News From The Studio, Episode 1435

Posted on February 5, 2016 by prairiemoonquilts in Studio News

This week went by at lightning speed — here is it Friday already, and I can’t even tell you where my week went!

I know I spent a lot of it doing math, followed by suffering a migraine. I wonder if those two are related somehow?

I try to spend a little time every day working on the Creativity Challenges. It’s a bit of a break from work, work, work, and helps me feel inspired and refreshed so I can keep at the work that needs to be done — like math . . .

I got my first tree illustration finished:

Tree1dun

And I made another initial, this time from thin cardboard covered with fabric. I am such a sucker for red and white polka dots. Any kind of polka dots, really, but red — I can’t resist!

RedS

There’s a few things I wanted to let you know about, so you can enjoy them right along with me, so I’ll get right to that.

I ran across this Quilting Organizer PDF Pack on Stately Type. Someone mentioned it on InstaGram, and I was on it like a duck on a June bug! I’m planning to fill mine out with my most important projects for the year, and I’m going to use the fabric one to list out all the pre-cuts I have on hand — there’s no way my entire stash will fit on those sheets, nor do I have time to write all that down, or keep it updated. But I’m gonna love the project sheets! I’m adding them to my planner straight away.

Stephanie, over at Late Night Quilter, creator of The Quilter’s Planner (which sold out in record time but is being reprinted), has a free downloadable Yardage Planner that you can use to help plan out how much fabric something is going to take, or how much you’ll need for a certain project.

Amy Ellis, from Amy’s Creative Side, has a great Quilt Planner that you can purchase and download that helps you plan all phases of your quilt, start to finish. She recently added a free addition to her Quilt Planner if you subscribe to her newsletter, so you otta go do that! I use bits and pieces of the Quilt Planner depending on what I’m doing, but the graph paper page sure comes in handy a lot! And my favorite part is the cutting chart — once you’ve filled it out, you know exactly how much fabric you’re gonna need, and you can use it as a cutting guide and be sure you’re not missing any pieces!

Here’s some more coloring pages you might like, from Alisa Burke. They’re not free, but they’re on sale right now.

Another artist whose work I admire: Stephanie Corfee. I believe she has some free downloadable coloring pages scattered about in her blog. I like following her on InstaGram @stephaniecorfeeartworks.

And finally, there’s a Block-of-the-Month going on that has been going on for a while now, but I just found it, and oh my goodness, am I tempted! It’s by Sycamore Hill Quilts, and it’s called Longmeadow. You have to purchase the initial center block, but then all the rest of the parts are free. I’m collecting all the parts, but I haven’t started yet. If anyone wants to volunteer to do it along with me, so I’d have a partner in crime, I could be tempted to start soon!

In other news . . .

The Triangle Salad Quilt-Along is up to Block 9 already! The sewing goes so quickly on this one, that even if you haven’t started yet, it’s not too late to jump in right now and catch up. It’s been fun so far, and we’re churning out blocks like crazy!

All of which will help your block count if you’re participating in the 350 Blocks Project. You are, aren’t you? We’ve already broken one record from last year — we have more participants than ever before — woohoo! If you’re not signed up yet, please consider joining us.

And in between making and posting blocks, I posted a cookie recipe over at The Life of Hazel Ilene that you’re gonna wanna try. They’re Cowboy approved — he’s already asking for more!

cookies

And be sure and check back over the weekend. I have a new free pattern to offer you, and lots of other things to tell you about. See you soon!

4 responses to “News From The Studio, Episode 1435”

  1. randy says:

    My, I need to take a nap after just reading about your week. I am enjoying the creativity challenges. The have effectively started my engines. However I am getting a backlog happening. I am not put paper or my new coloring book next to my chair downstairs. I have done all the exercises in my head. ( I can still hear the weird guy in my swim class carrying on about BACON FAT) I uncovered the item I was looking for for my initial. What does take me longer is my need to incorporate them into what I am currently doing. We had a surprise snow storm up here. Ten inches. This is not a lot normally it just crept up on us.

  2. Sue Hook says:

    I am wrapping up several of the projects I have been working on; Moda Sampler, Triangle Salad, and Ten Commandments; so I am looking for new project but that is way too much appliqué I do not like it that well. I am pretty sure I would never complete. I also plan to make your cookies this afternoon.

  3. Susie Q says:

    So are the goodies in Fiesta? Funny how I can’t tell for sure with the angle from the top.

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