Friday, November 18, 2011

An Imprudent Post

I'm coming to my own conclusion that maybe I actually am The Uptight Quilter.  I don't post very often because I hate to post without thinking hard about what I'm going to say and wondering if anyone actually cares and making sure the photos look just so.

Well, not today!  Welcome to my imprudent post.  This post has no forethought whatsoever.  Other than the fact that I thought, I should post something and I should take some photos and upload them for the post.

Here's what's happening currently in my sewing room.

DS Quilts - Daisy Mae
I bought some of each of the 19 new DS Quilts Daisy Mae prints for Joann. They don't feel as nice as the Fairgrounds and Picnic fabrics, but I really like the prints and was able to stack some coupons and get them for 50% off.  I think they are worth what I paid for them.  I'm not a pre-washer when it comes to quilting (to each his own, don't hate on me), but I think I'm going to pre-wash these to make sure they aren't going to bleed or develop crazy off-grain issues and I want to see how they feel after washing.  Has anyone pre-washed their Daisy Mae yet?

Farmers Wife Blocks
I worked on a few more Farmers Wife blocks. I'm going the template route, but I've been measuring the templates and just cutting my fabrics to size. I'm making notes in the book and on my templates of the sizes so I can just refer to the sizes and cut. It would seem like their would be more trimming involved, but I trim anyway, so it doesn't seem to be adding any extra time to constructing the blocks. I'm still using the templates for the unusually shaped pieces. 

Farmers Wife Blocks
Here are the four blocks I did this week.  I would tell you their names and numbers, but since no planning went into this post, I didn't take notes and bring them to the computer with me. I think one of them is called Friendship.

Swoon Blocks
I cut into my DS Quilts Sugar Creek, Picnic, and Fairgrounds and started on a Swoon quilt. I LOVE the huge blocks!

Last Saturday, I moved my rotary mat, iron and scrap bin into the TV room and cut like made during the TCU vs. Boise State game.  Go Frogs!  My thought was to cut out pieces to take on an upcoming trip and assemble on my newest toy...

Hello Kitty!

into super scrappy x and + blocks. But, I can't decide if I like these blocks. OK, well, that's not completely true, I like the blocks and I love the bright busyness. What I'm undecided about is if these blocks break so many rules that people will look at this quilt and think, "Ugh! What a disaster! What a waste of fabric!" I think it's a bit of a hot mess, and I think that's what I like about it!

And that's what's happening in my sewing room today. Happy Friday y'all!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sew to Swap Blog Hop

If you've been following the Sew to Swap blog hop, I'm sure you've seen some great previews of this gorgeous book.  I'm still so thrilled that Chrissie asked me to be a part of this lovely book and I'm honored to be in the company of the talented folks who also contributed to this book.

I mentioned to you in a previous post that this book is beautiful.  The illustrations by Ariel Eldridge are stunning.  I wish I had some of these to hang in my sewing space!

Chrissie's directions and clearly written and she includes everything you need to know about getting into sewing swaps.  The book also features a lot of great general sewing information which I think makes it perfect for the beginner and more advanced sewers alike.  Topics such as fabric grain, choosing fabrics and colors, pressing, and rotary cutting are covered in detail.

Throughout the book, there are little sidebars called "Ask the contributors" with answers to a questionnaire we were asked to complete.  For some reason, most of my answers came across as kind of, well, anal-retentive.  If you know me personally, I'm sure you know I'm not really as uptight as my answers make me sound.  At least, I hope that's the case.

Anyway, a couple of weekends ago, I attended a quilting retreat with some of my awesome quilting friends from the Dallas MQG and the Fort Worth MQG.  I think they got a real kick out of me reading my answers aloud in my snobbiest voice and they got some serious mileage out of my "snacks while sewing" comment (above).  (I did notice that John and Nettie aren't into sticky fingers either, so I'm in some good company.)  But, it was just too funny at the retreat when Angie tore into a big bag of jalapeno Cheetos right next to me.  Ah, good times!  I was debating using this new header for my blog:

I'm glad I could provide them with a few laughs.  I doubt they are finished with me.  ;-)

I was able to participate in four projects in the book. 

The hexagon table runner 
That's my orange hexie at the top and on the book's cover. 

 The curvy block swap
My block is in the lower right corner of the quilt, 

and it also go a really nice full-page photo!

The scrapbuster swap, which was really fun.
My block is the middle right of the photo above.

 And, the wonky siggy swap.

My wonky star made it into another full page photo!

If you are thinking that after this fabulous book tour, you don't even need a copy, think again!  This book is a must-have for your sewing library.  So if you haven't ordered your copy yet, I've got good news!  You can purchase Sew to Swap now for just $14.99 ($10 off the retail price!)  Visit the Martha Pullen Online Store and enter SEW2SWAP at checkout to receive the discount*!

Thank you for stopping by on my blog hop day!  If you haven't visited all the hop stops before mine, use the list below as a tour guide.  Visit those you haven't and stay tuned for ten more days of previews and tidbits about the book!

November 7 Lovely Little Handmades
November 8 
Stitches & Scissors
November 9 
Cluck Cluck Sew
November 10 
My Three Sons
November 11 
Twin Fibers
November 12 
Stitchy Quilt Stuff
November 13 
The Creative Juices of Ariel
November 14 
Texas Freckles
November 15 
Quilt Dad
November 16 
Artsy-Craftsy Babe
November 17 
Little Miss Shabby
November 18 
A Cuppa and a Catch Up
November 19 
A Quilt is Nice
November 20 
A Little Sweetness
November 21 
House of A La Mode
November 22
 I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts
November 23 
Little Bit Funky
November 27 
In His Grace

*Offer expires Nov 30, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. Special Price in US Dollars, for items that are “in stock” only. Martha Pullen Company reserves the right to correct pricing errors.