February 28, 2013

Happy March!

Happy March, y'all!


I love March.  March is my birthday month and it will be the beginning of the last year of my thirties so I think we should celebrate all month long!

Growing up in Southern Lousiana, I always knew my birthday was coming when the azaleas started to bloom.  Here in hot a$$ Central Texas we don't really have azaleas but nonetheless, I always think azaleas and March go hand-in-hand.

March should be a great month for quilting too!  This month I'll be co-hosting a blog hop with Erin from Sew At Home Mummy where you will get to find out all the down and dirty details about our sewing machines in our "meet: my machine!" blog hop.  We've got a fabulous line-up of bloggers for you and there will be something for everyone. You will be hearing more about this soon ~ promise!

The Tilted Quilt


I'll also be participating in a March Madness blog hop hosted by  Sew Lux Fabric, one of my favorite online fabric shops!  That's all I'll say for now, but I guarantee a super-fun project tutorial for that one. 

And then, to top it off, at the end of the month, I'll be attending my first quilt retreat hosted by the Austin Area Quilt Guild.  3 1/2 glorious days of uninterrupted sewing (well, maybe interrupted to enjoy a glass of wine, or three!).  I'm already going back and forth about what to bring - it's SO hard to narrow down my fabric choices and not bring my whole sewing room. 

Sorry I don't have too much to share project-wise, I'm having to whip up a Dr. Seuss related something for my son to wear tomorrow and I hit a dead end.  This is where having an embroidery unit for my sewing machine has come in really handy.  I just googled "Lorax" and "embroidery design" and this is what I found. 

I convinced him to let me "decorate" a shirt for him to wear and voila - $3.00 later, and this is what we have!   {Hint, for more details on my machine, come back for the blog hop later in March - I will give you the full skinny then}.

Have a wonderful month, my awesome quilty peeps!




February 24, 2013

Sunday Fabric Fun-Day and an Extra Dose of Inspiration

In honor of the Oscars, Sew Lux Fabric has posted these two fantastic curated bundles on their website today. These are amazing stash builders. - and I am drooling over the red.  Both are priced at $20 for 10 FQ's... not bad :)





Have you ever seen the photos of the Red & White Quilt Show from a few years ago in New York? Ever since, I've been dreaming about a red/white quilt.  These are so amazing.  Enjoy a little Sunday afternoon inspiration!





February 22, 2013

Share the Hexie Love!


So, here's the bad news - look what you're missing by not joining in with the third hive of Get Your Hex On!!



But, here's the hex-cellent news ~ there's still room for you in the third hive!  We have SIX more slots open before a third round gets hex-ing.

Here are the basic rules:

1.  This is a 12 month commitment - each member of the hive will host one month of the year. 

2. You must have a Flickr account - all hive news/information/pictures are shared there. Come visit our group page and see what you think!!

3. You should have your own supply of 1" and 1 1/2" hexagons. If you want to use a different size in the block for your month, you need to supply the templates to the hive-mates. They will be returned at the end of the month with the constructed block.

4. If your block is made exclusively of hexagons, it should be limited to a finished size of between 8-9". If the block is a combination of piecing and hexies, it can be larger, but remember to keep construction time of the block in mind.

5. During your hosting month you should send each of your hive mates the instructions and fabric to construct one block. You can ask for people to stash bust but you should send at least the focal fabric and backgrounds.

6. Some patterns may not be conducive to sewing the hexagons down to something like a traditional block, so if you just have a configuration you want the hexagons in (rosette, star, snowflake, diamond) that is fine too just make sure you specify exactly what you want and show an example. 

All you need to do is fill out this form and join us for a fabulous time!


Get Your Hex On





February 21, 2013

QuiltCon Photos on Instagram

Follow me on Instagram (button in my sidebar to link directly) or search #quiltcon to see lots of photos. So fun!!

February 20, 2013

WIP - in the beginning...

