Tuesday, April 22, 2014

As of late…then off to play!

As of late I've been posting the majority of my images on Instagram. (You really should think about following me there.)

I started painting again! It's been too long since I picked up a brush. These 2" square blocks have 12 classic quilt blocks painted on them. I just can't help but rearrange them over and over again on my desktop. Perhaps they will inspire a new quilt design. You can pick up a set for yourself (or choose custom color combinations!) over at my shop

I'm still plowing away at a new quilt design. Sometimes I over complicate things, only to simplify them in the end. There will be some "unsewing" to do to get it right, then I will show the finished top and release the pattern soon.

The kids are out of school this week, so we are off on a much needed vacation. The Spring Fever 25% off sale over at Eva Blake's Makery is going on this week. All orders will ship Monday.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Fever SALE

EVERYTHING is finally turning green! 
(It seems like winter lasted ages this year.)

So to celebrate EVERYTHING in my shop is on SALE! Hooray!

Sale runs through 4/25/14

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Sad Sewing News

If you haven't heard, Sewing Summit is Saying Goodbye. I'm pretty sad about this. I had a terrific time last year and met so many incredible women who had a burning passion for fabric! It was truly a kindred weekend for me.

I do understand that things like this often come to and end for one reason or another. I'm still bummed I missed the Creative Connection event that Where Women Create put together. There is just something so appealing about being with all those others who love to make things, like at the Makers Summit.

I suppose I'll have to keep an eye out for another smashing event, possibly Quilt Con. I definitely have my sights set on Alt.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Tv & Me?!

Back in February I was contacted by NH Chronicle to see if they could come shoot a segment on Eva Blake's Makery! It was terrific fun to pull together and create with all my friends!

It finally aired this past Wednesday and was lovely. You can watch it here.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Testing Macarons

I've been wanting to make french macarons for ages. They are so delicious and I always assumed they were difficult to make.

WRONG! They were really easy, quicker than I thought.

I used this recipe from Yum Sugar and I opted to make mine jumbo, why bother with the piping for just a test. I also skipped the 3 day old egg whites, my eggs were really fresh since I have chickens so they had a mild egg-y taste. Now that I know it worked, I'll be making them again and trying lots of flavors and colors!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Butterfly Needle Book & Pattern

I finally got around to making a needle book for my embroidery needles. This little butterfly makes me smile every time I open it. You can purchase my pattern and use it to make one like the book above or like this one I made for a friend. The caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Hello Spring.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's My Birthday! (It's kind of an annual thing…)

I LOVE my birthday!

It's also the first day of Spring which I see as a total bonus. Granted it doesn't look like much outside, but it will. Spring is an opportunity to bloom, just like my one little word for the year.

Some people stress over growing older. Not me. I love that each year I can look back over the past 365 days and see how much I have learned. This year is no exception. I dealt with a bunch of personal gloom last year and overcame it. It still creeps up every once and a while, but I didn't hate winter this year. Yeah! You can see all my pictures on Instagram about #learningtolovewinter.

I opened Eva Blake's Makery and it's continued to grow!

I attended Sewing Summit.

I had a pattern published in Fat Quarterly.

I designed & published sewing patterns.

Most importantly I played with my family. I am a lego Queen.

I enjoyed flowers I didn't plant, and then planted more.

I quit eating foods that didn't agree with me. Talk about a lifestyle change.

I'm learning how to embroider. Self-taught.

I'm still madly in love with my husband. 

My heart is just so full of love and gratitude. 

I'm 32 today. I feel like I have so much more to give and learn. Thankfully 32 is just a drop in the bucket.

I'd like to share as well. Follow me on Instagram @sgillmanorr & @ebmakery and re-gram my favorite thing giveaway post to enter to win. I'll be giving away 5 of my favorite things. The deadline is March 25 to enter, you must be in the US (sorry but international shipping is a killer)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Favorite Things

My friend Aimee had a brilliant idea to have a Favorite Things Party… a year ago.

I don't know why we didn't get around to doing this sooner! It was incredibly fun and the perfect way to brush off some of the winter doldrums. So much fun in fact, that I hardly took any pictures.

From right to left:
handmade zipper pouch,  blending/serving fork, dice workout game, Burt's Bees hand salve, Bath & Body Works foaming hand soap, Popcorners, beaded bangle bracelet, kitchen towel, and brownie server.

Here is our version, I know you can google several others but we kept it pretty simple.

I sent out invitations printed on kraft paper to 10 friends. We each were instructed to bring 12 of our favorite thing (under $10 per item )and come for lunch. While at the party we each filled out a simple questionnaire with our favorite dessert, restaurant, movie, color, etc. I think there were 5 questions. Then we all tried to guess who. Once we guessed right that person would then explain and present their favorite thing to each of us.

The best part was finding out some terrific things I didn't know about everyone, even though we've known each other for years. Who knew Michelle liked lavender?!

Oh, and the bonus? We each walked away with a gift bag of everyone's items they shared!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Chuhily in the Desert

While in Arizona two weeks ago we went to the Desert Botanical Gardens. Growing up there I never went. Most likely because paying to go visit cactus I could see out my own front door seemed silly. However my kids make great excuses to pretend to be tourists. I wasn't prepared however for the amazing glass sculptural displays we saw there! Wow. These are just the pictures of a few of my favorites. The contrast between the sleek brightly colored glass and the natural landscape of the desert was more than stunning. Certainly worth the trip to see the Dale Chuhily installation exhibit if you happen to be in town. 

