Wednesday WIP10.29.14

Pinwheel BlockHappy Wednesday everyone!  Last week, I decided to dive into the B&C fabrics that I shared with you.  I think about right after I published that blog post, I just had to start on my next project.

ProjectsAll 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.

PetalsAnd I also cut out 160 petals for this project as well.  I will guiltily confess to watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey as I cut them out…

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!

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Waiting in the Wings10.24.14

Bonnie & Camille

 

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:

Underground Railroad Quilt Top

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.

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.

Projects

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:

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.

Fabric

So, two bundles just waiting to be made.  And of course my little houses bundle also anxiously waiting to be built.

Liberty & Essex

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!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Giveaway Day! {It’s a good one!}09.26.14

Daisy Fields Pillow

Image Courtesy of Lee @ www.freshlypieced.com

Happy Friday Everyone!

Playful Petals Header

Thank you so much to all of you for following along on the Playful Petals Blog Tour!–Today is the last day of the blog tour and I hope you all have enjoyed it.  Lee is sharing her thoughts on Playful Petals along with her adorable Daisy Fields pillow(pictured above) on her blog today.  I love the yarn dyed dark linen background fabric she chose to use for her pillow.  That fabric has been wanting to make it’s way into my stash for way too long!  Be sure to hop over to Lee’s and check out her blog–she is always such an inspiration!!

If you have missed any of the Playful Petals Blog tour posts, here is a complete list(click the links to go right to the Playful Petals post:

September 15: Amy @   Stitchery Dickory Dock
September 16: Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 17: Jessica @ Quilty Habit
September 18: Faith @ Fresh Lemons
September 19: Amy @ Diary of a Quilter
September 22: Sherri @ A Quilting Life
September 23: Amber @ Gigi’s Thimble
September 24: Lori @ Bee in My Bonnet
September 25: Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts
September 26: Lee @ Freshly Pieced
These are just a couple of the beautiful projects shared as part of this tour–you’ll want to make sure to visit all of the stops to see all of the pretties shared!:
Photo Courtesy of Faith @ www.freshlemonsquilts.com

Photo Courtesy of Faith @ www.freshlemonsquilts.com

petals mini quilt 1

Photo courtesy of Amanda Jean @ www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com

And now, we are moving onto the giveaway portion of today–I know you all have been waiting. =)  I seriously want to enter this giveaway myself…it’s a good one!–And it’s all about my favorites.

Of course, the winner of the giveaway will receive a copy of Playful Petals:

Playful Petals Cover

Next up, how about some Moda Fabrics layer cakes?!—Moda fabrics has been and will remain my favorite fabric manufacturer.  15 years ago, I fell in love with a certain Moda fabric designer and spent hours scouring the internet for pieces from one of her lines of fabric.  This was back in the day of dial up internet which meant it was slow going..but, I just fell in love with Moda!

Moda Fabrics has sent me two layer cakes for my giveaway, one of Kate Spain’s new Horizon line of fabric & one of The Jung’s new Pedal Pushers line of fabric.

Layer Cakes

I do a lot of fabric shopping locally but I also love shopping for fabric online.  I reached out to one of my favorite online fabric shops…which I am sure you are all very familiar with..Fat Quarter Shop…and they donated a $50 gift certificate to their shop for my giveaway!
They have recently added some awesome things to their site…Have you all seen the Snapshots Quilt Along yet?–seriously amazing!:
SnapShots Quilt Kit

 Well, I figured why stop with one online shop?..So I reached out to another of my favorite online shops…Fabric Shack.  Fabric Shack has both a great online store and a brick and mortar store which happens to be about 25 minutes from my sister-in-law’s house in Cincinnati.  So, it is a must stop for me whenever we visit.  The thing I love the most about shopping online at Fabric Shack is that they will cut 1/8 yd. cuts of fabric.  For my scrap loving self, this is perfect!  In fact, I bought 1/8 yd. cuts of the complete Up Parasol line from Fabric Shack when I was making my Tiled Blooms quilt:

Tiled Blooms Quilt

Fabric Shack donated a $25 Gift Certificate to their online shop as part of today’s giveaway!