I'm participating in a blog hop next month and my finished product will be a baby quilt I designed myself.  More info on the hop to come, but since this is my first original design I will be formally putting out into the universe, it's gotten me thinking about a whole host of issues.  My questions are - in no particular order:


  • Is any quilt block design ever truly original? I mean, we're talking about a craft that has been around for generations!  Everything we do is based on something done before us, right? Although this idea is purely my own, do I have to do some sort of due diligence to make sure it's not really similar to something else out there?
  • Do I need to copyright my original designs?  I'm not planning on selling this, but I'd like to make a "free" pattern download for the quilt.  This is something I'll need to do more research on.
  • What type of design/publishing software is out there - what do others use (see the survey below)?
  • What other issues haven't I thought about? Am I stressing too much and should I just jump in (of course I am stressing too much, have you met me?)
So, I've sketched my pattern out on paper and now am in the process of creating step-by-step instructions.  Although I like taking pictures, I'd like to create simple drawn images to illustrate the steps.   This is really a learning experience for me to see if this is something I'd like to do more of.

I can't show you yet what my design is (obviously!) but I'd love to show you the fabrics I chose.  I have just been obsessed with Honey Honey since it came out and this project seemed like a great use of that line.  Here's the eye candy...


Honey Honey!
Honey Honey Fabrics Purchased from Sew Lux Fabrics

And here's where you can help me! Will you take a quick one-question survey below?  It will help me get some direction on which way to go next!




My other big sewing news this week is that I'm going to QUILT CON on Saturday - and I am SO excited.  I'm going to meet up with a group hosted by Alyssa at Pile O' Fabric on Friday for dinner and we are swapping pincushions.  I just finished up my first cathedral window pincushion for that swap.  I used some leftover charm squares in Vintage Modern from last year and I found a cute button to tie it all together.  So fun!


Cathedral Window Pincushion

And last, but not least, I have put my granny squares back on my design wall! I need to make a few more of those and put them all together to be donated to my quilt guild's Baby Bundles program next month.  They've been sitting in a pile for about 6 months now and I've got some more red/aqua scraps I can cut up and get this little guy finished!! I figured if I put them up there, I can't forget about them when they are staring at me every day :) 



I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday today - if you are visiting from there - thanks for stopping by and giving me your feedback!  Go see what others are doing this week for your daily dose of inspiration.


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

February 17, 2013

The Liebster Award


I have been nominated a few times for a fun bloggy award, the Liebster Award, and I would like you to know... I accept!!  Thank you to Erin, Chelsie, Jess and Derrith for nominating me. What an honor to know people  like my little slice of the blogosphere.  So, in order to be eligible, a blog must be less than six months old or have fewer than 200 followers.  To participate, you

1) Provide 11 random pieces of information about themselves;
2) Answer 11 questions posed by the person that nominated them; and 
3) Nominate 11 other blogs and pose their own questions.

Because I was nominated a few times, I'll choose some of my favorites questions and compile the list of 11 - hey, it's my award I can change the rules if I want!!!


1. What's your favorite movie?  The Princess Bride




2.  Tell me something about the town you grew up in.  I grew up in a small town in Southern Louisiana named Opelousas.  No one can EVER pronounce it correctly.  Go ahead, try it out.  It's AW-pull-ew-sus :)
 

3. Where do you think you got your "quilty" or "crafty" gene? My mom would say she has NO idea where it came from.  I like to think I got the gene from my grandmother who was a magnificent crocheter, but no one in my immediate or extended family quilts.  Go figure
.  I like to think that I found quilting as a counterbalance to the rigidity of my day job!

4. 
What is your most favorite quilt block you've ever made?  I'm going to have to say the sailboat blocks I make for my son's quilt this last year. They were so cute and really not too difficult, just loads of HST's!

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5.  What's the reasoning behind your blog's title? It was actually my husband's suggestion - you know at first, a lot of my quilts came out a little, um, crooked?? So, he said I had a Tilted Quilt - we laughed because it reminded us of the restaurant the Tilted Kilt, and I guess it just stuck.

