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March 31, 2011

DQS All Around

I received a gorgeous Doll Quilt in the mail yesterday from emedoodle!!! It's funny because we always end up loving what the other makes in different swaps, but have never been paired up before. I even joked to her a couple weeks ago that "someday the swap gods will match us up!"...I'm sure she had a good chuckle over that one ;)




Look at all the gorgeous little details! The teeny tiny wonky stay, the wee little embroidered bicycle...


...and the embroidered quote from a song ("Lullabye") by one of my favorite artists, Ben Folds!


And that's not all...check out the back!!!

 
 
She made a teeny tiny flag label and put it on the back as a little "signature" of hers...


...and best of all, she embroidered a little Scottie label for me and Whiskers! You can ask Ray, I was really going crazy over that part...I kept screeching "look how precious Ray!..LOOK how precious!!! It's Mr. Whiskers!"


As if that weren't enough, she added all kinds of adorably wrapped little goodies! Ray called while I was sitting in traffic driving home from work, and he told me there was a FedEx on the doorstep. I put two and two together and drove home like a lunatic so I could get my grubby paws on it ASAP....so my apologies for not having photos of it all cutely packaged! There were also two little chocolate bars in there, but the hubby ate them about 30 seconds after I unwrapped them.

I got a notebook, some awesome embroidery floss, flower straight pins, a matching zipper pouch, and some extra fabric and a gray zipper (which I actually needed - yay!)


I'm SO stinking excited because this quilt will match my new sewing room perfectly. The house we're buying has gorgeous white crown molding running throughout, and I'm going to paint that room in Behr "Manhattan Mist".  My new quilt will be the first thing I hang on the wall in there :)

And here are a few quick photos of the new doll quilt I'm working on for my partner (since I had to scrap the other one). I decided to go with another simple design because I thought it would suit my partner best, plus I plan on hand-embroidering a scene on it. Once I finish I'm thinking about binding it with some Kei Dots in Yellow.




And here's a shot of the back...you can see the hand quilting a little better here.


March 30, 2011

Scientific Fact About Dogs


If a dog and a quilt are within 20 feet of each other, the dog will find said quilt and lay on it within 2.2 seconds. Especially if it's brand new and you don't want dog fur all over it.

March 29, 2011

101 Patchwork Projects

I've been sitting on this secret since November...and it's been downright torture! I'm terrible at keeping secrets, because I get too excited. For instance, I realized something about myself a few years back when it comes to presents and bargain shopping. What would happen is this: I'd see a crazy deal on something my husband really wanted - months before his birthday or Christmas. I'd justify buying it months in advance because I was "saving myself money". Problem was, I'd get SO excited about the present that I would either let it slip (usually by grinning like the devil whenever the subject came up...and my husband would sniff out the secret immediately like a friggin' bloodhound), or I'd give it to him mere days after purchasing it because I was too excited/impatient to wait...which totally negated my "great deal"...because then instead of buying just one present at a good price, I had to purchase a second present to actually give him on his birthday/Christmas. *sigh*

So needless to say, keeping this from you all has been rough. And the sad thing is, after all this build-up, you probably think it's something waaay cooler than it actually is....like a book or a fabric line or something else completely out of my grasp, lol! Nevertheless, it's exciting to me because I'm a nerd. The news is that along with my friend Angela, I'm going to have some of my patterns in the upcoming 101 Patchwork Projects publication from Interweave Press. Yay!!! I've never had anything published before, and they're really small "filler" patterns that most people will probably flip past in the magazine. But is that stopping me from announcing it on Facebook or ordering dozens of copies at wholesale price for my entire extended family? No sir!

If you take a gander at the pictures below, both projects might look slightly familiar to you :)



I have Kati of from the blue chair to thank for the precious Monaluna toaster fabric you see fussy cut in the center. I'd been dying for some prints from that line, and she sent a couple FQ's in my Mug Rug Swap 2 package. Sir Whiskers loved that package as well, because there was a stuffed lion squeaky toy and some treats for him :)

My other item is a variation of my box pouch. I dubbed it the "Bright Hopes Pencil Case" for the magazine. Kinda cheesy, right? But I was down to the wire submitting my articles, and that's the best I could come up with under the gun. I thought it would be a precious little pencil case for elementary school kids...or adults that have an affinity for Hello Kitty pencils...*cough*

The pattern is meant to help you use up small scraps of polka dot prints that you just can't bear to throw away, but wonder "what the heck can I make with a scrap this small?". Well now you know. You can make a make a pretty sweet pencil case for your Hello Kitty lovin' friends...wait...I mean the children...

I have a bunch of pictures because it's kinda hard to see the rainbow effect in just one shot. Basically the prints go around the pouch "Roy G. Biv" style (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet...except there's no indigo...)

Top


Interior


Bottom


Side 1


Side 2


End

The magazine hits stands on April 12. I have no idea if it will be available at Target, Walmart or other discount stores, but you can also order it here.

March 28, 2011

Blogiversary Giveaway #4

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED AND A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN

Well folks, sorry I'm a little later than scheduled posting this. I was working on some big projects this weekend, one of which popped up rather unexpectedly :)

So here goes...

Item #1: Ta Dot Rainbow FQ Bundle




Item #2: Doll Quilt
Due to some unexpected twists in the plot, I had to go in a different direction with my doll quilt. So I'm going to go ahead and back this one (sans bunnies) and give it to one of you lovely readers!


TO ENTER:
  1. Leave a comment.
  2. For a second entry, become a follower. If you're already a follower, leave a comment telling me so.
  3. For a third entry, blog about this giveaway and come back and leave a comment telling me so.
I just want to thank you guys for being such awesome readers. I appreciate all the helpful feedback, recipe exchanges, and fun email exchanges. I honestly love having giveaways because it's a small way I can thank you all :) Have a lovely week, and I have some fun things I'm gonna post about in the next couple days - woo hoo!

March 25, 2011

Blogiversary Giveaway #3 WINNERS!!!

I have my 4th (and final) Blogiversary giveaway planned, but I was in a seminar for work all day yesterday and then we had our monthly MQG Show & Tell meeting last night, so I'm pooped and didn't have time to get everything together last night. I'll post the giveaway sometime tomorrow morning :) I've got some really good stuff planned for this one...I hope you're excited!!!

Here are the winners for last week's giveaway...


"Saturated" Rainbow FQ Bundle

Comment #98: Tiffany...
"I totally love your "saturated" and "unsaturated" idea!"



"Unsaturated" Rainbow FQ Bundle



Comment #92: bumblesandlu...
"another great giveaway. awesome!"


"Ginormous Scrap Box"


Comment #245: Tracy...
"Hmmm, My favorite springtime recipe is homemade lemonade. It goes into everything. Orangeade, sweet tea. *L* And to change things up, I'll get some POM or Black Cherry juice or 100% unsweetened Cranberry juice to add to the lemonade.
2 qts
1 cup sugar
1 cup lemon juice
fill rest of the way with water.

(if you add it to 2 qts sweet tea, up the lemon juice by 1/4 cup)
(if you add a tart juice like POM or cranberry, decrease lemon by 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup)
{I LOVE tart lemonade}"


CONGRATS to the winners! I'll be emailing you shortly :)

March 24, 2011

Reverse Applique Tutorial

1. On the fabric that will serve as the border around your applique, trace the shape you want to applique with a water soluble marker. Make sure you trace your image in the exact position you need it, because you won't be able to move or fix anything once you finish! What's done is done with this technique. 


My appliques are circles, so I grabbed a fancy-schmantzy Shrek glass (please contain your jealousy over my uber-stylish glassware). It's about 3" in diameter and I centered it in the middle of my 6.5" square.


2.  With both pieces of fabric right-side up, place your applique fabric (the one that will be showing through from the bottom) underneath the border fabric.


Try to make sure it's centered under the design you drew, and pin the fabrics together.


3.  Stitch directly on top of the lines you drew with your marker.


4. Once you've sewn completely around the design, pull the top/border fabric up and away from the bottom/applique fabric. I usually pinch the fabric right in the center of the design and pull it up, and then flip the fabric over and pull the applique fabric down just to make sure they're completely apart. Clip the border fabric open where you've pinched it.


5. Stick your scissors into the opening and cut toward your seam, stopping about 1/8" away.


Continue clipping all the way around the inside edge of the seam until you can pull away the border fabric and the applique fabric shows through from the bottom.


The top should now look something like this....


6. Flip the fabric over, and trim the bottom/applique fabric so that only about 1/4" remains.


The bottom should now look something like this...


And voila! You're finished! Told ya it was easy. The awesome thing about this technique is that you can use fairly elaborate designs with ease. Even though my appliques were circles, I didn't have to do any of that annoying curve-clipping you have to do with regular piecing. Hallelujah for that! If you want to see what this technique looks like on a larger scale, you can view the quilt I made with these reverse applique blocks here.

March 23, 2011

DQS10 WIP

I finished the top of the Whack-a-Bunny quilt (for the most part) for the Doll Quilt Swap 10. All I have to do now is applique my little bunnies, and then I can sandwich and quilt this bad boy.


I tried out a bunch of different prints, but in the end I went with the Henna Garden ones. Whenever I laid out prints that were different (like the Heather Ross and KJR prints I originally pulled), it looked too chaotic compared to the rest of the quilt. I felt the Hennas added a little interest, but still coordinated enough that the top looked symmetrical and pulled-together.  I'm still debating on where I want to place the bunnies though...on top of the prints, or the solids???



Some of you emailed me about wanting a tutorial for the reverse applique technique, so tune in tomorrow because I'll be posting one. It's a really easy technique, so the post will be brief :)

March 22, 2011

March Bee Blocks

Not only did I finish my Bee (A Little Bit) Japanese blocks by the deadline this month, but I'm a week early! Woot woot! Crystal meticulously cut up teeny little 1 1/2" squares for us to make these darling scrapbuster blocks (instructions here)

Block #1



Block #2



Both Blocks


Crystal also had a really cute idea for personalizing her Bee quilt. She asked us to cut a 3.5" x 4.5" block from our leftover white fabric and applique a 1" piece of fabric from our own stash on it. Then we were to write our name, location, and our favorite quote/saying on the label with a fabric marker. Pretty cool, huh? I'm a bookworm and Ernest Hemingway is one of my favorite authors, so I used a quote of his that I love.

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