Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Modern Baby - Coming Soon!

A fun little project to share. Martingale has a new arrival this spring: a new book called Modern Baby- a collection of fresh, fun quilts for the new babies in your lives.
And I got to contribute a project toward this happy cause. This quilt is called Crossweave. It's so fun to finally spill the beans! Here's a sneak peak at a few of the other quilts in the book. The adorable cover quilt with the fish and bubbles is by Dana of Old Red Barn Co.
Martingale - Modern Baby
 I love this one called Busy Blocks by Shea Henderson.
Martingale - Modern Baby
Very cool Floating Pyramid by Audrie of Bleu is Blue.
Martingale - Modern Baby
Ombre zig-zags in this one by Melissa of Happy Quilting.
Martingale - Modern Baby
And I love these Tiny Textured Trees by Carolyn Friedlander.

Here's a little more detail from the folks at Martingale: In this amazingly diverse collection, a bevy of talented quilting bloggers present appealing baby-quilt designs for sewists and quilters of all skill levels. Designers include Amy SmartAudrie BidwellCarolyn FriedlanderCarrie Bloomston, Dana BolyardJake FinchJen EskridgeLindsey RhodesMelissa CorryPippa Eccles ArmbresterSarah FlynnShea Henderson, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe.
  • Showcase bright, bold solids and modern fabrics--perfect for stimulating Baby's senses
  • Choose from 14 small quilts that can be easily completed in time for the baby shower
  • Rely on clear instructions and illustrations for each inviting design

I feel truly honored to be in such company. Modern Babyis due for delivery at the beginning of April. I'm sure there will be more to share when it arrives. Yay!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sew Deerly Loved - a giveaway


Just in time to spice up your Monday, a sweet giveaway from sponsor, Sew Deerly Loved.
THE SIMPLE LIFE by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake, 1/2 Yard Bundle of 18
Sew Deerly Loved is an Etsy shop run by the very talented Kerri Horsely. Kerri specializes in carrying beautiful florals and vintage inspired prints. A great selection of Japanese imports from Kokka and Lecien as well as manufacturers such as Moda, Riley Blake and Lakehouse.
Kerri also writes a beautiful blog called Lovely Little Handmades where she shares her own sewing adventures using many of the fabrics from her shop.

I love the tutorial for this beautiful patchwork star quilt.

I'm also in love with this little double hexagon project. There is a tutorial for this as well!

Today, Kerri is giving away a fat quarter bundle from the brand new Lecien collection, Hill Farm, to one of you!

To enter, please visit Sew Deerly Loved and come back and tell me something that you love in the shop.  Giveaway open until Thursday, January 31, 2013 at midnight MST. Be sure there is a way I can contact you if you are the winner! GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Winner: Messy Mouse said...


the princess rose fabrics are absolutely lovely!
thanks for the give-away.

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Thank you so much for the support of the sponsors of this blog. I know from working in a fabric shop  that they are often run by people with a passion for fabric, not because they're in it to get rich. I'm so grateful for all they do to support our hobby, as well as support this blog and make it possible for me to justify the many hours spent here. Thank you!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Fabric pretties + snowflakes

