Monday, August 30, 2010
Doesn't the sight of fabric snippets just make you smile? There is just something so happy about little pieces of fabric...all the colors seem to blend together beautifully.
For now I just have lots of half-square triangles...but soon I'll have something fun to share! Thanks for stopping by...and you can still enter the Go! giveaway here!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Hexagons...I really, really ♥ them! My Accuquilt Go! Cutter has made it so simple to get them ready to hand stitch. I've literally been making hexagons all summer. (I used 3" by 3 1/2" rectangles of Flea Market Fancy to cut these hexagons...and yes, these are the only Flea Market Fancy prints I have...if anyone knows where I could buy 3 1/2" squares of some of the other prints, please let me know)!
I've ordered paper pieces to go with each size on the hexagon die...2" for the largest, 1" for the middle, and 5/8" for the smallest size.
I also traced around the blade with a Sharpie to help me know exactly how to line up my fabric. You can see the paper pieces on top showing there is plenty of room to fold down each edge around the paper shape. I use plastic coated paper clips to hold my fabric to the paper until I have the first couple of sides basted (thanks for the idea, Lori)! Oh...and speaking of good ideas...go HERE to see Rae Ann's amazing stash organization ideas...one of the best posts ever for organizing your fabric! But come back..because there is a giveaway here...now!
I received my Accuquilt Go! Cutter earlier this summer when Carolyn e-mailed and asked if I'd like to review it...and now it's time for a giveaway! You have three ways to enter...first, go to the Accuquilt site, look at the dies, and come back leaving a comment letting me know your 3 favorite dies (there are some fun, new ones too that are on my "must have" list)! For a second chance to win become a follower of my blog (leave a comment if you're a new follower or if you are already a follower). And for a third entry, blog about this giveaway and come back and let me know that you've blogged about it). I'll keep the giveaway open until the end of the day September 2nd, and announce the winner on September 3rd! And...I'll be back soon to share what I've been working on this week! Have a great day!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I'm hoping to work on getting the studio more organized...and ready to paint...
I am going to keep working on my Vanilla & Blooms applique'...
I'm going to read this book... The Farm Chicks Christmas: Merry Ideas for the Holidays (Country Living).
The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters(I've been absolutely fascinated by the history of so many blocks--I have been reading this every day)! This is an absolute must-have for any quilter's library. And finally...I'm just going to enjoy this last week of summer...and think about the cooler temps coming soon...
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I love getting the new FatQuarterShop Designer Mystery BOM in the mail each each month...it's always fun to see who the designer is and what the block looks like. With three completed...it's starting to look a little like...well...Christmas!
This month's block is designed by Sandy Gervais and is sooo cute! Wouldn't it make a great accent pillow?! Actually every block would make a great accent pillow...I'm going to have to make a few!
On the quilting side around here I've been very busy with some quilts I can't share yet...but when you see them, you're going to love them! I'm also trying to get the binding sewn on my large Plan C...
And my June Bug quilt which both came back from the quilter this week! I can hardly wait to finish the bindings so I can wash them both...I've decided getting the quilt out of the dryer the first time it's been washed might be my favorite part of the whole quilting process...what's your favorite part of quilting--just wondering?! Have a wonderful day!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
And I'm working on filling up a whole bowl of hexies...
Sewing a little bit more with some Fresh Cottons goodness...
And...I've been doing a little reading! I love this fun quilt book that really is so much more--Stitched Together: Fresh Projects and Ideas for Group Quilting. Even if you don't have a group quilting get-together to plan, this is a wonderful resource with ideas, recipes, and great quilting projects of all sizes ( I really want to make a wallhanging, table runner, and notebook cover from this book).
Some novel-reading going on here too...I've been a Sandra Dallas fan since reading The Persian Pickle Club a few years ago and recently read Prayers for Sale (Reading Group Gold). Prayers for Sale is a great summer read--interesting characters, a story-line that you're immediately drawn to, and lots of talk of quilting! Well...back to sewing...it's too hot here to even think of going outside...have a great day!
Monday, August 9, 2010
My first finish was to bind my "Jelly Parfait" quilt...one of my favorite quilts ever! Not only do I love this because it's a scrappy version (I used fabrics from 3 Fig Tree lines, Mill House Inn, Fresh Cottons, and Breakfast at Tiffany's), but I also love it because the quilting on it is stunning! Diana, who does all of the amazing quilting for Joanna did the long-arm work on this quilt (you can contact Diana about her quilting at QuiltedGrammy@aol.com).
here). You can sew them on by machine or by hand...I actually sewed mine on by hand using a double strand of matching quilting thread.
I also made a bag using Breakfast at Tiffany's...I love the rich colors of these fabrics...the combination of the blues and browns are my favorites! Again I used a purse handle, which I love!
Also finished up my end of summer bag using Meadowsweet 2.
(Another picture of the same bag...had to show both sides)!
I made it reversible with fabrics from the first Meadowsweet on the other side. So...one quilt bound, borders and backs on another, three bags and an apron...oh, and I sewed another quilt back (not pictured). With these finishes checked off--I think I'm going to start a few more projects--that's okay, right?! Have a great day!
Friday, August 6, 2010
First...just a sneak peek...I've been putting together my Jelly Roll Sampler quilt...more pictures to come soon! And now for the winners of yesterday's parade..."Joy Luck" seemed to be a hit with everyone...both parades were a lot of fun to see!
FatQuarterShop...the $50 gift certificate goes to Heather!
From Cottage Quilts a $25 gift certificate goes to Denise!
From Quilt Taffy a $10 gift certificate will go to Marianne.
Havasu Quilts a $25 gift certificate will go to Polly!
From Quilter's Paradise a $25 gift certificate will go to Simone!
Bear Paw Quilts is sending a charm pack of Half Moon to Karen K (no blog)...(and sorry I don't have a picture for this prize).
And...Carrie is sending a layer cake of Fandango to Andee and Mary! A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors...and congratulations to everyone! I'm really looking forward to seeing some wonderful "Plan C" and "Short Story" Schnibbles next month! Have a wonderful weekend...hope you get to sew!