Thursday, April 28, 2011

Just Around the Corner...


It's hard to believe that International Quilt Market is just around the corner--I can hardly wait!  The last of the market sewing fabrics arrived this morning, and I've been busy cutting out the last quilt.  I still have a few bindings to make, but everything is almost checked off the list! Since I can't share anything I've been working on I found a few photos (because I just can't seem to blog without photos)!  This first little sneak peek is something I was working on before the market sewing started...of course it still needs a binding!


And this is one of my favorite things lately...see the top container marked Moda Bella Bleached White 97?  I put all my little left-overs in there, and it's come in so very handy. When I need small pieces it seems I've been able to cut them all from my scrap bin!  I've also started a bin for Moda Bella Bleached White 98 since I recently discovered  Bella 97 and 98 are very, very different shades of white!


And finally, something I found at a very reasonable price a couple of months ago...a hand-crafted quilt rack, beautifully finished.  I still haven't decided which quilts I'm going to display on it, but I had to put a few on just to take a picture.


Well...that's all for now...back to sewing!  I'm hoping to have time to make a couple of bags to take to market after the quilts are finished...we'll see about that...Have a great day!



Monday, April 25, 2011

SkyReve Fabrics--Giveaway Day!


Happy Monday!  Spring break is over for me, and it's back to a regular schedule...no more staying up late and sleeping in!  This should be my last week of crazy market sewing--so soon I'll be working on things I can share right away.  In the meantime, though, I'd like to introduce SkyReve Fabrics...and another giveaway!


There are some wonderful fabric bundles for sale in the shop...pure eye candy!


I love that you can shop Natasha's shop by color and by theme!


My favorite page just might be the new arrivals page...it's full of wonderful fabrics! Natasha is giving away a $25 gift certificate from her shop.  For one entry visit the SkyReve Facebook Page here (tell her you came from A Quilting Life)! For another entry browse around the shop and let us know your favorite item.  That's it...have fun...giveaway will close Thursday evening! 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Checking In


Things are coming together over here...literally! Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes have quickly become quilts! I've been sewing with some of this and some of this...and I think I might have mentioned this before, but I'm smitten by both! I've got one quilt here to finish up (it's about at the half-way point), and another on the way--and then my market sewing will be complete!  I did get to Joann's the other day with three coupons to pick up some DS yardage for a back, border and binding.  Guess I'm a blue/green girl when it comes to Denyse's fabrics!


I already have a design in mind...I'll be cutting into this right after market!



For now, I'm going to take a day off, enjoy Easter, and hopefully find a little time to enjoy this amazing book I won from Sarah and Rita during Sarah's blog hop--thanks Sarah and Rita!

PS.  Congrats to Amy who had the lucky number for the giveaway from Fashionable Fabrics--you've won the gift certificate! 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Still Sewing...



Still sewing over here...six quilt tops finished since mid-March...just a couple more to go.  I'm truly having so much fun--every fabric collection I've been working with is inspiring and incredibly beautiful.  I believe it's going to be one amazing market based on what I've seen thus far.

I do have a quilty picture to share, though--I managed to find a fat-quarter bundle of the 21 Denyse Schmidt prints on sale now at Joann's (thank goodness for an awesome Etsy seller who charged a fair price for this without marking it way up)!  I can't believe I bought quilting fabric from Joann's, but the fabric is wonderful--it definitely has "that" feel of the highest of quality quilting fabric.

Be back soon,  and I promise to pay more attention to this poor, neglected blog of mine!  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Daisy Mae


Have you met Daisy Mae? Daisy Mae is a new design by Judi of GreenFairyQuilts.



I was able to piece this quilt for Judi using the "Just Wing It" line by Moda.  It's a super fun quilt to make with simple piecing and machine applique'.


I love the swirls! I'm glad Judi got the quilting finished--I just love seeing the quilts come to life (plus, it gave me something to share in a week that has a lot of sewing I can't share yet)!  You can buy the pattern here.

Okay...it's back to sewing for me!  I've made 4 market quilts in the last couple of weeks and have 4 more to go (the timing of fabric arrivals couldn't have been better if I'd planned it)! Have a sew wonderful day!

There's still time to enter the Fashionable Fabrics giveaway, too!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Introducing...(giveaway, too)!


Introducing Fashionable Fabrics, one of my newest sponsors! Fashionable Fabrics is an on-line fashion fabric boutique run by a husband and wife team who have been in business since 2004.

