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Spelling Bee Book by Lori Holt

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Crocheted Cathedral Window Squares








I've been crocheting a little in the evening. I can't sit still and do nothing at night and hand-sewing is on hold until I get a stronger pair of readers. I've been wanting to make this pattern for a long time. I pinned it years ago but when I went to start crocheting them I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for as the one I pinned was not quite right. Then I found this wonderful you tube tutorial by Potter and Bloom and she has a link to the written version too.  I thought I would pass the info along just in case any of you were interested in making them too!!!

Happy Sewing! (and crocheting)
xo Erin

Monday, February 12, 2018

Meringue Quilt


Good morning! Today I'm sharing this quilt I made using Fat Quarter Shop's new book Cake Mix Quilt Book and Miss Rosie's Cake Mix Recipe packs.


 I used a Flower Mill layer cake for my quilt.


I chose the Meringue Cake.


 They were fun blocks and each paper from the cake mix papers made two at a time.


I made a smaller version for my quilt and only included the aqua, pink, red and grey fabrics from the fabric line.


I think it turned out so pretty!


This was super simple to sew together and the cake mix book and papers would be fun for a beginner to use too. They help you make such precise pieces like the half-square triangles.


I used the multi-colored gingham stripe from Flower Mill for the binding. I am so happy about that! It's the perfect binding print.


I used a grey Bella Solid for the backing and I stipple quilted it!


This was a super fun quilt! Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for asking me to sew along!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Geranium Dresses








The 2 dresses above I made a couple of years ago.
 I didn't do much piecing or quilting over the summer but I did make my 2 youngest some pretty Geranium Dresses.

I love the pattern and had made a couple of dresses previously but the expansion pack was released and it inspired me to make several more. I have wanted to do a post on these for a while now but it is seriously hard to get them all rounded up for a picture because my girls wear these all the time. Like almost everyday. You might be able to see some signs of wear if you look closely, but don't, haha ;) Here they are below.


This is the first one I made this summer. It was from the original pattern, cap sleeves, neck notch. Fabric is Vintage Market By Tasha Noel (Riley Blake).



I had to try the Peter Pan collar from the expansion pack. I absolutely love it and I use it all the time with these dresses. This one also has the fitted short sleeve. Fabric is Lecien Retro 30's.



This one is basically the same except for length. This is tunic length. Fabric is Posy by Aneela Hoey
 (Moda).



Same as above. Bigger size, collar the same color as the dress. Oh, this one has a zipper instead of buttons. We prefer the buttons. Fabric is Indian Summer by Benartex.



This is the 3/4 length sleeve option.  This dress as well as the Posy tunic have a fully lined bodice which I don't do anymore. I just make an interfacing piece for the collar now. Fabric is The Good Life by Bonnie & Camille (Moda).



Same 3/4 length sleeve but in a bigger size. Fabric is from Walmart, Waverly? I think. This is the older of the 2 girls favorite dress!



This is the basic dress, cap sleeves, no expansion, no neck notch. Fabric is The Good Life again.



Same as above, bigger size. Same fabric, different print. These got worn the most in warm weather and now with a sweater. Fabric is The Good Life.



AND my absolute favorite one is the basic dress, cap sleeve, and a matching Peter Pan collar. Love this one so much. The fabric is a favorite too! Fabric is Aunt Grace, Simple Sampler by Judie Rothermel (Marcus Brothers).



I have at least 4 more planned and will continue to make more for my girls til they outgrow the pattern. It's so simple and I just love the fit on them. They do too. Win, win!!!

Hope you all are doing well.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin


Monday, July 17, 2017

Sewn with Grace






Thinking of Renee....
so many words on my heart and in my head and yet I can't get any of it out to say anything worthy of such a special person. 
loved and missed by all who knew her.
with love and gratitude.
xo Erin
 

Friday, April 28, 2017

No Scrap Left Behind Blog Tour and Giveaway


Good morning! I'm so happy and honored to be a part of the blog tour for my friend Amanda Jean Nyberg's (Crazy Mom Quilts) new book No Scrap Left Behind. The book is full of quilts and projects that use all sizes of scraps. Down to the last little bits.


I am such a fan of Amanda Jean's quilts! All of the projects in the book are great. I decided on making Mini Nines.

I love the size of these nine patch blocks! I used some of my smallest scraps for this project and it was so rewarding!


I turned my Mini Nines into a pillow for my youngest girl. I added a little pom pom trim to the edges.


Those little nine patches are adorable! The individual squares measure 1/2 inch!!! The book has great tips for accuracy and how to make these tiny blocks easily.


I would love to make a larger version of the pattern. Maybe a long term scrap project the way Amanda Jean tackled it in the book. These blocks are perfect for scrap busting.


Since Amanda Jean is the queen of awesome pieced quilt backs I thought I would make a cute back for this pillow using my leftover blocks. I love how it turned out and I had so much fun with this project. It always feels good to use up some scraps.

We are sharing some tips for scrap organization and usage on this tour which I am always interested in hearing how others work their scraps. My system is always changing. I have such limited space. I went through my scraps a while ago and gave a lot away to my mom. Then I took everything and organized it by color into small rectangular containers. I organized it further by keeping larger pieces on one side of the container, strips in the middle and squares that are already a specific size on the other side. I have a smaller basket I keep my Japanese fabric in because I use them in a lot of small projects and they tend to be my favorites. I also always keep a basket next to my work area and that's where I put my scraps for my current project to be organized later. It usually takes a few projects before it's full and needs put away. So, that's how I take care of my scraps.

To win a copy of No Scrap Left Behind leave a comment here. If you have an scrap organizing tips you love you can leave them below or just say hi! That's fine too :)
 
Here is a list of the other bloggers on the blog tour so you can see the fun things they are making from the book!

Monday, April 24th Mary Kolb
Tuesday, April 25, Lee Monroe
Wednesday, April 26, Sandi Hazlewood
Thursday, April 27, Bernie Kringel
Friday, April 28, Erin Cox
Monday, May 1, Katherine Greaves
Tuesday, May 2, Tracy Mooney
Wednesday, May 3, Cheryl Arkison
Thursday, May 4, Debbie Jeske
Friday, May 5, Amy Smart
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lily Scrappy Double Irish Chain



Hey there! Today is my stop on a fun blog tour showcasing the Lily fabric line by Sue Penn for Penny Rose Fabrics.


It's such a pretty line with different shades of mint, pink and yellow with subtle hints of grey and red. It's light and fresh. Such a fun palette to be working with as winter is ending and spring begins.




I decided to make a scrappy looking Double Irish Chain with Lily. This was just a quick shot I took after I had made and cut strip sets.


The more I worked with this fabric the more I loved it! I still have to quilt it.


I plan on making another twin size just like it and giving them to my 2 youngest girls. I just love the colors and pattern together.


It's such a sweet mixture of polka dots, plaids, and florals. Lily is available this month. I'll be sure to share my finished quilts with you! I'm hoping to do some pretty quilting in that negative space on the alternate blocks. Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Friday, March 10, 2017

Simple Placemats



Hello! Today I wanted to share with you these cute placemats I made using by Annie Soft and Stable Project Pack.
The pattern is inside the package. It's a sew as you go pattern. They were so quick to sew up!
Fat Quarter Shop has a video tutorial HERE.



I used some strips of Gooseberry fabric for mine. I love how they turned out. I had to take a quick picture with my vintage Gooseberry Pyrex. That makes me pretty happy!
Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin
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