Friday, November 30, 2012

Stash Bee Block for Laura

These were just about the silliest (in a good way) blocks I've ever done.  Enough said, take a look for yourselves.

Pumpkin This is Pumpkin, our almost 10-year-old pug. When she was a pup, her coat was a nice, glossy black. Now in her mature years, her muzzle and chest have gone gray, so we call her Gray Beard.  She refuses to respond to that name.

Laura, the Queen Bee for the November Stash Bee, wanted everyone to do portraits (one self-portrait, and one of a pet), so this is my self-portrait:

Self Portrait

This is the real Pumpkin -- the picture was taken at an odd angle, so her head is not really that huge (in case you were wondering).

Pumpkin portrait
These blocks are in the mail and on their way to Laura! Thanks again for letting me play along!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sashing Swoon and More Sampler Blocks for WIP Wednesday

Remember these blocks?  Swoon using Heirloom -- yup, I'm finally getting around to sashing them.  It took me a while to get to this point, because I originally wanted to make a king-sized quilt using a 4 x 4 setting.  After the 10th block, when I accidentally singed a corner with the iron, I put the project away for a while.  I have now decided that the original 3 x 3 setting (finishing at 80" x 80") is just fine.  I can't wait to get this done and quilted -- I've got some ideas brewing.
Sashed blocks
I also finished another block for my Classic Sampler. This is one of my favorites, although I would do it a little differently if I had thought about it in the first place.
Block 4 - Rolling Stone
Block 4 - Rolling Stone

I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and am heading over there right now to see what everyone else is up to!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lightning Rod Baby Blanket

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  The spread this year at my big sissy's house was great, but I think I ate too much.  I guess that's part of the modern Thanksgiving theme.

Here is my current project. This block never fails to please -- more details later.


Also, don't forget to stop by the shop for our Black Friday sale -- 20% off with promo code thanks2012.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Classic Sampler -- The Saga Continues for WIP Wednesday

Here is the third block of the Classic Sampler -- yay!  These are going much faster now.  I'm almost finished with the fourth block, but silly me, I sewed one row upside down.  I couldn't face unpicking this row, as it was pretty late in the evening, so it will have to wait for a separate post!
Block 3 - Star Choice
Block 3 - Star Choice
I'm loving how the colors and prints are working together so far!  And here is the three-block mosaic: Collage - Part 2 I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. Head over and see what's going on in the quilting world!

Oh, and don't forget to stop by here tomorrow through Friday for 20% off everything using the promo code thanks2012.  That includes all the new stuff, Notting Hill, Havana, Chicopee, as well as sale items!  Finally, you can still enter the drawing for the Chicopee FQ bundle at Purple Panda Quilts up through the 22nd!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry & Thanksgiving Sale!

I seriously LOVE LOVE LOVE Joel Dewberry. I thought I loved Aviary 1 and 2, and I thought I loved Heirloom. But now I know Notting Hill is true love.

You can this in three different colorways Poppy, Magenta, and Aquamarine.  If you wait until Thanksgiving, you can get an additional 20% off with promotion code thanks2012 -- that is an awesome deal on this brand new collection.
Poppy Colorway

Aquamarine Colorway

Magenta Colorway

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Havana Eye Candy

Havana is the new collection by Monaluna. I think this is a pretty special collection -- it has a nice blend of blues, reds, greens, and pinks. I especially love that it is 100% GOTS certified, which is the absolute gold standard for organic textiles.  There are a total of 16 prints in two colorways (blue and red) and you can find them here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Psst...Chicopee Giveaway!

Lyanna of Purple Panda Quilts is holding a giveaway of this Chicopee fat quarter bundle.  Lyanna also has a great tutorial for a fall table runner, using the Push Pop colorway. So go, enter, win!

 Push Pop 12 print

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Classic Sampler Revisited

I'm touching base with some forgotten WIPs.  This is the second block of a sampler quilt I started in June 2011.  Yeah, that's over a year ago!  I'm not going to abandon this project, 'cause I still love the pattern.  Plus, I've already purchased all the fabric, including the backing.  That's incentive.

Rocky Road
Block 2 - Rocky Road
Here's my original post, but if you don't feel like going back in time, the deets are as follows:
Pattern - Classic Sampler by Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott
Fabric - Hullaballoo by Urban Chicks
2 collage

Friday, November 9, 2012

Stash Bee - Belated October Blocks

Rachelle, the Queen Bee for October, requested these neat paper-pieced bookshelf blocks.  I completed and mailed these first three blocks to Rachelle on time:

Stash Bee October 3
This one is my favorite -- I like the look of the stacked books and the one leaning to one side.
Paper piecing is not one of my strengths, so these were kinda challenging for me.  There was some ripping out of seams and cursing, especially with this one:

Stash Bee October 4
This is a picture frame on top of a stack of books.  Pretty clever, huh?
In addition to Kona black (each Queen Bee can specify up to two solids for her block), I used some more of my Just Wing It layer cake.  I think the colors from this collection contrasted nicely with the black.

Stash Bee October 5

As I was saying, I cruised along happily with the first three.  Then Halloween came, and I got slammed -- between costumes and work, I didn't get any sewing done until today.  So, today while the boys were out of school for a teacher in-service day, I finished off this last one and dropped it in the mail:

 Stash Bee October 2

Phew.  I really did have a lot of fun making these blocks.  That's what is nice about belonging to Stash Bee -- there's a variety of ideas and techniques that I would have never come up on my own or thought to try.

Here they are in a row, to give you an idea of how it all goes together.  Unfortunately, because I was late with the fourth block, I don't have a picture of all ot them together.  Boo.

Stash Bee October 1