Monday, December 29, 2014

Cutting Fabric with the Silhouette Cameo

I got a chance to play with my new Silhouette Cameo this weekend, cutting some simple flowers.
These are flowers I drew myself in the Silhouette software, which was very easy to do.  There was a bit of a learning curve, but it all made sense once I saw a couple of videos. I must say, thank goodness for those how-to videos, as my attention span for absorbing any written instructions is extremely short these days.  Guess it's a result of all these new electronic gadgets!

Anyway, the fabric was prepared for fusing with Wonder-Under, as these flowers are going to be completely fused to the Modern Grace quilt top.
In the software, the cuts were arranged to make the best use of the fabric, with all the centers in a row for placement of a different fabric on the mat so that I wouldn't have to run it through twice.
Within a minute, it was all cut!  This is what's left on the mat after removing the waste fabric.
Aren't they cute?  Now onto arranging them on the quilt for fusing!
Sorry, you're just going to have to wait till I get it quilted before I show it all off!

I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out, and I see great possibilities for cutting in the future.  There's just so much versatility!  If you have one of these machines, or have been thinking about getting one, this is a great use for it.

Linking up with Freemotion by the River tomorrow and SewFreshQuilts on Wednesday!

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Happy Quilting!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

After the gifts of new quilt books from Santa
and the opening the new Silhouette Cameo,
I spent my afternoon embroidering my son's favorite snowman onto a sweatshirt for him.
Mr Hockey Snowman is an applique I designed years ago when my son played for the Jr Sharks.  He's a cute guy, don't you think?  (Am I talking about the snowman or my son???)

I have had some time to sew this past week, finishing up the diamond top from my October class.  
I'm thinking of adding some applique, maybe daisies, as it's a bit boring.
And I get to play with the Silhouette to cut the flowers for this one.  
But I need to figure out the software first!

Hope to get these finished next week--there are babies waiting for them!

Happy New Quilting Year!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Honey Bee and a Freebie

Has it really been two weeks since I last posted???  Makes me sad to think I haven't been quilting that much, as I didn't think it had been that long.  The last time I posted, it was about joining the quilt club.  We were working on the free Glam Clam pattern on from Latifah Saafir, and using the Curve Master foot.  I was making mine in yellows for a baby quilt, and finished sewing the clams by the next day.
Unfortunately, the applique and quilting got delayed a bit, but the whole quilt got finished up today.

Here's a full quilt picture.
The bees are in a hive full of honey, or they are on top of a flower seeking nectar.  Either way, they're pretty cute!

For the quilting, I did an open stipple all over with yellow Glide thread, then outlined the bees with Sulky invisible polyester monofilament.  First time I've used that on my Innova, and had no problems.  Here's the back, a nice soft yellow flannel.
And as for the bees, they're my own creation, in two versions.

Since it is my blogiversary, I'm celebrating by giving away a free downloadable .pdf pattern of the two bees!  Please follow this link to, where the pattern can be downloaded for free until the end of the month.  Not a member of  It's free and easy to sign up.
Update:  the free bee pattern is no longer available.  When I find a site to deal with the VAT, I will offer it for purchase.
Thanks to all who got a chance to download it!

I hope you enjoy the bees, and I'd love to see pictures if you use them on a quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Joined a Quilt Club

A LQS (local quilt shop) recently sent out their quarterly flier, and in it was something called Quilt Club.  This 'club' caught my interest because each month it uses new gadgets or patterns on the market.  Current, more modern things.  

Yesterday's class used the Curve Master foot to sew curves.
I had gotten the foot several years ago, so it was a good opportunity to work with it again. Though a bit tight fitting it on the shank of my machine, it was very easy to use, with clear visibility of my seam.

The pattern we worked on was the free Glam Clam pattern on, (follow the link, sign in, and search Glam Clam).  I followed the pattern templates for cutting my clam shells since I didn't need many for a baby quilt, 
but if you have an Accuquilt Go cutter, they have a die that makes it simple and fast for a lot of clams! (No pun intended)

Since this was a class project, I pulled out a bunch of yellow prints that I know I won't use elsewhere, as I'm not a big fan of yellow.
And looking through my kids prints, I spied this yellow piece with bees on it.
Perfect for this baby quilt!  Now I have a hive full of honey
which will have some bees appliqued on top!  Love it when things come together!

I'll keep you posted on the classes and my progress.  Maybe you'll be inspired to try these things along with me!

Have a great day quilting!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

November Book of the Month--Almost Done

Today, we received some much needed rain, meaning that it was a great reason to stay in and sew!  And after a bumpy start, I have the November Book of the Month quilt, Modern Grace from Supersize 'Em, almost done.
Note to self:  make sure to have the fabric if it is definite part of the design!

