Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Little Saturday Sewing and Winners

I've been wanting to get back to my quilty barn quilt, and Saturday morning I decided to make the adorable tractor block Lori shared on her blog. It was so much fun to make. I think the tractor fabrics go well with my I just need to get busy and make some more barn blocks.

Lori said she designed the tractor block for the back of the quilt, but I'm going to design a setting with the tractor on the's just too cute to put on the back!

My first Bee blocks arrived the other day from Melissa! I'm having everyone make Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks using Christmas fabrics. I'm so excited to make this quilt--I've wanted to make another ever since I finished the first one!

Congratulations also to Melia Mae Quilting who won the Rustic Rooster giveaway. (GIveaway winners from the Blog tour for  have all been contacted, and they are listed on my original post). Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tomorrow I'll be sharing my progress on the Blogger Girl's Block of the Month quilt, and of course there will also be a Schnibbles Parade.

Don't for get that Google Reader shuts down tomorrow! Feedly and Bloglovin' seem to be the two top choices; however, if you haven't decided yet on a new reader you can follow my blog by email. Just enter your email in the "Follow By Email" box on my sidebar, and you'll get an email every time I put up a new post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Two New Patterns: Tribute and Sugar Cookies

Today I'm happy to share my two latest patterns! These have been "in the works" for a little while now, and it's fun to finally be able to share. The first new pattern is "Tribute." This pattern was inspired by the New York City quilt exhibit, "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts." A red and white quilt has been on my "to do" list since seeing the amazing photos of that exhibit.

When Minick & Simpson's collection Midwinter Reds came out, I knew I had the perfect fabrics for my quilt! I love this traditional design which also has a little bit of a "modern whimsical" feel to it!

You can make this quilt with 1 Layer Cake, background fabric, and binding fabric; however I used a Jelly Roll along with my Layer Cake since I didn't use any of the browns from the collection in my quilt. By using the Jelly Roll I was also able to make a scrappy binding for my quilt without using additional fabric for binding. Also, a Jelly Roll can be substituted in place of the Layer Cake--this is a really versatile pattern!

For most fabric collections, 1 Layer Cake (or Jelly Roll) will be enough. And I can completely see this quilt in brights...I've been thinking about making a Scrumptious version!

My second new pattern is "Sugar Cookies!" My pattern version of "Sugar Cookies" uses Kate Spain's recent Christmas line In From the Cold. This pattern is also a Layer Cake quilt which is perfect for large prints but also would be beautiful in traditional florals. I am thinking about making another quilt using an Oink a Doodle Moo Layer Cake--this pattern would be perfect for that collection (and any collection with large prints or florals) since you wouldn't have to cut up all the adorable barnyard prints.

"Sugar Cookies" goes together quickly, too...I love being able to use at least some large blocks of fabric!

So that's the scoop on the new patterns. I will have both PDF downloads for sale this weekend in my Etsy shop for just $5.00 each to celebrate the release! Paper copies will be available within two weeks, and they are available for pre-order this weekend at the $5.00 price as well.

I hope you like these new designs...I had a lot of fun making them and preparing to share them!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

What I'm Working on Thursday

I had hoped to get this post up yesterday...but one thing led to another...and it just wasn't going to happen! Actually yesterday was a very productive day for me, and I'm starting to feel a little caught up. This morning I finished two "Essential Wristlet"  zippered pouches (pattern by Dog Under my Desk). Each wristlet has two zippers and also has an interior pocket just the right size for an iPhone.

I've made one before and highly recommend the pattern. I absolutely love the strap technique Erin uses and am thinking about trying some of her other patterns as well. I'm keeping one of these for myself, and the other is a long-overdue thank you gift for a friend.

My first block arrived for FatQuarterShop's 2013 Mystery Designer Block of the Month. This is the only block of the month I'm doing right now, and I know it's going to be a gorgeous quilt! I had lots of scraps left over from making my block and am trying to think of a second project I can work on each month using the left overs...that way I'll have two quilts at the end of the year!

I also wanted to share a quilt from my book, A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home. My friend Gail just made this version of Grandma's Garden using an Avalon jelly roll!

I love her version! The pops of navy really are wonderful in her quilt!

