Tuesday, December 12, 2017

String Blade- Handy Little Cutters

Hi Strangers! Is anyone still here?  Heather here. Megan and I have been pretty dang awful at blogging lately. We have big plans and goals for the new year with our QuiltStory business, and we plan on being in better touch as well.

If you follow me on Instagram @quiltstory you probably know if this new exciting product my husband and I came up with. It is this cute little Stringblade "Handy Little Cutters for all your string cutting needs"  These have adhesive backing and you can attach these little guys anywhere you sew or hand stitch. 

My very favorite placement is right here on my machine. Front and center. This is PERFECT for chain piecing cutting. The cutter is small enough to fit right between your chain pieced segments. Another girl used it for this purpose, but attached it to her ironing board. Clever!

Cute colors too! Pink, aqua and white. 

I currently have 3 attached to my machine, and one on each of my car dashboards for road knitting and stitching. It did fine with yarn too. The blade is recessed and completely protected. Safe for little hands. 

I have a coupon code for all our loyal blog friends (if you are still here :)  Use the code GIFT when you check out for 20% off your entire order. Perfect for Christmas gifts for your stitching friends. Click here to shop  http://quiltstory.bigcartel.com/ 

Alright, back to Christmas-y projects. Bye :)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bountiful Holiday blog tour..my project!

Welcome to my stop on the Art Gallery Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour! Sharon Holland created a beautiful fabric line, and I was lucky to be able to participate. 

This print is beautiful! The blue matches her eyes. 

I sewed up some of her knit. Art Gallery knit is my favorite! Such good quality. Doesn't fade or stretch weird. Love it. 

This little girl loves the "cold shoulder" look. She loves dresses and skirts and has worn this a ton already. Again, good quality, no fading. 

Circle skirts get all the heart eyes!

She is working on her fashion blogging poses. Get them going young!

Save to say the outfit is a hit! Be sure to check out all the other posts on the tour. And there is also a giveaway of this pretty line! See this post for details GIVEAWAY

11-01  Mathew Boudreaux  Mister Domestic
11-02  AnneMarie Chany  Gen X Quilters
11-03  Brooke Sellmann  Silly Mama Quilts
11-06  Blair Stocker  Wise Craft Handmade
11-07  Silvia Sutters  A Stranger View
11-08  Peta Peace  She Quilts Alot
11-09  Sharon Holland  Sharon Holland Designs
11-10  Heather Andrus  Quilt Story
11-13  Maureen Cracknell  Maureen Cracknell Handmade
11-14  Anjeanette Klinder  Anjeanettek
11-15  Alexis Wright  My Sweet Sunshine Studio
11-16  Katie Skoog  The Simple Life Company

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour

I am so excited to be part of the Pretty Handmades book tour, Lauren Wright  aka Molly and Mama is the creative genius behind all the projects in this book! It is her first book. Everything Lauren makes is created with so much love, such sweet details! So many darling projects in here!

This book is full of fun little projects with the sweetest little details added to each one. I have so many more projects from here. 

I made these sweet bookmarks! I need to practice up on my embroidery skills, my stitches are not great. Lauren's stitches are perfect!


 I already need to make 2 more because two of my four daughters have already "called" these. And why wouldn't they?

The sweet strawberries with the little french knots are my favorite!  

Keep an eye on Molly and Mama's posts for a fun Giveaway!!


1 Sept 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekend Quilting Book blog tour, my stop...

Today is my stop on the Weekend Quilting blog tour. Weekend Quilting is a great new book from Jemima Flendt of Tied with a ribbon. It is a great book with tons of projects, and many small projects which is great for me these summer days when I don't feel I can get big projects done. 

Weekend Quilting Showcase - Rectangle

I got my fabric from Willow Cottage Quilt Co, it is the new Tilda fabric line, Circus. The fabric is pretty precious, and it was a bit hard to cut into it. I am glad I did though!

My finished project! This darling little bunting. Just a sweet and easy project. Easy to follow instructions. And I LOVE all the flowers!

I've already hung it on the wall in the upstairs hallway. It is just sweet. I plan on making several more projects from this book. I was glad to be included on this tour. Below you will find links to several other bloggers, all made projects from this book. Serious eye candy!

To see all the inspiring stops along the Weekend Quilting Book Showcase, click the links below:
Mon May 29 ~ Lisa Cox -  A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
Tues May 30 ~ Robyn Shapiro - The Strawberry Thief
Wed May 31 ~ Melissa LeRay - Oh How Sweet
Thur June 1 ~ Emily Dennis - Quilty Love
Fri June 2 ~ Samantha Dorn - Aqua Paisley Studio
Mon June 5 ~ Nadra Ridgeway - Ellis and Higgs
Tues June 6 ~ Peta Peace - She Quilts Alot
Wed June 7 ~ Stacy Olson - Stacy Olson Design
Thur June 8 ~ Sedef Imer - Down Grapevine Lane
Fri June 9 ~ Elizabeth Chappell - Quilters Candy Box
Mon June 12 ~ Suzy Williams - Suzy Quilts
Tues June 13 ~ Rachel Howard - Family Ever After
Wed June 14 ~ Amy Sinibaldi - nanaCompany
Thur June 15 ~ Jodie Carleton - Ric Rac
Fri June 16 ~ Ange Hamilton - A Little Patchwork
Mon June 19 ~ Heather Andrus - Quilt Story
Tues June 20 ~ Elea Lutz - Elea Lutz Design
Wed June 21 ~ Lauren Wright - Molly and Mama
Thur June 22 ~ Claire Turpin - Claire Turpin Design
Fri June 23 ~ Jennie Pickett - Clover and Violet
Mon June 26 ~ Fat Quarter Shop
Tues June 27 ~ Alisha Orlando - Ministry of Fabric
Wed June 28 ~ Minki Kim - Minki Kim Sewing Illustration
Thur June 29 ~ Jemima Flendt - Tied with a Ribbon

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bella Skill Builders Part 3

Are you following along Fat Quarter Shop's Bella Skill Builders?

