Friday, August 30, 2013


I have another "nearly finished" quilt to "Hopscotch" quilt (pattern by Camille) came back from the quilter. All I have left to do now is hand-stitch the binding.

This is another quilt that has been "in the works" for quite a while. After making a "Hopscotch" sample for Camille in December 2011, I knew I wanted to make my own version but simply couldn't decide on fabrics. I taught this quilt as a class at a retreat at Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon last February and used a couple of Vanessa's Simply Color Jelly Roll strips to start my sample blocks. After making just a couple of trial blocks with those fabrics I knew I'd found the fabric I wanted.

At the time I was going to use a solid grey for the alternating diamonds, but after seeing the grey pin dot in Happy Go Lucky, I decided that was the grey I needed, so the quilt was put on hold while I waited for the yardage to arrive in shops. I finally got the blocks and quilt top put together this June while at a retreat....

And then I couldn't decide on quilting. At first I was going to try some straight line quilting, but I talked myself out of it, worried I would somehow mess it up. I decided to take it to Abby last weekend, and she suggested chevrons...

I am absolutely in love with the quilting. The chevrons keep the modern feel and yet don't overwhelm the quilt which has a strong graphic design and is made with some pretty bold fabrics. I used the pre-made Moda Bella bias binding in aqua which seemed to be the perfect accent. I'm glad I went with a solid instead of using one of the fabrics in the quilt which might have been a little "too much."

I also went with a grey Moda Bella solid on the back (the one I was originally going to use for the star points). I love how the chevron quilting really shows up on the grey.

My binding pile is starting to pile up...maybe I can get some finished up over the long weekend. More pictures to come after the binding is complete!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What I'm Working on Wednesday

School started Monday, and I have a wonderful new group of English 101 students that will keep me busy this semester. So we decided to make one last little getaway over the weekend and visited family in northern Utah. I had to share a picture of their newly completed waterfall...seriously, going to sleep and waking up to the sound of the water was the next best thing to being at the beach!

On the way up I was able to drop off my recently finished Tula Pink quilt to Abby who quilted it for me over the weekend (I really, really appreciated that, Abby)!

I have to share one picture of the back...a mix of Moda Bella Aqua and some of the scraps left over from the quilt front. I just love the way the bubble circles look on the back.

Of course I love the way this quilt design looks on the front too...with so many squares and so many ocean - themed prints I thought this would be a fun all-over design for this quilt.

Abby's did a beautiful job on the quilt, and her edge to edge patterns are only .01 per inch, it's a terrific deal (if you're not in the area you can also ship your quilts to her).

I love how it turned out...can't wait to get this one bound and put it in the washing machine!

Of course, first I have to decide on binding. I'm trying to decide between a solid navy or a scrappy binding with some of the left-over blue prints.

Binding on this quilt is going rather slowly. Since this is only the 5th king-sized quilt I've made, and since it's been several years since I made one...I seem to have forgotten how long it takes to get around each side! I did get 1/4 of the way around the quilt while in Utah this weekend!

What are you working on this Wednesday? Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Farmer's Wife Revisited

It's been quite a long time since I've shared my Farmer's Wife quilt. Actually, I gave it to my quilter a little while ago and told her I wasn't in any hurry for it (with 100+ degree temperatures the last several months I knew I wouldn't be needing this quilt for a little while)! Anyway, I received a wonderful phone call the other day that it was ready.

I made all of the blocks from the book The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired  (one block is on the back with the label), and my quilt is king-sized. One of the things I love about this quilt is that all of the blocks were pieced from my Fig Tree scrap bins. I used nearly every Fig Tree collection up until Honeysweet. Some of the really simple blocks are my favorites, and Andrea's quilting makes every block shine (thank you, Andrea)!

There are so many blocks and so many fun things to see on this quilt--I think I'll be discovering new favorite blocks for awhile!

I actually used a really old Fig Tree print for the binding. I have it sewn on and ready to stitch...I'll be sure to share a picture when I've finished up the hand work.

It's so funny, though...getting my quilt back sort of makes me want to make another one...guess I'd better find another sampler to start working on!

I know this is a little photo overload today...

One of my favorite simple and yet so elegant!

And I absolutely love this basket block!

Thanks so much for letting me share this's been a two year journey with this quilt! Although I love to piece fast and fun quilts, there is just something about a quilt like this. These quilts that take months and even years will always hold a special place in my heart.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Jelly Roll Quilts

I'm a little late for my own parade, but today I'm adding a link widget to this post so everyone can post their favorite Jelly Roll Quilt. Simply link to a blog post (new or old) showcasing your favorite jelly roll quilt. Be sure to let everyone know who the designer of the pattern is too!

