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Quilt Market Recap!

24 May

As many of you know, International Quilt Market was in Kansas City last week. Selina and I had intended to attend together, but sometimes life has other plans. Despite that Selina was unable to attend, I made the long, 45 minute journey downtown to see what all the fuss was about.

Welcome to Quilt Market Kansas City!

Market is a Trade Show for quilt store owners. pattern makers and suppliers. Credentials are required to obtain tickets, and I’m happy we are important enough to go! It is a three day event that includes classes, marketing strategies and, of course, Sample Spree. I had always heard Sample Spree was a mad dash because it’s one of the only events that allows you to bring home bundles of fabric. As excited as I was for Sample Spree, I actually left it empty handed. It was a great time, and lots of fun, but the fabric lines I was most excited to see were not made available at the event.

Like this! Tula Pink’s Stardust in Birds and the Bees and Nightshade

I noticed a trend of nautical themed fabrics; beach scenes, boats, pirates, maps, etc. All of which I adore. I have a special place in my heart for the nautical theme having grown up at the beach.

Ship Shape

What I love about the Ship Shape line is that it reminds me of sheets my mom used to have on her bed. I think it would be amazing to create this quilt and back it in those vintage sheets!

Great. Now I’m homesick. =/

Sarah Jane

The Sarah Jane line is so sweet and fun. I love the project ideas they have chosen for this line. It seems versatile to use for children but also in personal projects.

Sweet Water never disappoints  

Tweet! Too sweet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aprons were also very popular, or maybe I just like them! Here are just a few of my favorites.

Violet Craft

Birch Organic Fabric. I MUST use this in a project!

Summerlove. Had me a blast. 😉

 

I also met and chatted with Nancy Zieman of Sewing with Nancy, Mary Ann and Mary Fons, saw Amy and David Butler, and many many more quilt-famous people. It was too much fun! Next time I’m going to bring ridiculous amounts of money and a wholesale license. One will be easy to obtain. The other would also be easy to obtain but I don’t want to go to prison.

Yes, I was sewing with Nancy!

Selina already owns this line. Nightshade is very cool!

One of the best things I came across was a booth selling Fat Quarters of modern, current fabric lines for $2 per FQ. I was able to pick up a number of fantastic finds for myself and my absentee buddy. I had a huge stack of flyers and catalogs promoting new patterns, books and notions, so my wish list is now a mile long. One of the bundles I picked up was David Butler’s Parson Gray – Curious Nature. I can’t wait to pick up the book Big Blocks, Big Style to create a handsome, masculine quilt. I will not likely keep the quilt, so consider this a warning for an amazing quilt for the man in your life!

I’m taking it with me!

Best wishes!

Lizze

 

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Making the Most of Scraps

10 Jan

What does your stash look like? (I’m talking fabric stash here! Don’t be crazy!) Does it consist of neatly folded, color coordinated, organized fat quarter sized pieces or larger? Because mine sure doesn’t! I have yardage, unfinished kits, kits I’ve cut and promised to get to as soon as I finish my next project, fat quarter bundles, jelly rolls and of course, scraps. When I say scraps, I mean bags of scrap fabric I couldn’t bear to part with after cutting out the piece I needed.
I wouldn’t call my self a hoarder, per se, but my stash is nothing to sneeze at. In a fit of organization I did seperate my scraps into categories by project or color and put them all into their own gallon sized zip lock bags. I have a tote bin full of “coordinated” scrap bags. But what am I going to do with them all? I think all sewists eventually ask themselves that question. You can’t throw them out! What if I need
that?!

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Don't judge!

I can see the inevitable conclusion of my spate of itty bitty fabric collecting. I will eventually be burried with it all, or it will bury me. Something must be done. And since the new year is upon us, I must take the opportunity to resolve to create something with scraps and scraps only.
I’ve actually put this into practice and have made a few things in the past month already. Many of the covers I make include scrap batting and backing from other projects. I did make a Kindle Fire cover for a friend this Christmas:

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Cool girls like skulls AND pink!

