Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Start of Something New

Back before Christmas, I was feeling a little overwhelmed by my fabric stash/pattern collection/miscellaneous quilting notions - first world problems - and so I did a destash. Part of that process included separating out all my "planned" projects, i.e., not even works-in-progress, but projects I had dreamed up in my head, purchased fabric for, and never done anything with. I listed all the projects and needless to say was more than a little surprised at the length of that list. I vowed at that time not to add more projects to my list until I had worked down much of the backlog.

I did make a small dent with some of the holiday gifts I made, but then this happened...

  

I missed out on Good Folks and had a bit of Little Folks voile, but most of that went out of print before I really started quilting and sewing again. Perhaps it was me always coveting something I wasn't willing to pay $10 per fat quarter for on Etsy or perhaps it was just the beauty of the fabric, but I HAD to have it, and I had to have all of it (in half yard increments). Once I had it, I HAD to sew with it.

The Glam Clam quilt by Latifah Saafir has been on my quilt bucket list since I first saw the original at QuiltCon two years ago, and I thought the 12 inch version would be a perfect way to show of the large scale and gorgeous prints. Large pieces, and a bit more interesting than large squares of patchwork. This also happily coincides with the Clambake Quilt Along hosted by Rachel at Stitched in Color.

Folksy Clams 

I have to admit, that when I first saw the pieces on my design wall, I was a bit nervous. I'm more of an analogous color scheme/neutral background type of quilter. I was afraid this was too much and needed some neutrals mixed in. I'm not sure if it was impatience to dive in, or if I got brave, but in the end I decided to just go for it and have been piecing it together row by row. In fact, I'll have a finished twin-sized quilt top in less than a week, which is record time for me!

piecing the folksy clams 

I've already ordered the backing and have big plans for the quilting on this one!

What do you think? Would you have stuck to your backlog list of projects? Or seized a moment of quilting inspiration?

Linking up with the Clambake Quilt Along and Needle and Thread Thursday.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Giveaway Day! Present Perfect and Cowl Kit

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! The most wonderful day of the year (except for Christmas...and the giveaway day in the spring).


For those of you newly visiting me - thanks for dropping by! A little about me: I've been sewing/quilting for the past 3-4 years as a welcome "break" from my day job. I love the creative outlet and the tangible result of making something. Don't get me wrong, I embrace all the benefits of the virtual world around us, but sometimes it's nice to have something concrete (and pretty!) to come from hours of labor/fun. Also, sewing is a great excuse to shop for beautiful fabric...which I probably go a little overboard on sometimes. Hence the detash I started yesterday. Please tell me I'm not the only one!

Here are a few projects I've been working on this year:


As you can see, I like variety in my projects - mostly quilts, but some bags and small projects, and I'm even venturing into the world of making my own clothes!

The giveaway today is for others who also like variety in their projects, because Betz White's new book Present Perfect has an amazing diversity of projects from small pouches, to quilts, to toys.

Photo of cover from betzwhite.com
What I love about the book is how original the projects are. There is a section on making gifts for men (that is so hard for me!) and such cute things for kids. Look at those little finger puppets! Also, the book comes with a full sized pattern insert in the back. No need to copy a page and enlarge by 68.72 percent!
I was lucky enough to take a workshop with Betz where I made the amazing Infinity Cowl from the book. 


Here's a picture of me wearing it while eating gelato on my birthday!


So for Giveaway Day, I'm bestowing upon you a copy of Present Perfect for your own gift making (or selfish sewing!) pleasure, as well as material to make your own Cosmos Infinity Cowl! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment. Followers of my blog, old and new, get a second comment. The giveaway is open through Friday evening, and I will contact the winner over the weekend. Make sure I have a way to contact you if you are a no-reply blogger!

Update: Chosen by Random.org is commenter #25, Pixie Cat. I've emailed you for your address and will have the prize on it's way. Congrats!


Also, check out my little giveaway on Instagram. I'm @quiltsinthequeue.


Happy Giveaway Day!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bee Block Catch Up

I know I haven't been posting much in this space recently, but I have been sewing! Here are some of the bee blocks I've been working on the past couple months:

First my do Good Stitches bee blocks. Most of my Empower group has been together for a few years now and it's a great group of women with amazing creativity and skills. First are Disappearing Hourglass blocks for Michonne from September

#dgsempower disappearing hourglass block number two @renorx
#dgsempower Sept block number one @renorx

Then these Granny Squares for Shannon for October:
October dGS Blocks
And most recently these Haphazard Blocks for Kelli for this month:

November dGS Blocks

Here's my September Stash Bee block for Genevieve:

Stash Bee Sept Block

And October for Francis:
Oct Stash Bee Blocks
I have one more block to make for Stash Bee this month. Hive 12 has been a great group of women, but honestly I am ready for a bit of a break and will be taking next year off. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids: Prize Winners!

