Monday, October 31, 2011

New Fabrics

New fabrics for my stash, which I realized the other day is bigger than I remembered it to be...

These are from Joann Fabric and actually have a pretty nice hand as several are from their premium collection.

This first batch is a very popular colorway right now, Citron and Grey. I haven't seen a quilt pattern that I'd like to use these for yet.

This next batch is a mix of Dena Designs and Heidi Grace. I'm hoping to make these into a Cathedral block quilt.

These last two stacks are from the Quilter's Showcase line, which admittedly, has been really crappy and thin fabric for the most part. They must have shaken things up in that department because these new prints are more tightly woven and attractive!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pickle Penguin and Milton Bear Toppers

I bought some new stamps a few months ago intending to get a jump on my Christmas cards. I found these adorable stamps by Milton & Co. Stamps featuring Pickle Penguin and Milton the bear and some of the new Penny Black Mimi Christmas Stamps. I was really excited and sat right down to color, and color and color, but no card making inspiration... :(

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Red and White Pinwheel Quilt

This is my current quilting project, a red and white pinwheel quilt for my Nephew. I have this sort of goal to make everyone in the family a quilt and this one is for him. Earlier this year I had made a blue and white pinwheel quilt that used only one print. It turned out nice enough, but since there was only one print there was no definition of the pinwheels. I really wanted to try the pinwheel again, and this seemed like a good design for a guy. I used about 12 different prints for this, and while I have a bit more definition, I'm still not completely happy, so I think I will be trying this again in the future.

I also did not mean for this to end up with the patriotic red, white and blue colors. I had intended to use some Kona Ash for parts that are blue, but my store did not have any and I was too impatient to order some.

The backing is a blue and white gingham sheet that I had from my thrifted sheet collection. I like to use whole sheets when possible simply for their simplicity.

Here's a glimpse at the completed top.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Update on the Delilah Heart Quilt

Last time I posted I was working on a quilt for my Mom's birthday in May. I have made progress on that quilt, but it still isn't complete. I really ran into some snags trying to design my own blocks. Namely they didn't end up being uniformly sized. This probably would be a problem for a veteran quilter, but I'm still a newbie. Also, I tried free motion quilting for the first time with this quilt. That went so-so, and I still have a bunch more to do, but I think I prefer in the ditch quilting. So, here's what it looks like as of a few months ago when I last worked on it. Hopefully I'll be motivated to finish up before too long.