Tanya Whelan of Grand Revival Design did it again! I love her new line Ava Rose and as soon as the collection was available I bought a fat quarter bundle and then some. What fabric diet? Cheryl would always say, "Go right ahead, there's always tomorrow". So true! Hehehe!
I have plenty of WIPs to finish but this collection was screaming at me. So I sat aside other projects (like I always do) to work on a new one. Gawd, I wish I have self control so I can be productive like Darlene. I'm jealous she's got lightning speed skillz! Ugh, I think I have quilter's ADD! I get bored easily and in my head I'm already planning on the next 5 projects. I bet I'm not the only one to have this condition. So many projects, so little time, right?! Oh, about my quilt...
I used MODA's Make Mine Pink, Please! pattern which you can download for free from their website. I would post a link if I could but I'm having technical difficulty getting on their site.
Update: It's now working. More like, I finally hit the right link this time. Click here for Moda's free patterns.
Anyhoo, this is the finished top. It's rather girly, don't you think? That's why I LOOOVE it ! BTW, it was foggy in my bedroom when I took this picture. Hah! Toodles!
The title should have been "Me? A copycat? Fo sho!" but I think the above is more appropriate. Anyhoo, this is more like a 'show and tell' post. Because I'm too busy playing with my dolls to actually show you what I'm currently working on. This is also to let you know I'm alive and kicking... for now! I'm still quilting in case you're wondering.
Just like everyone else, I'm constantly being inspired by a lot of talented people and I'm lucky enough to know some of them personally. Meaning, I can ask gazillion questions, bug the heck out of them, and not get a restraining order or a busy signal all of a sudden. Hehehe! The quilters that I'm inspired by are very talented and awe-inspiring group of crafters, who are willing to share if you ask them kindly. One of them is Sharon from Red Geranium Cottage. You probably read her blog and know that she is a generous lady through and through. I saw Sharon's adorable doll size quilt, a rail fence pattern. Of course, I wanted to make one and she was generous to give me info on this particular quilt. I made a lap size using the same fabric collection. I think it was Retro..., umm, something-something collection by Sharon Yenter. Yeah, that's right!
Sharon was kind enough to send me a photo of her darling little quilt so i can share it with you folks! Isn't it cute?
She gave me the size of the strips to make the block but I can't remember because I didn't write it down. Silly lil' me! The strips are really skinny-mini. This is the book I used to make a bigger quilt. Sorry for the crappy pictures...
So this is my version of her doll size quilt. Very colorful! I like it A LOT! Thanks mucho, Sharon.
The backing I used is from the same collection, Retro something-something. I'm so sorry I really can't remember the name and I'm so lazy to look it up right this second. So I'm hoping you know what collection I'm talking about. Anyhoo, this is it for now. Toodles!
I haven't done anything crafty lately so i'll just show you one of my quilts you haven't seen before. This is a quilt I made seven years ago. Ooops, make that 6 years ago (see note below). My first paper-foundation quilt and the second quilt I ever made. Ok, maybe the third quilt if I count the quilt I made in beginner's quilting class. I was such a newbie I wasn't afraid to try anything. I used Aunt Grace Thru the Year fabric collection, my very first 30's repro (love it!), I used paper foundation by Little Foot/Lynn Graves, the 7 1/2" log cabin/geese in the cabin pattern, heavy cotton chenille for backing and no batting. Donna did such a beautiful job quilting this for me. The Binding Queen couldn't stop talking how easy it was to bind it. hehehe! She thoroughly enjoyed binding it for me... NOT! She said the chenille was soo thick she had a hard time sewing the binding on and broke all her fingers in the process. Ok, the last part wasn't true. She threatened to charge me double even triple the next time I give her a quilt with heavy backing. Grrrrrr!
Update: Ooopsy! I knew something was wrong when I read Dawn's comment. I've been quilting for six years not seven. Just to be sure, I had to find the first quilting magazine I ever bought. It was AP&Q Quilt Sampler 2002. That same year, they released a special issue called Century of Quilts. Aaaah, I feel much better now. LOL!
Nothing but work, work, work lately. Somehow I managed to finish a quilt.
I used Barefoot Roses pink polka dot fabric, 2 Simplicity charm packs, not sure if I used 1 yard for the inner border and few fat quarters for the outer border. I found the pattern called Ocean Waves Variation over here. The blocks are made out of half triangle squares so I didn't have to worry about using the pattern's measurements.
Well, after a month of drooling over fabrics on blogland and online stores I couldn't take it anymore! Yes, I've been cheating on my diet...I consider this a MAJOR setback. Bad, bad Doe!
I guess, this is not a surprise. Me thinks everyone is guilty of this crime. Am I right? LOL!
It started with this one. So pretty! BTW, I stole the picture on the right from the CK website.
Then, I bought backing for my ME quilt and another quilt that I'm currently working on. And, extra fabrics to do a border. I will tell you about it later.
Then, I have to have this new Mary Engelbreit Christmas fabrics (by MODA). I think Wren likes it, too. I love,love,love it! I got it at the shop. Cheryl has more pictures of the new ME fabrics on her blog.
I thought by showing you pictures of my new girl, Sophie you won't wanna hurt me. Please, forgive this very, very, VERY weak, no self control lil' one. Please?!
I've been working on this project using the new Mary Engelbreit fabrics as well as her old ones. I usedMonica's(who is soooo uber-nice for sharing) Jingle Jolly Runner patternbut I added/cut more pieces than what the pattern asked for. I'm making a quilt. It has a total of 1, 229 piecesto be exact!! The 792 one and a half inch square, itty-bitty star points were killing me! Why would I go thru all that trouble? Just call me CRAZY! Check out what I've done so far and let me know what you think.
I really like this old ME fabric. Cute print!
Of course, this quilt wouldn't be complete without Mary's ch-, um... signature cherries! (chuckling)
I got this cute ceramic chair pincushion a long, long, LONG time ago when ME had her store in Fashion Island, Newport Beach. Stinken' cute, isn't it.
Such lovely weather we're having here in SoCal this weekend! Yep, it's raining again! I guess I'm staying at home to work on a few WIPs.
Here is one of the WIPs I'm working on right now. I'm putting together different pink fabrics to make a scrappy backing for one of my finished quilt tops. I thought using some of my stash is a brilliant idea...well, I really, REALLY need the space. As of today...wait, maybe I should say after this weekend, I'm going on a fabric diet. OK ladies, I'm going shopping online before I start my diet. LOL!!! Wish me luck!
I hope you're enjoying your weekend wherever you are and whatever the weather might be. Toodles!