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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fabric Tuesday #133 and did you win?

Winner for the awesome Fat Quarter bundle from Fort Worth Fabric Studio (FWFS):

Lisa said...

I like the gingham bundle!


Fabric Tuesday!  Yay, favorite day of the week on the blog! :)  I have been finishing up some last minute projects as always, I'll have some to share in a week or so.  Let's take a look at some of the yummy things from last week!

Improv cushion for Gran

Chevron Bag @

Wahoo!! There were some really great quilts last week too...I couldn't narrow it all down.  Nice work!!

Fabric Tuesday #133


Monday, April 29, 2013

Rainbow Wave Quilt from Busy Hands Quilts

I love color, bright colors, and thus I do love rainbow! Our feature today of Mrs. Hearts from Busy Hands Quilts is so happy and bright!! A darling quilt for her daughters joyful room! :)  I think I even have enough solids to make my own...hmmm.  Make sure to check out Busy Hands Quilts...she truly is busy!! Almost every post is a finish!
Rainbow Bunkbeds
My daughter's newly decorated room.  Don't you love the walls?!?  The other two walls are blue, which I may show you on another day.  That half of the room is ... not ... clean!!!  I had originally planned to make a Rainbow Plus Quilt on the top bunk {remember the 60 solids I purchased?}, but when Millie and I found this set at Kohl's for uber cheap, we couldn't pass it up.  It matches perfectly!
The bottom quilt is a full-size Wave quilt with 18 different solids, made by yours truly.

Rainbow Wave in Full Size
It is LOVE ... or what!?!

Rainbow Wave in Full Size
It turned out truly AMAZING!
Rainbow Wave in Full Size
The backing is a Riley Blake chevron in apple green and white, and oh, my, this fabric was a charm to work with!  WAY nicer than lesser quality flannels from other sources.  I washed and dried it once before assembling the quilt since flannel shrinks more than regular cotton fabrics and will shrink again when washed a second time.  The quilt top and binding were not preshrunk.

Rainbow Wave in Full Size
Here is a close-up of the candy binding.  YUM! 
I quilted across the quilt twice in the colored areas, varying the height of the "swoops" as the wave progressed; and the white has tiny up/down swoops in it which you can't see.

Rainbow Wave in Full Size
Can you see where the two chevron fabric pieces were joined?  It's pretty hard to find it!  This high-quality flannel from Riley Blake was printed so perfectly on excellent fabric that the points met amazingly well.  I pinned the two pieces together at every zig zag and had no problems whatsoever.

Rainbow Wave in Full Size
Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern:  New Wave by Oh, Fransson!, free
  • Size:  75" x 85", full bed size
  • Quilt Top Fabric:  18 Kona solids with white
  • Batting:  100% cotton, thin
  • Backing:  Riley Blake Chevron in flannel
  • Binding:  Sweet Treats, double fold with 45-degree mitered corners, attached by machine
  • Quilting:  Varying sized "swoops" within the colored waves and small swoops in the white
  • Value:  Truly uplifting!
I am taking custom orders for Rainbow Wave Quilts in any size in my Etsy shop!
Busy Hands Quilts


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Custom Bundle Giveaway from FWFS

Fabulous giveaway today from a new sponsor, Fort Worth Fabric Studio!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio or FWFS is a great online fabric shop that carries major designers...all the latest and greatest!  New items are added weekly or even daily!  They even have a fun little design wall where you can place the swatches of fabric together to see how you like them together.  I was playing with this collection this morning, Spring Fling:

FWFS also has amazing bundles!! They are home of the Friday Bundle Batch, a new bundle of fabrics featured each Friday!   These bundles are inspired by many different things, and it's always exciting to see which bundle is coming next!   They offer these bundles in Fat Quarter and Half Yard cuts.   Signing up for their Friday newsletter will keep you informed of the new bundle each week, as well as all the new arrivals for the week! Go here to sign-up for the newsletter. Here are a couple of my favorites.

And today FWFS has an awesome giveaway for one of our readers!!! This is one of my favorite color combos and they've put together an awesome custom bundle for one of you!!

15 Fat Quarters in tangerine, turquoise and gray!
$39 value!

And if you can't wait to see if you win pick up your own Tangerine & Turquoise bundle now! :)

How you can win:
leave a separate comment for each please!

1. Visit Fort Worth Fabric Studio and tell us your favorite collection or custom bundle!
3. Become a follower of FWFS the Blog!

