September 29th, 2014

Crochet Edged Pillowcases

by Julie Hirt

I’ve been wanting to make some crochet trimmed pillowcases for a long time and I must say, it is totally satisfying.

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The vintage crochet trimmed pillowcases are nice but they tend to have the finer crochet thread and most are just too frilly for me.  What I consider to be modern spin offs (here, here and here are some great examples) are so bright and colorful; I had to make some.

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The fabric I chose is MY FAVORITE FABRIC IN ALL THE LAND.   Seriously.  The print was one of the first fat quarters of fabric I purchased back in 2010.  I was on a mission to find more and posted about it here.  Miracle of miracles, Leslie in Wisconsin (I love you, Leslie) had 2 yards of this glorious fabric and was willing to do a fabric and chocolate exchange for it.  Umm… yes!  I feel like I got the better end of this deal.   When the sweetness arrived I was very much:

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I’ve been sitting on the fabric for a few months trying to decide the *perfect* use for it. I didn’t want to use it as backing and I wanted to be able to see, touch and pet it at whim.   When I remembered the crochet pillowcases it was a ding! ding!  moment.   I have king size pillows so I squeezed the most out of the 2 yards and was able to make 2 pillowcases.  Not even a trim of fabric was left.

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There are several tutorials out there but I did use some white Kona to create my pillowcase flap.  It holds the pillow in place and just cleans up the look.  I love the look of the contrast fabric but didn’t want to take away from the exterior.

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The one thing I did change from the tutorials I’ve seen is the exterior blanket stitch.  I’ll try using it on some other pillowcases – yes, I’m definitely making more.

To get away from using the blanket stitch I marked every half  inch and used a basic back stitch within the seam:

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Well, there you have it.  I know this is a very lengthy post for some pillowcases but I can’t help it. I love this fabric.

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I’m lucky my husband could care less about our bedding.  I’m tempted to crochet trim the top sheet!  Or is that too much?

 

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September 23rd, 2014

Swap Stuff

by Julie Hirt

I can share another Sew Together Bag now that the birthday girl has received it.

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I know she likes purple… I just hope she likes *this much* purple.

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Added a few flying geese to each side and quilted the exterior.

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Used a lighter fabric in the pockets, which may help Renee find things a little easier.

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I really do love this pattern and it will be a go-to for myself and gifts for a long time.

She also received a pincushion, that she almost didn’t receive it because it’s not perfect.

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The pattern is from the Seams to Me book by Anna Marie Horner.  This is my 3rd attempt at this pattern. No matter how hard I try, I cannot get the seams lined up to lay flat.  Since the pincushion is large and useful I’m willing to overlook those things and use it anyway.

I keep my Wonder Clips in the middle and then I have clips and pins handy.

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Here are my fussy cut blocks for last month’s swap with Amanda.

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The theme was ‘travel’ so I used the double decker bus from the Londing Calling line by Jack & Lulu for Dear Stella.

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I think it’s cute and it reminds me of the Weeble Wobble bus I had as a kid.

Hope you’re having a great week!

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September 18th, 2014

Noodlehead Divided Basket

by Julie Hirt

For whatever reason I had never purchased two of my favorite patterns that are out there; Noodlehead’s Divided Basket and Super Tote.  When I spotted a 3 pack of Noodlehead patterns on Massdrop a few weeks ago it was a no brainer.

Here is my first attempt at the Divided Basket.

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An IKEA opened up nearby by a few weeks ago -  that alone is worth a blog post, I was super excited.  They have some fabrics available but I’m sad our location doesn’t carry Britten Nummer. I’ve been lusting after it for like a year.

Well, I wasn’t about to leave without SOME kind of fabric so I picked up enough Lillivi (exterior print) and Ditte (blue) to make the Divided Basket.

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The Lillivi is home decor weight so I didn’t use the fusible fleece, only the sturdy interfacing.

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I’m really happy with how it turned out and I will definitely be making more.  It’s a great size to store all kinds of crap.

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Easily holds several skeins of yarn so it would be perfect to store some knitting or crochet projects, the pocket is great to toss in some hooks and scissors.

Surprisingly, I didn’t buy much from my IKEA trip – I really just like looking at the little odds and ends.  I did buy this Kullar thermos which I LOVE more than I should and we decided to give the Dignitet Cable System a try.

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I’ve seen a few people online use it to take photos of quilts and figured if the cable can hold the weight of a full quilt, surely it would work for mini’s.  I absolutely hate putting holes in walls (what if you don’t like the picture and move it, then you have a big hole…) so this works perfect. I can change things out on a whim and no holes (except the ones used to set up the cables).

Well, that’s it for today.

 

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August 26th, 2014

Modern Building Blocks – Block of the Month

by Julie Hirt

Have you guys seen this?

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Moda’s Modern Building Blocks pattern.  SWOON.

I Don’t Do Dishes is hosting a Block of the Month in three different colorways!

 

  • Option A will be similar to the original quilt design, using a wide array of bright modern solids and blenders in a lovely rainbow palette with added neutrals.

  • Option B is inspired by and will include fabrics from Heather Bailey’s ‘Up Parasol’ collection. This line offers happy greens, oranges, pinks and blues, offset with a cream neutral.

  • Option C is inspired by and will include fabrics from Joel Dewberry’s ‘Birch Farm’ collection. This line offers a more muted, neutral palette, featuring cool aqua, turquoise, chartreuse, gray, brown and cream.

