Of course getting a new cottage last summer meant that I "needed" new quilts for every bed (and any other possible surface). And it just so happens my girls have a pair of bunk beds in the "girls' room". Four twin quilts were in order!
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I have taken a bit of a break from blogging the last few weeks. In fact I have been staying off the computer at home (no such luck at work!!) pretty much. But I wanted to get back into the swing of things and show you one of the projects I have been working on in my 'blog silence'. LOL
I’m auditioning for a spot in Sewvivor.
If selected, I won’t have to leave my home or my sewing machine. I won’t have to eat weird things or deal with tropical bugs. I won’t have to live on a deserted island for weeks with strangers.
Then again, some days, life gets so crazy that a deserted island sounds delightful.
Anyway, you can read all about the details over at Family Ever After. The basics very much resemble the television show: you sew some projects, people vote on who gets to keep playing, and winners get prizes ...read more
Oh my goodness.... we have gotten a TON of fabric lately.... then I was buried under Cotton & Steel and couldn't share anything with you. So be prepared for tons of pictures :) Also I actually sewed for an hour last Sunday so I can show you my Reversible Box Tote.
This is a free pattern at Very Shannon if you haven't seen it yet. Super easy to make and comes out adorable. I love the reverse side just as much.
We have Arcadia by Sarah Watson it is organic from Cloud9.... isn't it pretty!
We have received Rayon ... read more
When I think about this quilt, I refer to it – in my head – as the AMH Patchwork.
I’m not a nautical gal, but I can’t help but hear a ship’s name when I say, “AMH Patchwork.”
I’d love to draw some parallel to breaking, or just drinking, a bottle of champagne to celebrate finishing this quilt, but with my growing baby belly, that’d probably be in poor form. It’s exciting for me though. It’s my first, “just-for-me” quilt. I fell quite hard for Anna Maria Horner’s (AMH) Loulouthi line, and I wanted ...read more
Anna Maria Knits are here! Way ahead of when I expected them. This is Anna Maria Horner‘s first range of knit fabrics. It’s derived from several of her recent collections, including Pretty Potent, Dowry and True Colors, and re-imagined as a diverse new group that ranges from sweet to sophisticated. They are 60″ wide and printed on a 100% cotton jersey that drapes beautifully. You can find them in the shop here!read more
I don’t have a long-arm quilting machine.
I want one. Very. Very. Much.
I have a whole post planned about my long-arm experiences lately, but this post is mostly about my work-in-progress this week. I’ll save my long-arm pining for another day, but I will mention that I don’t think this is going to be a short-lived obsession.
I took this quilt top to Sew Crafty up in Durham for my first attempt at long arm quilting something besides a sample square. Toni, the owner, is a delight to rent long arm time from, and I ...read more
It's been quite a few posts coming, but my queen-sized feather quilt is finally finished! All those deep purples, pinks and oranges were such rich colors that the finished feathers reminded me of an Indian sari.
I love how you can see the backing print as the sun is streaming through the quilt here! I've written quite a bit about the quilt top itself, but there is a whole new layer of amazing-ness on this quilt. Peer a little bit closer with me...
This was my first time sending a quilt out to a long-armer and I was ... read more
I’ve got a butterfly quilt in the works.
I thought I’d need to make a few more blocks, but my bee mates have been so generous that I may not add much to what they’ve already sent.
These butterflies from Tartankiwi’s Craftsy Shop kept coming to mind whenever I thought of how to arrange the various blocks for this quilt. None of my bee mates (quite understandably) chose to make one, so yesterday, I decided to give the pattern a try.
I used solids for the blues except in the body of the butterfly which came ...read more
Hey Everyone! You might notice my blog looks a little bit different up there in the header ;). As much as I love Benefit and Bless, I’ve decided to rename this blog I Heart Stitching to create a little more cohesion with my YouTube Channel. My etsy shop will remain Benefit and Bless and I will put items in there as much as possible, but YouTube is really what has been successful for me so I am moving in that direction if that makes sense. Nothing will change around here though! Last weekend I was able to attend Craft South ...read more
It's the last day of school today, so along with the sheep happens bag and yarn I gifted to one of my kids' teachers, I made a couple summer totes with some Anna Maria Horner "stacked" fabric in home dec weight. This book-inspired fabric is the perfect choice for a teacher, wouldn't you say?
If you follow us on instagram you’ve seen Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner trickle in, a few bolts at a time. Now that we have nearly all of our order in, I thought it was time to properly announce it!
As always, these fabrics are a) way more stunning in real life b) packed with totally amazing and surprising colour combinations c) equally gorgeous for dressmaking and quiltmaking and d) absolutely mad as a collection, like nothing seems to go together apart from the underlying theme (plants that are pretty and also have healing properties), but that’s ...read more
Within a week of joining Instagram, I saw a bunch of blogger friends hopping onto Round 2 of the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap. Never one to skip a party, I joined in with over 600 swappers from around the world - how cool is that?
Using my partner's favorite colors, this is the palette I chose to work from (just imagine a creamy orange inserted in there).
I had to insert some Anna Maria Horner fabrics in there - a designer that is completely absent from my considerable stash! With my new purchases plus some charms from a friend ... read more
This post is a little bit of a departure from my usual, quick posts, but feel free to skip ahead and just look at the pictures!
I’m participating in two quilting bees this year. I signed up for the Stash Bee and got my Hive 3 assignment at the start. Danny, the organizer, was in need of alternates, and I quickly got another assignment for Hive 8.
Each month, the assigned “queen” requests a certain style of blocks, sometimes with a specific color theme. I happened to be assigned to be queen for June in both of my bees ...read more
A couple weeks ago, I picked up these cuties at one of my favorite shops in Provo. Harmony carries yarn, fabrics (their selection is not very big, but I love almost all of them!), children's items and pretty gift items. I love going there and always find some fun stuff to go home with.
I recently updated my About page and mentioned that there won’t be tutorials on this blog. I don’t plan to make tutorials a regular thing, but since I’m Queen Bee during June in the Stash Bee, I was required to at least photograph my sewing steps for the block I selected. I spent enough time on it over on the Stash Bee blog that I thought I’d go ahead and include it here.
This isn’t a complete tutorial. I tried out templates from two other sites, and you’ll need to click through to either ...read more
I've made progress on the ottoman. I've managed to do my first lapped zip (that's what it's called on the pattern but it sounds wrong to me - what do we call that in the UK?), I felt very proud.
Tami over at Sea Me Sparkle calls these 16 Patches, and I’m pretty sure her name is the right name. But, my husband is a big handyman, and over the weekend I’ve gotten a chuckle out of saying 4×4′s in my head – and thinking of him saying, “I need to head to Lowe’s for some 4×4′s.” Or 2×4′s. Or 2×10′s. These are my 4×4′s.
I’m a pregnant woman chasing a toddler, so I chuckle when I can.
I want to say that you should be intentional ...read more