Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coming soon...

Hello everyone!

It's The Younger Son (or 'My Little Sailor') here again to announce something new and great that's coming soon to 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks... 

I'll let it speak for itself:
 Stay tuned! The video tutorial will be finished soon!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Block Swap Blocks

Front Range Modern Quilt Guild hosts a "block swap" each month. These are my blocks from this year.

The first blocks I requested are black and white log cabin variations. Based on a design by Barbara Vedder, I think people didn't understand what I was looking for. I didn't receive many blocks, but those I did make a great start to my next black and white quilt!

I decided to change my request to "house blocks." Initially, I asked for red and white blocks. Now I've decided to go scrappy, so any colors are allowed!

Soon, I'll have some houses from my friends at the 2013 Quiltmakers Scrap Squad to add to the collection. I'm going to use a "wonky" setting, just for fun!

Which reminds me -- I'd better get to work on my own "swap block" assignment for this month!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Bag It!

I love test-sewing for designers. I get such a kick out of seeing patterns before they are released!

One of my favorite designers is Sara Lawson, of Sew Sweetness.

I recently test-sewed her new bag design, Crimson & Clover.  This bag is a takeoff of the classic "train case." How I wish I had my mother's old Samsonite train case!

The bag comes in three sizes. I chose to make the smallest size. I modified the interior to make it a nail polish bag (no surprise there!).

I photographed it on my 6.5" ruler so you can see the "real" size!

Of course, I inserted a "My Aunt Marti Made It" and "PeaceLoveandHappiness" label in the back seam.

I also added a tiny little zipper trinket, just for fun!

The pattern calls for fabric pockets inside. Instead, I used decorative elastic and stitched it down at 1.25" increments to hold bottles of nail polish.

The smallest size of Sephora's Instant Nail Polish Remover fits perfectly in the middle. [As an aside, this is the best polish remover for traveling. It has a sponge inside, and you stick your finger in the bottle and wiggle it around -- polish comes off super fast!]


This little cutie holds enough polish for a two-week trip to Oregon and California (as me how I know) even for a polish addict like me!  Go to Sara's blog to see more photos of this great bag. I plan to make one of the larger sizes next.

Thanks, Sara, for the chance to test-sew this adorable bag!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Stash and Last De-Stash

My "De-Stash" basket will be empty after today's De-Stash. It's been fun sending boxes all over the world!

Sunday Stash

For a month when I haven't been shopping, I have quite a few goodies to share in today's Sunday Stash!

I knew I had some Charley Harper fat quarters, somewhere! So when I saw the yardage on clearance at Fabricworm, I bought two prints for borders. And guess what? I found the fat quarters without hardly digging at all!

I think this line is just the best for baby quilts! 

And there are several new "future IBMers" on the horizon this month, so I need to get stitching!

I love "text prints," don't you? And what's even better than a text print? A text print in French!

 One of my oldest friends is a librarian, and I am determined to make her a "book quilt" this year. Won't this be perfect for the backing?

One can never have too many neutrals, right? And with Bonnie Hunter's 2014 Mystery Quilt coming up, I didn't resist this bundle of Kim Diehl's Butter Churn Basics!

It's time to start planning for the 2015 Jelly Roll Party at Ruth's Stitchery. I have a pile of new strip quilt patterns -- and I'm starting to collect jelly rolls! I love Lily Ashbury's colors, perfect for a summer quilt.

I like to made a Quilts of Valor quilt for July, so I scooped this one up almost before Sonya had it added to the computer!

After Instagramming new Kona Cotton colors for 32 days, I didn't win the giveaway of the FQ tower. So I bought one for myself!

Speaking of Kona Cottons, Ruth's Stitchery will be doing Aviatrix for a block party next year. And Cathy has ordered the Kona Cotton bundle that goes with this pattern. Squeee!


So what's on the table for the last de-stash (at least until I begin the end-of-year sewing room clear out!)?

How about some more batiks? It's not that I don't love batiks, it's just that these aren't big enough to be quilt backs, and the print is too big for my style of quilting! So someone gets to add them to her stash!

There are 2.5 yards each of these two tealy-greeny prints:

And two yards of the purple-pink-fuchsia:

They're yours for the cost of postage. All three pieces will fit in a medium size flat rate box, postage $12.65 US (probably about $25US to international address.)

