Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Wonky Neighborhood

For this months Do. Good Stitches bee blocks Jolene asked for some wonky houses.

She was inspired by this quilt.

my neighborhood

This was the first time I have ever made wonky houses and I was a bit nervous at first but found it pretty fun in the end!  

I loved picking out all the contrasting fabrics, and a few fussy cut pieces and just going for it!  
Do. Good Stitches - April Blocks

I just hope the style and colors matches well enough with everyone elses and it makes someone's day once it is sent off to My Very Own Blanket!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Inspiring Monday

Jane Austen + Hexagons



Front Jane Austen Mug Rug

Jane Austen Mug Rug by meanfish2

ETA: Correction!  It was made for meanfish2 by Four Monkeys Quilts for the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap!
Original upload here.
Seriously to combine two of my favorite things makes my heart just flutter! Not to mention the gorgeous hand stitching! Check out the blanket stitch around EVERY hexagon!!

I think I need a fainting couch.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Prince Charming is here!




Prince Charming is here.
as revealed by the amazing Tula

In 4 different colorways!
Click the photos to see them larger.





and of course the line would not be complete without some voiles...

and laminates!!!



Monday, April 18, 2011

Inspiring Monday

Ok, so if you haven't noticed...I have something of a irrational, unsatiable, and definitely unhealthy for my bank account love of Tula Pink fabrics.

Her new line Prince Charming (which I keep accidentally calling P-R-I-N-T-S Charming) has me a wee bit excited.

And now that she has released the following photos on her flickr I am freaking out even more for this new line.

Tula Pink - Prince Charming "Hope"

Tula Pink - Prince Charming "Love"

Also I am just loving the wonky letters and adorable hand stitching (especially the peace sign in HOPE's "O"! Too cute! 

So get your sketchbooks out and start designing because once these prints are released the inspiration will over flow! 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Darling Package

So now that my Make Mine Modern swap partner, Amanda, has received their package I can reveal what I sent! 

When I first started stalking getting to know Amanda I realized quickly that what was most important to her in life is her family.  So I wanted my gift to her to be something that celebrated that.  Thus this little mini quilt which has a photo taken by her husband, and embroidered with 'Family is darling' which is what she has nicknamed her family.

Make Mine Modern - Package sent!

Make Mine Modern - Package sent!

I also sent her a bunch of other goodies including some handmade coasters made with Kona Natural and various vintage laces that I have been hoarding.

Make Mine Modern - Package sent!

All in all I think she and her family really likes the quilt which is what I was hoping so I am super glad!


On a different is what I have been working on this weekend!

Sunlight + Quilt Tops = Love

Can't wait for the Bella Parade to get started!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fat Quarter Shop Bella Parade ****GIVEAWAY****

Hey everyone!  Bry here.

Remember that super secret sewing and giveaway I hinted at?

Now you get to know, and Shruti is here to tell you! 

Welcome to the cool crowd!


Hi all, I'm Shruti from 13 Woodhouse Road. I am happy to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in the most Colorful Blogger Fest of this summer!

The Fat Quarter Shop Bella Parade
@ 13 Woodhouse Road...

Fat Quarter Shop Bella Parade

How do you usually buy solids? You buy some lovely print that you found online and then buy solids to go with it! Its time to change the view! Know more about 31 delicious Bella solids that will be featured on my blog and the Flickr Group from 1st - 31st May...

We will be giving away about 70 yards of fabric in this month!!!

For details and a launch giveaway hop over here.




Awesome right?!!?

And yes, you read that right... 70 YARDS!

See, told you it was awesome.

To make it even better the amazing Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop has FQ bundles of all 31 colors being featured in the Parade.

PLUS she is offering 20% off all Bella Solids (yardage and precuts!) with the code BELLAP

My part in all this is that I am running a Quilt Along to make my Cacophony of Color mini quilt!

DQS10 Sent - A Cacophony of Color

So join the Flickr Group, enter the giveaway, grab your camera and your solids and get ready for some fun!

