Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pat Sloan's American Patchwork and Quilting Radio

Andie and I are going to be on Pat Sloan's radio show on Monday, Jan. 28 talking about our book, Modern Designs for Classic Quilts. Aghhhh!!!!!!!

The show is at 4:00pm EST, and you can listen to it live here at the APQ website.

After the show, I'll also post the link to where you can listen to the recorded podcast in case you miss the live show.

Can I just say, briefly and geek-ily for the record, I'm totally flipping out excited about this? I mean, holy h-e-double hockey sticks!I'll try to do you all proud, though, and not be a total nerd on the show. "Try" being the operative word...

Love y'all, and happy stitching!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Modern Dear Jane Blocks, Week 12

Still trucking along on this Dear Jane Quilt, although I'm calling in the use of that extra one I made a few weeks ago. I got 4 made, though!

G10 Woven Meadow

G4 Shutterbug
J4 Adelaine's Apron Strings
And with that last one, I'm officially out of "easy" blocks. (uh oh).

E10 Five & Dime
 I can definitely start to tell that I'm making progress! I'm thinking I might tackle that top left corner and finish it up.

In the meantime, my fingers are itching to cut up my Madrona Road fabric....

Happy Stitching!


Monday, January 21, 2013

I Succumbed to the Scrappy Trip Along

There's really not more to say than that. I caved big time to the Scrappy Trip Along that's going around like a virus. Here's the tutorial, just in case you haven't seen it.

And I love it. Of course I do. This bad boy is still in progress - not sure how big it will get!

My life is no longer my own. It belongs to these addictive little suckers.

I accept it.

Here are a few of my favorites (so far...):

So, have you caved to the siren song of the Scrappy Trip Along?

Happy stitching!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Modern Dear Jane Quilt, Week 11

The little stack is growing!

This picture right here is keeping me motivated.

Here are the blocks this week:

C10 Patriot's Lantern
D7 Meeting Place
F2 Kaleidoscope
F3 Snowball
F7 Starstruck
56 down, 113 to go!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Snarky Stitches from Sis

I got some delightful crafty items for Christmas that I wanted to share. Both of these are from my sister -  thoughtful and hilarious gifts, perfect descriptors of Karen!

This gorgeous handmade, leather business card ouch is from Materials + Process, a really cool business based in Karen's home, San Francisco.  

I don't know a whole lot about Materials + Process, but I do know I absolutely love this card holder. It even matches my business cards!

Karen also made me this framed counted cross-stitch piece designed by Subversive Cross Stitch which is now proudly displayed next to my bed. Some anti-vampire sarcasm in place of garlic.

I crack up every time I walk in my bedroom and see this sitting there.

Karen, I now need about 20 more for a gallery wall. Are you on it?

Needless to say, I made out like a bandit this Christmas! Did you get any great craftiness as gifts this year?

Happy stitching!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Modern Dear Jane Quilt, Week 10

WOOHOO! I've made it 10 whole weeks, and this puppy is coming along! (Now if I could only show this kind of motivation and consistency with working out...)

C13 Lakota Sioux
D9 Uncle Richard
D10 Battlefield
E9 Quilt Jail
F4 Old Windmill
51 blocks down, 118 to go (not counting border triangles)

Happy stitching!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Christmas Quilt for Dad

My dad brought it to my attention a few months ago that, despite the large number of quilters and crafters in our family, he still didn't have a quilt of his own.

This oversight has now been rectified. I present: my dad's (only) quilt.

Designing quilts for dudes is definitely a challenge, but I'm happy with out this turned out. 

Simple design, simple quilting, some manly colors. Done.

Another Christmas success story! 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Quilt for Karen

My sis is a pretty cool chick. She's hip with the groovy news.

A cool girl needs a cool quilt, and this is as cool as it gets for me.

The center circle block is one block from Denyse Schmidt's "Single Girl" quilt that I love oh-so much. It's scrappy with some delicious fussy cutting in there - some birds, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, a sensible pear for a well-balanced quilt. You know, the works.

 The background fabric is Essex Linen in Flax. It's fairly delightful, I won't lie. I'll be using this again and again. This linen is a godsend for backgrounds in my opinion. Very snuggly, too.

The quilting was done by my sweet mom in an all-over feather pattern. Very simple and modern, but a fairly dense design which is what I wanted for all the negative space.

There not a ton of piecing in this quilt at all, obviously - just 1 real block! But I think you get a lot of bang for your buck with the flax background. Maybe just me, but I really like the effect.

I was just a hair behind on these Christmas projects, so this quilt got wrapped up with the binding only halfway on. It was finished soon after Christmas was over, though, so no worries, right?

 And sis was snuggled up in it before I could finish binding, so I think she liked it!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Day! Next post: 2013 goals...

Happy stitching!