Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sunday Funday Giveaway

Greetings, and happy Labor Day weekend.  I am so grateful for an extra day off this week especially after a 12 hour day of moving into our new library!  If you're interested in seeing it you can check out pictures on our Library's Facebook page... I'll share pics of my office once I get it set up if you all are interested :p

Sunday Funday Giveaway Party
Julie over at 627 Handworks is has been hosting a series of Sunday Funday giveaways and I decided to join in.  There are tons of other bloggers also hosting today, so hop on over and check them out!

Sunday, September 1st:
Quilt Art Designs
Quarter Incher
Factotum of Arts
Quilts of a Feather
                                                             Bead Queene
                                                             Sew Into My 20s

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you'll already know that I have a huge Denyse Schmidt problem.  So I thought it would be fitting to give some DS goodies away.  

The first lucky winner will receive a charm pack of Flea Market Fancy -- 1 charm in each print.

The second winner will receive a fat quarter bundle of 4 coordinating prints from Denyse's new line, Croquet (how adorable is this line?!).

To enter to win, just leave me a comment.  Maybe mention a project you are working on, or some of your favorite fabric/designers :)  Giveaway closes on Monday, Sept 2 at midnight.  If you are a no reply blogger, please leave an email address where I can contact you.  If I can't get ahold of you, I will have to choose an alternate winner.  Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

Also, look out later in the week for another giveaway of an awesome traveling stash box that I received last week.  I wanted to post it last weekend, but I had no internet at work all week and I was just too tired when I got home.  Hopefully I'll have it posted Monday :)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Dogwood Petals

Greetings all!  Gosh it has been a hectic week around here.  We started moving to our new library building on Monday... I'm exhausted, and it's only Wednesday!!!  The first thing to be moved was our server... so the internet went with the server to the new building on Monday, and I have no daytime internet connection since (hence my lack of blog reading).  Despite the chaos, I have found some time to sew.

I've mentioned before that I am taking Rachel @ Stitched in Color's Penny Sampler class.  I am a little ashamed to say that I haven't even started the Penny Sampler blocks yet (yup, slacker, I know).  Our first applique practice project is the Dogwood Blossoms quilt.  Since I've had Madrona Road sitting (...languishing...) in my stash since I became interested in quilting, I decided that it would be the perfect line to use for this project

I chose 16 of the more colorful prints from the line and cut up all my 6" squares.  I decided that I wanted to do sew and turn applique (it looked like a lot less hassle than dealing with starch and pressing) so I cut up some muslin too.

Clockwise from Top: Cotton Couture Peony,  CC Apricot, CC Canary, Kona Perriwinkle, CC Denim, CC Watermelon 
To supplement the prints, I decided to fill out the rest of the blossoms with solids.  These were actually just delivered today... my stash is very low on solids so when I need some I have to order online.

Here are my completed petals.  I still have yet to sew the rest of the pinks and oranges (6 prints).  And I have to cut and sew my solids as well.  The chevron fabric is my favorite.  I had to cut the squares on the bias to get them going the proper direction.

Now I need your help deciding on a background print.  I got the spots at the expensive LQS in my area.  It's hard to see but it's more of a warm gray.  The solid on the right is Kona Iron.  I'm leaning toward the print, but if I use the print I have no idea what I will use for sashing.  If I use the Kona Iron, I can use one of the gray prints from the Madrona Road line as sashing...  What do you think?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedLinking up to WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WIP Wednesday: DS charms

A few months ago, I received this beautiful pile of Denyse Schmidt Charms.  Finally this weekend, I started sewing them together :)

Sorry the pic is a little blurry, I cropped it out of another picture because I forgot to take on of the charms themselves...  I really need to remember to snap pictures BEFORE I start sewing :)  Anyway, you get the idea.

 I sewed all the charms up into 9-patch blocks, trying to alternate higher volume and lower volume prints.  This was also good practice getting the hang of my 1/4" seam!

See where I'm going here?

