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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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7: Framed Quilt Block04.30.13

It’s that time of year again!–Time for the  Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour. =)  This magazine is such a wealth of great block designs and I am excited to have a block featured.  It even made the cover–can you guess which one it is?

As many of you know the whole quilt/block design process is my favorite part of making a quilt–it ranks right up there with my love of fabric.  This block came to be after a fun time playing in EQ7–it combines traditional patchwork with a slightly modern spin.  The solids contribute to a modern feel–they are a mix of Moda Bella Solids and Cross Weaves, Robert Kaufman Kona Solids, and maybe a Free Spirit Solid or two).

The instructions for my block, Block #700, can be found on page 71 in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7  which hits stores next week.

This block is pretty cool used just by itself in a quilt–here it is in Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda:

But, it’s even niftier when used with a 2nd block–Here I’ve used a 2nd block and Folk Tale Fabric by Natalie Lymer for Lecien Fabrics.

Or this one using Avalon by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics:

The possibilities are endless!  You can see another take on my block in the sampler, block tester, Sheryl Patton made.  It’s pictured in the Block Tester’s Gallery on page 90.  She used Lovely by Debbie Beaves for RJR fabrics and combined my block with two others to create this lovely sampler.

You can see more peeks of the blocks in the issue, visit other blogs participating in the blog hop, and enter great giveaways over on the Quiltmaker’s Blog.

Giveaway Details:

Would you like to win a copy of  the soon to hit Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks?  Just leave me a comment here & tell me about your fave type of quilt–do you prefer modern, traditional, applique?  I’ll draw a winner on Monday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Giveaway has now ended.

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Winter Solstice Quilt09.10.12

Today I’m sharing with you one of the most recent quilts I have designed for P&B Textiles, “Winter Solstice”.  I totally flaked on taking any pictures of my own, which I now wish I had so I’d have more pics to share with you!  When I receive fabrics for my quilts from P&B, time is truly of the essence and the quilt tops must be on their way back in as little time as possible…usually a day or two at most.

Winter Solstice Quilt using Marguerite & Marmalade Fabrics

My design features a Kaleidoscope quilt block and an alternate “9 patch block”(it’s not quite a 9 patch).  No curved piecing although it has the illusion of curves.

The free pattern is available in a large and small size.

The last two photos feature fabrics from Marguerite by Cindi Walker for Riley Blake & Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.  The pattern works very well for showing off a limited color palette.  I was primarily working with blues/greys for the P&B quilt so I went with a high contrast design to show off the fabrics.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Fusion Blanket Crochet Along Week 407.26.12

The family and I just got back from a little vacation yesterday so, I don’t have a lot of progress to share on my Fusion Blanket.  I did manage to get my squares turned & am now ready to top stitch…however, this is the state of my sewing machine pedal:


It’s been hanging on by a wire, literally for a couple years now….I had professionally electric taped it all up which has been working for awhile.  I’m not quite sure what happened to it orginally, it’s quite possible I vacuumed over it, or the dog chewed it….whatever the case, it’s been mostly good to go with the electric tape in place until last week when something went horribly awry & it’s now in two pieces.  I just can’t bite the $150 bullet to get a new one….so, the hubs is gonna work a little magic…hopefully today….

In other news, I’m sure a lot of you read Camille Roskelley’s blog–last week she wrote a post I totally could have written myself.  All the “secret things” that I can’t share, that I’m even hesitant to mention, cause who wants to hear about a bunch of sneak peeks that can’t be shared for 6 months or longer.

So, I’m curious to know…are you guys interested in the fabric pictures of projects I can’t share with you?

Bella by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

 Or does it make you a little bit batty when I mention things I really can’t share right now?

For example, last month, I made 2 quilts & a table runner for magazines that I can’t share with you & in August I’ll be making 3 more quilts that I can’t share with you…yikes!

All of this not being able to share leaves my blog a bit high and dry at times!–Even though there is a lot of creating going on behind the scenes. =)

Any thoughts?

 

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Fusion Blanket Crochet Along Week 3 & Link Up07.17.12

Are you ready for week three of the Crochet Along?  Today’s post is brought to you by Deb of Simply Miss Luella.  And how cute are those crochet hooks she posted about!  I think I totally might have to snag myself one of those little guys..so cute!

