Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tell Me a Story Part 3

Here are some of the blocks I've made, along with their stories, for Amy Friend's Tell Me a Story quilt block challenge. The pattern for these blocks can be found in Amy's new book Intentional Piecing.  See my two previous posts for more info on this fun challenge!

Tell Me a Story Quilt Blocks by Poppyprint

Even though Mary was quite contrary, she regularly ruined a perfectly good manicure in a bucket of dirt, working her ass off to make that garden grow.

Tell Me a Story Quilt Blocks by Poppyprint

Riding through the streets of Paris after her last afternoon class at the Sorbonne, Mireille made an unscheduled stop at the parapluie store after the clouds unexpectedly burst and huge raindrops fell, threatening to spoil the daffodils in her basket.

Tell Me a Story Quilt Blocks by Poppyprint

Gerard could think of nothing more pleasing than a Saturday morning spent in his favourite smoking jacket, reading the paper while sipping Earl Grey. He just never got the whole dog park thing.

Tell Me a Story Quilt Blocks by Poppyprint

Tiffany grew up in the Keys and had always dreamed of anchoring the water ski pyramid team*, but last week's close call with the gator had her thinking that maybe it was time to hang up her bikini & bathing cap and open a cupcake cafe with her little sister.

*When I was 7 or 8 or 9 we went to Florida and watched a water ski show featuring ramp jumping and human pyramids. I'm pretty sure the announcer mentioned the threat of alligators every 5 minutes. Or maybe I'm making that part up.

Tell Me a Story Quilt Blocks by Poppyprint

Rhonda had earned her all-around cord, so she was well-versed in always being prepared. She never left home without a handbag full of spare parts.

Tune in tomorrow....yes, there are more!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tell Me a Story Part 2

Here are some of the blocks I've made, along with their stories, for Amy Friend's Tell Me a Story quilt block challenge. The pattern for these blocks can be found in Amy's new book Intentional Piecing.  Some of the stories are brief. Some are long-winded. Some are funny. Some are confusing. Some are semi-autobiographical: you decide.

I had fun thinking about what I would write as I sewed each block. A few of them had several stories to tell, but I'm only going to share the (mostly) politically correct, safe for work versions. I must say, I'm thoroughly enjoying this process and rediscovering all sorts of fun fabric in my stash. Who knew I had so many fussy cuttable prints?

Tell Me a Story Quilt Blocks by Poppyprint

Buttons and Measuring Tapes: the Haberdashery Mysteries
(this is a kind of make up your own story ; ))

Tell Me a Story Quilt Blocks by Poppyprint

Everyone knows that Buckingham Palace is firmly rooted in tradition and old ways, which is why they were loathe to install telephones for the longest time. British phone boxes have that roundy top bit to accommodate the HRH's crowns during important calls to modern friends and with-it world leaders while out around town.

Tell Me a Story Quilt Blocks by Poppyprint

Vince was feeling anything but lucky. The sushi restaurant gig was nothing like he expected; he'd been smiling and waving for over a month now and had yet to taste his first ebi sashimi.  As soon as this shift was over, he was calling his agent about the job down at Hello Kitty. At least there he'd have the promise of cute girls in pink dresses.

Tell Me a Story Quilt Blocks by Poppyprint

Lawrence could never make it to the front of the chow line, no matter how hard he ruffled his feathers.

Tell Me a Story Quilt Blocks by Poppyprint

There are all sorts of versions of this story, none of which are very kid-appropriate, so I'll just go with this: These two were into the good stuff last night, so they're having a bit of a lie in this morning!

Tune in tomorrow for more kooky quilt stories.....

Monday, May 2, 2016

Quilting My Own Stories

I've been having a little too much fun with my stash lately. If you follow along on Instagram, then you know that there are some crazy little stories coming from my crazy little brain, all based on fabrics from my stash.

My longtime blogging pal (who I finally got to meet in person at Quilt Market last spring!) Amy Friend has finally published a book. I say finally because Amy has many devoted followers that love her original paper piecing patterns and amazing quilt designs.  We've been wondering for years when she'd put a collection together into a book for us.  Intentional Piecing is the exact book you'd imagine from her; fussy cutting for fun and fabulous projects with lots of attention to detail and amazing tips for success! Get 30% off your book purchase from Lucky Spool with code FRIEND30!

Amy is hosting the Tell Me a Story Quilt contest   Until June 1st, anyone can make a story quilt block (pattern is in the book) and share it on IG using the hashtag #tellmeastoryquilt for a chance to win a spectacular bundle of fussy-cuttable fabric sponsored by Sew Me a Song 

 To celebrate the book launch, Amy asked some friends to play along and make a block, so you may have seen some pop up on your favourite blogs already. You may already know that foundation paper piecing is not my go-to quilting technique.  Sure, I love the accuracy and detailed pictures you can create, but I just don't have the patience for the fussy business, tiny pieces and all of those seams. That is why the story block is perfect for me! I love that Amy has pre-cutting instructions for all of the pieces required for the block (very little fabric waste is my jam).  I intended to humour Amy by making a block, but once I started pulling fabric, looking for just the right combinations to tell a story, I couldn't stop! Soon I had a pile of fabric on my cutting board and so many stories swirling around in my head that I was feeling a little manic. I had to start sewing.

