Sunday, August 30, 2009

And the winner is...


Only two people named all the fabrics correctly.
There was a little headscratcher thrown in there that could not be found in the store.

Here are the answers from top to bottom:
1. Park Slope Flower Field Orange by Erin McMorris for Free Spirit
2. Bella Solids Robin's Egg Blue 9900 85 from Moda
3. Pillow Fight Aqua from the Kids Toile collection by Michael Miller
4. Chicks On A Whim from Robert Kaufman Fabrics
5. Laguna Daisy - Punch from Timeless Treasures
6. Bijoux Swirly Buds - Cinnamon by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit
7. Bijoux Tiled Primrose - Gold by Heather Bailey Free Spirit
8. Ribbon Flower - Sunflower from the Katie Jump Rope collection by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit
9. Confetti Dots - Yellow from the Fanciful Felines collection by Clothworks
10. Nature's Chorus Dots - ecru by April Cornell for Moda
11. Woodland Bloom Misty - Sprout by Lila Tueller for Moda
12. Bijoux Tiled Primrose - Rose by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit
13. Bijoux Swirly Buds - Lime by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit
14. the tricky one: Meditteranean Tile from the Jasmine collection by Pamela Mostek for Clothworks
15. Splish Splash Diamonds - Fuschia by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The harvest has been good

My three little tomato plants have been really good to us this year.
The round ones are Early Girls and the others Romas, of course.
Today's tomato harvest
Needless to say, there's been a lot of this kind of thing going on:

Friday, August 28, 2009

Little Organizer giveaway

To end my "500th post week", another giveaway.
I have one of these and love it!
It's the perfect size: about 9" x 5" and 8" high.
Little organizer
Little organizer
When you close the lid the little compartments seal so nothing can fall out.
Great for little on-the-go projects.
Little organizer
Little organizer
No challenges this time.
More than one chance to win:
1. Leave a comment and you're in.
2. Mention this giveaway on your blog and leave another comment letting me know, and you have a second entry.

That's it.

I'll do the drawing next Friday, the 4th. Have your entry in before 0:00am PDT.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

SewConnected 3 - August

My loss of creativity is definitely helping me get other things done - things with very specific directions.
This is John's block for the SewConnected 3 quilting bee.
SewConnected 3 - August

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Geese in the Forest Correction

It has been brought to my attention that there's a teenie mistake in the instructions for Block 6.

It should read:
“Make 6 blocks using the pattern as is and 10 blocks mirroring the pattern, using different fabric combinations.”

For inspiration (for you and me), look at what some people have been doing!

Dr. Quiltmom:
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geese in the forest

I'm working on mine right now because I'm totally inspired!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


This is my 500th post!
I won't get soppy but blogging has truly changed my life and let my creative side loose. (It's a little lost right now but I'm sure it'll come back).
Of course, to celebrate, there has to be a giveaway or two.

For today, I'm going to challenge you a little.
This is a little stack of 15 scraps, mostly from the store.
As far as scraps go, most of them are pretty big, at least 5" or so wide.
1. The person who can identify the most fabrics in the pile (by collection or name) wins the scraps. You will need to include the fabric manufacturer in your answer.
2. If there's a tie, I'll draw names.
3. Do NOT leave your answers as comments on this post (although you can congratulate me on my 500th post if you'd like). This will give later entries an advantage. I will delete comments with fabric names in them.
4. To enter, send me your guesses/answers via email. My email address is to the left here:
5. Please put "Name that Fabric" as the subject for your email.
6. I will pick the winner on Monday August 31st.

Good luck!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Itsy bitsy little friendship bag

Since my creative mojo seems to have disappeared into outer space, I figured I could probably sew a little something use someone else's instructions.
This is my practice round for the Friendship Bag Swap using Rachel's tutorial.
It was quick and easy to make. (And so cute!)
Friendship bag
The fabrics are Pop Parade 2 from P&B Textiles.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

This may be...

...why my sewing mojo has left me.

Or maybe too much of this:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New stuff

We spent a wonderful weekend at a cabin in the country. I may be a little too relaxed now because I'm a little slow getting back in the swing of things.

While I work on that, a couple of new items arrived in the store.

Panache by Sanae!

Also a couple of little Odyssea charm packs. I love this line and am hoping to get some actual yardage.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Flickr has issues

Does anyone host their photos somewhere other than Flickr? Are you happy over there?
Flickr has really been unreliable recently which affects this blog because all my photos come from there.

In happier news, the Little Gems quilt was just featured on Craft Gossip.

(Thank Flickr for the photo-less post.)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Completion (and a free pattern)

Wow! Remember the sad start to this project? My plan was to make a zig zag table runner without using any white fabric. That was NOT successful, but I now had many, many little half square triangles that I couldn't waste. (I wonder why I made HST's instead of flying geese...)
So...attempt number two.
Little Gems
I call her "Little Gems" because I used Heather Bailey's Bijoux fabric and, loosely translated, bijoux means "small jewels".

Even though this is a really simple little quilt, I decided to write you some instructions for making one, if you're so inclined.
You can download the free pattern over here. I did not have time to test this pattern (although I did read through it carefully many times), so if you download it and find some errors, please let me know.

(Edited on 1/11/13: Sadly, most of the fabrics are not available any more, but it shouldn't be hard to find substitutes.)
If you like the fabrics I used, these are the ones:
From Bijoux by Heather Bailey:
Mod Beads: Lime
Swirly Buds: Cinnamon
Swirly Buds: Lime
Tiled Primrose: Celery
Tiled Primrose: Rose
The striped border and binding are Oh My Dog Stripe in Lime, my latest favorite for binding.
Little Gems
For the backing I used Tiled Primrose: Gold and instead of white, like I always do, Bella Solids in Robin's Egg Blue to make it a little more practical since I'll be donating it to Ronald McDonald House in Seattle.
Little Gems
I hope you like it.
Little Gems

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I've been trying to finish this little Bijoux quilt for weeks now. I think today may be the day.
(Mostly) Bijoux
The plan is to give you a free pattern to make this one, so stay tuned.

Ooh, and Geese in the Forest is featured on WhipUp today! We're famous!

Mary has finished all 100 of her blocks! She's had a little hiccup but she's on a roll. I expect hers to be the first completed GITF quilt in the original colors.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

The last installment

Today is the last day of Geese in the Forest quilt instructions.
This file has the block layout diagram for the quilt. You can now download it here.

Block 6 will be available in the store until the end of the month, after which I will assemble all the instructions into a single pattern.
I'm hoping to finish this quilt in the fall since it's just too hot and summery (I'm not complaining mind you) for a whole lot of quilting right now.

(If you have no idea what this is all about, you can find all the information about this quilt over here.)