New Endeavors

Hey everyone!  I wanted to let you know that I am now going to be offering the wonderful Art Gallery Fabrics in my shop!  You see the link up there at the top?  Just click on that baby and you will be off to my store to see all the goodies I have!  Currently I have the line Petal and Plume by Bari J.

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This line is even more gorgeous in person and if you have ever used Art Gallery Fabrics before then you know that the feel of their fabrics is SO soft and smooth!  I have three bundles that I have put together and I offer them in fat quarter bundles, 1/2 yard bundles, and yard bundles, plus the yardage!  This is step one of my goals this year so I hope you enjoy and find lots of fabrics you like so you can make some beautiful things!  If you are on Instagram tag the goodies you make with the items from my shop with #ishoppedwithhunspun .  I would love to see all that you do and I may or may not pick a winner for some goodies from time to time ;)  I am currently working on a sample with this line to show you how beautiful they are all together, so keep an eye out!  You can follow my progress on Instagram too by looking up @fedewala  Thanks so much for all your support!

First Finish of 2015

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(This is what early morning sewing looks like at my house.)

Just wanted to pop in and show off my first finish of 2015! Yay!!

If you remember a while back I won a jelly roll of “Weeds” from Me and My Sister Designs (Thanks again ladies!)

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(Isn’t that so nice they threw in a mini charm pack of their line “LOL”?  It is another super cute one too!)

Well this is what I did with it!

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(Pattern: Shortcake by Cluck Cluck Sew  Fabric: “Weeds” by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda)

This pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew is called “Shortcake” and it is so fun and simple and turns out so beautiful! Plus it is jelly roll friendly!   I LOVE to use precuts and the colors of this line are just perfect!  I know exactly who I will be gifting the finished product to. Now to find the backing and finish it so I can give it to them!

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(This is my Mom’s quilt laid out before she sewed it all together.  Pattern Cluck Cluck Sew “Shortcake  Fabric “Chance of Flowers by Sandy Gervais for Moda)

While I was doing my “Shortcake” quilt my wonderful Mom was sewing along with me and she used Sandy Gervais’s line “Chance of Flowers”  I think it turned out SO beautiful!  It’s amazing how just the use of different colors changes the whole look of a quilt!

You can find a lot more “Shortcake” quilts on Instagram using #shortcakequilt or #shortcakeqal.  There are so many talented ladies on there that are showing all their wonderful quilts!  I just love seeing them all!

Mini Mania

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 I have been riding the mini craze on Instagram and joined some swaps (again….I know)  But I do love the swaps I participate in!  First, I am still doing the #iheartbandcsampler which is so fun to receive a couple blocks every month and send out two as well.

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(These are a some of the blocks that I have sent out recently!)

 Gives me the opportunity to try out certain patterns or block designs that I normally wouldn’t get to right away!  I love all the ones I have received and of course they are all made with the wonderful fabrics of Bonnie and Camille from Moda one of my top favorite designers!

 

Next I was a part of the third round of #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap #Makeaquiltmakeafriend .   This one you fill out a questionnaire and send it in to the swap mammas.  Once they have things all sorted you get someone else’s likes and dislikes back and you get to make them a mini wall hanging quilt along with other goodies if you wish.  One of the best parts is following them on Instagram and Pinterest and “stalking” them as we say to find out things they may have forgot to mention so you can make their mini just how they would like.

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 I made a “Mini Swoon” by Thimblossoms out of Kate Spain’s line “Daydreams” with a little sprinkle of Cotton and Steel basics.  She said she liked Cotton and Steel and she loves bright color, texture, and fussy cutting.

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This is the beautiful mini that I received all the way from California!  It is GORGEOUS!  I am so happy with it and I have a new set up I am doing for my wall hangings, so I am anxious to get it up so I can hang this beauty!  If you are reading this Laura, thank you SO much…..again! Haha!

 

Ok and believe it or not I have one more that I am a part of!  This is #bonnieandcamillebirthdayclub and we have someone we send handmade gifts to every month!  I had my coordinator Stefanie the first month and I sent her this lovely.

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I have seen pixelated hearts a lot right now because of Valentine’s Day coming up but I added a little twist to it by adding the border and doing a little stitched “create” on the side.  Plus I sent these fun little extras along because who doesn’t love little quilty things!

I will be back soon with some new things that I have been working on for the past few months, including a tutorial or two and some patterns I have been working on! Yay!

Fall = Finish All W.I.P.’s

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I have been working on a lot of WIP’s around here and getting ready for the cooler weather that has been trying to settle in. I finished putting binding on one of my favorite quilts EVER! The pattern is from Camille Roskelly’s book Simply Retro and I used V and Co’s Simply Color line for the blocks and Dear Stella Gray Dot for the background.  It was my first time using a background fabric that wasn’t white and I was SO nervous to do so.  I was pleasantly surprised and glad that I stuck with my initial instinct to do so.  This was quilted by the ever so talented Abby at Latimer Lane Quilting.  She does such an amazing job and is very helpful, especially when you are a newbie like me sending a quilt out!  Thanks Abby!