I sewed my whole stack of charms (minus the duplicates) and now I'm just waiting for Round 2 charms to get here.  Both rounds should give me a completed lap quilt at the very least.

 Since I had all of the blocks arranged on the floor between the couch and TV I kept looking at them during commercials.  Ryan asked me why I kept staring at my fabric, lol.  I told him I had to make sure there weren't too many "like" pieces of fabric together :)

In other news, the Penny Sampler class has officially begun!  Right now Rachel has only introduced the practice projects, but I am so excited to get started!  I think I may try my hand at the dogwood blossoms quilt practice project that way I can keep busy between making my Penny Sampler blocks :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedLinking up with WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced :)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday Stash #4

Happy Sunday everyone!  Did you all have a good weekend?  It's pretty rainy around here today so I've been sewing instead of working outside.  For Sunday stash this week I have the ever popular line, Briar Rose by Heather Ross :)  Since I'm new to quilting, I have missed other HR lines, so I was very excited to see a new release from her.

This line is even more lovely in person, I love all the little touches of whimsy.  I pre-ordered a FQ bundle from Pink Castle fabrics back in May, and received it when it came out last month.  The plan is to make a twin sized quilt for my niece, who turned 2 in May.  She's not in a big-girl bed yet though, so I have some time to work on it :)

I've had this quilt as a favorite on Flickr for quite a while and then when I saw previews of Briar Rose I knew that was what I was going to use to make it.

Girly Star Quilt by Darci on Flickr
I plan to use fussy cuts for the center squares and solids for the backgrounds using Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial.  Now I just need to pick the solids to use and order them.  My sister doesn't want the quilt to be too girly, so I'll probably minimize the pink solids.  After seeing Laura's post about her little girl's "soft blanket," I think I want to back it with green minky :)

I really want to get better at piecing consistently, so I think I will wait to start this quilt until after I finish the "precise piecing" portion of the Penny Sampler class.

One other stash related question -- I've been coveting Denyse Schmidt's new line, Florence, and Waterfront Park by Violet Craft...

Florence courtesy of Denyse Schmidt                                   Waterfront Park courtesy of Pink Chalk Studio
Right now there is a 10% off bundle sale at Stash Modern Fabric... ideally I'd really like to buy BOTH lines, but there's no way I can spend $150 on complete FQ bundles of both, and I really have no immediate plans for either.  But... I feel like I could use fabrics from both lines in my Penny Sampler.  Such a hard decision...  Which would you get?

Friday, August 16, 2013

TGIFF: bee blocks

I had every intention to participate in SarahQuilts "Show me Yours" stash link up, but holy cow, my life has exploded lately!  In personal news:  We have an official date for our move to our new Library building.  Things at work are in a complete tumult right now and it's really busy.  It's also unlikely that I'm going to be able to take any time off work for the next 3 months or so.

I'm really glad I finished all my August bee blocks early this month, because of how hectic things have been.

My first, and the bee I've been a member of the longest is the Newbee Quilters bee on Threadbias.  This month, our queen asked for rainbow Charming Stars blocks.  I love that this tutorial takes charm squares, because I have a HUGE pile of charms from different swaps.  I grabbed a rainbow of charms and this is what I came up with

 The blocks that others in the hive have posted have all been super cute.  I really need to make a rainbow quilt...

Next up are my do.Good.Stitches Grace Circle blocks.  Jenny wanted 12.5" Star Crossed blocks that feature pink, purple, or fuchsia.

This quilt is going to be so much fun, I can't wait to see it come together.  Last month's quilter just posted a picture of the Asterisk Flying Geese layout of our blocks from July, and it looks fabulous :)  I feel so lucky to be part of such a great group!

Last, but certainly not least, I am so thrilled to be part of another bee that formed out of the New Blogger's Blog Hop -- the Scrap-Bee-Licious bee.  If you couldn't tell from the bee name, the purpose is to choose a block that is scrap friendly.  These ladies are so talented and I can't wait to have a quilt from this group.  Our inaugural queen is Ashley from Wasn't Quilt in a Day and she requested Converging Corners blocks with white center squares.  This quilt is so cool, I don't know how I hadn't seen these before!

