Wednesday, July 30, 2014

All Together Now: WIP Wednesday

Finally, yes, finally -- I'm making my own Sew Together bag!

Here's the one friend Mary made:

I love the covered-button zipper pull. Cute, huh?

Here are my interior fabrics and zippers:

Couldn't get them all in one photo. Here's a close-up:

I know, the zippers aren't all facing the same direction. Megan cleverly advised having the zippers open at opposite sides of the bag to reduce bulk when they are all three closed.

And here is my exterior, pieced from 2.5" squares:

Recognize some of those prints? Why yes, that is Cotton + Steel!

Class is tonight and tomorrow morning at Ruth's Stitchery. I can't wait!

In the meanwhile, I'm putting together the August 1st UFO Parade. Have you sent me a photo of your July finish?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

New on the Design Wall

I finished my first 30 "A Quilt Block a Day" Shoo-Fly Blocks. So I'm starting a baby quilt of more Shoo-Flies.

These blocks will finish at 12", so each plain piece is cut to 4.5". I'm using some of my hoarded Lizzie House collection.

It takes more time to choose and fussy-cut each block than it does to sew it!  But who can resist hedgehogs?

Or butterflies?

The rest of the blocks may not be a single main color like these, but I'm having fun choosing the prints for each.

I need to get caught up on my BaDs, so I can finish the Transparency Quilt I started at Quilt Colorado!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Stash and De-Stash

I have something exciting for today's stash!


A former shipmate of My Little Sailor, Danielle is now stationed in Bahrain. She reports shopping in the local market is one of her favorite off-duty activities. And just look what she found!

This is silk, embroidered with golden thread. The yardage is narrow, only about 20" wide. That dark blue on the right is really a lovely teal-blue colored jacquard.

 The width is perfect for dressy shawls, and each is two-three yards long.

Here is a close-up of the gold-embroidered beaks on the birds:


Aren't they incredible? I don't know what I'll do with them, but right now they are hanging above the design wall. Everytime I walk by them, I have to stop and admire the gorgeous colors.

I can't decide what this piece is supposed to be -- I thought at first it was a "stole," such as that worn by ministers in some churches. But the minister would have to be 8 feet tall to wear this! Maybe Danielle will see my post and let me know what the seller told her it is for.

Danielle, you're a sweetie to think of me!


Maybe you've seen photos of the famous red-and-white quilt exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum back in 2011? Here's your chance to make your own, for just the price of postage!

Both pieces are from Alex Anderson's "Romance" collection for P&B Textiles. There are 5.5 yards of the red-on-white and 2.25 yards of the white-on-red.

If you've always wanted to make a red and white quilt, comment on this post with your PayPal address and zip code. I'll calculate the postage and send you an invoice. It will fit in a medium flat-rate box, $12.35 US or $25 to Britain.  

I'm making more Shoo-Fly blocks today, come back tomorrow to see what's on the design wall!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

First Block-a-Day Finish

Rather than make 90 Shoo-Fly blocks for the Summer Block-a-Day, I decided to make several different projects using the Shoo-Fly block.

My first 30 blocks each finish at 15" -- for a double-bed sized quilt.

Almost too big for my quilt holder! The fabrics are blue Liberty of London Lifestyle prints, with three Moda Bella solids. I'm not normally a "blue" person, but this will be perfect in the downstairs bedroom.

I received an email from a follower who said so far she has made one Shoo-Fly block this summer. Not to worry, it is possible to make an entire quilt from just one (or two) blocks!

I spied this quilt in the Sew Downtown booth at Quilt Colorado last week. It is 66" square with one large and one small Shoo-Fly block. The shop has kits for the quilt; the pattern is in the Springtime in the Rockies program book.

July 30 is the 40th day of summer -- so I'm five blocks behind! How are you doing with your Block-a-Day?

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Stash and De-Stash

What a great week at Quilt Colorado! The quilt show was the best ever, and I learned sooooo much from Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio.

Not to mention, the vendors mall was better this year than I remember. I added a "few" goodies to the stash.


Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle design fabrics for Andover that are truly versatile for quilters. Their latest collection, "The Color Collection" is a group of tone on tones that will work with traditional-to-modern fabrics.

When I saw this quilt, I knew "My Little Sailor" had to have it! 


So I bought the kit -- maybe I'll send it to Japan for him to make; maybe I'll make it and send the finished quilt.

I added a few more fat quarters from Anna Maria Horner's new collection, Hand Drawn Garden. Some of the prints are re-colored fabrics from her earlier collections. One of them is the very first AMH print I ever bought. I didn't even know who AMH was at that time. Thanks, Chrystal, of Cotton Candy Sewing Shop in Loveland, for cutting FQs for me.