I'll keep the link box open until August 31st...I can't wait to see your favorite Jelly Roll quilts!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Fashionable Fabrics Giveaway

Happy Friday! What better way to celebrate the weekend than to have a giveaway from one of my blog sponsors?  Fashionable Fabrics is offering a $50 gift certificate to one of my readers.

Fashionable Fabrics is your source for the latest in fashion fabric from your favorite designers. They feature fashion forward novelty fabric for seamstresses and crafters looking for prints and patterns that are often unavailable in traditional outlets.
 They also specialize in premium fashion forward Designer Fabric, Novelty Fabric, Home Dec Fabric, and Sewing Patterns. They carry the latest top Fabric Designers and Fabric Manufacturers such as Amy Butler, Anna Griffin, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Jennifer Paganelli, Monaluna, Patricia Bravo, Patty Young, Sandi Henderson, Valori Wells, Alexander Henry Fabrics, Art Gallery, David Textiles, Free Spirit, Kokka, Michael Miller, Moda, Robert Kaufman, Studio e Fabrics, and Windham just to name a few.

You are sure to find something fun to spend the $50 on if you win! You can search by manufacturer, designer, and even by theme (my favorite).

These are just a couple of the fun fabrics I found under the category "Kitchen Novelty Fabric!"

I hope you'll have fun visiting the shop and browsing all of the fun categories!

To enter the giveaway:
  • Visit the Fashionable Fabrics website and come back to leave a comment mentioning your favorite fabric, pattern, or notion.
  • For a second entry, sign up to receive the Fashionable Fabrics newsletter (sign up on their home page on the left side), then come back to leave a comment to let me know you did that.
That's all...I'll keep the giveaway open through Monday evening, August 26th.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and good luck!

EDIT: Congratulations to Thimbleanna who is the winner of the gift certificate!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What I'm Working on Wednesday

I know Wednesday is nearly over, but I thought I could hurry up and sneak in a "What I'm Working on Wednesday post! The quilt "that was never on my list" kind of took over much of my sewing time over the last week. The pattern is "On a Whim" by Camille, and it sure has been a fun one! I started with some of Anna Maria Horner's Hand Drawn Garden, and I'm adding in bits and pieces from other Anna Maria lines in my stash.

The quilt has 20 blocks, and I'm officially half way there now.

The quilt is going to be a really good size...and

I have my next five blocks cut out and ready to piece!

I also finished up block 3 of the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month.

It might be my favorite basket block ever and was designed by Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts.

I also made a couple of fabric purchases in the last week...I fell in love with the Paintbox prints from Moda's Lush Uptown and had to see them in person. They are amazing...I truly wish I had a bolt of each! If you like these prints, I suggest you buy them soon as they are already getting hard to find.

And I stopped by my local Joann's looking for some of the new DS Quilts Croquet collection...seriously, this was the only print they had--someone must have bought it all and just missed this bolt! Oh well, at least I found this one...
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Monday, August 19, 2013


On Friday our family had the chance to head up to the mountains of central Utah and spend a few relaxing days at a cabin. It was the perfect weekend getaway. I spent a little time swinging on the porch.

And I spent a little time admiring the trees and enjoying the cooler temperatures. We even had a wonderful mountain rainstorm, complete with thunder, lightning, and hail! The temperatures were in the 70's during the day and the 50's at night--perfect weather for this desert girl who is tired of the one - hundred and teens!

Since there weren't the distractions of telephone and Wi-Fi, I just relaxed and worked on some hand-stitched projects.

I finished up 8 new hexagon flowers, one hex-den flower, and one six-pointed diamond star (my first time making the diamond star and hex-den flower blocks). Although I wasn't anxious to leave the scenery and the weather, it will feel great to be able to use my sewing machine this week. This is the last week of summer vacation for me, so I definitely need to get some sewing accomplished!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Shine Update

Happy Friday! Just a quick post for a "Shine" pattern update. I found out late last night there was a slight error in the pattern.  I originally designed the pattern using 20 different fat quarters along with background and secondary background fabric but then realized the quilt could actually be made with 10 fat quarters. The cutting instructions in the pattern give directions for cutting using 20 fat quarters. I've added the updated cutting directions if you are using just 10 fat quarters to the "Patterns" page (link at the top of this page...or go here).

I've adjusted the PDF files in my Etsy shop which have the additional information added as of this morning, and patterns that ship from now on will be corrected as well.

Of course as things always go...I mailed the paper patterns just a few hours before being made aware of the error, so please check the pattern update section on this blog before cutting.

I'm so sorry for the doesn't affect yardages or hopefully this will be a minor issue with the patterns that have already shipped.

Thanks so much for your support and understanding!

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