 Ashley and I share a Denyse Schmidt fetish, so I knew I had to include some DS fabrics in her blocks :)

 If you want to follow along with the lovely ladies in the bee, here's the schedule for our little bee:

Thanks for stopping by!  Do you participate in any quilting bees?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Giveaway Winner

The winner of the FMF hotpad and a little surprise, is....


Thank you all for your lovely comments, I'll be responding to them soon :)  I didn't want to mess up the comments number before I plugged them into the RNG.  Caroline, I'll be in touch later today to get your mailing information.  I hope everyone is having a great start to their weeks!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

TGIFF & Giveaway

Well, I did it... I finished my first large project :)  I actually finished sewing the binding on July 19 (so it's been done for a few weeks) I just haven't had time or weather to get a nice picture until this weekend.  excuse the shabby landscaping, I took the picture before I pruned the hydrenga :p

It turned out 72" long, 14" wide.  I am so pleased with how it turned out. And I love the Metro Living rings as the binding.  here are a couple close-up shots so you can see the binding and quilting better.

I decided to just do a random strip backing.  Each fabric is showcased at least once, with a few duplicates.  It's a little crooked, but it's hard to tell from a distance ::wink::

Action shots guest starring my mom's dining room table (since mine looks like a fabric store explosion at the moment!)

So to celebrate my first sizable finish.  I'm having a little giveaway.  I grabbed my scraps and made a cute herringbone hot pad complete with insulbrite batting so it's safe to use with hot things; it's 10x10" a great size for Dutch Ovens :)

I backed it with the turquoise bouquet print and it's bound in the same Metro Living rings.  The winner will get the hot pad, and a little surprise.

To enter, just leave me a comment and the RNG will choose a winner on Monday 8/12 around noon.  One entry per person please.  If you're a no-reply blogger, please leave an email address where I can contact you.  The giveaway is closed, thank you for your lovely comments :)

Linking up with TGIFF hosted @ Bedtime Quilting this week.  Thanks for celebrating my first finish with me!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Penny Sampler!

Well here is my exciting (to me) news.  A few weeks ago I registered for Rachel @ Stitched in Color's Penny Sampler class.

Courtesy of Rachel @ Stitched in Color
I'm excited because:

a) Rachel (as always) has designed the most beautiful quilt, I couldn't resist after seeing the pictures and block previews
b) I get to learn lots of new things and hopefully better the meager skills I already have
c) I learned that some of my New Blogger blog hop friends are also taking the class!

After looking at Rachel's fabric suggestions, and perusing online fabric stores for days, I decided that the Alexander Henry Mecca for Moderns, Urban Garden print would be my "inspiration" fabric.  Coincidentally I visited Joann's this weekend and discovered that some of the fabrics in Juliana Horner's new fabric linematch my color scheme perfectly.  I also ordered a slew of solids, and took a trip to a modern quilt shop today.  All the quilt shops in my area specialize in Civil War reproduction fabrics, so I have to travel down the road to get things that are more my taste... Plus we needed things at Trader Joe's and Penzey's, so I convinced Ryan that the quilt shop was right there so I may as well go ::wink::

So here's my "stack" for the Penny Sampler.  I am really happy with how it looks so far!  I think I might have to buy some more solids, but I think this should at least get me off to a good start with the blocks.

I'd name all the fabrics, but I don't know them all off the top of my head and I'm too lazy to look them all up!  I'm sure you can see all the DS prints in there because I'm totally obsessed.  I will probably add some prints from Florence when it comes out later this month.  I also need a print for the panel under the diamonds on the right bottom half... is this orange print from Heirloom too much orange?  

The solids are (top to bottom) Essex in Slate, Kona Glacier, Cotton Couture in Slate, Kona Aqua, Plum, Flesh, Medium Gray and Iron.  There's also a fat quarter of Free Spirit Tan in the neutrals row too.  I'm still debating whether I like it or not.  Not pictured are Kona Snow and Ash, since the cuts I have of those are >2 yards each and they don't fold well enough to fit in the picture.  I think I'm going to add Essex in Putty too 

In case you haven't seen the Penny Sampler in all of its glory, here's the full picture
Courtesy of Rachel @ Stitched in Color
I believe there is still space in the class if you're interested in joining the fun... the registration information is over here, and you can follow along with everyone's progress at the Stitched in Color Flickr Group!

Monday, August 5, 2013

(pic heavy!) Four County Quilt Show

So I didn't write up a Sunday Stash yesterday, but I have a good reason :)  My friend, Abigail and I went to the Four County Quilt Show at the Frederick Fairgrounds yesterday.  It's not a modern quilt guild, but I was still able to find a lot of inspiration in the hundreds of quilts that were exhibited.  The show even almost made me a Batik convert.

Here are a few of the quilts that I really liked.  The uncaptioned pictures are quilts that I either forgot to snap a picture of the label, or the label was blurry and I couldn't make out the name.  If you see your quilt and would like me to add your name, or if you would like me to take down the picture please let me know.

Medium and Large Quilts

by Laura Schwartz
Laura Schwartz embroidery detail
Laura Schwartz quilting detail
The quilt by Laura Schwartz was one of the first quilts we saw.  Each block featured a different quilting style and the whole quilt had lovely machine embroidery pieces.

by Sharon Harris
by Cindy Leonard
Cindy Leonard quilting detail
Ms. Leonard had several quilts entered in the show, and each one was quilted beautifully with hand quilting.

zig-zag quilt
zig-zag quilt detail
Sorry I neglected to snap a pic of the tag on this one.  I love the effect of the monochromatic zig-zags!

Celtic design
great scrap buster
This awesome scrap buster was made out of 1.5" strips.  I remember the tag saying that she still had a bin full of leftovers.  It was a lot of fun picking out all the novelty scraps in the quilt :)

by Laura O'Neal
This quilt was HUGE.  I believe the tag says 90"x107".  The ladies who made these Civil War reproduction quilts hosted a 4 patch block swap, so there were 5 or 6 of the same block quilts on display.  This was by far the largest, and my favorite layout.  Also, I think this is a block we'll be making in the Penny Sampler class, so I am excited that I may be able to make a quilt like this in the future!

9 patch quilt
This last large quilt was my favorite (I voted for it to win best in show).  It's made of 9 patch blocks set on point.  I don't even think the picture does it justice, it was absolutely gorgeous, I'm sad that I can't make out the artists name on the tag :(

Lap, Mini and Art Quilts
by Susan McDavid
by Joan Watkins
paper pieced teapots
I think I'm having a love affair with 30s and 30s reproduction fabrics.  A lot of the vendors had 30s repros for sale.  I'm proud of myself for having good willpower and not buying any!

by Joan Watkins
by Cindy Leonard
Another beautiful example of hand quilting!

by Olga Schnde
As a gardener, I loved this one.  It even had little ladybug beads, and there was a lovely glistening spiderweb under the beet leaves!  I wish I would have taken some more shots of the details!

by Etta Stewart
Etta Stewart quilting detail
This ZentangleTM, quilt was awesome, I especially loved the ZentangleTM quilting.  

The awesome art quilt wall
by Libbi Driggers
This last quilt (which was actually the first quilt in the exhibit when you walked in) shows all that is "famous" about Frederick, MD.  If you've never been there it's a really great place to visit.  Also, if you watch Top Chef, it's where season 6 and Top Chef masters contestant Bryan Voltaggio's restaurant is ;)

This was the first quilt show I had the opportunity to attend.  It was definitely worth it, and it definitely won't be the last!  I even got to play with the Cadillac of embroidery machines.  There is no way I'd ever  be able to afford a $5,000 machine, but it was neat to see everything it could do.  A girl can dream right?!  One final little funny to wrap up the experience.  This was a sign at one of the vendor booths: