Super Cute Paper Piecing ~ Apple Wristlet

Today I am sharing another project from my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing".

My Apple Wristlet is a sweet and useful project.
The wristlet is a perfect size to use as a purse or just make the pouch to hold
sewing essentials or make-up.
I can't seem to have too many pouches!

If you are familiar with my work it is no surprise to see an apple themed project in the book : )

I designed this block for the book "Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects"

And this little zip pouch is in the same book.

I even made an apple block for an online block printing class from Jen Hewitt

If you want to get a head start on paper piecing an apple, I have this fun beginner apple block [HERE]
It is a perfect block to practice your paper piecing skills.

The round pot holder tutorial can be found [HERE]
A tutorial for making a frame pouch can be found [HERE]

Happy Sewing!


Super Cute Paper Piecing ~ Sewing Cottage Pillow

I am So happy you stopped by. Today I am sharing the second project from my new book, "Super Cute Paper Piecing", which will be released this November!

This is the Sewing cottage pillow and it is a fun project to make. 
 It is the perfect protect for fussy cutting all those little windows! 

This is a fun block that can be personalized for whatever little house you want to make.
Make a sewing, gardening or cooking themed house.  Let your imagination run wild : )

Because the blocks in this book are small,  I like to use small scale prints.  
Small scale prints don't get lost is all those little pieces.

The Polka Dot used for the background is Moda Essential Dots.

Gingham prints are also a favorite of mine.  Tiny ones work best, I think.
Art Gallery Fabrics has a fun new line of gingham you can find [HERE]

Riley Blake has a line called Small Cotton Gingham which comes in a lovely array of colors.

I am looking forward to having time to make an entire quilt with these cute little houses!

All the info and news about my book (including where to order it) can be found [HERE]

Happy Sewing!


Super Cute Paper Piecing ~ Colored Pencil Pouch

I am so excited to start sharing projects from my new book ~ "Super Cute Paper Piecing"!
Every week I will share a project from my book until the book releases in November.

All info about the book can be found on my blog [HERE]

This is the first project in the book.  This cute colored pencil is one pattern unit, so it is the perfect project to paper piece.

I love that the patchwork bottom panel has fussy cuts to take advantage of the cute prints!

The body of the pouch is Essex Linen in color Flax.  Essex Linen is a favorite of mine and you will see it used in half of the projects in the book.

The red polka dot is from Moda ~ Essential Dots.
Polka dots are another one of my favorite prints for fussy cut projects.

In the book you will find a "How To" section which will teach you to Paper Piece, and Fussy Cut.
Both skills are important to master to make this first project.

If you want to get a head start on your paper piecing skills, check out my paper piecing Crayon Tutorial [HERE]

You can also find a "Fussy Cutting" tutorial [HERE]

Happy Sewing


Bella Skill Builder - Block 8 Starburst

I can't believe it is September already!
The summer has flown by!

It is time for the latest block in the Bella Skill Builder Sew Along designed by Sherri McConnell of a Quilting Life and hosted by Fat Quarter Shop.
This month's block is Starburst.  It is a fun and easy block to put together and incredibly easy with this handy dandy ruler.

 I am pleased with how this quilt is coming together.
I hope you sew along too.  Be sure to share your block on Instagram with
the hashtag #BellaSkillBuilder

Happy Sewing


Kimono Sleeve Dress in Sew It All Magazine

Good Morning!
It is Another sunny day in Seattle and I am soaking up the last few days of beautiful weather before my boys go back to school.
Not much sewing going on here but I do have a project to share.

Years back I designed my Kimono Sleeve Dress for Stitch Magazine.  
Sadly, Stitch is gone but the folks at F & W Media who are the parent company, own Stitch's content and have been re-publishing the content in their other magazines and e-books.

I received word from Sew It All that my Kimono Sleeve Dress was in the latest issue of Sew it All #11.
To be honest, I had forgotten all about that design!  
It is an incredibly easy make and perfect for a first time garment sewist.
You can find the pattern and link to purchase the magazine [HERE]

It has an empire seam which can be problematic for the fit on larger chested gals. 
Check out this handy little diagram to check for a correct fit and how to modify the pattern.

Happy sewing!


Vintage Block Quilt Along

In 2012 I had an idea to do a quilt-along using vintage quilt block patterns.
It took a little over two years and 12 patterns were done!
You can find all the patterns and tutorials [HERE]

I have all the blocks sewn but have yet to make them into a quilt.
My next project is to decide the sashing for this quilt, which I will share soon!

