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Friday, January 21, 2011

Tell us!!

We are deep into MODKID 2011 production planning and we'd love to hear from you! Please tell us what types of sewing patterns you want to see from us in the coming months. We get requests via email all the time, but we thought this would be a more effective way to get all requests in one place. If your wish is not shown in these options, feel free to leave us a comment. Also, if you have any specific requests, like a certain kid pattern that you'd like to see made for you, by all means tell us in the comments too!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I'm still here!
and I come bearing gifts....

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Nope, I didn't fall off the face of the Earth. I've just been totally buried in work, which is a lot better than being totally buried in snow! I was just telling my friend this morning that during the Winter months I basically become a hermit. I hate to drive in the snow and I hate what the frigid temps do to my skin and my mood, so I opt to stay in the warmth and safety of my home... for months! Cabin fever? Sure. Winter blues? Of course! But the upside is that I GET TONS OF WORK DONE! :)

Case in point, in the past few weeks, I've:
  • Turned in a new fabric collection to Michael Miller that I am completely, totally in love with and am counting the days (or months) till I can share with you all!
  • Completed about 75% of the book and can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! It's dim but I can see it!
  • Conducted a phone interview for a national publication... more details to come!
  • Accepted and designed a cool project for another national publication... (you guessed it) details to come!
  • Turned in my paperwork for Spring International Quilt Market and Schoolhouse
  • Turned in my paperwork (and payment *gulp!*) for the SURTEX licensing show in New York. Big Apple... here I come!!!
  • Planned out MODKID 2011 sewing pattern production.
  • Got very little sleep due to all of the above.
Oh, and since I didn't think my plate was full enough, I prepared a sweet tutorial for this easy patchwork pillow that I call French Window (although Jon thought it looked more like Tic Tac Toe... to each his own!)

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It uses my newest fabric collection, Sanctuary, now in stores worldwide, and like I stated above, it goes together like a breeze. Not to mention that it's fun to look at during those dreary, cold Winter months... a nice little reminder of warmer, more colorful days to come! :)

Here's what you'll need:
  • (1) One 24" pillowform. We used one the nice folks from Fairfield sent over to the studio.
  • (9) Nine 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares of assorted Sanctuary fabrics. We used: Building Blocks in Seafoam and Sherbert, Orchid Feng Shui in Ocean and Berry, Dahlia Lama in Seafoam and Espresso, Zen Garden in Pear and Sherbert and Glass Tiles in Aqua.
  • (6) Six 1 1/4" wide x 6 1/2" high strips of solid white fabric
  • (2) Two 20" wide x 1 1/4" high strips of solid white fabric
  • (2) Two 20" high x 2 1/2" wide strips of solid white fabric
  • (2) Two 24" wide x 2 1/2" high strips of solid white fabric
  • For the pillow backing: (2) two 15" wide x 24" high pieces of fabric. We used Aromatherapy Sherbert.
Here's how you put the patchwork-y front together:
NOTE: ALL SEAM ALLOWANCES ARE 1/4"

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And voila! You have a beautiful patchwork pillow front that looks like a french window (or a tic tac toe board!).

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We did the back of the pillow envelope style, which is so easy and fun because you don't have to install any zippers or buttons and you don't have to hand stitch anything shut. The pillow just slips in and out of the envelope back for easy washing. LOVE IT!

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Here's how we make our envelope backs:

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On our sample pillow we sandwiched some lovely espresso brown piping in between the front and back of the pillow before sewing it together. It gives it a very professional finish, I think.

And that's it!

FINAL NOTE: I make all my pillow covers so the finished size is slightly smaller than the size of the pillow insert. I think it makes for a nicer fit, not too loose or saggy. ;)

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Hope you enjoyed this little tute. Feel free to share it with your friends! And... stay warm out there!!

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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

I would like to wish a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011 to everyone out there and a special congratulations to Kimberly of The SEWphisticated Mama, whose comment #90 was randomly chosen as the winner of the QUILT Magazine contest! CONGRATS, Kimberly! Please contact me at your earliest convenience with your mailing address and I'll send a little care package your way.

Thank you all for the well wishes this past week! Just like everything else, the flu came & went and now we are sitting here enjoying the last few days of Winter vacation. I hope you all had a great New Year's Eve celebration. I was lucky enough to be able to spend it with my 3 most favorite people in the whole wide world, and here are a few shots from our evening...

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I had such a fun time last night with these three goofballs that I decided that my New Year's resolution is to spend more quality time with the ones I love. I do love my work and would never feel like myself without it... and let's face it: it pays the bills, so in a round-about way, I am showing my love for my family by working my butt off. But sometimes I get so immersed in it that I forget to pause and enjoy the beauty that's right in front of my eyes. This coming year I would like to find that perfect balance. After all, they're only little once, right?

Here's to a great 2011! CHEERS!!!