Like most two year old boys my son loves cars, trains, and robots. Although, if Tyler were saying it, it would come out more like “CAWS, TWAINS, AND WOBOTS!!” (I assume he won’t always sound like Elmer Fudd at full volume so for the time being it is awfully cute). When the Mastermind Collection came along I knew he would love it, especially the robot print.
Hi! I'm Kiera from It's Sew Kiki. I'm part of Connecting Threads Independent Designer Program and I want to share with you all that you can do with one Fat Quarter Sampler of Urban Odyssey.
I love this fabric and had so much fun using it in these projects.
First up is this Wall Hanging Quilt that I designed. I'm calling it Banners and Blooms. It just says "springtime" to me.
I was also able to make this Insulated Wine Bag. Chill your wine and this bag will keep it cool. Perfect for a picnic with your honey. There's even a tutorial up on my blog so you can make your own.
And finally, I made this cute little Drawstring Tote. Perfect for some money, a lipstick and your cell phone when you don't want to carry a big purse.
All this from one Fat Quarter Sampler of Urban Odyssey! Hope you're inspired to make some projects of your own.
One of the most delightful women we get to work with in our independent designer program is Stephanie. Stephanie runs a site called Designs by Loft Creations and designs some of the most beautiful patterns we've seen. And her photography? Second to none!
Because we adore her so much, we decided to conduct an interview so
that all of you may see how wonderful she truly is. We've scattered
images of some of Stephanie's designs throughout the interview so that you can see just how talented she is. We hope you enjoy!
Q: Tell us a little about you, your family and home life and how these are exhibited in your designs or process?
Mom is a perfectionist crafter. She insisted I learn to sew from
educated teachers. Big mistake. She was more talented than the teachers.
After two less than stellar attempts at Home Economics she feared the
creative gene skipped generations. I'm a late bloomer as I learned to
sew in my 30s while living on a military base in Japan. I wanted to be
able to sew simple Halloween Costumes, jammies, etc…for my very young
children. My ultimate goal though was to learn to quilt. My husband,
Dave, is super supportive and when we plan a vacation he asks if there
are any quilt shops I'd like to visit. He's a keeper. My daughter,
Allison, is my pattern formatter, pattern cover designer, patient
computer teacher, and color go?to girl. Son James’ only request when I’m
making him a quilt is that it's big enough to completely cover him, is
warm enough (I use flannel for quilt backs) and he approves of the
Here is Lesson 3 of the Perfect Points Sampler Pattern.
Lesson 3 gets more challenging. The Bear's Paw and Friendship Star blocks are made with half-square triangles (HSTs). The one-inch finished size of the HSTs requires precise piecing and most likely a scant 1/4" seam allowance. The blocks are surrounded by frames to allow them to fit in the 8" finished framework of the sampler. This lets you practice maintaining sharp points set against another block or border.
As you may have already seen, thanks to our March Madness sale, our beautiful Hope Chest collection is 50% off from now until Wednesday, March 28th. I absolutely love this bright and cheery collection. There are few better lines I can think of for a light and airy summer quilt. The colors are soft, not too overpowering, and are just the right thing to brighten up a room. And if you live anywhere near the Pacific Northwest, you're probably craving anything that can help brighten up your home. Ha!
While we ran out of kits for this collection pretty quickly, there
are a few patterns that I know it would be amazing for. First and
foremost, the On a Whim pattern by Thimble Blossoms would be amazing!