Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jumping from One Thing to the Next

Fabric problem solved! I wasn't able to find more of the Libertyville fabric for my project, but Mary Ellen from Little Quilts saved the day. I was at her shop last week taking an awesome class. I pulled out my selvage from the fabric that I need. Mary Ellen suggested that I find other shirting fabrics to mix and match in this project. She called it "the Little Quilts way." I can definitely do that with this project. It's a block of the month. She immediately pulled fabric so that I could choose the two that matched the best.  I'm loving the new fabric - the center fabric is my original shirting fabric. Thanks, Mary Ellen!

I just can't seem to keep up with posting on my blog. June has been a fun, busy month. I take lots of photos, but don't seem to write the blog post. This post will jump all over the place. That probably describes my month the best:)
Some sewing has actually taken place this past week. With the help of Debbie (no blog) a plan is in the works to use the blocks from the trade of black and tan blocks earlier this year. The blocks were sliced lengthwise and are sewn together with different parts. 
Sharon, who organized the swap, referred to this as our "Rottweiler blocks." The black and tan palette is perfect for one of my brother's gifts this Christmas. Yes, this Saturday June 25th  is called Leon Day (Noel backwards). That means Christmas is six months away.

I participated in several other swaps. In our Thimbles group, we traded 40 ten inch squares. I choose the traditional swap, but a batik swap was also available. Pat provided instruction on the Twister ruler for a possible project with our swap fabrics. Several of us "Thimblettes" also traded fabric strips for Swap 4. 

Photo borrowed from Gretchen's blog, Stella Bella Quilts. (Thanks, Gretch)
Ten of us actually participated in this swap. We select a project. In this case, our new project is Long Road Home by Bonnie Blue. Kristie does some mental magic calculating how many fat quarters we need, what size strips we need to cut and how many we need to package for each swap participant. Our fabrics for this new project are totally awesome shirtings, dark reproduction and neutral fabrics.
Quilt by Sarah (no blog) which inspired our trade

I also cut 2 1/2 inch strips for a swap at Little Quilts. I forgot to take a photo of my fabrics. Next Tuesday is the swap date. 

Ladder update:  Hubby and I did finish painting the old ladder for me to use in displaying quilts. We're loving having some of my quilts on display in our entryway.

I have lots more to share, but better post this while I can:)

1 Choice 4 Quilting has a giveaway for fat quarter bundles of the new Fig Tree line Strawberry Fields. Ends Monday, June 27th at 10:00 pm EST.

Bookin' with Bingo has a giveaway for some awesome new books. Some of the books include Steve Berry's The Jefferson Key. (Ends July 12th), Guy Fieri Food ends July 5th, The Welcome Home Garden Club  by Lori Wilde (ends July 6),  The10th Anniversary by James Patterson (ends July 12th) and Pie Town by Lynne Hinton (ends July 13th) This is one of my favorite sites for new book reviews with great author information.

Inchworm Fabrics is giving away a quilt book from her store. Looks like this ends on Saturday, June 25th.

Linda at Stray Stitches is hosting a Vacation Giveaway which includes fabric to make a tablerunner and embroidery scissors. Ends July 3rd.


Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I love your quilt ladder! And your swaps all look like loads of fun~ that quilt is going to be gorgeous! Have a happy day!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Great post! The ladder is fabulous. Can't wait for a fun day tomorrow. See you in the am.


Brenda said...

Love your laddder, can't wait to pick mine up.

Quilter Kathy said...

Love your quilt ladder! You have been very busy!