Saturday, March 10, 2012

Up and Coming: Moda Does it Again!

I was just thumbing... or clicking... around today and I found myself at the Moda website where I inevitably end up checking out their new fabrics.  Here are four that I really fell for that will be coming out in the next several months:
Salt Air:  Check out the fun, bright colors but they still have that soothing feel to them.  Love these!

Oh Deer:  Who doesn't love little woodland critters?  I just love the simple, amazing pattern that these fabrics have.  Love MoMo's designs!

Ladies Stitching Club: Oliver and S does it again!  I can't wait to find these beauties in person!  These would be so beautiful with some easy sewing projects!

And finally, in case you were ready for Christmas again...
Blitzen:  Brought to you by the amazing Basic Grey, these fabrics are sure to be pleasers.  Beautiful!  I could sew lots of stockings with these.

So there you go.  A few lines to look forward to and get you in the mood for sewing!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Yellow Accents...

I have a story for you all.  About 2 months ago, my husbands family decided to have a mini family vacation over Presidents' Day.

Not long after, I got an email from my amazing sister-in-law, Dana, who also happens to be a fantastic photographer.   Dana decided we really should do a family picture while we were all together.  She had hunted down 7 different "color palettes" to choose from.  After lots of emails and discussion (we take our pictures seriously!), we finally decided on greens/blues/browns with mustard yellow accents.
Yellow accents!?  I didn't have any of those, so I went shopping.  After finding out that it was $20 for a cute yellow hat, I decided to get my creative genius out of cold storage!
I found this really nasty mustard yellow tank top on clearance (I wonder why) for $1.50.  Then I went to work.  Here's what we ended up with:


Some Simple Hair Clips
A Triple Braided Headband

And Simple Headband

I was pretty happy with the results.  And the final picture turned out really nice:

And there you go... mustard yellow accessories for $1.50!  Gotta love it!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pattern Pick: Little Lads Vest

I am not only in love with Anthea's Little Lads Vest Pattern, but I am in love with this sweet little lad in this photo.  Is he adorable or what?
Here is what Anthea says about this one:
The little lads vest is a super stylish reversible vest that can be dressed up or down.  Perfect for weddings or other special occasions or simply team it with a polo shirt and jeans for a more casual look.  Whatever the occasion this trendy vest is sure to make your little lad look very dapper and handsome.
So true.  So with Easter coming up (I know because all the Easter stuff appeared in my grocery store yesterday!), just think how adorable it would be to make this sweet vest to match the Easter dress you are making for your girl!  So very adorable. Do you think my 11-year old would wear a vest?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Pattern Pick: Picnic in the Park with Sweet Jane

I can't say enough about the creative boost I get every time I look at Sue's quilts!  Today I'd like to feature one called Picnic in the Park.  And here it is!

It's kind of a handy pattern in that it's designed for those Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes or Fat Quarters.

I love the alternating rectangles that add a bit of the unexpected tho this lovely quilt design.

It's a quick and easy quilt with that modern flair.  Bring it on.  And thank you Sue, for the inspiration!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Pattern Pick: MOD Rectangles

 I just love this quilt!!  I go in "quilting phases" and lately, I am in love with the modern, simple look for quilts.  Modern quilt patterns just make my heart melt and this MOD Rectangles quilt fits the bill perfectly!

This is a super easy quilt to make.  It would be a fantastic project for a beginner.  I like to use strip quilting to speed up the process and I teach all about that in the pattern. I love the modern look and the bold pattern in this quilt and you will too! This is an easy quilt and my patterns includes lots of diagrams to make it as simple as possible.  Happy Sewing!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pattern Pick: Inwood Gardern by Little Louise Designs

I just launched this website about 3 weeks ago and I have already so very blessed to meet some wonderful pattern designers already.  I think that is one of the major motivators for me!  These sweet designers have entrusted All Those Patterns with their original designs, and I don't want to do anything at all to let them down.

One of these sweet gals is Jude Spero from Little Louise Designs.  This long-time quilter out of New York, has such beautiful PDF Quilt Patterns!  Today I wanted to highlight one that I really admire called Inwood Garden.  It's a super easy quilt pattern and uses one jellyroll which can really help out if you are a beginner!

Is this beautiful or what?  I love the modern, simple design!  It's a quilt I could cuddle up in and feel right at home.  Thank you, thank you, Jude for sharing Inwood Garden with us!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Pattern Pick: Ruffles and Rosettes Handbag

Two of my favorite things in one pattern!!  Say hello to the Ruffles and Rosettes Handbag.  With Spring right around the corner (at least in my dreams...) I thought this would be a fun pattern to highlight today.  Something so springy about these fun handbags with funky, fun prints!

I have made several of these cute bags and I have to say that it's a fun, easy pattern and the very best part is when it all comes together.  There's a lot of room for creativity, too.  If you don't want a rosette, you can add a flower... or nothing at all.  I even had a customer make this entire bag out of wool and it was super adorable!

So, feel free to head on over and check out the Ruffles and Rosettes Handbag or another one of our fun bags!  Hope you all have a great week!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Pattern Pick: Football Coccoon Set

Hi there! Who's ready for the weekend? I sure am. I've been working non-stop trying to tun my husband's office into a bedroom for an almost 9-year old girl with a new streak of independence! Sounds fun right?  Yeah, I even upholstered a headboard for her.  I love how it turned out so hopefully, you'll all see pictures soon!

Anyhow, I'm doing a new feature called Pattern Pick.  It's where I pick a pattern from the shop to highlight and share with you.

This Pattern Pick is the Football Cocoon Set from Kristi.  I figured with the Superbowl almost here, this one would be a winner.  Check out this adorable downloadable sewing pattern!!

Is that adorable or what?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It's a Giveaway with Just Another Hang Up!