Well, since I don’t do all of my fabric shopping online, I contacted my favorite local quilt shop, Miller’s Dry Goods, to see if they would be interested in donating to my giveaway…and they said yes!–Now you might be thinking that you won’t be able to shop here..but, they also have a wonderful online shop to which they’ve donated a $30 Gift Certificate.

They carry all kinds of goodies..some of my favorites:  The 8 wt. Finca Perle Cotton I am always referencing for hand quilting, Aurifil thread(which everyone in blogland is always referencing), Moda fabrics, Cotton & Steel fabrics, a great selection of solids, and the list goes on.  Plus, you will not find a more accommodating staff!

Plus, they have the prettiest quilting retreat center, The Rural Thimble,  right beside their fabric shop.  Every time I shop there, I am envious of the ladies staying over in that facility–so pretty, newly opened, and just perfect for a group of 10 ladies to get together and sew to their heart’s content.

So, here’s the rundown of the giveaway prizes(a value of nearly $200):

  • Playful Petals Book
  • 2 Moda Layer Cakes
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
  • $25 Gift Certificate to Fabric Shack
  • $30 Gift Certificate to Miller’s Dry Goods

To Enter the Giveaway: Comments are now Closed

One lucky person will win all of these goodies!  You can enter the giveaway through next Friday, October 3.  Just leave a comment for me below in the comments section with your favorite project from Playful Petals.

Happy Friday!

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WIP Wednesday08.13.14

Stitcheries Quilt

Can’t believe we are back to Wednesday already!–Man that week flew by.  It’s unfortunate that time picks up pace as the summer nears an end. =)  I checked my Stitcheries quilt top off my WIP list.

This is my favorite block in the whole quilt:

Stitchery

For some reason, I opted to do all of my little stitcheries on muslin.  This is not the same decision I would make if I were making it again!

Stitchery 4

In keeping with that, and against my better judgement, the sashing is also a muslin–albeit cuter than your average muslin.  I picked it up at one of my LQS’s several years ago and it has a flower print sort of “stamped’ into it if that makes sense.

Stitchery 3

I may never be able to wash this quilt–none of the fabrics are prewashed and I’m not sure how it will hold up…and the shrinkage wouldn’t be a good thing.  But, aesthetically, I think I made the right decision.  The little flowers in there are pretty cute!

Happy to check this one off my list!  However, now the problem is the overflowing stack of quilt tops–machine quilter I am not! =)

In the upcoming week these are my goals:

  1. Add border to the Metro Rings Quilt–I hope to share this one with you tomorrow or Friday.
  2. Finish next Quilty Stitches block (the last one!)
  3. Bind my Yoder quilt.

I also have another project I wouldn’t mind working on but, with Back to School next week my schedule may get a bit full!

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Spell It With Moda08.11.14

Fabrics

 

Do you guys ever wake up in the morning and you suddenly want to make something new and totally not on any WIP list or project list you are currently working on?

Well, I got bit with the new project bug on Saturday.  Some of you may have jumped on the Spell it With Moda band wagon earlier this year.  All of those cute little letter quilts and handy free letter patterns–it was hard for me not to dive right in.  But then, Saturday morning, out of the blue–I “needed” to make a little letter mini of my own.

Spell It With Moda

Moda Fabrics has a wonderful Spell it With Fabric pinterest board with links to all of the blog posts that feature the free printable letter patterns.  I printed off Y,O,D,E,R and pulled together a fun mix of scrappy red fabrics and low volume background prints.

Last Name Mini

In about 2 hours, I had a completed “Yoder” mini quilt.  These letters fly together–including cutting time they probably took about 15-20 minutes each.  And with a short last name (so much handier than the “Hershberger” I used to be!) my little quilt came together quickly.

The quilting took a little bit of time–I opted for a one inch cross hatch and finished that part up yesterday afternoon.

Quilting

Now, all that’s left is to add the binding!  I have wanted a Yoder sign above my kitchen sink for years.  I thought I wanted a wooden sign–but this little quilt was much more cost effective (I had all of the supplies) and just as cute! =)  Can’t wait to get the binding on and hang it in it’s new spot.

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More International Quilt Market Pictures06.03.14

 This week is such a busy week for me!–School is out which is always excited and we go right into frantic VBS prep.  Our VBS starts on Sunday and as one of 2 VBS directors that means this week gets quite busy for me!  I love it though–I have always wanted to be involved in a serious way with Vacation Bible School and am so excited to be involved every year.  I could almost get a little bit teary about it–it is just so fun to plan for & exactly where I feel I am supposed to be right now at this stage in my life.  I am sure that those of you who have been plugged into your perfect ministry know just what I’m talking about. =)

With that being said, I have found that as my mind gets to going 100 miles an hour, sitting down and spending some time at the computer whether it’s via blogging, designing, or just to answer emails, gives me a little bit of down time and I feel ready to tackle my to do list in a much more productive way.  Whew!–That was a long sentence! =)

So this is my VBS downtime Quilt Market report round 2. =)

Fig Tree

I wanted to kick off this round with pictures of one of my favorite booths at Quilt Market–the Fig Tree booth.  I love this line of fabric–I love the new patterns–large and mini.  Just beautiful!

Fig Tree Quilts

Next up is Hatched & Patched, “Gossip in the Garden” quilt.  Every time this quilt pops up somewhere I think it’s the cutest ever.  This quilt has it all–embroidery, applique, great blocks, all over cuteness.  I was excited to see this one in person.

Gossip in the Garden

 

This is Moda’s Modern Building Blocks quilt which is pretty stellar.  Definitely caught my eye every time I walked past.

Modern Building Blocks

I had to snap a picture of Playful Petals in the United Notions booth! =)

Playful petals

I chatted a bit with Vanessa of Lella Boutique.  She was debuting her first line with Moda, Into the woods.  She was the sweetest ever! =)  Her fabric palette is beautiful.

Vanessa

 

Next up Violet Craft’s new line, Brambleberry Ridge.  Really pretty line & some great patterns coming out.

Violet Craft Booth

 

This pillow was adorable.  On another note, I used the word “adorbs” to my husband last week just to see what he would say.  I thought he was going to fall over laughing–I don’t think I’m an “adorbs” saying sort of person.

Violet Craft Pillow

 

So, there you have it!–Some more photos to wet your fabric buying appetite! =)

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International Quilt Market Part 105.19.14

Hubby and I got back Saturday from a fun few days attending International Quilt Market.  Although, Ryan didn’t come into the show with me, I was glad to have him chauffeuring me around as the traffic in Pittsburgh is a far cry from the Amish buggies in Berlin! =p

If you’ve ever been to Quilt Market before, you know how much there is to see!–The strangest part for me was knowing that I “knew” people through the blog/online world but having no idea what they looked like in person.  I did get to meet a lot of wonderful people in person that I had only known electronically prior to market–and there were so many more that I wanted to meet but never ran into(at least not that I knew!).  I tried to take plenty of pictures as I went along but I already can think of things I should have photographed that I missed. However, I’ll be sharing the photos that I did take over the next few days so you can get a little taste of market. =)

One of the first sections of Quilt Market I hit was the Free Spirit booths.  I went to Sample Spree on Thursday evening and had been hoping to score some Free Spirit Fabrics–namely Up Parasol, but Free Spirit was not at Quilt Market.  So, I was excited to check out their booths right away Friday morning.

This is a shot of Amy Butler’s new line Glow–beautiful as always!

Amy Butler Fabrics

And Heather Bailey’s Up Parasol–this is a line I know I’ll be picking up some, or all of.  The little flower wall hanging features Up Parasol & the dress is from Heather’s line Momentum which will be available in Voile & Rayon.

