Monday, August 4, 2014

A Mini-Vacation from Sewing

I have been keeping up with my hexie bee blocks and my Lucy Boston Blocks but not much else is happening.  I did get part of a charity quilt top made and went to a shop hope.  My husband and I have ventured into vintage film cameras and have been having fun buying cheap cameras and seeing what kind of pictures we can get.  This all got started by a trip to our local antique store to look for some end tables.  We got end tables, a wood veneer file cabinet and three vintage cameras.  Who knew where that would lead.

Here is a little pictorial tour of the last six weeks.

First off the blog hop:

I got some cute fabric and some patterns and notecards.

I won a couple things:

1st was my prize for the H2H challenge

And in the same thread mode, I won a large collection of Aurifil thread for making the most charity blocks for our AMQG last year.  Yummy colors.

I got my May, June and July Lucy Boston blocks completed.

Finally, I scored some Michael Miller Cotton Couture in pastels at the Fat Quarter Shop flash sale.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

H2H Challenge

This post should be titled "The Joys of Moving" My husband got a promotion to another city which is about 1.5 hours away from Austin.  We took the plunge and moved south so that it is about an equal commute time-wise for both of us.  Between packing and moving not much sewing was done.  I got my quilts pin-basted and my Batik Jewels quilted last weekend when I finished uppacking.  I got the binding done today.  I did some straight line quilting and machine bound it to save time.  The machine binding went well.  This time I used Clover clips and some glue. 

My other quilt for Happy Chemo is a work in progress.  I have it half quilted.  This quilt is from some Moda weaves that I got several years ago and decided to use.  I love the yellow and blue combo. I should have this baby done by tomorrow so I can send both quilts off on Monday.  P.S. This is the new-to-me Juki Exceed 600 that is making my life so much easier.  It is so much fun to quilt on this machine with the bigger throat.  I am almost enjoying the quilting process.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

Today is the day for big giveaways.

My reason for starting to collect Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric is that I decided that I was going to make a pink hexagon quilt out of all Liberty of London Tana Lawn pink fabric.  I have a good start to it with about 500 1" hexagons basted.

Once I started buying Liberty of London Tana Lawn Fabric I could not stop.  I found a couple of sources on Etsy and where I could get some good bargains. I also paid full price for some of the fabric that struck my fancy.  I am a classics kind of gal.  So in the interest of sharing some of my pricing good fortune I am giving away two half yards of Liberty of London Tana Lawn both in a blue color way.  They are 52" wide so that gives you more than your average 1/2 yard.

Here they are up close and personal.  The names of the fabrics are Bourton Blue/Multi and Mark in Eggshell/Light Blue/Light Green.

I am using Rafflecopter to pick my winners.  You can use your email to check in if you prefer not to use Facebook.  I will ship internationally.

The giveaway ends next Monday at noon.  I will have Rafflecopter pick a winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, May 9, 2014

More Half Inch Hexies

Who knew when I started this hexie journey a little over a year ago that I would be basting a whole bunch of 1/2" pink tana lawn hexies.  I still had cut off's from my 1" die cutting adventure.  Had to use every last little scrap.  Here are about 200 of them.  I still have about 100 to go.  Good way to occupy my 15 minute breaks at work. I do not have a plan for them at this moment but was thinking more in the pincushion/mug rug direction rather than a whole quilt.

I did get my "Gemini" Villa Rosa together.  I used some 2.5" strips I got a couple of years ago on ebay.  They look like they might be Red Rooster fabric.  My oldest was here from Baltimore about a month ago and saw these blocks on the design wall.  He decided the quilt would look great on his family room couch.  Who was I to argue.  

I got my April block done for Jan.  She wanted Shabby Chic.  This was about all I had that screamed Shabby Chic.  I love all the bouquets of roses. I hope she likes green.

I went to an open house at the Quilt Haus a little south of Austin in New Braunfels.  They are starting a new modern quilt guild.  Since I am moving in two weeks just south of Austin it seemed like a good fit.  Hopefully they will get it started up soon.  My husband got a promotion but the job is in San Antonio which is about 1.5 hours south of Austin.  I still work in Austin.  We are moving somewhere almost in the middle until I can find a good job in San Antonio.  I have the sewing room almost packed except for the fixings for some block swap blocks.  I have been trying to do a little at a time.  Not looking forward to the move.  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

March Blocks Finished

I finished up my Lucy Boston March block for Rundu.  She wanted orange and gray.

I got my other block swap done and sent off also.

This is my part of my pile of trimmings from my Liberty of London tana lawn hexagons I cut with my Accu-Quilt die.  These were too small to cut 1" or 3/4" inch hexies from.  With fabric that is $36.00 per yard I decided I was not going to waste these small trimmings.  I got some 1/2" hexie paper templates from Paperpieces and I went to town.  I got over 125 hexagons pinned and ready to baste.  

Jan of SewandFarm had a great idea for when you are pinning fabric on to the card stock.  She uses 1/2" appliqué pins.  I got some last weekend and boy do they work well for the 1/2" hexagons.  Thanks Jan.  

My oldest was in town this weekend from Baltimore.  Today we went to see Captain America on the IMAX screen.  I am not normally a fan of 3D but this movie was made for it.  Who doesn't love a good action movie.  Afterwards we went to my husband and my favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner.  It was a fun day.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Get Your Hex On Round Two

Sign up for the Get Your Hex On Round Two and you will be in the pool to win six sets of six Liberty of London tana lawn hexagons ready to sew.  I cut them out using the Paper Pieces 1" finished hexagon template which gives you a nice 3/8" seam allowance

Elita and I are the Get Your Hex On Moderators this time around.  We are planning for a six month bee with two blocks per month.  June will be the first month of the bee.

Those of you who were not in the bee last time please feel free to check out the Sign-Up sheet below and see if you would like to join us.

There is an option on the sign-up sheet for your bee mates to be Europe only, North American only, or you have no preference.  I know postage from Europe to the U.S. and Canada has skyrocketed.  This would be a way to keep postage down.

Sign-Up Sheet

Hope you will join us for some more hexie fun.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Purple Rain

I finally finished up the binding on my Pantone Radiant Orchid Quilt that I am lovingly calling "The Purple Rain." I used the custom dyed fabric from Vickie Welsh for some of my raindrops, the binding and the back.  I used Superior King Tut variegated thread for the rain.  If I do something like this again the rain quilting will go on first and the raindrops will be appliquéd on afterward.  Starting and stopping the quilting for each raindrop was kind of a pain.  The quilt is 20" X 23".

I loved making this quilt.  The appliqué and the quilting were new techniques.

The Purple Rain

The third raindrop on the left on the top is from the sample fabric I ordered that is the official "Radiant Orchid".

I have some radiant orchids of my own just starting to bloom.