Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday This & That

Happy Thursday...the week seems to be on fast forward as I'm trying to hold on to every spare minute of spring break! I've decided I probably won't finish even half of the things on my list, but that's okay. First I want to share a couple of book project photos from A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home . I included my hexagon bag pattern in the was my first magazine submission, and it just seemed like it belonged in my first book. Pictured above is the bag in Lori Holt's Sew Cherry collection that I used for the book photos. This one is almost too cute to use...I think I'm going to hang it up in my sewing room!

I also made a Terrain (by Kate Spain) version which I've been using as my main purse lately...I love this version too! (PS my Honey Honey composition notebook fits inside perfectly, and the Honey Honey looks wonderful with Terrain).

And here's a shot by Korindi of the cover quilt...this photo isn't included in the book but was taken after the quilts came home...I just love this photo!

Finally...although I don't have much quilting to share since I've been working on a Scrumptious project for Camille...I thought I would share what I cut out the other night when I was in one of those "cutting" moods!  On my top left project board are the pieces for 3 more Moda Friendship blocks in Bella solids...more on those soon! The top right project board has all the bits and pieces for two different versions of block 5 in Monique's quilt-along, and the bottom left project board has all the pieces for two different versions of the final block for the same project. The bottom right project board has pieces for 2 more barns in Lori Holt's barn quilt along. It makes it easy to grab a project and sew when it's ready to go like this....this is perhaps my best time-saving tip.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy your day!
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

S is for Stitch

Welcome to the S is for Stitch: 52 Embroidered Alphabet Designs + Charming Projects for Little Ones blog tour! I'm so happy to be here today to tell you a little bit about my friend Kristyne's wonderful book! If you don't read Kristyne's blog, Pretty by Hand, I must let you know I highly recommend it. Kristyne is incredibly talented and always has beautiful projects to share.

Kristyne and I actually got to meet in person at International Quilt Market in Houston last fall. The first time we bumped into each other we were actually standing in line together waiting for a SchoolHouse session. Later we saw each other again on the showroom floor and got a picture.

S is for Stitch contains 52 embroidered alphabet designs--one for boys and one for girls for each letter of the alphabet. There are also some fun sayings to embroider as well, along with some adorable projects to make for little ones!

The book not only contains beautiful phototgaphy but is also very informative. The "Basics" section covers floss, scissors, fabric preparation, needles, hoops, and transfer of designs. There is also an embroidery stitch section with beautiful diagrams.

If you'd like to win a copy of this beautiful book, just leave a comment on this post. Also, you can stop by the other blogs on the blog tour for a chance to win (that's 8 chances in all--winners outside the US will be able to win an e-book version)! 

Allison at Stash Books blog
Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew
Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts
Amy Sinibaldi at Nanacompany
Anne Sutton at BunnyHill Blog
Lori Holt at Bee in my Bonnet
and tomorrow's stop....Kristyne at Pretty by Hand!

The giveaways will be open until April 4th, and then the winners be announced after that!

Thanks so much for stopping by...good luck!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Solids Quilt Along

Did you follow along with the Moda Friendship Quilt Along? I followed along and printed and saved my favorite blocks to make a solids quilt. You see, my very first quilt was made with three solids: a sky blue, a grass green, and a bright white. The quilt was a Double Irish Chain from Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day series. It was my older son's favorite quilt, but I haven't made a solids quilt since.

Here are my first three blocks made with Bella solids from the "Brights" bundle and a lime green Bella from my stash.

First I made one of the extra blocks from the quilt-along wrap-up post.

Next I made Aneela Hoey's block.

And finally I made Julie Comstock's block.

I'm excited to see how this quilt will turn out with a whole rainbow of Bella colors--

I'm posting about these blocks on the Moda Cutting Table blog today where I've listed the exact Bella color numbers if you would happen to need any for your stash!

I'll be posting more about this quilt and including direct links to the blocks I make each week or two. Would anyone like to quilt along? Is three blocks every two weeks too much? Would three blocks a month be better? I'd love to hear your ideas--and what a fun parade it would be to have an entire post of solids sampler quilts!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

I Heart Nine Patches

I had a few minutes to make some 9-patch blocks the other afternoon. The 9-patch was actually the first quilt block I ever made. When I was about 12, my mom picked up some charm squares from Cloth World for me.  I made two 9-patch pillows and used them as decorations on my bed...I'd forgotten how much I loved this simple block until just the other day!

The print fabrics are all from Boho, the latest collection from Urban Chiks for Moda. I used four different light backgrounds; the polka dot is by Fig Tree & Company, and the others are all from three different Minick & Simpson collections. I know for sure that the light on the bottom left is from the latest Minick & Simpson line, Indigo Crossing. One of the others is from Bar Harbor. The lights in Minick & Simpson collections are some of my favorites to use as background fabrics.

Today is the first day of spring break, yay! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Color, Color, Color!

I finally had the chance to sew on the "next to last" border on my "Marcelle Medallion" quilt. The little cross blocks were so much fun to make, and the colors in this quilt just make me happy! I need to decide on an outer border and then I can finish this up. I really, really thought the Half Moon scissors on red would have been perfect for my final border (it's the fabric Alexia uses for her outer border in the original quilt), but after several hours searching Ebay and Etsy I've given up. I did find a fat quarter bundle of all the scissor fabrics which I promptly purchased, but a half-yard of the red was not to be found!

