Sunday, November 28, 2010

{ Sunday Stash #12 } Patty Young's Sanctuary

Hey everyone! I know it's almost 10 PM here on the east coast, but I wanted to drop in and share with you what new fabrics arrived this week. Better late then never! Today was my last day off after the Thanksgiving break and I vowed to spend it away from the internet and my phone because my wife wasn't feeling very well. I watched the kids while she got some rest. The Mr. Mom routine.

I may have done a little re-tweeting for a few minutes while getting the kids lunch ready, but caught myself and put my phone in the bedroom on my night stand (out of sight, out of mind). Isn't it funny how you think something is not that much of a distraction and you realize after you try and stop for a day or two how much it consumes your life? I know, scary right!

Well, the kids are in bed sleeping and I wanted to show you some of Patty Young's new line she calls Sanctuary. Aren't the colors great?! I'm curious to know what her inspiration is behind this line. I'm really getting a fire and ice vibe. Yin and Yang with an little new age, modern spin.

Sanctuary by Patty Young

Sanctuary by Patty Young

Sanctuary by Patty Young

Sanctuary by Patty Young

Patty even had fun with the names of the fabrics: Dahlia Lama, Orchid Feng Shui, Zen Garden, Seaweed Wrap, etc.

I had the chance to meet Patty and her husband Jon in Houston. Her booth was full of pattern samples in Sanctuary fabrics. If I recall correctly, there were several Sanctuary knit fabrics. I think some of the dresses were made using knits, but don't quote me on that! :)

2010 Quilt Market Houston - Patty Young

2010 Quilt Market Houston - Patty Young

2010 Quilt Market Houston - Patty Young

I had never seen her knit fabrics in person before and wasn't sure what to expect. They are really soft and reminded me of sweatshirt material.

Sanctuary was released in two colorways, Cool and Warm. I got mine from Hawthorne Threads.

Have a good one!

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Just wanted to drop in for a quick hello! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. Full of food, family and friends! There were a lot of entries this round for the fat eighth bundle of Kate Spain's upcoming fabric release, Central Park.

Kate Spain Booth - Fall Market 2010

I just love that pillow!

I'm sure you all want to know who the winner is ...

Congratulations, entry #422! Marianne you won, you lucky duck!

I'll email you for your addy. Feel free to contact me too! Can't wait to see what you create with it.

See you all tomorrow for Sunday Stash!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bee Blocks Update!

I've spent the better half this past weekend/few days in between work and family time getting my bee blocks up to date. These things have a tendency to pile up on you if you don't stay ahead of the game. I *think* I'm all caught up with the exception of blocks due at the end of this month. I make no guarantees though. There may be a few stragglers when I take inventory.

The one group I was most slacking in was Buzz Cuts. Sorry guys! See I told you I'm a slacker. Seriously, the other swappers in the group are great and haven't threatened to kick me out ... YET!

A neat aspect of this swap is that you have the choice to either send fabrics (like in a traditional bee) or ask the other members to grab from their own stash.

Here is Kimmie's block for July. She wanted blocks with flying geese in them. I used some very light blue Freespirit solid with City Weekend by Oliver & S for Moda.

This pattern was created by Jennie (Sunflower Quilts) for the Fat Quarterly Challenge. I had to add a strip of fabric around the outside because my block turned out too small for some reason. I may have trimmed it too many times during construction.

Buzz Cuts July 2010 for Kimme

Kathy was making a quilt for her son and wanted green, blue and black blocks during her month in August. I dug through my scrap bin to find the fabrics for these 2 scrappy HST blocks.

Buzz Cuts August 2010 Blocks for Kathy

This next block is for Dorie whose month was September. She requested blocks with kid friendly prints. I used some leftovers from a Moda Freebird Jelly roll.

Buzz Cuts August 2010 for Dorie

Finally, Mary wanted paper pieced blocks for her month in October. Her daughter was getting married in November and wanted to make her a quilt using these blocks. She sent all the fabrics and pattern.

Buzz Cuts October 2010 for Mary

I'm taking the next few days to finish some WIPs that have been set aside while I've been distracted by other stuff. Time to start busting this stash!

The giveaway for a fat eighth bundle of Central Park by Kate Spain ends on Friday, November, 26. There's still plenty of time to enter it HERE.

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Have a good one,

Sunday, November 21, 2010

{ Modern } Relief - Give to A Special Cause this Holiday Season

Several weeks ago a friend of mine contacted me with an idea. Heather wanted to organize a charity raffle where several friends would get together to make quilts that would raise money for charity. {Modern} Relief was born shortly thereafter and 18 members have contributed projects to benefit the cause. We hope you would consider giving to others this Holiday season by purchasing a raffle ticket. You're not only helping those in need as each entry brings you closer to possibly winning a wonderful quilt. Please help spread the word about our cause.

Here are the two quilts I donated that will be given to two lucky WINNERS! They were both made using my Bundles of Joy tutorial and one charm pack each; one in Life's a Hoot by Adornit and the other in Hushaby by Tula Pink. They are baby quilt size, around 23.5" x 27".

