Monday, April 13, 2015

A tour of the new sewing studio!

Now that most of the boxes are unpacked and most everything around the house has found a home, I've spent some time really getting my sewing studio set up. It was up and running to finish up deadlines as soon as we moved in, but it was chaos. Piles of boxes, stuff all over the place, and nothing in its rightful place. I know lots of quilters thrive on creative messes but I'm the polar opposite. Maybe I'm in the minority among creative types, but when everything around me is chaotic, it's really hard for me to be creative. Getting everything all sorted and organized feels like a weight off me. I actually even went into the studio this weekend and did a little sewing, just for fun, using a couple of layer cakes of Cotton + Steel and some super simple patchwork. It felt fantastic!! Without any further ado, here's a quick tour of my new sewing studio!

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In this move, I decided to retire my dad's old desk, which was my first sewing table when I started sewing, and in more recent years has been my cutting table. It's in sad condition after all these years, but I did keep it and move it into the office for my son to use as a desk space. I picked up a new wooden table top from Ikea and had a handyman build some legs to match my sewing table, so now I have a nice, giant workspace. It's great for cutting, and even better when I'm quilting. One thing I love about my new space is the ceiling height. I've got so much more room for hanging minis now! I seem to have a fairly large collection of them and am working on hanging many of them throughout the house, but I selected some favorites to hang in my sewing room.

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I also got a new LED light kit from Amazon to add some additional light to my Juki, which is fantastic and was super easy. I definitely recommend it - and it will fit any sewing machine, too!

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I also converted to a stand up design wall rather than the hanging kind that I previously had. This one is a good bit taller than my old one, and it was such a breeze to make - all you need is leftover packing tape, some batting and insulation boards. Easy peasy!

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Another new addition is my pegboard, which is something I've always wanted in my sewing room! I painted it myself, albeit somewhat unevenly, but I love the color. It's also so nice to have a good place to store my rulers and cutters and things.

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Going through my fabrics as I shelved them, I found a good number of things that I'll be destashing soon, so stay tuned for info on that. I'll likely do it through Instagram, but perhaps I'll post some items to my Pattern Shop as well for destashing.

The closet is quite possibly one of the best parts about the room. It goes under the stairs, so it's quite large, and actually fits all the things I want to fit in my closet, from my scraps to my patterns to my rolls of batting, and has room for more, so yay for that! It's also a great place to hide for hide and seek :)

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And that's the studio in a nutshell - hope you enjoyed the quick tour! Happy sewing to you and happy Monday :)
Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rainbow Geese - in the new issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting

In the latest issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting, issue #20, starting to hit newsstands in England, you'll find another fun mini quilt pattern from yours truly. This is one of my personal favorites! The Rainbow Geese mini pattern is a great foundation paper piecing pattern that features beautifully vibrant rainbow solids, mixed with some grayscale solids to make the rainbow colors pop.

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One of my most favorite color palettes to use is a good old-fashioned rainbow. It never fails to put a smile on my face! This mini is destined to hang up in my new sewing space in my new house when it returns home soon, where many of the other minis in this series have been hung so far. I'm nearing the end of my setup process, and promise to share pictures soon. I'm excited to finish and to share, it's a great space. I've got great natural light from a large window in the room and a super fun, under-the-stairs closet that's perfect for stowing tons of stuff!

This issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting should be available in the US and Canada in the next few weeks, and also features fun projects by the lovely Lynne of Lily's Quilts as well as Kerry and Penny from Very Kerry Berry and Sew Take a Hike, so make sure to check it out! Happy stitching to you all :)
Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello Betsy Travel Bag!

I'm super excited to tell you that the beautiful bag my sweet friend Kristi of Schnitzel and Boo made for me last year has officially become a pattern, the Betsy Travel Bag! How fun!

Beginning on April 1st, you can pick up the new pattern right here, or you can pre-order now! The wonderful folks at the Snuggly Monkey have put together a special hardware kit for the bag right here as well. Rebel Craft Media will be hosting a fun sew-along for the bag, starting on April 2nd, on their blog, which is a great way to work through a bag like this. If you do opt to pre-order the pattern, you'll get the materials list right away, so you can pull your items together for the sew along.

