Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Two-Patch Two-Step

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Hey! Happy Wednesday! First, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who responded to this post. I just needed to have my say, you know? And the outpouring of response means the world to me, you guys. For real.

Okay, moving right along. I got more done on my Grandmother's Two Patch quilt! It's coming right along.

And this arrived at my house today! It's Sara Lawson's Jungle Ave. line from Art Gallery Fabrics. I heart that Chicago El Map print!

My projects with this fabric just jumped to the head of the line in importance, so expect to see more with these beauties soon.

Today's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Westwood Acres! Go send 'em some love!

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

Have a lovely and productive week!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To "Quilt Fabric Pizazz"

I am sorry to interrupt with this post, but I want to get in touch with the person who goes by the handle "Quilt Fabric Pizazz" and has repeatedly left negative comments on my blog and several other quilt blogs out there.

Quilt Fabric Pizazz: I have no way of getting in touch with you directly because you are a no-reply blogger, but I wanted to let you know that I have a "three strikes and you're out" policy when it comes to pointless negativity on this blog. From now on, I will be deleting all of your comments that are not constructive. In the future, if you don't like one of my quilts, feel free to skip that post and/or unfollow my blog. And if you still feel the need to tell me what you don't like about my work, please email me directly and I will be happy to discuss it with you in a way that is not so one-sided. Thank you.

WIP Wednesday: Trimming and Trimming

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
So, I spent pretty much my entire week on a project I can't show you guys just yet.

But check out this pile of trimmings. I think we can all agree that is one impressive pile of trimmings, is it not? : )

And now that I'm putting the finishing touches on the big ol' secret thing, I'm headed back to ...

.... this guy. Which means a pattern should be coming soon. I hope.

This week's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Canton Village Quilt Works. Canton Village has a great prices on Essex Linen, Kona Solids, and some really yummy Kona bundles. They are also expecting the Kaffe Fassett Collective Spring 2014 line any day now, so hit them up for that, and check out owner Jackie's weekly podcasts! So fun!

How about a Kaffe giveaway as well? This week, Canton Village is offering one lucky winner this Kaffe Fassett Cherry Blossom Fat Quarter bundle. Such gorgeous colors! Comment on this post for one chance to win, and/or link up your own WIPs for a second chance. And don't forget to go give Canton Village Quilt Works some WIP Wednesday love, to show your appreciation for making this week's linky party possible! : )

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shimmering Birch Trees for the Shimmer Blog Hop

Hey there! Welcome to my stop on Jennifer Sampou's Shimmer blog hop!

You know, once upon a time, I thought I would never like metallic fabrics. But I also once thought I would never wear skinny jeans and never get tired of chevron prints. Never say never in fashion or quilting. : ) Metallics are totally on trend these days, and I'm loving them. Jennifer Sampou's new fabric line for Robert Kaufman, Shimmer, is metallics done right! 

Maybe it's the long, cold winter we've had here in Wisconsin, or maybe it's just the repeated viewings of the movie "Frozen" with my daughters, but when I saw the Shimmer line, I immediately thought of white on silver. A quick scan of my Pinterest inspiration boards led me to this lovely, minimal graphic composition, and suddenly I knew just what I wanted to do!

So I made this little birch tree mini quilt. It may seem an odd project for me to whip up at a time when winter is finally releasing its icy grip on my 'hood, but I guess this is my way of bidding the season goodbye. : ) The trees were very easy to piece improvisationally—I cut a large background square of silver Shimmer fabric and then slashed through it on angles to place the tree trunks. Ditto for the birch bark notches, with more Shimmer pieced into to those.

It was only when I was piecing the third and final tree that it hit me—what is the perfect counterpoint to a birch tree in the snow? Why, a cardinal sitting in its branches, of course! Even though the quilt was already almost done at that point, suddenly I had to have a cardinal.

I wanted the cardinal to be just a small accent, which meant I needed a relatively simple paper-pieced block, so that it was doable when reduced way down. This free block from McCall's (minus the bird's legs) fit the bill. I printed the templates at 30% size. Crazy small, but sure enough, it worked! I love itty bitty paper-piecing! The beauty of it is that you can do paper-piecing this small, and it's just as easy as when it's normal sized.

I finished my mini off with more Shimmer prints on the back and for the binding, plus some wavy line quilting. But I think the luster of the silver background print is really what makes this mini special. It shines. Literally.

Want to try some Shimmer for yourself? I'm giving away a charm pack of Shimmer prints—just leave a comment on this post to enter. I'll draw a random winner at the end of the week. And keep following the blog hop for more inspiration using this fabric line, and more chances to win! Jennifer is giving away a full fat-quarter bundle at the end of the hop!

April 1: Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2: Janice Ryan- Better off Thread
April 3: Alissa Haight Carlton- Handmade by Alissa
April 4: Julie Herman- JayBird Quilts
April 5: Natalie Barnes- Beyond the Reef
April 6: Stash Books- C&T Publishing
April 7: Amanda Jean Nyberg- Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8: Me! You are here
April 9: Cheryl Arkinson- Naptime Quilter
April 10: Christina Cameli- A Few Scraps
April 11: Elizabeth Hartman- Oh Fransson
April 12: Faith Jones-Fresh Lemon Quilts
April 13: Gemma Jackson- Pretty Bobbins
April 14: Katie Blakesley- Swim Bike Quilt
April 15: Amy Smart-Diary of a Quilter
April 16: Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson- See How We Sew
April 17: Holly DeGroot- Bijou Lovely
April 18: Jennifer Sampou-Wrap Up
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