Tuesday, February 26, 2019

It's no secret

I have some fantastic news to share!

Because it's been a secret.

These three great girls, Audrey, Katie, and Sue
are going to open a Quilt Shop!  

Welcome Sew Katie Jean back to Lincoln, California
Opening April 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

I have a problem, and I'm sure I'm not alone!

I will start a quilt like this one. And I always promise myself that I won't touch anything else until it's done.
Then I visit a quilt shop one day with a friend (say Hi! to Sue).
And pick up a cute stack of fat quarters.

You do this too?!?  Well, I knew I wasn't the only one!

I was born in England.  So I had to grab this stack when I saw it! I especially love the map fabric,

In order for me to do it quickly and get the most satisfaction of seeing all of these cute fabrics, I reached for a Villa Rosa Designs pattern, Livin' Easy, that saved the day.  

That way I could do this quilt quickly and then get back to my 
Farm Girl Vintage quilt.

I have a little fun doing the backing too.
I bought the panel that goes with this fabric line, and it's going on the back with some of the extra scraps.
I love it!  And I'll share it with you again,
when I have the back completely pieced.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Farm Girl Vintage

I am hustling everyday getting the 48 blocks of this quilt done.

Because I really want to teach it.  At first it can seem a little (a lot) intimidating.  48 is a lot of blocks.  But then you look at Lori Holt's cute quilt and her great book with all of the great layouts and quilting options.  And it makes me think that not only can I do it, but I want to do it!

And sure enough, one by one, they are getting done!

And not only am I getting them done, I'm really enjoying it! I can tell my block size is more accurate.

I'm also enjoying using my stash.  This book really allows you to be so scrappy!  Plus I'm gaining confidence in my fabric choices and abilities as I go along.

My blocks are 6" but the book also show you how to make 12" blocks.  With so many choices that you might want to make more than just one quilt.

Visit Bee in my Bonnet and enjoy her pictures with lots of inspiration.  Many of her pictures look like they could be taken around here in Lincoln, California.

And I'll keep you posted on my future quilting class dates.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Easy Table Runner

I have a friend who just today asked me about this Easy Table Runner.  We have both sewn it so many times that we should remember how to do it.  But sometimes we all need a little refresher!

So here is a link.  It's also called the 10 Minute Table Runner, and it really is!  It takes just a 1/4 yard cut of fabric for the center and 1/2 yard of fabric for the sides and backing fabric (which is just one piece).

Also, you can see from this picture that it can be laid out in two different ways.  Like we all need some variety!  If I see fabric while I'm out shopping that I love and I don't know what to make with it, this is usually my go to.  That or a pillowcase.  They both make great gifts!

Happy sewing!  If you make one and have a picture to share let me know :D

Sunday, October 7, 2018

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

I have spent both Saturday and Sunday playing tennis with my girl.  I love that she wants to play with me and that it gets me outside and exercising.  A big bonus for me!

And if you know me, I love Pinterest.  I have a gazillion boards on there. Well, now I have a tennis board too.

my first tennis crush

I love the wooden rackets.  I'm thinking of going to the thrift store and finding some to add to the wall in the kids bathroom.  It's kind of plain in there and could use something fun.

Did you know that there is even crafts for you to make with your tennis racquets?  So fun, I don't think anyone knew to do this.  It's even Christmas themed!

Enjoy the Sew Katie Jean Pinterest boards!  Don't spend the whole day on there like I do :D

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday!

My first post here and my first share.

This is the littlest pincushion ever.  And I want one all to myself!

Aren't they just super cute!  I just couldn't resist sharing it.

It's a little pin cushion made with a recycled plastic bottle cap!  Aren't you surprised? I was.  Plus, here's a little known fact about me....I do love to recycle.

This came to you from Tea Rose Home
She has a beautiful blog that you could just get lost in for days looking at all of her romantic creations.

Now for me to make one too!
And let me know in the comments if you make one.

did you know I'm on Instagram?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

If you don't know by now - I have moved back to California.  
It's been about a year... I thought you would like to know.

Luckily, my husbands wonderful job, let him work remote.  So he has made an office out of what was my sewing room and used to be our living room.

This is my view from my morning walk when I'm lucky enough to get out there

Our kids are incredibly happy to be back at our home, which we rented out and were able to move right back into.  I loved being in Georgia, made some great friends, but nothing is better than being home.

Now it's my goal to start blogging again!  Beginning with Tutorial Tuesday.  Fun tutorials from some of my favorite blogs. I hope you enjoy learning something new with me each week.
It's great being home again!