Saturday, February 26, 2011

Stash Week 9 and...


It's stash week 9--already--and the numbers keep going up...but I will explain what's kept me so busy lately at the end of this post!  The Kona cotton solids above are ones that coordinate with Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms line--can't wait to do some mixing and matching soon!


My fabric "inbox" this week is kind of an eclectic mix...the Michael Miller dots were purchased just for my stash...(the green is a lot brighter in person). The sewing novelty prints are just for stash building, too--although I'm going to try to think of a project for them soon.  I don't use the novelty prints I buy as well as I should, but these safety pins, spools, and sewing machines were just too cute to pass up.  More Kona solids and some kitchen novelty prints along with Central Park for a backing round out this collage.


I also ordered a little more Anna Maria Horner fabric and some It's a Hoot for binding. It just amazes me how fat quarters quickly add to the yardage totals.  In this week 11 1/4 yards.  Out 10 1/8 (I can't share this just yet, but I did finish up a quilt that will be off to be quilted soon)!  So, year to date totals are 78 1/8 in with 57 1/2 out leaving 20 5/8 added to stash.  I'd better get sewing! (See how everyone else is doing here)!


And this is what's been keeping me so busy lately...basketball...lots of traveling, lots of games, and today the big payoff as my son's team won the NIAA Nevada State High School Basketball Tournament in the 3A division! The little collage shows my happy husband and son, the team celebrating on the bus during the parade through our little town, my son outside back at the school for the ringing of the victory bell, and of course, the traditional cutting down the net inside the gym! Hope you have a wonderful week!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Eventide


I'm really looking forward to the "Eventide" sew-along hosted by Thelma!  I'm a little behind the others but excited to join in! I'm using fatquarters from three different lines for my quilt--combining French General's Rouenneries and Maison de Garance with Park Avenue by Three Sisters. I took out all of the Christmas prints from Park Avenue so that my quilt won't be a holiday quilt, and I also removed all of the blues from Park Avenue so that I could make the Rouenneries grays stand out.


Clockwise from top left are: my backgrounds for Ohio Star blocks; light and mediums for alternating squares, Ohio Stars and borders; prints for alternating squares and borders; and assorted reds for the inner borders.


This final grouping wil  be the medium and darks for the Ohio Star blocks. I'm really excited to get started--I have a lot of ironing to do first, though! If you're interested in sewing along, it's not to late to join!  Just leave a comment here!

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Spring State of Mind


I know the official start of spring is still a month away. But it was time to change out the quilts for the ones that just say "beautiful days and temperatures are almost here!"  The first spring quilt to come out of the closet was my  "Sea Glass" quilt made with Amy Butler's Daisy Chain line. I hung this quilt on a hallway wall that I can see from my kitchen, and I smile everytime I walk by or notice it out of the corner of my eye.


Of course nothing says "spring" more than my 3 Verna quilts--so they are all "out and about" and part of the home decor right now as well!  What fabrics or quilts say "spring" to you?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Almost Wordless...


I was going to wait and share this when it was quilted and bound.


But I couldn't wait...


It's spring-time sunshine in a quilt--and spring is just around the corner.  Fabric = Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda.  Pattern = "Sweet Spot" by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company.

Have  a wonderful day!



Sunday, February 20, 2011

Stash Week 8--Tidbits and Tips


I'm sharing my weekly stash report today, along with some really helpful tips! It's always fun to receive fabric you weren't expecting...and this fat quarter bundle of Buttercup made my day! It's not so good for the stash totals, though--these fat quarters add up to 10 yards!



I also added 1 3/4 yards of  Kate Spain's Central Park to my stash...I love this fabric! I'm working on my third quilt with it right now and will definitely be making at least one more!



And I needed one more yard of Make Life for a backing--I've sewn the back together and will get this off to be quilted...should help my stash totals out in a couple of weeks when I get this finished!


I don't have any big finishes to share this week, but I did get my Amy Butler Dresdens sewn together (sorry for the sneak peeks, I'll share the whole project when it's finished).


And I did get Joanna's block for the FatQuarterShop 2010 Designer Mystery Block of the Month sewn--love these Christmas lanterns!  So my stash totals are 12 3/4 yards in and none used! This brings me to 66 7/8 in for the year with only 47 3/8 used--19 1/2 added total!  I'm not too worried, though, because I have several quilts almost at the finish stage, so in the next couple of weeks there should be a big reversal in these numbers.


Okay...now for the tips.  First, I finally made these block boards shared by Carrie Nelson.  I first saw them when I took a class from my friend Lori last year; however, for some reason I didn't make them until now.  Sometimes I have to see things more than once before they sink in!  What an amazing help they've been already.  I will probably make at least a couple more--and the 15-inch size Carrie suggests in her post are perfect!  I love being able to fit 4 smaller blocks on one board.

