Saturday, December 31, 2011

Here's to 2011

It's been quite a year for me, and here's a little recap of some of the things I've made in 2011. This year has flown by, and there have been ups and downs. But I honestly feel like I'm really growing as a designer. It has certainly been a whirlwind and I've been working incredibly hard, on lots of things.

red + aqua mini quilt front

appliqued bib

custom appliqued cotton chenille blanket

hanging in the trees

Olivia's doll, quilt, and vintage doll crib

new pic of Yield 2

Anni in the wind

Fenced In, side view

finished and installed

cross ties

barn door and quilt

Win this quilt!

sis boom string

Fall version of Anni for Fat Quarterly

front of quilt in field

Spinning on That Dizzy Edge from the side

Spinning on That Dizzy Edge, take 2

side view of All a Flurry

strip side

scrappy tumbler sewing machine cover

o in scarf

yield 2

Modern Ohio Star

Some of these projects are so recent that I haven't had a chance to share them with you yet. But I will, soon! All in all 2011 has been a wonderful year, and I have a feeling that 2012 is going to be pretty darn good, too.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

my segment on Cincinnati's Fox 19

Eeek! I'm just now getting the chance to tell you about my experience on the live, local news on Tuesday morning. I was really nervous, but I feel like I did ok. I still haven't watched this yet, and I honestly don't know when I will, but my husband assured me that I did a good job and that I didn't mess up. For now, I'll take his word. ;)

I took a bunch of things with me and set them all up on the table in the studio. Lots of patterns, some books, cutting tools, fabric, batting, my machine and a few of my quilts. It was a really fun experience, and I'm so glad that I got the chance to share with the viewers my love of quilting, and the fact that it is a craft that anyone can do. It was also great to tell the city about the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild and it will be interesting to see if we have any new guests as a result of my interview at our next meeting! I'll keep you posted.

Thank you to all of you who left kind words, good wishes, and much luck for me when I asked for it the other day. I really appreciate it!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Crazy day today!

It's going to be a crazy day today, hence the quietness on the blog the past few days. I'm headed down to our local Fox station for an interview at 9:45. Yikes! It should be fun, but honestly, I'm kind of nervous, so please wish me luck. I'll fill you all in on how it went later today!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Things have been hustling and bustling around here the past few days as I've tried to get everything done--all of my projects, deadlines met, cookies and candies made, holiday traditions with my family. We've managed to get a lot finished, but we'll be celebrating Christmas for a few days after the 25th for sure! We took the kids to see Santa this week and they had a great time. I wasn't sure we'd have a successful meeting with him honestly, because while we were waiting in line, a little girl in front of us was crying and Aidan got really upset (he hates to see anyone cry). But, our chat with Santa went off without a hitch.

Now, I'm off to make my grandma's peanut butter fudge and some cookies today! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

vintage quilt mondays: silk rail fence quilt

I'm so excited to be sharing another one of my vintage quilts with you! It's nice to be back to our Vintage Quilt Mondays (even though it's Tuesday!) series after a couple of busy weeks. This quilt was given to me by my step-mother. When she was cleaning out her mother's house, she came across a box of quilts that were made by her grandmother and great-grandmother. She asked if anyone in their family wanted them, and (unbelievably) nobody did. So, she gave them to me because she knew that I'd appreciate them and give them a good home. I graciously accepted them, but I'm more than willing to give them back to her family if anyone changes their minds.

This gorgeous quilt is a rail fence design made out of bits and pieces of silk and velvet. I believe it was never finished because it looks more like a quilt top to me.

Along all of the edges of the quilt is this black tatted lace fringe.

Some of the fabrics look like they might have come from ties, like this blue and white golf club print.

There are all sorts of gorgeous colors in the quilt, and the luxurious fabrics really make them look like shimmering jewels in the sunlight.

The back of the quilt, on the other hand, looks completely utilitarian. I'm not sure if the quiltmaker finished it this way, or if she intended to put another type of  backing on it. It looks to me that she used some base cloths as a type of stabilizer for the more delicate fabrics on the front of the quilt.

It looks like each square of three strips on the front is backed with a square of cotton or muslin. 

 I really like the random look of the squares on the back. And look how fabulous that green and black print above is. 

Here's another view of the fringed edge of the quilt and some of the hand stitching. 

I'm not exactly sure when this quilt was  made. I need to ask my step-mom if she knows, but I have a feeling that she's not too sure about the dates of any of them. There are six more from her that I'll be sharing over the coming weeks, and unfortunately none of them are labeled. So, this serves as a good reminder to us that it's so important to label our work! I needed that reminder myself because I've got a few quilts that I've made recently that I need to label, too!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Quilting Gallery giveaway winner!

Again, I was blown away by the number of people who entered my giveaway for the Quilting Gallery's Blog Hop Party! Wasn't that so much fun? Thank you to Michele from the Quilting Gallery for organizing such a great event. So, let's get down to business! The winner of the big bundle of sewing goodies was...

lucky number 323
(which, again, due to the crazy number system reads as number 123 on the page of comments numbered 201-400)

Congratulations, Jo! I'll email you  now to get your address so I can mail your goodies out ASAP. Thank you again to all who entered!

Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway winner!

I'm blown away by the number of entries I received for my Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway day! Thank you so much to all who entered! I had a lot of fun reading about your experiences with virtual sewing bees. And without further adieu, the winner of the fabric bundle and Block Party book is...

 lucky number 228
(which again, reads as number 28 on the page of comments 201-400, due to this wacky numbering system)

Congratulations, Kim!! I'll email you to get your mailing address so I can ship your goodies out to you tomorrow! Thank you again to the ladies at Sew, Mama, Sew for organizing such a fun event!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

12 Days of Ruby Red: my patchwork scarf tutorial

Hi all! My patchwork scarf tutorial, part of the 12 Days of Ruby Star, is up on Fat Quarterly's blog today. Head on over there to check it out!

Thank you again to Fat Quarterly for inviting me to be a part of this Designer's Challenge, and thank you to Melody Miller for sending me some of her gorgeous fabrics to play with!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

sneak peek of a Ruby Star project

Aren't these gorgeous? The incredibly talented Melody Miller sent me a bundle of gorgeous fabrics from her Ruby Star Spring and Ruby Star Shining lines for Kokka as part of the 12 Days of Ruby Star Designer's Challenge for Fat Quarterly. My project is coming up soon and I can't wait to show you what I made with Melody's fabrics and some velveteen that I had. Keep your eyes open for another tutorial!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

And the AccuQuilt Go! Baby goes to...

Lucky number...

362!! And due to the crazy numbering system of the comments on the blog, that is listed as number 162 (on the page of comments numbered 201-400):

Congratulations, fieryone!! I've sent you an email and I can't wait to hear back from you so we can get your AccuQuilt GO! Baby and your choice of three dies to you!

Thank you all for entering, and thank you very much to the great people at AccuQuilt for such a fun giveaway!

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