Sew Karen-ly Created...

If you have arrived here via a link (such as to a tutorial) click on "Sew Karen-ly Created" to return to the latest blog post. I invite you to my website to see a gallery of quilts and patterns available for purchase. The picture above shows "Meadow Song"; you can download the pattern here.
Comments are always appreciated, simply click the word "comments" at the end of each post to leave your message. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Free Shipping!

From now until Monday, November 30, enjoy FREE SHIPPING* on pattern purchases to Canada and the United States. This includes all printed patterns from my website (karenneary.ca)  For our American cousins, this is an extra sweet deal, as the checkout is in Canadian dollars and you will come out ahead with the current rate of exchange.

No code is needed - simply complete the checkout process as usual, and the postage charged will be manually refunded to you on this end.
If you would like your pattern mailed to a different address as a gift, simply email (karen@karenneary.ca) once your order has gone through, and we will make sure it gets to your recipient.
 We've even been known to gift-wrap and enclose a card!
*Please note the free shipping applies to patterns only, not thread or books, and is only for US or Canadian orders.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Better than a ribbon

Know what's even better than having a ribbon on your quilt?
Having two grand babies on your quilt! Jeanne Kaye Speight of Fredericton sent along this adorable picture of 4 month old cousins, Nate and Ryan, and it was too cute not to share. This is what quilting is all about.
You can find the pattern for the Quilt of Learning here...but you've got to supply your own beautiful babies.
Thanks Jeanne Kaye!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Roll Up!

Beth Munroe, who owns Mrs Pugsley's Emporium, dropped by last week to show me a Christmas stocking she had designed using the "roll up" pillowcase method.  It was a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment.  I think it's brilliant!!  She posted the directions on her blog and using her sock template, I tried it out.  It's so simple. Three seams and you're done.
Mrs P's sock has two colours in the cuff, but I just used one.  I hope to make several and use them as gift bags, trying a ribbon on the seamline where the cuff meets the sock.  Less than 15 minutes start to finish, and all seams are enclosed in a French seam.
Beth is happy to share the instructions on her blog. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Florentine by Marilyn

Sometime an email can make you feel so good inside.  Such is the case with this one, from Marilyn Eparvier, who wrote asking permission to enter her version of "Florentine" in national exhibits. (Click that link to see my original). Her quilt is beautifully done;  I am thrilled for her to show it off.
Marilyn writes, "I was so impressed with everything about your quilt that I even made similar fabric choices, something I never normally do. Your book "Quilting Beauties"  from AQS is excellent, chock full of inspiration and helpful information...When the quilt was on my design wall waiting to be bound, my daughter took one look at it & said, "That's the one I want!  That one is perfect."  Everyone who has seen it is so impressed with the innovative way the traditional New York Beauty pattern is incorporated into the total design with such beautiful results...This quilt was so enjoyable to make; even the quilting with gold metallic thread went very well and was fun.  I am looking forward to your next book."  You can see Marilyn's exquisite quilting below.  The fabric by the way, is a gorgeous collection from Hoffman Fabrics.
Thank you, Marilyn, for your very kind words, and for doing such a stellar job on your quilt.  I look forward to seeing some big ribbons on your beauty in the upcoming year!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Wrap Up Christmas

For many, the holiday shopping has not only started, it's finished and folks are starting to wrap.  I know this, as my gift bag patterns have been flying off the shelf!  It's the ultimate packaging for a guild gift exchange, or for a special quilting friend, and a good way to use up some of your scraps. You can even get creative and substitute orphan blocks left from previous projects.  The bags are simple to construct, very sturdy, and reusable year after year.
I've reformatted the patterns so that that they are now available for purchase as instant downloads.There are two versions available; this first one features three different - and very simple - blocks so you can stitch quickly.  The bags are stiffened with sew-in stabilizer and feature handles from ribbon or cord. Two are patchwork (foundation pieced) and one is machine appliqued.The instructions for this first group can be downloaded here: Pattern 605, Christmas Gift Bags 
The first gift bag pattern was so popular, I added another with four versions:  a crazy quilt, two using patchwork (foundation piecing) and a pieced and appliqued gingerbread man.  
You can download this pattern here: Pattern 606, It's In The Bag
 The bags are medium sized, measuring 8" x 10".
If  you would prefer printed copies of the pattern, you can find them locally at Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium, or mail-order them from my website. (scroll down the list, they are near the bottom.)  For those ordering patterns as gifts, I am happy to wrap and mail directly to your recipient at no extra charge. Wrap it up early!

Friday, 6 November 2015

Snow Beauty

Before presenting a workshop, I always sew a new version of the project to have it fresh in my mind.  When preparing for the recent class on Maritime Beauty, I decided to give my project a bit more zing. Here's the result, and even though I've named it "Snow Beauty", it really is :)
I used beautiful Hoffman batiks, printed with snowflakes, in black and greys.
 The large snowflakes were fussy cut for the centre, and for the semi-circles on each end.
There was enough solid black around the snowflakes that I could cut plain background pieces to square out the centre sections.

I chose a medium grey Aurifil thread (#2610) for piecing.  When it came time to quilt, Aurifil #4060, which is a very subtle white to medium-dark grey variegated, was a perfect choice to blend with the batiks.
My quilting was free-form ice shards.  The spikes of the New York Beauty block make a perfect halo around the batik snowflakes.
I am really, really pleased with how this turned out.  
The pattern for original Maritime Beauty may be downloaded here.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Judy's Ostentation

More loveliness to share! This is Judy Vargas' interpretation of Ostentation. Judy has added a very pretty colour pattern around the outer ring - I especially like the gold tips at the top of each of the star points.
Judy writes,  "As you can see I modified the pattern...and am pleased with the outcome.  It's going to be donated to Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach so they can auction it off."  What a generous way to share your talents, Judy;  congrats on this beautiful piece of work.
Ostentation appears on the cover of Quilting Beauties.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

A Treat

In a day of trick-or-treating, I received this lovely photo which is absolutely the latter.
This is the first picture of a completed piece from last weekend's Maritime Beauty workshop in O'Leary P.E.I., and what a beauty it is!.   Louise Hardy has arranged her colours skillfully to have her green bowties form a wreath.  This is going to be stunning on a festive table.  Louise's choice of a green binding ties her colours together nicely (and what a great job on that binding, those inside corners are perfect!)
Louise writes, "I am really pleased with how it turned out.  Your directions were great; I enjoyed the class very much and meeting you."
I enjoyed meeting you and your guild too, Louise, and can't wait to see more pictures from the day.