IS IT MY TURN YET?... HOW ABOUT NOW?

Remember about a month ago when I posted about the #makerclubswap, the birthday swap club? This week was finally my turn to spoil someone! That someone being the lovely Catherine @catherinemadeit! From getting to know Catherine (and looking over her cheat sheet) I knew she was an avid knitter, that her favourite colour was green and she appreciates local made products. I started with making her this reversible Box Tote, a free pattern from Very Shannon... and while your checking out that link, check out their videos. It'll make you feel all warm, cozy and West Coasty! 

I also knew Catherine loves Bonnie Christine's fabric, which is what I used for the inside of the tote ( "Swanlings Bevy in Nightfall" ). I used black linen for the outside, Essex Sparkle Linen for the needles and solids for the knitting needles tops and ball of yarn. Darlene, from my Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild, taught me how to do bobbin work, which is how I got the effect on the ball of yarn.

I stuffed the bag full of all kinds of goodies! Everything from vintage needles to tea (from our local favourite, Karl's Tea). Yarn from our local shop Trendy and What Knot, where I purchased yarn made in Alberta. I made an apron, pot holders, a tush cush (a cushion made for sew-ins but in Catherine's case probably for knit-in's), AND a hot and cold pack all from all my Just Bee fabric. I also packed in some Soak soaps, more Bonnie Christine, plus a bit of Heather Ross and polka dot fabric... honestly I could have gone on forever... patches, a Bonnie Christine Poster, pretty pins, a pin cushion necklace made by Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild member, Michelle @pastryquilts... it was hard to stop! But I had to... because I when I showed my husband and asked him what I should add next he told me I needed to stop. Yeah. He's a pretty good stop sign. 

RECOMMENDED READING: This week I signed up for Audible. For my first book I listened to Brene Brown's new book Braving the Wilderness. SO GOOD!

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: Hey guess who I met last weekend?! Rick Nielson! Who? You know who the guitarist from Cheap Trick! After ping ponging guitar picks off his phone at my family. He came to me and said, "Hey, I like you." and handed me a pic. Umm... okay, thanks Rick! We all saw the band play last weekend, the last time my husband and I saw them play was back in 1990. They were excellent then and they still are today! Their new album is called We're All Alright. Have a listen and in the meantime put on your checkered pants, put on your ball cap, remember to turn up the beak, grab your air guitar, push play, turn the volume to 11 while singing along at the top of your lungs along to I WANT YOU TO WANT ME! 

 

ANNABEL WRIGLEY'S DAISY CHAIN GIVEAWAY!

Have you ever come across fabric that made you gasp? Where instantly you fell in love?

I don't have a HUGE fabric stash. Having too much fabric stresses me out. I like to buy per project when I have a plan. It keeps my stash lean. BUT, I do allow for pieces that make me gasp and leave me with that "I HAVE TO HAVE IT!" feeling. Remember that IKEA "Start the CAR!!!" commercial? Yeah, that feeling.

Well, that's what Annabel Wrigley's fabric collection, Daisy Chain, did to me! It just might be the prettiest thing I've ever seen. And then I met her! She's just like her fabric; beautiful, warm, light, smart and a whole lot of fun! Within seconds of seeing it I bought her fat quarter bundle at Windham's booth this past Spring Quilt Market. I have a few idea's of what I'm going to do with it but I haven't quite decided. I was content just having it in the studio, to Ooo and Ahh over. Then I got a little itch one day. I decided if I did a zippy cassette pouch I wouldn't be using too much right?! Ooo, and if I made a mini needlebook to go in the cassette tape pouch that wouldn't be using up too much fabric either! I still have oodles left. I realize I'm being pretty precious with it. I can't help it, it's SOooo PRETTY! 

Definitely be sure to check out Annabel Wrigley's Instagram feed this week (@littlepincushiostudio). Each day this week she's giving away a fat quarter bundle of Daisy Chain... Go! Go! Go!!!

Oh wait before you go... I'm also pleased to announce the CASSETTE TAPE ZIPPY POUCH TUTORIAL is ALL done! Yep! It's ready and waiting for you, anytime you need it. It's also posted on my website under SEWING DESIGNS. Big, BIG thanks to my pattern editor Jonna (once again, love ya girl!)

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: Just as pretty as the Annabel's collection, Shakey Graves, DAISY CHAINS.

 

I'VE GOT MY POM-POMS READY TO CHEER THEM ON!

Have you heard of Make it in Design? They're an online design school that teaches surface pattern design and I HEART surface pattern design! Right now I'm in their Ultimate Portfolio Builder course. I'm having a BLAST! The first two photos in this line up are my first work from the class. But don't worry there'll still be lots of sewing happening!

One of the HUGE benefits of taking MIID (Make it in Design) courses are meeting some exceptional designers. I'd like to introduce you to three designers I think we need to keep our eyes on. I'm pretty sure big things are around the corner for these ladies.

