Thursday, July 2, 2015

Geometric Bird Pillow

A "Tweet" Pillow for Summer

Remember this sweet Geometric Bird block that I made in June?  ( posted here )

Geometric Bird pattern  by Kristy @ Quiet Play
(paper pieced)  

What happens when you add some  1 1/2 " sash borders ,  a zipper ( for the  backing)  and a plump little 16 " square pillow insert?

Summer Cuteness!!

Geometric Bird pillow    by  Susie's Sunroom

Back of pillow   ~  using the Covered zipper tutorial  by Amy Made That!
This zipper opening on the pillow back is super easy to make,
 when you follow Amy's tutorial!!   { here }  I used the  scraps from the sash borders to make the cover over the zipper.

(  I love buying my zippers at  Etsy Zip It !  (I am not compensated by Zip It!  I just love her selection and the excellent  customer service! )

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I'm off to my sewing room!

***  I am not receiving anything from just passing on a coupon code that was offered for my viewers!  ***

Monday, June 29, 2015

Peppermints in July

Getting ready for the  Christmas Holidays

I recently tested a pattern for a delightful Christmas / winter holidays quilt.  And I was so happy that I got to quilt and finish it before July. 

Look at what I have all ready for  the Christmas season! 

Peppermints  #106     Pattern by Summercrafter   Susie's Sunroom

 Peppermints Quilt    design by Elaine  Perez   Summercrafter  (pattern here)

 Quilt Details:      
          Size:  60 "  x 76 "
         Block size:  16 " x 16 "
          Fabrics:   Gingerbread men , houses , winter birds, snowflakes,  and presents fabric from my stash
                            Cream tone on tone background fabric 
        Batting:   Warm and Natural
       Quilting:   Aurifil 50 weight thread, cream

Peppermints Quilt   by Susie's Sunroom

 I chose some warm  and rich " Gingerbread " toned  fabrics for my version of the quilt. 

Elaine , and  Debbie S, another pattern tester, used colorways of red and aqua and white for their Peppermint quilts.
Quilt by Debbie S.
Photo courtesy of Summercrafter blog

Elaine's Peppermint Quilt
photo courtesy of Summercrafter blog

Elaine's pattern is easy to follow with her directions and detailed diagrams.  It was fun fun fun to make!   You can get the pattern as a pdf file, or a paper pattern!   I  didn't want to stop making the blocks, once I started! I ended up making  4 extra  blocks, and a label  for the back of the quilt!

The back side    

Elaine's block inspiration:

A wrapped peppermint candy

Can you see the wrappers on each end of a  candy block?
There are 12 different quilt blocks !

I really love the star block!

I quilted "in the ditch"  around  each piece of candy.  And then I got adventurous, and used the Zig- Zag decorative stitch on my Topaz 30 sewing machine, in the largest size.  I outlined each block (on the front side.)    You can see the details on the back of the quilt, below.... it gives the quilt a nice texture!

Zig -Zagging around 

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And now, some more  eye "candy" .....

Gingerbread fabrics in the blocks

I used Gingerbread houses fabric for the border

The Peppermint candy block


"Yep, this passes the softness test!" 

Be sure to go on over to the Summercrafter pattern store to see her other patterns! They are all  really so cute!!

This has put me in the mood to make more Christmas projects early.  Have you started any holiday projects  yet?

I'm off to my sewing room!

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

"This is a good chin rest, Mom ! " 

Saturday, June 20, 2015


Farm Girl Vintage Blocks

Bee in My Bonnet Sew Along

Well.... I couldn't resist joining in with everyone sewing these ADORABLE   Farm Girl Vintage blocks!!     { My book  came from the  Fat Quarter Shop.  Thanks, Amy !!}

In reality, I was hooked early, when I saw pictures of the hen and that barn block...  Then, when  I actually got my  real book, I saw that I wanted to make many , many projects in the book.   
The Farm Girl Sampler Quilt

Sew, this summer I will be making these 6 inch blocks,  whenever I can.  I am jumping in late with the  Farm Girl Vintage  Sew Along , but it will be fun to "catch up" with the blocks, with no real deadline pressures.

Amanda, The Patchsmith, also began making the FGV  6 inch blocks.  Have you seen her "Block A Day" 2015 collection yet?    I am in love with her fabrics and scraps and how she combines them!  

While we are talking about beautiful fabric combinations.... Amy,  at  Amy Made That, has her own FGV book, too,  so I am sure we will be seeing her FGV blocks on her blog soon!      When I get  slowed down , I look at their blocks and projects,  get inspired and energized,  and can't help but go find some fabric for the next block I need to work on!

My Farm Girl Sampler Quilt -
Fabrics to be used-   various pieces from my fabric stash and scrap piles-
     Happy Go Lucky    Bonnie and Camille   Moda
     Aunt Grace Classics    Judie Rothermel  
      Aunt Grace Christmas  Judie Rothermel  
     Hannah Bella   by Robyn Pandolph  SSI
     DS Quilts Collections    Denyse Schmidt
     Lazy Daisy Baskets Small    Darlene Zimmerman  Robert Kaufman
     Paula Barnes  Marcus Fabrics
      Mirabelle  Fig Tree & Co.    Moda    charm pack
     ***   anything that reminds me of 1930's fabrics, small flowery prints, or  make- me- happy prints!   ( I am not excluding anything that makes me smile!)  And I am "finding" charm packs I have hoarded  lovingly stored away!

First Farm Girl Vintage Block:     Crops     page 23   (size- 6 1/2 " )

Crops Block  page 23    Susie's Sunroom   #CropBlock

This is a fast and fun block!  I had a few scraps leftover....

So I decided to make various little blocks with the  leftovers.
The  second mini 1 1/4 " block didn't turn out to be even.  I'll save it , in case I can use it later.  Maybe I can make a mini quilt from the leftovers.  

Crops Block  and some leftovers  ( a 4 " square and a 1 1/4+ " square)

Second FGV Block:   Baby Chick Block     (page 10)    ( size 6 1/2 ")

Baby Chick Block     Page 10    Susie's Sunroom    #BabyChickBlock

Another delightful block to make!  The hand embroidery  was relaxing.

Linking up at:    
I'm off to my sewing room!