Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday-#35

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

It still counts as a work in progress if I just started it this week, right? We're going to roll with that...

Even though I have (what feels like) 101 UFOs languishing in a pile, I felt inspired to start a new project this week and ride some of that "new project energy" along with my Paducah energy! This is a pattern for a little wall-hanging that I'd picked up during a trip home to Omaha in 2013.

The pattern is called "Chip" and is by Carrie Nelson with Miss Rosie's Quilt Company. I've never used a pattern from this company before, so I made sure to read it all the way through a few times before cutting into my fabric.

Chip Miss Rosie's Quilt Company

I was excited to find that my super-smart self from two years ago packaged all the fabric and the pattern together in one ziploc bag. The pattern calls for 2.5" squares, but I'm using the Moda Mixed Bag charm pack instead. 

Chip Miss Rosie's Quilt Company

This was my first time cutting fabric in my new studio space, and there were some logistical challenges I hadn't expected with my set-up, but I did manage to get everything cut. And fixing some of the space problems has been added to my weekend to-do list. 

Moda Mixed Bag Chip

Last thing before I called it a night was to mark the center line for making half-square triangles. I put on an audio book (checked out from the public library on my iphone) and whizzed through all 48 squares in no time at all! Next step- sewing!




Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts!

Looking for another link-up? Our weekly Crafty Comment Karma runs Friday-Friday, so there's always a chance to link-up and share! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Quilt Week Paducah 2015-The Schedule of Events

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

This last week Mom and I attended our SEVENTH annual American Quilter's Society Quilt Week show in Paducah, Kentucky. If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram (PrairieSewn on both), you'll have seen lots of pictures of our four day adventure.



Without (hopefully) going overboard, I'm going to share some of the hi-jinx that we got up to! Here are the posts to look for over the next few weeks:

  • Exploding the Square: NOTAN Design Class with Cathy Miller (aka the Singing Quilter)
  • Pansy Basket Class with Faye Labanaris
  • The Heartland Lace Guild
  • The Energy and Inspiration of Quilt Week

There is A LOT to take in during Quilt Week, and it can be hard to make sure you're seeing everything you want to and still having time to eat, drink and sleep! Anyone who knows me knows about my love for color-coded schedule, so it didn't surprise my Mom when I handed her a Quilt Week color-coded schedule our very first year. While scheduling our vacation in 30 minute blocks sounds a little crazy, it turned out to be insanely helpful. 



While our schedule isn't set in stone, we have found that more-or-less following it helps eliminate the stress of trying to ensure we don't miss anything. It serves as a list of what activities are anchor events (classes, demos for Contain It!, performances) tied to a certain time and date, and what other things we need to get to sometime during the week. Here's what was on our schedule this year:

Wednesday, April 22
- Hancock's of Paducah Visit #1
-Contain It! Demo
-Meeting with the American Quilter magazine managing editor
-Exploding the Square-NOTAN Class



Thursday, April 23
-Hancock's of Paducah Visit #2


-Rotary Show and Vendors at the Civic Center
-Heartland Lace Guild Exhibit and Demos
-Shopping in Downtown Paducah
-Yeiser Art Museum (where a friend from high school had her work on display for the second year)
-Kitchen Witches play at the Market Theater (we go to their show every year now!)

Friday, April 24
-Pansy Basket's Class
-Performance by Ricky Tims at the Carson Center
-Seeing the Quilt Show itself

Saturday, April 25 
-Hancock's of Paducah Visit #3
-Contain It! Demo


Friday, April 24, 2015

Craft Comment Karma-Quilt Week Edition

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter



Welcome to the Quilt Week edition of Crafty Comment Karma! Mom and I have been having a blast all week in Paducah, Kentucky for the annual American Quilter's Society. We'll do more a more in depth recap when we're back home, but here are a few pictures from our first day. Be sure to follow us on Instagram (PrairieSewn) to see all of our hi-jinx in real time! 

Cutting table Hancock's of Paducah
Professional cutting table at Hancock's of Paducah.

Prairie Sewn Studios Author Showcase
Linda (Mom) giving a demo for Contain It! 

NOTAN class with Cathy Miller
NOTAN class practice with Cathy Miller. 
And now on to the link-up! Link up your crafting, quilting or sewing post below and comment on the posts of at least THREE other bloggers! Help build up our positive community of crafters online by encouraging each other. 







Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Quilt Week-Paducah 2015

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter
Quilt Week Paducah 2015
We are SO excited that it's finally April and time for our SEVENTH ANNUAL trip to the American Quilter's Society Paducah Quilt Show!

Follow our adventures this year on instagram (PrairieSewn) with the hashtag #quiltweek.


Each year the quilt show is an amazing experience, and each year is different from all of the others. Last year our show was consumed by lots of "first time author" activities and energy. This time we're presenting three demos and book signings for Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories, but we're also exploring some other professional quilty opportunities. Exciting stuff all around. Here's where to find us for the demos.