Oh and if you want to put this button on your blog use the following HTLM

Fat Quarter Shop Bella Parade

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Hint...

Remember that super secret sewing I mentioned???

Remember this beautiful stack of Bella Solids from Fat Quarter Shop?

A Bella Solid Parade

Then come back on April 15th, and I will reveal all!

Including how to win this AMAZING bundle of joy!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Inspiring Monday

This week my Inspiring Monday post has some major shoes to fill considering the sheer awesomeness of pieces featured in my last 2 posts, but I think it does a pretty great job!

Colour strip quilt #2
Color Stripe Quilt #1 by Blue is Bleu

Colour strip quilt #2
Color Stripe Quilt #2 by Blue is Bleu

This quilt speaks to me on so many levels!  I adore the colors, the slight wonk of stripe by not having each row line up with the one next it, THE STRIPES, the polka dot binding, and just the simplicity!

It also reminds me of an optical illusion because the stripes almost seem to be moving due to the dark/light combination.  Such a fantastic quilt with so much dimension all from solids!  Be still my heart!

***For more fun with solids, check back with me this friday on the 15th for some awesome news!***

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Seriously, I have luck pouring out of my ears.

No really, I do. 

So insert the same warning from my last post here...I am not responsible for any feelings of jealous, envy, or your skin turning green due to my insane luck.

(Oh and get ready for LOTS of pictures!)

I got my amazing Make Mine Modern swap package from Elizabeth yesterday, a box of Bella Solids for some awesome, super secret sewing that I will be revealing in about a week, I won Kaelin's ADORABLE bunny mini quilt from her blog giveaway (which I will show once I get it), and yesterday I received my Doll Quilt Swap from Julia from Little Girl Quilts!  I mean come on - I have been lusting over this little guy in the group pool since Julia started posting little tid bit teaser photos!

DQS10 Received!!

DQS10 Received!!

DQS10 Received!!

She did my favorite color combo of navy and aqua, pleating, circles, used 2 of my favorite fabric lines, Neptune and Parisville, by one of my favorite designers, Tula Pink, and straight line quilting to finish it off. It's like she peered right into my head and took all my favorite quilt characteristics and put them together!Here's some detail shots!

DQS10 Received - Detail

DQS10 Received - Detail

DQS10 Received - Detail

DQS10 Received - Detail

Check out the back! All that straight line and echo quilting is gorgeous and gives it so much depth and texture! Plus a label that mentions sweat is too funny and sweet!

DQS10 Received - Back

DQS10 Received - Label

She also sent me the cutest little embroidery with my name on it that I actually commented on yesterday morning saying how I was convincing myself that it was my name on it, and low and behold just a few hours later it was delivered to my doorstep!Too freaking awesome!!

DQS10 Received - Goodies

She did a whole post too on her creation process which was really awesome.  I totally let me know how much time, effort, and care she put into this quilt for me.  It made me feel so special. And showed me how special and amazing Julia is!


This was my first time participating in Doll Quilt Swap and I hope I get to be a bebe many more times! It was such a fun and completely wonderful experience, and between this swap and Make Mine Modern I have never been happier that I finally stopped lurking on flickr and started participating!

And if ALL OF THAT isn't luck enough I have also been nominated for the Stylish Blogger Award by Kristen of K*D Quilts and Janet of Entropy Undone! Thanks so much ladies!  Hugs!

By getting this award there are a few things you are asked to do:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 6 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact the owners of the blogs you nominated to tell them about the award.

So 7 things about myself...

1. I read...A LOT.  Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, but Harry Potter is a close 2nd!
2. I have a motorcycle license.
3. I love classic cars!
4. Shopping is my main addiction - fabric and shoes my drugs of choice.
5. I have never broken a bone or even had a cavity. Although dislocating my knee was one of my most ever painful experiences.
6. I was a competitive dancer for 16 years - tap, ballet, point, jazz, modern, name it I competed in it.
7. I have a master's degree in museum that I am actually using!

