Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A little windfall (and I'm sharing)

Good news!
Due to a boo-boo at the supplier I got a batch of Antique Quilts magazines at a VERY good price.
So...they're now on sale for $4.99 in the store. That's 62% off!
I've already removed one for myself because the last batch sold out so quickly that I never got to keep one.

If you don't remember, the magazine contains 22 quilt patterns: 11 classic quilts remade with modern fabrics and simpler construction methods.

Now for the sharing:
I'm giving away one of these to a lucky blog buddy.
But you have to be quick.
I'll do the drawing at 8:40am PDT tomorrow morning.
That gives you 24 hours.
I won't make you go traipsing through the store again, although you're welcome to, of course.
Just leave a comment here.
That's it.
Have an awesome day everyone!

(If you buy one from my store and you happen to be the winner of the giveaway, I'll refund your money.)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

And the winners are...

The random number generator did its thing and the 10 winners have been picked.

1. Rainylakechick who said:
Congrats and I love your blog too.
I love "Park Slope Floral Swirl - Orange".

2. SheilaC who said:
I have to choose only 1!?? So hard...
I do love this by Wild Thyme

3. Peggy, who said:
Wow - just bookmarked your store - great fabric and prices. I love Moda's Nature's Chorus - have made several totes from this bright fun line.

4. Lina, who said:
I love them all, but I'm collecting TOT blue fabrics for a storm at sea quilt. I would love to win a Summer Etchings Floral - Navy FQ.

5. Crafty Maine Mom, who said:
That was so much fun I love a lot of fabrics but my son has been asking for a quilt and he loves orange and robots. i would love the Michael Miller (Mono Bot in Orange)

6. Nichole, who said:
happy blog birthday! i think i'd want the little yellow polka dots from the make life line. so cute!

(They're actually stars.)

7. Trudysperson who said:
Happy Third Birthday! I would love some Medallion Bloom - Peach
from the Farmers Market group - very pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

8. Deb, who said:
I'd pick the Panache especially after seeing your quilt done up with that fabric line. It was beautiful whether you sash it or not.

9. Badlands Quilts who said:
the make life dots: the green or green on ivory are both yummy!

10. Jean, who said:
Hummm. Moda's panache fearless in pomegranate. It's so fun!

Congratulations winners!

(I have emailed everyone I have an email address for.
If you're one of the winners and you haven't heard from me, please contact me. If I don't hear from everyone by Sunday, I will do a re-draw.)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pinwheel Party Week 5

Getting there!

Block 5:
Pinwheel Party Block 5
Download the pattern here. (You will need Adobe Reader. You can download it at
Links to all the previous blocks can be found in the sidebar.

The Pinwheel Party pattern is now available for purchase on Craftsy and Etsy.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Foray into Fabric

I've decided to jump on the Spoonflower bandwagon and make a foray into fabric design.
I don't really know what I'm doing, so the swatches should be interesting.
Stay tuned.

Double Daisies
Double Daisies

Blue Chairs

Button Bunnies
Button Bunnies

Friday, March 26, 2010

The "First Post" Quilt

I was scanning through the blog archives for photos of the log cabin quilt I hinted at in my first post back in 2007 and found that I don't think I ever shared photos of the actual completed quilt.
So here she is:
Blue and Red Log Cabin Quilt
I really still love this little quilt, although it's a little more traditional than I would make these days. It was also in the days when I never made a quilt without a pattern. Blogging sure changed that!

It seems like I did some bathroom basting back in the day and had just forgotten...
Blue and Red Log Cabin Quilt
and I used to take such lovely photos back when time wasn't an issue...
Threads waiting...
All this reflecting is making me a little nostalgic and thinking about how much simpler things were back in '07.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Blog Birthday Giveaway

I've been trying to come up with a good giveaway idea...
I decided that, instead of giving away one big prize, I'll give away 10 little prizes.

So...I'm giving away 10 fat quarters.

To enter:
Go browse through the store and leave a comment here telling me which fabric you'd like a fat quarter of. Any fabric in the store.
The giveaway will end at 12pm PDT on Monday, March 29th.
Good luck and thank you for celebrating my third bloggy birthday with me.

A little reminder:
Make Life... is only on sale until tomorrow. 20% off.
I just checked Moda's site to see if I can reorder but they're pretty much out of stock, so if you like this fabric...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Three Years!

I noticed some "blogaversaries" going on around blogland lately and just realized that this little blog's third birthday just came and went!

I think it's time for a giveaway.
I'm going to have to give this one a little thought, so do come back tomorrow for the details.
I'm such a tease...