Up Parasol

This next shot shows a bit of Moon Shine by Tula Pink on the right and Palermo by Erin McMorris on the left.

Moon Shine

And I really liked this quilt made using Denyse Schmid’ts Modern solids.

Free Spirit Solids

I took a little shot of this Cori Dantini scallop fabric.  You can barely make out in the photo that there is text fabric behind the scallops.  I thought it was such a pretty fabric–I’ve seen it online and was never drawn to it.  But in person it is stunning, a very soft beautiful print.

Cori Dantini

I had to take a photo of my Jelly Beans quilt hanging in the P&B Textiles booth.  This pattern will be available as a free download on the P&B website before too long.  This is the first time that I’ve gotten to see my quilts in person in the booths at market–so much fun!

Jelly Beans

I seldom work with batiks–but every time I see Edyta Sitar’s (Laundry Basket Quilts) masterpieces, I think I really need to give them a whirl.  Her applique is always so colorful & fun and adds so much to her meticulous piecing.

Laundry Basket

The next two photos are of April Rosenthal’s new line, Best Day Ever, for Moda.  This is her first fabric line with Moda and it’s a beauty!  Very colorful and fun.  The dahlia quilt on the right was beautiful in person.

April Rosenthal

April had a lot of great new patterns showcasing her fabric.

Best Day Ever

I’ll be back with more market goodness later! =)

 

 

 

 

 

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour04.30.14

Star Gazing

Today is my stop on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

Quiltmaker cover

My block, Star Gazing, is on page 51 of this issue–and can I tell you how much I love this block!

Star Gazing Quilt Block

Star Gazing creates a wonderful secondary pattern when used within a quilt.  I loved playing with all sorts of settings in EQ.  This black version uses a black tonal fabric from Basic’s Grey’s Little Black Dress 2 line of fabric.  Using just one fabric allows you to really see the pattern the blocks create.

Star Gazing Quilt

I also played with how the block looks using prints–and here it is in Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille.  Aren’t you guys excited for this line to come out!

Star Gazing Miss Kate

And, as I am on a little bit of a medallion kick lately I had to make up a medallion quilt as well.  I used Elementary by Sweetwater–another line I am very excited about!

Star Gazing Medallion

Quiltmaker has been kind enough to off all of my readers the chance to win a copy of the magazine.  Just leave a comment below and I’ll draw a winner on Monday!

Comments are now closed.

Also, be sure to visit Quiltmakers Blog, Quilty Pleasures, for a chance to win more great giveaways throughout the blog tour!

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Great Granny Sew Along04.16.14

GG2-SewAlong-Button

 

Did you guys see the new Sew Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop?  If you loved the Quilty Fun Sew Along you won’t want to miss this one.  This sew along features blocks from Lori Holt’s Holt’s Great Granny Squared book.

Great Granny Sew Along

You’ll find all of the fabric/supply requirements listed in this Fat Quarter Shop blog post.  And Lori talks more about the sew along here.  I had a lot of fun pulling some fabrics this morning for the sew along.

Fabrics

I can’t wait to cut into them!–It’s a mix of Lori’s line Vintage Happy, the new 30’s Playtime line from Moda, Flea Market Fancy, & Katie Jump Rope & I have a little bit of DS Quilts from Joann’s thrown in there as well.

Hope you all sew along!–There are some great prizes along the way–and I hear there are some fun bloggers kicking things off every Monday during the sew along (wink, wink). =)

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Water Wheels Quilt12.13.13

Water Wheels Quilt Pattern by Corey Yoder

I’ve got another free pattern for you all today!  This is my Water Wheels Quilt designed for P&B using their Mykonos line of fabric.

Mykonos

The quilt is a fun mix of blocks and finishes at 78″ x 92″.

Closeup

And of course I always like to share my patterns in an alternate colorway–so here it is in Little Black Dress 2 by Basic Grey for Moda:

Water Wheels Pattern by Corey Yoder

You can snag my free pattern here.

Have a Lovely Weekend!

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