Sunday, August 29, 2010

Vintage Finds...

My Grandmother had much fabric and items saved up for many years, she loved sewing and crafting. My great grandmothers were also avid quilters (I have several antique quilts stashed away). My grandmother passed away 6 years ago, but my Uncle still lives in her house. Today my Mom and I went over and he gave us many boxes that had been hers. We found great vintage fabric (I brought home 9 shopping bags full). I also found some old quilting books pictured above (The cotton book dates back to 1950, the rest are mostly 1970's). We also found a little metal container with the above quilt patch. The pattern pieces were inside too, along with several pieces cut out to make more. There's also a stack of 20 9 patches that are sewn together with a little note. I'm not sure what this quilt pattern from the patch is called, but I like it. I wonder if it can be machine pieced, I may try it someday.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the Daisy Doodle Fat Quarter pack is Debby
of Chester, NY. Congratulations Debby, I will be sending you an email to get your mailing address. Her comment was

crowefan0517 said...

A tote bag is just screaming to be made with these fabrics. I am a definite "Bag Lady" as are many of us quilters I'm sure. Congrats on your shop! One of the things I have on my list of things to do when I stop giving it all away :)

-debby, chester ny

A big thank you to everyone who left a comment, followed my blog and blogged about my giveaway. I enjoyed reading all the comments of what you would do with this fabric. Thanks!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Giveaway to Celebrate Opening my Etsy Shop

I am having my 1st giveaway to celebrate opening my Etsy shop this week . I am giving away a fat quarter bundle (7 fat quarters total) of the new Daisy Doodle fabrics. Here is what you need to do if you want to win:
1. Leave me a comment and tell me what you would make with these fabrics. Make sure I can see your email address so I can contact you.
2. Follow my blog (or tell me that you are already a follower)
3. Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with a link to your blog
The giveaway will be open through Friday, August 27th. I will post the winner on Saturday the 28th.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jungle Baby Quilt

Another finished quilt. I actually finished it at the beach and was going to take a picture with the ocean as a background, but it was raining when we got up Saturday, so it didn't work out. I really like how this Jungle Baby Quilt turned out. I followed "The Road Trip Tutorial" over at Cluck Cluck Sew for this one and straight line quilted it. I love all of the Monaluna Mingle fabrics, I think the blue circles are my favorite. I used the brown mingle dots for the binding. And for the back I combined the 3 Kona solids with the Alexander Henry 2D Zoo. I think this may be one of my favorite finishes.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gee's Bend Quilts

While we were at Myrtle Beach last week we drove past the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach and saw they were having the exhibit "A Survey of Gee's Bend Quilts". So of course we stopped and had to check it out. They had some beautiful quilts. I really enjoyed looking at all of them and got a few ideas as well. If you're in the Myrtle Beach area, stop in and check out these quilts, it's worth the time.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Myrtle Beach area Quilt Shops - People, Places and Quilts

Our last quilt shop on the trip was People, Places and Quilts. This shop is located in Charleston, SC. I thought it was only an hour drive from Myrtle, but it's actually about 90 miles, so we had a bit of driving on Thursday. My husband, Scott, and son, Troy came along for the trip. This shop was so cute, and I was so excited to find a Nicey Jane charm pack and an Amy Butler charm pack. After the quilt shop we had lunch at Jestine's, it seems like a famous restaurant, they had magazine articles all around on the walls that featured Jestine's. Even Rachael Ray had been there on her 40 Dollars a Day show. Overall it was a really fun trip to Charleston.

Myrtle Beach area Quilt Shops - Sewin' in the Carolinas

My second quilt shop stop while at Myrtle Beach is Sewin' in the Carolinas. This was right off of Highway 501 outside of Myrtle. They had lots of fabrics too. I found some Erin McMorris, some Joel Dewbery, and a few other Freespirit fabrics. They also had Moda, Robert Kaufman and more. I spent about 45 minutes in this store browsing and shopping.

Myrtle Beach area Quilt Shops - Quilters Cottage

Well we just got back from our Myrtle Beach, SC vacation last night. I was able to go to 3 quilt shops while there. I just wanted to share each one and what I found there. The first one is Quilter's Cottage in Surfside Beach, SC (just south of Myrtle). This is a really nice quilt shop, lots and lots of fabrics. They had a variety of fabrics, I found some Nicey Jane, some Moda, some Robert Kaufmann and much more. I went to this shop 2 different days because it was 5 minutes from the beach house we were staying at. I also picked up a charm pack of Bliss there for my Mom, but I gave it to her before I snapped a picture of it.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Quilt Top and a Finished Quilt

Here's a quilt top I put together last week using some of those fun Alexander Henry jungle prints and some other nice bright fabrics (Monaluna Mingles, Kona School Bus Orange, Kona Chartruse, and not sure the name on the Kona blue). I followed the pattern that Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew posted a few weeks ago.

And here is my finished quilt using the Kona Coal fabric as the background. I quilted it using the pebble quilting. I'm really happy with the finished result. Here it is after being washed and dried.