Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sweet Celebrations

Hello! I'm so excited to announce Sweet Celebrations with Moda Bakeshop Chefs: 35 Projects to Sew from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Fat Quarters, Charm Squares & More ...a book that will be available in about 4 months. This amazing book is full of terrific projects and was compiled by  Lissa Alexander!


I can't wait to share my project that is included in the book...as soon as I'm able I'll be posting about it!



Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blogger's Block of the Month



The latest block for the Blogger's Block of the Month series has just been released! I'm trying to stay caught up with this project, so I set to work right away.



My little collection of blocks is growing!  I can't believe this is month 10...only two more months to go!



This months block was designed by the amazing Pam Kitty Morning! You can find her tutorial here. Be sure to scroll down to the end because she has a link to a printable copy of the instructions.


This last block isn't actually one of the blocks in the series...I had just accumulated a little stack of half-square triangles left over from the previous blocks and decided to make a couple of extras and set them together.  I'm not sure if this will end up on the front or the back of the quilt, but it sure is better to have the hst's in a block than just sitting in a box!

As I worked on this project I couldn't help but thinking how good it is to have a work in progress. Of course finishes are wonderful, but it's just refreshing to have something to work on whenever you want to sew. Projects like this (that you might only get out once a month) are like an old friend waiting for a visit. I always think it's fun to look over the blocks each month...it seems I always have a new favorite!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Day Break


Last spring in the midst of a lot of market sewing I was able to make a sample for Fat Quarter Shop. The fabrics were so bright and fun...they're from the upcoming collection, Good Morning by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda.


The pattern, Day Break (available now), was fast and easy and to put together...it's a terrific lap-sized quilt that would be great for gift giving since it goes together so quickly.




The quilt kit, along with the fabric, will be available in August!





Thanks so much for all of the wonderful comments about Roadshow...I really appreciate them...you are all the best! If I can check a few things off my list this morning...I might try to make another Roadshow version this afternoon...we'll see how it goes. It's really hot here, so it's good that I like to stay inside and sew!

Have an awesome day!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Roadshow



Remember my little stack of fabric from Saturday? Well by Saturday evening it had turned into this! The fabrics are all Prairie Paisley II by Minick & Simpson for Moda except for the outer border which is from the Minick & Simpson line, Bar Harbor. I'm not sure what the background fabric is...it was in my Minick & Simpson stash also.



The pattern is a Schnibbles pattern, Roadshow (you can find it here as a pdf download or paper pattern).  I seriously love this pattern. Even before I fell in love with all of the Granny Square blocks on-line I had been wanting to make this pattern...and now I don't know what took me so long to get going on it!



The pattern is quick to cut and fast to piece. The setting triangles are cut a little large, so you trim the block to the perfect size. I used one fabric for the sashing and another for the outer border, but the pattern gives you options to use charm squares for the sashing and border as well (I wanted to save my extra charm squares for another project).  So this is a perfect charm square pattern or scrap buster pattern. My quilt finished at 33'' x 33'' (before quilting and binding), but there are also options to make it larger.

I'll share this again after it has been quilted and bound...and by then I might have made another one...I've already thought of a few other fabrics I'd like to make it with!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Saturday Sewing



I haven't had much time in the sewing room this week...but I'm headed off to do some serious sewing now!  The 4th of July is getting pretty close, and I've had a project in mind for a few weeks now. Hopefully, it's a one day project!

Also, congratulations to Samantha who was the winner of the $25 gift certificate from Shabby Fabrics.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Farming in the Summer



With my determination to work on "works in progress" this summer, I decided to do some Farmer's Wife blocks the other day.  Sometimes you just can't stop at a couple!


I used scraps from Tapestry for this group of blocks. One of my favorite things about this quilt is that I haven't bought any fabric for it at all...and it's going to be a really big quilt!


Block 96, Tulip...I heart this block.  I wasn't sure about my color choices in the beginning; I nervously followed the placement found in the book, and in the end I really liked how it turned out.


