Archive - April, 2009

Another class!

A quick post to mention that I’m going to be teaching another class for Home Ec. at Reform School!  It’s a one night class on how to make a patchwork pillow sleeve!  First we’ll improvisationally piece a wonky log cabin block and then we’ll turn it into a pillow sleeve. All on the evening of Thursday May 28th.

Pillow for Home Ec. Class

Should be fun! Click over here and scroll down through all of their amazing classes (I might need to take the glass beads one!!) to sign up!

Pillow for Home Ec. Class

Weekend blocks

This weekend I made a bunch of blocks that are headed off to different homes.

First, April’s blocks for Block PartyMegan sent the fabric this month and man, she’s got some good taste!  A couple of the fabrics are on their way to me now… couldn’t resist buying some after seeing them in person.

Block Party - April

I love this little owl on the left. He’s just so pissed off. Cracks me up every time I look at him.

Block Party - April detail

And I was a little late to the party, but I’m officially in love with with Wonderland by MoMo. So many cute print in the line. A bit ended up in the center of this second block:

Block Party - April detail 2

I also got a couple more blocks done for Jacquie and Project Improv so that she has an even number to get more quilt tops finished up.  Orange & pink – can’t go wrong!

Blocks for Jacquie

And lastly – my block for April of Sew Connected 2.  I started with inspiration from Amanda Jean‘s tutorial on zig zags with no triangles and just sorta added on from there!

SewConnected - April

Sure is fun to try new things on individual blocks!

SewConnected - April - Detail

Now that these are all done, maybe I can get some work done on a quilt.  This whole having a job thing sure does cut into the sewing time!

Best thing about working again?

I can buy fabric!

New fabric

Pretty, right??

New fabric

Oh and there’s a killer giveaway going on over at See Katie Sew. Go check it out!

Tote Tutorial

Finished Garden Tote

I have a quilted garden tote tutorial up over at Sew, Mama, Sew! today. Hop on over to download the PDF. I hope you like it!

Very little sewing.

That’s what’s going on these days. Was too busy with other things this weekend to get much sewing done. I did manage to finish framing all of the Block Party blocks that I have though!

Block Party Blocks 2

I’m just waiting on getting the final two and I can put the whole top together. Another angle:

Block Party Quilt blocks

It’s gonna be one funky quilt… And it’s going to be all mine!

Oh and thank you all for your wonderful birthday wishes! So nice of all of you!

My favorite quilt.

Amy over at Park City Girl is having an online quilt festival.  What a fun idea, right?  Thought I would join in!

I am going to go ahead and stretch the boundaries and say that my favorite quilt that I’ve ever made is in my future!  It’s the next quilt.  And then the one after that!  I hope to always grow and change and push myself as a quilter, so my favorite quilt is still in my brain!

To me, it will be the perfect combination of these two quilts:

Flora & Fauna Quilt

Land & Sea Quilt

I’m in love with the wonkiness of the top blocks, but the colors of the bottom quilt.

Could it be that this is the beginning of my all time favorite quilt??

Block Beginnings

Even if this is the start of it, I hope that once it’s done, the next one I dream up becomes my new favorite quilt.  That way I’ll always love the quilts I’m working on!

Hope that you all have wonderful weekends! It’s my birthday tomorrow, so I have some sewing in the plans! What else would a girl want to do on her birthday?!?

A winner and a change…

First of all, thank you all so much for all of your amazing comments! 366 of you commented and I read every single one. You are all so kind! Your support is wonderful!

Ok – getting down to business! The random number generator gave me:

Picture 1

This means that Katie from Philigry is the winner! Katie, I’ll drop you an e-mail to get your mailing address.

And now, the change… These past hyper-productive quilting months have been wonderful, but I have also been unemployed. Happily, the unemployment has come to an end! I think that I’ve mentioned previously that for my “real job” I cast reality shows and I’ve landed a very lucky job. Project Runway! Tell your fashion designer friends! Tell your fashion blogger friends! Spread the word. We are looking for people to be on the show!

Meanwhile, I’m not going to be able to think about quilting nearly as much. I’m really going to try to keep posting regularly here, but I’m sure you’ll hear less from me. I’ve been sewing every day to have so much to blog about. Oh how I will miss my sewing machine!

In other news, I’ve finished the last of this pattern. Don’t need to make this one again for awhile. I still think it’s super cute, but five is enough for now!!

The Last Squares in Squares QuiltThe Last Squares in Squares Quilt - Back

The Last Squares in Squares Quilt - detail

The Last Squares in Squares Quilt - back detail

Happy Monday to all of you!

100th post and a give away!

This is my 100th blog post! Yay! When I started this blog I had no idea it would turn into such a huge part of my life, but I’m so thrilled that it has. I so appreciate the community and kindness that comes from all of you! As a thank you, I thought I’d have a give away.

Take a peek…

Giveaway!

Anything you like? The winner will get one fat quarter of each of these fabrics.

Giveaway!

Just drop me a comment to be entered. I’ll keep it open through the weekend and pick a random winner on Monday the 13th!

Fresh start…

I always love starting a new quilt.   There’s a sense of wondering how it will end up that I love!  I’ve pulled fabrics and just gotten started.

Next Quilt

Next Quilt

All I can bring myself to want to make with them is wonky log cabins. I have a problem. I’m stuck on the wonky log cabin block. I can’t seem to be able to find a block I want to sew more than that! I don’t know what to do about it really… I’m in a rut, yet not bored with it.  Does that make sense??

Block Beginnings

And for the improv peicers out there… I have gotten into a routine of first picking all my fabrics, but then as I make the blocks, I cut as I go along. Meaning that I cut, sew and press each center or pair of borders as I go. This means that I tend to sew standing up because I can’t be bothered to keep getting up and down as I cut, then sew, then walk to my ironing board to press. Am I nuts? Does anyone else sew standing up? I need to figure out a way to get my sewing machine up higher.

Look at these pretty ladies that I got in a swap with Kristen.

LadiesClose up

I’m gonna love this quilt.

Oh and just a quick reminder for LA locals, the first night of my class for Home Ec. at wonderful Reform School is a week from tonight so please sign up if you’re interested!

Pillow sleeves for days!

All finished with the commissioned pillow sleeves!

Commissioned Pillows

So much fun to work with such bright fun colors! Happy happy weekend to you all!

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