Just a couple of other things. I had a comment asking about giveaway winners the other day...the comment was from a "no reply" blogger, so I couldn't answer back. Lately I've been updating giveaway posts with winner information to keep from adding too many posts to your feed. I hope that isn't too sure makes it easier on me. Sinta and I are now alternating writing the winners posts for the Schnibbles if you don't see the winners listed on one blog, please check the other. My Rustic Rooster giveaway from Monday is still open until tomorrow  night, though. week will mark my 5 year anniversary for this blog. I can hardly believe it--it's been an amazing journey. I still remember going over to my next door neighbor's house one afternoon so she could show me how to get the blog going--I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew I wanted to find a way that worked for me to document my quilting. Since I've kept it up these five years, I believe it was a great choice to keep track of everything! Because of the blogiversary (and because July is my birthday month) I've been collecting a few things for a giveaway--stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate all of your comments and suggestions. Have a great day!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Solids Along and Quilt Along with A Quilting Life

I've been working a little on my solids quilt...this week I made my sixteenth and seventeenth blocks!

First up is Block 4 by Primitive Gatherings. I used Moda Bella Admiral Blue (9900 48) and Moda Bella Gray (9900 83). You can find the link to the pdf pattern here. 

Next I made Block 24 by Jan Patek. I used Moda Bella Summer House Lime (9900 173) and Moda Bella Aqua (9900 34). You can get the pdf pattern here. I'm using Moda Bella bleached white (9900 97) for my background fabrics.

Here are my blocks! I'll share 3 more with you next month on the 15th, and then it will be time to set them together! Are you making solids blocks too?

With the start of summer, things have been a little relaxed and  easy-going here. Small projects have been high on my list...I can't wait to play with some of these new Moda candy squares...

Have you made any fun projects lately with Moda Candy? (I'm sharing a few Moda Candy ideas today on the Moda Cutting Table blog).

I'd also like to take a minute to announce a new parade series I'll be having on my blog. I've been thinking about this for a little while, and I think it would be fun to have a monthly parade (with prizes of course). Each month will have a different theme. I won't specify a certain project you have to make...but I will announce a different type of quilt or project for each month's parade. Each parade will take place on the 20th of the month, and I'll announce them three months at a time...with reminders throughout the month! So...without further are the parade themes for the next three months:
  • July--Christmas in July...send me a photo of any Christmas gift or project you've worked on this summer.
  • August--Favorite Jelly Roll quilt pattern. Send a photo of your favorite jelly roll quilt.
  • September--Biggest summer quilting accomplishment--it can be a quilt or even an organizing project!
How does that sound? I think it will be pretty fun! We'll all get to be inspired by the variety of projects based on each theme.

So, this is how it works...send me a photo and link to your blog in an email by the 18th of each month to have your project appear on the 20th. It's as simple as that...and I'll round up the prizes!

Thanks so much for stopping by...

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Rustic Rooster Sponsored Giveaway

Happy Monday! Today I have a fantastic giveaway from Trina at the Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop! Trina is a new shop owner who had always wanted to open a quilt shop. In fact, her desire to open a shop is one thing that helped her during her struggle with breast cancer. Once treatment was complete she decided to take the plunge and follow her dreams! Trina loves Moda and stocks mostly fabric from that company in her shop but will be bringing other fabric lines on board in the near future.

Trina carries yardage along with pre-cuts and patterns and ships orders fast. She is also concerned with keeping her prices low so that everyone can afford good quality quilt fabrics.

Trina's giveaway today is a very generous jelly roll and charm pack of Simply Style by V&Co. for Moda! To enter the giveaway, visit Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop and then come back here leaving a comment mentioning your favorite fabric, collection, or item from the shop.

Trina is also offering 20% off the entire shop Monday 24th- Saturday 29th. Just enter QL13 in the coupon box at checkout if you'd like to do some shopping now!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I'll keep the giveaway open until Friday evening! Good luck!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Retreat-- The Projects

While in Wisconsin at the quilt retreat last week I had the opportunity to do a lot of visiting, a lot of learning, a lot of laughing, and a lot of eating...and, of course, quite a bit of sewing. One of the projects I worked on was my Painted Ladies quilt (pattern by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Company). I had sewn a sample for Joanna for market this spring and knew I wanted to make a scrappy version for myself. I had so much fun pulling the fabrics from my stash for this quilt in the days before I left.

