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Swoon

Swoon Quilt Block : Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

What’s better than starting one new project this week? Starting two! Yes, I’m *finally* jumping on the Swoon bandwagon. I’ve wanted to make one ever since I saw Angela’s Good Folks Swoon quilt. I knew the blocks were big. But I don’t think anything prepares you for the size until you actually make one.

I only get my yardstick out for 3 things:
   1. Measuring those big Chicago snow storms.
   2. Reaching toys the kids throw under our King sized bed.
   3. Showing people how big a Swoon quilt block is. 24-1/2″!

Swoon Quilt Block : Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I’m planning on mixing some prints from Avalon by Fig Tree & Co. with others from my stash. I actually haven’t picked all my fabrics yet, so there still may be a bit more ordering. I am using Kona Snow for my background. I’m not going to stress too much over a timeline for this one, but can’t wait to make more blocks and share my progress along the way.

September 20, 2013   35 Comments

Paper Piecing, Log Cabins and New Fabric

This post is going to be all over the place. But that’s not always a bad thing, right? I’ve been busy sewing over the last couple of weeks. Not really finishing anything but making good progress.

First up, my Arkansas Traveler quilt. After lots of cutting, sewing diamonds, paper piecing those diamonds, trimming, trimming and trimming, I have 96+ blocks! It really feels like a huge milestone.

You can find a tutorial to make this block on Lee of Freshly Pieced’s site. Those of you with an eagle eye might notice my template is a little different than the one from the Summer Sampler Series. I’m trying out something new Lee came up with, less seams, but maybe a little trickier to assemble the final block, depending on how you feel about sewing together shapes other than squares.

I know I said I wasn’t going to share my final design until I was done. I guess I lied. Here’s the plan! This weekend/next week I’m hoping to finish the quilt top assembly.

As a bit of a personal reward for finishing all those components, I cut into the little pack of Liberty of London Lifestyle fabric I picked up at Quilt Con.

I knew I wanted to pair it with some Essex Linen in Natural. I thought it would look super cute as one of Anna’s Open Wide Pouches. Great pattern, as usual! I made the smallest size because I only had a 10″ zipper on hand. (I bought my metal zipper from Zip It on Etsy.)

The inside is Stamped by Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka.

This week I also performed a little surgery on my local Modern Quilt Guild challenge quilt top. You can read up on the sadness of unmatching white fabric here.

I finished the top yesterday (happy dance!) and will share the finished quilt next week. That is a promise – it’s due Thursday!

I also have been lucky enough to receive some new fabric in the mail this week.

Windham was kind enough to send some of Lotta Jansdotter’s Glimma Canvas for me to check out. I don’t think I’ve ever worked with canvas so I’m pretty excited to try something out. They also sent a charm pack of Ride, Julia Rothman’s second collection. I seriously love the little bicycle wheels. My son has already claimed this for his own, so I’m thinking of using it in some way to make him a tote bag for the library.

I also had a very happy surprise from Moda Fabrics – three layer cakes of upcoming collections.

These are S’More Love by Eric and Julie Comstock, Simply Style by Vanessa of V and Co, and Honeysweet by Fig Tree & Co. (Seriously, I don’t know how I got so lucky!)

I decided to immediately cut into Vanessa’s fabric because, well, I think she’s pretty fun. :) I found a block in 163 Favorite Patchwork Patterns : Japanese Craft Book, an awesome book I purchased a few months ago from The Workroom in Canada.

I had some questions on Instagram about this book. It is all in Japanese. There are diagrams that help give ideas about block assembly, but there are no directions or sizes in English. If you like a challenge and are good at figuring things out, this is the book for you. I do, and really, what do you have to lose except a little bit of fabric? Keeps my old mind sharp. ;)

So anyway, I picked this cool design…

And started to layout a couple blocks…

And then something funny happened. I made these up at pretty much the exact same time Lee was writing up her post to announce her planned Bloom Bloom Pow Quilt Along with a very similar block! Yesterday morning we had a good laugh about how we must be totally on the save wave length after writing the book together. So! If you like the block, are interested in making the block, you are in luck because Lee’s about to start her quilt along and will have tutorials for you. Her block just has some great additional shading.

Phew! I hope some of you made it through all that! Next week is Spring Break here. (As I ignore the -4 degree wind chill and snow outside…) I’m not really sure if that means I’ll get more sewing done (not driving the kids all over the place) or less (more play time with the kids!). We’ll see. My newly 4 year old wants to put on a kid art show in the house, so we have big crafting plans. Very exciting! Have a great weekend everyone!

March 22, 2013   36 Comments

This and That from the Fabric Shack

Fabric Shack Loot

Over the weekend we traveled to Cincinnati to celebrate my daughter’s 4th birthday with her cousins. FOUR! I can’t believe it, where does the time go? She is growing into such a sweet little girl, I’m very proud of her. And I know this isn’t a personal blog, but I plan on working in some birthday weekend photos into this post. :)

This was the second trip back home that I was able to squeeze in a visit to the Fabric Shack. I just love that place. This time I brought my husband because I knew the kids wouldn’t last for even half the amount of time I planned looking around. My son actually never even went in to look and my daughter lasted about 50% of the time before getting sent out to daddy. :)

Mommy and A at the pumpkin patch

Every time we visit I just can’t get over how nice everyone is that works there and how well run the store must be to have THAT much fabric, have THAT many customers inside, AND run a very successful web front as well.

When we arrived I met Amanda who I had emailed earlier in the week about if they would be getting AMH’s new line, Innocent Crush. (no luck :() But she came back and gave my daughter the sweetest little 1″ charm pack of Moda’s Hoot line. How sweet is that?! Really, I think that’s the nicest thing to ever happen to me in a fabric store!

I can do it!

My mom bought me the fabrics and Fig Tree pattern in the photo up top for my upcoming birthday. The bottom pattern and fabric are for a dress for my daughter. You can’t tell, but the coral solid has a really nice pintuck to it. The bottom print is from Erin McMorris’s Weekends collection.

The top fabric is Michael Miller’s Hedgehog Heaven and the blue/gray fabric is a basic that I just love and had been running low on in my stash at home.

Hammel House Inn

Even though the little town seemed quite empty, the store was packed. Lots of people buying fabric, a family looking for something special for a graduation quilt. Afterwards we went to lunch at the Hammel House (along with everyone else from the store I think!) Overall a great trip. Can’t wait to go back – in the meantime, I’ll keep ordering online!

Four!

October 5, 2010   5 Comments