We have had a grey, blah, foggy, smoggy, icy winter in these here parts. Cruddiest winter I can remember. I feel like I've relocated to the Planet Hoth. So I'm looking for any kind of color and sunshine I can get my hands on. Even if it comes in fabric form. (Or should I say especially if it comes in fabric form? wink, wink)
This happy bundle, totally fits the bill, don't you think? I've been such a fan of Lizzy House's Pearl Bracelet design ever since the first teal piece I bought a couple of years ago. And to know it was being printed in every color of the rainbow?? Dreamy. I got this fat quarter bundle from Westwood Acres. So pretty. And cheerful! I know I'm going to need a few of those colors in bigger pieces of yardage before it's all gone.
Another recent acquisition from Westwood Acres is this fat quarter bundle of Allison Glass's Bike Path print in her Lucky Penny collection. Such pretty colors and a great blender fabric. I'm getting up the courage to actually open the bundle.
One more recent fabric favorite: Stamped by Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka. I don't know what it is that I love so much about this line - between the bright, primary colors (totally me) and the simple graphic design on the linen fabric - but it just calls my name.  I couldn't resist getting some. I think it was Anna's bag that first made me fall in love. I may have to shamelessly copy pay homage to that bag. Stamped is available from Pink Castle FabricsDry Goods Designs, and Sew Mama Sew.
For as much as I dislike winter - especially this one - there are some perks. My favorite one being the fact that it's great stay-inside-and-sew weather. No yard guilt. I don't want to leave my house at all, so I am sewing up a storm.
Another perk, is occaisional pretty/coolness like these giant snowflake/crystals that covered everything last Friday. I grabbed my camera and tried, with mostly mediocre results, to capture some of the magic. But I got lucky with a few shots. Here's a little sample of the big, perfect snowflakes that covered everything!
Hope you're staying snuggly warm (if you're in the Norther Hemisphere that is) and finding your own silver-lining to this blah time of year.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Support your local quilt shop + a trunk show

Did you know that tomorrow, January 24, is Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day? It is. You can even tell your loved ones, who for some strange reason, may think you already have too much fabric, patterns,buttons, etc. I know that you were probably planning to scrub the grout between the tiles in your shower or sort your socks, but you really must set aside those distractions and do your civic duty and stimulate this fragile economy.
So in honor of SYLQSD I thought I'd share a weekend adventure from one of my own Local Quilt Shops (LQS). I'm pretty lucky- I have a great selection of LQS's within a pleasant distance from my house. One of them is called Broadbents and it's in an old 'department' store that was originally built in 1882 in Lehi, Utah. 
It's gradually been added on to over the years, and now part of it contains a great quilt shop. There is a lot of personality in that store. Not to mention a cool vintage sign outside.
I was invited to come share some of my quilts and my own quilting journey on Saturday morning at a meeting of the Utah County Modern Quilt Guild. First of all, some beautiful show and tell. Lots of projects from a recent half-square triangle challenge. I'm so in love with using that coral color as a contrasting solid!
 Love the placement on this one.
 Another way cool layout.
 This one by Anna is from a Moda Bake Shop tutorial.
Loving the HST's with the charcoal gray too.
This monogram was made entirely of scraps by Jill. (The person in the background with the camera was there representing a local newspaper. I haven't seen the article yet. But I'm curious to see what comes of it and if she thought we were total weirdos.)
Then it was my turn to share a little about my quilts, my quilting philosophy and my quilt journey. (While the photographer is getting a great shot of my armpit.)
My friend Sydney took these pictures for me. I learned a lot about myself as I looked at them. Like apparently, I talk with my hands. Well, I knew that already, but now here's photographic proof. This quilt is inspiring my "jazz hands" look.
 And I make a lot of weird faces when I talk. 
Finally, me showing off my air-guitar skills with a table runner. 
(Not really.)

Thanks again Utah County MQG for inviting me to come hang out! So many fun people to visit with. Thanks to all those who came and for all the pretty inspiration. I really need to go back.

Now, don't be a party pooper tomorrow! Go support your Local Quilt Shop. Guilt free. ;)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Vintage Pyrex and fabric inspiration

