Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Destash Sale - Charm Packs

One of my habits is to buy a charm pack or two whenever I see a collection I like a lot.  I figure they make a good reference for the prints in the collection and I can refer to it later if I need to order yardage online.  The problem is that I rarely use the charm packs!  So here are  few orphans I'm destashing in an effort to make room in my sewing closet for more recent fabric purchases.

Lot of 4 charm packs including:  
1 Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda (upper right, bright, clear colors), 
1 Vintage Holiday by April Cornell for Moda (lower right, mostly floral 
prints and mini blenders in jewel tones), and 
2 Friendship by Howard Marcus for Moda (left side, traditional prints in shades 
of deep red, dusty blue, and tan)
Price is $35, which includes domestic postage  SOLD

If you would like to purchase these charm packs, leave a comment telling me and I will send you an invoice via Paypal.  Just be sure you are not "no reply" in Blogger/Google so I can respond to your comment via email.  

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Destash Sale - Beach House by Blackbird Designs for Moda

I liked the Beach House collection by Blackbird Designs for Moda so much when it came out, that I bought and bought.  I made one quilt out of fat quarters but have a lot of the fabric left in my stash and given what I have planned for my next 5-7 projects, I think I better let this go to a new home.

The photo above shows the colors in the collection -
muted shades of red, green, tan, ecru, blue, and brown.
Note, I no longer have a full fat quarter bundle.

If you would like to purchase any of what's shown below, leave a comment telling me and I will send you an invoice via Paypal.  Just be sure you are not "no reply" in Blogger/Google so I can respond to your comment via email.

A layer cake with one 10" square of fabric from each print in the collection.  
Price is $35, which includes domestic postage.

Set of 12 fat quarters, including the cross stitch sampler print in each of four colorways, 
the large floral print in each of five colorways, two ticking stripe, and one mini blender.  
Price is $25, which includes domestic postage.

Additional yardage, includes tan ticking stripe (1 inch short of 3 yards), red and white shirting print in upper right corner is from Collection for a Cause Legacy but coordinates well (1 yard), 
red ticking stripe on lower left (1 yard), brown mini floral on lower right (1/2 yard) 
and light floral in center from Aviary collection and coordinates well (1.25 yards) 
6.75 yards total
Price is $60, which includes domestic postage.

Large floral print on Wedgewood blue background, 5.66 yards
Price is $50, which includes domestic postage.  SOLD

If one person wants to buy all of this, I will sell the whole lot for $160, including domestic postage.

If you want to buy anything shown, leave me a comment here indicating what you want and be sure I can reach you by email.  

More tomorrow!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

La Passacaglia Connecting Stars

I've been sewing the stars that connect the rosettes together in La Passacaglia.  This is not the most interesting part of making the quilt, mostly because I decided all my stars would be white (Kona Snow) with green centers.  Each white triangle point on the star is about the size of my thumbnail so there's lots of sewing with little square footage being created.

In the photo above, the stars on the far left are already sewn into an arc that will go around one of the rosettes.  Still much more to do but I plan to use these stars to get a few more rosettes attached to the main body of the quilt this coming weekend.

This past weekend, I started cleaning out the closet in my sewing room.  My sewing room is the fourth bedroom in our 4-bedroom house; it doubles as a guest room.  Half of the closet has a hanging bar for the use of any guests (it also holds my formal attire in a garment bag) and the other half is shelves on which I store my fabric and some tools and equipment, box of thread, bottles of spray starch, and so on.

I've piled recent fabric purchases on the floor, due to lack of room in the closet, and am now culling the closet contents to make room for the stuff on the floor.  I had good intentions last year when I read Marie Kondo's book and made progress in my clothes closet and drawers but never made it out of the bedroom.

But 2016 is the year for the sewing room to get the "joy" treatment.  Check back tomorrow for the start of my destash sale.  

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Finds - TV, Movies, Books, and More

It's not constant quilting on Main Street!  Here's a recap of a few non-quilting things I've been enjoying lately.

Movie:  Spotlight - a great ensemble cast and a moving story about how reporters at the Boston Globe uncovered the story of the cover-up of child sexual abuse among Catholic priests..  I hope it wins some awards.

