Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tangled: I need your 2 cents!

I rarely pre-wash my fabric. EXCEPT for when I'm making something (non-quilt) that will be washed ALOT, often, and all the time. Like hand towels, and pot holders, grocery bags and drool bibs, etc. I'll be making the above items in bulk for an upcoming craft show so I proceeded to throw half a dozen cuts of fabric into the laundry.
And it came out in a single ball, and tangled to boot.

Is there really a way to prevent all the strings from coming loose from the fabrics in the first place?
I've tried pinking each corner by 1/2" - didn't work.
Wash each one separately? Too time consuming and wasteful (water, energy etc.)

After 30 minutes of careful scissor work I untangled the mess and had enough loose strings to weave a whole other FQ of fabric. Help! I'm open to ANY suggestions on how to prevent this from happening later this week when I wash another load of fabrics.

Maybe I'll just start washing ALL fabrics when they enter my house so they're ready to go no matter what project I'm working on... naaaah - thats never going to happen! haha

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WIP Wednesday - Habitat Quilt Top

[Sorry about the sunlight splattering my photos... bad location for a photo shoot? Hmmm yeah.)

Here's my only quilt WIP I have going on at the moment. Its only halfway put together, so it should end up being twice this size! I'm thinking lap size.
You can read a little more about it here. The solid is Kona Cotton in Aqua, and the prints are
HABITAT by Jaye McCarroll... and I plan to have the entire thing DONE by mid-September for the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge.

I spotted a little critter stealing tomatoes from the garden. Its so difficult to get rid of those little buggers!

Once its finished, it'll sit for a few months before its gifted to a special someone for Christmas.
Its only the end of August and I already feel behind in my Christmas gift sewing! What is wrong with me?
Oh yeah, I have a modern craft show on Nov 6th and I'm freaking out that I won't have enough inventory ready! So I've been more focused on that lately...

I've admired this quilt design for a while now, and again, thought I'd try it out, although a slightly different layout ... so far I love it, and is super easy to work up. Very little measuring required, just up my alley!

I've linked up with Freshly Pieced for her WIP Wednesday series! Go check it out!

And I have to sneak in a photo of Eli, for any family that stumbles upon this post!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fav {F-Words}

Fun Fabrics!
The first two at left are from the newest DS Quilts collection at Joann's! Joann's hasn't posted them yet on their website so here's a link to the collection on Etsy.
In the middle is "Whimsy" by Heather Mulder Peterson & Deb Mulder for Henry Glass... purchased from SEWN in Cincinnati! Cute shop!
My personal fav, the brown geometric print is "Nutmeg" by Caleb Gray from Groove... sort of reminds me of the Pez fabric that is so hard to come by.
And the dotty-birds fabric on white is "griffith song" by Alexander Henry. I think its yummy!
I only have plans for the first 2 prints, and the others will be added to my stash.

On a similar note - I found out today that Flea Market Fancy (aka FMF to those of us obsessed with fabric) is going to be re-released early 2012! I'm sure this is old news to some people but I thought I'd share anyhow. I didn't care for this line at first but man has it grown on me. I don't actually own any of it because it was out-of-print before I stared sewing... and I refuse to spend $14+ per FQ to get my hands on some. Thus, I will start saving my pennies and see if I can't jump on some good ol' FMF this winter! What do you think? Love it or hate it?

Also included in Fun Fabric: an Ikea Duvet Cover on CLEARANCE for $9.99!
Do you know how much fabric that is? LOADS, actually, its 102" x 86" per the package... and 2 king size pillow cases! I'll add the pillow cases to my stash, and save the duvet cover for quilt backing... man I love Ikea. I should have bought 3. Why didn't I buy 3?

We were in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania last weekend visiting Eli's Great-Grandparents.
It was Eli's first trip to PA and he did exceptionally well so much driving!
All the family enjoyed seeing Eli, and I'm sure he wore them out, even if they won't admit it.

One final favorite F-word:
Finding money in coat pockets! Yay!
And that never happens to me thanks to Dave Ramsey's cash envelopes.
Once a year its nice to find mis-placed money, I say!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Farmer's Wife QAL: 8 down, 103 to go!

#3 Basket and #4 Basket Weave
I'm not going in order (1-111) by any means... although it may appear that way. I wanted one easy block and one challenging block, and I'll be honest, that random piece of paper with the pattern for the basket handle was driving me crazy so I had to get rid of it, and make the Basket block!
8 down and 103 to go!

And I've decided the layout will NOT be on point, rather laid out per below... a more modern take, but I think it will work out just fine. I also want to bump up my blocks per week, to 3 instead of 2 and maybe I'll catch up to the majority of participants on Flickr.

Oh Baby! Look what came in the mail the other day!

My new Go! Baby Fabric Cutter!
I'm excited to give 'er a whirl, stay tuned!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Eli {a progression}

[ gaaah! not on my quilt blocks!]

and.... finally taking a 20 second break on the swing.

All those photos were taken in a 3 minute time span... no wonder he's gone back to two naps a day! To give me a break!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Modern Quilt Guild: Jay McCarroll Habitat Challenge

The Modern Quilt Guild has chosen the next challenge! Fabric designer (and winner of the 1st season of Project Runway, eek!) Jay McCarroll is a one-of-a-kind guy and his collection, HABITAT, is nothing short of fantastic.
I'm typically more of a monochromatic fabric girl, but I'm rather enjoying brain-storming this challenge: create any quilted item you like from HABITAT. Sounds easy, right?
Well, sort of, after I narrowed it down that I did actually want to make a quilt... not a quilted bag, table runner, or pillow.

We each received 6 fat eighths (1/8 of a yard or 1/2 of a Fat Quarter) and after sleeping on it I chose to chop a good portion into triangles of varying sizes, and angles, although each triangle does contain a 90 degree angle, for simplicity sake.

Aqua Kona Cotton + HABITAT = new and delicious, in my book!

Are you part of the Modern Quilt Guild in your local area? If not, find your guild on the right side-bar of the MQG site, or start a chapter in your area, if not!