Merry & Bright fabric by Sandy Gervias for Moda was my inspiration for my Christmas project this year. I love the little coupe cars on the streets today and think the coupe in the main panel of the fabric line is just great for a wall hanging. With the panel as my inspiration and the desire to "create" using Charm Packs, I took a Moda Charm pattern, opened two Charm Packs and started playing. Since I had just a few left over charm squares left after completing the wall hanging front, I decided to piece the back of the wall hanging instead of having to cut more fabric for the backing. For the back I used one of the panel blocks, all but one of my charm squares, the rest of my red from the front border and just a bit of three other fabrics. Wow what a saving in fabric to piece the back. Piecing the back is certainly nothing new. One of my favorite old quilts made in the 20's by my grandmother's family used old trousers for both the front and back. I use this old 20's quilt for my Christmas tree skirt every year just to remind me of how special my grandmother was to me. I hope you all had a time to reflect on family and friends this Thanksgiving and enjoy the Christmas season this year. Remember the Christmas season is not about snow, Christmas trees, house decorating and shopping but instead celebration of the birth of Christ.
Friday, November 21, 2008
At Houston Quilt Market, I saw a demo of the Clearly Perfect Angles template that clings to your sewing surface to help you sew accurate 45 degree angles. WOW it works. I have always took the time to mark a diagonal on my small squares when making my flying geese units. No more marking is needed with this easy template guide which is so easy and fast to use. Check it out in the notions section of the SuzzettsFabric link. Here is a picture of the template installed on my sewing machine. As a bonus, the template includes 1/4 inch and 5/8 inch seam guides.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
This Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a conference at Gilda's Club of North Texas on the topic on Hereditary Colon Cancer. The conference was quite informative about both FAP and Lynch Syndrome. I so enjoyed walking around Gilda's Club and seeing all the art work created by those impacted by cancer either as a patient or as a loved one. There were several quilts that had been created to express the hope that many cancer patients feel which was very encouraging. I am glad that I know that several of the fabrics that I have purchased this year have contributions that go directly to the Gilda's Club foundation. Collection for a Cause Heritage 1846 from Moda and Inspiration III from Blank Quilting are two fabric lines for which financial support goes to the Gilda's Club.
Friday, November 14, 2008
The Udder Cowboy fabric by Sew Treasured for Moda will make a treasured crib set for that little wrangler. Check out the Cows on the Range print for this line. The fabric is now available in yardage as well as fat quarter pack of 28, 2 1/2 inch strip sets and fat eight packs of 28. Check out the New Arrivals section in the Suzzett's Fabric Link.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I actually had a chance to complete a project today. Using the Slipper Cutie pattern from Fig Tree & Co., I made a pair of child house slippers. This is a way quick project if you use prequilted fabric and quite economical because you can make a pair of small slippers with just a 1/4 yard of prequilted fabric and about a yard of 2 inch binding. Here is the link to the kit for the child slipper kit. http://www.suzzettsfabric.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ShoeKit&Category_Code=KITS
The Slipper Cuties includes instructions for enlarging the slippers up to a size 10 ladies per Joanna Figuora. I had an opportunity to take a class from Joanna, the designer of Fig Tree & Co., while at market. Joanna has a fun personality and has come out with some great new patterns. Check out my website under the patterns link for Fig Tree & Co. patterns.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Recovery from Quilt Market in Houston is still ongoing. I still have not posted all of my goodies but have ordered several new fabrics for next spring including the new I Love Lucy fabric from Quilting Treasures. Northcott has a beautiful new line by Lain Stowe called Heavenly Hollyhocks. Lain Stowe has created several patterns for her line that showcase the large print from the Heavenly Hollyhocks line but will work well with any large print.
Above is a sneak peak of the I Love Lucy fabric and the Heavenly Hollyhock fabrics from Quilt market.
I also picked up at market a few new notions, books and patterns. I will be posting these new goodies soon.
Use the Suzzett's Fabric website link on the left to see new sales posted every Wednesday as well as new products being added often.