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.