December 12, 2019

Valentine's Day Sewing with Love Letters Fabric


Hello! Today I am excited to be posting as a new blogger for Riley Blake designs. I love Riley Blake fabrics, they are so beautiful and fun, and I use them in almost every project I make for myself! Today I have the honor of being a part of the Love Letters fabric blog tour, and I'm so excited to share my projects with you!


When I saw this Love Letters fabric by Lindsey, The Cottage Mama, I knew I had to make something with it! I have quite the collection of vintage valentines, and I knew this fabric would fit right in.


The first project I made was a version of my Happy Hearts quilt pattern, which can be found in the current issue of Quiltmaker magazine. This pattern is great for beginners. There is little fabric waste, the techniques are simple, and the quilt sews together very quickly. The finished quilt looks harder than it is, and I'll bet you can't make just one!


I made a throw-sized quilt that finishes at 50" x 60." I tried free-motion quilting with my new Janome Memory Craft 6700p and used 100% wool batting from Hobbs Batting for the first time, and it quilted like a dream! I had no troubles with the quilting, and I love the extra loft this batting has. I am super happy with how it turned out.





The next projects I HAD to make with this fabric were a set of Lovely Letters Pillows for my boys. This pattern is available in my Etsy shop, and it is another quick finish! The pillow looks like an envelope, and it features a pocket on the front, perfect for tucking in sweet notes or treats. The pattern comes with multiple "postage stamp" options, or you can make your own fabric stamps if you would rather do that! I love making my own stamps, but since I know these pillows are going to get used by two little boys, I chose to piece my stamps this time for durability reasons! I even free-motion quilted their names on the address labels. Now that I've started with FMQ, I'm not sure I will ever stop!


I can't wait to gift these to my little guys on Valentine's Day! I hope they let me keep them on my bed, though. I just love the way they look with the quilt!


Thank you for following along with me today, and thank you to Riley Blake designs for allowing me to show off your beautiful fabrics!

Happy Sewing!
-Stephanie-



December 4, 2019

Paris Valentine


Back in July when Michael Miller sent us our fabric choices for the rest of the year, I knew I had to have some of their Paris Valentine fabric. I have a thing for Valentine's Day. It's probably my favorite holiday next to Christmas. I have tons of vintage valentines, pink ruffly dishes, and all sots of pink and green vintage items I love to get out after the first of the year. I don't, however, have much in the way of handmade Valentine items, so I could't wait to get started on making some with this fabric!


The first project I made with this fabric was a Valentine version of my Lovely Letters Pillow pattern. You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop if you want to make one too! The border print that comes with this fabric line was the perfect scale for the pillow front. I even managed to line up the horizontal "ground" line across the bottom of my pillow for a seamless look. I made lots of cute fabric stamps from the other fabrics in the line and added some hand-stitched details as well. Although my hand-stitching is far from perfect, I enjoy adding it to my projects whenever I can. Hopefully with time and practice, my skills will continue to improve!

The second project I made was a cute little Bow Tie quilt. This fabric line comes with a gorgeous bow pattern in both pink and black. That bow print was the inspiration for this Bow Tie quilt. I mixed in some Michael Miller Dumb Dot basics as well and had lots of fun with this 3-D quilt block.



These fabrics were so fun to work with. I saved every little scrap to use for fabric stamps and small projects. I couldn't stand the thought of throwing any of it away! Check out the Michael Miller lookbook for this fabric line for some other great inspiration using these fabrics!


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