Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WIP Wednesday Tula Pink 100 Modern Quilt Blocks

Last week I posted my entry for The Blogger's Quilt Festival on Wednesday instead of sharing my quilt blocks.  You can see the quilt I entered for the Scrappy Category here.

This week I am posting my blocks for 100 Days 100 Blocks.  The fun sew along happening on Instagram, hosted by Angie from Gnome Angel. We are using Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.

These are a small sampling of what I have made in the past two weeks.  I have more but decided against sharing them all today because I have so many! I will probably have a second post tomorrow with more :o)


First up this week are the fussy cut blocks.  I am attempting to make 100 fussy cut blocks. Not sure if I can manage 100 unique scrappy blocks from my stash but I am going to try!  These are all scrappy and really super adorable!


I stumbled upon this fun house fabric from Birch Fabrics.  It is out of print but reminded me of living in Southern California!





These  Japanese fabric robots were on two five inch squares .  I was thrilled when it worked out just right for fussy cuts!




Denyse Schmidt and Heather Ross or Munki Munki always work perfectly together!




No fussy cut quilt is complete without Heather Ross gnomes!





I just had to have a block with fun lipstick!



The second set are the up cycled garment blocks.  All of these blocks have been made using thrifted garments, garments from our closets and also now, I have quilty friends sending me garments they were not using! Thank you so much!!!!! 

The ombre in this block was the left over pieces from the bigger ombre block.  I am trying to have no waste with these blocks!  





I am trying not to choose favorites but this one makes me so happy! The log cabin is tiny! The strips were only 3/4in!  I love sewing tiny!




This one has the a gorgeous shirt fabric from Bonnie Hunter!  She went through her up cycled garment pile and sent me some beautiful pieces !  Thank you Bonnie!



This block has two diagonal cut log cabins from the big red quilt!  It looks super cool!





All of my blocks have been pieced with Aurifil 50wt thread using my Bernina 440 QE.  I use Aurifil for perfect piecing.  The thin but strong thread guarantees my 1/4 inch seams are really 1/4 inch          ( unless I mess them up).  It is also almost completely lint free making my machine run better longer!

I am still behind with my blocks and will be for a little longer ( sew what is new...LOL).  If you want to keep up with my daily posts of go-go goodness you can find me on Instagram as gogokim!

What WIP's are you working on this week?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Motivation {christmas ornaments}

Welcome Back to Monday Motivation!  I have friends reminding me that Christmas is only three months away.  This has sent me into a slight tizzy of all that I should be doing to get ready for the Holiday season.  I decided to collect some fun ornament ideas to make with the kids.  I love having projects to do with them.  Even if they complain about it now ( they are kids), I know that the will look back and be happy we did them together!








I know my kids will want to make these for the tree when the snow starts falling!  The tutorial of these Rustic Boho Twig Arrows can be found on Thoughts from Alice.







This adorable ornament can be made with or by kids!  Fireflies and Mudpies has a fun and free tutorial by visiting here.





Hand paint Chinoiserie Ornaments with Rachel Pereira for eHow




Make these paper Christmas Bauble ornaments using a Christmas card from last year with a tutorial by Homemade Gifts Made Easy




Red Brolly has these sweet embroidery patterns and a free tutorial for you to stitch up! 




Grab your hook and make these colorful Crocheted Christmas Baubles with Pip from Meet Me At Mike's 


This gorgeous paper star is really very simple to make by following the detailed instructions on Homemade Gifts Made Easy! 



Mason Jar Crafts Love has a tutorial for Dollar Store Salt Shaker Ornaments




Snow globes are big during Winter!  I love these Snow Globe Ornaments on No Biggie! 




Old sheet music makes these sweet paper ornaments sing!  Get this tutorial by visiting The Graphics  Fairy. 





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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Stash #195 Alison Glass Sun Print

Last week when I was attending Sew Pro, I saw Alison Glass.  Alison is not only one of the sweetest people I have ever met, she has a uniqueness that is absolutely charming.  This quality comes through in all of her fabrics.

There is nothing that can compare to Alison's fabric collections for Andover Fabrics.  When you see her fabrics, there is no doubt that the colors and the designs are from her.  Intense, whimsical and earthy. I love this collection and I am sure you will too!



This week I chose a variety of Aurifil thread weights.  Alison is not only a quilter and wishes that her fabrics be used in many ways.  My favorite is the 28 weight that is easy to use and really makes any quilting or topstitching pop!  Love high impact threads!





Alison also now has new garment patterns!  She and pattern designer Karen LaPage designed these versatile patterns to create the perfect dress for you.  Best of all...POCKETS!  I am sold!

I will be making a woven dress very soon!

