Monday, February 20, 2017

Time to CELEBRATE!

A few weeks ago Kathy Doughty sent me this lovely bunch of fabric - a bundle of her new line Celebrate with FreeSpirit.  She asked me to be inspired with it and to blog about the design process and some of the elements we use to give a project the "Sew Kind of Wonderful" look.




 We have been playing with quilt designs that use a curved half square triangle, so I cut a bunch and began laying them out to feel inspired.  Here are a couple fun ideas..... 




Some of the elements we always try to incorporate in our designs include: high contrast between fabric texture and color, use of solids to show off the curved piecing, and to take a less than traditional approach to the overall design....

I then got it in my head I wanted to play around with the traditional quilt block 'card trick'..... here is one version of this traditional block.



I decided to try using our Chic Picnic pattern and the 
'card trick' block to create a slightly different look...... and these are a few of the blocks as I was working up different layouts.




Not only was I playing with the block layout, but also the setting triangles..... One of the fun elements about Celebrate is the great use of color, and to make the colors look more dynamic I used shades of gray as background and the mustard and plum setting triangles.  Kathy's colors are in the secondary and tertiary zones of the color wheel so the mustard and plum colors also worked.

After a few more tweaks here is the fun Picnic Celebration mini quilt......The quilting helped the 
'card trick' design pop and the plain corner pieces also helped to set it off.



Celebrate was loads of fun to work with!  The colors are vibrant, the scale has variety to offer different looks as the prints are cut into different sizes and the fabric has a joyful feel to it!

~Helen~

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 - Off To A Great Start!


2017 has already kept us very busy! Just the way we like it! :)

We had a wonderful time in California at the Road to California Quilt Show...even though it was a little too cold for our liking!


We had a lot of extra help this time around! Jenny's daughter, Brittany, was a lot of fun and even learned to sew curves and demo like a pro in no time at all!


While at Road to California, Gammill made their announcement that we will be 3 of their newest Gammill Quilt Artists! We are thrilled for this opportunity and to team up with Gammill! :)


After California Helen and Sherilyn rushed off to Logan Utah to participate in the Winter Quilt Fest.  They had so much fun teaching, sharing quilts, and most of all getting to know many more awesome quilters!



Jenny has been doing a little sprucing up around her home after getting Christmas all packed away. 
How about these awesome runners for a little inspiration!






And, Helen has been making some huge changes around her home. She decided a bigger creative space is what was needed. Here is a little sample of what she's been up to. 
Even her new pressing station got a significant makeover!


We have many new and exciting projects in the works. We are working on a new book and new patterns for this year!

How about a Mini Country to go along with our very popular Chic Country!?!


Here is a side by side for a little comparison! So itty bitty and adorable!! :)


And we're not quite sure what these will be but they will definitely be something!! Mannequins, dress forms, bathing suits?? Guess we'll have to wait and see! :)


We just recently surprised our mother for her 80th birthday! We agree, she does NOT look 80!! All six of her children and a daughter-in-law made it to Mesa, Arizona to surprise her! And it sure was an awesome surprise! It was so fun to be all together, even if it was just for a day! 



Happy Quilting!

Sew Kind of Wonderful
Jenny, Helen and Sherilyn

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Road to (Sunny) California - Here We Come!


Next week is a big week for us. We are headed to sunny California for the Road to California Quilt Show.  January 19-22. We are vending and will have all of our new patterns available...


Our new block of the month pattern, Urbanologie






and, Mod Pineapples, which happens to be one of the two classes we are teaching. The other class is Mini Kites.


We look forward to being together once again and to, hopefully, seeing many of you there, booth 816/818.

Its been so fun to see many Mod Ornaments (free pattern) completed on IG.  We wanted to share a few of them.


@stephiepeterson


@stephiepetersen


@shanschlosser


@danicawillig


@rochellerosales5


@quiltingismybliss


@kareylouw


@jkimr


@denisebest


@juliasernova

They are just beautiful!! Nice job everyone!

And, each one of us made a few for Christmas gifts. To say the least, we each had a lot of fun with this great pattern!





We are off to a great start for the new year and hope all of you are as well!

Happy Quilting!:)

Sew Kind of Wonderful

Jenny, Helen, and Sherilyn

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tuesday Tip - Hanging Sleeve


Our Mod Owls wishes everyone a very Happy New Year!! 
These owls are stunning, dressed in gorgeous Island Batik Fabrics!

As this quilt needed a hanging sleeve, we decided to share a picture tutorial for hanging sleeves.


Begin with an 8 1/2 inch wide piece of fabric. The sleeve should fit right inside the binding edges.

Simply lay the strip on the back of the quilt with one edge just inside the binding and cut the other edge an inch beyond the inside of the binding.


The extra inch allows for a double 1/4 inch folded hem on each end. Stitch each hem.


Press the strip in half, lengthwise with wrong sides together.


Then open and press each lengthwise edge into the middle.


Sew the raw edges together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.




Carefully press this seam open without pressing out the original side pressed folds.


Pin the sleeve to the back of quilt, within the binding and about a 1/2 inch from the top binding.

Secure the sleeve with a few pins where the pressed folds are. There should be a pucker in the top of sleeve to allow for the hanging bar.



Secure sleeve with a hidden stitch.  These stitches are quite large.  This doesn't need to be too neat or fancy.  Just securing it is the object here.


And there you have it, your hanging sleeve - just that simple! :)



We experienced comfort and joy over the holidays and hope you did too! 

It's back to work for us here at Sew Kind of Wonderful and looking forward to our upcoming trip to Cali for Road to California! Yay! Hope to see many of you there! :)

Happy Quilting!

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~
Jenny, Helen and Sherilyn