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Unsettled02.24.14

Sweet as Honey

Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics

I feel like I’ve been around in circles lately!  I think all quilt makers get to that point sometime or another.  For me, it’s when I have so many projects and commitments swirling around in my head it’s hard to keep them all straight.

I have definitely learned as I have gotten older that I must keep lists of what I need to get done.  Not only does it help me not to forget anything I need to get done, but I also find I am able to accomplish more when I write it down.  Plus it’s very satisfying to cross things off a list!

Plum Paper Planner

Last year I had an Erin Condren planner.  If you spend any time on the internet you will come across these planners referenced pretty often–and they are truly the Rolls Royce of planners–all the bells and whistles–worth the spendy price but more than I needed in a planner.

This year I decided to go with a Plum Paper Planner.  I am very pleased with my purchase!  Not quite all the bells and whistles–still enough to be fancy, and more in tune with my budget.  I’m more of a Jeep girl instead of a Rolls Royce girl anyway. =)

Once I could start writing down my weeks again, I have felt a bit more settled with all of my various projects.  Still a lot going on but more manageable!

Bonnie Christine

I have had some new fabric purchases roll in lately.  One of my favorites is this little stack of Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I loved Reminisce and Sweet as Honey is just as pretty.  I think Bonnie and I are on the same wavelength colorwise–just love the colors she chooses for her lines!  I think her two lines of fabric play together quite nicely–Reminisce is the little stack on the right.

Fabrics

I took a little bit of time this weekend for a fun fabric pull for an upcoming project I’ll be working on.  I really like this little collection of flowers & cherries.  I’ve got a couple more prints on the way from Fabric Shack to round out my choices before I start cutting and sewing.

Here’s hoping to a week filled with lots of marked off checklists!

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A Change of Pace01.09.14

Perle

This week has been a fun week for us so far.  Our schools were supposed to be back in session on the 2nd but due to weather today is the first whole day that the kids are back.  It was great having such a long break after Christmas–I’m sure many of you moms can relate!  The Christmas gifts my girls received kept them busy–I don’t know how many hours Chloe spent with her Rainbow Loom.  And I have to admit to having just as much fun with it as she does.

Hand Quilting

I was able to spend some time hand quilting.  Who wants to be out in negative temperatures?  It was the perfect time to hunker down with some quilts, some old shows, and some hand quilting.  BTW, any favorite series I should catch up on?–I still have quite a bit of hand quilting to do and am always looking for fun series.

Floss

Yesterday, Chloe had a half day of school so after dropping her off, Elonie and I headed up to one of my LQS’s and picked up some embroidery floss.  I have a fun project in mind for the floss, if all goes well I’ll be sharing it with you on my blog as a BOM of sorts.

FreshCut

I also was so inspired by some quilts blocks that I saw on instagram that I was “forced” to make another quick trip to pick up the pattern from another LQS(I’ve got a lot of them close to me)–can’t beat growing up in an Amish town–you will never want for a quilt shop! =p

I think I might turn these fabrics/pattern into a quilt for our bed.  Right now we have a Pottery Barn quilt on our bed.  For some reason, I’ve gotten a bit of flack about that in the past.  Surely I’m not the only quilt maker with a PB quilt on their bed? =p

The giveaway for the Liberty Fabrics is still going strong–If you haven’t entered yet there’s still time!

Have a creative Thursday!

 

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Winter’s Lane Fabric09.24.13

I have been just itching for a reason to purchase some Winter’s Lane fabric.  My LQS got the complete collection in several weeks ago and the last 3 times I’ve been in I have ogled this fabric trying to figure out if I need it and what to make with it.

You might remember a couple weeks ago I mentioned this fabric in my Supersized intro. post.  I thought this would make a beautiful SuperSized sampler.  I almost convinced myself to purchase some then to make another sampler but then I thought that I really don’t “need” two samplers.

 It was totally that aqua & red berry fabric that kept calling my name.  It’s my favorite print from the whole line.  It’s the perfect aqua-y, not too teal color.  Well, and of course the cute birdies.  Which incidentally are perfect with the aqua berries.

And, come in delightful colors.

They are going to lend themselves very nicely to some fussy cutting.  I also really like that this line is a “Winter” line and not a Christmas line.

I have another pattern that I designed for RJR fabrics that I need to test and these fabrics will do just the trick.  I had planned to use fabrics from my stash–but new fabrics sounded a lot more exciting.  Plus, I had been searching for a reason to purchase them! =p

I am waiting on one fabric that my LQS already sold out of from this line.  It’s just like the aqua berry print except in that fab taupe color.

It should be here soon and then I am diving into these fabrics–actually I might have to start doing some cutting today. =)  I love when Moda gets new fabric designers!  This is Kate & Birdie’s first line of fabric for Moda and they have another cute one coming out next month called Bluebird Park.  Actually you can purchase pre-cuts for Bluebird Park already.

Anything fancy you have your eye on these days?

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Heads Up08.15.13

Just a quick heads up for you all.  Joann Fabrics has all DS Quilts fabrics at 40% off this week.  If you are like me and you don’t want to purchase one fabric at a time using your one 40% off coupon each week, now is the time to buy! =p

This little stack of fabrics is mostly from Denyse’s Croquet line of fabric which just came out.  The bottom two fabrics and the top fabric on the stack are from Blossom Reel.  The colors in these fabrics are amazing!

If you don’t have a Joann’s close to you, the prices are 40% off online also. =)

These organic Cloud 9 fabrics are also included in the 40% off sale.  I refrained from buying any instore but, looking at this picture maybe I shouldn’t have! =p  They are really pretty in person.

Image Courtesy of Joann Fabrics

Happy Shopping!

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New and Coming Soon07.26.13

I’ve had some great fabrics arrive at my door recently.  I hope to get to them soon–but in the meantime I thought I would share some of them with you. =)

First up this little stash of fabulousness from Hawthorne Threads.  These are all Cotton Couture fabrics by Michael Miller.  They have some of the dreamiest colors available in their solids range.  I recently ran across a vintage quilt top using these colors and it was be-u-tiful!–This is not a combo I would normally put together but you are just going to have to trust me on this one–it was stunning!

And of course Reminisce coming to my house was kind of a no brainer.  These colors are my current favorites so I knew I was gonna need some of this amazingness.  Reminisce is Bonnie Christine’s first line of fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics and I love it!  Reminisce comes in two different colorways “Sweet Reveries” & “Vivid Reflections”.  Both are lovely but, all except one of the fabrics in my little bundle are from “Sweet Reveries” & there is at least one more print in that colorway that I would love to have.

 Some Scrumptious has made it into my home as well–thanks to a great market goer who picked up this bundle for me.  (By the way dear friend, I haven’t forgotten about you!)  I’m not sure what I will be making with this bundle–I do have an idea or two.  I feel like I totally need to pick up this Aurifil thread though!:

Photo Courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop

The thread will be available from Fat Quarter Shop next month.  Precuts of Scrumptious are popping up all over Etsy and yardage will be available later this fall.

And last but not least(and not something that I have in my stash yet…but will!)….have you guys seen this?:

Lottie Da by Heather Bailey!–I saw pics of it a few weeks ago but now that it’s on Fat Quarter Shops website it feels a bit more real. =)  I feel like I have been waiting forever for Heather’s next line of fabric–so I’m pretty excited about this one.  It’s gonna be available in September…can’t wait!

Ok, so Lottie Da wasn’t last but I remembered a couple more fabric lines currently on my radar…Modern Roses by Stephanie Ryan for Moda–I think the color palette is spot on!

We’re gonna have to wait until November for this one though. =)  It’s so pretty isn’t it!

And last(for real this time), these fabrics by Denyse Schmidt for Joann’s.

Denyse just shared this photo on her DS Quilts facebook page.  You can pop on over to see more pics of this fabric line, Croquet for Joann’s.  The colors in this line are fantastic.  I know my fabric stash is very light on the purples–I think these would be a great addition.  The rest of the fabrics in the line are pretty amazing as well!

Anything you guys are excited about or saving your pennies for?

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Procrastination04.24.13

Today I am doing an exemplary job of procrastinating.  I have managed to take some photos of some new fabric that has rolled in.  I have been on a bit of a fabric buying diet so new fabric in the house is exciting.

These are a mix of Lecien’s “New” Old New 30s collection(not to be confused with the out of print collection) & a couple other Japanese prints mostly purchased from Sew Deerly Loved.

Such fun, fruity, feminine florals!

