Patchwork Pumpkin

I was recently digging through my sewing wasteland closet in search of batting scraps when I found this little patchwork pumpkin that I had pieced probably 7 or 8 years ago. And I suddenly felt like rescuing it. (I’m sure it helped that it was a Halloween-y time of year when I found it.  I probably would have thrown it back in the pile if I’d found it in January or something.)

And voila – new life for a little patchwork pumpkin – now a throw pillow.  I was so in the mood to just do something with it that I may or may not have resorted to quilting with navy blue thread when I realized I was out of black. But that’s between you and me.

I also made a very quick Harry Potter robe last night using some inexpensive rayon knit and the same method as the Jedi robes last year.  Two seams and it was done. I didn’t even stop to think about hemming any of it. You’d think that because I enjoy sewing so much, I’d love putting Halloween costumes together. But no.  I even swallowed all pride and allowed to provide the Ninja costume this year. Worth every penny.

But I still need to scrounge up a witches hat and a Miss America costume. I swore I’d have everything ready before I went out of town, and here I am the eve of Halloween…ugh. Then I need to try to remember where I hid the candy from the kids before we went out of town.

But in the mean time my pillow looks happy on the couch next to my favorite Halloween quilt.

On a much more important and serious note, sending love and prayers to all those affected by hurricane Sandy.  It’s surreal to see the images coming out of New York. Blessings and godspeed to all those involved in the recovery efforts!

I’ve been on an adventure

Just checking in briefly. I don’t like to publicize the fact that I’ll be gone for a few days (not at home to protect my children and fabric stash), so thanks to the magic of pre-scheduled posts all appeared to be ‘same-old-same-old’ around here. But I’ve been away on an adventure.
My husband had business travel that took him to Geneva, Switzerland this past week and I got to tag a long! Since our flight connections just happened to be in Paris, we thought it would be a decent place to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary for a couple of days in the process. And it turned out we were right. We got home this afternoon and I’m already starting to pinch myself wondering if it was all a just a dream – a whirlwind of Renaissance painters and flying buttresses and people speaking French.
Maybe I’m in a crepe-induced coma. Or it could just be the crazy jet lag.  
So I’ll share more once I’ve had some time to process the memories and pictures and conquer the mountain of laundry that lies before me.

Giveaway from Green Fairy Quilts

I’m excited today to share an incredibly generous giveaway from sponsor, Green Fairy Quilts.

Green Fairy Quilts  is owned by the incredibly talented Judi and her supportive husband. They specialize in Moda and Riley Blake precuts: Fat Quarter BundlesJelly RollsCharm PacksLayer Cakes, etc. They always have the newest collections at great prices and frequent sales mean the prices get even better. They also have the option to pre-order up-coming collections months ahead to guarantee a new favorite arriving asap.

Today Judi is giving away a FQ bundle of one of Moda’s new collection Kissing Booth by Basic Grey – a collection of 29 fat quarters that retails for $98.00.
To enter to win, visit Green Fairy Quilts and sign-up for their newsletter (top left-hand corner of their home page) and leave a comment on this post telling me that you’ve done so. This is a great way to be notified of all their amazing future sales and specials.
For a second entry, follow Judi’s blog, Green Fairy Quilts and witness her crazy quilting talents. 
And for a third entry visit Green Fairy Quilts pre-purchase page and pick out your favorite upcoming collection, and come back here and leave a separate comment sharing the one you’d choose.
Giveaway open until Sunday, October 28 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.
WINNER:  Beth said…
I didn’t know they were coming out with Nancy Drew fabric! But the one I’m looking forward to is Noteworthy.
And thank you, readers, so much for your support of these sponsor profiles and giveaways. Having worked in a fabric shop, I know that it’s a lot of work and not a huge financial windfall – they’re typically run by people who have a passion for fabric and sewing and not because they’re in it to get rich.  I’m so happy to support them by spreading the word about who they are and what they carry – each one has it’s own personality and specialties.  In return, I am so grateful for the support they give to this blog and making it possible for me to justify the many hours spent sharing here. :)

Blooma Quilt

I’ve been creating a quilt for the Blend Fabrics booth at Quilt Market. So even though I won’t be at Quilt Market this week, I will have a quilt there to represent.

