Friday, August 22, 2014

Reminder of Give Away!!

Just wanted to remind you 
that today is the last day 
to place your name in the 
Give Away
for an
e-book copy of
Sew A Modern Home  !
Make sure to go over to my post on Monday 8/18
and leave a comment by midnight tonight.
Winner will be drawn tomorrow.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mini Nail Polish Quilt

 I just finished my
Mini Nail Polish Quilt
Size 19 1/2" X 21 1/2"
 So easy to do.
This little Mini worked up fast.
The original quilt was presented  recently as a 
free tutorial on Fat Quarter Shop
My friend Lori Holt (Bee In My Bonnet)
scrunched it down to Mini Size
and provided a Free Tutorial 
on her web site too.
 It was fun to pick out scraps of fabric
that I thought would 
 "read"
as a nail polish color or image.
 Lori had a great suggestion:
For the accent on the lid,
simply use the backside of the fabric.
 I also followed the straight line stitching
Lori and the Fat Quarter shop show on their samples.
I used some inexpensive masking tape
from the dollar store.
Perfect because it's exactly 
one inch wide 
and
 has very little stick
which made it easy to move from spot to spot
on the fabric.
This is Lori's version in pink.
Know someone who loves nail polish?
This would make a fun little gift.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sweet and Simple Table Runner

 My friend Lori Holt (Bee In My Bonnet)
has been designing the most fun
quilty type projects for summer.
She calls it her
Scrappy Summer Sew Along
and she has provided quite a few
Free Tutorials
Today I finished her
This was a fun way to use up some
leftover scrap fabrics.
 I have a lot of orange in my dining room
and wanted to accent with some aqua's and teal blues.
 I sure have loved my new Juki 2010Q
and have been practicing with some of the features.
This table runner was a perfect place to start.
I was able to do some simple straight stitches for the
machine quilting.
 This table runner can be adapted to any length.
I opted to make mine to fit the length of 
my dining room table.
Lori made her 
Sweet and Simple Table Runner
to fit the top of her piano.
For the free tutorial
you can visit
Bee In My Bonnet

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Winter Wonderland Panel

 Brainchild of Raymond Steeves
Pattern designed by Denise Holland
You can insert any panel 
inside this pinwheel border.
For this sample I used
Winter Wonderland
by Bunny Hill
 Can you believe it's time to think about Christmas?
 The Winter Wonderland panel,
along with many other panel choices
can be found at 
 It's always nice to have an easy holiday project that works up fast.
I made this in a day.
Bright happy red pinwheels just say Christmas.
If you would like a peek,
this Sample is currently hanging at 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sew A Modern Home Give Away!

 I have had the pleasure of working with quilt designer
Melissa Lunden
this last year on a few projects.
 I'm especially excited for her
as she has just released her first book!
Quilts and More for Every Room
"Designer Melissa Lunden presents 19 contemporary patterns 
for sewing and quilting to refresh living rooms, 
bedrooms, dining rooms, and nurseries. 
With beginner-friendly instructions and a range of techniques, 
this collection is ideal for all skill levels."
 *Photos by Martingale/ Brent Kane
So many fun projects to choose from!
I love her clean line designs.
These projects look quite doable.
" Create pillows, place mats, napkins, 
a crib sheet and accessories, plushies, a play mat, and much more."

 Good News !
Martingale has generously allowed me to provide a 
Free e-Copy of 
as a 
Give Away  !!
Leave me a comment of why you would like a copy of this book
by Friday August 22nd
and your name will be entered in a drawing  !
A winner will be announced on Saturday 8/23
 There are several opportunities to win
Sew A Modern Home  !
Make sure to visit other blogs
hosting the same contest.

Melissa Lunden is a lifelong lover of all things crafty.
 Her passion for sewing and fabric led to her starting her own sewing-pattern company,
 Lunden Designs.
 Her work has been featured in multiple magazines and at International Quilt Market. 
She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.