I love, love, love this fabric! It is so fun and bright, and just perfect for little guys, oh and it comes in brushed cotton,so it is even better. This is from the Boy Crazy Collection by My Minds Eye. We just turned these two into hemstitched baby blanket kits, if you want one you can order one here:Boy Crazy Hemstitched Baby Blanket & Burpers Kit
We are big lovers of applique! We like both hand and machine applique, but tend to do much more machine applique to keep up with the pace that’s needed to create samples for our pattern designs, We have come up with our own method that is a blend of several different methods, we tend to use different styles based on the applique shape, which we feel gives us the best result. But no matter the shape or method, we always secure the applique with a tiny zig-zag stitch that is as wide as it is long, and we always use invisible thread to do this. You use the invisible thread on the top, but never in the bobbin. We like the invisible thread the best because it gives an appearance most like hand applique. The only problem with the invisible thread is that a lot of them feel like fishline, not at all like thread, in other words they are a bit of a pain in the butt. If you use just any invisible thread, you probably will end of not liking it very much. We have loved YLI’s version and have used it for years, but than we found Superior’s Mono-Poly! In our opinion, its the bomb! It behaves the most like a regular thread, than any thing we have found. Plus, it comes with a little mesh net that you place around the spool when it is on your machine, that helps keep the tension correct. Before, we were making our own out of pantyhose! So make sure you do not throw this bonus item away when you open your thread. Anyhow, we love it and if you ever want to try this type of machine applique, it is our #1 recommendation! It comes in a smoke color and clear, we always use the clear.
P.S. You can purchase it from us on our website, if you want to! Mono-Poly Thread in clear
I knew I would love this book, before I ever saw it, because I love everything Lori does. Now that I have had time to play with Quilty Fun,, it is even better than I had envisioned. Tons of great information, tips, patterns and loads of Lori’s fabulousness all wrapped up in a spiral bound (yes, spiral bound!) book. Every quilt in here is my favorite and the best part is , its written in a way that makes it easy for you to make your own layout with all of the designs. If you don’t already have a copy, you can order one from us through this link here: Quilty Fun
P.S. Lori has started a Sew Along using this quilt that begins today. I picked my fabrics this morning and am definitely joining in, you should too!
Here is the link to get started: Quilty Fun Sew Along on Lori’s Blog
This is my little monster with his bag! I made this for him to Trick or Treat with and loved it so much, I thought I would share it with you. If you need a project for this lovely Sunday afternoon, this is perfect. It only takes about an hour so you can totally whip one up before Halloween next week! I used “real” wool felt, we like the National Non-Wovens the best, it is what we sell and what we always use in our felt projects. So just gather up some felt in some colors that your little one will love and get going.
The pattern is in a PDF and you can download it by clicking the link below, there are lots of pictures so it is easy to follow:
This is what is on the docket today! I just love them! These are 4 blocks from a new quilt that we are in the process of designing and finishing up. There are a bunch of other little friends but these are some of my very favorites. Jeanette has pretty much designed this one all on her own, I have only been doing some editing for her. I can’t wait to see the top all put together! What do you think?
This is a pic from my Instagram, we share a lot of behind the scenes on there day to day. Would you follow us, pretty please?! Than we can follow you back and we all get to see more of each other! To add a little incentive, we are going to have a contest! You need to follow us on Instatgram and leave a comment on this pic-on Instagram. Early next week I will do a drawing from all of the comments and give away a mini fat quarter bundle from the Saturdays collection that I shared a few days ago.And P.S. If you make up one of our kits or patterns or anything from something that came from us please #pipersgirls.
Pipersgirls on Instagram
This is an oldie but goodie that I thought I would share. It hangs in my studio at home, I made it years ago. Each block measures about 4.5″, I still have not quilted it, but am hoping to add some hand quilting at some point( you know when I figure out how to add several hours to each day). It is a Piece O Cake pattern that I needle-punched. I have not done any needle punch for a while, but would love to get back into it, because I really enjoy. it. I love this colors, and would kill to find more of the fabric that I did the binding in, a great stripe binding in the best in my opinion. What do you think? Anyone out there still needle punching like crazy?
P.S. please don’t tell Jeanette about the push pins holding it up. I made this before I learned to get in the habit of always, always adding a sleeve, and of course I have never gotten around to it and I must have it hanging, so yes there are push pins holding it up.
Sidewalks is my obsession this week. I just started cutting up my fat quarter bundle last night. I ended up staying up into the week hours of the night after a fabulous little girl quilt idea popped into my head. I can’t wait to share the applique part of the quilt, I am so pleased with it, but it needs a bit more work. I have loved every single collection from October Afternoon, they are just perfect for what we like to design for children. We have a few more Fat quarter Bundles for sale in our Etsy shop, if you would like one of your own, click here to order: Sidewalks Fat Quarter Bundle.