On Thursday I got to have a sew day over at Camille's house! I tell you, it's inspirational just to be sitting and sewing in her gorgeous room...not to mention you have her right there to ask any question you might think of! I'm going to be piecing a market quilt for her, so I came home with this gorgeous stack of Scrumptious (which is, by the way, scrumptious)!

Here is my stack of finishes and almost finishes for 2013. I'm hoping to get them all quilted in the next few weeks. They look so beautiful together, and I can't help but wonder what these colors say about me...looks like I'm definitely ready for spring!

Luckily, spring, along with spring break, is here--I have one whole week with no classes to teach and no papers to mark. I really do love teaching, but it sure is wonderful to have a break every once in a while!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Half-Hexie Pillows on Parade

About a month ago I made a fun hexie pillow using Lori's "Hexie Half" ruler sized for charm packs. You can find the tutorial to make your own version of this pillow here.

I thought it would be fun to have a little parade of a few other pillows made using my tutorial and Lori's rulers, so I asked three of my friends if they could make pillows to share! First up is my friend Debbie Taylor's (Of It's Sew Emma Patterns and Fat Quarter Shop) gorgeous 2wenty Thr3e version--I seriously think I'm going to have to make one just like this!

My friend Nedra also made a fun version of the pillow, making it rectangular. I love this! Nedra used the collection Quilt Blocks by Moda and gives the specifics for her pillow on her blog.

I love the close-up shot Nedra sent along, too!

And finally, Trish made this gorgeous scrappy version! I love her idea of making each half-hexie from two different fabrics!

You can find Lori's "Hexie Half" ruler sets here.

On just another note. I've been using Google Reader for years and haven't yet decided between Bloglovin or Feedly to keep up with the blogs I follow. If you've decided to switch to Bloglovin, here is the code to add my blog. I also have the "Follow by E-mail" option in my right side bar if you'd like to follow that way.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

One of the Book Quilts...

I really have been sewing--although it's mostly stuff I can't share yet. But I do have a photo to share of one the quilts from my book A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home. I needed some photos of a few of the quilts for an upcoming magazine article, and my wonderful friend Korindi took the quilts one day and later that night emailed me the most amazing photos. I'm sharing a couple today that we decided not to use for the magazine article but that are beautiful nonetheless. The quilt above is one of my very favorite quilts and is called "Vintage Snowballs." It is made with a layer cake of Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934, background fabric, and just a little bit of yardage for the borders. I love snowball blocks, and with the setting of these blocks you don't need to worry about matching any seams, so it's perfect for the beginner or for the more advanced quilter who wants a quick project!

The back of this quilt is a favorite too...I was so happy Korindi took a picture of the cute label fabric I used for the back. I had to use a strip of another print from the collection for the center of the backing, but I love that "pop" of color, too! As you can tell, it's really not very green here yet, but we can definitely tell that spring is on the way--the fields will be beautifully green very soon!

I did sell out of the signed copies in my Etsy shop, but have another set of books on the way, so you can pre-order one here if you'd like one.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you get to sew today!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Happy National/Worldwide Quilting Day

Happy National and Worldwide Quilting Day! Of course I had to celebrate by working on a quilt!

My row-along rows are finally out of their project box and sewn together.

I love each and every row, but I do believe the tulips are my favorite (with the baskets and houses following close behind).

Every bit and piece of this quilt came from my scrap bins--so I guess this is technically a "free quilt." I used five fabric collections by Bonnie & Camille for Moda--Ruby, Bliss, Vintage Modern, Marmalade, and Happy Go Lucky. The background is Moda Bella Bleached White 9900-97.

It's folded up and ready for the scrappy border...thanks Lori for designing such a fun project!

Thanks so much for stopping by...and I hope you get to celebrate today with some quilting!

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Fabric Friday

Happy Fabric Friday! I have a few pieces of "fabric inspiration" to share today--and then I have some informational links at the end of the post. So here goes! First is this lovely bundle of Avalon by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree and Company. I've made a few projects for Joanna using these fabrics, and I can't wait to sew something for my home using this collection!

Next up is this beautiful fabric by Heather Mulder Peterson. Nanette has been using it for her background for Lori's row along. I have loved seeing this fabric in every row and finally had to order a yard for my stash--problem is, now that it's here I don't want to use it for fear I won't be able to find any more!

Some of my favorite Amy Butler prints are in this stash; I was running low on all of these pieces, so I ordered a little of each to have "just in case."

And here are three of my favorite Joel Dewberry prints out now...the plaids and large floral just say "spring to me!"

Also, a few Summersville pieces by Lucie Summers for Moda--I thought I might need a little more variety of low volume prints for the cross border of my Marcelle Medallion.

And...above are some "low volume" prints I've been using lately. I have a post today about low volume and text prints over at the Moda Cutting Table blog!

I've also written a couple of posts recently for the Craftsy post is on choosing fabrics, and the other post is about using prairie points in your quilts. I'd love to have you stop by and say hi over at the Craftsy blog!
Finally, I want to let you know about the following e-mail I received this week which offers quilters free access to some amazing on-line quilting programming from The Quilt Show:
International Quilting Day is just around the corner on Saturday, March 16, and Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, hosts of The Quilt Show, want quilters, sewers and crafters to help us celebrate International Quilting Day by seeing what's going on in today's quilting world. They are opening up free access to over 140 of their shows from their website beginning Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17, and there will be terrific prizes from companies we know and love like Bernina, GAmmill, Superior Threads, AccuQuilt, C&T Publishing, RJR Fabric. Ricky and Alex will have gift baskets to give away too. The grand prize is a new BErnina 550QE sewing machine!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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