Alison sent me her new Look Book which is more like a lovely high end dream catalog.  Not sure what the words are because all of the photos are so breathtaking I could not get to the words.  This will be added to my sewing room books for inspiration purposes!




What fabrics are you sewing with this week? 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sew Pro Convention

This past weekend I had the incredible opportunity to attend the first of its kind sewing professionals convention.

Sew Pro is an event organized by Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness Patterns and Brenda Ratliff, the owner of Pink Castle Fabrics. They saw a need in the sewing industry for a way to bring potential designers, bloggers and authors together with leaders in the sewing industry to help them figure out the best way to make their dreams come true.





I did not take many photos of this event.  I did not bring my camera because I thought that I would be taking photos with my phone.  The event was very intimate and honestly I did not wish to break that magical feeling by interrupting with constant photos.  Sew Pro was THAT GOOD!



There were 125 attendees.  This number was fantastic for many reasons.  The networking aspect was amazing.  There were not so many people that you did not get to say hello and chat.  Meeting with upcoming and some already very established professionals was so much fun.   All of the speakers were completely accessible and willing to stop and chat from sun up to sun down and beyond!


Networking is always an issue at International Quilt Market.  There are so many people and booths that you can sometimes never even see who it was that you were looking for and wanting to connect with while you are attending.  That is not productive for spontaneous business opportunities.

The classes were well attended but not so large that you could not participate.  All of the lectures that I attended ( a couple were standing room only),  had good and relevant content for the topic being discussed.  The lecturers themselves were very knowledgeable.  They did an excellent job of taking time to address all the participants questions both during and after the lectures. If the time ran over, they offered their time outside of the classroom to just say hello or answer more questions.

The topics covered were not only about design, teaching and social media. They also covered legal, accounting and other topics that are crucial to those wishing to start a business in the industry. Being a pattern designer, fabric designer, social media personality or author is more than the fun stuff. The business side is also necessary for you to make your dreams a reality.  The nitty gritty of becoming a business including bookkeeping, taxes and legal issues on how to protect your brand are just as necessary if not more necessary than the designing itself.





I had the pleasure of attending the lecture by Brie Crawford, an intellectual property, trademark and patent attorney.  She had so much information that her 90 minute lecture ( it was the last of the day) ant into overtime and she was happy to stay and continue.  I am still reviewing her incredible handout she gave that is really more of a book!   I believe that everyone in the industry needs the information that she had to offer.  If you attend Sew Pro the next time it comes up...GO sit in this lecture. She makes law FUN!



I sat in on not one but two of Mimi G's lectures.  She is a rock star in my mind for the realness of her story, her passion for life, love and the pursuit of everything creative.  She is a builder of people, an inspiration to everyone and she LOVES to share her knowledge on how you can be your own builder too!  Just being in the room with her is like drinking two cups of coffee!  SO much energy!







In one of her lectures she gave an incredible piece of wisdom.  Never say " I know."  when someone is giving you advice.  Even if you do know, keep it to yourself.  The person giving the advice might stop trying to help you ( because honesty " I know" is very off-putting) and you never know what other advice they might give you that could change your life.







Another rockstar lecture I attended was Tula Pink!   This woman...OMG!  As if her fabrics and patterns were not enough to just adore her, she is quite possibly the funniest and kindest person you could ever meet.  She includes everyone in all of her conversations.  You never feel as though you are an outsider when she is speaking.  That is a quality that is quite rare.  Her keynote was an insight into her creative mind.  A beautiful mind with tons of activity!  She captivated the room with her charm and gave the gift of realizing that it is within all of us to be creative.  It is up to each of us to figure out our own way. It is personal.




In her following lecture, she said something that astounded me.  She had a slide that showed all of the people involved in the fabric production process after you turn your designs into fabric. The designer was at the bottom of the list and the consumer at the top.  In between there were about seven other people involved in the process.  Her words are simple at this point.  Her message " Be kind!"

Be kind to everyone all the time.  I felt like the Scrooge at the moment...my heart grew three sizes.  It is rare that you here such humbleness shared by anyone and I heard it from two different people that I greatly respect in one day.








Jenny Fox-Proverbs from Love Patchwork & Quilting and Today’s Quilter had a wonderful lecture on styling your photographs for print and blogs.  Her information was completely fantastic for the beginner who is not confident in their abilities to low how to get that "right" shot.  She shared her best tips on how to create design boards on Pinterest for inspiration and also where to find props for photos.  It was lovely to  meet Jenny, she is so sweet.





