Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Emily Herrick Quilts

Let me introduce Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies Quilts.  She is obviously not an old lady, but she is crazy-talented. This girl is amazing. And a lot of fun!  Emily was at the quilting retreat I attended a week ago and she shared a trunk show of some of her creations.
 This is one of Emily's pattern designs called Tiger Lily.
I'm getting the pattern for this one - I think it's so pretty. It's called Maison Bleue.
 Best Friends out of Bliss. This quilt itself is actually for sale in Emily's Etsy shop.
 This quilt is called Park City. I loved the fabric combinations in this one.

Love these hand-pieced Grandmother's Flower Garden block. I also love how she just appliqued them to the quilt top, but it still looks like she pieced all the in-between hexagons. Clever. I'm going to file this idea away somewhere in my brain for future use. But in the meantime I'm glad it's recorded here because I know I'll forget.
The next two quilts are made from Emily's first fabric collection called, Going Coastal.  I LOVE this collection. I'm especially fond of the Bottle Caps and the Madras Plaid. The collection debuted with Michael Miller at Spring Market last May and hit stores a few months ago. This quilt pattern is called Road Block.
 Also out of Going Coastal, Cabana.
 This quilt is called Urban Life. Love the colors.
 Another quilt where clever Emily appliqued the hexagons to the quilt top. 
I like the frayed raw-edges on this one.
And finally, Emily shared the quilts she took to Market in Houston last month showcasing her newest fabric collection, Hall of Fame.  Don't you love this pennant quilt with the cool pennant fabric for the border? (sorry about the blurry picture. I guess it was an 'action shot'.) This pattern is called Pep Rally. (And is now on my 'must-make' list.)
Another Hall of Fame quilt called, Out of Time. The Bah Hum Bug quilt at the top of the post is also from Hall of Fame fabrics. (So versatile.) Hall of Fame will ship to stores in a few months. Emily has some of her patterns in her Etsy shop, others are available from the retailers listed on the right side of her blog.

Good stuff. Thanks to Emily for sharing her talents and hilarious personality with us gawkers fans.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ready for Christmas Projects?

So, are you ready for Christmas projects? Some years the answer for me is "not yet" other years it's "wait, it's December?"  This year, for some reason, I'm raring to go! After a full day of prep, eating, family-hosting and clean-up on Thanksgiving, I should have gone right to my bed. Instead, I suddenly had a quilt in mind that I was dying to pull together so I stayed up and cut the whole thing. I can't wait to see it come together. (I paid the next day - I was pooped! But my project is patiently waiting for me to return. Maybe tonight?)
This is a little project that came together so fast today. A mini bunting made with my felt scraps from the felt circles pillow last year. It's so cute and came together so quickly - I used red & white baker's twine to string the pennants together.  
I think that one of the reasons I am so excited about Christmas projects is thanks to Stitch Craft Create.  At the Sewing Summit, Vanessa handed out copies of this magazine as part of her photography class.
It's such a beautiful magazine and it is FULL of ideas for Christmas projects - decor, gifts, and all around cuteness.  My girls love pouring over it as well.  Our copy is dog-eared all over the place. 
This velvet ribbon rose is another project from the magazine. I plan to finish it and make it into a Chrismas broach. Did I mention how many projects there are that I want to make?
 Like these felt roses?  So when Stitch Craft Create offered to send magazines to giveaway to my readers, I said, "heck yeah!"  Really - this magazine is so inspiring and full of SO many great ideas. But even if you don't make a single one, you will enjoy it for the eye candy!  So if you'd like a copy leave a comment. Giveaway open until Wednesday, November 30 at midnight (MST). I'll randomly select three commenters so that I can get these out to you asap for that Christmas inspiration.  WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE BOTTOM OF POST. If you can't wait, you can find the Stitch Craft Create on most newstands at craft and bookstores or you can order directly from SCC.
Are you a crazy shopper during the weekend after Thanksgiving? Call me a party pooper, but I tend to avoid the mall/Walmart/etc. like the plague during all the Black Friday sales. Thank goodness for online deals. :)  And since today is Small Business Saturday you can find great quilting deals AND feel good supporting small businesses at some of these online fabric shops:

Fresh Squeezed Fabrics: everything 20% off with the coupon code christmashop20

Burgundy Buttons: great discounts through Monday.

JAQS Fabrics:Everything 10% off with the code JAQSTenOff through Dec 1


Little Fabric Shop: 15% off entire order with code Gobble11 through Monday

Fabric Worm: 10% off orders of $50 or more with code 10off50 - cyber Monday only.

