Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials Blog Hop

I follow Cristy Fincher's blog over at Purple Daisies Quilting. (For those of you who don't know, Cristy is Sharon Schamber's daughter. Her blog is called "Sew Much Like Mom."), as I was browsing my favorite blogs, I saw that she mentioned a Back to School Blog Hop. It started on September 1, 2015, so you haven't really missed much yet. For this blog hop there is nothing to make and nothing to print out. This blog hop is a good way to brush up on some quilting skills and maybe learn some new tips and tricks along the way. There looks to be a great line up of sewing/quilting pros to share their expertise. Each day from September 1-October 3, 2015, a new topic will be presented. (That's A LOT of information!) She says the hop is hosted by Sam Hunter of Hunter's Design Studio. You should check out both of these blogs if you get a chance. Either of these links will take you to the full lineup of upcoming informational blog posts.

These are just SOME of the topics I'm really looking forward to. (I have already checked out "So, Does that Diagonal Method for a Pieced Backing Really Work." It was VERY informative.)

  • Color coding for paper piecing--September 4.
  • How to keep a perfect 1/4" seam between different machines--September 7.
  • Fast pieced applique--September 8.
  • Make a mobile art kit--September 10.
  • Zipper tips--September 12.

As I typed out these first five, I realized there are WAY too many topics I'm interested in to list them all here. Maybe this small peek at my "must-see" list will entice you to check it out. Which topic are you looking forward to the most?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Weekly Pattern Wednesday--Pattern 13/Pin Cushions

This week's drawing was inspired by an art glass vase. I loved the design of the vase and had cut the picture out and put it in my "inspiration" book.

As usual, I'm linking up with Lynn Krawczyky's Weekly Pattern Wednesday. Head on over and check out the other patterns. (Lynn has forgotten to do the link up for a couple of weeks. She has a lot going on right now. So, if you head to her site and don't find the patterns, check back.)

I LOVE pin cushions. I think a whole basket full of pin cushions is a GREAT (and useful) decoration for a sewing studio. If you are a fan of pin cushions like me, there is a "pin cushion party" you should check out. Amanda Jean over at Crazy Mom Quilts Blog is hosting this party. It started on September 1, 2015, so you haven't missed much yet. (Amanda Jean has a new fabric line available, and the pin cushions are made using this line.) It looks like a good line; I definitely "need" some and bet you do too!