Thunderboomers from Eyecandy Quilts is ELECTRIC!

Blog Tour, Eyecandy Quilts, Fabrics, Outside the box, Quilts, Uncategorized

Months ago my sweet and talented friend, Anneliese, reached out to me asking if I could help her out. She was in need of someone who could make an upcoming Eyecandy Quilts pattern and that she had designed it to be made using different substrates. Well, my interest was piqued and I was game. Anneliese sent over a package full of beautiful yellow, green, cream, and turquoise colored fabrics, including a bunch of lush Nani Iro double gauze. I proceeded in making half square triangles that are the backbone of this quilt. The piecing came together rather quickly, even for such a large quilt.

When working with the double gauze fabric I did feel the need to stabilize it so I used SF101. This gave it that necessary weight and strength needed due to the pull and strength that the pieced triangle units would apply to those very large and delicate squares. It worked out nicely, and makes this quilt a fabulous weight for cold winter nights or even providing a stable hanging quilt for a beautiful, large wall in a home.

I just whipped up this fun wall hanging or table topper size version using some gorgeous prints in various shades of fuchsia and yellow that compliment the focus fabric. That focus fabric is a stunning African print that is very much like a Batik, as there isn’t a front or back to the fabric really, sans the waxy material still on one side. It adds a unique texture to the fabric but didn’t cause any trouble when ironing. I’ll have time later this summer, hopefully, to finish it up but I absolutely LOVE it so far. I just need to quilt and bind it. It’s it’s finished size for what I want it to be. That’s what’s so great about this pattern, Y’all! If you don’t want to make the whole quilt you don’t have to. Just make it the size that you need!

The oh so talented Quilter, Sarah Thomas aka Sari, worked her magic on this quilt and OMG, she elevated its amazingness ten fold. Ten fold!! You can learn more about Sari and her longarm services HERE.

The Thunderboomers pattern will be available from directly from Eyecandy Quilts mid-August, from Cotton Cuts.

Anneliese, thank you for asking me to help you out. Thunderboomers was an EPIC make and worth every moment. XOXO

Never Say Never!

Outside the box

I am a Modern Tratitional Quilter.  I love to play with fabric, design patterns or sew up an already established pattern, create and make quilts and pillows of all shapes and sizes.  My friends know I don’t sew other things.  Well, this past weekend I stepped way outside of my comfort zone and made not one but THREE purses.  And guess what?  I enjoyed it!  

Let me start from the beginning.  My dear friend, Anna @hottnhaller on Instagram, flew out to visit me from Pennsylvania this past weekend.  We originally met on Instagram, then eventually in real life.  She’s inspirational and experienced in the art of quilt, bag and garment making as well as knitting.  She’s a wonderful person and intellegent and fun too.  I trust her so shen she propsed that I make something outside of my comfort zone, I was game.  With that, we went on an epic shop hop of our own, visiting Birch Fabric aka Fabricworm in Paso Robles, CA, Quiltin’ Cousins in Pismo Beach, CA and Picking Daisies in San Luis Obispo, CA and later in the weekend we visited the shop I work at in Fresno, CA, Authorized Vac & Sew.  With our arsenal of fabrics in hand, Anna led me through my patterns.  I had chosen the 241 Tote Bag and Large Envelope Clutch by Noodlehead Designs.  

Noodle-Head Designs‘ patterns are great!  I had never made a bag before and I feel confident that I will be able to make these two bags on my own, without Anna’s guidance.  Of course the most fun part of making anything, in my opinion, is selecting the fabrics for the project.  Honestly, I had only planned on making one of each pattern but I was inspired by one of my fabrics in my stash, the tea colorway of one of the beautiful lady prints from Alexander Henry Fabrics, and I had to make a second 241 Tote.  Sometimes I am surprised how fabrics from different manufactures can compliment each other so beautifully.  I selected a Cotton + Steel Basic, Art Gallery Fabric and an Amy Butler print from Free Spirit/Westminster Fabrics along with that Alexander Henry print.  For the first 241 Tote I used Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen in navy, a print from Carolyn Friendlander’s popular DOE collection and Art Gallery Fabrics’ Prism Elements.  For the Envelope Clutch I used a stunning red and white graphic floral print from Alexander Henry Fabrics paired with the black and white ARCHITECTURES print by Carolyn Friendlander and a cool black and white print from Michael Miller Fabrics.  I love how all three purses turned out.  

  

I hope that you will step outside your sewing comfort zone and try to make something new to you too.  You might not like doing it int he end but you just might.  You won’t know until you try.  I don’t know that making bags will become a regular part of my sewing project docket but I will make one occassionaly so I don’t forget the different skills and techniques I learned with Anna, like piping, sewing with a 3/8′ seam and basic bag construction.