Monday, October 21, 2013


Good Afternoon!  I have a new bag to share with you!  This is a 'quilt as you go' (qayg) version of a Jane Market Bag

This is by far the most favorite thing I have made.  The straps and lining are Essex linen and the rest of the fabrics are from my scraps and stash.  I love the Nancy Drew print simply because she is a nail biter just like me!

Brass tacks - I altered the pattern in a few ways.  I used interfacing in the straps and made them longer.  For the exterior, I followed the instructions on size and assembly but used qayg panels and put a small pock on the inside.  Also, I didn't sew the sides to form a boxy look.  I liked the wide open bag look.  If I were to make one again I would add a zipper closure or a magnetic snap.  I keep a piece of cardboard in the bottom for more structure too. I will eventually cover that in fabric.  Its nice to have this set in the bag as opposed to sewn in so its removable for washing.

Its large enough to carry my lunch box, wallet, kindle and a few diet cokes to work.  Basically its the coolest briefcase ever.

QAYG Quilt As You Go Tote - Jane Market Bag

QAYG Quilt As You Go Tote - Jane Market Bag

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Show and Tell Tuesday

Hey Guys and Gals!
I have been sewing a lot over here!  I feel so inspired now that I have my very own sewing room in our new house!

Finish number one....Circle of Geese Pillow.  Pattern by Pieced by Number.  This is my sample for the  Intro to Paper Piecing class I am teaching at the Electric Needle Friday, November 22.  More on that HERE.   I hope to see you there!

Finish two: I finally finished my Plan C Quilt!  Pattern by Miss Schnibbles.  This is made with two Moda Ruby charm packs and is finished at 32" square.  Check out the Progress Shots.

Now for my new works in progress!  A sampler quilt and a tote bag.  (Yes, I still have to bind my Turning Twenty Quilt....shhhh!)

My bff Krissy and I are at taking a beginning quilting class at Mill House Quilts in Waunakee, WI.  We are supposed to be making a 4 block sampler quilt however we both decided we should really triple the size and just not make the pattern laid out in class at all.  YIKES!  This is my first block!

12" Churn Dash Bloc, Joel Dewberry Aviary 2 Lattice
The picture above was my very lame attempt at cropping out the background.  This is not a wonky block, its a wonky photo!  :)  I'll try better next time.

Last evening (instead of working my sampler like a good girl) I decided I had to have a new tote for work immediately!  I was inspired by THIS bag by Fresh Lemon Quilts and THIS bag by LindaKL.  I am using the Jane Market Bag pattern.  So as to not interfere with the patchwork I will be putting the pockets in the interior as well as interfacing the handles.  I hate floppy handles.

Quilt As You Go Block 18" x 22"
I worked on this block for 4.5 hours and used two entire bobbins!  (This is half of the bags exterior.)  I think the second  block will go faster since I now know how to QAYG,  I have a color scheme and a better idea how to lay out the fabrics.  P.S.  This is wonky and mostly on purpose.  :)

Now time for my most exciting show and tell!  I am the new proud owner of a white, Singer Featherweight!  I found it on Craigslist and we did the meet and greet at the Grumpy Troll in Mount Horeb, WI.  I will share more about this awesome score in a post coming soon!

Linking up to Fresh Squeeze Fabrics Show and Tell Tuesday.

What are you working on these day?  Have you tried the QAYG technique?  Love it?  Hate it?  Any other Featherweight owners out there with some tips and tricks for me?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Free Paint Color Consulation

Good Morning Everyone!  

This Saturday I will be at the Marshall, WI Ace Hardware giving you FREE paint color advice.  

Isn't it hard picking out that perfect shade?  I would love to see you there and help you pick the best color for your space.  This is a one time offer for a complimentary consultation!

Make your appointment now at

Saturday September 21st.  9am-5pm

Hellendbrand Ace Hardware 
104 E Main St
Marshall, WI 53559

Be sure to bring in an inspiration piece like a quilt, pillow, photograph or piece of art you would like to coordinate with.  I look forward to meeting with you soon!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Finish! New York Beauty Pillow

New York Beauty Quilted Pillow

Moda Summersville - Back of New York Beauty Quilted Pillow

Inside of Pillow - Quilting Detail

Concentric Circles - Quilting Detail

Check out these progress photos.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New York Beauty

Check out my new WIP!  New York Beauty!  I couldn't wait for it to be a finished pillow to show it off.  I totally love how this is turning out.  This is my first attempt at curves and paper piecing. 

