Monday, April 9, 2018

Fabric Storage

This weekend I didn't get much actual sewing done (besides the binding on a quilt, but I'll share that finish in another post).
But, what I did get done I am very excited about.
I finally put together my new IKEA Kallax shelf!  Wheels and all. 
It is so pretty and I spent the rest of the day re-sorting and pressing my fabric so it would look all nice on my new shelf.  I am semi-tempted to get some boards for my fabric, but we'll see how it works without for now. 

Don't mind the dirty carpet.  But look!  Wheels!!  :D

The next step is to get over to the hardware/lumber store and get a board for the ironing top.
I have not decided yet if I want to bracket the board on top so it will be a permanent fixture or to have slats on the bottom to make it snug, but removable. 
What do you all think?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

March Bee Blocks

You know, I really don't know why I haven't been posting about what I have been working on lately.  I seem to have developed this habit of only blogging when I have a finish or have a hop that I am participating in. 
It is a silly habit and I miss writing and hearing from all of you, so I am going to stop it right now.  :)
March was a busy month for me and it went by so quickly. 
It was the double up month in my year long quilting bee (Bee Inspired). 
Although I finished the blocks in time, I completely failed to get them mailed out before April hit.
And I did not get great photos ahead of time either.  So, I had to snap some quick shots after I had them in my bag all day.  Sorry for the wrinkles and frayed edges. 

BTW - how do you all keep the edges from getting so frayed.  I have been noticing so many photos of clean, sharp cutting lines on blocks lately and no matter how soon I take the photo, I can't get them as crisp and nice. 

Both the blocks this month were so fun to make and so different. 
Some little shamrocks for Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter and fun bordered I-spy type rectangles for Paige at Quilted Blooms.
I'm not going to lie, I made a shamrock for myself too and already have a plan for another quilt using the same idea as Paige.  :D

Happy Quilting!  :D

Saturday, March 31, 2018

April Color Challenge Block - Orange

April is here!!
Not only is it my birthday month, but the color chosen for the Monthly Color Challenge is one of my recent favorites!
Orange is a difficult and confusing color.  People either love it or hate it. It is the color of citrus and prison uniforms.  It represents health and caution.  It is sunshine and Halloween.  If you study color theory, orange could be a research topic all of its own.  It has the vibrancy and power of red, but also the calm comfort of yellow.  I love orange.
It is a fickle color too.  It, unlike blue, does not always play well with others.  You can't just say, well I'll throw this orange in there because I need one more Fat Quarter.  That could be disastrous.
I think of orange as a color that doesn't always go right, but when it IS....oh boy look out because it will blow you away.  :)
It has become one of my new favorites.  Paired up with a Plum and a Teal .....oh, I just love it.
But, for the Color Challenge this month, I stuck to what orange fabrics I had on hand.
My goodness, third month in a row where I don't seem to have as much variety in a color as I thought.  I really struggled finding that medium orange.  In certain light, it is an obvious difference, but I am not sure that you can tell where the difference pieces are in these photos.
Either way, it is a super fun block to make and you can find the pattern for it over at Patterns By Jen.

 And as usual, don't forget to check out the other bloggers in the Monthly Color Challenge to find more Orange blocks:

And there will be a Link party to share your Orange blocks on Patterns by Jen at the end of the month for a chance to win a Fat Eighth bundle sponsored by Island Batik!!!