Saturday, May 30, 2015

Patchwork Mini Quilt and More

 Things have started to take on the rhythm of summer here...the temperatures are going up quickly, and the calendar is less full with "have to's." And while I'm still trying to catch up from the quilt market whirlwind in April and May, I'm also starting to finish up some projects.

 I pieced this mini "Country Fair" quilt right after I saw Joanna make hers (pattern available from Fig Tree & Company). The other day I had to take something to be quilted for an upcoming magazine project and decided to take this along as well.

 Natalia did so many fun things with the quilting on this! It was sure fun to pick it up and see what she had come up with.

I thought that making the mini would keep me from needing to make the full-size version again...but instead I really want to make that again now, too. So many quilts...

On a couple of other notes:
  • My mini summer sampler series will start next Friday-- one block every other Friday with setting instructions at the end. By the end of the summer you'll have a fun mini quilt with 6 blocks.
  •  Beginning June first the Schnibbles will be back...kind of...Michele of Island Life Quilts will be co-hosting. We'll use Schnibbles, other small quilts, and even some other projects each month with a sew along and parade. 
Finally...I realized I never picked a winner from the Pattern Jam fat quarter giveaway...congrats to OhioLori...I've sent you an email!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Patchwork Quilt: Go Four It Update

One of the first works in progress I wanted to finish up this week was my  "Go Four It" quilt designed by Lissa Alexander and published in the issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. I started cutting strips for this quilt back in December and worked on it pretty steadily until I started my market sewing.

 On Tuesday morning I woke up with a plan: I was just going to lay out a few rows and sew them together. A few rows turned into "sew half the quilt," and then "lay out the other half." And well, you know how it goes. I didn't finish by Tuesday night, but an hour of sewing Wednesday morning, and here it is!

 I'll get some more pictures after the border is on, but the quilt blocks are set on point with the navy prints placed in vertical rows...shortly after I started making blocks I decided to put all of the navy pieces in the center of the "A" blocks to give a little more uniformity to this very scrappy quilt. I'm really pleased with how it turned out!

 All I have left to do is to add the border (after I decide what to use). The pattern called for scrappy setting triangles and a scrappy border, but my setting triangles are all a solid Bella Ivory, and so I'm thinking of using just one fabric for the border.

Can't wait to get this one quilted...because it's so scrappy, an all-over pattern will be perfect!

Also...just a couple of pattern notes. I made the king size version and was super happy with all of the additional information for that provided by the magazine. AP&Q has a web page where you can download the optional size chart and lay out guides here. You can also purchase a digital copy of the magazine there as well (the pattern is in the April 2015 issue).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Works in Progress: Snapshots Quilt Blocks

It sure has been a great feeling to be able to sew! Everything was pretty hectic just before market, so I got behind on a few of my works in progress. This week's plan is to play catch up. First, I tackled my Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots quilt along blocks.

I had fallen behind on block 4, the Puppy Love block, and block 5, the Kindred Kitchen block.

 I love how the puppy block turned out. I'll add buttons for his eyes after my quilt is finished and quilted.

And the apron block...well it just might be my favorite right reminds me of my grandmother who always wore aprons in the kitchen!

I'm getting quite a collection of these blocks (and I am actually finished with block 6 now as well, so I won't be behind for June)!

You can visit the Snapshots Quilt Along main page here where you'll find links to pdf patterns for the first five blocks. You can also find links there to video tutorials with sewing construction hints. is a list of the other bloggers participating in the quilt along!

Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way
Pat Sloan of The Voice of Quilting
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N' Daisies
Pam Viera-McGinnis of Pam Kitty Morning
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs Stephanie Kendron of The Modern Sewciety
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studios
Jessie Fincham of Messy Jesse
Sondra Davison of Out of the Blue Quilts
Angie Wilson of Gnome Angel

I'll be back soon with more of my works in progress sewing! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Quilt Fabric: Sample Spree!

 Happy Tuesday! Today's post is kind of a Quilt Market continuation...I thought you might want to see what I purchased at Sample Spree.

 Sample Spree is an evening event at quilt market where manufacturers and designers sell their products (often at wholesale or below) to shop owners and attendees so that samples can be made before the fabrics arrive in stores (often several months later). 

 I do need to preface this purchases post by letting you know two things: first, our fabric, "Bright Sun," didn't make it to Sample Spree. We were told that morning that it had arrived in Dallas just that fact...I still haven't seen a bundle...but I will share a photo as soon as it arrives! If "Bright Sun" had been available I definitely would have purchased some for family and friends! Second, the Fig Tree collection "Farmhouse" is one of my all-time favorites; it was at Sample Spree, but since I have left-overs from my market sewing and will be getting some more later, I didn't purchase that either (although it was really tempting).

So...the first bundle I had on my list was the new Minick & Simpson collection "Polka Dots & Paisley's." I absolutely love Minick & Simpson fabric. After making a king-sized quilt from my stash last summer, my supply of their fabrics was now I have a new bundle to add to the mix!

