The time is upon us… That’s right y’all, it’s Fall! Like any other red blooded human being I love Fall. The crisp Autumn air, Colorful leaves, Boots, Sweaters, Cider, and so much more plus the best Sunrises and Sunsets of the year. Then of course you have Halloween we cannot for forget the fun of Halloween. Now looking around my house you would think I hate Halloween, I have no decorations besides a picture of a pumpkin my lil’ colored taped to the fridge. I actually really like Halloween but with my previous job I worked most Halloween’s and just figured “whats the point” but now that I have a lil’ to celebrate with I really want to have fun with decorating for the holidays for years to come. That being said I dug out the one actual Halloween decoration I have… A Spider treat box I made years and years ago, but it looked so lonely sitting on my table so I decided to make a table runner to keep it company.
Enter the Ghouls and Goodies Riley Blake fabric line, which you can view in full here. It was the perfect mix of scary cute I was looking for. Not to mention the bright fun colors. But I have a secret for you…it glows in the dark. I didn’t figure that out until I saw something glowing in my projects basket and realized it was the cute little ghost and eyes.
I then I poured over Pinterest for ideas (of course) I settled on strip pieced Half square triangle and followed this little tutorial here by Teresa Down Under on her fun blog Sewn Up. It was a fun easy technique that gave a variety of looks dependent on the look your going for.
I then busted out my neon green thread and quilted the borders with straight lines. I used a simple quilting motif because the fabric and piecing is a little on the busy side. I then put it away for 3 weeks while we got out basement finished. but alas out of the UFO’s it came to have a skinny almost piping like binding put on it and now just like that I’m festive and my spider is no longer lonely.
I hope you and yours have a fun and spooky Halloween, ending with sneaking candy from the kids stash. I promise I won’t tell, my mouth will be filled with mini snickers and I was taught not to talk with my mouth open.
Best Stitches and Tinker on,
For my birthday this year my big gift to me was an iPad mini (thanks for the good deal bro) I immediately bought a case for it, but if you know me you know that, that is just not enough. So I decided to make a little sleeve bag for it.
I had just recently visited a (new to me) quilt shoppe in the area and they had some great fat quarters on clearance for a dollar SCORE!!! They also match my case perfectly. Then I hit up my favorite site…Pinterest (shocker, right) and perused the tutorials. Looked through a couple and started to map out my own design. I knew I wanted an exterior pocket, a quilted design, and a whole lotta cute!
I got to work sketching up what I wanted and started cutting my fabric. I found an awesome Herringbone tutorial here(link). It was pretty easy to follow and I caught the hang of it pretty quick. Until it came to joining my two pieces together. I must have unpicked that middle line about 8 times. It isn’t perfect but it’s pretty darn close.
I made the front piece next. I took the left over strips and made an uneven patchwork motif. I then made my quilt sandwich and did a little free motion on both the front and back pieces. Made my pocket and added a magnet snap, put it all together and Ta-Da! A lovely, cozy, and safe home for my new little friend.
Best Stitches & Tinker on
Well I finally caught it… The Quilting bug… I was starting to wonder when it would hit. My grandmother was a quilter, my mother is a quilter, and now it has hit me hard. Not mention the fact that I’ve found the perfect excuse for my love affair with fabric. I have made a few quilts in the past couple of months and cannot stop myself. I am currently working on a jean quilt and have another quilt waiting in the wings for me. I decided that to start documenting my adventures as a budding quilter and hope to learn and share some of my experiences along the way.
So lets begin with a little bit of my history in sewing.
I remember sitting with my mom at a young age about 4 years old watching her sew. My mom is a very industrious and resourceful woman who’s creativity knows no bounds. She made her share of clothes, dresses, and blankets for our large family and others (lets not forget those tiny finicky Barbie clothes). I remember taking random scraps and a needle and sewing little outfits for my troll dolls by hand. Growing my skills sewing aprons, scrunchies, pillowcases, skirts and anything else I could use my mom’s copious amounts of her fabric stash for. I loved going to the fabric store with her and talk her into helping me make this dress or that shirt. We dreamed and swooned over dress ideas. Made amazing costumes for school plays and stayed up many a night working on projects. I did my first quilt when I was a senior in high school. It was a snowman piece quilt that I would take to school and hand sew on the pieces during down times. It comes out every year at Christmas.
I got my first sewing machine when I was 24. I wore that thing to the ground on a lot of projects. Purses, Gifts, Clothes, and whatever I could dream up. Eventually that machine had seen it’s and day bit the dust so I moved up in November 2013 from my beginner to an intermediate… A brother innovis-40E. I took the free classes that came with my machine and learned so many new things. I jumped back into quilting with both feet and have not wanted to get out of the water since.
I have started to really embrace the art and creativity of quilting. The precision I’m still working on, but the look and feel of fabrics, patterns, and lines coming together is exhilarating for me. I hope you enjoy this journey with me and if I can help or inspire one person I consider it a win.
Tinker On ~Emily