Learned to pin, pin, pin on my second attempt at curves!  12 pins in this piece.

Rainbow New York Beauty!

Ta-da! Four New York Beauty blocks waiting to be turned into a pillow.
Making these blocks wasn't hard or very time consuming.  The easiest part was creating the spike arcs.  My biggest challenge was none of the blocks were remotely square when I finished them.  I ripped one out and redid it and then decided to just keep going.  I could have trimmed them more aggressively but I thought that might impact the look of the circle so I decided to push, pull and tug it into submission to get the arc as accurate as possible and to heck with the rest of it.  I am happy with the results.  I would definitely make this block again.

Most of these fabrics are from Stack Stash Club.  The center Moda Summersville Print is from Sew Fresh Fabrics.  The rest I think I picked up somewhere along the 2012 SW Wisconsin Shop Hop.

I am hoping to finish this up before our next Madison Modern Quilt Guild Meeting on Wednesday.

What do you do if your blocks aren't quite square?

Monday, June 10, 2013

My Name Is...

Hello everyone!

The Madison Modern Quilt Guild Spring Challenge is to make a name tag.  I wanted to work on a new technique so I free motioned my name and framed it in my first ever log cabin block.

The fabrics are from scraps given away by Jeni Baker at a MMQG meeting.  Thanks Jeni!

Here are some progress photos!  First, I wrote my name in pencil on the fabric, dropped my feeddogs and "wrote" with thread.

Here is my name tag along side my best friend Krissy's.  Aren't her tiny half square triangles adorable?  And um, how did she make that teeny tiny binding?!  She said it was a pain but she finished it super fast!  I wish I hadn't run out of the thread I used for my letters so I could have used it for my top stitching but white thread is sort of my thing anyway.

Name Tag on Basic Grey Aspen Frost fabric

1/4" borders and 1/2" binding.

 This picture shows scale...catscale.

Thanks for reading! :)  --Wendy

Thursday, June 6, 2013

I Win!

During the course of my normal Facebook stalking I see a post from Sew Fresh Fabrics....

I'm thinking well, I need some essex linen for a bag anyway, I'll place an order.  Then just a few days later I see this on Facebook!  (Ps. I haven't started the bag....)

Omg, I am Wendy F.  Shortly after, I get and email with my promo code.   Check out the goodies I ordered!

Orchid in Stone from Cuzco and Barrels in Mustard from 2wenty Thr3e
The top print is for a quilt backing.  I have been wanting to start something in grey and yellow or grey, yellow, and blue.  I ordered enough backing fabric and Kona white for a Swoon Quilt but I am still not sure if that is what this be. I have the pattern and most of the fabrics from my Stack Stash Club Membership so....yeah it will probably grow up to be a Swoon.  Aren't those little mustard barrels so cute? 

Next up, organic fabrics.  They are so soft!  Truthfully, I almost wish they weren't organic cotton so they'd be cheaper.  Feel free to judge me all day over that statement. So these little foxes will make excellent hexagons no?  Gah!  They are so cute. This print is a little more green in person compared to this photo. 

Family Fox from Fox Hollow by Monaluna

Birch Fabrics from Storyboek I & II

The first print on the left has all sorts of little sea creatures including sea turtles and we all know I love me some sea turtles! :)

I have no clue what to do with these fabrics.  I have a half yard of each.  I have pinned a few ideas.  Maybe you'd liked to weigh in?
  • Stargazer Quilt Pattern - okay this is my favorite but am I really ready for this complicated of a pattern?  Nope.
  • Flag Day 
  • Clam Shell - I think this one might be "the one" since I would learn curved piecing and it might not be to stressful to line up.  I think I would mix in some solids to make it larger.
What do you think?  Do you have any other pattern suggestions?  I'd love to read your suggestions in the comments!  

Big thanks for Sew Fresh Fabrics for the giveaway!  I love my new fabrics!