Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Doctor Who Along Block 10 ~ Dalek

PLEASE NOTE – these patterns have been removed are no longer available

You love to hate 'em - the Daleks! Arch Nemesis of the Doctor.  From their glorified trash can/toilet plunger beginnings, to the high tech laser beamed killers of today, you can always count on them to show up at just the wrong moment.  Luckily the good Doctor always manages to outwit them.

You can have your very own Dalek up close and personal, minus the laser beams and scary looking spinny things.

This block was designed by Soma and it's fun to piece.  The Doctor Who block you've been waiting for.

You can download the pattern and instructions here.

Don't forget to post your finished block pics in the Flickr pool. 

Happy Sewing! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Prepping for the summit

No no, I'm not climbing Everest - or even South Sister, but I am getting ready to attend Sewing Summit 13 in Salt Lake City.  It's a 3 day sewing and blogging conference. 

I'm looking foward to making new friends, sewing with my fellow sewing geeks, learning some new things and having a great time. Full report will follow upon my return.

In the meantime, I've been prepping class supplies and patterns and figuring out what to sew in the evenings from my laundry list of things still to be done.  Oh and sewing a bit in preparation.  I have these new mail pouches to show off, an update from last years linen version.

New mail pouch style ~ prints 

I just had to use this Dear Stella fabric - I totally remember this plaid print on a cooler we had when I was a kid.  Love it! 

Airmail anyone?

If you are attending sewing summit, you just might get yourself a little pouch. Just maybe.  Or possibly some other little sewn goodies. Just sayin'.  I'll have a little bit-o-swag to give away.

And since this is a sewing summit, there will of course be a swap - to my partner - you will be receiving this hexie pouch - whoever you are - you'll just have to wait until Thursday to find out!

Finally, since no sewing conference is complete without some hand-sewn garmentry - time constraints have forced me to settle for this hand made infinity scarf.  It's the best I could do but I really like how it turned out - I really should make more of these.  This project took all of around 20 minutes to sew. 

If you are attending SS13, let me know and I'll look forward to meeting up with you.  We might just sew up some scarves while we are there.  (in that case you'll need around 15" wide cut of  2 different voile prints x WOF or 28-30" of one print).

Happy Sewing!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sewing without paper

Yes, my friends, the following blog post involves some sewing projects that have nothing to do with foundation piecing! It's true! I bet you thought it would never happen again. Truth be told I'm getting kinda tired of all the paper piecing myself and thought I would share a little recreational sewing - a just for fun kind of thing. A novelty to be sure.

I have made a few of these Divided baskets recently from a pattern by Anna Graham (Noodlehead) . This basket whipped up super fast and easy. This is really a fun pattern - so much so I wanted to make a couple more after this first one was done.

Also I needed a 'Fall' themed swap item for this month CMQG guild meeting so I decided to make an extra one. This one seems fallish no?

And finally, ok ok some paper was involved.  I wanted to make this one all scrappy but with hexies.  So I employed some English paper piecing ( a little different from Foundation piecing) on the pocket portion of the last basket.
This one is going to be my new knitting basket ~  by the fireside ~ one day when it's cold and rainy again, not 90 like it is right now.  It has all my favorite fabrics.  Marmalade and Scrumptious (thank-you Amanda) by Camille Roskelley are playing well with Lakehouse (Holly Holderman) and other fabrics (by Tasha Horsley) and the natural linen.

Turns out, mini-charm packs are perfect for 1" hexies ~ just a public service announcement for your information.

The last too are missing the divider on purpose.  I found I needed a larger basket more than a divided one.The cotton webbing for the handles is an acquisition from my visit to Bolt during the MQG meet-up in Portland last month. 

And that's all for today folks.  Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Delete or Upgrade? Are you compatible? Doctor who Along block 9

It's time for the Doctor Who Along block 9.

Can you guess what it is?

It's the Cybermen.  Always showing up en masse and ready to delete anyone who runs.

You can have your very own Cyberman to adorn your quilt.

The block pattern can be found here or through the Craftsy website.

Here is the finished block.  Once again Miss Lizzy House's Constellations fabric are just a perfect background.

As always please share your finished creations on the Flickr Doctor.Who.Along pool or view for lots of inspiration and sewing help.

Cyberman is an intermediate block and a lot easier than last weeks, so you can take a breather.

Happy Sewing!