Wait - I know what you're thinking! What? Happy Holidays??? Ummmm, Tammy.....it's super duper hot and I'm sweating my tushie off here. What do you mean, Happy Holidays. Hold on just a minute - while the holidays may not be here YET, they are coming! ...

 

Adventures in Quilting with Kate and Tammy - A Look at Holiday Stitching and more...

Adventures in Quilting with Kate and Tammy - A Look at Holiday Stitching

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Wait - I know what you're thinking!  What?  Happy Holidays???  Ummmm, Tammy.....it's super duper hot and I'm sweating my tushie off here.  What do you mean, Happy Holidays.

Hold on just a minute - while the holidays may not be here YET, they are coming!  Like clockwork, every year.  And yes, most retailers have already held the now infamous Christmas in July sales and promotions.  And many of you may have already gotten a jump on your holiday sewing (kudos to you!).

If you haven't started your holiday sewing, it isn't too late!  No, really.  I mean it - you've still got time.

I don't know about you, but I seriously love a handmade Christmas.  I enjoy the process of choosing a project special to an individual, of taking the time to choose fabrics and labor over the creation of a project that is just for them! And that's what Kate and I wanted to share with you this month - some inspiration for your holiday stitching, as well as a few tips when starting your holiday projects.  Oh - and head over to Kate's blog to see what she has to say about holiday stitching as well!

A bit ahead of the holiday curve, but here's a little video I posted on my Instagram feed of a stack of burp clothes I made for my soon-to-be here grandson.

 

 

 

I plan on creating some matching bibs next - just in time for the holidays!  Sweet, simple, practical - perfect for my minimalist daughter and her new baby!

But what about holiday themed projects?  Well, I'll admit that baby fever (and baby projects) have taken over my sewing for the time being.  But.....I do have some great holiday themed patterns if YOU are in the holiday sewing frame of mind!

Celebration slices

If you are a paper piecer, I have a few patterns that may be just what you're looking for.  First up is Celebration Slices, which covers not only Halloween and Christmas, but also birthdays as well!  Yup, all three are in one easy pattern with FUSED applique (that's right - I said the "A" word, but hey, it is fusible, so it's all good!).

Harvest Gourds

If you want to tackle some Fall oriented projects prior to diving into Christmas, try Harvest!  It stitches up super quickly, and again uses fusible applique and some big stitch quilting for a warm, welcoming wall hanging.  And I offer up a more modern twist on the same project on the website with ghost gourds (yes they ARE a thing) on a purple and black background - super fun!

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Want something a little different - and super quick?  The Pumpkin Patch pattern offers two small pumpkins that are quick to stitch in felted wool, with fun little leaf caps that lift off.  A great accent piece for a holiday table!

 

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Still paper piecing - but this Night Of Lights pattern uses a panel as the main focus (and the pattern also includes a terrific little table runner and placemats too!).

Festival Wallhanging

Yup - still more paper piecing, but the Festival pattern has a great lap quilt and this fun Menorah wall hanging.  The candle flames button on each night of the festival, for a wonderful interactive wall hanging.

Ok, so I've offered up some ideas for your holiday stitching.  Now what?  Some suggestions for a successful holiday sewing marathon:

Timeline:

I'm going to go old school on you here.  Pull out the calendar and take stock of your available time.  Now REALISTICALLY evaluate when you can cut, sew, stitch, quilt.  How much time do you think that project or pattern will take you?  Ok, double that.  Now mark it on the calendar (so you don't overbook yourself and find yourself sitting up until 2am on Christmas Eve trying to finish that last project!).

Supplies:

What do you need to make the project?  And what do you already have?  Don't throw yourself into the red for a terrific project that calls for more than you can reasonably purchase.  This is supposed to be a gift from the heart - and your heart may be a bit reluctant if the supplies break the bank!  Take stock of what you already have BEFORE heading to the quilt shop!

Receiver:

I'm just going to go ahead and say it.  While you may WANT to make it - will the receiver WANT it?  I know, I know.  What crazy person wouldn't be grateful for a wonderful handmade gift that is full of love and good wishes from the person that made it.....well, we all probably know someone that might not.  So loving advice, dear stitching friend - consider your gift receivers and create carefully!

Whew!

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to hit the quilt shop and the sewing room, and put my sewing machine through it's paces over the next few weeks!  I have visions of quilty gifts dancing through my head!

Don't forget to share pics of your creative efforts!  I'd love to see what you've created - post on my Facebook page so everyone can enjoy!  