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Happy Craft Month! BIG SALE

All patterns, printables, craft supplies, & all Makery Craft Kits are 1/2 OFF now through March 15, 2013. Supplies are limited, but I need to make room for new items and ideas! Both in my shop and at Eva Blake's Makery. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Long time no see

Hi Blog. Hi Readers.

I don't know why I haven't made it to this space lately. Perhaps because Instagram is really easy. You can follow me there. Perhaps its because I have secret sewing going on and I can't share too much. Perhaps its because I'm testing to see if you're still reading blogs. Are you?

I know there has been a lot of discussion about the validity of blogs now that we are all hooked on the instant and the image eye candy of Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  I'm still a sucker for a good magazine though. I love the glossy photos and knowing that someone took the time to plan, set up, and pull it all together.

I like books too. I like the turning of pages, the heaviness of the work, the black ink on white paper. I like getting lost in the story. However I also love that I can download an audiobook and listen while I clean my house or workout. I love that I can also instantly choose to stop 'reading' without the guilt knowing I spent the money on a terrible book. Does it count as reading if you're just listening to the words?

Anyway, enough with my ramblings. I can tell you that I'm working on a new pattern. Probably one of the most involved an sentimental to date.

Here is one of my test blocks. After all that paper piecing for my quilt in Fat Quarterly, you think'd be tired of it. I just can't get over the precision of it though. Little little yellow house is where we brought our first son home. He called it the Bird House because of a huge cast iron bird that hung over the garage. I kinda wish I had kept that silly bird, but it just seemed to heavy to lug around.

So I'm still sewing along and will hopefully share more with you in the next few weeks! In the mean time my company has had some big events going on too! Head on over to Eva Blake's Makery to check it out. We've released some new products today and will be doing a big Spring Cleaning SALE in March I think.

What are you making today?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

My Pattern in Fat Quarterly!!

I am so lucky and happy to share with you my About to Burst quilt pattern I designed for Fat Quarterly's January Issue!

Secret sewing is definitely the hardest! It's been in my studio for months and I haven't gotten to share it with you. Finally here it is, a simple paper pieced block with pieced scraps in the making diamond star bursts that seem to literally explode out of the monochrome background grid.

It's a great way to use up scraps and small bits of fabrics and organize them by color.

I used Amy Butler's Belle line in large swaths for the back along with large doses of the line throughout the pieced bursts on the front. A small version of the fan block from the front, along with a strip of grey houndstooth and same for the binding. I just love the orange and teal blues together with the grey to keep it grounded.

 You can get all the details and instructions along with helpful tips and photos at Fat Quarterly. You can also download pre-colored paper pieced foundation papers here if you'd like to stay with my same color scheme.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Wow Week

This week is a big one for me and my company Eva Blake's Makery. I've had a lot if thoughts about how to make it grow more in 2014. Gaining more exposure was one of those ideas. Being asked for a filmed interview for WMUR and NH Chronicle wasn't on the list. Who ever expects to get that kind of an email??

So this week I'll get my studio in shape for the big deal and get our fancy space all decorated and ready to roll. At least I'm past the dumbfounded giggle stage and I'm in the "Let's do This!" Stage.

So keep me in your thoughts please as it all comes together. Wow.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Be You

Discovering my own style and sticking to it is such a challenge. I admire so many others and their aesthetic that they seem to carry throughout all of the art they make, the way they style their homes, and how they pull amazin photo-ready outfits from their closet. The age of Instagram, Pinterest, and gorgeous blog posts aren't helping.

I realize however that although I admire it, my own style is bright and clean and me. It's a whole lot of not so serious, and a lot of happy and light. When I truely spend my energy in this place my soul sings.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Quilt for a Cause

I made this quilt for my mom. It was the first quilt I've ever made with bras on it. As I was working on this it made me think about the cause that my mom works so hard toward through her charity Ranger Lady, Inc.  You can watch an incredible video about her story here.

Ranger Lady, Inc. is a non-profit devoted to serving forgotten, elderly or mentally ill residents in facilities. This organization helps provide personal dignity items, such as new white socks, underwear for men and women and bras to those residents without family.

In an effort to help Ranger Lady, Inc. continue to provide these much needed items my company Eva Blake’s Makery is proud to announce

Quilt for a Cause Design Contest. Submit your design for a wheelchair quilt using the guidelines below. 3 Winners will be chosen; one from each category/theme. If chosen, your quilt will be produced as a downloadable pattern. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these quilt patterns will go to Ranger Lady, Inc. Designers and buyers of the quilt patterns will be sent a quilt label like the image above,  and encouraged to make their quilts and donate them to a local health care facility of their choice or ship directly to Ranger Lady, Inc for placement in a facility in their network. 

Download the complete entry and submission guidelines and click here.

Also please help spread the word by linking to this post through all your social media and the Quilt for a Cause badge on the right.

Quilters have the biggest hearts, and we can't wait to see your designs and help us share the love.

Many Thanks!

If you have any questions you can send them to rangerladyquilt {at} gmail.com