Thanks again to all the sponsors and quilters who came together to make 100 Quilts for Kids - or should I say 122 Quilts for Kids - a success! Below are the prize winners, who I've also emailed. Thanks again to you all and see you next year!
Clothworks donated two 5 yard bundles of their American Made Brand Solids for the Waves Quilt Along. Given away as part of the Waves Quilt Along
Aurifil is generously donating a box of 12 large spools of their famous thread, pictured here. That will quilt a lot of quilts!
#121 Mucho xoxo
Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew is giving away a bundle of 8 of her patterns.#48 Mommaspark
Anna of Noodlehead is giving away a pattern bundle.#51 KindaQuilty
Christa Quilts is donating a three pack of patterns from her Craftsy shop.#102
City Stitches is donating a membership to her Quick Sew Baby Quilt Club.#94 Jenn
Craftsy is donating an online class of the winner's choice to two lucky winners.#16 Cynthia and #96
Dear Stella is donating four fat quarter bundles from their current lines.Given away to DC Modern Quilt Guild members.
Del Ray Fabrics is donating a fabric bundle from their online shop.#81 Sheila

Jennifer Mathis, owner and founder of Sew South is donating this awesome prize pack.
#25 Sharon

Fabrics N Quilts is donating a $25 gift card to their online shop.#3 Pat
Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts is donating a 4-pack of paper patterns from her shop.#106 Lea
Interweave is donating a prize pack of three of their recent book publications, including a Quilter's Mixology, New Classic Patchwork, and the Quilter's Applique Workshop and a bundle of magazine publications.#108 Anjeanette
Jeni of In Color Order is donating 6 patterns from her shop.#67 Nita
Kati at From the Blue Chair is donating a set of her PDF patterns, as well as a custom bundle from her stash based on the winner's selected color preferences.#92 Leah
Katie of Swim Bike Quilt is donating a copy of her book, Vintage Quilt Revival. #59 Jean
Jennifer of Knotted-Thread is donating a bundle of Mochi Dots. Also, she's offering 10% off for participants of 100 Quilts for Kids using the code QUILTSFORKIDS10. Head on over to her shop to stock up on some beautiful fabrics for your charity quilt (or for later selfish sewing!)Given away for promoting 100 Quilts for Kids.
Lee of Freshly Pieced is donating three of her PDF patterns.#65
Marmalade Fabrics is donating a $30 gift certificate to their online shop.#85 Anita
Lee of May Chappell is donating 3 of her PDF patterns.#22 Kristy
Melissa of Happy Quilting is donating a set of 3 PDF patterns.#5 Michelle
Dana of Old Red Barn Co. is donating a copy of Modern Baby and her new book, Imagine Quilts.#101 Carla and #49 Cath
Pink Chalk Fabrics is donating a $25 gift certificate to their shop.#30 Heidi
Rachael of Imagine Gnats is donating a $25 gift certificate to her shop.#28 Alyson
Rachel of PS I Quilt is donating three of her PDF patterns.#110 Sherry
Sara of Sew Sweetness is donating six of her newest print patterns: Aragon, Lapin Noir, Lilium, Park West, Peas and Corn, Soda Pop.#69 Di

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids: Celebrating the Finish!

100 Quilts for Kids


Just a couple hours left of 100 Quilts for Kids 2014. As of this posting we have 115 quilts linked up here and I couldn't be happier. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed a quilt (or two or three or more!) and to the generous sponsors who donated these great prizes. I'm wrapping up by featuring a few more of the finished quilts. I've included links below each of the quilts to encourage you to visit the quilter and say thanks for the contribution to 100 Quilts for Kids!

Check back on Friday when I'll post the prize winners.

Greek cross Garden Party
Kinda Quilty
NICU
Anita Cuevas

Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Monday, September 29, 2014

#100Quilts4Kids: Celebrating Finishes

100 Quilts for Kids

I thought that today instead of featuring a few of the quilts linked up here, I'd share the #100quilts4kids Instagram hashtag. It's been a fun way to see the quilts as works in progress and encourage one another along. Did you know you can even link up an Instagram photo to the linky - you don't even need a blog or to load photos to Flickr! I'd so love to reach our goal of 100, so if you have a finished quilt and just haven't linked up yet, what are you waiting for? You will be entered to win some great prizes. The linky is open here through September 30th, at midnight Eastern Daylight Time.