Friday, October 31, 2014

What Shade are You? RJR Blog Hop and a Giveaway!!

A few months ago i was contacted by RJR fabrics wanting to know if i would be interested in giving their Cotton Supreme Solids a try. And if i was interested in also participating in their What Shade Are You blog hop. I jumped at the chance and was sent the most glorious stack of solids i had ever seen... truly, so awesome! I had such an incredibly hard time choosing what shade i was... but i narrowed it down to what i'm calling my Wild Goose Stampede... shade?

cottone supreme solids

I've built this palette around Sarah Watts lovely Stampede print from her first Cotton and Steel line August. I'm in love with the colours in this print and was excited to work some solids into the mix!

I'll be honest and say that little bits of these solids have been getting cut off here and there over the course of the last few months, i've found myself working with a lot of Cotton and Steel lately and these solids just slide right in. I think most of my projects as of late, that include solids, have been from this pull. But the one that shows them all to their best, is what i'm calling my Wild Goose Stampede Pillow!

wild goose stampede pillow

Get it? It's a wild goose chase block but the center fabric is called Stampede - Wild Goose Stampede!! Oh Nicole you're so funny! (that's what i imagine you're all saying right now... don't burst my bubble here folks!)

It's a simple block to make and hey look!...

rjr fabrics - what shade are you blog hop

I made a tutorial for everyone!

rjr fabrics - what shade are you blog hop

rjr fabrics - what shade are you blog hop

rjr fabrics - what shade are you blog hop

rjr fabrics - what shade are you blog hop

rjr fabrics - what shade are you blog hop

rjr fabrics - what shade are you blog hop

rjr fabrics - what shade are you blog hop

rjr fabrics - what shade are you blog hop

rjr fabrics - what shade are you blog hop

rjr fabrics - what shade are you blog hop

See, i told you it was easy!

Then quilt it up in anyway you like, i opted for the straight line V formation, in Aurifil brass of course ;)

wild goose stampede pillow - quilted with Aurifil Brass

And turn it into a pillow! I backed mine in the same Stampede print and just did a simple zipper closure at the bottom.

wild goose stampede pillow - backed in Sarah Watts Stampede print for Cotton and Steel

Now for the good stuff! RJR is going to give one of you lucky readers your very own fat quarter bundle of Wild Goose Stampede (minus the Stampede print, just the solids here today folks!) All you need to do is leave a comment and all this could be yours!! (and by all this i really only mean the fat quarter bundle) (but what a fat quarter bundle it is! Just think of the things you could do with it!!) 8 glorious colours! So fun! Rambling again aren't i, you're all thinking, will she please just shut her trap and get on with the contest! Yes yes i know, shutting up! But i do need to tell you that unfortunately this giveaway is only open to Canada and the US, i'm so sorry to my international readers :( I'll get ya next time! Promise!

So to see more amazing things made with RJR Cotton Supreme Solids make sure to check out their Facebook page!!


Now go forth and leave a comment (just one)... your fat quarter bundle awaits! (i'll use the fancy random number generator dealie to pick a winner on... hmmm... Tuesday!) Good Luck!!

wild goose stampede pillow

High fives to RJR Fabrics for letting me play with such fantastic solids and for generously letting one of my friends play too!
xo nicole

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ahem, shall we call this post the one where i remember that i have a blog and i really should use it more often.

Too long?
How about the one where i forgot to tell everyone that i actually won Sewvivor!!!


Yep, i won. And to be honest folks, it's been a couple weeks now and it still hasn't sunk in. I won. 
Holy crap i won! Yippeeeee!

I'm am so very thankful to each and every one of you. It was a long journey and i never would have made it without all your support and encouragement. I've had a few people ask if i would do it all again, and i most definitely would! That being said, it was stressful, very stressful. I truly didn't think i would make it as far as i did. 


When i started Sewvivor i had a number of secret projects on the go as well as some other projects that all kind of fell to the side. And i kept telling myself that it would be fine and when i was eliminated i would get back to my regular sewing.  And then i'd make it through to the next round. And the cycle kept going. I'm still trying to get caught up!  And that is the only negative thing that i experienced with this whole adventure. And it's entirely my fault. I guess i really could use some time management help around here, i've never been any good at getting things done on time! 


Now i don't want anyone thinking that i'm not grateful, i'm not complaining, i'm just keeping it real here ;) It was an absolutely amazing experience and i've made some truly great friends. One in particular that would have been worth it all even if i had been eliminated the first round. Thanks so much Angie for cheerleading me to the finish line!


I'm insanely proud of the projects i made and while it was stressful, having the prompt and deadline guiding my designs was actually a nice change for me. You all know that i normally just do what i want and if it happens to get finished it's like a miracle around here. So to be able to work at the top of my game and actually finish something?!! I'm as shocked as you all :)

And i have to say, i'm ecstatic about the prizes! My first one showed up the other day and man it's awesome!


Coats and Clark sent the huge pack of threads and Free Spirit fabrics obviously had someone checking me out because all this AMH loveliness came without anyone asking what i would like! Love me some AMH! I haven't really worked with knits all that much and i don't own a serger so any advice is greatly appreciated. I'm thinking i'll use the two prints in the middle for leggings. The pink Cracking Codes print on the left is super soft, so soft i thought it was flannel. I'm wondering if i could back a quilting cotton quilt with it? Has anyone ever done that? Though i do have all my little guys onesies from when they were babies and i've been wanting to cut them into a nice patchwork throw for me... maybe i'll save it for that? I don't know. 

So yeah, things are still busy around here and i'm still working on secret sewing but i'll try and pop in more often, Instagram is where you'll find me on a more regular basis though, just sayin'!! @snippets101 ;)

High fives for me for winning Sewvivor, and high tens for all you guys for your help getting me there! You guys are the best!
xo nicole

Oh, and for those interested i am making up a pattern for the hexie cushion, i've never written a pattern before so if anyone has any sites that may help or any tips on what you like or don't like in a pattern i would be eternally grateful!
I'm also working with someone to put out a pattern for my Carrousel quilt in the new year so stay tuned for that!
And i'll be having a giveaway and tutorial coming up the end of the month!! 
Arghh!!!
So much to do!!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sewvivor Challenge Four - Lap Quilt

I'm absolutely thrilled to be here in the top three! I would have never guessed in a million years that i would have made it this far, i'm so very thankful for everyone's support, sweet comments and of course votes ;) 

This quilt is one that i've had in my head for some time now and making it this far in Sewvivor has given me the push i needed to get it out of my head and into reality! So without further ado, may i present...

Carrousel!


Carrousel is a mixture of bits and pieces from Melody Millers's first line for Cotton and Steel, Mustang. Such a wonderful variety of prints in this line and the colours are to die for!


 I also used one of my all time faves from her Ruby Star Polka Dot line for Kokka, the patchwork cheater print in blue, love this print so much! And i love how it works beautifully with her new work.


I also finally cut into this delicious stack of RJR Cotton Supreme Solids,



I spent a ridiculous amount of time fussy cutting images to feature in the Star Dresden wedges and even went so far as to piece three of them with little plus signs to mimic the little plus signs used in some of the Mustang prints. For the most part all the Dresden wedges were made by strip piecing sections of fabric and then cutting out the wedge shapes. I think most of my time with this project was spent mixing and matching the solids and prints together, the combinations were endless!


 I used up a lot of the little left over scraps to improv piece a strip for the top of the quilt.


I knew i wanted the giant Dresden to be the center of attention so i had planned from the beginning to bind it in the same fabric i used to applique the Dresden onto. So i thought a splash of colour along the top of the quilt would be needed!


The giant Dresden measures almost 50" across from point to point and i absolutely love the effect of having the one edge scalloped.



Basting it was slightly more difficult than a regular quilt due to the scalloped edge, which was sewn right sides together then turned right side out before basting. But not hard enough that i wouldn't do it again!


I made thirty six wedges, and tried my best with the fabric i had, to make three of each wedge.


Sorry for the rubbish night time cell phone picture! But i like how they look before they've been pointed. (I was stalling on making the last three, the +wedges!)

I used Carolyn Friedlanders widescreens for both the front and the back, grey on the front and black with a strip of grey for the back. Keeping it simple, just how i like my backs ;)


 I also used the grey for skinny binding. I cut the binding at only 2" and machine stitched it to the front and hand stitched it to the back. 


In an effort to keep this one soft and drapey i minimized the machine quilting and used the dresden wedges to guide where all my quilting lines went. I just did simple lines with Aurifil #2606 Mist through the centers of all the wedges from point to point and continued on in a straight line to the edge of the quilt. It creates a fantastic crossing of lines in the center! Where the lines reach the outer edges the quilt they were too far apart for my batting so i made the decision to do some hand quilting.


I love the little vintage pyrex looking starbursts on some of the Mustang prints and decided that they would be perfect to quilt all over the grey area of the quilt. 