I can't say enough fantastic things about this bag - I'm so thankful that Kristi made it for me! It's got pockets for everything, a great long shoulder strap, and an awesome metal zipper to close the bag. I constantly take it to carry quilts and such when I'm out teaching. If you want to take a look at some other Betsy Travel Bags, check out the fun blog hop going on right now, which will help kick off the Sew Along!

March 17: Rebel Craft Media 
March 19: Daisy & Jack
March 25: Libby Dibby
March 27: Euphoria Jessica
March 29: Karri of Berries
March 31: Rebel Craft Media (photo roundup)

P.S. - So sorry for the crazy long blog hiatus! Between QuiltCon, moving, and working on a big top secret project, I haven't had much I could share, but that's going to start to change really soon, hooray!
Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Year Catch Up and a Fun Giveaway!

Happy New Year! I can't believe we're already a week into 2015. I hope you all had a lovely holiday break with your families over the last few weeks, I truly enjoyed unplugging a bit and spending time with my boys. So much so that I completely neglected to share some fun stuff that's come up as of late!

First up, I'm doing a fun mini quilt pattern series for the fantastic British magazine Love Patchwork & Quilting. Can I just say how wonderful the photography is in this magazine?! Everything is so beautiful! The first issue for the mini series is Issue 16, and it's on sale now even in the US at Barnes & Nobles and Jo-Ann's, and the first mini is the super fun Create mini.

This mini uses half-square triangles to spell out a word ever so near and dear to my heart - create. It's a great little mini to hang up in your sewing room or to gift to a creative friend, and it's super easy to sew up! 

Another really fun thing to share is that I've collaborated with the wonderful Patchwork Threads folks to create a shirt inspired by the Lucky Stars Block of the Month Club from 2014 - the Spunky Star shirt! How fun is that?! Well, we're so excited about the shirt's release that Patchwork Threads is giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky reader! Simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below and I'll announce a winner on Monday, January 12th. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Good morning!! Have you seen the Around the World blog hop posts that have been cropping up lately? It's a fun little blog hop where you can find all kinds of new blogs to read, and it's kind of like a six-degrees-of kind of game, where you can see all kinds of interesting connections between people. I was invited to join in the fun by my sweet friend Lee of May Chappell. Lee is a great pattern writer, who had her first booth at Quilt Market this past fall, and I'm so happy that I got to see it because it was really stunning! She and I have a mutual love of all fabrics Denyse Schmidt and she's a much more disciplined and regular blog writer than I am, so check her out!

If you're hopping on over to check me out for the first time, hello! Bonjour! Welcome! I'm a quilter with an obsession for foundation paper piecing and free-motion quilting. I write patterns and teach regularly, and as my day job, I'm the Events Manager for The Modern Quilt Guild, so it's all quilts, all the time for me these days! I adore Denyse Schmidt fabrics as well as Cotton + Steel, and I very clearly have a fabric collecting problem. I often teasingly call my fabric collection my own personal 401K.

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I've just wrapped up my holiday sewing, which included six new holiday stockings for my family and some infinity scarves for my mother and mother-in-law, which I naturally forgot to take pictures of before wrapping! But I sure did take lots of pretty pictures of my stockings :)

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I'm also hard at work on a big project that I can't share much of, but here are a few sneak peeks of some of the things I've been making for that...

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And last, but definitely not least, I'm raising a puppy at home - a beautiful five month old Goldendoodle named Maximus. We got him in September, and he's grown literally by leaps and bounds these past three months. He's got such a personality and has been so much fun so far. I'm really glad he's part of our family :)

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Now, being the holidays and all, I wanted to invite you guys to join in the Around the World fun! Tell me a little about you in the comments and be sure to share your blog link and pop over to a few other blogs to share in the Around the World fun!

Enjoy the Around the World fun! Get inspired and happy holidays :)

Welcome! I'm Elizabeth, mom to a very busy six year old boy and I sew for my sanity. Let's get to quilting, shall we?
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