Ok...these two aren't new releases but I had to have them anyway.
And now for the GIVEAWAY! In celebration of having 253 wonderful people
that actually want to read my rambling, I'm giving away two of my favorite things...
Lori's pattern Fat Quarter Quilting: Reproduction Fabrics Two
and six Civil War fat quarters to get you started.
This giveaway is open to FOLLOWERS ONLY as my way of saying thank you.
If you want to be included in the giveaway, simply leave me a comment. And remember...
if you are a no reply blogger, please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you in your comment.
I'll select a winner next Wednesday, August 3rd, via Random Number Generator.
Y'all rock...just so ya know!
P.S. I will do my best to reply to all your comments.
Just be patient if it takes me a while. I slow...and a little bit lazy...like that.
I could have bought every single one of the Quilters Paradise patterns. But it was the end of Market and for the sake of my friend's suitcase I had to show restraint. If you love applique, you'll love Quilters Paradise.
Random patterns...some purchased...some won!
Stay tuned because tomorrow is my FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY DAY as well as the last day of my Designer a Day series. I've saved one of my all-time favorite designers for last.
So here is where what is finished as of last night. And in the process I learned something new. Instead of using the traditional satin stitch for filling, the pattern calls for a tight blanket stitch to be used on the candy corns and circle flowers.
Now I'm onto the boot. It's all back stitch which isn't very exciting but it has to be done.
In my last post about this project Jeanie asked if coloring the embroidery was difficult. So I thought I would share with y'all what I do when doing coloring for an embroidery project.
First, I don't prewash my fabrics except for the backing that I put behind the background layer. All I do to the background fabric is iron it with a little Best Press Starch Alternative. It seems to help stabilize the fabric during the tracing and coloring bits.
While I prefer using the blue water soluable pens when tracing patterns, they do not work well for this type of project. Instead I used a 005 brown Micro Pigma Pen. To color I first use a white crayon first to lay down a heavy base to layer the other colors on top of. The white crayon helps for more even blending during the ironing phase. Then I start LIGHTLY layering the colors. Its easier to add more color if an area isn't dark enough than it is to remove it when too much has been layed down. And once it’s heat set, its permanent.
Prior to ironing, there's an area I don't like I used a Q-Tip to apply a paste made of baking soda and water. Gently rubbing the paste into the area I want removed acts like an eraser. Then all I have to do is let it dry and start over.
I hope y'all will consider giving it a try 'cause it sure is a lot of fun.
...for a day's work. Yesterday afternoon I started stitching on Which Witch's Boot. I would have started in the morning had I been able to find my darn hoop. *grumble grumble grumble* I really need to tidy up my room before my dear friend Connie comes over and "shames" me into doing it. She's good like that.
I really enjoy stitching Crabapple Hill Patterns. The stitches Meg (the designer) uses are easy ones that don't require a lot of concentration. And I never get bored with them because I just enjoy watching the stitcheries come to life with every color and stitch added.
Well I'm off to do a little more stitching. I can't wait to see how far I get today!
I've got so much going on I don't know whether I'm coming or going half the time.
There's just so many things that catch my eye. And I think "I HAVE to do that!" I won't live long enough to do all the quilts and other projects I want to do...but I'm sure going to try.
So anyway...here's what my ADD self has been up to the past week.
I've completed the pieces for 20 spiderweb blocks and have started putting them together. These darn blocks are sooooooo addictive!
Because I was running out of this particular red fabric, I thought I was going to have to finish at 20 blocks. Then I took a a fateful trip over to one of our area shops and found more! I'm not sure how many more blocks to make. I figure this will be a long term project that I'll just keep adding scraps to. When this next two yards of red is gone then maybe I'll be done.
Last week I started ANOTHER Portobello Market quilt. This one will be my third for the shop! It sells so well that it decided that I make another one just for Houston Quilt Festival. I am using Paula Barnes' new line Greystone...with a few oddballs thrown in for more variety. This is the first block.
For anyone interested this block is actually called Columbian Star. It is only called Portobello Market because that's the name Moda published the free pattern under. They are published using the name of the fabric line usually.
By the time I'm done making this quilt forever I'll have made it more than half a dozen time...because I have fabrics set aside for other ones using this pattern and ideas for an 30's and Kaffee one also. I'm a glutton for punishment I tell you.
Question...would anyone be interested in learning how to make this block? It's much easier than it looks. I promise.
And lastly, yesterday I spent the morning and early afternoon tracing and coloring this little beauty. It is Which Witche's Boot by Crabapple Hill Studio.
The surrounding blocks and fabrics will be Civil War prints to give it a more vintage look. The fabrics are from Jo Morton's new line Carolina...with a couple Paul Barnes prints thrown in. And even though some of the embroidery threads used for this quilt are pretty bright, I'm thinking the darker Civil War prints will help tone them down a bit...fingers crossed.
This past Saturday I went with my dear friends Mazelle and Connie to the Ellis County Quilt Show in Midlothian, TX. It was a small show but there were some really fantastic quilts being shown that I thought you might like to see.
I have the kit for this one...not like I'll ever find the time thought!
Last year's Best of Show
Somehow I managed to find the book for this quilt in the 50% off section of the local quilt shop in Midlothian. And it just so happened that this quilt IS the actual one in the book. It was just just stunning in person.
This year's Best of Show
It's Ferdinand the bull! I love how Susan Corbett, the quilter,
created a scene in the background surrounding the bull...just fabulous.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to the Ellis County Quilt Show. Till next time...