Friday, February 26, 2010

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday to you all!  We've been having a great weekend so far!  Hubby decided on Friday that he was in need of a "furlough" too, so he took a vacation day and we headed to San Francisco to see the King Tut exhibit at the DeYoung Museum.  We spent a little bit of time wandering around the museum before our appointed time to enter the Tut exhibit, we stumbled upon the second special exhibit the museum was featuring: Amish Abstraction Quilts!  Yipee!

The quilts are amazing -- especially since they were all cut, sewn, and quilted by hand!  If you're looking for something to do today (1/21/10), the museum is open to the public for free -- otherwise, the exhibit will be there until June 6th, 2010.

Here are a few of my favorites -- pictures taken from www.pbase.com/brownsf/amish_quilts, where the rest of the quilts in the collection can be viewed.

(unnamed pattern, Holmes County, OH, c. 1930)

(Tumbling Blocks or Stairway to Heaven, Holmes County, OH, c. 1935)

(Broken Star, Holmes County, OH, c. 1930)

(Old Maid's Puzzle, Holmes County, OH, c. 1930)

This last quilt, whose pattern is a variation on the "Drunkard's Path" quilt block, is my favorite.  Seriously, the picture doesn't do it justice at all!  I was so inspired by this piece, that I'm thinking of trying my own variation at home!

So, the "Crafting ADD" continues here at home!  Unfortunately, I still haven't completed any projects, but this also hasn't stopped me from jumping into new ones!

I finally untied one of the Moda Gypsy Rose layer cakes and cut some 5"x5" squares from half the stack - why, why, why is it always so hard to cut into these Moda bundles?  Is it because they look so nice, sitting prettily bundled on my shelf?  Does anyone else have this problem?

Anyways ... they were sewn to some white-on-white blocks and cut into half-square triangles, and have been sitting there on my rotary mat ever since.  Friday night, I was playing with arrangements a bit, but nothing was coming out right.  Hopefully, inspiration will hit soon!

Speaking, of inspiration -- I've added some new features to the blog.  First of all, I'm starting to compile a list of my favorite blogs and inspiring women!  Sometimes, when I'm in a bit of a rut, looking at all the amazing works of other people can help jumpstart ideas in my head!

This weekend, I found inspiration from Natalie over at Cinderberry Stitches.  She does amazing work not only with some of my favorite Moda lines, but also with beautiful appliqued pieces and embroidery.  Two of my absolute favorite Cinderberry Stitches patterns are:

Fresh Breeze:
(available at http://thimblecreek.com/ for $12.00)

and Tailfeathers:

Natalie's work is so amazing and all of her creatures are absolutely adorable!  She does a great job documenting her creation process so that you can see her designs and patterns from start to finish.

She's inspired me to try a making something with a little bit of embroidery. This is what I've got so far ....

More pictures coming soon!

Second new feature - if you scroll to the very bottom of the blog, you'll see some photos of the latest listings in my etsy shop.  If you click on the photo, it will take you straight to the item.



Lastly, Mom and I have decided to join the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Block of the Month club, which is featuring the fabric of Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas fabric by Moda.

The materials and pattern for the first block will ship in June, so keep your eyes peeled for updates here!  I'll be posting pictures of the completed blocks as we go along!  If you'd like to join, just click on the store link above.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Crafting ADD ...

Hello!  My name is Shelley ... and I have crafting ADD.

Truth be told, I've had the majority of this post written for about a week and a half; however, I've been procrastinating on the posting because I was desperately hoping to have so pictures of finished projects and to be able to claim some yardage as busted.  Alas, I haven't been able to focus on a single project for more than 45 minutes before I lose interest and flit on to something else.

So ... let's get the painful part over with - remember, I'm not counting fabric as busted until the project is finished ... so don't judge me on my small numbers!

Weeks 6 & 7: 1/31 - 2/16/10
Used: .6 yards ... yes, that's "point six"
Purchased: 9.3 yards
YTD: +16.29 yards


Not doing so hot!  The "point six" yards were two finished potholders that accompanied a bread baking book for my sister-in-law's birthday, and this table runner made from more of my Northern Solitudes stash.


(picture courtesy of MC -- thank you!!)

Ok ... on to the WIP's.

First up, is the Valentine's Day project with Mom! We used charm packs from Sandy Gervais's L'Amour line, and the Four Corners Schnibbles pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  I'll be sure to post pictures from Mom's quilt as soon as she can send them, but here's the body of mine:




PS -- Did I mention that the pattern was purchased at Hancock's of Paducah, in Paducah, KY?  When Dad & I were back east, we drove through Paducah on the way to visit my aunt in Owensboro, KY.  I'm sure Dad wasn't totally thrilled with the stop, but he definitely was a good sport -- if you look closely you can see our reflections in the door! :)


 Let me tell you -- that place is the "Quilter's Mecca."  They have sooooo many bolts of fabric!  I swear, if I lived within 5 hours of that place, I'd be there at least once a month!  I'm sure my hubby is very thankful I haven't found a similar place here in California ... or Nevada, Idaho, or Oregon ...


I've been spending a lot of time, lately, working on patterns.  I have several table runner patterns that are just about ready to be listed, so keep your eyes peeled for kits and patterns coming soon.  I'm also getting ready to test three baby blanket patterns, tentatively named, "Surf Birds," "Spring Has Sprung," and "Sweet Lily" ... after my baby girl, of course!

(Lily-Bug cuddling with her doxie chew toy)

If you're interested in testing one of the patterns for me, please send me an email at: Poplun(at)gmail(dot)com and I will send you a free copy of the pattern, in return for your feedback.  More coming on these patterns soon!

I did sneak away from the studio for awhile this weekend.  Rob and I decided that we wanted to mix things up a little for Valentines, so instead of going out to dinner, we went snowshoeing at Sierra At Tahoe!  We had a blast, but it was hard work!  It definitely might become a new tradition!  We never managed to get a picture together on our adventure, so here's my "photoshopped" edition!  Gee ... it almost looks like we're holding hands!