Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Stash: Meet Marguerite and Friends

Lots of goodies (at least I think so) to share this Sunday. First up, the one that I like the best out of this week's additions is Marguerite by Stitch Studios for Riley Blake. Sometimes there is a lot of hoopla surrounding a fabric line release making one desirous of the fabric well before it actually arrives. I may have missed it, but I don't recall any advertising about this line, yet I find it is so sweet and pretty.

My bundle (which I purchased from Sprightly Fabrics) is complete except for the 3 solid prints. Sorry my pictures are so poor, but that one print on the top left that sort of looks lavender is actually grey.

Next, I have Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt. This is another of her lines that have many dark and more masculine colors, like Richmond. I did end up getting them all (The Intrepid Thread) any way as I can always de-stash sale/trade if I don't use them.

And, I've come a little late to the party with some A Walk in the Woods. When this first came out I didn't see a need for me to have it, though I did like the birdies and mushrooms. I saw a quilt the other day that used some of the bows fabric and I really liked the look so I finally decided to get a bit of the 3 prints I liked the most(Moona Fabrics). The chevron on the end is the missing print I needed to complete my Madrona Road collection(Five Monkeys Fabrics).
And not to leave my local Joann's Fabrics out, I found something that reminds me of Liberty prints, and at pretty reasonable price. They only had a few of these packed florals, but perhaps they will get some more along this line. The grey circle is a nice blender print and the yellow floral was a remnant piece. The cute hedgies are a destash pick up from 1/4" mark blog.

And there was my midweek showing of the Spoonflower $1 fat quarter here.
And finally, my last two items are only temporary additions as they are on loan from the library! Again, I saw some posts by other bloggers about things they are making that involved these two books, so I wanted to check them out.
The one on the left is by the mother of Lizzy House I believe, and the one on the right is the quite popular Oh, Fransson!. There are some really wonderful projects to be seen; more items for my quilt bucket list.

And that, my friends, is the end of Sunday Stash. As ever, I'm linking of with Fiona's Sunday Stash

And just a reminder, you can enter my blog hop giveaway going on through September 3rd, here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

This Weekend...

I have taken a break from working on all of my different QAL blocks to whip a a little quilt for the granddaughter of a co-worker.
The little girl in question just turned 3 the other day and I thought she might like to have a little quilt.
I didn't have as many kid type prints in my stash as I thought I did, at least not little, little kid.
I decided to go with these mostly Michael Miller prints, with a few others thrown in for variety.

The pattern (free) I am using is called Lemon Squares from Fresh Lemon Quilts. I've only made mind 5 blocks x 5 blocks, something a little one should be able to drag around without too much difficulty.

I really like the Lemon Squares pattern and hope to make it again some day using some of my sheet fabrics.

Blog Hop Party with Giveaways!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Who doesn't love a giveaway? Follow the link above to a whole list of wonderful blogs that will be giving away bunches of prizes over the next week.

At the time I purchased my layer cake of Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey I actually bought 2. I fully intended to have a giveaway with one cake and keep one for myself. And this hop has presented the perfect opportunity.

All you have to do for a chance to win the Sew Stitchy layer cake is leave a comment below telling me the name of your favorite book on Quilting or other fabric crafts. If you don't have a favorite book, then how about your favorite block to make.
ETA: You really must leave a comment answering one of the questions to actually be entered. If you only click on the rafflecopter entry without a comment your entry won't be valid.
One entry per person please. International entries are welcome, as I will ship anywhere.

Giveaway is open until September 3, 2012. Thanks for stopping by and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, August 23, 2012

My Spoonflower $1 Fat Quarter

I'm not sure if this deal is still going on, but check this link at Fabric Donkey where the details on how to get a Spoonflower FQ for only shipping cost is posted.

I chose a Tardis print for my daughter. She loves Dr. Who and will want to have something fun made out of this fabric.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Over the weekend I was able to get my Great Granny QAL top finished. 12 12.5in blocks in Vintage Modern, Ruby and Marmalade with Kona Snow as the background and sashing fabric. I think the backing should be something along the plain and simple lines, but since I used Snow on the front I don't think white would be an option.

I also made block 3 of the Fat Quarter Shop's 2012 Vintage Modern Mystery BOM. It is a Weathervane block which turned out much better than the one I needed to make for the How Far Will You Go? QAL.

