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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A New Year's Wish for friends near & far

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline.

May laughter assault your lips!

May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires.

May happiness slap you across the face and your tears be that of joy.

May the problems you had forget your home address!

May your health be that of an Olympic athlete.

May your friends multiply like snowflakes in a blizzard.

In simple words………..May 2009 be the BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Quilt as you go...so many options

I would LOVE a long arm machine. But until that dream comes true, I will be quilting by hand or with my regular sewing machine. It is more than difficult for me to quilt a large lap quilt (or bigger) with my sewing machine, so I have been seeking out quilt-as-you-go methods for the past year.

Of course, there is rag quilting. this is a great solution that will give a great usable quilt that begs for repeated washings. Here is a great tutorial from the old Simply Quilts show. It is a great jumping off point for your creativity.

Next, I have become intrigued with Divide & Conquer by Nancy Smith & Lynda Milligan. Here again is a link from the Simply Quilts show. I have the book & it is much easier to follow. I have used 1 of the methods in the book already & the second method is also on my radar.

I have also used an add a strip method like in this project that was a great way to practice free motion quilting. Nothing like developing 2 skills at once! This is a great method for making a reversible quilt with different interest on each side...like one side spring & the other fall tones!

Do you have a favorite to share?

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sewing Saturday & Sunday


I am hopefull to finish my floating stars quilt this weekend and I don't know about you, but as I am getting to the binding of the current project, my mind is already wandering to "what's next".
So, I have out a stack of books that is half as tall as I am (almost) trying to decide. I think I have it narrowed down to a few options. I still have a layer cake throw quilt to finish quilting, so I am in no hurry to make up my mind (good thing!). It will be odd to have only 1 UFO!

I am also putting together an online photo album of options for a customer for a king sized bed quilt. This will most likely be my next project, in actuality. I am hoping for a log cabin of some sort...I just love log cabins!

I have decided to attach the square yoyos by hand instead of machine, so that takes care of my current handwork project. I have to have something to do with my hands while I watch TV at night...or they find their way to Oreo's (double stuff...yum).

Stay tuned for pics of the projects that are oh so close to completion.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Early Thursday Tips~Merry Christmas to All

I wish all of you the best holiday possible tomorrow and hope you take a moment tomorrow to count your blessings, large and small. In the past week, I have been very reflective about and thankful for all my life has become.

In that vein, it is my Christmas tip for us all; Never let a blessing go unrecognized, unthanked, or underappreciated.



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Monday, December 22, 2008

Monday Morning Surfing

I have found a whole new world of surfing lately. Since joining twitter (find me @ www.twitter.com/fabricsnquilts) I find myself surfing around looking at who my new followers follow & checking out blogs...and blogs they follow...then etsy stores...and who they have faved...

Time seems to melt away like a dream sequence in the movies....

So here are some of my new fave quilting blogs I have found in the past week. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

A Quilter's Journey Back in Time
http://www.onlinequilting.worldpress.com
http://kalamaquilts.blogspot.com/ Her most recent post adds nicely to the last Fiber Friday post
http://patchworkandstitcherygarden.blogspot.com/ Now I don't read German, but I love the collection of thimbles, and there is always freetranslation.com for help with content :)
http://quilt-it.blogspot.com/
http://carole-quiltingadventures.blogspot.com/ LOVE her banner! Check out this post for sure!I am so jealous! http://carole-quiltingadventures.blogspot.com/2008/11/stephen-in-spot-light.html

Just imagine where all these new sites will take you! I could go all day just surfing off from them!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Saturday & Sunday Sewing

I have a wonderful weekend of sewing planned. First I am creating the largest diaper bag ever known to mankind (*wink*) for the cutest local lady who is expecting her 2nd son in the next couple of weeks. To be able to carry all she needs for both her new arrival & her 2 year old, we have designed a 2' by 1' by 6" deep bag. I can't wait to see it myself!

I also picked up some new John Deere Pink cotton last night, a print I had not seen yet. So I may make a purse & wallet set from that for last minute in-store shoppers next week. We all know men wait until the last minute.

