Monday, April 13, 2015

Sew Organized

What began as a dream long ago is now a reality for Heidi of Fabric Mutt. Her new book, Sew Organized for the Busy Girl, has been released, the blog tour is underway, and I'm pleased to share today about the project I made for the tour!
The book's cover touts "23 Quick & Clever Sewing Projects You'll Love" and I have no doubt you'll find that to be true! I chose to make the Chevron Table Set which is going to get put right to use in our home. For the chevrons, I used some beautiful Artisan Cottons, courtesy of Windham Fabrics. What a perfect array of color for this pattern!
The background is a light gray Modern Solids by Alissa Haight Carlton for In the Beginning. Since all the fabrics used are crossweaves, they play so nicely together as well as having a lovely texture and dimension to them.
For quilting, I just had fun. Using Aurifil 50wt #2625 (Artic Ice), I stitched guide lines every 2" or so, then did organic straight-line, which never ceases to please.
Finished, the runner is 9"x37", and the placemats each 12"x17". I consciously planned the quilting so it went all in one direction when the runner and placemats were used together on the table. This project was great fun and relatively quick too and there's plenty more where it came from!
I found the book's instructions to be clear and concise in the best way, yet with plenty of helpful illustrations. Another feature I really like about Heidi's book is the bonus "Busy Girl Speaks" sidebars where several sewists (moi included) give their tips on blogging, finding time to sew, and organizing your sewing room. That really adds a unique personality to the book.

Enjoy the blog tour! You'll find the schedule and tour hosts listed below. Plus, be sure and check out the #seworganizedforthebusygirl hashtag on Instagram, and you can purchase a copy of Sew Organized for the Busy Girl right here!
March 30 - Lynne of Lily's Quilts (Tour Kickoff)
April 6 - Jodi of
Tales of Cloth & Angela of Cut to Pieces
April 13 - Lindsay of Craft Buds & Debbie of A Quilter's Table
April 20 - Leanne of She Can Quilt
April 27 - Fat Quarter Shop
May 4 - Erin of Why Not Sew?
May 11 - Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts
May 18 - Svetlana of SOTAK Handmade
May 25 - Lucy of Charm About You
June 1 - Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
June 8 - Becca of Bryan House Quilts
June 15 - Beth of Plum & June
June 22 - Jessica of Quilty Habit
June 29 - Caroline of Sew Can She
July 6 - Heidi of Fabric Mutt (Tour Wrap!)


  1. Your table set is beautiful! I love the bright fresh colours against the grey background, and the quilting design is such a good idea. Thanks for the top on that.

  2. those are awesome! looks like a terrific book

  3. Oh your runner and placemats are beautiful! Everything about them is so pretty and what a nice addition to your table. I didn't know you were interviewed for the book, I'll definitely have to get this one now!

  4. Love these! great choice in fabric and I love how you thought about the quilting when laid out on the table!

  5. Those are gorgeous! I'm totally coveting them right now! :)

  6. Your set is beautiful! Very elegant. I was hoping you would consider organizing a sew along for the book because I'm seeing so many great projects from it and I really enjoyed the last sew along you organized!

  7. I love these! So pretty! I'll have to check out the book and Artisan cottons for sure.

  8. what a fantastic runner and placemats. Love the colors you chose Debbie.

  9. Very clean lines i really liked it ty for sharing,,,,,My son lives in seattle on a boat and works at boeing.....

  10. Love this table set. I went to look at the book and from the amazon glimpse the set up work sheets are very intriguing! thanks for sharing :)

  11. Your version of this project is stunning, I want to make some too!

  12. Love these! Very simple and modern! These will make a beautiful table setting!

  13. Just wow. The quilting is so beautiful on top of the colors! That Fabric Mutt is a genius, huh?

  14. I love the organic straight lines - never heard that term before. I've enjoyed glancing at your other posts trying to find this one (I got the tour memo a bit late)