This giveaway is now closed.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fabric Tuesday Ya'll!

Another week closer to my big move to the Washington DC area...scary! I'd be lying if I didn't say I feel totally overwhelmed right much to do.  But in the great news department, my husband finished his last day or rotations!!  This means he has OFF unitl JULY 1st!!!  All he has to do is graduate in May :)  And in other great news Heather and I have finished FIVE NEW PATTERNS!!  This is really happy news for us.  We'll be posting them each on the blog over the next few weeks and hope to have them all in the shop this week.

On to some fabulous projects linked up to last weeks Fabric Tuesday:


A new pillow for my sis. I added a few stitches on the grey crosses.

Amazing things right?  You should have seen the amount of browsers I had open with potential features for today!! I had to cut it by at least half! :)

Fabric Tuesday #132

Let's see your fabric projects!!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Sampler Quilt from Gone Stitchin'....

Hip hip hooray! We're featuring a reader who FINISHED OUR BOM SERIES!! Go Cheryll!!!  It was such a fun way to do a BOM (in my opinion, lol!).  Having just a theme each month gives so much creative liberty, every quilt is different.  Cheryll went with her husbands team colors, genius!  Be sure to check out Gone Stitchin' my cubbyhole for some fun and creative inspiration!  PS If you missed our BOM finishes, check out Meg's Finish and Heather's Finish.  Thanks Cheryll!! Yours look awesome!!

Thanks for being patient all these long months while I participated in  a BOM with Megan & Heather at Quilt Story blog. We all started in March last year... and finally it's time to reveal our finished quilt. My quilt was made for my hubby so he could wrap himself up this winter watching his favourite football team. Both he and I are very happy with the end result.
The lap quilt measure 68in x 46in.

A BIG THanK YoU goes out to both lovely girls at Quilt Story Blog... for their organisation and encouragement all year long!
Lets hear a HuGe...WooHoo!
Thanks GirLS...


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fabric Tuesday!!!

Sorry I'm late this morning, no real good excuse other than I was tired and lazy last night :) I'll jump right in with some features from last week.  Some fabulous non-quilty projects!!  Lots of great quilts too but I was impressed with all the other awesome link-ups:


Fabric Tuesday #131

Your turn! What fabric projects have you finished lately??


Monday, April 15, 2013

Broken Diamonds Quilt from Blueberry Patch

Love this quilt today from Cathy at Blueberry Patch, really striking.  I've never done an all solids quilt but I get tempted when I see awesome finishes like this! I've had an idea for one for my husband for a while, maybe I'll finally get around to it in cold DC! :)  Cathy has a lot of great finishes and she shares a lot of fun fabric and sewing projects on Blueberry Patch.  Thanks for sharing today!

I finished this the other day and hung it up on the barn for a few pictures.  This is Inspired Broken Diamonds and I am calling it that because I was inspired to make it after seeing this quilt on Kati's blog From The Blue Chair.  I found her Broken Diamonds quilt mesmerizing and I knew that I had to try it.  It took me awhile to get around to it but I did.  

So what did I do?  Lot of solids cut into strips in a variety of widths.  The strings are paper pieced in matching quarters and then sewn together with other matching quarters.  There are no repeats.  The "diamonds" are all different sizes for the most part.  Then the fun came when I put them together.  That was a bit of a construction project!  I had to sash the blocks in a way that allowed them to fit together.  Once that happened, I filled in the empty space with giant triangles and we were away to the races.  That was until I realized I had goofed with the orientation of the quilt and I had to un-sandwich it and tweak the quilt a bit so I had the blocks in the right orientation.  Long story.  Short story is it makes me happy.  There is one wee diamond in a different orientation.  Can you see it?  That was an oops but it is an okay oops.  The quilt advisor (a.k.a. Husband) thought the diamonds should have their lighter sides to the left as if the sun might be on them.  Do you see what I mean?  All the diamonds are in that orientation except the one little oops.  That one slipped by me somehow!  

