Summer Vacation Survival….

When the weather heats up, it’s time to head to the sewing room for some great kid’s crafts! Around here summer vacation means mornings with dad and afternoons with mom. Now that we’re halfway through their break from school, the kids are starting to get a bit antsy.  Crafting to the rescue!

We’ve gotten some great crafting kits, tools, and patterns into the shop lately so I didn’t have to look far to find what I needed.  Izzy and I decided to give the new Clover pom-pom makers a try.

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They were really fun to use.  We purchased some basic yarn and started wrapping.  There are 6 different sizes of pom-pom makers, but Izzy preferred the biggest one.  I think it was the easiest for her to wrap the yarn around.  We also discovered that we needed to wrap the yarn around quite thick to get the desired effect with our pom-poms.  The first few we made were a little skimpy.

After the pom-poms were made I sewed the pink/white ones to the corners of a baby quilt, and we sewed the lime green ones to the corners of a pillow.  Super cute!

Rainy day? No problem- we had wool applique kits from the shop to make!  One of the items that we found at Quilt Market this past spring was prepackaged applique kits for kids that feature different animal faces.  Each kit has everything you need to put one together.  Kids just follow some basic directions- some simple cutting and then they glue it all on with a glue-stick (also included).  I didn’t know how they would do with this one.  I was hoping they wouldn’t need much help from me because I had my own sewing that I wanted to get done.  They both needed a little bit of help the first time around, and they both made it just like the picture shown.

When it was time to open up the second package my kids’ creativity kicked into gear.  Jack declared that their picture of an alien didn’t look anything like an alien so could he make it his own way… Izzy wanted to know if she could change the colors of her fishes scales…  I said you bet and walked away to let them figure it out on their own.

I am so glad I did! Jack’s creation was so unique and way different than the picture. I love it when a kid’s imagination comes through to create something totally their own.

IMG_5206We had thought about sewing these onto a pillow, but in the end they both wanted to leave them as is and just pin them to their bedroom wall.

Our last crafting adventure was actually an experiment in patience. I fell in love with a doll pattern at Quilt Market called “Peaches”. I showed the pattern to my girls at the shop and Lola took it home with her.  She loved looking at the dolls on the pattern so much that I knew I had to make them each one.

Izzy wanted me to make it immediately. Her reasoning was- you’ve got fabric here so start sewing!  I explained that maybe we wanted her face to be a normal face color so she instead raided my stash for all of the other fabrics.  Green striped legs, different colored arms, a bright dress, and polka dot pocket! I love the way kids think.

The dolls were really easy to sew.  Izzy was like a drill sergeant, she kept coming back to my sewing room and asking if I was done yet. Then she’d tell me to go back to sewing and she’d go play with Lola!

IMG_5333I also had fun using a new product that we carry- crocheted edge bias tape.  I used it on the edges of the sleeves and the pocket.  So much fun to sew with and it gives the finished project just a little extra sweetness.

With one month of summer vacation left who knows what we’ll create.  Izzy’s pushing for more dolls or other softies. Jack’s more interested in finding something dirty to do.  We’ll see what happens!

Cute Kid Outtakes:

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Jack, “I am so bored right now”

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Lola, “I love this doll so much I can’t stop squeezing it”

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Izzy & Lola, “Brothers can be so annoying when you’re just trying to look cute”

The House That Jack Built is Live!!!

Yippee! Right now I am the guest blogger over on Andover Fabric’s blog for my new line of fabric, “The House That Jack Built!”  You’ve got to go and check it out here at Andover’s Blog.

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And then be sure to go to Andover’s Instagram account for a very special giveaway that they are sponsoring in honor of my line’s release.  Just look for @andoverfabrics, but hurry the giveaway ends on Monday!

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Thank you all so much for following along with my little quilting world. I am so excited to share this with all of you!

Time flies when you’re busy sewing…

Yikes! It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a minute to sit down and write you all a little something.  After our 10 weeks of Moda Sampler Shuffle I had quite a bit of catching up to do with all of my other sewing, housework, and general work.  I did put my quilt top together almost right away, and I thought I was going to post about it when I had it quilted.  Let’s just say my quilter has other paying customers that he’d rather quilt for at the moment so my top is still a quilt top. Who knows when it will ever get quilted- I’m banking on sometime in the next 3 years! The hazards of having your husband be a successful machine quilter.

