Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Butterchurn Project for Le Petite

For my first Le Petite parade, I just completed Butterchurn by Sherri K. Falls.  I used a Portugal and a Prayer Flag charm pack, both by April Cornell for Moda.  Portugal is a charm pack I've had for a long time.  I don't know why I only bought one! What can you do with one charm pack?  I didn't have any ideas, until I saw a Prayer Flag charm pack and realized they would look great together!  When I got home from my LQS with Prayer Flag,  I saw that April Cornell had designed both fabric lines!  I think they go wonderfully together!

Butterchurn for Le Petite Designed By Sherri K. Falls

Be sure to visit A Quilting Life and Pink Pincushion tomorrow to see the Le Petite Parade and find out which project is next!  I'm excited to be in my first parade!  Stop by and join the fun!  Also, let me know if you have any project ideas for single charm packs.  I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wrapping Up A Busy Week!

The fall decorations are put away, the turkey is gone, most of the Christmas decorations are up and I finished my next Layer Cake Quilt Along block. Wow! It has been busy at my house!  But why aren't the lights on the top third of my tree working?  I'm still not sure.  We also took a wonderful trip to Universal Studios in Orlando last week.  How could I leave that out?

Layer Cake Quilt Along Block Designed By Vickie Eapen 

Tomorrow it is back to the school routine again.  But not for long!  Only three weeks until the next holiday break, but between exams, holiday activities, a few more golf and soccer tournaments (didn't I say we were done with that for a while?) it will be busy!  I'll have to sneak some quilting in somewhere!  How are you finding time to get projects finished during the busy holiday season? Let me know.  I'd love to hear how you do it!      

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Last Days For Fall Quilts

Before I pack up my fall quilts and put them away until next year, I wanted to share some of them with you.  I love seasonal quilts, especially fall, and these are a few of my favorites!  

We've already put some lights on the house and gotten the Christmas boxes down from the attic to get a head start on decorating. Our Christmas season keeps getting busier! My DH and I are the "luminary chairs" of our neighborhood this year, so we are responsible for getting 3,200 luminaries sorted and distributed!  I want to have the house decorated before the other volunteers come over to help.  

Special thanks to my helper who took time out of building a roller coaster with K'nex to hold up the last quilt!  He's wonderful!

Enjoy the holiday week with family and friends!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Where Are Your Fabric Scraps?

What do you do with all of your scraps?  Linda from Lavender Ridge did a fun post about scraps and scrap quilts yesterday.  I was thinking I had not made a quilt that was mostly scraps, then I remembered this one.  It's made from bright fabrics that I accumulated over the years from making baby quilts and bright children's quilts. It started out as a placemat, but I was having so much fun making it that I couldn't stop!

Let's Start With Leftovers
Notice the small helper hands and legs!

It was the first quilt that I entered in a quilt show and I was shocked and proud when it received an honorable mention.  I didn't even see the ribbon at first, one of my boys had to point it out to me at the show!
Flowering Vine Quilting

Sunburst Quilting

The bright colors may make it less traditional than other scrap quilts, but a scrap is a scrap!  What do you do with your scraps?  I'd love to hear your comments! I need to make more quilts with mine, the scraps are piling up!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Layer Cake Quilt Along

Friday, I spent some time at my LQS having dinner and working on projects with friends. Thanksgiving was the theme of course, with wonderful dishes and great fun.  I finished my first Layer Cake quilt along block while I was there, just in time to get the next set of directions on Tuesday!  This week I plan to get it finished sooner. The Prayer Flag fabric gave the block a lot of contrast. I left the circle out of the middle because I prefer patchwork to applique, but I'll see how the rest of the quilt goes.  Mary from Quilt Hollow commented on my last post that she liked the accent fabric with the green print better than the cream, and I have to agree. I'm looking forward to seeing what Tuesday's pattern will bring!

Layer Cake Quilt Along

Soccer and golf season are mostly over for us, so instead of driving boys back and forth to practice and games, maybe I will have more time to get blocks done. I love them playing sports, but I have to say I do look forward the break from practices and games during the holidays!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fabric Shopping!

This week I found some great fabrics to go with my Prayer Flag Layer Cake for the Layer Cake quilt along. I'm not sure which light I want to use for the accent fabric.  Any ideas?  I'd appreciate your comments.  One has a small light green print in it and the other is a cream fabric.  I love them both.  Help!  Sometimes I have a hard time deciding on a fabric.  Other times it jumps right out at me.

Prayer Flag fabrics
Which light accent fabric should I choose?

Look at that wild fabric!  That is the one that jumped out at me!

This fabric just had to go on the back of my State Fair Schnibbles!  When I saw it I knew it had to go home with me.  I didn't have the blocks or measurements with me at the time, so it was a little risky.  I am really picky about what fabric I choose for the backing.  I like it to relate to the quilt somehow.  The more the backing goes with the top in some way the better, but I like to mix fabric lines when I can and come up with a different look. This fabric just had so many of the colors from the top and I like that it is a little crazy paired with a more traditional blocks in the top.  What do you like to put on the back of your quilts?  Does it need to relate to the quilt or do you just use what you may have that fits?  Leave me a comment and let me know!  Why is the font changing size on me?  I haven't a clue!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Accuquilt Go! Giveaway!

Linda at Lavender Ridge is giving away a GO! Fabric Cutter!  How exciting! This could lead to a lot of beautiful new quilts.  I'm going to go over and enter before the time runs out. You should too!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Addicted to Schnibbles

Here is what I'm working on right now, the State Fair Schnibbles. These blocks are not sewn together.  It was one of my favorites during the Year of Schnibbles projects and I finally found the combination of Charm Packs that I love for it. I am combining Moda's Chutes & Ladders from my stash and the newer Wee Woodland also from Moda. The browns in both lines make them work wonderfully together!

I have always wondered who needed a rotating rotary mat. The answer is Me!  I am using one for this project and it is amazing!! No more turning the block when squaring it up or trying to twist my arm around to cut (I know you're not supposed to do that).  It is so easy to use!  I am surprised that it rotates as smoothly as it does. A friend at my LQS recommended it.  Why didn't I get one earlier? Thanks Judy!