Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Countdown to Christmas 2015

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Countdown to Christmas Prairie Sewn Studios

Are you ready to kick off an exciting holiday season? We sure are! The fall and winter holiday season  is one of our favorite times of the year. Not only are there lots of tasty treats and sweets, but it's also the perfect time of year to make homemade gifts for all the friends and family on your list this year.

To help you along the way, Prairie Sewn Studios will be sharing our series of TWELVE crafts and sewing projects that you can make and gift (or keep!) to make your holiday season a little bit more festive.

Many of these projects will require our book, Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories.  Free downloads with the supply list, instructions, and any additional pattern pieces will be available to complete your masterpieces.

Countdown to Christmas Schedule

October 5 - Hexagon Based Tulip Vase*
October 12 - Gift Box with Lid*
October 19 - Mason Jar Vases*
October 26 - Pumpkin with Piping*

November 2 - Coaster Set*
November 9 - Hand Towels
November 15 - Curtained Window Vase*
November 22 - Winter Snowballs*
November 30 - Stuffed Ornaments*

December 7 - Danish Woven Hearts
December 14 - Pincushion Star*
December 21 - Bellflower Vase

The crafts marked with an asterisk* will need Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories for some of the pattern pieces. The book can be purchased online through Amazon, and with Amazon Prime shipping it should get to you in time to make the first project going up on October 5!

We are so excited to share these projects with you and prepare to start celebrating the upcoming holiday season! Come craft with us! Don't want to miss a thing? Sign up below to get the Countdown to Christmas posts delivered to your inbox!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sew Enchanting Quilt Shop-Quilt Store Review

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

I've been participating in the Row by Row Experience, collecting patterns and license plates from quilt stores in Nebraska and Iowa. (If you haven't read about this, be sure to check it out here! Also, search by "Row by Row Experience" in Facebook to find links to all of the individual Facebook pages for this, many of which have some great photos!) Some of the shops are old standbys while others have been quite new to me.

Sew Enchanting Quilt Shop

This was the case with Sew Enchanting Quilt Shop in Nebraska City, Nebraska.  This small shop is packed with fabrics and patterns, some of which I had not seen before.

Sew Enchanting Quilt Shop

Sew Enchanting Quilt Shop

Sew Enchanting Quilt Shop

Sew Enchanting Quilt Shop

Of course, I couldn't resist purchasing some fabric and patterns before leaving with my Row by Row pattern and license plate.

Have you participated in the Row by Row Experience?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma and a Poll About Paper Piecing

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Last week we asked, "How do you press your seams?" And 80% of respondents answered that it depends on the project. This is definitely the answer I expected, although I was surprised that no one indicated they press their seams open. Perhaps pressing seams open is more common with sewing garments?

Previously we'd asked if you'd ever given English paper piecing a try, but today we want to know if you've tried regular paper piecing. This technique, usually done with a sewing machine, allows for the creating of super exact points and intersections, even when working with small pieces. Paper piecing can be challenging until you get the hang of it as you have to pay careful attention to your fabric placing and flipping as you sew.

Have you ever tried paper piecing?

Yes, and I liked it.
Yes, but I'm not interested in trying again.
No, but I want to.
No, but that's ok.

And now, onto the link up! Even if you're not linking up your own blog, definitely click through and see some of the other amazing things being created!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday #47 - Remission From Cancer

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Today's post is one of not only work in progress, but also of celebration!

Mom and I didn't talk about it on the blog, but it's been a tough spring and summer for our family as my Dad's lymphoma came back and he went through an 18-week session of chemotherapy.

Sparkle the Snowman
Sparkle was eager to help however he could.

We are now delighted to share that he is IN REMISSION! He'll have to go in every two months for an IV medical treatment, but it's not the chemo and shouldn't have any of the side effects.

Bill Chaney

He's done amazingly well throughout, but it has definitely been hard for our family. When I went home this spring for Quilt Market, it was mostly to help my parents and be supportive as treatment got under way. Things were going well enough that Mom and I were able to sneak away to Minneapolis (just six hours away by car) for a few days.

I'm hoping Mom might write a longer post on how she's kept her sanity during this stressful time, but one thing that has helped is taking English Paper-Piecing projects with her as she kept my dad company during his treatments. EPP projects are perfect to tuck into a little bag and take with you wherever you go!

Prairie Sewn Studios Work in Progress

Today (first non-chemo follow-up treatment) she was working on a project that's part of our upcoming Countdown to Christmas crafting series! Details to come next week, but you'll need our book (Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories) for some of the projects, so be sure to get one now!

Prairie Sewn Studios Work in Progress

Thanks for reading along this far, and for letting us share this good news on our blog. Mom and I (and the rest of the family, too) are very appreciative of all of our friends, both off-line and on-line, who have been so supportive over the last several months.