So without further ado, here is a look at my Moda Sampler Shuffle quilt top.  I decided after making a bunch of the flying geese units that I didn’t want to put them all the way around the quilt as an inner border.  Instead I used what I had to feature them in the corner and filled in the rest with the gray Stellar fabric from Andover that I also used as my setting squares.

5891C1E0-9340-4024-B9BC-5B2F8298ED53I do love how it turned out and I am excited to see what it will look like when it’s quilted.  But, on to bigger and better things.  In the past couple months I have been a busy little bee quilting up a storm with the fabrics in my new line of fabric for Andover called The House That Jack Built.  First there was a secret project that I created for American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  I am so excited that I will have a project in one of their upcoming magazines, and I will tell you all about it when the time comes.

Then I started planning what I would make when the sample yardage of my line came in for Quilt Market.  Those fabrics arrived about 2 weeks ago and I have been sewing ever since.

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My mom and I will be flying to Salt Lake City, UT for International Quilt Market in a couple weeks and I will be presenting a Schoolhouse Session for Andover to quilt shop owners on how to sell my line in their shop.  I am really excited to show off the quilts, free patterns, and event ideas that I have for this line.  Also sometime in the next month or so I will be the guest blogger for Andover.  When the time comes I will be sure to send you the link so you can see the quilts from this line and hear all about my inspiration for The House That Jack Built!

Now to just get these quilts quilted in time for Market.

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No worries, they are on the schedule for today. Thanks Mr. StrongArm Quilting!!

Week Ten plus Party Animal Birthday!

It’s the final week for new blocks in our Moda Sampler Shuffle! What a fantastic adventure we’ve had creating new blocks every week.  I’m excited to move on to the next phase of this project and I hope you are too.  Here’s Week Ten!

week ten picWeek Ten was a crazy week at the Hennagir household, it was a good thing these blocks were quick and easy.  Block 28 was really fun.  I loved how they designed the layout of the tiny triangles making this block feel like it was spinning around.

Block 28

Block 28

The only note I have for this block is that there is a small error in your Cutting Requirements for the Background.  You will actually need 4- 2″ squares (instead of the 2 they listed).

Click on the link below to download the instructions for Block 28

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Block 29 was equally delightful.  Simple construction and a fun design. Plus you know I like it when I can use more than one fabric in my prints!

Block 29

Block 29

I enjoyed making each of the half square triangle blocks instead of flying geese which is what it looks like at first glance.  Just be sure to pay attention to which way all of your triangles are going when you sew everything together.  Click on the link below for the Block 29 instructions.

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And finally Block 30! This adorable appliqued flower was a great finish to my block construction.  I decided to use wool again but changed it up a little bit from the pattern.  Instead of making an applique center on my flower I opted for a vintage button.  I also omitted a leaf on the stem- two was just enough for me!

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Block 30

Click on the link below for Block 30.

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And that’s it! After weeks of following along you now have all of the instructions for putting together our Sampler.  This doesn’t mean I’m done posting about this fun quilt.  I’ll keep you updated on the progress of my quilt as I continue sewing together my setting squares, inner border, and outer border.  Speaking of which, do you still have your copies of those instructions?  If you’ve misplaced them along the way here they are again.

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Now back to that crazy week I had.  Last week we celebrated Lola’s 2nd birthday and as I overheard my son say, “we take parties seriously at this house.”  He’s right- I do love to throw a party! I will also admit that my party planning got in the way of me getting the blocks posted earlier than today too.  It was mainly because I decided on Wednesday that I needed a quilt for a tablecloth for Sunday.  Lola’s party was a “party animal” theme thanks to these adorable invites that I found on Shutterfly.com

IMG_4437I had also viewed a lot of adorable party animal ideas on Pinterest including adding party hats to plastic animals for a centerpiece.  They were so easy to make- just a little paper, hot glue, and a pompom and you’re done.

I knew we had the perfect fabric at the shop to match this idea and it kept haunting me to make something out of it.  I could have just cut a piece off of the bolt, but then it wouldn’t have been long enough for my table.  So, overachiever that I am, I decided to make up a quilt pattern and sew up a new quilt!

FullSizeRender(6)And what would a party animals party be without animals?  I couldn’t resist these inflatable animals that I found on Amazon.com.  I mean seriously a 60″ giraffe?  We opened it up and inflated it a couple days before the party to make sure it would work and Lola was thrilled! She kept walking by it saying “hi giraffe, love you”.  Tape on a party hat and he was ready to party along with his zebra and monkey friends.