Block 79, Silver Lane--with this one I kind of wish I had chosen a different color for the pinwheels in the center. Again I followed the color guide from the book, but this time I wish I had done something a little different.


Block 108, Windmill--cute as can be...for sure!  I used templates for this one.  I'm really trying to stay away from the templates, but this one was fast and simple to make!


Block 75, Rosebud...maybe my favorite of this group.  It's simple and sophisticated...love this block!


I also made a group of blocks using California Girl scraps...I was getting nervous about using too many of my Tapestry scraps!


Block 91, Strawberry Basket...this one is my favorite of this bunch!


Block 85, Square Dance...a little too "busy" for me...think I should have used a solid fabric instead of the yellow print.


Block 44, Gentleman's Fancy...I like this one as well.  I knew I wanted both outer fabrics to be blues and played around with a lot of different center fabrics before deciding on this one!




Block 76, Sawtooth...this is from some older Fig Tree fabrics...not sure which line since I couldn't find any pieces with selvedges, but I think they might be from Allspice Tapestry. This one was simple...I found a pattern for it (without templates) in one of my block books.

So...I counted up my blocks, and I have 80 now.  I only have 31 to go...that sounds completely doable!  I didn't really realize when I started this quilt how big the project really was...it just goes to show that if you work on something a little bit at a time it will eventually get finished!

I'm hoping to start setting my other version (made with the Christmas fabrics) together this week, too.  It will be a nice-sized lap quilt.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bee Stuff




I just finished up Erika's block...it was so much fun! (I hope she likes it)! Erika sent a super fun stack of fabric...and I tried to use all I could.  I can't wait to see how her quilt turns out!

It seems I spend so much time making projects from patterns or working on things that I'm going to write a pattern for that it was refreshing to just sew something and see how it turned out!



Erika's block also arrived recently...so gorgeous! Thank you Erika!



And blocks also arrived from Emily...love them! Thanks so much!



Shari's blocks arrived too...I just swoon every time I open a package...I love these too--thank you!


So it's coming together...I am just waiting on a couple more and then I can start sewing blocks together...yay!

I now know why so many people participate in quilting bees...it's so much fun...thanks everyone!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Garden Party




I can finally share one of my quilts that was away from home for about a year!!! Introducing...Garden Party!



Garden Party is a fun quilt that uses a layer cake and goes together super-quick! I used Central Park by Kate Spain for my version!



This quilt was away from home for so long because it was being photographed for the American Patchwork & Quilting 2013 Calendar! Garden Party is Miss April! The calendar comes with an instruction and pattern booklet so you can create all of the fun quilts and projects included in the calendar.


It sure is nice to have this quilt home...it's the perfect quilt for summer snuggling.  Now...if we could just get some kind of a summer cool down over here...clouds...rain showers...hopefully!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Millie's Closet



Recently a fun package from my friend Lori arrived on my doorstep...the gorgeous fabrics above are from Lori's latest fabric collection, Millie's Closet.




I have to back up a little, though...the fabrics arrived beautifully packaged in the handiest mesh zipper bag. Since it was bound in fabric from Millie's Closet I knew Lori had made it...she'll have a tutorial to make one coming soon! Be sure to stop by her blog for the instructions to make one!



I can think of so many uses for this nifty bag...thanks so much Lori!


Lori also sent along her new patterns (her new patterns are available here).  I don't think she's shared them all on her blog yet, so I'll just share a few. First up, pictured above is "Sew Day." It's first on my list to make.  How cute are the pieced sewing machines?!!!


Her "Tulips" pattern is a lot of fun to make (I got to piece the sample for the Riley Blake booth for market)!



Another quilt I pieced for market was Lori's "Spoolin' Around" quilt...again...such a fun quilt. Lori did the applique on the spools, and I pieced the blocks and set everything together.  I've already blogged a little about this quilt--to see a couple of close-ups go here.





Now I've got some cutting to do...

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