Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Low Volume Club

Low Volume prints are the best and have quickly become a favorite in my own sewing and quilting for backgrounds.  Essentially, low volume prints are white or cream and have black, grey or sometimes colorful print that isn't very dense or bold.  Here are some examples of some previous low volume bundles we've had in the shop (no longer available).

As a result of my own collecting, I will be curating a monthly bundle of six low volume prints for our new Low Volume FQ Club that starts in January.  The club is $18/month shipped in the US and you can join (or cancel) anytime.

Learn more about the club here and reserve your spot!

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mini Sew Together Bags

When I look back at 2014, I think I'll call it the year of the Sew Together Bag.

This year, I've made several of these great bags ... actually more like 13 (with several more in various stages of completeness!).  It's a little embarrassing when you no longer need the pattern - even for cutting!  haha

Recently, I saw a post on Instagram about a mini version.  Well, we all know that smaller = cuter.  Right?!  So, I made my way over to Occasional Piece's website to learn more.  Basically, once you have the original pattern (available here) by Sew Demented, you can download the worksheet by Elizabeth at Occasional Piece to calculate the measurements for the smaller bag.

What's different?  Well, not a whole lot ... the bag goes together the same, but there are two zippered pockets instead of three and its about 2/3-ish scale in terms of bag width.

I like to make my Sew Together Bags in batches and assembly line them.  Of course, I decided to make four minis the week of Christmas.  You know, just because.

I cut everything and then sewed everything.  Since I use several feet on my machine while making the bag, this just works easier for me.

I quilted each one a little differently.  And due to the time crunch, I kept it simple by not piecing the exterior as I usually do.

I am happy to report that they were well received at Christmas.  My next batch is planned for this week while I am off from work!

Have you made one yet?  If not, don't be scared!  Email me or tag me on IG if you need help.  :)

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Year End Clearance Sale

Just a quick post to share a little about our Year End Clearance Event...

We're making room for lots of pretty things in 2015 and we need some space in the shop!

Save 20% on already reduced yardage, bundles, precuts, etc now through 12/31/14.  We'll be adding to the sale section with last chance pieces and more now through the end of the year.  These additional savings won't be back for several months, so head on over and check it out!

Gene Pool Quilt : Progress

Hey friends!

I hope you all had a great holiday with family and friends.  :)  After crazy last minute sewing and running around, I spent the majority of yesterday working on a new quilt top ... just for fun.  (The best kind.)

Of course, I didn't really need to start a new project, but I couldn't stop myself!

We got the new Gene Pool quilt pattern by Jen Kingwell in last week and I had some Moda scrap bags from Honeysweet & Mirabelle by Fig Tree Quilts and I knew they'd play so nice together.

I've added in a little bit of Somerset as well to help me get the size a little better. So far, I'm having a lot of fun playing around with placement and piecing this together.

I hope to finish it next week ... and I should really get a move on since this isn't coming off my design wall without being sewn together!

I'll keep you posted ... one of my goals in 2015 is to do better about sharing my work here and not just on Instagram!

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry Mug Rug Blog Hop - Pleated Tree

Hey there!  When Jennifer of Ellison Lane asked me if I'd like to participate in her Merry Mug Rug Blog Hop I was happy to oblige!

I thought it would be fun to make a smaller version of my pleated tree block.

The original block is 8" x 10", but you can make this block pretty much any size and even a little wonky if you like!  I'm including some pictures from my original tutorial below - feel free to check out the complete tutorial here

For the smaller version, I pleated a 4" x 10" strip off a layer cake square.  Your pleated piece should look something like this ...

In my original tutorial, I used a solid white background.  If you are using a print, you'll need to cut two 6" squares.  Cutting each one on opposite diagonal angles to get triangles for the sides.

Sew the sides on one at a time and then add a trunk section along the bottom.

Trim to the size you want and add a border if you like.  I chose to add a scrappy-ish border of red prints from Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille.

I used a red layer cake square for the backing and self-binding of my little mug rug.  It's quick and simple!  Check out this tutorial here that shows how I do this binding technique.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  If you make a pleated tree project, I'd love to see it!  Link it up or tag me @sewlux on Instagram.

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Daysail Precuts

Hey there and Happy Monday!

We're really excited to report that our first round of Daysail precuts have arrived in the shop!

I was very lucky to get a layer cake early, which I used in my Sewvivor bag project and the collection is so great!

Snag a charm pack, layer cake, or jelly roll while they last!  We'll get our second round in late January/early February.

We also got precuts of Color Theory and Fresh Cut as well!

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Sale - 20% Off Storewide!

Just popping in to share our holiday sale with you all - tis the season for making!  We're making the making a little easier with 20% off storewide now through 12/4/14.  

Use coupon code "HOLIDAY20" at checkout (after the payment screen).  All in stock items are included (presales & reservations are not included in this sale).