First, I'd like to introduce you to Abby Hersey. I met Abby on Instagram last summer and have enjoyed watching her grow. Her her first collection with Robert Kaufman is called Let's play house. It's adorable and if I had a little girl... we'd be playing with it A LOT!

In 2015 I met Jill O'Conner through MIID. She's been inspiring to watch. Recently she's joined forces with Jackie Hurd. Together they have started a collective called Jack & Jillo. They've been busy working on their portfolio and will be showing at PrintSource next summer 2018! 

Teresa Chan, I met this past January. She's been incredible to watch as her Instagram following has spiked to 33.1k! Yep. 33.1k. That wasn't a typo. Have a look at her feed and you'll understand why. Amazing work! Her first fabric line will be at Quilt Market this fall. I can't wait to see it! The fabric line will be available in the Spring of 2018. I'll keep you posted!

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: keeping in theme with being a cheerleader, from the ultimate cheerleader Gwen Stefani, HOLLABACK GIRL ... it's bananas B! A! NAN! A! S!

SNAP TO GRID

I'm beyond thrilled to see SNAP TO GRID finally hitting the shelves! Honestly, I've never had so much fun sewing with a collection before! When Kim Kight asked me to sew for her 80's inspired Spring 2017 collection I happily through myself into the design challenge. I had planned to make a SEWING MACHINE BOOMBOX at some point BUT when I saw this collection it just HAD TO HAPPEN! And with many cheers of, "I want to make one too!!"... I'm pleased to release the official BOOMBOX SEWING MACHINE COVER TUTORIAL today! You to can get it HERE.

As soon as I saw the Big Pill Dot in Black I knew the CASSINGLE also had to happen. This 60" lap quilt (brilliantly named by Kim), tickled every Memphis Group bone in my body. It's the largest, simplest and fastest to make of all my patterns. (It's only 14 weeks to Christmas... WHAT! Did I really just say that?!)

Cotton + Steel have the BEST selvages, am I right?! Which lends themselves so well to the The CASSETTE TAPE mini quilt cassette labels AND it allowed me to showcase ALL of the collection! FUN FACT: Jonna came up from Washington to sew this quilt with me! There were many giggles, squeals and most importantly much dill pickle dip! 

Second FUN FACT: The CASSETTE TAPE pattern is needed to make the zippy cassette pouch. Make it to fit inside the Boom Box Sewing Machine Cover or just to have all by it's self. (More about that next week-wink, wink!) 

Speaking of endless possibilities with this collection, you saw Kerry Goulder's Hot Skates Quilt right? SO GOOD!

When I went to Spring Market this past May, I wanted to take some bags with me sewn in the Snap to Grid collection BUT I had run out time. Instead of scrapping the idea I commissioned Reece Montgomery (www.happyokapie.ca) and Sherri Chalke to make some.

Reece modified Sara Lawson's Polaris Bag along with my CASSETTE TAPE pattern piece "D". The result was this stunning bag! I HEART IT SO MUCH! It makes me SO happy just to look at it!

Sherri and I went to Quiltcon 2016 together. For the trip she had made a bag using Sonja Callaghan's, Bag PDF Pattern AND CASSETTE TAPE pattern pieces (I posted about it HERE). I've always loved Sherri's bag, so you know what I asked her to do right. The bag was PERFECT for the trip. I was always getting stopped in the isles with people asking about it.

Phew! So much to chat about this week. And I haven't even mentioned the SNAP TO GRID thread pack. Gah!!! How do Cotton + Steel always get it so right?!

RECOMMEMDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: Just like the Snap to Grid collection, the possibilities are endless... so I've settled on, THE CURE: Friday I'm in Love. Happy week everyone!

AS MY FRIEND CAROL BROWNE ALWAYS SAYS "HIPPO BIRDIES TWO EWES!"

Between my last newsletter and this one, I had a birthday! What made it really special were a few packages that arrived on my door step. Last year I joined a Maker's Club, a secret birthday swap. And really, as a maker, is there ANYTHING better than receiving something handmade? We know the time, effort and care that goes into such things. Plus these Maker Club ladies really take it to a new level. They're very attentive to their partners likes, not to mention they take wrapping to a whole new level... check out #themakersclubswap on Instagram. You'll see.

As I picked up one of the parcels from my step I discovered Lindsey from @lostandfawned was my secret partner! What you need to know about Lindsey is she has twins, two adorable little boys. She gets an incredible amount of creative work done while raising them. Plus, she does it with such elegance. I was shocked and delighted at everything she made and sent!

PHOTO 1) I opened the package to discover a one hour basket made from essex metallic linen hugging a bunch of presents!

PHOTO 2) After taking out all the presents I discovered it had been also filled with pom-poms! And you know I LOVE pom-poms!

PHOTO 3) See the bird on the knit cloth?! It matches perfectly with the fabric inside the basket and the shopping bag. Ooo and the local handmade bath bombs smell SOOO good.

