Monday, June 30, 2014

Double Bundles

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had come into a streak of good luck and here are the rest of my winnings! These two bundles are from the new fabric line found at Target stores, Fabric Editions.

The first bundle is a gorgeous but still adventurous bundle of browns and greens. I can't decide if the bird print or the floral is my favorite, but I love the total combination of the bundle. I was thrilled to win these one-yard cuts from a contest on Instagram!

This second bundle is a much more lively and bright grouping that my 4-year old daughter just loves. I won this fantastic grouping, also from Fabric Editions for Target, from a Twitter contest. I was sure that I should run out and buy a lottery ticket the day I found out I won this second bundle.  

I usually decide on a pattern and then choose fabrics to go with them, so I am at a bit of a loss reversing my process. What patterns would you suggest? Would you add other fabrics or keep these bundles as they are? Perhaps you would make something other than a quilt.  I can't wait to see your suggestions!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The 2014 Directive: July

So I am totally behind the ball on this, but I am jumping in anyhow!  The 2014 Directive is sponsored by Kate and Trudy. The idea is to have a SMART goal each month of the year rather than getting bogged down by one big goal in January that you forget about by March (if you are lucky)! 

I've been working on the setup for this blog for a while now but I want July to be my semi-official launch.  My goals are to post 3-4 times a week, develop an editorial calendar in order to accomplish this, and follow through by utilizing link parties and commenting on others blogs as well.  I feel like July is going to be a great month for me and I am off to a great start.  I hope to show you more as the month progresses, but I have a great blog notebook setup and some ideas from my brainstorming session written down.

Do you prefer New Year's Resolutions or does this Directive ring true to you?  How do you plan your blog posts?  Any recommendations you can send my way would be greatly appreciated!  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

QuiltCon 2015 Registration

Holy Cow!  I had no idea how stressful QuiltCon planning and registration would be.  There was so much anticipation on instagram with #quiltconplanning popping up all weekend up until the moment registration opened at 11AM this morning east coast time.  

Now this is my first QuiltCon, but it seems that I was lucky twice over this week.  First, I was selected as a QuiltCon super volunteer.  In exchange for 16 hours of volunteering during the conference, super volunteers receive free four-day pass to the quilt show, a goodie bag including two t-shirts, and a great group of other volunteers to chat with and get to know during the conference.  I am most excited about meeting/spending time with some of my quilty blogger friends.  I'm thrilled that I will be able to spend 4 hours at the registration table meeting quilty friends as they come into the conference center, 4 hours assisting in lecture halls (and hopefully listening in to great lectures!), and a whole day assisting in a workshop as well.  

Then this morning, I was lucky and was able to register for two workshops.  I am stoked to learn more about curved piecing with Sarah Nishiura in "Consider Curves" and learn about applique (which I have never tried!) with Carolyn Friedlander in "Aerial Grove".  I was drawn to the photo of this quilt in the workshop materials that I just couldn't pass it by.  These are two techniques that I am thrilled to take on and expand my piecing/quilting options. 

I'm hoping to go back and register for some lectures later but these were my top priority today.  Are you going to QuiltCon?  What workshops are you taking?  Are you going to the Moda Party?  Are there any lectures you recommend?

Friday, June 13, 2014

What Luck!

I've had a streak of luck recently in the quilting world and I am thrilled!  I recently entered a giveaway on Diary of a Quilter and won a $30 gift certificate to Bloomerie Fabrics.  I would normally drool over fabrics on a site like this for hours, but I decided I would try something new ;)

Hooray for winnings!
Please excuse the terrible photo as it was nighttime and I was just so excited to get my new toys!  I chose a package of small Clover Wonder Clips, my first spool of Aurifil in Dove Grey, and the Night Sky pattern by JayBird Quilts.  I broke open the wonder clips right away and used them when binding my Penny Patch quilt for my mom.  They were amazing!  Because I only had the 10, I used them in conjunction with pins, but I will be purchasing more of these little guys.  The were so simple to use and held the binding without distorting the fabric, which has been my experience with pins in the past.  They were especially helpful for getting the crisp mitered corners.  I definitely recommend these clips.  Have you used these clips before?  Do you have experience with the other sizes of Clover Wonder Clips?  What size would you recommend?

I haven't used the other two items yet, but I will let you know how it goes when I do!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Penny Patch Finish

Success!  Completed just in time to deliver to my mom during our visit with her in the hospital, my Penny Patch Quilt was a thrilling finish for me.

It is a lap-sized quilt with simple cross-hatch quilting based on the QAL at Stiched in Color. I really enjoyed using so many neutrals so those pops of purple and teal really come out of the quilt.  I back the quilt in a fun flannel combo of purple chevrons and that fun little bird print.

Thankfully my mom's stay at the hospital was mostly successful as well.  Her cardiologist is hopeful that this new medication will work for her and she will be able to avoid surgery.  Thank you all for your support.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Squishy Mail

My husband doesn't get it (do any of them?) but the best thing about coming home from work, after the hugs from my kids, is getting squishy mail out of the mailbox!  I recently received a package with this batch of fabric.

From Windham Fabrics, these are all selections from a line called Harmony.  After the cool jewel tones of my Penny Patch Quilt, I think these warm colors will make an excellent project for use in my home in the fall. 

What would you make with this little fabric bundle?

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday at QuiltStory, Sew Cute which is being hosted by Sew Delicious this week and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.
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