Quilt Week Contain It Demos

Here's the full list of authors who are scheduled to appear in this year's Author Showcase! It's always really exciting to be mingling with some of the great authors and creators that AQS publishes. 

Quilt Week Contain It Demos

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Blog Hop-The Inspired Wren

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter




I can't believe today is already the last day of our very first blog hop! We hope everyone has enjoyed not only seeing containers from our book, but have also found some new crafters and bloggers to follow online! Today is our last stop on the blog hop tour with



Below is the full schedule of the blogs where the book will be featured, and each blog will also be giving away a copy of Contain It! to its own readers. We hope you join us each day to hear about what these talented women thought of the book and to see some amazing projects!


April 13 Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio 

April 14 Mrs. Goodneedle from The Strawberry Patch

April 15 Christa of Christa Quilts 

April 16 Andrea of Knitty Bitties

April 17 Terri of Hexy Lady

April 18 Ren of The Inspired Wren

Friday, April 17, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma-A Crafting Community Link Up, 4/17/2015

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter



One of the best things about this age of the internet is our ability to meet and connect with people from all around the world. As quilters and crafters were no longer restricted to our the people in our local guild or crafting group, or limited to getting idea just from print magazines. We have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, blogs and more all bursting with ideas and inspiration.

I love scrolling through social media (generally Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook) and checking out quilty and crafty posts. And let's be honest, a lot of cat videos too.



This week we're going to have a DOUBLE link-up opportunity. In the Linky section, go ahead and link to a crafting, quilting or sewing post that you'd like to share. Then in the comments for this post, feel free to list where we can find you online or what your usernames are on social media sites where you're sharing your awesome creative happenings!

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And now on to the link-up!

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. 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!


An InLinkz Link-up

Blog Hop-Hexy Lady

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter




Today we're not only celebrating Friday, but Friday of our Blog Hop! So hop on over to today's hostess to see what she's made from our book!


Terri of Hexy Lady


Below is the full schedule of the blogs where the book will be featured, and each blog will also be giving away a copy of Contain It! to its own readers. We hope you join us each day to hear about what these talented women thought of the book and to see some amazing projects!


April 13 Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio 

April 14 Mrs. Goodneedle from The Strawberry Patch

April 15 Christa of Christa Quilts 

April 16 Andrea of Knitty Bitties

April 17 Terri of Hexy Lady

April 18 Ren of The Inspired Wren

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blog Hop-Knitty Bitties

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter



This blog hop week is going by so quickly! Today our hostess is

Andrea of Knitty Bitties

Below is the full schedule of the blogs where the book will be featured, and each blog will also be giving away a copy of Contain It! to its own readers. We hope you join us each day to hear about what these talented women thought of the book and to see some amazing projects!


April 13 Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio 

April 14 Mrs. Goodneedle from The Strawberry Patch

April 15 Christa of Christa Quilts 

April 16 Andrea of Knitty Bitties

April 17 Terri of Hexy Lady

April 18 Ren of The Inspired Wren

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday-#34

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

Another week, another Wednesday. I'm getting this post up a bit later than usual this week, but I figure it's still Wednesday here in California so it still counts!

This week I'm sharing the Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks that I've made since I last posted about them. For some reason I thought I'd done a few more, but it turns out I've only made two. Guess I need to get busy sewing!

English Paper Piecing Grandmother's Flower Garden

English Paper Piecing Grandmother's Flower Garden

I must have been migrating towards dark colors the last few weeks. I probably have close to 20 little flowers all designed and ready to go, but I selected these two out of the bunch to work on. 

English Paper Piecing Grandmother's Flower Garden

Blog Hop Reminder! 


Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories blog hop


If you're regular reader of our blog you know that Prairie Sewn Studios is in the middle of our very fist blog hop to celebrate the one year book-iversary of our book Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories. 

April 13 Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio 

April 14 Mrs. Goodneedle from The Strawberry Patch

April 15 Christa of Christa Quilts 

April 16 Andrea of Knitty Bitties

April 17 Terri of Hexy Lady

April 18 Ren of The Inspired Wren

Blog Hop-Christa Quilts

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter




Hope you've been enjoying this Blog Hop as much as we have. Today we're over with


 Christa of Christa Quilts 

Below is the full schedule of the blogs where the book will be featured, and each blog will also be giving away a copy of Contain It! to its own readers. We hope you join us each day to hear about what these talented women thought of the book and to see some amazing projects!


April 13 Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio 

April 14 Mrs. Goodneedle from The Strawberry Patch

April 15 Christa of Christa Quilts 

April 16 Andrea of Knitty Bitties

April 17 Terri of Hexy Lady

April 18 Ren of The Inspired Wren

Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blog Hop-The Strawberry Patch

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter


Contain It Blog Hop Prairie Sewn Studios


Welcome to Day Two of the Contain It! blog hop! Today's gracious hostess is:


April 14 Mrs. Goodneedle from The Strawberry Patch


Below is the full schedule of the blogs where the book will be featured, and each blog will also be giving away a copy of Contain It! to its own readers. We hope you join us each day to hear about what these talented women thought of the book and to see some amazing projects!


