Have you ever spent $100 on fabric, hours and hours in planning, changing, sewing, ripping, resewing, changing some more, and finally throw your hands up and just finish the quilt just to be done with it??
I now have.
I finished this quilt a bit ago but just never got around to photographing it. Lazy? Me??? Or maybe it just has something to do with my apathy towards this quilt.
This quilt was definitely my first real foray into making an entire quilt improve style. It started out as a charm square quilt, morphed into a charm square on point quilt, and ended as a charm square on point with sashing quilt with days/weeks of agonizing mental debate over each step.
After every change I made it still just didn't look right and I am still not sure if I got it completely.
I really did love this I first saw this collection of fabric, when the idea popped into my head, while it was making it - but now, I don't know, it's just kinda meh to me. Either way I am hoping someone loves it because I am donating it to the Texas Wildfire collection.
Also as the title suggests I am totally at a loss as to what to call this quilt. Any ideas?
Fabric: Anna Maria Horner Innocent Crush, Kona Sky, Kona Eggplant, and Kona Windsor
Today I got to attend an awesome event through by Houston Vintage!
There were vendors, pin up hair and makeup demos, swing, tango, and burlesque dance performances, and a great time to be had by all!
First off the shopping was awesome and full of inspiration! These were
some of the lovely things I saw.
And aren't these boots crazy awesome?!?! Oh my goodness I wish I had the money to bring these beauties home with me. I mean come on, linen embroidered go go boots!! I'm swooning here.
This is what I ended up getting! A beautiful hair piece/brooch from Violet Peacock, that I wanted to wear in my hair for the Jane Austen confernece I am going to. I also got this amazing scarf for the simple reason that as soon as I saw it I thought QUILT!!! It would make an incredible quilt!!
What was the best part though was the dancing! All the dancers were so beautiful and talented! Check out this couple doing a fantastic tango!
Someone even brought this awesome car. Y'all may not know this about me but I love classic cars because my dad has restored these kinds of cars and trucks my whole life. And did anyone notice the baby car seat in the back?? Talk about coolest Dad ever!
On a totally unrelated note I was checking out sewing patterns at Joann's and they have a whole book dedicated to Halloween costumes and came across this weirdness. Instead of models wearing the costumes they are using the cheaper illustrations, only do you notice how anime in style these are?? It just seemed a bit odd to me. I made me want to run home and watch Sailor Moon!
Where has the year gone?? Seriously! I have looked under every rock and cannot figure it out!
I had considered starting a blog for months before I actually took the plunge as I was stalking reading 50+ blogs already (now its like 3x that!) Now after 'meeting' so many amazing people I wish I had started earlier!
I have constantly been flabbergasted (yes, FLABBERGASTED!) by the talent, generosity, and humor that I have witnessed in the quilting community. You ladies and gentleman are, simply put, amazing.
Through see all of y'all talent I have been so inspired, and created so much because of it!
To thank all of y'all for sharing the last year of my crafty life with me, sharing all of y'alls knowledge with me through your own posts, comments, and tutorials, and sharing all of y'alls sweet and happy personalities I am doing a big giveaway!! I also decided to give the blog a tiny face lift since I haven't really changed it since I started it!
Up for grabs are 5, YES 5, fabulous prizes!!
150 yards of bakers twine - 50 in each color
Bundle of polka dots - most fat quarters, some smaller
Fat quarter bundle of vintage striped sheets
Fat quarter bundle of Moda Grunge
Layer cake of Moda Bliss
Rules for entry:
Leave a comment - any ole thing is good.
Leave a second comment if you are a follower (new, old, doesn't matter).
Leave a comment if you decide to blog/twitter/facebook/whatever about the giveaway to help spread the word.
I will pick winners on October 1st. The first winner chosen by the random integer will get the 1st prize, 2nd winner 2nd prize, etc.
I am super excited because I bought a new Kindle 3 on Saturday. I did have a Sony ereader but I was never all that happy with it, and the new kindle seems like it will be much more my speed. So for like the last 2 days I have been scouring flickr looking at everyones beautifully made Kindle covers for inspiration so I can make one for mine! And just look at some of these little pretties!
10 years. It's hard to realize it has been this long. I was just coming out of an 8am archaeology class at UT Austin when I saw a number of students clustered around a huge tv in the pharmacology's lounge area. I stood there with a bunch of strangers I didn't know, crying, holding hands, and just trying to understand what was happening. I don't remember any of those people I shared something incredibly profound with them that I will never forget.
I am happy to live in a place that allows me so many freedoms, and the ability to work in a good job and have the time to spend my free hours doing things I love like quilting and sewing. Last weekend which was Labor day weekend I spent almost all my time sewing for various bees and myself. I finished a tons of bee blocks and a quilt that I will show you later that I am going to donate to those who have lost everything in the Texas wildfires.
Last weekend a couple of us Houston Modern Quilt Guild girls got together to help a fellow member churn out a quilt top for an soon upcoming wedding gift. Fi had a great idea for a quilt inspired by Ashley's recent creation.
Which was followed by cutting by Amy (in blurred action!):
(I caught Liz mid amusing story, which made me love this picture even more!) Saf was also there but somehow missed out on picture time.)
By the end of a couple of hours sewing we made our way half way through the top!
And holy cow is this thing going to be huge!! Its made of 12x12 blocks and its 7 x 9 blocks!
I love it that the guild has helped us all find some kindred quilting spirits in this huge metropolis of ours!
Last weekend I also got a HUGE amount of personal quilting/sewing done but more on that later when I can get some pictures taken. This weekend I plan on doing the same - getting some sewing done, relaxing (as I have to travel for over a week for work next week), and watching all the 9/11 memorials on tv on Sunday.
My fabric stash is one of the loves of my life, but another of them is my nail polish stash. I have - well - a lot. My favorite brand is OPI but I am also addicted to Essie, Orly, and Deborah Lippman. And I tend to organize them just like my fabric stash - in rubbermaid systems and color coded of course.
This is one (yes, only one) of my polish containers that houses *most* of my OPI collection.
And color coding them like I do my fabric is just a given.
I love painting my nails. It is another creative outlet for me just like quilting is, but gives into my desire for instant gratification much more than making a throw sized quilt does. It allows me to play with color, texture, and lines in about 30 minutes.
This is my current manicure (which for me lasts about 2 days before I redo them because I have thought of another combo I would love to try!) inspired by this image on Pintrest.
Essie Topless & Barefoot, Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me, Seche Vite base coat and top coat (seriously the best top coat EVER! It makes your nails dry so much faster, and dries like glass leaving your nails with that wet glossy shine for days.)
Try it the next the time you are choosing quilt colors! It's a fun way to combine colors and accessorize all at the same time!