 

Thanks for sharing the quilting passion with me. Happy stitching!

If you are interested in having me teach at your shop or guild, please contact me!

I have a Quilt-A-Long coming up next month!  Follow me on Facebook to get more details about joining my Tamarinis Quilting Tribe page and to join the Quilt-A-Long!  I'm also a Certified Studio 180 Instructor (woot woot!) and am offering Tucker University classes!  Look for more Studio 180 classes coming soon!

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.

 

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Wrap Up

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Graphic 1@4xAre you as sad as I am that the spectacular Creative Spaces Blog Hop has come to an end?  I know - I shed a tear or two as well!

Thank you all, dear readers and blog hoppers for visiting all of our blogs, leaving such positive, wonderful, supportive comments (that's what makes the creative community so wonderful - all of the love and support!), and for visiting us each week.

Please keep all of the super talented ladies on your "must visit" list.  Join the mailing lists, subscribe to the newsletters, and hey - just drop us a line every now and then to say hello!  We'd all love to hear from you!

As we draw things to a close, come back next week to see who the lucky surprise winners were - I'm combing through all of the comments on my social media feed to select fabulous participants to send little goodies to!  Oh- and not to worry - I'll draw winners from Week Six today and update this post late Monday night.  Stay tuned!

And don't forget to visit the blogs, websites and social media feeds of the designers. I know a lot of us have more events coming up soon.

For example, a little birdy told me that Christa will be hosting a quilt along soon!  And I have a quilt along scheduled on my groups page (join here).  Jessica regularly hosts quilt alongs.  And I do know that more blog hops are coming up featuring new fabric lines and book releases!  

Hey - what can I say?  We're a fun group!

Until next time......

The Blog Hop Schedule: 

 Mondays

Tamarinis

Cherry Blossom Quilting

Tuesdays

Morning Glory Designs

Sew Many Creations

Wednesdays

Seams Like a Dream

Poor House Quilt Designs

Desert Bloom Quilting

Thursdays

Canton Village Quilt Works

Cranberry Pie Designs

Fridays

 Avery Lane Designs

Christa Quilts

Saturdays

Quiltoni

Swan Amity

Sundays

Funky Friends Factory

Simple Arts

Joanne Sharpe

 

Thanks for sharing the quilting passion with me. Happy stitching!

If you are interested in having me teach at your shop or guild, please contact me!

I have a Quilt-A-Long coming up next month!  Follow me on Facebook to get more details about joining my Tamarinis Quilting Tribe page and to join the Quilt-A-Long!  I'm also a Certified Studio 180 Instructor (woot woot!) and am offering Tucker University classes!  Look for more Studio 180 classes coming soon!

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.

 

 

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week Six - Rulers

REVISED Week Six

Hello and welcome to Week Six (yikes - has it been six weeks already??!!) of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop!

This week the sixteen designers in the hop will be focusing on dealing with rulers in the creative space.  The rulers used may vary, but we all face the struggle - how do you organize your rulers so you can protect them and yet easily access them?

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I have VERY limited wall space in my studio, so my biggest struggle is finding a practical, accessible space for my rulers.  My go-to solution?  Command hooks on the end of my sewing table.  

If you're going to take a similar approach, my suggestion is to measure out the available space and follow the same guidelines suggested for hanging pictures:  make paper templates of the ruler sizes and tape them up against the space to see how to best make use of available space.  

I was thrilled to be able to hang my 24" ruler, along with my 12 1/2" square, my 6 1/2" square AND my 14" ruler.  These are my daily use rulers - and having them at the end of the cutting table means they are always right at hand.  And at the end of the day, I hang them back up so I know right where they are - and so they don't get broken.

Have you ever knocked a ruler off a table - or set something down on top of the ruler and broken it?  Nope?  Just me?  Well, even so, hanging the rulers back up at the end of the day protects them from harm AND keeps things tidier.

What about the rulers I DON'T use every day?  I shelve those bad boys.  I stand them up on end in one of my cubbies (remember the cubbies from the fabric post? yep - those), smallest to largest.

 

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But my favorite new discovery has to be these Iris Scrapbook Totes!  They are the PERFECT size for most rulers (with the exception of rulers over 13").  And to make things even better, if you want to keep smaller rulers organized and easy to find, use the clear plastic hanging file folders made for the tote. 

As you can see, I keep my Studio 180 rulers in the tote.  I have a hanging folder for each ruler, which makes them easy to find. And I can keep the directions that come with each ruler in the same hanging file.  

