6/23/2016

Improv No.2 complete and FLOW quilt pattern Release











This Improv Quilt is a full on color riot, just as I like it. This quilt was make with Kona solids for the most part, as the rich tones are exactly what I was looking for. I threw in random prints here and there to shake it up a bit. I'm really drawn to super intense compositions, where there is little rest for the eyes. I'm sure it has something to do with emotions, the world, the chaos...

But I like it. 

A lot.


















I didn't follow a "score" like in Sherri Lynn Wood's book, but rather followed my visual cues and instincts and threw everything together sort of  haphazardly. It was on purpose I think.
I wasn't sure it would work, but I usually don't agonize over if it works or if it doesn't. It's the process that's important, and it's ALL worth it.






It worked.

















In other news, I've released a beginner friendly quilt pattern called Flow.
It's made with one jelly roll + 2 yards background fabric.
It can be pieced in a single day and only requires sewing straight seams.
(Or make wonky seams- that could be super cool too!)






I'm reluctantly putting this quilt up for sale in my Etsy shop because I'm bursting at the seams with quilts, and I figure a de-stash will give me funds to -- buy more fabric! LOL













Quilting on my trusty Bernina:










My Good Karma quilt is in issue 36 of Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine this month, I feel really humbled/ blessed/ lucky/ whatever you call it to be included in this magazine. There are gorgeous projects in this issue, I mean look at the Ombre quilt on the cover! Amazing.



I pieced this quilt in a day, and let's not talk about it too much because all those flying geese slightly traumatized me. I am lucky enough to have Grandma 90 minutes away, so every now and then I beg politely ask her to babysit so I can get in some manic sewing time.  The kids love it, as Grammy lets them eat ice cream and swim all day long. I really love it because I can recharge my batteries and block the world out.









Another week is flying by, so I need to catch up on my Summer Sampler blocks.
This one is week 5:

You can still join in! The blocks are not difficult (so far!) and it's fun to connect with other Quilty people. Go on, what have you got to lose?







I can share my Emblem bag now too, yay! 
I took this to Glamp Stich A Lot with me and it was perfect. 
It's generously sized and quick to make. The fabric with retro tea thermoses is on Spoonflower and I used Essex linen as the accent.

Get your copy of the pattern here.


















I have more to share, but it will have to wait. It's been a weird week, lots of drama- and I just feel "strange". Could it be the moon? Anyways, I hope you make time for yourself this week and enjoy the moments of bliss as they arrive. They are  there, you just have to notice. <3 p="">


LOVE
XOXO








6/15/2016

LOVE IS LOVE mini quilt PDF pattern (free download)



I've created a 5 page PDF pattern download for this mini quilt. Please feel free to create this and share as much as you like.




 Like everyone else, I am confused and disgusted by the terrorism taking place in our world. I refuse to give "air time" to it, so instead of talking about it relentlessly like the news stations do, I will "make". I'm sending my mini to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild as a show of support for their community. They are asking for heart quilts in rainbow colors. If you can make a block or a quilt, that would be amazing.




 If you make a Human Rights rainbow mini using this pattern, tag me if you like- (@sewhungryhippie) as I would love to see it and share the goodwill. (And celebrate you with lots of virtual hugs!)









Much love to us all.
Oh, and in case you feel doubt and worry--
Love will win. Trust in that.









The PDF has photos and illustrations to guide you through. It's very easy, just sewing straight lines and seam nesting. If you have any questions, I am here to help. You can email or message me on IG (links on sidebar). 







example page in pattern:






6/12/2016

Pug adoption!!




My kids have been asking for a Pug since...well, forever.


I was in contact with the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) based Pug Hugs. Tori was never listed on any website, she was matched to us from our application. So, yeah- it was fate. It was destiny. She is so chill and cuddly I can't believe anyone would dump her. A breeder decided she wasn't worth keeping, so he dropped her off at a shelter and the rest is history. 

She's 2  1/2 years old, 13 pounds, and has the most darling disposition. 
She came with her given name "Tori".

She's spayed, shots are up to date, and has a clean bill of health all around.

We feel SO lucky to have her.
A huge heartfelt thanks to Debbie at Pug HUGS.
 
 
 
I truly believe in rescue whenever possible. I do realize not all breeders are the same, just like people are not all the same. But with the numbers of unwanted Doggies out there, it warms my heart to know one is off the list. 








































In sewing related news:



Block 2 of the Summer Sampler/ design by Cluck Cluck Sew.
I seriously love this design and hope to make an entire quilt of it (some day). 


Block 3 is also complete, SnowCone. You'll have to check my IG feed for that pic. 
I'm too lazy right now. Bahahahaha


Here is block 4 recently finished:







I completed two minky quilts and am gifting one of them to a friend. The other will stay here because my kids rioted when I told them I'd list it on Etsy. 

Why spend $100 on minky and make 2 blankets when you can buy it at a shop for probably $30? Complete.
??  Because crafters / sewers are CRAZY.
:D

Crazy in an endearing way of course.






I have two quilt patterns ready for release, I just have to get better photos. So stay tuned on that if you like easy quilt patterns that pOp. My patterns will always be under $10 but these two are special Summer releases and will be $6. 


We've been hard at work on our yard/garden as well. Which, if I'm completely honest, I really dislike (the work). I love the end results when they happen, but darn it takes a lot of time. Here is our repainted wicker chaise lounge with cover I made using Spoonflower eco canvas. 









I can't sit here any longer to type so there's my super short post. LOL
My fun ladies group ran this morning for perhaps our last long mileage run and whenever we do long miles my hips just ache for days! Sitting is tough. Our race is June 26th if you're in Madison, come on down and ring some bells. It's the Madison HER Half Marathon. There's a 5K still open for sign up as well if you want to join in the FUN!





Peace and LOVE to you!