Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WIP Wednesday - 6/27/12

It's that time once again to join up with Lee's weekly WIP Wednesday link up.  If you haven't visited Freshly Pieced yet, what are you waiting for. 


First up, when I was in KC last month, I scored these Bella Charm Packs.  They've been sitting on my table taunting me with their loveliness; but I didn't have a plan...until now.


It might not look like much; but don't be fooled.  You see, I've been wanting to try a Disappearing Nine-Patch quilt for a while now; but of course I couldn't just make it "normal".  I wanted to modernize it a little...I know, why tweak a good thing; but let me tell you, it turned out pretty cool.  I'm hoping to have it done in the next few weeks and will be sharing a Tutorial/Ride-Along so you can make your own if you choose.



 
Next up, I'm participating in the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon...have you heard about it yet?


Well, you see some weeks back, they asked the group of us if someone would volunteer to put together the actual quilt that all of the Bloggers had made blocks for.  I thought "Why Not?" and figuratively raised my hand.  So, I've been working with FreeSpirit Fabrics to coordinate block deliveries and will soon be starting the piecing.  While the finished quilt will be revealed on August 13th; you don't have to wait that long to get in on the fun.  The Block-A-Thon kicks off next week.  If you'd like to join along, hit up the FreeSpirit Fabrics blog and join the Flickr group too. A little birdie tells me there will be giveaways too.

If that wasn't enough, I'm still working on two much-belated Wedding presents too.  Here's what I have so far, for the one. 

*Please ignore the ugly carpet*


Finally, on a personal note.  Another local quilt guild has asked me to give a Modern Quilting Presentation to their membership.  I'll be doing a Workshop the following Saturday too for their members.  WooHoo!!!

Okay, now head on over to Freshly Pieced's blog and check out some of the others participating in today's WIP Wednesday.
Monday, June 25, 2012

Canning...








Now I wait...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Christmas in July Bloth-A-Thon


Hey everyone! We will be kicking off the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon in just a few weeks and we wanted to give you all of the juicy details! Below is the amazing list of bloggers that will be participating and showing you how to create some amazing blocks. So be sure to check out their sites and watch for their block tutorial. It is a jam packed month with lots of blocks, but if you do not get them done in the short amount of time, we will be putting together an E-book that you can click through that will have all the blocks and tutorials inside. Very easy for catch up!

2 GRAND PRIZES include all the fabrics to create the Christmas in July quilt. They will be randomly selected at the end of the QAL in a comment manner.

Post your progress in our Flickr group that you can find HERE.

Also, if you are joining in, grab the button from the FreeSpirit site to post on your blog!

List of Bloggers:

July 2th - Heather at Fiberosity   http://www.fiberosity.com/

July 5nd - Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/

July 6th – Melanie at Melanie Dramatic http://melaniedramatic.com/

July 9th - Pam at Pam Kitty Morning http://pamkittymorning.blogspot.com/

July 11th - Kelsey Creates  http://www.kelseycreates.com/

July 13th - Katie @ Swim Bike Quilt  http://www.swimbikequilt.com/

July 16th - Kim at Persimon Dreams http://www.persimondreams.com/

July 18th - Amanda at Sasikirana http://amandasasikirana.wordpress.com/

July 20th - Jane at QuiltJane http://www.quiltjane.blogspot.com/

July 23th - Kristy at St Louis Folk Victorian http://stlouisfolkvictorian.blogspot.com/

July 25th – Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop  http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/

July 27rd - Lee at Freshly Pieced http://freshlypieced.blogspot.com

July 30th - Jennifer at MJandCo http://mjandco-quilting.blogspot.com/

August 1st – Mishka at Quilting Gallery http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/

August 3rd - Tiffiny at www.freepatchworkquiltinfo.com

August 6th - Tacha at Fat Quarterly http://www.fatquarterly.com

August 8th – Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations http://canoeridgecreations.com

August 10thJocelyn at It’s Sew Emma http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/

August 13th – Final Quilt Reveal !!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Sewing Buddies Challenge 1 - Complete

So you might remember some months ago I mentioned that I had a Sewing Buddy.  What's a Sewing Buddy you ask?  Well, if you keep up with WhipStitch's blog; it's someone that helps motivate you to do more, trade ideas, compare projects, etc.  While I have an entire Quilt Guild and the LouBee girls that motivate and inspire me; I thought it would be an interesting adventure (kinda like a PenPal)...so I signed up.