IMG_4433This girl is all about donuts.  No cake or cupcakes could compete for her attention which is fine by me.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

So now that the presents have been opened and the donuts eaten, Lola is happy to share her new quilt with the shop for you all to see.

FullSizeRender(3)My kids know the drill, mom makes quilts for them but shares them with the ladies at work first.  And since I already did all of the math, here are the instructions for making the quilt as well.  Enjoy!

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Week Nine is Fine- Moda Sampler Shuffle!

Ah Christmas vacation, a lovely time for children to stay home and take up all of their mom’s time so that she doesn’t get her sewing done.  Actually I did get my sewing done, I just had a lot of helpers along the way.  Here is Week Nine!

week nine picThis week I did a lot of sewing/cutting/pressing in small increments of time.  Whenever I had a minute to myself I would try to accomplish a little bit more on these blocks.  It’s amazing how quickly my kids got bored staying home.  And anytime they came up into my sewing room with me, it just meant that they also wanted to sew/paint/draw/or just make a big mess.  So this week’s blocks ended up being a bit less accurate and one was even sewn a little wrong- let’s take a look!

Block 25 (can you believe we’re on 25 already)!

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Block 25 Moda Sampler Shuffle

This block turned out much more interesting than I thought it would.  When I first looked at the picture I thought it was pretty much like the others.  What I love is how the background corner squares stop the lines of the orange creating little arrows of orange fabric.  It was also nice to incorporate 2 fabrics in the block.

Click on the link below to download Block 25 instructions

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One look at Block 26 and I was a happy mama! Quick and easy and big pieces too.  Woo-Hoo!! I actually sewed this one first this week because I was able to get it done lickety-split!

IMG_4308I’ve started to notice that I’m partial to the blue and orange colors when I’m picking out the fabrics for my blocks.  Now that we’re near the end, it’s getting harder to find new combinations.

Click on the link below to download the instructions for Block 26.

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And finally Block 27.  I was working on this block at the end of week and I will admit I was distracted.  I’m pretty sure my kids had asked me about 100 questions already that day so I was sewing and talking to them at the same time.  Not a good combination if you want to make the block just like the pattern!

Block 27 Moda Sampler Shuffle

Block 27 Moda Sampler Shuffle

I was excited to use this background fabric again, I just love it! And the pattern is pretty straight forward.  I got to the end where I was sewing the flying geese units to the block and I realized- oops I was supposed to have them all pointing in towards the center square.  I could have ripped out the last two seams I had made and changed it, but that is just not in my nature. So I left it and decided it was just one of the many things that will make my quilt unique to me.

Click on the link below to download the pattern for Block 27.

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So that’s it for this week.  We have one more week of quilt blocks and then we’re on to sewing the top together.  The fabric choices have been swimming around in my head for weeks now.  I’m still very undecided on how I’m going to layout my blocks and with which fabrics…. that will come later!  Happy sewing and Happy New Year! -Katie

And we have a winner!!

That’s right, the winner of the block with the most pieces in the Moda Sampler Shuffle is……

week eight picBlock 24!  Okay so it’s not that bad, read on to find out more!

You can probably guess that the blocks this week are actually pretty doable considering I just posted last week’s on Friday and hadn’t started sewing until yesterday.  I was able to get all three blocks done in only 1 1/2 days of Lola’s naps, pretty good.  I’m even posting this now while she’s still sleeping so maybe I’ll get the week wrapped up in a total of 2 naps!

Block 22 was delightful.  I’m really having fun with color placement and using up my little pile of scraps from the previous blocks.

Moda Sampler Shuffle Block 22

Moda Sampler Shuffle Block 22

That’s why you’ll notice a combination of different background fabrics and two green squares in the center.  I didn’t quite have enough in my scrap pile to make them all blue, so why not add some green? I love how it turned out.

Click on the link below to download Block 22 designed by Basicgrey.

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When it came to Block 23 I decided to do something I’ve been thinking about doing for a couple weeks.  I had been looking for the right opportunity to use a piece of the selvage from one of my fabrics in one of the blocks. When I took a look at Block 23, I decided the center square would be perfect.

