Saturday, April 18, 2015

if you were shopping... #32

Welcome to if you're shopping.... On Fridays - late again, it's Saturday morning now - I share news from my sponsors, in case you want to do a little shopping, or even window shopping, this weekend.

Oakshott Fabrics has released another of their wonderful free pattern booklets! This one uses 10" squares of Colourshott fabrics. These patterns are all by talented bloggers, in a project coordinated by my friend Lynne from Lily's Quilts.

Fabric Spark keeps getting new fabrics, including this bundle of Lizzy House mini bracelets.

Fluffy Sheep Quilting has beautiful fabrics and Pearl Cotton too. 

Sew Me a Song is spring cleaning and besides her sales, Becca keeps making beautiful bundles. This one especially caught my eye.

Just in at Sew Sisters Quilt Shop: Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Wallflowers!

The Fat Quarter Shop is featuring this pretty Petal Pathway Quilt Kit, I just love the colours.

At Green Fairy Quilts there is a big sale: fat eight bundles at 35% off, Bella Solids Junior Rolls at $14.30, Bella Solids Junior Cakes at $14.30, Mini Charms at $3.29, Honey Buns at $19.88, Quilt Kits and Bag Kits at 35% off and Turnovers and Slices at 40% off!

Happy 7th Anniversary to Mad about Patchwork! In celebration, this week only (to April 22)  they have some fantastic fabrics on for $6 per yard.

Don't forget to join Nicky and I for the April Scraptastic Tuesday Link Up - go here. I am going to sew and walk and enjoy a day off today.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday April Link and my scrappy improv afternoon

Scraptastic Tuesday

It's the second Tuesday of the month, and time for the Scraptastic Tuesday link up hosted by Nicky - Mrs. Sew and Sow and me.


As some of you have noticed, I have been travelling for fun and mostly for work a lot these days. It means less time sewing. On Sunday morning, I spent a long while tidying up my cutting area and I even dusted it off. It rarely looks like this. Those boxes underneath are various quilting projects in progress.


Despite all those projects, I was drawn to the scraps left over from the pillow top I told you about last time and so I just decided to spend some time playing with them. I made some curves.

Curvy blocks

Then I chopped the curved bits into blocks and added a few more and trimmed them up nicely. These look good but I felt pretty ambivalent about them. So I went in search of some dark grey solids.


There were no greys about but I found a pile of beachy tans, taupes and browns linen and cotton chunks. Some were scraps, some were larger uncut pieces. I added some of those.


And some more, with no plan at all really.


By the time I got to here I was unsure about it and I did not like how those lightest bits of linen join in a non curvy jog. I did cut through that join and add a bit more solid but I have no more photos. I need to take a fresh look at the whole thing and decide what to do with it.

The point, however, is that I had a great time playing with my scraps. There is no risk in piecing them and then cutting them up and piecing them some more. These are the left over pieces and if the result is not appealing, I can just slice them up to be more scraps. And the time spent, just sewing and playing around - well, it was relaxing, and fun which is the whole point of a hobby. It's not just about the finishes.

Now, its time for you to link up and share your scrappy projects to inspire us all.

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes:
  • Massdrop - a bundle including Aurifil Mako 50-weight 1,422-yard spool of thread in Dove (2600), Natural White (2021), and Light Beige (2310)

Please join Nicky from Mrs. Sew and Sow and I by linking up a blog post or flickr or instagram photo sharing a scrappy project, in progress or finished, or your thoughts on dealing with your scrap mountain:
  • You don't have to have joined us before, everyone is welcome.
  • One link per person, and it will be your entry into the random draw for the prizes. It is the same link up here and at Nicky's blog - Mrs. Sew and Sow - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
  • Please visit at least a few of the links, they are very inspiring, and leave comments too as everyone loves to connect. 
  • Use the Scraptastic Tuesday button if you like (code is on the sidebar) and invite your friends to join us too. 
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. We will announce the winners next Tuesday.
  • If you have trouble linking up let me or Nicky know and we will get you sorted.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you have been doing. Nicky pointed out this morning that we have been hosting this link for 7 months now, can you believe it? I sure hope you are enjoying it as much as we are.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Q2 FAL - here is my plan for Q2

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

It's time to make my Q2 Finish Along list. I got to meet our host Adrianne,who blogs at On the Windy Side, in person at QuitCon and she is just so nice and fun to hang out with, so there is no way I would miss the FAL while she is the host.

For anyone new, the FAL is easy to join. Just make a list of some UFOs you want to finish and get out of the sewing room and link it up now. At the end of the quarter, you link up each project you actually do finish from your list. You get encouragement and each qualified finish is an entry into the random draws for prizes from lovely sponsors too.

Improv strips - in progress

For Q2 of this year, I am linking up only 3 projects, one per month. Despite the fact that this plan did not work so well for Q1 as I only finished one thing on my list, I am going to stick with this plan for Q2. So my first item is to finish the small guitar case with those colourful strips.

Ocean Waves - top

Second, I want to finish this winter Ocean Waves quilt. It is now quilted and just waiting for trimming and binding. I really love this pattern so there is no excuse not to finish it.

