Sunday, December 8, 2019

enchanted sal - jael

Hi and thanks for joining us today on another edition of the Enchanted Paper Dolls Fall Sew Along. I am happy you could stop by. Grab a cup of coffee and read a little bit about the next figure in the sew along.


We are looking at Jael today. Her beautiful name is Hebrew and means "mountain goat." She is a noble and strong.I just love the name which is pronounced with a Y instead of a J. I like saying it with a J though.


Before we get into the blog post, I would like to share with you again one of our sponsors. Gütermann, the German thread and fabric company, kindly offered two sets of quilting thread and premium cotton fabrics for our giveaway. Two lucky participants will each receive one set. It looks like three 1/2 meter cuts in those bundles too. I hope to show the rest of the loot next Sunday. : )


And here is our second sponsor - einfach bunt quilts with two matching Mini FPP sets including a 28mm rotary cutter from Fiskars, a 1" x 6" Creative Grids ruler and a mini cutting mat from Olfa! These are the best tools when sewing small and sewing foundation paper piecing. Thank you, Verena! We truly appreciate your generosity.


Our two winners will be picked at the end of the sew along
  • one for the cutest ever and 
  • one for the best use of the mix and match templates.
Now on to Jael - (the J is really pronounced silently like a y.) I chose to make her in a darker skin tone this time, because I wanted to celebrate our diversity. All of the Enchanted PD series have different skin tones and hair color. No two are alike.

If you take a look at Jael's dress, you will see that oversized blue flower on her skirt. I fussy cut it to be exactly where it is. After sewing it up, I realized the size of the flower is a little distracting. It looks as if the legs are off-centered, but they are not. I measured exactly 6 1/4" through the middle of the crown, neck and legs (feet) when squaring up the block. It is really exactly in the middle and not offset at all.


This was the original Jael made and landed on the cover of the pattern. You might be able to identify a slight change and/or adjustment in the heads of both figures. The one below is the original and allows you the most possibilities to lengthen the hair on the sides. I knew I would be making the shorter hair pulled back with the bun, so I drew the lines on the templates and sewed those. Or you can use the side hair templates from Isabella instead. She also comes with a very slightly different bonus bodice shown in the figure above. It is cut straight across instead of slanted on both sides.



Thank you for joining us today. I look forward to seeing what you do with our figure, Jael. How will you style her hair? Will you give her a bun as well?


There is still some time to make a figure and upload for your chance to win one of the provided sets above. Good luck to everyone.


Enjoy your week. Happy sewing and quilting.


Please LALL (Leave a Little Love) in the comments below. I would love to hear from you and what you like about the angels, fairies and princesses. I somehow feel that blogging is old school. Is it interesting for anyone anymore? Am I wasting my time? I've been seriously playing with the idea of retiring as well. Thanks for listening.

If you would like to purchase the individual PDF or paper book with all 12 figures, you can find all of them in my Etsy shop or at your local quilt store such as einfach bunt quilts or Niemanns-Land.


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Take a look at previous posts and see the other figures. 


Sunday, December 1, 2019

enchanted sal - isabella

Hi everyone. Welcome to the Enchanted Paper Dolls Falls Sew Along. I am really happy and excited that you are joining us today. I see there aren't too many followers of the sew along, but I am happy nonetheless. There are a few diligent participants that are sewing along. Let's all applaud them, shall we?!



Today, we are introducing Isabella, the ninth figure in the Enchanted mix and match series. She is our first princess and very noble at that. Victoria, Crown Princess from Sweden, was my inspiration when designing the figure.


Before we get into the blog post, I would like to share with you again one of our sponsors. Gütermann, the German thread and fabric company, kindly offered two sets of quilting thread and premium cotton fabrics for our giveaway. Two lucky participants will each receive one set. It looks like three 1/2 meter cuts in those bundles too. I hope to show the rest of the loot next Sunday. : )


And here is our second sponsor - einfach bunt quilts with two matching Mini FPP sets including a 28mm rotary cutter from Fiskars, a 1" x 6" Creative Grids ruler and a mini cutting mat from Olfa! These are the best tools when sewing small and sewing foundation paper piecing. Thank you, Verena! We truly appreciate your generosity.


Our two winners will be picked at the end of the sew along
  • one for the cutest ever and 
  • one for the best use of the mix and match templates.
Now on to our first princess - Isabella. She is wearing a transparent, tiered dress and her royal magnificent crown. I do admit, the crown is a bit of a challenge, but that is the only difficult part on this block. I inserted some saphires into her crown by fussy cutting some of the yummy pink flowered fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics, Maureen Cracknell's Mystical Land. I'm in love, aren't you?


Remember, all of the figures from the Enchanted Paper Dolls series are mix and matchable. You can exchange the crowns, arms, feet, bodices, dresses and heads on all figures. You can even add or exchange the wings. This is what Isabella could look like as an angel. She would making a stunning fairy godmother as well. I almost used the background below for my fall sew a long, but I was a little uncertain about the scale of it. It is so hard finding a good background for these blocks.



Thank you, again for joining us today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing the nineth figure in our Enchanted series. There is still time to join in and sew a figure for your chance at one of the two main prizes. We would love to see your paper dolls.

Please LALL (Leave a Little Love) in the comments below. I would love to hear from you and what you like about the angels, fairies and princesses. I somehow feel that blogging is old school. Is it interesting for anyone anymore? Am I wasting my time? I've been seriously playing with the idea of retiring as well. Thanks for listening.

If you would like to purchase the individual PDF or paper book with all 12 figures, you can find all of them in my Etsy shop or at your local quilt store such as einfach bunt quilts or Niemanns-Land.

