Sunday, August 17, 2014

Miss Kate Yardage!

Just a quick post tonight to share that Miss Kate yardage is arriving on Tuesday!  You can now order yardage and we will ship as soon as it comes in!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Modern Building Blocks Patterns Available

Hey y'all!

The Modern Building Blocks Quilt Patterns are now available!  They have been selling like hot cakes this afternoon and I've already ordered more just in case!  :-)

If you preordered the kit, the pattern is included and those will be arriving in September and we will get them shipped out as soon as they arrive.

Camille and Carrie are sewing the quilt together with #modabuildingblocks on IG. Will you quilt along?  :-)

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Christmas in July Project Link Up Winners

Hello again!

With all the commotion from Sewvivor and our upcoming move, I failed to post our Christmas in July Link Up Winners!

Thanks to everyone who followed along with our series and stopped by to visit all our friends' tutorials!  And now for the winners of the Link Up ... 

The Grand Prize winner is Brandy!

And the 1st Prize winner is Vicki F

Congrats ladies!  Please email us at sewlux (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll get your prizes sent over!

Happy Sewing!  :-) 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sewvivor Nautical Challenge Entry

Welcome to my Sewvivor Challenge 1 Post!  I must admit that I was beyond excited to make the Top 16 and although there was some anxiety involved as I hemmed and hawed over the layout, I really enjoyed making my project for this challenge. 

First a little about my concept and inspiration ... 

Have you ever found yourself telling someone that you sew or quilt for your sanity? Some of you may even sport the popular "I quilt so I don't kill people" t-shirt!  We love spending time cutting our favorite fabrics and sewing them back together to create something new.  And we're involved in blogging and sharing our work on Instagram and other social media because we crave community in our craft. 

My challenge project was designed as both a representation of that sentiment (sewing for sanity) as well as a celebration of community. Community has meant so much to me as so many people graciously "threw me a line" during a particularly difficult season of life earlier this year.  

In February, my father passed away unexpectedly.  My world was rocked.  And it seemed like my own Titanic was sinking. And you know who was among the first people to show up?  Some of my real-life sewing friends.  They didn't politely ask or offer their help - they just showed up.  I will always be grateful. 

Since then, my personal "life preservers" have stepped in when I needed them most.  Some picked up my slack at work - insisting upon their assistance even when my pride insisted they didn't. Some remembered to ask how I was - knowing full well that I might not say "fine" and they were okay with that.  And some told me to "just keep sewing" when at first it seemed I could find no joy even at my machine.  

For me, this mini celebrates the community built on our common love of fabric and thread.  
I could not be more grateful for my own little community of life preservers - some quilty and some not. (You know who you are.) 

But as my dad once wrote, "Enough crap - on with the show!"  

Here's more about my project ... 

Once I honed in on my theme for this mini quilt, I started by making a bunch of mini Cheerio blocks (by Camille Roskelley featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine Issue 8).  By changing the color way and setting these blocks on point, they made perfect life preserver rings!  

I used a variety of white and cream low volume prints and reds for the rings and used a pretty aqua print from Sphere by Zen Chic for all of the watery background.  

(horrible phone picture ... sorry!) 

Once I pieced all the blocks, I laid them out and sashed them together.  I used some strips to fill in the zig zag of space between the rows and used some half square triangles to set them and create a larger rectangle with each set of rings. 

Since my background fabric is directional, I took care to fussy cut and keep the lines in the print going horizontal whenever possible. I included a strip of aqua between to provide space for the flags to hang and added a 3" border prior to quilting.   

I did some free motion wavy lines throughout the entire background of the quilt, but chose to add in some spirals in the center of all the rings to help accentuate the circular shape.  

I chose to leave the rings unquilted so they would appear to sit above the quilted portion and "float in the water."

One of the things I really wanted to include from the very beginning when I first started sketching this concept was nautical flags spelling either "sew" or "quilt."  I ended up spelling "quilt" and made the flags by piecing 3.5" squares and adding a backing (like making a small pillow) to finish them off nicely. 

Before sewing the fronts to the backs, I stitched a two inch piece of twill tape to the top of each flag back to provide a little channel to string some rope through later. The 3" finished flags are strung across the quilt with some thin rope, which is knotted and tacked down at the sides of the quilt. 

These flags were super fun to piece (and applique!) and I love how they dangle above the water.  The finished project measures about 20" x 30" and was backed in a red print and bound with a red and white stripe.

I'm thrilled to have this celebratory mini hanging in my sewing room!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll take the time to vote for your favorite nautical project (hopefully mine! :-).  I'll be anxiously awaiting the results and working on an epic bag should I get to round two!

(Edited at 12:40 PM - the voting link is now available!  :-) 

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Far Far Away & Mini Medallion

Happy Wednesday!

Just a few things to share with you today ...

The Far Far Away Reprint from Heather Ross has arrived!  Stash your favorites - see them all here.

Our Moving Sale is still going on ... save an extra 15% off all sale prints and bundles now through 8/10/14 with coupon code MOVE15.

And, our Mini Medallion QAL over at Clover & Violet is coming along.  Get the pattern for the next border here.

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Moving Sale!

Hey everyone!

We're moving in a few weeks, which means the shop is moving too!  Help lighten our load and save an EXTRA 15% on all items in the Sale category.  Just use coupon code MOVE15 at checkout!

Hope y'all have a great Friday and weekend!  :-)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bliss Sew Together Bag

Hey y'all!

Recently, I shared a special Sew Together Bag I made for my friend Sarah.  (You can see the post here.)

I finished my third bag several days ago and have a few more in the works.  It's a problem.

I think one of the things I like about making them is all the combinations that are possible to make each one unique and different.  The zippers, the pockets, the lining, the exterior ... making the exterior is kind of like making a small mini quilt and I've had a blast playing around with these!

This particular one I made for my Moda rep, Kim of Summit Quilt Retreat.  A bunch of my sewing friends recently went to her Ponderosa retreat (which is AWESOME, just sayin' - read more about it from my first trip last year) and while there I told her I'd make her a bag.

She pulled out a bunch of untouched Bliss fat quarters and I am sure my jaw dropped.  I didn't turn her down either when she said I could keep the scraps!

Kim loves red, so all the pockets have a different red print on the inside.

I heard she loved it.  (Have I mentioned that I really love making these?!)

That's all for now ... happy sewing!  :-)

Project Details: 
Fabric & Thread: Bliss by Bonnie & Camille (out of print), Crossweave Natural, Aurifil 50wt
Pattern: Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented