A Fantastic Package • 11.21.14
Happy Friday Ya’ll!–I apologize for my slightly wrinkly picture! I’ve been wanting to share this with you and I just couldn’t take the time to iron before snapping the pictures. =) After running up to the school twice this morning before 9am–my time has gotten away from me. How ironic is it that the girls and I left the house early this morning to pick up cans of food to drop off at the school for Share-A-Christmas only to realize that Chloe had forgotten her lunch at home. =p So after running that back up to the school, my morning started a bit later than I had planned.
So, enough of that…let’s talk bloggy friends. Do you remember this post where I was talking about some Winter stitching I would have loved to start–namely the Moda Tote given away at Fall Market.
Well, not long after I shared that I would love to have one of those totes, Melissa of Happy Quilting contacted me to see if I might be interested in an extra tote that she had…say, what! I was so excited to read that email!–We decided to do up a little swap for each other. And I received this package of goodness last week:
Melissa totally rocked this swap package! As I opened the package, I was thrilled with the tote and then I pulled out the book(It’s Modern Baby), then I delved a little bit further and there were the mini charms(and such good ones!), and then a charm pack.
And the tote even included all of the Aurifil embroidery floss and needles to complete the stitching. The one side of the bag has the roses stitchery and the other side says, “There’s no Place like Moda”.
It was such a wonderful swap package to receive and I love every bit of it! If you want to see what I sent over to Melissa, you can read about her swap package in this post.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Vintage Vibe Blog Tour • 11.20.14
I am such a sucker for beautiful photography in quilt books. And this book not only has beautiful photography–a lot of great outdoor shots–but it has great quilts also.
Amber had each blog tour participant select a project from the book to share. And I chose, Playing Favorites. I’ve been on a churn dash kick lately(haven’t we all!) and this quilt is such a fun modern take on a traditional block…which I love!
And I especially love the story behind this quilt design–in Amber’s words:
Amber’s Churn Dash is a lot bigger than you might think–over sized blocks along with the borders bring it to a roomy 73 1/2″ square.
A lot of bang for your buck.
Amber’s quilt reminded me that I have been meaning to work on some mini Churn Dash blocks–they’ve been on my to do list for awhile and “forced” me to cut into some of my Daysail fabrics.
You’ll be seeing more of these little guys!
And, now one last photo from the book–this quilt is Vintage Vibe. And it might be my favorite picture in the book–but really, the photography and quilts are all just beautiful!! Congratulations on a wonderful book Amber!
I hope you all will check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour–I hear there are some giveaways along the way!:
Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour • 11.19.14
It’s that time of year again!–Time for the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour. I can’t believe that this is the 10th issue of this fantastic publication. Quilty Pleasures is featuring great giveaways during the blog tour and listing all of the participants for each day so you will want to make sure to stop over there.
I was excited to make it onto the cover of this issue–it’s always fun seeing it there. Can you guess which one it is?…. I’ll narrow it down for you:
But even more exciting, in my opinion was being block #1000! I’ve got a thing for numbers but even if I didn’t, this one would be pretty cool. Being at the end of the alphabet sometimes pays off. =p
This was such a fun block to design and make. And, it’s a perfect Star Block for a little Christmas quilt if you are still looking for Christmas ideas…
That little mini star in the center is my favorite part.
As always, I played around a bit with the block in EQ and this layout quickly became my favorite:
It’s a very versatile block!–I hope you enjoy it!
~Comments are now Closed.~
Quiltmaker Magazine has generously offered to giveaway one copy of 100 blocks to one of my readers. So it’s comment time–I want to know what present you are hoping for this year for Christmas. Just leave your answer below to be entered into the giveaway. I’ll draw a winner a week from today.
Block of the Months • 11.17.14
I love getting a “fabric-y” package in the mail–even better if they arrive on a routine basis. You’ve probably run across various Block of the Months here and there–Fat Quarter Shop always has an amazing one every year. This year they are doing “Snapshots” which promises to be another good one. I have participated in their designer mystery block of the month–FQS does BOM’s right!
It’s been a few years since I have joined in on a BOM–but this fall, I joined in on two…two different ones totally caught my eye.
First up is the Fig Tree Mystery Sampler BOM–unfortunately this one looks like it’s full but if it strikes your fancy, keep an eye out–occasionally Joanna will have a couple spaces open up.
I really have no idea what to expect with this one–it’s a 12 month program, featuring various Fig Tree fabrics and a few more thrown in. The picture above was the first teaser I saw on Facebook/IG. I’m not sure what size the blocks are and I don’t think the final size of the quilt is even decided yet. I really just couldn’t pass up a fun scrappy mix of Fig Tree & Joanna’s promise of using her favorite blocks for this quilt. The first block ships very soon so I’ll be sure to share it with you!
The 2nd one I have signed up for is Sweetwater’s Block of the Month. This one is an embroidery block of the month!–For 6 months you will receive 2 “feedsack” type blocks that you can add as much or as little to as you desire. You only receive the panels(I’m not sure what size they are)–you would need to supply all additional supplies(i.e. embroidery thread, fabrics etc.). There is an option to purchase the fabric/backing needed to complete the quilt as shown when the fabrics ship in the Spring.
I first saw this quilt in photos from Fall Quilt Market–and I immediately went to the United Notions/Moda website to see if those adorable feedsack panels where part of their Feedsack line of fabric coming out in the Spring. I was bummed when I couldn’t find them. So, when this BOM popped up over on their blog I knew I needed to hop on this bandwagon.
You can still sign up for this BOM through the 20th of this month–so a couple more days. Read more about the BOM here.
And a quick housekeeping note
As of my last post, I will be answering questions/commenting in the comment section of my blog rather than via email. I have always answered via email but decided to go the comments route to simplify things.
Happy Monday! • 11.10.14
We are kicking off another week over here at the Yoder’s. After last week, I am happy to move into this week. We had a few fun things last week, hubby’s 40th birthday & our 17th wedding anniversary. But some not so goods as well, most of which happened on Friday–our fridge quit working, our water heater quit working, and our garage door opener quit working….Friday was a little bit pricey! =p There was some other drama thrown in there last week for good measure as well.
So needless to say, I am happy to move onto another week–and very thankful for friends(and moms) who will listen!
This morning, while I was waiting for the refrigerator repair guy to show up(btw, totally thankful that he has shown up already and I don’t have to wait here for him all day!–love when they show up at the beginning of the “window” rather than the end!), I had some time to play with some fabrics and pulled some fallish purples/mustards/browns. I always forget how much I enjoy pulling fabrics–and sharing them with you all. It’s always very intriguing to me the fabrics others choose to pair together.
I also took a little bit of time yesterday to work on a patchwork Christmas cheater print.
I thought it might be fun to have something cute to make some festive Christmas items–and I wanted something I could add some hand stitching to. So, I designed this print yesterday afternoon and sent it off to Spoonflower to have it printed. I’m excited to see how it turns out–it’ll arrive in a couple weeks. Chloe also played around and designed a fabric on Saturday–so I ordered a Fat Quarter of that as well–she’s excited to see how it turns out. =)
So, that’s what’s going on here–hope your week is off to a great start! =)
Vintage Fancy Quilt • 11.05.14
I’ve been working on my Vintage Fancy quilt this week. Yesterday was spent making and attaching the grey border along with the flying geese border. Just a couple more borders to go and I will call this one done.
It has been a very enjoyable project!
In other news, look what showed up in my mailbox today.
A Daysail Moda scrap bag! I love working with Moda Scrap bags and in fact have worked with a number of them over the years. I made this strippy quilt using a Bliss Scrap Bag along with aqua and white yardage–you can read more about this quilt here.
And I made a little zippy chevron pillow using a Fig Tree scrap bag–more on that one here. And I came across these string blocks I was working on also using a Scrap Bag–that one is a Martinique scrap bag.
If you aren’t familiar with Moda’s Scrap Bags, you really need to check them out. They are made up of the strips left over from cutting fabrics for precuts(FQ bundles, Layer Cakes, F8 bundles etc.). Usually all the strips in one bundle are from one line of fabric but occasionally they are from different lines of fabric–the strips vary in size–2″-3″ or so wide by around 30″ long. And, if you are lucky you can snag them before precuts and yardage of the fabric come out–like I did with Daysail! They are such a fun potluck surprise. =)
And lastly, the winners of the Make Modern Magazine Giveaway are comment #30 & #85.
Congrats Jean & Kelly!–I have sent you both an email. =)
Quilty Stitches Feature and Giveaway • 11.03.14
Issue 2 of Make Modern was just released on November 1 and with it, a Quilty Stitches Feature. The powers that be over at the Make Modern headquarters have kindly offered to give away three individual digital issues for 3 winners. =)
I haven’t had a chance to peruse my copy yet but I have scoped out all of the preview pics of issue 2 and it looks great! You can check out the preview pics here.
So, I’m giving away 2 issues here on my blog–I want to know your favorite hand project you will be working on this winter. Here are a couple that have recently caught my eye:
This Alphabet cross stitch sampler by Stitchrovia looks so fun!–You can find the pattern on Etsy.
The 2nd hand project that has recently caught my eye is one that I couldn’t find a great picture of easily. I’ve seen it popping up here and there on instagram. It’s an adorable little tote bag that Moda fabrics gave out at Quilt Market–it’s not available to purchase as far as I know but it’s oh so cute!! The tote came with the threads needed to do all of the hand stitching on the bag. There is a beautiful flower design on one side and on the other it says “There’s no place like Moda”–so cute! This was the best picture I could find to give you a little bit of an idea of the design.
By the way, that is the front cover of the digital issue of Piece. If you didn’t already know, Moda puts out a fun little digital catalog featuring the new and upcoming fabric lines several times a year. You can find the newest issue here if you want to browse fabrics coming out in the next several months. Keep in mind you can’t buy the fabrics here–you’ll need to ask for them at your local quilt shop and the new collections featured won’t be available for purchase until Spring 2015.
If anyone comes across or has an extra one of these little lovely totes I would loooove to take it off your hands!! =)
So, those are the 2 most recent projects that have caught my eye in the world of hand work.
Giveaway is now Closed.
If you’d like a chance to win a digital copy of Make Modern magazine, leave me a comment below letting me know your current hand work project or one you would like to give a whirl. I’ll draw two winners sometime this week. If you follow me on IG @lmshabby I’m giving away the 3rd copy over there. =)
Wednesday WIP • 10.29.14
All of these fabrics have been cut up–with the exception of the top 4 fabric on the left stack. Those are all border fabrics and I couldn’t decide which order I wanted them in, so I’m going to cut them as I go.
The center of my project is the 21″ pinwheel block at the top of the page.
Completing the applique on them is next up on today’s list. Luckily I have a great line-up of podcasts just waiting to be heard as I sew.
Hope you all have a productive Wednesday!
Waiting in the Wings • 10.24.14
You know when you finish(or at least, mostly finish) one project you have a million others just waiting for you to dive in? Well, that’s where I’m at this morning. I just finished up my Underground Railroad quilt top yesterday:
And, now I’m ready to start another project–I know I should finish the quilting on this one but there is something so much fun about starting a new project and cutting into new fabrics.
It’s a little bit like when you finish a book you’ve been reading for awhile, you’ve become quite familiar with the characters, have lived with them, know their flaws and imperfections, their strengths. And then, the book is over…and the characters in the next book are waiting, waiting to surprise you with their quirks and personalities. It’s a blank slate, another opportunity to fall in love with a new cast of characters. Finishing and Starting a new quilt is kinda like that.
I have 2 stacks of fabric taunting me from the sidelines, this wonderful Bonnie & Camille stack which is a mix of a number of different lines. I have the pattern written up for this one and am just ready to dive in.
And I also have another Bonnie stack waiting for me–this one from Bonnie Christine:
A mix of fabrics from Winged, Sweet as Honey, & Reminisce. For this quilt I have the pattern somewhat ready–I think that I am going to offer it in tutorial form on my blog so I don’t really need to make a fancy pattern.
So, two bundles just waiting to be made. And of course my little houses bundle also anxiously waiting to be built.
Oh how much fun it is having fabrics just waiting to be transformed into a quilt!
I’m not headed to Quilt Market this weekend so that means I will have some sewing time. Now to decide which project to start on!