Courthouse steps with replacements

Third, I am going to finish the magenta and navy courthouse steps quilt. I have been dreaming of having a modernish, yet traditionalish, courthouse steps quilt for a long, long time and so maybe that will help me get this one done.

I am hoping that I can manage everything on this list, and that you will join in too - over at On the Windy Side with Adrianne.

Oh, and do visit Rhonda's new blog - Rhonda's Ramblings. Rhonda has teamed up with Adrianne to work on the Q2 FAL tutorials, and she is hoping that you will volunteer. A FAL tutorial is a great way to share your work and meet new quilters, and we all sure enjoy having them as part of the FAL. So please put your hand up to volunteer.



Sunday, April 12, 2015

I've been sewing and a winner

Half Moon Needle Case

First up, thank you all for sharing your retreat experiences with me for the give away of the digital copy of Krista Hennebury's book Make It, Take It. Mr. Random Number Generator picked Barbara (Mom C) as the lucky winner - congratulations Barbara! She and her sisters are planning a sewing retreat this summer, so they will be able to make good use of this book.

If you didn't win, you still have time to enter the draws to win digital versions of this fantastic book at the end of the blog hop, the stops are:
  • Friday, April 3 Blog hop kick-off: Krista at Poppyprint
  • Wednesday, April 8: Martingale Inc. at Stitch this! (check out their Rainbow Round the Cabin staff party!)
A Brass Ring Pillow in progress

I am so happy to be able to share some work in progress here for a change. Yesterday I began a whole new project - I am making the Brass Ring Pillow from Heidi Staples' new book, Sew Organized for the Busy Girl. It was so fun to just pull fabrics and play.

I also have to say having a design wall butting right up to your sewing table sure comes in handy when working with a 49 piece block. I rearranged the pieces a few times before I began sewing them.

A Brass Ring Pillow in progress

I planned out the back for this project before I even cut the fabric - which is not how I normally work. I was able to cut strips as I cut squares for the HSTs, what a concept to be that organized.

A Brass Ring Pillow in progress

I got as far as piecing the front and back of the pillow, and I will be able to start the quilting this week, maybe even today and be finished well in time for my stop on the blog hop on April 20. Here is the schedule, and I encourage you to both check out this wonderful book and the blog hop (past and forward), where, every Monday, each person will be sharing a project they made from the book.

March 30 - Lynne of Lily's Quilts (Tour Kickoff & Book Giveaway!)
April 6 -      Jodi of Tales of Cloth & Angela of Cut to Pieces
April 13 -     Lindsay of Craft Buds & Debbie of A Quilter's Table
April 20 -    Leanne of She Can Quilt (that's me)
April 27 -    Fat Quarter Shop
May 4 -      Erin of Why Not Sew?
May 11 -      Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts
May 18 -     Svetlana of SOTAK Handmade
May 25 -    Lucy of Charm About You
June 1 -       Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
June 8 -      Becca of Bryan House Quilts
June 15 -     Beth of Plum & June
June 22 -    Jessica of Quilty Habit
June 29 -    Caroline of Sew Can She
July 6 -       Heidi of Fabric Mutt (Tour Wrap!)

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Also, I'm finishing my Q2 Finish Along planning list today, and if you have not yet done so, hope you are enjoying your weekend.



Saturday, April 11, 2015

if you were shopping... #31

Welcome to if you're shopping.... On Fridays - late again, it's Saturday morning now - I share news from my sponsors, in case you want to do a little shopping, or even window shopping, this weekend.

Happy 7th Anniversary to Mad about Patchwork! In celebration, you can have 20% off all Cotton + Steel until April 15th with promo code CS20.

Oakshott Fabrics has released another of their wonderful free pattern booklets! This one uses 10" squares of Colourshott fabrics. These patterns are all by talented bloggers, in a project coordinated by my friend Lynne from Lily's Quilts.

Beautiful new fabrics continue to arrive at Fabric Spark!.

Fluffy Sheep Quilting has beautiful fabrics. I have used this favourite of mine, Paint Swatches from Paint by Carrie Bloomston, on more than one quilt backs and I am thinking it is time to order more. 

Sew Me a Song is spring cleaning and besides her sales, Becca keeps making beautiful bundles. This one especially caught my eye.

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is featuring a lovely new kit - Glimmer Shimmer.

Over at the Fat Quarter Shop this new Sew Emma Hibiscus pattern caught my eye - a sort of brilliant monster pinwheel. Imagine the pinwheels in bright saturated colours and the background in low volume - this would be a great scrap project for me maybe.

At Green Fairy Quilts thread is on sale! This is a fantastic sale, one of my favourites.

We are having fantastic weather and I am going to sew today with the windows open wide. I am also off to buy new runners as mine were soaked in an Atlantic Ocean wave that came up to my knees last week. I was not that fussed, it was time to truly step into the Atlantic, I swim in the Pacific often. I do need new runners, as I am going to walk and exercise a lot more, starting this week.

Oh, and a little later I will announce the winner from my Make It, Take It give away too.