Monday, April 27, 2015

Fabric Sale and a Giveaway

I am excited to share a great sale and giveaway from my sponsor FabricCadabra.
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All sale items are 25% off, and the sale section is full of pretty fabrics.  It includes a couple of my absolute favorite prints right now: this Priory Square print and this Glimma print and lots of other gorgeous fabrics.  

Also, FabricCadabra is offering a fat quarter bundle Amy Butler's new fabric line Violette in the Flourish colorway.  
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To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post.  You can just say hi or, if you are feeling really helpful, I would love a baby name suggestion because we are a little clueless what we are going to name this baby boy in a few short weeks!

If you would like a second entry, follow FabricCadabra on Facebook and leave me a second comment letting me know.  

And be sure to check out giveaways at FabricCadabra's other sponsors: Modern Handcraft and SewTakeAHike.  
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The giveaway will remain open until Friday May 1st at 5pm PST.  Thank you so much for entering!

Skopelos Blog Tour

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Today is my stop on the Skopelos blog tour.  Working with Katarina Roccella's fabric is dreamy and Skopelos is no exception; the colors are rich and gorgeous.  I used a few of the prints from the fabric line mixed in with Pure Elements solids in Nocturnal, Raspberry Rose, and Grapefruit.
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I used a curved template that I drafted in EQ7 for the quilt.  My computer is having trouble printing a PDF of the template, but if I can get it to work and there is interest, I will post a download of the template later this week along with a quick tutorial.
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There are so many gorgeous prints in this collection and one of my favorites is on the back.  I would have loved to use more of the collection but it was fun to be able to highlight my favorites.  
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Finished size: 39" x 49"

This quilt is now listed in my shop.  

Be sure to check out the other stops on the Skopelos Blog Tour:
1. LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY - April 20th
2. ALLEGORY LANHAM – April 21st
3. ERICA TOOLE - April 22nd
4. RACHAEL GANDER - April 23th
5. AMY FRIEND - April 24th
6. MARIJA VUJČIĆ - April 25th
7. DANA BOLYARD - April 26th
8. ERICA JACKMAN - April 27th
9. JESSICA ALEXANDRAKIS - April 28th
10. SVETLANA SOTAK - April 29th
11. KATHLEEN RIGGINS - April 30th
12. APRIL RHODES - May 1st
13. PAUL HALLINGER - May 2nd
14. SHARON MCCONNELL - May 3rd
15. CAROLINE HULSE – May 4th
16. JANE DAVIDSON – May 5th

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

For the Boys Quilt Top

A couple weeks ago I received an order from Lark Cottons that was just what I needed to get started on a new project.  I had unintentionally ordered coordinating fabrics.
I ended up adding and subtracting a couple prints, but it seemed like these fabrics plus . . .
this book were a great combination.  I knew it wouldn't be long until I needed to make something from Jen Kingwell's book, and this is one of the few quilting books where I think I could eventually make all of the projects.  It is amazing.

I decided to start with a pattern called For the Boys (which makes me get this song stuck in my head every time I think of it).
For the Boys Quilt
I made mine a little smaller than the pattern and left off the outer borders.  I don't normally share quilt tops, but I am planning on hand quilting this one for the baby and it might be a while before it's finished.  This is a great pattern, especially for a baby boy quilt, and one I could definitely see myself using in the future.

Fabrics used that are still available: Chicopee, Hello Bear, Daysail, Cookie Book, and Revelry (this will be the backing).  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sending a quilt to be quilted: a follow up

I have been meaning to post an update to my previous post for the past few weeks, but I have had a hard time working on this quilt.  But now that it is done I wanted to share a few follow up thoughts.
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Overall, I am happy with how the quilt turned out.  The quilting mostly looks pretty good and I love that the quilt is extra big so my husband and I aren't fighting over the blanket.  I do not love that I ended up having to trim 1/2" plus off of each side to get rid of the folded over fabric and that there are several places in the quilt where the quilting is not lined up.  Most of the other issues are less noticeable now that the quilt has been washed.

After my previous post the quilter responded and and apologized and ended up refunding my money.  That is not why I made the post and I did not expect anything from her, but it was very kind of her.  

I know that I am not the only person who has had issues with this quilter because two separate people contacted me after my post correctly guessing who the quilter was because they had similar issues recently.  This quilter was highly recommended to me by several people and, while the experience was upsetting and surprising, it would not deter me from sending quilts out to another quilter.  My expectations of and communication with the quilter would definitely change the second time around.
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Finishing up the timing on this was perfect since we also just finished our bathroom remodel and I thought I'd share a few photos since the remodel has been taking a massive amount of my time and energy lately.