Because it is a tote, it has a handy dandy handle.  And bonus - the top is also a small storage area, so you can tuck necessary tools for class in there.  The rectangular shape will be easy to store and stack, so I'm actually thinking of getting more and putting all of my rulers except for those at the end of the cutting table into totes.

Since it is the final week, let's blow it out with some awesome giveaways!  I will be choosing some folks at random from my blog subscribers, from comments on my Facebook page, and from comments on my Instagram feed.  (And please don't forget to follow me on Facebook, on Instagram, on Pinterest, and to subscribe to my newsletter (and you get a free pattern download for subscribing to the newsletter) and to my blog!).

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What are the prizes this week?  I have a luscious scrappy stack of fabric from my friends at Island Batik!  Woot woot!  And three small thread collections to three different winners from the generous folks at Aurifil - how awesome is that?  

All winners chosen randomly from all entries in the Gleam widget, comments on Instagram or comments on Facebook, as mentioned above.I'm so glad you stopped by - and I look forward to seeing you next week!  In the meantime, set your calendars to check out everyone's posts. Comments and giveaway for this post have closed.  Thank you.

The schedule and links are below.  As always, let's share the love - follow all of these terrific folks on social media, share the posts, and leave awesome comments so we all know what you like and what you'd like to see more of!  And please follow all of the terrific designers across the platforms - Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest - to enable us to continue to bring you great content!

The Blog Hop Schedule: 

 Mondays

Tamarinis

Cherry Blossom Quilting

Tuesdays

Morning Glory Designs

Sew Many Creations

Wednesdays

Seams Like a Dream

Poor House Quilt Designs

Desert Bloom Quilting

Thursdays

Canton Village Quilt Works

Cranberry Pie Designs

Fridays

 Avery Lane Designs

Christa Quilts

Saturdays

Quiltoni

Swan Amity

Sundays

Funky Friends Factory

Simple Arts

Joanne Sharpe

 

Thanks for sharing the quilting passion with me. Happy stitching!

If you are interested in having me teach at your shop or guild, please contact me!

I have a Quilt-A-Long coming up next month!  Follow me on Facebook to get more details about joining my Tamarinis Quilting Tribe page and to join the Quilt-A-Long!  I'm also a Certified Studio 180 Instructor (woot woot!) and am offering Tucker University classes!  Look for more Studio 180 classes coming soon!

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.

 

 

 

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week Six

 

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week Five - The Button and Thread Dilemma

REVISED Week Five

Can you believe we have been exploring creative spaces for five weeks now??!  I know - amazing.  I don't know about you, but I'm loving all of the terrific ideas and fabulous spaces everyone is sharing.  So.Much.Fun.

This week I'm diving into the embellishment dilemma - all of those little itty bitty tidbits that are absolutely necessary to the craft, but can be a real pill to deal with.  Because they are so small.  Because there are SO many of them!  Yikes!

How do I deal with all of those colorful, plentiful spools and buttons?  Well, if you've been visiting me each week, you already know I'm a HUGE fan of closed storage.  Therefore, it's no big surprise that for most of my little goodies, I use - yep, you guessed it - closed storage!

Thread drawers

I dream longingly of beautiful, elegant wooden thread cabinets.  Dream.....yup, but don't have.  What I do have - and works pretty good, I must say, are these adorable little cardboard drawers.  Inside are my most frequent go-to threads (why, yes, fellow quilter, they ARE Aurifil threads.  Are there any others????).

Thread drawers open

Each drawer is organized by thread weight and type (40 wt, 50wt, and a personal favorite - wool).  When I pull open a drawer, I can easily which threads I have and the color.  So while it's not super fancy, it's working pretty well.

Thread drawers 2

Once I filled those up - and let's face it, you REALLY can't have too many threads - I of course couldn't find more drawers just like those.  So I had to find something different.  And in came these handy dandy wide cardboard drawers.  You're in luck - I found these last year at back-to-school time, so you can probably find something similar.  

12 wt thread

While the spools won't stand up in these flatter drawers, the plus side is they WILL lay nice and flat.  So again, I can pull open the drawer and see which Aurifil 12 wt I have when I'm looking to do some top stitching.

Floss drawer

Or which Aurifil floss color I need (and YES - I MAY have a thread problem...or maybe I just have a proclivity toward awesome colorful threads......just saying).

