Monday, January 27, 2014

Saturday Morning Ritual

I woke up at 5:30am on Saturday, naturally with no alarm might I add, and trekked to the kitchen for my first cup of coffee for the day. I'm thankful for a coffee pot with an auto-brew feature because how can anyone focus enough to make a pot of coffee before they've had their first cup? After that I was busy in my crafting space for 3 hours cutting fabric for a new quilt project and catching up on tv shows.

It always amazes me how long it takes to cut out pieces for a quilt, I think this is part of the reasoning for my new love affair with pre-cuts. This past Friday I was at Quilter's Corner Store and bought a layer cake of Tula Pink's "Nest" collection released in Spring of 2008. As usual, I love Tula Pink's color choice, subtle patterns, and fun details.

120 2 1/2" by 10" Strips

Speaking of love affairs, I am in love with patterns from Sweet Jane Quilts. I'm doing another one of her patterns, this time from her book. I haven't started sewing it together yet but once I do I fully expect it will fly together quickly. I haven't totally decided if this one will stay with me or be donated to a charity auction.

Tonight I'm looking forward to another meal from the slow cooker. Today's experiment: Throw a whole chicken in the slow cooker on low for 9 hours with some seasonings and hope it's as amazing as people on All Recipes say it is.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Crazy Quiltin'

I'm taking time away from structured patterns and having a lot of fun lately with crazy quilts. I'm in love with the anything goes mentality and also remembering other quilts that I've made in the past while using up scraps. 
In my fun, which started with the Franken-Pillow, I've ended up with more and more crazy quilt pieces ranging from 3" squares to rectangles 16" wide and varying heights. 

I'm not sure if they will ultimately end up all together, or continue to be their own entities which I build upon. I'm not even sure that the two pieces I show here will remain as they are...

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Good Day In From the Cold

Our house has been battling a cold as it makes its rounds, first me, then hubby, and now the little girl. It's keeping me on my toes, but when I've had time I've been busily humming away at my sewing machine since our return from sunny southern California last week.

I've gotten the majority of the top done from this pattern by Sweet Jane, I just have a pieced border and another solid border to complete. I'm really liking her pattern writing style and hopefully all of them are this quick to complete.
"A Good Day" by Sweet Jane Quilts using In From the Cold by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.
Let's just say my family and friends know me when its time to get a gift. I got four quilting books under the tree this year and I'm happy as a clam. I also received a subscription to a quilting magazine incase I got bored with the books.
Quilts from Sweet Jane by Susan Pfau, Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison,
Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman, and The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide edited by Ellen Pahl

I scoffed to myself a little when I opened the package that contained this book. And my mom proudly cooed that she had discovered this great tome at a thrift store (note the price tag in the upper left) saying that it was a great find. I put it off to the side for a while expecting to be disappointed by its content.
The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide edited by Ellen Pahl
I admit I'm a bit ashamed of myself. This book is a great source of information, yes some of it is our of date since it was printed 15 years ago, but all of the basics are there. I tend to forget that quilting isn't a new thing. It's been around for centuries and not much has changed in that time except with the advance in technologies. I must remember to thank my mom again for this book, as it has already been useful.