PHOTO 4) SOCKS! I've never had hand knit socks before. Ooo they feel like soft pillowy clouds on my feet. They are heaven. Check out Lindsey's sock project on Raverly HERE. She used her vanilla sock recipe with a true afterthought heel and a twisted rib for the cuff. The sock yarn is Felici (Saltwater Taffy colourway). The contrast colour is Stroll (Ash), both are from Knit Picks. I don't knit so I have no idea what any of that means but if you do and you want to make someone feel really loved, please knit them these socks. They will LOVE you forever!

PHOTO 4) Lindsey sent every present with the cutest little tags. This ones says, let's get organized *set some priorities*. I cannot tell you how much I adore Washi tape, note books, sticky notes, and sticky note book markers. Oh and the buttons. Swoon!

PHOTO 5) Meet Jimmy! This is what I have named this sweet little bear cup holder. I named him after Jim Croce. Get it?! His last name sounds like Crochet. Ba-ha,ha! Isn't Jimmy just the loveliest fellow? Lindsey mentioned he was made from vintage wool yarn, which makes me love him even more. If you're so inclined (Christmas is just around the corner) watch this video on how to make him from Flying Mio.

... AND if that wasn't enough Catherine @kittingcatherine from the Makers Club send me hand knit socks too!!! (I love how they don't match each other!) A makers pin (which I will wear with pride!) and the most beautiful mason jar cookie. Yes, it was as yummy as it looked!

... AND THEN there's Jonna @bespokeoutlaw. Remember... she's the one who made me that makers tote last year. She's so clever. You have to be careful what you say around her tho, she's listening. We were chatting a while back and I was saying how I need to make one of those iron holder totes... yep and that's what I unwrapped. And it matches my makers tote! Of course! And because she's insane in the membrane (in the best possible way) she didn't stop there! There was a chocolate poop emoji, Uppercase fabric charm pack, Wonder Woman paraphernalia, Cotton + Steel fabric and Sulky thread! Plus cassette socks!!! MIND BLOWN. And they were all in a Cassette basket! The cherry on top was a book called "Care Packages" by Michelle Makintosh. Total eye candy. 

Seriously makers are the best!

Lastly, (because it's tradition now!) RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: I was thinking Ooo, I should recommend a Jim Crochet song but I can't. I love him because my Dad loved him but... (my dad also loved Sade, remember her?). I just didn't get those easy listening genes. I got these ones. Turn your volume to 11, sit back, put on your hand knit socks on and prepare for THE WAY YOU USED TO DO by Queens of the Stone Age. 

 

 

 

SAFETY FIRST!

I remember grade one vividly. One of the brightest memories I have is our teacher explaining in great detail how to hold scissors if you're going to walk across the room OR hand them to someone. Nowadays I'm skeptical that those grade one scissors could in fact inflict an injury but I suppose, you never know. At the time I was riveted at the danger we were being entrusted with. 

Perhaps that's when I began to fall in love with scissors. (P.S. Dinky Doo has some super cute scissors. I love the little ones... they're just perfect for adding to present. Ooo and they have some Eiffel Tower ones too! See what I mean?! Scissors = excitement). Which is probably I loved sneaking my mom's pinking sheers for crafting when I was a kid. When I started working full time, after high school, I saved up for a good pair of sewing scissors. I still use them (and love them). 

I'm thinking my scissor are probably in need of a good sharpening. Back in June at the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild meeting they invited Andrew from The Focused Edge to talk about sharpening scissors. If you're near Vancouver or in the Fraser Valley and are in need of a good sharpening, like me, you can contact Andrew through his FACEBOOK page... HERE. It lists all his rates and info. 

Have you seen Rashida Coleman Hale's SNIP, SNIP! Print? It's so beautiful! I may have just bought it for a certain someone who loves scissors WAY, WAY, WAY more than me. And I like scissors Aaaa lot BUT this person takes it to a WHOLE new level.

Ooo! AND have you seen Lindsey Neill's @penandpaperpatterns new block of the month, SEWOLOGY? Have a look at those scissors!!! You can find it on Craftsy, HERE, among her other A-maze-ZING patterns. Gah! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: Now this is a bit of a twist. I was trying to think of a song about scissors and I discovered SCISSOR SISTERS. They're a bit disco-y but modern. Check out one of their performances on the Graham Norton Show, HERE. Stay for the the chat after, the bird impression is well worth it!

 

I THINK FRIDA WOULD APPROVE OF A DOUBLE SCOOP. DON'T YOU?

This picnic quilt was ONE SCOOP, created from a Katie Peterson workshop. It was put on by the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild this past February. Katie was warm, knowledgeable and loves pom-poms (you gotta love that!). If you're a guild looking to book some workshops I highly recommend Katie's. Fun fact, the morning of the workshop Kim Kight :: Cotton + Steel had contacted me on Instagram asking if I'd be int interested in sewing with her spring line for quilt market! My brain was all over the place that day. It was lucky this quilt became a thing! It was quilted by Christine Johannink @christinejohannink

The SECOND SCOOP that created this quilt was the inspiration. See that Makers Tote?! It was sewn by my lovely friend, pattern editor and partner in crime, Jonna @bespokeoutlaw. She surprised me with it last summer. She's very attentive to detail and knew I love Frida Kahlo. I'm still floored by it. Someone on Instagram asked me if I knew the names of the colors I used in the quilt. Sadly, I don't (note to self, write names of solid colors in selvages). I did, however, use the Alexander Henry's Esperanza Frida fabric as my inspiration. 

