...and not eating bon-bons.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hot Dog Pillowcases, Civil War, and most important Warm Weather

Just about everyone who quilts has heard of Kaffe Fassett, a brilliant artist and designer who works with color in amazing ways. Based in London, Kaffe works with Westminster Fabrics creating fabric lines that his fans can't wait to get their hands on. Recently, I played around with some Kaffe fabric to make a couple pillowcases for my daughters.
Now do you see what I'm talking about??!!

The method I used to construct the pillowcases is called the hot dog method, or sometimes known as the taco method. Funny names that will make sense when you put one together. I love it because all the raw edges are tucked in nicely. If you would like to give it a try, I have included my own hot dog pillowcase tutorial in the tutorial section of my blog. And you get to do French seams!

Lately, I've been looking into Civil War reproduction fabric. Barbara Brackman is well known for her research on fabric and quilts from before the civil war to present day. Her blog is amazing with tons of history and pictures of vintage quilts. She has a brand new line of fabric called Ladies' Album. And Barbara has a free online Block of the Month called Threads of Memory that started in January. The theme Threads of Memory refers to the Underground Railroad. Each month, she blogs about an important story in the network that assisted slaves to freedom and provides a free 12" star quilt block pattern. And if you really are a quilting machine, Barbara is starting a Jane Austen weekly quilt block on Sunday, April 6th. You will receive free 12" quilt block patterns for 36 weeks. The blocks are not authentic for the time period but chosen for their 20th century names as "patchwork in Jane Austen's England rarely included a sampler of blocks."

Last week, I visited Quilt Merchant, a quilt store in Winfield, IL that specialized in Civil War reproduction fabric. Here is a quilt pattern called Four Score by Quilts Remembered done in Civil War repro fabric. I have the pattern and fabric kit and hope that my quilt turns out this awesome! I have only started cutting the fabric but I am so excited to start sewing. 

April is in two days and the weather has finally started to warm up. I don't remember the last time the kids were outside without jackets. It's going to be in the 60's tomorrow! I think we'll spend all day outside. 
Happy sewing and quilting!

Julie B.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Briar Rose Quilt

 My Briar Rose baby quilt is finished for Sarah's teacher who had her first baby girl. Briar Rose fabric collection is by Heather Rose for Windham Fabrics and the solid green is by Moda Bella Solids called Amelia Green.

The frogs, bees, and strawberries are sweet. This bee is knitting.

I had fun playing around with the decorative stitching on my Bernina 330.  I added 
baby's name in each solid green row. 

 I found some inspiration here from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts to start what she calls an Economy Block Quilt. Traditionally, this block is known as a Square in a Square block. I have a nice collection of novelty prints to fussy cut for the centers. Also, I have a charm pack of dear Stella dots for the outside corners and a good sized collection of solids for the inside corners. Only 76 more to go!

My "second chance" find this month was a beautiful crochet blanket in great condition and perfect for Emma's room. I see a lot of these blankets but not as vibrant and soft as this one. I found one for Sarah in her colors a couple years ago. Here is the link. Wow! Time flies!

Happy day!
Julie B.