Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sponsored Giveaway--Layer Cake!


Today I have a giveaway from Green Fairy Quilts to win the fun Meadow Friends layer cake pictured above.



Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Favorite Little Bags


I got into my scrap bins and made a few of my favorite "go-to" small bags today.  First, I made a couple using my Ruby scraps.




I've been using the "Abby's Treasure Box" pattern to make these fun little bags for a couple of years now.  I can't say enough good things about this pattern--it's well-written, and it makes putting in the zipper a snap! You only need a zipper, some batting scraps, one fat quarter for the lining and 12 charm squares to make the bags. I rarely use charm squares, though--I just use small scraps.
Also, these little bags seem to be the perfect size for so many uses.  I've used mine to hold sewing notions, to store my binding clips, and to keep make-up and small items organized in my purse.


I made a couple with my Strawberry Fields scraps, too.  I like to have a few of these on hand to use for gifts.  I am going to keep one for myself out of this batch--I just haven't decided which one.  I'm just wondering if anyone has any other "go-to" patterns you use all the time for small gifts.  I'm always looking for simple-to-make gift ideas!


Some new fabric arrived this week, too.  I absolutely love every piece in Joel Dewberry's new Heirloom line.  His booth at market was amazing. I had to choose between the three color-ways, though, and finally decided on the Sapphire palette.  The Citrine palette is absolutely gorgeous, too--I ordered just a few fat quarters from that grouping and can't wait until they arrive.

I'll have another Farmer's Wife post coming up soon--I thought that in making all 111 blocks I'd have a king-sized quilt, but you need to make 34 duplicate blocks for the king.  Since I'm now behind instead of ahead as I thought I was, more of these blocks are next on my list!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lately Arrived from...France!


Last fall I showed a sneak peek of this quilt...


After Fall Quilt Market I was able to share a little more (see this post)...and today, "Carousel" arrived home all the way from France!  "Carousel" has actually been quite the traveling quilt--this quilt left home last October and was able to attend Fall Quilt Market in Houston before heading off to France!



My design for "Carousel" was recently published in the Quiltmania Special Children 2011 issue!


Carousel was made using Kate Spain's line, Central Park.  The quilt combines pinwheels and flying geese--two of my favorite blocks.  It also has a fun "peek" border which gives an added 3-dimensional aspect to the quilt.


Oh, here's the cover of the issue.  It has been published in English and should be arriving on newsstands soon!


This is the back cover--it shows "Carousel" and a few of the other fun projects included.



Quiltmania also recently published their Special Summer Issue 2011--and Kate Spain's "Great Lawn" quilt and fun "Bouquet Cushion" are the cover projects for this beautiful issue! You can read Kate's post about her projects here. It was a lot of fun working on this project, and I appreciate Kate for making it all possible!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Farmer's Wife Week 9 & 10


It was sort of a "Farmer's Wife" Saturday.  And I got a little carried away.  I made the blocks for weeks 9 and 10.  Maybe it's a good thing I'm ahead.  There are quite a few blocks I'm going to have to use templates for, and that will slow me down a bit in the coming weeks.   First up is block 73, Rainbow Flowers.



Next I made block 74, Ribbons. I really love this block!


A super easy block--block 84, Spool.



And finally, block 5, Bat Wing. I used the templates for the top and bottom units and simply measured and cut the center section pieces.


My goal this week for my Flurry version blocks was not to use any plain white fabric.  I've used quite a bit of white already and wanted to incorporate some of the lighter prints as backgrounds.


My goal for the Fig Tree blocks was just to use a variety of lights, mediums and darks--and to keep the blocks fun! (Block 73, Rainbow Flowers).


Block 74, Ribbons, again...one of my favorites!


Block 84, Spool.


And finally Block 5, Bat Wing.


I just love the combination of all the Fig Tree lines.  Light and dark fabrics seem to work together flawlessly.  A block with the lighter colors of Strawberry Fields can sit right next to a block made with the darker tones of Breakfast at Tiffany's or Mill House Inn and look wonderful.

