Friday, March 27, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma-A Crafting Community Link Up, 3/27/15

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Prairie Sewn Studios Crafty Comment Karma

Thank you SO much to everyone who participated in our very first Crafty Comment Karma Link Up last week! It's so exciting to see people linking, commenting and building our community!

This week I've been in Hawaii, stitching away on my English paper-piecing project as I basked in the sunshine and ate pineapples. My only goal this week was to relax and rejuvenate my creative (and professional) energy.  

Mission accomplished!


Link up Rules:
1. This will be a space for people to list a link to any kind of crafty, sewing or quilting blog post. 
2. I ask that each person who posts a link comments on the posts of at least THREE other people. 3. 3. More if you want to, but at least three. 

This won't take more than a few minutes out of your day, but it will add so much value to the online crafting community.  Not sure what to say? We have a helper-cat to give you some ideas! 



Prairie Sewn Studios Crafty Comment Karma




Monday, March 23, 2015

Quilter's Tool Chest-The Basic Tools Roundup

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter


Prairie Sewn Studios Quilter's Tool Chest


Today's post is a round-up (yeehaw!) of the first ten posts in the Quilter's Tool Chest series. These are the basic tools that we'd recommend a new quilter or sewer invest in (or be gifted!) when starting out. Not a beginner? Use this as a checklist to see what basic items you might add to your tool chest to help making your quilting and sewing even more successful! 


Rotary Cutter
1. Rotary cutter
Self-healing cutting mat
3. Self-healing cutting mat

Flat-head pins
4. Flat-head pins

Good quality thread
5. Good quality thread

Scissors
6. Scissors

Iron with steam
7. Iron with steam

Sewing Machine
8. Reliable sewing machine with both a straight and zig-zag stitch

Sewing machine needles
9. Good quality sewing machine needles


What are some of the basic tools that you keep in your Quilter's Tool Chest? 






Quilter's Tool Chest-Seam Ripper

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

This post is part of our Quilter's Tool Chest where we share our favorite quilting notions, tools and gadgets.

We've talked about a lot of tools for sewing in our first nine posts of the Quilter's Tool Chest, giving suggestions and ideas of the gadgets that might be especially useful for a new quilter. Our tenth post, however, is about the importance of having a tool to UN-sew: the seam ripper.

Quilter's Tool Chest Seam Ripper

The reality is that even the most experienced sewer will make mistakes and need to take out a seam. Or many seams. As you quilt and sew you will have that moment when you realize that you have not only sewn one block wrong, but you have chain-pieced 100 blocks wrong.

There are other ways to rip out your seams, such as a rotary cutter or embroidery scissors.  We'll plan another post (and hopefully a video!) showing several different methods, but for the beginner we recommend starting with the trusty seam ripper.




All product links are Amazon affiliate links which help support Prairie Sewn Studios. No additional compensation was provided for this post, just sharing some products we love to use to sew, craft and quilt! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma-A Crafting Community Link Up

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Prairie Sewn Studios Crafty Comment Karma

Hi there everyone, and happy Friday! We're trying something new here on the blog that's focused on community building with us crafters, sewers and quilters who are online. 

One of the absolute BEST parts of writing this blog (in addition to working with Mom, of course), is when my email dings to let me know that someone has left a comment on the blog. I do a little happy dance each and every time, knowing that somewhere out there, another crafter took a few moments out of their day to contribute to our community. 

Short comments, long comments, any kind of comments are wonderful. They help me feel connected, and like what I'm doing does have value. I love getting thoughts about our works in progress, or talking about how someone purchases sewing machine needles in 100 count batches. 

I love reading blogs from quilters and crafters with blog followings both big and small, and try to leave a comment on almost every crafty blog that I read, even if it's just a "I love the fabric you chose here!" Even if I'm the only person commenting, and even if I'm the 200th person commenting. Based on my own experience I really and truly believe that this can be one of the best ways to support others and build your own community. I've also found that when I give a little joy into the world, I get a little back, hence the karma connection. 

So... we're going to try hosting a weekly link-up called "Crafty Comment Karma."

Link up Rules:
1. This will be a space for people to list a link to any kind of crafty, sewing or quilting blog post. 
2. I ask that each person who posts a link comments on the posts of at least THREE other people. 3. 3. More if you want to, but at least three. 

This won't take more than a few minutes out of your day, but it will add so much value to the online crafting community.  Not sure what to say? We have a helper-cat to give you some ideas! 

Prairie Sewn Studios Crafty Comment Karma


Obviously this only works if people participate. So link up below, and spend a few minutes giving comment love to others!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday-#31

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

Hi everyone! It's my turn to share a peek of what's up on my design wall. Sometimes I see a pattern and then see a fabric I really like and think to myself, I wonder what would happen if...... Thus began my journey using Moda's Slice and Dice fat quarter pattern with French Quarter fabric by Dover Hill for Benartex.

The pattern was given to attendees at CUAQ Therapy last month (February) at Cut Up and Quilt store in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Participants can make the quilt for the next CUAQ Therapy session; unfortunately I won't be able to attend the session this month.


Prairie Sewn Studios Slice and Dice Moda Nine Patch


I saw this new fabric in the shop and fell in love with it. The scientist traits came out and I decided to experiment. The Slice and Dice pattern calls for 6 light fat quarters and 6 dark fat quarters; however, I opted to use one fabric as both light and dark (the French Quarter fabric). The additional fat quarters were in shades of green or persimmon, picking up some of the shades of colors found in the original French Quarter fabric. The other requirement was that the additional fat quarters had to come from my stash.

Prairie Sewn Studios French Quarter by Benartex

I'm still not sure how this experiment with colors will end, but it has been an interesting challenge. What I thought would work as light colors has not worked out as expected. I still need to make more blocks and will continue to use my design board as I arrange and rearrange blocks with different shades of green and persimmon.  I'm also always open for suggestions! 

Laura here again...

Mom's design wall is very cool, and based on recommendations Kaffe Fasset's lecture we attended a few years ago in Paducah. For more information about it, see this post about creating a design wall

As usual, I'm linking our blog up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Freshly Pieced