Friday, 18 October 2013

Favourite Kona Solids Yet

When my Sew Sisters Kona Solids of the Month club arrived, I squealed. The colours are chosen based on an inspiration photo so they could easily have chosen an orange and black scheme, but instead the inspiration photo was this spooky, green and grey ghostly town image. And I LOVE the colours!

From left to right: Kona Jade, Kona Ash, Kona Medium Grey, Kona Emerald
I love greys and I love greens...and these greens are really scrumptious jewel greens which are so lovely. I think this is my favourite combo from the solids club yet!


Monday, 7 October 2013

Slow and Steady

I have been sneaking in a wee bit of sewing. I am working on the two Tagged quilts I am making using Allison Harris' pattern (of Cluck Cluck Sew).

I turned this:
Kona white and Kona Tomato
Into these:
A clever trick!
The initial layout calls for placing the vertical sashing first. All those verticals will be filled in with more white and tomato.

Boy Twin colourway

Girl Twin colourway
Now I need to get those rows finished so I can put the darn thing together.

Also, Pink Castle fabrics (my go-to online quilt store) had a big sale. I tried to show restraint. Honestly, I did. This is the least I could purchase:
I am loving the feather print by Alison Glass. Plus one of the text print in indigo. And more of my favourite print from Bonnie and Camille's last line. And some Wonderclips to try for binding.
I definitely need to incorporate some of that Alison Glass fabric into baby's rainbow nursery wall hanging quilt.

But no time to elaborate and dream! I need to actually sew!

Wish me luck finishing those twin quilts soon...they are almost ten days old already!


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Hello Cleveland! (And I Have a Turquoise Problem)

I haven't posted in ages, mainly because my job (which I LOVE) has been out-of-control busy and I've been working almost every night. I hope it slows down because I did set some pretty ridiculous (and according to many, crazy) sewing goals before baby comes in January!

I did get a chance to go away with my husband for the weekend to Cleveland. He is a NFL fan (as am I, just less so) and he wants to see every team play in their home stadium. This won't be so bad for the North East teams, but he will definitely have to wait some time for those far-away teams (like the New Orleans Saints or Dallas Cowboys, for example). 

Knowing the trip was coming I identified a quilt store I wanted to stop in, As well, one of the to-be-expected stops was at a Jo-Ann's. Batting in particular is SO much cheaper there (I'm so jealous!) so I picked up four baby quilt sizes and one queen size. I also picked up these:
The Star Wars print will back the Star Wars quilt I plan to make our friends' son, the other three prints are from Denise Schmidt's Jo-Ann line DS Quilts. I admired these last time I was in a Jo-Ann's and needed to get them this time.

Five yards of Kona White and four of these ADORABLE fabric book kits. I already know where two are headed and now I have decide where the other two will go. You know, in all my free time to make them.
I also picked out JEllen Fabrics as the one "quilt" store I wanted to go to.

Front of the store...I knew by the display window that this place would be awesome.
A glimpse down the length of the store
A wall hanging quilt on display. Oh my God, I need to make one.
Another wall hanging. I love the aesthetic. 
I have nothing but good things to say about JEllen Fabrics. The employees were so nice and the selection was modern and quite varied. The owner herself appeared towards the end of our visit and was helpful and chatty. I would definitely recommend them if you are in the Cleveland area.
These were from the $5/yard section. Score! The grey crosswords from Tim and Beck will be the backing for one of the twin quilts I am working on. I got 2 or 3 yards of each since they were so cheap- great for backings!

Hmmm. Lots of turquoise here. The far left is a flannelette (and I LOVE flannelette and turquoise so this was a no-brainer), some more Tim and Beck (this one will back the baby girl twin quilt) and .

This last little bit of my favourite print from the Bungle Jungle line had to come home with me.

And some fat quarters. LOVE.
 But, um, did you notice something? When you combine my Jo-Ann purchases and my JEllen purchases there was definitely a theme. A colour theme. Turquoise. See the picture below as proof:
Okay, even I can see that I have a problem. Especially since this is already a predominant colour in my stash. It doesn't help that the new baby will have a grey and turquoise nursery. Oh my.

I need to stop buying fabric. Like, seriously. Considering the day before I left for Cleveland I also took advantage of Pink Castle Fabric's 30% off everything sale, I know I am starting to get really close to STABLE (Stash Total Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy).

If only I had time to sew with all this yummy, yummy fabric!!