Monday, February 21, 2011

{Warning} MEGA-blog-post ahead!

I'm not sure why, but I've had a mega case of "blogger's block" over the last couple of weeks.  While I seem to have manged to write and re-write my growing list of things I wanted to share with you, I haven't managed to write a single word here.

So, when I read Rachel's post over at p.s. i quilt about "indecisive blogging" this afternoon, I decided to take her advice and "just do it" already!  Without further ado, here's what's been going on in Poplun-land lately.

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A little bit of shopping ....
Stash Update: February 1 - February 17, 2011

  • Purchased:  13.5 yards including a Lollipop fat-eighths bundle for this month's Le Petite Project, and a whole bolt of my favorite white-on-white polka dot fabric.
  • Used: Zip.  Unfortunately, no finished projects in the last two weeks.
YTD: + 18 yards

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A little bit of sewing ...

So, I've finally been able to clean up my sewing room and have organized my works-in-progress back into their five little boxes.  This month, I've been working on:

Box #1: The February Le Petite project, "Sweet Spot," a Schnibbles Pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  

We have three baby boys expected in the (extended) family between May and June, so I've been on the lookout for boy friendly patterns and fabrics lately.  When Burgundy Buttons, one of my new favorite online quilt shops, had a great sale on Lollipop fabric bundles, I poked that "purchase" button like lightening and immediately cut it up for this pattern.

I'm really happy with my progress, so far, but also know that I need to get my butt in gear if I'm actually going to finish before the 28th!  I'm not sure why, but for some reason I made the HST border blocks first, and then started on the center stars.  Maybe I was inspired by my "Lemon Taffy" quilt ... who knows!
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Tangent Warning!!
I just realized that I never posted pictures of my "Lemon Taffy" quilt.  Yikes!  So, since this is a "just go with it" post, I'd better share them now ... because at the rate I've been blogging lately, if I don't, it might be next October before I remember.

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... and back to the 5 Boxes update ...

Box #2 contains another Miss Rosie's Quilt Co pattern called "Eventide" and my stash of Martinique leftover from last August's "Twin Quilts".  

Ever since I purchased my sewing machine almost 4 years ago, I've either sold or gifted every quilt I've made.  I have been wanting to take the time to make a quilt for myself to keep at home and share with my family for awhile now, but haven't been able to find a pattern I was in love one, and hadn't taken the time to design one.

When I started the "Twin Quilts" last August, I went ahead and splurged on a whole Fat Quarter stack just so that would have enough fabric left over to make a quilt for me too.  I happened to stumble across the Eventide pattern around Christmas time over on Thelma's blog, but a couple of days ago, I saw that Thelma is hosting an Eventide Quilt-Along!  Since I'm already waaaaaayyyyyy behind on my prospective projects for the year, I initially had some reservations about committing to the project ... but as you might have guessed, I decided to say "What the Heck!" and signed up to participate.

If you're interested in joining up, there's still time!  Just hop on over to Thelma's blog to let her know that you want to sign up, and post your quilt progress every Tuesday!

Box #3: is breaking the rules this week.  I'm 95% done with last month's Le Petite project - embarrassing, I know!  I really only have to put on the final outer border and then that baby is done!!  However, I ended up with an awkward number of leftover 2.5" squares, so technically, this box is also holding my first forays into Hexagon English Paper Piecing.  I have to tell you, I think I'm addicted!  I totally understand why they're so popular!  I've found that it's really nice to have some hand-work to do in front of the TV.

If you're interested in giving it a try, I found my templates here.  For me, the 1" hexie works great with a 2.5" square of fabric.

Boxes #4 & #5: contain my two spring patterns.  I'm hoping to having them available in my etsy shop soon, but in the meantime, here's a quick sneak peak!!

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And {finally} a little bit of knitting!

I've finally finished the first of my Embossed Leaves socks.  Hooray!  The pattern is a great one by Mona Schmidt in Favorite Socks and it's really easy to follow ... but I'm the world's SLOWEST knitter ... so they're taking forever.  Let's hope that the second one doesn't take quite as long as the first one took me!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Love is in the Air ...

... and to celebrate, I'm having a little sale over in my Etsy shop!

To celebrate St. Valentine's Day next, several of my patterns are on sale for $1.49!  Regular retail price is $8.00.

Happy Sewing!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Kit Builder Contest at Connecting Threads

If you haven't visited before,

is a great online fabric company that produces its own fabric at very reasonable prices.

This week, Connecting Threads is introducing their Kit Builder Tool - a great tool that lets you play around with fabric combinations to create custom kits for several CT patterns.  All you have to do is choose your fabric and drag it over the pattern layout to instantly see how your fabric choices will look as a finished project.

Here is a table runner kit and a quilt kit I designed this morning

This week, CT is have a contest to celebrate!  Head on over to their website, build and save your kit, feature it on your blog or discussion board, and submit your final design by 2/9/11.  Three winners will receive CT gift cards. Hooray!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Stash Update

Yikes!  I just realized that I haven't done my weekly Stash Update at all for 2011!

Stash Update: January 1 - January 31, 2011
  • Purchased:  10.75 yards for a new pattern, a shower gift, and a great sale on my favorite polka dot background fabric.  
  • Used: 6.25 yards on my "Lemon Taffy" quilt
YTD: + 4.5 yards

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Project photos are coming soon, and I'll post my 5 Boxes update as soon as I find out what the February Le Petite project for February will be ... and mange to clean up my work space to actually find the boxes ...

... In the meantime, as no blog post should be picture-less, I leave you with photos of my babies enjoying their favorite treats.  Happy sewing!!

Luigi chomping down ...

Lily, practicing her best "Disney Princess" eyes - tink, tink

January Le Petite {un}FINISH{ed}

January's Le Petite project was Mon Ami by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co ...

Despite hitting a brick wall with my first fabric choice (1974 by Moda), I was making great progress with my quilt once I decided to switch over to Aston Manor by Moda. 

This is another fabulous Carrie Nelson pattern ... however ... it requires about 400 little half-square-triangle units  With my niece arriving early and my iron deciding to crap out on me Sunday night, I just couldn't pull off a finish this month.

I'm really excited to have this one finished to hang in my dining room in time for Valentine's Day, and with the beautiful colors in this line, I think I'll be able to leave it there all the way through Easter.

I'm hoping to be able to finish sometime this week and will post pictures soon, but in the meantime, head over to The Pink Pincushion and A Quilting Life later today to check out the parade of finishers.  Can't wait to see all the projects!