Sunday, December 11, 2016

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 "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 Celebrate!
An Original Design Pattern By Bonnie Bobman

For One (1) Mini quilt of varying size:

HANUKKAH version


            Candle 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

Background Fabric:               1/2 yard Complementary fabric or solid

Binding:                                  ¼ yard fabric of your choice

Batting:                                              26” x 20”

Backing:                                             26” x 20”

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 x  10”  long
                                                Cut  8 strips: 2” wide x 6” long

Background Fabric:            Cut  3 strips of 2” wide width of fabric  (44/45). 
                                    Sub cut these 2” background strip into one 3” length and                                 one  2” length for each candle :
                                                9 – 3” x 2” pieces
                                                9 – 2” x 2” pieces
                                                            Cut  1 strip of 4” WOF  - subcut into 2 strips 4” x 22”

                                                            Cut  4 strips  of 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)

Picture 1

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.

Picture 2

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.

            Take a 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)


Picture 3

Repeat for all candles.  (Don’t worry about the tops – you will trim soon!)

Adding the Background:

Cut 1” background strips into lengths for the spaces between your candles. The hanukkah design will have 8 strips.

Stitch these spacer strips to the right side of all candles except the last candle on the right.
**Begin sewing at the bottom. (Picture 4)

You will now have “double columns”. Leaving the farthest right candle alone. This candle will anchor the group at the end.

Picture 4

Press toward the spacer. (Picture 4) 

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. (Picture 5)

Picture 5

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”!!


            "Improv" this project:

             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 fun!!

 Original design 11/2015   

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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~

Monday, October 24, 2016

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!!

This pattern will be available for download at my etsy shop   fabrications2B etsy !!  October 25!! 

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!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Well, I thought this was going to be a once a month posting blog, but...

It's the end of JULY!!!

Happy Summer!

Skirt Making


Light Up and Celebrate - classes and pattern coming!


al little abstract art class!


PUBLISHED!  A creative article including me and sewing in the great outdoors!!!


this 3 year project is slowly getting there!  Will it be done by fall???


charity quilt top break!

there are days we just need to do some creative fun painting!

basting on a bed in an rv in the 100 heat without a/c.  yes I can!


a little t-shirt embroidery fun on the road.


more hand work fun.


30 yoga slings to be delivered to yoga village az!

stay cool!!