Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Blogger's Choice Contest

If you've ever shopped at the Fat Quarter Shop, you're probably familiar with the Blogger's Choice Fat Quarter bundles. These bundles are groups of coordinating fabric put together by well known bloggers and sold at FQS. Quokka Quilts has teamed up with the Fat Quarter Shop for a fun contest in which contestants are asked to create their own Blogger's Choice bundle. I love putting together fabric, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to practice my design skills (not to mention if your bundle is chosen as a favorite, you win free fabric!). I went with an aqua, gray, and chartreuse color palette. Here are my choices. Wish me luck!

  First Row:
Modernology Grey A la Mode Yardage SKU# MO-4806
Outfoxed Olive Fern Stripe Yardage SKU# 5574-G
Circa 52 Organic Shroom Tree Stripes Yardage SKU# JM16-SHROOM
2nd Row:
Lark 54" Wide Sateen Charcoal Treasure Box Yardage SKU# SAAB002-CHARC
Ruby Cotton Grey Sundae Yardage SKU# 55037-13
Citron Gray Gray Bird Swing Yardage SKU# CX4038-GRAY-D
3rd Row:
Modernology Aqua Mod Vines Yardage SKU# MO-4809
Modernology Cool Contempo Blooms Yardage SKU# MO-4802
Peacock Lane Gray Falling Flowers Yardage SKU# DC5084-GRAY-D
4th Row:
Lark Grass Chinese Lanterns Yardage SKU# PWAB80-GRASS
Oval Elements Chartreuse Yardage SKU# OE-907
Lark Jade Sunglow Yardage SKU# PWAB78-JADEX
5th Row:
Divine Turquoise Linen Texture Yardage SKU# 33283-4
Kona Cotton Ash Yardage SKU# K001-1007
Kona Cotton Coal Yardage SKU# K001-1080

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Looking Back on 2011

With the New Year quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the projects I've completed this past year. Even though I just learned to sew this summer when I purchased my very first sewing machine, I feel like I've come a long way and accomplished more than I thought possible. It hasn't all been perfect, as I've shared on my blog, but I've learned a lot and I'm having fun which is all that really matters. What I've enjoyed most about quilting is the creative aspect of selecting color schemes, coordinating fabrics, and finding ways to add modern flair to more traditional quilt patterns. But, I'll admit I played it safe this year, choosing designer fabric lines that were already coordinated and went together easily. Next year, my goal is to experiment more with combining fabrics from different lines and to challenge myself to try more difficult patterns and designs (If I get really brave, you might even see some triangles!).

Here's a collage of my 2011 finished projects! Hope everyone has a Happy New Year and I can't wait to see what you come up with in 2012!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Christmas Present for my Sewing Machine!

Wow... is it really less than a week before Christmas already? In between selling my house, finishing the school semester, and moving, I've had little (make that no) time for sewing projects. So, I was super excited to finally unpack the sewing machine and release some of my creative energy that's been boiling for months. I've been wanting to make a sewing machine cover for my Babylock ever since I got it and when I saw the great tutorial on Olive and Ollie's blog (, I knew I had to make one for myself. The directions were super easy to follow and I was finally able to use my Mom's Accuquilt GO! Fabric Cutter to cut out the tumblers. Here are some pics of the finished product.

I love the look of the tumblers! I can't wait to make a quilt out of these and some pillows would be cute too. Now when my sewing machine's not being used, it can at least chill out in style. Merry Christmas sewing machine!