Sunday, March 25, 2012


We have 3 winners for the Retro Flowers QAL giveaway!

#4 Sonya R  who said:
Mar 22, 2012 05:03 AM
So excited for this QAL! I have the templates but ther are more that you have that I am certain I need!

#41 Jessica E who said:
Mar 22, 2012 02:57 PM
Thanks for the chance! I can't wait to get started on this, so excited for the QAL! :)

# 90 Julie who said:
Mar 24, 2012 08:22 AM
I am really excited about thsi QAL. Thanks for the chance.

Thank you all for playing! I'm super excited to see what you all come up with in this QAL!!
Loving the flickr page, keep those pics coming! Thanks! -Jill

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Retro Flowers quilt-a-long!

I'm sure by now you've all seen pictures of Christina's beautiful quilt and design called "Retro Flowers".

Well, I'm excited to announce that Megan of City Stitches and Bianca of Sweet Diesel Designs are hosting a Retro Flowers Quilt A Long!  (read all about it here)

I've been very excited to have been given permission to sell acrylic templates for this design, and you can find those in my shop.

So the big news is that I'm giving away 3 sets of these templates for all you QAL'ers!  Just leave a comment on this post (one entry per person) and make sure I can find you if you're a "no-reply blogger".  I'll leave this giveaway open until Sunday evening, so enter now and tell your friends.

Don't fret if you've already purchased a set, if I have your name on my 'sold' list you can pick a different product from the shop as a substitute.

I hope you're all as excited as me about this quilt a long!

(Oh, and check out the flickr group while you're at it!)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

in Bloom

It's a quilt!  I designed this back in December in hopes of entering it in a local quilt show at The Oregon Garden.  It turned out that I didn't have time to even start it before the deadline.
Then fast forward a couple of months, and I was able to attend a half day of the PMQG's monthly all day sew. I decided not to even bring my machine, I just brought the fabrics, my templates, and a rotary cutter.

I was able to cut all of the pieces for the 6 blocks out in that one session. After that, every time I sat at the machine I tried to chain sew a few pieces together. The curves got way easier and I'm getting pretty fast at it.

I don't know what it is about this silly circle block, but I kind of love it, and I've decided to explore it a bit more. My first project with it is here, and the second is here. I'm thinking it'll probably pop up in a few more of my projects before I move on.

I think I need my own personal photographer. And nanny. And house cleaner.... OK, these are all things I'm really not good at. Some work on my photography skills would probably take me farther in life than house cleaning skills :) So there's a good 2012 goal.

I'm sure you've all heard about the MQG's showcase at The International Quilt Festival. I really wanted to enter something, but nothing I had was right. With a bit of scrambling, I was just able to get this in under the wire. It's kind of small, so I don't have high hopes. But I honestly can say I love this quilt, so if it gets in or not, it's still pretty meaningful to me (and I already have a place picked out for it to hang on my wall).

Cheers all!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Have You Heard about...

...the QUILTCON block challenge?

I love a challenge! This one sounds like so much fun, and the best part? It's just a block. One block (or up to 3), but even a busy Mom can manage to make 1 block before August.  The thing that really drew me in though? The color's kind of right up my alley. So I pulled some fabrics that seem to work with their scheme, trying to keep each fabric pretty monochromatic (except for that lovely glass tile one). I guess I'm seriously lacking in the "tangerine" category though. Well, at least I know what to buy at my next quilt club meeting.

Look here to see a helpful post on choosing colors for this challenge.

Now to design a block, or two, or three....

Anyone else planning on giving this a try?