Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Last fall in Houston I had the pleasure of visiting with some of the amazing people from Fons & Porter. Our chit-chat turned into a couple publication opportunities and I am so excited to finally be able to share them with you!

The Summer 2014 issue of Easy Quilts will feature my pattern "Blue and White" using the gorgeous prints from Michael Miller Fabrics

I can't even tell you how much I love these prints. They are so out-of-my-box but I fell in love with them and loved sewing up this quilt. The pattern is so simple but the results are sophisticated and stylish.

The other pattern is found in the summer issue of Quilting Quickly. "Scrappy Duo" features the beautiful prints from Helen's Garden by my friend Tamara Kate. LOVE this collection! 

As soon as I saw these prints at market I just knew I had to play with them! These two charming quilts sew up so quickly and the best part is- you get two for the price of one!

Some day I'm going to get pictures of the actual quilts before I send them off so I don't have to resort to taking pictures of the magazine pages. :o)

One of the best parts about having a pattern published in a magazine is getting to see all the other amazing designs in the issue. Both of these mags have some seriously fun ideas and a couple I'm already mentally pulling fabric for. Any leisure sewing is going to have to wait for me since I'm up to my ears in market prep. But you can get started on "Blue and White" or the "Scrappy Duo" right away!


Monday, March 31, 2014

This is NO JOKE!

Hello? Hello? Is anyone there?

My gosh, can you believe I haven't blogged in a month! I didn't mean for such a dry spell to happen but one day turned to two and two turned to three and the next thing I knew 31 days had passed since my last post!

It's not like I've been sitting around watching old episodes of Grey's Anatomy all day (ok, some days I did) I've been pretty busy. Before I get into regularly scheduled blogging I thought I'd re-cap the last month and show you what I've been up to.

I was able to watch my girl, Paris Lillian perform as part of her school's 3rd grade program. What a cute bunch of kids!

I took an impromptu road trip with two of my brothers (Evan on the far left and Zach and the far right) from Utah to Oklahoma to surprise my other brother Trevor and his wife, along with my parents who were visiting them from California. We drove 17 hours straight and surprised the heck out of them! We stayed one day then turned around and drove home. It was unforgettable and an awesome experience but I am not as young as I once was so it took me a couple days to recover. :o)

The reason for our road trip was my SIL, Jesse's baptism. It was such an amazing day and I'm so glad I was able to be there to support her and share in her special day.  

Another special event in March was Logan's 12th birthday. Gilbert's parents were able to come visit and share the special day with us when Logan received the Priesthood and was ordained a Deacon. I can't believe my little guy is 12!

Along with Logan's birthday we became the proud owners of 3 hermit crabs! Look close, they're in there. :

But don't think I haven't been quilting here and there. In fact, I've been sewing up a storm. It is market season, after all. This beauty uses V and Co's new Color me Happy collection. I just got this one back from the quilter today and it definitely makes me HAPPY. :o)

I worked on another market project using Zen Chic's new collection (showing at spring market) I love the blues. And the individual prints are so fun- including texty prints with numbers on them. :o)

I also played around drafting and sewing up quite a few pups for Michael Miller using their Houndstooth and Friends in the Midnite Gems color story. Oh, these are fun and addicting!

So you see, I've been busy. 

Today a very large, very heavy box showed up at my door. Inside were yards and yards of fabric. Fabric that just happens to be my NEW COLLECTION!!! Seriously I am so excited I can hardly stand it. At this point I'm supposed to keep it a secret but you know I can't keep secrets very well so I may just have to sneak you a little peek here are there.

I hope you've been sewing all kinds of fun things!

See you soon!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Aurifil Design Team- March 2014

I'm super excited to be March's designer for Aurifil's designer BOM.

Head over to Aurifil to see my block and hear all about my creative journey!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Promise Ring (coming soon!)

I just finished a quilt top that will be one of my new patterns this spring. Usually I wait until the patterns are released before I show anything on the blog but I am so in love with this quilt I just can't wait.

Before you say anything else let me answer a few questions for you.

Yes, the arcs are foundation paper pieced. If you've never tried FPP- you should. It sounds a little intimidating but once you get it you'll be hooked!

