Monday, August 27, 2012

Rosy Lullaby - Published (Squeal)

I am so excited to get to share Rosy Lullaby with you!!!  I designed Rosy Lullaby to be a simplistic and adorable pattern.  The fabric is from the Song Bird line by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Designs.  Isn't it just beautiful!!!! The quilt goes together quick and is perfect for when you want to whip something up for an adorable little girl (or boy if you wanted to use blue and green :)

Image courtesy of McCall's Quilting
Now,  the publishing process takes a little while and it is really hard for me to keep these things under wraps. So you can imagine my excitement when I was sent the cover image and found my little Rosy Lullaby inserted on the front cover as the PLUS addition ;)  Squeal #2!!!

Image courtesy of McCall's Quilting
And then it gets better!!!!  McCall's decided to use the basis of my quilt as their Web Bonus feature!!!  The Web Bonus is a free download of the Rosy Lullaby Twin Size version!!!  So now you can whip this up in a twin size for free!!!   Squeal #3

Image courtesy of McCall's Quilting
The final thing I am super excited about this quilt is that I quilted it myself.  Now I have quilted a ton of quilts before but this is the first one that I quilted on my own that was being published.  And I have to say, I was pretty happy with how it turned out :)  (Squeal #4!!)

Here is a detail shot of the quilting :)

So ya, basically a lot of squeals going on over here today.  Maybe even a happy dance or two :)  And with that, I wish you all a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Monster Quilt equals Long Arm!!!

Yesterday I got to visit Let's Quilt to do a little long arm action for the second time!!  And once again, I had so much fun!!! It was nice to have a little experience under my belt from the  first time so that I felt a little more confident, and subsequently was a little quicker.  This time I was working on a king size quilt and it was a monster. Sadly, I can't show you the quilt (It will be published next year) but I can show you the back :)

After playing around with several designs in my head and on paper, I finally decided to go with this concept. I really like the way it creates a patchwork look and it really lends itself to the quilt design.  And it was oh so much fun to quilt.  It's not perfectly even by any means, but I am super happy with how it turned out.  Each of those little squares are about 7"'s.  So fun!!!

Now I just need to make some more monster size quilts so I have an excuse to go back down and play again.  Oh, I know, maybe I could finish the King and Queen size versions of my Braided Irish Chains ;)  So many projects, so little time :)
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

TNT Thursday - My Pickled attempt at Pickling

So this weeks TNT is a little different for me in that it has nothing to do with quilting.  It did however, keep me from spending as much time quilting :)  So here's what I tried new :)

I do not have a green thumb.  In fact, I would say it is much more of a brown thumb. And normally our little garden produces so little that we can eat it right as we pick it.   But . . . for some reason, this year, I have cucumbers coming out of my ears!!  So, since we can't eat 20 cucumbers in a week, I decided to try my hand at making pickles.

I found this recipe at Crazy Mom Quilts and thought it sounded easy enough.  But, when I got to the store I found that they were out of mustard seed, and didn't have red pepper flakes or canning salt.  So I decided to improvise.  Instead of canning salt I used regular salt and instead of the spices listed I just used Pickling Spice.  (It said on the label that it worked for pickles).

So after 24 hours of refrigeration we have pickles!!!  They are crispy, green and look delicious.  However . . . when you bite into them they are spicy!!  Seriously, these pickles bite back.  I think I should have stuck to the exact recipe and left out the pickling spice, or not used so much of it.

But I am not to worried.  I have already found at least 15 little cucumbers that should be ready in a few days.     I will be trying again soon, and this time I will find a store that carries the remaining ingredients I need and follow the recipe :)  And since this is all gardenish I am linking up to Debbies Herbal Table :)

So what have you been trying new this week???  Link on up :)

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Studio Tour

Today my little sewing space is being toured at the Moda Bake Shop!!!  So if you want to see a few shots of my happy purple space go ahead and pop on over :)

I just love that when I sit here I have my current WIP to the right of me, my future projects stacked in the cupboard above me and fabric inspiration all around me :)
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tetris Quilt-A-Long - Week 6

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Tetris Quilt-A-Long.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win one of the grand prizes sponsored by The Intrepid Thread ) you can find a list of the post links here :)

Need detailed instructions on "how to play"??  See this post :)

It's Week 6 of the Tetris Quilt-A-Long!!!!  The last week of blocks!!  (But were not done yet, we have borders, and putting it all together next week and then a parade on the 11th of September :)

But before we get to the pieces for week 6, Let's first announce a winner of the Week 5 giveaway who gets the Modern Quilts HYB. And Mr Random Generator says the winner is . . .#6 - Lisa Marie- Congrats!

So now  . . .  on to Week 6!!!  (It's our last week of blocks!!!!)

First, Print off your grid!!
Now, color in your Tetris Pieces

Nothing fancy needed, just fill it in as if you were playing.  Here's my grid for this week.

Now lay your fabric out to match your grid.  Now for those that did the Tetris Color Charm Swap, you might be running a little low on squares. You might need to swap out colors or get a few prints from your stash.  Just FYI :)

And now just sew your squares into rows and then your rows into your Week 6 Block!!! (For detailed instructions on sewing a grid/patch block together see this post :)  

Yippee Skippee!!!  Block 6 is done!!!  You are done with all of your weekly blocks!!!  And now you can enter to win the last weekly prize :)

The Weekly Prizes are sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop and a huge thanks goes to them for their support of the Tetris Quilt-A-Long.

This weeks  prize is a Cherry Christmas Jelly Roll by Aneela Hoey for Moda.

So what do you have to do for a chance to win this beautiful Jelly Roll??  Simple . . . Just link up your Week 6 block at the end of this post :)  You can link to a blog post or a flickr picture, or whatever.  Just make sure to link up by next Tuesday morning as I will be announcing a winner at the beginning of next weeks post :)

And Don't forget to add your Week 6 Block to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group!!!   I am so excited to see everyone's Week 6 block!!!  Yippee Skippee for the last weeks block!!!!

So what are you waiting for . . . Get your Tetris sewing on!!!

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