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August 31, 2010

The Plaid Scottie Presents: The 1st Official Giveaway!

*This giveaway is now closed*

As you can see, my model was sleeping on the job. But isn't he cute??? I hope nobody's allergic to him, because you'll probably explode into hives when you get this in the mail...oops! But I digress...the purpose of this post is to announce that...

I'M OFFICIALLY STARTING THE GIVEAWAY!!!

All my goodies are now in one place, and I hope you like them! Can I just say that I really, really enjoy giving things to people? I'm probably as excited to give these away as you are to win them! It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :)

But on to the good stuff! The winner will receive BOTH items. Up for grabs is:

Item #1: 1/2 yard bundle of 7 different Modern Meadow prints (3 1/2 yards total!!! Are you excited yet???)


Prints included are: Flower Fields in Grass, Dogwood Bloom in Pink, Hand Picked Daisies in Pink, Herringbone in Berry, Picnic Plaid in Berry, Acorn Chain in Berry, Sunflower in Berry. To see bigger pictures of all the prints included, click here!


Item #2: Far Far Away 2 box pouch in my favorite print!!!




It's lined with some Orange Freckle fabric from Freespirit, and it's about 6" long, 3.5" wide, and 2.5" tall. I've made a couple of these zipper pouches for myself, and they're great for storing makeup or sewing accessories (I like to use mine for when I do hand sewing/on-the-go quilting like hexies or binding). And it's the perfect size for all your airplane-friendly 2 oz. bottles!

So here's the rub. In order to enter the giveaway (up to four times!), here's what you can do:
  1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about quilting. (i.e. Mine is that moment when I hand someone a quilt I've made just for them. It's one of the most special feelings in the world! ...I told you I like giving people gifts!) What is it for you? Is it leaving "life" stress behind and getting lost in the precision of the task? Drafting ideas? Quilting the layers together? (sicko!) Buying fabric? Feeling it? Nuzzling it against your face? (oops...too much!)

  2. Become a Follower and leave me a comment. If you're already a Follower, leave a comment saying so.

  3. Blog about my giveaway and leave a comment.

  4. (This is another fun one!) Leave a comment with a link to your favorite project you've ever made. I want to see everyone's beautiful work and dream about my fabric going to a good home and being made into something lovely!
I will announce the winner a week from today! (Tuesday, Sept 7th)
This is open to Internationals, by the way!

GOOD LUCK & HAPPY TUESDAY! :)

comfortstitching's fabric giveaway


If you'd like to win a giant stack of Heather Ross and other assorted (awesome) scraps, click here to enter!

August 30, 2010

Giveaway starts tomorrow!

I told you to expect something on Tuesday, so check back tomorrow afternoon for the official start of my giveaway! More details will follow, but these are the prints I'll be giving away (plus the mystery item made by yours truly ::wink::)

I hope you're excited...because I am (see excited face below)!

More Rainbow Around the Block

I felt bad that we weren't able to use more of Oh Fransson's scraps when we got together for the charity sew , since that was my express desire for winning them. I've been so busy lately with work, finishing up the DQS9, and various other bees and swaps, that I haven't had time to put these together. But my husband got some last-minute Saints tickets and went to the game with his brother Friday night, so I put my nose to the grindstone and took advantage of several hours of unadulterated sewing time! Me, Whiskers, my sewing machine, and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek had a party, and here are the fruits of my labor:


Three New Blocks
(I had to throw in the Tula Pink fleur de lis block to represent New Orleans...woot woot!)


All of My Blocks


All of the NOLA Modern Quilt Guild Blocks

So there you have it! Our guild thought it was important to do our small part and contribute to Rainbow Around the Block since the entire country rose up to help New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Flood vics gotta stick together ;)
But on a serious note (and I'm rarely serious...it's not in my nature), there was something special about mailing these blocks off to Anna Maria's flood relief effort the weekend that marked the 5 year anniversary of Katrina. The city is really roaring back to life, and the Saints Super Bowl win definitely help reinvigorate the city and boost morale ;)...but there are still so many deep scars. My husband and I moved here shortly after Katrina because we wanted to help the people down here and minister to them. Sometimes that means doing a lot of listening. I've found that for most people, all they want is someone who will listen to their story and care. I can't tell you how many cashiers, sale clerks, random ladies in the grocery store, and fellow elevator riders I've listened to. I stood in the middle of Dillard's one day and cried with a lady in the men's department as she told me what she endured in the aftermath of Katrina...and how many people she lost. Despite what you may see in the media, the people of New Orleans are good. They are kind. Generous. Accepting. Devoted. Friendly. Loving. Strong. I'm proud to call New Orleans my adopted home, and New Orleans is proud to welcome me and anyone else with open arms.
New Orleans wants to know the world still cares, and I'm sure Nashville does too. Let's show them we do :)

August 27, 2010

More Giveaway Details!