The majority of my Sunday sewing will be devoted to finishing up the floating stars quilt. I marked the border last night & am ready to roll now. BUT, my yo-yo (McAllistar McPuff from Georgia Bonsteel's Easy Does It) is also almost done; just 16 more to cinch up & I can start connecting. Both of the quilt projects have been a blast & I am so glad to see them so close to completion. I may be singing Merry Christmas to ME on Monday!

Have a super stitchin' weekend!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fiber Friday~Scraps to Heirlooms

My usual blog readers know that my scrap boxES have been overflowing and that I vowed around Halloween to not cut fabric off the bolt or use new fabric for any projects the rest of the calendar year. So far, I have done very well, only pulling new fabric for quilt backing. The rest of the fabric has come from my stash & scrap bins. I am wrapping up project #3 now and hope to have it to show in the coming week.
In this vein, this Fiber Friday we are going to look at scraps.

I don't know if I could add anything of consequence that is not mentioned in this wonderful website, but I will try.



First, I know the scrappy look is not for everyone. I like it because it is nostalic to me. Looking back at quilting as a way to warm the family, nothing went to waste and scrap quilts were born of that necessity to stay warm. This quilt is courtesy of the article linked above.



Personally, I think most quilters WANT to use their scraps but are somewhat intimidated at the task. If your scrap "bin" is like mine, I understand your plight. Once upon a time, I divided the stash to separate out all the flannel and then to take the remaining cotton & separate by color family. So that was a big pat on the back for me, but it didn't lead to anything except organized boxes.

I really like the idea presented in the article above about trimming your scraps before you bin them. I like the idea, but I don't know if it is practical for me. When I am cutting out a project, I don't really think I will take the extra time to cut the scraps down for a project that may be one day. I need to come to terms with this. Plus there is the issue of the current pile to get trimmed....daunting to say the least!

So, I would love to see your tips and your fave webstites for organization, scrap quilt, scrap buster patterns. For me, when quilt #3 is done, I think I will do one more top before year end from the bins. I am already planning my reward quilt; the one I will do after the first of the year to congratulate myself on a fall of using what I had on hand.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thursday Tips~Scrappy Floating Stars

I am nearly finished with my Twin sized Scrappy Floating Stars quilt and have a tip to share with you if you decide to try this one.

It took me a while to SEE the stars in this one, so by the time I did, it was too late to make a change to my layout. Here I circled the star (which is now so totally obvious to me). I already had the borders on I was just not going backward at that point.


The stars kinda fall in a diagonal fashion. You will see from this pic from the pattern, that the outside blocks do not form a complete star. If you make this quilt, I would suggest doing half blocks on the perimeter so that your stars are fully formed across the entire quilt.



Another tip for this project!

When you are working step 2, go ahead & sew another seam to join the corners you will cut away. Now instead of 2 triangles to add to your stash, you have a square. From my twin quilt, I ended up with over 200 of these jems and no bias edge sewing necessary. I debated using them in my border, but decided to save for another project (yet to be decided).

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ze Imporant French Award



Thanks to BerryBlueCreations for bestowing the coveted
Marie Antoinette Award
on me. Though I don't quite know all the rights & benefits this award bestows upon me, I gleefully accept! (who doesn't love an award?) Check out her Etsy store & blog!

I give you the blogs that I believe also deserve the recognition for your consideration (& checking out!)




RagamuffinQuilts

Ashlawnfarms

QuiltingCafe

SojournQuilts

MountainHomeQuilts

Kimbuktu

KuddleZoo



RULES of de game
1 Please ad the logo on your blog
2 Place a link to the person from whom you received the award.
3 nominate at least 7 or more blogs
4 put the links to those blogs on your blog
5 leave a message on their blogs to tell them they are the chosen ones

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sewing Sunday

Today will finally see a little warm weather here in TN. We hope to hit 50 & see the snow melt today. One day of nice sunny warmth is to be followed by 4 days of rain, so I should be outside today, but I think that today will be a quilting day for me.

