Saturday, October 11, 2014

Modern Scrappy Quilts in Blue and Sweet Red


Scrappy quilts are my favorite because you can play around easily with patterns and colors.  Most of these fabrics came from fat quarters instead of my scrap pile so it limited me in my fabric choices.  Originally, I was going to mix the blue and the red into one quilt but in the end I decided to split them into two. This is a revisited pattern for me.  I have made this quilt pattern in bright pinks before.  Instructions on how to make your own scrappy quilt, see Quiltville's tutorial.  These quilts are available in my Etsy Site.

On a final note: I have closed down the store front studio and only sell online and at Beewise Goods in Boise on State St. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Wild West Baby Patchwork Quilt

These patchwork quilts started with a few scraps of Michael Miller cowboy fabric that were already precut from one of my previous projects.  The scrap size determined the way the baby quilts were pieced.  Scrappy patchwork quilts are a great way to use of fabric and a fun way to play with color and pattern.  You really can not go wrong.

Here is picture of placing binding on one of the baby quilts.  I like to use glue to help ensure the exact placement of my binding which always seems to be a challenge!  What about you?

The Wild West Cowgirl or Cowboy patchwork quilt is available to purchase on my Etsy website.
P.S.  My Instagram site is up and going make sure to follow Twigs and Twist there for frequent posting about sewing and quilting projects.  Also, come any enjoy daily happenings around Boise and the wonderful state of Idaho.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Simply Stitch Gatherings: Exploring the Use of Mul-tex

In our Simply Stitch Gathering Class this week, we played around with Mul-tex from C&T Publishing.  It is a white flexible bonded material that can be painted, stamped, sewn, etc.  Mul-tex is tear resistant and translucent.  The shiny side is food safe.  Here are two little needle holder samples made at the gathering.  


The outsides were painted with Inktense Watersoluble Ink Color pencils.  The images were drawn either free hand with Sharpie or hand stamped.  Then, the holders were stitched with sewing machine.    Inside is a piece of felt with fabric sewn to it to hold your needles.  They were fun and fast to make and would make great simple gifts.


Extra: This art quilt has Mul-tex in it.  The deer was traced onto the Mul-tex from a photo and then colored using the Inktense water color pencils.  The traced image was then ironed on to the lower fabric using a pressing cloth.  Mul-tex is great because it naturally adheres to a surface when heated.  The deer was then top stitched.  Mul-tex does take some experimenting with to figure out all of its uses.  It does roll a bit so tape is needed to stick it down when you are painting it.  

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Art Quilt - Cedar Waxwing Finished

The final steps in making the Cedar Waxwing art quilt were the hardest.  Drawing is not my strong point and thread sketching is a bit like drawing.  So, I created multiple steps to ensure a more successful outcome.  First, I traced the image of the waxwing onto a plastic sheet and made a copy of it onto white paper.

Then, I drew pencil lines on the white paper where I thought my thread sketching should be. I lined paper with interfacing and free motion quilted over the pencil lines with black thread.  I took an extra step and created a paper color copy of the waxwing and thread sketched it.  

Finally, I made the jump to the actual fabric pieced waxwing created earlier and free motion quilted  it.  Definitely, a fun process but I did have to let go and not try to be a perfectionist.  

The end result was a beautiful art quilt, my first.  I am looking forward to sharing more of these with you in the future.  

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Art Quilt - Cedar Waxwing In Progress

I love art quilts!  This was my first attempt at my own.  I took a picture of this Cedar Waxwing at Morrison Knudsen Nature Center in Boise, one of my favorite places to wander when the weather is cold.  I love birds and thought the Waxwing would be perfect to use because of its beautiful color.  

This video tutorial from had easy to understand art quilt instructions to get me on my way.  My main supplies included batik fabrics, Mistyfuse, a silicon pressor sheet, iron, Transdoodle tracing paper and a great pair of art quilt scissors.  What fun, especially if you sat back and just enjoy the process which I did for once.  Now I am on the to the next stage where I will fuse to a backing and begin topstitching.  

Have you made an art quilt before?  What was your inspiration?  

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Fabric Arrival - Soho Collection

The Soho fabric collection by Studio 8 has a modern look that is clean and crisp.  Its main print is a grouping of dandelion flowers in various sizes.  The coordinating prints are geometric in nature and include hexagons, dots, chevron and stripes.   Its color way is based on reds, grays, and golden yellows.  

I could not wait to get stitching with it.  I recently brought interfacing into the shop that helps you create the Rob Pete quilting pattern.  This was a new experience for me.  You use the interfacing to help you create the "petals" that you appliqué onto a base fabric.  A book from Quilting Smart, Rob Pete & Friends, has great how to instructions and patterns.  There is enough interfacing in the book to make one table runner.  If making one of their large projects, you will need more interfacing.

The interfacing was easy to use and took a small amount of practice to get the placement on the base fabric just right.  I would recommend starting with a small pattern first such a pillow or table runner before diving into a large quilt.  The runner turned out beautifully, just enough red for Valentine's day and just enough yellow to give a hint of spring!

What would you create the Soho fabric?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Our Sew Mama Sew Give Away - Fabric!

Fabric Give Away

We are giving a fabulous fat quarter bundle pack from Quilting Treasures.
This pack includes 6 fat quarter the Lief! Lifestyle, Sweet Life Collection.
It is modern with a clean look with in pretty colors of pink, blue and white. 

Our giveaway is open worldwide.  Both US and International entries accepted. 
Our entry deadline is on December 13th at 5 p.m. PST. We will announce who the random winner is by Sunday, December 15th.

To enter:

1.  You need to leave a comment on this post letting us know what is your favorite color of thread.
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The lucky winner will be randomly chosen from entries.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy Sewing!

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