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I really love this pattern and the quilt is just ginormous measuring at 102″x103″ which really is perfect for my bed but I have to tell you that more often than not it gets stolen from there and brought out to the living room when we are all watching a movie because it is big enough for everyone to snuggle under, my kind of quilt :)

New Project Fun!

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I always check out the Moda Bake Shop and it is always full of wonderful patterns and inspiration for any kind of project.  A while back they posted a pillow pattern and I knew I had to make it, but like us all I got wrapped up in all my W.I.P.’s that I told myself I had to finish before starting another project.   Then I went to my local quilt shop and one of the ladies there did the pattern I had been eyeing from the Moda Bake Shop blog and I decided it must be a sign that I had to make it NOW :)

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This was such a sweet project and for the first time ever I did some hand quilting which was something that I didn’t think I would like, but I was WAY wrong!  It is so relaxing and at times a little frustrating if you can’t keep your quilting lines straight :)  But it is pretty cool having something that is pretty transportable so then I could bring it wherever I was going to have a wait and have something pretty to do. ;)  Another bonus is that it didn’t take long to piece, I did it during the littles nap time! I love it and I plan on making more! The pattern is called Scattered Squares Pillow by Corey Yoder and I used the newest line by Bonnie and Camille called Miss Kate and Moda Bella Solid 97 White.  If you want to make one too just follow this link to the pattern and it’s FREE!!  Yay!!

 

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New To Me

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I haven’t been quilting long (just a few years) but it always seems that when I feel like I know the basics I am surprised with all the knowledge out there and the new information I am finding out!  So today I am going to bring to you a “new to me” tip that I have discovered and I feel has helped me out!

While watching the new free pattern tutorial video from Kimberly at The Fat Quarter Shop (you can find it here) she mentioned that she presses her seams flat and then presses them either open or to the side.  I have never heard of doing the pressing that way so I wanted to try it out.  It is suppose to set your seams so there is less movement when piecing or cutting.

I gave this a try and I was most pleased with the outcome!  I would have a lot of issues of my fabric looking all kooky after I ironed open my half square triangles and at times after I squared them they wouldn’t even be close to the size I needed them to be.  Now I am trimming less off and they are looking a little more square when I press them open.

Now from researching this little tip I know some feel that you don’t need to do this, so I am not sure if it depends on how you press something too.  I tend to use the nose of my iron to press items open and my grandmother always said not to do that and to just hold the piece open with your fingers and then carefully remove your fingers as you bring your iron down on top of your piece.  When pressing my seams flat first I am still able to do my method of ironing and have a successful outcome.

What are your thoughts?

Back to the daily

Kids are back at school which means great sewing to be done while my other two littles take their naps in the afternoon!  Yay! I have been a part of a swap again and I loved it!  It was the #verycherryswap over at Instagram!  If you haven’t become a part of Instagram you must check it out!  The inspiration and quilting community over there is pretty great!  Anyways, the swap I was a part of was themed with cherries and you could make any craft you liked be it sewing, needlework, etc as long as it involved something cherry!  I got done with mine early so I sent it over to my wonderful partner even though the deadline wasn’t until the end of the month!

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I made her a cute Cherry Pie Mini pattern by Fig Tree & Co.  using Bonnie and Camille fabrics which is one of her favorite designers.  Made it easy on me because I was able to just use what I already had at home!  I also made her this cute burlap banner with Bonnie and Camille’s line Scrumptious as the accent.  Turned out way cute and I am going to add some to my shop if you want to check it out!  Then of course I added all sorts of cherry themed goodies, like cherry Pepsi lip balm, cherry Haribo gummies, and Miss Kate….. Yeah I know there are no cherries in the Miss Kate line but it was red! ;)

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I got my package in the mail the other day from my partner Raquel (@colourmehappy88) and she did a fantastic job spoiling me rotten!  A beautiful mini, bag, and extras for me AND my kids!  She is so kind!!!  Thanks again Raquel!  If you want to see more pictures you can follow along with me @fedewala on Instagram.

I am declaring myself a swap junkie though because I have now become a part of a Block swap that occurs every month where you send out two blocks to two different people and you get two back.

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This pattern for my block is from the Aurifil’s block of the month and it was designed by Camille Roskelly.  Fabric is from my scrap bin and are all from various Bonnie and Camille’s older lines for Moda.

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This one is also designed by Camille Roskelly for Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine and it is the mini Cherrio pattern but I didn’t do as many block as she did to meet with the guidelines of the swap :)  Fabric again is from my scrap bin and are older lines of Bonnie and Camille’s.  Both are very fun to put together and I love using all of those Bonnie and Camille lines together!

Here are the two that I made and I will make sure to post the others as I get them done.

 

What have you been up to?