I have 2 quilts close to completion & am going to focus on 1 most of the day & see if I can wrap it up. I have a few small projects lined up next to get a little quick gratification.

So, no new listings for me today, but I hope you saw all the notions I added to www.fabricsnquilts.etsy.com over the past couple days. I will concentrate on getting my quilt patterns & books listed next week, as well as the new notions that will be coming in next week.

Hope for sunny warm days for all!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Fiber Friday~Homage to Handmade

What does that mean, a homage to handmade?
To me it means that the arts and crafts that provided our forefathers (& mothers) with livlihood, comfort, solice continue to do so. Somewhere along the way, Arts & Crafts changed from a classic style rich in heritage, quality and workmanship to an activity involving children, macaroni & paste. I, of course, think of Arts & Crafts in terms of the "movement", and all that mindset entailed. The American Craftsman style, for me is embodied in the works of Frank Lloyd Wright & Gustav Stickley.
Check out this article by PamelaQuilts . It was my inspiration for today. I agree with all her points, and as she said, could think of more, but I really think it applies to all forms of artistic craftwork.

So in this my public show of respect to handmade, I am going to show off some of my favorite etsians, fiber & other media as well.






This hand quilted bed quilt by OriginalsbyLauren shows her proficiency with piecing, color temperature and handquilting. Given the hundreds of hours invested by the artist in this quilt it is an heirloom for its new owner's family for certain!







Not all craft has to be serious either. Art is fun, let's face it! QuiltingCafe knows this and it shows in her work! Look at this postcard. What a wonderful surprise to find this treasure in the mailbox. And think of all the folks that handle the postcard along its journey who get to see her too!




Switching gears a little, where would the world be without metalsmiths? TimothyAdamDesigns has a wonderful series of metalwork depicting vintage cameras..using rivets! This necklace is my favorite in that series. He has the most awesome furniture too!




Who doesn't need a flutterbutt? Come on! These creations get my "cutest creatures on Etsy" designation. Created by Raisinlike, these puppets make me smile EVERY TIME I see them! And just saying "Sunny Flutterbutt" if fun!








Here's another lost art...writing. I mean really writing. Taking pen in hand and putting thoughts on paper in legible handwriting. I admit, I have a problem with the last part. I have been told I have the "handwriting of a serial killer," which doesn't sound very nice, but I know it's a movie quote, so I let it go. So maybe we need some motivation! PaperParaphernalia has several blank journals available in her store, but I love this one best. Think of how many folks in your life you need to give a top 10 List of Love to!







Now, I have a personal tidbit to tell you. I have skinny wrists (risque, I know); I have a bracelet I received in 3rd grade that still fits, sad, but true (if only my backside would have retained its high school shape so well). Well, anyway, I digress. My friend, RagaMuffinQuilts crocheted me the coolest set of wrist warmers, just like these. I have to tell you that I wash them all the time because I wear them everyday. They are so versatile. I can double them over so they are not in my way when typing, loop them over my thumb for trips outside with my pooch, or not loop them over the thumb. I can say they are the coolest gift I got all year.







Now, since I brought up jewelry, I have to say that frillz is a total fave! She describes her pieces as art to wear & I agree. I also love her obvious sense of humor. Check out white trash!





I could go on & on and show off everyone in my favorites list, but that isn't the point. Focus on the quality, the art and the history. I fear that the next generation of i-pod wearing, xbox playing youngsters just won't get it. But of course, we are just the newest generation to feel that way, now aren't we. Imagine how the pioneers thought at the sight of the first auto!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Look who's in a treasury

Thanks to fifthquadrant

for including

the Bistro Jelly Roll

in her treasury
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=26489

Another way to search Etsy for Supplies

I really am LOVING twitter!

I just picked up a follower that led me to the blog http://etsyminisupplies.blogspot.com/

This is a great new way to search etsy for supplies, both handmade and commercially made, by category.

I just added my fabricsnquilts.etsy.com store to the commercial fabrics & notions list, so you can look for me there soon!

Thanks to those volunteers that maintain this great site!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

More Twitter Fun!

