I was so pleased to be chosen by Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts to write up a post on her gorgeous collection called Panache. This is Rebecca's debut collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and I must say, she hit me right in my rainbow-loving heart. This collection has everything you need- blacks, whites and grays with an amazing mixture of soft and bold colors which work great together or used with other fabric lines. There isn't one color or design in this collection that I don't love. The mustard and peach prints are especially nice as I don't have many of those in my current fabric library.
The designs are simple enough to act as blenders yet striking enough to be used on their own on any project. There are six designs availible in this collection with a total of thirty prints featuring a fun mixture of stripes, triangles and other geometric styles.
You can see the full collection here!
For my time with the Panache collection I chose to make a set of beautiful Crimson and Clover Train Cases with patchwork rainbow tops and monochromatic bodies and a quilt block for my Gypsy Wife Quilt. The end result was even better than I could have hoped for.
As a lover of all things rainbow I can say that the patchwork panels I made with Rebecca's colors are some of the best I have ever created.
Panache is now availible in stores so I suggest you stock up and make yourself and your friends amazing projects with this beautiful collection.
Find great quilt patterns for Panache here!
Read more about Rebecca here!
I was pleased to be included in a group with incredibly talented sewers asked by Janome America to review their newest sewing machine, the Janome Memory Craft 6700 Professional, in exchange for an honest review. This machine has a 10" metal seamless flatbed featuring a top loading bobbin and can sew up to 1200 SPM.
Let me tell you, after two years working with a straight stitch Juki TL-2010 Q, it was a welcome change. Garment sewing is something that has terrified me for years, but this machine gave me the confidence I needed to take that leap. I created my first ever article of clothing for myself, galaxy exercise pants, along with quite a few other small quilting projects.
This beautiful new machine has so many wonderful features and I had no idea where to start, so I laid everything out on my sewing table then cracked open the huge instructional book. I was amazed at the amount of stitches this machine could do. I've never worked with anything like it. From the one-button bobbin winder and superior needle threader all the way down to the big supply case that came as an extra with the machine. Every single thing included with the machine just made me say "WOW" over and over again.
Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Instagram knows that I'm very hard on my machines. I broke the needle plate on my old Janome twice and I break the thread guide on my Juki constantly. The bulk you work with while making bags or quilts can be quite overwhelming for any machine so I'm a huge fan of any company who supplies extra parts for a variety of projects. The 6700P comes with not one but THREE needle plates along with extra bobbins and needles. The three needle plates included with the machine are a straight stitch needle plate, a zigzag needle plate and the exclusive HP needle plate designed to work with the narrow gauge HP foot. The plates can be changed easily with the push of a single button.
The bobbin winder on this machine is so handy. Not only is it whisper quiet, it's super easy to work requiring only the push of one button after sticking the end of your thread through the bobbin hole.
Lets talk about lighting. Holy cow, it's so bright! There will never be any need to add on an LED light strip onto this machine. These lights could be seen from a mile down the road.
The thread tension was set perfectly right out of the box and the 1200 stitches per minute made sewing lightning fast. I used a variety of stitch lengths ranging from a 1.5 for my paper piecing, a 3-3.5 for my zigzag stitching, and a 4.5 for the quilting. Each stitch length looked great with perfect tension on top and bottom. The large 3.6 inch LCD screen makes selecting your desired stitch and length incredibly easy and it will even tell you the suggested foot to use with said stitch. This machine was a dream to work with.
For my time with the 6700P I chose to make, in addition to the aforementioned stretchy workout pants, some paper pieced blocks for my Long Time Gone Quilt, a Quilt-As-You-Go panel for a bag using Pellon Flex Foam, three Crimson and Clover Train Case patchwork top panels and the front panel for one of my Rainbow Patchwork Tote Bags.
Here is a full list of the accessories included with the 6700P:
I was floored when asked to participate in the What Shade Are You? Blog Hop as I'm still fairly new to quilting. I've only finished a handful and I had never followed a quilt pattern before, so I figured I better knock it out of the park and go BIG to celebrate such an honor! An 800 piece quilt? Sure, why not! As a true lover of color order and everything rainbow the Alternate Ending Quilt by Sarah of CoopCrafts was my first choice when it came to using such brilliant shades of solids.
