Monday, August 30, 2010

Preview...


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.

I finally decided on a project for my charm pack of Dream On.  The small checks and polka dots from City Weekend really mix in well with these fabrics, so I added several into the mix.



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 and a Go! Giveaway...


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 no longer waste fabric trying to cut out the shapes...I've been cutting 9 at a time in each size with no problem...and with minimal waste.



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!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

This Week...

This week is the last week of summer vacation. Sigh. Where did the months go?  Really, I was going to do so much--paint the studio and organize every nook and cranny of the house. I was going to paint the guest room and decorate it with quilts. I was going to get the scrapbooks up to date. I was going to do more yard work (don't know what I was thinking there...it was just too hot to spend much time outside)! I did do a lot of sewing...spent a lot of time surrounded by gorgeous fabrics...and I did relax...a lot.  But since the five o'clock alarm is not going to be my friend next week...I'm going to make the most of this week.

While I am going to get as much done this week as I possibly can...I'm going to have fun while doing it...lots of organizing, painting...and definitely some sewing.


I'm hoping to work on getting the studio more organized...and ready to paint...

If I could just figure out a paint color...butter yellow, or a light cream...just can't make the decision!


I am going to keep working on my Vanilla & Blooms applique'...


It's always wonderful to have hand work to do in the evenings--since I'll finish this soon I'm going to have to decide on my next applique' project.

And I am going to spend some time deciding how to use these fabrics...I want them to be used in the perfect projects...thus, the indecision!





And keep reading this book...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

And Now there are Three!


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

Heat Wave...

Finally found the courage to cut into my little stash of Katie Jump Rope...made a few of my favorite blocks...flying geese!



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

Lists...

I've always loved to make lists...I have lists of works in progress, lists of things I want to make, and yes, I've even started my Christmas project list!  Sometimes, though, the lists get a little too long for my comfort level...and I need to finish up some things and check them off!  Saturday was that kind of a day...I set out to finish 10 works in progress...I only finished eight, but I feel a lot better!


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).


I then set out to complete three bags...first was a Verna bag that I'd started awhile ago.  I usually make fabric handles but have been loving purse handles lately (you can find the purse handles 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)!



Another finish was to sew the backing for my "June Bug" quilt using Meadowsweet 2 (no picture for the backing); I also got the borders on this quilt so it can be quilted.  I used a 2 1/2" border of the background fabric then added a 6 1/2" border of the daisy print fabric.


And while I was working with  Meadowsweet 2...I decided to finish up an apron...


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

Sneak Peek and Parade Winners!


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!

From 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.

From 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!