Saturday, January 29, 2011

It's All About the Fabric


Today it's all about fabric (well, mostly--I do have a quilt to share at the end...and a giveaway winner to announce).  The first thing that came in this week was 7 5/8 yards of some dreamy fabric from Joanna--her latest line, Strawberry Fields! This is my favorite Fig Tree collection ever.  Of course I still love Patisserie, Mill House Inn, Fresh Cottons, and Breakfast at Tiffanys--but Strawberry Fields is just breathtaking--honestly!


I love, love, love the ginghams...note to self...get lots of those for bias bindings!


I love the blues, the grays, the greens, the reds and the the lights!


The yellows are amazing as well--perfect dreamy yellows once again! Not only do I love this fabric, I'm absolutely in love with the design Joanna sent me to sew with it (she'll be introducing new patterns on her blog soon)!


Also in this week...1 yard of Sunkissed grey gingham (because it's the perfect neutral) and 1 yard of It's a Hoot for a border on a quilt I really need to finish!


Also in was 1 1/2 yards of Sunkissed for a bag...(I need to make this fast and will be sharing it soon)!


Out this week was 10 yards for the secret project that came in last week. Hopefully I'll get the go-ahead to share that quilt soon.  Also out this week was 1/2 yard for binding on my Bliss "Paper Roses" quilt which I picked up yesterday from Judi. I truly love Judi's quilting--and love this quilt.


I think my favorite parts are the swirling feather flowers in the setting triangles. (Pattern "Paper Roses" by Joanna and Bliss fabric by Bonnie and Camille)!

So...for my stash report I have 11 1/8 yards that came in along with 10 1/2 yards that went "out." For the year to date that makes 39 3/4 in with 35  3/8 out...leaving 4 3/8 not busted!


Oh, and congrats to Jenny...I've just sent you an e-mail...you won the Le Petite Eccole French General fat eighth bundle from Judi!



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sew Scrappy


Sewing more scrappy quilts was one of my quilting goals this year.  Making more charity quilts was another goal.  So, I was excited when I read this post and realized I could do some scrappy sewing and help someone out at the same time! (I used this block pattern to make my scrappy block).


Just the other day these wonderful scraps arrived from Peg and Becca at Sew Fresh Fabrics. I was so excited to see the solid lime piece--I've been wanting to sew with more colored solids, too!  You can tell that I added in a few of my own scraps to make this block and didn't use every fabric sent...I have plenty of fabric to make another block to send and will be making that today! Thanks so much Peg and Becca for organizing such a fun sew-a-long! One thing that really helped as I put this block together was the fact that I have a box of 2 1/2" squares...it was so easy to pull a few to add into the "mix" of this quilt! I really need to remember to add in more squares from every project I make!


Something else to help me with my "sew scrappy" goals this year arrived in the mail this week, too.  It's Kim Brackett's new book Scrap-Basket Sensations: More Great Quilts from 2 1/2" Strips--and it came from Kim herself!  (Her first book, Scrap-Basket Surprises: 18 Quilts from 2-1/2 inch Strips (That Patchwork Place) is also one of my favorites).Of course I want to make the cover quilt from Scrap-Basket Sensations, "Picnic," right away and have already started collecting fabrics for it. There are so many wonderful projects included in this book, and the quilts work well with any fabrics--from traditional to modern.

Okay...that's all for now...I have some pattern editing to do today!  Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How About a Giveaway?!


Time for a giveaway--yay!!!  Judi, of Green Fairy Quilts has a La Petite Ecole fat-eighth bundle to give away.  Judi is one of my blog-friends that I've been able to meet personally--she lives about an hour away from me and is an amazing quilter (I've loved every quilt of mine she's quilted)! She's also just as nice as can be, and I'm happy to have her as one of my blog sponsors.

Along with being a wonderful quilter, Judi is a busy wife and Mom to four adorable children...and she has an on-line fabric shop with terrific prices!

So...here's how you can enter...
  • First, follow Judi's blog, then leave a comment here letting me know that you've done that.
  • Second, sign up for Judi's newsletter, again, leaving a comment here.
  • Finally, go to Judi's web-site and pick your favorite product on her site (it won't be easy...she's got a lot of great stuff). Once again, come back and leave a comment here letting me know what your favorite is!
So...that's it...three chances to win--I'll keep the giveaway open through Friday, January 28th. Have fun visiting Green Fairy Quilts...and good luck in the giveaway!




Saturday, January 22, 2011

Stash Week 4


I've been sewing on a project I can't share just yet...but I did get "Mon Ami" back from the quilter recently and am hoping to finish the binding soon.


 Along the fabric front, I've been keeping good track of my stash this week...a lot came in, but a lot went out. I made a little chart of pre-cut yardages to help me with my calculations each week (these just apply to Moda pre-cuts which have a standard 42 pieces in each Layer Cake, Jelly Roll, and Charm Pack). A Charm Pack is 7/8 yard, a Honey Bun is 1 3/4 yard, a Jelly Roll comes in at 2 7/8 yards, and a Layer Cake adds 3 1/8 yards to your stash. Fat Quarter Bundles vary, but the biggest ones are 10 yards!


So...in this week was 10 yards for a store sample I've been working on (this includes the back and binding). Also in was some Ruby Star Rising by Melody Miller (because I love it), and some Make Life for a backing.


I found some green fat quarters and a couple of the pink prints from Denyse Schmidt's Greenfield Hill...(I want to make this quilt eventually).


And I also added a Pom Pom de Paris charm pack; I was worried this line would be too "pink" for my liking, but I just love it. There are some gorgeous yellows in this collection that I love as well. I'm going to combine this with some other French General fabrics and wish I had ordered a layer cake rather than a charm pack--it's just that gorgeous!  So, 16 1/8 yards came in this week, but since I finished up these two quilts I had 10 7/8 yards that I was able to count as "stash used." For year to date this amounts to 28 1/2 yards in, 24 7/8 used with 3 5/8 net added to the stash.  Not too bad...as long as I keep finishing up those partially finished projects!

Oh...and I'll have some more binding to do soon...Judi has just finished quilting my first Bliss quilt (pattern "Paper Roses" by Fig Tree & Company)! To see her beautiful work on this quilt go here!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Borders


I know you've seen both of these quilts before...here and.here and here...so why did it take me until now to get the outer borders on?  "Vanilla and Blooms" had 3 borders, but "Sugar Twist" only had 1...why, oh why do I procrastinate adding borders? Does anyone have any suggestions?  I seem to be border challenged! Now for those backs....


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Be Mine Blog Tour Winners



Congratulations to all of the winners from the Be Mine Blog Tour.  The grand prize winner was announced on Vickie's blog here. From my blog the winners are Karen from Badlands Quilts who won the $50 gift certificate from FatQuarterShop and Charlene who won the charm pack from me.  Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by and for all the great comments! And...congratulations to all the winners! (Indidividual winners from each stop on the tour are posted on the individual blogs).

I'll be back soon with more of my weekend sewing!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Intentions


 My intentions were to work on bindings and borders; I was most definitely not going to start anything new!  But when I got the binding on my Verna topper I remembered that I'd never made any hexagons using that line of fabric.


So I made a Verna hexie flower...


Then I remembered these Soul Blossoms hexies that needed to be basted, so I basted them and made one flower.


Then...I decided to start more hexies using Verna and Central Park...


And I decided to make a Central Park flower... (still in progress).


So...needless to say...instead of bindings and borders...I have hexies and flowers! Even though I didn't accomplish my marathon border/binding goal...a plan did finally formulate for these hexies. I love it when you finally know what direction you're going to take with a project! Sometimes you have to just keep moving forward until the plan takes shape!

Mix & Match Quilts--Blog Tour


Today I'm participating in a blog tour to help spread the word about a new book that provides 12 quilt designs using AccuQuilt Go! templates for easier cutting. For 5 days, several bloggers will review some of the projects in the book. Looking through the book, I was glad to see a handy reference chart which gives minimum fabric requirements for cutting the shapes used in the book.  This handy chart also lets you know how many shapes can be cut from the specified strip size and from a yard of fabric. This is some great information--I was really happy to see it. There are quite a variety of projects included from home decor items to several quilts of different sizes and styles.

I was asked to review the "Waterfall" quilt pictured above.  This is a traditional Shoo Fly block in a straight setting set with sashing and posts.  Using the Accuquilt!Go Cutter to cut the triangles and squares while making this quilt will save a lot of time. I can see that using the Accuquilt! Go Cutter for this quilt and others in the book would be extremely useful, especially for a beginning quilter who wants to have accurate blocks. Each of the quilts uses traditional shapes that make up today's modern patterns. There are a lot of squares in this quilt--to be able to cut them quickly using the Go! Cutter would help out a lot.  Additionally, there are quite a few half-square triangles that can be cut with no trimming at all once sewn.