Wow. That didn't take nearly as long as I thought. I just checked my blog and I was at exactly 2,000 hits! Well the handmade item is finished, but the other part of my giveaway is still in transit, so check back around Tuesday for the official giveaway post.

In the meantime, I'll give you another clue since you're being so patient :) I told you earlier that the giveaway would involve a handmade item, a bundle of fabric, and the words Modern Meadow...so this time I'll give you 4 words instead of 2:

Far Far Away 2

Oooooh...ahhhh.....what could it be? Is it the fabric? Handmade item? A crazy rabbit hole I'm leading you down? The suspense is growing (for all 10 of you that read my blog...haha!) But hey, that just means less competition for you my faithful readers - yay!

August 26, 2010

Giveaway: Coming to a Theater Near You

I can't believe I'm saying this, but since I dusted the cobwebs off my blog and actually started using it in March of this year, I've gotten almost 2,000 hits! I know there are tons of quilting blogs out there that get that many hits in one day, but to me...2,000 hits in 6 months is exciting!

To celebrate, I'm going to have a giveaway as soon as the ticker down there reaches 2-0-0-0. Right now I think we're somewhere around 1,930, so keep your eyes peeled! All I can say is that it will involve a small bundle of fabric, something handmade by me, and the words "modern meadow" ;)

August 25, 2010

I Nearly Shredded the Box with my Teeth

Guess what came in the mail today? Lemme break it down for you like a fraction.

I walk in the door. Ray is already home, and there is a package lying here (see red arrow).

  • Note: Everyone like my husband's dirty work pants and the Star Wars sheet in the background? Good. On we go.


Figure 1.1
Box Spotted Here

I stared at it for a while, because I was like #1...I'm not expecting any packages and #2...it's definitely not one of my orders, because it's packaged in a gift box and usually my mom sends me packages wrapped in old department store gift boxes. I walk over, see foreign handwriting, and the light bulb goes on. I promptly shred box (that's why you get nothing but the red arrow above, because the box was dead and gone by the time I decided to take pictures).

Figure 1.2
Box Carcass

Quilt was unceremoniously clawed from the box, and blood contents were spilled. It was lovingly petted for a while, and then the pictures below were taken.
  • Note: Susan even included two poles so I could hang it either direction...one for the short side, one for the long side! Isn't she awesome. I'm thinking she must be a teacher because she thinks of everything.
Figure 1.3
Quilt Front


Figure 1.4
Quilt Back (with pole demonstration)


Figure 1.5
Quilt Label
(looks like your secret identity is not so secret anymore...SUSAN!)


Figure 1.6
World's Most Adorable Draw String Pouch
(Scientific Fact)
  • Note: She even put my initials on the drawstring! I'm now officially convinced she's a teacher. Probably elementary school.


Figure 1.7
Contents of World's Most Adorable Draw String Pouch
Bold
  • Note: Dog also tried to enjoy contents of World's Most Adorable Pouch (see Exhibit A) while my back was turned writing this blog entry. Dog's evil plan was foiled.
Exhibit A.

And to top it all off, she even made the card, envelope and all. I'm borderline sickened by the talent she possesses...thinking of starting an angry DQS9 mob with torches to go steal her crafty powers.

Figure 1.8
Handmade Card


I will be able to justify said mob to the police afterward, because I'm pretty sure she drove down from Virginia and broke into my house, because how else could she have made a quilt that almost exactly matches a photo collage my husband made?

Figure 1.9
EvidenceHope everyone enjoys the reflection of me in the glass. Yes I'm still wearing my work dress and pearls. I hope that makes the image of me clawing open a box like a wolverine that much more entertaining in your head.

THANK YOU SUSAN!
You made the sun shine brighter and the birds sing happier today!

Heart,
Kaelin


Another Fun Giveaway!

Wanna have a shot at winning an AccuQuilt system? Then head on over to a la mode fabric and leave a comment!

August 24, 2010

Another One Bites the Dust


Four down. Two to go. The latest one is a blue + green + white block requested by BlueElephantStitches. And below you can see a mosaic of all my blocks so far!

