Saturday, April 12, 2014

#StartingToday and #payitFQrward GIVEAWAY!

One of these good lookin' men is my husband, the other one is his brother.  They think they are so cool in their Ray-Bans.  They took this pic on the train to work one morning.  They've been working on a campaign that launched today, it's about encouraging people to be their best selves and to make positive changes.  Check it out:

Here's a link where you can get this video to share.

I don't generally get real churchy on the blog, but I've been thinking about something.

As you know, I have been pretty active on #thegreatfabricdestash over on Instagram.  I've really enjoyed connecting with all you good people in the quilting community!  So much generosity happens, and I want to be a part of it.  I want to give back to all the people who have been generous with me.

I was inspired by the people going on a fabric fast for Lent. I tried to imagine not buying fabric for 40 days and it seemed IMPOSSIBLE!  That's when it occurred to me that I might have a *slight* addiction to fabric.  I realize it sort of comes with the quilting territory, but I think it's safe to say that I have more fabric than I will ever use in my lifetime.  There's an old notion that the commandment "Thou shalt not covet" should include the things you already own.  It includes ideas about greed, false idols and worldliness.  Followers of Jesus should give freely of what they have.   So in an effort to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ...

#StartingToday I will give more and greed less

And I want you to join me.

I want you to giveaway a fat quarter to someone who is looking for it, or who will really love it, free of charge, no strings attached, just for fun!  It only costs about $0.81 to ship an FQ in a 6x9 envelope. And the feeling you get when you make someone's day is totally worth every penny!  Who knows, maybe that last piece of Tula you've been hunting, or the illusive FMF blue seeds will show up in your mailbox!

Pledge to do so and you will be entered to win one of two fabulous bundles of 13 hard to find and out of print fat quarters from my stash (there may be a piece or two that is a bit shy of a true FQ.  You get what you get and you don't throw a fit.) One bundle will go to a blog commenter and the other will go to an Instagram poster. 

Need help finding someone to give to?  Check these feeds on Instagram: #isofabric #thegreatfabricdestashiso #thefabrictrade.  Check #thegreatfabricdestash and find a pic of fabric you have, see if anyone asked to be back-up on that piece.  Also, check the comments on my post about a magic lamp on my feed pinspots_destashes.  (My regular account is pinspots) Check the ISO fabric group on flickr.

To Enter:

Leave a comment here pledging to #payitFQrward or tell me what you are going to do #StartingToday

For a second entry, post a photo of the FQ you are giving away on Instagram with #payitFQrward.  You can also post the graphic I have above.

Open to US only.  Giveaway ends Friday 4.18

Thanks, friends!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Penny Patch

I completely forgot to post pictures of my finished Penny Patch!! After all, I waited to quilt the thing until I got my Juki :)

So here's a few pics. It's already been delivered to my mom, who loved it, but then asked if she could have the quilt that I'm in the process of making...., as much as I love you mom.

 I FMQ the entire thing with chrysanthemums (Rachel's tutorial, might as well go all Rachel). Man, that takes a LOT of bobbins! Just sayin'. 

Linked up with the other Penny Patch Finishes

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A quilt for Callee

My dear friend Callee went 17 yrs. Without children. She and her husband adopted Jaden 3 yrs ago. Jaden has been praying for a sibling for a year and he finally got a sister 3 days ago. We are so happy for them.  Funny thing, I started this quilt months ago copying one of jenn's quilt.  I put it away for a while.  Then Callee posted a picture of her baby nursery last week. Guess what, it's bright pink and turquoise, a match made in heaven. I am now motivated to finish this quilt!

An old WIP finished

I started these pinwheels a long time ago and finally got around to making a quilt with them.  It's not my favorite but I learned a lot. I really need to square up my blocks even if it takes FOREVER.  I couldn't decide on what color to use for the quilting, I now know I don't like green. I like neutral colors best.  Small quilts go together so fast and are such a nice gift, even if they aren't my favorite colors.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tyson's quilt

I finished Tyson's quilt.  I'm happy with it.  I wish I had used heat and bond featherweight rather than wonder under.  The wonder under is so thick and bulky.  But this is how we learn, right? Trial and error.  Can you see how well my garden is growing? Have you noticed how many quilters also garden, and have a cat. It makes me laugh, the cat thing. I think I'll start taking pictures of Jack laying all over my quilts, except that I have trained him to stay away!
I embroidered my tag this time. It looked so great until I washed it. So next time I will leave a lot more space between quilting and the embroidery.
Happy Sunday I hope you all enjoyed conference much as me!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dresden plate

I've really wanted to try a Dresden plate and I need to practice my fabric matching skills.  I am not good at matching fabric from different lines and consequently keep all my fabric bundles together. So I made a HUGE pin cushion.  Hahaha. I'm finding I need more pins so its ok.  I love it.  My hand quilting skills are lacking because I haven't used them in so long, but I think it turned out so sweet!  I made my own template by making a circle first, it worked out quite well.  I really want to make a whole quilt now with all of these sweet Japanese fabrics.  I need to buy the Dresden accuqiult die but its $85.  I REALLY want it.  Tell me, in all honesty, what you think about my fabric pulling skills, please!
Have a happy day!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Catch UP

I know I've been a little MIA on the blog. No biggie, right?  I know you're all waiting with baited breath for my quilty news!  ha ha.   I've neglected bloglovin', too and there are 342 blog posts to read.  Ugh!

