Monday, November 24, 2014

The Quilt that Wasn't

In early October when I was in the midst of the first trimester and was totally exhausted and nauseous and falling asleep every day around 8:30, I decided to make a Halloween quilt.

I had a stack of leftover 5.5" squares sitting next to a stack of leftover 3.5" squares on my cutting table and they looked nice and Halloween-y so I thought I'd add borders to the smaller squares and turn it into a quilt.  I even had backing fabric. In the end I only had to cut 10 extra squares to make a nice sized lap quilt so I got started.
Only I didn't really feel like making anything and I wasn't very excited about this quilt so progress was painfully so slow.  So slow in fact that it eventually stopped and it has been sitting on the counter ever since.

Do you know how many unfinished projects I have?  Just this one.  I hate leaving things unfinished but I just can't find the energy to finish it right now.  Maybe it's a quilt for next year, but for now I will just have to deal with having an unfinished project.

I have been working on something that I will be sharing soon.  It is a custom order twin sized quilt similar to this one and even though progress on this one has also been slow, it has been fun to work on and I am excited to share it.

Thank you everyone for the well wishes about the pregnancy, we are so excited and your comments mean so much :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kona Charm Pack Winner

The winner of the Kona Charm pack is . . .

Congrats Marianne!  I will be sending you an email.

Thanks everyone for entering and for stopping by on the 30 Quilts for 30 Years Blog Hop!

Monday, November 17, 2014

30 Quilts for 30 Years Bloghop and Giveaway

A few months ago I was asked to help celebrate Kona's 30th birthday by making a quilt.  The people over at Robert Kaufman are really great and also brilliant because this celebration resulted in some unique and amazing quilts.  You can follow along with the bloghop from November 1st to December 3rd to find out more about each one.

When I was sketching out designs for a quilt, I decided that I wanted to focus on the variety of Kona shades that are available. I also wanted to make a quilt that was not too difficult because I knew that it was going to be available as a free pattern and I wanted it to be accessible to quilters of all skill levels.
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Paintdrip Quilt
56" x 69"
Free Pattern Available Here
So I came up with my Paintdrip Quilt.  It uses pretty much all of my favorite Kona colors together and is beginner friendly.  The quilt pattern, as well as a list of all of the Kona colors used to make the quilt, is available on the Robert Kaufman website.

Robert Kaufman has kindly offered to giveaway a charm pack of all the new Kona colors.  If you haven't seen them in person, they are amazing.  I never thought I would like a pink solid as much as I like Pomegranate, but I think Sangria might be just a little bit better.

To be entered a giveaway, just leave a comment on this post.  The giveaway is open to international readers.  The giveaway is open until Tuesday November 18th at 10am PST.  

And don't forget to check out the 29 other quilts in the blog hop.  My favorite might be Valori Wells' Colored Happy Quilt:
Week 1:
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Bonanza Fabric Bundle (and a sale)

FabricCadabra is now offering a custom fabric bundle that I put together for my Inspiration Mosaics last month.  It is called the Bonanza Bundle and you can find it here.  This bundle uses some of my favorite prints from this year and not only looks pretty great together, but most of the prints are versatile basics too.  

I also wanted to point you over to Sew Take a Hike where FabricCadabra is giving away a bundle of Melody Miller's amazing collection Mustang.
And, last but not least, FabricCadabra is having a sale starting today for 15% off all bundles using code BONANZA15.  There are some very tempting options. . .

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bursting Star Cushion (and a giveaway)

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Welcome to my stop on the Quilted Living book tour. When I saw the quilts in this book I knew I wanted to participate in the book tour and I was particularly excited to try out the Bursting Star cushion.
I did want to mix up the colors a little bit and used a few prints from Ann Kelle's Beatbox collection plus a few Kona Cotton colors.  My kids are already fighting over the pillow so I may need to make another one.  DSC_6888-Edit
The pattern was pretty easy to follow and making piping was just as fun as I remembered (not fun, but worth it).  I stuffed mine really full since I know it will be used and abused by my kids so mine is a little more pillowy than the image in the book.  But it is very soft and comfortable and is currently making its home in my daughter's reading corner in her room.  
Despite my cushion being a little lumpy, I am really pleased with how it turned out.  As much as I love making quilts and being able to share those with my family, it is fun to do something a little different.
And wouldn't you like to check out Quilted Living for yourself?  The Fat Quarter Shop provided me with a copy of the book to share with one of you.  
To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post.  I will choose a winner on Saturday November 16th.

Make sure to check out the rest of the blog tour:
November 11th
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple 

November 12th
Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting

November 13th
Kathy Brown of The Teacher's Pet
Thearica Burroughs of Pigtales & Quilts

November 14th
Helen Stubbings of Hugs N Kisses
Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs ends the tour! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

why I haven't been sewing much . . .

You might have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here.  After having a miscarriage a few months ago I have had a difficult time believing that this is real . . .

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