Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday Motivation { handmade ornaments}

Welcome back to Monday Motivation!

The Christmas tree is up in our family room.  It is not decorated yet but it will be as soon as I get the lights tested and up.  My favorite part of decorating the tree is all of the memories attached to the ornaments from years past.  There are quite a number of them since we have had trees for almost 29 years together!

There are so many fun handmade Christmas ornaments that can be made to put on your tree or to give as gifts!  Some of the great ideas can also be used to organize a swap or make them as a group! Add to your family tree  memories by making some of these wonderful ornaments!








Wild Olive always has the best ideas and this one is no exception!  I am so in love with this sweet llama!  You can make one or a whole herd by visiting HERE for the pattern!



Log Cabin blocks are my favorite! Sherri from A Quilting Life used them for her tutorial on how to make them into a sweet ornament!



These gingerbread gentlemen and ladies are really adorable!  Add a cinnamon stick or some cloves inside to make them smell lovely too!  You can find the tutorial for these cuties by visiting  How To Do It! 



Oh Christmas Tree! This pattern is available free in both English and Spanish on Ravelry!  




This Origami Star is perfect for scrap busting!  Tea Rose Home made this wonderful tutorial for U Create and can be found HERE




For knitters, these precious mice would make anyone happy!  You an find this free pattern by Rachel Borello Carroll here.

Elegant black felt and white stitching was inspired by a gift bag!  For this two part tutorial by Jo, please visit HERE.





Cutesy Crafts has this darling mouse in a stocking pattern and tutorial available for free here.



Grab some embroidery floss and stitch up beautiful dated Snowflake Ornament with this free pattern featured on Craft Foxes! 





Amy from Nana and Company created these pretty felt mittens!  Easy to make for garland or ornaments! Find out how to make these by visiting here




I hope you find inspiration in these patterns and make some creative time for yourself! 


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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Stash Spring Bunny Fun!

This week for Sunday Stash I am already looking forward to Spring!

It is no secret that I have a great dislike for Winter and cold weather.  If it were possible for humans to hibernate, I would be the very first to attempt it!  Snow is a four letter s word and is best left to be shared on Christmas cards sent from a warm location like Arizona or better yet...HAWAII!

The fabric collection this week the very bright and colorful Spring Bunny Fun by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics!







I love that the colors chosen are not the typical washed out pastels of Springtime past!  These updated brights ( including a fabulous orange) are perfect for everyone that adores colors that have impact!

Along with the atypical fabric colors, other than the white, the Aurifil thread choices are cheery companions to the mix! The thread colors are 2024, 2405, 2835, 4657, 3770 and 2425. 


This collection also has a Spring Bunny Fun Panel for making a stuffed bunnies for the littles in your life!

Photo from Moda Fabrics

For more information about this delightful collection visit Moda Fabrics here.


This collection will be available Feb 2017 in your favorite local and online quilt shops! 

I am linking up to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles


Saturday, December 3, 2016

What Did You Sew This Week?

By the time Saturday rolls around every week, I am curious about how I got here and cannot seem to remember everything I had accomplished over the past week.

I am sure something was accomplished since the Go-Go Studio is still a fantastic array of fabric scraps and thread bits.

I decide to look back on my projects for the week to see what I had filled my time for the past seven days. More and more, I have been posting on different places, usually Instagram, and do not reach for my camera as much as I used to before Instagram.  Taking the blogging first step out of my norm has created a slight void in my sense of time and project completion.

Here are some of the things that were made this past week!

This skirt is my favorite pattern Princess Seam Pencil Skirt by Burda that can be whipped up in just a couple of hours and looks fantastic! The fabric was picked p last Winter on clearance and is a VERY forgiving black ( is there any other color for clothing) stretch fabric.  I love whoever created lycra, it s the greatest invention ever!



I only made the skirt because I found the fabric when I was cleaning. I stopped cleaning to make the skirt...LOL!  Have you read the book " If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?" I need to write a version for sewing enthusiasts!

After making the skirt, I went back to cleaning and I came across a box of vintage fabrics and blocks that included these lovely hand stitched hexagon blocks! I am always amazing at hand stitched blocks.  I am not the best at hand piecing.  I can add that to my New Year's Resolutions list!