Here's a note about their shop from their website:

Your source for the latest in fashion fabric from your favorite designers. We feature fashion forward novelty fabric for seamstresses and crafters looking for prints and patterns that are often unavailable in traditional outlets.


We specialize in premium fashion forward Designer Fabric, Novelty Fabric, Home Dec Fabric, and Sewing Patterns. We carry the latest top Fabric Designers and Fabric Manufacturers such as Amy Butler, Anna Griffin, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Jennifer Paganelli, Monaluna, Patricia Bravo, Patty Young, Sandi Henderson, Valori Wells, Alexander Henry Fabrics, Art Gallery, David Textiles, Free Spirit, Kokka, Michael Miller, Moda, Robert Kaufman, Studio e Fabrics, and Windham just to name a few.

Dennis and Tonia are offering a $25 gift certificate to one of my readers.  You have three ways to enter:
  • For one entry, visit Fashionable Fabrics then come back here and leave a comment about something you love (there are lots of fun things over there)!
  • For a second entry, head over to Facebook and like their Facebook page. Then, come back here and leave a comment that you've done that.
  • Finally, Fashionable Fabrics has a newsletter that you can sign up for here.  For a third entry, sign up for the newsletter, then come back and leave a comment.
That's it...have fun...and good luck!  I'll keep the giveaway open through Thursday.  Be back soon with something quilty to share!





Sunday, April 17, 2011

Stash Week 16


It's been busy over here with a lot of market sewing.  I wish I could share pictures now, but since I can't I'm taking pictures to share in a few weeks.  The fabrics I'm sewing with are amazing and gorgeous.  This is going to be one great market based on the lines I've already seen!

I didn't do a stash report last week--nothing came in and nothing was finished.  But this week is a different story.  31 yards came in (well, actually more than that came in, but some of it I don't have to count, thankfully)!  I made a collage of the fabric I can share: a FQ bundle of Flurry which coordinates wonderfully with 12 Days (the blues in Flurry are different, but the lines still look great together!); a Jelly Roll of Grace--another beautiful 3 Sisters Christmas line with a darker tone than last year's line (I took two photos to show the lights and darks); and some Lily & Will 2 in the yellow and blue colorways.  Nothing went out this week, so the yardage in  increased my total in to 142 5/8 with only 81 3/8 out, leaving me a surplus of 61 1/4 yards.  Not good...but I should be able to cut that down quite a bit in the next few weeks as I get some things quilted and bound that are almost finished. (Oh, and I'm linking up here with my stash report posts).

Since there's so much sewing going on I have a few giveaways planned for this week! (But I plan on trying to sneak in some quilty sewing for myself, too, so hopefully I'll have some fun things that I can share soon).

Also, congrats to Dianne who won the Sunkissed fat eighths from the last post!  Have a wonderful day!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Theme Accuquilt Blog Hop


Today is my day for the Spring Theme Accuquilt Blog Hop organized by Darlene of SewCalGal.  Darlene and the other bloggers have done a terrific job of presenting amazing spring projects and tips for working with Accuquilt Go! Cutters and dies. I have a spring block to share with you, and I'll provide links to all the other projects so you can visit and see them all.  There are quite a few giveaways as well...so be sure to enter those! First, though...I just received a new cone of my favorite Aurifil thread...just in time for market sewing.  I go through these pretty fast, and so have decided to mark the cone with the date I opened it so I'll know exactly how long it lasts (thanks for the idea, Amy)!



I filled up a few bobbins today, too...wonder how long these will last?!


Okay...on with my little block tutorial.  First, though, a tip I'd like to share for working with your Accuquilt cutting mats.  Accuquilt recommends you flip the mat each time you cut to increase the life of your mat.  You can see from the photo above that I cut a lot of hexagons with this particular mat.  Notice the letter "A" in the top left corner?  I marked that so I can remember which side I've cut last.  When cutting a lot of shapes I am able to always remember which side I used last; before I labeled it I could never tell, since both sides look exactly the same!



Okay...here's my little spring block.  Everything was cut with my Accuquilt Go! cutter except for the 6 1/2" background square. Cut one background square along with four 2 1/2" squares of coordinating fabrics.  I ironed my small squares in half, right sides out, to press a stitching "line" then sewed each square along the line to the four corners of the background square.


Press out towards the corners and trim the seam allowance to 1/4".