This month was PINEAPPLE BLOCKS! I was so excited to try pineapple blocks!

And now I want to make an entire quilt with them.

Pinks and blues and grays for this quilt. I'm really excited to see how this quilt will come together, so different than anything I've ever done.

It is rotary cut (no paper piecing) but I did use a special Pineapple Block ruler that I got from FQS. It's the only way I've made it but it wasn't hard so I'm saying it's the way to go!

You can look at the past few posts to see part 1 and 2. And check out Fat Quarter Shop to make your own!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A little Coney Island/new pattern sneak peak...

 Oh how I love this new Fig Tree and Co fabric line, Coney Island. The prints are just so pretty. Darling florals. And the colors, navy, coral, yellow, soft apple green, just go so well together!

I will not ever square up half square triangles without Bloc-loc rulers, and a rotary mat, a good spinning one like this, its called Matilda (no endorsements, just LOVE these products)

Don't you love these fabric combinations? And the pretty pretty flowers?

I should have a pattern ready at the end of April, I am really happy with this one!

Hope you like the sneak peak!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bountiful blog tour 2 new bags!

Welcome! Today is my stop on the Bountiful Fabric blog tour. The designer is Sharon Holland, and I LOVE this new line for Art Gallery Fabrics. I love her description of this line "Bountiful celebrates the beauty and natural resources of the Midwest America countryside through the use of soft brush strokes and fresh tones such as celery, sienna, teal, and slate gray."
I am was so excited to participate in this tour. I chose to work with this beautiful canvas fabric, and created 2 new bags.  My daughters have already claimed both of them!

 This first one is actually a bag upcycle. I purchased this black bag (it was all black at the time) it was on clearance for $10. I figured half the work was done for me, and I would pay that much for the zipper and straps anyway. I think it looks pretty great!

 Plus it looks like it took a lot of work/skill, but it didn't. I just unpicked that main panel and pinned everything back. I am going to keep an eye out for clearance bags in the future.

 The second is a quick tote I created. I combined a couple pinterest tutorials, and came up with this pattern and design.
 This was simple too, because the straps were just cotton webbing. (I think that is what it is called) and then I added this charcoal panel.  A pretty lace embellishment and it was done. It looks the same on both sides. The pockets are nice for phones, or little notepads or books.

A little close up on the detail.

Make sure you visit all the other stops, there are some cute projects going on in blog land. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like my bags. I hope you love this new fabric line, Bountiful, as much as I do! 

Monday, April 3 
Heidi Staples 
Blog: fabricmutt
Instagram: @fabricmutt

Tuesday, April 4 
Emily Dennis 
Blog: quiltylove
Instagram: emily_dennis_

Wednesday, April 5 
Minki Kim 
Blog: Minikim

Thursday, April 6 
Heather Andrus 
Blog: quiltstory
Instagram: quiltstory 

Friday, April 7 
Sharon McConnell 
Instagram: @colorgirlquilts 

Monday, April 10 
Silvia Sutters 
Instagram: @astrangerview 

Tuesday, April 11 
Elina Temmes 
Instagram: @elinatemmes 

Wednesday, April 12 
Kim Niedzwiecki 
Blog: gogokim

Thursday, April 13 
Katie Skoog 
Instagram: @SimpleLifePatterns 

Friday, April 14 
Cindy Wiens 
Instagram: @liveacolorfullife 

Monday, April 17 
Maureen Cracknell 
Instagram: @maureencracknell 

Tuesday, April 18 
Name: Lynn Harris 
Instagram: @LynnCarsonHarris 

Wednesday, April 19 
Anjeanette Klinder 
Blog : anjeanettek
Instagram: @anjeanetteklinder

Thursday, April 20 
Mathew Boudreaux 
Instagram: @MisterDomestic 

Friday, April 21 
Alexis Wright 
Instagram: @myysweetsunshine 

Sue Stone 
Instagram: @needleinafabricstash

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mischief Quilt from DIY addict. English Paper Piecing

Heather here. I have started my Mischief quilt. Its an English paper piecing kit, I got from The DIY Addict . I love the kit, templates, paper pieces, and pattern. I am pretty sure I will never cut my own paper pieces. Here are the six I have finished. 

So, fussy cutting takes significantly longer, but I think my blocks are significantly cuter, so I will keep at it. It also wastes A LOT of fabric, but as long as I am resourceful with my scraps, I don't think this will be a big issue...

Seeing all the cute bears and fish and animals makes me happy everytime I look at these!

So now I am deciding on a background, I think it needs to be black or navy, thoughts?

Alright, hopefully in a few weeks I have several more to share!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Pt 2

Bella Skills Builder Part 2, Orange Peels! I tried really hard to place these perfectly on each square, even so they are definitely not perfect.

(Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a monthly skill building pattern. You'll finish a few blocks per month of a certain skill, see the bottom for the full quilt)

I used Fat Quarter Shop's template and they are raw edge, using a temporary iron-on adhesive and stitched down.

It's really hard to get a good pic of the colors. The pink is so soft and the darker color is a fuchsia/wine and not as bright as it appears. It was really hard to choose a solids color palette with no print to base it on. I went with a winter berry theme.

Bella Skill Builder, Part 1:

And a wrinkly one of them all together.

Here's the full quilt, I'm excited! I think pineapple blocks are next, which is new for me!