And the St. Louis Star for the How Far Will You Go QAL. This was a paper pieced block, and while the execution of it was fine, I didn't do my colors right, so now they alternate instead of the points being all one print.
Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Stash

I wasn't too bad this week. I only picked up a couple of things...
From The Intrepid Thread I received the almost complete Madrona Road collection. There is one print that Julie was out of, the zig zag in blues, but I'm sure I can find it somewhere.

I just love the sprout and haystack prints.

And from the Deals page at Craftsy I found this FQ bundle of Gypsy Girl from Lily Ashbury. There are some really sweet plaids in this bundle. That deals page does have some pretty good offers from time to time.

Sorry I haven't unbundled this one for better pictures, but these really are lovely with florals, plaids and a few sketch type ala Summersville.

Linking up with Finding Fifth Sunday Stash. Head on over and check out some fabrics and add your own!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Super Mario QAL Progress

I've finished blocks 3 and 4 of the Super Mario QAL and am now actually one block ahead since I did the Fire flower block during the period I couldn't do the Goomba block.
I wasn't sure I was really going to like the cloud block, somehow it didn't seem exciting enough to me. I'm glad I went ahead and made it, I think it is pretty cute after all.

The Goomba block is a mess. I'm just glad it is over and done with!

In other good news, I started working on my backing for the Super Mario Quilt. I'm using a cross stitch pattern of Mario from Super Mario Kart from this website. Same concept as the front, only the squares are 2.5in. instead of 1.5in.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How Far Will I Go?

The How Far Will You Go? QAL is proving to be a challenge.

I completed the first block successfully but the 2nd and the 3rd blocks have caused me a few problems.
I don't have a picture of the 2nd block, which is a Weather vane block, but suffice it to say I have to re-do that block in hopes of better accuracy.
Today I have the 3rd block, which is a Pieced Star, which wasn't so bad, except for when I initially pieced my rectangles, I put the white corners on the wrong ends and cut them off, resulting in a not-star design! And not just once, but 3 times, as there are 3 of these blocks in the quilt.
So, that part of the block had to be re-done, and this time I paid close attention to what went where and they turned out much better.
Here they are, using Kate Spain Terrain and some Good Fortune (huh!).

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Great Granny Update

I finally finished making all 12 blocks for my Great Granny QAL quilt. I didn't actually end up with 4 blocks each from Marmalade, Ruby and Vintage Modern, but I came pretty close.

Next I have to decide on my layout. I think I'm going to have little 2.5" print blocks at the corners of my sashing like I've seen on some of the other layouts on Flickr.

For now, here are the rest of my blocks. There are 12 total, the rest I have already shown.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fire Flower Block

I was supposed to have been working on the Goomba block for the Super Mario QAL but I did not have a satisfactory assortment of browns. Not wanting to get behind I decided to do a different block instead and have finished my Fire Flower block.
I used Kona Tomato for the red and either Butter or Canary for the yellow.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Stash Seemingly Random Picks

This week's additions may seem a bit random, but most of them have a specific designation in my mind.
Like this little bundle. I have an idea in mind for 2 quilt made with some paper pieced blocks and these will become part of that project when I finally tackle it.
Prints are Sailing Blue and Fly High Blue from Studio E and the other is ABCs of Fleas by Alexander Henry.

Next is this bundle of Kona solids in Jade, Ice Frappe, Ivory, Ash and Black. It's going to be the top for my Groovy quilt in the Totally Groovy QAL

Then there's this Ed Emberly Panel for my future prints with animals (not animal prints!) quilt project.

Now things get a bit random. From The Intrepid Thread I chose some of the prints from the new Good Life line by Riley Blake. Some dots and flowers that will go with so many other fabrics.

Michael Miller's Thar She Blows and some Backyard Baby Trees that I have long admired. The whales are for a planned sailboat themed quilt, the trees are undecided.

And, Joann's is having a .99 fat quarter sale this weekend so I found a few there. A few more dots and 2 quilt shop quality prints.

While at Joann's I noticed they had about 6 or 7 of the new Denyse Schmidt Richmond prints. I have to say this line isn't a must have for me, it's quite dark. I did pick up half a yard of one print, plus 2 Alexander Henry Market prints.

And of course I can't leave Joann's without raiding the remnant bin, especially as all remnants were 70% off this weekend! I found a few Kona solids and a couple of other solids.

Linking up with Sunday Stash at Finding Fifth