WIP: City Sampler Part 2

So I've been out of town for the past week and didn't have a chance to sew at all. Needless to say, I didn't make much progress on the WIP front. BUT, I did manage to work a bit on my City Sampler Quilt since I last showed you. It is all basted and ready for quilting. Here's hoping I can finish it soon...although I have 3 papers & 2 midterms due this week...so perhaps after I complete all that fun I can reward myself with a nice finish.


Crushing on Anna Maria Horner

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win Darcy's awesome giveaway of this beautiful Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush line. Not only am I now the proud owner of these beautiful fabrics, but I also get to use this beautiful journal that has graph paper in it -- it is perfect for all my quilt planning!

To say that I was over the moon to win this giveaway is certainly an understatement. I missed out on the chance to buy a lot of these fabrics, so I can't wait to use them...now to find the perfect project!

Anyone have any suggestions?


Blogger's Quilt Festival: Baby Love

Crazy how much time flies, I can't believe it is time for another edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at AmysCreativeSide. I really do look forward to this each year because I love looking at all the fabulous quilts people have made...and quite often I discover a few new blogs to follow. This year I am out of town for most of the festival so I will have to do a lot of catch up reading.

Anyway, after a lot of thought I finally settled on the heart quilt I made for my friend's new baby girl. This quilt holds a special place in my heart because it is for one of my friends who struggled to have children for quite sometime and then was blessed enough to give birth to a healthy baby girl.

I really enjoyed making this quilt because it has all of my favorite quilting elements...simple, linen, solids, half square triangles, purple...and I am especially fond of the ombre effect in the binding.

I am entering this quilt in the favorite baby quilt category.
For more posts about this quilt click here and here and here.


WIP Wed: City Sampler

This week I have been swamped with reading for school (good thing my other favorite hobby besides sewing is reading) but I have managed to take a break every now and then to spend some time at the sewing machine. I find that when I take time for myself I am much more productive in my studies. 

I decided to sew up a few city sampler blocks. At first I wasn't sure if I would like piecing these blocks because they are so tiny (they finish at 6x6) compared to the 10-12 inch blocks I usually sew. However, I was overjoyed to discover that sewing these together has been cathartic and actually relaxing.

On Saturday I am going to a sewing retreat with some of my local sewing friends for the day and I hope to get a lot more finished on this, plus get some work done (aka finish cutting and start piecing) on a star quilt I'm working on. I also want to do some work on a few patterns I'm writing. Oh and I want to sew 2 bags too. Hmm...I wonder if I should prioritize my projects??

I'm linking up to Lee's series over at freshly pieced. Be sure to check it out to see what other projects people have been up to this week.


On the Cutting Table

When I came home from my local quilt store with an array of prints in one of my favorite color combos - mustard, navy, raspberry, and light gray - I couldn't wait to start cutting into it. I already have a project in mind for these fun prints and hope to finish it soon. Yes, I know I have a stack of unfinished projects a mile high that I should be working on...but when creativity strikes, you can't ignore it!


Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Wow, I had a lot of entries for this weeks giveaway...I only wish I had enough copies of Tula Pink's book for everyone.

Anyway drum roll please...

...and the winner is Erin! Congrats! I hope that you will enjoy this book as much as I do. I'll send you an email shortly.

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Also, thank you to all of you who entered and welcome to any new followers. I will be having another giveaway in a couple of weeks so stay tuned for that and other exciting things ahead.


Taking Flight

For the inspire circle of do.Good Stitches we were asked to make red and blue airplane blocks following a tutorial written by Amy of Badskirt fame. Amy's tutorial was easy to follow and these blocks will make a fun quilt to be donated to a child in need.

**If you are looking for the Tula Pink City Sampler giveaway, click here.**


Fabric Love.

To celebrate the successful end of my first semester of grad school, I decided to do what any girl would do in my situation - shop!

By the way - have you entered my giveaway for a copy of Tula Pink's City Sampler yet? I am so glad that I bought two copies of the book so I get to keep one for myself. Now I just need to decide what fabrics to use in the sampler quilt...


Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day!

Today one of my favorite blogs, Sew, Mama, Sew is hosting a giveaway day. Basically a bunch of blogs (including yours truly) are offering up all sorts of goodies. It is a fantastic way to introduce yourself to some new blogs and win some awesome prizes. I am always amazed by the generosity of the quilting/crafting community. Take a moment to enter my fantastic giveaway and then head on over to Sew, Mama, Sew to see what else is up for grabs.

I am giving away a copy of Tula Pink's newest book, City Sampler.

I can't even begin to explain how excited I am to give this away.

Not only are the 100 blocks featured inside beautiful, but there are a variety of layout options given...and then book itself is beautiful! Check out Tula Pink's website for more photos and info about this must have quilt book.

To enter, use the rafflecoppter below a Rafflecopter giveaway



Follow my blog with Bloglovin Hey all, just doing some blog maintenance this morning. As many of you are aware (I'm sure) my trusty Google Friend Connect is soon going to be heading into retirement. Sadness.

So for now you can follow my blog via bloglovin...if you'd like, and it really would make my day.

Also don't forget to check back tomorrow (Monday) to see what I am giving away for Sew Mama Sew giveaway day. I am so stoked about it, I want to keep it for myself!

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Quilts for Boston & Upcoming Giveaway

I finally got a chance to sit down at my sewing machine earlier this week and whipped up a few quilt blocks for the Quilts for Boston project sponsored by the Boston Modern Quilt Guild.

The BMQG is planning on making quilts for those affected by the bombings. Go here for more info. I hope that you take some time out of your day to make a quilt block or two to donate to help those affected by the bombings in Boston.

In other news, Sew Mama Sew is hosting their giveaway day starting on Monday, May 6. Basically this is where a bunch of people all over the blogosphere celebrate their love for sewing/crafting and host giveaways. You can find out more about it hereI am super super excited for what I am giving away so be sure to check back Monday for all the details!