My progress on my blanket is pretty slow.  I do have all of my charms sewn together & corners clipped ready to be flipped inside out and top stitched.  Luckily you don’t have to count on only me for Fusion Blanket inspiration!–Check out some of these goodies popping up over in the flickr group:

If you haven’t had a chance to browse the photos in the flickr group or read over any of the discussions, I really encourage you to.  It’s a wonderful spot for inspiration and questions can be posted for any parts you may be having trouble with.

I’ve decided to host a little link up party if anyone would like to share their Fusion Blanket Progress.  Hopefully it works–I’ve never hosted a party before and I wouldn’t call myself “techy” so we’ll see what happens. =)

 

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Fusion Blanket Crochet Along07.03.12

Welcome everyone to the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along!  Cindy , Deb, & I are ready to get this party started!

By now, you’ve probably picked up most of your supplies, if not, you can reference this post for what you will need to get started.  If you are looking for shops with great selections of precuts, Southern Fabric is a great one to check–I was just scoping out her site and she’s even got in some early precuts of Marmalade!  These are sure to go fast!  I also think Seaside would make an amazing blanket–Randi just got some in last week–it’s one of the lines that I have been waiting for. =)

So, let’s get cracking!

If you aren’t starting with charm squares, begin by cutting your fabrics into 5″ squares.  My blanket will be 8 squares by 10 squares so I have cut 160 charm squares, 80 for the front and 80 for the back.

Step #1.

Step #2

For this step, you could also opt to hand sew the opening closed.

Step #3

I marked my blanket stitch at 1/2″ intervals–you can certainly go closer together if you prefer!

You are now ready to complete the blanket stitch around the edge.  If you are unfamiliar with the blanket stitch, there are a lot of great tutorials on You Tube or via a quick google search for blanket stitch.

I used a double thickness of thread to complete my blanket stitch.  You’ll need a very sturdy needle with a large eye if you choose to double up your thread.  Also, make sure to give yourself plenty of thread to work with–it takes more than you might think!

*I am using crochet thread for my blocks.*  On my practice block, I used 8 wt. perle cotton which was also a great choice(it is easier to work with than the two strands of crochet thread).

Repeat for the remainder of your charm squares.

Next Tuesday, Cindy will be sharing Part Two of our Fusion Blanket Crochet Along.

Be sure to share your own progress in our flickr group.  We love to see how everyone’s blankets are taking shape!

*Original Fusion Blanket Pattern by Sewing Daisies can be found here.*

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Fusion Blanket Giveaway Kick Off!06.25.12

Today’s the day folks!  My cohorts and I are kicking off the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along with some great giveaways. =)

If you remember in one of my posts I mentioned that a layer cake would work perfectly for this project…so, I am giving away one layer cake of Martinique by 3 Sisters for Moda.

Cindy and Deb will be co-hosting the Crochet Along and they are also hosting giveaways on their blogs.  So make sure to stop by their blogs for a chance to win more fun giveaways.

Also, make sure to join the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along Group on Flickr.

And you can snag the crochet along button from my sideabar for your blog.—>

To enter my giveaway, just leave a comment on my blog.  Comments are now closed.

 Make sure to stop by Cindy & Deb’s Blogs to enter the other giveaways!  The giveaway winners will be announced next Monday followed by the first Fusion Blanket Crochet Along post on Tuesday.

As a reminder, here are the project supply requirements

  • Charm Squares–You will need to decide how big you want your blanket to know how many charm squares you’ll need.  My completed (crocheted) block measures 6.5″ square.  So, I’m thinking maybe 52″ x 65″(a nice throw size).  I will need 80 completed squares ( my blanket will be 8 squares x 10 squares) which means I’ll need 160 charm squares.  The equivalent of 4 charm packs or 1 layer cake.
  • Yarn–I picked up 3 skeins.  I will need to purchase more as I go.  I am not concerned about the dye lot varying a bit.  If you are, make sure to purchase plenty of yarn, or purchase yarn without a dye lot.  You could also opt to use different colors of yarn.
  • Crochet Hook–Pick up the recommended crochet hook for the yarn you are using.  I am using a lighter weight yarn & the recommended hook is G which is what I purchased.
  • Perle Cotton or Crochet Thread–This is for the blanket stitch around the outside edge.  For my trial block I used 8 wt. Perle Cotton which works great.  For my Marmalade blanket I will be using Crochet Thread–it’s a little bit more cost effective & I am all about that.

And of course, the original Fusion Blanket Pattern by Sewing Daisies.

