Birthday Haul

I had never thought of it before this year, but it's kinda nice that my birthday falls on the week before the U.S. Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  This year it meant that I took advantage of a few sales to spend my birthday money!

First off a book, which I haven't had the chance to look through yet, but promises much inspiration. 

And then a couple of fabric bundles and patterns from The Workroom.  Have you ever visited this website?  I've always drooled from afar, but I decided to indulge myself, since I have been wanting those two quilt patterns forever, and then the fabric bundles just made sense because of the sale!  You know what I mean, right?!!

That last fabric bundle is meant to coordinate with the new collection Doe, which is the one fabric item that I put on my Christmas wish list (crossing fingers).

Now if only I could get some quilting done!  Reading back in my blog makes it look deceptively like I've been finding time to quilt, but unfortunately that's not quite so!  I think my itching fingers will have to wait till after Christmas...

Monthly Sparks

Are any of you quilty fabric lovers having a hard time filling out your own Christmas wish list?  I've got a suggestion for you!  Fabric Spark is launching a fun new fabric subscription!  Sign up, and every month you'll receive a bundle of 12 fat quarters that have been curated by one of the quilters/bloggers shown above!

I can't wait till it's my turn to choose the bundle.  It's coming in spring, so I'm already thinking pinks and oranges.  These two groups above are just fun ideas I was having fun pretending with!

Here's a link to the listing to purchase this 12 month fabric subscription, which will explain further details.  12 Monthly Sparks

Moda Building Blocks #2

Here's my next two blocks for the Moda Building Blocks Sampler.  The top one is 24" x 24" (i think) and the bottom one is 6" x 6".

With the top block I am slightly unhappy with the color/value placement.  I wanted the two halves of the geese to be a very similar value, and I thought they were.  That green tricked me though, and ended up being a fair bit darker than the aqua.  Or maybe it's more a problem that the aqua blends into the background color... Anyways, this block is a real stunner if you can get your values right.  I'm not bothered by it enough to make a new block though!  Partly because these huge blocks eat up a large amount of fabric.

And the little block suffers from imperfect piecing.  If you feel insecure about your seam matching skills, well here you go!  I didn't think it was so bad but this close up photo really highlights it.  Won't be fixing this either though! 

Are you sensing a theme here?  Ya, I'm not really a perfectionist.  I have an internal list of things I won't allow, but slightly mismatched seams is not usually on that list:)

The Shoe Maker's Children...

...have no shoes!!  Well at least this quilt maker's son has one quilt, although it wasn't quite completed when he was born.

This quilt was really hard to photograph!  It's a very 'soft' looking quilt.  This idea of subtle gray and cream strips came as a round about idea from my original plan to make a pixelated heart quilt.  I do really like the finished quilt, although I still have the urge to make him something bright and crazy too.  I consider this his 'good' blanket although it gets used around the house all the time too. 

I backed it in a cream flannel because I didn't have anything in my stash that didn't overpower or clash with the quilt top.  I hand quilted on the diagonal both ways. 

All along I knew I'd be adding a pale minty aqua for the binding.  I'm not capable of making a quilt with NO color!!

Just a little side note:  Because I love nothing better than a well wrinkled and softened quilt, I throw this quilt in with my light colored wash loads quite often.  I figure that the sooner it gets that soft broken in feel, the more it will be loved.  I'm not about preserving my quilts, but rather about beginning the disintegration process as quickly as possible;) 

I realize this is crazy when you consider the amount of hours that are invested in a quilt, but this is really my quilting philosophy and is a large part of the reason that I love this form of creating.  I'm so happy to make things that are pretty, but so very usable and tough.