I've been looking back at my early posts with nostalgia.
You won't mind if I re-share some of those in the coming weeks, would you?

This was my very first blog post. Ever.

March 7, 2007

Well, here goes...

I'm not sure what will end up here, but I'm sure it'll take on shape as I go along.

This is a block from my current quilting project. I'm making a blue (and red) log cabin quilt using only fabrics from my stash. The plan is to use up all my stash fabrics so that I can go buy new fabrics without feeling so guilty about all the unused fabric in the closet.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sashing needed (I think)

I laid out all my SewConnected 3 blocks on the patio and I definitely think I'm going to have to use sashing.
This is w-a-a-a-y to busy.
SewConnected 3 Blocks
Any suggestions?

(The fabric is Panache from Moda.)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pinwheel Party Week 4

This is a very, very easy one. It shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes to whip up.

Block 4:
Pinwheel Party Block 4
Download the pattern here. (You will need Adobe Reader. You can download it at
Links to all the previous blocks can be found in the sidebar.

The Pinwheel Party pattern is now available for purchase on Craftsy and Etsy.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Optical Illusion (and other quilts)

I visited the Quilters Anonymous show in Monroe, WA on Saturday.
It was fun.  I love quilt shows.

I took some photos but unfortunately did not note the quilt makers.  I should know by now...
If you see a quilt you recognize, let me know and I'll give credit.

See the curves here?
Quilters Anonymous Quilt Show
They're not curves at all!
Quilters Anonymous Quilt Show
I loved this one
Quilters Anonymous Quilt Show
Look at the quilting detail!
Quilters Anonymous Quilt Show
A little bit of whimsy
Quilters Anonymous Quilt Show
And proof that classic can still be absolutely lovely.
Quilters Anonymous Quilt Show

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Make Life...

I'm in love with this new fabric!
My brain is working overtime trying to come up with something to make.  I'm definitely thinking a pillow or two.

Make Life... by Sweetwater for Moda

Make Life Silly

Make Life Bloom

Make Life Colorful

and many more...

As an introduction, all Make Life... fabrics are 20% off in the store for a limited time.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last.

(Just for today, all Green Fabric is on Sale in the store. Up to 50% off!)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pinwheel Party Week 3

I've decided to keep the block instructions available for free until the end of the quilt along. After that I will compile them into a pattern.

Block 3:
Pinwheel Party Block 3
Download the pattern here. (You will need Adobe Reader. You can download it at

The Pinwheel Party pattern is now available for purchase on Craftsy and Etsy.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Someone read my mind!

The mailman brought this yesterday:

As many of you know, I love taking classic quilt patterns and remaking them in modern fabrics and colorways.

11 classic quilts remade as 11 modern quilts.
With simpler construction methods to boot.

I think I'm going to have to put that cover quilt on my long to-do list. Maybe close to the top.

As always, you can find the magazine in the store at 15% off list price.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Pinwheel Party Week 2

I'm amazed at all the wonderful fabric combinations I see on Flickr.
I can't wait to see the completed quilts!

Here's Block 2:
Pinwheel Party Block 2
Download the pattern here. (You will need Adobe Reader. You can download it for free at

The Pinwheel Party pattern is now available for purchase on Craftsy and Etsy.

I've put links to the blog posts for each block in the sidebar to make it easier for you to find them.

(If you notice any errors in the pattern, please let me know.)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Another GITF completed!

Just not by me.

I'm starting to feel so guilty about my Geese in the Forest quilt. That's the thing with this pattern. Once I made one of each block, I knew they turn out great and the other ninety or so went on the backburner. Well, actually I've made about 60 of the 100 blocks, but I'm not done.

Like Becky.

And Tina.
geese in the forest
And, of course, Mary.

It's on the list and I really hope to have it finished before Christmas.

(If you've completed yours and would like me to post about it, let me know.)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New drapes (almost)!

We visited Ikea on Sunday to get more shelving for fabric. Yes, I'm expanding by the day!
Then I saw this:

The drapes in the store/dining room are awfully dated.  This is just what the doctor ordered.  Now to find time to actually make new curtains.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pinwheel Party Week 1

Here we go! There are almost 100 party attendees as of now! You can join any time

Block 1:
Pinwheel Party Block 1
As promised, the instructions are in PDF format. You can save them to your computer and have them forever!
Download here. (You will need Adobe Reader. You can download it for free at

The Pinwheel Party pattern is now available for purchase on Craftsy and Etsy.

Don't forget to post photos of your progress on your blog and/or Flickr!