I love how this turned out! Go check it out and let me know what you think!
I love how this turned out! Go check it out and let me know what you think!
Did you know that Riley Blake has a line of basics called Sparkle? I have been sewing with it all month and I LOVE it! Because it is a basic, that means it will never go out of print. So you can buy this Sparkle fabric year round.
I used this Sparkle fabric on the back of my Log Cabin-ish quilt. Now that my Holidays are starting to look all sparkly, I knew I needed to add another Holiday project.
What better Holiday project than stockings? Can you believe I have never made stockings for my family? My kids have been asking for new stockings. We have been using some hand-me-down stockings for a long time. I didn’t want to commit until I could have a full matching set. Haha So with our baby caboose, it was time!
The stocking pattern I used is a free tutorial on Suzy Quilts blog. She has great directions to follow. I love the shape of these. I also had to use my favorite tools to assemble the stockings. I keep this Oliso iron next to my sewing machine for quick pressing. I use Aurifil thread for everything, quilting and piecing! And my Olfa rotary cutter is my favorite. Plus I really love pink tools!
I made a variety of patterns with the Sparkle basics. This one is a simple patchwork. I love the way it looks. I used the Sparkle arrows, kisses, snowflakes, stripes, Swiss dots, Blossoms and the newest addition to the basics- pin drops.
I can’t decide which stocking is my favorite! I was inspired by the #sunnystockingsal on Instagram and used their pattern for the diamonds. I love how the diamonds turned out on this stocking. I also made a simple patchwork stocking. I love this one too!
Another pattern I used was half square triangles. I also really love this HST stocking. I think my kids are going to love these new stockings!
For the back of the stockings, I used the Sparkle Blossom basics. I thought these looked like snow falling. I quilted these up using my Bernina and my favorite Aurifil thread. I used 2021 white 50 wt. thread. It matches perfectly with the white background Blossom fabric. I also used Aurifil thread to assemble the stockings. I really love the versatility of 50 weight thread!
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!! I hope you are enjoying some good food and time with those you love. And some Black Friday shopping! I love Black Friday! So I gathered up some of my favorite shops, products, etc. and thought I would share their Black Friday Deals!
I LOVE Fat Quarter Shop! They are having a sale that is 20% off everything! And you get a free gift with a $150 purchase. Some of my favorite items include fork pins, Aurifil thread, and of course fabric!
Oliso Irons are my favorite to use. And these minis are the best! They are on sale this weekend 10% off one mini iron and 15% of two! And look at these fun new colors! I keep one next to my sewing machine while I’m stitching. Then I can press and stitch!
I have been using Plan to Quilt to keep me organized! Shannon is offering my readers 10% off with the code SMITTENCHICKEN! This will be a great organization tool for the New Year!
Some of my favorite shops are having Black Friday Sales! Check them out here:
Simply Corn has her headbands on sale!
Knotted Thread is 20% off everything.
Sojo Fabric is 20% off everything.
MakerValley is up to 50% off items.
Green Fairy Quilts is having a sale on their best selling items.
Missouri Star is having a sale on a number of items, plus a few free gifts.
Accuquilt has an additional 10% off!
Pins and Needles (my LQS) is 25% off all Bernina accessories, plus 20% off fabric.
Latimer Lane quilts is 20% off her shop.
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It’s my turn on A Festive Collection by Liberty of London project tour by Riley Blake! I have always loved Liberty of London fabrics. I am so excited that Riley Blake has Liberty of London cottons!
My favorite thing about this line are all of the metallic accents. I love the sparkly gold fabric so much that I used it as the background! Nothing says the holiday season without a little sparkle. I also added a few Riley Blake Confetti Cottons.
I can’t make any project without my favorite tools. One of my new favorite tools is the planner by Shannon, Plan to Quilt. I am usually working on a number of different projects at a time. This planner helps me keep all of the details straight; like which thread color and weight I am using, and any other details specific to that project. You can check out my in-depth review on my Instagram highlights. You can find this planner here and if you use my coupon code SMITTENCHICKEN you can get 10% off!
I have also completely converted to Aurifil Thread. I love being an Aurifil Artisan. This thread is 100% cotton and made in Italy. My machine loves it and so do I! I used 50 weight to quilt this up and it left the most amazing texture. My Olfa rotary cutter and cute pink Oliso iron are must haves. A girl has got to have her tools!
I had the opportunity to teach a virtual class at my local quilt shop Pins and Needles. I taught my latest pattern Log Cabin-ish and used this fabric line, A Festive Collection. It was so much fun to get to sew along with friends during this crazy year!
Did you know that Riley Blake has a line of basics called Sparkle? Since it is a basic, it doesn’t go ‘out of print’ like other fabric lines. As soon as I saw these sparkly gold snowflakes, I knew it would make the perfect backing for my Festive Collection quilt! And a little heads up, I have another fun Sparkle project coming your way in December. I can’t wait to share it!
