It happened again today. I received squishy mail from Stash Addict Quilts. It was the Fat Eighth bundle of Best.Day.Ever! that I mentioned in yesterday's post. I stumbled on their online shop by accident two months ago and have been ordering from them ever since. One reason is their great prices, even without Deal of the Day pricing, and the other is a special gift that comes with every order......a mini Moda charm pack and a coordinating fat quarter. The first time I ordered with them and I saw the gift I was thrilled. I really ...read more
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The end is in sight for the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt top. At least, I feel like it is. I've been working on it fairly diligently.
I'm thinking about hand quilting it, since it's hand pieced but I'm the world's worst hand quilter...
Anyhow, research has ensued and I thought I'd share a couple of photos from around the web.
A popular method is to shadow quilt in each and every little hexagon. That's a lot of quilting!
This is the skirt that I'm going to wear to the wedding this weekend. I started with the Summer Festival Skirt/Dress from Dharma Trading. I didn't have much hope for this skirt looking good on me. The wide elastic waist/top is not flattering on me as a dress or skirt. But I figured I'd give it a try anyway.
This is what the top looks like. You know these dresses. They are ubiquitous at the beach every summer. They look horrible on a short person with big boobs. I liked the dye results so much ...read more
Good Morning friends! I have been away for far too long. I've been doing quite a bit of traveling the past three weeks and have missed being at my sewing machine and have missed being here. Right before the traveling began I came across a set of blocks that I had forgotten about. I made them sometime in the past couple of years. I don't have any memory of what the pattern was. I know that it was a sampler along, and some of the blocks were paper pieced. I used Lecien's Flower Sugar as well as ... read more
It's that time of year again when the weather gets hot and the kids head back to college. First year of grad school for the boy and second year of college for the girl. I'm handling it much better this year since I've gotten used to having an empty nest at one point or another. I still get those heart pangs but don't find myself randomly crying throughout the day as I did before (not yet anyway...)
I had a baby shower to attend for a special lady and had so much fun knitting and quilting ... read more
I have participated in a couple of swaps this summer on Instagram. One of my favorite swaps is the Strawberry Swap. This is my second round of it and it's always a ton of fun! Today I'm showing you what a received from the very talented Shari of Doohickey Designs. This was such a fun package to open. She made the most beautiful runner out of some of my most favorite fabrics. The runner looks perfect on my buffet. Shari was so kind to include fabric from her line as well as the Cath Kidston phone cover and ... read more
When the Quilters Newsletter team was looking through all the submissions for the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 special issue (available at the Quilt & Sew Shop), I noticed that there were no tree skirts among the entries, so I volunteered to make one. I had a few design ideas floating around in my head, but once I saw the beautiful Shimmer collection by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman, I knew I wanted to do something using the gradient of neutral, metallic printed tone-on-tone fabrics. The faux-snakeskin print is especially cool, I think.
This ...read more
As I previously mentioned, my professional background includes putting together bedding collections. In fact, long before I joined Sis Boom, I was using Jennifer’s lines to make duvets, sheet sets, dust ruffles, upholstered headboards, toss pillows, curtains and more! While my mind automatically sees a large scale floral and thinks “duvet,” you guys turn the same exact print into the most beautiful clothing, quilts, aprons, shower curtains, etc. I have ever seen! I am CONSTANTLY blown away by your creativity. Since you have been so gracious in sharing your creations with us, I’d thought I’d ...read more
I didn’t think I had time for a post today – lots of things to do, not enough hours in the day!! But then I saw a post over on 13 Spools about listing your 10 quilty secrets and I came up with a list pretty quickly.
1. I almost never pay attention to a fabric “line”. In fact, I think that using all the same line of fabrics in one quilt is too matchy-matchy.
2. I almost never pre-wash my fabrics. Unless I’m really afraid the color will bleed or it’s going to shrink up a whole ...read more
This swap was designed so your partner doesn't know who you are. Meaning I got a short description from my partner about the ... read more
This turned out so pretty. The Prairie Points around the edge add a bit of a challenge when quilting because 1) they add a lot of bulk on the edges when the quilt is rolled, and 2) you have to stay an inch or so away from them when quilting so they (and the backing) can be turned and slipstitched closed.
Is Back to School a holiday??! Maybe not to everyone, but, yes! It is to me!!
I am so excited to see my Over the Rooftops quilt in Quilter’s Newsletter’s Best Christmas Quilts 2014! There’s a mix of techniques in there, to give an interesting look. This can be easily translated into a tablerunner, wallhanging or larger quilt because it’s constructed in rows. Add more houses, try some taller buildings for a cityscape appeal.
Let’s talk color– I love to change my “theme” every year, sticking with treasured ornaments, but ...read more
Hello Friends, I hope you have had a lovely day! I am happy to see a happy quilt shipped out – Sunny Delight! This quilt has so much white mixed in that it took me forever (or it seemed like) to quilt all the extra quilty happiness on the quilt. But here is a sneak peek — you can see I opted the informal look for the quilting. Quilting this quilt has been a learning experience for me. And I have more to learn for sure.
You probably noticed the fabrics are Benartex’s Luv Bugs fabrics. More about the fabrics here ...read more
It’s no secret, I love Whittles Fabrics. They have the best prices, often $5 a yard, for buying fabric. Their service is fast, helpful and friendly too. Never have I had a complaint about them.
Well Whittles recently updated their website. Typically I hate when place do that because I can’t navigate the sites as quickly for awhile as I get familiar with the new layout…but this time, no complaints. I love the new site. I especially love the new feature they have. Check this out.
I went with the intention of buying some backing fabric but ...read more
This weekend we had some out of town guests from Washington State. The house was in a major state of disarray as we bumbled along making room for two more bodies in our little condo. One of our guests was my niece who turned 10 just the week before. This trip to California was her gift and we were excited to have her.
I was super excited because the Peaceful Planet quilt was for her! And the whole thing was coming together smoothly, until last Wednesday when I put the layers together and the whole things went wonky. Not only ...read more
We’ve noticed lately that it has become more and more difficult to purchase our Beauty Queen line! Have no fear, we’ve got you covered! Check out the links below of online vendors across the world where Beauty Queen is still available: