Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Panda Bear

"Panda" Testing Helper

About a month ago, I saw that one of my favorite designers, Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts, had asked if anyone was able to help her test out some of her newest designs. Aren't they cute!!    Luckily,  I was able to give a bit of help to Lorna , by testing out  her upcoming "Panda" Quilt pattern !

Sew Fresh Quilts newest patterns... HERE
Photo by Sew Fresh Quilts

Now ,  there is something really cool about this pattern.  It has so many size options!!
You can make a mini panda block , as well as  a full sized panda block. And, Lorna has measurements to  make up a mini quilt... all the way up to a regular sized quilt!!  I love having  all of the size options.
Panda Block     design by Sew Fresh Quilts   {click HERE}
Mini sized block   approx 7.5" across x 6.5" tall

I  found this bright, forest-like background fabric first.  Then I saw my black and white polka dot fabric, and couldn't resist using that for this little panda!   (Lorna's designs are perfect with solids, and have a modern look!)

Next, I made up another little panda to be the buddy for the first bear. And of course, they had to have some foliage to munch on!
The pattern includes how to make the leafy rows.  ( I left out the center stems... giving it a more abstract background... like the pandas are  in a forest among the leaves. ) 

This cute pattern makes me smile... and reminds of when I saw the real pandas at the San Diego Zoo.  

Pandas and leaves     
As I put these blocks together, I thought they would make a cute pillow!

I simply added a 2.5" sashing around the block....

A Mini Panda Pillow         made by Susie's Sunroom
Panda Pillow size:   approx  17 " across x 16" tall
Quilting:   straight line  1"  quilting, vertically ,  in lime !   (for a modern look)

Panda Pillow        by Susie's Sunroom

I love black and lime colors together... and made a covered zipper for the back of the pillow.  (I learned how to make this covered zipper from the tutorial by Amy Made That!  {here}  )

Back of pillow        love the covered zipper

Keep checking  Sew Fresh Quilts  for the release of this cute Panda Pattern!  (It should be soon. )   You'll want to check out all of her adorable patterns, in her Etsy store, too!
(Remember my Dog Gone Cute quilts?  {  here  }  and {  here } )
A Panda-icious Pillow !!

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Monday, September 12, 2016

A Parade of Pincushions

A Parade of Pincushions!!

Hey, there's a parade going on... and it is a Parade of Pincushions!!
My Sister Made Me is the host.....

Click here to go see the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade at My Sister Made Me !
I have been known to make a pincushion or two... ( Is is ok to have a parade in honor of my addiction ?!   )         

So let the parade begin!

First in my parade lineup , are the cute and functional  Deluxe Pincushions   ( from the "Sew Organized for the Busy Girl  " book.  I kept the first one, in  these cute Bonnie and Camille fabrics , and gave the others as gifts.  

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Oh, here are some stragglers.... more Deluxe Pincushions!  I made these with applique,  for the Crafted Applique' Book Blog Hop . ( by  Lara at BuzzinBumble )

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Second in the parade, is a super plump "combination" pincushion... the  " Be My Valentine Heart " Mr Snowman pincushion.  It is made from these patterns:  side A is  the "Be My Valentine Heart Mug Rug" by Amy Made That! ; And side B is  the Mr Snowman Block by Lori Holt

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The next pincushion is  a tea bag pincushion.  I made this pincushion up,  for the Pin It Blog Hop! My designer friend, Amanda, The Patchsmith,  helped me with the design!  

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Look out.... this next unit in the parade is a big one!  I made these delectable strawberry pincushions from Fig Tree & Co 's " Strawberry Shortcake" pattern!  They are made from my huge Fig Tree & Co fabric stash! See the scrappy ones?

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 Good enough to eat!!

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Here's a rowdy little group... that little flock of Bird Pincushions!      This is a pattern by by Joel Dewberry  (here).  I often use these birdies as a paper weight, as I fill my pincushions with crushed walnut shells to make them heavy.

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It looks like my last unit in this parade is rounding the corner... in perfect step!  It's the Prettified Pincushion,  from the "Patchwork , Please !" book .  A little bit of Zakka and paper piecing is such fun!!   I love these Denyse Schmidt orange and blues together!!

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You'll want to hop on over to My Sister Made Me blog  { here } , to see all of the gorgeous pincushions that are on parade!  And check out the fabulous sponsors for the giveaways!

If you are a follower of Susie's Sunroom, you will know that there are even more pincushions in my blog posts through the years! 
( Use the search feature under HOME, on the top left of the blog page,  to hunt them  all up!)  ( I won't be mad at you for enabling encouraging me!! ) 

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:   Perfectly Pleasing Parade of Pincushions @  My Sister Made Me

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Spangled Stars Quilt

A Red , White  and Blue Quilt

This summer, I made a fun red, white and blue quilt with stars.  I bought the pattern and kit from  Craftsy a while ago.  It is a pattern by Kimberly Einmo.

Spangled Stars quilt     Design by Kimberly Einmo

Quilt Statistics:   
Pattern:     Spangled Stars  by Kimberly Einmo
Size:    48 " x 48 "
Fabrics -from the kit, including batiks
Quilting-  wavy lines, using my walking foot  
Thread- pieced using Aurifil thread   50 wt.

Close up of Spangled Stars
 It was fun using batik fabrics, and I enjoyed making this quilt.  I would never have picked these fabrics  on my own (for a patriotic quilt.  )

I had some fabric left over, and made an extra block for the back.  You can see the wavy line quilting here.

Back of my quilt-  Spangled Stars    

It was a pleasure to make this quilt.  I look forward to making another pattern by Kimberly Einmo someday.  I have a Craftsy class with Kimberly and really enjoy learning from her!  

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:   Let's Bee Social  @ Sew Fresh Quilts    and
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