Friday, December 9, 2016

Stitch Tease Star Quilt

The completion of this quilt is long overdue. This is my Stitch Tease Bee quilt from 2014, round three, of the bee.  That was the first year I joined the bee, so this is my very first bee quilt, and it is so special to me.

Trina's Stitch Tease Star Quilt

There are twelve of us ladies in the Stitch Tease Bee from the US, Europe, and Africa. I asked them to make two 12" star blocks - any star blocks they wanted - in a specific Design Seeds color palette. They did an amazing job, as always, and I love every block. 

Trina's Stitch Tease Star Quilt

I quilted this on my Juki 2010Q with my walking foot in a spiral. The back is a vintage sheet. It's so soft and cozy, and the texture from the spiral quilting makes this a great quilt to curl up with on the couch. It's about 64" x 64". This will be one of my treasures. 

Thanks to all the Stitch Tease ladies who made blocks for this quilt! 


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Bee blocks

haven't shared my bee blocks in so long! We just finished another round in the Stitch Tease Bee, and we're about to go again. Here are my blocks from the last few months:

My month was September, and I wanted curvy log cabin blocks in blue to make bubbles. Here are four of them them set together. Two are mine and two were from my friend, Cindy. I can't wait to put this top together!

Curvy Log Cabin Blocks
Orange Peels for Kari

Orange Peel Blocks

Flying Geese for Di

Flying Geese Blocks
Flying Geese Blocks

I also joined a new local bee, and we call ourselves the Stripper Stash Sampler Society. Don't get the wrong idea! "Stripper" comes from our love of fabric strips. We get together once a month to hang out, play games, and gamble with our scraps! Now we've added the bee, and we exchange our blocks in person every month. It's a blast. For the first round, we all picked two blocks to make every month. The queen for the following month brings a fat quarter of her focus fabric for each stripper and hands them out at the meeting. Then we have the month to add some coordinating fabric from our stash and make our two blocks for her. It's been fun to see our blocks done up in different fabric combos, and it's always exciting to see what each queen picks for fabric. These are my blocks from our first three months:
Stripper Stash Sampler Society Blocks

For Andria

Stripper Stash Sampler Society Blocks
Stripper Stash Sampler Society Blocks

For Dayna

Stripper Stash Sampler Society Blocks

Here are a few of us this month having a grand time and celebrating Andria's birthday. I'm so grateful to have a friendship with all of these fabulous ladies!

Stripper Stash Sampler Society

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sewing with Knits

I've been wanting to make clothes since I started sewing, but it's so scary! All 5'10" of me has a near impossible time trying to find clothes in stores that fit. Everytime I go into a dressing room, I just get angry.  It's the story of our lives, am I right? 😉

I tried making a couple garments with woven cotton in the past, but nothing came out well enough for me to actually wear.

I finally bought the Sewing With Knits class on Craftsy with Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated, and it. Is. Awesome! She dispelled all my fear of working with knit fabrics, and the patterns for the class are simple, staple items that are perfect for garment beginners like me. 

So far I've made three of her Surplice Empire-Waist Dresses and one V-neck T-shirt. No picture of the T-shirt I'm afraid, but it turned out nice. 

Surplice Dress

This first dress I made is great, but I really needed to lengthen the bodice (top portion), so I added an inch for the second dress. 

Surplice Dress

It fit much better, but before I made the third dress, I added another 1/2". The third one is perfect. I also made long sleeves, since it gets a little chilly in Wisconsin over the winter. 😉

Surplice Dress

I already have fabric and plans for two more of these dresses. They're so comfortable. Paired with leggings, they are perfect for around the house or running out for errands. My son loves to tug the hem when he wants something. 😉

Meg's class is great if you want to start sewing with knits. She teaches the tricks for using your regular domestic sewing machine. You don't need a serger! All you need is a zig-zag stitch. I only had to purchase three inexpensive items to go with my fabric for this class. The dresses and shirt have all worn and washed (a few times already) beautifully. Give it a shot!