Sunday, July 28, 2013

A New Record

This is the second post in two days! I'm on a roll :) My reason is to gloat show some recent (and semi-recent) fabric stashings in hopes of creating inspiration for others or just keeping a record to show myself later that I don't need more fabric. Yeah right!

First up is a stack of beauties from Form and Fabric, whom I have purchased from before, and again I am just as excited. From bottom to top they are Flea Market Fancy seeds, Tula Pink fans, Happier garden, floral, birds and more floral, some organic white, and Tula Pink again. :) These fabrics (which are a massive yard each because of clearance!) keep making me smile. Seriously, go check out their clearance (and shipping) prices!

Then about a week ago, I purchased an assortment from Bloomerie fabrics again, since they were offering me 20% off of everything for missing my business. I can't argue with that! Again using my spending money (read: tip money) I chose half yards each of the Posy bunnies, and quarter yards of the Lizzy House jewels, Noteworthy be happy dots, fly a kite, Cuzco woven geo and confetti flower, Tinsel argyle and Ladybug Garden petal. Oh and of course an adorable charm pack of Flurry by Kate Spain, all sitting on 2 1/2 massive yards of an off-white solid.

I'm not trying to make you jealous, honest, and thankfully I have a plan for a lot of these so they don't linger in the stash for months...I do admit that a couple are to help deficient stash colors (can you guess?). Plus two of the bunny prints and the white will be used for the Swoon baby quilt! I also scored some Kona Tarragon in the remnant bin at Joann today, so I'll be using that too. I do have to order a couple more pastel solids (since Joann had a crappy selection of Kona pastels), I'm thinking Fabric Shack this time, but I might find myself cutting before then, I'm just too excited.

I've also made lots of progress on my pink and white quilt, and almost have the whole top together! Oh happy day :)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Here's to Better Pictures

I've missed blogging here, that's for sure! Work has kept me very busy but I've still (somehow) managed to squeeze in some sewing time. I'm excited to show you what's been up in my neck of the woods :)

First I've got to give proper thanks for my recent photos to my new camera! It's my super cool, Powershot SX 500 which I bought on sale from Costco with tip money I saved :)

Next, progress with my pink chevron quilt. I've got all of the rows sewn together now, and two pairs of rows are together. I'd be doing more right now, but that's the scariest part, trying to match up all of those nested seams!

Oops! I'll be more careful taking apart my chain piecing...

Just so I don't leave you with (another) picture of my so-so pink quilt, here's a shot of my frog pincushion, the only one I've ever made and kept for myself since I began sewing. It's seen better days, that's for sure. Maybe I should remedy that soon!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Quick Update

I really wish I could stay a while and post a lot of picture updates, but Jeopardy under my quilt and sleep are quite necessary, especially since I was asked tonight to work an 8 hour shift tomorrow...yeah. Just to keep any and all followers somewhat intrigued, here's a quick shot of my newest quilt top, in blocks that is. I still have to add one more row of that dark pink paired with the solid, but then I can finally sew it together! :)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Quilty Dilemma

I am still stuck on what to decide, so I thought I would post here in hopes that even just one blogger can comment and help me to decide. One can hope anyway :)

My dilemma concerns the idea of making a quilt for a friend and coworker, who is going to have a baby girl some time this month. I haven't ever given a quilt away, since I've only actually finished one to date, so the idea scares me just a bit, but I'm pressing on. In my mind, I have three choices:

1. Make a baby quilt using a sampling of the quilt blocks found in my new amazing book, Tula Pink's City Sampler book, which I am absolutely in love with

2. Instead, joining in with Fairy Face Designs and the Swoon-along to create a baby quilt with either one or four blocks (which I am also in love with; take a look at Anna's stunning block!)

3. Doing both, while making one a lap quilt size instead (or going in a different direction altogether)

With my busy work schedule, I don't know if option three is realistic, but I know I really want to make something for her to show my congratulations. Below I'll include a picture of my initial fabric pull for the baby quilt, just to show you an idea of where I'm going. Here's my ultimate question: what would you do?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Random Post

This was certainly meant to be a post about quilting and other sewing progress, but it looks as though there's only one picture from my recent download that I haven't shared here. Still though, it should get it's ten seconds of fame.

This little quilt is only about 30'' square, and quite adorable with its black and white pinwheels. I actually made this quilt for my rabbits, as sort of a plaything and maybe something to wrap them up in when I want to snuggle and pet them. We'll see how much it actually gets used, instead of just sniffed at. :)
I'm working pretty crazy hours for my "part time" summer job (think 75 hours in two weeks) so unfortunately I don't see myself being able to post here more often than my usual. :/ I still hope to show some in-progress photos from a project or two next time. And I need to get a picture of my recently-stashed, wonderful stack from the ever-awesome Form and Fabric. I must also show a picture of a fabric pull, for a quilt along I'm thinking about doing. Should I Swoon along?
Oh and I almost forgot (how could I?!) that I recently received my shipment of the amazing Tula Pink City Sampler book! I'm even drooling over the cover; I can't wait to open it. I'm not sure when I'll start anything in it, or what fabric I'll use, or anything about it really, but I just can't wipe the stupid grin off my face that I actually have it. I can only hope to make blocks as stunning as those made by the wonderful sewer behind the blog Sew Crafty Jess. I swear, go and look at her most recent blocks!