Monday, April 14, 2014

Best Daughter Ever!

I would imagine anyone who has a daughter says the same thing!  But I really mean it!  I mean...look at this Feast of Fasset Fabric!

Yummy enough to eat!
Last week, Britt took a short trip to Chattanooga.  Her friend (and ex-boss) Janet came to town, and whisked her away for a few days.  I knew they were going to spend some time at a fabric store.  Britt kept asking 'what fabric do you want' or 'what do you need'.  My response was a resounding 'nothing', 'I don't need anymore fabric right now' and 'I am trying to work through some of the crap I have' (I did say that)! 



Knowing what a Woven Stripes/Shot Cotton fiend I am and confronted with a huge selection of these, she couldn't say no!  She promptly called her family cohorts and they gave me an early Mother's Day present!  Sweetness...family and fabric!

I'm excited about taking a trip to Chattanooga to visit this fabric shop!  Its called 'SPOOL'. Also on Facebook~here, and the home of 'BadAss Quilters Society'.  It is a highly recommended destination, so says Britt!  (and I trust her 100%)

This could be fun...
After seeing all these beautiful colors...oh la la...the stripes, my mind has been on overload!  What should I make?  What should I make?!  'Relax' I say!  'You'll know what to do when the time is right'.  True.  I will.  




New colors, new toys, new inspiration!  I can always count on my daughter.  She knows my quilting taste so well.  Its been way too long since she and I made a quilt together, maybe I can entice her to collaborate together using these?!  

We shall see.  She is a busy lady with her soap business,  Hello Soap...plug!   Biased, yes.  But her soap is fabulous! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Not To Be Redundant

I sometimes feel like I keep doing and showing the same thing.  Over and over again! While they may be the same design~using hand dyed fabrics with all the wonderful textures and variations, creates a different feel to each finished quilt.  In my opinion.  At least that is what I keep telling myself.  

Since my last two half square triangle quilts sold (huge thrill and shock to me), it made me determined to do it again!  

Without further ado~I bring you take #2!





HST Lap Quilt.  This one is 45"x61".  I did use smaller HST and added a border.  The same, yet different!



I do love the border an the bright green backing.  Machine quilted with straight lines.


Sweet baby!  Perhaps one of my favorite design of late!  This one measures 32"x43". Perfect size for a sweet baby or to hang on your wall!


And there it is.  Take #2.  I have a feeling I will be revisiting this design again.  And again!

Do you have a 'go to' design that you use on a regular basis?  I would love to hear what it is!

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SEW SOLID SUNDAY ~ Esch House Quilts

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hitting A Goal

It happens to be a nice feeling when I actually follow through with a goal!  Foundation Paper Piecing. I've done a little here and there.  The precision of the points makes me all smiley and happy!

I was looking through Hawthorne Threads Blog the other day when I saw this post.  I saw the Totem Quilt and was intrigued.  Diamonds.  Paper Piecing.  Must try!  The pattern is available through Cloud 9 Fabrics.  

I pulled out my scraps, printed the patten and went to work!  and...I liked it!


So, it inspired me.  I decided to enlarge it.  Testing.  Testing. Testing.


And it worked!  I cannot lie.  I like the black and white!  Perhaps that will be another project for another day!

I have been 'sitting' on a stash of Briar Rose for months and months.  Always eyeing it, touching it and then putting it back on the shelf.  Well...heck with that!  I bit the bullet and decided Briar Rose and paper piecing diamonds!  Honestly, its only fabric!  


I have made six so far.  (in the bigger diamond)  My plans are still sketchy.  But I do know it will all come together in the end!  I'm just happy I have finally given in and decided this was the Briar Rose project I have been waiting my whole life for!  (dramatic)


I adore this print!  So adorable it makes me giggle!  I have many more diamonds to make.  It could take a while.  But I have time!  I'll share my progress!  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Little Bright Spot!

Only in Tennessee can it go from the 30's to the 80's in a days!  With the beautiful warmer weather, we get to bask in the daffodils!  

It was such a lovely day yesterday.  My daughter, Britt and I were able to take some pictures for our Etsy shops.  We had to use the sunny yellow flowers that have magically appeared the past few days!





Regardless of what your weather is doing today...I hope these bring you a little ray of sunshine and happiness!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Vice Versa Block #3

This is a two block a month BOM.  Vice Versa.  I don't usually wait so long to do anything.  Rarely do I have numerous quilts going at once.  I'm a start and finish kinda gal!  Until this month!  March~you kicked my butt this time around!  In the end I won!  I got it done with hours to spare.....ninja warrior, that I am!


I like this block.  Bear's Paw.  I'm leaning towards the block on the right as my favorite.  Maybe!



The more I see these and the other two, the more excited I get!  I cannot wait to put them all together one day!  There are six more months.  Twelve more blocks.  It'll be a while.  Good thing I have the patience of a Ninja...

