Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stash enhancement

Hey, Sean, I think I hear someone out in the garage messin' with your stuff! Hurry, go out there and check it out! There's nothing interesting to see here anyway.

OK, now that we got rid of him, I'll share my stash enhancement for the week.

What's this you ask? Oh, that huge stack of lovely fabric up there? That's just fat quarters of the entire line of Paula Prass' Woodland Delights collection that I won from Jona at Fabritopia during Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Week!
I know, awesome, right!

And those fun patterns? Oh, yea, I WON THOSE FROM JONA TOO!

Since she was already shipping a box to Texas, I went ahead and bought some lovely yardage at Fabritopia to go along with those fat quarters to use for binding, backing, etc. I love this happy collection.

Jona has some great fabrics on sale and has a fantastic selection at Fabritopia. Head over there and check it out and stop by her adorable blog too. She's a sewing maven! Thank you so much, Jona!

I won an auction on Ebay and added another HTF (hard to find) FMF (Flea Market Fancy) print to my FMF stash.

So, if I count the swatches from Jody and Holly, I'm only missing one print, the blue seeds. If you are wondering how I acquired all of these lovlies, I put notes on the flickr photo. Almost all of the swaps were for that Pez fabric I found at the Dallas Quilt Show. That turned out to be a sweet find!

I hope she doesn't mind me sharing this, but the sweet Holly from thimble+bobbin sent me the most wonderful package of 2.5" squares for my hexagon quilt!
Hey, Holly, YOU ROCK! 

(yes, it's been a pretty good week)

I received a generous swap from a thoughtful member of the Hexagon Charm Quilt Piece-Along flickr group who included the most adorable needle case with a little embroidered hexie on the front!
Geesh, you guys are laying it on heavy.
I'm feeling really blessed this week!

Sorry for the two post in one day. I was just too excited and couldn't keep all this goodness bottled up!

Family Quilt

My mother's cousin has blessed me with my first family quilt with a known history! I have a few other quilts that belonged to my grandmothers, but I don't know where they came from; I don't think any of them were made by family members.

This wonderful quilt was a wedding gift to my great-aunt and great-uncle who married in May of 1933 in Lovington, New Mexico. It was made by my great-uncle Marvin's mother for his marriage to my grandmother's sister, my Auntie Margaret.

It's entirely hand pieced and hand quilted.

Although it is in wonderful condition for its age (it's at least 77 years old), the fabric has worn quite thin and it is damaged in a few places. I want to make sure that it is well preserved, but I'd like to enjoy it too, so I'm not sure how to best display or store it. If anyone has experience with preserving, caring for, or displaying vintage quilts, I'd love some advice!

Thank you again, Ron!  I promise to treasure this beautiful gift for a lifetime!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Cheater print winner and some hexies

Val, you're the winner of the Lecien cheater print! I'll send you a message and get the fabric in the mail.
I wish I had a piece of this cute fabric to send to everyone. Thanks for playing y'all!

I added the hexagons I made in the car over the past few days to my box. So far, I've made 1,016 charm hexagons. I've got about 275 sewn together, so there are about 740 in the box. Would you believe that I haven't actually cut into my folded fabric stash for hexagons yet? This is all from scraps and swaps! My quilt may end up being bigger than originally planned because I still have lots of fabrics to add!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hexagon Thoughts :: Week Eight :: Cheater, cheater!!

I know I said I wasn't going to use the same fabric twice in my hexagon quilt, but when I saw this Lecien La fille de Pooh-tan today, I decided I'm going to be a cheater. This cute cheater patchwork is made up of 20 precious prints.

I trimmed it into 3" squares and then down to 2.5" squares for my one inch hexies. I guess when a fabric is really nice (and I think all Lecien fabric is really nice), maybe it's okay to cheat. Y'all just don't tell anyone I cheated, okay. I'm not planning on cheating any more after this, but if you want to, cheater prints like this would be a great way to add unique charms to your quilt.

Do you want to be a cheater too? This 15 x 12" swatch contains 20 different prints. Would you like to have it for your hexagon project? Leave a comment asking nicely and I'll draw a name on Monday evening (after dinner, Texas time). Good luck!