The blocks are simple to piece and can be created from a layer cake, charm squares, or your scrap bin. I still need to pick an outer border for this, but it's good to have it nearly finished. I actually pieced the blocks while in Wisconsin and set them together after I recovered from the trip home. (My trip home included an extra long layover in Denver --5 hours--due to weather and another hour in the plane on the tarmac due to runway yes ,I had a little recovering to do).

Another project I worked on at the retreat was my mini-tumbler quilt. These mini tumblers finish at 1 1 /4" tall and were so irresistable! Several of us worked on similar projects using the pre-cut pieces we purchased from Primitive Gatherings. The tumbler pieces came in lights and darks, so it was easy to pick up a couple of packs and have a quick quilt finish!

I'm a little stumped as to how to quilt this one...any ideas?

I also (finally) finished my own Hopscotch quilt (pattern by Camille). I pieced the sample version for Camille over a year and a half ago, and have wanted to make my own version ever since. I nearly finished at the retreat but had left a block at home and had to add the last row when I returned. (This version uses Vanessa's Simply Color collection and is really a lot brighter and happier than my photo shows).

Finally, I was determined to learn a little about wool applique' while on this retreat. Lisa Bongean was incredibly generous in giving me some terrific lessons...and I asked every question I could think of while I was there. I still need to add the last stitches to the berries, and then I'll decide how to finish my little piece--frame it or make it into a pillow perhaps? I love the richness of the wool and the texture it adds to projects. I'm really looking forward to using wool applique' on cotton backgrounds now that I have learned this technique.

The retreat was amazing--I came home relaxed, refreshed and inspired. I may have come home a lot more willing to sew with some more traditional fabrics, too. Something about being in the mid-west with the rolling green hills made it the perfect start to my summer. I also did a lot of thinking during the lay-over in Denver. I really pondered about how many people have shared their knowledge and their inspiration and their friendship with me on this quilting journey, and I truly want to work harder to make my blog a "giving back" place where I can hopefully share with all of you. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Diamond Traditions Blog Tour

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Diamond Traditions Blog Tour where you'll have a chance to win a copy of Monique's latest book! Monique has now written three wonderful books, and her rulers are some of my "can't do without" quilt tools. I really do use her "Fit to Be Quarter" ruler on an almost daily basis to square things up!
First of all, Monique asked each of us to share a quilt photo that best represents us. I chose my Scrappy Trip Along quilt since it has so many of my favorite fabrics--and because lately I have just loved quilting from my scrap bins.  Monique also asked me to answer a few questions so that you could get to know me a little here goes:

1. When did you start quilting? I made my first patchwork pillow when I was about 12 or 13 (from some pre-cut squares my Mom bought at Cloth World), but I really started quilting in about 1993 when I made my oldest son a quilt.

2. What was your first project? My first quilt was a twin-sized Double Irish Chain from the Quilt in a Day series by Eleanor Burns.

3. What is your favorite movie? This one is really hard. For years my favorite movie was Gone with the Wind. I'm not sure I could pick a favorite now--there are just so many good ones.

4. What is your favorite book? This one is easy...Portrait of a Lady by Henry James is my favorite novel, and Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh is another favorite read...recently my favorite fun-to-read book has been The Help. I also love Sandra Dallas quilting novels for lazy summer days.
5. What is your favorite tv show? I'm not much of a tv watcher, but I love Downton Abbey, White Collar, and Antiques Roadshow!

6. Where did you grow up? I was born in Houston, Texas, but I grew up in Las Vegas and in Henderson, Nevada.

7. Dog lover? Cat lover? Neither? Both? I had both as a kid, but since one of my daughters is allergic to cats we have pretty much been a dog family. We have an almost 6 year old black Labrador Retriever.

8. If you didn't quilt, what hobby would you do? I did counted cross-stitch and Hardanger embroidery for a while before I started quilting. I also did a little tole painting. If I didn't quilt, I would probably spend a lot more time reading.

9. Sports – participant, spectator or neither? I love to watch my kids play sports, but they got the majority of their athletic ability from their Dad. I did take gymnastics for about 9 years, though.

