Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sugar Dish and the Jabber…

Showing you more of this quilt totally skipped my mind until yesterday when I was literally smooshing it into the "quilt" closet.  This quilt came about because I wanted to do a girly quilt with dresden plates.  Original I know.  But… wouldn’t it be cute on a toddler bed?  With those little dresden plates going across the bottom of the bed all in a row?  Gheesh I need a girl.

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My favorite block…those little dolls are so cute.   That fabric was a scrap Kathy gave me.

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These dresdens were addicting!  I want to make more just to put on my walls…except not so pink.

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The back is an orange and pink Sandi Henderson print…I forgot to take a picture of it and there’s no way in heck I’m getting it out of that closet again and trying to smoosh it back in!

Also…there’s a little diddy about me over at the Fat Quarter Shop blog with a pattern giveaway that ends Wednesday.  Fun stuff!

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Friday, January 28, 2011

The Sewing Summit

Have you heard about the Sewing Summit?  I’m sure you have.  But if not…go check it out here.  It will be in Salt Lake City from October 7th through the 9th.  I’m totally humbled and nervous to be joining a host of amazing teachers that they are slowly announcing.  Today along with me they announced Vanessa (yayayayayay!).  I’ll be teaching a class on free motion quilting.  I hope to see you there! 

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stashing

*** For anyone that asked..I got that roll of batting at Joanns.com.  I used a 50% coupon and even with shipping it made it about 4.50 a yard…a good enough reason to buy it!

I got an email from a reader (hi Barbara!) a few days ago asking me how to build a fabric stash…so I thought I’d show you what I buy and keep on hand.  And since the price of fabric may soon be rising….you may find its necessary to watch what you buy more carefully.

Here are my basics….what I consider to be staples in my stash:

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solids, polka dots, stripes, and small scale prints.  Usually I have some gingham in there too.

I basically buy the same type of thing for every color and I always have them on hand:

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So my basics I always have and keep stocked.  I usually buy 1/2 yards of basics…but more if its something I love like that Katie Jump Rope blue basket weave up there.  I don’t buy as many floral, large scale or novelty fabrics, but I do keep some just because I like them.  I usually buy 1/4 yard to 1/2 yard depending on the price. 

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And they are usually the ones that stay in my stash forever until I need to make a baby quilt…but it is nice to have at least some on hand if you need them.   For instance if I wanted to make a quilt today with that floral Dream On fabric….

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I could pull enough “basic” fabrics out of my stash to make it work.  You can usually tell when I’m clear out of fabric and I’m only using my stash…because there will be gagillions of polka dots.  Like this and this quilt…I buy way too many polka dots.

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  I’ve said before I don’t keep a big stash…but because I have a lot of basics and “usable” fabrics…I can usually make a lot of projects from my stash without buying more. 

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But no matter how I can ramble on about stashing…the bottom line is, whether you have a big stash or a small stash..buy what you love.  If you love it, you’ll use it and be more happy with what you have. 

Speaking of fabric I’d like to give a shout out to new sponsors… Mad About Patchwork (out of Canada!)  and Poppy Seed Fabrics…welcome!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Batting

** First off the winner of the Queensland flood auction is Sharon….thank you Sharon!  I have no way to get a hold of you though…so please email me at cluckclucksew@gmail.com

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I finally ordered myself a big huge roll of queen sized (Warm and White) batting.   It was sitting by our door in its huge box while my son had a friend over.  I overheard his friend ask, “what’s in that big box?”  To which Ben replied, “Its quilt stuff.  My Mom makes a lot of quilts cause our house is really cold.” 

Sounds like a pretty good reason to me! 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Polka dots and aqua

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While my Mom was at our house over the holidays I handed her a stack of fabric, a pattern, and my two kids, as my husband and I headed out the door on a date.  When I got back both kids were fast asleep and all of the blocks were finished, in just a couple of hours! 

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There’s a whole lotta polka dots in this quilt….but I think it works with the large blocks and big scale of the pattern.  I quilted it by doing a semi-large stippling around the center circles, and then went back and added a swirl in each circle.   This is the crib size of the Kaleidoscope pattern, it measures 42" x 51".  

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I’m not sure what all of the fabrics are in this quilt since they have been hanging out in my stash for some time.  But I do know that the light grey and lime green polka dot as well as the dark grey polka dot on the back came from this shop.   Oh and those little grey elephants you can find here or here.

 

In case you haven’t heard, Toni has organized the Queensland Appeal Flood Auctions to benefit the victims of the horrible flooding in Australia. 

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Bloggers from all over are auctioning off beautiful things for the cause.  You can find the master list of auctions here

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Right now

I’m making a creative mess with Soul Blossoms…

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Enjoying this little "quilt" my son made me at school yesterday…

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and enjoying my 136th minute of productivity while both my boys nap.….at the same time.  {enter Hallelujah chorus}

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kaleidoscope

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I know I’m like the boy who cried wolf here…but this is hands down my favorite quilt to date.  This quilt is very "me".  I was a little sick of doing quilts with squares squares and more squares, so this was a nice way to change it up.  The quilt blocks are made using pattern pieces, but the blocks go to together surprisingly easy and it’s a nice way to dip your toes into template patterns if you haven’t yet. 

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The circles are appliqued on…I used invisible thread, which is a lot like sewing with fishing line if you’ve never used it.  The pattern includes a crib size also…I’ll show you that one after I get better pics.  I quilted it with brown thread to match the background triangles and avoided quilting the circles….it gives them kind of a 3D effect in real life. 

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The fabrics are a mix…but because I know someone will want to know:

- The brown solid is a Bella Solid in Hershey from here.

-The dark green vine print and leaves/flowers on white background are from the Honey Bee Collection by Michael Miller. 

- The orange basket weave is Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley. 

- The yellow and light green leafy print is Sandi Henderson Farmers Market  & Meadowsweet 2.

- The smallish white and red polka dot and the aqua gingham with large red flowers is Bliss by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

- The orange with little blue flowers is Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry.

-  The dark red with red circles is Riley Blake…the Wheels collection I think?  I think the aqua flower things on white background are also Riley Blake. 

- The red pez is Wee Play by American Jane….its been out of print forever. 

And the rest I have no idea…Phew! 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hanging out

I gave myself a mini vacation from this blog and ALL blog reading last week…it works wonders.  Every six months or so I get burnt out of blogging and reading blogs.  I love reading super-duper-awesome blogs…but I don’t love the not-so-super-duper feelings of discontentment that come along with it.  But then I take a break…and realize its all good. 

I had hopes of finishing up this top last week….but its still hanging there giving me the evil eye.

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And  just so you’re all aware….I still hold the record for The Worst Cinnamon Roll Maker in the World.   But if I ever need to make a cinnamon roll sheet cake I’ve got it made.

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