Before:
After:
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The process was painful, but it was worth it.  Now I just need about a zillion dollars to redo the rest of the house.

Speaking of our house, if you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen this, but look who we found on our front doorstep yesterday!
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Yes, it's a rattlesnake.  And I did not realize it was a rattlesnake at the time or I would not have run to get my camera.  But this guy is now safely in the hands of animal control and hopefully this will be our last rattlesnake encounter for a while!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Virtual Baby Shower

I am so overwhelmed right now.  My fellow members of the do. Good Stitches Wish Circle are amazing and talented and generous and threw me a virtual baby shower.  Today was the designated day to open the gifts.  My kids were just as excited as I was so I let them help me open everything.

Before I get to the photos I just want to thank these ladies for all of their love and support.  I hope they know how much their thoughtfulness means to me!  I am far from being ready for this baby to be born and this made me feel so much more prepared.

Caitlin made the cutest alligator (crocodile?).  My daughter has already tried to steal this for herself.
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Maggie made this adorable hat.  I am hopeless when it comes to yarn but Maggie is amazing!
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Steph made some really cute burp cloths, bibs, and a soft toy.  My kids wanted to know why I don't make cool stuff like this, ha ha.  
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Becky made this really cute diapers/wipes pouch.  She also included some diapers and wipes which is amazing because I haven't bought any yet!
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Kirsten sent some wipes, a binky clip, a diaper strap, and some bandana bibs.  This baby is going to be so stylish :)
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Lynn made some adorable, thick, very absorbent feeling bibs which will be awesome if this baby spits up like his big brother did ;)
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And Rene' sent a super cute hat and outfit and a quilt that she bought from the Auction for Eleni.  Knowing that the proceeds from the quilt went to help Rachel makes it extra special.  
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Seriously, how amazing are these ladies?  And I still have one more gift to look forward to from Kelleigh.  Thanks so much guys!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Reel Time Tablerunner

Welcome to the third day of the Reel Time blog tour.  This collection is from Zen Chic and it is wonderfully reminiscent of Comma, which is my favorite Zen Chic line.  These are a few of my favorite prints.
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I decided to make a table runner using a little of most of the prints in the collection.  The truth is that I couldn't pick favorites and wanted to use everything.
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The colors of the prints really inspired me; I love how that within each color, the prints are similarly colored, but there is enough of a difference in value to give the finished project some dimension.  

I am looking forward to picking up yardage, especially of the low volume prints. 
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Make sure to follow along with the blog tour to see lots of other projects featuring Reel Time.
11. April
Lynne Goldsworthy from Lily’s Quilts
12. April
Nettie Peterson from A quilt is nice
13. April
Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting
14. April
Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced
15. April
Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter
16. April
Nicole Daksiewicz from Modern Handcraft
17. April
Rochelle New from Lucky Lucille
18. April
Kelly Smith  from Live.love.create,
19. April
Lisa Cox from A Spoon full of Sugar
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Prepping for Baby (and a shop update)

I have been somewhat limited as far as what I can do to prepare for this baby.  We have about 5-ish weeks left and have been in the middle of a major bathroom remodel for the past month.

Earlier this year we discovered that there was severe water damage (and mold) in the wall behind our shower.  And then we found out that before we moved in, there had been mice living under the tub and the droppings were still there.  Gross, gross, gross.  Our master bathroom was completely ripped out and the other bathrooms have been without sinks, counters, or mirrors.  Everything has been displaced.  But the remodel is finally done and I can finally start putting things away.
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Fabrics are all flannel.  From left to right: Cloud 9 Fanfare, Cloud 9 from Joann's, Sarah Jane's Children at Play, and another Cloud 9 from Joann's.  
While I have been waiting for the bathroom to get finished up I cut a very large stack of burp cloths from some small-ish flannel scraps I had sitting around.  I have been sewing a couple together here and there, but then I realized that I should probably just buckle down and finish them so that I have some for myself and so that I am prepared for gifts.  There are LOTS more than the ones pictured.  I should have enough to last a while.  

In addition to making these and completely cleaning out and rearranging the house post-remodel, I also listed a couple more quilts in my Etsy shop.  I really hate to part with quilts that I have made, but I just do not have room for them.  

And, thanks to the remodel, I am sorely unprepared and underfunded.  So I have decided that until the end of the month, everything in my shop is 10% off with coupon code NEWBABY15.  After the end of the month anything that is remaining in my shop will be gifted or donated to make room.  
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