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Interests: Hi! I'm Penny. I'm a backpacker, crocheter, knitter (well, kind of), quilter, papermaker, papercrafter, wife, sewer, lover of jesus and the outdoors. Thanks for stopping by!
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Today I'd like to introduce you all to Gene Black (make sure and check out his blog, he is an incredibly talented artist!). He was the winner of the P&B textiles fq set a few weeks ago and he chose Island Breeze to make his project with. I love how Gene explains his process in this post, and the result is a vibrant, happy quilt! Nice work on the quilt Gene, and the quilting you did on it is fabulous! Here's Gene! The first thing that drew me to the Island Breeze collection was the vibrant colors. I almost immediately saw butterfly wings flitting in the sunlight. Penny had asked for a the comment of which collection you would choose and " if you already have an idea, what you might make with them?" I thought, "These would be so fun to make a wall quilt for our church youth room." I had heard that the Youth Director was looking for something to put on the walls. She had looked at one of my quilt wall hangings a year ago but it sold to someone else. When I won, I realized that I needed to make a plan. So I did a mockup in Electric Quilt. Of course I had to use the embellishment butterflies that were in the program unless I wanted to create them from scratch for the mockup. After I had a basic plan, I thought about how I would use the fabric to make the butterflies. I decided to do fusible applique and die cut the shapes. I used some heart shapes and some "feather" shapes to create the wings. For the bodies I cut some single daisy petals. Some of these I modified by free cutting with scissors for the final quilt. Of course I applied the fusible to the fabric before cutting the shapes. That required choosing the fabrics to be the butterflies. I chose these. I also had to make the background blocks and I chose to use black along with a couple of the other fabrics from the line. I got the quilt all sewn and free motion quilted. It all went quickly since it was so inspiring to me. I love the quilting on the back which is all black. I am glad this quilt is going to be where I can visit it again. As you can see, it really... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at sewtakeahike
Happy day after Thanksgiving everyone! To say thank you for your support this last year, Kerry and I have put our Sew-Ichigo patterns on sale 25% off from black Friday through cyber Monday. Our Craftsy and Etsy patterns already have the discount applied, so no need for a discount code there. If you purchase from our Sew-Ichigo shop, use the code: blackfriday at checkout for the 25% discount. Also, here are two other shops that are having some great sales: FabricCadabra is offering 10% off everything in their store when you use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY10!! AND The Fat Quarter Shop Happy shopping! xo, Penny Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at sewtakeahike
Until this morning, I had never heard of VAT (Value-Added Tax). Maybe you hadn't either until just now. From what I have gathered, VAT is a European tax that until the end of 2014, has only affected Europe. But as of 2015, the new VAT laws have been rewritten and in effect will affect anyone with online PDF sales (as many crafters do!) to European countries that have a VAT. So if you fall into that category, you might want to give these links a read: Rachel Andrew's The horrible implications of the EU/VAT "Place of Supply" change and Words that Change the World's New EU VAT rules change the game for digital business If you've been prepping for VAT in your business, please do leave a comment and tell me what you've been doing! To be quite honest, I'm not quite sure how this will affect the (European) sales of sewtakeahike and sew-ichigo pdf patterns short term and long term.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at sewtakeahike
is Hayley who said, " I love mustang!!" I've sent you an email for your address Hayley! Congratulations, and thank you again for your generosity FabricCadabra! xo, Penny Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at sewtakeahike
