March Plush Of The Month Club

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I was quite pleased to check shipping notifications and see that even all of the overseas packages were delivered by March 12th. That is the fastest that POMboxes have ever arrived. For March I wanted something that would be a small nod to Saint Patrick’s Day, but also something cheerful & colorful. At first I was going to do rainbows with faces with small clouds at the bottom, but after making them a few different ways I just did not like the way they were looking. So I changed directions and decided on a happy cloud/rainbow combination. I added a loop to the top so they can be hung from the ceiling, or flat against a wall to brighten up a room. I sent little black plastic “pots of gold” with each box with a mixture of bubble gum & chocolate coins inside. Then I wrapped them all in a rainbow of tissue paper, topped each one with a sun pin. I have to say that March’s Plush Of The Month Club was the most colorful one yet.

The Paper Pieced Home

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When Penny asked if I’d like to review a copy of her new book The Paper Pieced Home, I was thrilled. Penny’s patterns are some of the first paper piecing designs I found when I discovered the technique. Her patterns have always been clear, and easy to understand even for a beginner. Penny has such a fun sense of humor and style when it comes to creating fresh designs. Check out her undies tutorial here. Can you imagine a whole quilt of cute undies?
Her playful designs carry over to her book, you can see she has this adorable viewfinder, and whimsical cakes that you can turn into a curtain.
The book is beautiful with color photos of every paper piecing pattern (the book includes 40 different designs), and also instructions for ten finished projects you can make using the designs. My favorite feature is the book comes with a disc for printing all the paper piecing patterns, so no need for scanning or photo copies.
I decided to make the saucepan pattern from the book first and turn it into a hot pad for my pots. I think my next project is going to be the sewing machine & sewing machine caddy you can see above.
If you’ve never tried paper piecing I urge you to give it a try. You don’t need any experience besides knowing sewing basics on your machine. You can get beautifully complicated looking designs without fussing with matching up and sewing bits of fabric.
The Paper-Pieced Home: Quilting a Household One Block at a Time
By Penny Layman
Interweave/F+W; $26.99

Pi-Day Baby


Yesterday my youngest son turned twelve! His last year until he can officially be called a teenager ;) This is the first year that he said he did not want to have a big party. He changed his mind a few times about what he wanted to do for the day, but in the end settled on a day at home, never getting out of pajamas.
We started the day out with a donut cake, there was some new video game playing, mine craft legos, and we finished off the night with pizza, movie, and an Oreo ice cream cake.

Accessories Bag


I recently took the plunge and invested in a Juki TL-2010Q sewing machine Even though I sew for a big majority of my work, and I’ve been doing this as a career for the past twelve years, I could never bring myself to invest in a proper machine. Instead I’ve burnt out motors on cheaper machines, and just made do over the years. I am so in love with my new machine! The first thing I decided I needed to sew for it was a bag to hold all the accessories and feet that came with it. The Juki doesn’t have an area to store them on the machine, so I knew I needed to take care of that first. Plus I was eager to dive in and sew something up as soon as I figured out threading & oiling.
I used this free pattern by The Sewing Chick for the body of the bag, but then altered it by adding a drawstring bag top because I didn’t want to knock the bag over, or lose anything if I moved it around the studio. This was my first time sewing with Cotton & Steel’s gorgeous fabrics too, such a treat! As you can probably tell I still need to work on getting my tension down for the top stitching, but I was very impatient so I didn’t spend enough time testing it out.
I added one of the little fabric tags I made a few weeks back. You can see a bunch of the ones I made here all together. I used a technique I found here for creating the tags. They were so easy to make and really add something extra to a project!

More studio friends




Just more photos of the silly stuff that keeps me company while I work..
Cake was a Christmas gift, the tiny catbus I found on my trip to NYC with Molly, the tin they sit on it by BlueQ, donut mousepad was by Kidrobot many years ago, Bunka doll I found at an antique shop, donut warmer that I got at Tuesday Morning years ago (I have since found one for my husband on ebay), and mug by the talented Mel Stringer