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Modern Applique Workbook: Blog Tour

February 20, 2014

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Modern Appliqué Workshop, a recent Stash Books release by Jenifer Dick!

I’m fortunate to regularly see Jenifer’s work in person, as we are both members of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. It really is gorgeous work and her craftsmanship shines through in her book. These aren’t raw edges, people! Jenifer uses invisible thread for her invisible zigzag appliqué method and if you’ve never tried it, this is the book for you.

It’s that attention to detail I’ll be talking about today.

Many of the quilts in Jenifer’s book feature unique shapes that include sharp points, v-shapes or curves- shapes that add a lot to the quilt, but might make an inexperienced appliquér nervous.




That’s the magic of this book! Jenifer’s quilts are beautifully made and her tips will set you up for success, too. The book has a wonderfully detailed section on working with dull points, sharp points, inner and outer curves and deep v-shapes, including nice large, detailed step-by-step photo instructions. Jenifer is an excellent teacher and that comes through loud and clear in her writing.

Giveaway time!

Stash Books has offered up a copy of the book! International winners will receive an e-book, US winners receive a hard copy. To enter, tell me if you’ve ever used invisible thread before. I’ll select a winner on February 26th!  This giveaway is now closed. Sherry VF is the randomly selected winner and has been notified. Thanks to all who entered!

Grab a copy of the book online now or order an autographed copy of Modern Appliqué Workbook  directly from Jenifer. Be sure to enter the drawings at each of the blog hop stops, where each host has a different chance to win a copy:

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter @ Quiltville

Feb. 11: Amy Smart @ Diary of a Quilter 

Feb. 12: Angela Walters @ Quilting is My Therapy 

Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka @ Esch House Quilts  

Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer @ Crafty Tammie 

Feb. 17: Casey York @ Casey York Designs 

Feb. 18: Deb Rowden 

Feb. 19: Melissa Thompson Maher @ Generation Q magazine 

Feb. 20: Shea Henderson – That’s me!

Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine



DIY “I Spy” Valentines!

February 6, 2014


It’s Valentine time and my kids are pumped about their Valentine’s Day cards this year. Last year, Eleanor drew up her own and I scanned, scaled, arranged and printed it out. That was fun. But this year, both kids are into I Spy books and I have been storing this idea away for the perfect year. My friend Sarah made one with her daughter once and the image has stuck in my mind since- “I Spy” valentines!

It’s incredibly easy. Here’s what you need:

- a camera (duh)

- approximately 20-2000 teeny tiny little trinkets and toys

- a platform of varied levels (we grabbed books with a pink or red spine)

- fabric or paper for a background

- a kid who loves to arrange, rearrange and re-rearrage

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This is one instance where I was actually glad my kids have tons of little trinkets!

The kids came up with some of the items on the list and I added others.  InDesign was used to arrange the photo and some text, but any photo editing program will work. I set the dimensions to print as a 4×6 photo (printed via mpix) and we will put them in A4 envelopes. We printed several extras to mail some to friends and family in addition to passing them out to their classmates.

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An early Happy Valentine’s Day from our family to you! If you make one of these, please share. My kids would love to hunt down items on your list!

Oliver + S (and a doll) Christmas Dress

February 1, 2014


Back in November, Eleanor tallied up her piggy bank cash, visited the bank to count her coins and took a trip to the American Girl store to pick out a doll. I have vivid memories of my parents having me pay for my own Samantha Parkington doll (which I still own!) and knew I wanted Eleanor to do the same. She came home a proud owner of a Kit Kittredge doll and I promised her I’d make her and her doll matching Christmas dresses.

I knew I wanted to make Eleanor’s dress from The Library Dress pattern by Oliver + S and thanks to the ever helpful fabric-swatch-mailing and phone consultating with Diana at Pink Chalk Fabrics, I knew I wanted to make it from Robert Kaufman Interweave Chambray in Pepper  for the main dress and In the Beginning Modern Solids in Slate for the sash.  Eleanor would have been a picky pants about buttons down the back of the dress and I wanted to put an invisible zipper in the dress instead. I’d done one in the Fairy Tale Dress I made last Christmas and loved how it turned out. Lucky for me, Liesl shared a very helpful reader-written post for making that change.

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Eleanor was delighted with her new dress and wore it several times at Christmas and since then, too. She even begged to wear it to school last week for the 100th day of kindergarten.

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To make the doll dress, I modified this kimono dress from Pixie Faire patterns. I axed the apron and used sleeves from another doll dress pattern I had so that I could lengthen the sleeve and eliminate the gathers at the top seam. I also skipped the binding on the bodice and instead sewed it much like Eleanor’s dress, with two layers sewn together to make each of the overlapping pieces. I added the trim at the top and bottom of the sash and ended up chopping off a few inches from the skirt width because I wanted the pleats to mimic the real dress. I really love how it turned out, though I am highly annoyed that I didn’t notice that the pleats point the wrong way on the doll dress front. If I hadn’t already finished the edges of that seam and if it hadn’t been the wee hours of the morning, I might have fixed it. Oh, well!

I have a feeling that many, many doll outfits are in my future!

Giveaway Day Winners

December 18, 2013

I’m busy sewing up a Christmas dress for Eleanor and a new stocking for Rhett, but wanted to pop in for a minute to announce the winners of the Giveaway Day bundles!

The Stitching bundle goes to #322, “Betsy”:

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The Christmas bundle goes to #332, “mjb”:

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And the International winner is #116,  “Anne D”:

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If you are one of those lucky commenters, check your e-mail!

Back to my Christmas sewing hidey-hole I go!


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