Thursday, May 29, 2014

Finishing & Winners

This was supposed to be one of those "What I'm Working on Wednesday" posts, but I just didn't quite get it together in time! I wanted some good photos and had to wait for a little sunshine this morning for that. Right before I left for Quilt Market my final block in the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month arrived. It was one of the first things I finished up after getting home.

 I'd already been sewing blocks into rows and working on some of the sashing parts and pieces, so it was easy to add the final row and start working on borders yesterday.

 It's so amazing to me how just a little bit of navy in the center of each block is so perfectly accented by all of the navy in the borders. I'm so in love with this quilt. It's going to be a big one, too--I'm sure it will be a full-sized quilt. All I have left is to attach the flying geese borders and add the outer border. I've even got the binding all ready!

 I also need to announce some winners from my market posts and from the Bear Creek Quilting Company weekend giveaway. I have three prizes for my market I'll share those here and then the first winner can pick from the three choices, the second winner can pick from the remaining prizes, and winner three will get the final prize.  So...the first choice is a group of 5 pattern by my friend Sherri Falls of This & That patterns. There are four adorable stitchery designs with projects and one cute bag pattern.

The next choice is a charm pack of perfect chevrons in a rainbow of colors by Dear Stella Fabrics. These are really the perfect chevrons...I have a fat quarter bundle of these for projects...and I can't tell you how excited I am to get sewing with them. There are a lot more squares here than in a traditional charm pack...I think there are 4 of each color.

Finally is an "Inside Voices" bundle of low volume fabrics from Westwood Acres. I recently was able to get in on this monthly club and ended up with an extra set. These fat quarters are perfect for low volume backgrounds.

So...congrats to Paula @ Sewy Stuff, Marcella, and Sonya who are the winners of the market giveaways.

And congratulations to Anita in Florida who is the winner of the $50 gift certificate from Bear Creek Quilting Company!  I'll be in touch, everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mini Quilts and Small Projects

With all of the inspiration I received from Quilt Market, I just wanted to come home and sew. So I put unpacking and cleaning on the back burner and started a few projects I just couldn't wait to make. Above is one of the new Fig Tree Mini Patterns, Mini BlossomThe full size version of this quilt is in Joanna's book With Fabric and Thread: More Than 20 Inspired Quilting and Sewing Patterns.  I was able to piece one of the quilt samples for her book a couple of summers ago and have never made my own I had to make the mini. I used scraps from Bonnie & Camille fabrics for my version.

I also set right to work on a one-block version of Joanna's new Navajo Stars pattern. You might have noticed two different versions of the full size quilt and a mini of this design from the Fig Tree booth photos. Anyway...I changed it up just a little to make it a bit smaller (using 5 strips instead of 6 for each triangle). I also added a top and bottom border to my block. Camille has a super scrappy mini version, Adorn, of this quilt block that can be found in her book Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks. There is a fun quilt along (#adornalong) going on Instagram right now with Camille's version.

My daughter house-sat/dog-sat for us while we were in Pittsburgh, and I promised to make a couple of projects on her wish list for a thank-you. She really wanted a padded iPad cover which I made the day after I returned home (I had started it before we left). I used a terrific pattern by Patterns by Annie called iCases.

I really, really loved the pattern. There are options for a regular size iPad case as well as a smaller Kindle or mini iPad case. The pattern calls for Soft & Stable for a stabilizer, and this really protects your device.

I loved the first one so much I made myself one right away. The only change I made to the pattern was adding the patchwork back pocket on mine and  patchwork back pocket and front border on my daughters. Other than that I followed the pattern exactly.

I'll be back soon with giveaway winners and a sneak peek of something I have in store for June.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day

 Happy Memorial Day! I'm truly thankful for all those who have served and given their lives for our great nation.  My favorite Veteran is, of course, my Dad who served in the Navy in World War II. He passed away almost 25 years ago, but not a day goes by that I don't think of the important life lessons he taught me.

So I'm spending Memorial Day getting out my red, white and blue quilts . Two of my favorites are the Schnibbles above, "Good Fortune" on the left, and "Ric Rac" on the right.

I've also changed out the quilts on my ladder to make a patriotic display. I realized in doing this that nearly all of my red, white, and blue quilts are pieced with Minick & Simpson fabrics! 

I hope to get in a little sewing today...and most importantly finalize my summer quilting projects!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Quilt Market Favorites Spring 2014

I love everything about market...the atmosphere, the inspiration, the people, and the opportunity for travel. It's always hard to leave, but at least the photos do capture the beauty of the fabrics and designs. The view of the showroom floor is always amazing...and this is just one side of it!

 Heather Bailey has two new fabric collections coming out...this one, Parasol, is reminiscent of some of her earlier designs.

It was fun to get a picture with Emily Herrick who designs for Michael Miller fabrics...unfortunately, her amazing fabric covered deer didn't make it into this photo!


I also ran into Amanda who is the genius behind Westwood Acres on-line quilt shop. She is a talented quilter and designer with an amazing knack for color combinations.

And I was able to visit with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts whose blog was one of the first ones I started reading when I discovered the on-line quilting community!

