Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Tutorial Round-Up

Last week, when I posted a tutorial for a Christmas mug rug, I saw that I've done quite a few Christmas tutorials over the years. I thought I would re-post the links for all my Christmas themed tutorials.


Ribbon Star Mug Rug


Quilt As You Go Applique Pillow

Mini-Christmas Tree Skirt

Mini-Christmas Tree Skirt


Festive Apron Tutorial 

Except some of my pictures are gone! How embarrassing! I'm so sorry Jennifer!


And my favorite Glitter Garland tutorial 

That's it! (ha!)

Have you made any projects from my tutorials? I'd love to see! Thanks!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day {Winter 2014}

The giveaway is closed. Thank you sooooo much to everyone who entered to win! It was so fun hearing about which Disney rides you enjoy. We had blast! Everything is almost unpacked in our new house and the Christmas tree is up. No decorations yet... that's tomorrow.

The winner is Judith!


Hi everyone! Welcome to my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day post!

If you are new here, welcome! I hope you find something to you love.

Here's a bit about me: I'm a stay at home mom to four lovely, young children. We have 3 girls and 1 boy. We just moved to St. Louis, Missouri from Houston, Texas. We actually just moved into our new house (hopefully! still waiting on our Houston house to sell!) last week. In addition to being a wife and mom here's what I have to offer the quilting world:

I've got free tutorials! Here's my most recent:


I've got patterns!

My Patterns

And in just a few short months my book, Modern Rainbow, will be out!


But for today, most importantly, I've got a giveaway for you guys. I couldn't decide which grouping to give away so I thought it would be fun if the winner got to pick which fabric they want!
(Fine Print: You only win one fabric grouping!)

You can choose from this Doe, by Carolyn Friedlander, Fat Quarter Bundle.

Doe Fat Quarter Bundle

OR! You can choose to win 2 Cotton And Steel Fat Eighth Bundles (the bundles are Rashida Coleman Hale's Mochi and Melody Miller's Playful). Both are due out in January.

Cotton and Steel Fat Eighths

So to enter, leave one comment telling me which bundle you'd love to win! You may get a second entry if you are a follower (new or existing, on Instagram, Facebook, or Bloglovin', etc.). Please only enter twice. Entries are open for international entries.

Entries will stay open through Friday, December 12th at 7:00pm (PST). I'll email the winner by December 14th. And I will ship out the prize by the 16th.

Thanks guys! And good luck!!!

I'm off to Disney World! Have you been? What's your favorite ride?


Friday, December 5, 2014

Merry Mug Rug {Blog Hop}

Hi friends!

As part of the Merry Mug Rug Blog Hop at Ellison Lane, I'll be sharing a quick tutorial for a Mug Rug. It's based on a traditional block that I'm calling it a Ribbon Star, but I'm sure it has another name.


It's so nice to have something wee to sew, consider the larger "to-dos" we have on our list during the Christmas season. Some of us, COUGH (me!), tend to take on larger Christmas projects that never seem to get finished despite how early one starts them. AHEM!


1/4 yard red solid
1/4 yard white solid
Batting scraps
Larger fabric scraps for the backing
Matching thread

Before getting started keep in mind that these instructions make 1 block and all seams are a scant 1/4''.

Alright, let's start with cutting.

Ribbon star mug rug

Here's a cutting diagram.

Star fabric:

From the star (red) fabric cut:
4 squares 2''
5 squares 2 1/2''

Background fabric:

From the background (white) fabric cut:
4 squares 2''
4 squares 1 1/2''
4 rectangles 1 1/2'' x 2 1/2''

Alright, now make the Half Square Triangles (HSTs):

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 2'' background square. Then pair the 2'' background and star squares together. Stitch using 1/4'' seam allowance on either side of the marked line. Then cut along the marked line. Press seam toward the darker fabric. Make 8 and trim each to 1 1/2''.


Next, piece the "ribbons".

Layout 2 HST blocks, 1 white square, and 1 red square as shown in the diagram below. Stitch the white square to a HST and the red square to the second HST. Press the seams toward the square. Finally sew Square/HST units together and press the seam open. Make 4 ribbon units.

Piece the Block

Finally, lay out the pieces as shown in the diagram below. Sew the pieces together in rows as directed by the diagram. Press seams toward the 1 1/2'' x 2 1/2'' rectangles. Finally sew the rows together and press seams open.


Finish by quilting and binding. Then make as many as you like! Be sure to make a nice toasty cup of hot cocoa!!

Ribbon star mug rug

Merry Christmas!

The Merry Mug blog hop runs from Dec. 1st - 11th.  Each blogger is sharing a fun tutorial!  There are so reallly cute tutorials!!! So be sure to check out the other participant's tutorial. Also pop over to Ellison Lane to enter to win a gift certificate to Southern Fabric. The giveaway ends 12/14/14. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sneak Peeks!! {Modern Rainbow}

Guess what guys!?

As of today, you can get a sneak peek of my book, Modern Rainbow, via Amazon.

Also! You can get more peeks via C&T/ Stash Books. (The images are thumbnails so viewing via smart phone is best, if you can.)

Ok, now for a few more ordering/marketing details:

First, did you know that you can help your favorite authors out with marketing by adding their book to your Amazon wishlist? I would love it if you would add it to your wishlist (or just go ahead and pre-order my book, ha!). If you are interested. :)

Second, you can pre-order a signed copy from me in my bigcartel shop. If you want.... :)

Third, if you are going to QuiltCon and you want my book, Modern Rainbow, (this is so cool you guys!), I have good news. The books should be available at QuiltCon to buy at Stash's booth OR you can pre-order from me and I will have them for you. I will be there!

This is SO cool. I just can't get over this. I'm so excited for y'all to see what I (and the awesome team at Stash Books!) have been working on this past year!!!

Gushing is NOT over! :)

Thanks guys!

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