Thursday, May 28, 2015

Patchwork Quilt: Go Four It Update

One of the first works in progress I wanted to finish up this week was my  "Go Four It" quilt designed by Lissa Alexander and published in the issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. I started cutting strips for this quilt back in December and worked on it pretty steadily until I started my market sewing.

 On Tuesday morning I woke up with a plan: I was just going to lay out a few rows and sew them together. A few rows turned into "sew half the quilt," and then "lay out the other half." And well, you know how it goes. I didn't finish by Tuesday night, but an hour of sewing Wednesday morning, and here it is!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Works in Progress: Snapshots Quilt Blocks

It sure has been a great feeling to be able to sew! Everything was pretty hectic just before market, so I got behind on a few of my works in progress. This week's plan is to play catch up. First, I tackled my Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots quilt along blocks.

I had fallen behind on block 4, the Puppy Love block, and block 5, the Kindred Kitchen block.

 I love how the puppy block turned out. I'll add buttons for his eyes after my quilt is finished and quilted.

And the apron block...well it just might be my favorite right reminds me of my grandmother who always wore aprons in the kitchen!

I'm getting quite a collection of these blocks (and I am actually finished with block 6 now as well, so I won't be behind for June)!

You can visit the Snapshots Quilt Along main page here where you'll find links to pdf patterns for the first five blocks. You can also find links there to video tutorials with sewing construction hints. is a list of the other bloggers participating in the quilt along!

Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way
Pat Sloan of The Voice of Quilting
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N' Daisies
Pam Viera-McGinnis of Pam Kitty Morning
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs Stephanie Kendron of The Modern Sewciety
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studios
Jessie Fincham of Messy Jesse
Sondra Davison of Out of the Blue Quilts
Angie Wilson of Gnome Angel

I'll be back soon with more of my works in progress sewing! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Quilt Fabric: Sample Spree!

 Happy Tuesday! Today's post is kind of a Quilt Market continuation...I thought you might want to see what I purchased at Sample Spree.

 Sample Spree is an evening event at quilt market where manufacturers and designers sell their products (often at wholesale or below) to shop owners and attendees so that samples can be made before the fabrics arrive in stores (often several months later). 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Quilt Market Minneapolis Part 4

Today I'm sharing the last of the photos from my International Quilt Market trip.
These photos are a little different than the ones I've been sharing, but I hope you'll find them equally as inspiring!

 After market closed and the booth was taken down and packed into our carry-on's I said goodbye to Minneapolis...this photo was taken from the front of the convention center downtown as I left.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Quilt Market Minneapolis Part 3: Inspired

I have quite a few more quilt market photos today, and I wish there were even more. On the last day of market I went to the show a little early and tried frantically to photograph as many of my favorites as I could from throughout the show floor. Of course I didn't have nearly enough time and ended up missing some of my favorites completely. But here is a good collage of the colors and trends I noticed.

My good friend Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies pattern company won the creativity award for her Sodalicious booth. I loved the array of colors and designs.