It’s a rainy day here in Ohio–usually these sorts of days make me feel like diving into something…but, not today.  Might be due to a not so great night of sleep…or just being lazy.  Rainy days are also great photo taking days…and my blooming trees are looking so pretty right now.  This is my little weeping red bud tree:

And my weeping peach:

Have you guys ever seen the water drops guy over on flicker?…amazing water drops photos(they aren’t photoshopped folks–they are just that amazing).  I had to try a couple myself–not nearly as cool but fun to do!–especially on a procrastination day. =p

Are you up to anything amazing today?–I need a kick into a much higher gear!

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Overflowing with free scraps02.20.13

My scrap bin has taken a turn for the worse.  It’s overflowing and busting at the seams.

I would love to offload a medium flat rate box stuffed full of them to anyone who wants to pay the shipping for me to send them to you.

I can’t guarantee what you may find.  I found this little block…but, I’m hanging onto it….

There’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

It’s all quilt shop quality, unwashed fabric scraps…some larger pieces, some smaller.  You won’t get all the fabric in the pictures–there’s no way it would all fit…I’m telling you, it’s out of control.  I’ll leave out the solids…so a fun mix of prints.

Any takers?

If you are interested, just comment below and I’ll contact you for your paypal address to invoice you the cost of shipping ($12.35 for a medium flat rate box/US only).  I only have one box available right now.

Hopefully someone wants to help me with this crazy scrap bin!

~Boy!–You guys are fast!–the scraps have been claimed!~

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Winner & Eye Candy11.05.12

I’m kicking off the week with my magazine winner…

Comment #60–BreannaS…congrats!  I’ll be in touch shortly!

Now onto some more fabricy goodness….let’s talk Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry.

If you guys have a chance to work with this amazing fabric, snatch it up!  The colors are so vibrant and really pretty much perfection.

 I’ve been working on a lot of different projects over the last several weeks and these fabrics have been just a joy to work with!  You will be able to purchase them sometime in November–I had heard the end of November.  So, keep an eye out for them.

In other news, for all of you Birdie Stitchers/Embroidery Lovers, I have a couple Holiday Embroidery designs that I hope to share with you as freebies in the very near future so be sure to keep an eye out for those also. =)

Enjoy your Monday!

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Wordless Wednesday10.17.12

Belle by Amanda Murphy for Blend Fabrics

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String Star Tutorial08.16.12

September is my month in the Stash Trad Bee & I have totally been struggling with what block to have my group members make for me.  I have finally decided to go with a scrappy String Star.  Now, I know that I have seen a tutorial for this block somewhere (I can find the 6 pointed string star–but, I really wanted the 8 pointed one) but I’ve looked high and low to no avail.  So, here’s a tutorial of my own–it includes templates which I think makes things pretty easy–the one I had originally spotted did not.  If anyone stumbles across the one I had originally seen–please let me know, I’d love to give credit!

*Thanks to Ellen the block I had originally seen has been tracked down.  Thanks so much Ellen!–You can see the block I originally saw here.

Let’s get started:

You will need:

  • a bunch of 1″ strings–for my block I am using a combo of Aqua, Coral, Yellow, Green & Grey/Taupe.
  • a bunch of 2″ strings in the same colors(you’ll use these at the very tips of each diamond)
  • a 1″ x WOF string from a solid of your choice (Kona Snow in my block)
  • (4) 4 3/8″ squares cut diagaonlly once from solid of your choice (Kona Snow in my block)
  • (4) 3 3/8″ squares cut diagonally once from solid of your choice (Kona Snow in my block)
  • 4 copies of The Templates (make sure to set your page scaling to “none” when printing these out)

Begin by placing one of the solid strings aligned so the top edge runs thru the points on the right and left–you can see the placement in the picture above.  Use a little bit of temp. fabric spray adhesive to hold it into place & work from the non printed side.

After placing the solid string properly work the strings just as you would with any other string block until the diamond shape is covered with strings.  Make sure to shorten up your stitch length  You’ll notice that I used all 1″ strings for my block–in hindsight, I should have used (1) 2″ string at the points on each end.

Flip the block over and trim on the 1/4″ seam allowance line(the lighter line around the edge).  Remove paper.

Continue to make a total of 8 diamonds.

You will probably want to lay out the block before sewing the triangles in place as the triangle orientation varies.  Sew a small triangle and a right triangle onto each diamond unit like so(4 units will be made with this orientation & 4 with the opposite orientation–you’ll make a total of 8 units).

Sew together the units made above into 4 quarter units(here you can see the two different orientations).

Sew the quarters together to complete the block.

And there ya go!  A fun, mostly mindless block. =)

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