10. Least favorite part of quilting? I guess it would have to be cutting out the's all fun after that!

11. Most favorite part of quilting? I enjoy piecing the blocks--it's so fun to see them come together.

12. Person who is your quilting inspiration and which designer/quilter would you most like to meet? I'm really lucky to have been able to meet most of the amazing quilters and designers who inspire me (I even had the chance to meet Eleanor Burns in an elevator one day and thank her for the Double Irish Chain pattern which started me on this journey). I think it would be wonderful to be able to sit down with a whole group of designers and have a big discussion on fabric and design and inspiration.

13. Sweet or Salty? My favorite candy right now is a Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate with carmel and Sea I guess that's a little of both!

Last week while I was in Wisconsin I actually got to have dinner with Carrie Nelson and Monique. Not only was our dinner wonderful, but it was also the first time I had the chance to sample Wisconsin Cheese Curds--and I could definitely use an order of cheese curds with a side of Ranch dressing right now.  I seriously had been awake for about 19 hours when this picture was taken and had only had about 3 hours sleep before that explains the very tired-looking me in the photo!

The quilt I picked to highlight is "Diamonds are Forever," and I picked it because it would work so well with scrap fabrics.

While Monique gives directions for making your quilt using a collection or matching fabrics, the pattern is also easily adaptable for scraps. I made my little block section using my Denyse Schmidt scrap bin (four of these sections make one block).

The arrangement of the blocks creates a wonderful design for the quilt.

The blocks are rotated in different directions to make the pattern. I can't wait to keep working on more block sections with my scraps in order to create this happy quilt!

Be sure to stop by the other blogs for a chance to win this wonderful book which is fat quarter friendly! (International winners will receive an e-copy). And leave a comment on this post letting me know your favorite blog topic...or something you'd like to know more about...for a chance to win a copy here.

Monday - Thelma from Cupcakes ‘n Daisies ~
Tuesday - Denise from Quilter’s Window ~
Wednesday - Lisa from Stashmaster ~
Thursday - Sherri from A Quilting Life (Me) -
Friday - Monique -

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Edit...Congrats to Siobhán who won the copy from my parade! I'll be e-mailing you!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Refreshed...Quilt Vacation!

I just returned home from a delightful quilt vacation in beautiful Wisconsin. I'd never been to Wisconsin before and came home ready to move there! While traveling to a few area shops I was able to see the most beautiful countryside--farms, fields, barns (even a barn quilt), and gorgeous lakes and rivers. I probably should have taken a lot more pictures, but truly I was just enjoying every moment! J J Stitches & Co. in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin was the first stop. The shop was an "ooh and ahh" beautiful, and I picked up some wonderful reproduction fat quarters there.

Next up was Stitcher's Crossing in Madison, Wisconsin. This was a wonderful shop with a wide variety of fabrics. It was fun to spy my book on the shelf, too! The staff at this shop (and at every single shop we visited) was fantastic, friendly and helpful!

Our third stop was at Mill House Quilts in Waunakee, Wisconsin. This shop has a delightful mix of many different styles of fabric, a terrific notions section, and wonderful displays. I was also awed by the wooden plank floors and the beautiful garden outside.

The fourth stop was at Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin. This store was an incredible  destination. Not only was I inspired at every turn while in the shop, but a retreat was going on, and we got to meet the most wonderful quilters who were there taking a class! Beautiful fabrics, kits, displays, and home decor items were found in every nook of the store!

Finally, we visited Primitive Gatherings in Menasha, Wisconsin. I can't even begin to describe this shop--amazing goodness at every turn. Since the quilt retreat was being held in Menasha I must admit that I was at the shop 5 times in four days...this is seriously a beautiful shop with gorgeous fabrics, wools, threads, patterns, notions, and displays and kits. I just might be having Primitive Gatherings withdrawals this week (although I discovered after arriving home that they do have a terrific on-line shop)!

Okay...this is the last photo for today (I'll share pictures of what I worked on in the next retreat post). This is one of the beds in the room I stayed in--so gorgeous! (I picked the blue and white room because it just looked so relaxing and inviting)! Every bed had an antique quilt, and there were gorgeous quilts displayed throughout the entire house.

I'll catch up on e-mails asap and be back soon with another retreat post...I'll also announce the winners from each giveaway in the Quilting Life blog tour last week.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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