Friday, October 31, 2014


 One of my favorites this week is actually a book I am honored to present: it's a compilation of fifteen different scrap quilts by a great group. I'm honored to have been asked to contribute a quilt for the book. Scraps, Inc.Vol.1: 15 Block-Based designs for the Modern Quilter was introduced at Quilt Market in Houston, and so I can finally share my quilt.

My friend Natalia of Piece 'N Quilt did the amazing quilting. My challenge was to quilt with scraps, and I ended up being rather successful until I had to buy a quarter yard to have enough of the binding fabric I wanted to use.

I know you will love this book. Other contributors include Jenni Baker, Allison Harris, Amy Ellis, Amy Friend, Faith Jones, Lee Heinrich, Camille Roskelley, April Rosenthal, Amy Smart, and others! It's available for pre-order now and will be shippping soon!

Another favorite book from market is Handfuls of Scraps - Pieced into Amazing Quilts  This book is written by the lovely Edyta Sitar and is a real treasure. It's available now and is another "must have" book for scrap quilt lovers. Not only does this book include beautiful projects for using scraps, but it also contains lovely photos of antique scrap quilts for inspiration.

Finally...I'm making a quilt from my book C&T Publishing Fresh Family Traditions: 18 Heirloom Quilts for a New Generation with my treasured Vintage Modern fabrics. I'll share more on this quilt soon, but I had to include it today because...well...these fabrics are definitely favorites even though they are a few years old...and the pattern, "Century Farm" really is my favorite "fast to make" quilt for a layer cake.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Weekend!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall 2014 Quilt Market Part 3: Moda Booths

 I'll warn you now that there are a lot of Moda photos in this post! I wish I could have gotten a photo of every Moda designer with their collections, but I was in such a hurry this market that I took most of my photos before market opened to make sure I could get photos of the fabrics without crowds. Of course, I meant to go back and get more photos with people in them...but things were pretty fast-paced for me this time around. Today's photos are primarily booth photos. I'll share close-ups of some of my favorite collections soon.

I loved the Basic Grey collection, Fresh Cut. It was so of my favorites from the showroom floor for sure!

The More Hearty Good Wishes collection was beautiful...

 And of course Vanessa's Color Theory collection was inspiring. She is so fun to talk to...glad I had time for a little visit with her!

Pat Sloan has a fun new collection, The Sweet Life. It's cheery and bright and has some terrific text prints included in the line.

This Minick & Simpson quilt is a show-stopper. I was glad to get to see it in person. It's truly incredible and is available as a block of the month program, so check at your local quilt shop for more information about it.

 Sweetwater's booth couldn't have been any cuter. I love all of their collections, but I think Feed Company is my favorite to date. I know I need at least a couple more quilts with these fun fabrics!

Me and My Sister debuted their Bandana collection which is fun and happy. They are always so much fun to visit with, too!

I got lots of requests for photos of Bonnie and Camille's booth which featured minis and more! Daysail was their featured collection this market.

 I did happen to get a picture of these two cute ladies. Actually, I had to wait a little bit to get this photo...they were always busy, these two. It was so fantastic to see them together. They are both beautiful people, inside and out!

 Another beautiful and amazing person is Edyta Sitar. Her quilts and fabrics are always stunning. I have something of hers I'll be featuring in my Favorites post this week, too (hint: the favorites post for this week will be be a market edition).

 I couldn't wait to see Lisa Bongean's anchor quilt made with her Lakeside Gatherings collection and quilted by my friend Linda of the Quilted Pineapple.

Love, love, love this quilt!

 I realize I left out a few booths, but I did save one of the best for last. Jen Kingwell is a new Moda designer, and her Gardenvale collection is absolutely amazing.

I might have taken more close-ups of her fabrics than any others.

 I really really tried to find a bundle of her fabrics at Sample Spree, but I was pretty far back in line, and everything on my Moda wish list was gone by the time I arrived (I did manage to snag one item on my list: a Daysail bundle).

I'll be back tomorrow with my Favorites post and will share some more Quilt Market photos next week.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quilt Market Part 2: Fig Tree and Kate Spain

 Moda's theme this year was "there's no place like Moda;" this theme was aptly chosen as the Moda section was awe-inspiring and amazing as usual. I'll share a few photos of the Fig Tree and Kate Spain booth sections today, and I will share more Moda booth photos in my next post.

The reason I'm sharing just these two booths today is that three of my market sewing quilts were within close proximity of each other in these two booths! My plane didn't arrive in time for me to make it to the Moda Schoolhouse session, but "Get Comfy with Moda" (as shown on the t -shirt) was the theme for that event. I love how Joanna used the t-shirt as part of her booth decor.

