Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mini Cedar Topiaries

Mini Topiary Pot Fun

It's no secret that I love mini's !  Mini quilts.... my free " Mini Keeper" sewing machine pouch... mug rugs.... mini charms fabric packs ... more mini quilts....  Just scroll back through my blog posts through the years!  ( type in " mini"  in the search for spot on the top left of my home page,  and you can review a bunch of them! )

A few of the Mini items I have made.....

So,  when I was asked if I'd like to review a  silk plant product from the website Silk Plants Direct.com , I jumped at the opportunity and said yes!!

If you go over to CommercialSilk.com to see what they offer for sale,  grab a cup of tea or coffee and relax... because there is a lot to look at !   There are oodles and oodles  of  silk trees,  flowers, topiaries, ivys, greens....    ( indoor and outdoor, too)

But, these cut little mini's caught my eye!!

I ordered this set of  three cedar topiaries :

              Silk Plants Direct Assorted Cedar Topiary - Green - Pack of 3

Oh my goodness, when I opened up the box, I fell in love with them!!I 
(I even squeeled a little  a lot !)

Their sizes:      5.5 - 6.5" x 4.5 - 5.5" x 4.5 - 5.5"

 I had so much fun posing them in different places around my house....

These little topiaries are "weigh" too much fun!!

 They are a perfect size to put on table tops.... in the group or all alone !

They are very life-like.... look how they blend in with real trees 

My honest review of these 3 mini Cedar Topiaries:

Quality-  Excellent:  10/10         
                                            They are so look like they are real!  Such a beautiful shade of                                             green!
                                    The pots are cute in  their shapes,  and well made.
                                    There are no funny odors. (I pay attention to that, as I have                                                 allergies)
                                    They are made with quality.

I would definitely buy these!!
Oh, and the dh gave his seal of approval, as well.  ( And, He's picky!! )

And you don't have just one person's experience of products with Silk Plants Direct.com products ...
you can hop on over to Amy at Amy Made That! blog, and see what she reviewed!  The most adorable  set of boxwood topiary balls!  I saw them in person, and they are beautiful!

Thank you,     Commercial Silk.com , for the opportunity to experience and honestly review your beautiful products first hand!

I'm off to my sewing room!

***I received the Cedar Topiaries  set  from Commercial Silk.com to facilitate my review. As always my words and views are 100% my own.   ***

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Strawberries and Cathedral Windows

Strawberry Cathedral Windows Pincushions

I had some time this week to have fun sewing, and I made up a few Cathedral Windows pincushions.  If you ever make them, you'll wish you had cut out several at a time, to make more than one of them!  *** They are addictive!! ***

I use the easy tutorial by Kim at My Go-Go Life blog.  This is the  {tutorial link. }  She has good pictures and descriptions, to make it easy to understand!

This is my first Strawberry Cathedral Windows pincushion:

Cathedral Windows Pincushion    by Susie's Sunroom
Design:   Tutorial by Kim at  My Go-Go Life {here }
Fabrics: Strawberry fabris -  Popcorn the Bear by Quilting Treasures (in my stash)
              Green picnic plaid - Robert Kaufman  Picnic Basics by Jane Shasky
Button Covers:  Dritz
Size:  a plump 4 " x 4 "   Sometimes they get to be about 4.5" square

I like making projects that have strawberries in them... so I can get out my collection of strawberry props!!

The back side of this little pinnie features the sweet strawberry fabric!

I have 2 of these little pincushions available for purchase.... in my new little 
Susies Sunroom Shop  on Etsy.  Here's the link to hop on over and see what I have in my shop.  

                                                         Click  HERE

SusiesSunroomShop on Etsy here:
SusiesSunroomShop on Etsy

 There's a  little mix of  everything.... fabric destashing,  bags, pincushions, pouches, and even some pieces of Sterling Silver Flatware!   

I'm off to my sewing room!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Adventures of Mr Whiskers #2

Adventures of Mr Whiskers #2 Is Here!

The beginning of July means that a new issue of the digital paper pieced pattern magazine, called " Paper Piecing 1/4" Paper Piecing 1/4 "" is out!   { Issue 14  July 2017 - Sept 2017  here } This pattern-filled magazine, available as a digital download, is designed by Janeen at Quilt Art Designs.  

Paper Piecing 1/4 " digital magazine Issue 14  July-Sept 2017  HERE

Janeen asked me to make up a second Mr Whiskers block , out of this newest issue!

Pattern:   Adventures of Mr Whiskers #2   ( avail in Issue 14  here )
Size :  18 inches finished
Foundation Paper pieced

Adventures of Mr Whiskers #2      by Susie's Sunroom

I just love the look on Mr Whiskers' face!  I think he may be saying.... "Uh- Oh !! "

And look at this delicate Magnolia flower he is hanging next to!

I am planning on making this into  a wallhanging, along with other blocks in  the series of Mr Whiskers blocks that Janeen is designing.  You may remember the first Mr Whiskers block , from issue #13 April 2017 - June 2017 .  I blogged about this cute block here.

Mr Whiskers # 1 block      ( pattern avail  here )
Blogged here

I made them with the same background fabric.  Then, I pinned them together , so I can imagine what they will look like together ! I will also add sashing.

Mr Whiskers block 1 and block 2

Make sure you check out the other cute patterns in this new issue of Paper Piecing 1/4"  !
( go here )  That sand castle looks amazing!  And how cute is that school house for a teacher gift, as a tote or pillow !!

Paper Piecing 1/4"  dig magazine  Issue #14

What are you sewing this summer?

