Saturday, February 6, 2016

Paperie Blog Tour

** sorry, this giveaway is officially closed!**

Hi There!  If you're here for the Paperie Blog Tour.... Welcome!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

I was super excited when Amy told me she was going to start designing fabric. I met her in person a couple years ago through our mutual friend Amy.  We are lucky to live closeby, so we've been meeting up ever since.

I got to work with Paperie earlier when I made Amy a couple things for her booth at last year's fall market.  Without question, I just had to make another quilt.  

I used every Paperie print as well as some solids. My favorite print is definitely Manuscript - the navy one.  The pattern is Cozies Flannel.  I chose this pattern because it reminds me of the Irish Chain pattern.  Irish Chain is one of my favorite patterns. So simple yet stunning.

This beauty finishes at 54" x 54".  A perfect quilt for late night TV watching.  :) 

quilted it using straight lines both horizontally and vertically. I kinda love it and I'm definitely going to make this quilt again.  This is also a great pattern if you are just learning to quilt.    

Be sure to check out other awesome Paperie projects by these amazing makers. 
January 25 ~ Heidi Staples of
January 26 ~ Kerry Goulder of
January 27 ~ Cheri Lehnow of
January 28 ~ Sharon Holland of
January 29 ~ Jemima Flendt of
January 30 ~ Michelle Curtis of
February 1 ~ Christina Egner of
February 2 ~ Ali Brorsen of
February 3 ~ Kristine Lempriere of
February 4 ~ Nicole Young of
February 5 ~ Lori Landenburger of
February 6 ~ Jennifer Chon of - you are here! ;)
February 8 ~ Melissa LeRay of
February 9 ~ Megan Jimanez of
February 10 ~ Faith Essenburg of
February 11 ~ Renee Lange of
February 13 ~ Kristyne Czepuryk of
February 15 ~ Heather Andrus of
February 18 ~ Amy Sinibaldi of

Best part - Amy is giving away Paperie Love Letters. If you'd like to win one, leave a comment.  Let me know what your favorite quilt pattern is or what you enjoy sewing / making the most.  You have until Wednesday, Feb 10th, 7:00pm (PST)....  a winner will be picked randomly. 
Again, thanks for stopping by.  If you don't have Paperie yet, go get some now.  It's a limited edition and once it's gone, it's gone. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Scrappy Attic Windows Pattern

Scrappy Attic Windows - I finally got around to finishing my 2nd pattern.  Sorry it took so long.  So many of you were asking for it so here it is!  It you love HSTs, then you'll love making this!  I included a bunch of alternate layouts.  A BUNCH! 
You can purchase a copy here at my Craftsy Store. 
A big thank you to my dear friend, Maria for helping me put this out.  Another thank you to all of you who patiently waited for this.  You guys are the best! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Courthouse Steps - A Quick Tutorial

Here's another beauty I made for Lecien Fabrics for their spring market booth.

This Flower Sugar collection is mostly reproductions so I wanted to make something that was traditional but still modern. 

I decided on a courthouse step pattern. I've always loved this pattern so I was glad to be able to finally make it.  I especially love how each section ends up looking like a triangle. 

Here's my finished quilt. It measures 54" X 54". Each block finishes at 13.5". 

If you'd like to make one, here are the measurements.  I used 2" strips and 4 different fabrics for each block. 

Here's how you put it together. 

That's it!  Super simple and fun!  Happy Sewing!


Antique Tile Block - Quick Tutorial

Here's another quilt I made for Lecien's Spring Market booth. I was asked to work with their new quilter basics. This collection contains a large variety of colors. There's a mix of bright colors as well as darker traditional colors. I decided to use a traditional pattern and decided on crosshatch quilting. So I stuck with that plan and ran with it. 

I love the end result....  This is  my Antique Tile Quilt. 

These are 9" blocks. If you want to make one, here are the measurements. Just squares and rectangles. 

Here's how they're assembled.

That's it!  Super Simple!  

