That’s what this blog will be until later this month! I’m leaving town later today for a bit and I know there will be no sewing done meanwhile. Fabric shopping might be a different story… Something that there’s been no lack of around here recently.
Even managed to nab one yard of the precious latest Heather Ross.
And while my friends and family know and love me, it’s only you, my bloggyland friends who really “get” my fabric cravings. Proof: In an astonishingly kind gesture, Amanda Jean put a little birthday gift in the mail to me.
Yes. That’s right. You are seeing what you are seeing. VW Vans!!! A fat quarter of each and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I was all out and you all know just how hard it is to get your hands on this stuff these days! I’ve decided that I’m not cutting into until I’m making a baby quilt for MY baby. Who know when that will be, but the buses are going untouched until then! Thanks Amanda Jean!!
Meanwhile, I’m slowly, occasionally, adding a block to the wall.
Back in a couple of weeks…!
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:
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??
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?!?
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:
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!!
Happy Monday to all of you!
So I made a pillow…
…and stitched an orange binding!
I don’t think it will stop being my favorite color for a very long time. If you’d like some orange, both of these are for sale in my shop!
Thank you all so much for all of your wonderful comments on the sewing notions that my mother passed along to me. They were all so nice!
Consensus on the mystery tool, in the photo above, seems to be that it’s either a turning point or a finger press. Based on the fact that it has a point, but not a sharp one, and that the rectangle on the end is shaped in a way that seems like you should hold it there, I’m leaning towards the turning point. Though perhaps it was meant for many purposes! Anyhow, I’m happy to have it, along with all of the other wonderful tools.
Meanwhile, one more finished Square in Squares Baby Boy quilt! This one is already accounted for and being mailed off today!
Only two more to finish up and then I’m not going to make this pattern for awhile. I’ve had my fill!
These little guys sure are cute though.
Hope that you have lovely weekends filled with sewing! I’ve not been able to be in the sewing room much this week with my mother’s visit so I’m excited to get back at it. Oh and by the way yes, she did love her quilt!
My mother is visiting right now and brought me a wonderful gift. Let me explain…
When my great-aunt (on my father’s side) learned that my mother loved to sew, she was thrilled. She had someone to whom she could give all of the many sewing notions from the family. So many wonderful tools and items! Now that I too have picked up the needle and thread, my mother has passed these things along to me. Needless to say it’s so wonderful to have things that physically attach me to my sewing roots. Just have a look… so much stuff!
Look at all of these wonderful old wooden bobbins. The colors of the thread are still so bright and vibrant!
Can you read that? Yes. It says “Pure Silk” for 15 cents!
Needles in wonderful holders!!
The prettiest embroidery scissors:
An old pin cushion made from a Chinese child’s shoe.
And finally, a beautiful gold thimble still with it’s original case. My mother told me that when she was given this, I was two years old and immediately grabbed it from her and loved it. How wonderful that I now have it!
I am going to use all of this stuff! Well, the stuff that I can use… Not only do I remember my mother using it when I was growing up, but it’s amazing to know it reaches much further back into my family’s history.
Oh! And a question for all of you… there is one mystery tool in the bunch. Anyone know what you would use this wooden tool for?
I’ve opened an etsy shop. Only these couple of quilts in there for now, but more will be listed the next week or so!
Have even gotten them all quilted and am stitching bindings!
And a friend asked me a for a little red pouch so I delivered! As I put it together with no pattern I was very pleased to realize that I have mastered my understanding of bag making and lining. It tends to take me forever to wrap my head around these things. I can follow directions and have it turn out right over and over but now I finally “get” it!
I love the lining fabric from the Hello Betty fabric line.