Now...for tip #2.  Another example of me not catching on "early in the game!"  The little tool pictured above is the "Mini Fit to be Geese" ruler by OpenGateQuilts. I've owned it for awhile...at least a year I think.  It came highly recommended by Carrie; she mentions it in her patterns, and she's blogged about it.  And she swears by it, so I bought it.  But buying something and using it are two different things.


You see, I was skeptical.  I like flying geese, and mine usually turn out well regardless of the method I use.  So I was a little skeptical about a ruler that required me to sew the geese with triangles after I'd been using methods with rectangles and squares that worked just fine! Anyway, fast-forward to this weekend.  I decided to give the ruler a chance.  Can I just say this is a "quilt-life" changing tool?! Completely amazing!  Your geese are a little big to begin with, then you trim them down.



I made over 100 in just a couple of hours.  They. Are. All. Perfect!  I wanted to make more flying geese because it was just so fun to have them turn out this way. I'm seriously thinking of looking for a pattern with the most flying geese I can find just so I can make more! Okay...so that's it for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!



Friday, February 18, 2011

Scraps on Friday


This post started because of Dresdens...I was getting ready to start stitching these Soul Blossom Dresdens when I decided I wanted to add in some Daisy Chain and Love Dresdens as well...



When I went to find some of the other Amy Butler fabrics I realized I hadn't cut up the scraps from my last project.  Cutting up the scraps after finishing a project is something that really saves time, helps me to keep my stash organized, and also helps me in accumulating a fabric stash for scrap quilts. While I can't resist all the wonderful new fabrics, I truly want to make the best use of my scraps and hope to make several quilts just from scraps this year. I cut these left-overs into 5" squares, 2 1/2" strips, 1 1/2" strips, and even had a couple of strings left over!


While I was at it, I decided to work on cutting up some of my other scraps so they are ready to go.  The Strawberry Fields fabrics above are left over from my last Fig Tree Sewing.  I absolutely love these fabrics and wanted to save every bit.  I was able to cut a few charm squares, but the majority of the scraps are 3" by 10" pieces left over from Layer Cake squares.  I cut and trimmed them all so they are ready to use.


Then I arranged them all neatly to place into a project box.  I should be able to make a table runner or topper with these.


I saved the "string" pieces, too.  This is a line I really love, and I already have an idea for these pieces.  They'll go into a plastic bag until I'm ready to use them.

 I also cut up the scraps from this quilt.  There weren't a lot of scraps actually...the pattern makes terrific use of a layer cake.  But I do have quite a few smaller squares left that might make really cute Christmas potholders for next year.  I had a few border/binding scraps as well...combined with a charm pack this just might make a table runner, too. These will also go into a project box for now.

I've found that it's most effective for me to cut out several things at one time; I use this method with cutting up scraps, too.  I'll wait until I have 3 or 4 projects completed to cut up their scraps.

Oh...and the winner of Jackie's wonderful fabric bundle is Tamera...I'll be sending you an e-mail Tamera! I'm hoping to get lots of sewing done...I have four days off from the part-time day job, so lots of sewing is on order this weekend! (I'm also trying to clean out my in-box as well...so if you've left a blog comment/question I'll be answering soon)! Have a wonderful weekend!


Reminder...


There are just a couple more days left on the Scrap-Basket Sensations Blog Tour!  I know a few winners have been announced, but there are still giveaways open. Stop by Sue's today and drop in over at Carol's tomorrow!  Here is the complete schedule in case you'd like to drop over and read some of the posts...I've enjoyed every one!

Sherri at A Quilting Life - February 10th
Mary at Quilt Hollow - February 11th
Stephanie at Loft Creations - February 12th
Nicole at Sister's Choice Quilts - February 13th
Millie at Millie's Quilting - February 14th
Sinta at Pink Pincushion - February 15th
Darlene at Quilting Daze - February 16th
Karen at Nana Girl Quilts - February 17th
Sue at Quilt Times - February 18th
Carol at Brown Quilts - February 19th


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"A Shining and Affirmative Thing"


This was originally going to be a "Wordless Wednesday" post...but then I had too much to say! I've had a Neptune charm pack for quite a while now...hoarding saving it for just the right project. Recently I realized that Neptune and Tula Pink's latest line, Parisville, go together fabulously!


The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker


So, with the perfect pattern ("Small Plates") from Elizabeth's book The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker...