Speaking of ice cream. Have you seen:

My last, but not least, ice cream themed RECOMMENDED TUNES: Spoiler alert songs called Ice Cream Man are not summer-y or very happy, in fact after listening to Tom Wait's ICE CREAM MAN, if he ever tried to sell ice cream I think he'd be arrested. Blur also has a song called ICE CREAM MAN, and again, not very sunshiny BUT check out ONG ONG. It's not about ice cream but they have someone dressed up in an ice cream costume! That counts right?! While the Ong Ong video is cute I realized what I really wanted to listen to was PARKLIFE which I re-discovered has an ice cream truck in it! Bonus!

The two ultimate summer songs, in my humble opinion, are Florence + The Machine's DOG DAYS ARE OVER and alt-J's LEFT HAND FREE. There aren't any references to ice cream or ice cream imagery, however, you could eat one while listening to both. Ooo, a double scoop. And remember Frida would approve {wink, wink}!

P.S. Do you remember Chelsea's Boombox pillow from last week? Guess what? She won FIRST at the state fair! Let's all give her a great BIG high five!

 

LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

I've said it before, I'll say it again... by far my favourite part about writing patterns are when you guys sew them and make them completely your own. My intention has always been for my patterns to be a jumping off point... and boy you guys sure know how to nail it! 

  • Kim (@iadorepattern) slayed me with her crisp monotone cassette tape block. I'm eagerly awaiting her embroidered label. Remember the collection Good Hair Day? That super cute collection for Windham Fabrics was hers! 
  • Chelsey (@chelseylanefeilds) recently made a Boombox pillow. With piping!
  • Angelini (@suchastitch) has finished the front of her boombox. Gah! I'm loving the prints she's used.
  • Saru (@sewaftersix) has just begun her Boombox sewing machine cover journey. I'm LOVING her fabric pulls! Even though technically the sew-a-long is over, the instructions are still up on the newsletters. This fall I'll be compiling the instructions into two tutorials: one for the sewing machine cover and one for the zippy pouch.

At the beginning of the summer I made myself a nice hefty list... and now that we're down to our final weeks I'm getting them done! It feels SOOO good! Gosh, I love deadlines! Top of my list was to catch up on my ABOUT page and get the PRESS/TEACHING/SHOW section up to date. It's been a busy year... I hadn't realized how busy until it was all laid out. A few highlights that I haven't posted about yet were:

In both cases I am so honoured and tickled to be included with such talented makers. It's all been pretty surreal!

HAVE YOU SEEN: Felice Regina's (@lamlunasol) Quilting & Sewing Enamel Pins on Kickstarter? They are SO snazzy!!! I WANT ALL OF THEM!

Which leads me to...RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR 80's PLAYLIST this week: A good old Canadian band. Loverboy! TURN ME LOOSE and LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Which is how we all feel when we go fabric shopping right?! 

PS. I met Loverboys' front man, Mike Reno in the late 90's. Sadly he wasn't wearing his red pants!

 

 

A DRY HOT SUMMER, IS NO TIME TO PLAY WITH MATCHES!

Unless... they're made out of fabric and felt, right?! The very first pattern I ever wrote was for my Match Book Needle Books. That was back in 2014. In 2015 I was invited by the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, who was hosting the Pacific Northwest Quilt Guild Meetup, to do a make and take for their sew-in. Circa 15 Fabric Studio supplied the materials and we made the cutest little match book kits for the Match Book Needle books (perhaps I'm bias, wink, wink!). Since then the pattern has been free and on my site. I've just recently added it to Craftsy as a free pattern now too.

These recent Match Books are mini's. I had scraps of felt and somehow thought they'd be faster if they were smaller. Nope! I would have been better sticking with the regular sized ones. Lesson learned!

Now, I'm going to come out and just say it. I'm ready for fall. I've started longing for it. I've been missing our regular routine. I've grown tired of everyone going in different directions. I'm also looking forward to cooler, sock wearing weather... you see, I really love socks! My lovey friend Reece @reecemontgomery recently gifted me these cassette tape socks. Gah! I'm dying to wear them! The bottom of them say "MIX TAPE"! Check out Woven Pear's nifty site HERE!

And in the theme of longing for fall, I came across these ribbon ABC blocks by Stephanie from @Patchanddot. They're so dreamy and they're free!!! Free I tell you, free! You can download them from HERE.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR BACK TO SCHOOL PLAYLIST: One of my all favorite time songs (it almost makes me cry every time I hear it), WE'RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS. SIDE NOTE: I found this interesting video called, HOW JACK WHITE USES COLOR. Perhaps that's why I've always been a HUGE Jack White fan. I'm such a sucker for colour and design!

