Last fall I finished my girls' 3rd & 5th birthday quilts just a few years after the candles were snuffed.... BUT this year I have their birthday gifts done early - a whole month early! It's a borderline miracle!
If you've followed my blog for a while, you know I hate hand stitching. My binding is always machine stitched. My quilting is longarmed or domesticated. And I will never, ever handquilt a darn thing for as long as I live. Ever. Not even... um...... ok, boy was that crow surprisingly tasty! Folks, I TRIED IT. And I LIKED it! (A whole lot more than when my mom tried that trick with broccoli, too!)
This latest finished flimsy of mine is all about the voile - Heather Ross' new Sleeping Porch voile that is! Her prints are busy, but I like the overall aesthetic. The whirl of flora and fauna reminds me of running through a field of wildflowers. All those warm yellows, peaches, and greens evoke hazy days, dusty yarrows and the buzz of cicadas. Plus, the moths - that purple print is my absolute favorite!
My forgotten fall pre-order of Heather Ross' Sleeping Porch arrived this week... right along with the stack I *just* purchased last weekend! (Will mom-brain ever end??) But the beauty of this bonanza of fabric is that I now have one set to hoard AND one to play with. So I've been cutting and fiddling with layouts, and hopefully I'll have a pattern to share soon along with the finished flimsy. (Plus, there's a good chance some scraps will make an appearance in this month's Tuesday Treats giveaway! Check out IG or my newsletter for details. Wait, not a newsletter subscriber yet?? Sign up here and you'll get the next edition delivered straight to your inbox this Thursday!)
I did it. I cut the Kona! I've debated for years while watching so many others take the plunge, but never wanted to break up the binder of color cards I have, since some lines aren't as easily cut-up-able. Then last week while trying - in vain - to decide on the perfect progression of blues for an upcoming project, I gave in. So I ordered a new (303 set) Kona card to have on hand, and I started snipping up my old (270) card.
Midway through snipping, I realized I needed a good way to store the chips to avoid chaos at the start of each use. Fortunately, I remembered that Silvia of A Stranger View had posted about this not too long ago, and after a quick skim of her photo feed, I found the answer: a Lego Minifigures Organizer by BoxBox. It has lots of slots for grouping colors, and it's thin (less than an inch in height) and light weight for storing. I'm going to slip it on the shelf right between my binders of thread and fabric colors : )
I added a few more purples for my Year 40 quilt: Violet Craft's House of Hoppington Orchid Haystack, L's Modern Basic Fuschia Infinite Kisses, and Studio M's Basic Mixologie Violet Breezy. (And later today I plan to sit down and order a little of Alison Glass' new Sun Print Overgrown in Plum!) I'm *so close* to having all forty fabrics for the quilt!
What color are you currently cultivating in your stash? After I finish this project, I think I might turn my sights toward green next and take advantage of what's sure to be a bloom of good true greens released on the heels of Pantone's Color of the Year.
Linking up with Molli Sparkles' Sunday Stash.
Do you ever get a beautiful fat quarter set in the mail and have absolutely no idea where it came from?? Well, apparently this happens to me! I gave the mailman a confused look when he handed me the package from Windham Fabrics, and then stood in my studio, still looking confused, with this gorgeous Curious Dream by Angela Pingel in my hand. In all the holiday chaos, I had completely forgotten about winning the Alice in Wonderland inspired fabric from Heidi at Fabric Mutt as part of the recent Curious Dream Blog Hop, but a quick skim of my recent correspondance cleared it up.
I love it! I need to think of a project for it. Any ideas??
Linking up with Molli Sparkles' Sunday Stash.
My sister just hit the big 3-0 and I had it on good authority that she'd love some throw pillows for her guest room as her gift. She and I tend to like the same things, and I love wonky stars, so a wonky star pillow is part of the set ; ) I'll share the finished project in a separate post, but in case you're new to "wonky," today I wanted to show you how to whip up a wonky star block that you can use for pillows, minis and quilts!