Vintage threads

I also have a fondness for all things vintage.  Such as my grandmother's wooden spools and cotton threads.  Beautiful.  Can't be used - but lovely to look at.  So I house those in an antique Lance cracker jar, salvaged from the small country general store she and my grandfather ran years ago.

Vintage buttons

And her button collection (vintage now, but not in her day!) sits right next to the thread jar, safe from dust in an old mason jar.  Remember the open cubbie bookcase from last week's post?  These sit on top of that curtained cabinet, safe from the playful Felix (my ever present Quality Control Inspector) and his paws.

Buckets

But not all the storage is closed.  Some frequently used items (mostly pins) are guarded by Ralph, my faithful elf, in open buckets with cheerful ribbon handles.  I like the ease of the buckets - easy to grab a bucket, pull what I need from it, and tuck it back on the shelf.

I can't wait to see what Cherry, Jackie, Toni, Vicki, Swan and the rest of the designers have to share with you about dealing with thread, buttons and embellishments!  I'm sure they are going to have some great ideas and suggestions (and I may just  have to borrow a few of the ideas myself!).

Share with me how you handle your thread, button and embellishment storage!  I'd like to see how everyone deals with all of the little tidbits of sewing!

Before you leave - there are some AWESOME giveaways for this week.  One lucky winner will receive a thread collection from the always amazing, ever inspiring folks at Aurifil.  

And because so many generous folks want to share with you, I'll select one lucky person from the comments on my Instagram feed (don't forget to follow me while you're there!) will win a super stack of felted wool from the folks at National Nonwovens.  AND....drumroll....I'll choose one person from the comments on my Facebook page to win a mystery fabric prize as well.  Yes, that's three different prizes!  

All winners chosen randomly from all entries in the Gleam widget, comments on Instagram or comments on Facebook, as mentioned above.I'm so glad you stopped by - and I look forward to seeing you next week!  In the meantime, set your calendars to check out everyone's posts.     Comments and giveaway for this post have closed.  Thank you.

The schedule and links are below.  As always, let's share the love - follow all of these terrific folks on social media, share the posts, and leave awesome comments so we all know what you like and what you'd like to see more of!  And please follow all of the terrific designers across the platforms - Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest - to enable us to continue to bring you great content!

The Blog Hop Schedule: 

 Mondays

Tamarinis

Cherry Blossom Quilting

Tuesdays

Morning Glory Designs

Sew Many Creations

Wednesdays

Seams Like a Dream

Poor House Quilt Designs

Desert Bloom Quilting

Thursdays

Canton Village Quilt Works

Cranberry Pie Designs

Fridays

 Avery Lane Designs

Christa Quilts

Saturdays

Quiltoni

Swan Amity

Sundays

Funky Friends Factory

Simple Arts

Joanne Sharpe

 

Thanks for sharing the quilting passion with me. Happy stitching!

If you are interested in having me teach at your shop or guild, please contact me!

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.

 

 

 

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 5

 

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week Four - The Fabric Post

REVISED Week Four

The new blog post is here!  The new blog post is here!  For those of you - ahem - of a certain age, you may appreciate that take from Steve Martin's hysterical movie, The Jerk.  I feel that way sometimes - crazy excited about little things.  This post is one of them!

We've all been sharing glimpses into our sewing and creating spaces, which has been so much fun and so inspiring.  I've gleaned great ideas on dealing with organization.  But this is the post that I had in my head when this whole thing began.  How to deal with fabric!

Fabric is awesome.  Fabric is beautiful.  Fabric is ESSENTIAL to my craft.  And for a long time I was a loyal member of the You Can't Have Too Much Fabric club.  Butttt..........actually I do think you can. Have too much, that is.  When it starts to impede your ability to sew.  When your sewing space begins to look like a cluttered warehouse rather than a space to inspire and create.  Yep - I reached that point, and so began my adventure into fabric organization.  Yes...it CAN happen!

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Here is where my fabric cozies up and makes itself at home.  Behind the curtain!  There are several reasons I chose this approach.  

Behind the curtain fabric

Visibility:  When the curtain is pulled back, my fabrics are visible.  And yes, while out of sight, out of mind is          great, when I need to pull fabrics (or shop my stash!), it is MUCH easier to simply pull back the curtain and have a full view of what is available, rather than dig through totes to see what I have.  I tend to duplicate less and make better use of what I have this way! 