Have you ever visited Suzanne over at Just Another Hang Up? She has been an inspiration to me for a long, long time. She creates some of the cutest things you'll ever find. One of my personal favorites.... these Rice-Filled Heating Pads for kids. So cute!!

Suzanne is hosting our first ever All Those Patterns giveaway this week over at her place. You can enter 3 different ways:

1) Head on over to Just Another Hang Up and tell Suzanne your top 3 Patterns from All Those Patterns. Browse around my clicking on the individual designers.

2) Follow the ATP blog.

3) Like ATP on Facebook.

And there you have it. The prize, you ask? A fabulous Gift Card to All Those Patterns for $25!!!

So head on over and sign up!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Up and Coming: Hello Luscious by Basic Grey

Well, hello luscious!  This fabric is amazingly gorgeous!  Hoping to get my hands on this purdy fabric soon.  It's designed by Basic Grey for Moda.  Lovin' the Luscious!!

Just think....  you could sew this luscious owl....

Or.... this luscious quilt....

Or.... this luscious bag...

The possibilities are luscious.... errrrr.... endless!

Any Croceht or Knitting Fans Around??

I am so, so excited to introduce you to Kristi Simpson, owner and creative genius behind RAKJ Patterns.  Kristi specializes in knitting and crochet patterns, not to mention she has the cutest baby pictures around!  Here it is from her Bio:
I am madly in love with my hubby--he's the ultimate best friend. Together we have 5 children (15, 14, 12, and 3 year old twins)....We homeschool and do things our own crazy way!
As far as crochet and knitting goes...I'm addicted! I love to create things and share what I make; and can never ever never have too husband thinks other wise but my stash continues to grow..ha
But seriously, I love to make photography props and personal items alike. The final product just dazzels me in pictures...I say "I made THAT?" And I'm hoping that others will have the same reaction when YOU make your own item from my patterns!
So, without further ado, here are some of Kristi's gorgeous patterns from the shop:

See what I mean about those cute babies?  I love it!
Anyhow, a huge welcome to Kristi and and even bigger THANK YOU from me! I am so honored and excited to have Kristi here!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

HUGE Fabric Clearance

I have been working super hard on my new PDF Pattern site, All Those Patterns.  I've decided to sell off all of my fabric and concentrate on my patterns.  You know... simplify.  I could sure use some of that right now.

So, I am selling off all of my fabric bundles at cost, over in my Etsy shop.  These are some killer deals, so if you want to stock up on fabric, head on over.

Here are the ones I have:
I have a really nice 4 yard bundle from Joel Dewberry, Aviary 2.   This one is $28 and would normally run $42.  Here is a quilt I made with this stuff.  I love it!  It's really fun fabric to work with and very, high quality!

 Next up, we have this Heirloom Fabric.  I have a 13 yard bundle for $90.  Or a 6.5 yard bundle for $45.

If this looks familiar, it's because I LOVE sewing with these bold, bright prints.  Here are a few samples:

 So, if you're looking to stock up, I thought I'd pass along the savings.  Head on over HERE.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Looking for An Easy Quilt Pattern??

I am so, so thrilled to introduce you to Jude from Little Louise Designs.  I have nothing but admiration and appreciation for this gal.  Here’s why:

All Those Patterns is brand new at this stage of the game.  I know it will grow and be wonderful, but at this point, I have a lovely website and that’s about it.  I sent out emails to several of my favorite designers and Jude emailed back, got her account set up, got her patterns all ready to go…. within a few days.  Now that what I call a “Go Getter!”  I admire that so very much and I can’t say what it means to me personally!  Thank you Jude!

And if that’s not enough, Jude is also an incredibly talented quilting pattern designer.  She is the resident expert on the easy quilt pattern, as well as the precut quilt pattern. Now, on to the actual patterns, which is what you probably all wanted to see anyhow, rather than listening to me gush about a fabulous lady who took a chance on my site…  Here are a few that I happen to adore.

 Beautiful!!  And many of her patterns come from precuts, which makes for a simple quilt with great results.  She has lots more you can find HERE.  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Cat is Out of the Bag....

You may have noticed I have been preoccupied lately, and I finally get to tell you why!

I am so excited to show you my new website, All Those Patterns.  It's a place where all of my favorite PDF Pattern Designers can all come together and have their patterns in one place.  I think it's going to be amazing!  

Best part... you can have these patterns instant download which is a really nice feature for those of us with little to no patience.  Ha!

I have just started inviting designers and some have even started putting patterns on the site.  I'm so excited to watch this site grow.  It's sort of like Christmas every time a designer says, "Yes!" and decides to join All Those Patterns.  I am so appreciative to them because without them, this site wouldn't work at all. 

The first designer I wanted to introduce is Sue, from Sweet Jane's.  I love her quilt designs and her sweet, modern style.  You can read more about her right HERE.  Here are a few of her lovely patterns.  Aren't they nice?

 So stay tuned for some more big news.  You can head on over and "like" us on our Facebook page  if you want to keep on top of our giveaways and news as we grow.  It's going to be an adventure for sure!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hello, 2012!!

I always love New Years.  I love this psychological "clean slate" that comes along with a new year.  I think as humans, we can't help but hope for something new, something better, a habit broken, a goal accomplished... you know what I mean.  I have a year filled with plans, like I do every year.  I accomplish some, and I don't quite make others, and some goals die big... like the time I decided to cut sugar out of my diet.  And that's OK. 

OK, enough rambling and happy 2012!!

Now for a little show and tell from Shannon.  She made up a few of my Heirloom Stockings and they turned out so sweet that I had to share.  I just love the way she used the same pattern for the stocking's main fabric and changed up the accent fabric.  I thought it was a really great idea.  And I never would have thought of it! 

Thanks for sharing this Shannon!!!