What happened to fall??? Well, it's December and it's been a very fun and productive time since going to Quilt Market in Houston. Thanksgiving was great
and I hope that you all had a warm and gracious holiday. Speaking of holidays: Hanukkah = Christmas this year, date-wise, of course. Both will have celebrations beginning the evening of December 24th! And...BONUS...Hanukkah will span into New Years as well!
As we prepare for some holiday gift giving, my friend Peta Minerof-Bartos (Peta Quilts - The Not Sew Guilty Sewer) is curating the sewmamasew.com "Handmade Holidays" collection featuring creative gift ideas for Hanukkah giving!! Along with other wonderful crafters, Peta asked me to join in and share a favorite new pattern for this season and every season of celebration! Light Up and Celebrate is my new pattern and has been a hit in the Phoenix area - in the classroom and in home studios around the valley of the sun! Take some time and have fun with this really fast and easy pattern. Make it once and see how smoothly it goes, then make a few more and tweak it to make it your own. (See the two pictures below!) Follow the rules once, then improvise! #lightupandcelebratequilt Happy Hanukkah!!!
Light Up and
An Original Design Pattern By Bonnie Bobman
For One (1) Mini quilt of varying size:
Fabric:Fat Quarter or Scraps equal to at
least a fat quarter
Flame:1/8 yd or Scraps to make one 2” x 2”
flame for each candle
yard Complementary fabric or solid
Binding:¼ yard fabric
of your choice
Please read the
directions before cutting.
All Seams ¼”WOF
= Width of Fabric 44/45 Standard Quilting Fabric
Candle Fabric: Cut
1 strip:2” wide x10” long
Cut8 strips: 2” wide x 6” long
Background Fabric:Cut 3 strips of 2” wide width of fabric(44/45).
cut these 2” background strip into one 3” length and one2” length for each candle :
– 3” x 2” pieces
– 2” x 2” pieces
Cut1 strip of 4” WOF- subcut into 2
strips 4” x 22”
Cut4 stripsof 1” WOF
Cut Flame fabric:Cut
9 pieces of 2” x 2”
Place the “candles” on a table/design
wall in the order you like.Place the 3”
background piece at the bottom of the candle and the 2” back ground piece at
the top.(Picture 1 & 2)
Stitch the three pieces together to
begin creating candle sections.
Place flame fabric at top of candle
piece (Picture 1&2). Stitch to the candle and press.
Arrange the candles in a final
design you like.You may stagger the
candle if you like or keep them all the same.The bottom edges will vary, but not for long!
*If you rearranged your candles, you
will now trim all the candles at the bottom using the shortest one as the common
length to cut. Make sure there is at least 1 inch of background fabric on each candle at the bottom.
straight edge rule and cut across all the candle bottoms. *
Place a 2” wide background fabric
piece and place it at the top of the candle flame. Add enough length to complete the candle strip
to a 19” height.Stitch to complete
candle column.Press.Repeat for each candle section. (Picture 3)
Repeat for all candles. (Don’t worry about the tops – you will trim
Adding the Background:
Cut 1” background strips into
lengths for the spaces between your candles. The hanukkah design will have 8
Stitch these spacer strips to the
right side of all candles except the last candle on the right.
**Begin sewing at the bottom.
You will now have “double columns”.
Leaving the farthest right candle alone. This candle will anchor the group at
Press toward the spacer. (Picture
Stitch the double columns together
beginning at the bottom where they have been trimmed, adding the last remaining
single candle to the right edge.Press.
Stitch each 4” x 22” fabric pieces
to the left and right sides. Press. (Picture 5)
You might notice some “wonkiness” –
this is good!
Trim top even.
Add batting behind the completed top.Place the batting on top of the wrong side of
the backing fabric.“Quilt as
desired”.Bind and don’t forget to add fabric
on the back corners or tabs for hanging”!!
These measurements do not need to be exact. A
little variation will make your design more improvisational!
Embellish with beads, ribbons, bows, funky stitches…Have
Original design 11/2015
(Thanks for your patience with this site. A new webpage is in construction for 2017!) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AVAILABLE!! The Mira Mira Bag (tm) and the Mira Mira Zippy Pouch (tm) which are featured in Windham Fabric's Look Book for Carrie Bloomston's Dreamer Fabric are now BOTH available on the fabrications2B etsy site. Fabulous intro prices! Easy downloads~
It's been a very busy end of summer because I was hanging with my girl Carrie Bloomston's new fabric line DREAMER!!!! Carrie asked me to be part of her talented sewing posse in sewing up some fabulous designs with her lucious new prints! You can take a look at them all in Windham Fabric's Look Book here: DREAMER FABRIC Look book
So you want to make a great bag to say thank you for a selfless, gratious and loving friend? I’m calling this special tote the Carrie Tote = yes, spelled CARRIE! Made with her wonderful new Dreamer fabric, this is such a happy bag because of Carrie’s such meaningful artwork based on the plight of our bees. Read her story @cariecloomston on IG, facebook and her blog. I just had fun with her collection and you can , too! I have loved her Collage, Paint and Story collections but somehow this one just got to me. Reading about her inspiration (go click the above link and go to her blog: CARRIE BLOOMSTON Blog) and loving the color combos, it was just wonderful being able to pick from so many combos each one better than the next.
The stars were aligned this time as well and it was the right moment to write up my two patterns that I have been waiting to put together for a few years. Say hello to my Mira Mira Bag (tm)!! (photo cred to the spectacular Phoenix Jill McNamara!)
Background: My local knitting shop asked me to design a functional bag that could be a project bag, see-through and for on-the-go stitching - literally. She wanted a bag that could be slung across her body and one that she could work from while walking around her store. Pretty talented, eh? So, using no hardware to get in the way of the yarn, I developed our popular bag, no called "Mira Mira" - - "look look". After selling so many, it was time to have the pattern to everyone. But for more than just knitting projects. We know use them for toys on the go and storage, art supplies for sponteneous creativity, and a just normal bag for getting though security at "the game"!
It will be available for download on my etsy shop fabrications2B etsy !! on October 25!! Also, I have this other easy peasy pattern for a super way to use a fat quarter or some scraps from your DREAMER fabric project is the "Mira Mira Sippy Pouch" (tm)
For small toys on the go, make up, jewelry, small crafts, just about anything! What super gifts for the holidays!!
Carrie Bloomston's Dreamer fabric will be available in your LQS early 2017, but Quilt Market is this week so stop into your store and urge them to order it!!! But if you want a little for yourself first, go to Carrie's sit for a GIVEAWAY!!! DREAMER FABRIC GIVEAWAY!!
Go check out the other unbelievable projects made with Dreamer at the blog party this week!