September 26, 2015

Peeks, Projects, Patterns

Happiness is the last stitch put in a quilt binding.  Abby got a biscuit bribe so she tolerated a camera for about 5.3 seconds.

Little projects -- I like 'em!  Pattern cover photos shoots are fun.  I like thinking of what is hopefully an eye catching cover, gathering props, staging the project.  I may not be professional but I'm free!
Supreme Mary tested at lightning speed this little project.  Could you have guessed the name is Paper Dolls?  I used Lucky Strikes fabric by Kimberly Kight for Cotton + Steel.  Wish blogger had emoji so I could add LOTS OF HEARTS!!!

Who can resist sweet little vintage spools of thread?

Or perhaps a lime snail and of course lots of dots.

I mini-sized Sparkle Plenty and made Mini Sparkles.  Itty Bitty button love.

I also updated The Loft Tote pattern.  It's never been a PDF so now it will be.  Love the fabric -- it's Playful by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel.  I really have a thing for the ladies at Cotton + Steel.

So there shall be new patterns, one day.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

August 31, 2015

Gifty Galore

Something fun is happening over at Connecting Threads and I'm tickled to be part of it.  Curious?  Head on over HERE.  The little Christmas calico goodness is from Mom's stash, accompanied by vintage doilies and buttons and some linen joy.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

August 28, 2015

One Day...

With the mister on the road to recovery I'm feeling more into the swing of things.  Abby is keeping watch and giving lots of extra love when she sees it's necessary.  I'm using my dining room table to cut patterns and fabric.  I made a maxi skirt!  Perhaps I'll share it, one day.

I've been sewing, a lot.  Oh and perhaps buying fabric too.  Picnic by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel was simply too irresistible.  I mean just look at the selvedge!  I hope you feel like the selvedge says when I show you what I've made.

Pattern writing -- one word -- ick!  But I'm really working on it Candace.  It will be available, one day.

The mister and I needed some fresh air so we drove out to our favorite fruit farm.  I've been wanting to buy an apple crate and it's a perfect prop for this photo shoot too.  This is a table runner, yet to be quilted.  I'm still waffling about writing the pattern.  Yes, no or maybe so...

Just look at that darling ant.  

I have many pips (projects/patterns in progress).  I'll share them, one day.  Meanwhile I hope you come back Monday because I have something exciting to share.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

July 1, 2015

Backyard Circus

Once upon a blog lifetime ago, I found Jodie, softie toy maker/pattern writer.  Her blog, Ric Rac, is fun, funny, colorful, and so so creative.  It's been my favorite blog since the beginning and remains so today.  Lucky for me I met her in person at Portland Quilt Market.  She is her blog, in the flesh and I feel so lucky to call her my friend. 

Last month these amazing fabrics landed on my doorstep.  Jodie was at Minneapolis Quilt Market debuting her very first line of fabric called Backyard Circus for Ella Blue Fabrics, due out this month.

At first it wasn't easy to unbundle the stack of fun, tied up with tiny red rick rack with a green pom pom on top!  But ideas for fun things kept popping into my head so I got straight to play.  First up was this adorable little mat for my Hoosier Cabinet and vintage milk glass cake stand.  Pom poms are the sweetest things but a bit bitchy to sew with.  I love you dear pom poms!

A mini kaleidoscope quilt was a must and because there were leftover wedges, I made a pattern bucket.  If you're interested in making your own kaleidoscope quilt of any size you don't need a pattern!  I have a tutorial HERE.

Well the amazing selvedge should not go to waste so I added it to the bucket with some red rick rack, of course.  Oh and red corduroy, a must.  Don't ya love the white on white hexagons I found in my stash?

Lastly, I made a couple of "simpler" buckets using vintage trim and corduroy.  I love it when a plan comes together.  And each bucket has a coordinating mini.  Seven projects using a fat eighth stack 

and elephant tons of fun!  Oh and maybe mini patterns, one day, if I ever get back to writing patterns.

Jodie's fabric is due out this month.  Although Ella Blue is an Australian fabric company I have it on good authority that US shops have picked up this collection.  So...go forth and search for the cutest fabric on earth!  I think elephants will be flying off the shelves!!!  And there are darling panels too and I have one, waiting...

Thank you, Dear Jodie!

~Piecefully, Stephanie

March 18, 2015

Celebrating Quilters

Hello March!  Since it's National Quilting Month I decided to share some of my recent finishes and celebrate the amazing long arm quilters who make my quilts look awesome.  **Warning, photo heavy.

This is Baker's Acres, started a few years ago.  Made using a FQ Stack of Willow by Alexander Henry and a jelly roll of Kona Solids, it just kept getting more cheerful and fun to work on.

Shelly Pagliai of Prairie Moon Quilts has done many of my quilts.  She gets me just by looking at my quilts.  I send them to her and tell her to let them speak to her.  

Love her quirk and attention to detail.

I love patchy backs so I combined Alexander Henry's Farmdale with some olive corduroy, all from my stash.

Striped binding?  Yes, please.  

A new to me quilter is Laura Davies of Tanderwen Quilts.  Carrie at A Passion for Applique has shared many wonderful quilts Laura has done for her.  I've admired Laura's work.

Laura quilted Amish Buggy Wheels using a fun all over design.  

I love how the quilting doesn't overshadow the quilt design.  Laura puts time and thought into her work and shares ideas before she gets quilting.

The center of my Amish Buggy Wheels are cut from a vintage quilt top.  I "designed" or did the math, to continue the feel of the old quilt.   The dots are Avant Garden by MoMo for Moda.

Love this fabric.

This is Long John James, a larger version I made of my Long Johns quilt.  My son is James, he is tall, we have great childhood memories of pirates.  It all makes sense to us.  Arrr!

I love the geometric manly quilting design Laura did on this one.  I combined flannel and corduroy for a very warm and cozy quilt.  The prints are flannel called Quilter's Candy Flannel Neutral Sampler by Connecting Threads.  I love their flannel!  There are some flannel solids as well but the majority of the solids are corduroy.  

I love the richness of these colors.  So I give thanks to the wonderful quilter's of the world.  You're awesome!  I'll be back, one day, to share more finished quilts...once I get the bindings done.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

February 24, 2015


It's -11* F this morning so I'll just lay here with thread stuck to my ear.  I'm getting a suntan on my backside from camping on the heat vent.  I wish I was a cat.  Indoor facilities are preferable right now!

Love, Abby

February 18, 2015

Is it summer yet?

Congratulations to Yvonne at Yvonne W Designs.  She is the winner of the AJ Bag.  Thanks everyone for stopping by and taking time to leave your comments.  If you aren't familiar with Yvonne, her handiwork is lovely.  Not only is she talented with needle and thread but paint and brush as well.  You should stop by and see her beautiful hand painted buttons and other goodness.

~Piecefully, Stephanie