I often wonder when I do a giveaway here on sewtakeahike what actually happens to the things that were given. Does it get used right away? Or sit on a shelf for a rainy day? Or get regifted to a friend that is over the moon about it? When Diane, the winner of the Fat Quarter Style book giveaway (thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop!) contacted me to show me what she had made, my heart was so happy! ("Native Soleil" by Diane Beavers. Photo by Diane Beavers.) When Diane received the Fat Quarter Style book, she got to work right away making her Native Soleil quilt, utilizing the Mosaic pattern from the book. Here's what Diane has to say, giving us some insight into her inspiration and her journey making "Native Soleil". I love desert decorum, rock art , petroglyphs, cactus, and warm weather. One of my first inspirations in quilting with south west fabrics came along in the Spring of 2014 during the April Rhodes Blog Tour for her Arizona Collection. Instantly I was infatuated with the arrowheads, triangle tokens and desert blanket. Managed to find those three prints on a road trip to a quilt shop and made myself a blouse. There will be a quilt adorning my home one day w/the Arizona collection. As I followed the reveal each day on the blog, one in particular was just mesmerizing! It's called "Arizona Sunshine: by Penny Layman of Sewtakeahike, in Colorado. Since that time I've been a regular follower of Sewtakeahike. Have I tried paper piecing yet? Well it scares me so I'll stick to piecing quilt tops, pillows for now. ("Native Soleil" by Diane Beavers. Photo by Diane Beavers.) While reading some blog posts, I came across "Bear Creek Quilting Co" and discovered a beautiful Moda collection called "Native Sun". Immediately I was hooked and ordered the 20 Fat Quarter bundle. Truly, my most favorite prints:), cactus blossoms, sundials, Navajo stripe. I wasn't crazy about the black prints within and I'm a novice quilter, but I needed a not so bright color to balance the bright orange, turquoise, golden yellow and purple. Bright colors are definitely me and I'm still learning about balance. ("Native Soleil" by Diane Beavers. Photo by Diane Beavers.) In August I began following the Fat Quarter Shop Blog about the release of the Fat Quarter Style It's Sew Emma Pattern book. Now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at sewtakeahike
Is Gene Black, who chose the Island Breeze fat quarter set. I can't wait to see your creation Gene! xo, Penny Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at sewtakeahike
Today I am so excited to introduce you all to FabricCadabra! They are a fabric loving sister duo (Lastenia and Mayka) who exude love for their (rather large!) families. Here's a bit about them! We are two sisters who love fabric and love to sew. Lastenia is the oldest and wisest of our family of 7 children and I (Mayka) am the 5th. Combined, we have 13 children who are rambunctious, rowdy, and amazing. Lastenia started sewing as a young girl making all our Cabbage Patch doll clothes thanks to 4H, eventually making all our wedding dresses. While she was honing her mad dress-making skills, I was running around in wheat fields pretending to be an Indian princess. Eventually I learned how to sew enough to where I could decorate my room. Since then we’ve become level 37 sewing ninjas turning out everything from doll clothes, dresses, even bow ties, pillows, and curtains. When we’re not running around to 5 different soccer teams or 12 music lessons between our two families, we create things with our handy-dandy sewing machines. Fabric makes us happy, so it seemed only natural to open a fabric shop. Our goal is to make something out of every fabric we sell in our shop, which won’t be hard since we create with each other, and love it. Here are a few of their joint ventures: Now for some really exciting news! FabricCadabra is generously offering you 15% off all the bundles in their shop from today through next Friday Nov 21. Use the code BONANZA15 when checking out for your discount! Also, they are giving away this beautiful Melody Miller "Mustang" bundle! Leave a comment on this post to enter. I'll choose a winner on Wednesday Nov 19! Make sure you keep in touch with FabricCadabra by following them: facebook: Instagram: Web Page/Blog: Pinterest: Thank you so much FabricCadabra!!! xo, Penny Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at sewtakeahike
Let's have a bit of fun with some fabric today, shall we? The folks over at P&B textiles are offering up a fat quarter set of your choice (see choices below) and in return, they are asking for you to make something pretty from it and send pics to me so I can do a shout out of your lovely creation. Super easy, huh? Are you in? If so, leave a comment with your choice of the pretty fabrics you'd like to work with, and if you already have an idea, what you might make with them. I'll choose a winner on Sunday and P&B will mail the fabrics directly to you to get started! So here we go. The jawdropping collections you have to choose from! (Make sure and click through on the link to see the entire collection, the pics I've posted are only a sample of the line) *First up is Island Breeze: (I love the bright cheery colors of this line!) *Second, there is Luxury Essentials (these prints have gold metallics in them!!!) *Third, we have Fontaine for you low volume lovers: *Fourth, there is the romantic Blissful Moments *And lastly, some luxurious blenders called Bella Suede I cannot wait to see what you'd choose and what you might make! xo, Penny Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at sewtakeahike