Happy Sewing!


Scrappy X Block Tutorial

Hey guys!  I know it's been awhile...  Life has been crazy!  But I've miss you!  

Last spring, I did some sewing for Lecien Fabrics. They've been releasing some good stuff lately including a some awesome basics. 

Here's what I made using their L Modern Basics.  I call it "Scrappy X Quilt".  

Here's a tutorial on how to make these block. 

You will need 5" squares and strips = anywhere from 1.5" - 2" wide & 9" - 10" long. 

You will need 4 different 5" squares to start. With (4) - 5" charms - you will end up with 4 scrappy blocks. 

(If you want to make a baby quilt = 35" X 35" (7 X 7), you will need 49 squares.)

Begin by cutting your charms diagonally. 

Your strips need to be a little longer than the diagonal length.  Mine equaled around 9". 

Sew together and the grab a different half square triangle (HST) and sew it to the other side of the strip. 

Once you sew it, give it a good press.  Afterwards, it should look like this.

Cut it diagonally again. 

Now, make another Scrappy X block using different fabrics. Once you're done, cut it diagonally like you did previously.  Gather one side from each block to make a new block.  Your triangles should be 4 different fabrics. 

Sew and press. You don't have to sew it to make a perfect "X" unless you want to. I made mine slightly off because I prefer that look.  

Trim your block to equal 5.5".  

That's it!  You're finished. 

Here's how 4 blocks look together.  

Note:  You can make these any size you want. You don't need to use 5" squares. You can use 6", 7", 9", 12" or whatever you want. As long as your strip is 1.5" or wider, you are adding to your square. When you use strips that are less than 1.5" wide, it will make the square smaller.  

Here's a pillow that I'm working on.  I used my walking foot to create wavy lines. Hopefully, it will be done soon. ;)

If you decide to make one, please use hashtag #scrappyxblock. I'd love to see it!  

Enjoy and Happy Sewing!  


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Potatoes Au Gratin

Happy Thanksgiving!!!  I've cooked Thanksgiving meals ever since we moved into our house 10 years ago. 

One dish that is constantly requested is my Potatoes Au Gratin. I must say it is pretty good if I do say so myself.  :) 

So let me show you how you can make some.  

You'll need -

- 6 to 8 small to medium potatoes. (Any type will work)
- 3 cups of shredded cheese. I've used cheddar, Monterey Jack and Parmesan and all have worked well. 
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp of dried thyme 
- 3 cloves of garlic 

You'll need a baking pan too. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Peel garlic and give it a smash or cut into large slices. 

Put cream, thyme & garlic into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. 

Do not leave unattended or it will over flow. Bring to a boil for about a minute, then turn off heat. Set aside. 

Peel potatoes and slice them about an 1/8" thick. Season with salt & pepper.  

Spoon a small about of the cream mixture to the bottom of your baking pan. 

Place a layer of your potatoes like the photo below. 

Add a drizzle of cream 

Then add some cheese. Repeat 3 times. 

Place whatever potatoes you have left on top and pour the remainder of your cream mixture & cheese on top. 

Spray non stick cooking spray to some foil. Otherwise the cheese might stick to the foil. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for another 30 minutes. 

Stick a toothpick into your potatoes. If it goes in smoothly, it's done. If it doesn't, bake for another 5 minutes. 

When it's done it should look something like this.  

Allow it to rest for about 10 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!!!

Here's wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Crushing!!! - My First Pattern

I've been a busy bee. I've been working on a pattern for the last few weeks and I'm finally done!  I'm so excited to share this pattern with you!   So here it is!


It's based on the traditional Carpenter's Frame Block.  It's called Crushing.  Why?  Because when I designed it... I was 'crushing on it'. I knew that it would look amazing once I made it.  Finished size is 64" x 64". 

If you'd like to make your own,  you can purchase it here at Craftsy!  A big Thank You to my dear friend, Maria for all your help and encouragement!  You are the best!! 

Happy Sewing!