I don't read as much as I did when I was younger. I guess taking care of kids and quilting have taken up the time I used to spend reading. Of course, I always make time for the latest Sparks novel- but not much more beyond that.
Then a couple weeks ago I was contacted by Elm Creek Quilts and asked if I wouldn't mind reading Jennifer's latest novel
To be honest, I haven't read any of her other titles, but I have seen them in quilt shops and bookstores. This one caught my attention though. I read the summary and knew I wanted to read it. I grew up near the Sonoma valley in California and thought the story would be interesting.
I'm not even half-way through, but I had to write. I LOVE it! Sometimes it takes me a few pages or a chapter to get into a book- not this one. After the first page I knew I wanted to know more about the characters and their surroundings. Once the quilts were brought into the picture I was hooked for sure. In fact, as soon as I finish writing this post and tuck my kidlets into bed, and I've got a date with my bed and a good book. (Sorry hubs, you'll just have to watch the Oscars w/out me!)
So if you're looking for a good read- check this one out. I can tell you one thing, as soon as I'm done with this one (oh, I'll keep you posted) I'll be tracking down her other titles to read. :o)
Thanks for your comments on the Mini's. I feel the same way as ALL of you so it still leaves me conflicted. On one hand I think they're a great way to try a new technique or make and finish a project all in one day. On the other hand, they almost seem pointless to me because once I make them I'm not sure what I'll do with it. But who knows, maybe once I have a few I'll start finding purposes for them. :o)
So I'm gonna dive right in. I have a couple ideas in mind and I picked the fabrics this morning:
This raindow of marble-y prints has been calling my name. The yellow looks pretty gross in this pic but I promise it doesn't in person. :o)
Next, this stack of graduating greys. It may look dreary to some, but I have grand plans for this one.
My hope is to get these done by the weekend. We'll see.
But speaking of weekend-
if you're a Utah local and want to come see, I'll be doing a trunk show at
Last year when I posted this - I wasn't exaggerating. Itseriously was the best weekend ever. But don't feel like you missed out completely because you, too, can have the best weekend ever at this years
Besides the fun I mentioned in my post last year of meeting new friends, learning new techniques, stalking your favorite bloggers :o) and eating delicious food, there's another fantastic reason to attend this year
I decided that seeing the actual bolts is much better than staring at cardboard boxes. However, I am a little concerned with how we're going to get upstairs. I guess I need to reorganize the studio to make a space for these guys.
So here's the deal- I wanna give away some fabric. LOTS of fabric. And it seems, based on all the comments, that you're willing to recieve said fabric. But picking random comments is getting a little boring for me and you, dontcha think? Instead I thought I'd have a contest.
Here's how it works.
All you have to do is design a quilt block.
You can make it in whatever fabrics you want and whatever style you want.
Your block does not have to be an original design.
It just needs to finish somewhere between 9" and 12" square.
(9 1/2" to 12 1/2" with seam allowances)
To enter you have to upload a picture of your block to the flickr group:
I FINALLY finished a project that I have been dying to show you!
I've always wanted to take a folded binding shot!
I started this quilt last year when I attended the Sewing Summit. I mentioned it a bit here. You can even see me working on some of the blocks. We were given a baggy of scraps but I had so much fun I started digging through the garbage (scrap piles) to find more. I even managed to get a couple blocks donated by some friends.
Thanks to some scraps and inspiration from Pam- I decided it was time to finish! However I wasn't too pleased with my quilting choice. I decided to do ramdom lines (not always straight) throughout the quilt. Eh. Not my favorite- but it is what it is.
I finally bound it last night while watching Glee. :o)
I LOVE the finished quilt!
I'm calling it 'Ode to Improv' because of the class at SS taught by the lovely Jess of Urban Patchwork.
My quilt has 3 parts:
The top where the large solids pieces are.
The center made up of several improv blocks.
And the bottom that has everything left.
p.s.- I've got an idea for my giveaway. I think I'll announce on Friday. Stay tuned! :o)
Contrary to what some people think (my husband) I actually have a job. It's a little different from many other jobs. But it's still work. I still have to budget my time. I still get burned out (sometimes). And I still have to pull long nights to finish projects for deadlines.
Yesterday was a VERY productive day. However the nature of my job prevents me from showing you how productive just yet. What I can tell you is that I fniished 4 quilts yesterday.
Before you start thinking I'm some sort of quilting Terminator (Sorry, I have boys) I need to clarify. There's the 'Needs to be Pieced' stack that consists of folds of fabric carefully selected for a particular project. These are numerous and scattered throughout my studio but 2 are on High Priority status right now.
Then there's the 'Needs to be Quilted' stack that consists of pieced quilt tops waiting to be sandwiched and quilted. There is only one of these stacks but is almost more daunting that the plethora of 'Needs to be Pieced' stacks. This stack can range between 1 and 12 quilts on any given day. At this very point in time there are 3 quilts in this stack.
Lastly, there's the 'Needs to be Bound' stack. This stack is self explanitory and actaully embarassing. I HATE BINDING! I'm not sure why. It's that last little bump to get over before the project is complete but I often let quilts sit for days or weeks (even months) before binding them. Yesterday was an exception- I bound 4 quilts. Yes, the same 4 that made it to the FINISHED stack along with 1 that made it to the 'Need to be Quilted' stack and the 2 'Need to be Pieced' quilts cut out and ready to go.
So yesterday when the hubs walked in the door, I was laying on the couch half-dead (certainly brain-dead) watching old 'Big Bang Theory' episodes. He asked what I'd been doing all day and when I replied 'Working' he chuckled and said 'Uh huh' in his you-don't-have-a-real-job sort of voice. I showed him. I went to bed. He had to do dishes. :o)