This quilt is made from Jessica Swift’s latest collection called Blooma. The collection is full of saturated greens, pinks, golds and grays.  I especially like the giant zinnias. If you’re going to be at Market, you can see this quilt in the Blend booth 756-762.

 A pattern is in the works for this quilt, but I’ll give a little preview here.
Blooma fabrics will be available in November.

New Blocks + New Fabric

I’ve been finishing a few blocks that I started at the Sewing Summit. This block was from Elizabeth and Lee’s paper-piecing class.  I’ve done some foundation paper-piecing in the past, but it was really good to have a refresher. You can find the tutorial and pattern for this block here.

Another block using partial seams taught by Faith. Wow – pretty slick. This will probably become a throw pillow of sorts. The colors are my happy colors – rainbow brights. Most of them came from my stash drawers, but I pulled a few from some new FQ’s.

I love a good royal blue, but usually have a really hard time finding them. I found a couple of good ones in Dear Stella’s Maasai Mara collection. The same prints are also available in some good, warm grays and neutrals. I used one of them in the block at the top. (Both colorways are available from Fat Quarter Shop.)

In other recent fabric acquisitions a few new pieces of Sarah Jane’s Out to Sea collection. I love the nautical blues (dot is from Children at Play) and couldn’t pass up the cute little Narwhals. Out to Sea is available here, here and here.
Finally, a piece of yardage that I found at a local quilt shop this week that I could not pass up because it was calling my name.  Loudly. It’s a Japanese import, so it was a bit pricey, but I still bought a yard. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but who really cares. It’s the perfect combination of two of my favorite things: Japanese kitschy design and London! The Union Jack umbrella, the postage stamp with the queen, the tube sign, post box, double-decker bus… the cuteness never ends. It’s printed by Cosmo Textiles of Japan.  I searched online to find a link to share, but wasn’t successful. Sorry to sorely tempt you with no help for relief.
There have been a lot of fantastic British-themed prints this past year. I’ve been collecting a bunch to make a London quilt (to go with my Union Jack quilt), but it’s not very high-up on the priority list right now, so it will probably happen in the future. I like to think that I sparked the UK-themed resurgence this year, but it probably had something to do with the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics too.

Finally a couple of quilts that are almost finished.  They went off to the quilters this week. I love the color combo on these ones – I can say that without bragging because I didn’t pick the colors myself. They’re for a friend’s baby nursery. So stay tuned. Lots of sewing in the works here. But I need to set some of it aside to make black Harry Potter robes for Halloween. (sigh) I much prefer working with the pretty colors.

Giveaway from The Little Fabric Shop

I’m excited to share a giveaway today from The Little Fabric Shop, one of the adorable shops that sponsors this blog. The Little Fabric Shop has a fabulous selection of fabric, patterns and trims for all your sewing and crafting needs. 

Right now they also have in a sweet selection of Halloween and Christmas prints. 

The Little Fabric shop has some of my very favorite collections from all the big manufacturers:  Michael Miller, Riley Blake Designs, Moda, Robert Kaufman, Alexander Henry, Dear Stella Designs, Andover, Art Gallery, Timeless Treasures, and MORE. Such a well chosen selection and her site is so easy to navigate.

Gift Certificates are also available if you’re looking for the perfect gift for one of your quilty friends. 

The shop is run by Angie who also has a great blog full of free sewing tutorials for a variety of items including project for baby and holidays.  One of her recent tutorials is for this cute Halloween Chevron Quilt– she makes the process so simple!
This week Angie is giving away a $25 gift certificate to The Little Fabric Shop – who couldn’t use that?  Take a quick peak at the Shop and come leave a comment here telling me your favorite collection or that you signed up for their newsletter or both. Leave a separate comment for each. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.
 Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said…
What great fabrics. It’s a toss up for me between the sweetest thing and puppy park.

You can also keep up with the latest at The Little Fabric Shop by following them on Facebook.