Thursday, July 17, 2014

Birch Farm & Butterfly Dance Giveaway Day!

Joel Dewberry's new line is where rustic charm meets modern living at Birch Farm.
 "Embrace the primitive simplicity of farmhouse living with simple and stunning patterns that pay homage to the unexpected beauty that often goes unnoticed in this provincial pace of life. Delicate interpretations of hydrangea, barn owls and chrysanthemums deliver an unexpected beauty that warms and simplifies." 
Oh, these prints would go perfectly in my living room.
I even have a birch tree painting - same colors.
Wish I had a lovely segway
from Birch Farm to fairies.
Here is cinderberry stitches' latest line --
it comes after her popular Enchant fabric.
It is super sweet and darling.
 precuts are in the shop.
The giveaway today is a 5" charm pack of your choice. 
To enter the drawing,
let me know which one you like and why.

Congrats to Jeanie!
You are the winner!
Random drawing Saturday night.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Churn Dash for Summer!

There's just something so summery about a levi quilt. 
It makes me feel patriotic.

And I'm on a red kick this year, so red and white, just have to go with blue
And levis are blue.  So I made another levi quilt
(which I will never to do again, see this post).

This is the quilt I designed for The Perfect Picnic blog hop
I sewed lots of 2.5" squares together to make the church dash.  It finishes at 54"x60".

I wanted big pieces of levi with the seams,
but in-seams curve and it's hard to get large pieces. 

So after much frustration, I bought levi at the store.  ? !
What about the huge stack of pants that are sitting here?  I know. That killed me.  I gave it all away.
So the center is our levis but the rest is not.

Riley Blake provided a few hoppers with laminated cotton for the backing.  I was so pleased with it.  It drapes, it doesn't get major fold lines.  It sewed wonderfully.  I didn't use any special feet or tape or anything.  I did lengthen my stitch and used polyester thread.

To bind it, since the laminate does not fray, I just folded the back over the top and bound the quilt.

How slick is that? 
Easy.  Easy with wonder clips too.

I was kind of pushing my machine to it's limit.
I decided to machine quilt (I use the term lightly) through:
-laminated cotton on the back
and then I thought it would be cute to have stitches that looked more like your levis look (not sure what to call that)
so I used my finca perle cotton thread size 16 as my thread (not in the bobbin, just on top) and machine stitched through all the layers.
My machine pulled it off.

For a picnic you need a picnic basket.
My picnic basket needed a make-over. 
It's so old, I didn't know if it was worth it,
but I told myself, if I can do this in a hour, I'll do it.

Beware this next photo is frightening.

I could have unpicked the lining and used as a pattern.
But I was too scared of it.
So to figure the size, I wrapped the laminate around the outside of the basket
and then kind of did the bottom like a tote bag bottom.

Now it matches my quilt and will quickly clean up!
I am now a picnicking machine
with 2 picnic blankets and a basket at the ready!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Oh Boy! It's giveaway day!

Riley Blake has a cute new boy line out --
called Oh Boy! 
by Lori Whitlock.

There are elephants and airplanes.
Geometrics and swirls.


 Just perfect for a little baby project.
Precuts are in the shop.
Our giveaway today is a charm pack.
To enter the drawing, leave a comment.

Update: Congrats to Natalie F!
You are the winner!
Random drawing Saturday night. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Seeing Spots Giveaway Day!

Moda's Dottie precuts!

A rainbow of color...

There are small dots
that are 1/8" across
and tiny dots.

Great basics to have on hand
 that would go with anything.

All the precuts --
fat quarters, layer cakes,
mini charms, 5 inch,
jelly rolls, etc...
are in the shop!

The giveaway today is
a 5" charm pack of all the fun colors!

To enter the drawing, leave a comment - tell me your favorite color.

Congrats to DebrafromMD!
You are the winner tonight!
Random drawing Sunday night.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Wedding Preparations

Love continues to be in the air here on Quilt Taffy. 
Corrie had her wedding in December, I get the summer.  


I thought being a missionary mom 
was the best thing ever. 
I really thought other milestones 
would pale in comparison. 
Well, I'm happy to be wrong. 

This is the sweetest thing ever.  
I'm getting a new daughter 
and I couldn't be happier!! 

So I've just been throwing some last minute 
goodies together for their cute, little newlywed apartment. 
They are really big Boston Red Sox 
fans so the big "B" is my attempt
 at pillow awesomeness. 

I'm going to wrap the big "M", for our last name, 
in the same floral fabric.  
I'll probably be wrapping in the midnight hour. 

My favorite project is the little "love" embroidery. 
I just chain stitched around felt.  
Sacramento font.

A couple more projects to go. 
Maybe some Doctor Who dish towels?
Oh and I definitely need to get the
"It all started at BYU" finished!

Of course, I did a quilt.  
It's been in the to-do pile for years. 
Kathy quilted it for me. 
You can get a sneak peak here.

Saturday is the day
and I can't wait!!!!