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Take a look at other posts and see the more figures. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

enchanted sal - hailey

Good morning everyone! It's Sunday morning for me and just getting to writing our weekly post. While my family is spoiling me with our traditional (American) Sunday breakfast, I get to take a few minutes to write our post. I have exactly fifteen minutes, because my goal was to post before 9am GMT.


Today marks the eighth week of our Enchanted Sew Along. Every week a new figure from the Enchanted Mix and Match Series will be highlighted. This week we are celebrating Hailey.


Before we get into the blog post, I would like to share with you again one of our sponsors. Gütermann, the German thread and fabric company, kindly offered two sets of quilting thread and premium cotton fabrics for our giveaway. Two lucky participants will each receive one set. It looks like three 1/2 meter cuts in those bundles too. I hope to show the rest of the loot next Sunday. : )


And here she is, our Hailey! I created her with the lightest skin tone I found in my Sediments Solids fabric pack from Robert Kaufman's Kona solids. I used a saffron color for her hair. She is very light skinned and pale, but I wanted to make all of the girls using different skin tones and hair colors. #Diversity is beautiful! We all should celebrate our own beauty and not compare ourselves to other.


If you already have the pattern, you will know there is a secret to Hailey. If you were wondering how to create her hair as shown in the pattern with her bangs to the side, it is actually a flip face/hair of Lilly yet to come.


Hailey is really a straight forward sew. Once again, there are just a couple of critical points that need to match up like the wrists and feet. Other than that, she is seems to be easier than the other figures.

Here is Hailey from the original quilt featured in the pattern. Don't you just love the dark hair and skin tones? I do! As you can see, her hands have been flipped over. You can mix and match everything in this pattern. If you would like to purchase the individual PDF or paper book with all 12 figures, you can find all of them in my Etsy shop or at your local quilt store such as einfach bunt quilts or Niemanns-Land.


Thank you for joinging us today. Happy sewing.

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Take a look at other posts and see the more figures. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

enchanted sal - gigi

Hi there! Thanks for joining us. Today marks the seventh week of the Enchanted Sew Along. A great big thank you to all who are sewing along. It truly warms my heart seeing what you make with the patterns!


We will be looking at the beautiful, Gigi in this post. She hasn't been shown yet. She remained a bit of a secret as well as four other figures. 


Before we get into the blog post, I would like to share with you one of our sponsors. Gütermann, a German thread and fabric company, kindly offered two sets of quilting thread and premium cotton fabrics for our giveawy. Two lucky participants will each receive one set. It looks like three 1/2 meter cuts in those bundles too. There are a couple more suprises lined up, so stay tuned.


Back to Gigi. She is a beautiful garden fairy with a cute little bob hairstyle and a
jewelled crown. She flies bare-footed, because she loves to feel the grass touching her toes. Gigi has large (Fairy Godmother) wings that extend to her shoulders. There are only a few critical points that need to match up when sewing her together such as the wrist, wings intersections and hair around the face.



Gigi would look exceptionally beautiful with a bun. I used the crown segment (bun) from Jael featured on the front cover of the pattern book.


Or you could add the precious halo from Babette? You can add or remove segements on the templates. Instructions are given in the pattern on how to do this.


Or you could omit the tiara altogether and add the crown segment from Agatha.


And with all of the figures from the Enchanted Paper Dolls, you can mix and match the bodices and dresses to create your own styles.

There are so many possibilties with these figures. I would really love to see what you create with the patterns. Have fun.

I decided not to link up via InLinkz. Please email your figure to me or post on Instagram Thanks for joining.

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Take a look at other posts and see the more figures. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

enchanted sal - fiona

Hi everyone! Thanks for dropping by. I truly am tickled that a few are actually following the sew along posts! Thank you for your interest and support. This week we are taking a look at Fiona. This is our sixth week of figures. We are not halfway through our sew along. I have been gathering prizes for two winners and will be showing them in the next weeks.


Each week a new figure will be highlighted from the Enchanted Paper Dolls pattern book. I may even give some tips and tricks about sewing the figure as well. ; ) If you would like to purchase the entire book or just an individual PDF of one figure, you can purchase them here on Etsy or at your local quilt shop. If you shop doesn't carry it, ask them to get in touch with me. We sell wholesale to individual quilt shops as well.


I didn't shoot any in-progress photos of this one. I just worked right through the figure. Fiona comes with a bonus collar and bodice to change it up. The one I sewed, however is the original figure with a slight adjustment. I was fussy cutting most all of the pieces an realized the bodice was clashing with the skirt, so I added the purple belt to break it up. I feel it works much better. It is really simple too, to add a belt. Just add a line anywhere parallel to the bottom of the template to make the belt. Add an additional piece of fabric and sew on the line.

Fiona's collar can be a challenge, but I wanted to give her that 1960's look like Samantha from Bewitched. I also gave her a lighter skin tone than the other figures. I planned on giving two figures in this series a lighter skin tone. It can be a little problematic using such a light skin color with a white background; I prefer to give the entire block more contrast. I actually enhanced the color a bit to increase the contrast.


As you can see, Fiona is not wearing any shoes. You can use the provided template or simply skip the sewing lines on any of the other templates. It is described how in the front section of the pattern book.



I will skip adding a link up. If you want to share your figure, just send me a photo of <1MB to my email address or share on Instagram. Please tell me if I may share on social media or not. You will be included in the drawing for prizes automatically after receiving your photo. Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy your day!

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Take a look at other posts and see the more figures. 

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