 
I used Aurifil #2975 Brass, (surprise surprise!) for them and also for the simple stitches around the inner and outer edge of the whole Dresden. 


 The perfect amount of hand quilting!


The details:
Pattern - Carrousel by me!
Finished size - 64" x 80"
Fabrics - Star Dresden is all Mellody Miller Mustang, and Ruby Star Polka Dot and a selection of RJR Cotton Supreme Solids.
Front, backing and binding all Carolyn Friedlander Widescreens in grey and black.
Pieced with Aurifil #2600 Dove Grey and quilted with Aurifil #2606 Mist and #2975 Brass



High fives for a super fun quilt finish, and high fives to all of my Sewvivor friends! It's been a blast!

Voting is now over and the wait is on, Monday cannot come soon enough!! Be sure to visit Rach on Monday to see who the winner is!
And because it's been way too long i'll be linking up over at crazy mom quilts for finish it up Friday!





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

+Hex Tutorial

Just popping in to share how i made the +hex blocks for my Sewvivor challenge three entry, enjoy!

plus hex tutorial

plus hex tutorial

plus hex tutorial

plus hex tutorial

plus hex tutorial

plus hex tutorial

High fives for hexies! Especially +hexies!!
xo nicole

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sewvivor Challenge Three - Hexies

Thank you so much to everyone who's cheered me on this round and from the beginning, and for all your words of encouragement! I'm so excited to still be here and be able to share with you all my entry for round three!

I decided for this round of Sewvivor, the hexie challenge, i wanted to make something for our home. I'd made a mini quilt for round one, then the bag for round two and with a lap quilt being the final challenge (fingers crossed i make it) i wanted to make something new. Something that we would use regularly. Something like a giant floor cushion? Perfect!

hexagon floor cushion

Once again i found myself pulling stack after stack of fabrics wondering what direction to go in (there was talk of a rainbow and Unikitty from the Lego Movie, but in a testosterone filled house there really isn't a lot of room for rainbows and unicornkitties!) So in a brief moment of insanity i pulled out my highly coveted half yard of Melody Miller typewriters that i've been hoarding and sized it up with my Hex N More ruler. I could perfectly get a 6.5" hexie out of it, but do i dare cut into such precious fabric?! Oh i did! And so it began, cutting into some of my most treasured bits of fabrics, after all this was something that was going to stay in my living room, why not use all my favorite fabrics!

hexagon floor cushion

And while we chop with reckless abandon, lets mix things up a bit and make some + hexies and some kaleidoscope ones as well! I love the way the + hexies turned out and will be posting a little tutorial for them, super easy to make! Tutorial can be found here!!

hexagon floor cushion

I wanted the quilting on this to hold up to the two little boys that will no doubt be jumping all over it so i wanted it somewhat dense. That being said i just didn't have the heart to quilt all over the little typewriter, (does anyone else have this problem?) So i've echoed the star/typewriter block and for the rest i stitched about a quarter inch apart in a v formation with Aurifil in turquoise (#2810). 

hexagon floor cushion


I love the lattice effect that happens when two sections of the v cross and the turquoise Aurifil looks amazing against the black fabrics!

hexagon floor pillow

The sides of the cushion were pieced with slightly smaller hexies, 4.5" and i kept the quilting fairly minimal. Just a quarterish inch from the seam on both sides of each diagonal with Aurifil in black (#2692). Makes a fantastic little x pattern all the way around! 

hexagon floor cushion

I've tried my best to use only stash and things i have on hand for all of my Sewvivor projects, so when it came time to find something for the back of this cushion i immediately thought of this Parson Gray print that i had picked up last year. I had hoped to back a quilt in it but when i got it it was a little more green than the cream i thought it was online. So it's been sitting in my stash just waiting to be used. I kept the closure simple and went with an envelope style and it works perfectly!

hexagon floor cushion


In my life pre-quilter i always slept under a down duvet, but now that i have experienced sleeping with a quilt i'll never go back. So what to do with the old duvets? Well i used one to stuff this cushion with, and let me tell you, while i no longer enjoy sleeping under one... it is so supremely comfy to sit on! Shorty agrees!

So does Max!

hexagon floor cushion

It is the perfect size for sitting back and reading a book!

hexagon floor cushion


High fives to all the girls this round and good luck!
xo nicole

Make sure you stop on over to Rach's to check out the rest of the competition and if you feel so inclined i would absolutely love your vote! I have a killer idea for the final round so fingers crossed i make it through!
I also have a little interview with Ange from Gnome Angel over on her blog, lots of fun so be sure to pop over and check it out! Just click here!