Finally, Pat Sloan :o)  I love this lady!  I really do!  She is fun and funny, she cares deeply about the quilting community.  She lives and breathes quilting and the people that take the time to listen to her podcast, come to her events ( they are everywhere ALL the time), read and learn from her books ( there are I think THRITY FIVE now) and, of course, buy her fabric.  She is a genuine person with so much to share.  Her keynote was so inspirational to anyone that wants to start out in the business of designing.  Her stories are true and from the heart. They included not only the good stuff but also the hardships that can happen in the very glamorous world of design.  Pat is a one of a kind gem in the industry and if you ever have the opportunity to meet her, do!  Pat is special!



There are many other lectures and also presentations during the provided luncheon by Craft Industry Alliance and Free Spirit Fabrics.  Every day was packed with information that crossed all boundaries.  Every class provided knowledge that could help put you in the place you want to be with your business. 


There are many ways to make a career  happen in the sewing industry but having the proper tools in your toolbox from the people who have not only gotten in the door but have done so successfully is priceless.  You can sign up for information on when the next Sew Pro event is happening by signing up for their email newsletter here!




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival {Scrappy Quilt}

I am so very excited to be able to participate in the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side!

Usually when the event is happening, I am going to or returning from Quilt Market making it difficult to participate.  This year it does not coincide with Market happenings so I have the time and a quilt    ( even more exciting) to share!

My entry is for a scrappy quilt that I started four years ago with nothing in mind other than scrappy and color. It took four years and a grand baby for this UFO to find it's purpose.



This was the first block to be made using a pattern from Sylvia's Wedding Sampler.





The entire quilt is almost 100% scrappy.  There is only one fabric that was repeated.  I cannot remember which one it was now.  If I had come across it and remembered, I think I would have replaced it. 

These whimsical scrappy blocks grew weekly.   Many of the centers are fussy cut which made this quilt perfect when I finally decided at the beginning of 2016 to finish it for my grand baby.

It had been made into a quilt top in 2012.  I was never completely committed to the setting and so it remained unquilted.  It was on my ladder in my sewing studio until and one day in January ( I am sure it was one of the snow days when I had nothing I could do) I grabbed it and two hours later it was completely un sewn and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  



The quilting was a simple crosshatch using Aurifil 50 wt.  You can see the precious mouse, heart and mushroom fussy cuts!  So adorable!


For quilting, I pulled out my trusty vintage Viking! Plopped it up on the dining room table and stitched my heart out!  The stitches on this machine always amaze me!



Choosing the binding was a group effort and took literally hours.  The two younger kids and I laid the quilt out on the foyer floor, I would choose some fabrics and we would vote.  The teen aged girl was over the whole process after hour three and decided just plain black.  The youngest was good with a color but we could not find one that complimented everything equally.

I went for a final dig into the stash and came up with this gorgeous Robert Kaufman print!

It was perfect!  The dark contrasting purple with tiny bits of complimenting colors throughout. By this time, we had discovered that the grand baby was a girl so the sweet flowers and birds were just right!



The absolute best thing about this quilt is the baby girl that will have it forever!


Thank you so much Amy for hosting this wonderful event again!


Make sure to go and check out all of the fabulous quilts that are being shared this week on 



Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Motivation Cushion Covers

Welcome back to Monday Motivation!   The changes in season always make me want to create new home decor. The real truth is that I will use any excuse to create something new!

Great new looks for the home can be fun and customized by digging in your existing stash ( I know you have one) to make some lovely new cushion covers in no time at all.

This collection includes something for everyone.  There is sew, no-sew, crochet and knitted!  Hope you find inspiration for a new project!







No sewing required for this colorful pillow!  To make this lovely DIY Felt Scalloped Pillow, visit Classy Cutter.




Vidya from What's Ur Home Story has a free tutorial for this inspired Felt Circle Pillow!




This one is not a lager cushion for a sofa but I could not resist this Hexie Pincushion Pattern by Modern Handcraft





Lucy from Attic 24 created a free pattern and tutorial for this Blooming Flower Cushion



Get a jump on your holiday decor with this pattern for a Poinsettia Pillow by The Crafty Quilter! 



Another no sew pillow cover option using fleece with these Fleece Flower Petal Pillows by Come Together Kids!



Coriander Quilts created a lovely tutorial for a pretty patchwork pillow!  That Red Quilted Pillow–A Free Tutorial




This one free pattern alone makes me want to learn how to knit!  Thank you Purl Soho for the Bobble Sheep Pillow Pattern



They had me at the name "Bobble-licious!"   LOL!  These wonderful pillows were made using the free pdf  crochet pattern from Patons Canadiana yarn.




This beautiful Paper-peiced Spring Kaleidoscope Pillow was designed by Charise Randell of Charise Creates and featured on Sew Mama Sew






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