Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pondering Creativity


First, I just have to share my first 4 Bees Knees quilt blocks...I know I've shared Nedra's (top left) and Tricia's (bottom right) before, but Amy's (top right and bottom left) just arrived on Saturday, so I had to get them out and put them together...these blocks are all amazing, huh?! I can hardly believe how fun this is....and I'm so excited to get to sew a block for Amy in May!




It was a busy sewing weekend here...I spent most of Friday putting together a queen-sized quilt with some gorgeous fabrics for my amazingly creative friend Camille (it will be a while before I can share, but believe me, as soon as I can share pictures, I will). When I sew I have a lot of time to ponder and reflect, and for some reason, I pondered a lot about creativity this weekend. I truly love to create beautiful things with beautiful fabrics, and I just feel so thankful to have the blessing of quilting in my life. I'm grateful especially to my Mom and Grandmother for encouraging me in my love of fabric. My husband and children give me a lot of support too...I never get any complaints for the fabric that at any given time might be found in any room of the house!

As soon as I finished Camille's project, I just had to make something little with the scraps. I knew I could make a little tumbler mat pretty quickly...and in just about an hour I had this little finish. What is it about finishes, even little ones, that bring so much joy?!  Of course I had to ponder that, too!





This is my little "catch-all" container for the "strings" or small strips I have left over from projects.  I've been saying for a while now that when it was full I'd make some string blocks...since it's kind of over-flowing, it looks like this will definitely be a string-block week!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fort Worth Fabric Studio Giveaway



Happy Friday!Today I'd like to introduce a new sponsor, Fort Worth Fabric Studio--a wonderful on-line shop! To find out all about Fort Worth Fabric Studio and to enter the sponsored giveaway for this gorgeous bundle of fabrics....Click Here!



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Block of the Month





It's time again for the Blogger's Block of the Month.  This month's block was designed by Amy...and as usual...I love it!



I used some softer colors this month...and love how they play together!


Both of this month's blocks...




And all of my blocks together!

In other news...lots of half-square triangle sewing still taking place over here...I'm nearing the finish line, though!

I'll be back soon with a fantastic giveaway!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It's Raining...Half-Square Trianges!


There are lots of half-square triangles here today...gorgeous ones made with Marmalade!!!



I'm making half-square triangles with two prints and half-square triangles with white...I need to make 448...and just have 144 to go!



When I finish with the hst's I'll be sewing the binding on my 2012 Fat Quarter Shop Mystery Designer quilt...just back from the quilter!

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


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fabric and Books





I've noticed that even the new release of Flea Market Fancy seems to be quickly dwindling...some pieces are already getting hard to find.  I figured I'd better get backing for a quilt before my favorite print is hard to find!



When my fabric arrived from here, this very cute hippo fabric came along too...love these little guys--how cute are they?!


And since I'm doing quite a bit of sewing right now that I can't share yet, I figured this would be a good time for a few book reviews.Home-Spun Style is the most amazing book.  Every page has delightful photography featuring homespun style in every room of the house.  There are textiles of all kinds--fabrics, linens, and quilts. The colors are both vintage and fresh (lots of aqua)! Basically, the book is eye candy on each and every page with wonderful text detailing hints and ideas for home decor and artful living.  I still haven't finished reading the whole book, but I'm definitely savoring every beauty-filled page!




Another book I've recently been reading is Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 20 New Designs with Historic Roots (Stc Craft / Melanie Falick Book) . Again, this is an absolutely wonderful book. Denyse presents 20 new designs with historic roots. The history of each quilt is easy reading yet absolutely fascinating. I've enjoyed how Denyse relates the colorful past of each design. The Resources and Reference section is highly detailed also...there are several books I'm going to put on the list for my summer reading!  The quilts, as usual, are amazing. And finally, the photography is beautiful; there are flat shots and style settings for all of the quilts--giving lots of inspiration in and of themselves!



Finally, I'd like to mention Studio Spaces: Projects, Inspiration and Ideas for Your Creative Place (Better Homes & Gardens Crafts). This is another book filled with wonderful photography of amazing studios. The featured studios are of different types--general craft rooms, paper-crafting, sewing and quilting; however, the organizational ideas and tips apply to every craft studio. Every page is full of ideas and inspiration--definitely a book I will refer to again and again!  Normally I try to check out books from the library before deciding whether or not to buy them, but with each of these I took a chance and have not been disappointed!