April 13 Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio 

April 14 Mrs. Goodneedle from The Strawberry Patch

April 15 Christa of Christa Quilts 

April 16 Andrea of Knitty Bitties

April 17 Terri of Hexy Lady

April 18 Ren of The Inspired Wren

Monday, April 13, 2015

Blog Hop-Patchouli Moon Studio

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter


Contain It Blog Hop Prairie Sewn Studios


Happy First Blog Hop Day! Mom and I are so very excited to be kicking off our very first blog hop! Today's gracious hostess is:




Below is the full schedule of the blogs where the book will be featured, and each blog will also be giving away a copy of Contain It! to its own readers. We hope you join us each day to hear about what these talented women thought of the book and to see some amazing projects!


April 13 Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio 

April 14 Mrs. Goodneedle from The Strawberry Patch

April 15 Christa of Christa Quilts 

April 16 Andrea of Knitty Bitties

April 17 Terri of Hexy Lady

April 18 Ren of The Inspired Wren

Friday, April 10, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma-A Crafting Community Link-Up, 4/10/15

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter


What a crazy week this has been! My day job is in higher education and spring break is definitely OVER and we've moved onto the end-of-semester madness. I try to keep my office at work filled with festive and cheerful things that make me happy. One of my newest additions is this amazing hula flamingo bobblehead that I purchased in Hawaii! I actually brought back a different animal for each of my staff members, so we have a very festive and hula-rific workplace now!

Flamingo hula bobblehead


For the crafty-related portion of today's post I want to point out the "My Quilt Place" mousepad! I use this every day at work as a little reminder of how the quilting (and crafting!) community make me so happy. If you haven't been there, My Quilt Place is an online community hosted by the American Quilter's Society. I've been trying to engage with the quilting community on there lately, too.

Flamingo Hula bobblehead



And now onto the link-up!

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. 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!




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday-#33

Written by Linda Chaney, Mother

This is another fat quarter quilt pattern from Moda that I received from attending CUAQ Therapy at Cut Up and Quilt a couple of months ago. Again 12 different fat quarters plus background are recommended; but we all know that I never follow some directions!



I found some fabrics on sale by Blank Quilting. The varied colored bolts were used in all the main blocks and keystones in the sashing. The different colored screws and nails were used in the sashing and backing.   Drawing from the colors in the bolt and screw fabrics, fabrics from my stash were found to complete the materials needed to surround the main block,

I think it will make a great quilt for any young person (or adult) who likes to construct! Now, how to quilt it? Again, I'm open for suggestions that will use my home sewing machine for the quilting process. I do have to build those skills!


Linking up as usual with Sew Fresh Quilts and Freshly Pieced!

Be sure to join our own link-up each Friday! Crafty Comment Karma aims to build up the crafting community online through sharing and commenting. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Crafting Comment Karma-A Crafting Community Link Up, 4/3/15

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter



Thank goodness this has been a short week back at work! Coming back from a wonderful and relaxing vacation to my busy job in higher education has been a bit sad, but I'm also feeling so much more energetic to work on some big projects before the end of this Spring semester.

Things have been pretty quiet on the craft front for me this week as we settled back in, did lots of laundry and prepared Easter baskets for the upcoming holiday! I have lots of ideas and thoughts after our Hawaiian vacation, and I'm looking forward to trying some new things in the coming months.

I also have some great pictures to share next week, including a glimpse of the crazy quilt made by Queen Lili'oukalani and on display at the Iolani Palace. In the meantime, join in the link-up below.

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. 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!







Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday-#32

Written by Linda Chaney, mother


I saw a snowball tablerunner somewhere and remembered how much I liked the simplicity of the pattern. I knew I had a pack of "candies," 42 2-1/2" precut squares, that would be perfect for this project.

Snowball tablerunner

I found a background print, a leftover piece from another quilt project that was perfect to use to make the one inch snowball corners and the binding.

Snowball tablerunner

To each 2-1/2" square, a one inch square was sewn diagonally to each of the four corners and trimmed. I added six, 2-1/2" squares from my stash to add a bit of spark and create the size I wanted.

Snowball tablerunner

I will have to go to the fabric store to purchase backing for this project since these colors are really outside my stash collection.  Such a dilemma!


The only other question remaining is:  Do I add a narrow border? Any thoughts?

Linked up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Freshly Pieced!

Also! Looking for a new link-up? Prairie Sewn Studios is hosting Crafting Comment Karma right here on the blog each Friday! Link up and comment to help build our community of online crafters, sewers and quilters!