Sunday Stash

Hello friends.  It’s been so long.  I am not posting as often as I would like.  Our internet has been having issues – really I think it’s just due to living in a small town in the mountains – and it is just too painful to have to wait for things to load.  Morning aren’t too bad… late afternoons and evenings it crawls.  It seems to be working well today though so I am taking advantage of it.

I have quite a bit new fabric in my stash which is nice since my stash is still in storage and I brought almost nothing with me to work with.  First up is this Michael Miller Glitz fat-eighth bundle that I got from the Modern Quilt Guild for the Michael Miller Challenge at the upcoming QuiltCon West in Feb 2016.  These are black and white fabrics with metallic silver designs.  The goal is to feature this fabric in a quilt of any size.  I can combine it with any Michael Miller solids for the quilt top, and any Michael Miller prints on the back.  So…

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I won a $50 gift certificate from Hawthorne Threads from my friend Michelle at Factotum of Arts.  With that I was able to buy these Michael Miller coordinates and matching Aurifil threads.  I picked this flowery print because it matched the honey and mint solids I picked for the front.  But, it has gold metallic accents, instead of silver.  Hmm… I’m going to have to think about this.IMG_2845

Then I won this fat quarter pack from The SewCanShe Sewcialites on Facebook.  These prints are from The Adventures line by Cori Dantini for Blend fabrics.  Aren’t they adorable?  They will make a great boy quilt.

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And lastly, remember Ethel, the elephant I made that won 2nd place in an Art Gallery Fabrics challenge.  Well, this is the half-yard bundle and set of Aurifil thread I won from that.  This fabric is the Hello Bear line from Bonnie Christine.  Another great line for a boy quilt.IMG_2642

The Lord has truly blessed me with free fabric lately, so I need to find some time to make some quilts to bless others.  I don’t think I’ll get to it this month, but maybe in December.  Hahaha… who am I kidding?  It will probably be after Christmas.  Of course, I’ll share them with you when I get around to it.

Linking up with Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles.

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Too Many Projects to Count

It has been a busy week!

First, the elephant I made for the Cultivate in Fall Challenge with Art Gallery Fabrics won 2nd place.  Woo Hoo!  Thank you so much to everyone to voted.  I wouldn’t have made it that far without you.

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Second, I finished a quilt that I started this past February.  Yippee!  A finish is always something to celebrate.  I can’t show it to you yet.  I’m waiting to mail it to the intended recipient. But, I’ll show it to you as soon as I can.

Stitched in Color is hosting a Primary Mosaic contest featuring Lark Cottons.  It sounded like a fun adventure.  So, I took the time to create and submit two samples.  I think it was a great idea to get us quilters to slow down and think about color, and it really was as fun as I expected.  I didn’t make it into the top 10, but I really didn’t expect to.  After I submitted my fabric choices (below), I read through the blog again and realized I didn’t get the gist of what she was looking for the first time around.  That will teach me to try to do something like this when I’m tired and trying to listen to the TV at the same time.  But that’s ok.  I still like what I picked out, and I LOVE the navy fabric with the sail boat schematic, and the blue dandelions, and the blue giraffes… Voting starts today so head on over to Rachel’s blog and vote for one of your favorites.  mosaiccdb1d9de8b5e0e62bc937c9567eca89ac2210431

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I also have the front and back of the Long Star quilt for my middle son completely pieced.  It should finish to be about 70″ x 90″.  Now to iron it really good (somehow on my 2 foot portable desktop ironing board), and get my sandwich pinned together.  My plan for quilting is nothing too complicated.  I plan to straight line quilt following the lines of the diamond pieces, which is a good thing since my machine is still skipping stitches if I try to FMQ as discussed here.  I really need to get my machine serviced, but I can’t figure out when I’ll have time.  I am in the mist of too many projects at the moment.

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Also, I belong to a Facebook crafting group and one of our members found out she has stage 4 breast cancer that has matastasized into her hips.  Her treatment is expected to be extensive and costly.  So, our group is having a benefit by making items to sell at a craft fair.  We are looking to make as many items as we can over the next 9 days and ship them out to one of our members that is planning to have a booth at an upcoming craft fair.  I do hope we are able to raise a sizable amount of money for her.  If you have any finished projects just hanging around that you would like to donate, please let me know.  Also, here is a link to her go fund me page.  So, for this new venture, I designed and made this paper pieced mug rug last night.  It is made entirely with scraps from my scrap bin and measures 6″ x 9″.   I plan to make a few more mug rugs, and several other items (not sure what yet) in the time we have allotted.  So, for that reason, progress on the Lone Star will likely be stalled for a little while.  (Please excuse all the strings in the photograph.  I need to bury my threads but I can’t find my little needle book.  I am blaming the cat!)

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And there’s more going on.  But really, I don’t want to overwhelm you.

Linking up with

Ethel, The Rocking Elephant

I am in LOVE with Ethel.  Not only is she made with beautiful Art Gallery fabric, but she is soft, cuddly, and so freaking adorable.

