Today I pulled out this collection of fat quarters by Tina Givens. I got them from Whittle's Fabrics ... imagine that. =)
There are 20 prints which is just perfect for a Turning Twenty quilt. I was hoping it would turn out looking something like this quilt. Isn't it beautiful!!!
But I couldn't make the first cut. The fabrics kept saying "No, No! Another pattern. No, No! Another pattern." So I put down my rotary cutter and stepped away from the fabric. After a short time browsing Flickr, I found this bit of inspiration:
Perfect and all the fabrics agreed! I can't wait to lay it out, sew it together, so that I can show it to you.
I was sorting through my quilting magazines this morning and found this one -- it's from 1995 and I was 16 years old.
Do you see the basket quilt down at the bottom? That is MY quilt. =) I'd like to share the story behind having it published in a magazine.
I made my first quilt when I was 14 years old and soon after discovered quilt magazines. Such fun! I found the Fruit Basket Quilt pattern in a magazine from the library.
I didn't have much of a fabric stash back then but my mom found a big bag of cotton prints at a garage sale for $2.00 so that's what I used for the baskets. The white background is 99 cent/yard muslin from Joanns. The sashing is a poly/cotton solid from Walmart. I thought this was the prettiest quilt I'd ever seen when my mom, sister, and I finally finished it.
On a whim, I sent a picture and little description of the quilt to a the magazine who had published the pattern. I was SOOOO surprised when I received a letter in the mail, several months later, that the magazine wanted to publish my quilt and they would pay me $50.
Wow!!! I was over the moon with excitement. =D =D =D My dad very carefully packed up the quilt and mailed it to the magazine for photographing. The quilt was returned to us and I began to wait. And wait. And wait. And wait.
Nine months went past and then it happened! A letter arrived from the quilt magazine, apologizing for the delay and informing me that my quilt would be published next month. And there was a CHECK, not for $50 ... but, $200!!!
So there you have it. It's just as exciting to see my (maiden) name in print 14 years later.
This post will be full of yummy fabric that is CHEAP.
I repeat myself, CHEAP FABRIC ALERT!
Continue at your own risk. =)
Bell Bottom by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit. I can't get enough of Free Spirit. Their fabric collections are beyond incredible, in my opinion. Here are a few of my favorites and you can get them at Whittle's Fabrics for $3.50 per yard.
Cloe's Imagination by Tina Givens for Free Spirit. This is a whimsical collection with very retro and earthy colors. Whittle's, Whittle's, Whittle's ... why do you do this to me!?!? I.Cannot.Resist.
The studio is coming together slowly but surely. I really wanted to set the table up to 10 feet so that I could quilt MASSIVE quilts but the tracks were not playing nice. So it's set up at 8 feet which, in all honesty, is more then enough room.
The whole set-up process was a bit stressful for me, so I thought a trip to Zook's was in order. I justified it in my head because I had birthday money. =)
"Sierra" Collection by Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics - I fell in love with the paisley-like feathers of the first 3 fabrics and decided to buy almost all of them. I skipped the wallpaper-looking stripes, but now that I look at the photo, I'm thinking they would add a bit of pizazz. Oh dear me! Does that mean another trip?
"Tiny Tots" by Indygo Junction for Red Rooster Fabrics - I'm reading "B is for Betsy" to Abigail right now and these prints remind me of the illustrations in the book. Very vintage and I like that alot! I'll stash this away for a future baby quilt.
"Bistro" by Deb Strain for Moda - this is not a current collection but was on super sale. The colors are totally my sister's so I got them to make her a quilt. I don't know what pattern. Something simple, earthy, and modern. =)
Between this, that, and the other thing happening this week, I worked on a theory I had to produce a planned scrappy nine-patch block. I'm very delighted with the results and hope to share it with you next week.