Next, choose something to applique in the center of your block.  There are so many great Accuquilt shapes you could cut out and use...or make a hexagon flower for your block center.  I make a lot of hexagon flowers using the middle-sized hexagons from my hexagon die and 1" paper pieces, so that is what I chose for my block center.



Next, you'll applique' the hexagon flower to the center of your block.  There are so many things you could do with this block--add some borders to make a small pillow.  Or...make a few more blocks for a wall hanging. I'm thinking about making a 9-block wall-hanging with mine....and a pillow...I love little pillows!




And...I have a "spring themed" giveaway to go along with this stop on the tour--6 fat eigths of Sunkissed...perfect for a spring project!  If you'd like a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post!  And for some amazing spring projects, please stop by these other blogs to see what they've already shared (on some of them you might have to go back to earlier posts to find the spring project tutorial and giveaway).

SewCalGal - http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/


Ardea's Nest (Melissa) - http://ardeasnest.blogspot.com/

Bejeweled Quilts (Barb) - http://bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com/

SewCindy (Cindy) - http://www.sewcindy.blogspot.com/

Sunshower Quilts (Katrina) - http://www.sunshowerquilts.blogspot.com/

Just Plain Laine (Laine) - http://justplainlaine.com/

Bits & Pieces (Terri) - http://terriesandelin.blogspot.com/

Rosebud Quilting (Michelle) - http://rosebudquilting.blogspot.com/

Hollyhock Quilts (Glenna) - http://www.hollyhockquilts.com/

Oh, and one last thing...congrats to Mary who won my 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts magazine giveaway!  I've sent you an e-mail, Mary, requesting your mailing address!  Have a great day!

Edit:  Congrats to Dianne who won this giveaway!



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sew Simple Strings...


Yesterday was one of those days where you don't have much time to sew, but you have to sew something...I didn't want to work on a Work In Progress--I wanted some instant gratification!  Enter my collection of "strings." I was only going to sew one block...but you know how that sometimes goes!


There are just some fabrics that I can't bear to throw away...even the smaller pieces...so I've patiently been collecting "strings" to make a scrappy quilt. (My string blocks finish at 6". I used Stephanie's tutorial to make my blocks).



The funny thing about "strings" is they seem to multiply.  You can use one and still have enough left to use again.  My pile didn't seem to diminish, especially after I remembered another place I'd stored some!


I'm hoping to make a lap-size quilt made completely of my Fig Tree & Company strings.  After that I'll tackle my bin of  "color-wheel" strings.  That should keep me busy for awhile! (I'll announce the giveaway winner in my next post)!  Have a sew wonderful day!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

101 Patchwork Projects


Have you seen 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts 2011? It's going to be hitting newsstands soon.  And...


I received a few advance copies the other day because I have a pattern included in it (page 155)! I was really looking forward to seeing the layout and photography work...and I absolutely love it!



It's fun to have my pillow home, too--it's now sitting on a shelf waiting for me to finish the companion piece I'm making to go with it.


The project on the preceding page of the magazine is a very cute doll quilt...and I love how the editors photographed my pillow together with that quilt!


I just happen to have an extra copy to give away...if you'd like a chance to win a copy, just leave a comment telling me something you'd like to have a pattern for, and I'll draw a name Monday evening.  If you'd like an on-line source to purchase this magazine...you can order here.

Hoping to cross a few things off the list today and clean my studio for lots of sewing coming up next week!  Have a wonderful weekend!



Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Little Sewing for Judi


I spent a little time at the end of February/beginning of March doing a little stunt sewing for Judi! This is Judi's latest design, Dahlia! (It's available for pre-order now and should be shipping around April 17th).


I love this quilt!  The flowers are just fun, and they are all pieced, with no applique' to do!  Most of the fabric is from the collection Lovely by Sandy Gervais--the background is Moda Bella Bleached White.  (If  I remember right the blue border fabric is also by Sandy Gervais but comes from another collection). You can see more photos of this great design and Judi's beautiful quilting here.

Thanks so much for stopping by...have a sew wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (Well, Almost)


80 blocks and fantastic fabric...finished and ready to be quilted!  Fabric: Central Park by Kate Spain. Pattern: "Picnic" from Scrap-Basket Sensations: More Great Quilts from 2 1/2" Strips (That Patchwork Place) by Kim Brackett. I ♥ this quilt! (Wouldn't it be great in Christmas scraps...Kim suggests that in her book...Flurry or Grace maybe?)!

P.S. This is my third Central Park quilt...but the first one that gets to stay home with me...the other two are being published and won't be back for a while!