I guess I'll wait a couple of weeks before I post any more Farmer's Wife blocks...but that doesn't mean I won't be making them!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Odds and Ends


I've been ready to start a new project for a little while now, but I promised myself I'd catch up on a few things first.  I now have 5 design boards finished using Lori's tutorial.  After using the mini-board Lori gave me, I knew I had to finish the edges of the four I'd previously made. With these finished edges, the batting doesn't separate from around the edges of the board.





First, I finished the edges of two of my 15" design boards using Sew Cherry scraps (I didn't cut any strips to make mine--I just used strips from my 2 1/2 scrap boxes.  I sewed them together on the diagonal to get enough length.  This would also be a great use for left-over binding strips.



Then I finished my other two boards using some Central Park and Terrain strips. They went together really well--Lori's tutorial is excellent.  My only complaint is that I hadn't used a glue gun in a while and burnt a few fingertips!




I finished a binding that was on my "to do" list...



And I made a couple of bindings that are now ready to be sewn.  It seems like summer is silently slipping by...so  I'd better get working on all the things I want to finish before school starts again!  Plans for Saturday include making a few Farmer's Wife blocks and starting something on my "I Can't Wait to Make This" list...do you have one of those lists?

Hope you have a wonderful Sewing Saturday!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Farmer's Wife Week 8



I really look forward to making my Farmer's Wife blocks each week.  There is just something so satisfying that comes from making these 6-inch blocks.  This week I chose Block #31, Evening Star and Block #80, Single Wedding Star.




I've been working on evening out the colors and knew I needed to use more greens and blues this week.

 

I've also been trying to vary my background fabrics.
 

It's fun to see all 16 blocks together. I still need to work on keeping enough blue in the mix.
 

And I should try to figure out what I'm going to use for sashing now that I have a number of blocks completed.




With my Fig Tree blocks I'm trying to work on getting some more blues and browns.  This week I used some of my older Fig Tree fabrics, Allspice Tapestry, along with some Mill House Inn.


 

I worried whether there was enough contrast between the star points and background on this block, but I think it will be fine with them all together.

 

I love the blue center on this block!

 

The browns are looking proportional, but I definitely need to work in some more blues.
 

And, I need to start thinking about sashing for this quilt as well!  I just love every Farmer's Wife post I see on-line--with all of the amazing blocks being made, there will be some amazing quilts in the coming months.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mini-Vacation


My younger son had a football camp to attend last week, so we took the opportunity to get out of the heat and visit family in northern Utah.  The days were beautiful, the evenings were cool and crisp, and I had a couple of hours one afternoon to visit a couple of quilt shops and have lunch with my friend Lori! First stop was Material Girls where I got to say hi to Nadine and where I spied the "Vintage Dishes" quilt I pieced with Sew Cherry hanging in the shop!


Material Girls is one of the most amazing shops--there is inspiration everywhere you turn.  It's almost overwhelming--I always find too many things I want!


This display of ric rac and trims was so cute in and of itself.  Did I mention I love this shop? I was really hoping to find some of the Lecien Old New fabric, and Material Girls had a terrific selection!



Lori brought along a wonderful gift for me--her package was wrapped so beautifully that I waited until I took a picture to open it! 



Inside was one of Lori's wonderful mini-design boards--sized just right for my Farmer's Wife quilt blocks. If you don't already follow Lori's blog, she has a great tutorial to make these design boards here and here.  She's also been posting great tutorials and tips for drafting the Farmer's Wife blocks!


And here is what I bought at Material Girls...a few fat quarters of Sweet Broderie--this was the first time I'd seen this line in person, and I fell in love with it right away!


And I picked up a few fat quarters of the Old New fabric. I don't know if I could pick a favorite here...I love every piece of this collection!


More fabric...the fun "sewing" room fabric at the top left was a gift from Lori.  The top right shows two Art Gallery fat quarters I picked up and a button print fabric I couldn't resist.  The lower left fabric is by Lakehouse, and the lower right fabric is a print I ordered on-line after seeing it on Cindy's blog.

It was fun to get away, but it's also good to be home.  Hopefully I'll get caught up with my comments and e-mails soon...and of course there is lots of sewing I want to do!  Thanks so much for stopping by!