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June 29, 2012

Of Foxes & Sponsors


Here's a little preview of a new quilt pattern I'm working on. The quilt top will be nothing but solids, and the lovely Outfoxed print you see in the background will serve as the backing. I'm pretty excited about this one, since it's using my obsessive Navy/Hot Pink combo as of late.



And speaking of solids, I need to announce a new Sponsor, I Don't Do Dishes! My online buddy Caitlin just opened her very own Etsy shop (huzzah!), and she has some gorgeous Michael Miller Color Couture solids & color cards available...



...not to mention bundles & yardage of those yummy new Ombre Dots from Riley Blake.



Caitlin's been involved in the Flickr community for years (you might remember her as McIntyreGirl/idontdodishes) and I've been in several swaps with her, so she definitely knows her stuff when it comes to sewing/quilting needs! Just check out this adorable purse she made for Angela in the last round of the Goodie Bag Swap (sorry....I couldn't pass up an opportunity to show off the supreme cuteness of Favorite Baby. I don't call her Favorite Baby for nothin' !).
Goodie Bag Swap - Received!

I'm thinking I need to make another summer bag out of those green ombre dots to go with my mane of red curls. There is no taming my hair in the humid New Orleans summers, so I usually let it go wild and free from June-Sept. What better than a nice Irish green purse to complete the picture? *wink* She's even got a nice variety of Pellon interfacing available if you're looking to pick up bag supplies :)

Be sure to stop by her shop and support one of our own!!!

June 26, 2012

Modern Meadow Quilt Top



I finally finished the quilt top for our guest room! I'm hoping to get it quilted and bound before my sister visits July 10th, which gives me about 2 weeks to get a queen size quilt sandwiched, quilted, and bound (yikes)! Right now I have an antique quilt of my grandmother's in the guest room, and while it's beautiful, it totally clashes with everything else in the room. It's the only bedding I had that was large enough to cover the mattress though, so beggars can't be choosers.

Here's a link to my Pinterest board for the Guest Room if you wanna take a gander at what it's gonna look like. I've already purchased 90% of the things I have pinned, so it's a pretty accurate look at what the final product will be.


The hubs has been keeping a wary eye on me as well, because he knows I want to get the room painted before then too, and he knows I'm madwoman enough to attempt it. Usually my modus operandi in these types of situations is to wait until he's gone for a few hours, and then I strike while he's absent and unable to stop me. I'm hoping to sneak off to Home Depot soon and buy the paint so that I have my ammo ready next time he has to work late, etc *wink*






And I'm pretty sure I mentioned this in my original post on this quilt, but in case you're wondering, I used Elizabeth Hartman's Mixtape II Quilt pattern. The solid fabric is Kona Cotton in White, and the prints are all from Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry, with one print from Denyse Schmidt's Picnic & Fairgrounds line from Joann's tossed in there.

I'm going to be backing it with the Majestic Oak in Sunglow print from Modern Meadow, and I haven't decided on a binding yet, but odds are I'll go with the Herringbone in either Pond or Lake...

June 25, 2012

Destash


My sewing room is bustin' at the seams, so I need to unload some stuff. I just finished listing some precuts in my Etsy shop (including an Innocent Crush Jelly Roll and Charm Pack) a Neptune print, an Echino print, and a few other things.

I have a bunch of quilts sitting around that I just don't have room to store, so I also reduced the price on my Color Burst quilt (was $150, now $100).



Plus I added the All Things Equal bedding set. All of my friends that are preggers are having boys, and I just don't have the storage space in our tiny 1,200 sq ft house!


I've been a busy bee and just wrapped up my 3rd quilt top (photos coming soon, I promise!), so my scrap bins are overflowing once again. I'm going to be putting together some scrap packs. Shoot me an email if you're interested and I'll put together a custom one for you - cost is $10.

