Sew On The Go is authored by Michelle Renee Hiatt, who is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go as well as Modern 180, a modern pattern division of Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design. Additionally, Michelle is a certified Studio 180 Design Instructor, as well as a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. Michelle Renee is known for her humor, enthusiasm and encouragement! Michelle can be reached on her website @www.Sewonthego.netor her blogwww.sewonthego.blogspot.com

Monday, January 23, 2012

Another great Blog - Blog Spotlight on Diary of a Quilter

Diary of a Quilter is a really cute blog. I've added it to my blog roll. http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/

The author is Amy Smart.  She is a 30 something wife, mom and quilter.  She felt like a granny telling people that she was a sewer/quilter until she entered blogland.  Where she found hundreds of quilters of all ages.

She publishes her progress on several project.  Her scrappy quilt block jumped at me with all our "scrap" conversations. 

Additionally she has her own Etsy store and publishes Quilt Patterns.  This one is really cute and simple.  So Cute!

Check it out.

Onto Stashbuster #2.... Amanda Murphy's Garden Path

With my first Stashbuster complete, I decided to make Amanda Murphy's Garden Path for my next Stashbuster.  I love the patten and I think makes great use of Stash.

I love Amanda's patterns, you should check them out. http://www.amandamurphydesign.com/patterns.asp The patterns themselves are awesome.  They have great instructions, awesome graphics, full-color booklet, and it really makes you feel like it was worth your $10.

Now, onto the actually pattern.... it really is great for a Stashbuster since it uses common "stash" purchases.  I'm always picking up Jelly Rolls, Border fabric, Brights and of late.. background fabric.  Buying background fabric is something really new for me.  It was something I was lacking in my Stash before.   So, now when I see a great background fabric on sale, I pick it up.  Note, some stores will actually give you a discount if you purchase the whole bolt of background fabric.  It's a good investment, this way when you want to use those other fabrics in your stash, you have the perfect background fabric. 

So, back to the pattern; Garden Party, by Amanda Murphy calls for;
  • A Jelly Roll
  • Background - 3-3/4 yards of fabric
  • Inner Border and Accent Squares - 1-1/4 yard of fabric
  • Outer Border - 1-1/2 yards of fabric
  • Binding - 3/4 yard of fabric
The quilt measures 68" x 96" when completed.

As I said above Amanda's instructions are great.  So, today, I got it all cut and organized.  I like to cut it all, package it, so it is ready to transport or pick up at any time.  I don't like to waste time trying to figure out where things are... etc.  I like to be organized and I feel it really pays off later.  So, take the time to get the "pieces" into baggies.  Mark them and place them all together.

I got my four patches put together.  Don't they look great!

Then I moved on to the flip method of sewing the 2 1/2" background squares onto the rectangles.  I love using Pam Bono's Angler 2 (http://pamsclub.com/main-store-menu/3-anglers), it eliminates the "line drawing step" and I find that it works really well.  Accurate!  When you have limited time, your tools are worth your investment.
I finished all of the rectangles.  They are pressed, cut and pinned properly....  Now they will have to wait until next weekend since I'm traveling to DC for work this week.  :(   Always on the GO!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

January Stash Buster completed- Poppy Surprise!

2012 Stash Buster #1 Complete!

My Quilt Group did a group mystery.  I used all stash -which felt great.

I followed the pattern with the exception of adding a small inner border (white dot) to float the center.  I like it.  I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet. 

I fell in love with the bordor fabric when a quilt friend used the border fabric in a table runner the summer before last.  When I went to purchase  the fabric, the only way I could get it was if I purchased a kit.  Since it was a "must have", I had to purchase it...  that was 2 years ago.  I never took it out of the packaging  (horrible, I know).  However, when I was trying to find fabric to make the mystery, from stash, I thought of it.... 

Tada... I completed my first Stash Buster of the year!  11 more to go to meet my goal.



I still need to quilt it, but love it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Office Supplies to the rescue!

Sew Many Ways' blog - Tool Time Tuesday highlighted the true "Fabric Filing System".


I could totally see this working for your medium pieces of fabric.  You could easily move them around.... pretty cool.  She makes a statement in her post; " I think my hobby really is organizing my supplies and not doing anything with them!!! LOL".  I can totally relate on some days.


Karen really comes up with some great ideas.  Check it out:
http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/

Sew Many Ways' blog has also been previously spotlighted and is on my blog roll.

Blog SpotLight - Tallgrass Prairie Studios

Since I mentioned Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studios in my Modern Quilt Description, I thought it would be a good idea to spotlight her blog:  http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/.  Her most recent post is on her ski trip but prior she focuses on Quilting.  Plus, the trials and tribulations of life. 

She made a really cool color wheel quilt.  I really like it and think it would be cool to make. 
Check it out.  Let me know what you think

What Type of Quilter Are You?

What type of quilter are you?

