Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Block #4- Video Quilt Along-Friendship Star

It's been a busy week as you can imagine. We drove 2+ hours to visit my family and spend Christmas Eve with the extended family. My DS stayed awake longer than my husband just running around and playing in the yard.  Can you believe this little guy went to bed at 1:30am on Christmas morning?! He reminds me of someone I know very well.... me! I don't know how to play the guitar (or any instrument for that matter). 
I was just strumming it and making "noise"=  my DS's word for music. 

I still found time to make and post this week's video tutorial.... in English and Spanish. I'm actually quite proud of myself. 

This is one of my all-time favorite blocks because of how super simple it is to whip up and stars are just perfect for any quilt. Who doesn't like stars?! 

You still have plenty of time to jump in and join the fun.  Check out my Facebook page to see the gorgeous blocks being made by viewers all around the world. I love to see the fabrics everyone is using... so much variety in colors and prints. Can't wait to see the completed quilts, too! 

If you have never made a quilt before this is the quilt along for you! I walk you through making 12 different blocks and how to layer and finish the quilt yourself! You can do it!

For more information on how you can join in on the Video Quilt Along fun click HERE.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Casserole or Pie Carrier Tutorial

This week's video tutorial is on how to make a quilted casserole or pie carrier.  I have literally received almost a hundred requests for this project and it finally made its way up my tutorials to-do list. 

I'm sure you have probably seen these out on the market and online. They are everywhere! So many different styles and sizes!  I made myself a small prototype just to work out all the logistics of putting it together and then decided to go with the size I show you how to make int this video.  I think it's just perfect!  It will comfortably hold any square or round casserole dish or plate between 8" and 13" (I demonstrate this in the video tute).  You can also accommodate some rectangular shaped casserole dishes in there but you have to be strategic about what angle you place the dish. 

It's really simple to make! If you don't believe me... watch the tutorial! You will be amazed how easy it whips up. 

These make great gifts for holiday dinner parties and potlucks! Take a dish and leave the carrier as a gift for the host. You still have plenty of time to make one (or a few) for the holidays! Check out the tute and let me know what you think... I love receiving your feedback. Thanks!

I also have the video tutorial in Spanish!
Este video tambien lo hice en español!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

My new STUDIO and more updates

I posted a short little vlog today to announce some new exciting changes in my crafty world! Can you say "no more shooting video tutorials in my dining room?" woo-hoo! Check out my new crafting studio being delivered! 

I also make a big announcement for my Spanish speaking followers out there! Si hablas (o entiendes) español preparate para los tutoriales en español que voy a comenzar a poner en mi canal YouTube comenzando este lunes!

My little helper makes another debut in this video. Isn't she getting so big?! At her 2 month checkup this month she measured in the 100%ile for height (what?!) and 90%ile for weight... she grew a whopping 3 inches in just 2 months. Wowzers! All I can say is: "Mama-milk rocks!"

In this video I also give you a sneak peek of Monday's tutorial. Do you think you know what it is? Leave me a comment with your response. Here's a hint (that may not help much) but I've received like 100 requests for this project. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My little family

Last week I traveled to Boston to speak at the Massachusetts Conference for Women's Spark & Hustle Small Business Boot Camp.  It was hard to leave my babies at home but I was happy to have my mother here to help my hubby out and I was only gone for 24 hours so that's not too bad. 

Here you can see why I don't like to leave home. This is how I usually spend my days.
I would say I'm a pretty lucky girl!

 My two little bugs absolutely LOVE to spend their days outside. I think we did really good by getting them a little farm.  I can only imagine all the fun they will have growing up here with their animals and gardens.

We visited a local farm recently for their annual Cane Day Festival and had a ton of fun being out and about for the first time as a family of four!

This is the first and only picture we have so far of all 4 of us.  It's not professional... but it's us! 
The little family that I love so much. 

Hope you are having a great time this holiday season surrounded by family and friends... and just in case you are having a bad week I'll leave you with these pics....they're sure to brighten anyone's day!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Block #3- Video Quilt Along-Mr. Roosevelt's Necktie Block

What a busy week!  I flew to Boston on Tuesday to speak at the Massachusetts Conference for Women's Spark & Hustle Small Business Boot Camp and came right back on Wednesday... after two flight delays on the return trip I still had to drive 1 hour to get home from the airport.  So, I pull up to our driveway at 1:30am and guess what I see? Two wild rabbits hopping away from my garden!  I tried to prepare myself for the damage I would find in the morning but it was actually no big deal.  They only ate the tops off a few of my beets. Phew! But I guess rabbits gotta eat too, right?