What would be your best ROAD TRIP song?

It was an epic week, we covered a lot of ground on our road trip to Alberta. Less hand sewing happened than I had hoped but lots of reading. I brought along the latest issue of Uppercase magazine (appropriately titled). I also brought along my Uppercase Feed Sacks book. It's part of an Encyclopedia set that Uppercase is publishing. Which reminded me of the feed sack blocks I bought from a lovely couple when I was at Quilt Markets this past spring, Carolyn and Don Springer. Gosh they were sweet (notice the book on their counter). 

Speaking of shopping, I picked up a copy of Kathleen Riggens, Diary of a Swirl when I was at the Sewing Center in Camrose. I also had this plan, if I only bought fat quarters, I wouldn't buy/spend as much. WRONG. Oh my god so wrong. <hand smack to forehead>. 

I also stopped in to Chapters at West Edmonton Mall and found a Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine! They can be so hard to find since they carry only two copies at a time. I was very tickled to see Kerry Goulder's spread! Plus Felice Regina's AND Lindsey Neil's projects! I'm such a fan girl! These ladies have it GOIN' on!

BUT definitely a highlight of my trip was meeting up with my high school textiles teacher (I'm not going to lie, it was so weird calling her by her first name). I adore this lady, Karen (yep, still weird!). Her class was my happy place and her encouragement went a long, long way! Teachers out there... you do amazing work and it stays with us for the rest of our lives! Don't get me wrong, stay in school kids but I'd argue, for me Textiles (and art class) were the most important classes. My husband is in the photo too he went to the same school! Our own little reunion!

So there you have it, all wrapped up in a nutshell. The whole trip. And of course we listened to A lot of music. I found this 50 best road trip article. I don't think I'd say their number one track would be my choice. Mine would be a tie between Johnny Cash's I've Been Everywhere, Cyndi Lauper's I Drove All Night (does she age?), Cake's The Distance and Ray Charles's Hit the Road Jack. Which I oddly associate with Shake your Booty... I'm not sure why. As a kid I thought they said boobie which to me was was HI-larry-ous! And if I was really honest, I still do! 

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Well that was fun! Thank you to everyone who entered the Cassingle pattern giveaway. All the 80's song suggestions were so RAD! To quote Hot Chocolate, "Every 1's a Winner!"  Together we created a pretty darn snazzy playlist! You can listen and see it HERE.

And the randomly selected winners are...from Instagram: @gardenvarietycookie and @villageboundquilts. From the Facebook page: Farah Rhoads and Sue Augusto Mariotti . From the website: Zenna Nixon. Winners please send me your email address and I'll send the pattern off to you pronto!

So what's next? This week I'm off on a road trip back to the prairies to visit family. You know what that means? Lots of hand sewing! Yay! I've come to discover I really enjoying being trapped in a car and limited to what I can work on. 

I recently found this video from when my dad was a kid. His family was at the lake and my grandfather had built the boat they're in. He had been known to mount a jet engines to the back of a boats! This one is his little boat. I believe he built it for my dad. He was quite the inventor! I'd like to think that's where my drive to invent and create patterns came from. Kind of the same, right?! Ha, ha! I'm not sure which I loved more, seeing my grandma as a hottie or the the tiny boat! Either way, Yowza!

I'm looking forward to visiting my home town... and their fabric store! My first job out of high school was working there. It's since been purchased by Kathleen Riggins family and is now called The Sewing Center.  Did you know she just came out with a book?! It's called Diary of a Young Swirl. There may be some shopping happening there... who's to say?

And speaking of shopping... Have you heard of Massdrop? It's community driven commerce. They have Quilting, Knitting, Beauty, Writing and Photography products, plus way more. The idea is if you get enough people to agree to buy something, you all get a heavily reduced price! I just bought a whack of sewing machine needles and I have seen Oliso irons on there! Ooo, I really want a pink one. They only had blue tho. There that should be enough to get you in trouble right?! You can check it out HERE. They have new drops all the time.

 

 

BOOMBOX SEW-A-LONG WEEK 8 - the cassette tape zippy pouch instructions AND!

Lots of exciting things this week! First: the final week of the BOOMBOX sewing machine cover sew-a-long! This last week was my favorite: the cassette tape zippy pouch (that fits inside the sewing machine cover). You can get the instructions HERE. You'll also need this PDF page for the cassette tape bottom.

If you didn't get a chance to do the sew-a-long, fear not! This fall, I'll be compiling all the instructions into a permanent tutorial that will live on my site. It will be here for you whenever you need it! Don't worry, I got your back. 

Second: You know what else is exciting? Cotton + Steel came out with their 2017 Spring Collections Look Book. I've always loved their Look Books AND now I'm IN one of them. SEE!

