Holiday Holly pattern by Violet Craft

Patterns are always hard for me to follow. As a pattern designer, I tend to want to go off road and do it my way...sometimes I'm still a little six year old brat who wants their own way.

When I decided to try out Violet Crafts Holly Holiday Quilt the only off roading I planned to have was to make it fit my 3.5 and 6.5 curved templates.

I made a block and totally loved it!

It's 20 by 20 which would be great for a pillow. That's exactly where I was going to leave...until I started playing on my phone. 

Someone on Instagram posted about using an app Layout, to do repeats for fabric. I got to thinking about how this block would look with all the berries turn in.

That thought lead to this.

How freaking cool is that! I typically geek out over secondary and tertiary patterns, but this one I TOTALLY geeked out over.

So then of course I had to make a little video of me twisting it up in QuiltCanvas to show you all what I did.

My whole realization here is- it's okay to take an existing pattern and mush and twist it up. You might just get something as equally cool! Just remember to ALWAYS credit your original source. 

So check out Violet's fantastic pattern here.

And enjoy 30% off my templates here with the discount code: sewallthecurves

 

Holiday Template Sale!

It's time to throw your fears away and try sewing some curves! I'm making it super easy for you with 30% off my templates! Use discount code: sewallthecurves at checkout.

Let Me Entertain You! Plus a Giveaway!

Last month I had the opportunity to work with Caleb Gray's new fabric line for Robert Kaufman,  Let Me Entertain You!

It's such a fun retro TV and movie themed collection that comes in two clever colorations: color or black & white!

I was immediately inspired by the retro vibe and ended up designing two new quilts. The first one I love and will have a pattern coming soon. 

Retro TV's was inspired by the tv print Caleb drew and the fire hazard of tv from my childhood.

The quilt that I ultimately ended up making was this: Family Movie Night. A nod to 3D movies that my kiddos love. It's a great cozy couch quilt size that my kids now fight over...because really isn't that what having a sibling is all about!?

I love how it turned out- I used my 3.5 inch quarter circle template for the corners and nose hole. It came together so quickly and easily. 

Now, here's the super fun part....Robert Kaufman has generously donated 1/4 yard cuts of the entire line of Let Me Entertain You! And I'm throwing in a set of my 1/4 circle templates so you can play around!

The giveaway will close on October 16th at midnight.

How do you enter? 

Leave a comment below (don't forget your email) and let us know what your favorite print from the line is! For more information on each fabric and the inspiration behind it, check out his Instagram.

Good luck everyone! I hope you are inspirited to make your own movie themed quilt!

Make something awesome,

Jen

Sew Home - A Shower Curtain

It's so fun having friends who are so talented and write books! My sweet friend Erin just released her first book with C&T Publishing, Sew Home. It's a great book about creating handmade items for all the areas of your house. When Erin asked me to take a look and possibly make something from it I was super excited. I quickly went through the book and immediately knew the shower curtain was the one.

I've been wanting to make one for years but just never made it a priority to figure out the size, how to do grommets, and so on. Even though a shower curtain is easy to figure, I really just wanted to follow a pattern.

Luckily I had just been to Ikea and found this amazing orange fabric with cats all over it.

If you follow me on Instagram you know full well that our family is totally cat crazed. So it seemed appropriate that all the things are CATS. I'm so happy at how it came out. But what's even better is I learn three new skills!

  1. How to match a print
  2. How to install grommets
  3. How to do a blind hem

I loved Erin's instructions in her book - they're clear, concise, and easy to put into practice. It feels good to learn something new and I love how much I smile every time I walk into my bathroom!

Even though our bathroom isn't the greatest the color works really well with the original 1950's counter. If you look closely you'll see that the sink use to be orangey pink too! The previous owners spray painted it- a new bathroom is being built so it's going away soonish. 

Thanks Erin and C&T publishing I had a swell time making this and can't wait to pick out my next project! Do you want to win a copy of Erin's book? Just comment below and tell me what you've been putting off sewing for your home! I'll select a winner at the end of the blog tour. In the mean time visit these other great blogs for another chance to win!