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Tidal Lace FQs


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The collection is called Tidal Lace and it was designed by the fabulous Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics.


On, you will also find links to all the fabulous projects in this blog hop (and more chances to win!).

On, you will also find links to all the fabulous projects in this blog hop (and more chances to win!).

Also on SewMessy is a free pillow tutorial – so check it out, baby!

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Midnight in the City quilt.

Carol Van Zandt is an amazing designer I’ve had the pleasure of knowing recently. She designs gorgeous fabric, which is how I came to make her acquaintance, and also licenses her artwork for cell phone covers and other products. You can read more about Carol on her website: Carol Van Zandt

She gave me some samples from her recent fabric collections for Andover Fabrics. The gorgeous subtle blue, cream and taupe fabric used on this fabric canister is from her Tokyo Rococo collection for Andover Fabrics.


Carol only had a small piece of this particular fabric to share, less than a fat quarter, so I paired it with a soft, touchable linen/cotton blend fabric. I cut the selvage off the linen, then decided I liked the fringed selvage and added it back onto the inner pocket.


I also added a few glass beads as a counterpoint to the earthy linen.


Carol has a gorgeous collection of paint brushes in her studios. Perhaps she can put a few brushes in this fabric canister since this is her holiday gift from me. Thanks, Carol, for your generous spirit and creative inspiration.


I wanted to make a quilt block of a house that looks a little like my house. I live in a stucco house in California. My house actually faces the hills, so I took a few liberties.

This design is very simple to make but feel free to design your own by following these steps.


1. First start with a sketch of the block on graph paper. I wanted my house block to finish at 12” x 12”, so each square of the graph paper represents 1”. Just draw straight lines. If I can do this, you can.


2. I like to play with color schemes using colored pencils, so I make a couple black-and-white copies of my drawing and fill in with colors I like. My house has a teal door :).


3. I also separated the block into columns on the graph paper, so I could easily see how to cut and assemble the pieces.




Cut 1 strip 2 1/2” x 12 1/2” for sky.

Cut 9 squares 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” for windows and corners of sky.

Cut 6 squares 2” x 2” for half-square triangles.


Cut 8 squares 2” x 2” for half-square triangles.

Cut 1 strip 1 1/2” x 8 1/2”.

Cut 2 strips 1 1/2” x 7 1/2”.

Cut 2 strips 1 1/2” x 3 1/2”.

Cut 3 strips 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”.

Cut 4 squares 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”.

Light Brown:

Cut 4 squares 2” x 2” for half-square triangles.


Cut 2 squares 2” x 2” for half-square triangles.

Cut 2 squares 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”.

Cut 5 strips 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”.


Cut 11 squares 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”.

Cut 5 strips 1 1/2” x 5 1/2”.


Cut 1 strip 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” for door.


Cut 3 squares 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” for grass.

Half-square triangles:

1. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of 6 white and 2 light brown and 2 red 2” x 2” squares. Place the 2” x 2” squares in pairs with right sides together as follows: 4 white squares with 4 browns squares, 2 white squares with 2 light brown squares, 2 brown squares and 2 light brown squares, and 2 brown and 2 red squares. 

2. Sew a scant 1/4” on either side of the drawn line for each pair of squares. Cut on the drawn line and press the seam of each half-square triangle toward the dark fabric. Trim each half-square triangle to 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”.


Assemble the block:

1. Arrange the cut pieces and half-square triangles in 12 columns using the sketch for reference. Make sure the half-square triangles are properly oriented.


2. Sew the pieces into 12 columns using a 1/4” seam allowance. Press each seam open.


3. Pin the columns together matching seams and stitch. Press seams open.


4. Stitch the 2 1/2” x 12 1/2” white piece to the top. Press seam toward the white piece.

5. Trim block to 12 1/2” x 12 1/2”.

Fuse simple tree, bush or sun shapes, if desired. Gorgeous!

This thread catcher is so simple to make and very useful. I’ve used it so much, that I made 2 more so I could have 1 on my ironing board and another on my cutting table.


I took a dollar store vase and an old wrist pin cushion from junior high home ec class. I removed the plastic wrist band and threaded a ribbon through the back of the pin cushion. I wrapped the ribbon around the narrowest part of the vase and tied a big bow in the back of the vase, like this.


I also like to put scissors, a rotary cutter, pen or pencil inside so I have a place for everything I need. It’s easy to lift out the other items when it’s time to dump those threads and trimmings. I keep the trimmings and need to know, WHAT TO DO WITH THE TRIMMINGS?? They are too pretty to throw away.


Now it’s back to the dollar store to get another vase so I can have a thread catcher vase by my recliner, where I do my handsewing.

Let me know what you think of this idea!

If nothing else, it beats the sad, saggy sack of yester year. Here’s a picture I pulled off the internet. Gee, I thought there was a requirement that all thread catchers be made of cat fabric. 🙂



Here is a sweet picture of my niece Sara and her darling baby, Makenna Rylee. Isn’t that a fabulous name and isn’t she absolutely adorable? Every picture I’ve seen of her is beautiful, even those from the day she was born. She’s a stunner in person, too, and oh so tiny. Welcome to the big, wonderful world Makenna-girl.Your new quilt is almost done – more pix to come. Love, your Aunt Roon (Ann).

Here’s a little project that is a “work in progress”. I guess I shouldn’t just wait to post pictures of finished quilt projects, no one else does on their blogs!

This little wallhanging started with a piece of muslin I painted in Lynn Koolish’s fabric painting class a year ago. The painted fabric reminded me of a wheat field at sunrise, so I’ve had fun embellishing it madly.

My dear husband says it looks like a dessert with the Statue of Liberty standing behind it and he does have a point :). So I’ll have to do something with the beaded sun rays to fix that. What do you think. You can see I haven’t finished stitching the wheat fields/dessert. I should give a shout out to Laura Wasilowski and Artfabrik for the great hand-dyed pearl cotton threads I used – gorgeous!

I think I’ll make a wooden frame to stretch it on. I’ve never done that before, but it sounds kinda cool.

This is fun, just taking it one step at a time and letting the project go wherever it wants to go. ImageImage