Embroidery Sampler

For those of you who are working on the STITCHERY SAMPLER SEW ALONG or even for those of you who are not and want to do this instead, we wanted to embroider along with the quilt along! CLICK HERE to download our free embroidery sheet that you can transfer to the fabric of your choice [or use one of our starter kits while supplies last]. As you might have heard us mention before… WE ARE NOT EXPERTS BY ANY MEANS. But both Susan and I wanted to try our hand at a bit of embroidery so we are sharing our journey with you! Here are a few tips and pieces of info we have to share with you. Each week we will talk about the stitches we used for that week and any tips we might have for you for that week. And Sophie, Susan’s daughter is…

Winter Solstice Sew Along: Week #5

Welcome back to Week 5 of the Winter Solstice Sew Along! While I was designing Winter Solstice, the first aspect of the quilt that came to me was the overall setting. I knew I wanted a blue and cream winter quilt with a hint of a Nordic feel and the large and graphic Bear Paw center seemed the perfect starting point.  I started sketching ideas, and thought how fun it would be to make each quadrant out of four unique blocks, and then the idea of the large and small blocks came into play.  The final step was the pieced border, which seemed to frame the quilt perfectly with a sense of Scandinavia. We hope you have enjoyed sewing along with us these past five weeks.  As we sewed through the Winter Solstice, the spectacular Christmas Star and celebrated a New Year, I hope you found a…

Stitchery Sampler Sew Along: Block #1

Welcome to Block #1 info for our STITCHERY SAMPLER SEW ALONG. If you need background information, please click HERE or HERE. PATTERN INSPIRATION: The pattern itself was created by using simple basic blocks and mimicking a traditional stitched, embroidery sampler. The blocks are meant to mimic stitches. For the blocks that require appliqué, we will share all of our hints and tips for that. For the hexagons, we will learn alongside you. If one of the blocks uses a technique that you don’t wish to tackle, feel free to substitute something else, or double up on a favorite block. FABRIC CHOICES: First to answer a couple of recurring questions… you can use any fabric for this quilt. We created our pattern and sample quilt with our newest collection, Figs & Shirtings. I know at least several of you who plan on making this quilt as a Christmas…

Getting Ready for STITCHERY SAMPLER SEW ALONG

We are so excited that the time for our STITCHERY SAMPLER SEW ALONG is almost here and we will be starting this Friday! We are so excited to work on this quilt with you guys, one week at a time!! THINGS TO DO TO BE READY CHOOSE YOUR FABRICS. If you are using the prepackaged kit in a box from MODA… yeah! Your fabrics have all been chosen for you. I will talk more about fabric placement and my hints and tips about that on Friday but for now you want to pick your palette. If you are using your own stash or a different group of collection, gather a good variety of colors. Since this quit is designed as a colorful sampler with a lot of simple blocks, I recommend a good variety of colors and different scale of prints for visual interest. Since we have already made…

Winter Solstice Sew Along: Week #4

Welcome back to the Winter Solstice Sew Along! This week we are sewing our final set of two blocks, Norwegian Star and Orion’s Cluster.  Norwegian Star is an updated version of a classic star block, and would make a fabulous stand alone quilt…maybe scrappy summer patchwork, or assorted reds and creams for Valentine’s Day?  Orion’s Cluster is the first block I designed for this sew along and I love how the generous overlapping stitch and flips make for crisp star points without extra seams.  I think it adds an extra bit of twinkle to the overall design. Like last week, I encourage you to check the scraps of your background and ivory before cutting this week’s blocks.  You might be able to cut less strips and have fewer scraps left over at the end…

MODA Blockheads: Block #50 & #51

Welcome to Week #50 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS 3 SEW ALONG. I am doing a little catch up from last week as well as adding this week’s block too. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas week! THIS MONTH’S BLOCK #51: SPARK PLUG It’s Vanessas’s day today and this block is such graceful, delicate one. For our block, it was a perfect opportunity to showcase 2 small red florals and a favorite cream print for the center. Love the outcome so much! Here is the PDF DOWNLOAD, CLICK HERE on Vanessa’s blog to get the block and read her inspirations. Go grab yours! We chose a 8″ size for our version of this one. Thanks for this great addition to our sampler Vanessa. CATCHING UP And since we missed posting for last week, and many of you have checked in…

Simple Winter Creams Snuggle Throw

So if you missed my Instagram post last week… this was my feeling… “So this is my little winter gift to myself. ❄️☃️🎄 I don’t know about you but at some point, I have too many large projects undone and I can’t focus. One might think… well Joanna, that might be a good time to organize yourself and finish something, right? Well… that would be logical. 😂 Instead what my creative brain needs is to start and finish a super simple project that I can enjoy at home! So this is it… a super simple creamy patchwork, filled with creamy snowy prints, intermingled with our favorite winter fabric… CREAM SNUGGLE!! It will be the size of a lap throw and it will be done by the end of the weekend daggoneit! I know some of you might be in the same boat as…

Winter Solstice Sew Along: Week #3

Welcome Back Friends! Last week we celebrated the true Winter Solstice.  The moon was a brilliant quarter moon, and the Christmas Star of 2020 shown brightly in the Southwest sky.  The longest day of the year has come and gone with the promise of longer days, and the changing of the seasons.  This week’s blocks, Peppermint Star and Snowflake Dance use pinwheels to give the effect of stars twinkling in the night sky.  Don’t let Snowflake Dance intimidate you with all the quarter triangles!  A tip is to lay out your block on a design board before beginning to sew to make sure each of your pinwheels is spinning in the correct direction.  Go slowly, cut accurately, press rather than iron, measure each “unit” and trim if necessary to 2 1/2&#8243…