The colors I chose for my quilt top are:
2. Lemon Chiffon
5. Tangerine Dream
7. Chili Pepper
9. Hot Pink
10. Tickled Pink
14. Purple Haze
18. Electric Blue
19. Tuks & Caicos
23. Sour Apple
24. Grass is Always Greener
25. Emerald City
Cotton+Steel Tiny Tiles in Aqua
Cotton+Steel Gust in Midnight
The shades of Cotton Supreme Solids work so well together in this geometric dream of a quilt
For the quilting I went with wavy lines in Guttermann Mara 100 color #1 which is a creamy off-white. I wanted something neutral which wouldn't pull focus away from the colors and hard lines of the quilt.
I want to thank RJR for the opportunity to be a part of their What Shade Are You? Blog Hop. It was an exceptionally fun learning experience.
It started a few months back with the beautiful cathedral windows pillow at the bottom of this beautiful pile. I planned on making one more along with a throw for my couch. I, of course, haven't gotten around to that yet. I always WANT to make things for myself, I really do, but those projects never seem quite as important as work projects. I'm sure other maker's can relate lol
Last week I received a charm square from Lorelei of Amora Lovely with her wonderfully fun Rainbow Hexi Heart design. I immediately knew I wanted to make a quilt-as-you-go pillow with it. I haven't made many QAYG projects, but for some reason that little heart seemed the perfect centerpiece for a rainbow array of of my favorite designers.
Lorelei also sent along this gorgeous Rainbow Vintage Sewing Machine Art Print along with a set of her "Quilter of Awesome" and Rainbow Hexi Heart stickers which now have a happy home on my Juki. You can buy everything here on her website!
For the front of the pillow I used mostly Alison Glass Sun Prints along with pieces from her Clover Sunshine and Indigo Handmade collections. I also used Lecien Little X's, Katarina Roccella's Avant Garde, Karen Lewis Blueberry Park and other panels purchased through her website and some of the Loominous collection by Anna Marie Horner.
For the backing of this pillow I used Allotments in Black by Karen Lewis from her Blueberry Park collection.
I couldn't stop with just ONE pillow, so I made two more over the weekend!! The first with Alison Glass Sun Prints and Clover Sunshine surrounding her stunning Art Theory circle. The second is Katarina Roccella's Avant Garde collection. Both are backed with prints from Anna Marie Horner's Loominous collection.
I foresee many more pillows in my future... and I can't wait!
I was blown away when Katarina Roccella asked if I'd like to participate in the Blog Tour for her new collection Avant Garde for Art Gallery Fabrics. I had to take a few minutes to calm myself before responding with a resounding, "YES!" This collection is amazing. The colors are simply stunning and the designs are so bold on their own yet flow so well together. I'm a huge fan of both "busy" and "simple" prints, so this collection is everything I want and need in my life.
I chose to use a black leather for the handles because the fabrics bring more than enough color to the bags. Katarina was nice enough to understand the difficulty I was having picking from one colorway (who could even do that) so she sent a little of both and I made a bag from each! I chose the Rockstar Bag pattern designed by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. It's my favorite bag pattern and this collection worked perfectly in every way.
Working with this collection was such a fun process. Each fabric has its own personality and the vibrant colors just made me perpetually happy.
As you can see in the photo below, even the solids have amazing texture to them.
Steps Above makes excellent binding! Those distressed stripes and arrows are delicious!
You can see even more beautiful projects made from this collection in the Look Book here. Please enjoy a few more photos of my Avant Garde Rockstar Bags in the gallery below!
Make sure to follow Katarina Roccella on Instagram so you can enter her fantastic giveaway once the blog tour concludes!
January 15th: Megan Jimenez from Quilt Story
January 16th: Svetlana Sotak of Sotak handmade (me)
January 17th: Sharon Mcconnell of Colorgirlquilts
January 18th: Rachael Gander of Imagine gnats
January 19th: Ali Brorsen of Because of Brenna
January 20th: Laura Scaramella of Simple Life Company
January 21st: Alexis of My sweet sunshine
January 22nd: Marija Vujčić
January 23rd: Hema Malini of Malini’s quilts
January 24th: Kristy Sachs - Rockbabyscissors
January 25th: Paul Hallinger aka Evildemondevildog
January 26th: Erica Jackman
January 27th: Kathleen Quilts
January 28th: The Tattooed Quilter
January 29th: Nicole - Lillyella
January 30th: Sari - Sariditty handmade
January 31st: Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s quilts
I participated in the Companion Carpet Bag Sew-along hosted by Reece Montgomery of Happy Okapi over on Mrs. H's blog recently. The Carpet Bag was the January pattern released in the 2015 Bag of the Month Club. It is such a fun sew.
