Lots of news this time. I’ve been too busy to sit down and tell you about any of it up till now!
I just returned from Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis, MN. For the 6 or 7 weeks prior to this point, I’ve been sewing like mad, getting projects ready for both Market and for my classes at the Arrow Rock Quilt Camp.
Now that they’re both over with, I get a little breather, so I’d like to show you some of the things I was working on, and fill you in on some other happenings. Sorry this is long, but if you read to the end, there’s chance of a reward!
You can see more pictures and read more about it HERE. Honestly, it’s hard to pick a favorite print from this line. I love them all! Girly octopi, seahorses, and pirate sharks — watermelons, pineapples, and gingham, they’re all so cute! The pattern for this quilt is called “Gimme Diamonds” by Four Paws Quilting, and you can get it HERE.
I also made THE most adorable little purses for them. From the outside, they look like little canteen-style purses, but on the inside — they’re actually sewing kits! I made four of them, and I think this one is my favorite, made from their “Summer Love” collection.
You can see Dear Stella’s pictures of all four of them HERE.
They have pockets and elastic bands inside to hold all your sewing goodies, and room for pieces and parts of your projects, and they zip all the way open to lay flat so you can use it easily. I really really want to make another one for myself, but who knows if I’ll find the time?
However, I urge you to make one for yourself, because you’ll love it. The instructions are super easy to follow. Trust me, if I can make it, you can make it, because I’m not much of a bagmaker, and I pulled these off just fine. The pattern is called the “Nest Egg Tote”, and it’s by Carolyn Friedlander, and you can get it HERE.
Even though I was supposed to be busy sewing, I decided to
procrastinate take some time and put up a chalkboard surface on my sewing room door.
I had planned to turn the entire west wall of my sewing room into a whiteboard, but after using the room for a few months, I’ve decided instead that the west wall needs to be an additional design wall, which leaves me no space for the whiteboard idea.
However, since the door is usually always open, I decided that it might as well become a useful surface, rather than just looking like this:
So I purchased some self-adhesive (and easily removable, if necessary) chalkboard vinyl sticker “paper” from Houseables on Etsy. Super easy to apply to the door, and I was in business with a new chalkboard surface within minutes — I love it! (Now to get that other design wall put up!)
Market was overwhelming, as usual, and I came home with lots of new ideas spinning in my head. And came home wanting to sew. And then I saw this:
My friend, Cindy, along with some of her friends, is hosting a Quilt-Along for the “My Small World” quilt of Jen Kingwell’s design. While I know I don’t have time to attempt it, I’m passing along the information to you, because some of you might — I love everything Jen Kingwell does, so perhaps you do, too! The information about the Quilt-Along can be found HERE.
As happens every spring and fall, Amy Ellis, over at Amy’s Creative Side, is hosting the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. You should go enter a quilt, look at the other quilts, and when the voting begins on Friday, vote for your favorites. The show is always full of wonderful eye candy!
Yesterday, I was a guest on Pat Sloan’s American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast (along with Jen Kingwell!). If you missed it, you can still listen — the link will be up later, and I’ll update to provide that once I have it.
I also introduced my newest pattern, AmpersAnd. Please stay tuned all this week, as I introduce several other new patterns I’ve been working on!
I collected some goodies from Market, and I’d like to share the bounty and pass along some goodies to you, my faithful readers. If you’d like to win a package of surprise goodies, just leave a comment here on this post, and I’ll draw for a winner on Friday, May 22nd. Thanks for visiting!
UPDATE: The winner of the Market goodie package is Angie in SoCal!