Placemat Pattern!

Here it is – the pattern for the placemats!  It’s so simple and easy. Really – 100% a project for beginners…

Placemats2

You can download the PDF here.

Be sure to check back on Monday – it’s Sew, Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day and I’ll be taking part.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

Placemats!

I finished up the placemats that I made for the LAMQG holiday swap. Chris got them last night and she loved them!  She had asked for something for her kitchen with blues, neutrals and a vaguely beachy vibe.

Place Mats

They are so simple and quick to sew up.  I used linen for the background fabric, Konas Teal and Coal and the light blue is a Moda Crossweave.

Corners

Corners!

The simple dense straight line quilting makes them lie nice and flat.

Quilting

I’ll post a little pattern for these later this week. They would make a great Christmas gift for a friend!

In the sewing room…

I’m working on my holiday swap for the LAMQG meeting on Monday evening. We all picked names so we’re making something for a specific person. It really makes for a great swap when you know the recipient…

Swap Peek

Just a peek for now! More on that soon.

And check out the blocks that I’ve gotten back for Bee Imaginative.

Bee Blocks

Pretty great, right? I can’t wait to put this quilt together once I get all of the blocks… it’s going to be a good one!

Socks!

Hope you all enjoyed your long weekends! Here, the sewing machine has been busy but nothing to show right now. Though I do have some finished craftiness…

Finished Socks!

I knit socks! Cozy pretty socks that fit really well. This was my first time knitting socks and it won’t be my last.

By the way – I’m finally on twitter, follow me if you wanna!

Winner!

Thank you all for your nice comments about my quilt and the pattern being published! I have lots of plans for many patterns being available in the future but lots of leg work ahead of me before then.

Anyhow – getting down to business! The random number generator picked lucky number 41! Kate C. keep an eye out for an email from me!

Happy Monday to you all!

Rectangle Blues

Have you all seen Quilt Scene?? So much great stuff in here!

Quilt Scene

I was lucky enough to have a quilt pattern published in it!

Rectangle Blues on Couch

Rectangle Blues in Mag

Rectangle Blues in Mag2

And the Modern Quilt Guild also got a nice mention!

MQG Mention

I made this quilt a while ago… so nice to finally be able to blog about it! I used a lot of Moda Crossweaves in it.  They are so beautiful!  A couple more photos…

Rectangle Blues on Rocking Chair

Quilting Rectangle Blues

Want a copy of the magazine?  Just leave me a comment.  I’ll pick a winner on Monday!

And it’s back to the sewing machine for me… Hope you all have great weekends ahead of you!

Sewing room snippets

Blocks for Liz

Some bee blocks for Liz.

Beans

And Beans overseeing things.

Hope you all had a great weekend! I spent mine in the sewing room, how about you?

A space quilt??

Yes!  A space quilt!  A while back, the designer for Etsy’s amazing space themed conference room got in touch.  Would I like to make a space quilt to be hung in the room?  Needless to say, this was a daunting task.  But I love a challenge so I took it on.

How to make a quilt that is a glimpse of “space” (as in outer space – this was not a theoretical space…it had to be outer space) yet also keep my aesthetic?  It was no easy task!

Space Quilt

Think I managed ok?  Stars or spaceships?? It’s up to you!  I was thinking stars (you know – like streaking by ’cause you’re at warp speed, right??) but my husband though spaceships so I figured that’s part of the idea – interpret it as you’d like.

White Binding

And white binding!  Not something I’ve otherwise done but I thought it worked well to frame the dark blues and blacks… I used a lot of Quilters Linen in this.  Thought that it was nice for add texture but not a patterned fabric.

There’s more photos of the finished conference room here!

A Baby Girl Quilt!

Katie, a friend from The LAMQG is having a baby girl!  I made her this cute simple quilt.

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Nice and pink but some green mixed in!

I did some fun and easy curly quilting.  I really like this simple and whimsical quilting for a baby quilt.  Keeps it nice and soft.

Some Green Detail

And a simple back – I do love those Wildwood trees!

Some Green Back

Action Kivu follow up!

It’s been just over two months since the Action Kivu sewing workshop fundraiser that I held right here on my blog. I’m sure you all remember that we raised $10,510!! So impressive!

We are lucky enough to be able to concretely see the fruits of our giving through some photos of the women in the workshop with their new machines that our fundraiser bought them.   Because of our fund raising they have also been able to move the workshop to a much safer location.

Ak3

Ak1

It’s pretty great to know that together we’ve done some real good here!  And we’ll be doing it all over again next year!

Meanwhile, please remember that Action Kivu is always taking donations. Perhaps you can set up a monthly donation? It can be small! And if you have more time than money, maybe your guild would like to raise some money with a charity quilt?   Or perhaps you’d like to throw a bake sale at your church?   Any amount helps these women who have been through so much and who are improving their lives with sewing.

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