Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Epic Denyse Schmidt Quilt

In the world of fabric designers there's a few big names and one of my favorites is Denyse Schmidt. I started quilting back years ago when you could still find the original Flea Market Fancy bolts on the shelves for $8-9 a yard and Katie Jump Rope was just being released. Now scraps of both of those lines can go for lots and lots of money!

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I've collected lots and lots of DS fabric over the years with Katie Jump Rope being my favorite line EVER. I luckily bought a bunch of it when it first came out but then also have spent lots of money and time tracking down more of it as it became increasingly popular in the past few years.

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I've gone back and forth so many times about what I wanted to do with these pretty fabrics .... and finally decided on a simple, pretty, classic quilt for the end of my bed.

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I'm not sure exactly what this block is called - my Instagram friend Tamiko made a quilt awhile ago with blocks like these that I fell in love with. Does anyone happen to know what this block is called? I've seen it called a Dutch Pinwheel or Windmill but that doesn't check out using any of the online quilt block sites. It's just simple 4" half square triangles. Aren't half square triangles awesome - so many great things you can do with them in quilt layouts.

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Here's the whole group of fabrics together - including my BFF Darci on Skype holding a stack that she was sending me because we split a bundle of fabrics from #TheGreatFabricDestash! I'm using Katie Jump Rope, Flea Market Fancy (both reprint and original) and some of her prints from her lines at JoAnns. Darci & I made a pact together to both sew a quilt this year with our Denyse Schmidt fabric - and we know they're going to be awesome which is why we're calling the project The Epic Denyse Schmidt Quilt(s).

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I'm also going to piece the whole thing on my Singer Featherweight! I need to blog about it still, but I fell in love with Featherweights after seeing my friend Elisa sew on one at our sewing nights, and finally bought one on eBay. It's AMAZING how this machine 70+ years old sews so wonderfully. The fact that it's small and easily transportable is just a bonus!

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I need to cut about a billion more squares so I can make more blocks, but I'm super happy with the 6 blocks I have done so far & can't wait to see how this quilt is going to come together! I need 42 blocks in total. It's going to take awhile but this is a project I want done so badly I want to work on it all the time!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sewing a Patchwork Baby Quilt

One of my favorite things to sew is baby quilts - fast, pretty, and well-received! My cousin and his wife were due to have a baby and when I asked her what colors she'd like she told me pink, white and cream with a kind of southern shabby chic feeling. If you know my normal bright + bold color scheme this was pretty out of the norm for me & I was a little nervous about what I would be able to come up with!

Sewing a Patchwork Baby Quilt

I pulled some fabrics from my stash to get a feel for what it would look like and I was pleasantly surprised to see how much I loved the colors together - and how much pink I actually had! I ended up pulling a little mint in as well since one of the pink prints I had included mint and I loved the way the mint added a little more color.

Sewing a Patchwork Baby Quilt

I also added some text & black and white prints in to give it depth and contrast ... for a minute there it was kind of looking like a hot mess but I plugged along and got the top pieced and then once I was basting it I was starting to love it! I didn't plan the layout of the squares for the top, I just grabbed them and chain pieced them together until the top was big enough.

Sewing a Patchwork Baby Quilt

The end result was a quilt that I LOVED and couldn't wait to gift - it had come together better than I had hoped and is so pretty!

Sewing a Patchwork Baby Quilt

Sewing a Patchwork Baby Quilt

Sewing a Patchwork Baby Quilt

The backing was a pretty Dear Stella fabric that I had a yard of that went with the mint and cream colors from the front & looked a little southern-charm-ish. The binding was another cute little flower that went perfectly and was cute without being overly baby-ish! I think one of my favorite things about this quilt is how it's soft and pretty but not necessarily babyish!

Sewing a Patchwork Baby Quilt

Sewing a Patchwork Baby Quilt

The quilt was delivered last week and they love it! I love how this one turned out!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

#The Great Fabric Destash (on Instagram)

I've been wanting to do a destash of some of my fabric for awhile now. Ever since moving last fall I realized how much fabric I actually have (the fabric boxes were some of the heaviest in the move - ha!) ... and how much of that I will never have enough hours in my lifetime to ever sew with. When I first started sewing, I would buy fabric just because I liked it, without any idea how or when I would ever use it. I still like to buy fabric just because it's pretty, but I've become MUCH more picky about the things that I spend my money on.

