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Time for a Garden Party...

May 8th, 2014

...and another Summer Challenge!

I'm excited about my newest design collection...

Garden Party by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Garden Party is part of the Every Stitch Counts program offered by Brewer, the distributor that I work with. Creating this collection was a great experience for me as all I had to do was provide the designs - and someone else (the fabulous Lisa Veith) created all of the projects!

Garden Party by Sarah Vedeler Designs

The collection includes 4 large flowers, 2 medium flowers and 3 small flowers and various other fun shapes that you can "plant" in various pots and vases. If you own a bigger hoop or two, there are various combinations to stitch out a ready made flower in a pot, stems and all!

The projects featured on the cover are made with the beautiful Stof Quilter's Shadow fabric. The pattern for the flower pots wall hanging is available from your local Every Stitch Counts participating Bernina dealer (if you own, manage, work or teach at one please send me an email with the details of your store - name, address, phone etc - and I will post this info on my website so that people can find you!). The tote bag and journal cover can be found in the "A Day at the Beach" pattern from Kenzie Mac and Co LLC. Two new projects will be coming soon too.

Silhouette CameoGot a Silhouette Cameo cutter?

The Garden Party CD contains .SVG files for use in the Silhouette Studio software.

Purchase your copy of Garden Party here or ask for it at your local Bernina dealer. 

 

 

Garden Party Challenge

As we are moving right on into summer, create your own project using the designs from Garden Party and email a photo of your creation to SVD.Challenge@gmail.com by June 1, 2014. You could win the design collection of your choice (Express Yourself, Peace Love and Joy Collection, Heather Feather Border Collection, A New Leaf).

Garden Party by Sarah Vedeler Designs

 

Some ideas... tote bag, journal cover (OK, so these are already shown on the CD cover, but there are a gazillion different possible variations!), apron, wall hanging (small, medium, large, the sky is the limit!), baby quilt, bed quilt, pillow cover (what about pillows for your patio furniture?).

You can stitch all of the designs out without an appliqué fabric if desired - just don't stitch the appliqué placement line.

Garden Party by Sarah Vedeler Designs

I'm loving the apron that Lisa created!

Garden Party by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Remember to Purchase your copy of Garden Party here or ask for it at your local Bernina dealer. 


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Perfect Pool Tote and the Summer Challenge

May 5th, 2014

Summer has definitely arrived in Scottsdale, AZ where temperatures are up in the 90s already. This past weekend the girls and I spent some wonderful time together cooling off in the pool!

Which brings me to the Festival Tote which can also be a Perfect Pool Tote - and the challenge I have for you!

Festival Tote

In the image above, the Festival Tote is being modeled by Scottsdale Mayor Herb Drinkwater. The two original versions of the tote are made using wonderful Island Batik fabrics. It's not often that I have the time to make "one for me too", but in the case of the Festival Tote I really wanted one that I could actually use!

Here's the new Festival Tote bag I created using fabrics from the Stof Quilter's Shadow collection, and of course AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight thread.

The Front:

Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

A zippered pocket extends across the width of the tote. I decided to use a solid piece of fabric rather than piecing the checkerboard that is featured in the original.

The Back:

 Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

The back has 3 open top pockets to stash the things that you want to have quilt access to. If you look closely, you can see the studs on the bottom that (theoretically) help to keep the bottom of the tote clean.

The Inside:

Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

On one side there are three open top pockets, one of which features pen holders. I don't know about you, but I'm always digging around in the bottom of my purses to find a pen so I decided to provide a place to put them to make it easy to get to them when I need to write something down. The pocket is big enough to hold a small notebook.

Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

On the other side is a zippered pocket - somewhere you can store loose change and all of the other things that tend to collect at the bottom of your bags. 

Zippered Top:

Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

I used an open ended zipper to close the top of the tote. For this version, I added a little shaping to the corners of the zipper bands. Above you can see the closed end of the zipper... and below you can see the open end of the zipper.

Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Wrapping the ends of the zipper tape around the ends of the zipper bands eliminated the need to figure out how to hide the raw cut ends of the zipper tape - and looks really good too!

The Summer Challenge

The Festival Tote makes an ideal summer tote for fun at the pool or on the beach. Make your own Festival Tote using fabrics of your choice and send a photo or two of it (showing the front and the back) to SVD.Challenge@gmail.com before Sunday June 1, 2014. Enter "Festival Tote Challenge" in the subject line.

The winner will receive a digital download of their choice (pick from the following: Express YourselfA New LeafHeather Feather Border CollectionPeace Love and Joy Collection). 

If you don't already have a copy of the Festival Tote pattern, you can purchase it here  or ask for it at your local BERNINA dealer.

I'm excited to see what you all come up with!

