December 26, 2010

Happy New Year Fabric Giveaway

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With 2010 coming to a close, 
I want to do something fun for all my faithful blog readers and quilting friends.  
I am hosting a giveaway and it's the biggest one yet!
 Drumroll please... :)  
 I am going to give away a package of **7 yards** of Dr. Seuss fabric from the Robert Kaufman "Cat in the Hat" and "Celebrate Seuss" Fabric lines!

There's something so enchanting about all the Dr. Seuss stories and characters.  From "The Cat in the Hat" to "Green Eggs and Ham" I grew up reading all the Dr. Seuss books.  I even remember eating green eggs and ham in one of my classes as an elementary school student.  So it brings back many fun memories to see all the characters printed so beautifully on fabric.

There are 3 opportunities to enter the giveaway

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite Dr. Seuss book or character is. 

2.  Follow my blog and leave a comment letting me know that you follow.  (If you already follow, simply leave a comment letting me know that you do)

3. Blog about my giveaway on your blog and leave a comment to let me know you've done so. 

***Entries will be open until 6pm Pacific Standard Time on New Year's Day 2011.  The winner will be chosen using a random number generator and will be posted before midnight New Year's Day.  Please make sure that there is a way for me to contact you (e-mail address, link to your blog) in case you win the prize!  Good luck and thanks for entering!

December 14, 2010

Hawaiian Quilt Finished

I love this quilt. Have you ever made a quilt for someone else in a color scheme that definitely wouldn't go with your own house, but once it's finished you love it so much that you want to make another one to keep? That is what happened with this quilt and pillow sham set. When I picked out the fabrics, I fell in love with the bright colors and how much they popped against the white. It was so much fun to work on and I really enjoyed quilting it.
     I think I am in a new phase of quilting right now in that I've moved away from free-motion quilting and really enjoy straight line quilting that mirrors the quilt's seam lines.  I love the crisp, clean and orderly look that the straight lines create.   Here are some pics of the finished product!

December 2, 2010

Progress made on Hawaiian Quilt

I finished the top of the Hawaiian quilt I'm working on! I'm pretty excited about how it is turning out and will be even more excited once it's quilted. I plan to complete the basting phase tonight and move on to quilting tomorrow night.  I'm debating on quilting it with straight lines or diagonal lines, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to stick with lines instead of free motion stitching. Here are some pictures of its current state:

November 26, 2010

Black Friday Sale!

To thank all of you marvelous blog readers, 
I created a coupon code which allows you to get 10% off anything in my etsy store.  
This includes fabric, patterns, thread, and even the quilts! 
 To use the coupon code, enter THANKFUL2010 at checkout.  
This code will be valid from now until midnight pacific time on Cyber Monday. 

 Click the icon below to get started:

November 22, 2010

A hobby for math lovers

If you are quilter, you are aware of how much math goes into the designing and creation of a quilt.  Even from the point of buying fabric, math is a large part of what we as quilters call our hobby.  You may not want to admit it, and you may not even think you enjoy math, but I've noticed over the past few years that many quilters are math teachers and accounting types.  I'm not an accountant but I deal with numbers during a majority of my day at work.  And I find joy in the preciseness and order that comes with quilting.

   I am working on a Hawaiian quilt right now and started with this fun pile of fabric:

With just a few (ok maybe more than a few) strokes of the rotary cutter, this emerges:

From any angle it is a thing of beauty. :)

November 10, 2010

A New Look

Tonight I'm unveiling a new banner for my blog which was created by my amazingly talented friend who is a graphic artist. I'm so excited about what she came up with, I couldn't wait to show you!  I hired her to create a logo and turn it into banners for my blog and etsy shop, a web button, business cards, and an iphone bookmark icon.  She also gave me master files that will allow me to print just about anything!  (even those huge banners that planes pull behind them)  So if you are in the market for someone to create a logo for your blog or business, let me know! She really is great. :)