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

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Quilting Bee!





I am so excited about being able to participate in my very first quilting bee! It's such a wonderful group...I truly feel honored to be able to take part! And we have the absolute cutest button and blog design by Shari! Even though I'm brand-new to this...I got to go first!



I cut into my precious stack of Happy Mochi Yum Yum and sent everyone two fat eighths and some background fabric. I've been wanting to make a fun sampler quilt with these fabrics since last spring, so this seemed like the perfect time to use it!


I gave a few ideas for inspiration...and have received my first two blocks! (Did I mention how fun it is to get quilt blocks in the mail?)! The first block I received was from Nedra who made a beautiful Greek Cross block...love this!


Next I received Trish's block, also a Greek Cross.  Trish added in some Lakehouse gingham which I love! And...she sent the cutest tissue holder made with some of the left-overs!


I love both of these blocks...and I've seen a third one on-line already that I can't wait to share with you!

I know I'm going to love this Bee!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fun Fabrics




Lori said I could share a couple of pictures of one of the quilts I recently made for her...actually, I've made 2 quilts for her in the past couple of weeks. The one pictured above was sort of a joint effort between Lori and I--she did the applique' blocks and all of the cutting for the quilt, and I put it all together...so I guess it's a friends quilt! (The fabric above is Millie's Closet by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet for Riley Blake).



And here is a lovely pile of scraps that I had to take a picture of...you know the piles of clippings that you just can't bear to throw away?! These are little scraps from Bonnie & Camille's new line, Marmalade. You can see a great picture of the entire line here and here.  Now about Marmalade...I think it just might be my favorite fabric line ever...for sure it ranks in my top three with Sew Cherry and Flea Market Fancy!




I've been saving everything I can as I've been cutting...you can see here that I've managed to save some 2 1/2'' squares and some 1 1/2'' strips.  Did I mention that I love the oranges in this line...and the yellows...and the greys..and...well I heart this line!

It's a lot of fun working with this fabric...gotta get back to playing work!

Have a wonderful day!



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks



Yay...I'm so excited to announce that I will have a block in Volume 5 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks!




I'll also be taking part in the blog tour and will have a copy of the magazine to give away along with some other prizes...my blog tour date will be Wednesday, May 2nd!


Okay...just had to pop in for that announcement...it's back to sewing for me...lots of market quilt sewing this week...thanks for stopping by!

PS...I'll be back soon to share some sneak peeks of some amazing fabrics!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sewing with Strawberry Fields

 
We just returned home last evening from another weekend in California...this time in San Diego. It's hard to believe I've been to California twice in the last two weeks; it was beautiful there, but it's so good to be home. I cleaned up my sewing room before leaving, so I can't wait to get some serious quilting accomplished this week.  Before I left, though, I pieced block 11 of the Fat Quarter Shop 2011 Mystery Designer Block of the Month. This block was designed by Heather Mulder Peterson--a really great block!


And here they are together...can't believe there is just one block remaining for this quilt!


I hand-stitched the binding on my Summer Day Schnibble while in San Diego this weekend...it seemed like the perfect quilt to be sewing on surrounded by so much greenery and flowers!


I really heart this quilt...promise I won't show any more pictures of it for awhile though!

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


Friday, April 13, 2012

Oh My Stars


During spring break I was able to make a gorgeous quilt using the new Minick & Simpson fabric, Independence Trail. My friend Gail quilted it for me super fast, and I was able to send it off in the mail on Monday.





The quilt was designed by Jocelyn at Fat Quarter Shop and was so much fun to put together! The fabrics are just gorgeous--as the Minick & Simpson fabrics always are!



You can find it here now!

(All photos courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop).

Thanks so much for stopping by...have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday Worktable



I just did the quilting and binding on this fun little quilt yesterday. I'm not sure what to call it...it's bigger than a potholder and a "mug rug" but not really a mini-quillt. Anyway, I sure do love it! Right now it's sitting on my kitchen counter, and I think it's found a home there!



The "cherries on blue" print is one of my favorites, so I used that for the back...



And today I'm binding again! I guess it was a "red gingham" week for binding for me...both of these quilts seemed to "need"  gingham around the edge!

Also...congratulations to Sharon from Moon Quilts who won the Green Fairy Quilts Giveaway this weekend!