There were loads of fabrics included in the box that needed a good washing. When I was taking them out of the dryer, I noticed this adorable ladybug print. I have a soft spot in my heart for ladybugs. I needed to make something!


Not sure what to make, I grabbed some other reds from the pile to make a red block of some sort. When in doubt...make a log cabin block! This one will end up as a pincushion at some point.




This week I also made a red version of my Geese Feet block for the Aurifil Designer of the Month!  This one is being made into a cushion cover for my sofa! Easiest block aver and the free pattern is available HERE!



And I did a quick clean of my sewing machine to keep it happy!  After the 100+ blocks I have made and other projects thrown in, it was time!



Do you ever have difficulty keeping track of what you have accomplished in your creative life?


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pat Sloan's MEGA FUN Book Tour!

Piecing quilt tops is my hands down favorite!  I LOVE to make blocks.  I have hundreds of blocks and some quilt tops to prove how much I love to piece...LOL!

When it comes to the actual quilting, the dragging of the feet starts.  How to quilt, how not to quilt, how the HECK am I going to fit all of that through my machine starting playing in my already overactive brain and makes it next to impossible to go any further.

Pat Sloan to the RESCUE!

If you have not heard, Pat Sloan is having a MEGA FUN Book Tour to celebrate the release of her book Teach Me to Machine Quilt!



Make sure to also check out her other fab "Teach Me" books  Teach Me To Applique and Teach Me to Sew Triangles.

I am always on board when Pat has any event because she is SO MUCH FUN and she makes learning easy!  If you ever hear of her speaking at a guild near you...GO!  Pat is a great speaker and makes everyone feel at ease when quilting!

Pat is aka "The Queen" in my house as she IS the quilting world!

With 30 books, a podcast for American Patchwork and Quilting, more patterns than I have fingers and toes, fabric lines with Moda Fabrics , multiple Aurifil thread collections and her own shipping department ( her husband Gregg is the BEST) anyone would be hard pressed to find a better teacher than Pat!


Here we are at a shopping trip to IKEA!





Teach Me to Machine Quilt is filled with great projects to get your creative juices flowing and jump start you on your way to making a quilt from start to finish!


Included in the book are nine quilting projects for every sewing level. Pat is honestly the most passionate person I know when it comes to quilting! She wants to teach the world to quilt ( I am singing the Coke commercial in my head) and she is definitely the right person to do it! You will love the ease in which each quilt is explained in this book!  

Pat and I share a LOVE of the color red!  This Mini Charm Star Quilt is a wonderful way to work on a smaller scale while learning how to quilt with your machine.


Photo courtesy of Martingale


When you are ready for a larger project, Pat's Cherry Pie Quilt is an absolute beauty! This would be stunning in any color but I am really in love with the red.

Photo courtesy of Martingale




The book is filled with everything you need to know for successful machine quilting!

Not sure of the proper threads to use?  Pat provides details on what her favorites are for machine quilting.

I am going to ruin the surprise on this one...AURIFIL threads are her favorite! If you have never tried the different thread weights, Pat gives a overview of what threads to use for either low, medium or high impact quilting.


Photo courtesy of Martingale



When I was a beginning quilter, I was a straight line only quilter.  If you are hesitant to try free motion quilting, Pat shares her tips on how to make this technique stress free and more fun!



Pat is also hosting a fantastic giveaway for you to WIN a copy of her book ( there will be FIVE winners) !!!!  To read all of the details and enter for your chance to win visit HERE!

Photo courtesy of Martingale 





And because it is not a party without TONS of friends ( Pat is friends with everyone she meets), make sure to visit all of the PARTY Hosts and hostesses:
Nov 18 
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Nov 20
Nov 21
Nov 22
Nov 23
Nov 25
Nov 26 - My Birthday!!!
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Nov 30

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Have you been participating in the Aurifil Designer Block of the Month?

Every year Pat Sloan organizes a fabulous and FREE Block of the Month from quilting industry designers!  There is a theme every year and this year it is Blue and White!  I am the Designer of the Month for November and my block is Geese Feet, an updated variation of the traditional Goose Tracks block! You can get the pattern for the block here.

