Sunday, May 30, 2010

Spring 2010 Market Sewing Part 2

                                                                      Photo courtesy Kaye Prince
                                                                              
I've been looking forward to sharing one more market project I was able to work on. I was honored to be able to sew one of Camille's new pattern releases, "Picnic Rollup."  To top it all off, I was able to visit with Camille at her wonderful studio on the day I picked up the fabric.  Camille is genuine and down to earth, and her home and studio are just as amazing as they appear on her blog; her little guys are also absolutely adorable. I really enjoyed visiting with Camille even though I was quite star-struck!

                                                                    Photo courtesy Kelly Guy

This quilt (it's a jelly roll pattern) was really a lot of fun to make, and of course I fell in love with Bliss the moment I saw it! Not only do I love every print, but also the polka dots are definitely going to be staples for everyone's stash. I think I might seriously need an entire bolt of the white on white polka dot!


And even though I didn't get to go to market this time....I was able to get some goodies from Sample Spree...thanks to VickieMaison De Garance, the new line from French General, is absolutely lovely, and I'm also in love with Luna Notte!  I have to say too...that the fat-eighth bundle is as cute as can be, and I hope these will be a Moda standard for every line! Enjoy the rest of your weekend...I'll be back on Tuesday with the Schnibbles parade! Oh, and thanks so much for those of you who visited my shop this weekend...I added in a few more items yesterday...trying, trying to keep things going in!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Some Eye Candy & Shop Update



I've been doing a little sewing for my Etsy shop...and made four pincushions with Meadowsweet...


And one modern pincushion using Hope Valley.


Of course I had to make a pincushion using Bliss...


And then I had to make another.

I'm also working on cleaning up my stash...and found some extra Meadowsweet charm squares...


And some extra Hope Valley charm squares.



I also found a few extra modern Christmas charm squares.  They've all been added to the shop.  Next update will be a kitchen accessory update...I've got a few fun ideas in mind for that.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend...and a wonderful Memorial Day!


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Just a Few Things

I got to do some sewing with a little bit of my Nicey Jane stash...and had a great time making this bag from Stephanie's new pattern. The pattern is called the "Hailee Bag," and it's fun and fast to make.  Within minutes of me taking photos to send to Stephanie, my daughter claimed this and had added it to her collection...so now I get to make another for myself!

I decided to join in along with all the others who are making one hexagon flower each Wednesday.  I've been wanting to start a "modern" hexie project, and this was the perfect inspiration...after all...one flower a week is very doable, right?  Go visit Karen here if you want to learn more.


I've also been spending a little time with EQ6...I was so grateful to have received it in a giveaway over at SewCalGal! I'm absolutely amazed with everything this program can do...and I've only worked my way through four lessons.  The program is a lot of fun and  very easy to work with!

I've been catching up on my Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along Blocks too... block 7 is completed...


And here are all 7 together...I think I'm going to love this quilt.


I don't think I've posted this block yet...it was designed by Nanette--love it.  Have you seen her quilt market projects for RJR...they are amazing...she's posted about them here.


You might notice that the blocks above and below are different from blocks 5 and 4 that were posted for the quilt along...I've added these two substitutions.


Also...just a couple more things...(sorry if this post is getting too long). I was inspired by this post of Lori's over at Stash Manicure...what a terrific idea to cut two quilts at one time from the same fabrics, but using two different backgrounds! I plan on cutting out some projects today and will definitely use Lori's ideas.  Also...have you seen these great placemats...I'll be cutting fabrics to make these too!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Spring 2010 Market Sewing Part 1


I did quite a bit of sewing in March and April that I haven't been able to share until now...today I'll share a few quilts I was able to sew for Joanna. I'm so grateful to a few wonderful ladies who took pictures and allowed me to use them for this post!  The picture above of Joanna's booth was taken by Mary of Mary on Lake Pulaski who has a terrific market post here.


In this photo that Kelly of Charming Chatter sent, you can see two versions I sewed of Joanna's design "Jelly Parfait."  Folded on the left is the Fresh Cottons version that I sewed first, and then the Breakfast at Tiffany's version is shown in the center of this photo. This is by far my favorite diamond pattern ever...it uses a jelly roll (or 2 1/2" strips from your stash) and goes together wonderfully. I'm currently working on my own version of this quilt using scraps from Fresh Cottons, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Mill House Inn (I shared a little sneak peak of one of the blocks here)!



