Red-Eyed Studio

Crafted with love... and caffeine.

I've published my first pattern!!

Heather BouwhuizenComment

I've been tossing around the idea of publishing my own pattern for a while.  I took the plunge.  I'm so excited!

It is the pattern for this quilt:

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This quilt was designed by my husband.  I edited his design to make the cutting of the quilt a little easier. I edited the pattern by making the squares a more standard size.  This quilt is going to hang on the wall in my home.  I love it.  And the possibilities are endless in the color possibilities (how about a Pink Heart?  how about all solid fabrics?)

 

Check out and purchase a pattern here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/234136342/modern-heart-quilt-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_4

 

If you make a quilt with my pattern, please send me a picture!  I can't wait to see what you do !!

5 Things you didn't know about quilting...

Heather BouwhuizenComment

1. It is messy!  No matter how clean you try to keep your sewing room, when you are quilting, you are fighting a losing battle!  I have half finished projects (UFO's) stacked to my left, piles of scraps to my right, little strings everywhere...plus all the supplies: thread, fabric (stash!!), scissors (must own at least 5 pairs), seam rippers (the dreaded un- sewer), ironing board, iron, rulers, cutting mat, ect, ect, ect.

 

2.  It is fun!  When you think of quilting, you think little old lady.  I'm 39.  Not young, but not old either.  Quilting is my video game.  I love cutting up fabric and putting it together a different way.  I love choosing the colors and shapes.  I love thinking of a new design.  I love buying a fabric and thinking of all the possibilities.  I love looking at quilting magazines, and pinterest, looking for inspiration.

 

3.  It is rewarding.  Taking a pile of fabric, creating a design or finding the perfect pattern, cutting everything up, sewing it all back together to be just what you pictured it would be.  It's art.  It's seeing something in your head, and making it into something that you can touch, and look at, and admire.

 

4.  Fabric Addiction is real.  Every time one of my favorite designers has a new fabric line, I am instantly in love, and MUST have it.  And your ultimate favorite fabric---it sits there, in all it's beauty, never to be cut....just admired.  And don't even get me started on all the new designers out there.  Amazing work.  Must collect it all (or at least try!)

 

5.  Receiving a handmade quilt from someone is really a handmade hug.  The person picked the fabrics with you in mind, they constructed the quilt thinking of you, and then they meticulously put it together, just for you.   Then it is wrapped, and mailed or given to you in person, while we stand there, nervously hoping that you will love it, as much as we do.  Even if the person didn't make the quilt themselves, and had someone make it for them, it is often the same thing- they helped pick the design and the fabrics, all with you in mind.   I remember the first quilt I every received--- Thank you Shannon.  I still have it, and we still love it. 

 


Scrap Management

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Ever end up with a pile of fabric like this?  Either on your cutting table, or just off to the side?  Scraps!  I have a love/hate relationship with scraps.  They make the best quilts.  But if you aren't careful, they can take over quickly and make you feel overwhelmed! 

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Here is how I handle scraps.  I pull all of my rulers out and cut the scraps  into the largest square that I can.  I keep the strings (long pieces of fabric, wider than one inch).  I've just recently started keeping the pieces that are bigger, but can't quite be cut into a square.  I'm planning an improv project with them soon.

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You end up with nice and neat little piles of squares.  I can't take credit for this idea.  I spent an entire night on Pinterest  reading every blog post I could find on scrap management, pulled everything I read together, and ended up with a system.  It's really helped me get a handle on my scraps!

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Here is a pile of "strings":

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This is where I store all of the squares, once they are cut.  (yes! I save binding pieces too!  I love scrappy bindings on quilts.)  Once a box is full, it's time to make a quilt, or two or three....

yes, I have plans to make these boxes pretty...It's on my to do list!

yes, I have plans to make these boxes pretty...It's on my to do list!

This is a string quilt in progress.  When I have some extra time, I just add on a few blocks.  It is slowly growing in size.

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And this is a 2.5 inch square quilt.  This box often ends up the fullest, so I've made a few of these quilts.  I love how they look!  I'm actually making one for my bed now.  When it is done, it will have 100  2.5" squares in each "block" and will end up having 3600 2.5" squares in the quilt!  I can't wait until it is done.

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Teaching my daughter to sew...

Heather BouwhuizenComment

About a month ago, I began teaching my 11 year old daughter to sew.   We started with a pillow.  She wanted a monster pillow, so we designed a pattern, and she sewed it together.  

 

I've been promising to show her how to make skirts.  This weekend, we finally had time. 

 

 

I started with testing the pattern.  She watched me make them, and we talked about knit fabric, consistent seam allowances,  stretch stitches, and fit. Then it was her turn.   

 

 

 

Sewing her skirt.  

Sewing her skirt.  

She did a great job.  She made a skirt for her up coming piano concert.  And, it's a great casual skirt for summer.  

The pile of skirts we ended up with.  

The pile of skirts we ended up with.  

Her finished skirt.  

Her finished skirt.  

Her pillow (he's missing an eye)  

Her pillow (he's missing an eye)  

I'm hoping to pass on my love of sewing to my girls.  

Not a Blogger

Heather BouwhuizenComment

I'm having trouble with this blog.  I hope it is something that works itself out over time.  

I don't consider myself a writer.  So, I find it hard to write.  

I'm a pro at talking though, so I'm just going to write the way I talk-- without much planning :). Hopefully, it'll all work out.  

The other problem with blogging is-- why would you want to read what I have to say?  I read blogs all the time-  written by interesting and dynamic people.  Written by people who a voice, an opinion or an experience.  Or even an idea (some of the blogs I have read are brilliant).  

But I'm just me.  Mom, wife, quilter, house cleaner, cook, dog walker.... See, pretty boring.  

But, I will try to write something interesting.... Tomorrow.  

Quilt Design

Heather BouwhuizenComment

I recently took the plunge into computer based quilt design.  Now, I'll be able to design the quilts that I will (eventually) make.  April 9-12, I made a trip to Perrysburg, OH and attended an EQ 7 class.  It was a boot camp class of sorts.  Everything EQ.  It was great, and I had so much fun!  I learned a ton. 

 

When I got home, I couldn't wait to dive in!  This was the first quilt that I designed.  I love pinwheels, and I love the pattern within a pattern, so this is what I came up with:

And, here comes the super fun part!  I made the quilt.  It was made using a fabric line called Waterfront Park.  I stayed with the red and aqua of the design (because it's my favorite!).  Here is my quilt:

 

I'm so proud of how it turned out!  I've already got the next quilt that I'm going to make designed, just need the time to make it! 

 

Out with the old...

Heather BouwhuizenComment

It's time to say goodbye to the old blog site.  This site allows a more professional look to the blog, and will hopefully be easier to navigate.  At this time, we will continue to sell from ETSY.  I'm working on making it easy to reach ETSY from here, but for now, the link is on the right. 

The new site will make it easier for us to test the water in some new markets.  We are thinking of expanding out sales to fabric and patterns. 

Thank you for being a part of this journey.  It's been a blast this far. 

 

http://bowhowzen6.blogspot.com/
https://www.etsy.com/shop/RedEyedStudio

Working with some scraps...

Heather BouwhuizenComment

You've seen my 2" block "postage stamp" scrap patchwork quilts.  I was looking for a new way to destash some of my longer scrap strips of fabric.  These scraps all came from previous custom ordered quilts and like any good fabric addict, I just cannot throw the scraps away.  So, here we have a new example of some strips sewn onto white muslin. 

I like the effect when they are pointed into diamonds.  2 blocks done... many more to come.