6. Do you have a name for your sewing machine? No, I probably should name her though, she's lovely!!

7. How many sewing machines do you own (and what brand(s) are they)? (and if you have a picture of "Betty" or "Violet", please, post!)  I own two - my trusty old Kenmore from Sears that I've had for about 12 years now but only started using about 4 years ago and my new fabulous Baby Lock Ellure Plus that is a sewing and embroidering machine.  I love her!



8.What kind of space do you create in (i.e. a spare room, the dining room, the basement, a closet) do tell!  When we moved into our current house, there was an extra room added on to the master bathroom.  It's a great little space that has become my sewing studio.  The hubby built me this great table based on one I saw on Pinterest, and it's a great cutting/ironing surface with great storage.  Here are a few photos: 

Awesome shelf built by hubby!
My design wall and my favorite quilt made by the members of the AAQG
The sewing room
9. What does your significant other think about your crafty ways?  He loves it - he is so supportive of it as a hobby because he knows it makes me happy!

10. Have you ever participated in an online/virtual Bee? Which one(s)? I am currently in two - Color Bee Shocked and the new bee that I just started (a first for me) called Get Your Hex On! We are now filling up our THIRD Hive!!
11. What are you most proud of in your life?  I'm sure it's a little cliche, but it is definitely my two boys - they are the light of my life.  They challenge me every day but yet we still manage to laugh all the time.  They are amazing!


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Random things I love:  my morning coffee, the smell of lavender, almost any kind of lemon dessert, vegetable gardens, wine, new shoes, Downton Abbey, and (duh!) fabric!

OK, so enough about me!! Let's talk about the blogs I am going to nominate for the next round of the Liebster Award - and they are:



KelliQuilter Kel
Mara @ Travel Through Greece
Deanna @Learning to Sew as I Go
Elita @ Busy Needle
Sabrina @ Sabie Sews



Questions for my nominees:

  1. What is the last quilt you completed - show a picture?
  2. Are you in any quilting bees?
  3. When did you start quilting/crafting?
  4. Tell me about your family.
  5. What's your favorite color?
  6. What new piecing/quilting technique do you want to learn?
  7. Where were you born and raised? Do you still live nearby?
  8. Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt show?
  9. What are your quilty goals for 2013?
  10. Why did you decide to start your blog?
  11. What's the largest/smallest project you've ever completed.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about each of you soon!


    Sunday Fabric Fun-day


    Have you seen the adorable curated bundles at Sew Lux Fabric & Gifts?  They mix and match or pull their favorites of the new collections  and come up with the cutest little bundles. And on sale for $18 per bundle, they're a great deal at $2.25 per FQ.  I bought the "Be Mine" collection to make my hexagon hearts for the Get Your Hex On Bee and just bought some Honey Honey yardage from them for an upcoming blog hop.

    Waiting for Spring Curated Collection
    Preppy Sophisticate  Curated Collection


    Enjoy the eye candy on this Sunday Fabric Fun-day :)


    Also linking up today to a couple  fun weekly linky parties... I'm happy you're here visiting and hope you stay a while and see what I've been up to lately!
    Plum and JuneStitch by Stitch

    February 16, 2013

    Friendship Bag Swap

    Today ends my first non-fabric related swap. The premise behind this swap was a Friendship Bag based on the tutorial from Rachel Griffith at  P.S. I Quilt.  You make one of these cute bags and then fill it up with goodies for your secret swap partner.  Sounds fun, right?  You get to stalk their Flickr photostream to get a sense of what they like but you can't contact them.  

    So, I've been working the last few weeks on my goodies, and here's what I came up with:




    I made the bag in a soft palette of greens, blues and tangerines with a fussy cut tree on both sides.  I just love the way that came out.  I made a pincushion and then threw in some bright fat quarters and some of my favorite scraps.  I added some cute pins and a pair of my can't-live-without snips.  I topped it off with some Emergency Chocolate for those times when you just need a little pick me up.  I hope she likes it - fingers crossed!!

