Tuesday, March 31, 2009
To select the winner of the two pillows, I turned to the trusty Random Number Generator ...
And Mr. Random.org selected #2!
Comment #2 was left by Leslie, who said:
Wow -- I love the thought of my pillows being used on a brand new couch! (And I especially love pulling #2 and not having to count through all of the comments to figure out who the winner is! : )
The only problem is that there is no email or blog address linked from Leslie's name, so I am not sure how to get a hold of her. Leslie, I hope you are reading this! If so, please leave me a comment or shoot me an email with a way to get in touch with you. If I don't hear from Leslie soon (or if more than one person claims to be Leslie! ... please don't do that), then I have already pulled a backup number.
Thanks again, and happy quilting!
Monday, March 30, 2009
So head on over and check out the post about me!
And in celebration of the post, both Nichole and I will be hosting joint giveaways today. The winner of my giveaway will win this pair of quilted pillows featuring the ever-popular Katie Jump Rope line! (The pillowcases are not stuffed in these pictures, but the pillowforms will be included in the package. I will post better pictures of the stuffed pillows once I get the forms!)
You know the drill ... leave a comment to be eligible for the giveaway. I will leave the contest open until around 5PM EST tomorrow (Tuesday, March 31st), after which I will use the Random Number Generator to select the winner.
Good luck, and remember to visit the Stitchin' Heaven Howdy for your chance to win another prize!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
My spiderweb quilt arrived this week! Many thanks once again to both Mary and Jenny for hosting this giveaway.
And because I've been on such a lucky streak with giveaways lately, I figured it's time to make a deposit into my karma account.
Here's a sneak peek at what I'll be giving away:
Consider yourself warned!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Audrey's block for SewConnected 2 was much more in my comfort zone. Audrey sent out a really great packet of red, aqua and green fabrics. She wanted blocks inspired by log cabin blocks, and I decided to separate the colors out into two different groupings and mix it up a little bit. I was definitely inspired by Rita's block from a few months back.
To the original SewConnected group, Jessica of twinfibers sent out envelopes containing cuts from some of her favorite vintage sheets and pillowcases. I had seen several quilts and swaps going on using vintage sheets, but never had the pleasure of working with them myself. They were super-soft and the muted tones were very, very soothing. Jessica didn't have any specific requests except that we use a small floral piece that she included in each packet. I had a lot of fun free-piecing this one:
Finally, this was the inaugural month for SewConnected 3, another virtual quilting bee with a new group of 18 fabulous quilters. With so many people, this isthe first of the SewConnected groups that will have some months where we make blocks for two different people. March was one of those months.
These first blocks are for Saranya (sew-do-I) from Thailand. Her fabric selection was so inspiring that I couldn't stop at just one block!
For this first block I once again turned to Scott's Woodland Wonderland pattern. That's where the part of the block to the left of the white bar comes from. To make it 12" square, I decided to feature the Heather Bailey "Pop Garden" flower on the right.
I used the basic principles of string blocks to make this 12" square featuring basic diaginal strips. I loved all of these fabrics so much that I really wanted to feature them and not cut them up into little pieces. I love this simplicity of this block. Saranya really chose wonderful fabrics.
And last but not least, a block for Donna (rocklilly) from the Sydney, Australia. I know I sound like a broken record, but Donna too sent a very inspired grouping of fabrics. That's been my favorite part of joining these quilting bees (and why some might say I'm addicted): ogling over everyone else's unique but amazing fabric combinations and actually getting to work with selections that I might never have put together myself.
The idea for Donna's block really started with that chain-like piece down the left side. I've really been wanting to make something like that ever seeing similar patterns from Jacquie and others. I added the mermaids next because (and this may sound cheesy), it seemed to me that the chain could be an anchor chain dropping down from a boat, and the mermaids, turtles and octopi are swimming up and around the chain. Anyhow, I just free / improv - pieced the rest of the block from there.
Whew! Enough for one post? I'm excited to report back next month because it's the first time that it will actually be my month in one of the quilting bees! I'm excited to see what I get from all of the other amazing quilters.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Now, back to business ...
A few weeks back I won a great giveaway on designer Heather Mulder Peterson's blog. Heather is the designer behind the Anka's Treasures line of patterns, which I have always admired at the store but never actually had the opportunity to use before. I really wanted to win this giveaway, because I was especially interested in the "Sweet Life" book, which features patterns specifically designed for layer cakes. I've been looking for some good patterns to make with them, and I can honestly say I could see myself making every pattern in this book. Plus, they are not too complex, which I love.
I am really coveting both a Wonderland and a Twiggy layer cake right now ... but trying to restrain myself. Too many unfinished projects at the moment ...
