9/01/2015

bound mini quilt + pillow + giveaway || 30 Days of Sewing with Art Gallery Fabrics

Happy National Sewing Month!









For 30 Days of Sewing with Art Gallery Fabrics, I chose to make this +bound+ mini quilt.  It was a design I had sketched up last year while waiting for the perfect fabrics.  I knew +bound+ by April Rhodes was the perfect candidate.  I really loved working with this line, and I made this 12" x 24" pillow too from Noodlehead's book, Handmade Style.








Fabrics used for the quilt (all AGF):

+ Geese- BOU-7041
+ Skies- BOU-7044
+ Tips- PE-413
+HSTs- BOU-7042
+Background-PE-431
+Binding- BOU-7047

Fabrics used for the pillow:

+Backside- BOU- 7051
+Accent- BOU- 8044
+Center accent - BOU-8042
+Background- BOU-8049




As we celebrate national month of sewing in September,  I thought about why I sew.  It was not something I picked up until just a few years ago.  Growing up, I was never surrounded by people who sewed for enjoyment or for a living.  I practically fell into it by need.  Quilting was introduced to me later through blogging.

Sometimes, sewing frustrates me.  Sometimes, it makes me happy.  Sometimes, I feel apathetic towards the whole thing in general and lose interest.  Ultimately though, I find joy in the overall process of sewing and the rewards of seeing a finished product, which keeps me coming back.  I can't experience this joy though without the headaches because, if I didn't experience the pains of sewing (literally and figuratively), I would never fully appreciate the good times with sewing.   Being able to make things brings me much satisfaction, and I hope the ailments of life never hinder this.   To be able to tuck myself under a blanket of small history or hold anything I made with my own two hands is quite enjoyable.  I understand that is not the case for everyone, but if you are reading this, I am sure you appreciate crafts in some form or another.

What I really love about quilting though, and more so than the story behind the quilts, is the design aspect.  I get to design.  I love design, and what I really love is having the POWER to create whatever I envision.  What a gift!  I can then pass that vision down to someone else to love and cherish for many years to come.



GIVEAWAY
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What do you love most about sewing/quilting?  Let me know in the comment section to enter to win 10 fat quarters of +bound+ by April Rhodes courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics. (one of the fat quarters I forgot to put into the picture :)  Open to US residents.  Giveaway ends Saturday, Sept. 5 11:59pm EST.  Winner will be chosen at random and updated on this blog post.  Make sure I a have your email, so I can contact you.  You will also want to check in with my Instagram today too ;), if you are on it.  





Make sure to check out the +bound+ Lookbook for inspiring projects that you could make with your TEN fat quarters!





xx nancy

One year ago: Homemade Caramel Sauce
Two years ago:  Going black
Three years ago: Split Pouch tutorial
Four years ago: Snack Bag tutorial

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My book, Quilting from Every Angle, comes out Oct. 19th!  It's available for pre-order on Amazon.











8/03/2015

303 Kona Colors + One Little Mistake


303 colors is a lot, right?  It is, and Beth from Stash Fabrics  asked a few quilters to put together some bundles for you because she now carries ALL 303 colors. I hope you will check it out.  

At first, I was immediately drawn to do pick out something bright, but I got to thinking that more than likely most of the other bundles would be bright.  I wanted to provide Beth's customers with variety, and I think this bundle does just that.  It is also perfect for both sexes and can be broken up to work on a smaller scale, providing even more variety for your projects.   The colors work really well together.  They are rich, sort of manly, and will be perfect for your fall quilting!  I don't know about you, but I'm already day dreaming about fall with cooler weather and colorful leaves on the trees.  

Mistakes Happen

I went back and forth a little about whether or not to share this part with you.  Then I thought, why not?  I ran into a little problem with what I had made, and of course, I only wanted to show the best AND be the best as I could for this hop.  But life isn't always perfect, is it?  As a maker, it is sometimes hard to critique your work and then to publicly come out and say it could be better.  Mistakes are definitely part of the making process, and they happen way more frequently than I would care to share.   

Originally, I made a quilt top (just needed a few more seams) loosely following the directions by Lizzy House from her Catalog Quilt pattern.   This is what was on my design wall.