From the scraps of this project I created a DS cover for my daughter. She really loved the fabric, and I hadn’t thought of a handmade gift for her for Christmas yet, so I came up with this:

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It’s has space for her DS, a divider to keep the charger seperate and slots for the games. Taking what I knew from making so many Zippy Strippy bags, it wasn’t terribly hard to create!
My challenge has begun, and I challenge you to do the same! I will alternate between scrap projects and new material projects. It may not make a huge dent, but hopefully I will double my finished project total for the year! I will post projects as I go. I would love to hear what you’re creating too!

Lizze

Who likes free stuff?

26 Apr

I sure do like free stuff!  Just yesterday I received a tiny mascara in the mail for free from Clinique! It made my whole day!  Why would they just send out a free mascara?  Or those free panty coupons from Victoria’s Secret, what’s up with how awesome that is?!  Any promotion that results in free goodies is one that I talk about and therefore, in my humble opinion, is a promotion worth having!  While I would love to give something to everyone,  I’m no corporation, I am but a humble SAHM that simply loves to give and create.  So, in the spirit of giving, I have not just a pattern to give away, but a fat quarter bundle as well!  Not JUST a fat quarter bundle, but 20 freaking fat quarters!!! And they coordinate!! And a pattern that uses all of them and leaves little scrap!!  Come on!! That’s awesome, right?!  And I totally want you to win it!!

Wandering Stars Giveaway!

“But how do I win, and why are you so awesome?” I hear you asking, and those are great questions.  Entering is simple; Leave a comment below, retweet the link to this blog or “like” us on Facebook and leave a comment there!  In fact, each of those actions will result in an entry!

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We’re trying to broaden our network of fellow crafters and quilters.  Sewing makes me feel happy, and having like minded people to share the joys and frustrations with is the best!  As much as I love to receive stuff in the mail, I love to be the sender as well!  Good luck, and thanks for spending your time with us! The contest ends Tuesday, May 3rd!

Lizze

Urban Log Cabin Update

15 Apr

You may remember my first post about this quilt way back in January. That’s right, January… No? Well you’re in luck because I have a little linky-poo right here:  http://wp.me/pXIOM-34

I am finally getting to the quilting of it and it has been such a pain. I decided to straight line quilting. I wanted to make it really dense so it would have that awesome wrinkly-ness which is my favorite part about quilts and makes it so much more than just a blanket. By the way, I hate it when people call my quilts “blankets”, but that’s a whole other story.

I wanted to share some photos of the progress since I’m super proud of how this beauty is turning out. It has been trying my patience everyday, but I am slowly making progress. I just popped a couple more Aleve – quilting on a home machine can be a killer on your neck, shoulders, and back. The hubs is against a longarm, but wait until I send a couple quilts out… he’ll rethink when he sees the price of  THAT, I’m sure. Maybe not a Gammill, but a Tin Lizzie will pay for itself in no time!

Okay, I’ll shut up now. You’re waiting for pictures. Sorry.

I used quilters linen by Robert Kaufman for the backing. If you haven’t tried quilters linen, you should. I highly recommend it. This is going to be the yummiest, crinkliest quilt ever! That walking foot has been a godsend for this quilt. I don’t know what I would have done without it. It has really helped to feed the bottom and top fabrics evenly so there’s no bunching. It was totally worth the extra money! I hope to have this finished by next week. I have so many other things to finish and I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t start anything else until this was done. Well, other than the quilt along quilt that is. But that’s super easy and small so it doesn’t even count. Right?

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Selina

My First Quilt Along

12 Apr

If you’ve never done a quilt along before, join the club! I have never participated in one because I have so  much going on that I didn’t feel I could commit to finish. Then I found a link on twitter to a super easy quilt along hosted by Melanie of Above All Fabric. All it takes is a charm pack (pre-cut 5-inch squares of fabric), 3/4 of yard for sashing, and another 1/2 yard each for borders and binding. And the best part? It only takes a week!

Bliss Fabrics

The fabric line I chose for mine is “Bliss” by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I love this line and I already had a charm pack so I didn’t have to buy any fabric for this quilt (which, I’m not gonna lie… that helped in my decision to make it!). After we’re done making the quilt, we’re also going to be making a bag to go with it.

If you want to join in, it’s not too late.

http://www.aboveallfabric.com/blog/?p=4701

Selina

Mail Day

8 Apr

Have you ever had a really great mail day? Of course we all get loads of junk mail, but recently I had what I would consider to be one of the best mail days of my whole life.