What do you think?  Which is your favorite?  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

And So It Begins ~ Again!

In an effort to use my hand dyed fabric, I decided to do another round of half square triangles.    It seems to me that this style of quilt + hand dyed fabrics + color = delicious results.  So, here I am, knee deep in HST's!

Another reason.  Frankly, I want to use up a lot of my hand dyed fabrics.  I'm ready to break out the plastic, dyes and buckets and create some new fabric!  


The beginning string.


Sewn and ready to cut.


Cut and ready to iron and trim.

I started with 5" squares.  4 1/2" after all is said and done.  Tiny blocks compared to the previous quilt.  Plus this one will have a border and it will be smaller.  

The same, but different!  Happy Sunday!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Congratulations!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered my Giveaway!  I appreciate all the wonderful comments!  I hope to have more giveaways, so please keep checking back!

The winner of the Hand Dyed Fabric and Fresh Quilt Magazine is Charlotte!  Congratulations and I would love to see what you end up using the fabric for!


This is the bundle Charlotte picked!  A rainbow delight!


Thank you!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Way Back When...

Remember when you were celebrating the New Year?  Seems so long ago, doesn't it?!  If the first quarter is any indication...it's going to be busy year!

If you follow my blog, you know that I have been on a half square triangle kick this year.  My first project for the year was this quilt.  I blogged about it about it here.  

I finished quilting it a while ago and realized I never showed the finished piece.  So, here it is! 




I ended up quilting this one using 1/2" lines in an all over geometric design.  I sectioned off four areas and with my handy dandy hera marker, I carefully marked my lines.  Once marked the rest was a breeze!  Quilting went very fast, my lines lined up, my machine was a good girl and I was thrilled with the finished design!



The finished quilt is 56" x 81" with a crazy scrappy back and a pieced binding.  I ended up listing it in my Etsy Shop a couple weeks ago.  And much to my surprise it sold!   

My customer received it and loves it!  She messaged me a couple nights ago to tell me her and her daughter were snuggled underneath it watching a movie together!!  Hearing that made me smile...for many reasons.  One was, what she was doing with her daughter I was doing the exact thing with mine!  


Quilts are so much better when they are loved, used and shared!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

My First Ever Giveaway! IS NOW CLOSED!

I have been wanting to host my first giveaway for a while.  When I started blogging I had hoped that I would be able to gain some followers along the way.  I am so thankful that I have!

I'm also thankful for the new magazine Fresh Quilts.  My dream of being in a magazine with a pattern, well... it's priceless to me!

So, let's have a giveaway!  Celebrate my milestone, celebrate a fresh new quilting magazine and celebrate YOU!

There are lots of fantastic projects in the magazine!  Including my pillows... complete with patterns.

These are mine.  




My sister Debbrah, tested my patterns for me!  I love the colors she picked and the quilting...pretty great!  I couldn't have pulled it off without her help!  

This gray version was made by Emily.  Recruited by my daughter to help out.  Amazing how different a design looks using different fabrics!  I love this combination!

...And so how about the giveaway?! 

One fat quarter bundle of Hand Dyed Fabric! (total of 1 yard)  From My Etsy Shop.


  >and<

A copy of the new Fresh Quilts magazine...


What do you need to do?  

Visit my Etsy shop:  Twiggy & Opal and tell me which Hand Dyed Fabric Bundle you like the best.  The winner will receive their favorite bundle!


For an extra entry, follow my blog!  (Just be sure to leave a second comment! If you already are a follower, let me know in another comment for a second entry.)

Giveaway ends Sunday March 23rd, 2014.  I will contact the winner by email, so be sure you leave your email if you are a no-reply blogger!  Open to everyone!

Good Luck!
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!  THANK YOU FOR ENTERING!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Design I'm Happy With!

I have been a little busy.  Maybe obsessed.  Perhaps I even have a bad case of tunnel vision!  Its not all bad.  Its not all good.  

Lately I have been working on two new pillow designs.  Trial and error!  It seems to have come together for me and I am satisfied with the finished designs.  

What do you think?



I love a good geometric design and a nice punch of color!  This works for me!



Hard to believe...I actually used a print!  I love Briar Rose!  I have a stack of it sitting all pretty on my shelf.  For months.  And months.  For some reason I haven't found the perfect project for this fabric, but was able to spare a few small pieces for this pillow. 

FYI:  I even did a little free motion quilting!  




Two peas in a pod.  Together at last. 

You may think I'm crazy, but to me these are fall colors!  My question to you is this:  What exactly are fall colors?!  

UPDATE:  Please enter my GIVEAWAY for a fabulous fat quarter bundle of Hand Dyed Fabric and a copy of Fresh Quilts Magazine!  


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