The past few years I've ascribed to word-of-the-year motivation, and it's worked pretty well. 2015 was all about focus, and I found better ways to keep my priorities on track despite how "squirrel!" our little kids/relocate often/frequent schedule changes life can be. 2016 was for creating a pattern, both in my life-flow and in quilting, and those goals are well underway. I tinkered with my schedule, and now I have a consistent routine for both home and work that still fits the flexibility I need when my husband comes and goes unexpectedly for his job. Plus, my first free quilt pattern will be out soon alongside my new newsletter, with a few other designs underway for 2017 release.
So what's my new word?
This was a productive month for quick holiday makes at our house. The elves who visit each December were kind enough to kick off the Christmas sewing with new pj pants...
Last week another mom in my daughter's Kindergarten class asked if in lieu of gifts for the teacher, we would instead send in donations for a family who had just lost everything in a house fire. The teacher is good friends with the family, and she had been very concerned about their ability to celebrate the holidays following such a huge loss. As tends to be the case in our community, the response was amazing - hundreds of dollars in gift cards, plus groceries and household items. And a quilt.
Welcome, everyone! Thanks for visiting for Sew Mama Sew's biannual Giveaway Day! New to Berry Barn Designs? I invite you to take a look around. My name is Sarah. I love quilting, sewing, teaching (and ice cream!), and lean toward quick projects I can finish between juggling life as a mom and milspouse. Here's what's been happening lately...
I have this habit of squirreling things away and happening upon them at just the right moment: strategic forgetfulness! It's a thing, right?! So while restocking fabric in my sewing cabinet yesterday, I noticed the coloring books I'd set aside for a future giveaway, remembered today would be the first Tuesday of the month... and voila!
As we were putting up our Christmas tree, and I started sprinkling decorations around the house, I realized we don't have any holiday wall hangings. But there's one little (dark, very poorly lit - for the life of me I couldn't get the jewel tones to photograph well for the shot above) corner cabinet where I usually put our advent calendar, and it was just begging for a splash of color. So what did I [the woman with a half a dozen Christmas gift and swap projects that need to be finished asap] do? Yep. I made one ; )
I even whipped up this quick free pattern for you!
My birthday is this week, and it'll put me just a year shy of 40. I don't get anxious about birthdays, and I'm neither dreading nor excitedly anticipating the milestone next fall, but it will be the start of a new decade and I've been thinking that I want to mark it somehow. To make something fresh and tangible to kick off a time span that I hope will be more intentional and fulfilling, and less out-of-control-career-and-kid-driven-roller-coaster ; )
So you know how I looove purple, right? I've been mulling over the idea of a scrappy, all violet quilt for a while, and I think the time is finally right.... Except that when I pulled fabrics and culled everything too cool, too pale, or with competing colors in the prints, this is all I have! I should be good to get underway, but I definitely need to broaden my purple selection. For all of you fellow red+blue devotees out there, please comment below if you know of some newer warm plum, tone-on-tone prints I should incorporate!
This week was a doozy. Many of us are reeling from the election results regardless of which candidate we voted for, and many of our fellow citizens from across the political spectrum are acting out in both violent and nonviolent ways. On Wednesday, I felt paralyzed from shock by the reality of our country's choices and behavior, and I wasn't sure of the right outlet for my feelings. I'm generally calm and principled in expressing my views, relishing civil debate and respect for others' differences in opinion, and my blog has never crossed over into political territory - but this week I want to say more.
This month's giveaway is double the fun: two chances to win The Quilter's Planner 2017 - one right here, and one over @berrybarndesigns on Instagram! I'll be drawing winners this weekend, so enter, tell a friend, and keep your fingers crossed : )
For the first time in a presidential election, my daughters are old enough to be paying attention to the news, and we've had some interesting discussions about the candidates, the voting process, and the history of women's rights in our country and significance of possibly electing our first female president. I felt inspired to honor the importance of all of us exercising our voting rights on this important day, regardless of political beliefs, so I worked on this little reverse applique sign to hang where my kids will see it regularly.
Mini Quilt Stats: Finished size 16.5" x 6.5"
Fabric: (top) Kona Snow, (bottom) unknown, (binding) Studio Stash by Jennifer Sampou
Interfacing: Pellon Fusible Fleece
Thread: (handstitching) Superior Threads 3310 #12 , (binding) Aurifil 2783 #50
P.S. And if you haven't yet... VOTE!
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