    I put my package in the mail today and was really surprised when I checked my mail that my package had arrived from my secret partner, Suvarna.

    She really went all out for me!!


    Her package included three handmade gifts - the friendship bag, an adorable zip pouch and a canvas/fabric keychain - all in this very vibrant yellow/grey and black palette.  So cute!! She also threw in a stack of bright charm squares and some cute pins with hearts on the end.  What a great package to receive today.  I've already decided that the zip pouch will hold my hexies in progress for grab-and-go access!!

    I can see myself getting quite addicted to this swap idea.  If you've never done one before, be on the lookout - I will let you know when I see one opening up. 

    Enjoy your (hopefully) long weekend :)

    February 15, 2013

    A Friday Finish and Giveaway Winners

    I'm happy to share a finished quilt with you today! 

    Cartwheels Quilt
    Fabrics - Shasta by RJR Fabrics
    measures approximately 40" x 50"

    cartwheel baby quilt

    This is a paper pieced pattern - super easy to make and great for a beginner paper-piecer.


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    I decided to do a simple quilting style and went with a wavy line every few inches using my walking foot.  The fabrics and prints are so bold, I didn't want to over do it with the quilting.


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    This sweet little quilt is available in my Etsy shop and hopefully will find a new home very soon!!

    And now, the results of the giveaway from the Hugs & Kisses Blog Hop are LJ and Carla B.  I've contacted them by e-mail and they will be getting some awesome hexagon templates from Paper Pieces!




    Linking up to Finish it Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.

    Have a wonderful weekend!





    February 14, 2013

    KLRU Feature on QuiltFest

    I am so excited to share with you this short feature that our local public broadcasting station (KLRU) shot during our 2012 Capital of Texas QuiltFest last September.  This video captures the beauty and creativity of the quilts featured at our show.  If you have a spare 3 minutes today, you should watch this - you will be inspired!

    February 13, 2013

    Get Your Hex On - Hive 3!!



    I can't believe the amazing response I've gotten with the new bee!!  I've now got 5 people interested in starting a THIRD hive (group of 12).  I'm just going to keep adding on until everyone can fulfill their wildest Hexie dreams or I drop dead of exhaustion!!

    Please grab a button and join us in our adventure, won't you?

    Here are the basic rules:

    1.  This is a 12 month commitment - each member of the hive will host one month of the year. 

    2. You must have a Flickr account - all hive news/information/pictures are shared there. Come visit our group page and see what you think!!

    3. You should have your own supply of 1" and 1 1/2" hexagons. If you want to use a different size in the block for your month, you need to supply the templates to the hive-mates. They will be returned at the end of the month with the constructed block.

    4. If your block is made exclusively of hexagons, it should be limited to a finished size of between 8-9". If the block is a combination of piecing and hexies, it can be larger, but remember to keep construction time of the block in mind.

    5. During your hosting month you should send each of your hive mates the instructions and fabric to construct one block. You can ask for people to stash bust but you should send at least the focal fabric and backgrounds.

    6. Some patterns may not be conducive to sewing the hexagons down to something like a traditional block, so if you just have a configuration you want the hexagons in (rosette, star, snowflake, diamond) that is fine too just make sure you specify exactly what you want and show an example. 





    I will keep everyone posted on our status as we reach the limit for Hive 3!  Thank you for your interest in this hex-tacular endeavor :)


    February 11, 2013

    Hugs & Kisses Blog Hop - Tutorial and Giveaway!



    Welcome to my stop on the Hugs & Kisses Blog Hop hosted by Mdm. Samm and Jane's Fabrics and Quilts.  Mdm Samm and our cheerleader have done it again ~ I was inspired to get sewing with love in mind!