I'm excited that a fellow Coloradoan is the winner this time around, Anne! Make sure and check out her blog, her take on modern quilting is breathtaking! xo, Penny Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at sewtakeahike
Have you all heard that Allegory is hosting a QAL for 318 Patchwork Patterns? She is making 4 mini blocks from the book each week until Dec 1 and posting tips for making the blocks each week. There are a few of us that chose a block for her to make each week, and the block I chose is the chicken. The original chicken pattern in the book has a total of 5 y-seams. I made one change to the pattern to cut out two of the y-seams and two sections. It doesn't change the look of the chicken, it just made it easier to piece! Here's what I did: The pattern was originally broken into two sections (indicated by the green areas inside the pink lines). Instead, I crossed out the green sections and made the pink lined area all one area, which could be part of the chicken head section. This reduced the pattern by 2 y-seams, indicated by the red arrows. Because this book is so full of y-seams in the pieced patterns, I hope this helps you all to be creative and make the piecing a bit easier when you can! And make sure and check out Allegory's posts for more tips! xo, Penny Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at sewtakeahike
The folks at Kansas City Star Quilts and the My Stars blog have come out with a serious winner in the book Optical Illusions. The photography is urban and so very inspired. My quilt, Blurred Vision (quilted by Susan Santisteven) is no where close to the coolest quilts in this book! I mean, just look at 3D Diamonds by Jenifer Dick And Aura by Jaime David And there are many many more. If you're liking what you're seeing in these pics, make sure and leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of the book Optical Illusions, courtesy of the My Stars Blog. I'll choose a winner on Friday. Here's a list of the designers and blog hop participants! Check out their posts (and giveaways!) and be inspired! Nov. 3 My Stars – Kick Off Deb Rowden Nov. 4 Angela Walters Nov. 5 Penny Layman Nov. 6 Melissa Corry Lily’s Quilts Fat Quarter Shop Nov. 7 My Stars on behalf of Mary Kay Fosnacht/Karen Hansen Nov. 10 Jamie David Nov. 11 Tia Curtis Elizabeth Timmons Tammie Schaffer Nov. 12 Katie Larson Nov. 13 Jenifer Dick Trisch Price Nov. 14 Jessica Toye Jacquie Gering Shea Henderson Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at sewtakeahike
Erin! Thank you everyone for entering the 318 Patchwork Patterns book giveaway World Book Media hosted here on sewtakeahike! Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at sewtakeahike
I'm so thankful World Book Media has championed reprinting Patchwork 318. It was originally printed in Japanese way back (not that it contains many words/instruction) and it's the first book that set my heart on fire for paper piecing. To celebrate the reprint, Lindsay from WBM skillfully organized this blog hop to spread the word and inspire you, giving examples of how to use the blocks in the book through utilizing talented bloggers who are accomplished at paper piecing. Kerry started the blog hop off on Monday, giving very detailed instruction on how to use the patterns and sew them. Since the book doesn't break the patterns up into sections or have any instruction whatsoever, make sure you check her post out, it is brilliantly written and explained. For today's post, I chose to utilize these three veggie patterns out of 318 Patchwork Patterns and incorporate them into a gardening apron, which I will be using as a sewing apron. (The apron pattern is available in my book The Paper Pieced Home, which is on pre-order now and will be shipping in November.) As Kerry metioned in her post, the paper piecing patterns in 318 Patchwork Patterns are chock full of y-seams. Once again, she does a fab job of explaining how to sew a y-seam, so I won't beat that into you, but I do want to give you a tip that helps me when a pattern has a y-seam. For this pattern (radish? beet?), you'll have to look close, but I have indicated 3 of the bottom sections with a pink line. One section is left of the beet, another is the small top part of the beet, then the beet is the third section. If you evaluate the top line of the beet, you'll notice it isn't a straight line, but contains two angled seams. These would be the Y-seams. To help keep me straight as I'm sewing the sections, I always place a green dot on the pattern where a y-seam comes into play to remind myself not to sew into the seam allowance of the section that has several seams (the small section that is the top part of the beet). Not sewing into the seam allowance will allow me to manipulate that top section when I sew the corner and make the point more crisp. In Kerry's example, she does the same thing in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at sewtakeahike
These three patterns have been in my queue to make into working patterns for my Craftsy and Etsy shop for some time and they are now finished and posted! The Citrus Wedge (10X7"), Hay Barn (8X8"), and Olive and Cheese Stick (8X8"). Here is the Citrus Wedge made into a pillow for one of our chairs... Also, coming soon, KaBoom! And for those of you who are waiting on the pajama pant pattern, I am slowly making the pattern into a quilt, and this is the current state: Needless to say, it's going to be a bit longer on that one! Happy Monday to you! Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at sewtakeahike
UPDATE!!! The folks at Interweave let me know my book was mistakenly put on sale and they corrected their mistake on 9/13. So those of you that ordered before they corrected the price got an awesome bargain! Have you preordered yet? Because if you haven't, now is definitely the time! My book is 50% off through Sept 15! Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at sewtakeahike
And the winner is Diane, who said: Penny You've inspired me to sew clothing you I've had those dry spells where quilting was everything:) Love the skirt. I have lots of FQ's lying in wait tho so the FQ Style book would be an awesome win. Thank you for sharing . I'll be in touch Diane! Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at sewtakeahike
It's really real. On Interweave and Amazon for preorder and everything! I started the process for this book in Dec 2012 and spent all summer last year designing and sewing. It's full of fab blocks (40 in all) And 10 projects Whether you paper piece, want to learn, or just want a beautifully inspiring book to browse through to hopefully one day have the desire to paper piece, I'm pretty sure you're going to love it! Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at sewtakeahike
(Pattern: Kwik Sew skirt 3098, fabric: Moda Mochi dot linen from Mama Said Sew) Before there was quilting (for me), there were clothes. In fact, I was nervous to start quilting because I heard time and time again that I would never want to sew clothing again. Happily, that hasn't happened although I go through dry spells, lacking the motivation to sew garments because of the necessary evil of alterating patterns so they fit well. And since I to this day have no desire to sew a muslin, I always start out with the good stuff and most times I'm sorely disappointed with the first go round. (free pattern: Collette Sorbetto tank, fabric: Suzuko Koseki from Mama Said Sew) However, I finally got smart and started graded my patterns as I cut them out. This has increased the chances of the garment fitting the first time around. Take the sorbetto tank for instance, I cut the side seams at a size 12, the armholes size 10, and the shoulder area a size 8. I based my decision for cutting on the finished size of the tank in those areas. I don't know *why* I never thought of doing this in the first place! I'm kinda slow I guess. (shirt: Yuki_wafflepatterns on instagram's warabi in a denim and linen blend from Mama Said Sew, skirt Quik Sew 3098 in Moda mochi solid linen with Suzuko Koseki accents for pockets) (April Rhodes Simple slip pattern altered into a tank top, cut on the bias instead of straight grain. Fabric: gingham lawn on clearance at Joann's.) (skirt pattern: Simplicity it's sew easy 2410, fabric: Cotton and Steel matchsticks) For these next two pics, I cut the pattern on the bias and I use them to sleep in. (both images pattern: April Rhodes simple slip pattern. Fabrics: Heather Bailey Momentum voile both pattern and fabrics from Mama Said Sew) (Pattern: Sorbetto tank, fabric: Nani iro double gauze from Superbuzzy) (Pattern: Quik Sew 3098 in Moda mochi linen dot from Mama Said Sew) I have just a couple more shirts and skirts to sew up and then I think I'll be moving on from the clothing. Now, on to the quilting part! I have a copy of the Fat Quarter Shop's new book "Fat Quarter Style" to give away! Just leave a comment on this post and I'll choose a winner on Monday, Sept 1!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at sewtakeahike
L-man and I took a few days this week and went backpacking on a local trail called Big South. We have received a bounty of rain so far this summer and most areas in Colorado are no longer in drought conditions, thank goodness! This has created a lush coastal Oregonian feeling on the trail. Gorgeous! Here are some hi-lights from our trip! Breakfast with a view Happy weekend to you! xo, Penny Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at sewtakeahike
