Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mini Madness!



McCall's Quilting has a wonderful series, the videos are free each week they air, so be sure to check them out before they go away HERE  I am super-excited about the idea of using up some scraps by taking part in the mini-creations!  What do you like about mini-quilts?  Are they something you make often?


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Shanna

Monday, December 8, 2014

Modern Building Blocks of the Month

This is Fig Tree's Lovely Version (Source)
My local Quilt Shop started up their yearly BOM which for them starts in October.  This year I signed up for the Third Thursday BOM (they have 2 others, First Saturday BOM and 3rd Saturday BOM).  I have to admit that I told myself I wasn't going to do it, this year I planned to get caught up on all the BOM's that have come before.  BUT then I happen to be at the LQS when they were presenting the upcoming BOM clubs and I caved.  Its easy to talk myself into it and my daughter certainly didn't help by telling me she liked this particular quilt for me.

The plan is that I will get 12 blocks, patterns with fabrics for the club sign-up fee of $5.  Well that is if I bring my finished block back each month, show it and then I receive the next block for free.  They plan to sell the little blocks in 6 block packs, then the larger blocks by themselves.  I sincerely love Fig Tree Quilts version above, however I am not certain I want to buy the large block kits, so I am considering purchasing the whole pattern itself from the Fat Quarter Shop (HERE). I like the idea of someday making it all with a two-color scrap way like this lovely Red & White set found on the Moda Blog HERE.

October Block their kit:

October Block, My fabrics:

In the meantime, I have decided to make their monthly blocks and then use my own fabrics to make a duplicate block.  Just to give you more eye-candy, check out the quilting on a finished version of the original quilt HERE

I am linking up to:
BOM's Away with Lyn @ What a Hoot Quilts

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Shanna

Don't forget today starts this year's Giveaway Day @ Sew Mama Sew!!!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Oh So Colorful...Triangley Finish



Yes, It is finally finished!  I cannot even begin to tell you how long I have been working on this project.  I can tell you what a stretch it was for me to think modernly and not uniformly for once and the super bright colors, oh my!  For this Quilt I started with a set of 6" Charm squares, cut them into triangles and paired them up with a white on white print (also cut into triangles).  The goal was random, modern and to try to get all the rain drops going the same direction--downward.  It is offset with a bright orange swirl fabric and a lime green strip for the binding.  The backing uses the blue fabric with the same swirls, paired with the left over Orange from squaring up the sides (equal sized strips were put on all sides before trimming the offset).  I used a free-motion swirl stitch that was inspired by something I saw on Leah Day's blog, but please don't look too closely, I am not as perfect as her stitchery yet!

I am linking up this week to:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Fridays with Laura @Quokkaquilts
WHOOP, WHOOP Fridays @Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Link A Finish Friday @ Richard & Tanya Quilt
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Needle & Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation



Thanks for stopping by today!

*\o/* Cheers
Shanna

Don't forget Monday starts this year's Giveaway day @ Sew Mama Sew!!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Color of the Year!

Pantone's color of the year for 2015..drumroll please...Marsala..huh?  I have to admit I wasn't as thrilled about it until I gave it more thought.  It would certainly make a lovely lipstick shade, and so I wonder how we might use it in quilting.


Then I saw this beautiful colorway at Design-seeds yesterday and now I am a fan.  Wouldn't this make a lovely quilt?  What do you think of the Pantone Color for 2015? What have you thought of the previous years' picks?  Did you find yourself focusing on Orchid this year (2014) or Emerald in 2013?

Thanks for stopping by today!

*\o/* Cheers
Shanna

Don't forget Monday starts this year's Giveaway day @ Sew Mama Sew!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Farmer Wife Friday


I have said it for about a year and half, but in 2015 I am going to do it!  Well start it at least!    My plan is to show you what I have completed every Friday until I am done.  I am going to be honest with you, though my goal is to make atleast 1 block every week, there will be weeks I fail this and other weeks where I will be pumping out 6 blocks.  This time I am approaching this as a journey rather than a scheduled plan.  How many of you are going to work on a sampler quilt from a book this next year?  This will all have to wait to start until after the Grand Illusion Mystery is finished!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Shanna

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Z Moments: Barbie Girl



Z: Mommy! Help!
M:  What's wrong?!!
Z:  I need help
M:  What can I help you with?
Z: Panties!
M:  What?
Z:  Barbies need panties. <pause> Ladies always need panties on...and helmets!

Ziona has recently found my little collection of Barbies and has claimed them as her own.  She is happily playing in her room while I am sewing.  A friend of mine was shocked I would let my daughter play with such things. My opinion is that Barbies are just dolls, they never made me feel inferior about myself, people did that, and I let them.  Barbies took me on adventures (with GI Joe, he always tagged along too) and helped me to think creatively.  I do think though she already has the right idea on the panties!


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Shanna

Friday, November 28, 2014

And So It Begins!


It is that time of year where the streets are filled with cars off to do their Black Friday shopping, it is a big city afterall.  Instead of rushing off to the sales, I am planning to hit Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt at a run this year!  I WILL GET IT DONE!  Every Friday there will be a clue, every Monday there will be a link up party.  I have taken part two other years and those quilts are not done. However, I do have the Christmas On Easy Street spray basted, it just needs some top stitching and binding!  My hope is that I will be able to work that in before the end of the mystery.  How about you?  Have you checked it out yet?  Just take a  little peek HERE, if you haven't experienced one of Bonnie's Mysteries before you are in for a treat as the community is absolutely wonderful!

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Shanna

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WIP: Pretty In Pink


This lovely quilt started out as practice blocks for one of my BOM's,  It's set in a simple 9-block with sashing in between.  I am thinking of top stitching it in a meandering flower design.  I better get to work on it!

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Shanna

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Z Moments: Wake-up Call

A bright light hits my sleeping eyes..
"Mommy, wake up! It's sunny!"  a little voice calls out.  I carefully open my eyes to spot Ziona holding my cell phone in my face, the clock reading 6am

"No my darling girl it is not sunny, please go back to bed.." I beg.
"I keep the phone!" she declares as she snuggles into the covers next to me.  A few minutes later I realized that she has unlocked my phone, found the Netflix ap, changed profiles and has started her favorite show.  Not bad for 2.5 years old.

If only her feet could reach the sewing pedal we could get her sewing!  She is already letting me know that she would like the pink hello kitty machine we saw at Target...I love my girl!  We are going to be setting up a design wall of her very own very soon so that she can lay out scraps, play with them and I can sew them together into blocks.  From there we will be making some items for her dollies.

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Shanna

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WIP: Modern Triangles


Last night I pulled my cutting table to the porch and got this beauty spray basted!  Sunday and Monday I worked on cutting it down to a baby quilt size. I originally put equally sized Orange strips on the outside, but I much prefer the off-set.  I am making this one to sell; it has been my hope to open a little Etsy shop with various hand-made things with my friend.  This year we will get it up and running, even if its just a few items at a time.  I thought we needed to have a pile of things before we could open one up, but we are just going to take it slow, we can each add what we make.  But most of all, I just don't want us to be stressed out about it.

I need to get back to the top-stitching on this one so I can take it with me to a retreat this weekend where I can do the hand-sewing of the binding!

*\o/* Cheers
Shanna