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Art Gallery is sponsoring a contest using the new Cultivate line by Bonnie Christine.  This great line blends the cool colors of summer with warm fall tones.  The challenge was to use any of the prints from this line to make anything that signifies change.

We had just 2 1/2 weeks to make and submit a project for this challenge.  That’s not much time, but doable.  I was hoping to create my own pattern, but then I had the grand-monkeys for a week, and was sick for a week.  So really, I didn’t have much time as originally expected to work on this challenge.  But I love how she turned out.

I used a Huggable Pattern for the elephant.  I made up the hat and rocker, and honeyman made the rocker for me. She had her first photo shoot at the LQS, but when I took her to the park, her personality really came through.

She decided that she really liked to garden among the hosta plants.

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And then she lost her rocker (Is that the same as losing your marbles?) and decided to take a break.  She didn’t see any little boys or girls to play with, but she would have loved that as well.  (I put magnets in her feet that allow her to stand on the rocker without falling over.)

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She started playing hide-and-go-seek behind the bushes…

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And took a break on a bench in town square.

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If you have enjoyed Ethel, she asks that you log into Pinterest and VOTE FOR HER here.  You vote by clicking on the heart on her picture.  Of course, repins are great too.

Linking up with:

#CultivateChallenge & #CultivateInFall.

Bucket Hat & A First Quilt

The two oldest grand-monkeys (ages 4 & 5) were visiting this week.  We hiked to a waterfall, flew kites, played outside, watched movies, painted, did crafts, and just generally had a lot of fun.

One of our excursions was to A Stitch In Time, one of the two local quilt shops in Franklin, NC.  If you’ve not had the opportunity to visit this shop, you really should.  It is probably the most beautiful quilt shop I’ve ever been in.  And the staff there is super nice.  I had the pleasure of working with them for 2 weeks over the last shop hop and they are a great bunch of ladies.

Of course, I was there to show off the grand-monkeys because they are the cutest things in the world.  While we were there though, I bought grab bags for each of them.  A grab bag consists of fabric pieces less than 18″ x WOF.  The idea was to take whatever was in the grab bag and help them create a project during the week.  So they each picked out a bag and we headed to the car to open them.

“R” opened his bag and found two lovely floral Art Gallery prints by Bonnie Christine from her Sweet as Honey line.  If that had been my grab bag, I would have been ecstatic since Art Gallery fabric is my absolute favorite and I have been drooling over that line.  But, being a 4-year old boy, he wasn’t very impressed.

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And then “E” opened her bag, and out dropped two dark plaid fabrics.  Well, needless to say, as a 5-year old girl that loves flowers, she was a bit shocked to have such dull, drab fabric.

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So, they decided one was ‘girl’ fabric and the other was ‘boy’ fabric, they switched, and then they were both perfectly happy.  Phew… I love it when things work out.

We bounced around a few ideas for what they wanted to make from their fabric, and R decided he wanted a hat, and E wanted a quilt.

For the hat, we used the Bucket Hat tutorial from Sew Much Ado.  We needed to make our hat a bit larger than the pattern pieces provided in her tutorial, so I cut the round circle for the top of the hat 1/4″ larger all the way around.  And I cut the bands 1/4″ longer than the pattern which made each piece 1/2″ longer overall since it was cut on the fold.  Not sure if the math works exactly for enlarging a pattern, but it went together just fine.  I had him help me put the last stitches in it so he could say he helped make it.  It turned out super cute and he loves it.

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The shop owner, Maxie, also gave E an 8-pack sample of Benartex fabrics that were 8″ x 10″ each.  Since E wanted a quilt, I figured we could somehow use those with the AGF prints and make a small doll quilt or something.  But then she stated that she wanted the quilt large enough to fit her.  Ummm….  Ok.  What can I pull together to accomplish this?  99.9% of my fabric stash is still in storage, but I did bring my scrap bucket with me.  So we started raiding it.  She picked out what she wanted, and that along with what she got from the quilt shop is what we used to make her quilt.  Nothing matches… there are baby prints, spiders, fireworks, florals, birds, and even some metallic prints.  But she loves it!  It’s her creation, and she has put every stitch in it (with my help of course).  And that’s all that matters.  I am super proud of her first quilt.

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Oh, and she loves picking out stitches.

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Waterfalls and new WIPs

North Carolina is home to approximately 200 beautiful natural waterfalls.  Two of the little monkeys are visiting this week, so yesterday we hiked to one of them.  In fact, the waterfall we hiked to, Mooney Falls, isn’t even on the website I linked to above, so there could be many more that are not even listed.

We started our hike to Big Laurel Falls in Nantahala National Forest.  The path through the woods ran along a river and was just beautiful.  We saw many kinds of mushrooms, moss, fern, and a huge tree that was growing somewhat sideways.  But the path was terribly muddy due to the daily rain the area has been having.  So we turned around before ever reaching the falls.Collages18 Collages19

We climbed back in the car and drove less than a mile up the mountain to the trail head for Mooney Falls.  This trail was shorter, less muddy, and easier walking.  We found this waterfall in short order.  Not very tall, but still beautiful.  And the cool air coming off the water was a nice relief to the humid day.