    So, full disclosure, I went a little over the edge for this hop.  As the mom of two little boys, wife to one big boy (even our dog is a boy), I don't get to play with a lot of pinks in my house.  I had so much fun getting ready for today - I ended up making THREE projects to show you.  




    I'm even adding in a little block tutorial for you on the third project - I hope you enjoy. 



    The Pink Pineapple Pincushion

    I started small. VERY small.  I decided to make a paper pieced pineapple pincusion in two shades of pink.  Don't we all just LOVE a cute pincushion??  It's a 4 inch pineapple - and I just smile every time I look at it.  Itty bitty but full of heart!!

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    Pineapple Punch Pincushion
    Pattern by Julie Letvin
    Published in Jan/Feb 2012 Fons & Porter Love of Quilting


    The Valentine Catcher

    Second, I made a "Valentine Catcher" to save all of the kids' favorite Valentines that they will be receiving this week from school.  I used the Perfect Zip Bags pattern from Oh Fransson! and I purchased this adorable doodle heart embroidery pattern from Urban Threads (my favorite online resource for ultra cool embroidery designs).    

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    I have a feeling I will be using this heart again - it is just too sweet for words!


    I ♥ Hexagons Wall Hanging

    And, of course, I had to work some hexies into this hop, so I created a Hexagon Heart wall hanging.  


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    Today, I am going to show you how I configured my hexagons to make a heart in a short tutorial.  A quick shout out to my Get Your Hex On! hive mates who are making this block for me this month in our bee. Click here to see their amazing interpretations of this block.


    I ♥ Hexagons Block Tutorial:

    Block Size - 12.5" unfinished
    Hexagon Size - 1"

    This tutorial assumes a basic understanding of basting and joining hexagons to create a larger shape.  There are lots of great tutorials out there if you have never basted and pieced hexies before.  I also recommend Hexa Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher as a resource manual for the beginner.


    *Important - keep your template papers in during all of the steps until you have a finished heart – remove papers before sewing down on the white square*


    (1) Baste 25 1" hexagons from 2 1/2 inch squares of fabric - I think scrappy is really cute with this pattern.  A Moda mini charm pack would be perfect to achieve a scrappy, but coordinated look for your heart.





    (2) Make three rosettes/flowers - each with 7 hexagons (**the numbers on the hexagons here are simply to assist in visualizing the placement, the aren't intended to denote any difference in fabric or size of hexagon**)








    (3) Add an individual hexagon {4} to the bottom of each rosette/flower.




    (4) There are two ways to assemble the finished heart unit – In diagram one, join the three units as shown with a single hexagon {5} in the center (figure 1).  Alternatively, you can also flip unit 3 upside down and slide it in between unit 1 and 2 and add a single hexagon {5} to the very bottom (figure 2).


    Figure 1





    Figure 2




























    (5) Center the hexagon heart on a background fabric square 12.5 x 12.5 and stitch around the edge of the design as close to the edge as possible.  I like to start with a slightly larger unfinished background size and then trim down to desired size.

    For this wall hanging, I just added a few borders and basted 5 hexagons into each border - again just stitching around the edge to secure them on the block.  Layer block top, batting and backing and quilt as desired.

    This block is easily customizable with smaller or larger hexagons.
    And to celebrate this LOVELY blog hop, I am also excited to host a giveaway.  The awesome folks at Paper Pieces kindly offered to give you guys all the paper templates you need to construct 4 of these hexagon heart blocks.  Two lucky winners will each get a pack of 100 templates to fulfill all of their wildest hexie dreams!!   If you haven't had a chance, make sure you check out their website - they have quick delivery and a great product!




    a Rafflecopter giveaway



    There are lots of lovely bloggers to check out today on the hop - make sure you swing by them and see what they have been cooking up in the LOVE department:


    You can also pop over to the Pinterest board that Mdm. Samm has set up for the blog hop and view all of the LOVEly projects in one convenient place.

    Thanks again for stopping in today - good luck with the giveaway!!
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