I started another project!  I love the juxtaposition of the white with these wonderful prints and patterns. I have a new favorite quote about "white," too; this came from the February 2011 issue of Country Living and reads: "White is not a mere absence of color, it is a shining and affirmative thing: as fierce as red, as definite as black." --G.K. Chesterton, English philosopher

Not only does white "shine," but it also illuminates everything around it...and I love it in this quilt!  Have a great day!

Oh, and you can still enter yesterday's giveaway here!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

One More Giveaway...


Today I'd like to introduce you to another of my blog sponsors.  Maybe you already know Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works from her blog.  I've been following along with her quilting for a couple of years now and am always inspired by her work as well as her kindness and generosity. Jackie does long-arm quilting and recently had some of her work in "Quilts and More" magazine (read all about it here). I've also done some fun shopping from her on-line store--she has great reproduction prints as well as the most modern brights!  I've purchased fabric, die cuts and tools and have been absolutely pleased with the great service.



All of this brings me to these bright, fun fabrics!  This is Dan Bennett's Wild Garden Fat Quarter Collection! In this bundle you will receive 17 different fabrics from Dan Bennett's Wild Garden Collection by Westminster Fabrics. This is the entire collection, and it's fun and bright. And...Jackie is giving this bundle away!


Here is a mosaic of all the fabrics included:



There are three easy ways to enter: first leave a comment on this post for one entry.  Leave a comment on Jackie's blog here for a second entry, and finally, for a third entry sign up for Jackie's newsletter, then come back and leave a comment here letting me know you did that!

If you just can't wait to buy some of these fabrics...you can find them in Jackie's shop by clicking here! Good luck!  I'll keep this giveaway open until Thursday evening and announce the winner on Friday!

Be back soon!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!


I think my Bliss "Paper Roses" quilt will be a good one to work on today (just need to finish up the hand-stitching on the binding)--the colors of this quilt definitely say "Valentines!"


I'm also hoping to work more on my "Picnic" quilt.  The 12 blocks I had finished the other day have quickly multiplied into 28...I'm spending more time with ironing this quilt since I'm using fat quarters that all need to be ironed before I can cut my 2 1/2" strips for the blocks! The blocks go together quick as can be!


And....I'm hoping, hoping, hoping to get to play a little with this new tool...Wrights Easy Fat Cats Quilting Ruler - 12 Inch x12 Inch x7 Inch.  I first saw it on this post of Cindy's and knew I had to try it out!  I love Dresden's, and these chunky ones have stolen my heart!  Hopefully some fun, chunky Dresdens will be appearing on this blog soon!

Oh...and I need to announce the winner of Scrap-Basket Surprises.  It seems Random.Org had been spitting out big numbers lately, so I was surprised that the number that came back was number 19, Deserae.  Congrats...I'll be sending you an e-mail to get your mailing info!  And remember...there are still more stops on the tour...today's post is over at Millie's!

Oh...and be sure to come back tomorrow...something fun...just sayin'!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fun Fabric Ahead


Fun fabric above!  It's Countdown to Christmas, a delightful Christmas line by Sweetwater that will be coming out this spring.


I had a lot of fun making this sample quilt for FatQuarterShop (this is some of the secret sewing I couldn't share until now)!  The pattern is "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" by Amber of Gigi's Thimble pattern company. It was a fun pattern to sew and went together quickly!


FatQuarterShop already has the kit available for pre-order here (you can see a full sized picture of the quilt on their site, too)!


The only project I completely finished this week was the "About Town" bag using some other Sweetwater fabric, Sunkissed. To see the pattern and other views of this bag click here. This is actually the third "About Town" bag I've made (I made two of the three pattern samples before Fall market).  I love this bag with these fun spring colors.  The yellow gingham you see on the bag top binding is what i used for the lining as well.


I was pretty good this week and kept fabric out of my shopping carts for the most part.  I did have to get 4 yards of Bliss for a backing (how can you resist at 30% off?)! Still, even with purchasing just 4 yards my year-to-date totals went up quite a bit since I only used 1 1/2 yards (Year to date in 54 1/8; year to date used 47 3/8; year to date added to stash 6 3/4).


I'll be closing the comments tonight for my Scrap-Basket Sensations giveaway (wow...there were so many comments--and for good reason--the book is amazing)! There are still other copies available from the other stops on the tour..make sure you enter them all!

Mary at Quilt Hollow - February 11th

Stephanie at Loft Creations - February 12th
Nicole at Sister's Choice Quilts - February 13th
Millie at Millie's Quilting - February 14th
Sinta at Pink Pincushion - February 15th
Darlene at Quilting Daze - February 16th
Karen at Nana Girl Quilts - February 17th
Sue at Quilt Times - February 18th
Carol at Brown Quilts - February 19th


Have a great rest of the weekend!