November 4, 2010

Shopping for Quilt Fabric in Downtown Los Angeles

I live about a 30 minute drive away from Downtown Los Angeles. That 30 minutes is only in traffic-free conditions, of course.  If there is traffic it could take me three hours to get there. But I digress... Anyway, right in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles is the famed Garment District.  There you will find blocks and blocks, piles and stacks, bolts and rolls of fabric.  If there is ever a fabric you need, no matter how specialized it is, you will find it there.  It is a little bit intimidating to take the trek down there because of all the traffic craziness, one-way streets and crowds of people. But there is an oasis in the middle of the chaos... an oasis for quilters.  That oasis is called Michael Levine, Inc.
   Last weekend my mom and I decided to be brave and make the trip to Downtown LA. We planned to visit Michael Levine and also explore the surrounding area.  When we got to the store, we realized we had found a place where we could easily spend hundreds of dollars in one afternoon and we were probably going to be there a while.  The huge store carries all kinds of fabric, but their quilting fabric selection is remarkable. While it was hard to narrow it down to an amount that fit into our budget, we were able to buy some of our favorites.

Michael Miller Daisy Doodle Fabric Line

Summertime by Barbara Jones for Quilt Soup

After visiting Michael Levine, Inc., we walked around the area and peeked into a few other fabric shops to see if there was anything comparable. Most of the other shops are mom and pop shops that mainly carry decorative fabric and clothing fabric.  We found several places that carried a small amount of 100 percent cotton fabric but none of them carried designer quilt fabric.  We will definitely be making the trip back to Downtown again soon and we are excited to announce that our etsy shop is selling fabric now and will be carrying the above fabrics in the near future.
(I was not paid at all to talk about Michael Levine. 
Rather, I paid them and took home a bunch of fun fabric :)  )

November 1, 2010

Doll Quilts Finished

Happy November, everyone! I hope yours is going swimmingly so far.  I wanted to start off the month by showing you a couple fun little projects my mom and I have been working on. My cousin's little girl asked us to make two quilts for her American Girl dolls and she picked out the fun fabrics all by herself.  She evidently likes green creatures because one quilt has a frog theme and the other has a turtle theme.  We added some cute touches to make each one unique. The turtle quilt is quilted with a fun zigzag stitch, and the frog quilt is embellished with crystals.

October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

    The Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side starts today and goes through November 5th.  This is the second time I've participated and I think it's a great way to get to know other quilting bloggers.  Each blogger is supposed to post about a quilt they've made and talk about its story. 
    The quilt I've decided to feature is one I made in May of 2008 when I was still getting my quilting feet wet.  It was a gift for my friend, Kim, who was graduating from business school after a long two years of a lot of hard work. It was my first venture into free-motion quilting with a meandering stitch which turned me into a free-motion junkie for at least a year. I have since added more techniques to my repertoire but I always have fun going back to the old standby.

Here's a look at the quilt with all the fun free-motion wrinkly texture.

At this point, I was still struggling to figuring out how to best photograph quilts, 
so please excuse the pictures.  Photographing quilts is tricky business!

I also had a fear of making my own binding at this point in my quilting career. Looking back at it, it was a funny thing to be afraid of since cutting binding is one of the easiest parts of making a quilt.   I felt like I was already riding a large learning curve with all this "quilting" and "sewing" stuff, and adding binding to that was making my brain explode. So I took what I thought was the easy way out and bought double fold bias tape to use for the binding. I do regret doing that as I know it isn't as durable as a well made binding, but I can look back at and see how far I've come since that time of binding scariness.

At about 65 x 65, this quilt was the widest I had ever made at the time. So I learned the true meaning of what it takes to shove a quilt through a machine.  I bought some quilting gloves to give me that added finger stickiness and spent my evenings using a lot of elbow grease to get that thing to go through my machine.

