Make It Work Halloween

Aaaand….we did it. Somehow I pulled off Halloween by the skin of my teeth. We finally bought pumpkins and started figuring out Halloween costumes on Monday. The pumpkins never got carved, we only used stuff we had on hand (except the football pants we borrowed from a neighbor), and duct tape was involved. Fortunately we had a killer Glinda costume on hand from the school play last spring, so we milked that option and threw together a quick Elphaba costume to go with it.

It was definitely a Make It Work Halloween. I think Tim Gunn would be proud.

Virtual Quilting Bee quilt assembly on the blog tomorrow. But it will probably be later in the day as I still have some prep to do for the post. A Halloween parade and two class parties today took precedence today.

Classic Modern Quilts giveaway from Marmalade Fabrics

Modern fabric for quilters & artists
Have you visited Marmalade Fabrics? Marmalade Fabrics is an online quilting shop specializing in modern fabrics including building blocks such as Kona Solids, Sketch basics, and Essex Linen as well as new collections such as Florence from Denyse Schmidt (I love this one).  
There are also some great collections on sale right now including Anna Maria Horner’s Hand Drawn Garden, Carnaby Street, Glimma, and Mirror Ball dots.

One of the specialties of Marmalade Fabrics are their fabric bundles, specifically their monthly Around the Color Wheel bundles.  Each month there is a different color and two bundles per color, one solid and one prints. For example, this month the color is Aqua (or turquoise.) Bundles are available in fat quarters or half yards. You can buy a bundle on it’s own, or if you’re looking to build your stash, there’s a subscription where each new bundle will automatically be shipped at the beginning of each month. If you missed a bundle from past colors, some are still available in the shop.
I’m so excited because today Marmalade Fabrics is giving away a copy of Classic Modern Quilts and a bundle of 8 assorted red fat quarters to make my Modern Red Cross quilt from the Classic Modern Book to one of you! (Thank you so much, by the way, for all of the love and kind comments for that quilt.)

If you’d like to be entered to win, take a quick trip to Marmalade Fabrics, come back and tell me something you love in a comment below. One comment per person. Giveaway closes Friday, Nov 1 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED Be sure there is a way I can contact you if you are the winner.

I love that shop! I have joined Tammy for her trip around the colour wheel, but I have to say, her linens get me every time. Thanks for the chance to win.

Thanks so much to Marmalade Fabrics for the fun You can also keep up on the latest happenings, sales, etc. at Marmalade Fabrics through owner Tammy’s blogFacebook, and Twitter.

Modern Red Cross Quilt

I’m so excited to finally share a quilt that I worked on last summer. I’m calling it Modern Red Cross (because I’m so gifted at coming up with creative names). This is my modern interpretation inspired by a traditional Red Cross block created during World War 2. 
This quilt is one of the quilts featured in a brand new book from Kansas City Star called Classic Modern Quilts. All of the projects in the book are modern quilt patterns inspired by very traditional quilt blocks. All of the contributors also discuss their thoughts on modern quilting. You can read some of my thoughts on KCS’s My Stars blog as well as meet some of the other authors and learn more about the book.
My copy of the book arrived just this week! I was so excited to finally see the other projects in the book. I’ll be sharing more about this book in a few weeks. But if you want to come back on Monday, there will be a fun giveaway with a copy of the book and a bundle of reds to make your own!
This quilt was quilted by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting. I wanted a simple square-stipple to coordinate with the right angles of the quilt design.

I took a bunch of pictures of this ‘on location’ in an orchard but the clothes-line wasn’t high enough to hang the whole quilt. Fortunately my husband snapped this picture when I was showing it to my sisters, that shows the whole thing. Look at how inspired and reverent I’m being.

I also found this picture on my phone from when I was binding it. And that is proof that I put actual blood, sweat (but no tears) into this quilt. Good thing the red is kind of camouflaged in the plaid. 

This is one of my favorite quilts of the year so far. I’m so excited to finally get to show it off – especially just in time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival!


Scenic Road Trip Binding

There has been a lot going on behind the scenes around here. I’ve had the chance work with some new fabric collections that will be debuting this week at Quilt Market. I got to do some stunt-double sewing for Vanessa Christenson using her new collection Simply Happy Color. Since they are not mine to share, the full reveal will come after Vanessa has shown them off. 
I did some of the cutting for these quilts but the piecing and quilting was done by my friend Erika, and then she handed them off to me to hand-bind. I actually love binding (it’s one of the only times I let myself just sit and watch TV) and I took some of them with me to work on during our car ride during fall break.

Speaking of car rides, here’s where we went! I just have to share a few pictures from our Fall Break vacation because I think the scenery is pretty unique and pretty spectacular. We went to a place called Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s here in the state of Utah – about 3 1/2 hours from our house and one of my favorite places.

We visited for the first time on our way home from Zion Nation Park a couple of years ago. (That was also the trip where my husband held a quilt on a precipice, of his own free will and choice.) We only had a short time and were so impressed with Bryce, we decided we needed to plan a trip back where we could spend more time.
Thanks (No thanks!) to the government shutdown, it almost didn’t happen since the National Parks were closed. Fortunately the Governor of Utah brokered a deal with the Feds to let the State run the National Parks and we were still able to visit. (Thank you Governor Herbert.)
Yes, that is real. Come visit sometime!