Fabric shelves

Grouping: While this might not look like it, these fabrics are organized by fabric line.  Based on the way I work and design, it makes more sense for ME to organize my fabric in individual cubbies (LOVE LOVE LOVE those cubbies) by fabric line.  If you want to take a similar approach, you might group your fabrics by project, or perhaps by season or theme.  For instance, I collect (sigh....trying NOT to do that, but it is a compulsion!) fabrics with words on them.  I keep them on their own little shelf.

Light: The curtain is a best of both worlds scenario.  I can protect my fabric from light and from dust, but still have easy, complete access.  

There is a "trick" to this - and it's all in the special tension rods I used.  If you haven't tried them, let me tell you- they are AWESOME!  I discovered them a few years back and they are a game changer.  Normal tension rods fit inside a window frame - easy peasy.  But you can't do that with the cubbie bookcases (Ikea - gotta love that store!) because of the cubbies, which are full width and depth of the bookcase.

Hence the Maytex Twist and Shout curtain rods. Yes, they come in different sizes and colors.  And you can find them here.  I've linked to the brushed nickel ones I use in my studio, but other colors and sizes are available, and I've even started using them in other rooms so I can easily make changes to my curtains when I want to.  (yep, an affiliate link.....)

EXTRA DESIGN WALL: I chose white curtains for multiple reasons.  It keeps the space bright and clean looking.  And I can use that broad open space as an extra design wall.  Since they are curtains, fabric won't "stick" to it like a normal design wall, but I've been known to drape strips of fabric over the rod (like when I was making my To the Point guided improv quilt - was a terrific place to organize the 20 2 1/2" strips used for the diamond points).

Scraps trim basket

But that's not the only way I deal with fabric.  I do have scraps - don't we all???  I keep a large basket under my cutting table, lined with a large plastic bag, for trimmings and small scraps.  I use these for stuffing.  I've made pet beds, draft dodgers, and even floor cushions, all stuffed with these scraps that might otherwise end up in the garbage.

Scraps basket

And what about bigger scraps?  Well, I've talked about closed storage (and I am a HUGE fan of closed storage), but I'm also a "basket gal".  I love a pretty basket!  So....while I'm in creation mode, I put larger scraps (those that can be used in smaller projects) in baskets, again organized by fabric line.  You can see leftovers from projects from my last three lines in baskets here.

Happy Hour

But of course I have "closed" baskets as well.  I am a fan of vintage picnic baskets, and they make awesome storage!  Because they have a lid, the fabric is protected from light and dust.  I use my picnic baskets to organize fabric groups such as holiday, novelty, or project specific.  I add little hang tags on the handle identifying which group is inside to make it easy to locate.  Honestly, these are for my long-term projects - things I WANT to make at some point in time, but know I'm not going to get to right away!

How do you handle your fabric storage?  What's your favorite way of organizing your fabrics so you can get to what you need?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

As with the earlier Creative Spaces posts, I've got a special giveaway for you this week.  The fabulous folks at Warm Co.  have provided a wonderful prize package:  A Warm 100 queen batt and a Warm'n Natural King batt!  Want to win that?  Just use the Gleam widget at the bottom of  the post to enter.  I'll also be choosing at random a winner from the comments on my Instagram feed (and hey- while you are there, please follow me AND share the posts. Help a gal out, won't you?)  The IG winner will win a mystery fabric pack prize!  Woot Woot!   Comments and giveaway for this post have closed.  Thank you.  Please see other blog posts for additional opportunities to enter giveaways.

I'm so glad you stopped by - and I look forward to seeing you next week!  In the meantime, set your calendars to check out everyone's posts.  The schedule and links are below.  As always, let's share the love - follow all of these terrific folks on social media, share the posts, and leave awesome comments so we all know what you like and what you'd like to see more of!  And please follow all of the terrific designers across the platforms - Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest - to enable us to continue to bring you great content!

The Blog Hop Schedule: 

 Mondays

Tamarinis

Cherry Blossom Quilting

Tuesdays

Morning Glory Designs

Sew Many Creations

Wednesdays

Seams Like a Dream

Poor House Quilt Designs

Desert Bloom Quilting

Thursdays

Canton Village Quilt Works

Cranberry Pie Designs

Fridays

 Avery Lane Designs

Christa Quilts

Saturdays

Quiltoni

Swan Amity

Sundays

Funky Friends Factory

Simple Arts

Joanne Sharpe

 

Thanks for sharing the quilting passion with me. Happy stitching!

If you are interested in having me teach at your shop or guild, please contact me!

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.

 

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 4