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Fusion Blanket Crochet Along06.19.12

I’ve been slowly working on cutting my Marmalade charms for the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along.  However, this week is VBS at our church and that is keeping my evenings full.  We kicked off on Sunday evening and had 120 kids & last night we had almost 150.  I’m helping with the crafts….surprising, right? =p

For those of you joining in on the Crochet Along, you can snag the button on my sidebar if you’d like.  And I’ve created a flickr group here.  I’ve also teamed up with a couple partners in crime who will be co-hosting the Crochet Along.  We’ll probably be kicking off in the next week or two with some fun giveaways. =)

So, grab a button, spread the news, join the group, and start collecting some charms!

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Fabric + Yarn = Love06.11.12

I’m a little bit excited about this whole fabric crocheted afghan idea that I talked about on Friday–and I’m pretty excited to have so many people interested in crocheting along! =)  I twisted my mom’s arm, well I didn’t have to twist too hard, to go along with me to Joann’s to pick out some supplies on Saturday.  I really didn’t know what I needed so I really had to have her help.

I ended up with Sensations Cuddle Yarn in Turquoise & I decided to use yellow crochet thread for the blanket stitch around the edge.  Of course, a trial block was in order….so, more arm twisting ensued and Sunday evening was spent at Moms.

The blanket pattern uses 5″ squares–perfect for using up those extra charm packs that you have been hoarding. =)  I happened to have some Kate Spain Charm packs handy so I grabbed a couple squares, plus the fabrics matched my new crochet hook & yarn….very important.  And with my mom’s help:

I now have a little trial block.  It’s not perfect….and I am far from speedy, but it’s pretty cute, right?  And, I love that the back is going to be different than the front…if you want it to be…of course, you could use the same fabrics on the front and back.

So, if you want to join in here’s what you will need to start:

First off here’s the original blog post by Sewing Daisies with her pattern.

  • Charm Squares–You will need to decide how big you want your blanket to know how many charm squares you’ll need.  My completed block measures 6.5″ square.  So, I’m thinking maybe 52″ x 65″(a nice throw size).  I will need 80 completed squares ( my blanket will be 8 squares x 10 squares) which means I’ll need 160 charm squares.  The equivalent of 4 charm packs or 1 layer cake.
  • Yarn–I picked up 3 skeins.  I will need to purchase more as I go.  I am not concerned about the dye lot varying a bit.  If you are, make sure to purchase plenty of yarn, or purchase yarn without a dye lot.  You could also opt to use different colors of yarn.
  • Crochet Hook–Pick up the recommended crochet hook for the yarn you are using.  I am using a lighter weight yarn & the recommended hook is G which is what I purchased.
  • Perle Cotton or Crochet Thread–This is for the blanket stitch around the outside edge.  For my trial block I used 8 wt. Perle Cotton which works great.  For my Marmalade blanket I will be using Crochet Thread–it’s a little bit more cost effective & I am all about that.

And, there you have it.  I’ll be working on cutting up my charm squares, sewing together my squares and working on the blanket stitch.  I’ll keep sharing as I go along so you can play too. =)

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Marmalade and a crochet-a-long perhaps?06.08.12

I am so excited to have some of Bonnie and Camille’s upcoming line of fabric, Marmalade, in my little hands. =)

100% thanks for this bundle goes to a wonderful blogger friend who took pity on my non-market going self and picked this up for me.  The colors are really as pretty in real life as all of the pictures you have been seeing.

My favorites are the aquas…I think (the yellows are just wonderful also).

As are the rest of the colors…isn’t the orange a brilliant addition? =)

And they are just wonderful all mixed up.

I’ve been debating on what project to use these for.  Ever since running across this amazing fabric/crocheted blanket on pinterest:

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I have really felt like I needed one of my own.  This blanket was made by Heidi of Sewing Daisies complete with tutorial.  Now, I have very little crocheting prowess…but, I have a mom who has bucketloads of crocheting prowess…so, I can certainly hit her up with questions to get me on my way.

I wondered if any of you all might be interested in crocheting along?  Here’s the thing, I won’t be able to answer crochet related questions because of the aforementioned lack of crocheting prowess….however, I thought it might be fun to have some friends along for the ride.  Maybe we could try to finish up so many squares a week?–kinda keep each other motivated?  Any takers?

Also, wanted to let you all know that I added a couple more rainbow charm packs to my shop.  They sold out super fast the other day so I cut up just a couple more.

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