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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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.

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.

Pillow Pop

I finished a beautiful pillow today.  We are doing a pillow exchange at the Triangle MQG this month, so I made this pillow for my secret pillow partner.  This pattern is called Gumdrop and can be found in the book Pillow Pop.  Our pillows were supposed to be 18″ so I had to adjust the size of each block slightly.

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I had a lot of fun making this, and love all the bright colors.  From what I hear, a long running stitch is all the rage in modern quilting now.  So, I decided to quilt this pillow using the long running stitch, and I love how it turned out.  I really hope she likes it!

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I have another finish this week as well.  I finished my challenge project for the Make it Right Challenge with Art Gallery Fabrics.  I have not yet been able to take picture though– it’s been rainy all week, and today was much too windy outside.  Hopefully one other day this weekend I can get some pictures taken and show it to you.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peak…

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DSC_0252-001 sneak peak 2Oh, and I made one more square for Quilts for Boston and got those mailed off to the Boston MQG.  Click here to see the other blocks I made.

DSC_0260-001Overall, a very successful sewing week, fit in with work and a Kenny Chesney concert.

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.