Right before I left for my Hawaii trip (which was great by the way, thanks for asking) I was on twitter. I merely mentioned the color pink, and here comes Jennifer Paganelli of SisBoom Fabrics (@SisBoom on twitter) “Did someone say pink?” Next thing I know I’m being offered a care package of pink scraps from her fabric lines! Woohoo!

I left for my trip the next day. When I got home a week later I came home to a big cardboard box on my kitchen counter. Want to see what was inside?

I got loads of gorgeous, happy, colorful fabrics along with a couple of cards advertising her first book coming out! This looks like a fabulous book with tons of awesome projects to make for little girls. You can visit Jennifer’s wonderful website here:

http://www.sisboom.com/blog/

I love her blog. It has so much vibrant color, and inspiration galore! You can also pre-order signed copies of her book. How cool is that?

As if the stack of fabrics I got from Jennifer weren’t enough, I also got  the book “Amy Butler’s Style Stitches” from my grandma.

These fabrics will be perfect for making one (or several) of the bags featured in Amy’s book. I have so many projects going on at the moment, but I think I might put them all aside to make something special just for me with my new goodies! Like I said, best mail day ever.

Selina

Quilting a New Beginning

18 Feb

So often we start a quilt to commemorate a new beginning; a baby, a wedding, graduation, etc.  The quilt itself is a new beginning as well.  It’s a new pattern, new fabric, a challenge you’ve not yet undertaken, and the end result is a piece of you.  It’s a product of your own making; your time, your patience, your skill and love.  What you have as a result of your efforts is material, concrete.  Something you can hold in your hands, wrap yourself or a loved one in, and represents you and your love.

So often I have started a quilt for a baby-to-be and imagined how this new life would change the world, or at least, my world.  My first baby quilt was for my nephew some fourteen years ago.  My sister’s little one would be the first grandchild born on my mother’s side.  I had babysat a few neighbor kids, but this was my first “new baby”!  My sister and I were in very different places in our lives.  She was a college graduate, had been married a number of years by then and had a career.  I was still in high school.  It was my senior year.

At my age, I had never been to a baby shower or had any idea what an undertaking adding a new life could be.  I imagined what this new baby would mean to our family dynamic, how this new life would add to the family and how wonderful Christmas would be with a little one!  I’m not sure why it would strike a 17 year old girl to make a quilt for a baby, rather than buy off of a registry, but that’s exactly what I did.  I had it in my mind that this baby needed a quilt. And I needed to be the one to make it!

Aww, look at that tiny machine!

It so happened that I needed a Senior Project to graduate High School.  I instantly knew that my quilt for baby would be my product and my research paper would be on quilting.  As I sewed, I thought about this new baby, this new beginning.  That wasn’t what my paper was about, but that was the lesson I took away.

Many years later I made the same quilt for his sister, but in pinks instead of blues.  I have made a number of baby blankets throughout the years, all for the welcoming of a New Beginning, two for my own children as well.

I am currently at a precipice in my life right now, and am looking toward a New Beginning.  I am not expecting a baby, but I am facing a major change.  So, what’s the first thing I think of?  Why, making a quilt of course!!

I have a number of quilt kits.  And by “a number”, I mean more than any reasonable person should have.  And by “reasonable”, I mean “sane”.  One of said quilt kits is a blue and white gingham based king sized quilt from Thangles Buck-a-block.  (Blue gingham has always been a favorite of mine.)  I had been participating the buck a block program at my local quilt shop, The Calico Cat, before they closed.  While I was sad to see them close, I was able to get the finishing kit for my buck a block at a discount!  As things happen, it has been sitting prettily under my desk for some time.  I have decided that now is the time for this quilt.  This will be my reemergence into the life I want to live.  I will likely be moving July 1st, and intend to have this quilt completed as a housewarming gift to myself.   I have only made one other king sized quilt (for myself), and it took me about a month to complete!  Now that I have my deadline, I have a clear goal in mind.

So, while this kit is not “new” to me, the project is.  It will be the physical manifestation of my New Beginning.  I look forward to the process, the undertaking and the symbolism it holds.  I will always be able to see this blanket and remember this time in my life.  Like a secret diary that only I can read.  I will keep you updated on the process and completion.  Wish me luck!!

My New Beginning!

Lizze