{Modern} Relief Donations

Charity Quilt #2 Finished!

Here is some additional information about {Modern} Relief:

{Modern} Relief is a simple concept. We are Modern Quilters uniting through the holiday season by bringing the warmth of our quilts and the warmth of your hearts together for others in need. This season, 2010, we will be supporting World Vision. We hope YOU will join us in taking a stand against hunger by participating in our fundraising raffle. Please let me introduce to you World Vision.

World Vision is leading the effort to end hunger.

In the next seven seconds, another hungry child will die.

World Vision is on the front lines of the fight against hunger. Today — and every day — we’ll distribute nearly 600 metric tons of emergency food aid, nourishing the hungry. We’ll give local farmers the seeds, tools, and training they need to grow their own food and feed their own communities. And we will plead the cause of the hungry in halls of power all over the world.

Please join us in creating a world without hunger — a world in which no child dies for want of nutritious food. This site offers in-depth information on hunger, its causes, and how it can be stopped. You can learn more about key hunger-related issues and share what you discover with friends and family. Use this link to begin your journey.

Please meet the members of this season’s event and view their donations that they have generously provided to this fundraiser raffle.

Heather from { House } of A La Mode

Amy from Amy's Creative Side

Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson!

Nettie from a quilt is nice

Aneela from Comfortstitching

Brioni from Flossyblossy

John from Quilt Dad

Kate from One Flew Over

Ashley from Film in the Fridge

Katy from i'm a ginger monkey

Tacha from Hanies

Amanda from Sasikirana Handmade

Jennifer & Jessica from Twin Fibers

Nova from a cuppa and a catch up

Ryan from I'm Just A Guy Who Quilts

Julie from Jaybird Quilts

Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio

Alissa from Handmade by Alissa

The Guidelines:

- To enter this raffle please click on the PayPal button, this will bring you to the { Modern } Relief PayPal account.
- The cost to enter this Raffle is $10.00 per entry.
- Entries are unlimited, so please feel free to give till your heart’s content.
- Winners of the raffle will be chosen by a random generator on December 1st, 2010.
- Each { Modern } Relief Quilter participating in this event will post the entire list of winners for the donated quilts on their blogs during the second week of December and the grand total of our contributions to this cause.
- Additionally, they will also contact their personal winners at that time too.

We THANK you!

{ Sunday Stash #11 }

Despite the mountains of fabric I picked up at Sample Spree that I showed you last week, the mailman kept arriving with more. I tell you, I just don't know how this stuff finds me. I don't have a fabric hoarding problem, do I? I need to remind myself never to ask my wife that question because I probably already know the answer. After all, she doesn't have a room entirely devoted to shoes. :)

The Sprout colorway of Parisville finally arrived and my fat quarter collection is complete. I found the Pomegranate and Mist bundles at Hawthorne Threads and the Sprout bundle at Fat Quarter Shop.

Parisville by Tula Pink

I can't help but think how good it would look mixed in with prints from AMH's new line Innocent Crush. Not bad, right?

Innocent Crush - Sunday Stash

Monaluna also has a new line out called Sew Happy. This one looks like it could be fun to play with. I purchased mine from blog sponsor, Hawthorne Threads.

Sew Happy by Monaluna

Sew Happy by Monaluna

My favorite print has to be the safety pins. The two versions on the end are the perfect shade of red and aqua.

Sew Happy by Monaluna

It's A Hoot by Momo is now in stores and includes some nice prints that might serve as permanent additions to my stash. I managed to track down a fat quarter bundle of everything but the grey prints. They came from another sponsor, Fabric Shoppe.

It's A Hoot by Momo

These are the two prints in particular I need to get more of. I can see myself using them for lots of future projects.

It's A Hoot by Momo

It's A Hoot by Momo

Also arriving from Fabric Shoppe are some yards from Momo's Freebird and Patty Young's Flora and Fauna. These collections are disappearing fast. Especially the Moda because they seldom do reprints.

Momo and Patty Young

I received some additional Moda yardage of Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for an upcoming Patchwork Squared project. Look for this new pattern coming out around the end of January 2011.

Bliss by Bonnie & Camille

And finally, Alexander Henry has a new line out called June Bug. I thought it odd that they were releasing such a Summery print this time of year, but I found a few prints from the collection I like.

Jun Bug by Alexander Henry

The bird prints especially would be fun to fussy cut. I got them from Hawthorne Threads.

Jun Bug by Alexander Henry

I have no idea what I'm going to make with most of the prints that came in this week, already have patterns going for some.

Look for a new tutorial next week for some fast gift bags you can make in one sitting. Get your holiday fabric ready! You'll want to make lots for all your friends and family.

The giveaway for a fat eighth bundle of Central Park by Kate Spain ends on Friday, November, 26. There's still plenty of time to enter it HERE.

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Have a wonderful Sunday,
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