 Next up is "Prairie" by Corey Yoder. Corey's fabrics are as sweet as she is...and her yellows and pinks and aquas coordinate beautifully with "Bright Sun." So I definitely can do some scrappy projects combining our fabrics...yay!

"Canyon" by Kate Spain was my next purchase. I always love Kate's fabrics, and I also have a scrappy project in the works with pieces from all of her collections.

Finally, I picked up the "Simply Color" bundles in yellow and orange because I don't typically buy those colors. So these two bundles were definitely stash builders...smaller bundles just perfect to add to the mix.

Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Quilt Market Minneapolis Part 4

Today I'm sharing the last of the photos from my International Quilt Market trip.
These photos are a little different than the ones I've been sharing, but I hope you'll find them equally as inspiring!

 After market closed and the booth was taken down and packed into our carry-on's I said goodbye to Minneapolis...this photo was taken from the front of the convention center downtown as I left.

 A few hours later I was able to say hello to Des Moines, Iowa! This was the view of the Des Moines river from my hotel room window.

 It was an extra special treat to be able to tour the Meredith Corporation headquarters. Meredith is the publisher of many of my favorite magazines including Better Homes & Gardens, American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts & More, and Quilt Sampler just to name a few. It was a lot of fun to be able to see the test gardens. Because I live in the desert, I was especially excited to see all of the beautiful plants.

 Around every corner were plants and idyllic settings. It was a little chilly while taking the tour, but everything around said spring!

 Wouldn't it be fun to have a potting shed in the back yard?

 Or a little bench right off the beaten path?

 After the test gardens there was another treat in store...

 The Better Homes & Gardens test kitchen! Actually, there is more than one (ten, if I remember right) test kitchen. We actually received a lesson in cupcake filling and decorating and got to practice our newly learned techniques.

There was something fun around every corner--I took a lot of pictures on my phone but of course wish I had taken even more. This kitchen storage room caught my eye: there were dishes in every size, shape and color. I think I liked the color storage as much as I liked seeing all of the pieces.

 There were also furniture prop rooms, photography studios, and even a wood shop where all of the woodworking designs are tested.

 There was artistic inspiration everywhere...I loved this sculpture display in one of the lobby areas.  We learned that each piece was signed and numbered so they could be properly displayed as the artist had envisioned.

 One of the final stops on the tour was the quilting studio and lab...don't you love these bins for fabric storage? There were organizational ideas wonder I learn so many great tips from the magazines...they actually have their ideas put into practice where they work and create!

How about this kitchen bakers rack to store works in progress...if I only had room!

Thanks so much for following along on the Quilt Market posts (and this one that wasn't really Quilt Market related).

It's been a great long weekend for me, and I'll be back with fabric and quilting tomorrow!

PS If you're looking for some Memorial Day fabric sales, Southern Fabric has 25% off on all regular-priced, in-stock items with the code: memorial.

And Lady Belle Fabric has several specials good through Wednesday with all fabric bundles, quilt kits, and pre-cuts on sale.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Quilt Market Minneapolis Part 3: Inspired

I have quite a few more quilt market photos today, and I wish there were even more. On the last day of market I went to the show a little early and tried frantically to photograph as many of my favorites as I could from throughout the show floor. Of course I didn't have nearly enough time and ended up missing some of my favorites completely. But here is a good collage of the colors and trends I noticed.

My good friend Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies pattern company won the creativity award for her Sodalicious booth. I loved the array of colors and designs.


 I also had to snap a quick photo of Denyse Schmidt's the retro vintage feel of her upcoming collection.

 Tula Pink's upcoming group is called Eden, and the colors are bright and saturated.

I actually felt like there were a few collections using these colors and deep saturation.

 Alison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew had a delightful booth with her new fabric collection, Hazel.

 And of course I had to snap a photo of the delightful Farm Girl Vintage sampler by Lori Holt. I'll be taking a turn in that quilt along in July.

 A close up of Lori's quilt...

The May Chappell booth was also full of vintage modern inspiration...

 I also thought there was a lot of inspiration in Caroline Hulse's booth (Art Gallery fabrics).

I especially loved this applique' saying on burlap...I've always felt this way about my family!

I had to get a photo of Annie's booth...I absolutely love her patterns and her Soft and Stable interfacing.

 A quilt market post wouldn't be complete without an Aurifil picture either...I love the new Aurifloss...can't wait to stitch with it!

 And I picked up a sample card so I can match thread colors to Bright Sun!

 This was my favorite corner of the Cotton & Steel display...again...I was drawn to bright colors with a slightly retro feel...

Today I organized all of my Bright Sun fabrics and scraps...and now I'm definitely ready to start sewing again!

I'll be back with one more quilt market post on Monday...and then I'll let you know about what I have planned for the blog this summer!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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