People destash (destash = sell or give away) fabric from time to time on Instagram, and after my friend Leigh posted some fabric the other day to try to sell, only to have it go unclaimed for hours (it was really good fabric too!) it occurred to me that what we needed was a big IG wide destash, with a hashtag so that everyone could follow along, all happening at the same time! So, The Great Fabric Destash was born.


This is how it will work:

FOR SELLERS: Post pictures of the fabric you want to destash. Include as much information as you can in your picture description: cut sizes, line/designer name, if smoke/pet free, the price, if the price includes shipping or not, if you'll ship US only or international, washed/unwashed, etc. If you have a lot to sell, it's OK to post your general rules in a picture at the beginning before your fabric pictures.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Scrappy Christmas Throw Pillow Tutorial for the Bake Craft Sew Along!

(Welcome to Two More Seconds! If this is your first time visiting - I invite you get to know me by reading a couple of posts - this one called "Look!" from 2008 explains how I've been blogging a looong time, this one called "This is Me!" from 2011 gives you a bunch of fun info about moi, and this one called "Seven Links to Get To Know Me" is a link up of a bunch of previous posts for a blog exercise I did in 2010. I'm on Instagram mostly these days, so make sure to follow me there for lots of pictures of my sewing adventures, darling kiddos, and adorable Basset Hound puppy, Cici!)

I am so in the mood for Christmas this year. Maybe it's because of the cute new house we're living in, maybe it's because it's been a long, hot summer and fall - I don't know. I'm just ready for cozying up under quilts and watching Christmas movies and yes - snow.

Scrappy Christmas Throw Pillow

I was asked to join in at Skip to my Lou to guest post for the Holiday Bake Craft Sew Along. I love this blog hop every year - so many awesome ideas in one place!

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I made a version of this scrappy throw pillow a few years ago, but never wrote up a proper tutorial for it. As far as sewing tutorials go, it's VERY simple, but this pillow is unique because it only uses one big piece of linen for the whole pillow & wraps around to make an envelope back out of itself. Pretty spiffy.

Scrappy Christmas Throw Pillow

Plus it uses some of my favorite red and green fabrics (or scraps of them), and I love that it's so quick to pump out this pillow - you could make a few in a day for a quick gift or last minute housewarming present.

Scrappy Christmas Throw Pillow


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sewing Lately - Modern Maples Fall Quilt

So it's been a LONG time since I've been in this space. I'm interested to see if anyone even still notices this blog post - I've been so out of touch with the blogging world lately (Instagram is a blog killer!) I almost forget what I'm supposed to do here.

But, I miss it. And I'm going to jump right in & make blogging a priority again because A) I miss it, B) I miss the record kept of our family excursions & experiences and C) I miss the community aspect.

It feels like fall outside today & I really want to make the Modern Maples quilt. It looks like it comes together pretty fast?

Fall is my favorite time of the year (especially in Utah) and I fell in love last year with the Modern Maples quilt from the Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays (Buy on Amazon here) book by my friend John / QuiltDad. Amanda / HeyPorkchop designed the pattern & it's just so pretty in it's simplicity and fall-ness.

I can't get #modernmaples off my mind! I might be starting another (mini) quilt! #tmssews

I pulled some fabrics (two stacks actually!) and got sewing.

Half done with my #modernmaples blocks (this is some of them) and have the other half cut out & ready to sew.  #tmssews #tmsfall13

The blocks are pretty by themselves.

7 more #modernmaples blocks done today. #tmssews #sewing #quilting

But then they really shine when you start piecing them together. My full quilt top:

My #modernmaples throw sized quilt top done. #tmssews #tmsfall13

And my mini quilt top:

And my #modernmaple mini quilt top done too! (Same size blocks as the big quilt, just only 4 of them for a mini quilt) #tmssews #tmsfall13

I just need to find some time now to baste & quilt them & then we'll have some pretty new (and functional!) fall deco around here for the rest of the season. I'm telling you, fall is my favorite!

The changing leaves were amazing in the mountains today. #tmsfall13 #autumn

Fall is my favorite.  #tmsfall13 #igutah

October is truly amazing.  Please don't tell me you're getting sick of autumn pictures yet.  #tmsfall13

Drizzly October morning.  Isn't this tree a show off?! I just want to go run through those leaves on their grass.  #tmsfall13


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