I absolutely LOVE how this quilt turned out. I even found some pine trees to take pics with to make it look more festive! The mix of reds and greens and little bit of blue make the perfect holiday quilt.
The prints in this fabric line are so much fun! I love the trees, little houses, birds and mini ornaments. This fabric represent all of the cozy feelings of the Holiday Season. My plan is to cuddle up with this quilt and watch ALL the Christmas movies!
One thing I absolutely love about this quilt pattern I designed is the flexibility that it provides. I really want everyone who makes a Log Cabin-ish quilt to create a quilt that represents YOU! I designed the center square to be large enough to personalize. I chose to quilt a holiday motif in the center of each quilt block. My Tula Pink Bernina came with all sorts of fun Holiday themed quilting designs. Aren’t these little bells so cute? Some people in my class decided to add a smaller quilt block to the center. I love the flexibility this pattern has!
I had to share a quilt swirl pic! Isn’t this metallic gold so cute? I love it!
Now that my quilt is done I am all ready for the Holiday Season! Thanks for stopping by today. If you would like to see more of what I’m up to, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and my brand new YouTube Channel (still a work in progress!)
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It’s my turn on the New Dawn blog tour for Riley Blake. As soon as I saw this fabric, all I could think about was the Aurifil Artisan monthly challenge…bags! I thought the florals and strawberries would make for the perfect bag combination. I have loved the Sew Together bag pattern by @sewdemented for a long time. But it wasn’t quite big enough. With some help from some instagram friends (Thanks Jackie!) I made a Jumbo Sew-Together bag. It is the perfect size!
Before I share my bag, I have to share some of my favorite tools. I have found additional success with using these! My friend Shannon designed Plan to Quilt. And I love it! Especially when making the Jumbo Sew-Together bag. I use modifications to the pattern and continue to misplace them! Haha Now they are all in one place! Along with what fabrics, thread, etc. I used. This undated planner is proving to be so helpful.
I also love my Aurifil thread! I used 50 weight on this project. I used Soft and Stable for the exterior of this bag since it so big. It needed more stability. And my 50 wt. Aurifil quilted it up so beautifully! I was so impressed. I think 50 wt. is my favorite!
I love the three pockets that are found inside the Sew-Together bag. And since it is jumbo, there is plenty of room! These bag guts are super fun to assemble. There is a lot of Thermoweb interfacing I used on this project. I love using my pink Oliso iron to adhere all of my interfacing parts. I also love that my iron matches my project! So does my Olfa rotary cutter. Pink for the win!
I really love it when this bag starts to take shape! And those strawberries are some of my favorite! Sew cute! And did you notice my new Aurifil thread storage? This new storage makes me so happy! I love looking at all of my pretty Aurifil colors while I sew!
I have made a few Jumbo Sew-Together bags, but I think this one is my new favorite. That New Dawn floral prints is so pretty. And I love the green binding. I think it makes this print really pop!
I really love the interior of this bag as well. Rachel of Citrus and Mint designed the cutest cross stitch rose print. I love the green print. Or the coral! Actually I just love all of this fabric! And of course these strawberries! I used the pink strawberries and the cream for the lining. I can’t get enough of them.
Have you ever had a plan that didn’t turn out? So you came up with a Plan B? That is exactly what happened to me! And I am calling it a Fall Rainbow!
This month’s Aurifil Artisan Challenge was to use Aurifil Floss. Have you tried this yet? Let me just say, it’s amazing! It stitches up so beautifully and comes in every color! You should try it!
I gathered up some of my favorite supplies for my fall rainbow:
Steel Swiss Dot Fabric for the background
I started by preparing the background fabric. I first fused the interfacing to the wrong side of the background fabric (per manufactures instructions.) And I used my Oliso iron of course! Next, I fused the HeatnBond to the felt. Then I cut out the rainbow shapes and fused the shapes to the background fabric.
Then comes the fun part…embellishing. I love the freedom of embroidery. It seems to be more forgiving than cross-stitch. I also really love florals. So I started with some woven wheel stitches. My idea was that the florals would replace the clouds. I ended up using less colors as they just seemed to match better than my original pull. (Plan C at this point…Haha) I added a few lazy daisy stitches and some French knots and then I was done!
And now I have a fun Fall Rainbow to enjoy. After this crazy year, I could certainly use a rainbow to help calm the storm of 2020!
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I am so excited to share my project today! Anderson Design Group has designed some beautiful fabric panels for Riley Blake. They are all based on Destinations. I knew instantly what destination I would pick, The Greatest City in the World…New York City!
Anderson Design Company also designed these amazing map prints. I love maps! I knew this would be a perfect addition to my quilt!
