Friday, October 17, 2014

Charm Swap: Rounds 3 & 4

A while back I shared a post about a charm square swap.  Since then I've joined in another swap and this time I signed up for rounds three and four hosted by The Amateur Quilter.
This time the swap is supposed to include one low volume print along with the scrappy print.  I'll admit that I messed up the cutting on one of my fabrics and had to substitute another fabric for four of the low-volume blocks.  Sometimes things just don't go smooth.
One set will have the greens and a low volume, the other set will have the blue and a low volume.  To see more photos of fabrics for the swap you can hop over to the Flickr Group.  
Just sorting my little stacks was a pain in the back.  I can't imagine what Mike feels like when he's done sorting the 56 stacks of fabric he receives for each round of the swap.

A super big thank you to Mike the Amateur Quilter for hosting this great swap again.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tool Tip Tuesday: Quick Curve Ruler

Last year I discovered the Quick Curve Ruler.  It has been sitting on my shelf, patiently waiting for me to decide it was time to stop being afraid of sewing curves and get with the piecing.  
I finally got down to business last Saturday.  I pulled out my growing stack of holiday prints to practice these blocks.  All of the blocks I tried are from the pattern book Curve It Up! This is my first ever block created with this tool.  My trepidation was mostly unfounded.  These curves aren't difficult to sew at all!
I'm going through the pattern book, learning about the basic construction of each of the blocks.  These blocks take some time, but when they finish at 16" x 16" you feel like you've accomplished quite a bit once you give the block the final press and trim.
Curve It Up has twelve different block designs and while I made a good run of it on Saturday the remainder of the blocks will likely take me a while to finish.  If you want to learn more about this ruler and see it in action, I recommend you hop over to the Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog.  They have free patterns and tutorials on how to use the ruler.
I'm mixing and matching with all my holiday prints on this one.  I figured a sampler quilt is the best thing for a project like this.
The last block I pieced on Sunday and I have to admit that I've already started stepping away from the recommended fabrics and started to do my own thing.  It's only a matter of time before I figure out something off the program that I'm willing to give a try.

Are you sewing for the holidays?  Do you have a favorite ruler?  Share!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Wandering Quilt Returns!

Remember when I posted about Soul Stealer?  And about the fun adventure the quilt would be going on?  All the way to Paducah, KY, and then on to the AQS show in Des Moines, IA, as part of the BadAss Quilters exhibit.  I was so excited when someone shared photos from the quilt show on Facebook.  I got to see my quilt from all this distance.
On Thursday evening I returned home to find a UPS notification that i needed to sign for a package and I knew my quilt had finally returned from its travels.
I went home for lunch on Friday so I could catch the UPS man and catch him I did!  I signed for my package and set it aside for the evening.  Back to work I went.
When I got home I grabbed the box and went up to my studio to open up the box and get my ribbon.
Yes, I'm excited and pleased my quilt got to go to a quilt show.  I'm so much more excited about the ribbon that every quilt in the exhibit received.  I love this ribbon!

Thank you to Maddie Kertay at the BadAss Quilters Society for being the advocate to get all these bad ass quilts into the AQS in not just one show but two!  Great job!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thread Thursday

I know, I know... You're tired of hearing about the thread.
I'm not done talking about it, though!  I receive zero compensation for trying to get you to try Superior Threads.  I tell you about it because I am excited about thread and especially about this thread.  Don't worry, you don't have to buy it by the cone like I do, they sell spools, too.
Have I mentioned how much I like being a member of the Thread of the Month Club?  This month I got these amazing colors.  I love the shine of Magnifico and how wonderfully it quilts.  It is great stuff!  I usually pair it with Omni in the bobbin.
One of the benefits of being a member of the Thread of the Month Club is that you get the daily deal all month long AND you can just set those fun daily deals aside until your club order ships and get free shipping on the whole lot!  In this shipment I got a special price on the So Fine! #50 and the pre-wound Bottom Line bobbins.

Since I was holding out for Thursday for this post I have to admit that I've already quilted something with the dark brown So Fine!