I was partnered with Darci; who lives in NY and coincidentally works in a similiar industry as I do...small world.  We both decided to take on the 1st Sewing Buddy Challenge; which was to create a Boy/Girl project.  The rules stated that we should work together in some way/shape/form...whether mailing the pieces back and forth, working with similiar concepts, etc. 

We partnered together to make two Crib Quilts...one for a girl and one for a boy.  I purchased 3 Kona Charm Packs; which I then divided into the typical Boy and Girl palettes (mailing the Girl palette of Pink/Red/Yellow to Darci and keeping the Boy palette of Green/Blue/Teal to myself).  Darci purchased the backing and binding materials both of which were from Ann Kelle's line for Robert Kaufmann.  We both decided to work with HST; but done in a different fashion.

I was inspired by this quilt and decided to try my hand at something similiar.  After making nearly 60 HST, I ran out of fabric and had had enough.  Honestly, the palette was frustrating me, as it was never as bright as I had hoped and it left me somewhat uninspired; but we had both agreed to finish the Challenge and submit our entries together. 

I do have to admit, once it was sewn up, quilted and bound...I was pleasantly surprised. 




I'm still not a fan of half of those colors; but at least they look pretty good when mixed together and it was nice knowing that Darci was having similiar frustrations on her end too.  I can't wait to see her finished quilt...I'll post it here upon completion.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Warm Fuzzies

I'm one of those people who finds joy in the little things, so you can imagine my excitement when I was on Flickr last night and came across this quilt made by  Rebekah (BekahB88 on Flickr).


Aside from the fact that she did a great job, what makes this extra special for me is that she is a new-ish quilter and decided to use my PUZZLED pattern from Moda BakeShop.  YAY!!!

Now, I know a few STLMQG Members have made PUZZLED too; but I don't have photos to share of theirs.  Hey Girls...send them my way.  I contacted Rebekah and asked permission of course to blog about her quilt; but also to find out her thoughts on the pattern.  I got a big thumbs up!

Then today I was at Fabric Nosherie to show Shannon, the owner, my MAZED pattern.  As soon as I unfolded the quilt, she immediately set up a display in the middle of her store...WOW!!!

If you are in St. Louis and want to go check out the quilt and maybe pick up a copy of MAZED for yourself head over to Fabric Nosherie.  Thanks Shannon for being my 1st Wholesale Customer :-)

Okay that's enough self-indulgence for one day :-)
It's not too late to participate in my Pay It Forward Swap, check out this post to learn more.
Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pay It Forward Swap

Pay It Forward is a truly wonderful concept in whatever way/shape/form that it occurs.  It just makes the world a happier place no matter how large or small the gesture. 

This past Friday, I was lucky enough to read on Kelly's blog Live.Love.Create that she was taking part in a "Pay It Forward Swap".  I hadn't heard of it; but upon reading the Rules knew that I wanted to give it a try.  I was excited to learn that I was one of her lucky readers and now I'm giving 3 of you the same opportunity.

So what is a "Pay It Forward Swap"...it's pretty simple really.  Please read the rules below and make sure that ALL of them apply to you.

RULES:

1.   I will create a crafty gift for each of the first three people who comment on this post. The gift is a total surprise and will arrive on your doorstep anytime within the next 365 days.

2.   In signing up for Pay it Forward, you are committing yourself to the project...someone pays it forward to you, so you pay it forward to others! Post these rules, or something very similar so others can get involved.  You will create your own post where you create gifts for 3 people, and so forth.

3.   You must have an active blog of your own, or some way to post up your PIF info like a Flickr, Pinterest, or Facebook account. Essentially, you'll need a place to announce your own PIF and to post some pics of the process.

4.   After commenting on this post, should you be one of the lucky ones, post something similar on your blog...so you can spread the Pay It Forward love.  I will email you asking for your mailing address, and the online address where you are posting your PIF info, so I can get your crafty treat in the mail. Please make sure your email address is visible on your profile or leave it in the comment.

That's it...pretty sweet, eh?

So, are you up for the Challenge...want to make 3 people's day...I sure do!




The above photos are all things that I have made in the past for Swaps...who knows, maybe you'll find something similiar on your doorstep...or maybe something entirely different.