Saturday, September 25, 2010

basicgrey/origins for Moda

Natalie at Beyond the Reef was telling me about the Moda grunge fabrics.  So, I found these while I was out today.  This is away from my normal comfort zone but I think I could get used to it, hehehe. ;]

Have something special in mind and I think this will work perfect for it...but more on that later!

Thanks for the tip Natalie!


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tutorial - Resize your Templates

Have you ever had a great template that was just the wrong size?  Yep, me too. 

While working on a hand-quilting project I was ready to do the borders.  Had done an inner sashing with a rope template I had.  My husband said I needed to do the outer border in a similar style, but I did not have another size of the same design.  So…I made one.

Tutorial - Resize your Template

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dresden Delight

My EZ Quilter's friendship group has made this beautiful Dresden plate quilt for our Flying Geese Guild Auction on October 23rd 2010. 

Each EZQ member made 2 blocks and passed it around for hand quilting.  Those who don't like to hand quilt did sashing, borders and binding and....

The pillowcase was embroidered with Dresden Delight.

I love the way the quilt turned out absolutely stunning and I am so proud to be a member in the group of incredibly talented and creative quilters.  Great Job Ladies.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Confessions of a Fabric Addict: GIVEAWAY! I've Hit A Milestone!!

Confessions of a Fabric Addict: GIVEAWAY! I've Hit A Milestone!!

Happy 100th Post to Sarah!

Congratulations Sarah on your 100th blog post.  She started her blog only 8 months ago and shares some pretty amazing quilts.

This weekend she is featuring a fantastic giveaway in honor of  her 100th post.  Check it out!

Stop by and get in the fun!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bee Splendid in September

This months Bee Splendid block exchange is for Carrie.  A string quilt and anything goes 2- 12 1/2" blocks.

Carrie sent us Kona Snow, Peacock and Lagoon, assorted Kaffe Fassett prints and a few more to boot.

This was fun but more challenging than it looks.  I had to turn a blind eye to my symmetrical mind.  I was watching Coco Channel trying to get inspired to think outside the box.  Its hard to quilt and read subtitles, my French is not what it used to be, but I managed.

I will be getting them in the mail shortly.   


Monday, September 6, 2010

Betty's Baskets

My neighbor Betty Preston just finished this beautiful quilt and brought it over for me too see.  She and her two daughters have a special retreat every year.  The daughters fly in and they rent a beach house and work on a similar project.   Last year, prior to the retreat, they picked a similar theme.  They did a block exchange throughout the year and put the quilts together at the retreat.  Each had different arrangements that they did with the similar theme and blocks.  So here is Betty's.

This quilt was hand appliqued, hand embroidered and hand quilted.  It is just gorgeous, so I had to share it with you all.
This is one of Betty's blocks that she designed and the border arrangement to match.  Sew creative!

I looooove the way she finished the outer border.  I am so proud to have a friend like her.

Thanks Betty for sharing!


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fruitcake in September!

Not normally a fan of Fruitcake, but this Moda Fruitcake is pretty yummy...fat-free too!  I bought 2 charm packs and some border fabric from the same line. 

20 unique blocks, each with 16 half-square triangles. 

Quick and Easy HST (Half-Square Triangles)
Place two contrasting 5" charm squares right sides together.  Draw a line diagonally down the center both ways.  Sew 1/4" seams on either side of both lines.  Cut in 4, then cut each in half.  Press  to the dark side.  You will have 8 half-square triangles.

Happy Labor Day weekend! 3 days of sewing! Whooo Hoo. Throw in a salmon barbeque in Chino and some R&R with my Pete and my Willie.

Have a wonderful weekend!