Thanks to TimothyAdamDesigns for his online twitter help!

I love that I can set up a feed to help streamline the marketing side of twitter with http://twitterfeed.com/

If you haven't visited Timothy's blog...it is a wealth of etsy, handmade, twitter, and MORE info. Etsy should pay him!

Great site for Free Patterns!

My bud, RagAMuffinQuilts, has been featured on http://www.thegoldenthimble.com/ for being such a great free pattern blogger. This is an awesome resourse for patterns. Check it out!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Took the leap to Twitter

Well, it may be a while before I realize how this helps my etsy shop, but I have set up my account with www.twitter.com

http://twitter.com/fabricsnquilts

All I know so far is that I have added some contacts. Any of my blog followers twitter? Add me!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Fiber Friday! Permanent Price Reduction on Moda

I have decided that jelly rolls are TOOO fun to use and want everyone to play!

Even though moda has raised prices, I have decided to offer Jelly Rolls on Etsy for $25.00 each from now on. This is a great deal for quilters at almost a 30% discount of suggested retail prices.

I am also permanently dropping prices for charm packs to $7.50 each.

I figure that this way I can keep ordering new ones & keep more of you stitching away instead of cutting!



Stock up, Stuff Stockings,
Give & Have a Quilty Christmas!
Happy Early New Year!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

American Jane Free Pattern Using Recess line


Check out the current issue (Feb 2009) of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine for a pattern using these great fabrics.


Here's a link to the pic of the project using the American Jane fabrics

I was thinking how great a 2 color quilt would look with this pattern in these fabrics. Especially since each yard of fabric gives you 4 different patterns. How easy to make a variety of stars from 1 panel of fabric!

Of course, you can find several of these prints in my Etsy store!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Red Hot Treasury!

Check out this toasty Quiltsy Team treasury I snagged today!

Last day for free shipping on Etsy!


Today is the last day to snag all your fabric needs for holiday projects OR just snag the gift and let me gift you the shipping!
Don't miss this great deal! There is no limit, except that today is the last day to snatch up the deal!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

This bed's not for sleeping!

I set up a bedframe in the antique store yesterday to solve 2 storage problems. I know...how does this help?

Well, let me tell ya! :)

I did not use a mattress, but instead used plastic storage totes to fill in the rectangle hole made by the frame. Then used those totes to truly STASH my stash. Then, I layed out all the antique quilts ontop of my new "bed". Layer after layer after layer of antique quilts. Then put my to-be-sold quilts as the top layer so I could get to them easily when their new owners found them on Etsy.

So I guess I solved 3 storage problems! Both my handmade & the handmade antique quilts lay flat in a way that is not detrimental to their health PLUS a place to store away my stash of denim that is all clean & ready for me to slice & dice anytime I get the urge (or order).
Visit me soon! I have a new order of moda enroute that I will be listing this week!

Been a busy little bee lately!


Well DHFnQ is home from a visit with his brothers & Dad. Great for them all to get together, since it is so hard with them being spread out in 3 different states.


But, I tend to "turbo" while he is gone. I was able to finish & list this wonderful Queen Rag Quilt. We did decide that we would give it just a limited life for sale, so if you love it as much as we do, you better snatch it up quickly! It will be on our bed for good if you don't hit the "gotta have it" buy button.


I also did a little painting in the house while he was away & put a nice clean coat of white paint on the LR ceiling. I also washed all the panelling & pulled out almost all the furniture for a good vac'ing (can you say sore & out of shape? ugh).


Let's see, I did cook Thanksgiving supper for me & my mom. YUM. I think white chili is on the menu for tonight from the leftovers. Double YUM YUM.


I also basted my twin scrappy floating stars quilt top & found the perfect complimentary backing fabric IN MY STASH for it. Look for a post on that beauty to come very soon! I hope to get to quilting it tonight.


I am also working on completing a yoyo quilt with a twist. I laid out the pieces so far completed, and am less than half way done. This is my "hand-work-while-I-watch-TV" project and will come together as time allows.

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