I'm glad I was able to get to my weekly tutorial with no problems and I'm actually posting it a little early on this Sunday night instead of Monday. Yay me! Here is Block #3 of my Video Quilt Along- Mr. Roosevelt's Necktie.  This is a super cute and easy block to whip up.  It was apparently named after FDR who often wore bowties.  When it's made using only two contrasting fabrics I think it looks more like a doggy bone than a bowtie.  Hmmm... this would make a really cute doggy quilt don't you think?

 So far we have covered 3 of the 12 blocks! There is still plenty of time to join the fun! 
Click HERE to start from the beginning of the quilt along.

Hope you enjoy the tutorial!  If you don't have time to join the quilt along just yet, no worries.  All the videos for each block in the entire quilt along will be posted to this video playlist indefinitely! So, feel free to join whenever you want. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

How to Make a Half Apron from Men's shirt & Giveaway

This week I'm posting a green project how-to!  I wanted to come up with a quick and easy tutorial that any beginner could do.  I looked around the house and from one glance at my closet (where my husband's clothes take up about 75% of the space) I quickly asked him to give me a few of the long sleeve shirts he no longer wears for whatever reason.  This one apparently had a few snags, stains and a cut on the front pocket so he finally let it go.  I, of course, had to make it very clear it was for a tutorial.  Otherwise, I probably would not have been able to touch it. He doesn't like to get rid of any clothes.  HA!  I have all kinds of sewing ideas for all that extra fabric... But shhhh... don't tell my DH.

Here is the super cute and easy half apron.  I added a funky and bright contrasting fabric (because you know how I love that) for some cute pockets.  But you can always use the same shirt or even mix and match the embellishments with a few different shirts.

If you don't have a husband, boyfriend or other male in your life that you can steal borrow from... no worries! Head on out to a garage sale, local thrift store or check craigslist ads for free bags of clothes people are always giving away.  

 This tutorial also has a giveaway attached! Watch the video for all the details on how you too can enter to win a fabric bundle that I am putting together just for the lucky winner.  This giveaway is open to the whole world, not just my buddies in the U.S. So, head on over to the video and get started!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

STITCHED VIDEO WORKSHOPS are open for registration!

Today is December 1st and that means REGISTRATION TIME for STITCHED 2012! I am so excited to be a part of this fabulous group of fabric artists.
Let me break down what STITCHED 2012 is for you:

-20 fabulous fabric artists
-20 different online video workshops 
-only $89 $40 (USD) gets you access to all of it!

Workshops include everything from quilting, paper piecing, mixed media fabric art, applique, fabric jewelry, embellishments, accessories and more. With lots of giveaways, learning, sharing and creating!

Once you register, the workshops are available to you any time you want to access them, until STITCHED closes on June 1, 2012 January 1, 2013 10pm EST. Once you are invited to the private STITCHED site, you are free to view and work on any workshop any time of the day, any day of the week. Cool, eh?

Now for the big reveal! 

In my video workshop, I will show step-by-step you how to make two wonderful projects that any baby will enjoy. One is an easy and creative baby quilt measuring approximately 36" x 36", that can also be a wall hanging and even a tummy-time mat for your baby.  The quilt is made with only one block repeated nine times so it whips up very quickly!

The other project is a cute and cuddly owl softie. The owl is made out of the scraps left over from the quilt. A pdf file is provided and includes the complete owl pattern.  I will also show you how to machine applique the facial features on a super easy and effective way to stuff the little guy. 

I will teach you how to cut all of the fabric pieces needed, and everything from pinning, marking, cutting and sewing will be demonstrated. Once you have the fabric cut, it all comes together pretty quickly. NO machine quilting skills required, NO fancy longarm machines, and NO having to pay a professional quilter. You can make the entire quilt yourself!  You won't even have to deal with making, attaching and hand stitching binding on either.  I have a very cool method of hand tying and completing this quilt that will make this project a breeze. If you already enjoy my video tutorials then you know what you will be getting in this step-by-step video workshop. This is the perfect starter project for a complete beginner, too. Think of your loved ones who are maybe just learning to sew and want to try their hand at a quilt-- this would be a great gift! Please share this with your family and crafty friends.

Check out just a few of the other workshops you will have access to once you register for STITCHED

They are A-MA-ZING!

 Please use the link above to register.  Just scroll down in that post after you see all the workshops listed to register your spot in STITCHED 2012. 

p.s.- If not for you, this would also make an awesome holiday gift for the crafter in your life!

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