I'm happy to say that my bag won FIRST PLACE in the contest! You can see all of the winners here.
Jodi Godfrey of Tales of Cloth posted a progress photo today on Instagram of her cathedral windows quilt. It slapped me right in the face. I HAVE to try this. Have. To. I shared her photo and tutorial with some friends and we decided to do a mini sew-a-long next month. Check it out and feel free to join us on Instagram with hashtag #rbscathedralsal starting November 1st!
I felt so honored when Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness asked if I wanted to participate in this years Purse Palooza. Um, hells yes!! I knew exactly which pattern I would be reviewing- The Rockstar Bag! It's my absolute favorite bag pattern. You can see my review and more photos on here-
Head over to Sara's blog all month long to see all of the reviews and giveaways!
The following is the schedule of the bag pattern reviews.
Oct 5 – Fabric Mutt – Triangle Patchwork Box Pouch from Patchwork Please!
W.D. Handbags – Blue Calla Creations Hydrangea Bag
Oct 6 – Rock Baby Scissors – Sew Sweetness Rockstar Bag
Raspberry Sunshine – Swoon Donna
Oct 7 – Teresa L. – Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. Nappy Bag
Jaime S. – Swoon Pearl
Oct 8 – I’ve Got a Notion – Nicole Mallalieu ‘The Better Bag Maker’
Norma’s Bag Boutique – Chris W. Designs Bella Bag
Oct 9 – Crafty Planner – Noodlehead Super Tote
Melisa Jane Handmade – Two Pretty Poppets Goin’ Uptown Tote
Oct 12 – Lindsay Sews – On the Go Bags
The Nosy Pepper – Swoon Bonnie Bag
Oct 13 – Tinker Frog – Amanda Nyberg Scrap Happy Pouch
Prairie Grass Studios – Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. Carpet Bag
Oct 14 – Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. – Sew Sweetness Creative Maker Supply Case
Chloe – Straight Stitch Society Feed the Animals Purses
Oct 15 – SB Stitching – 3-1 Convertible Backpack from A Bag for All Reasons
Hip to Be a Square – Lazy Girl Designs Suzi Purse Insert
Oct 16 – A Quilter’s Table – Emmaline Bag
Quilts My Way – Sew Sweetness Tudor Bag
Oct 19 – Flying Blind… – S.O.T.A.K. Lola Pouch
Olivia Jane Handcrafted – Anna Maria Horner Art Student Bag
Oct 20 – Love You Sew – Noodlehead Cargo Duffle
Terry – Serendipity Studio Tulip Tote
Oct 21 – Moments… –TBA
Charm About You – Sharon Holland Market Bag
Oct 22 – The Sewing Loft – TBD
The Hungry Hippie – Sew Sweetness Aragon Bag
Oct 23 – Swoodson Says – Sew Liberated Bohemian Carpet Bag
This Crafty Fox – Noodlehead Caravan Tote
Oct 26 – Mommy’s Naptime – TBD
Cloth Albatross – Noodlehead Rainbow Clutch
Oct 27 – Happy Okapi – Blue Calla Tansy Tote
Darcie Mair – Sew Sweetness Soda Pop Bag
Oct 28 – Rebel and Malice – Swoon Nora Doctor Bag
Very Kerry Berry – Noodlehead Double-Zip Wallet
Oct 29 – My Crafty Crap – Swoon Sheena
Sovanisa – Swoon Charlotte
Oct 30 – S.O.T.A.K. Handmade – Handbag Heaven Classix Nouveau Pyramid Bag
sewVery – Green Bee Scoop Tote
Ree – Handmade with Seria Purse
More Rockstar Bags:
Quilts are hard. I knew they were before delving into this project, but I just couldn't stop myself. I love her. I shall call her Stella.
The majority of the fabrics used are Alison Glass in a variety of collections, Kona solids and Cotton + Steel basics. There's some extras thrown in there- Riley Blake Geekly Chic Glasses in all colors, Timeless Treasures Sewing Machines (duh!), Andover Chambray in a variety of colors, Michael Miller Waterfront Part Domino and a little Art Gallery sprinkled throughout. The backing is black and white crosshatch and the binding is charcoal gray. The finished size is just under Queen.
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