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My favourite colour

February 14, 2013

My all-time favourite colour is blue, but on Valentine’s Day I have to give the nod to my runner up.  Can you guess?

These are some of the quilts I’ve made over the past few years featuring pink, often in combination with orange or lime. No surprise then that I found plenty of pink in my scrap bin when I started cutting 2.5″ squares for my latest project.

Vintage Baby Quilt by Yoyomama Designs starts with 2.5″ squares glued on a background grid. I’ve temporarily replaced my sewing machine with glue (lapel stick temporary adhesive). It’s fun to try something a bit different.

Use the code LOVE14 at checkout and you will get the Vintage Baby Quilt pattern free with your order. Valid only until February 15th.

 Update: the code was not working properly yesterday. You need to add the pattern to your cart, and then use the code to get the cost of the pattern deducted from your total.  Coupon extended until February 17th.

On sale in February

February 4, 2013

There’s a new monthly feature happening in the shop. It’s called the Kona Stash Builder – during the year you can add to your Kona stash every month and save money while doing it! Every month will feature a different Kona Spectrum bundle at 10% off, as well as corresponding yardage.  To start things off, I’ve picked Peony as the February feature.

12 Delicious shades of pink from Pale Flesh to Pomegranate – see them all here.

Also in February, save 40% on all patterns and magazines – find them here.

Quilt Block Library

February 1, 2013

I’ve got a winner for last week’s giveaway of a rosy Winterkist bundle. From 74 comments the random number generator picked  #56.  With comments describing the weather all over the world the winner turned out to be close to home … Karen D. is just down the road in Nepean (I’m sending you an email to get your particulars).  Winterkist is still available in the shop  at 20% off.

I finished the placemats I was working on. These are a great way to use up those orphan blocks you might have lying around. Mine were 12″, and I added a 2″ border to the top and 6″ border to the side. I wanted them to be a good size even after shrinking in the wash. Tom pointed out that the busy patterns are perfect for hiding stains (how practical!)

If you want to try some new and interesting blocks be sure to check out the Gen X quilt block library – a convenient repository for quilt block tutorials.  If you don’t want to commit to a quilt, pillows, mini-quilts, table-toppers and placemats are all great projects for these experimental blocks.

The placemats were a gift for Emily and her roommates in their new apartment. I hope they are enjoying them!

Twenty minutes a day

January 23, 2013

In last week’s post on intentions I forget to mention the best intention of all … Drop and Give Me Twenty!

Beth (of EvaPage Quilt Designs) has planned a linky party to help “whip you into some serious quilting shape”.  You need to commit to 20 minutes of sewing a day for the month of February. According to Beth, “Twenty minutes of actual sewing is ideal, but in a pinch I’m okay with 20 minutes of pressing, organizing scraps, fondling fabric, or rolling around naked in your stash. The point is to become one with your projects and make sure quilting remains a part of your daily life.”

I think you get the idea. There are some fabulous prizes for those who want to join in (just click on the button above to see all the details). As a sponsor, I won’t be participating officially, but I do think it’s a great idea. I gave it a try last week to see what I could get done in 20 minutes.

These are blocks for an ongoing project. They go together quickly so I could get 2 or 3 made in 20 minutes.

In 20 minutes I cut and joined 8 strips (and pressed them into a double fold binding).

Take another 20 minutes to attach the binding to a placemat (or two). I hand stitched the binding to the back in front of the TV later that night, but if you do your bindings on the machine you’ll be even further ahead.

20 minutes of cutting – these are 2.5″ strips for the scrappy trip along.

Four blocks for the scrappy trip along – each one took about 20 minutes, so I spent a bit more time on these.

This is my bee block for February – about 30 minutes to make. The tutorial for the converging corners block can be found at Film in the Fridge.

When I first started quilting my children were little, and 20 minutes a day was usually all I could manage. I can still remember the satisfaction I took from my daily progress. I’ve enjoyed getting back into the habit. Why not join in the fun, and see what you can accomplish in just 20 minutes a day.


January 15, 2013

My granny squares quilt came back from Joan’s last week. I was not disappointed – it all came together beautifully! I’ve shown the back as well – just a few strips of the blue prints pieced with Kona Snow.

I am always filled with good intentions in January. Not resolutions, but intentions. Resolutions imply a certain steely-eyed determination to make them happen. But instead, I prefer to be filled with gentle optimism for all the possibilities a new year brings.

I will eat better, exercise more. I will take a break from work on weekends (a constant danger when working from home.) I am going to QuiltCon (already committed.) I will join an online bee (done!) I will make the Union Jack quilt I didn’t get to last year. I will try foundation paper piecing (I’m such a procrastinator on this one).

I finally caught up on some neglected blog reading this morning, and found a number of new ideas to fuel my enthusiasm. There’s the scrappy trip along everyone seems to have done over Christmas. What a great way to make a dent in my scrap pile. Amy Ellis has started a Dancing Stars quilt along which would help me with my paper piecing intention. Alyssa at Pile O’ Fabric has a skill builder block of the month. This one is quilt as you go, so I could work on my free motion quilting skills. And the Something New Sampler just looks like fun.

I hope your 2013 is off to a great start!

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