November 15, 2012

Winner, Winner

Woohoo! Thanks to Rachel at P.S. I Quilt and Fat Quarter Shop, I just won this fantastic Amy Butler Spots fat quarter bundle with 30 fat quarters!  I don't think I've ever bought a full bundle of anything before - the possibilities are just endless with these great colors. 

I think this might be the fabric I hold on to and use when it's my turn to host at Color Bee Shocked.

I love it when a plan comes together :)

November 13, 2012

WIP Wednesday - The Crazy Hexie Lady

Do you ever get giddy while making a quilt and with each block, you just get more and more excited about how it's going to turn out?  That's me with this quilt.  I'm becoming the "Crazy Hexie Lady" -  I'm only on block 3 of 16 but I have been working on this quilt for about 2 months because I had to make the 112 hexagons by hand and then sew them into 16 rosettes.  Now that I've done this many, I am even more in awe of people who do a whole grandmother's garden with thousands of those little buggers :)  I'm sure many of you have done this before but I've never stitched anything by hand, so this was a big deal for me to go outside my comfort zone and try this :)

Maybe I'm excited because it is getting me motivated for the holidays.  I love that you can find a cup of hot cocoa, elves, snowmen, gingerbread men, and wrapped presents all in this quilt.  I sure hope I can get this finished before the holidays.  The kids are already jockeying for "ownership" of this one.

The setting blocks are four individual quadrant blocks string pieced on a foundation which makes for nice, square blocks every time.  I like having everything line up nice and tidy for once!

Hexagon WIP

It's been several weeks for me, but I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced today for WIP Wednesday.  Head on over there and check out what our fellow quilty friends are up to today. 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Have a great day - go sew something amazing!


November 11, 2012

Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop

Plum and June

I am so thankful that I was able to get a spot on the last week of Plum and June's Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop.  Welcome! Sit back and stay a while.  In the next few minutes, I'll answer a few questions and tell you about some of my latest quilts and tutorials.

A Little About Me

How long have you been quilting?  I have been officially quilting for about 3 1/2 years now.  It all started with taking a baby quilt class at a local quilt store and it just snowballed after that!  I joined and became active in the local quilt guild and have met wonderful people who have taught me a lot about the craft. I love to take classes and workshops any chance I get.

Favorite quilting tip(s) - I tell everyone that quilting is not hard but you have to be very serious about that quarter-inch seam and about ironing.  If you can sew straight, and use an iron -  you can quilt.

Favorite blogging tip(s) - I'm a new blogger so I'm not sure I have a lot of tips to give, but I'm always looking for new tips if you have any you want to share.

Favorite fabric (or wish list fabric) - favorite designers are Amy Butler, Kate Spain, Sandy Gervais, Bonnie & Camille.

Favorite craft book - I am a sucker for a quilt book and am amassing quite a library. My latest is Hexa Go-G0 and it's fueling my new obsession with hexagons.  I just finished 112 hexagons to go in this quilt.   Here's the block I am working on - I absolutely cannot wait to see this quilt finished!!

Favorite book (or book you are currently reading) - ok, I will admit it, I just finished reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Don't judge me :)

Favorite children's book - The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Favorite quilting tool - so many to choose from, but I will have to say my latest favorite is the FriXion gel pen with the ink that disappears with heat. I recently did a post on my Sewing Room Must Haves with my top five can't live without items.

Favorite TV show while hand stitching - I usually have the Roku going while I am sewing - favorites include Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice, Modern Family, Glee, Parentood, Downton Abbey, Mad Men.

Binding - by hand or by machine?  Almost always by hand unless I think it will get washed a lot, then I machine bind it.

A Few of My Favorite Finishes This Year

Here are a few of the quilts I just adored this year - I could go on and on, but I'll limit myself to three:)

This was for a dear friend's boy/girl twins and I just loved the way they came out:

I really liked this carseat quilt because of the color contrast and the piping:

Vintage Modern car seat quilt

And, then I finished my Flurry Christmas Star - my favorite part of this is the quilting in the star, it really makes the quilt:
Flurry Christmas Star


I've just started doing tutorials, but my lasagna quilt tutorial is a great starter quilt for the new quilter.
Lasagna Quilt - March 2012

I'm working on a second tutorial for the holidays and am hoping to have it out soon.  It's a No-Sew Folded Fabric Christmas Tree. Tutorial should be out in the next week so please check back.

Thanks again for stopping by - I hope you've learned a little about me and will be back soon!

100 Day Hustle - Half Way Link Up

Kelsey Sews

Here we are at the halfway point of the 100 Day Hustle.  It's been a very busy fall for me and I haven't quite accomplished everything I'd hoped I would have done but, I'm going to forge ahead through the end of the year.  I'm going to have to focus a future post on #12, as it has taken up a lot of my time and I think it will be a real stunner when it's done.  But for now, here is where I stand on my list!

(2) Red, White and Blue donation quilt - DONE!
(3) Flurry Christmas Star  DONE!Flurry Christmas Star

(4) Gypsy - no progress - I lost some inspiration on this and put it aside
(5) Tipsy Quilt Kit - no progress :(
(6) The Twister pattern using Sassy by Sandy Gervais - I finished the top on this and blogged about the fun Twister tool here.
Twister Top

(7) Salt Air Baby Quilt - no progress :(
(8) Granny Square Baby Quilt - no progress :(
(9) Reindeer Wall Hanging - no progress :(
(10) I still really want to do the Bee In My Bonnet Row Along - they are only on Row 5 and I guess I could technically still have time to catch up if I can get myself organized.
(11) Flea Market Fancy - sadly no progress either - but it is still calling to me.

(12) Hexagons - I have spent A LOT of time making hexagons for a quilt in Hexa Go-Go and I have made a lot of progress.  In fact, I finished the 112 hexagons and made them into 16 rosettes.   Next is the string pieced blocks and then it should come together.

Here's a sneak peek of the blocks - I cannot wait to see how this looks when finished!

November 4, 2012

International Quilt Festival Houston

I'm exhausted from my weekend in Houston but wanted to share a few of my favorite photos of quilts. I uploaded a bunch to my Flickr site, click here for all of the pics...

These are only just a few - if you can ever get to this show in Houston, you must go. It is impossible to leave and not be inspired.  Plus there is more quilty-shopping than you can imagine.  I spent an entire day shopping the 900 vendors and then the second day just looking at quilts.  What an experience!

I won't narrate all of these - but I wanted to say that on this quilt, the best in show - words just cannot do it justice.  There are 5,121 Swarovski crystals on this - she did all of the piecing and quilting on her 20 year old Bernina - just goes to show you don't have to have all the fancy bells and whistles.  It took her 10 months to make with over 1,000 hours of time.  Wow, just wow.

Here is a You Tube Video that I found interviewing the quilter where you can see some of the details up close.

I cannot wait to get moving on my projects with all of the inspiration that I gained over the weekend!

Best in Show @ Houston #quiltfestival Untitled Untitled Untitled

#quiltfestival  gorgeous African style.
#quiltfestival  another stunner! Dream Quilt #quiltfestival