I think that most quilters often find themselves at odds as to what constitutes their own primary style or focus. Do you see yourself as primarily a traditional quilter, modern or liberated quilter, or perhaps as an artist or art quilter?


I've discovered that stating one's opinion on what type of quilter they are can often lead to active discussions...even some disagreements...as each of us views ourselves, and others, differently than we do ourselves. So, I worked out some potential descriptive categories for "What Type of Quilter Are You?"


Traditional Quilter: You love the history of quilting and the patterns created and carried down through time by our pioneer ancestors and forebears. You tend to use pattern and love the look of traditional quilting above all other forms. Making a "Dear Jane' quilt once in your life is a goal of dedication, perseverance and the love of history,craft, and art form combined. But you might also adore the color values, tradition, and use of style and form in Civil War or Reproduction quilts.



Folk Art Quilter: Folk Art Quilters are often a blend or a fusing of many techniques used by traditional, applique, and art quilters. Utilizing expressive designs and often incorporating muted blending of colors with a predominant use of applique, one thinks of the bright modern, liberated works of Mary Lou Weidman or the rich traditional patterns and heart warming colors of Tonye Phillips. You love the comfy, cozy feel of quilts and quilting, but also have a deep inner need to express that love with characteristic symbols and meaning infused into the very story of the quilts you make.



Liberated Quilter:  Liberated quilters like to see themselves as using the best of two worlds...the traditions of those quilters who have gone before us, and a fun, free-piecing approach to intuitive quilting without following rules or allowing the inner quilt police person to constantly critique or challenge our work. An offset style of folkart quilting in many ways, it tends to incorporate more tone on tone fabrics or very brights. Liberated quilters often include free-pieced letters, and wonky versions of traditional patterns. The liberated stars, wonky churn dashes, strip pieced strings or flip and stitch flowers, animals, birds, and fish often distinguish them from other forms of quilting. For instances, embracing Bonnie Hunters' more scrappy and fast pieced free piecing of traditional blocks, strings and orphan pieces, as well as developing a variety of techniques and styles among the many individual quilters.



Modern Quilter: Modern quilting is a new twist on the traditional art of quilting, once liberated and twice removed. This may mean something as simple as using a traditional quilt block and updating it in a fresh fun new way, using modern and often dramatic or unusual fabrics, modifying the block arrangement or even the scale of the block. It often uses bars and strips in unique ways where the emphasis is on design as a focus.The piecing could be improvisational and wonky, or it could be very exact and measured, following a pattern or creating your own. It might use a traditional stippling for quilting, clean straight lines, or a very free style. Fabrics could be up-cycled vintage sheets, custom digital printed fabric, or something from one of the modern fabric designers. Usually, there is a predominance of white spaces and fabric for a fresh, modern look such as that personified by Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie Studio. 

Art Quilter: Art quilters frequently began as artists in other media who discover a love of fabric or mixed media and use the craft of quilting as a form of multiple self expression. Often seeing the art quilt as the best of all worlds, they allow complete freedom of self-expression outside of any confines of the traditional pieced quilt. Using multi-dimensional techniques and materials, their quilts delight the senses and fill us with the wonder of 'how in the world did they do that' wonder. And I have to add, that amongst the most lovely of art quilts are those with specific value and purpose, such as those inspired by the amazing energy of Ami Simms and her Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative where we can all become art quilters with the creation of small 9"x12" art quilts or 4"x6" postcards.


Fused Quilter: Sometimes viewed as art quilts, sometimes as fused applique' quilts, the art of fused quilting may have become famous due to the talent and hard work of the likes of the Chicago School of Fusing and Laura Wasilowski, Melody Johnson, and Frieda Anderson. It has developed as its own distinct quilt art form due to the bold use of design elements and color within the exploration of fused fabrics and modern quilted elements, as well as their creative use of music and theatre.



Crazy Quilters: To the Victorians the word "crazy" not only meant wild, but also broken or crazed into splinters. And 'Crazy Quilting' as a textile art is definitely creative and free-flowing by nature. As you add crazy quilt pieces and patches, you will often learn as much about the use of specific stitches or embellishments (and your love and obsession with them), as you will about your 'crazy quilting self' in the process. So, when it comes to self expression and liberation, being crazy is a whole lot of fun.



Kit Quilters: More of a subset to traditional quilters but often branching out into the kit quilting of even the Modern approach, kit quilters may love the look of free pieced quilts but are not always ready to work from scratch and are more comfortable using patterns and quilt tutorials. With an interest in precision and color matching, as well as interest in saving time, they almost always buy their quilting materials pre-packaged or grouped.



Machine Quilter: The quilting culture is a living culture. Machine Quilters are wise to the fact that their ancestors jumped at the chance to use sewing machines to piece their quilts. The become 'machine quilters' when their quilting for others exceeds their piecing and quilting for themselves. They may give a nod to the past with their precise corner matching and the fact that they can finish a king size quilt in a month without the need of a quilting bee. Their ancestors would be amazed but most of us are simply jealous of their ability to be both creative and prolific at the same time.