Third: My CASSINGLE pattern has been released on ETSY and Craftsy! YAY! To celebrate all this excitement, we're going to have ourselves a give away! To enter, leave a comment here telling me your favourite 80's song. I'll add it to my 80's playlist and I'll post the winners name (and favourite song) on the newsletter next week. BUT wait! You have three chances to win. Leave a comment here, on the Lysa Flower Facebook Page or on Instagram (contest and rules will be posted on Facebook and Instagram by noon tomorrow PST). Good luck!

BOOMBOX-SEW-A-LONG: WEEK 7 (don't you love it when it ALL comes together!)

Have you seen what Angelini @suchastitch has been up to? I've LOVED seeing her progress on Instagram (#boomboxsewalong #lysaflowerpatterns). She's posted photos, starting with an inspirational BOOMBOX art wall, to her colouring sheet including her fabric selection and ALL her sewing (especially those teeny tiny pieces). Have a look at what a smarty pants she was! On the tiny pieces on the back of the pattern I noticed she coloured them! BRILLIANT! She also made two cassettes. She wasn't happy with the first one (which I loved) so she made a new one (which I also LOVED). I could never choose between them. Please done ever make me!

This week the sew-a-long is quite exciting! The boombox gets sewn ALL together. Next week is even more exciting because we're going to be making the cassette zippy pouch! Yay! All right. I need to settle down, I'm getting a head of myself. This weeks instructions you can get HERE.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: I like spray starch. There I said it. BUT did you know starch is made out of potatoes? You know who likes potatoes? Bugs. The last thing I want are bugs to be interested in my quilts. Or my anything! Here's a solution. Soak! Have you heard of it? This spring I came across their booth at Quilt Market. I also like smelly things. There I said that too. I prefer scents that are fresh and not to flower-y. They have dreamy scents! Their solution to spray starch is called FLATTER. It gives me that extra crispness I'm looking for when I'm paper piecing my heart out. Oh and they also have (soy based) labels designed by Carolyn Friedlander and Deynse Schmidt. Pretty, nice smelling and useful. I'm sold.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR 80's PLAYLIST: Styx-Too Much Time On My Hands. Check out this Jimmy Fallon Split screen - Hilarious! 

PS. Speaking of time, this week I came across this quote: Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes everyday. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientist can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so. time is amazingly fair and forgiving. Not matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. - Denis Waitely - Serious!

 

BOOMBOX-SEW-A-LONG WEEK 6: FEAR NOT THE SUMMER SLUMP

Early June: Woo Hoo! Summer is almost here! As soon as the kids are out of school, I'm going to have SO much extra time. I'm going to finish this and this and...

<insert outrageous, unattainable list here> 

Reality. Present day: Oofft! It's HOT, I feel melt-y. Hey look at this new shiny thing over here! Where do you need to be driven? Sure so and so can come over. Crap, I better clean up! Unfinished projects score: 52 and 3/4. Finished projects score: 1/4. Ah, the summer slump. Oh yeah! I remember now, didn't this happen last year? 

I was chatting with @bespokeoutlaw and @sewhungryhippie on Instagram who've been feeling the summer slump too, which I was INCREDIBLY relieved to hear. Until then I was convinced I was the only one. Phew! This led me to thinking about and digging for solutions to a summer slump.

RECOMMENDED TO BEAT THE SUMMER SLUMP: Marie Forleo and her 3 Steps to Retrain Your Brain So You Can Be More Productive Than Ever episode helped to quenched my thirst! I can do that!

THE JEALOUS CURATORART for your ear SUMMER CAMP. I LOVE, love, loved what she assigned for week 5. How liberating. I've got my guild sew-in's on the calendar and I CAN NOT wait.

But you know what helped me the most? Being trapped in a car for hours. Yes! A good old fashioned road trip. It's like an isolation tank but you end up somewhere! HA! Perfection. Our little family did a quick-y trip down to Portland. Not only did I finally get my binding done on my Katie Peterson Psychedelic Baby workshop quilt (big reveal still to come), I had a chance to visit Fabric Depot (first time) and Modern Domestic (they moved)! I bought my first Row by Row there. Uh-oh! Finished projects score: 1- 1/4. Unfinished projects score: 52 and 3/4 (aw, the number didn't go down). Hence my new mantra, "It will all get done". 

Oh right Week 6 instructions! You can get them HERE. This week we're sewing the Boombox back pockets! Yay! Check out @emsteratx progress on her sewing machine cover! Gah! LOVE! Now don't worry if the summer slump gets a hold of you, all is okay. The sew-a-long instructions will become a tutorial that'll permanently be a part of my site. It'll be here waiting for you when you need it. Say it with me, "It will all get done". And while it all gets done...

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR 80's PLAYLIST: Jenny 867-5309 by Tommy Tutone, My Sharona by the Knack and Kim Wilde's Kids in America (which I thought the Go Go's did-whoops!)

 

 

BOOMBOX-SEW-A-LONG WEEK 5: GET OUT THOSE GLUE GUNS!