Of course Joanna has new mini patterns including the Stems mini I've been not so patiently waiting to make and an adorable Dresden mini!

 Have you seen the Jumping Jacks mini pattern? It was so fun to see the quilt in person!

 Breadfruit, the center quilt on the ladder (pieced in blue, cream, and green) was one of the market quilts I pieced for Joanna. It went together quickly and is such a fun design. There are a lot of options for color variations for this quilt, too.

 I also pieced Anemone using a variety of prints from Aloha Girl...another fun quilt. Actually, Joanna has another new pattern, Mahalo, which was one of my favorites. Somehow I didn't end up with a picture of that one!

Another one of my market sewing projects was the Trade Winds quilt I pieced for Kate Spain using her new Paradiso collection! I have been so excited to share this was a king-sized quilt in two days! (I must admit I had it all cut out and ready to go before I started sewing).

I highly recommend this pattern if you need a king-sized quilt. It is great for scraps, too, and the quilt is pieced in sections which makes it easier to handle as you go along. I think this would make a marvelous Christmas quilt...with Kate Spain Christmas fabrics, of course!!!

It was really fun to get a picture of the quilt with Kate Spain and with my friend Val Krueger who did the incredible long-arm quilting along with several other market quilts she was doing!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back soon with more market booth photos!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fat Eighth Frenzy

I'm happy to be sharing my Fat Eighth Frenzy quilt with you today! The Fat Eighth Frenzy pattern is free from The Fat Quarter Shop and uses a fat eighth bundle. I loved using my friend April Rosenthal's collection Best. Day. Ever. for my quilt!

Below I have links for the free pattern and for Kimberly's videos that show step by step how to make the quilt.

 I'm still waiting for yardage so I can piece the backing and get this quilted up, but it's beautiful as is! The colors are bright and fresh...delightful! I can't wait to finish this one!

You can get the free pattern for the Fat 1/8 Frenzy Quilt by clicking on the link. And you can watch Kimberly's video here. There is also a bonus video that offers instructions for a super quilt bonus quilt you can make with the left-overs from the Fat 1/8 Frenzy Quilt!

Finally, I want to let you know that Fat Quarter Shop has 20% OFF Fat Eighth bundles at their shop until November 2nd, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back soon with more market posts!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 International Quilt Market Part 1

 My trip to International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas was kind of a whirlwind...less than 72 hours...but filled with the inspiration and energy that exists at every market. I'm sure it will take me a few posts to sort it all out, but I wanted to begin with a few photos from the Ruby Jubilee Celebration commemorating the 40th anniversary of Quilt Market.


 This exhibit was inspired by the 2011 Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts in New York. While the Houston exhibit is comprised of different and white quilts made since 1974 mixed with antique red and white quilts...the effect was awe inspiring.

Since I wasn't able to see the New York exhibit in person I was thrilled with the opportunity to view this collection. I heard about it the first day I arrived, but I waited until my last day to go experience the exhibit. I knew the quilt display would impact me, and I guess I just wanted to save it until the very end. It's so hard to leave market, but seeing these quilts seemed to complete my whole weekend. I'm even more motivated now to create some red and white quilts of my own!

 I wish these photos could even partly convey the impact of this amazing display.

Hopefully I can unpack and get organized quickly so I can start working on my long list of projects. I had a few on the list before market, and now I have several more to add after seeing the sights in Houston!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, October 24, 2014


 I'm heading out today for International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. So of course today's "Favorites" post will begin with my new bag. This is a favorite pattern of mine, the "Two Zip Hipster Bag" by Dog Under My Desk. I made a "Cotton & Steel" version this summer for my Washington, D.C. vacation, and I loved the size and style of the bag, so it was my pattern of choice for market. I used my favorite navy and aqua prints from the upcoming Fig Tree collection for Moda, Aloha Girl

I actually used one of my favorite prints for the back of the bag...

and I just love the contrast with the aqua, coral, green, and navy!

Another favorite thing is my new magnetic pin bowl from my friend Jodi of Pleasant Home. She is sold out now, but watch her blog for her next sale. I love this bowl because it stays put on my ironing board and keeps those pins where they are supposed to be!

My final "favorites" pick is this book I read last weekend, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.This was just what I needed. Not only does it help you see the importance of figuring out what is essential, but it also offers practical solutions to the problems that keep us procrastinating and prevent us from accomplishing those important essential things. I have read a lot of time management and organizational books over the years, and this one is my very favorite!

Well, I'd better get packing! Leave a comment on this post letting me know what you'd like to see pictures of from market, and I'll do my best to take them! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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