Sweet Life. . .It's In The Bag

Thursday, April 29, 2010


My latest non-quilted endeavor. . .The Ella Carry-All Bag by Tanya Whelan. Used some Make Life Sweet by Sweetwater for Moda. May I say, I'm in love! The outer bag is made with the *WONDERFUL* canvas prints and the lining is made from the cotton text print.
I'm not generally a big pattern person, but this is an extremely well-written pattern. The directions are clear, and at no time did I say "huh?" The hardest part of the entire project was trying to turn the key fob rightside out~make a note~canvas fabrics require only a LIGHT interfacing~it took me 45 minutes to turn that little monster. The front pockets are roomy~an easy fit for water bottle, iphone and wallet. The key fob has a velcro closure to secure your keys to the inside of the bag. Easy to install grommets gives the bag a nice finish and some canvas tie brings it all together.

Yes, the girls are fighting over it. . .but for now it's a store sample for HRQ. Have no fear, HRQ just received the canvas prints of Freebird by MoMo ~I don't think I'll see a dime of my check this month from the store~I think it's all part of Carmen's evil plan. . .


Bee Busy

Sunday, April 25, 2010

It's once again time to mail off all of my VQB blocks. Angie, of Quilter Bees, asked for 2 blocks with circles of our choice. The quilt is being made for ALS charity. It'll be donated to an ALS patient or raffled to benefit ALS research. One is a simple circle on a snowball block~a sort of double circle if you consider the snowball block to be a circle. The other is a wonky circle~I like wonky circles~I used a machine blanket stitch to sew them to their background blocks.

May is my month to send fabrics and receive blocks for this particular group~I'm kind of excited. I'm planning a Christmas themed project, so I'll be guaranteed a new Christmas quilt by the time the holidays roll around.
The Flying Dutchman is Block #1 for Ruth of Bee Stitched. She asked for one block made with triangles. . .and another made as a circle. Well, everyone knows behind every great man there's a lady~so I'm sending this Single Girl block to accompany the Dutchman above. I found a download by Jennifer Paganelli which has the quarter circle, paper pieced segments to form the circle. The original block is much too large, so when printing the pages for paper piecing I reduced the print size in my Page Setup menu to 85%~a perfect fit! The outer and inner edges are turned and machine stitched to eliminate raw edges. Here's the link to the download, if you'd like to give it a try. The fabrics are a combination of Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt and Timber by Jessica Levitt~such a pretty combination, no wonder it's so popular.Elaine, of Sew 2 Speak, requested wonky houses~I know they're not very wonky, I have linear balance issues, but I think they're cute, irregardless. Made with batiks on a Kona Ash background, it will be a beautiful quilt.

Enjoy your week~it's off to work at HRQ tomorrow. I wonder what new fabric has arrived. . .

Okay, Maybe I Do Have A Problem. . .

Friday, April 23, 2010

I realize many of us share the same, let's call them, issues when it comes to fabric. And there are times when a fabric line comes along with which we are simply more enamoured with than others. . . right? Just as long as we're all on the same page. . .I'm not going down alone on this one. . . This is a bit of Martinique by 3 Sisters for Moda. We received this "cheater" fabric at HRQ and I thought it looked especially wonderful with the aqua chenille~a wonderful spring to summer throw. . .
Then, I thought I might pick up a charm pack or two. . .you know for one of those Disappearing 9-Patch quilts I've evidently become so famous for (locally, not globally). Reasonable . . .
The more I looked at the chenille next to the square-patch and the more I sorted through those sweet little charm squares, I realized I still needed more. . .Yep, an entire FQ tower and 3 yards of the prettiest print in the bunch.
Thank you, Moda. . .I know who to ask to testify on my behalf at my divorce hearing.
Here's a paper weight my husband made during one of his glass blowing endeavors. He's pretty good. . .

Books, Quilts and Fab Photography

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I love books. Especially books about color, photography and quilts. . . These are my newest favorites.
Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts is the latest Kaffe Fassett book. The projects are beautiful. The photography is amazing~it's a coffee table must have even if quilting is not your thing. This quilt is made up of fussy cut snowball blocks.
This is a very simple pattern pulling blues and greens together into a Poseidon's palette. This would be great in my sun room!
The other book, Kiln Formed Glass, was actually a buy for my husband who recently purchased a studio full of glass blowing equipment. As with all crafts, there is a certain amount of crossover in color theory. This is what drew me to this book, her application of color is vibrant and really draws on the color wheel for inspiration. This plate reminds me of a Kaffe Fassett print. . .
Aqua and orange~love.
Look~another Kaffe print! I may have to try this myself, our local String Bead is offering a fused glass course over the summer and one of the local adult education programs is offering a silver smithing class~maybe there's a necklace or a hip little bracelet in my future. . .

I Heart Swaps and Other Things Too. . .

Monday, April 12, 2010

I love swaps. . .pot holder swaps. . .fabric swaps. . .and especially mini quilt swaps! I participated in the Winter Time Mini Quilt Swap. This is the mini I received from Emma in Australia. I absolutely LOVE pink and brown~always have. It reminds me of neapolitan ice cream~all swirly, rich and colorful. So you can image how happy I was to find this in my mailbox!
Receiving the little mini quilt also sparked a renewed interest in paper piecing~
I also love red and aqua. You know, I think I love it all as long as it's fabric~I'm hopeless! Have a good day and create something beautiful!

It's All Black and White

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Just a short little post today~it seems like life is getting in the way of my blog~the nerve! This block was one of two I made for Quilt Rush 2010 (a Northern California Shop Hop). The guidelines this year were for each store to pick/create a block using only blacks and whites. Each shop owner received a pattern from each of the other shops. In the final quilt the shop owner's block was to have a splash of color. Carmen asked each of us to make a block or two and here's my contribution. Once the quilt is hung in the store for Quilt Rush (it's next week!) I'll photograph the entire project~all the blocks turned out so cute!

Now I'm off to catch up on a few of my favorite bloggers Terri, Beth and Dee. . .


 
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