Wednesday, July 28, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Maybe you can relate to this.  I have far too many ideas of things to make and far too little time to get any of it done.  Sigh.  This week, I've been away from everything quilt related.  I have, however, spent some quality time with my husband's family at the beach.  I also read a book...which doesn't happen often!  This t-shirt memory quilt is the only project I have in progress right now, but it certainly is a special one.

More to come soon...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fabric Friday!

I absolutely love the rich colors and watercolor look of these Journeys fabrics by Kathy Davis for Free Spirit.  I've already cut into them all!

From left to right: Linked Saffron, Dragonfly Dance Green, Dragonfly Dance Saffron, Flower Patch Saffron, Linked Blue, Flower Patch Blue, Sew Square Saffron, Sew Square Green

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fabric Baskets

This weekend I finally decided to branch out and make something other than a quilt.  I have been wanting to use this great tutorial from Pink Penguin for what seems like forever!  It was easy to follow the steps, but I made my baskets a bit bigger and the handles a bit thinner.  I love how they turned out, and I'm sure I'll make more in the future!  I think I will use them to hold my scraps instead of the Ziploc bags I'm using now.

Here's a quick list of the measurements I changed:
Patchwork: 8 fabrics, one 3 x 9" piece of each; use them to make 3 four-patch blocks for each side
Base: 9 x 15.75"
Boxed corner: 2.5" (from seam to pointy end)
Handles: 2  1.5 x 17" rectangles
Lining: 19.5 x 15.5"

Finished length: about 10" at base, 12" at top
Finished height: 6.75" (not including handles)
Finished width: 5" at base, about 6" at top

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fabric Friday!

The last time I went to Birmingham (Alabama, that is--my hometown), I had to stop by In the Making.  It's actually a knit shop, but they have a small collection of amazing fabrics for us quilters!  I just couldn't pass up these ivory prints with sweet little birdies...I might have a small obsession with birds.  They're in the Leanika line by Dena Designs for Free Spirit.  They didn't have any other prints from the line at the store, but I was able to find the pink and gray ones online from The Quilted Castle.  They shipped my order super fast, which was great!

I would also like to beg for your vote in this week's Spoonflower contest.  This one is called Paintbox Flowers, and I'm really happy with the way it turned out!  I hope you like it too! :)  The results will be announced Thursday, July 22.  
Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fresh and Funky- July

I've finally finished and mailed my Fresh and Funky July blocks!  These blocks are for Lynette of Lynette Russell Designs, and I can't wait to see the quilt she makes with all the fun blocks everyone has sent her!  If you'd like to make your own house or people blocks, you can use the tutorial from Lynette or just wing it like I did. :)

The wind was blowing pretty hard (which is completely normal for southeastern New Mexico), so most of my pictures looked like this one...

I'm just glad I got a few pictures I could use!  If you'd like to see blocks that the rest of the group made, visit our flickr group.

Thanks, Lynette for such a fun July assignment!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fabric Friday!

I've spent most of the morning fabric shopping from the comfort of my home.  As nice as it is to be able to see and feel the fabrics before you buy them, I think it's just as nice getting those fabrics sent to my doorstep!  It's also nice because I can't get most of these fabrics locally.  I guess that's one of the drawbacks of small-town living.  My favorite online fabric stores located here in the US are and Hawthorne Threads.  Here is my favorite find for the day at $ 4.98/yard from

If you know of any other online fabric stores I need to check out, please leave a comment here!

Happy Friday!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Spoonflower Fabric!

I'm back from yet another camping trip, and I've got pictures of my first fabric printed by Spoonflower!  I had so much fun designing this fabric, but it was even better seeing the finished product.  Here are a few of my favorites... can see more of them on Flickr.

There is a link on the right side of this page to my Spoonflower profile if you'd like to see more of my designs at any time.  You can even purchase them from Spoonflower if you'd like!

I've also designed a cheater quilt for a contest they are having right now on Spoonflower, so if you like the design, I'd really appreciate your vote! :)  The results will be announced on Thursday, July 8th.

This design (without the watermarks of course) is flipped on its side for printing purposes on the contest page.

Don't worry, you can vote for as many designs as you'd like.  I think I end up voting for about 15 designs every time I vote!

Have a wonderful Monday!