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.


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


             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
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!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Stitching Odyssey's SIMPLICITY 5489 -#vintage pledge

I was so excited this summer to come across A Stitching Odyssey's blog! If you haven't seen Marie's blog it is an amazing treat! She is an incredible garment sewer. I immediately followed her on blog loving and wrote to her to see if she would be interested in sewing something with my Cherie fabric collection. It is a great advantage to be a fabric designer and be able to write to people and tell them you want to send them free fabrics! But not everyone I write to says yes. Some people have very busy schedules and they turn down free fabric. But to my wonderful surprise Marie said yes!!!!! And I hope to keep a friendship with her. She does very inspiring work as you can see. See full post and her blog here: 

She  hand stitched my bow to the left back opening and affixed a press stud / snap fastener to the other side.

Like with most original vintage patterns, I had to make a lot of alterations to get this baby to fit. The bodice was drafted for very different proportions to my own (broad back / shoulders and a side boob), but as usual the waist fit just fine. I'll cover the alterations in a different post, but suffice it to say that I'm pretty happy with the fit I managed to achieve."

 " Onto the back detail...*swoon*! Simplicity 5489 is a relatively quick and easy make, but the bow took me forever! It's by no means perfect, but it's cute enough to be honest. It's one thing tying the perfect ribbon bow on a gift and quite another doing it with bulkier fabric. Next time I'll probably narrow it a tad...and practice tying bows in the meantime of course!"

My second favourite detail Simplicity 5489 has to offer is the skirt. I love how flattering an A-line shape can be, skimming the hips (aka muffin tops) without the bulky waist of a gathered skirt. This pattern offers the best of both worlds though, with gentle gathers either side of the centre front skirt. I think the reason I find slimmer skirts appealing is that I personally find them easier to dress down to fit in with my less-than-glamorous lifestyle.