Bill Chaney Linda Chaney Laura Chaney
The three of us from my trip home this Spring.
Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Freshly Pieced. Love link parties? Be sure to check out our link-up every Friday: Crafty Comment Karma.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Wisconsin Quilt Expo 2015

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

I've just returned from the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman. What a fantastic show with a variety of quilts, vendors, and educational opportunities!

Linda Chaney Wisconsin Quilt Expo

The event included special quilt exhibits - such as Fall Leaves Quilt Challenge, The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts Four Seasons Quilted Yurt, Circles or Curves, and Fabric Storyscapes - as well as the judged quilts which were both traditional and modern in style.  It was exciting to see the small quilts stitched by young people, ranging in age from 6 years up. A variety of vendors and new products graced the aisles within the convention center. More information on two of those vendors will be posted in later blogs.

Quilted Yurt at Wisconsin Quilt Expo

I gave an hour lecture  each day during the convention about our containers  -  showing the construction process and samples of each type of container found in our book Contain It!  English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories.  Thanks to all who attended and the enthusiasm shown for our containers. Perhaps next year I will teach a workshop!

Linda Chaney Wisconsin Quilt Expo

A special recognition and thank you goes to my husband who accompanied me and was a wonderful chauffeur.  Since this was my first time to this show, we spent Thursday getting the lay of the land and he got quite an education on quilts.  He was allowed to bow out on Friday and Saturday.

Bill Chaney Wisconsin Quilt Expo

No matter what, my plans are to mark the calendar to attend next year's show - September 8-10, 2016.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma and a Poll About Pressing Seams

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Thanks so much to everyone who's participated in our three question survey! I'm leaving the survey open, and would love to see any new answers rolling in!

Prairie Sewn Studios vote in our poll

This week we're talking about how we press our seams. Sometimes a pattern will give specific directions for pressing your seams either open or to one side, especially if a white fabric is involved or if rows are being sewn together so that "locking" your seams together might help ensure they match.

Prairie Sewn Studios Iron
My favorite iron for pressing seams.
I seem to burn my fingers less by using this little travel iron! 

But when directions aren't given one way or another, how do you press your seams? Vote below and then share any thoughts in the comments.

How do you press your seams?

To one side
It depends on the project
Poll Maker

And now, onto the link-up!

Crafty Comment Karma

Friday, September 11, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma and a Survey about Challenges in Quilting

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Last time around we asked, "How do you attach your binding?" A whopping 75% of you attach it by machine in the front and then by hand in the back, which is exactly how I do it, too! I'm always in awe of people who can use a machine to do it on both the front and the back- that takes serious attention to your stitches!

Prairie Sewn Studios poll binding

Earlier this week I posted our three question survey asking about your biggest challenges in quilting. I'm still looking for a few more responses so that I have a great sample-set to work with. If you haven't taken it yet, I'll be forever in your quilty debt if you took just a minute to answer these three short questions! Have quilty friends? Feel free to pass it along to them!

And now, onto the link-up!

Crafty Comment Karma

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Back on Track-And A Survey!

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

The last few weeks have been a bit crazy for me, and this blog (and any thoughts of sewing or crafting) definitely fell by the wayside. I am so appreciate of the people who reached out to check-in on me to make sure everything is ok!

I work at a university during the day, and the beginning of the semester is always brutal. This year definitely seemed worse than previous years, due to rapidly growing numbers and changes in government regulation. I'll spare everyone the details of how my team is buried in government paperwork.

I WILL be back this Friday with a new poll and a new link-up for Crafty Comment Karma. In the mean time, I'd love it it you answered my three question survey below about your biggest challenges in quilt making!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ACME Fabric and Quilt Co-Quilt Stores We Love

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

This week I'm sharing another post in our Quilt Stores We Love series.

ACME Fabric and Quilt Co. located in Blair, Nebraska, is just a year old and another quilt shop new to me.  It reminds me a bit of the mom and pop stores found in smaller towns - where residents drop in to chat, drink coffee, and of course, shop.

ACME Fabric and Quilt Co

In addition to carrying quilting fabrics and supplies, they also have some beautiful knits.  The knits are soft as butter and the small collections of prints are gorgeous. Needless to say, I had to purchase some quilting fabrics I had not seen elsewhere as well as some knits to make T-shirts.

I will be teaching a container class in November at this location.  Sign up for the class if you're in the neighborhood or just come in to check out the store.

Prairie Sewn Studios Cube

Don't forget to vote in our most recent poll if you haven't already! Results will go up on Friday!

How do you attach your binding?

By machine to the front, then by hand on the back
By hand on both front and back
By machine on both front and back
Poll Maker