I decided to put pictures of my unfinished projects on a cute bulletin board (I found the bulletin board at Joann fabrics) so I don't forget which projects I need to finish.
It helps me to have a visual reminder : )

Looks like I will need a few more bulletin boards for all my projects!

Summer is coming to an end so I hope to have time to finish lots of my unfinished projects when my boys are back in school.

I hope you are enjoying these last days of summer!

Happy Sewing!



Super Cute Paper Piecing !!!

I hope you have been enjoying the summer.  We have been busy at the Randell household
enjoying the few last gasps of summer!

I have exciting news.  My book - "Super Cute Paper Piecing", is available as a pre-order on Amazon.
It releases on November 21st!

You can also purchase it at Martingale with a Nov. 7th availability.

Over the next few months, I will be sharing the projects and the inspiration behind them!

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter - you can find the sign up form on the right side of my blog.
Over the next few months, I will be sharing tips for perfecting your paper piecing as well as
new projects you can make from the blocks in "Super Cute Paper Piecing".

Happy Sewing and Happy Summer!



Bella Skill Builder ~ Month 7

It is time to share the newest block for the Bella Skill Builder Sew Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop and designed by Sherri McConnell of a Quilting Life.

I just happened to be hanging clothes on the line today and thought it would be a perfect way to share the block I made for this month.

There are two block patterns this month and they both use half and quarter square triangles.  Fat Quarter Shop send me [this] handy dandy little ruler that makes the task of creating half square triangles easy peasy : )

I love how this blocks works with the others in the series.
Please be sure to share you versions on Instagram using the hashtag #BellaSkillBuiler
I love to see what you are making!

The patterns are free and are available [HERE] on The Fat Quarter Shop Blog.

Happy Sewing



The Splendid Sampler ~ Sew Along #2

In case you missed it the first time around, there is another Splendid Sampler Sew Along.
You can find the new sew along blocks [HERE]

The Splendid Sampler is the brain child of Pat and Jane who came up with the idea to ask 100 designers to come up with a 6" block to contribute to a sew along!  
Get all the info on The Splendid Sampler Website [HERE]

The cool thing is that all the blocks have been published in a book.   You can find the book [HERE] 

This is the second sew along in conjunction with the release of the book.
I am so happy they created another sew along.
I didn't quite get to all the blocks the first time around.

So far I have made block #73 entitled "Love" by Jennifer Albaugh.
I am looking forward to making more and watching this quilt grow.

Today, I printed out this handy dandy Block List which includes pics of all the blocks.  
It is a great way to keep track of the blocks you have made.
You can find it [HERE]

Be sure to tag your photos of the blocks you make on Instagram with the hashtag #TheSplendidSampler.

Happy Sewing



Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Bernina “Hello Lovely” Cotton + Steel B350SE sewing machine

Fat Quarter Shop is having an amazing give-away.  Bernina has given them a “Hello Lovely”Cotton + Steel B350SE sewing machine to give away, MSRP $1,899!

Enter on their blog [HERE] through Rafflecopter, and there are many ways to enter.  Each task will give you one entry, for a total maximum of 7 entries.  This giveaway will end on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at midnight CST, and the winner will be drawn at random and announced on July 26, 2017.

For more info on this beautiful machine, go to the You Tube video [HERE]

*No purchase necessary to enter.  Commenting on this blog post does not count as an entry.  Fat Quarter Shop employees, Bernina employees and bloggers paid or compensated by Fat Quarter Shop are not eligible to enter this giveaway.*

Good Luck!



Improv Fabric by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time

I am thrilled to be today's stop on the Blog hop for Amy Friend's new fabric - Improv by Benartex.

I love this new line of fabric!
The colors are beautiful and the prints are fresh and modern.
It is such a versatile fabric line perfect for quilts and sewn projects.
You can find more details and a free quilt pattern designed by Amy on her site [HERE]

Amy and I met when we both joined the Cocorico Quilting Bee on Flickr and I have known her for years.   
  It has been fun watching her design career grow.  
She designs paper piecing and quilt patterns and has authored two lovely books for Lucky Spool.

 Since we met in a Paper Piecing Quilting Bee, it seemed a perfect match to pair Amy's gorgeous new fabric line with a paper pieced pattern.

I made my Pussy Cat Pattern into a zipper pouch.  

