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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.


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!

Quilt Blocks

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7: Framed Quilt Block

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.


Winter Solstice Quilt

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!

Fusion Blanket Crochet Along

Fusion Blanket Crochet Along Week 4

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?


Fusion Blanket Crochet Along

Fusion Blanket Crochet Along Week 3 & Link Up

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. =)