TV/Netflix:  The Affair, Season 1 - this series got off to a slow start for me but I was interested enough to keep watching and got hooked around the third episode (originally aired on Showtime but I watched on DVDs from Netflix).  The story is told from the point of view of each of the two people involved in the affair, for interesting perspective

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes - absolutely riveting espionage/thriller novel; it was an Amazon Best Book in 2014.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin - She was happy but thought she could be more happy so Gretchen Rubin spent a year making little changes in her life - an easy read with practical advice I can see actually implementing.

The Secret Life of Violet Grant
Tiny Little Thing
Along the Infinite Sea
A trilogy by Beatriz Williams with the stories of three sisters.  Each contrasts the story of a woman in the present day (mid-60's) with that of a woman in an earlier time.  I liked all three books and have been a fan of Beatriz Williams ever since I read her first work, Overseas.

Eating:  Panera's Thai Chicken Salad - my new favorite lunch, it is packed with vegetables and under 500 calories.  Great for the post-holiday, eat healthy resolution.

Personal Care:  Nuxe Facial Cleanser with Rose Petals - I bought this in Paris and absolutely love it.  It is a very gentle cleanser that does the job while smelling divinely of roses.  Fortunately, I found it on Amazon as well as Nuxe's own US website, sells some other products in the Rose line and may even have them in stores.

Back to our regularly scheduled quilting discussion next week.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

La Passacaglia - Another Large Rosette

I finished Big Rosette #3!

One more big one to go, plus a few smaller rosettes and LOTS of connecting stars.  I fussy cut the fabric for the inner star and also the green striped fabric I used in the center ring of white stars.  Fussy cutting adds a lot of impact but it takes so much longer, so I limit it to the parts where I have either five or ten pieces to cut, rather than 20 or 30.  

My next step is to work on the connecting stars so I join more rosettes together and get them attached to the main piece.  

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Quilting Goals for 2016

My goals for 2016 are to accomplish the goals I set in 2015, that I promised I'd do in 2014, that seemed like a good idea in 2013, that I aspired to accomplish in 2012.  
(seen on Mandypegs Instagram)

Because I am a list sort of person, I like to have to-do lists.  For quilting, I especially like the visual list that making a board on Pinterest represents. so I renamed my board Quilts To Make in 2015 to Quilts To Make in 2016 (I know, so original) and edited it to more accurately represent what I want to accomplish this year.

So here's what's on my quilting to-do list for 2016:

  • Laundry Baskets Little Butterflies quilt - I finished the top in early 2015. It has been sitting, all sandwiched and basted, ready to be quilted.  Must do it!

  • Stars In A Time Warp - remember that sew-along?  I have a few made, need more, and will make them into a wall hanging for my kitchen.

  • Something creative and modern with hexies, likely incorporating a rainbow of colors.
  • Woven design quilt - I've been wanting to do this ever since Thelma of Cupcakes N Daisies made a quilt using a Moda Bakeshop pattern with a woven look.  I have a few jelly rolls in my stash earmarked for this project.  
  • Orange Peel - another bucket list project, I have an image in my mind and need to execute it!
  • Clam Shell - giant clam shell quilt, mini clam shell pillow - not sure which, but one or the other.
  • La Passacaglia - Must finish the quilt that takes FOREVER!  My goal is to have the top done (not quilted) by Christmas, 2016.
That's probably as much as (or more than) I can accomplish in one year.  To get the visual impact of my quilting to-do list, visit my Pinterest board.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

More Progress on La Passacaglia

I can't claim to have done a lot of quilting during December.  I prepped pieces for La Passacaglia and took them with me on my trip to France but worked on it four hours max over the course of the 10 days I was traveling.  Once home, I focused on the binding for Floating.  But then on New Year's Day, I returned to EPP and made a few more rosettes.  I

Three new small rosettes and I am at work on the third (out of four) large rosette.  I need to make many more connecting stars so I can get them all joined together.  Whipping together the connecting stars is the more mindless part of this project; I think I need some TV to keep me company.  Miss Main Street recommends Master of None, Strange Empire, and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on Netflix.  So you watch TV while you sew?  If yes, any recommendations?

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