Friday, July 31, 2009

A little Shop Talk

The heat is letting off! Woohoo!

So many exciting things have been happening in the store that I just had to share, so please bear with me.

I just received a beautiful brand new fabric line - Pop Parade 2 - from P&B Textiles. When I saw this I fell in love with the free pattern for a wonderful, modern, fall-colored quilt.
I have all the fabric to make this quilt in stock (the pattern can be downloaded for free over here on the P&B Textiles web site).
I'm also assembling kits which will include all the fabric for the quilt and binding, as well as a free pattern sheet.

I'm very excited to announce that I will be carrying American Patchwork & Quilting magazine as well as Quilts & More from now on.
I know that it can be hard, especially for international quilters, to get their hands on these magazines, so I figured it would be a good idea to have some on hand.
The latest AP&Q mag is available right now - October 2009!
This one comes with a free pattern sheet for a scrap quilt designed by Alex Anderson.


I think I may be able to finish the sneakity peek project this weekend. Yay!

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ironing al fresco

What lengths will a sew-a-holic go to when there's a record breaking heat wave?
Ironing al fresco

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

M-e-l-t-i-n-g

I have towels and sheets in front of all windows that don't have blinds.
I sewed a little but now I don't want to turn the iron on because it'll heat up the house.
It's 86 degrees in the coolest part of my house - and it's not even 8:30 yet.
Saturday, oh Saturday, where art though?
2009heat1
2009heat2

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Better?

It's been in the high 90's here the last couple of days and scheduled to be so for the rest of the week.
We may hit 100 today. In Seattle!
My little upstairs studio gets hotter than you know what really quickly so I haven't been getting much of anything done lately.
I am trying to reinvent my disaster from the other day and I think this may work.
It's a pity I can only sew for about 30 minutes each day before I get fried up here.
Better?
What do you think?

(BTW: Christmas in July ends this week)

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Suggestions needed

Thank you all so much for your consoling words yesterday.
After much pondering and a glass (or two) of wine as suggested by some, I still didn't like it.
Suffice it to say that my seam ripper and I are now the bestest of buddies.

Now onto the subject of this post.

These came in the mail yesterday.
Dots
I bought them from Jackie. They are perfect little 3.5" die cut 30's reproduction circles. 40 of them. I bought them in her Etsy store. I love them.
I want to use them for something that will really showcase their prettiness and I know there are many creative brains here in blogland.

Giveaway alert!
If you have a suggestion for the use of these little ones, please leave a comment.
If you don't have a suggestion, leave a comment too. I love comments.
If I choose your suggestion I will send you some goodies.
Sound good?

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Not so much

Gee! I've been suffering from a creative drought the last couple of weeks.
This morning I decided to force myself to make something. Something to challenge the norm. Something with NO white fabric anywhere.
Not so much
After six hours I have something. Do I like it? Not so much. It feels like an awful waste of beautiful fabric.
Back to the drawing board...
On a happier note, the little tisket/tasket block is done.
A Tisket A Tasket - June

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Slow and steady...

...wins the race, right?
A Tisket A Tasket - June progress
I started the "A Tisket A Tasket" BOM five months late and now I'm six months behind.
Oh well.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Remember Sweet Hearts?

As I was getting all my quilts ready to go back into the guest room closet now that my mom's gone home, I found the Sweet Hearts Quilt again. I really love this little quilt.
Sweet Hearts Baby Quilt
I've decided to make it available as a kit with the fabrics used in the pattern quilt.

Something free for you:
If you order the kit between now and the 31st, you get the pattern for free. Just mention that you saw this on the blog and I will refund you $8 straight back through Paypal after you've placed your order.
Sweet Hearts detail

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stringy

I'm working on finishing all my WIP's and UFO's.
I don't know how far I'll get before the urge to make something new strikes, but so far so good.
This is my SewConnected 3 block for Darci.
SewConnected 3 - July

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

My First Quilt

I'm a little late to the party, but I'm jumping into the parade of quilts.
This is something Carrie and Camille have going but I think it ends tomorrow.
My first quilt, circa 1999.
Machine pieced and hand quilted.
little country quilt
It's very "country", but I'm still quite proud of it. It also taught me that hand quilting is not my cup of tea.
My latest quilt - the one I made for the Spring Fling pattern.
Way back in April.
I need to step it up.
Spring Fling

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

The grass is always greener...

The pictures on the Moda site always crack me up.
Wanna make some grass?

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Johnny Jump Ups

I took these photos in the garden this morning. The Johnny Jump Ups are so cute with their little faces pointing to the sun.
Johnny Jump Ups
Johnny Jump Ups

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Shabby Chic

I finished my Virtual Quilting Bee quilt yesterday. I L-O-V-E it!
My Virtual Quilting Bee quilt
Who knew that 12 blocks made by 12 different people could go together in a quilt so well. It's so very "Shabby Chic" and girly.
I used a 2" sashing and a whole bunch of little identically fussy cut setting squares. That, I tell you, was quite a job.
My Virtual Quilting Bee quilt
I'm so proud of myself. I added a label!
I love how the binding turned out. It's Stripey from Sandi Henderson's Farmers Market.
My Virtual Quilting Bee quilt
More photos.
My Virtual Quilting Bee quilt
My Virtual Quilting Bee quilt
My Virtual Quilting Bee quilt

I also photographed each block individually. You can see them in the VQB pool on Flickr.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day

I hope you have a wonderful day!
Blue and Red Log Cabin Quilt
(This photo makes me want to make a log cabin quilt.)

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Birthday Blooms

Today is my mom's birthday and I snuck out early this morning to buy her some flowers while she slept.

Aren't these gorgeous?
Gerbera
They almost look like they're not real.
Gerbera
I also managed to finish the slippery runner for my mom.
It was a pain to make but I'm happy with how it turned out and she really likes it.
Slippery Runner
AND I've been working very hard on my Virtual Quilting Bee quilt. I just have to finish sewing on the binding, add a label, and wash it for the shrinky effect. Woohoo! One more thing will soon be checked off the list.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Geese in the Forest Month 6

We're done!
This is the final block.

Block 6: Loosey Goosey
Geese in the Forest - Block 6
It's not too bad. We'll make 16: 11 in one direction and 5 in the other.

Find the pattern here. (It's a PDF file, so you'll need Adobe Reader to open it.)
The .PDF file for Block 5's pattern is now available in the store for $1.

Next month I'll publish the layout.

All the details regarding this Block of the Month and all the other block patterns) are over here and a tutorial for freezer paper foundation piecing is over here.

I have to admit I'm a little behind on this project (like I am with most of my projects) but I really hope to complete this quilt (or at least the top) before the end of summer.

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