I've sewn so many blocks and made up so many stories that I think I'll spread out my posts over the week to keep you entertained. To start us off, I'll share the block that I made just for Amy. Years ago she gifted me a small linen panel that she's screen printed with the cutest little houses and trees. If you've been following her for any length of time then you know that she's an avid gardener and has a very special French garden plot in her back yard (that I admire greatly).  So here is Amy's House, made with her screen print and a precious scrap of Farmdale floral that I covet:

Tell Me a Story Quilt Blocks by Poppyprint

Sunday, May 1, 2016

#MayisforMakers First Pattern

Finally. So many of my local friends and others online around the world have made this pattern already. Some people have made 2, or 3 or 8! Everyone I know loves it. It holds WAY more than you could ever imagine. It's the Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented. It's one of those patterns that comes along every 6 months or so that EVERYONE falls in love with and wants to make because it's just. so. good. I get a little thrill for the designers of such patterns - how gratifying that their idea inspires so many people to get making!


I hit the double whammy with this purchase, because I bought the paper copy at my LQS, supporting an indie designer and a small business owner. I love the convenience of shopping online (and try mostly to support independent business-women like my blog sponsors there, too) but when I can pop into my local and find just what I'm looking for it's a win-win!

I'm away on retreat this week and this bag is on my to-make list. Let's see if I get to it. The list is L-O-N-G!

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

#May is for Makers

Here's something cool. Lindsey over at LR Stitched has launched a wonderful initiative for May. She's written a great little post (and designed this awesome button) that explains her thinking and her hope for the month right here.  Have a read.

May Is For Makers |

We've all shared patterns with friends. We've all balked at prices. We've all asked "where can I get that for free". In reality, most sewing and quilting patterns are around $10. In Canada, we pay up to $20 for quilting magazines - I have stacks of them, yet I can count on one hand the number of projects I've actually made from a magazine. They are great inspiration, but it is the individual patterns in my collection that I return to over and over, either to make or to dream of making. Patterns like Anna's 2-4-1 Tote (in fact, any of Anna's bag patterns!), or the Liesl's Weekend Getaway Blouse or Kirsty's The Plus Side Quilt

  digital weekend getaway blouse + dress sewing pattern  Image of Quilt Pattern PDF - The Plus Side

Guess what?  I've even bought patterns from blogging friends and others I don't really know, just to say "thank you" and acknowledge the inspiration and great content they provide for free in between their pattern releases.  I know, my halo shines.  My "pattern downloads" folder on the laptop overflows. Doesn't mean I will ever getting around to making every pattern I've purchased, but it's easy to drop $10 to show someone the love. Around these parts, that's a lot less than a meter of fabric or a couple of lattes!  I'm acutely aware of the time and energy it takes to come up with an idea, sketch it, test it, write it up, make it, edit it, produce it and finally, get it ready to market and sell. I cringe every time I see someone comment on a blog "will you create a tutorial for this? I'd love to make one!" Yes, but how much would you love to make one? Would you reward the designer for two, three or four days' work by spending $5 on a pattern? Would you? I hope so.

Here's another great post by Mandy with some food for thought on supporting indie.

I'm ahead of the game. I've already bought my first indy pattern for the month. It's one that EVERYONE but me has made already and it's high time I put my extensive zipper stash to use. Can you guess which pattern it is? Tune in Monday for the first day of #MayisforMakers!

Support creative people. 
The end.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Supplies Event at Craftsy this weekend!

Just popping in to let you know that there is a huge supplies even on at Craftsy this weekend...kits and fabrics up to 50% off!

I just downloaded Latifah's FREE GlamClam quilt pattern from the Craftsy pattern store for the (live, in person) class I'm doing with the VMQG when Latifah visits next month. I'm so looking forward to it because I've sewn curves many times, but never devoted an entire project to them. There are some great fabric bundles on sale that would make a gorgeous GlamClam quilt!

Robert Kaufman Rhoda Ruth Pre-Cuts - None
Rhoda Ruth by Elizabeth Hartman is 30% off

FreeSpirit Wander by Joel Dewberry Pre-Cuts - None
Wander by Joel Dewberry is 20% off

Boundless Solids Modern Brights Pre-Cuts - None
Boundless Solids are 35% off. A 42-charm pack is only $7.25

Check out all of the deals, including Aurifil thread, here.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Win a Bernina 880!

How would you like to be the owner of the Ferrari of sewing machines? You can win a top of the line Bernina 880 valued at $14, 999 from Bernina Canada! No purchase necessary. Just head to their website and enter here.

Picture: BERNINA 880

If I had unlimited funds, I'd likely sew on a Bernina. Until that time, I'll try to win one. I will freely admit to coveting the Bernina walking foot, which I believe to be the best in the biz. The BSR (stitch regulator for free motion quilting) would also be sweet. I have a tendency to go a little large on stitches when FMQ'ing swirly shapes. 

This post isn't sponsored, but they do have monthly prizes for top referrers, so I'm sharing for my Canadian readers to get in on the action and maybe score a few notions. Good luck!!