Canton Village Quilt Works: Whole shop 25% off with code CyberMonday25 at checkout - Monday only.

SewObessed: Free shipping on everything through Monday.

Fort Worth Fabric Studios: Everything 10% off through Monday with the code shop2011

There you go. You're welcome.

Congrats WINNERS! I will contact you by email. (Looks like Becky was the lucky name this time.)


 Becky S. said...

That looks like a great magazine! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.


 Amy said...

I want to win one! I went to Vanessa's class, but she had ran out of magazines so I didn't get one. It looks like so much fun! Not that I need any more projects right now :)


Becky said...

I'm not sure I really need more projects to work on. Just kidding! I could always squeeze in a few more :) I almost never shop on Black Friday. One year I did, lived to survive, but have no desire to do that again. I do admire those that brave the crowds and come away from the experience with great bargains.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fall Mini Quilt and Giving Thanks

After putting away the Halloween decorations, my kitchen table was looking really bare.  I decided I "needed" a new fall-ish mini quilt to spice up my bare space.  I've also been inspired by all the mini-quilts growing out there in quilt-cyberspace, thanks to Amylouwho.  I was lucky enough to get one of those Moda mini (2.5") charm packsin the new collection, Late Bloomers by Sandy Gervais in my Sewing Summit swag bag.  Perfect.
I added a few prints from the stash - I wanted a little more orange in there - and voila: a nice, fall mini-quilt/table-topper extraordinaire.  I was originally going to do something fancy, but in the end, I ended up happy with the simplicity of these random 9-patches.  I sashed the blocks with some Essex cotton/linen blend.  I love the texture linen gives and the blend makes it a little easier to work with. (I always get my Essex cotton/linen from Canton Village Quilt Works.)
I did the quilting myself - hence the straight lines - but I really like how it turned out. I'm getting more confident in my quilting skills.  Maybe yet another good reason to make more mini-quilts.  I may even get up the courage to try some free-motion quilting, one of these days.
And there you go.  As many of you know it's the Thanksgiving holiday here in the States.  One of my favorite holidays of the year.  We are having a lot of my family to my house for our Thanksgiving dinner.  My husband is in charge of the Turkey again this year.  Last year he tried Calli's brining method with total success.  (I tried making my first turkey 2 years ago and lets just say it was not a total success.)  With my mom bringing pies and my favorite stuffing, things are looking good for a delicious thanksgiving feast.  A win-win for all.

I love this time of year to contemplate all that I have to be thankful for.  And while I'm here, let me take this opportunity to thank you for visiting this blog and for all the kind comments and encouragement that you leave.  Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Red, Pink & Aqua Fabric Hoops

Finally a finished project. (Thanks for enduring the many pictures of unfinished/works-in-progress over the past couple of weeks.) I was happy to finally hang the fabric hoops for my daughter's room and quite pleased with the final outcome.

There has been a big empty space over the bed for the past two years. I've intended to make a quilt to go there for some time, but haven't got around to it. Just this spring I finally realized I could do more hoops (like the hoops in my sewing room)! Duh - I don't know why that idea took me so long.  And with Sarah Jane's Children at Play fabric collection coming out, it was a no-brainer what fabrics we should include -especially since we already have one of her prints hanging on the wall.
I've shared pictures of my daughter's room and quilt in the past as well as the wonderful vintage curtains (they belonged to Grandma as a little girl!). This summer we added a white Jenny Lind bed that ties things together a bit better. (Keeping-it-Real-full-disclosure: This room does not always look like this.  For this picture I cleared the night stand, kicked shoes out of the way, wiped the wall, and re-made the bed leaving off the 2 purple unicorn stuffed animals, teddy bear, and additional blankets. Only for photographing purposes, then everything went back in its 'proper' place.) Here's how we made the pom-poms above the bed.
This is the pillow I made from Children at Play for Market last Spring. It has since been to a trade show in Belgium and back. It's a very well-traveled pillow - better than me. I hope it got to sample some waffles.
Four of the prints are from Children at Play (pinwheels, parade, dresses and the little girl with the flowers).  [Each of these Children at Play prints can be found at The Quilting Garden. C@ P fabrics also available here, here, and here.] The rest of the fabrics came from my stash and from left over scraps from making the quilt on the bed. All of the florals and damasks are from Tanya Whelan collections a couple of years back except the red floral at the bottom, which is from Lecien's Flower Sugar.
The patch-work-y print is from Lecien's Old New collection. I can't find the selvage from the red toadstools, but it's a Japanese import. (If/When I find it, I will update here.) And Little Red Riding Hood is from Aneela Hoey's next collection, Walk in the Woods. It's pretty darn cute (I got a sneaky-peak!) and should hit stores by spring.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New project + new friends

It's been one of those busy weeks around here. My computer and I have had a bit of an estranged relationship for the past few days. Part of that is due to the fact that I was able to attend part of Pamela's quilt retreat.  Because of a full schedule of family activities, I couldn't attend the whole thing, but it was still very nice to get away for a few hours yesterday and today and just sew.  I brought 3 UFO's (un-finished-objects) thinking I would make great progress toward wrapping those up. But what did I do instead? Start something totally new! (Of course!)  See above.

