Saturday, May 22, 2010

More Teeny Tiny Squares

We're just about finished our year of Stash Busting International. This has been a fabulous bee where we pull fabrics out of our own stashes to complete each member's block. I love the freedom that this allows and it is also a great way to actually use my fabrics rather than hoarding them. Yes, my name is Barb, and I am a fabric hoarder.

May was Little Miss Shabby's month, and she designed a beautiful block using 1.5" squares. I love Corey's work - she always chooses beautiful designs, and even more beautiful fabric combinations. This is my contribution to Corey's quilt. I love how it turned out, and I may just have to make one of my one day. Add it to the list. If you are interested in making this block, she has great instructions on her blog.
 I'm off to the Farmer's Market. Have a great Saturday.

Friday, May 21, 2010


Thanks to everyone who entered my give-away! There was a great mix of reactions about my little tote bag, and I'll I can say is that I think it looks better in real life. I was trying to push myself in terms of colour scheme and not take the safe route...sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But I really do appreciate honest responses.

The winner is.....#302:
Spendlove said...
Love Modify Tradition too - sweet giveaway thanks for the chance

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Give Away Day!

The Give-Away is now closed! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Welcome! I'll keep this short...I know you have a bunch of blogs to visit today. Here's what I have up for grabs:
  • A Petite Drawstring Bag made by moi using the fabulous tutorial from Modify Tradition. I love that blog, don't you? I can't decide if this fabric combination is pretty or just pretty ugly, but I ran out of time to make anything else. And I really needed an excuse to actually cut into my HR stash.
  • 10 Heather Ross 5" Charm Squares. I love these fabrics.
  • And I'll drum up some other little treats to stuff in the bag before I mail it off to you.
So to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment. One entry per person please! I'll leave it open until May 20 and then I'll draw a winner using that Random Number thingy. I'm happy to ship internationally. Thanks so much for entering and Good Luck!

Happy Sewing!

I'm in!

Come back tomorrow for a great chance to win! I'm thinking I'll Modify Tradition for this one....

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Behind the Seams...

I was asked to show the back of my teeny tiny squares block. Let me tell you, I was very tempted to fix it up before I showed it, but I decided that I'd take a chance and show the real me. Here she is:

And here she is up close!

And I wanted to tell you all that I am literally kicking myself. Last weekend, on Mother's Day, I might add, my husband dragged me to the Gun Show in this new town of ours. Marriage is about compromise, right? He's been to a few Quilt Shows too....Anyway, as I was trudging around, a woman came up to me and said, "I love your bag! Is that Amy Butler fabric?" I was so surprised that someone at a Gun Show appreciated Amy Butler that I just said, "Thank you" then ran after my kids who were running around the entire arena. Now, I'm kicking myself. She was young. And she appreciated Amy Butler. And she was at a Gun Show on Mother's Day. Wouldn't she have been a great friend? Or at least a great sewing/fabric contact? Arghh. So now I'm kicking myself, and hoping I'll run into her again!

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I'm Back!

Whew - it has been a long couple of weeks. I've never actually moved before - other than carting a few boxes of books and my computer back and forth to university. And I'm not convinced I'll do it again. Well, not anytime soon, anyway. But we are somewhat set up in our new house, and we love it!

I even have a special sewing studio (I read in a book once that it should be called a studio rather than a room, and I'm going with it. It makes me feel like an artiste!) It is the formal living room in our new place and since we aren't formal kind of people it is perfect for my sewing. It gets beautiful morning light and it is right off the main living area. I just have some organization to do and I'll be set. Okay, a ton of organizing.

Just before we moved, I was thrilled to win an amazing give-away from the Modify Tradition blog. If you haven't checked it out, hop over there asap. Beautiful tutorials and a wonderful mix of old and new. I'm so sad to see that they are having a Mini Quilt Swap. I can't believe I missed the sign-ups. I'm blaming Telus! (that's my Internet provider for my non-Canadian friends). Here is the gorgeous bag that I won. Isn't it beautiful? And it came with great goodies too!
And finally, here is the block that I made for Quiltin' Kyra for Stash Busting International. The squares are 1.5" unfinished so they finish up at just 1". I love this block and I think the quilt will be amazing.
 Happy Sewing.