 I do have a few finishes to report. (since Christmas!)

I love this pattern from Charise Creates. These darling hot pads made great teacher gifts. They were so much fun to whip up!  I also became obsessed with finding the vine flower print from Sweet Broderie because of her sample. Isn't it fab? No luck in finding it yet.

I finished Amelia's dolly quilt and cradle pad a few days before Christmas. I measured the pad to be the same size as the cradle, but I should have made it an inch larger. I didn't think about the batting 'shrinking' it, whoops!

Two baby showers last month required two baby quilts. The boy one is a copy cat of something I saw somewhere on the interwebs. If you know where, tell me so I can give credit! I looooove how it turned out.

The turquoise strips were from one piece of fabric that was divided into six sections from selvage to selvage.  Each section was printed a darker turquoise than the last.  I bought it a few years ago and now I can't remember who made it, dang it! I also added a strip of a textured Moda turquoise (the tweed from Mod Century) just for visual interest.

The girl quilt is from the pennant pieces I cut out ages ago. It uses a favorite Alexander Henry print on the back, from Monkey Bizness.  The binding is a sweet Benartex floral I got in the bargain basement of a craft store in Rexburg with Jenni.  Jenni, did you get any of it?

Currently I am working on that Lotta Confetti Quilt, playing around with a layout and trying to decide what I like best.   Off Center? Bordered on all sides?  Or just one or two?  Any suggestions?

Soon I'll be starting a quilt for Jenni's new grandson!  He's coming to stay next month and I can't wait to kiss all over that sweet baby neck!

XOXO- Pinspot

Friday, March 7, 2014

April Showers

Got this layer cake on sale at Green Fairy quilts, and it arrived today.  I am in love!  Jenn, I know you are not a fan, but this line is fabulous.  I was a little unsure because of the two greens.  But you need them both and I see why they decided to use them.  The medicine green isn't leafy enough for florals.  I think they work well together.  

This line has so many basics.  Polka dots, bias stripes AND gingham.  Plus the raindrop print and the cherry dot squares.  

The red is a nice cherry red, and not the orangey red that seems to be in vogue right now. 

Only two florals, a medium and a small.  That's unusual for B&C. The small foral is sweet as pie.  The medium floral is the only print I'm not on love with.  It looks a little Christmassy to me.

I can't recall them doing a novelty print before, but essentially that's what the umbrellas are. 

I think I'm going to regret not getting an FQ bundle!  I'll hoping my LQS that takes coupons gets yardage, cause I'm definitely buying up the basics of this line.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Finally Finished

Finally finished Ninjas Don't Sleep. It's comprised of the I Am Ninja line by Rani Child for Robert Kaufman and Ninjas Don't Sweat by Lily Gonzales-Creed for Windham Fabrics. 

I happen to love it, but not sure that my brother and his amazing wife will. Turns out not everyone loves ninjas as much as I do. Not sure why, because ninjas are awesome! I mean who doesn't want a super stealthy assassin to sleep with?! So they may take it off my hand because red, black, and white are visually stimulating for little babes. And I added blue because I had it... and it's one of my favorite colors. 

 So it may have been -15 degrees outside when we took these pictures. But we hardly ever get actual snowfall, it's usually just ice, so I had to take advantage of it :)

After working with such intense colors on the last two quilts, I decided on a whim (I know, I know, I'm supposed to be adhering to my 48 hour fabric purchasing hold...HA, like that's happened!) to buy a FQ bundle of Rosey. I really needed some soft, gentle, soothing, calmness in my life. 

I had no idea what I was going to do with it, so I just made color-coordinated 4 patches, which were perfect until I quilted it. What the...!? I've hear of "quilting out" mistakes, but never quilting them in! Geez! Only I can do crap like that. 

 Seriously, this may be only 4" of windblown snow, but we love it! And I'll take better pictures when I bind and wash.

I backed it in some stash fabrics I had, florals I was never gonna use. And my most favorite print from Sarah Jane's Children at Play. What the heck, I'm the one who is gonna be using it on the couch, might as well use one of my most favorite prints. I still need to bind it however.... Turns out I really HATE binding. Like, I would pay someone to do that part. Just that part, mind you. 

Anyway, if you've gotten this far in the post, kudos! Hope you have a great weekend!