As promised, I'm going to share the remaining projects in my new book, but first of all I want to thank everyone for all the comments. Wow! It's pretty humbling, (and a bit frightening) knowing that there are so many of you out there who like what I do enough to support and encourage me. It makes every minute spent working on the projects, fabric, and book so worth it.
So, the first project I want to show you is another one that I gave you a glimpse of a couple weeks ago. Going along with the sewing theme (I couldn't seem to get that out of my mind) it's another one that I used the new fabrics in and probably the only one in this book that you won't be able to make until the fabric is out in the shops. Well, you could substitute other fabrics, but what I did was cut up the large print to use in the setting squares for the star, and of course, the border print around the star.
I call this one Spare Buttons, and made it thinking that I would use it on the floor of my booth at Quilt Market. But my friend that quilted it for me about had a fit when I told her I wanted to do that, so I guess I'll have to put it on a table instead. I love the rick rack around the edge..... so fun!
And when I get back, one of the things I plan on doing is a post on finishing a quilt with rick rack. Oh geez, now that I said that I'm really going to have to follow through with it, won't I?!
Here's one that may leave some scratching their heads. I call it Sew on the Go.....
Doesn't it look like your dad's shaving kit?! Well, it's not, but it does have a story to go with it....
Several months ago, I mentioned that I wanted to design something to carry my sewing projects in. So, one day I was out browsing through one of those stores that I love wandering around in but rarely purchase anything from (because the prices are so high), when I came across a really cool toiletries bag. One look at it told me that it would work great for carrying small sewing projects, threads, needles, etc, so I actually bought it, came home, and promptly started measuring, drawing, and cutting, and after several attempts, came up with this little pouch. And I must say that it DOES work great for those smaller hand projects! But, you might have to explain to people why there are spools of thread and needles in your toiletries bag.....
So, moving on.
These two are my Early Bird and my Night Owl. Since I don't sleep very much, I've never been able to decide which one I am, so I had to make them both! They are the same quilt, but I love the way they show how much the overall look and feel can change with the use of a different color scheme and fabrics. Oh, and more of those little embellished flowers. These are made out of wool, a little lace, and buttons.
Here's a small project that goes together really quickly. All of these fabrics are mine. Yes, even the teal one. That's in my new line and although it's a little out of my comfort zone, I love the "pop" that it gives this quilt. The applique is a combination of cotton and wool.
And the final project is another one that you may have gotten glimpses of in previous postings. It's the biggest quilt I did for this book (about twin size) and the fun thing about it is that ALMOST all of the fabrics are ones that I designed. I say almost because I just had to throw a few others in just to balance things out. Once again, I combined a few of my favorite blocks, the churn dash and the spool. I call this one All Churned Up (again, have I said how hard it is to come up with names for everything?!)
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But, before I go, there's one last thing I need to share. If you didn't know, I designed a quilt that appeared in Australian Homespun magazine (No. 80 Vol. 11.1) this winter. And if your luck was anything like mine, you may have had a hard time finding the magazine here in the United States. So, I made this into an individual pattern that I hope to have delivered the same time that I get my new book.
I love sampler quilts with various blocks and this one is no exception. It's got a little of this and a little of that, but a whole lot of character!
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Ok, so now I really have to go get my day started. There's a rug to finish, booth drapes to make, a rental van to pick up, clothes to pack...... the list goes on. So many things to still get done before we leave tomorrow morning! Yikes! I'm hoping that our hotel has internet access and I have enough energy at the end of the day to at least do a few posting from Quilt Market. If I do, they will be short and sweet, just to give you a taste of what it is like.
So check back and wish me luck!