Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Typewriter Quilt (Tutorial Coming Soon!)

Cotton + Steel Typewriter Quilt by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Way back when I was first designing the projects for my book, I knew that I wanted to make a typewriter quilt. You all know my love for vintage things, and typewriters just seem to be one of those iconic pieces that never go out of style. I had so much material that I wanted to pack into Sew Organized for the Busy Girl that, in the end, the typewriter mini had to be cut from the final draft. Thankfully, though, Stash Books is letting me release it to you as a free tutorial this Monday on the C&T blog. I'll also be doing an Instagram takeover for them next week (Monday through Friday) where I'll be sharing some pictures of all that goes on behind the scenes here at Fabric Mutt, so be sure to tune in!

Cotton + Steel Typewriter Quilt by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Ever since I sent my mini quilt off to the Stash offices a year ago, I've been thinking about how much fun it would be to make a larger version. When I saw the first pictures of Melody Miller's Playful collection last year, I decided immediately that I wanted to make a lap quilt sized typewriter quilt using only Cotton + Steel Fabric. And the rest, as they say, is history...

Cotton + Steel Typewriter Quilt by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

The keys are a rainbow of prints from all the Cotton + Steel designers. I used my favorite green floral print from Cookie Book for the typewriter (how I would love to have one in real life that looked exactly like this!) and the Playful word find print could not have been more perfect for the sheet of paper. The background is a dark navy XOXO print from the basics collection which is framed in Playful viewmaster reels for the binding. The entire quilt top is traditionally pieced, by the way -- nothing fancy going on here beyond squares, rectangles, and half square triangles. I quilted the entire piece using a wavy stitch on my machine which reminds me of how I used to make "pretend writing" on my pictures back when I was a little girl and didn't know how to make any real letters.

Cotton + Steel Typewriter Quilt by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

This quilt is the first time I've ever used double cotton gauze for backing, and I tell you, it will not be the last! The Cotton + Steel Bespoke collection is unbelievably, gloriously soft, like your favorite t-shirt that's been washed a hundred times until it's the most comfortable thing you own. I can't wait to curl up under this quilt tonight while I watch television with my husband before we go to bed. Out of all the quilts I've made over the years, this may possibly be my very favorite.

Be sure to visit C&T on Monday for the mini typewriter quilt tutorial. I can't wait to share it with you!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sew the Library: Deluxe Pincushion

Yes, you knew I had to use Sew Organized for the Busy Girl for one of these posts eventually. It's such a strange but wonderful thing to have this book in my hands and to actually be sewing from a pattern inside it!

Choosing a favorite project from your own book is like picking a favorite child. How can you possibly do it? But if I absolutely had to, it might just be the Deluxe Pincushion. This little project embodies everything I wanted the projects in my book to be: simple, quick, and very useful. I love being able to indulge in a bit of patchwork with my tiniest scraps, and I'm always crazy about projects that I can finish in a hurry (I began working on this after the girls started their morning classes today and was finished before lunch!). Most of the prints are from the adorable Milk, Sugar & Flower collection by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics. I added a Sweetwater text print and a little dotty fabric too, since I always love to add some black and white to any project. A side loop out of Cotton + Steel twill tape was the finishing touch.

This would be such a fun pincushion to bring to a retreat or sew-in. All your notions tuck neatly into the pocket, and off you go!

I'm linking up with the rest of the Sew the Library crowd at Weekend Doings. You still have a week before February is over. Come join us!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Wiltshire Daisy & Tomorrow's Podcast

February 2015 will always be remembered as the Month of Real Estate in our family. Everyone in my husband's and my immediate family is in the process of purchasing a home even as I type this sentence. I guess we all got the urge to put down roots at the same time. If only we weren't spread out across the country from East to West...

My sister is planning to move into a beautiful house here in Southern California before we drive off for Texas in June, and I wanted to make something pretty for her new home. When my friends at Riley Blake Fabrics were kind enough to send me a package full of the lovely Wiltshire Daisy collection by Carina Gardner, I knew I had the right fabric for the job. These prints are shabby chic perfection, just the sort of thing my sister loves. Her new kitchen has an adorable window seat along one wall, and these pillows will make a cuddly spot for someone to curl up with a good book.

I'm so honored to be appearing on the American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast tomorrow with Pat Sloan, where we'll be chatting about my new book and all things quilty. You can tune in right here tomorrow at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern time. Drop by and check it out!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Today I'm...

...planning my next project for Sew the Library. (Don't forget to link up with Martha on February 20th!)

...folding fabric.

...enjoying some much needed chocolate chip cookie therapy.

Happy week!
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