"Ox Cart Man" metal tray This is my all-time favorite children's book. I love both the story line and the illustrations. You can't imagine how geeked I was to find this tray for a $1 at a MI thrift store. =)
Knitted String Bag I use it for so many things (fabric shopping, project toting, etc). The colors are so bright and cheerful! It makes me happy seeing it hanging on the door knob. =)
Rosey the Riveter Mouse Pad I know it's a WWII poster, but I always wondered if she was as fiercely independent as I am and had a hidden agenda. LOL You go, girl!
Before - Sewing Room was on one half of the room & Computer Cave was on the other half of the room:
After - Sewing Nook:
BIG Space for my HQ16 - the table needs to be disassembled and put in the attic:
I debated whether or not to set up my HQ16 in the Sewing/Computer Room or on the main floor in the unfurnished living room. I really love the upstairs bedroom -- it's so cozy and inviting! So that's where the quilting machine will live. =) I'm hoping tomorrow or Friday, I'll have pictures of it in it's new home.
Last week Thursday when I went to Zook's (Lancaster, PA), I scored a nice pile of batik samples from the remnant basket. They were basically two sizes -- 8 x 8 inch squares and 9 x 11 inch rectangles. I made these two quilt tops using the squares. One is warm colors and the other is cool colors.
I made a modified stacked coin quilt using the 9 x 11 inch rectangles. I cut them into strips 2 3/4 inch wide x 9 inches long. Again I arranged them by cools/warms and sewed them into columns. There are 21 "coins" in each column.
I initially thought I would use one solid color (Kona Cotton) for the sashing but couldn't decide between brown, red, green, or blue. So, I used all four and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the result!!!!
It looks just as pretty hanging this way, too:
Oooo, here is an artsy, close-up shot that makes me look like a polished professional photographer ... NOT! =D
I couldn't do it without my little side-kick and gal-pal. =)
PS - I apologize for all the pictures but I just discovered this perfect little spot in our side yard to photograph my quilt tops.
It was my birthday yesterday, September 13th, but the celebrating began on Friday. Mr. K took me out to eat on Friday night at our favorite local pizza place. Yummy! We came home and found Abigail like this in bed. It was only 8:00pm.
Saturday morning, Abigail and Mr. K came home with flowers, a card, and Edy's ice cream. I'm not showing the ice cream carton, because it's all GONE. We had lunch guests after church yesterday and Double Chocolate Fudge Brownie was a popular choice for desert. Abigail picked out the card because she thought the flowers looked "quilty" and "Mommy really likes quilts." I also received a birthday check so that I can do a bit of stash enhancement.
Friday and Saturday I spent a lot of time in my sewing room. I finished two batik quilt tops. You can't see them because they are folded and sitting on the brown table. I sewed the panels for the modified Stacked Coins quilt and laid the four different options for sashing so that I could stare, think, and ponder. =)
I cut out enough 4 1/2" squares to make two sashed squares lap quilts. One with chocolate brown Kona Cotton sashing and the other with khaki Kona Cotton sashing. The chocolate brown version is 1/2 done and I can't wait to show the finished top to you next week.
Remember this quilt that I blogged about recently???? I decided to join the Flickr group, Fresh Modern Quilts, and I posted a few of my latest quilt tops there. Yesterday afternoon when I checked my email, I found this comment to be moderated in my inbox:
I love the quilts, Erin! You've inspired me to make a zig-zag quilt.
I was speechless and still am.
Monica, the writer of The Happy Zombie, is a blog star!!! Her patterns are published in magazines. Her blog was featured in a book. She designs for Moda Bake Shop. I absolutely want to be like her when I grow up.
Sarah, send me an email at erin1978 at gmail dot com with your mailing info and I'll get your package out to you this week. =) Don't forget to tell me what 2 blocks you'd like.
Don't worry to the rest of you who didn't win ... I'm planning on doing small weekly giveaways because they are so much FUN!! I love hearing comments from you and I want you to know how much I appreciate you reading my blog.