There are also curved seams. Can i just tell you that I have never pieced a curved seam like this? I was a little scared but my first block turned out perfect. It takes a little time and a lot of pins (I'm going to discuss this in further detail in a later post) but was well worth the effort.

When my first couple of blocks were finished I thought "Really? Curved piecing is nothing! People were scared of this!?"

And of course I was hooked. I wanted to make enough blocks to sew a row together to see how it would look. With each step I fell deeper and deeper in love with this quilt.

Once the top was pieced together I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this quilt. :o)

I used Dowry by Anna Maria Horner for the rings and a Moda Grunge by Basic Grey in "Picnic" for the background. A quick trip to the LQS yesterday and I grabbed this perfect Amy Butler print for the back.
Off to the quilter tomorrow. I just can't wait to see it finished!

The pattern is called PROMISE RING and will be available in the next month or so.

*On a side note: It's very hard for me to post pictures of a project before the pattern is released. Unfortunately there are a few bad apples out there that like to look for this kind of information and use it dishonestly for their own personal gain. I have chosen to not let the few bad apples ruin the whole bunch. It's important for me to share with you who I am creatively. When I'm excited about a project I want to be able to share it with you so you can join in my excitement. That being said, I hope you will have integrity if you decide to 'pin' any of my pictures and make sure that proper credit and links are given. Thank You.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#destash building

Are you aware of the perks to social media as a quilter? Of course there's the never ending stream of inspiration from other quilters projects but there's more, much more. As of late, one of the trends on Instagram (IG) is  to unload (sell) some of that fabric that has been sitting on your shelves for way too long so that some other quilters can buy it and have it on their shelf for way too long. This has been coined as the #destash.

A few weeks ago a well known IGer @twomoreseconds organized #thegreatfabricdestash. The idea was to corral all of the destashers into a common place (IG) an a particular day and time to unload some of their stash. By using the hashtag #thegreatfabricdestash people would be able to search the hashtag for fabric that catches their eye for a chance to purchase. Let me just say it was INSANE at how much fabric (and $$) changed hands that night, and continues to do so.

You can find anything from precuts to scrap bundles, yardage to color coordinated bundles. It's amazing! And all of the pricing is usually pretty fair. Although if you're looking for some of the Out of Print (OOP) and Hard to Find (HTF) fabric you're going to pay a little (or a lot) more. 

Now let's talk about my stash. A couple of years ago we were planning a move. In preparation for that I had a major destash in my home for friends that I knew would want to gather up some nice fabric at a good price. It was great and I thinned out my stash completely. Since then I have been careful (mostly) when it comes to purchasing fabric for a "someday" project. I try not to get carried away with too many impulse buys. And thus I don't have a crazy stash. (my husband would beg to differ, but by quilters standards you would be surprised)

The same can be said for the #destash. It's crazy competitive! If there's something you want you have to have quick thumbs because the first to comment wins. I'm usually pretty selective about what I try and win but it's easy to get carried away in the excitement of it all and start trying for anything. I've missed out on a few things I really wanted at the time. But as I sit here typing this I can't remember what they were so I guess they weren't that important after all.

A few goodies I did score are right here:

Several years ago I made a simple garland for my Christmas tree with leftover 12 Days scraps from Kate Spain. Ever since then I've wanted to do more: a new tree skirt, a wall quilt to match, etc. but didn't have the fabric. Thanks to the #destash I was able to score 2 layer cakes and the panel to go with. I might even have enough for new stockings!

This Hello Luscious layer cake from Basic Grey just couldn't be passed up. I always liked this collection but never got any when it was on store shelves. When the layer cake was being destashed the price was too good to pass up so I got it. It's still sitting pretty all rolled up but I do have plans for it.....someday. 

This FQ bundle of Wildwood by Erin McMorris was completely impulse. I'll admit that. In fact, I had buyers remorse after I had put in for it. I decided to stick with it though because I have a project in mind for it. And those colors! Love!

Perhaps my most prized #destash win is this FQ bundle of Central Park by Kate Spain. I absolutley LOVE Kate and her designs. I made a couple quilts from Central Park when it first came out and I've loved it and wanted more ever since. I'm not sure what this one will turn into but it's going to be good and it's going to be for ME! :o)

What about you? Have you been sucked into the #destash on IG? What have you scored?