All you have to do is comment on this blog post with your PayPal email address and your zip code. The first reader who responds with both, gets the stash!

Finally, tomorrow I get to share my Crimson and Clover bag I test-sewed for Sew Sweetness. You're gonna love it -- come back and see!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday is for Knitting

The deadline for Hats for Sailors finished projects is approaching -- November 11! If you've knit a Hat for a Sailor, go here to ask for the address to which you can mail your finished hat.


I'm excited to host the November Hats for Sailors KAL on Ravelry. Deb Buckingham (The Dishcloth Diva) designed a hat just for the KAL, "Fair Winds and Following Seas."

And as an added bonus, when you buy the Fair Winds Following Seas pattern on Ravelry, you get a coupon code to receive a free pattern for her new design, the Abby Slouchy Hat!

There's a new yarn shop in town! You know how I love a shop that has something I can't get anywhere else -- WELL, Ewe & Me Yarn Boutique is just that place! It's the first shop I've ever seen that stocks Signature knitting needles (expensive, but so worth it!). AND they stock all the colors of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted that are used in the Kaffe Fassett KAL!  

I'm thinking I'll make a cowl from these yummies:

Debbie (the owner) had some Lorna's Laces yarn custom-dyed for the shop opening, in Broncos colors:

Somebody needs a new Broncos hat!

But not this guy:

That's the Elder Son wearing his Viking Beard hat.  Melissa's pattern included a crocheted hat with Viking horns, but ES said he would never wear that after Halloween. So I just attached the beard to a regular stocking cap.

Speaking of sons, here's what My Little Sailor is doing back in Japan this week:

I have a Halloween finish to share tomorrow! Come back and see what it is.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Planning Ahead

Many quilters consider planning quilts, shopping for specific colors, and diving into the "stash" to be the most fun part of quilting.

Clearly, I'm no exception! Have you seen Bonnie Hunter's announcement of her next mystery quilt, "Grand Illusion?" Have you started to pull fabrics from your stash? Maybe you need to do a little shopping?

Here are the colors Bonnie recommends for this year's quilt:

I stopped by Ruth's Stitchery this morning to see what they have in this color range. There are lots more, but here are just a few I picked out to match the color cards:

I prefer bright, clear colors -- so I had plenty in my own stash!

Note: Aqua leans to green, not blue, as does Turquoise:

I love this bright apple (or grass?) green:

Can you tell pink is my favorite color?

I bought the yellow on the left at High Country Quilts. Then I saw the one on the right at Ruth's today. It's the one "constant" color in the quilt, so I'll have to choose!

I'm excited that Ruth's is hosting a "sit and sew" for the Winter Mystery. If you're in the area, bring your fabrics, machine and printed instructions from Bonnie to the shop at 9 am on Friday, November 28. It's fun to sew with friends!

WIP Wednesday

I test-sewed one block for our December Jelly Roll Party. The pattern is "Basket Weave" from The Quilt Room.

This isn't the fabrics I'll use for the actual sample quilt -- they're leftovers from a Sandy Gervais collection. In case you didn't notice, the center is an Octagon -- NOT a Hexagon! I have several Hexagon rulers, but couldn't find an Octagon template! The pattern requires enlarging the Octagon template by 400%, with each side measuring 3.75". WELL, at 400%, each side measures 3.78"! The DH noticed one side is about 1/4" longer than the others. I'm hoping when I start on the sample, I'll be able to "sliver" down the sides to measure exactly 3.75".

If you're a knitter, come back tomorrow for a sneak peak at a new yarn shop in Colorado Springs!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Finish

This quilt isn't the oldest UFO in the bin, but pretty close!

It was a row quilt from several (maybe 10?) years ago. When my long-time friend wanted a quilt for her niece, I invited her to look through the "pile." She picked this one, so I had to put the borders on it and get it quilted.

The fabrics are all batiks. Some of the blocks were paper pieced -- and look, there is an entire row of flying geese!  Cornelia did a lovely job on the quilting. This quilt is featured in my soon-to-be released YouTube video about Susie's Magic binding.

Here is Leah holding her quilt. Isn't she pretty? And her Mama raised her right -- she acted excited about the quilt, and gave me a thank-you hug!

I dropped the ball on counting quilts this year -- I have no idea what number this one would be!

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