Tuesday, April 27, 2010

This Post Brought to You by the Letter "B"

I've been busy sewing...with Bliss...it really is the most amazing fabric.  I have lots of favorites from this line already...fabrics that I think I need a whole bolt of...because I'm just not ever going to want to run out of them!

And I've been busy binding...with fabrics that just make me smile! I'm hoping to get back into the sewing room today...lots on my list!

By the way...Kari is having a giveaway here.  Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stars


"Plan C" in the larger version from Schnibbles Times Two (Carrie's new book) is officially ready for quilting...I got the piano key borders added yesterday.  I heart this quilt...it's about 77 by 77, a really generous-sized quilt.


The fabrics, Martinique and Park Avenue by Moda are gorgeous...not as grey as they appear in this photo...I love their "vintage" look and feel.  And I love the four-patches inside the star blocks...


I finished another quilt on my "to do" list today...


Another quilt with star blocks...these have pinwheels in the centers.  The fabric is Simple Abundance by Bonnie and Camille, and the pattern is "A la Mode" by Camille.  By the way...there is a great sneek peek of Bonnie and Camille's new fabric Bliss here!


I still need to add the outer border, and then this one will be ready for quilting too!


And this is what arrived the other day...Moda by the bolt...so nice to have this on hand!  I purchased it from Anna at Thimbleanna who has a new shop here--she specializes in bolts of Moda Bella solids and also will carry some other fun things--and her prices are terrific!  Hope you have a wonderful day!


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Eat Cake...

"Eat cake..." or, in other words, "live life to the fullest!"  This pattern was designed by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet.  I saw this on her blog a few months ago and absolutely knew I would be making this project one day!  What I didn't know then was that I would be so incredibly lucky as to be able to have instruction from Lori as I made it. I got the kit and pattern for my project from American Quilting--and absolutely love every fabric used!

I appreciate the tips and techniques Lori shared with us at our get together the other day; I was able to see and learn some things I'd never quite fully understood before. I really enjoy the portability of applique' (I even worked on this at my son's track meet yesterday) but have often lacked the confidence to make some of the projects I've wanted to attempt.  Now, thanks to Lori, I have a new enthusiasm for my applique' "to do" list! Lori has designed many amazing quilts...you can see them all on the sidebar of her blog...now to just decide which applique' project I want to start next! Hope you have a great week!


Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Quilty Kind of Day


What happens when you get a good group of quilt bloggers together with lots of the their quilty projects...a whole day of fun! This is the whole group...from left to right Paula, Michelle, Rae Ann, Glenna, Dawn, Me, Nanette, Nedra, and Lori.  We had sew much fun! Most of us took a class from Lori on applique' and worked on one of her newest designs...mine is almost finished...I'll show it next time!

Clockwise from top left--Paula, Nanette (Freda's Hive), and Michelle (Paula and Michelle are Nanette's sisters--she's trying to convert them to quilting);  Nedra(Cactus Needle Quilts) and Rae Ann (Cutie Pinwheel and Stash Manicure); Dawn (Piece and Love) and Glenna (Hollyhock Quilts); Lori (Bee in my Bonnet), Rae Ann, and Nedra---notice the cameras...they were out all day! Rae Ann was so much fun...it was my first time meeting her, and you couldn't meet a nicer person!



Lori shared with us her wonderful applique' block carrier.  She covered a mailing tube with cute fabrics and then lays out the blocks, rolls them up, and ties with a ribbon.  The inside of the tube can be used to store the applique layouts...such a great idea!


Everything Lori had was cute...on the left are her Fig Tree basket blocks she's working on...and on the right is her sewing box...the cutest one I've ever seen!


And these are some of Lori's earliest applique' blocks...a Barbara Brackman design, I believe.

These blocks out of American Jane fabrics were what Glenna was working on...it was great that Glenna was in town and Nanette arranged for her to meet with us.  We all had fun asking her about feedsacks, her fabric, and her designs...she was a delight to talk to and had a wealth of information to share.


Nanette brought along her "Going to Market" quilt...I had to take lots of pictures...I just love this quilt! 

 I can't wait to share the project we worked on...it's so cute--hoping to finish most of it today!  And I have to say I learned so many wonderful tips about applique' yesterday...Lori is an excellent teacher!  More soon--have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Alexander in the Kitchen



Willow Orchard by Alexander Henry--pocket potholder tutorial by Stephanie--couldn't stop making potholders today!



These two are my favorites...might have to get some more of this fabric...it's just too much fun to play with!

I REALLY ♥ these Willow Orchard log cabins...definitely making more...have a great day!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Schnibbles Times Two--The Trunk Show!


Well, I'm back with the trunk show...can I just say again how wonderful it was sewing with Carrie?! Really...if you ever get a chance to take a class with her, you must! The trunk show was inspiring as well. The first quilt is "Nice Day," pieced by Lissa Alexander, yes...Moda Lissa! This quilt was absolutely stunning...I really wish I'd taken a good close up of it as Lissa's piecing is without flaw. I actually took about four pictures of this one to make sure I had one that would turn out!

And this beautiful quilt is "Imagine" pieced by Darlene...of Quilting Daze!  This also was an absolutely beautiful quilt.

And the cover quilt, "X-Rated--" one I'm definitely going to have to make soon in both the large and small versions...this design just says "happy!"

This is the small quilt version of "Imagine"...some of the smaller quilts were passed around for closer viewing...I loved seeing the beauty of the piecing and the gorgeous quilting up close!

"Scratch" was also gorgeous...several ladies in the class chose to work on this quilt...and it's also on my "to do list"!

And "Hot Cross" in the original version...love these fabrics and this design!


