Sunday, December 22, 2019

enchanted sal - lilly

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us on this last Sunday before Christmas and the last edition of the Enchanted Fall Sew Along. I am so happy you could make it. Get your cup of coffee, tea or morning breakfast ready to take in a little reading this morning.


Today, we are introducing the lovely princess, Lilly. She is a modern day princess and only wears her crown on special occasions and state events. She has no y-seam which makes her construction appeal to sewing novices, but I truly find the y-seam angels, fairies and princess easier to construct. There are more points to line up without the y-seam which makes it a tad trickier to sew.


So without further adieu, here is Princess Lilly. I decided to give her the original hairstyle and the mermaid style dress with a short sleeve top. Did I already mention that Lilly is one of the most versatile to make? She actually has two hairstyles, three dress forms (pencil, mermaid and fishtail) and optional gloves. This was the funnest part about designing the mix and match enchanted figures. You have the choice of how you want your figure to look. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of different possibilities to design the figures.


Let us take a quick look at Lilly in several of her outfits. Here is her 1960's sleeveless pencil skirt dress and added long gloves. She looks pretty charming doesn't she? Just skip over her hair band if you wish for a more sophisticated look.


Change up the skirt portion of the dress for a mermaid tail and gloves. She is ready for a gala! 


And of course, there is the version shown above in the lovely fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, Mystic Land designed by Maureen Cracknell.



Wait a minute. Should she put on a crown? She will borrow the crown from Isabella for tonight. Or should she put on the tiara from Jael?


But wait a minute, there is more to play with. You can design your own brides as well. By adding white to the bottom section of the hair, you can create a veil. Or, you can omit this section and use it for hair extensions. How super cool is that??


 You can mix the other bodices in from the other templates to make your very own wedding dress as well.


And the very special feature of Princess Lilly is her bonus hairstyle. She kind of looks like Samantha from Bewitched with red hair! I'm in love! I know I will be making this one in the future!


I hope you have enjoyed this blogpost and seen more possibilities of what you can make with the extremely diverse pattern. You not only can make a single princess, a fairy, an angel but also brides and stylish girls for yourself or another special girl in your life. Almost all of their features can be interchanged to make new figures. You can even change the bangs and hair elements for new designs.

You can purchase the PDF for Lilly on my Etsy shop or purchase the entire pattern with all 12 mix and match 12" blocks in the pattern book. It contains full size templates, easy to follow instructions, coloring images and instruction for how to mix and match templates. Use the images and cut out the different segments to see how your design will look before sewing. You can also purchase the hardcopy patterns with 64 pages at these shops within Germany.

Thanks for joining us. Happy sewing! Stay tuned for some more fun. We will be voting on winners for the sew along content. We will be picking one winner for the (1) the cutest ever and (2) best use of mix and match templates. Check back on the other posts for what you can win. There is still time to sew, oost and enter. Voting will take place on Instagram starting December 25, 2019 and end on 'Sunday, December 29, 2019. Hope to see you there. Happy holidays.
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Take a look at previous posts and see the other figures. 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

enchanted sal - katharina

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 Katharina today. This name is the mother of all names for me just like Catherine or Katherine. Why? Both my name and my sister's name is a derivative of this name.



On Sunday, December 29th, two winners will be picked to win two identical prizes.
  • one for the cutest ever and 
  • one for the best use of the mix and match templates.

Contest Rules:  

Make one figure from the pattern booklet or from the PDFs with individual figures. Sew the figure as shown in the instructions or mix and match to make your own figure. Upload the photo to Instagram or send me a copy of the photo. Enter as many times as you would like for more chances to win. We will have a social media voting on Instagram starting December 26th. Hurry up, because there are just two weeks left. Open to quilters at least 18 years of age. Void where prohibited.

Here is what you can win thanks to our great sponsors!


One set of quilting thread and three 1/2 yards of premium quality fabric sponsored by Gutermann.


AND one 28 mm rotary cutter, 1" x 6" ruler and mini cutting mat sponsored by einfach bunt Quilts.


That's worth a shot, don't you think?

Now on to our enchanting princess, Katharina. She was inspired by Cleopatra. Do you see the resemblance? I gave her a bit of a yellow tinted skin color. All of my figures in this quilt have different hair colors and skin colors. I wanted to have an international variety of princesses, angels and fairies. I also removed the inner stone in her crown and fussy cut the light blue print.


The one of the really cool features on this figure is that you can shorten her hair length by omitting or skipping the sewing line on the templates. This is explained in further detail in the instructions. The below examples are created in EQ8 - my quilt designing software which I also teach if you are interesting in learning.



That's all for today. Thanks for joining us. 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. 



Please join us next Sunday, December 22, 2019 for our last and twelfth figure, Lilly.

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 previous posts and see the other 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 previous posts and see the other figures. 

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