Block 23 Moda Sampler Shuffle

Block 23 Moda Sampler Shuffle

Now I know, not everyone has their name on fabric but honestly it’s probably one of the coolest parts about being a fabric designer. My son thinks it is so awesome that my name is on my fabrics.  So this is kind of a way to include a little piece of him in this quilt.  You could do something similar with a favorite piece of clothing or other fabric that means something to you and your family.  Maybe baby clothes? A kid’s blanket? Grandma’s old quilt squares?  There are so many ways to personalize a project and absolutely no rules for how to do it!

There are also a nice variety of layouts for this block.  I ended up using the one on the bottom right corner for my version that you see above.  Click on the link below for the pattern designed by Betsy Chutchian.

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And finally, the winning block- Block 24 with its 45 pieces!!!! When I looked at the cutting instructions and saw to cut 24 background squares I couldn’t believe it. I mean this block is only 6 1/2″ square- amazing that you can even fit 45 pieces in it.  I’ve designed some quilt patterns that have about 45 pieces in the entire baby sized quilt!

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Block 24

I’m not one to judge a book by its cover though, so I dug in and discovered I quite liked making this block.  First off, I’ve learned from my previous mistakes and was sure to sew my half square triangle rectangles the right way.  Four one direction and four the other direction.  After that the steps are really quite easy, and it turned out so perfect.  I was happy with the end result and would seriously consider making another if need be.  So don’t be dismayed, just sew!

Click on the link below to download Block 24 designed by Laundry Basket Quilts

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And that’s it until next week.  Happy Holidays to all of you who are following along.  It has been a joy to share these weeks with you.  We only have about 2 left! So here’s wishes you a lovely holiday and I’ll be back sometime next week with three new blocks.  This little munchkin is still sleeping so maybe I’ll even go back to sewing some of my flying geese units so I’m really ready to finish this quilt after the holidays!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! – Katie (& Lola)

Week Seven- Moda Sampler Shuffle!

I had such good intentions of posting this week’s blocks early so you could get a jump start on them before the big holiday next week, but alas sometimes life just gets in the way! Better late than never, here are the blocks for week seven.

week seven picCan you feel the end is near? This week we are on blocks 19, 20, & 21. That means there are only 9 blocks left after this week!! I’m starting to get excited to put my quilt together, and this week I started to spread my wings a bit with changing up the block designs.

Block 19 is pretty straight forward.  It features my new favorite method in the corners and when you take a look at the pattern you’ll notice I decided to add a third color- the pink. The original design features one print and one background, but now that I have my pile of completed blocks I’m wanting to see more colors in them.  So, with only a handful of blocks left I’ve decided to spice things up a bit when I can.

Block 19

Block 19

Click on the link below to download the instructions for Block 19, designed by Kansas Troubles Quilters.

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Block 20 proved to be something new for our Sampler- a tiny bear paw variation block.  Very cute- albeit not my favorite one to sew! Teeny tiny and I don’t always get along.  Not to mention trimming down half square triangle blocks to 1 1/2″, but I made it through and so can you!  In the end, it didn’t turn out as bad as I had thought.  I’m glad I made it, just don’t hold your breath waiting for me to make any more!

Moda Sampler Shuffle Block 20

Moda Sampler Shuffle Block 20

Click on the link below for the pattern designed by A Quilting Life.

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And now for Block 21.  I was excited about this block when I looked at the pattern.  Again, something different, a zigzag or chevron design.  “What? a zigzag?” Correct- that’s what the block is supposed to look like.  Remember how I said life can sometimes get in the way? This week my usual routine got a bit interrupted when my son Jack was home sick for 3 days.  He was great- he just laid on the couch in my sewing room while I sewed up my blocks but my mind wasn’t necessarily working at 100%!

Block 21 Moda Sampler Shuffle

Block 21 Moda Sampler Shuffle

First, I decided to use two different fabrics instead of just one for the print.  When I looked at the pattern, I saw that I was supposed to sew the background squares onto the print rectangles to make the little sliver of print in each rectangle.  What I didn’t pay attention to was that I was supposed to make 4 with the sliver of print running one way and 4 with it running the other way.

I got all of my rectangles made and when I tried to lay them out in a zigzag it wouldn’t work. Now I’m not one to resew pieces when I have perfectly good pieces in front of me.  Instead, I changed up the design and created my own block! So lucky you- now you have an extra “secret” design no one else has!!

Click on the link below to download the pattern for Block 21 designed by Minick & Simpson.

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So that’s it for this week.  I am hopeful I’ll be able to post next week’s blocks early so you don’t have to think about it during Christmas. Until then, happy sewing. – Katie