it was challenging in the beginning.  After my forth attempt, I had it figured out.  The pattern comes from aspoonfulofsugardesigns .  Give it a try, I think you will be hooked!  Here is my journey…

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This was my first block finished…I was just using this fabric by Bonnie and Camille as a tester.  I have lots of scraps because I own all of their lines of fabric!

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The fabric I used to complete was project is by 3 sisters, White Washed Cottage.  I love the soft subtle colors. If you go to etsy, you can still find it.   Make sure if you do paper piecing you use a small stitch length, as you pull away the paper the stitches won’t pop.

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The little tea cup and saucer was something I received when I was around 9 years old.  I loved playing make believe and those little cups and saucers were washed a hundred times even though they never had real food touch them.

I love how this turned out, its just so sweet and perfectly stitched.

Sometimes in order to get better at something you have to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.  I felt like this project made me grow.

It’s Fall Ya’ll

Don is out of town this week, and I am home listening to the workers pound on my roof.  In order to sell our house we needed to put on a new roof. It is only a 11 year old roof, but the relocation company is requiring it.  Needless to say we are NOT happy about it.  SO, to keep busy and sane, because it is LOUD inside my house I decided to get started on something fall related.

When I saw the Mini Maple Charm Quilt  created by Corey Yoder, I knew I had to make it! I started cutting and prepping on Monday.

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I’m going to be honest with you, these leaves were harder the make then I thought. Let’s just say my un-picker was used frequently.  I’m not use to working with such small squares, but it was a challenge I enjoyed. IMG_2779.JPG

I threw in a little farmhouse @figtreeandco along with Sundrops by Corey Yoder.

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A little peek at all the leaves! I couldn’t wait to put them together so I pushed through!

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I couldn’t wait to put these pieces together!

I am hoping to be done today or tomorrow! Well I have to be because I’m not taking my machine with me to Seattle until the house sells.

So many projects begin and never end…I would like  this to be done in the fall so I can show it off!!

What is your favorite fall quilt or project?

Zipper pouch obsession

I am going to start backwards…I just finished this zipper pouch today.  It is my own creation and I am excited how it turned out.  I have been wanting to make something special for Kathy Headlee…she is the director and creator of Mother’s Without Borders.  I am joining this amazing group June 18th and going to Zambia.  This women has a heart of gold and thought that she needed something to do with hearts…so this is what I cam up with.  Don’t you just love this fabric!  It’s from Amy Sinibaldi,  nanacompany. It’s called Paperie.

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At this point I am on the hunt for a special zipper pull…any ideas??

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This next group are the first Zipper Pouches I made.  I had seen so many posts on Instagram and thought I just needed to see what the excitement was all about…they are pretty basic and there are definitely mistakes, which mad me more determined to make more so that I could stop the unpicking!!

Next I saw a cute pencil pouch posted by a number of instagramers…I ordered the pattern from  Prettybyhand and had such a fun time making it!  I decided that I needed another pencil pouch but not that particular size so I made one smaller.

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This smaller one is going to hold my extra camera batteries, cords, and charger…I love this size!!

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The next pouch I feel in love with was another one by Kristine Czepuryk.  She is the same gal who created the pencil pouch.  Here is her link again…Kristyne or Google Prettybyhand.  Look for Amy’s Pretty Pockets

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I have fallen madly in love with my walking foot during the creation of these pouches!!

Last but not least…there will be MORE!!!

I love lipstick and I carry many lipsticks on me.  The bag I had bought just wasn’t big enough so I stopped using it…until now!  Look how adorable they turned out!!  I made one for me and one for Cyndy, my sister in-law and best friend.  I let her pick which one she wanted first…

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She picked the polka dot one…

We meet up for Women’s Conference at Brigham Young University…everyone needs a good friend and the fact that we are related is just an added bonus, we also share the same birthdays.

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Time for new shirts

Andrew has been in the mission field just over a year and its time for a few new shirts…I hope he loves these, I do!!  I wanted him to know every day that he is supported, loved and thought of as he is buttoning his shirt or pressing it.

 

This is where I got the words to say on the shirts, The Missionary Commission by Bruce R. McConkie…
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