Thursday, October 31, 2013

Start of my Lucy Boston Block

I cut into the French Dress fabric I just got in the mail today.  I want to use this for my center four honeycombs.  I had a little lesson in fussy cutting.  Notice the difference in the two blocks.  It is harder than it looks to get the center aligned. I am picking the rest of my colorway on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Grandmother's Garden Wall Hanging

I am in the process of completing the center of my wall hanging.  I still have to sew the outer ring hexies together.  I also got my October Get Your Hex On blocks done. The Queen is calling these starflakes.  They will go together in a Christmas tree skirt.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Winner of the Traveling Stash

I had lots of lookers but not so many commenters for the traveling stash.  I happen to think it had an awesome assortment of fabric.  Hopefully which ever one of the two of you wins thinks so too.

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And the winner is.....Shanna.  I will send you email in order to get your address.  Looks like you just had a box.  You are a gluten for punishment.

I just went to a lecture by Jacquie Gehring at our Austin Modern Quilt Guild Meeting.  Awesome.  She is a great lecturer and her quilts are amazing.  I have started taking her Craftsy class and now I am really getting excited.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Barn Raising Quilt

I got my barn-raising quilt pieced a while ago but have not gotten around to posting.  It turned out great.  I got the Kaffe fabric in a kit from Remnants Fiber Culture.   She had the same quilt hanging in her shop.  I have not gotten around to getting my backing sewn yet.  I will probably do a lot of quilting after the first of the year.  I need to buy more backing fabric and another roll of batting on sale.

I think I reversed a few of the lights and darks that were mediums. I still like the final result though.

I have been listening to Sirius radio and basting hexies today.  My October blocks are due for my Get Your Hex On bee.  It is very relaxing.  I have all the basting done.  Next step putting them together.  I will get to that tomorrow.  I also have to do my October Block Swap Adventure block.  I am running a little behind.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Grandmother's Garden Wall Hanging

September was my month to be Queen Bee for Get Your Hex On.  My husband picked out a Grandmother's Garden wall hanging in 30's reproduction fabrics that he wanted me to make for him.  I had four mini charm packs of 30's reproduction fabric from Moda and then supplemented it with an orange print and a yellow solid for the block centers.

I have all but one block back from my fabulous Hive #3 group.

I hope to get started on putting it together when I am at my son's wedding in November.  Hopefully by then I will have my last flower block.  I have all the connecting pieces.   I still need to get my October blocks pieced.  I hope to have them done this weekend.  

I also joined another hexie group on Flickr called I Love Lucy.  We are sewing together Lucy Boston blocks.  I am up first so I have to pick out a colorway for my fellow English Paper Piecers.  

Monday, October 21, 2013

Traveling Stash #2

I was the lucky recipient of another traveling stash.  This one had fabric that was more my style.  Also, it had some Tula Pink Flutterby 1/2 yards in it.  How great is that.

Here is the original contents of the box:

See the lovely Flutterby in the left corner

Some nice Honeybuns and some mini-charms


This is what I took out.

I love the Innocent Crush voile, Ty Pennington Impressions, Flutterby, etc.  Yeah.

This is what I replaced it with:

Top row has three Art Gallery Girly Girl fabrics, Amy Butler Love, and two Flight Patterns 1/2 yards (all good for bags)
Second Row has thread 
Third Row has blue mirror ball fq (not pictured) , Timeless Treasure 1/2 yard, quarter yard of orange and blue fabric, a fat eighth of original Flea Market Fancy from my stash and two Shades of Blue charm packs

I will pick a winner next Monday.  They are lots of fun to go through and pick up goodies.  

Here are the rules for the traveling stash:  

Rules and Guidelines 

  • Be an active blogger -- post about receiving the box and the giveaway in a timely manner 
  • Update the travel log in the box to let others know where the box has been.
  • There is a list of rules and guidelines in the box -- be sure to follow these to keep the box full of quality items and the experience positive for everyone. 
  • You may take any items from the box just be sure that you are replacing them with quality and comparable items. (Guidelines for fabric below) 
  • Ship box to the next person timely -- and communicate tracking information with recipient.
  • Shipping is within the US only  

Fabric and other item Guidelines 

  • Fabric should be quilt shop quality and in new condition. Do not include items smaller than a fat quarter unless it falls into one of the other categories and these should be packaged together. 
    • Jelly Roll -- 2.5 inch strips (typically 40 strips per set)
    • Honey Buns -- 1.5 inch strips (typically 40 strips per set) 
    • Desert Roll -- 10 strips 5 inches wide cut the length of the fabric 
    • Turnovers -- 80 (6 inch) triangles
    • Candy Squares  -- 2.5 inch squares (typically 45 squares per set) 
    • Charms -- 5 inch squares (typically 40 squares per set)
    • Layer Cake -- 10 inch squares (typically 40 squares per set)
  • Patterns / Books should be in new or nearly new condition and should be kept to a minimum as this adds bulk and weight. 
  • Other items should be new or gently used condition and should be packaged as necessary to ensure that all parts remain together. 

Important Things to Remember

  • Please ensure that items in the box are quality. If items in the box are poor quality they should be removed. Items that are being removed can be offered for optional inclusion to the next recipient. Poor quality items can be discarded but this should be done with digression. 
  • Only include items that you would be proud to own -- this is not a dumping ground for outdated or worn items
  • Items should be free of smoke, odors  and pet hair 
  • You must replace all items that you take with items of equal value and replacing with more than you take is welcome. 

How to Save Money when Shipping 

  • You can purchase postage online from USPS at a discounted rate
  • When you purchase online delivery confirmation is included
  • You can schedule pickup from your home or office -- so no waiting in line at the post office. 

I also finally finished my stack of charity blocks for the Austin Modern Quilt Guild.

Monday, October 7, 2013

City Sampler 1-14

I caught up on a few of my blocks a couple of weeks ago.  Here are the first 14 blocks in the Tula Pink City Sampler book.  I am sticking to my yellow, black and white color scheme.  So far so good.  They are enjoyable especially when I starch the heck out of them.  Those one inch wide strips get me every time.  Ignore the thread ridden design wall.  Not only blocks stick to that flannel.