July 22, 2014

Cotton + Steel is EVERYWHERE!

I just love the excitement of a new fabric line - it really gets your creative juices flowing, doesn't it? And this new Cotton+Steel craze seems to be legit. There are so many fun combinations. I think I may be getting my hands on some of the basics very soon! These basic/blenders may be just what I need for my next projects. And they are available at my favorite online shop, Sew Lux Fabric! I am anxiously awaiting my Modern Building Blocks Sampler Kit from Sew Lux - in the meantime, these bundles are calling my name!

C + S Basics Dottie FQ Bundle

C + S Basics XOXO FQ Bundle

C + S Basics Notorious FQ Bundle

And these are just the "Basics" - I haven't even started in on the designer collections!! 

Have you ordered any yet? What's your favorite Cotton + Steel?
Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy has already started a Cotton + Steel swap. I missed the first round {dang it} but I'm eyeing Round two...

I got obsessed last year with Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics collection - looks like 2014 may be the Cotton + Steel year!

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Finish #3 - Scrappy Improv Log Cabin

This is the third (and final, for now ;)) quilt to show you in my flurry of finishes!

This is the second teacher quilt - it came out a little smaller than I had hoped, but my scrap stash in these colors were getting a little thin - isn't that the point with these fabulous scrap quilts - use up those treasured goodies we hold on to. (If you want to read about my scraps and inspiration for this quilt, click here).

I've wanted to do a scrap quilt forever! I've been cutting strings for a string quilt, but had my eye on the Scrappy Improv Log Cabin for a while. Its a GREAT scrap buster!

This quilt is so easy, it doesn't even really need a tutorial, but in case you want to take a look, here it is from Ellison Lane.

I wanted fun, bright, primary colors. And that's exactly what I got.

Rainbow Scrappy Log Cabin
42" square
Fabrics: From my stash, obviously
Thread:  Aurifil for piecing and quilting

I hope you have a wonderful week - I'm taking the last week of summer off and spending it with the boys!

July 18, 2014

Wild Summer Sampler - Another Finish!

Another Friday, another finish. This is fun :)
If you read my post last week, you know I sent several quilts out to be quilted, so I get to unveil several finishes over the next few weeks after months of nothing. So, here is my...

Wild Summer Sampler
52" x 52"
Made by Members of Color Bee Shocked
Fabric: Oh Deer! by Momo
Longarm Quilted in Orange Peel Design by Happy Me Quilting

I love taking my quilts out for a spin and a little photo shoot, so I ran over to the Capitol this morning. It's overcast outside, so the light isn't great, but here are a few fun shots.

I just love quilters - they are always so friendly. A lady visiting the Texas Capitol ran up and immediately informed me she was also a quilter - visiting from Arkansas. Isn't it a small world!

Thanks to my friend Tara for being my quilt holder this morning!

Have a great weekend - go sew something fun!

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July 10, 2014

Deep Thoughts and A Quilty Fun Finish

I do have a finish to share, but since it's been a while since my last post, I thought I'd also share some "deep thoughts" I've had in the last month of two.

I have learned a lot about myself since I have started quilting.   As with all things in life, sometimes you want to do everything yourself. Sometimes you want people to do things for you. And sometimes, you just want to get things DONE.  Mainly, though, since I just turned 40, I find myself just wanting to have FUN ~ I want to enjoy my family, my work and I definitely want to enjoy my hobby.  So, why did that big pile of quilt tops in my sewing room cause so much anxiety??

As I stared at the {gulp} six finished quilt tops sitting in my sewing room, I keep hearing the new shiny fabric calling to me "sew me, sew me!"  My practical and thrifty side kept saying "You cannot start a new project until you quilt these tops!" 

I started to ask myself "What if I like the piecing, more than the quilting?" "Is that OK?" "Why can't I finish these projects" "Am I still a legitimate quilter if I just send these all out to be quilted??"

I am very blessed to be in a monthly quilting bee with some fantastic ladies who have taught me a lot about quilting. One of them is a very well known quilter who basically told me just to "get over myself" and that "quilting by check" is just as acceptable as doing it yourself.  Where is it written that all quilts have to be done by one person? Life is TOO SHORT to waste time or energy not doing what you love.  If you love piecing, piece.  If you love quilting, quilt. Figure out what part of this hobby you love, and do it. Don't waste any space stressing out about it!

The truth is, I do like quilting, but anything bigger than a baby quilt on my domestic machine tends to unnerve me. When I really want to quilt something larger, and do it all by myself, I usually rent time on a longarm at one of my local quilt shops.  But I can only do one per day usually and it's a whole day away from the family (usually on a precious weekend) and I usually have to schedule it months out, so it's just not all that practical.

Soooo, long story short, I bit the bullet and sent THREE quilt tops out to be professionally quilted.  I rented time for next month for the long arm and will quilt 2 at home. It's time just to get these puppies DONE. 

One quilt is being done by a friend who is a phenomenal long arm artist - and I mean artist! It is my Red and White Double Wedding Ring and I felt like that quilt really needed something special.  It will be my first show quilt and I was literally having anxiety attacks about quilting that thing.  My husband asked, "why are you stressing out so much about something you love doing? Just send the damn thing out!" (He's the voice of reason in this story, ha!)  The other two were done by a friend who does computerized pantograph design - quick and easy, and fairly affordable! In fact, she got it back to me in 2 days - double bonus!

So, here's the first of the two that I had quilted this week.  This is a gift for the wonderful teacher that got both of my boys through Pre-K ~ a true saint! 

Quilty Fun Sampler
 52" x 52"
Pattern: Quilty Fun Sampler Quilt Along by Fat Quarter Shop
Adapted from Quilty Fun by Lori Holt
Fabrics: 1930's Reproductions
Thread: Aurifil 50wt for piecing
Quilting: Clamshell Pantograph by Happy Me Quilting

Special props to the hubby for indulging me today in 99 degree temps to snap a few pictures before this gets gifted.

I feel much better for getting all of this quilty stress off my chest :) Have a wonderful day - hope you are sewing something fabulous!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict to share my finish!
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