Amy's fabric translated so perfectly into the kitty fur!

I also made this Macaroon Pouch a few weeks back and I love how it looks in Improv fabric!

If you would like to make my Pussy Cat Pouch, you can find the pattern in my Craftsy shop [HERE]
and Etsy shop [HERE]

Benartex is giving away a bundle of Improv fabrics each day.  Be sure to head over [HERE] for a chance to win!

Be sure to check out the other bloggers to see what they made with Improv!
The projects are gorgeous!

July 11th: Stephanie @Spontaneous Threads
July 12th : Sharon @Color Girl Quilts
July 13th: Charise @Charise Creates
July 14th: Nicole @Wild Boho
July 15th: AnneMarie @Gen X Quilters

Happy Sewing!



Bella Skill Builder ~ Courthouse Steps

Happy July to you!
Summer is in full swing here in the Pacific Northwest and I am loving it.

It is the 1st of July and time to share my latest block in the Bella Skill Builder Sew Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.  Click on the link for the free pattern and all the Sew Along details.

This month I am sharing my Courthouse Steps blocks which is a variation of the Log Cabin Block.
I love this block!  It is fairly quick to sew together and this handy little ruler makes the process even easier!

Be sure to tag your pics on Instagram with the hashtag #BellaSkillBuilder

My quilt is coming together and I am loving it!

Be sure to check out all the sewists in this fun Sew Along

Happy Sewing!


* Super Cute Paper Piecing * ~ My New Book!

I can finally reveal the secret project I have been working on for months - my new book - "Super Cute Paper Piecing"

I wrote the book while managing a house remodel and a couple of moves.  
Writing the book helped keep me sane and happy during the chaos. 

The book will be available November 2017 and I will be making my first trip to quilt market at the end of October to share it and sign books!

This is the only photo from the book I can share now,  but the following pics are a few I took during the process.  If you look carefully, you can see some blocks that are in the book. 

"Super Cute Paper Piecing" has 13 paper pieced blocks and 10 fun and useful projects!
Look for updates here on all news for "Super Cute Paper Piecing" and on Instagram with the hashtag "SuperCutePaperPiecing"

And a big thanks to the Martingale team for all their hard work and talent, and Brent for the amazing pics. 

Happy Sewing


The Fussy Cut Sampler Quilt Along

I cannot resist a fun new project - especially a sew or quilt along!
When I saw the blocks appearing on Instagram for The Fussy Cut Samper Quilt Along I knew I had to join in!

I ordered the book, it never arrived, and then ordered it again!
So I am a bit behind.......
My blocks start with week 3 and I will catch up making the blocks for week 1 and 2 when I get a chance : )

If you are reading this then you are probably familiar with my work : )  
I love to fussy cut motifs and think it adds such a special element to my projects.

The book is broken down by techniques and is an excellent way to learn
some new techniques for fussy cutting.

You can find more info at TheFussyCutSampler.com
If you are on Instagram, also look for the hashtag #TheFussyCutSamplerQAL

Happy Sewing


Macaroon Pouch in Improv Fabric by Amy!

Amy of During Quiet Time and I have been friends for years.
We first met when we joined the online paper piecing quilting bee - Cocorico.

It has been so much fun watching her career grow.  She designs patterns and has authored two lovely books for Lucky Spool.  She is so incredibly talented!  

Fabric Designer is her latest accomplishment and I had the pleasure of working with her beautiful new fabric line - "Improv" by Benartex Fabrics.

The colors are gorgeous and the prints are fresh and modern.

I just had to make a Macaroon Pouch - in the Cinnamon color way which I think is my favorite.  

Improv is available in July and you can see the entire, gorgeous, fabric line [HERE]
You can also find a beautiful free quilt pattern Amy designed on the Benartex site!

Happy Sewing


Bella Skill Builder ~ Half Square Triangles

Happy June to you!
I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Today is the reveal for the fifth block in the Bella Skill Builder Sew Along hosted by The Fat Quarter Shop.  The lovely quilt is designed by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.

This month the block consists of half square triangles.
Fat Quarter Shop has some nifty paper to help make these.
I opted for this tutorial to make mine

I decided to do an ombre effect for my half square triangle block and I love it!

Be sure to click on over to the Fat Quarter Shop Blog to get the pattern and a link to a video to help you make the block.
And, don't forget to tag your pics with #BellaSkillBuilder !

Happy Sewing!