Here is another photo from Pam of PamKittyMorning which shows the Fresh Cottons version a bit better on the left.


Pam also took this picture for me of Joanna's new design Saltwater Taffy.  I was able to sew this using the fabrics from "Fresh Cottons."  I love the movement in this quilt...the design just says "carefree and happy" to me! This is another pattern I will be making again soon!




And finally, I was able to sew "Clovers" using fabrics from Breakfast at Tiffany's. Thanks again to Pam for this photo (Clovers can also be seen in the first photo from this post)! Again...a great design that I will sew again...I do have one more market quilt to share...a Blissful project...Hope you have a wonderful day!




Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival Quilt


  Well...today the Blogger's Quilt Festival quilts are showing up all over blogland...I love reading the stories behind each one.  Thanks so much to Amy for organizing this once again!


I decided to share a quilt I haven't posted about yet...I got the pattern back in 2003 during the annual Las Vegas area shop hop, but I don't think I finished the quilt until some time in 2004. 


I had started collecting a few 30's prints and decided this would be a fun quilt to use them in.


I love the churn dash pattern...it's just one of those patterns I've always been drawn to...do you have patterns and designs like that?




I wasn't very accurate in some of my piecing with this quilt...but I'll never forget the sense of accomplishment when finishing...or the sheer delight at the beautiful quilting done by Andrea, an owner of  The Christmas Goose.

Hope you're enjoying all of the festival quilts...and the market posts that are starting to show up...I'll have some market things to share soon!  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday Thought...Sparkling with Diamonds

"...we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds (Chekhov)."  (Mill House Inn, Fresh Cottons, and Breakfast at Tiffany's by Joanna Figueroa for Moda)


Two very different diamond quilts coming soon! (Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt  for FreeSpirit and Bella Bleached White by Moda).

Monday, May 17, 2010

Some Saturday Sewing

I have a couple of projects I can't wait to start...you know, the kind of projects that stay on your mind...things you know will be the perfect combination of print and pattern. But I've been doing some cleaning and organizing in my sewing room lately and knew I needed to finish up a couple of things before starting anything else. First up to work on was my "Paper Roses" quilt.  It still needs an outer border, but since Bliss won't be available until fall...the outer border will have to wait.


I've decided to use  a large aqua print with red flowers for the outer border...and a red polka dot binding.

I also got the outer border put on my "a la mode" quilt...pinwheels again...and I pieced a back for it using some extra layer cake squares and some yardage.  I'm not very good at piecing backs as soon as I finish quilt tops, so this was a great finish for me!

I also pieced this "A Piece of Cake" quilt using Moda's Blush as a gift for a friend of my younger daughter.This pattern goes together so quickly that it's now my "go to" pattern for a quick quilt. I'll need to pick up some outer border fabric for this one and get it off to the quilter.


And...the final block arrived for the FatQuarterShop's Mystery Designer Block of the month for 2009.  My goal is to set these two quilts together soon...before the first block arrives for the 2010 quilt.  I still have some other works in progress...but I think I accomplished enough to start another project or two...and I've already started a list of my favorite fabric and patterns that will be showing up at Spring Quilt Market this week! Hope you have a wonderful day and that you get to sew soon!




Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pinwheel Party...


I've been making some pinwheel blocks (Fabric: Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda--Pattern "Paper Roses" by Joanna Figueroa)...this block with the red and paisley might just be my favorite...

Oh, but I love these four too...

And the red floral on blue background with the aqua dots...I ♥ it too!  Finished quilt top coming soon to a blog near you!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sew Inspirational

I had a hard time thinking of a post title tonight...hope this one will do!  I'm sew inspired by Fresh Cottons...just getting ready to untie this bundle!  Actually, I've been doing a lot of sewing since the end of March...five quilts for International Quilt Market...and a wedding dress...none of which I can share yet, but soon!
At the beginning of the year I won a wonderful giveaway from Bonnie at Cotton Way...she recently designed a year of table runners--Fresh and Fancy--and I've now received all 12 patterns...all of which are sew inspirational...I'm binding one right now from the first group of patterns and will share it soon...can't wait to make up these new ones as well!

This is a new to me magazine patiently waiting to be read...I'm sure it will be sew inspirational too!



And block 11 of the FatQuarterShop Mystery Designer Block of the Month 2009 is done...in both colorways...can't believe the final block will be arriving any day now!  I'm also looking forward to their 2010 Designer Mystery quilt!

Well...that's all for now...have a great weekend!