I can truly say I learned a ton while working on this quilt, from how nice it is to work with large pieces, to how important it is to baste your quilt very well before starting to quilt it.  It was also very fun to know that I was making it as a surprise for my friend and she really loved it when I gave it to her.
             To read more stories and see more fun quilts, head over to Amy's Creative Side!

October 23, 2010

A Birthday Quilt

Recently, I had the fun opportunity to make a quilt for a friend and former co-worker whose adorable daughter was turning 1 year old.  She asked for a pink and orange throw sized quilt with a matching pillow sham and gave me creative license to decide on the pattern.  I had such a fun time picking out the fabrics, it was a joy to work on.  Now I want to make one just like it for myself!  Since she has received the quilt, I'm excited to be able to share some pictures with you.

October 15, 2010

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to "Hilachas
for winning my Fall Into Fall Giveaway Prize! 

"Hilachas" wrote: "Thanks for the opportunity to win your marvelous giveaway. My favorite color is pink and I see a few pinks in the giveaway."
Thank you to all who visited my blog and entered the contest. It was a lot of fun for me to read all the comments and I was thrilled at how many people entered! Here's a reminder of what "Hilachas" has won. :)

Happy Fall Everybody!

September 30, 2010

Fall Into Fall Quilt Bloggers Giveaway

**Congratulations to Hilachas for winning this giveaway!**
 Many thanks to all who participated!
Welcome to the Fall Into Fall Quilt Bloggers Giveaway and blog hop! There are 143 Quilt Blogs participating in this giveaway extravaganza, and I'm so glad you decided to pay me a visit.  I'm *so* excited about my giveaway prize.  It's a fun and very useful Quick Quilts Gypsy Quilt Kit that you can turn into a colorful lap quilt!  It's valued at $39.99 and it's filled with cheery fabrics.  The kit comes with 13 assorted 18" x 21" fat quarters, one 1/2 yard piece for binding, and full-color step-by-step instructions and binding diagrams.  Scroll down for a closer look at what's going to appear on your doorstep if you win. 

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***How To Enter*** 
* Leave a comment on my blog telling me your favorite fall color. 
(Please make sure to also leave a way for me to reach you if you win)

* If you'd like one more chance at winning, you can also sign up to follow my blog.  Please leave a separate comment to let me know that you follow, and that will be your second entry.  
(This is completely optional)

This giveaway is open to anyone able to receive mail. : )  Entries will close at midnight pacific time on October 14th, 2010. I will use a random number generator to pick the winner and will post my results on October 15th.  Good luck and thanks for participating!  

Giveaway Starts Tomorrow

The "Fall Into Fall Quilters Blog Giveaway" starts tomorrow! Be sure to come back and visit my blog so you can enter to win!  You definitely won't want to miss it.  I'm including a preview picture for a little clue as to what I'm giving away. Can you resist these fun, bright colors? I can't. : )

September 23, 2010

Sneak Peek

I've been doing some sewing this week on the orange and pink special order quilt that I'm making, and I thought I'd give you a sneak peek of how it's coming together so far.  I'm pretty happy with the cheery color combo. :)

September 18, 2010

Orange and Pink Quilt

Don't these fabrics look good enough to eat? I'm working on a special order quilt for a friend's little girl and she requested oranges and pinks and I am just in love with these fabrics. I can hardly bear to cut them, but I need to get started. :) I'm so excited to see how it turns out!

September 10, 2010

Fun with doll quilts

It's so fun to make mini quilts!  My mom and I like to make placemats and doll quilts because it gives us a chance to play with the fabrics on a smaller scale and try new methods of quilting and new designs without being committed to making a large quilt.   If you feel like you don't have time to quilt, I encourage you to try a small project like this.  It's a win-win situation because you get a little bit of fun, crafty, quilting time and you can finish your project in just a couple of short sewing sessions.  Plus you can make fun gifts for your kids or fun decor for your table!

 You can find this doll quilt in my etsy store.