Now to pass the award along...
(I am going to pass this onto bloggers that have less than 100 followers who I think you should all know about!)

* Sarah from Pings and Needles - Sarah is so kind, fun, and talented!  Just read her About Me page to see what I mean!  And check out what she made for her Make Mine Modern partner and the video showing the process!

* Shruti from 13 Woodhouse Road - Shruti is an awesome quilter who has some amazing things coming down the line on her blog that you will all be interested in!!  HINT HINT WINK WINK!

* Completely Cauchy - This is a strong woman who is down to earth, a talented quilter and knitter, and who speaks her mind.  She is the creator of one of my favorite quilts ever! (And yes, she probably has more than 100 followers but it isn't posted on her blog so I am including her anyways because she is awesome!)

* Beth of Smazoochie - Beth has been quilting almost her entire life and has a great eye for combining modern and traditional! She is my go to person for any and all quilting related questions!

* Tamiko from Patchwork Notes - Tamiko is crazy talented as most recently exhibited by what she created for her Make Mine Modern partner and Urban Home Goods partner!

* Meghan from Purl and Piece - What a great blog name huh?!  Meghan has great taste especially in colors, just check out her chubby stars quilt!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Mailman Saves the Day!

**WARNING: I cannot be held responsible for any feelings of jealousy, envy, or wanton temptation to go fabric shopping as a direct result of reading this post!**

Yesterday was intense. Long, emotional, and painful. At the end of days like that all I want to do is curl up with a book until the day is officially over and I can go to bed and prepare to welcome the next, better day.

Some days though, the mail man and your flickr friends really come through and save the day!

When I got home last night there were 2 AMAZING packages waiting for me.  One I knew what it was, but the other I totally started freaking over thinking it was either my DQS10 package or my Make Mine Modern package!

I looked at the return address, recognized the name, say the message she had written on the outside saying "Make Mine Modern goodies just for you" and started ripping open the box as quickly as possible thinking I knew what it was and hoping I was right!  And I was!!

Make Mine Modern - Received

It was from Elizabeth!! I got her bookshelf mini quilt!

Make Mine Modern - Received

Isn't it stunning?!?! The backing is one of my new all time fabrics - I mean just look at all those books!

Make Mine Modern - Received

And the machine binding is beyond perfect! I have always been afraid to learn how to machine bind my quilts, but seeing first hand how neat and pretty it can be makes me want to try it!

Make Mine Modern - Received

Not to mention all the other awesome goodies she was so kind to send to me!

Make Mine Modern - Received

Seriously, this is my favorite swap. I have gotten such beautiful things from my 2 partners in this swap and I really feel like they both took the time to really try and get to know me and create something for me that I would not only like, but truly love. AND I DO!!!

My other package was this lovely box!! And seriously whenever you get a box this big from Fat Quarter Shop means you know it will be full of the most wonderful lovelies.

A Bella Solid Parade

And it was!!!!

A Bella Solid Parade

An entire box full of BELLA SOLIDS!!

A Bella Solid Parade

Can you even count the number of beautiful shades in this box??

A Bella Solid Parade

A hint....

A Bella Solid Parade

31!!! They are for some super secret sewing that I will be doing this month. So stay tuned for some AWESOME NEWS!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

And the winner is....

Giveaway Time!

And the winner of the Kona Cotton scraps and the Yoshinko Jinzenji's Quilting Line + Color book is...

Karen!! Congrats! I will be emailing you!

Thanks everyone for joining along in my very first giveaway! It will be the first of many!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Inspiring Monday

**The giveaway post is here!**

Double Wedding Rings - those 3 words often incite feelings of fear, anxiety, and frustration in quilters everywhere.

Despite this Kaelin plowed ahead and tackled this project after only quilting a few years and did a FABULOUS job!  

If this quilt doesn't make you want to make your own DWR I don't know what will!

Finished Double Wedding Ring Quilt (Front) - Modern Meadow & Hope Valley

And now she is considering doing some tutorials and a quilt along.  So head over to this blog post and tell her how awesome it would be!