You know how crazy I am for fabrics I can't find anywhere else. Wow, did I score at Quilt Colorado! This FQ stack is "Terra Australis" by emma jean jansen for ella blue.  What's  more, they are Australian fat quarters, which measure 20" X 22". The fabrics are made in Japan, and I found them at Hannah's Quilts of Choudrant, Louisiana. If you're a Kaffe Fassett fan, Hannah's is the place for you.

Just had to pick up this incredible rayon batik to add to my "traveling wardrobe," since it's just the right colors. "Life is Good" sells a popover top that I will try to knock-off in this fabric.

And last, not from Quilt Colorado, but new to the stash this week: my first Cotton and Steel. Friend Cathy brought me the Cotton and Steel "candies" from Spring Market, and I'm going to use them to make my very first "Sew Together Bag." Mary is teaching the class at Ruth's Stitchery next week, yay!


I'm learning more about shipping than I ever wanted to know. For instance, I would not recommend a follower in the UK bid on today's de-stash. It has to go in a large flat-rate box, which would cost $80.50 US, that's 48 pounds in Britain! $17.45 within the US.

But it's a goodie!  

The red and yellow fabrics -- 5.5 yards of the red, 1+ yard of the yellow -- are both from Doreen Speckman's Provencal collection for Clothworks. 

The "de-stash" includes more than 3 yards of the two background whites, and assorted large scraps of the blue, yellow and white.

My plan was to make this quilt from a 2007 calendar. But of course, you are the boss of your quilting, you certainly don't need to make the same thing!

Here's how it works: I'll give this fabric away free. You just have to pay the shipping. 

Please comment on this post with your PayPal email address and zip code. I'll send you a PayPal invoice for the shipping cost, and when it's paid, "pop," it's in the mail to you!

I'm sorry, PayPal only and comments that don't include the PayPal address and zip code will be disregarded.

I have something new on the design wall from Quilt Colorado. Come back tomorrow to see what I made!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I'm bound for Quilt Colorado today and two days of modern quilt classes with Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio. Full report on Sunday!

In the meanwhile, I've caught up on my swap blocks.

First up, the Adventure Swap for Front Range Modern Quilt Guild. My recipient this month asked for a Navy background (that's Kona Cotton) and light-to-medium blues and greens. These are from my (extensive) Denyse Schmidt stash:

Members of the 2013 Quiltmaker magazine Scrap Squad stay in touch via Facebook. We also decided to have a block swap among ourselves. Each month, one member selects a block to be made by the others in the group. I'm not usually this far behind, but here is Gina's block for June. She asked for "any star, with one of the fabrics a plaid." I tried out a new ruler to make this Peaky-and-Spike star:

Anne really got creative with her request. This is a free star pattern from McCall magazine. Anne asked that the center square represent "us." When the DH looked at this block, he exclaimed, "It's You! How did you get that fabric with your picture on it?"

July is half over, are you working on your 13 in 2014 UFO project? The first 30 BaD blocks should be finished by Sunday!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Stash and De-Stash

Whee! I won a giveaway from Maureen Cracknell Handmade and the fabrics arrived this week! Maureen always has the best giveaways, she is my model for how to do a really great giveaway.

Here's what I won:

Yes! It's six fat quarters of "Wee Wander" by Sara Jane Studios for Michael Miller. The giveaway was sponsored by The Cloth Parcel, an etsy shop from Utah. You know I love a shop that has fabric I can't get anywhere else -- The Cloth Parcel is one of those shops!  Now, here's what's so great about this -- I've been eyeing this collection for a baby quilt for my niece and namesake. Not to rush or anything, Marthajane, but I have the fabric now! Anytime!


Because 2014 is now officially half over, it's time to start choosing patterns for the 2015 (!) Jelly Roll Party at Ruth's Stitchery.  Here are two patterns I ordered to test:


#213 Strip It Three Ways: Series 2

Any ideas for jelly roll patterns will be gratefully entertained!


It's hard to believe, but this week's De-Stash is from 1997! The fabric is Northcott's "Plantation," designed by Bonnie Benn Stratton for Quilt for a Cure. The yellow rose fabric is "Through the Seasons" by Eleanor Burns for Benartex, and the light yellow has no printing on the selvedge.

De-Stash includes the Summer 1997 issue of "Quick Quilts" magazine, featuring "Rose Trellis," and the June 1997 issue of McCall's Quilting, featuring "Stars for a Cure."

I carefully weighed this de-stash to ensure it weighs less than 4 pounds. That way, I can mail  it overseas in a flat rate envelope for $25. I found out last week that mailing a medium flat rate box costs $65 to mail to England!

If you'd like to have this Quilt for a Cure kit, just comment on this post with your PayPal email address and zip code.  I'll bill you for the postage, and send the fabric to you as soon as your payment is received. Comments that don't include PayPal addresses or zip codes will not be eligible for the de-stash giveaway, sorry!

I have some new swap-blocks to show you on Wednesday. I hope you'll come back to admire them!

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