Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Splendid Sampler

Hi Guys it's been a long time since I posted to my blog. But I wanted to tell you about a wonderful project created by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson called the Splendid Sampler.



  1. It is a Mystery FREE quilt project of 100  6 inch finished blocks. 
  2. Many techniques are involed and you can learn!
  3. The blocks are given 2 times a week for FREE!
  4. The blocks have been designed by many established designers in the quilt industry.
  5. It Starts this Sunday FEB 14!


HERE ARE ALL THE LINKS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PROJECT :


I am so excited lets begin this journey together! I will be posting my progress here!
Love, 
Frances





The fabrics I choose for my quilt is Liberty of London Fabrics and Regent Street by Sentimental Studios for Moda. I am adding some solids and background of white. The challenge will be in working with the small floral prints that are beautiful but there are not alot of blender fabrics to go with them. 




So excited are you?



BLOCK 1

Here is my first block !

DOWNLOAD HERE



Blocks 2 3 4

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sewing for Boys, Just Keep Swimming, Moda Bake Shop and Jen Daly,


I have always wanted to make this mini quilt from the Moda Bake shop!
From Jen Daly who designed it here is her blog post:
I love this quilt so much I had to make it for my little boy's room.
I used Moda Zen Chic, collection called "Sphere" I bought the mini charm pack and used navy blue from my stash. I loved the way Jen quilted hers I tried to do the same. I used the decreative curved stitch on my Bernina. This collection of fabric is so cute. And the quilt design is wonderful. I love the way the fishes are pieced.

HERE IS THE POST FROM THE MODA BAKE SHOP A WONDERFUL TUTORIAL

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snapshots Quilt Along _block 1 _ Let Them Eat Cake!


When I saw this block on instagram I knew I had to join! And I really wanted to see what this block looked like in My Cherie Fabric collection. And Voila! Here it is and my instincts were right!  This adorable quilt along is hosted by Fat Quarter shop see link here SNAPSHOTS QUILT - ALONG:

This final quilt is so cute and it was designed by Bonnie and Camille, and Kimberly from Fat quarter shop. See final HERE 
The snapshots quilt patterns are free to download but they ask for a $5 dollar donation.
I think that is an amazing bargain for all these blocks! And it is for a wonderful cause to help
the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Get FIRST PATTERN HERE_LET THEM EAT CAKE… AND Every month on the 15th the new block will be uploaded.

You can see the final block HERE

Monday, December 1, 2014

Utopia Projects mixed with Linen - ( Zakka Style )

I found a bag that I loved on pintrest and had to make it. It is called The Ruby bag. There are a lot of bags called Ruby Bag so it was not easy to find. I finally found it on "I Think Sew"website HERE
they have such cute patterns and also if you sign up you get some fantastic Free patterns. So its worth the signing up.

I loved the sample on the cover but the pattern didnt tell me what size to cut my patchwork. I endedup cutting 5"blocks and then I compensated the top by adding a an extra fabric strip. It tells you to add a strip with the zipper but I cut another one. I guess you could just make the zipper strip larger. I am not very good at math so I did it as I went along adding my 1/4 inch seams. It sounds more complicated than it is. This bag is pretty easy but does take an afternoon.


          This insulated water Bottle Carrier is adorable and can be found HERE on Etsy
Lastly I made this adorable needle case from the book I heart patchwork by Rashida Coleman Hale.
can be Found HERE this is a great book with some beautiful projects that are easy to construct.
This needle case is small and super cute. Could be a great gift.








Thursday, November 13, 2014

Out for a Stroll quilt by Melissa Corry

 This Amazing Quilt is called Out For A Stroll. I cant tell you how much I am in love with this.
Melissa  Corry of "Happy Quilting designed and made this and has an incredible tutorial to go with it!
Thank you so much Melissa for designing and making this awesome quilt!





Monday, November 3, 2014

UTOPIA HAS LANDED!

             So excited about my third collection with Art Gallery Fabrics called Utopia!
For those of you who like brights...
It is very modern bold, and colorful collection which hopefully will make you want to jump in and start sewing right away.


         
 The two color ways are : Fantasy City Fervor and Reverie City Winter


I am also so very excited about the other substrates (Substrate is a term used in converting process such as printing or coating as a more general term to describe the base material onto which e.g. images will be printed. Base materials include (though are not limited to):
The VOLES ARE gorgeous and the knits very soft. I know that AGF takes great care in selecting the best product available to the hand.









 Inspirational Board
GET FREE QUILT PROJECT HERE
Free quilt project designed by Karen Turchan. She is the best quilt designer. See her site here:


Hope you enjoy Utiopia! Love Frances

Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween CARDBOARD haunted house made from cardboard boxes

This weekend my son and I had a blast making this little halloween center piece out of Saltine crakerbox and Gram cracker, and granola boxes. 

First we contructed the house by taping the boxes together using masking tape.
We drew where we wanted the doors and windows would go.
 The turret was made with a granola box and cutting the corners to make the roof. The flag was made from scrapbook paper and a toothpick. The little sign says "God Bless Our Home" I found this at a craft shop and glued it on at the end.
After the box was taped and windows and doors cut out. We painted the house with gesso and black acrylic paint mixed together. Then when it dried we added the shingles. I LOVE THIS FORSTER WOOD SQUARES! They are amazing balsa wood little squares that snap so easily to any size you want. We used elmers glue and a brush and put them on the roof. Once all the shingels were glued and dried we glued popsticle sticks on for the slats on the sides of the house and framed the house with the popsticle sticks. I had to cut the sticks with a sharp tool. Then we repainted the house, and dry brushed it with the white gesso to get the weathered effect.


Supplies. Popsticle sticks from 99 cents store. Toothpics and the Forster Wood squares. You can use anything to decorate the house once you are finished. Make your own trees and even lanscape it.


Yay finshed and and can't wait to put on our table!