Monday, May 21, 2012

May Giveaway Day! *winner*

....And the random winner is....Michelle Hudak, who said, "Lilacs are my favorite flower and no brunch is complete without bacon..the crispier the better."
Michelle, I am with ya on that bacon thing.

Thanks for stopping in, I know there are a *lot* of great giveaway posts to check out this week, so I will make this quick!
I am offering up the Sunday Basket Brunch Quilt pattern from BasicGrey for Moda. International entries are welcome. A winner will be chosen randomly & announced on Friday.

basicgrey pattern -sunday basket brunch

To enter, tell me your favourite thing to eat for brunch. Or your favourite flower (Cosmos are mine!)
Following my blog is optional, but I would appreciate it  :)


Bloggers' Quilt Festival: Retro Flowers

Amy's Creative Side

I bought Christina's Retro Flowers pattern a little while ago, when Curves Class was first announced. The quiltalong came at a perfect time for me so I signed myself up! I knew I wanted to test out the pattern a little before jumping in with both feet & making a huge quilt. My leftover 'Pretty Bird' bits & pieces seemed like a good place to start. Not unlike the last time I used these fabrics, they grew on me the longer I worked with them. I had wanted to use up all my Kona Ocean...but when my little test project started to become more, I had to order more fabric! (Such a shame, eh?)
retro flowers. finished front

My little machine gave me some trouble during the piecing glad I stuck it out though! I turned my blocks on point & a baby quilt was born. The plan was to use Kona Tangerine for the binding, with a mostly Ocean backing. Well, immediately after making the orange binding, I knew it wasn't going to work for me. It had to be Ocean. I was not about to wait on another order of Ocean, so the backing became a mish mash of all the leftover fabrics from the front.
retro flowers. back mish mash

retro flowers. folded

Quilt StatsFabric: Pretty Bird by Pillow & Maxfield
 Kona Ocean & Robin's Egg
Size: 36 x 48"
Pattern: Retro Flowers
Quilting: All quilting is done by me, on my clunky old Kenmore

Monday, May 7, 2012

A little help, please?

I am looking for opinions. My 3 year old niece said, "That's so pretty, it's my favourite quilt, how did you make it so fast?" I didn't bother to ask the husbeast on this one.

Is this crazy busy?

domestic bliss...start

I couldn't wait to cut into my Domestic Bliss layer cake, my first ever layer cake! I ordered some Kona solids to coordinate with it, but I ordered them on Saturday, the same day I started cutting...So, they weren't here on time! haha.
As I was cutting & sewing, I was loving it. Ironed, trimmed, stuck them up on the design wall and then....did not like them so much. I slept on it. I like it better now, but it still seems to be just a little too much.
I have eleven more blocks, I could add another row. I could sash them (even though it's not my favourite task!). I could group them in blocks of four & sash those....I just don't know. And I want to go sew them right this second! Still, without solids or any idea what to actually sew together. *sigh*


Additional info: It is not destined to be a certain size, or live with anyone I know. I just needed the fabric...and will probably try to sell it when it's finished.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fresh Sewing Day {April Finishes}

Well, I have never linked up to Fresh Sewing Day before; it's embarrassing how much I *don't* finish in the average month! April was a little different though. Here's what I've got!

Fresh Sewing Day!

The three quilts alone are a huge accomplishment for me. Throw in a bee block, a couple of pillows & a few small things for my upcoming sale, and I am starting to wonder what I was doing that was working so well for me in April.
Less tv, yes. More coffee, well, yes. The biggest motivator was probably my craft sale. I need deadlines. I need them, so I can slack off & then sew like a madwoman right down to the wire. It's just my style, I guess. Now I know - better plan for another show!?!

Lily's Quilts