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Improv

I’ve always thought of that word relating to a bunch of people running around on a stage trying to be funny, but now it is ALSO about quilting for me!!

Jacquie started Project Improv and I’m so excited about it. I have thought tons and tons about taking quilting classes and I read loads about quilting, but I find that there’s not a lot out there about the style of quilting I’m drawn to. There’s some, but not nearly enough to satisfy me. This project that Jacquie is starting will definitely help with that. Sign up if you’re interested!

A finished mini quilt!

I wanted to get those two quilts finished before 2009, but binding is a drag for me. Instead I had some fun!! I made the mini quilt that Katie won in my giveaway! Here it is:

Mini Quilt

Mini Quilt Close Up

And the back:

Mini Quilt Back

I hope you like it Katie! I’ll be putting it in the mail to you in the next couple of days.

And as for those other two quilts, I’m mere stitches on the binding away from at least one being complete!

Close Up on Charity Quilt

Thank Yous All Around

My mailbox has been making me oh so happy this week. It’s like Christmas has come a bit early here at my place!  I have recently won a couple of giveaways and just generally experienced the generosity of this crafting bloggy world.  You are all so nice and so giving!!

I’ll start with a beautiful bit of fabric that I won over at Bee Square Fabric.  I love how lively this wonderful Garden Pop is! Thank you Diane!!

Pop Garden

The other day, I had a bit of an email back and forth with Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! about our absolute adoration of Erin Michaels, new line Lush (have you SEEN it?!? If not – seriously, check it out), which led to my mentioning that I also love her first line, Uptown.  Elizabeth then offered to send me some scraps of the line.  Yes, please!! Thank you Elizabeth! Oh my goodness just take a peek:

Uptown

Some if this is pretty certain to end up in the aqua & red mini quilt I’m going to make for Katie!

Next up, something I’ve been wanting for a while! I won a Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Sample Card from True Up.   I’m certain to reference it endlessly and I’m so happy to now be able to order solids online.  I often need to SEE solids to match them to various patterned fabrics, so it’s a thrill to have this. Thank you Kim!

Kona Card

And last, but certainly ANYTHING BUT least, I won a giveaway from Dallas over at For The Journey.  Would you please feast your eyes on this amazingly generous quantity of vintage sheets?!?

Vintage Sheets

Thank you Dallas!! I am in love with so many of them and I just can’t wait to tackle making them into a beautiful quilt. I’m going to love the challenge of mixing and matching all of these in with new fabrics as well. What fun!! Here’s a few of my favorites:

Vintage Sheets Detail

Now I need to really get cracking on a number of Christmas gifts… I just finished up on a freelance job so I’m beyond excited to now have lots of time to sew sew sew and tend to this here little blog.

Hope that you are all starting to feel the holiday spirit. I certainly am! With a community as generous as all of you, how could I not?!?

A winner!

Thank you all so so much for all of your fun and kind comments for the give away. I got a total of 102 entries (yay!) and it was so nice to have a lot of people delurk (or would it be unlurk??) and say hello!

Anyhow, getting down to business! The random number generator came up with:

GIve away winner

So congratulations to Katie from See Katie Sew!! She said “oh, a chance to win a quilt made by you!??! count me in! right now I’m loving aqua and red, although everything you make is beautiful ;)

So an aqua & red mini quilt it will be!

On another note, I’m one weekend and two days away from completing the job I’m currently on, and let me tell you, it couldn’t come at a better time that I’ll be back to full time sewing. There’s Christmas gifts to be made! And fast!

My first give away!!

Ok – so I didn’t sign up for Sew Mama Sew’s give away day, but when I woke up this morning and started to read all of my usual crafty blogs, I was wracked with guilt and a desire to be a part of it all! So I’m having a give away too!!

See all this fabric in this photo?!? I think that MAYBE there’s enough there to make you a mini quilt! Beans, my cat, agrees.

Give away

Just leave me a comment with your favorite color combination and one lucky winner will get a mini quilt made by me in those colors. Good luck!

Quick edit: Clearly I’m new to this and forgot to mention how long it will last. Let’s say 12:00 PM (pacific time) on Friday the 5th!

No sewing… just a give away!

Work and visting family for Thanksgiving has kept me away from the sewing room these days.  But I’m on a count down until this job is over and I can be at it again, full force!  I can’t wait.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out this give away over at My Little Blue Cottage.  What a great one!

Less sewing, more loot!

Work has really diminished my time at the sewing machine. I’m finding myself not at all wanting to sew once I’m home in the evening, so mostly I’ve just been getting a bit done on the weekends.  But that hasn’t stopped me from getting some new stuff!  Prepare for a photo heavy run down of it all!

Jacquie won a recent give away at See Katie Sew that she had learned about from my blog.  As a thank you she sent me a bit of fabric:

Gift from Jacquie

I love it! Really so nice of her!! Thanks again Jacquie!

I also won a $10 gift card to Wish Apon a Quilt through the Fab Shop Hop.  I spent waaaay too much time on it one evening a couple of months ago but it paid off!  Proof:

New Fabric

And continuing to brighten my week, filled with really good mail, were my Spare Change swap fabric squares! I couldn’t be happier with them… Bold and colorful and of all 24 squares, I already have the fabric of only 1 of them.  I’m thrilled.  Going to have to come up with something fun to make with them.

Spare Change Swap

I also picked up this magazine and I like it!  Loads of stuff in it that I want to try.

Stitch

Lastly, I spend a couple of hours today at:

Felt Club

While I felt that overall there wasn’t that much diversity in the stuff that was there, (I love me some food plushies – but the fifth sighting was less exciting than the first four) there were lots and lots of beautiful things to look at and enjoy.  I was pretty frugal and just got some beautiful earrings and and some new Sublime Stitching patterns.

Felt Club buys

And that concludes my new loot wrap up!

Balancing…

With a job having started up, I’m needing to find a new balance to find time for sewing. All day, every day isn’t possible anymore and boy do I miss it. I’m just going to have to get used to a slower pace of progress on things.

Just have to bind this and it’s all done!

Baby Boy Quilt Close up

And I’m popping these in the mail for the Spare Change Swap. Can’t wait to see what I get back!

Spare Change Squares

A fun scrap challenge!

I signed up for the JC Handmade Spare a Square scrap challenge and made this fun little wall hanging! The idea is that we all sent in a square of fabric, they were cut up and we got back ten different scraps to make something (anything!) with. We could add anything we want, we just need to use all of the scraps.  Here’s what I did:

scrap challenge wall hanging

I’m forever obsessed with wonky log cabin blocks, so I indulged my obsession. All of the patterned fabrics are the scraps I was sent, and the solids I added. It was fun to to stretch myself a bit and use colors I’d normally not use…

scrap challenge wall hanging - close up

It’s small. It measures 9″ X 31″ and it’s now hanging in my sewing room!

Scrap challenge wall hanging - size perspective

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