This is the larger (layer cake) version of "McGuffey."  It was pieced by Lisa D...yes, of Stashmaster fame! Lisa also made the most gorgeous layer cake version of "Short Story--" you'll want to copy it to the letter--it's that gorgeous.  You can find it on Lisa's blog and in the book! Another blogger who had a quilt in the book is Nicole from Sister's Choice who made the layer cake version of Bennington; this quilt is the first project in the book and is absolutely gorgeous.

And here is Carrie with the original Schnibbles "McGuffey."

The Simple Abundance "Open Season" was another show-stopper...actually, I've never met a Simple Abundance quilt I didn't like...and I have to make a large version of "Open Season," too!

 When "McGuffey" came by I had to take a close up...


I loved the smaller version of "Open Season" too...Carrie has wonderful quilters who do the long-arm portion of her quilts, and it was wonderful to get close-ups of their work too!



"Three Barns" was another quilt Carrie brought along...it's not in the new book...but is another one you just fall in love with. 



And this is "Good Tidings," a Christmas quilt Carrie designed that was featured in Australian Homespun...another one to add to my list!  There really were so many more...I took as many pictures as I could as fast as I could and still didn't catch everything.  We also had a student "show and tell" which Carrie shared on her blog.  If you haven't already seen her post, you'll have to go see...she shares a lot of the beautiful work done by the other students in the class! It was a lot of fun...there sure were some amazing quilters in our group!

And this last picture...a package that came in the mail today from "The One Who Isn't Rosie." I wasn't able to finish my "Plan C" last weekend because I really wanted to add some Park Avenue in the outer border and had used my only charm pack in the body of the quilt.  The "One Who Isn't Rosie" graciously sent me her one and only charm pack of the Park Avenue so I can finish up!  Not only that, she sent along charm packs of both new French General lines, Rural Jardin and Lumiere de Noel (I'm sure I'll be using both of these charm packs in my next small Schnibble) as well as her favorite Presencia thread for me to try.  Thanks so much Carrie!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Stash Manicure


                                I'm posting here today...over at Stash Manicure...see you there!


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Schnibbles Times Two




Yes, this is Carrie's new book...sitting on my sewing table...I can't believe it!  Yesterday I was able to take a class with Carrie in St. George; everyone was worried the books wouldn't arrive in time, but they made it!  Not only did the books arrive, but Carrie brought several quilts from the book with her as part of her trunk show that evening!


We had a great group of about 15 ladies who sewed, laughed, ate, and sewed--we all got to spend a good amount of time asking Carrie questions and soaking up her amazing creativity. And she really is the nicest person...she just makes you feel like you've known her forever! After a delicious dinner prepared by Shirley, the owner of Scrapapple Quilts, we were treated to Carrie's trunk show (I'll show pictures from the trunk show in my next post).


Most of us worked on quilts from the new book (well, everyone except a few fun gals who shall remain nameless...lol...they worked on some other amazing patterns designed by Carrie). I chose to make "Plan C" in the larger size.  I used a layer cake, charm pack and fat quarter of Martinique, one charm pack of Park Avenue, and four different tonal creams for backgrounds. I was really pleased with how it went together.  Adding in the Park Avenue was a last minute decision, and I think the darker browns, reds, and blues from that line really make the quilt "sparkle."


We had received cutting instructions before class; it was nice to be able to start right in sewing when class began.  I was able to put all the rows together before leaving yesterday evening and just have the piano key border to add to finish this up! I got home pretty late last night, but even though I was tired I stayed up and read Carrie's book cover-to-cover.  It really is the most wonderful book, written in Carrie's down-to-earth and entertaining style...and you get instructions for 12 wonderful Schnibbles along with instructions to make those same 12 quilts in a larger size...so 24 patterns in all.  I want to make all of them...in both sizes...needless to say, I highly recommend  Schnibbles Times Two: Quilts from 5" or 10" Squares (That Patchwork Place) !  I'll be back soon with trunk show photos...have a great weekend!






Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April Goals

Schnibbles Times Two: Quilts from 5" or 10" Squares (That Patchwork Place)


I have a lot of April goals...first up is to make a quilt from Carrie's new book, Schnibbles Times Two!  I get to take a class from Carrie later this week and absolutely can't wait! We will be making a project from the book, and I already have my fabric chosen...just need to get cutting!



Projects two and three involve this fabric, 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain...actually I've already gotten started on these...hope to share soon!




Project four is to sew this Piece of Cake (pattern by Camille) quilt for a gift...it's cut and ready to go and, well, this one will be a "piece of cake" to finish!


Project five is to finish this Fig Tree quilt...I absolutely love these blocks made with Patisserie, and can't wait to set these together!




Goal six is to finish my last eight A La Mode blocks...I have the pinwheel centers finished and ready to go for this one!




Goal seven is to make the cover quilt from the latest Fresh Vintage, volume 15.  I really heart this quilt and am looking forward to using lots of my Fig Tree scraps for it! There is also a really cute apron pattern in this issue that I might have to make as well!



Goal 8 & 9 is just to figure out what to do with these charm packs...seriously...I love them both...you can't go wrong with Moda, French General, and those 3 Sisters!





Goal 10 (I sure am being optimistic, aren't I...well...I was making a master "to do" list, and just thought I'd go ahead and list everything) is to start this quilt using OZ by Moda and Kim's book Scrap Basket Surprises!




And finally, goal 11 is to work on my hexagons...I pulled this out and worked on it the other day while watching tv...made me wonder why I haven't worked on these for awhile...it really was so relaxing to hand stitch these together.

Well, once again I must say thank you to Kelly...who had the great idea to start the Charming Girls and Guys Quilt club...and get me thinking about quilting goals each month!