These map prints remind me so much of NYC. It could be the Subway map or the streets winding in and out of each other. I added a pop of red to these flying geese for a modern quilt look. The red also matches the Empire State Building on the panel. I pieced and quilted this with my favorite Aurifil thread. I piece everything in my favorite white and quilted it with this grey.
I live outside of NYC with my husband and six kids. We packed up the kids and headed towards the city for a perfect photoshoot. We got to the skyline view right at sunset. It was perfect!
I love taking quilts ‘out in the wild’ for a photo shoot. I am totally that crazy quilt lady who drags a quilt all over the place! You should see the looks I get! Haha I recently got back from an epic trip across the country with a quilt! If you missed it, you can read about it here. This also isn’t the first quilt to make a trip into the city. My Hello Brooklyn quilt made its debut appearance at the Brooklyn Bridge.
While most of these pics are of the Downtown skyline, I had to include a shot of Midtown Manhattan. One of the reasons I was drawn to this panel is that it includes the iconic Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. Both of these buildings are close to my husband’s office. My kids kept asking which building on the panel is Daddy’s work! So if you look really close, you can see the Empire State Building in the background of the picture.
Of all the places I have been to, NYC is my favorite! I love the business of the city. I love all of the fun things to do. I love all of the yummy food to eat! I love Broadway! It really is the Greatest City in the World!
We stayed taking pics until it was dark. There is something so magical about the NYC skyline all lit up at night. One World Trade Center is such a beautiful building!
Thank you for stopping by! I love sharing my city, NYC! If you need a new destination, I highly recommend coming and seeing New York City! If you would like to see more of what I’m up to you can follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
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As Summer is coming to a close, I have the perfect quilt to share with you today. It just screams Summer! I am quilting along with the Fat Quarter Shop. They just released a new FREE pattern called Fat Quarter Ferris Wheel Quilt.
Don’t these colors just look like Summer? I chose to use a Fat Quarter Bundle of Clementine by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society. I love the bright pinks! I also love the clementine prints. Aren’t they sew cute?
I couldn’t make this quilt without my very favorite Aurifil thread. I like to sew my blocks together with a neutral thread. I use white fabric for most of my quilt backgrounds. This white Aurifil thread blends in perfectly. I also had to use my pink Olfa rotary cutter since it matches my fabric!
I happened to be traveling while I was working on my blocks. I cut out the entire quilt before I left on vacation. I then didn’t have access to my Olfa rotary cutter or a cutting mat. So I had to cut my blocks by hand! What a giant pain!!! Good think my Riley Blake scissors are cute, but dang, this girl needs her tools!
I did manage to pack my Oliso iron. Thank goodness I did! Not all irons are created equal. I started to use a different iron before I remembered I had packed this. Let’s just say the other iron didn’t get very hot and started leaving weird marks on my fabric. Yikes! Oliso to the rescue! I was able to get my blocks nice and flat! The Oliso iron gets super hot. And it is pink!
I am so happy with how this quilt turned out! I decided to skip the border and make my quilt 42″x 56″. My baby is growing out of her baby quilts, so I needed a quilt that was a little bit bigger. Now she has the perfect summer quilt!
This new pattern includes multiple sizes. You can make a crib, throw, twin or king size quilt with this pattern. I guess I made an extra long crib quilt! I was using a draft pattern, so my blocks were 14 inches instead of 17 inches.
I had to include a quilt swirl. Aren’t these colors just perfect and summery? Is that even a word? I had sew much fun stitching this up! Now I just need to decide how to quilt it!
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Hi and welcome to the final week of the Jolly Bar Row Along! I am sad this fun quilt along is coming to an end! The saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I have had so much fun sewing along with the Fat Quarter Shop and sharing my blocks along the way.
I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan! I chose to make my quilt with their Early Bird fabric line. I love how this turned out and can’t wait to get it quilted up!
Before I share the full quilt, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite blocks!
I would have to say that the Crushing On You block is my favorite! I love heart blocks. I saved my red and pink prints for this fun block.
I also love the Sparrow Tracks quilt block. I was able to use some of my favorite prints like these cute tulips! And those florals! Bonnie and Camille florals are some of my favorite prints ever.
And here it is! My Jolly Bar Row Along quilt. I love it! Sewing a sampler quilt is so much fun. Each block is different and you never get bored! And everything looks great in Bonnie and Camille!
I had to use my favorite Aurifil thread to finish assembling this quilt! I managed to finish off a spool in the process. How long does it take you to go through a spool of thread?
I couldn’t have made this quilt without my favorite Oliso iron! It gets super hot so my blocks are nice and flat! And it is pink!
I had to include a fun quilt swirl! Each of the blocks look so fun together. I love the hearts and butterflies!
This quilt finishes at the perfect size. It is a great throw or a beautiful addition to your sewing space! I had so much fun putting this together.
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Today I am sharing one of my favorite projects ever! A unicorn jacket for my unicorn loving girl! Check out the Thermoweb blog for more tips and more pics of this project!