Get those glue guns out! It's go time! Week 5 Boombox sew-a-long instructions are HERE! Oh and before I forget, Happy 4th of July to all my American friends!

Recently I've been asked if I could point people in the direction of paper piecing tutorials or tips. Ask and so you shall receive!

RECOMMENDED PAPER PIECING TIPS: As much as I try to be zen about seam ripping it's always more fun not having to do it. Which is why I really liked Bernina's We All Sew article by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced, called Never Tear Out Stitches Again! How to make Make Paper Piecing Easy.

Another good article is Tips and Tricks Tuesday-Paper Piecing by The Tilted Quilt.

Sound. Practical. Advice. 

Finally, I found this Youtube channel by Man Sewing. Check out How to: Paper Piecing with Violet Craft. I've never used one of those rollers but it's on my list! The advice is similar to the first article I have listed but it's video! Also Violet Craft! Eep! A paper piecing guru!

RECOMMENDED PAPER PIECING PATTERNS: And now that you know all the ins and outs of paper piecing, have you seen Berene Campbell's (@happysewlucky) Tattoo series of patterns on ESTY?!!! MIND BLOWN! Collect them all! She's working on the next one, TRUTH and there's still more to come. Need, need, need, want, want, want! I've got big plans for these babies!

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR 80's PLAYLIST: This week I started in the direction of A Flock of Seagulls with I RAN and Rick Springfield's JESSIE'S GIRL, but then I ended up on Pat Benetar. She's so bad ass! I've always had a sweet spot for her! I remember in grade 2 asking my mom for some spandex pants like Pat Benetar's. She declined. Instead I had to resign myself to lip syncing HEART-BREAKER, LOVE IS A BATTLE FIELD, SHADOWS OF THE NIGHTTREAT ME RIGHT, YOU BETTER RUN and my favourite hair brush mic song to sing: HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!

BOOMBOX SEW-A-LONG: WEEK 4... OH-OH IT'S MAGIC!

This is the week that feels like magic. After this the Boombox Sewing Machine Cover is half done! Can you believe it? HALF DONE! It's all down hill from here! WEeeeeeeeeeee... This weeks instructions are HERE.

RECOMMENDED PATTERN: I first saw Julia (@alchmeytea) speak at Quiltcon 2016. Then we met the next day at a Valori Wells (@valoriwells) lino block class I was taking (she was helping Valori). I've been following her on Instagram ever since. She does pretty much everything and REALLY well! She illustrates, prints, sews garments, quilts and now she's has come out with a killer pattern! I absolutely LOVE cone flowers so yep! Had to buy it. You can too! HERE

RECOMMENDED WATCHING: SONG OF THE SEA. SO beautiful! I'm not sure how our family missed it in theaters. It's full of all types of patterns/quilt-y designs and the story is just as gorgeous!

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR 80'S PLAYLIST: Anything from the CARS! Specifically MAGIC (wow how it pulls me right into school being out, big plans and content boredom). But couldn't I stop there! Especially when I found this snazzy site called SONG FACTS. Remember LETS GO ? (I like the nightlife baby!). How about HELLO? Fun fact: Andy Warhol is the bartender in the video! It was one of his last appearances before he died! JUST WHAT I NEEDED GAh!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! SHAKE IT UP (Oh! Ooo!), TONIGHT SHE COMES (wow his hair! Quite spectacular!) AND the most 80's of them all YOU MIGHT THINK

Not 80's but very necessary for the season: SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER. Yeah, I might have a thing for Alice Cooper. If only I could talk my family into dressing up like the rest of the band in the video, my vision would be complete! P.S. my shirt is from a local (local to me) company called LOCOMOTIVE CLOTHING AND SUPPLY. They're rad! (@locomotiveclothing)

BOOMBOX SEW-A-LONG: WEEK THREE (TEE HEE)

This weeks theme might be girl crushes. Once again I'm crushing on Kam's (@needleplusthread) Boombox post. Gah! That, pushed play button, it get's me every time! This week (I think it's my favourite) everything starts to come together. It's so satisfying! You can get the instructions... HERE.

I'D LOVE FOR YOU TO MEET: Annabel Wrigley (@littlepincusionstudio)! I met Annabel at Quilt Market this spring and not only did I fall deeply, madly, truly in love with her new collection for Windham Fabrics, Daisy Chain, I kind of fell in love with HER. She's a bright bubbly lady who loves to teach children how to sew. Were not talking old-y time rigid, home EC classes... she's teaching kids how to be artists from her Little Pincushion Studio. She also teaches CREATIVE BUG CLASSES online if you're like me and can't make it to her Virginia studio. Oh and did I mention she's written three books. Yep, definite girl crush material!

RECOMMENDED TOOL: Annabel's booth at Spring Quilt Market was bright and cheerful! You couldn't help but be drawn into it. AND THEN you'd discover not only did she have quilt-y cookies, she had a make and take of POM-POMS! I may have a slight addiction to pom-poms but let's keep that on the down low. So of course when my Quilt Market BFF, Natalie (@sewhungryhippie) and I discovered Annabel was selling pom-pom makers,  LOOME (one tool, infinite possibilities)... you know what happened next right. You can never make enough!

