February 24, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things...

Things This is my 400th blog post and I think it calls for a celebration, don't you?  Now, since I have been blogging nearly 4 years, obviously, I am not the most prolific blogger to have only made it to 400 posts, but I want to thank those of you that stop by on a regular basis, and also to welcome anyone who may be visiting for the first time.

As a prize to go along with this milestone post, I'm going to give away a few of my favorite quilting tools.  Please leave a comment on my blog between now and midnight on Sunday, March 1 to be entered to win this adorable pincushion in a ceramic bowl with hand-made woodsy character pins (made by Etsy seller Pinks & Needles), a package of Schmetz quilting needles (I use them for all of my piecing), a spool of Presencia thread (my thread of choice for all my sewing) and a box of my favorite Clover fine, extra long, glass head quilting pins.  Thanks for playing along, and for reading my blog!

February 19, 2009

New project

Lilypad I had a lot of fabric piles fighting for my attention after finishing my batik quilt.  Do I start something with my Swanky fat quarters, or with the Sweet jelly roll?  I had all but decided to start the Swanky quilt, but remembered a quilt I cut out in November to take to my retreat that I didn't end up working on.

I'm using Atkinson's Designs book Time Out Quilts and this quilt, Lilypads, is on the cover.  We had a sample hanging in our shop made out of batiks and I just loved the design of it.  I decided to make mine using some fat quarters of Sandy Henderson's Farmer's Market fabrics in the pink and orange colorways (with a few blues and purples thrown in for fun) and a big cream paisley from Moda's Roman Holiday collection.

I really like Terry Atkinson's patterns - they are usually made with fat quarters and have a variety of sizes so you can make it as large or as small as you need.  I'm making mine a twin size with 20 blocks.  Her patterns are also very well written with very clear instructions.  Although I must say, I really wasn't enjoying this quilt the first couple of days I worked on it.  I am very much a product person, and due to the diagonal layout of the quilt, you can't see the actual "blocks" until you've got them all laid out and start to sew the rows together.  But Nicole convinced me to press on, and I put the first few blocks up on my design wall and fell immediately in love.

Now I can't put this one down and I'm really enjoying the fun, fresh, spring-like fabrics.

Val Speaking of fun fabrics, I won a Valentine's fabric drawing on Monday from Pink Chalk Studios and look at the fun fat quarters that made their way into my mailbox - thanks Kathy!  I am thinking of adding more pinks and reds and making the cute Xs and Os quilt I saw on a blog (but first I have to find it again!)

February 15, 2009

I had a Blast!!!

Blast I took advantage of a glorious 4 day weekend to do some sewing.  I got the borders on my Orange Berry Blast quilt and I just love the end result.  I really like how the striped fabric is mitered in the corners.  This was a very fun quilt to make, and like Nicole, I think I am hooked on batiks!

And the best part?  It's only Sunday - I have one more day to start a new quilt project!


February 8, 2009

Making progress!

Trim I made excellent progress on my batik challenge quilt, and I'm still really enjoying putting this one together.  I'm very close now, but I don't want to spoil the reveal.  So instead of showing you how much I have completed, I thought I'd be a tease and simply show you how much I have left to sew together.  It's not much, is it?  Just a few more rows, 2 borders and I can call it done!

February 2, 2009

Orange Berry Blast!

Orange I want to thank everyone who commented on my last batik challenge post.  I was really doubting myself on this one, but with so much reassurance from all of you, I forged ahead.  When I started to get the flying geese units up together with the background sections and setting triangles, I really began to enjoy this quilt!  I even contemplated calling in sick a day or two last week (but didn't!) just so I could work on it some more.

I think the borders will really pull this all together too, but it's looking good so far, and my DD is already asking if she can have the finished quilt on her bed.