A scarf in Stitch and a giveaway

Oh hey! Some work of mine is in the latest Stitch!

Stitch

Inside Stitch

I’ll go ahead and say it: I don’t think wearables and quilted go together. Pretty much ever. So when Stitch asked me to make a scarf for the Spring 2011 issue I was daunted. I wasn’t required to make it quilted, but hell, I’m a quilter. So I tackled the task and think that I did alright at making something ok!

Me and scarf

I used flannel in the middle to make it have more of a flexible drape than batting would have given it.

Scarf Close Up

Now the giveaway! Who wants a copy of the magazine? Leave a comment and I’ll announce a winner on Monday. Good luck!

On the design wall…

Triple Bee Blocks

Blocks from The Triple B Bee.  Just have to make one myself to add to them and then I can put the quilt together!  Not certain of the lay out but this is going to be a lap quilt that lives in my sewing room.  I went with a darker color scheme than I usually do but I’m interested in using different kinds of color combos these days…  We’ll see how I put all of these together.

Charm Squares

And all 44 charms from a Robert Kaufman Kona charm pack!  Aren’t they pretty all laid out like that? RK have been so generous and have donated these charm packs to Modern Quilt Guilds that want to organize a solids challenge.  Of course the L.A. group jumped at the chance!  Having them up there is getting me inspired…

Fun.

Really, really, really fun.

Long armin'

What with Lauren opening Sew Modern, a new shop, (not pictured – this is down in Orange County where we went for some training) and having a long arm there, this could become a new habit… It really is all it’s cracked up to be.

Have a great weekend!

You know what’s exciting??

This right here, that’s what!

BlockPartyCover

Still a few months until it comes out but it’s already up on Amazon for pre-order.

Hope you all had sewing filled weekends!

The Baby Harvatine Quilt

I have been reading my friend Liz’s blog, Lady Harvatine, for a long time. It was one of the first I found when I started quilting. Thanks to the LA Modern Quilt Guild, we now know each other and are pals. She’s having a baby very soon, so of course I had to make her a quilt!

Baby Harvatine Quilt

I’m a touch stripe obsessed these days…

I quilted double zig-zags in each blue and yellow strip (I didn’t use a double needle, just did one zig-zag then echo quilted it) and added the occasional pop of monochromatic fabric.

Baby Harvatine Quilt Detail2

Oh and guys, did you see? There’s totally a dog in a teacup right there.

Baby Harvatine Quilt Detail

Hope 2011 is off to a good start for you!

Goodbye 2010

As the year wraps up I thought I’d stop in and say that I hope each and every one of you has a happy new year.  I’ve been very lucky and have had an overall great year, but 2010 has had its ups and downs for a lot of us, so here’s to 2011 being more up than down!

2010 work

Happy happy new year and see you all in 2011!

Merry Christmas!

Hope those of you who celebrate are having a wonderful day!

Christmas

Christmas comes early.

I’m so excited that Janome is sponsoring me with a Horizon Memory Craft 7700 machine.

Janome Horizon

Needless to say, I’m thrilled. I mean, let’s be honest here – I did a veeeery long happy dance when the UPS man pulled up with it.

I’ve been sewing on the same machine (my first machine) since I started quilting about three years ago. I can’t knock the lil’ lady because I’ve made over 50 quilts, large and small, on her. But for a long time now, I’ve known that my machine was holding me back, with quilting in particular. I have spent a bit of time with my new Horizon and let me tell you – it’s like a door opening. Everything just looks so much better. The stitches, the smoothness, it’s just clearly a quality machine. I am going to be a straight line quilting addict for a bit I think. It all just comes out so pretty and NOT shifty on this machine. I’m thrilled.

This machine is so much faster than my old one. I’m zipping through my tasks and getting things done so quickly! And the space! Just look at the space!

Space

There is SO much room in the throat of the machine. Seriously – so. much. I’m in the middle of quilting a queen right now, and it’s not even a squeeze to get it through the machine.

And so far, in first place for “best feature I didn’t have but now do”: The Automatic Thread Cutter!

Automatic Thread Cutter

This upgrade has been a long time coming for me and let me tell you, it doesn’t disappoint! I am amazed at what a difference it makes to have the right tool.

Now you’ll have to excuse me – I’m going to go spend lot and lots of quality time with the new machine.

Fat quarter bundle winner!

Thanks for all of the entries! Sometimes I wish that I could give a bit of fabric to all of you but with 963 of you commenting, I’d be left with no fabric!

The random number generator has spoken and the winner is: Number 331!

Kristin – congrats and keep an eye out for an email from me!! Thanks for joining in everyone!

A little holiday fabric giveaway

Happy Monday! It’s Sew, Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day so I thought I’d join in!

Holiday Fat Quarter Pack

How about a little fat quarter pack of festive fabrics?

Leave me a comment and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a winner on the 17th. I’ll happily ship internationally.

Good luck!

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