November 22, 2014

Too Cozy


I think it's impossible to have too many scarves...


especially if they're made from corduroy.  I love my stash -- this beauty has been waiting for me.  The corduroy is from Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms collection.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

November 21, 2014

Cozy




Because recently I saw THIS Craftsy blog post...


I decided to make a corduroy infinity scarf using my tutorial I shared HERE.  Corduroy should not be judged without facts in evidence.  (Perhaps I watch too many re-runs of Law and Order!) I cut it larger as I wanted more velvety goodness to snuggle around my neck.  This is a simple and cozy holiday gift idea.  I cut my corduroy 20" x 60".  If you buy 2 yards of fabric you can make two scarves -- one for you and one for a friend. 


One lovely scarf in under an hour.  Yes, I have hot pink cashmere gloves.  I found this amazing corduroy last year on discount at Hobby Lobby.


This non-infinity scarf is from my book.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

November 18, 2014

Scrappy Sparkles


Scrappy Sparkles -- pinned to my design wall and waiting to be sewn.  Made from the vintage quilt blocks I shared in a previous post. 


 I heart this quilt a whole bunch. 


I feel like I'm living On Frozen Pond!  Since it's frigid outside I think I shall get sewing on Scrappy Sparkles.  I have a hot tea IV and my electric underwear plugged in.

Please be sure to visit Candace at Squash House Quilts and Pratima at Laku and Muki to read a lovely quilt story about Corduroy Road.

Linda at The Quilted Pineapple shares an in depth post on quilting my Corduroy Road and lots of eye candy.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

November 17, 2014

Snowing and Sewing


Blocks washed, pressed and trimmed -- check


Marked and ready to sew -- check


Any guesses?  I love sewing on a cold, snowy Monday.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

November 13, 2014

Corduroy Road


I'm super excited to reveal Corduroy Road, a new quilt pattern.  For the time being it's an exclusive for Connecting Threads and can only be found here.

Formatted and new logo by my talented daughter, Allison.
 

I love old barns and this one stands at a park in my town.


 Quilted by the amazing Linda Hrcka at The Quilted Pineapple.  She is my feather goddess.  You can't see it from the photo but she also outline quilted the flowers to give them a 3D effect.  Love.


Ooooo and aaahhhh, I know!


Although I made this quilt entirely of Robert Kaufman corduroy, corduroy is not required.  I love the simpleness of this quilt made as the result of super sizing a quilt block.  Perhaps you think the name is because of the corduroy, in part that is true.  But there is a road in Ohio that the mister and I discovered on an outing called Corduroy Road.  It's off of a busy road so there hasn't been an opportunity to photograph the street sign.


My very own barn quilt!  Now I need my own barn.

The patient and talented Supreme Candace at Squash House Quilts tested Corduroy Road.  She will be posting soon and I hope you'll be sure to visit because she has a lovely story to go with her quilt.
~Piecefully, Stephanie

November 10, 2014

The Wheels on the Buggy Go 'Round and 'Round


 While in Amish Country I spied these buggy wheels at an antique shop.  I wanted one.  I did not bring one home.


 I really do think this looks like a buggy wheel.


I cut 12 of these wheels to make the Amish Buggy Wheel quilt I shared in a previous post.  I still have this much quilt leftover.  While in Holmes County I stopped in my very favorite quilt shop, Miller's Dry Goods in Charm.


I knew the exact colors I wanted for the next project (still mulling over a couple of ideas) and luckily Miller's had exactly what I wanted.  Isn't that blue awesome?  It's a Cotton + Steel print by Alexia Marcelle Abegg.  The print is called Desert Flower.  And I think there will be plenty of quilt leftover for more projects.


Happy 239th Birthday, Marines.  This is the mister with our 5-month old son, 26 years ago.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

November 9, 2014

Vintage Linen Care

The mister and I went to Amish Country on Friday.  Visits to quilt shops, grocery stores, cheese shops and candy shops, and antique malls filled our day.  I scored a bag of vintage quilt blocks.  Vintage linens usually need cleaning (not only are they dirty but they smell too) before use so I thought I'd share what works for me.

I couldn't live without Oxy Clean, salt, and color catchers.

  
 As you can see these are hand sewn onto foundation fabric.  Everything and anything was used, to include Mr. Yoder's shirts!  :o)  I can imagine Mrs. Yoder sitting in the evenings hand sewing.  I like the name Yoder and I bought them in Amish Country so Yoder it is.


You can also see the stains, probably from decades of storage.


I could have used a bigger tub but there were a lot of blocks (the bag said 30 but when I counted there were 45 so I feel like I won the lottery) and I don't have the space to dry them all at once so I did them in batches.  Some people make jam, I make quilt soup.  

Add a scoop of Oxy Clean, a color catcher and maybe a tablespoon or two of salt.  I don't measure.  Why salt?  Because Mom said salt sets the color and I believe her.  Iodized or not?  No clue.  I just do what Mom taught me.  Fill the tub with cold water and add a few blocks.


After a 20 minute soak and occasional swishing, your water will look like this.  Luckily this is just dirt.  I did not have any color bleed.  You never know so you should keep an eye on your quilt block soup during soaking.  As you can see my color catcher is still white.


I took the blocks out of the water one block at a time, thoroughly rinsed in cold water, then folded to squeeze out the excess water.  If you see bubbles, rinse some more.  Don't wad -- fold and squeeze, then open and lay on some old or light color towels.


I do several stacks and let the towels absorb the excess water for an hour or so.


If you have a warm day you can dry outdoors, out of direct sunlight.  I love this hanger.  I had a big round one while living in Japan and loved it. 


Close-up. 


Once the blocks are dry it's time to press.  I do use steam and I am careful.


None of the blocks were square.  They were 13 - 14-ish inches "square."  I was able to trim them to 12 1/2" with very little waste.

I hope this helps.  I do this with vintage yardage, quilt tops, quilt blocks and other linens such as tea towels and table cloths.

Now you probably want to know what I'm going to do with them.  Well I already have a plan...

~Piecefully, Stephanie