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: I FINALLY saw La, La Land! As much as I love music I'm not a huge musical fan, so I resisted only to discover it was adorable and romantic. I can see why Emma Stone won an Oscar. If you haven't seen the movie don't worry, no spoilers here (although I suspect I might have been the last person on the planet to have finally seen it). There is one scene where Making Plans for Nigel plays. I forgot how much I LOVED that song! Technically it was released in 1979, but I'm going to lump it in with my 80's theme (I won't tell, if you won't). Two more musts: Major Tom (1983) and I Don't like Monday's (1979 as well... shhh). Good thing it's Tuesday! Happy Tuesday! 

BOOMBOX SEW-A-LONG: WEEK TWO, ELECTRIC BOOGALOO

Week two of the BOOMBOX sew-a-long. How's everyone doing? Have you selected all your fabric? Check! Bought your extra supplies? Che... uh-oh!? I chatted with Dinkydoo Fabrics this week and they said they could get in the Bosal Foam if you still need to get it (you'll need it for June 20th). She's local BUT she also has an online store. 

The first few photos are from Kam (@needleplusthread). She's picked some very yummy colors for her Boombox. She's not making the sewing machine cover but she's making TWO quilts! This is some of the piecing you can expect this week. DID YOU SEE WHAT SHE DID WITH THE BUTTONS?!!! I squealed when I noticed she pushed play! Followed with a, "Darn! Wish I had thought of that!" :D 

The next set of instructions for the Boombox sew-a-long you can get: HERE. PLEASE NOTE: It seems as much as you test, test, test little sneaky things can slip by. I just discovered that the LIGHT DISPLAY on page 10 was reversed. Please refer to page 9's LIGHT DISPLAY KEY as the correct one. 

RECOMMENDED READING: I was lucky enough to pick up Fussy Cut Sampler at Quilt Market. I was able to get it signed and meet the two adorable, funny and sweet authors, Nichole Ramirez and Elisabeth (Woo) Hardy (@elisabew and @catwithfins ). Have you seen the enamel pins they have... er did have. Sadly they're all sold out, but GOOD NEWS! They're  getting new ones in new colors! YAY!

Nicole and Elisabeth are doing a sew-a-long of all the blocks in their book. Felice (@iamlunasol) and Natalie (@sewhungryhippie) have already done up some very dreamy ones. Le sigh...

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR HEART: Kerry Goulder (@ Kidgiddy) is donating 50% of her Queen Bee Quilt pattern proceeds for the next week to the #westandtogethermanchester support fund.

RECOMMENDED FOR FATHERS DAY: I'm a big fan of Messy Bed Studios. When I saw Lisa's new Father's day card, I laughed, it rang so true. Good thing my husband has such a good sense of humour!

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: Metric. They're a Canadian band, dare I say with Blondie tenancies.  

BOOMBOX SEW-A-LONG! HERE WE GO!...

Y'all want this party started, right? Y'all want this party started quickly, right? Get this weeks BOOMBOX sew-a-long PDF instructions... HERE.

In it you will find the schedule, how to figure out the dimensions for your sewing machine cover, a list of extra supplies, fabric AND instructions for the first block: the radio (the top band). Lots of things to decide this week and a little bit of sewing. Next week there will be more sewing, so if you feel behind, there'll be time to catch up. Oh and if you've never heard of Bosal foam and are wondering what's the difference is, I found this link for you.  

I'd like to add that the Boombox pattern is a leaping off point, either keep it exactly the same or change it up. Don't want to make the equalizer, no problem, make more knobs. See easy! Also, if making the tape open makes your head spin, just sew the front all together as one piece. It's allowed. It'll still look awesome! 

I can't wait to see your fabric selections and progress! Remember to post on Instagram under #lysaflowerpatterns, #boomboxsewalong or #sewinglikeamothertrucker. If you're not on Instagram, feel free to post on the Lysa Flower FACEBOOK page. That's also a great place to post if you have a question. 

RECOMMENDED TOOL: Love it or hate it, hello seam ripper (again)! We spend a lot of time with this tool, don't we? I don't mind ripping any more but I've become quite fussy about which seam ripper I use. My favourite seam ripper is a Seam-Fix by Dritz. I LOVE how skinny the poky thing is (highly technical term). The rubbery ball on the end, I CAN NOT live without it! It's great for pulling out those straggler threads. And yes I decorated them with poop emoji stickers. HA!

Warning there are 1/4" pieces in the pattern. Hang in there, you can DO IT!  Oh did I mention I'm a TED TALK junkie?

RECOMMENDED PEP TALK: TED TALK, Grit: the power of passion and perseverance by Angela Lee Duckworth.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: NEW 80's sounding DREAMCAR! Dare I call them a super group?! It's a mash up between No Doubt's band and the singer from AFI. Totally RAD!