Spontaneity came full force towards the end of making the top, and I decided to cut it up.  You have to understand me though to know that I rarely get attached to my quilts or fabrics.   I love them.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm just not like a lot of other people who would shudder at the thought of cutting up a quilt top or altering it in some way that could produce a totally different outcome.  To me, it was just fabric, and I wanted to experiment.  It's the fear that stops us from exploring.  Fear we will ruin a good quilt top. Fear of the outcome.  Fear of wasting precious time because um, hello.  That top took me several hours to prep, cut, and piece.  Fear of hurting someone's feelings, including our own.  Fear of making mistakes.   Well, in my opinion, cutting up that top was possibly a mistake.  I know some of you will absolutely love the improv log cabin I made, but it's not sitting well with me like some of my other work.  I'm not beating myself up about it, but I am little bummed it didn't turn out quite like what I had envisioned in my head.  But then again, can improvisational piecing ever come out just like what we had in our heads?




If I could go back to the Catalog quilt, I would. It was a risk I took, and it was something I would have never known unless I took that risk.  Would I take a risk like this again?  Most certainly!  Sometimes the biggest risks can yield the greatest results, but you never know until you take that step.  If you want to ever expand your skills or abilities, you need to learn to push on.  To push through the mistakes.  To push through the pain.  To push through the fear.  You can do it!





I also played around with some of the leftover scraps, which I loved the outcome of this.  I do have plans for this, and I can't wait to have the time to implement it!




Stash Fabrics offers all 303 Kona colors and provides free shipping on orders over $50.  You can get 10% off your entire purchase now through the entire month of August with the coupon code “WOW303”.  It expires September 6th 11:59 EST and does not apply to pre-orders or clubs.

Here is the link the to my bundle and the link to all the bundles.

Stash Fabrics Kona Blog Hop Schedule

July 17 – Darcy @ Modern Cozy
July 23 – Jacey  @ Jacey Craft
July 30 - Kelly @ Kelby Sews
August 3 – Nancy @ Owen’s Olivia
August 6 – Jodi @ Tales of Cloth
August 10 – Megan @ City Stitches
August 12 – Rita @ Red Pepper Quilts
August 17 – Elizabeth @ Andpins Handmade
August 19 – Tara @ Rad and Happy
August 21 – Sharon @ Color Girl Quilts
August 24 – Allison @ Allison Sews
August 27 – Kristi @ Schnitzel and Boo
August 31 - Jessee @ Art School Dropout

xx nancy

One year ago: Pattern Parcel
Two years ago: Hexagon Clock
Three years ago: For Gracie
Four years ago: Homemade Laundry Soap

My bundle was given to me to create to a project to showcase the colors I chose. I have shopped with Stash Fabrics before, and I love their customer service and shop.  I only promote businesses that I feel would be good for my readers to know about.  

7/13/2015

On Point || A new quilt pattern



Hello!  Don't let my cute model fool you.  I had to pay him 50 cents to "smile."

This is my newest pattern, On Point!  I hope you love it as much as I do.   I will say that this pattern is a little "sweeter" than what I normally do, but that is what I love about my talents.  I allow myself to speak creatively.   It comes in 3 sizes: Throw, Twin, and Queen/King.  The photos are the throw size.



On Point is a great quilt to show off your favorite colors and prints. It is also perfect for scrap busting. The look of the quilt can change drastically just by choosing different fabrics and where you choose to place them. Explore the differences by changing out the negative and/or positive space in the quilt. It can easily be altered to fit the size of quilt you need by adding or subtracting rings. These instructions are for the quilt top only, and links are provided to making a quilt sandwich and binding at the end of the pattern.  Three sizes are included- throw, twin, and queen/king.  





The pattern came about from one of my sketches when I was sketching for Interweave.   I wish I had a cool story about what inspired this design, but it came from simply sketching.  :)

I threw a little Instagram contest to get a name, and it was so inspiring to see what people saw in the pattern.  Gears, stars, succulents, a shining sun, chains, to even flowers.   A huge thank you to everyone who participated.




I can't wait to see other versions of this.  I bet a cohesive scrappy version would look really good.  It's going to be great!  Feel free to share your makes with me and everyone else by using the hashtags #onpointquilt and #owensoliviaquiltpattern.