I have lots more to blog about, including the MOTHER OF ALL GIVEAWAYS that I just found out that I won (doing the happy, happy dance!) and a whole slew of quilting bee blocks that I've been making this past week. More soon!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Hello, everyone! It's me, Mrs. Quilt Dad. This past week I've been on Spring Break from teaching. It's been absolutely wonderful having a full week off, and I even convinced John to take a few days off from work, too! I also took this opportunity to get back on the sewing machine and do something to take my mind off of life's everyday tasks.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
And yes, they do have the coveted rocketship fabric that I've featured here on my blog a few times.
Thanks to Flickr pal lharsma for the tip!
Several DQS6 swappers are making great progress already on their quilts for their partners. Lots of great sharing and discussions over at the Flickr site, inspired (and inspiring!) fabric choices, and ingenious designs keep popping up.
These photos may or may not be from the people in my group ... I've got to keep you guessing!!
I am still trying to decide what to make for my DQS6 partner. This is a mash-up of some of his / her favorites and some of my favorites. I need help not only with the pattern idea, but with the fabrics as well. I am deciding between the new "Fresh" line and the new "Soiree" line, both by Moda.
So help me envision something ... pattern + fabric combos ... any thoughts??
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I've always loved this fabric. I started getting into quilting right around the time this line was discontinued, so I've been hoarding this fabric every chance I get. It remains one of my absolute faves. I still have a pretty sizable cut of it, along with some of the blue and green versions that I found on eBay.
So why am I sharing this today? Well, because quilting bro Scott over at Blue Nickel Studios recently posted a really fun interview with its designer, Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom. And, you guessed it, there's a giveaway involved!! Go check it out and tell him Quilt Dad sent'cha!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thanks to all of my partners for helping to boost my stash!!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I'm still dealing with IT issues at home, but (cue angels singing) I finally got my MacBook! I just got it and I'm still learning how to use it, but I LOOOOVE it. I am so excited. And the other good news is that one of my teammates at work was able to save all of my files from my old computer. I'm still working on transferring everything over to the MacBook, but I am just so relieved that my music collection and my family photos are not lost and gone forever.
OK, so back to the swap. In January, Solidia and I were paired to make "plain jane" quilts in the Swap 'Til You Drop mini quilt swap. Solidia actually sent me a mini quilt once before, for my very first mini swap quilt ever back in July! As much as I love that quilt, Solidia outdid herself this time.
Isn't this such a great little quilt?? (The image is actually taken from Solidia's photostream ... I'm still not able to download photos from my camera to my computer). Solidia incorporated pictures of my three children into the design. I love it, Solidia ... thanks so much! I am glad we'll be swapping some more in SewConnected 3!
Here's the miniature quilt I sent to Solidia in return:
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
OK, enough of that.
February was a great month for both SewConnected groups. In SewConnected 1, Stefanie (aka artsymomma) sent out a truly inspired selection of solids and requested "modern", "linear" blocks. Let me tell you, the blocks that were made for Stef are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. All of the already awesome quilters in the group really outdid themselves. Take a look at our Flickr page to see all of the modern goodness. (And pop over to Stef's blog to congratulate her on her newborn baby boy!)
When I first became interested in quilting, one of the books that I picked up was the Modern Quilt Workshop, and one of my favorite quilts in that book is the "jigsaw puzzle" quilt (also featured on the cover). I decided to use that quilt as inspiration for Stefanie's block. I loved working with the solids and playing around with their placement. I can't wait to see her quilt after it's assembled!
I went very traditional with my first block -- a double windmill-type block highlighting my favorite fabric: the one with the horses (although it seems that I wasn't too successful in my fussy cutting -- I see more horse butts than I do heads!)
For my second block, I went somewhat less traditional with this block of my own design. Unfortunately, the pictures don't do the fabrics any justice. I love the flowers in blues and khakis, as well as the paisleys that I used around the edges. For contrast, I used a khaki-colored Kona solid.
Umm, yeah ... so I couldn't just stop after 2 blocks. I had plenty of the horse fabric left and really wanted to make sure Katy would be able to feature them in her quilt. I know it's hard to see, but there is some rhyme and reason to this block:
It's actually a pattern resembling four quarter-log cabin blocks. I know the pattern gets lost with all of the different prints going on, but I kind of like its craziness.
At this point I still wasn't out of fabric and couldn't resist starting a fourth. I didn't want a single scrap to go to waste! I decided to make another "X" block, but replacing the khaki with a solid pale blue (also Kona) that matched the blue of the Liberty fabric perfectly.
At this point, I actually did come up a bit short. If Katy likes this block (and I hope she does!), she'll need to add the final border from her stash.
Next month: SewConnected 3 gets off the ground!!