The quilting is straight lines about an inch apart, in Aurifil 50 wt in white and I think it looks just great!  The binding is Kona Charcoal and I used some leftover solids on the back with Ikea's Britten Numbers. So much fun!!!!!  I was stitching the binding when I noticed the number forty two on the back!  Forty two is such an auspicious number!  The answer to the secret of the universe, right?  Nothing like a literary reference on a quilt!  (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

  Quilt stats

Name:  Inspired Broken Diamonds
                     Design:  Inspired by Kati's quilt Broken Diamonds
Size:  64" by 74"
Fabric:  Kona Solids and stash fabrics
Binding:  Kona Charcoal
Backing:  Ikea Britten Numbers and Kona Solids
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Modern Circuitry Quilt from Don't Call Me Betsy

This isn't our first time featuring Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy, in fact I have no idea how many times we've featured her!! She is an awesome and creative quilter, we love her work!  She's sharing an awesome modern quilt today that was featured at QuiltCon! So cool! :)  Be sure to see Don't Call Me Betsy if you haven't, awesome tutorials (love this Mod 9 patch), classes if you happen to live near her, name it!

Checking Instagram the last day or two has been sheer torture. Photos are flooding in from QuiltCon, and gosh, I wish I were there. I am lucky enough to have a few pieces of me there at QuiltCon, but gosh I wish I could be there to take it all in. The next one will be in 2015, and I definitely plan to be there!

One of my quilts on display at QuiltCon is featured in the Modern Quilts Unlimited booth, #308. Modern Quilts Unlimited is a fantastic new modern quilting magazine, and I was super excited when they selected one of my designs to share at their booth. This quilt is something I designed a while back, while dreaming of rich Art Gallery solids, and it was a lot of fun to finally put it together.


The Art Gallery solids I used for this project are: Crystal Pink, Cabernet, Dark Citron, Light Citron, Cherry Lipstick, Festival Fuschia, Fresh Water, Empire Yellow, Burnt Orange, Tile Blue, Emerald, with Mystic Gray for the background and Caviar for the binding. You can find Art Gallery solids in stock atIntrepid Thread and Stash Modern Fabrics.


This is also the quilt that I used my Clamshell Loop FMQ design on, the one in the tiny sneak peek photo! This was the first larger quilt that I used that FMQ technique on, and it was really fun and easy to do.


I love how this quilt came together, and I am so happy that I got to see a photo of it on display in Austin at QuiltCon. Maybe next time, I can manage to have another quilt on display there and actually get a picture of me with it! Have a great weekend :)


Quilt Stats:
name: Modern Circuitry
size: 48" x 60"
fabrics: Art Gallery Pure Elements solids in Crystal Pink, Cabernet, Dark Citron, Light Citron, Cherry Lipstick, Festival Fuschia, Fresh Water, Empire Yellow, Burnt Orange, Tile Blue, Emerald, with Mystic Gray for the background
pattern: by me for Modern Quilts Unlimited, handed out at QuiltCon
quilting: Clamshell Loop by me in white 50 wt Aurifil thread
binding: Art Gallery Pure Elements solid in Caviar


Monday, April 8, 2013

Birthday String Quilt from So Sarah Sews

Sarah from SoSarahSews has a fabulous quilt to share with us all today.  I LOVE the bright happy colors, and I'm sure a teenage girl will love them even more!!  Sarah has a great list of her finished quilts, so yummy to look at it :)  Make sure to see her flickr for inspiration and check out SoSarahSews.  Thanks!!

Well, I'm moving to London, England in 6 short months.  And I've made a quilt for all my young nieces and nephews...the ones that have been born in the last few years.  But my goal for this year was to give my older nieces and nephews a quilt before I leave.

I took care of Grant, whose birthday was in December, with this camoflage quilt.

Next up is my oldest niece, Brooke.  Her birthday is 4 days after mine in February, and I'm happy to say I'm already done with her quilt!  (Only two more to go after her!)
Brooke's Quilt 

Here it is.  She's going to be 15 this year.  I can't believe it.  I think this will suit her.  She told me she likes all these colors, but no yellow, which is funny because her room is yellow.

An upclose of the quilting...can't believe it didn't get that string off...

This is an up-close of the quilting. I did big flowers throughout the quilt. I like it. (Don't mind the string hanging off there...don't know how I missed that!)


The back is one fabric I chose that I thought she would like. The colors in the pic are a little off, but it's really nice in person. I hope she likes it!

I had a lot of little triangles left over when I trimmed the blocks.  I made a baby quilt with them, you can check it out here

I'll soon be sharing with you my newest nephew's quilt (See HERE) that will be on it's way to him soon. (He was born 12-12-12! How cool is that birthday?!)