It's been a while since I've done a Pyrex post. So I figured it was time for an update.
Over the past months I've picked up a couple of little pieces here and there. I'm getting choosy about what I pick up now. I've got enough that I like and actually use but every once in a while I see a color or pattern that I've been keeping and eye out for. Like this cute little green Spring Blossom mixing bowl.
Another find: the smallest yellow mixing bowl. I love this size. I have a bowl this size in the wheat pattern and I use it almost every morning to mix eggs. Now I can switch back and for between the two. Talk about shaking up that routine and livening up my day. Doesn't get much more exciting than that, right? 
This is my first wee"fridgie" box with a lid. It's so cute. It doesn't have a designated purpose yet (like I would actually put it in my fridge where some careless child person could possibly drop it), but I'm looking for just the right thing. Suggestions welcome. Did I mention that it's just so cute?
This little vintage pitcher is not made by pyrex, but it's the same tomato red as the fridgie above. It does not have any marking or maker on the bottom, so I have no idea of it's history. But it's also on the very cute side.
And this one is my new favorite. I've been on the lookout for a pink Gooseberry piece and was so excited to find this one. It's the smallest casserole. minus the lid, but I love it. Pink pyrex is so pretty.
Finally, while we're on the subject, have you seen the pyrex prints in Melody Miller's new Ruby Star Sparkle collections? This print perfectly captures those classic pyrex shapes tne designs. I could not pass them up! Ruby Star Sparkle is available from Fabricworm, Dry Goods Design, and Sew Mama Sew
Another great print from Ruby Star Sparkle are these awesome retro phones. I can't wait to fussy-cut and play with these phones. Seeing olive green and turquoise together will always remind me of my Grandma's house. She still has a bathroom with wall paper in those colors that has been there longer than I've been alive. I guarantee you it is now the height of retro-chic! I totally need to scan it and turn it into fabric.
A sneak peak of one more fabric collection inspired by retro kitchenware of the 1950's and 1960's, Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker. I've been so excited to see them in person and they don't disappoint.  I'm playing with them in preparation for my next Fat Quarter Gang project/tutorial.
I'm trying to figure out what it is that makes me love vintage pyrex pieces. I mean, there's always the bandwagon aspect - they're popular for a reason. I love their shapes and their colors and the fact that they're so functional and I actually use them. (Can you tell I'm trying desperately to prove that I don't belong on Hoarders?)

If you're interested in learning more about Pyrex and patterns, visit the blog Pyrex Love. I just like perusing it for the heck of it sometimes.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Giveaway from Bloomerie Fabrics



Bloomerie Fabrics
Today I would like to introduce you to a new sponsor, Bloomerie Fabrics. 
Cool Spring Fat Quarter Bundle
Bloomerie is a wonderful online shop specializing in modern designer fabrics (including brand new Type), a handpicked selection of quilt and sewing patterns (which are on sale at the moment!), books, notions (including those cool Wonder Clips!), magazines and embroidery supplies.
Berry Marmalade - Fat Quarter Bundle
Bloomerie also specializes in putting together their own, in-house coordinated fabric bundles.

And today Bloomerie has not one, but two generous giveaways to you kind readers.

First: a $30 e-gift certificate (open to anyone)

Second: magazines... the following issues: Stitch Spring 2013, Stitch Winter 2012, Stitch Autumn 2012 and Haute Handbags Autumn 2012 (open to US only)

To enter to win one of these prizes, visit Bloomerie and come back here and tell me something you'd buy with that gift certificate if you were to win. Giveaway open until Monday, January 21 at midnight, MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Winners: paulette said...


I would definitely order some Bella solids for a quilt that I am planning...that Venus stole my heart!! thanks for the chance!

Carol D. said...
I would definitely buy the Berry Marmalade collection.
You can also stay connected with Bloomerie by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Flickr.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Pattern + New Quilt: Square Knots

 
This is a quilt I've been so excited to share. I made the quilt this past fall, but I can finally show it off. It's called Square Knots.
And the reason I can finally share, is that this quilt is in the Spring 2013 issue of Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts magazine! This is my first quilt in a real magazine and it makes me a little giddy seeing it there. This issue has lots of great projects including beautiful quilts by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced and Pat Sloan.
This quilt was made using the Set Sail collection by Birch Fabrics with a blue Essex cotton/linen blend as the background. I love how the linen gives the quilt some texture and the color is perfect for setting off those nautical prints. The quilting was done by my friend, Monica Steelman. The finished quilt is 42" x 54".

My favorite of the prints in Set Sail is the cheater squares print on the back. I'm also partial to the Sea Urchins. And right now, the whole Set Sail collection is on sale at Fabricworm. Looking at this makes me in the mood for summer. 
Kits for this quilt are available from Fabric Worm. You can check out the other quilts in the Easy Quilts Spring 2013 issue here, or find in on your favorite local newsstand.