Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Just for fun...

Isn't this pretty? Just for fun because it's icy and cold here today, here is a block I made recently and watercolored with a great app called Waterlogue. I wish I could really paint like that! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Here is one last fat quarter from the Spooktacular collection by Maude Aubrey made into a pillow for our porch.

And this one is my very first paper piecing project. I made it with the very talented Carolyn Goins at the local JoAnns store about four years ago...

Can't wait for my girls to go trick or treat-ing! And for all the little goblins that will ring our doorbell tomorrow night... 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cascade Quilt Blog Hop

Ta-dah! Here is my Cascade Quilt. 

I love Halloween and just thought it was the perfect theme for a quilt pattern that makes great use of fat quarters. Almost no waste at all! I started with a few fat quarters that I was saving for "something special" and went shopping for a few more that would coordinate with what I had.  In no time at all I had pieced the quilt top!

The lovely and talented Susannah Kate is the designer of this easy and fun quilt pattern. Recently she asked for volunteers to test her pattern and I was honored to be "selected" as on of many pattern testers. So this is stop #2 of the Cascade Quilt Blog Hop. (Blog Hop Schedule is posted below.) The Cascade Quilt pattern is available for purchase in her shop. Or for your chance to win a free copy, leave me a message and I will draw a winner on October 31st. 

A few more photos of my finished quilt:

Maddie loves the Cascade Quilt!
I added orange ric-rac peeking under the binding.
Click on the photo to see a larger version.

Join our blog hop to see our versions of the Cascade Quilt.

Cascade Quilt Blog Hop Schedule
Oct 26 Trina @
Oct 27 Alex @
Oct 28 Diane @
Oct 29 Jenny Mae @
Oct 30 Courtney @
Oct 31 Heather @
Nov 1 Mary @
Nov 2 - Summer @
Nov 3 Susannah Kate @
Also, please visit Amber @ . She has written a great post about the Cascade quilt pattern and has such cute pictures!

We are all Instagrammersand have a wonderful feed under the hashtag #cascadequilt . You will find more wonderful examples of the Cascade quilt including a beautiful one made with all solids! Include your own Cascade quilt Wed all love to see it! 

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Easy Pillows...

Here is a super easy way to make seasonal pillows... One fabric tablecloth. I got mine at Target. One package of pre made piping. I used Wrights bias tape maxi piping. One pillow form and voila, you have a pillow cover ready to use.
Sewing Tip: To make the job a little easier, use a zipper foot to attach the piping to your first fabric square. Cut a little notch at the corners to make turning a little easier. You can also round the corners a little bit, if you would like. Then when sewing the back, move over the needle just a tad to get as close to the piping as possible.  
Now to make a few more of these! I'm almost ready for Halloween... 
We all know that the kids are!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Yay! I got a ticket to Sew South 2014. I'm so excited and sad at the same time. My mom was not so lucky and she was not able to get one. Tickets for this fabulous event sold out in just 2 minutes!
There is a waiting list, so there is still a chance that she can come along with me just like last year.

My Mom, on the right, with her secret sister at Sew South 2013
Today is her birthday and I want to share with you my birthday gift to her. Some of you may have seen a peek on my flickr and instagram already. She already got them and is already using them. I used a pattern from During Quiet Time that I bought off her ETSY site and a very old pattern for a sewing machine cover I had as a guide. I adjusted the measurements to fit her machines.

If only I could get her that "golden" ticket to make this day even more wonderful... 
Happy Birthday, Mom!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sew South 2014

I cannot wait for Sew South 2014! Just hope I get a spot among the best group of modern sewing ladies I know. And for the chance to have my mom all to myself for a few day.
Registration opens October 1st. It's on my calendar!

Have a happy day!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Going Nautical...

As promised, here is the new Verona Bag for August. I find anything nautical just so pretty! It's clean and it's sharp looking to me. As you know this is the Verona Bag by Pat Bravo. Fabrics are from the Sail Away collection by  Northcott Studio.

I am also working on on Tula Pink's pattern Anchors Aweigh. A gorgeous pattern of 2x2 squares all in navy with a white and gray background. Going for that clean, sharp look again! You can follow my progress on instagram at alexduenkel or flickr at sewalex. 

Anchors Aweigh, photo from pattern instructions




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