 I have the most eclectic of taste in fabric and design--everything vintage caught my eye...

 as did the modern aesthetic in so many of the displays. This picture is from the booth of the talented Carolyn Friedlander who designs for Robert Kaufman. Her booth also happened to win first place for a single booth award.

I loved the quilt ladders in Carolyn Friedlander's booth, too.

 I showed a Jen Kingwell quilt the other day, but here are two others I love. The pattern isn't yet available for the above quilt, but I can't wait to make it when it comes out later this summer.

 And this Jen Kingwell quilt was another one that was incredible.

Speaking of incredible...Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company was at market! Her booth was absolutely beautiful. She had so many new patterns in a variety of sizes. I kept going back to talk with her and to gaze at the beautiful quilts. I can't wait to make so many of them...every time I visited her booth I changed my mind about which one to make first!

Carrie mixes traditional blocks and fun fabrics in such wonderful ways...but I did pick some favorites...

Her mini quilt wall was breathtaking!

I finally decided this version of her new Little Bite pattern, "Whit" would be first on my list (although the other two versions included in the pattern are tempting too). 
You can tell how much I loved her booth by the number of pictures I took!

It was also fun to see some of my friend Lori Holt's projects in the Riley Blake booth. I've seen Lori working on these fun patterns through Instagram and her blog, and they were fun to see in person.

Lori has some mini quilts fun!

And of course I had to get a photo of some of my books in the C&T booth!

The Japanese fabric booths are always a lot of fun...packed full of color and inspiration...
And I loved the fabric flowers in the Art Gallery booth!

 Right now this is the only picture I have of my book signing...I hope I can find a better one from someone...come to think of it, I don't have a picture of my Schoolhouse presentation either...but both events were a lot of fun!

The Moda booth had a super fun photo shoot I talked Lissa into taking a photo with me!


It was hard to say goodbye to Pittsburgh...the city was beautiful, the bridges and the rivers were breathtaking, and the people everywhere were friendly. We had some terrific food, too...there might have been a certain avocado/crab dip at a restaurant not too far from the Convention Center that I might have had three times in four days!

Thanks so much for following along on all of the market posts! I've actually been sewing quite a bit since I've been home...will share soon!

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Nested Churn Dash Quilt Along

Hello, and Happy Saturday! I'll be back next week with more Quilt Market Recap, but today I wanted to let you know about a fantastic quilt along coming up! I'm super excited to have been asked by my friend Jane to participate in this quilt along featuring her beautiful nested churn dash block. I followed along on Instagram as she put it together, wanting to make my own version from the very beginning!  All of the information about the quilt-a-long from Jane is included below.


Who is ready for a quilt-a-long of the Nested Churn Dash? Starting 1st June 2014, I will be taking you through the steps to make a 24" x 24" nested churn dash block.

Joining me will be 10 of my favourite quilters who will be making their blocks into a mini quilt.

For the more adventurous, you can continue on and using the 24" x 24" finished block you can make a pillow or mini quilt or make a quilt, ranging in size from 28" x 80" (1 x 3 block bed runner), 54" x 54" (2 x 2 block setting), 80" x 80" (3 x 3  block setting) and 106" x 106" (4 x 4 block setting). I will provide instructions for each setting.

Fabrics - April Showers, Happy Go Lucky
by Bonnie & Camille for Moda 
June 1st - Requirements, fabric selections and layouts.
June 6th - Tips and hints for making the blocks.

June 10th - Kim Niedzwiecki -
June 11th - Pat Sloan -
June 12th - Lissa Alexander -
June 13th - FatQuarterShop -
June 16th - Frances Newcombe -
June 17th - Katy Jones -
June 18th - Sherri McConnell -
June 19th - Sara Lawson -
June 20th - Amy Smart -

June 23th - Making a quilt using the Nested Churn Dash block.
June 30th - Finishing the quilt.
July 30th - Winners selected from the Flickr group.

The block pattern can be purchased and downloaded from Jane;s shop here and Craftsy here.

Upload your finished blocks or projects to the Flickr Group to win some beautiful Aurifil thread packs and other great prizes. Use #NestedChurnDash on IG, FB, Flickr and twitter. Winners will be announced 30th July 2014.

I hope you'll join us! It's going to be so much fun to see all of the different blocks that are made!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Bear Creek Quilting Company Giveaway

It's Friday, and that means it's a perfect day for a fabric kind of giveaway!

Bear Creek Quilting Company is offering a $50 gift certificate to their online shop (this giveaway is open to domestic and international readers). As I did some browsing around the shop I noticed they have some special release fabric bundles available for sale including Best. Day. Ever. (pictured above).

There is also a bundle of Elementary available as well as...

A bundle of Collections: Community (the fabric I used in my "Vintage" pattern). Several new collections are also available for pre-order, and there is a sale section, too. Bear Creek Quilting Company offers premium cotton, flannel, and batik quilting fabrics. You will also find pre-cuts, patterns, books, and notions.

So, for one entry sign up for the Bear Creek Quilting Company newsletter, then come back to leave a comment mentioning you did that (there is a box in the upper right hand corner of the website where you can enter your email address to sign up).

And for a second entry, "like" Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook.This giveaway will remain open through May 26th.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back soon with another market post!

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