Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday WIP

Let's have a little chat about these pictures (okay, that first one really sucks, I don't know what's wrong with my iPad). Anyway, I'm really sick of working with 2" squares. I mean, really sick of it. I've been trying to convince myself that I can make just one block a day. Everything is cut and ready to piece, so surely I can do just that? Nope, I can't. As much as I LOVE the HR prints, and love the pattern, I just can't. So, I've done what I have tried so hard not to, started other projects. Which brings us to...


Flying geese. This is really my first attempt at them. Why I did it in solids and not prints I will never know. I mean, at least prints would have hid the glaring lost points. Some points are lost just in the bulk of the seam, not sew in. Others I just sucked at :) 
Turns out, I'm a perfectionist at heart, but much too lazy to actually follow through with that perfectionism. Ack! The ADD and OCD are fighting! It's a lifelong battle and I have no idea who will actually win. 

I do love the Kona solids I picked out. The blue is actually "Celestial" and not navy. A fantastic color, if you ask me. Which I'm sure you did :) The green is a little bright, but oh well, what're ya gonna do? 

This is what I can hardly wait to work with! The gray bundle and the tealish bundle will be a quilt (kaleidoscope?) and the Vintage Happy will be a churn dash quilt. I can wait a little longer because it just makes me happy looking at them and imagining their destinies. And petting them. And...mmmm...yum. I do love fabric....

I also have two baby quilts I need to start/finish. And about 4 super old WIPs. Ugh, how do I get myself in these situations?! Tell me I'm not alone, it might make me feel better :)

Have a good one
-Jenn

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced 


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Giveaway Winner


Just a quick post to say Mary on Lake Pulaski won the giveaway.  That makes me happy because she helped me out when I was in search of Bliss last year for Jenni's birthday.  Congrats Mary!

Xoxo- Pinspot

Friday, April 18, 2014

Finishing It Up



To WIN one of these fabulous bundles, go here!  THE DRAW IS TOMORROW!



I got to spend a day with Jenni this week and I met Baby Tucker!  My girls were wild for him, and so was I.  He is a fat-faced nugget of love.  

Today I'm hoping to finish up a quilt I made for him.  I'm hand sewing the binding, and I'm not quite done yet.



I used a paper pieced pattern from Kristy at Quiet Play.  It's in her Craftsy shop.  I'm no expert in paper-piecing, so this pattern stretched me. I made some glaring errors, but I love the results anyway.  I KNOW that the points don't match up, but you can only unpick and re-stitch so many times before you stop caring.  Blue rocket- I'm looking at you.

Which one of these is not like the others? (hint: it's the yellow one. Whoops!)  









I first saw this pattern at Snips Snippets.  She used the Rocket Launch Club in white to fussy cut little astronauts.  I loved the idea so much I blatantly copied it.  The prints are all from Sarah Jane's Children at Play.  



Linking up with Amanda Jean.

XOXO-Pinspots




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!

Pinspots




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.... Umm...no, 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!
Jenni