We were also privy to an Emily Herrick trunk show. (Teaser alert.) I'll share more of those in a separate post. They were awesome. As is her new collection, Hall of Fame. The quilt above is made with fabrics from her first collection, Going Coastal.  I love that line and that quilt!
One of my favorite parts of a quilting retreat is seeing what other people are working on.  So much cute stuff! This is part of a Christmas table-runner made by Maggie. Love it.
Blessed Maggie also donated a little triangle of precious Pez fabric so I could finish one of my UFO's. (See, I did actually pull one of them out and made good progress.) Thank you Maggie!
 This is a row of Dresden wedges being sewn by Ella. So pretty.

And here is the progress on my blocks from the first picture. Coming along nicely. I always love the chance to meet new sew-y friends and to chat while sewing.  Good times. Thank you new friends! And productive too - an added bonus.

And now I'm off to bed. My busy life caught up to me last night - I thought I was going to fall asleep while making dinner. Afterward I took my daughter to her national Honor Society program and once I sat down, I could not keep my eyes open during the enthusiastic speeches about all those important high-achieving characteristics. Fortunately she said, "It's okay Mom, you can take a nap through this part." What a good child. I'm glad to say that I was wide awake during the part where my daughter got her certificate, but if my Leadership and Character qualities are not as good as they should be, you'll know why.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Land of Nod Giveaway

I have been a big fan of the Land of Nod company for years.  I love their style and their products. For me they evoke classic childhood. So when I was asked if we'd like to play with some of their fun toys, we jumped at the chance.
I thought it fitting that we were able to get up close and personal with this adorable Sewing Kit.  That cute little orange suitcase had me at Hello.  
Inside are all the pieces to create 3 cute little felt animals, a drawstring bag and and felt notebook cover, plus reusable notions, floss, etc.  I loved that everything was pre-cut and ready to sew - especially for my short attention-span kids. :)

We also got to play with the Going Loopy Loom, which was another hit.  I love to get my kids involved in hands-on creative projects but they don't always take the bait. (Mainly because it has to be their idea, not mine.) This time these cute and colorful packages of goodies were instantly attractive to them and they dove right in. I love it! Both items would make adorable gifts and jump-start a whole new crafty generation.  You can check out other great gifts in the Gift Guide.
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Also right now, Land of Nod is offering Free Shipping on many of their adorable products -big and small - just in time to help you with Christmas shopping. 

And just to be extra sweet, Land of Nod has a Sewing Kit and Loopy Loom kit to giveaway to one of you dear readers! Leave a comment here to be entered in the giveaway. One entry per person. Giveaway closes Saturday, November 19 at midnight MST.  Woo!    Giveaway CLOSED

Winner:  Dawn W said...
I'm sold on that darling little orange suitcase as well. Love the Land of Nod! Thanks for a great giveaway!


*I was not compensated for this post beyond the two items from Land of Nod

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pioneer Quilts

You've probably figured out by now that I'm a sucker for old quilts. I pretty much love everything about them - the fabrics, the designs, the artistry, and the work that went into them.  I think it's that scrappy,  'make it do' aspect that I love the most.  Creating something beautiful from the limited resources that were available is what inspires me most.
Anyway, I photographed a few that I came across over the summer months and realized that I'd never shared them and decided why not do so today. These first two photos were from the Beehive House in downtown Salt Lake City.
The other quilts come from This Is The Place State Park - kind of a Sturbridge Village type of place, recreating the early settlement of Salt Lake City. My kids love going there and we try to get there at least once each summer.
I like going because the Utah State Quilt Guild has a museum there with lots of antique quilts.  I didn't get to look at everything this time, but I got to snap pictures of a few. (I was the lone adult with 6 kids in tow and stopping to look at old quilts was not high on their priority list.)
I think I would love a red bench like this in my kitchen too.

Also a train ride was involved. Something for everyone = successful outing.