Sunday, February 26, 2012

Designer spotlight Sunday: Sarah Jane

Hi folks! 
So fun to be here on Kathy's blog. What a treat!
 I've been here for about a year,
 and man I love the Michael Miller Family.
 I'm sure you can just imagine how much fun it is...
well, I'm here to say it's been an awesome ride 
since launching my first fabric line with them last spring!
(Last spring? Where does time go!)
It's been a few months since its release but you are still coming up with
Since launching Children at Play, I've been just amazed at the response, and I have LOVED seeing all your amazing creations on the FLICKR group which is growing daily! 
My, you guys are unbelievable. 
I get so inspired! Keep it coming! 
 This past fall, I launched some necklace designs, art prints for the kid's rooms and other products that coordinate with Children at Play as well! It's been so fun to see your amazing spaces come together.

I've even signed on with Making Memories with a really sweet Children at Play paper line that will be coming out next month!!! I'm photographing it all right now...but here's a little sneak peek.
Stop on over at my blog for updates very very soon! 
I have a lot more up my sleeve (new fabric soon, new books, etc) and you can come over and peek into the studio window over on my  blog or facebook.

But what I really wanted to share with you today, is a fun project that I've been asked to help you out with. At market, I designed this quilt and so many of you wanted to get a hold of a template and pattern.
Well, here it is! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. I designed it days before quilt market, and Amy Smart (the adorable genius behind Dairy of a Quilter) offered to sew this up for me!

It's been a really fresh addition to the house...
and nice wall quilt, lap quilt, or baby quilt. 
And the OVER THE FENCE colorway 
from CHILDREN AT PLAY works great.

Ok! Let's go! This is a really rough and loose tutorial. There really are so many ways to do this project...this is just how Amy and I did it. So, forgive the "kind of's and sort of's" here. That's how I roll.
Let's start! 
And then sew it down with your machine!

I've got a downloadable template for the airplane here. It's designed to fit a 41x41 inch quilt.

This one was put together by making a strip of horizontal pieces (that could be any size you want, but this strip is 6 inches wide)

After sewing the pieces together, you can applique, and then embroider the swirly tail by first drawing a swirly line with an erasable pencil. 
(I just winged it, and you might want to practice on a paper first.)

The best way to embroider the swirl, is by using a full skein of floss, and using a split stitch for a nice solid dash.

And Voila!

Download the template HERE.

And...just for fun...I'm including a little gift of 15% off any orders made today or Monday for all you lovely Michael Miller fans! Come on over and stop by, and enjoy a discount with the code: MMF15

Enjoy! And Happy sewing!!

sarah jane


apron girls said...

I love the retro look of this collection.

Tina said...

I actually have a dress available in my Etsy shop with the Children at Play fabric.

Isn't it fun? I just LOVE it!!!!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I know just the little boy who will love this quilt. Thanks for sharing!

nativetexangirl said...

I LOVE this quilt. So simple but oh so adorable. Thank you so much for the template and tutorial! I found out we are becoming grandparents again in Sept. I see this quilt in my future for the new grandchild. Thank you.