Happy Stitching!

Sarah Vedeler Designs



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A New Leaf: Color for all Seasons

April 29th, 2013

I have a friend called Jean. She comes over to my studio once a week to help me out - doing whatever needs to be done. For the longest time, she kept telling me "You need to design a quilt for Fall." And for the longest time, I kept telling her "No I don't!" Given what I'm about to share with you, you can tell who won!

I'd like to introduce you to "A New Leaf: Color for all Seasons". Not only a quilt for Fall, but also one for Spring, Summer and Winter too.

A New Leaf: Color for all Seasons

You can see all of the "official" photos by clicking here

Below are some of the "unofficial" photos, most of which were taken while I was quilting the pieces in this collection.

Spring

Spring

Spring

Spring

Spring

Spring

Summer

Summer

Summer

Autumn/Fall

Fall

Fall

Fall

Fall

Fall

Fall

Winter

Winter

Winter

Winter

Winter

Winter

Leave me a comment below and tell me - which is your favorite season from "A New Leaf"?

Are you feeling inspired to make your own? Click here to purchase the pattern.

Sarah


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Sedona Star Quilts

November 29th, 2012

Are you a member of TheQuiltShow.com, with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims? If you are, you will probably know that I designed the 2012 Block of the Month quilt for them, Sedona Star.

Sedona Star by Sarah Vedeler

The quilt is 88" x 88", and actually splits up pretty nicely to be create a month at a time for 12 months. Two color-ways were made - the "bright" version (above) and a "naturals" version (below - pieced, appliquéd and quilted by Lisa Sipes). 

Sedona Star by Sarah Vedeler

I have loved looking at the Show and Tell on TheQuiltShow.com, and watching a number of quilts coming together - using all sorts of color schemes. Click on the image below to watch the "Smilebox" and see how beautiful these quilts are turning out to be!

Sedona Star by Sarah Vedeler

Leave me a comment and tell me - which is your favorite of the 17 quilts in the Smilebox?


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Sarah's European Adventure - Part 9

November 21st, 2012

The AURIfil Twisting Process

The twisting part of the process happens off-site, away from the main AURIfil factory. It turned out to be an outing for not just me, but also for Roberta, Dario and Elly, none of whom had seen this part of the process before.

As soon as we arrived, Alex went off to find Dario, one of the owners of the company that does the twisting.

The AURIfil Twister

Lots of machinery in this place - and it was pretty loud too!

Thread arrives from the spinner in single strands. The final weight of the thread depends on the thickness of the strand. The 4 weights of thread that AURIfil makes are all 2 ply - i.e. they all consist of 2 strands. But the strands that make up the 50 weight thread are a lot finer than the strands that make up the 12 weight thread!

Before twisting of two strands can occur, the thread first needs to be "doubled" - i.e. two strands are put together. Hence, two cones of strands are on the right hand side in the photo below, and they are "doubled" onto one cone on the left hand side.

The AURIfil Twister

Two strands are coming down in parallel.

The AURIfil Twister

The yellow ended cones of doubled thread are then sent to the twisting machine.

The AURIfil Twister

The twisting machine...

The AURIfil Twister

The twisting machine takes the double thread (i.e. two strands) and literally twists it to form the thread that you use.

The AURIfil Twister

Closeup... the rate that the drum spins determines the amount of twist in the thread. 

The AURIfil Twister

After the thread has been twisted, it is steamed to fix the twist. If it wasn't steamed, it would untwist. 

The AURIfil Twister

The cones that the twisted thread is wound on have holes in to allow the steam to penetrate all the way through.

AURIfil Twisting

After the thread has been twisted, it is singed to remove the tiny hairs that are on the thread. 

The AURIfil Twister

The thread passes directly through a flame...

The AURIfil Twister

The speed of the machine determines how long the thread is exposed to the flame. The finer the thread, the faster it goes through the flame.

The AURIfil Twister

After it has been twisted and singed, the thread is wound into hanks which are then sent to the dyer.

The thread is hooked onto the front roller... 

The AURIfil Twister

and then the machine starts up...

The AURIfil Twister

The AURIfil Twister

The thread is then separated and tied into bundles...

The AURIfil Twister

Which are removed from the machine...

The AURIfil Twister

The AURIfil Twister

Packed into bags, labelled and sent to the dyer.

The AURIfil Twister

When the thread has been dyed, it comes back to the twister where it is wound back onto 1kg cones that are sent back to the AURIfil factory to be wound onto spools.

The AURIfil Twister

Unlike the AURIfil factory, which is in an industrial area, the twister is out in the countryside!

The AURIfil Twister

I hope you've enjoyed this journal of my visit to Europe. I've certainly enjoyed telling you about it!

I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!

Sarah


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