The only quilt combination that is more exciting than blue and white to me is RED and WHITE! Yesterday I was thinking about Christmas decorating ( only thinking because actually doing it is way too much work).  I saw red fabrics on my cutting table from another project and had to make a Red and White version for cushions for my sofa.



The BEST part about this block is you can use charms for all of the prints!  I grabbed some reds, the pattern ( did I mention the FREE part) and the white background and had a block made in no time flat!



There have also been Geese Feet blocks popping up on Instagram!!!! 

This pretty red and white is by Elise & Emelie.



And this classic blue is by Kim ( Quilty Stitches).




I hope to see many more Geese Feet!  Remember that after you make the block to visit Pat Sloan's Blog and Link up your photo for Geese Feet to be automatically enter for the chance to WIN a LARGE Spool Aurifil thread collection! LINKY PARRTY HERE! 
















Saturday, November 26, 2016

City Sampler Fussy Cut Blocks Almost 100!

I am almost to the end of the 100 Days 100 Blocks!  Although I am behind a few days,  with only two blocks left to make I am pretty excited!

All of the blocks shown have been made using the City Sampler 100 Modern Blocks by Tula Pink.   I had been making two sets, one completely fussy cut and scrappy and the second with thrifted, gifted and found fabrics.

The second set I am further behind making.  Other projects took up some of the sewing time for the garment blocks but I will be making them here and there to catch up!

Here are some of the most recent fussy cut blocks.


This sailboat is in a lovely sea of perfect dots!



Pinocchio is from Heather Ross's Disney collection.  I love this fussy cut paired with all of the blues!



I had made a Brown Joel Dewberry Aviary block but could not resist another in pink!


I made this one while thinking about my friend Kim from Persimion Dreams whose family also runs and apple orchard!


This Alexander Henry fabric was perfect with the colorful birds and a rainbow heart!

Munki Munki cowboys are too much fun!



Paper airplanes and childhood go hand in hand.  I adore the tiny plane that made its way from the first block perfectly into the second.


The colorful Panda block is a favorite in this house!


I love to take photos so this purple Echino camera was a must have for this quilt!


I have also included fussy cut knit fabrics in this quilt.  By using a lightweight fusible stabilizer, it makes knits as day to use as quilters cotton.


Fussy cut block 99/100... yes, I am THAT close...is a lovely Japanese bird print.


I am going to be SO HAPPY to finish up my blocks and start moving forward with other projects! All of my blocks have been sew with perfect 1/4 in seams using Aurifil 50wt thread!

It has been so much fun to make a 100% fussy cut 100% scrappy 100 blocks!

Linking up to 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Pincushionmania!

Pincushions are so easy to make and are perfect for scrappy sewing.  These pincushions I have been creating here and from last week have been from tiny strips, bits and pieces from used garments that have been thrifted, gifted or found.  

After using the main parts for sewing quilt blocks, what is left can be used to make pincushions.  There is little to no waste! 


Courthouse Steps are one of my favorites and this one is so adorable.   Like most of my projects, red makes its way into the designs.  It is only 1/4 in of red but it has a fab impact! 




I made a tiny start and realized I had run out of crushed walnut shells to fill it.  I really just half fill with shells, for weight and half with polyfill for fluff.

This is my sad flat star.



The two kids were thrilled to go to Pet Smart because they have chinchillas, fish and cats!  These keep them occupied while I seek out the goods for my pincushions.

The clerk was able to guide me to the right section after I was found wandering kind of aimlessly somewhere between the fish and bird section.

I apparently needed to be in the reptile section specifically in the Bearded Dragon area.  The clerk was surpassed to find out I use bedding ( meant for poop) in my pincushions.

Back to making I went once I had the much need weight ( I am now the proud owner of 5 lbs of the stuff)  in my hot little hands!





I did take a couple of days off of my everyday sewing schedule to take kids to the dentist and for a day a giving thanks.  

I loved bringing out some of my good dishes to enjoy a small dinner with my family.  The colors in vintage dishes make my heart sing!  



Today is back in the sewing room to tidy up ( I somehow lost six blocks) and hopefully get back into sewing!  


I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends! 


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