Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fun Size Quilts and a Giveaway!!

Karen Burns of Martingale compiled a book of fun sized quilts 
from several quilting designers.
Each quilt is about the size or less of a fat quarter 
and can be made with fat quarters too!

My Fun Sized quilt is called Particularly Joyful
It was created with Basic Grey's fabric line 'Curio' by Moda, 
a beautiful line of fabric that I was certain would become a quilt....
just not immediately.
I let Curio 'age' on my stash self for a couple of years before I made this quilt.
Choosing fabric, creating patterns and hand sewing all make me 
particularly joyful...hence the name.

There was one other quilt in the book that caught my eye immediately. 
To Do List, and it's on my to do list for my sewing area.

If you would like to win an e-copy of the book Fun Sized Quilts from Martingale,
leave a comment about what part of sewing, quilting or crafting....
makes you particularly joyful.
I'll choose a winner on July 30th.
If you want 15 more chances to win, stop by Martingale's Blog to see the list of contributing authors and how to enter their giveaway.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Holidays, a sale, and a short bag

I first would like to say I hope you have a happy and safe Fourth of July!
I have made a quick trip to Florida to retrieve my kiddos from their grandparents.
In the mean time my etsy shop is up and running with a sale on every item!!
A quarter off for the 4th!.
There's no code as it's all listed with the sale prices right there.

I recently tried a new bag pattern from This and That called Short and Sweet.
It is adorable and very simple.

I picked out a mini charm pack moda candy Pedal Pushers 
by Lauren and Jessi Jung and I started cutting.

I finished one short bag which is perfect for 3-4 pens in my purse.
If you are looking for a pattern for gifts or a teen /tween this pattern is perfect.
They sew up so fast!
Anyhow, I think I'm going to make one or 2 from from Old New 30s.

I still haven't gotten over how pretty this fabric is.
Are you into the 30's reproductions?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hexies with inspirational messages? yes please.

One of the first areas that I shop at quilt market is always
Moda (land).
That's what we call it, by we, I mean Stefanie and I.
You have to hit Moda-land first because of the mini charm packs,
and any other awesome items for sale at the booths.

At the Pittsburgh quilt market I stopped by Laundry Basket Quilts booth.
Edyta happened to have a new product for English paper piecing called
"Charms" English Piecing Shapes.
I bought quite a few sizes including 7/8" hexagons.

The very special thing about these shapes is the
inspiration words printed on them.
"sewing forever"
"made with love"
and many many more.

I liked them so much I broke into my mini charm pack of 
Penny and Friends by Darlene Zimmerman to try them out.
How would they be different from or Patchwork Busy Fingers?
Well first, they are printed with sweet sayings
and the paper is quite a bit thinner.
The differences did affect how I prepared my paper pieces.
I cut my seam allowances a bit narrower so that I wouldn't cover up the sayings!
And since I use the glue baste technique, 
I needed to be careful with the paper being so thin.
That being said, I quickly got the hang of it and even though 
the paper was thinner, it folded with crisp edges.

Here is the beginning of my hand piecing. 
Sewing the thinner paper was actually easier than the stiffer card stock of other companies.
Who knew? I thought it would be more challenging but it is actually easier to manipulate. 
If you are an english paper piecer or would like to try paper piecing, 
I recommend trying a pack of these papers if you get the chance.
As I said, I bought mine at quilt market.
I also picked up 4 extra packs of the 7/8" size and 
have listed them on my etsy site if you would like to try them too.
I hope to carry more sizes in the future.

 As an added bonus this week in honor of Father's Day,
I have a sale this week on my site for 15% off entire site with code FATHER15 at checkout!

p.s. this isn't a sponsored post...unless you count my etsy site as a sponsor (;

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fabulously Fast Quilts .... my quilting thought.

Do you have this book? or e-book?
You should.
There are a bunch of cute easy quilts just waiting to be made.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart is awesome.
I first met Amy at quilt market in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2011.
If you don't know Amy she blogs at Diary of a Quilter.
She has some great tutorials on her blog, stories about her family and her own pattern line.
It was only natural that she write a book about quilting.

I just wanted to share photos particularly of the quilts
that I like from her book.
I'm thinking a scrappy low volume bundle or
scraps plus some red and blue for a patriotic quilt.
Although I have a bunch of deadlines coming my way
 so I might not be able to start by the Fourth of July!

In the meantime, I'm paging through this gem and dreaming.....
If you have time, check out Amy's blog... today she's talking about
blocks and a quilt retreat.

p.s. this was not a sponsored post...just want to share my quilting thoughts

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


I want to apologize for the delay in choosing a winner for my most recent giveaway. 

I didn't forget.... Really I didn't. 
Actually, I made a spontaneous excision to pack up our car and drive to Iowa. 
Wow that sounds CRAZY right? Well maybe not to you but for me it was completely out of character. 
I usually plan a road trip weeks or months in advance... not a day. 
My kids were upset that I didn't give them notice ( they are 7 and 13). 
I realized that the trip was an absolute must. 
I didn't realize I was creating 2 versions of me? How did I miss that? 
They needed to be shown that we can just up and decide to take a trip... Spontaneity is good once and a awhile. 
So we made a long distance road trip and it was awesome. 
Just what we needed. 
I hope you spent your weekend doing what you love! 

Anyhow,the winner of the little market giveaway is
I will be emailing you today for your Info. 
Thanks for all the thoughts on the low volume trend. 

Sunday, June 01, 2014

New fabric from market in my shop...

I brought quite a bit of fabric back with me since I was able to drive to PIttsburgh.
I decided to share it on my etsy site.

Brand new yet to be released Figures fat quarter bundle....
there's just one...but I have more on the way!

I snagged these just released 1930's reproduction charm packs of Penny and Friends by Darlene Zimmerman.
These are darling...

One set of the new Kokka IRome fabric.
I will have the spring bundle in my shop as well as all the light or
 low volume prints in the line.

And don't forget to enter my market giveaway by
telling me your opinion on the low volume / low value trend on this post.

Friday, May 30, 2014

A little late ? giveaway....

My quilt market post is a little late.
I spent 2 1/2 days with my good friend Stefanie

We found many great restaurants and walked all over the strip.

The first night we had Proper pizza and salad.
It was so good.

On Thursday we went to School House and started with Carolyn Friedlander.

Her quilts were very thought provoking.
How did she construct them?
I was determined to get her new book that is being released very soon
Savor Each Stitch

Here are a few more of her book quilts.

I absolutely love the Horizon quilt made with various solids.

And this denim quilt looks difficult but I really want to try it.

Later in the day we met up with Holly Holderman of Lakehouse fabrics
and her friend
Rosanne Kermes of Rosebuds Cottage.
Holly needed help packing swag bags for her school house.
We were looking for a break and this was just the ticket.
Holly had Cheezit's, fresh raspberries and peanut m and m's. 
I couldn't pass that up so I rolled up my sleeves and went to work.
120 bags later, we were done.

Holly was awesome and gave me a pattern and
 a bundle of her low volume fabric for a giveaway here on my blog.
The fabric roll is 6" x 42" of 5 different fabrics.
In addition, I added a few more goodies
 including a Moda candy of Best Day Ever by April Rosenthal and
 a heart template from Edyta Sitar.

Just leave me a comment including your opinion on the low volume / low value fabric trend
 and you will be in the hat to win!
I'll have my daughter choose a winner on June 5 (their last day of school)