March 21, 2018

The Patchsmith's Sampler Sew-Along - blocks 1, 2, and 3

Hello, Friends!
Have you ever joined a sew-along?
I would highly recommend one that is going on right now

over at The Patchsmith's lovely blog:

To get started, order your copy of the book,
The Patchsmith's Sampler Quilt Blocks here on Craftsy.
There are 50 amazing blocks,
fun for anyone to create, 
whether you are an experienced stitcher, 
or someone who is just developing your sewing skills!

The book is priced at only $12.99 - what a bargain!
It's in PDF format, and you can choose to print any or all pages.
I'm just using the computer or my phone for instructions, only printing
template pages as necessary, for applique pieces.

Photo from The Patchsmith blog, showing patchwork and applique blocks
Today I'm sharing my first three blocks from the sampler book.

For my blocks, I've been using some leftover jelly roll strips

from a line called Simply Sweet by Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup.
I've had it in my stash for a good long time.

{Like...9 years!!! hahahaha}

Block 1 - Brick Wall,was the perfect place to start.
There were lots of little pieces, but no seams to match.

For the Guiding Star block (#2),
I selected four different colors of stars to make.
My background for the blocks is a tonal white dot print,
and I like the way it sets off the bright prints.

The third block was a Watermelon block, mostly patchwork,
but with a tiny applique accent.
I love to cut out my pieces when I have time,

then stitch them up in no time.

This little block comes together quickly,
from the inside out.
Look at the finished patchwork - very cute, huh?

And now...The Patchsmith adds her design magic...
little black appliques for the "pips".
What a difference they make!

I'll be continuing my sampler journey here on the blog,

and I would love to have you join me!

Find more photos by following me on Instagram.
I am @eamylove.
The Patchsmith and I are no strangers to sew-alongs.
We became fast friends as a result of the Zakka Style Sew Along
years ago...maybe YOU can meet lifelong friends through the Patchsmith's Sampler Sew-Along!

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February 3, 2018

Hurry, Valentine!

Hello, Friends!
Here we are, just a few days away from Valentine's Day. 
Are you ready?

If you need an idea for a quick gift or two...
think about using my

It's available for instant download,
so you can get started stitching 
Find it on Craftsy or on Etsy, in my shop called eamylove.

If your sewing time is limited, just take a shortcut!
Leave out the quilting,
and just let the pretty fabrics steal your heart away.

My mug rug uses some Scandi II fabrics by Makower.
This Nordic print is a wee bit Christmas-y, but it works
for me, to brighten up any winter day.

I can always flip it over to show the snow-covered trees.

{All of the mug rugs made from my
 Be My Valentine mug rug PDF pattern are reversible.}

I'll be back soon to share a few more versions of my mug rug.
You can search my blog for more pretty samples,
with the "valentine" tag, if you just can't wait.

This pattern is so versatile...
I'll never run out of ideas for new valentine mug rugs.
Why not see what YOU can make?

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December 31, 2017

Happy New Year - 2018

Hello, Friends!
It's time to send out a post to wish everyone
a very Happy New Year, from my family to yours!

I'm not a big fan of resolutions, but I do plan
to pay more attention to my blog in 2018.
I've got some completed projects to share,
and lots of new ideas as well.

Here's a sneak peek at one of my recent custom makes.

And here is a preview of some pillows
I'll be adding to my Etsy shop soon.

We've had some changes going on at our little house...
we're doing a lot of renovations
and watching a lot of HGTV for inspiration.
The best part is that
my husband has discovered his inner woodworker!

Check out this new Coffee Station that he created for me.

There will be seasonal updates,
so watch for those throughout the year.
I've already winterized the tabletop with a snazzy
new red buffalo check table runner.
I used Hometown Christmas fabric from Sweetwater for Moda.

The kind folks at CSI Wall Panels sent me a pair of sparkling
pinecone topiaries. 
I used them this fall, and on into Christmastime.

They will look great all winter long, as a pretty accent in our home.

I love the glittery sparkle on the pinecones,
enhanced by the silvery base.

I have been having so much fun using the little dishes and mugs
I've collected over the years.

I'll be showing more glimpses of our home, 
in little closeups, along with my usual sewn projects.
I'm truly looking forward to staying in touch in the new year.
Wishing everyone health, prosperity and happiness!

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August 8, 2017

Coney Island Pillow

Hello, Friends!
If you're like me, you don't have a lot of free time
for sewing, especially in the summertime.
Pillows are a great project,
because they're both practical and pretty...
a smart way to use precious time!

I made this particular pillow with a mini charm pack
of Coney Island, by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.

The colors and prints capture summer's
carefree moments perfectly.

When it came time to choose the backing,
this apple green solid caught my eye.

This little pillow measures about 14" x 14".
It's not too big...just nice for cushioning a wicker chair.

I love the way this pudgy pillow fills out the form.
It's pleasingly plump!!!

Don't you love mini charms?
I love searching for matching prints
in various colorways, when I use a charm pack
or a mini charm pack.

If you have a favorite way to spend your
summer sewing hours,
feel free to comment!

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July 14, 2017

Open Wide Zippered Pouch - Turquoise and Lime

Sometimes you need a really sweet gift
for a really great friend.
Lately my go-to gift is a nice fresh zippered pouch.

I love using the awesome free tutorial for the
Open Wide Zippered Pouch, from Noodlehead.
You can find the tutorial here.

Just recently I made a red, white and blue version,

For this latest version, I chose a favorite color palette
that I really love...turquoise and lime.
The fabrics are Good Neighbors by Crazy Mom Quilts
for Connecting Threads.


I love these tiny turquoise dots for the interior.

That lime green zipper is such a show-off.

The little tab is a great finishing feature.
This pouch design is really perfect from A to Z.

I think this bag will be fun for summer getaways.
It's a great size for makeup or other essentials.
I used the "Medium" size from the tutorial.

If you're not yet convinced to try this fun tutorial,
you should check out some of my other versions...

and here...

Or come back someday soon...I'm sure I'll be making more of these! 

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