My first bump was finding a large B+W floral print, which I purchased (gasp!) specifically for this project.  I then figured I had enough of a stash to fill in the rest.  
The next bump was finding a bold B+W stripe.  Couldn't find any until I happened to be in a LQS for another reason, but by then it was too late, as I had made my own.  Just sewed 1 1/2" strips of black and white together, then cut the widths that I needed.
The third bump was the worst.  I pulled out several purple fabrics for the border, and one worked really well.
But, alas, not enough!  I then spent several hours trying to figure out what to use/do instead.  In desperation, I searched through my kid fabric bins for any purple, still nothing.  But what's that purple in the Falling Leaves pile over there?
Would it work?  Thankfully, it was the right color, the right value, and had some black in it.  Hallelujah!!!  Relief!
Now that all the fabric decisions were settled, I set in sewing, and had the majority of the top done in about four hours. Definitely an easy, fast pattern with a lot of impact.  I would do this one again, with better planning next time, of course.

And the last thing to add are the applique purple flowers in the corners,
and I'm waiting for my new Silhouette Cameo cutting machine for those.  Gives me a reason to play!

I've debated whether nor not to commit to a December Book of the Month, as I have a lot of projects that need finishing. But the need to replace my autumn hutch runner from my Sewing Diamonds class
with one for the holidays may get the better of me. Guess I'll have to look at my books for ideas and inspiration.

Hope you had a great day quilting!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

More Black Friday

The Black Friday deals just keep coming!  This morning, I headed to Michael's to take advantage of a doorbuster price of $18.88 on an LED OttLite.
It's a very flexible, and bright table top LED model, which I've placed next to the sofa for when I'm sewing bindings.
The brightness on the sofa arm comes from this light.  If you get a chance, go get one!

Yesterday's deal was 30% off Silhouette products at Joann's, though I think they were 40% off online.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find enough to qualify for free shipping, so I opted for the store.  Got a couple more mats, and a blade.
With the addition of the Silhouette cutter to my quilting space, I also purchased an applique class through Craftsy.
I really like the look of hand applique, but just don't have the time to devote to it.  This a machine technique that's supposed to look like it's done by hand, which will hopefully end my search for the look I want.

Since I'm on a never ending quest to use up my stash, especially the old stuff, I also purchased Strip Your Stash.
Looks like it could provide some interesting ways to use up what I've got.  If you haven't checked out their sale--$19.99 or less on classes--click on the link below to see all of their offerings.  Prices good through Monday night, December 1st. 
Online Quilting Class

And last but not least, some progress on the November Book of the Month.  Can you believe I waited until the 29th to work on this???  Just too many things in my life during November!
I decided to do the Modern Grace pattern,
from the book, Supersize 'Em,
pulling out purple fabrics to go with the B+W floral print I got earlier in the month.
The pattern calls for a bold B+W stripe, but that's nowhere to be found, even in my extensive B+W stash.  So, I'm going to have to stitch solid black and solid white together in rows to get the same effect.  Wish another fabric could substitute, but the pattern really looks better with it.

Okay, enough shopping!  It's time for me to get to work sewing those B+W strips.

Have a great weekend shopping and quilting!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Falling Leaves

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  And I have my beautiful Falling Leaves quilt to show, perfect for the season.

Got it done just before red and green take over our lives, so excuse the reindeer in the background!

Here's a couple quilting closeups.
The leaf pattern was stitched in both the cream area and the more colorful areas, following the zigzag of the quilt top.  This pattern is one I created from two existing pantos, Fall Leaves and Fall Oak Leaves,
specifically to fit the zigzag space.
The colorful zigzag was wider, and required some fill, but a flowing line of curls solved that problem.
And on a previous post, I showed how I quilted it from the front of the machine.  Worked great, just wish I could have completed the quilt in a day, versus a row today, a couple rows the next day, etc.  Found I was always double checking the panto placement because of laser light movement.  But I'd still try following a design from the front again.

Not to be forgotten is the back.
Four yards of fabric, stitched with a band in between the selvage edges provided the length I needed.

How's the Black Friday shopping going?  Hubby and I looked through the ads, but didn't find much to inspire us to brave the crowds.  Instead, we shopped on-line, and yes, I did order the Silhouette Cameo, opting for the new, redesigned model. Check it out here, on Cost a bit more than the model at Joann's, but got the bundle deal, so lots of extras. 

Next on the list is more Glide thread.  I received an email that there is free shipping on orders over $45, and 10% off of most thread.  Try using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY14 at if you're interested.

And last but not least, my favorite online class company, Craftsy, is having a great sale through Monday, December 1!
All classes are $19.99 or less!  Woohoo!
Now to do more online shopping!

Have a great Thanksgiving!