Enjoy!


HOW TO PURCHASE
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For European Union customers, visit my Payhip store.

https://payhip.com/b/pfro

**If you accidentally purchase from the wrong site, I will send you an invoice for VAT expenses, so please purchase from the correct link above.**

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For everyone else, visit my Craftsy or Etsy store below.

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/other/on-point/154873

https://www.etsy.com/listing/240379264/on-point-modern-quilt-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_1


Thanks everyone for your constant support!

Enjoy!

xx nancy

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6/26/2015

How to Machine Bind a Quilt || My Method



Binding is one of those things that I seriously forget how to do every.single.time.  No lie.  After every quilt, I refer back to my printed page from Heather Bailey's site.  But this started to get old for me, so I cheated.  Yeah.  I got "lazy" and decided that I no longer wanted to sew the last seam at an angle to join the two strips at the very end of binding, which was the one step that always had me going back to my trusty Heather Bailey referral sheet.

Like always, I urge you to find a method that best suits you.   My method may or may not be the best method for you, but if you find yourself getting frustrated figuring out that very last seam in binding, then my tutorial might be helpful.   Quilting should make you happy not grumpy.  I think this is becoming my new motto.  Actually, it did become my motto.

In this post I go over how to make straight grain binding, the math, how to apply it to your quilt, and how to finish it.


6/25/2015

Sandwich and Basting A Quilt || My Method


I needed a post to send people to in regards to making a quilt sandwich and basting.  I know there are several ways of doing this, and I highly recommend trying several tutorials to find the best technique that suits you.  Below, you will find my method.  This is what I do, and it makes me happy.  Quilting should make you happy.  If something makes you grumpy, don't do it.  :)

Supplies Needed:


Quilt back
Batting of choice that is at least 4" larger on all sides than your quilt top.  I love Dream Cotton.
Blue painters tape (Buy the old school kind with no words on it like the one here that is linked, if you can.  It has a stronger tack.)
505 Basting Spray, optional but follow the directions on the can
Basting pins size 2 or 3
Kwik Klips for aiding in the closing of pins, optional

*It is recommended that quilt backs are at least 4" wider, or your hand's width, on all four sides than the quilt tops. This is necessary for anyone who wants to free motion quilt, as the extra width allows for the hands to have something to hold onto when the needle reaches the edges of the quilt. I find this number to be a little excessive for straight line quilting on my home machine, but that is my personal preference. And as always, follow the instructions of the long arm quilter you plan to use, if you are not quilting it yourself.  If using basting spray, read the can before starting.

After reviewing my photo library and realizing I do not have great photos to share, I will update this tutorial with the next quilt I baste.  

Once your quilt top and backing are done, you will need to create a quilt sandwich before basting. I like to work on a large hard surface, which typically ends up being my clean living room or kitchen floor.

Using a freshly pressed backing, lay it on the floor right side down. Using painter's tape, tape one side down.  Move to the opposite side, and gently pull the quilt as you tape it to the floor.   Repeat for the other two sides. You will want the backing to be taut but not so much it distorts any of your piecing.

Place your batting down on top.  Starting from the center, gently smooth the batting out working your way out to the sides. Try to get as little wrinkles as possible.  I like to keep my batting within the quilt back, so trim any excess batting with scissors.  

Place your freshly pressed quilt top face up.  (If spray basting, this is where I will spray baste.  I think most cans say to spray both sides of the batting, but I do not do that.  Just one side of the batting works for me.)  Very carefully, smooth out any wrinkles working from the center out like you did with the batting.   




Starting in the center of the quilt, pin baste about every four to five inches or a fist width apart.  The Kwik Klips is handy with closing safety pins, but I have used a skewer as well in the past.  And of course, you could just use your fingers.  But I reach for my Kwik Klips a lot.  

Tip: If your quilt is large, try not to walk on or move around too much while on your quilt.  This could pull the quilt out from under the tape and/or create unwanted wrinkles.





Basted!  Now remove the tape, and head over to the machine to quilt.  

xx nancy

One year ago:  Fabric baskets
Two years ago: High Point Market
Three years ago: NY Beauty Circle of Geese
Four years ago: Turn a lampshade into a pendant

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