Royal Wedding Edition

Today a little bit of UK inspiration in honor of Will and Kate.  (Hope you’re not already suffering Union Jack overload.) If you’ve been around for a while you know I’m a bit of an Anglophile. (Hence the desire to make my own Union Jack quilt.) I’ve lived in England a couple of times, 3 months in London as a student and later 18 months in the northwest (Manchester, Liverpool and the Isle of Man). I think I left a piece of me over there.
Here are a few pictures I’m loving:

Room Seven USA - Spring 2011 Collection Childrens Clothing Bags and Bedding
 Children around the World Set-- Paris, Tokyo, London, Amsterdam
Allsorts Bunting

You can see more of my favorite British images on my Rule Britannia Pinterest Board.

And a few more of my own blocks. Maybe this summer they will finally get sewn together.

Enjoy the festivities, that is if you enjoy that sort of thing. I’ll be setting my dvr (not enough of a die-hard to sacrifice my precious sleep.)  When I lived in London, we lived very close to Kensington Palace and we could hear Diana’s helicopter over head sometimes, but I never actually saw her. I did see Charles and the boys (they were young lads then) at a Royal Shakespeare performance in Stratford. (We had a great view from the balcony of Charles’ bald spot).  Never saw much of the Royals in Liverpool. But they have their own British royalty. (I did visit Penny Lane and see George Harrison’s home.)

And speaking of the UK, anyone watch Upstairs, Downstairs? Thoughts, opinions? Comparisons to Downton?

Have a festive weekend. Cheers my dears.

Sponsored Giveaway from Canton Village Quilt Works


Today I have an enticing giveaway for you sponsored by Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works.

Jackie is also having a sale in her shop this week for 15% off everything (except Kona solids which are only $5 a yard anyway.) Use the code entire15 at checkout to get your discount.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

A huge thanks for the response to the Soul Blossom project.  I got some teal for the cornerstones and I’m going to check it out. I’ll keep you updated. My sewing machine is feeling very neglected these days. My computer is being far too demanding.

Also, the Quilt Market Meetup reservations are now available at the QMM Blog.

Soul Blossoms on my design wall …

Pardon the hasty, not great picture. I’m working on a Soul Blossom quilt for the shop where I work. (That fabric isn’t moving – I’m not sure why. Well, I kind of am. It’s cool decorator fabric, or even apparel, but trickier for a quilt.)

Anyway, I’m trying to do something with it and I’m not sure if it’s a hot mama or a hot mess. Up close it’s hard to tell.

Opinions welcome. (Keep in mind the white sashing will be wider and more uniform – my wall is too small to really spread it out. That should help.)

It’s snowing here. Boo.

Bloggers Quilt Market Meetup

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We are excited to announce the details of the Bloggers Meetup during Quilt Market in Salt Lake. 
We will be meeting on 
Saturday, May 14 from 5:00 to 7:00pm 
at the Blue Lemon restaurant. 
Reservations are $6 and will be available starting Wednesday, April 27 at 9:00 MST. For more information visit the Quilt Market Meetup site. The Blue Lemon is a fabulous place for a party, but sadly, due to limited capacity at the restaurant, there will only be 80 reservations available.  (We really wish we could have found bigger location within our price range.) So if you’re wanting to come, please register quick.
I can’t believe it’s in less than 3 weeks! I’m so excited to visit Market for the first time, but at the same time have SO much to do before then. Gulp.

Jennifer Paganelli and Girl’s World

Have you seen Jennifer Paganelli’s new book, Girls World? I got a sneak peak when Jennifer sent us a few for giveaways at the Quilt Market Meetup.  This book is gorgeous. And I am not even being overly dramatic when I say that. It’s such a beautiful, colorful book. Even the pocket for the patterns is really pretty.

 Let me give you a sneak peak as well.

This book has 21 sewing projects to make for or with little girls, such as dresses, aprons, bags, headbands, quilts, and an adorable puppy. The photos, design and projects are so beautiful and inspiring. Even if you only make a hand full of these projects, you’ll love this book just for the color, inspiration and sheer joy that it exudes. (Nice word, eh?)  But trust me, there are so many good projects, you’ll find many you want to try. (That is an important quality for me when investing in a new pattern book = multiple patterns that I will use.)

 This is something I’d love to make for my own girls – I’ve always loved those pretty memory boards.
 And a few of these cute pillows. (Another great photo, right?)

I especially love all the details in this book, including Jennifer’s signature Casey Scroll print.  I was first introduced to the Casey Scroll fabric by my friend, Aunt Spicy (who is a Jennifer Paganelli die-hard) when she made her own adorable Union Jack pillow. (This is actually when I first knew that Aunt Spicy and I were long-lost kindred spirits.)

In a gesture of extreme love and sacrifice, Aunt Spicy even gave me a little piece of her beloved Casey Scroll stash. And so of course, I had to pay homage to her original Union Jack. I’m think this one is one of my favorites.

Girl's World: Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls

Thanks again Jennifer Paganelli for sharing your wonderful new book with us. We will have 3 copies to give away the night of the meetup!  But if you can’t win a copy, I still highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of Girl’s World.  It will be released next Wednesday. You won’t be disappointed.