 

Shipping starts September 1st, so there’s still time to sign up!

The Block of the Month will last 12 months and each month you’ll receive fabric to make 4 of the blocks.   You’ll also receive the pattern on the first shipment.

I’ve seen a lot of people posting on Instagram that they will be participating, so I think it will be a fun one to join.  Check it out!

 

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August 19th, 2014

87Redux Free Pattern (Vintage Esprit Bag)

by Julie Hirt

Do you remember when everyone had those awesome Esprit bags in the 80s? I do! And I remember feeling like totally awesome carrying mine to school the first day. Over the years I’ve randomly searched for them online. Guess what? Apparently they hold their value and I should have purchased dozens back in the day. They are selling for $100-$200!

I’m not willing to pay that, so I’ve looked at a ton of images and have done my best to recreate this iconic 80’s teen bag of choice. I do suggest using the Duck Cloth – it’s kind of the perfect canvas for this.

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If you are too young or don’t remember, here are some of the original bags I’m referring to!

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etsyesprit - Copyimages courtesy of shopgoodgrace, 51VC and ebay.

 

Some had pockets, some didn’t.  Some had accent interior strap colors, some didn’t.  But they ALL had those same flipped up corners and body shape.

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I remember my bag *did* have the pocket and accent strap colors, so that’s what I went with.

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No raw edges on the interior of the bag.

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Hope you enjoy making it or just reliving a bit of the 80′s.

DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN HERE

 

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August 13th, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

by Julie Hirt

What is Around the World Blog Hop?

I was invited by Paula at The Sassy Quilter to join in.  I’ll be answering some questions and then tagging 3 people who I think you should check out.  As Paula said, it’s kind of a like a blog chain letter.

Recently Paula had a great post for organizing scraps.  I’ll be taking it to heart!

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Now, I’m supposed to introduce myself and answer some questions about my quilting process and the like.  I thought it was a great idea since I have a few new followers, but I didn’t realize talking about myself would be so difficult!

Who am I?

Well… I’m in my mid 30′s (ack!) and just starting quilting and sewing in 2010.  No one in my family was into this addicting hobby, so I taught myself by watching YouTube videos, reading tons of blogs and visiting forums.The web is a wonderful resource and I was surprised by how quickly I picked up the lingo. Simple terms like ‘use a scant seam allowance’, ‘right sides together’ and even ‘quilt batting’ were baffling when I started.

I’ve been working full time for a real estate company the past 15 years and I really do enjoy it.  My husband and I have been together for 7 years and I have two teenage stepdaughters (who are very entertaining), and three completely spoiled dogs.

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Two of them even went on our last vacation with us.

What am I working on?

Right now I’m in the middle of Hexagon Park.  I loved the pattern when I first started sewing and I’m finally around to tackling it.  The fabrics are the Opal Owl collection by Tina Givens.

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Currently I’m trying to carve out some space for a long arm.  (the thought makes me giddy)  I’m doing my best to make it happen but the frames are so big!

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I honestly don’t think it differs too much.  It seems to me every quilter has their own style and that’s one of the things I love about the community.   I do like to design paper piecing projects and it’s so much fun to see others bring those to life. If you make any of my patterns, PLEASE send me pictures!

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Here is a link to free paper piecing patterns from my Block Rock’n series.

Why do I write / create what I do?

I create because I love doing it!  The fabrics, patterns and inspiration can almost be overwhelming. I think my to-do list could keep me busy for two lifetimes.

Sharing what I do on my blog was originally my way to kind of keep track of what I make. I can go back and reference patterns and fabrics.  When I’m feeling like I haven’t really been doing much it’s nice to look back at my completed quilts and smile.

One thing I’m proud of is having tutorials available on Moda Bake Shop.  That was one of my favorite sites when I first started quilting and I was amazed at all of the options out there.  When I come up with new ideas I love sharing them and the Bake Shop has a large following that I can share with.  Search the site for “627handworks” to view my patterns.

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How does my creative process work?

I’ve been sitting here thinking about it and that’s a tough question. When I’m laying in bed I get all kinds of ideas. I try not to have too many ongoing projects, so I write down things I’d like to make in the future.  Whatever speaks to me when I’m ready, is what I start next.  I mostly buy fabric on impulse without a project in mind.

I’m a computer person.  So if I need to draw out my ideas I usually do it in Illustrator and lots of math!

My biggest inspiration really is the quilting community – I love seeing images on Flickr, Instagram and blogs.

Bloggers!

Now I’d like to introduce you to some other blogs.  Due to busy schedules you may not see Around the World Blog Hop posts from them, but check out their sites. You’ll see why I love to follow them.  Yes – I’m sharing more than my ‘three’!

Renee from Quilts of a Feather – I just love her freemotion quilting style.

Susan from The Bored Zombie – Her character quilts always make me smile, they are so much fun.

Sandy from Upstairs Hobby Room – She always has something great in the works.

Amanda from What the Bobbin – She just released a new “clippity clip” paper piecing pattern and her fussy cut swap is so much fun to be a part of.

And a non-quilty blog from my friend Chelsea from Whatcha Makin Now.  Amazing recipes and pictures to make you drool!

 

If you read all of this – kudos to you!  :)

 

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Thanks Paula for inviting me to join in.  If you aren’t familiar with the Sassy Quilter, you must check out her site!  She hosts fun quilt alongs, quilting tips, great giveaways and is a wonderful source of information.

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