As always, you can use the coupon code PLAIDSCOTTIE10 for 10% off in my shop! Thanks friends :)

P.S. Photos of the Modern Meadow quilt top for my guest room will be up later today (woot woot!)

June 21, 2012

How My Garden Grows




So. I haven’t taken many pictures lately, because we’ve been having technical issues in our house. The laptop we use as our main computer died, so we’re down to our prehistoric desktop for the time being. It doesn’t have a port for my SD card, and I lost the cord that connects my camera directly a loooong time ago, so I haven’t had a way to upload photos for a while. Thankfully I picked up a cheapo USB SD Card reader today, so I’m back in business.


What few pictures I have taken are of the miniature garden I’ve been rearing on our front porch. My mom sent me some heirloom variety tomato and pepper seeds a while back, and I’ve managed to not kill 8 of them so far (3 Golden Jubilee, 3 Mortgage Lifter, 2 Bell Pepper). I’m rather endeared to those little plants now, because I feel like they’re from sturdy Irish stock like me since they were tough enough to survive my black thumb. Well done bonnie wee plants, well done... ;)

And that gorgeous Gardenia blossom up top? Well, it also has an extra special place in my heart. My grandparents' favorite flower was the Gardenia – it was one of those signature things about them (kind of like me and Scottie paraphernalia). Everyone in the family bought my grandma Gardenia scented lotions, candles, home sprays, corsages at Easter, etc. And one of my favorite memories about my grandparents as a couple is that whenever my grandpa would take her out on a date, he’d pull the car up to the door for her, and waiting in the passenger seat would be a Gardenia blossom. Everyone knew of their love for Gardenias, so when my grandma passed away at Easter two years ago, a close family friend sent a Gardenia bush from a local nursery in lieu of a flower arrangement. The plant wasn’t doing so well in Kentucky’s climate, so mom and dad gave it to me a year ago to nurse back to health in New Orleans. I have it in a big pot on our front porch and it’s finally thriving (hopefully I’ll be able to transplant it to our yard soon).

I came home from work the other day and knew the first blossom had finally opened, because I could smell it from yards away when I stepped out of the car. Thank God for small blessings :)

June 13, 2012

All Things Equal Quilt


I have my first project featured on Moda Bake Shop today! It's a quick & easy quilt pattern I designed using Jelly Roll strips. I'd love it if you guys would pop by their site and check it out when you have time :)

I also made some coordinating pillows with the leftover strips for added project inspiration! The smaller pillow is a 12" x 16" sham using 7 jelly roll strips (I trimmed down the pieces at the top and bottom a little to make the front the right size).



For the larger pillow, I made an extra quilt block (since it finishes at 18.5" square), sandwiched it with some scrap batting, and quilted. The finished size was about 17.5" square, so an 18" pillow form fit perfectly.



And here's a pic of all three together...don't they look like a happy little family? I couldn't be more pleased with the way everything turned out - I think this is my favorite of Aneela's fabric lines so far...those little foxes have stolen my heart :)


I also put together another quilt top using my pattern so you can see how it plays with different fabrics. I wanted something cheerful for the summer, so I raided my orange and blue scrap bins for this one (I bought an Heirloom plus a 1001 Peeps FQ bundle from Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics back in the fall, and most of the orange scraps are from those lines). The two solids are Kona in Ash and Medium Gray.




June 11, 2012

Cherry Blossom Mini Quilt


Remember this mini from waaaay back when? I haven't done much sewing lately, but I finally got around to finishing it this past weekend. I outline-quilted each little blossom and bound it with some Alexander Henry Heath in Gray.




 For the back I used the Pearl Bracelets print in Green from Hello Pilgrim.




I made this as a gift for a special friend, and I'm trying to be better about labeling my quilts, so I stamped my name and the recipient's on the back of the binding. As soon as I have a chance to run to a craft store and pick up some numerical stamps, I'm gonna add the year.


Can't wait to get this in the mail to her!!!!
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