I am thrilled to be a part of Lucky Spool's initial book, Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making! And it's finally here! This book is chock full of big and small techniques to help the modern quilter on their journey. The teachers in it are full of knowledge and have great techniques and tips to share. The chapter I teach is of course, paper piecing. In this chapter you will learn the basics of paper piecing, several tips and tricks to make your process go smoother, and I also include 10 really fab patterns (I am a little biased, but I hope you agree!) If you're thinking of purchasing this book for your library, the Taunton Store will provide a 20% discount on your order with the code EGQM20 and the code is good from 6/23 - 7/21. Here are the other workshop authors and their blog tour dates for you to check out! 6/23 // Chapter 1: Principles of Color // Teacher: Kari Vojtechovsky 6/24 // Chapter 2: Working with Solids // Teacher: Alissa Haight Carlton 6/25 // Chapter 3: Working with Prints // Teacher: Dan Rouse 6/26 // Chapter 4: Improvisational Patchwork // Teacher: Denyse Schmidt 6/27 // Chapter 5: The Alternate Grid // Teacher: Jacquie Gering 6/30 // Chapter 6: Circles and Curves // Teacher: Cheryl Arkison 7/01 // Chapter 7: Paper Piecing // Teacher: Penny Layman 7/02 // Chapter 8: Large-Scale Piecing // Teacher: Heather Jones 7/03 // Chapter 9: Modern Machine Quilting // Teacher: Angela Walters 7/04 // Chapter 10: A Study of Modern Quilts // Teacher: Heather Grant Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at sewtakeahike
Since getting our tandem last fall, Lenny and I have been daydreaming of summer rides into town to farmers markets, breakfast and to run errands. We have been taking advantage of some very lovely mornings the last several weeks to ride, and this weekend we had a weekend full of those things and it has filled my heart. One thing we've found that helps to replenish us as we ride are orange wedges. So last weekend when we were camping, I drew up a new design I'm calling Sweet Citrus, inspired by our replenishing orange wedges as we ride. This weekend I sewed one up and made it into a pillow for one of our chairs. I have a few other ideas for this pattern, hopefully more pics soon! xo, Penny Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at sewtakeahike
I'll keep this short and sweet! The winner of the Arizona bundle is Nicole, who said "I think triangles for this line are the way to go for a quilt, mimicking the triangles within the prints." Nicole, email me at sewtakeahike at gmail dot com with your address and I'll get the fabric in the mail to you! xo, Penny Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at sewtakeahike
The blog tour for April Rhodes' Arizona line with Art Gallery fabrics is winding down and I'm happy to be a part of it! When I started seeing April's pics of her line, I was infatuated by them. But when I received them in the mail, I was surprised by how much more I love these fabrics in person! I have been wanting to make another Sunshine on My Shoulders quilt, so I made a version of it with Arizona and it's called Arizona Sunshine. There are several fabulous bloggers participating in the tour and their projects have inspired me so much! Go take a look at what they made, you will be so happy you did! May 1 - Anna Graham - @noodlehead531 / Friday, May 2 - Shelley Figueroa - @figgysstudio / Saturday, May 3 - Julie Herman - @jaybirdquilts / Sunday, May 4 - Erin Sobon Sundet - @sewbon / Monday, May 5 - Jenna Brand - @howtobejenna / Tuesday, May 6 - Kelli Ward - @truebias / Wednesday, May 7 - Rachel Howard - @familyeverafter / Thursday, May 8 - Delia Randall - @deliacreates / Friday, May 9 - Kelly Costas - @cutcutsew / Saturday, May 10 - Rachel Gander - @imaginegnats / Sunday, May 11 - Devon Iott - @missmake / Monday, May 12 - Mary Dugan - @marysdugan / Tuesday, May 13 - Shannon Cook - @soveryshannon / Wednesday, May 14 - PennyLayman @sewtakeahike/ Thursday, May 15 - Katie Blakesley - @swimbikequilt / Arizona consists of 8 fabulous prints My favorites being the tomahawk stripe (bottom right), the triangle tokens (top left), and the clay sundot (bottom left). Art Gallery has several solids that coordinate with Arizona as well, like nocturnal, apricot crepe, honey, and sweet mint. I'm pretty sure you can get all of them here at the Fat Quarter Shop. Now for the giveaway! The Giveaway is now closed. Leave a single comment on this post to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Arizona! I'll pick a winner on Saturday. Good luck! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at sewtakeahike
I recently made a quilt out of April Rhodes new fabric line "Arizona" (more about that on Wednesday along with a chance for you to win a fq bundle of it!) and fell head over heels for Art Gallery quilting cottons. The hand is supreme and the touch is luxurious. I found a great selection of their solids at the Fat Quarter Shop and wanted to spread the news. I have a feeling you'll love them as much as I do! Happy Monday to you! xo, Penny Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at sewtakeahike