Saturday, June 9, 2012

Saturday Stash -- Winnings

Wow, what a take!  I was surprised and delighted to win a prize in the Schnibbles Parade of "Docs."  In the note she included with my (heavy!)  prize box, Carrie wrote "Who would have thought a trip to the 'Doc' would result in a prize?"

And what a prize!

A bundle of the complete collection of Cosmo Cricket's circa 1934 for Moda.  That's 30 (count them!) 30 fat quarters.

But wait, there's more:

See that background?  It a HUGE chunk of the background fabric from the collection.

The bundle includes a half-yard panel with lots of fabric postcards and fun quilt labels:

And there's still more:
Carrie, thank you so much!  I'm overwhelmed.

I'm having a wonderful time deciding what to make with this glorious collection.  Right now, I'm leaning toward "Off track" by Cluck Cluck Sew.  

What do you think?

To celebrate my windfall, I've decided it's about time to host a giveaway to honor my 100+ followers.

After Carrie's incredible giveaway, WHAT can I offer?  How about 126 charm squares?  

 "Petite Odile" by French General complements the two charm packs Carrie sent me, "Metropolitan Fair" by Barbara Brackman, and "Fellowship" by Brannock and Patek.

And they're yours -- if you're the commenter picked by the Random Number Generator.  Here is the fine print:

  1. Comment on THIS POST before next Saturday , June 16 by noon MDT. Once only, please!
  2. You must include contact information if you're a No Reply Commenter.  If I can't contact you within 72 hours after noon, June 16, I'll have to choose another entry.  Don't break my heart!
  3. International followers welcome!

Speaking of international . . .

Meanwhile, somewhere in the Western Pacific:

On the deck of the USS George Washington, CVN 73, that's The Younger Son doing PT behind the sailor in the green shirt and red shorts.  

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Oh, THIS is going to be addictive!

It's all Susie's fault.  Today on the Clothworks blog, she posted about this cool new tool from Sherwin Williams -- the paint people. 

The most fun part of quilting for me is seeing how the colors will work together.  With Chip It, you can select  out the colors from any photo on the WWW.

Like this one I took in Idaho last month:

See?  There are the main colors right there!  I can't wait to get to the paint store.

There is even a "more colors" option:
Can you just imagine a modern quilt made with these colors? With all the new shades of Kona Cotton from Robert Kaufman -- I am in BIG trouble!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bag Lady

Front Range Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a "shopping bag" exchange for our June meeting.

I love to make bags, and since I've been a bit under the weather, this seemed like the perfect day to make something really easy and quick.

My bag is a combination of a pattern by posie rosy little things by Alicia Paulson, -- the Jane Market Bag -- and a tutorial from my favorite blog, "ihavetosay" by Randi of Fresh Squeezed Fabrics.

The exterior fabric is Kokka from The Fabric Shack in Waynesville, Ohio.  The lining is gingham from Riley Blake. 

I think I'll try making a bag lined with Pellon Insul-Fleece to carry milk home from the commissary.  It's getting hot here in Colorado, even though it's still only early June!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Block 0' Monday

Quilters love Blocks of the Month -- because we think "Oh, I can do one block a month, no problem."

Then we put the blocks in a bin and suddenly, there are eight months of blocks to make. I started this BOM last October at Cindy's Quilt Retreat at the Ashley Inn in Idaho.  I made one block, then . . . .

So I decided to dedicate the first Monday of each month to "BOMs."

The BOM project I worked on today is from Jackie Robinson, 3D Sampler.

Jackie gives the quilter a choice to sew all four of each style together, or wait until all the blocks are done and set them separately.
:I must say, this is the easiest flying geese technique I've ever tried!  I love the 3D look, and it only takes about 45 minutes to do each set of four blocks.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Scraps, Schnibbles -- and Surprises!

 First of all, look what I won!

I didn't even know the Schnibbles Parade came with prizes -- and I won!  This wonderful fat quarter bundle of Circa 1934  by Cosmo Cricket for Moda is compliments of Carrie, the clever designer of Schnibbles.  Thank you Carrie, and thank you Sherri and Sinta for hosting "Another Year of Schnibbles."

Carrie also is providing all the Schnibbles Parade participants with a free pattern for next month's Parade.  "Leap Year" is perfect for a Sunday is for Scraps quilt.  I decided to use a different color scrap for each block, here is my first:

I doubt I will have any problem finding enough fabrics for the whole quilt, here is just one of my 5" Squares boxes:

I also loaded a quilt on Meggie today and practiced "loops and stars."  This is yesterday's Fat Quarter Fun quilt, "Lovers Lane."
 I do think it looks better with borders.  

Here is a closeup of my "loops and stars."  I used the King Tut thread I bought from Superior Threads when I was at the Cincinnati Quilt Festival in April:

 Won't it make a perfect "picnic quilt" for someone this summer?

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