Friday, February 21, 2014

Blog Book Tour - Uncommonly Corduroy!

Welcome to Day 3 of the Uncommonly Corduroy Blog Book Tour!  

Comments are now closed.  Come back tomorrow for the announcement of the winner of the E-book!

Stephanie of Loft Creations has published her first book called "Uncommonly Corduroy".  Many of you know that I am one of her team of "Supreme's" who test her pattern instructions prior to being published.  We make sure there are no errors so when you take it out of the package and begin sewing, you'll have a smooth and flawless finish!

Let me just say that Stephanie's new book is fabulous!  As Stephanie says in the book, corduroy just isn't for pants!  I know first hand from testing several of the projects in her book.  Let me show you!  Also, you can win a free electronic version of the book - keep reading....

"Images from Uncommonly Corduroy by Stephanie Dunphy, Martingale, 2014; used by permission.  Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved."

The first project I tested was the "California Girl Scarf".  This is the image from the book.

And here is my version.  Complete with vintage doily and button!  I didn't use corduroy on my version - any of the projects in the book can be made from regular cotton!  The scarf makes up in a jiffy and you can  embellish it to your heart's content!

The next project is the "California Girl Bag".  You see the image from the book up above along with the scarf.

Here is my version.  Except for the lining, I used corduroy for the entire bag.  I have to say how much I love working with 21-wale corduroy!  It's soft, supple and quilts so easily!  The needle goes through the fabric like butter!

The next project I Supreme tested was the "Abby on the Go Bag".  Abby is Stephanie's wonderful dog who also makes an appearance in the book! Here is the image from the book.
Here is my version!  This is a large bag - perfect for carrying any doggie or kitty essentials you might need!  I made this bag with a combination of corduroy and home dec fabric.  Stephanie's bag patterns are very easy to make and she is consistent in her instructions.  Once you make one bag, each pattern thereafter is a breeze!

The final project I tested for the book is "I Heart Dresdens".  This is the image from the book.

Here is my version!  There was a bit of a rush on making this bag, so I used some Sweetwater I've had on hand just waiting for the right project.  You can let your imagination run wild with this pattern - any fabrics, cotton or corduroy, home dec will make a terrific bag!  Notice the handle where I made sure Paducah showed?  I plan to carry this to the quilt show in Paducah - hopefully soon!

If you would like to win an electronic version of Uncommonly Corduroy, leave a comment on this post telling me if you've ever made a bag or quilt using corduroy, and if not, which would you try first?

Stephanie's book is available from Martingale or Amazon.  If you would like a personalized copy you can get it directly from Stephanie HERE, the link is on her sidebar.

Below is the schedule for all the stops on the Book Tour.  Each participant is giving away a free e-copy of the book and showing their fabulous projects, too!

February 19 -- Stephanie at Loft Creations

February 20 -- Martingale at Stitch This

February 21 -- Candace at Squash House Quilts

February 22 -- Carrie at A Passion for Applique

February 23 -- Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski

February 24 -- Char at Cloth Stitched

February 25 -- Mary at Needled Mom

February 26 -- Linda at The Quilted Pineapple

February 27 -- Margaret at A Sampler of Stitches

February 28 - Ulla at Kotkarankki

Thanks for joining me on the Tour!

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Stack Grows and a Whole Lot of Snow!

In case you're wondering where I've been these days, I'm still knee deep in my scraps making blocks!
You're looking at 350 here!  At first I was going to make the quilt a bit smaller than the original pattern.  Yesterday I measured the rails on my longarm and found that I had plenty of room to make the full quilt, which takes 440 - 5" squares! 
I stack them in sections of 10 with 100 in each stack.  I realized I had to have a system so I would know just where I am in the count.  My memory isn't as good as it used to be!
The other day I began to realize that I may run out of scraps.  I am really trying hard not to have very many fabric repeats.  Then I realized I had stacks of partially used charm squares.  I wasn't sure if I could get a 5" block from them, but it turns out I can!  I just have to be very careful when trimming them down.  I cut them on the diagonal and use a 7" strip down the middle.  That gives me just enough to trim off the pinked sides and a bit more.
One of the reasons Mr. Squash and I moved to this side of the state for our retirement was to have more defined seasons.  In four winters here we haven't had much snow - until the past few days!  I swear we've had close to a foot.  It's just gorgeous - light and fluffy because it's been so cold.  It's even relatively easy to drive in. I took this photo from the dining room yesterday morning.
This was taken on Thursday.  Mr. Squash goes out every day and completely clears the driveway, sidewalk and walkway.  What a trooper.  A friend of mine said she wasn't sure if he was waving in the photo or "making a gesture" under that glove!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Granny Stripe Blanket Finished!

I got on a crocheting streak and finished my Granny Stripe blanket!  
I actually finished a few weeks ago, but it's been so gray and foggy here that I've had a hard time getting good photos.  This photo was taken right after I finished it.
Day before yesterday it began to snow just as the Super Bowl started!  Yesterday it was still snowing so I thought perhaps the brightness from the snow would help my photo taking!  Of course Sasha is a ham and has to be included.  
I'm very happy with how the yarns I didn't like worked out in the blanket.  It's 100% cotton except for the luscious Pashmina worsted wool blend I used between colors and around the edges.  It's small - lap size, but just perfect for me.
If you click on both these photos you'll see snow lightly falling.  
I love how pretty and clean the snow looks.  We'll take it any day over the fog we've had for weeks now!

Today is the release of Stephanie over at Loft Creations new book - Uncommonly Corduroy!  You'll be amazed what you can sew using corduroy!  I know first hand as I helped to test some of the patterns in the book.  She's also having a giveaway.  Please go visit Stephanie and congratulate her on her book release!