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I hope to visit more waterfalls in the area before winter sets in.

On to quilting… I am working on the WIPs I brought with me (I really am, I promise), but I’ve started more new ones than I finished.  Oh why do I do this to myself?  I have too many ideas running around in my head that need to get out, or someone presents me with a challenge and I have to jump on it.

I started a challenge related to hexies for the brand new Smokey Mountain MQG.

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I bought fabric for a challenge sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics for Bonnie Christine’s new line, Cultivate.  I have just 2 weeks to complete this one, so I really need to jump on it.

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And I’m working on designing new quilts.

A rainbow quilt…

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And this design started off simple…

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and ended up much more complicated.

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This is the same design, just laid out differently.

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They are all still in progress.  Just churning ideas around in my head and seeing what they look like in EQ7.  I could give you about 30 more examples, but I don’t want to overload you. So, what do you think?  Do you love them, hate them?

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

New Goodies

Don’t you just love it when you get fun stuff in the mail?  Normally the mailbox is full of bills, so it’s nice to get stuff that you actually want sometimes.  Well, my mailbox has been full of little surprises lately.

Today I received the sweetest thank you note from Ashley at Wasn’t Quilt in a Day.  Ashley was one of the winners of the pin cushion give-a-way I did last month.  And the fact that she took the time to hand write a thank you note and post it in the mail is super nice.  I honestly didn’t know folks did things like that any more.  She lives in Jersey, but I’m wondering if maybe she isn’t a Southern girl at heart.  And although she is fairly new at quilting, let me just say that she is on a roll making beautiful quilts and her excitement is contagious!  Go check her out… I know she’ll end up being one of your favorite bloggers.

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Then last week, I had new fabric arrive two days in a row.  It was Christmas in August.

First, I was the lucky winner of a $15 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop given to me by Richard and Tanya Quilts as part of their Link a Finish Friday.  Oh yeah!  I almost never win anything… and I won and couldn’t believe it!  And boy did I make the most of my winnings.  I shopped from the 50% off category and was able to buy three whole yards of delicious Moda fabric.  With my gift certificate, it cost me just $1 plus shipping.  I like that kind of shopping.  Be sure to visit Richard & Tanya — they are super nice folks.

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Then the next day, I was blessed to receive a box from Art Gallery Fabrics.  Remember the umbrella I made and entered into their Make it Right Challenge.  Well, I didn’t win the popular vote.  I’m not surprised really.  Although I had a good entry, I don’t have a ton of friends or a huge following of folks that would likely vote for me.  But, I did win the ‘Most Creative’ category as voted on by the Art Gallery Fabrics designers and staff which is a huge honor.  I didn’t know what to expect as part of the swag bag, so I was super excited to open the box.  Look at what I found — a twin size pack of cotton batting, an 8-fat quarter pack of the Textures fabric line by Angela Walters, a 6-pack of various other Art Gallery Fabric lines (each piece is between 17″-25″), a 10-pack of beautiful Aurifil thread, and a free Craftsy class.  How exciting is that!

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It’s been a while since I posted a finished project… in fact it’s been a while since I posted at all.  It’s been a busy summer but I have managed to get one or two things done.  I made this baby quilt with the same fabric that I used for the umbrella.  I like the chevron pattern, although I think I went about making it the hard way.  Next time I’ll know better.DSC_0039I used left over scraps for the back.  I had a few other blocks made with the scraps, but I decided that including all of them would make it too busy.  I guess they’ll find their way into another quilt at some point.DSC_0034

Linking up with Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathedral Window Pin Cushions and A Give-A-Way!

Yippee!  I have three finishes this week.  Yes, they are small… but they are still finished!

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Next month we are doing a pin cushion swap at our quilt guild meeting.  So I hopped online, did a quick search for pin cushion patterns, and found this one by My Go-Go Life.  It was simple, it was cute, and it was modern.  After the umbrella, I needed something a little easier and quicker.  It fit the ticket!

So, I made one, and then made another, and then another…  I think I’m addicted.

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DSC_0579The monkeys even tested them out to make sure they worked.  Well, that and it kept them busy for 30 minutes and helped them develop some fine motor skills, so I was good with it.  Who knew sticking pins in a pin cushion could be so fun?

DSC_0568By the way, it’s not too late to vote for my umbrella.  Just visit the Art Gallery Fabrics board on Pinterest, and pin and like to your hearts content.    http://pinterest.com/artgalleryfab/make-it-right-apparel/  To see more information on this project, please see my writeup from last week.

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Oh, you’re still wondering about the give-a-way.  Well, you see, I only need one pin cushion for the quilt guild meeting swap, but I made three; so that means I have two extra to give away to two lucky readers.  And this is my first give-a-way ever, so I’m super excited!  All you need to do is leave a comment about this week’s or last week’s finishes, or comment and let me know that you liked and/or repinned my umbrella on Art Gallery Fabric’s Pinterest board.  Be sure to leave your email address if you are a no reply commenter.  Then next Friday, June 21st, I’ll put it through the random number generator and draw two winning names.

And the winners are Ashley & Leanne.  Congratulations!

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.