Mix & Match Quilts is available here.

Eight of the twelve projects in the book are being reviewed in this blog tour.  You can see today's other featured quilt here. Tomorrow you can stop by Vickie's blog and Kelly's blog to see two more quilts from the book, and then they will let you know the blogs to visit for day 3!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Stash...Week 3



My FatQuarterShop 2010 Designer Mystery Block of the Month arrived this week...and I'm unsure of what to do about counting this yardage. Since I made it the day it arrived I didn't count it in my totals; however, I counted up the yardage that arrived with the kit, and it added up to nearly 7/8 of a yard. I do have some great scraps left over each month from this BOM, so maybe I should be counting it.  I'm not sure what everyone else does concerning BOM's and stash totals--if you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them.


This week I purchased 3/4 yards of Rural Jardin...I knew I wanted to use one for my binding on Mon Ami and couldn't decide which...so I bought both (I ended up going with the red, so at least some of this went out this week)!

I also needed some Luna Notte for the outer border and binding of my Rosette's quilt (1 1/2 yards total).  I'm happy to say that this came in and went out this week as I got the borders sewn on and the binding cut and in my binding jar. 



Since I finished this quilt top I went ahead and counted all the fabric that had gone into making this quilt top as stash busted--a whopping 8 3/8 yards according to the pattern.



Charm packs are one of my weaknesses, and they add to yardage totals fast.  I think Giddy is a  really fun Valentine's line; I'll use this to make a runner.  Oasis has some of the beautiful grays that are showing up everywhere, and I just love the tones of this line. I'll definitely be getting more for a larger project.



I also got an Innocent Crush charm pack to add to my Anna Maria stash.  It's just amazing to me that these 3 charm packs added up to 2 yards of fabric.

Anyway...4 1/4 yards came in this week making 12 3/8 in for the year...and it's only the 16th! But...on the positive side, when you finish a UFO you get to count all of the yardage in that project, so it really helps the numbers here--8 5/8 was "busted" this week meaning that I've "busted" 14 yards year to date and am on the positive side--having "used" more than purchased.  The secret to this is definitely to finish your already started projects! (In year to date 12 3/8...used year to date 14 yards...total busted 1 5/8 yards)!

There seem to be a lot of people participating in this stash report with Judy...it's fun to read all of the reports!I'm not so sure what next week will bring...I may have possibly hit the "check-out" button a few times this week--and I have a good amount of fabric that will be arriving for projects I won't be able to share for awhile!  But for now, I'm good!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Something...


 Something new on my worktable is"Butterscotch Tart" by Fig Tree & Company; I'm using Soul Blossoms by Amy Butler.

Something almost finished is my Luna Notte quilt--I'm hoping to pick up the outer border today and will share pictures of the whole quilt top as soon as the border is added (pattern "Rosettes" by Fig Tree & Company).


Something to make is yesterday's "Be Mine" blog tour project from Carol...

and something else to make is today's project from Stephanie! Tomorrow's project will be from Natalia...be sure to stop by!

We have a long weekend here...that extra day off is going to be nice. Hopefully, I can go through my inbox (thank you so much for the wonderful "Modern Valentine Table Runner" comments) and get some serious sewing in! Have a great weekend!



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Be Mine Blog Tour Projects 3 & 4


Today's "Be Mine" Blog Tour project is the Heart Struck Runner (love it)! Head over to Kim's blog for the tutorial!

  And yesterday's project was this really cute pillow from Jen!  Remember that you need to leave comments on all 7 blogs to be eligible for the grand prize drawing!


 I've been working on nearly finished projects  the last couple of days...so soon I'll have some finishes to share!  I started quite a few things right before market sewing and Christmas gifts took over, so it's nice to be finishing my summer starts!  I received some wonderful Fig Tree goodies from Joanna shortly before Christmas...some of my favorite things...Fig Tree patterns, fabric...

 and the cutest red polka dot zipper bag which held lots of goodies...my favorite pins, thread, adorable bag handles and 2 1/2" Fig Tree fabric squares!


Also in this bag of goodies were these quilt labels by Moda. I hadn't seen these before--they are going to be lifesavers for me since I'm not always very good at labeling my quilts--the sides are already finished, so once cut they will be very easy to attach to the backs of quilts!

Hope you're enjoying the blog tour...be back soon!