August 23, 2010

Swappy Swap with the Dana-nator

A while back my friend Dana asked me if I'd make another purse like one she saw on my Flickr page. We arranged a swap, and I think I came out on the better end of the deal ;)

Dana majored in studio art in college and made completely awesome things that I always meant to buy at the bi-annual student art auctions, but always forgot to. Doh! I still kick myself that I didn't get one of the wood block prints she made of a little girl on a pier. *sigh* Anywho, in exchange for a purse, I asked her to make something for the wall behind my dining table because it's white, naked and sad. Last week she emailed me a picture of my future painting...

Meet Monsieur L'oiseau, the little finch that will be "watching me eat my cereal" (as she put it) every morning!


Isn't he precious? He's such a proud little birdie with his chest all puffed out :)

And below is the purse I made in return. I used Amy Butler's Frenchy Bag pattern but made a few modifications because the pocket situation for that purse really stinks. The pockets inside are too big and, well, kinda useless. Plus I always hate not having an easily accessible area for my keys and cell phone since they're the items I pull out most (and always seem to sink to the very bottom). I wanted to make a special pocket for frequently used items, and I really liked the look of this purse, so I created a big pocket panel on the front.


The back is pretty boring, but I thought I'd throw in a picture anyway. Side Note: Don't you just love the Wall Flowers in Apricot? I'm down to just 1 yard and this fabric is next to impossible to find now, so I'm gonna hoard it like a thieving magpie.


And just for good measure...



August 22, 2010

The Big Reveal!

I finished my quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap 9 on Saturday morning, but I waited until now to reveal it just to be a tease! ;)

For a while there, I was a little disappointed in how this quilt was turning out... but now that I have it quilted and bound, I'm really happy with the final product! I had so much fun making this quilt and I love how much creative freedom a mini quilt gives you. You don't have to worry about getting too detailed, because it's not like you have to repeat the design over and over like you would for a regular quilt. I think the small size lends itself perfectly for a "scene" quilt that tells a story, which is what I tried to do.

When the Riley Blake Rainy Days fabric made it's debut, my first thought was that it would make the perfect backdrop for a wall quilt of some sort (but I hadn't come up with any kind of plan at that point). But then the perfect opportunity to explore that idea fell into my lap when I got into the 9th round of the Doll Quilt Swap. I'd seen gorgeous pictures from this group on Flickr for about a year, but always forgot to check back to see when the next round would be starting up. This time I was in the right place at the right time, and wandered back into their group right as sign ups were about to happen. I already had a bunch of ideas floating around even before I knew if I'd been chosen to participate or not! Once I finally got my swap partner info, I decided to do a scene of a little girl walking home from school on a rainy spring day. She tried to stay dry at first, but after a mischievous gust of wind blew her umbrella and hat away, she quit caring about staying dry and decided to "embrace the horror" by stomping (with gusto!) in a giant puddle. I was always the token puddle stomper in the family that struck fear in the hearts of nearby adults, so naturally I had to put some part of myself in the little girl by giving her red hair :)

I finished the quilt top last week, but as I mentioned above, I didn't actually quilt the layers together and add the binding until Saturday morning. Why? Because I'm indecisive and couldn't figure out how I wanted to quilt the top half. The bottom part was easy because I knew for a long time that I was going to closely quilt the "grass" to give it texture. But the top was trickier:
  • I didn't want to do vertical lines all over the top because I thought it would be too busy (plus avoiding all the appliques would be a pain in the cartouche).
  • I didn't want to leave the top completely unquilted, because I wanted something to physically hold the top together (besides the binding) and also give it a finished look.
  • I thought about quilting raindrop shapes sporadically across the "sky", but again I thought that might be too much visually.
After consulting my husband on about 1,000 ideas (God bless him and his patient little heart), we both agreed that quilting subtle gray lines coming out of the bottom of each cloud would look best. It's hard to pick out when you look at the quilt as a whole, but I have a close-up shot below. Once that was done I bound it up in some Nicey Jane fabric and...voila!

So that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it. I hope I hit the mark with my partner and that she's proud to hang it on her wall :) My goal is to mail it out by next Monday (so it arrives before the long holiday weekend), so I hope to make some extra goodies for her this week and post them on here for your viewing pleasure!

So without further ado...

"Embrace the Horror"
for the Doll Quilt Swap 9


(FYI - the back looks a little weird because I had to quilt around all the appliques!)







August 21, 2010

August 20, 2010

Guess What?



I finally took the plunge. The entire collection in 1/2 yards will be coming to me sometime next week courtesy of sewlovefabrics.

I kept putting it off because of the cost, but then I realized I'd spent enough money on sale fabric (that I didn't like half as much) this summer to buy this bundle two times over. So this is my early birthday present (I turn 27 in November) and I won't be buying any more fabric for a good while!

