Thursday, March 31, 2011

Giveaway Time!

Giveaway Time!

Who wants to win some goodies!?!?

Now everyone leave your hands up so I can count...1...2...3...hmmm...

How about you just leave a comment instead and you could win a gallon size bag of Kona Cotton scraps from making my DQS10 mini quilt and a copy of Quilting Line + Color by Yoshinko Jinzenji!

If you want to follow me that is cool, but not required.

Everyone is eligable!

Entries open until midnight CST April 7th! Winner will be announced on Friday April 8th!


By the way make sure you are not a NO REPLY BLOGGER!
Follow these instructions courtesy of Lynne to make sure you can get replies to your comments and possibly win this giveaway!

A Cacophony of Color

DQS10 logo contest entry

Finished! Just in time! PHEW!

DQS10 Sent - A Cacophony of Color

Now I just got to finish up a couple of small goodies and this little baby will be in the mail to my partner!

DQS10 Sent - A Cacophony of Color

I am calling it a Cacophony of Color because it consists of 27 (!!!) different Kona Cotton Colors!

And please don't ask me to list them as I have NO IDEA.

DQS10 Sent - A Cacophony of Color

And yes, it is a plain non-pieced backing, but I just LOVE this fabric with the crosshatching!

Plus, all the colors was just to perfect to disturb by piecing it.

DQS10 Sent - A Cacophony of Color

It should be off to my swap partner by Monday, so here's hoping they love it as much as I do!!


And speaking of awesome swaps check out the new Pretty {little} Pouch Swap!  

It's gonna be fantastic! Look at the inspiration...

pouch mosaic

Sign ups go from April 1st thru April 8th!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Inspiring Monday

And now it is time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming!

This week I am sharing with you some stunning paper piecing work from Penny at Sew Take A Hike that she made for a bee. 

Kitchen Aid

I so want to learn how to do this kind of stunning work!  She is giving a retreat that I wish I could go to, so I hope that whoever goes tells us all about it! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Swapping Integrity

This is fabulous and everyone should sign the pledge!

Swapping Integrity Pledge

I, Bryanna, pledge to do my very best to have integrity and honesty in my swap commitments. To be on time, to participate in discussions, and to communicate if I am going to be late or unable to complete my obligations to my swap partner.

Also, I will be out of town the long weekend - heading to Arkansas for a wedding - so there won't be an Inspiring Monday.  No worries though it will be back for next week!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Inspiring Monday

This week I am totally gushing over this herringbone pattern.
Made from Anna Maria Horner's innocent crush line and without paper piecing!

herringbone string blocks.

Holly blogs here

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Best. Weekend. Ever. Take 2!

Ok, so last weekend was totally awesome.
But this one was just as great!

I went to go visit friends up in Austin and soak up the SXSW atmosphere!


Check out the amazing tattoo that one of my friends got!

Best Tattoo Ever

While there I went to my FAVORITE fabric store - The Stitch Lab.
Seriously, if you ever get to go to Austin, TX - GO THERE!

I got Alexander Henry's Heath line in the quilting cotton in 5 colors! Plus some other prints on clearance!

From The Stitch Lab

Seriously, this Heath line is AMAZING!

Heath Goodness

Then I went to another great store Common Thread and got my hands on some great Japanese prints!

From Common Loop

While in Austin I also managed to buy 4 pairs of shoes.
What can I say?
I love shoes like I love fabric, and these boots were too amazing to pass up!

When I got home I had a package waiting from Hawthorn Threads stuffed full of amazing prints!
Thank goodness for Christmas gift certificates!

From Hawthorne Threads

All in all a most fabulous weekend!
I hope you all had as great a weekend as I did!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Best. Weekend. Ever.


Not only did I get to do a lot of awesome non-crafting stuff like play with a baby bunny, go to a book signing with the AMAZING Patricia Briggs, and hang with one of my best friends, but I also finished all my bee blocks for the month and got new fabrics!


First I worked on a drunk love style block for Beth in my bee String Me Along. She sent some super yummy Anna Maria Horner Innocent Crush strips and a bunch of Kona greys!

String Me Along - March 2011

Then I worked on my row for Liz for the HMQG Round Row! I am loving this traditional indigo and white color scheme!

The only problem I had...well you see I am blond, so even though I did the math I ended up doubling it somehow and cut and sewed enough for 2 rows! Oops!

HMQG Row Robin - Round 4

Also I completed my 2 blocks for the do. good stitches Joy circle. Our leader for this month asked for star blocks in a light colored color scheme so I used charms from Kate Spain's new Central Park line (which I ADORE!) and Sweetwater's Sunkissed line and this tutorial.

Do. Good Stitches - March Blocks

Also, I finally got off my butt and created my blocks for the 3x6 Bee! I really hope the girls from Beehive 24 love them!  I especially loved working on the green, yellow, and grey color scheme!

3x6 Bee - 1st Quarter 2011

I also got these fabulous fabrics in the mail!! YUM!! 

Cozy and Cuddly!

Anna Maria Horner's Folksy Flannels FQ set.


A FQ set Jay McCarrol's new Habitat line in the plum colorway.

And just to make you go AWWWWWW - this is the new baby bunny  I mentioned way back at the beginning of this post! 


Me and the Bunny! I <3 Bunnies!

Me and the Bun!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Inspiring Monday

This week I am sharing one of the quilts made for Doll Quilt Swap 10.

Basically *EVERONE* is hoping this little beauty comes to live with them!

DQS10 -Tile Quilt

Tile Quilt by Di 2Quilt who blogs here.

I love this quilt for the colors, the tiling, the stitching, the white binding...all lovely!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Jam Session

This quilt was finished back in December but it was not gifted until February!  Oops!
It is for my best friend Meagan's oldest boy Aiden who is 6 and is kick ass at Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

 Seriously look at this face!
Say it together now...

 Her other kids Daniel and Michelle (who are both younger than Aiden) got quilts before him!Oops again!

I see this kid being a musician for the rest of his life so this fabric was PERFECT.
In that respect I am glad I waited to make this for him!
Jam Session Quilt

This quilt was a beast for me to quilt! 
Being twin sized I could only ask so much of my Bernina 1008.
She is a boat anchor and all but this huge quilt was a bit much for her to handle.
Thank goodness I love the look of this simple straight line quilting!

Jam Session Quilt

Here is the pieced back.
I used the scraps from the front since I ran out of the Kona Coal so it all worked out!

Jam Session Quilt

There is something about striped bindings that just makes my heart flutter!
They add so much character and fun!

Jam Session Quilt

And what made this quilt perfect was that when he got it he immediately went upstairs, ripped off the comforter from his bed and replaced it with this!!  So I am pretty sure he likes it! 

All in all I just hope he loves and uses it whether it's on the kiddos bed...
or used as a picnic blanket while he serenades a girl in 10 years!

Jam Session Quilt

Fabric: Michael Miller Jam Session and TaDot in Teal;
Kona Coal, White, Teal, and Peacock
Pattern: Avalon from Material Obsession (slightly altered)
Size: Twin

And just because this picture is too cute!! Here he is getting a sewing lesson from his grandma!