Wednesday, November 30, 2011

On Thistle, on Peridot, on Apricot, on Mocha!

On Purple, on Azure, on Holly, and Copen!  Guess who got a package of Kona cottons today?

I "neeeeeeeeded" more solids to frame the Terrain by Kate Spain :)

Oh, and by the way, it is supposed to get down into the 40's tonight - whoop whoop - it actually feels a little like Christmas outside.  Of course, it will be in the 70's tomorrow, but that is still fabulous for Florida since we won't have to have the house closed up and the air conditioning blasting.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Sew Day

I'm hibernating today - staying home where it is peaceful and safe :)  I got up and pressed the Terrain layer cake squares and started cutting them into 5" squares.  I am so thrilled with all the colors in this layer cake and the fact that there were very few duplicates (there were five which were all tone on tones - easy to use in another project).  I'm always a little leery of precuts because a few times I have been really disappointed in the large number of duplicates included. 

So, did I miss out on the sales frenzy?  Of course not...I let my fingers do the walking and ordered more Kona solids to include in this project.  Free shipping and 20% off  *happy dance*

There was only one slight mishap - my June Tailor Shape Cut bit the dust.  It's given me years of faithful service (and one really, really nasty rotary cut to the bone of my index finger when I wasn't paying attention and the blade wasn't in one of the grooves), but I picked it up by the edge and it snapped.  I might just venture out to Joann's tonight to see if I can use a Black Friday coupon for a new one...maybe.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

So is anyone else astonished at the advertising for Black Friday sales?  A lot of stores were even starting them today.  It is unbelievable.  We had a wonderful day today, and hope yours was fabulous too.  Trying to make sure the day and memories are captured.  I am so hooked on this digital scrapbooking (almost as much as quilting)  :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

First Things First

First and foremost, I want to thank you all for your sincere support after we had to have our wonderful dog, Alsley, put down last week.  The e-mails and virtual hugs we received helped get us through the worst of the darkness and sadness.  Every day feels a little more normal and we're attempting to fill the quietness by keeping Pandora on for background noise. 

Now for some quilting talk.  I was hoping to start on a new project, but I didn't get the package in the mail that I was hoping for today.  I will provide a sneak preview though :)  Remember the post about all the Kona cotton fat quarters (if you don't, click here)?  Well, check this out:

What do you think? 

The Terrain fabric in the picture is the quilt backing.  I'm going to pair the Kona solids with a Terrain layer cake to create a quilt inspired by this one created by Natalie and entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Isn't it just fabulous and amazing?  I love it!

I still need to add another light aqua blue and a few other Kona cottons into the mix, and wait for the lovely mail lady to come through with the layer cake :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A time to cry

We had to let Mr. Good Boy Alsley go with the angels this morning.  He gave us so much joy over his fifteen years.  He was a gentle soul and made our house a home.  The sadness right now is unspeakable, but he isn't in any pain and I know he is at peace. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Do you have a "go to" pattern?

I sure do, especially when I need a baby quilt in a jiffy!  It's called Warm Wishes.  I originally downloaded the bed sized pattern because I had seen a quilt made using this pattern hanging in one of the local quilt shops.  It can be downloaded here.  I had wanted to make one for my bed, but then I thought I'd try making a baby quilt first, so I looked around on the web to see if I could find one for a baby sized quilt (mainly to get the fabric requirements).  I found this site here.  The reason this is my "go to" pattern is that I can start cutting fabric mid-morning and have a completed cute quilt top by late afternoon.  The only thing that I have found over the years is that, for most quilt shop fabric, you don't need as much fabric.  I can usually get away with just cutting 5 of each sized strip unless the usable width of fabric is not around 43".  I usually buy a yard of the focal print for the six inch blocks, a half yard for the two and three inch strips of the pieced blocks (you'll have some left over from the two inch strip fabrics). 

Another thing I have learned is that contrast within the pieced blocks and the focal print blocks is important if you want the quilt to appear more dimensional.  Compare this one where there is a lot of contrast:

with this one where there isn't

The bright blue in the pieced blocks is too close to the value of the lime green in the focal fabric, so some of the dimension is lost.

Well, my mother has a good friend who is our Church Deacon's wife and they are expecting their first grandchild in January.  She asked me if I would make a biblical themed quilt that she can give to her friend, so naturally I started looking for Noah's Ark fabric.  I don't know the baby's gender, so I kept the quilt gender neutral. 

I found Noah's Ark fabric and then picked fabrics for the pieced blocks. 

I agonized over the green fabric because I wasn't sure if I should go darker.  In the end I stuck with my first green choice that matched the both lime and medium greens in the ark bodies.  Now that it is done, I wish I had paid attention to my instinct to go a little darker, but it is cute and will hopefully be used a lot by a healthy little baby boy or girl :)

The other reason this is a "go to" pattern is that if I quilt it myself, the back doesn't have to be pieced.  As usual, I will probably take this to be quilted, so I'll have to add some fabric to the backing width.  Here is the fabric for the backing.

So do you have a "go to" pattern?  If so, what is it?  I'd love to know!