Hand Quilters: Hand quilters really and truly are a special group of their very own. Those who love and honor this traditional and time consuming art, have to be commended and admired. Facing carpel tunnel and the beginning symptoms of arthritis, they steadfastly quilt away. You can often recognize them from the sheer number of band-aids on their fingers and the intent, somewhat glazed look on their faces. They are as much a 'group' as machine quilters, because while they mostly likely have their own favorite form of quilting...they stand out in their own group as hand quilters, as well. Traditionalists considering hand quilting a necessity, and an almost religious fervor and sense of responsibility to their cherished handiwork. For the true hand quilter, anything else is a cop out to time constraints or laziness ;) And yes, I have a tongue in my cheek and am totally jealous by their tiny stitches!!

So, what type of quilter are you?  Do you agree with the descriptions?  Would you make any modifications to descriptions?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Blog Spotlight - Miss MustardSeed

My Blog spotlight is on a home decorator, I know she isn't a quilter, but she is a sewer, and she has such wonderful ideas.  One of the Pennington customers mentioned her site/blog and I had to check it out for myself.  She has taken new "drop cloths" (yes those things you use when you paint), washed them and made Chair covers, sofa slip covers, etc. Some of her items have been featured on HGTV.

She decribes herself and her craft:
"Mustard Seed Interiors is my antiques and home decor business located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I have always loved decorating my own home and the homes of friends and family. Over the past ten years, I have transformed blank walls, thrift store finds, and hand-me-down furniture with a little paint and creativity. In 2008, that hobby became Mustard Seed Interiors. In addition to authoring this blog, I am a freelance writer for HGTV.com, a contributor to Cottages & Bungalows magazine and sell my finds and creations at The Old Lucketts Store in Lucketts, Virginia.".


I thought she might inspire us, help those of us decorating,etc.  Check it out. http://www.missmustardseed.com/

Stitcher's Help - Cool app for your Smart Phone


Found a pretty cool app for the Smart Photos, it is call Stitcher's Help.  It allows you to store your projects, shopping list for those projects, pattern info, etc.  Plus it has a several quilt calulators.  It was create by a quilter's husband.  It does cost $.99 but it has several features that the free applications do not have. 

The developer states:

A tool for helping all sorts of crafters track their stitching, quilting, knitting, cross-stitching, embroidery projects and quilt projects! Use calculators, attach images and calculations to projects, track a shopping list: All on your phone!
Current features:
  • Several calculators for calculating yardage, cost, or some other measurement. Send me an email at opedog@gmail.com and suggest more!
  • Project tracking. Mark your project as "In Progress", "On Hold", or "Completed".
  • Attach pictures to projects
  • Attach project items to projects. These can be either any of the below calculators with your yardage and data saved, or simply a needed item.
  • Projects also have space for pattern information and notes.
  • Automatically generated shopping list page that can either be added on the fly or marked as "Include on Shopping List" on the project item edit screen. These items are grouped by project for easy organization.
  • Import data from other OpeWare apps (Bead Checklist, Floss Checklist, Yarn Inventory)! Select the menu button after selecting a project to bring up a list of files you can import from, select one, then select the items to import into your project!
Current list of calculators:
  • Yardage: Squares
  • Yardage: Half Square Triangles
  • Yardage: Quarter Square Triangles
  • Yardage: Rectangles
  • Yardage: 45 Degree Diamonds
  • Yardage: 60 Degree Diamonds
  • Yardage: Equilateral Triangles
  • Border: Mitered
  • Border: Squared
  •  Cost
  • Rectangle Diagonal Measurement
Has anyone else found an interesting app?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Swoon #2 is finished

Swoon update; I ended up having to take break from Swoon #1 and complete Swoon #2.  Here it is, I love it.


I know it is quite the Blog sensation, have any of you started one?

New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! I know this topic isn't a surprise, but I figured it is timely.

Did you make any resolutions this year? Or set any goals?

They are probably one in the same, but I guess I feel that we give up on resolutions once we "fall off". Whereas goals, I think we usually continue to strive for them. Maybe I'm crazy.

So, this year I set 6 sewing goals;
  1. To keep my sewing space a creative space, and not let it get bogged down, messy, etc. I find when the space is a mess, I tend to avoid it. So, I spent yesterday straighten it up. So far, so good.
  2. To make more time for myself to sew. I want to shoot for 8 hours a week. It doesn't have to all be together, but I need to spend more time sewing. It helps me and I need to remember I'm worth it.
  3. To complete 6 PIPs (Project in Progress).
  4. To complete 6 Stash Buster Projects from stash only (might have to swap a piece or two). I'm going to shop at Michelle's first. I really have some cool stuff and I need to look there first.
  5. If I purchase new fabric, patterns, books etc - It must be on a 20%+ sale or I have to wait!
  6. Only one block of the month - I choose one and I plan on completely it each month so I can get it for free.
That's it. What about you? Care to share?