Thursday, September 27, 2012

Greetings from Maryland

I'm hanging out in The Old Line/Oyster state for a week with my hubby, but I didn't want to wait until I got home to post this beauty.

I finished quilting Kade & Minda's quilt and if I didn't love them so much, I would definitely keep this one. I used this pattern, but it didn't turn out big enough for both love birds to snuggle under. So to add some size, I added a couple of borders.  I worried it would make a very modern quilt pattern look too traditional, but I actually like how it turned out.  Truthfully, I think it looks better than the original design.

I've only seen this pattern quilted with straight line quilting, but I decided to contrast the linear design with a very rounded, floral style of quilting.

I think it gives the quilt much more texture and interest. These colors are quite a departure for me.  Lime green and purple are not my usual color palette, but I wanted the quilt to have a young, modern vibe so I went a bit bolder than I normally would.  And may I just say, WOW!  Yeah, I'm going to be expanding my color horizons from now on.

And this is my favorite touch.  Only eight weeks 'til the big day.  Yay!
And of course, I never have just one project going at a time

Here's my next project ready to be quilted, a baby quilt for no one in particular.  I might even be up for selling it if anyone out there needs one.

I'm also working on a back-to-school themed quilt.  I hoped to have it done before Labor Day, but you can see that didn't happen.

And here are some fabrics from my stash I'm pulling together for this pattern.  I'm "swooning" over this color palette.

And here are some other random fabrics I picked up along the way.  There's plenty here to spark my creativity.
Well, I'll off to check out locale.  Anybody know any quilt shops around Lexington?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I'm back

After living blog free for a few weeks, I have found I miss it.  I need a repository for all my random thoughts and creative endeavors.  For better or worse, this blog is my brain dump and I need it.
It's been a busy few weeks, too busy to go into much detail, but here is the summary:

A visit from Kade and Minda, so fun!! Joe especially enjoyed it.

A Blue Moon party complete with a s'mores bar and  a blue ombre cake.  Unfortunately, I was so busy with my hosting duties I didn't take any pictures, but you get the idea.
Bee-Tee-Dubs, the s'mores bar was such a huge hit, I think I'm going to do an entire post on how to put one together complete with recipes for various s'mores and homemade graham crackers.

About 14 trips to the airport and back.  Just one of the more fun parts of my husband working across the country.

Several nights of tuning in to both political conventions, with a couple of screaming rants at the TV during one of them.  Any guesses who I'm voting for??

Many (too many??) runs to the fabric stores, both virtual and brick/mortar.

 But I can't help it!  There is just too many great finds out there!  I mean, check this out!  Four fat quarters sold in a single yard of fabric.  Brilliant!  Thank you Denyse Schmidt and JoAnn Fabric.

And of course, lots of quilting.  I'm almost done quilting Kade and Minda's wedding quilt.  I love, love, love how it's turning out.  I don't have photos yet, but stay tuned.  I should be finished by the end of the week.

And speaking of great finds, check out this cool app I found at Sherwin Williams.  It's called Chip it and it's great.  Upload any image from the web or from your personal photos, and it will create a color palette with up to 10 colors for you.  You can even save them to your own chip books.
This has amazing applications for both of my passions, home decorating and quilting.  I am having a ton of fun playing with it. 
Here's another amazing tool. I can't imagine how I've ever lived without it.  Create portable swatches of fabric you are trying to match and never buy the wrong fabric again.  This is one of those, "Why didn't I think of that!?" inventions. 

 And before I go, I have to give a shout out to my dear friend Bethany, who purchased the baby quilt I was auctioning off for Action Kivu.  Between her purchase and what I added to it, we were able to donate $200.00 dollars.  I can't tell you how happy this makes me.  The power of this craft to change lives never ceases to amaze me.
And Bethany, I'm ready to get started on your daughters quilt.  We need to talk colors and style. 
Phew! Brain dump complete...for now.

P.S.- I've added a couple of new badges to my site.  Check them out!