Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Layer Cake Sampler Quilt Along: A WIP Wedenesday Edition

This post is going to be fairly short and sweet.  I joined along with the Layer Cake Sampler Quilt Along over at Material Girl Quilts, click the image below to check it out.
I resisted for a while, but I kept seeing everyone's blocks popping up on Instagram and caved!  It is such a cute pattern and HST are really fun anyway.  I had already started a quilt using some HST I made using leftovers from a couple of baby quilts back in January.  I love that I was able to make a whole other quilt top from them, which I am almost finished with but haven't had a chance to photograph it yet, so here is just a photo of the blocks.
For the quilt along, I chose to cut into my Reunion by Sweetwater charm packs.  This was extremely hard to do and I went back and forth on it for a while.  I am still not convinced that it was a good idea, but only time will tell I suppose.  I also was pretty late to the quilt along so I only have two blocks done so far and they are on blocks 13 and 14 this week.  I have a lot of catching up to do!
Thanks for stopping by!  This post is linked up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Datura #2: A Pattern By Deer and Doe

I finally made another Datura blouse by Deer and Doe.  I am pretty sure I mentioned this before, but I love this pattern.  I like the way it comes together so much and I love the fit.  This time around I made the collared version (love it), and used some of the Palos Verdes Voile by A Creative Mint for Cloud 9.  This fabric is gorgeous by the way.  
Sorry, I didn't realize how wrinkled it was until I saw these photos!  Here is the back.
Let's rewind of a second and talk about the first Datura I made last year.  I made the triangle cut out version, and used Essex linen in flax for the top portion and The Way of Flowers from the Koi Collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale for the bottom.  Pretty much love how this one turned out as well.
I am also in the process of making another version, with a plain neckline and straight hem using a Nani Iro double gauze I got from a seller on Instagram.  (Instagram is so amazing…and yet so dangerous!)  I have been wanting to make a top or skirt using a border print where I don’t have to hem, and this is it!  I was hoping to have it finished to show you today, but it has been very difficult finding time to sew this week.  You will just have to just check out my pieces for now, and hopefully I will have a finished product to show off soon.
I also have a couple of other Datura blouse ideas and I even bought fabric for them already.  One is similar to a Datura blouse I saw on @christinehaynes feed on Instagram a week or so ago using a navy Art Gallery print for the bottom half and a natural linen color for the top and collar.  I found the same print in a dark gray and plan on making pretty much the same top!  So awesome.  Then for the other I just found another Art Gallery print from the Indian Summer Collection by Sarah Watson.  For this fabric I was thinking plain neckline but a hi-lo hem….if that is even the correct term for it!  Do you think that will be enough?!?!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  This post is linked up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I'm Back....With Some More Farmer's Wife Blocks: A WIP Wednesday Edition

I am so sorry that it has been so long.  It has been tough keeping up with everything lately.  Plus, it has been tax time....dun, dun, duuuuuun!  Anyway, I just wanted to do a little update on my Farmer's Wife quilt.  I finally finished my twelve new blocks for March about a week ago and now it is April already.  What!?!?  I guess I will be doing another update sooner rather than later.  Here is where I am so far with my blocks, I have made 36 so far.  
I am going to show you a close up of six of my latest blocks.  Two of the blocks I made this month were duplicates of each other.  I need to have 34 doubles I believe it is so I thought I would do a couple now.  The first block is the Buckwheat block, which is number 13 in the book.

I love how much the look of the same block can be with different fabric.  It gets me every time!  The next duplicate block I made was the Economy block, number 29 in the book.  I am sure you have heard of this one.  I believe there has been a quilt along on the web where quilters are making whole quilts using only this block.  They look great....perhaps I will have to add that one to my giant list of projects as well!  Here are the two Economy blocks I made for the Farmer's Wife quilt.
Then there is the Broken Sugar Bowl block, number 12 in the book.
Finally, the Evening Star block, number 31 in the book.  The red it this photo looks a little off, but you get the idea!
I am using the template method to make these as instructed in the book, and I like it.  I know there are others out there who use a different method.  Either way I think this is an enjoyable project that I can do a little at a time and I love what I envision the outcome to be!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I am hoping to be blogging more regularly again, so come back soon to check it out!

This post is linked up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mini Dwell WIP: Top Done....Now Onto Quilting!

Well, I feel like there aren't enough hours in the day, but then again I think that a lot of us must feel this way.  I think that perhaps a little prioritization and list making is in order, but doesn't that take time as well?  Anyway, enough of that.  I am finishing up the initial April Showers fabric orders to send out, but I wanted to get a quick post in since it has been a little while.  
I do really love this new collection by Bonnie and Camille, but then again I love pretty much all of them.  While waiting on this new fabric to arrive and procrastinating taxes, I started working on a Mini Dwell using the Thimble Blossoms pattern by none other than Camille Roskelley.  I have been on a bit of a Hometown fabric kick lately, so of course that is what I used.  I basically love it!  Plus, I was able to use some more labels from Sweetwaterscrapbooks on Etsy.  Their labels are amazing!
I just need to figure out how I want to quilt it.  I want it to be fast, but I want it to look good as well!  I take way too long contemplating these things....
The other amazing fabric collection that we just got into the Etsy shop is Grey Abbey by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud 9.  Cloud 9 has a great free quilt pattern using this fabric called the Ribbon Box Quilt on their website.  It is definitely worth checking out.  I have been greatly anticipating the arrival of this one, and it is perfect!  It is up in the shop now, and of course I want to make some thing with it.  But I am going to try my hardest to resist, so I can finish a couple of other projects first.   Maybe if I can finish a couple I will reward myself by sewing some thing new with it!
Lastly, I was wanting to do a giveaway on Instagram, hopefully sometime tomorrow.  If you are interested follow my Instagram account, GoobaDesigns.  I think I will be giving away one of Thimble Blossoms "mini" patterns and a fabric kit with it.  Haven't decided exactly what yet, any suggestions?  

Thanks for stopping by and this post is linked up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Work....What Work?

The last few days might have been the most unproductive days, as far as sewing is concerned, in a long while.  And unfortunately, I think this is only the beginning, since the kid's sports are starting up again.  I guess the good thing about harsh winter weather is that you get to stay inside and sew....or break up fights between the kids!  Anyway, I don't have much to show that I haven't already talked about before, except for the mini Dwell that I started using scraps from my farmer's wife blocks.  I really like the Dwell pattern if you haven't already noticed from my Christmas and Valentine's versions.  Still debating on whether or not to make a Saint Patrick's Day version.   Anyway, Camille Roskelley somewhat recently released a mini version of the pattern.  I was trying to resist purchasing it since I don't really need to start anything new, but she has a 30% off coupon code this week for her pattern shop because of the Moda Spell It With Fabric Blog Hop.  So I caved. 
I haven't gotten far AT ALL! I just have three of the nine houses pieced, but it is tiny, so it shouldn't take long to finish.  And perhaps it will make me feel better about things not being so productive.  As I mentioned before, I am using my Hometown scraps (with a tiny bit of Reunion here and there) because I just can't get enough of it right now and I just purchased some Hometown labels from Sweetwater's Etsy shop that I as thinking of incorporating into the mini Dwell quilt somehow.  Perhaps as doors and windows...we will have to see!

This post is linked up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.