Time to TWIST

TWIST – This Week In Studio Time

This week I tried my first ITH bag.  I’m happy with the way it turned out.  I made it for a high school graduation gift for a former 6th grade student of mine, and what a sweetie she is!  I can’t wait to give it to her.  I challenged myself by making it with bulking denim, but there is a reason..

I used denim from a slipcover for a big overstuffed chair I had in my classroom.  I used one of the seams for the strap and key tab. The students used to love to take turns sitting in it and everyone got to sit in it on their birthday (or half birthday if their birthday was in the summer).  I think she’ll remember it.

Denim slipcover complete with 2 of my former students being silly.

Denim slipcover complete with 2 of my former students being silly.

I’ll be making more of these bags, for sure.  In the hoop projects kind of amaze me.  So happy there are people out there who enjoy figuring these things out for us!

Take Care until next time!

Lana

TWIST

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

I’ve been working on a comfort quilt for a friend who is going through a tough time right now.  Here’s what I have laid out right now.

scrappy tumbler quilt

scrappy tumbler quilt

I used my Accuquilt GO Tumbler Die for the first time on some of my stash.  Love it!  So fast and easy!

I’m needing a good quote, saying, or poem for the label. I’m thinking of something about life giving you scraps or a quilt giving comfort.  If any of you have any I’d appreciate you leaving a comment here.  Thanks so much!

Until next time,

Take Care,

Lana

TWIST

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

I hope all mothers out there enjoyed the weekend as I did.  I know some don’t care for the “Hallmark” Holidays, but I think they do make you pause and remember, which is their purpose.

My studio time last week was spent making these cute party favors on my embroidery machine.

Flamingo tealights!

Flamingo tealights!

I also began the HoopSisters Mystery Quilt.  I am such a sucker for mystery quilts!  Don’t know what it is, but it’s so hard to resist.  I don’t know how many mystery quilt classes I’ve taken from Charlotte Angotti and I’ve loved every one of them!  Anyway, I can only show you the fabric for this one as I’m sworn to double secret probation not to disclose until June 15 since it’s a mystery, so here’s my fabric selection.

Hoopsisters  2015 Mystery Quilt fabric selection

Hoopsisters 2015 Mystery Quilt fabric selection

Meet you back here at the end of this week..

Snorkeling and Quilting

What do snorkeling and quilting have to do with each other, you ask?

Take a look at these photos:

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I see stippling.  You?  Art mimics nature.

I was fortunate enough to be snorkeling on the North Shore of Grand Cayman the week before last and took these shots with my underwater camera.  Couldn’t help seeing the quilting patterns underwater.

I’ll leave you with another couple shots just for fun:

lobster

lobster

See the stingray?

See the stingray?

See ya next week!

 

 

 

It’s Friday! Time to TWIST!

TWIST – This Week In Studio Time

It was a slow week in my studio.  I was unpacking from one vacation and getting packed for an upcoming weekend trip.  I did have a good time playing with my fabric stash and auditioning fabrics for upcoming projects, though.

fabric stash

fabric stash

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fabric stash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also sewed two of my newest patches on my Airstream sweatshirt.  I collect jacket patches instead of bumper stickers when we visit places while Airstreaming.  Getting ready for a new season of adventures and friendships!

Airstream sweatshirt

Airstream sweatshirt

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Airstream sweatshirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My happy place!

My happy place!

 

Sewn Seeds

Isn’t this gorgeous?  Once I laid eyes on it, I couldn’t get it out of my head!

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HoopSisters’ Sewn Seeds, 2015 EmbroidaBlock of the Month

The colors are vibrant and beautiful.  I knew I had to make it.  And in THOSE exact colors!  Simply Stunning.

I had to wait a few months for the class to start at my LQS.  I had never participated in anything like this before.  While our instructor was giving us the lowdown, the practical side of me was coming to the realization that I would not be making this in those beautiful clear vibrant colors.  After all, those are not the colors in my home.  Where would I put it?  How would I display it?  What would the end use be?  I wasn’t going to invest the time  and just put it away in a closet or drawer somewhere.  I decided I would make a bedspread for our King bed with this project, so that helped me decide on the earthy colors.  Our homework the first month was to embroider 4 of one block and 16 of another.  The king size requires the largest size square and each one has 4 hours of embroidery!!  That’s 80 hours for the month and  doesn’t include the time to remove the hoop from the machine and trim the applique.  Hence, I’m a bit behind in my EmbroidaBlock of the Month!  Here’s what I have so far.

Sewn Seeds Block 1, Month 1

Sewn Seeds Blocks 1 and 2 for Month 1

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Sewn Seeds, Block 2, Month 1

I do love it, but need to take breaks from it to work on other things.  Enjoying the process.

 

Wedding Quilt

When a friend asked me to make a quilt for her family to give as a wedding gift, my mind immediately went to a layer cake in my stash.  I had been anxious to sew it up into something beautiful.  Neutral, contemporary prints I could see most twenty somethings appreciating.  I filtered through quilt patterns until I landed on Jenny Doan’s Illusion Quilt, larger pieces for the focus fabrics and easily adapted to Cotton Theory.

Jenny Doan's Illusion Quilt using Contempo Studios Paintbrush Shadows

Jenny Doan’s Illusion Quilt using Contempo Studios Paintbrush Shadows

Label

Label

Back side

Back side

 

 

 

I’m happy with how it turned out and so is the family giving it as a gift.  Couldn’t ask for more.  Well… hope the bride and groom love it…

Let’s TWIST Again

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

This week I had time to bond with my new Baby Lock Ovation!  Effortless serging.  I love it!  One evening I ran to JoAnn’s to check out their knits.  I wanted to make a beach cover up and maybe a knit dress for our upcoming vacation.  It has been so long since I made any clothes that I didn’t know what the fabric selection would be like.  I just know it is hard to find fashion fabric anymore!  I did find a pattern for a beach cover up and one for a knit dress as well as four knits.

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Both are really soft knits; the white one is reversible. Can’t decide which side I’ll use. It’ll be the short version. The coral stripe will be 3/4 length.

 

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Beach cover ups cut on bias. Stipe will be really cool that way. Both fabrics are very light and airy. Love them!

So this week I got to get back to my sewing roots and made some clothing.

Swim cover up

Swim cover up

knit summer dress

knit summer dress

Really love how both of these turned out, which is kind of amazing.  Both are super soft and comfy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dress will probably become loungewear it’s so soft.  Perfect for after workout/shower.  Not quite getting dressed again, but not quite pjs.

 

Guess you can tell this is one of my favorite colors.

 

 

Also made this cool ruffled skirt I spotted a gal wearing in Utah.  She was the store manager of a sewing center and she showed me how simple it is to make.  This ruffled knit fabric comes in several colors and the ruffles can be all the same size or different sizes like mine.  It’s only two pieces cut on the bias so the ruffles fall at different angles.  Two side seams and no need to hem!  Several colors available for the elastic waistband as well.  If you are able to find the fabric locally, ask them for the pattern for the Boho skirt.  It’s free.

Ruffled knit skirt

Ruffled knit skirt

I’m feeling pretty accomplished today!

St. George, Utah

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to beautiful St. George, Utah.  “Jaw dropping gorgeous” is how I described it to my husband on the phone.  Perfect weather, mid to upper 70s, sunny, no humidity, and breathtaking scenery!  A local park with paved bike paths nearby provided convenient daily walking opportunities.

Superior Thread’s Sue Green-Baker Serger Workshop is what attracted me and it was so worth it!  Sue is a knowledgeable and entertaining instructor and the Superior staff was exceptionally helpful and courteous.  I have a serger that lives in my closet and really wanted to learn how to use it to its fullest potential.

Sue Green-Baker

Sue Green-Baker

I attended both the 3 day Beginning  and 3 day Advanced Classes back to back, with a day off in between.  Each three day class had its own huge binder full of colored pages with detailed instructions and page protectors for safekeeping of the samples you made during class.  The fabric for your samples was precut, bagged, and ready to go.   Superior Threads included a generous thread package to play with, as well.

Everything was so well organized.  I learned how many amazing features a serger has, for sure.  So cool! I sewed on Baby Lock’s Ovation, its top of the line model.  Of course, I fell in love (OOoooahhhh, that jet air threading!) and it followed me home.  My daughter inherits the one still in my closet!

A two hour lunch each day allowed us time to shop at Superior Threads and Fab Fabrics upstairs.

How to decide?

 

On Sunday, my day off between classes, I rented a car and drove about 30 minutes to Snow Canyon State Park and then on to Kayenta.  Others chose to drive to Zion or Bryce Canyon, but I had already been to both a couple of times. I was mesmerized by the scenery, once again.  Being a camper, I detoured through the campground within the park.  Check out these amazing campsites!!

One of several walking trails –

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Then a very short drive to Kayenta and Coyote Gulch, an art village.  I loved the area so much, I visited a model home.

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I could wake up to this every morning!

 

During the Advanced Class we met Bob and Heather Purcell, owners of Superior Threads.

 

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Bob Purcell visited during class

Heather presented a trunk show of some of her garments and quilts one evening after dinner.  She pieces a quilt about every two weeks and has someone else do the quilting.

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Heather Purcell

 

This visit was an exceptional one.  I just love spending time with like minded peeps!