I'm off to my sewing room!

Pattern provided by QAD Publishing

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scrap-Happy Quilt Finish

A Happy  Scrappy Finish

I had sew much fun sewing up a new quilt this past month. 
It began when I saw  a Charm School Sew Along on Instagram.  ( I am @SusiesSunroom  on Instagram. Follow me and see  my up- to- date projects ! I post on IG more often than blogging.)

I already had purchased my own  Charm School Book,  which is a new book by Vanessa Goertzen, of Lella Boutique, which has directions for making 18 quilts from 5" squares! So it was a perfect way to jump in and make my first quilt from this awesome book!  ( I am just a fan of Lella Boutique.  )   I have even enjoyed reading  the directions for each quilt in the book!

My Book
Charm School Book (here)  
I chose the " Scrap-Happy Quilt" to make.  I love to make scrappy quilts, and thanks to the generosity of a couple of my sweet friends, I had a  pile of Moda Mini Charm packs ready to use!  (Thank you so much , G. and A. !!)  This pattern uses 14 mini charm packs.   I had 10 mini charm packs , and added a regular 5" Charms pack,  which I cut into 4 mini charms packs. 

Quilt Details:      Scrap-Happy Quilt    from  Charm School Book by Vanessa Goertzen
Size:   68.5 "  x 68.5 "   
Block size:  16 " x 16 "
Fabric:   14 mini charms packs ( 2.5" squares)  - Moda:   Rachel Remembered by Betsy Chutchian, Southern Exposure by Laundry Basket Quilts, Ville Fleurie  by French General , Coral Bells by Jan Patek Quilts,  Thistle Farm by Kansas Troubles Quilters, Sweet Cherry Wine by Blackbird Designs, and Lario  by 3 Sisters (cut into 4 mini charms)

Sashing:  Painter's Canvas in Cream by Laura Gunn ( for Michael Miller)  (from my stash)
Stars:   Scraps of cream on cream fabric from my stash 
Backing:  Coral Bells by Jan Patek in Linen
Binding:  Coral Bells  by Jan Patek   red
Batting:  Warm and Natural  - 100 % cotton
Thread:  Aurifil #2024   50 wt. for piecing  and Aurifil #2026 50 wt. for machine quilting 

Total number of scrappy 2.5 " squares:   576

The fabric pull for my Scrap-Happy Quilt

I laid out all of my 2 .5 " pieces, organizing them into nine 8x8 rows.  (I wanted to make sure that the last block formed was a good mixture of fabric lines.)

Blocks of 8 by 8 were laid out

They came together easily,  and I couldn't wait to see what they would like like against the cream/gold sashing and cream stars.

Before I knew it, I had three blocks finished!

I decided not to  rush, and tried to enjoy the whole patchworking process.   

9 blocks completed

Adding some sashing and stars

Whiskers helped me with the final layout design....
Layout of the quilt top

Here is the finished flimsy top!  What do you think of the mix of mini charms?  I am very happy with how they mix and match!  I love the rich tones.

My flimsy "Scrap-Happy" quilt top


I quilted straight lines,  1/4 of an inch away from the seams , vertically and horizontally,  on the patchwork blocks, using my walking foot and the pretty light gold Aurifil #2026 thread.  I quilted the outer border with lines, approximately 1/2 " apart, for a  picture frame effect.

love the backing fabric, in a  golden tan color, as well as the red binding.  These are both from the gorgeous Coral Bells line , by Jan Patek.

Time to handsew the binding to the back of the quilt

Whiskers likes to nap by my side, when I sew binding on the quilts, while  in bed watching tv at night. 

Whiskers is feeling better now, and back to helping me!

My  Scrap-Happy quilt   by Susie's Sunroom

A closer look at the corner...

A corner

Scrap-Happy Quilt

I am so happy that I joined in with the Charm School Book Sew Along!  It is fun to see all of the beautiful quilts that you can make from the book.   I want to make another quilt soon.  Stay tuned to see what I make!   I know I'll be making another Scrap-Happy quilt someday!  What an awesome way to use scraps!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Fiesta Tote Bag

The Fiesta Tote Bag

I recently made a super cute tote bag!   I was testing a new  pattern,  called  the "Fiesta Tote",  by  Samantha , of  Sewing Patterns by Mrs H.

The Fiesta Tote Bag
You can buy it HERE
I really love it!!   It has some fun features:    rivets,  and  webbing  for both short handles and a removable strap.   There's an outside zipper pocket, and  inside slip pocket to keep you organized!

Here are the details:    

Pattern:   The Fiesta Tote PDF Pattern  by Sewing Patterns by Mrs H
Size:   W 14" x H 11.5" x D 5"

Fabrics:  Miss Kate     by Bonnie and Camille for Moda

Special components:  Rivets  ,  Webbing,  zippers, magnetic snap. swivel clips. Soft and Stable interfacing

See the back outer  zippered pocket?  I love it!!
The Soft and Stable interfacing gives just the right of stiffness to the tote.

The back side of my Fiesta Tote 

It has both short handles....
The short handles
and you can use the long body strap!

The body strap.   It's removable, too!

There are lots of pockets inside!!
I added a zippered pocket, too.   Because you can never have too many pockets!!

Inside the Fiesta Tote

There's a magnetic snap closure , too.

Inside view
I love the size of this tote.... it can hold a lot , and yet look stylish as a purse.

Amanda's directions are clear and well written. This is a good bag for a beginner sewer.  

Fiesta Tote

I had a lot of fun making this bag!  Since I gave it as a gift, I want to make one for myself this summer!  

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