August 18, 2010

Fabric Rampage Part Deux

Behold the fruits of my spending :)

Little Folks Voiles
Our local quilt shop Mes Amis had a killer sale this past weekend. When you went up to the checkout counter, Denise had you crank a little bingo wheel and a ball would roll out with a percentage written on it, and that was your discount! Such a cute idea! Thankfully I rolled 35% off because I had about 9 yards of fabric.




Nicey Jane fabrics
(also from the Mes Amis sale)



Aforementioned Scottie Quilt Kit
This is what my finished wall quilt will look like.




Scottie Quilt Kit
And these are the fabrics that came with it. I love that one of the prints actually has Scotties on it. So I'll have one little Scottie made out of Scotties :)



Boo to You! prints
This will be the first year we have a real dining table during Halloween, so I bought several yards from Fabric.com to make a reversable table runner & placemats.


Robert Kaufman Christmas Prints
I bought these from ThreeRiversFabric on Etsy since I accidentally ordered two of them (the Trees and Multi Dots) in flannel instead of quilting cotton a few weeks ago. Oops.

August 17, 2010

More Bees Please

I now have 3 out of 6 blocks finished, and I had a fabulous time doing it! I came home to my spotless apartment (my husband surprised me and cleaned the whole place from head to toe...he even scrubbed the inside of the microwave! Do I have a catch or what?!), put in The Mummy, grabbed a glass of Crystal Light lemonade, and merrily sewed away at my dining table. It didn't hurt that I got to use lots of fun colors and happy little prints in this block ;)

3x6 Bee block for janesfabrics
(requested pink, orange, and a splash of green)

There are all kinds of whimsical bits I love about this block, but probably my favorite little surprise is the "Lightning Bugs & Other Mysteries" selvage (picture below). It was a spur of the moment decision and I hope janesfabrics is on "Team Selvage"! I was worried about using this block pattern in general because I can be a bit more eccentric than your average bear when it comes to colors and shapes...and I know adding irregular things like a selvage isn't everyone's cup of tea. I browsed around in her 3x6 Gallery and generally snooped around on her Flickr page for quite a while, so I think she'll like it. I know she'll definitely like the fussy cut bike because she Favorited a few bike blocks, plus I think someone in our group has already used this fabric for her.

I really can't wait to finish my other three blocks...I think the part I'm looking forward to most is picking out more whimsical center fabrics! Woo hoo!

August 16, 2010

Blocks Galore


I didn't do much sewing last week, but I was most definitely a busy bee this weekend. We had a Weekend Sew on Saturday from 10-2 at the newest quilt shop in town (The Quilted Owl), and while they focus more on traditional/reproduction fabrics, they had the most adorable mini Scottie quilt kit. I shall make it, let Whiskers MacTavish sniff it (but not for too long or he'll try to snatch it from my hands and chew it in a dark corner), and then hang it on my wall to be "awwww-ed" over by everyone. Who doesn't love Scottie patterned things?

Only three people (including myself) were able to make blocks for Rainbow Around the Block at our Sew this Saturday, but my mother-in-law came by to offer moral support (and crack jokes) and we had a great time! How could we not have a fabulous afternoon when Oh Fransson! sent me a giant box of scraps for us to use, the owners of The Quilted Owl bought all three of us lunch, and we had one of those wandering conversations that starts somewhere good but ends up being irrevent and hilarious and involves bathing children in Coca-Cola (don't ask). In my opinion, it doesn't get much better than that!

Below are some pictures of everyone's blocks from Saturday. I think I'm going to make a few more with Oh Fransson's scraps before I mail these in, because I feel bad that the 3 of us were only able to use a tiny fraction of her giant stack of scraps. I wanted to win that fabric for the sole purpose of making blocks for Rainbow Around the Block, but our mighty army of three barely put a dent in it! My goal is to make at least 5 more. I think if I use a simple pattern it should be fairly easy ;)

Our Guild's Blocks!


My Blocks
(I copy-catted Angela's design for the 2nd one because it was presh!)


Angela's Blocks (blog)



Karen's Blocks (blog)


And finally we have a photo of my newest 3x6 Bee block! One of my swapmates (Ms. lnwcohen) asked for an aqua + orange + white block, so here you have it! This block pattern is rather meticulous, so I've only gotten two done so far (see the first one here). I don't mind the time-consumingness though because they're so friggin' cute, use a ton of my scraps, and are really fun to put together. My goal is to finish the remaining 4 and throw them in the mail by the end of August.

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