Aloha! Fabric As A Souvenir…

No, I didn’t get to go to Hawaii, nor do I have any plans to go in the near future (boooooo!!!), but my good friend Gill went to Maui, and brought me back a wonderful souvenir! She surprised me with some gorgeous batiks!

Picnik'd Fabric From Hawaii! From Gill =)

Would it be rude to request that all future souvenirs come in the form of fabric? I’m not sure what I’m going to make with these beauties yet, but I’m thinking of some sort of table runner, or something like that so I can really see these bright cheerful fabrics. I have approximately a fat quarter of each of these, so it’s definitely enough to do something fun with. Any ideas?

Speaking of vacation fabrics, Stu asked me if there’s a Mood Fabrics in Las Vegas (since we’re going in December), and seemed genuinely disappointed when I told him no. That boy has been watching too much Project Runway! Speaking of that, does anyone have any fabric shop recommendations for Las Vegas? Either for garment fabrics or quilting fabrics?

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Halloween 2012? The Wonky 9-Patch Quilt Is Behind Schedule

I always say that the great thing about crafting for the holidays is that if you don’t get it done in time, the holiday will be back again next year and the year after, so there’re no worries about getting the project done. This is good, because I don’t think my Halloween quilt will be done in time for Halloween 2011.

Picnik'd Halloween Quilt Progress

I have 8 stacks of 9 squares each, which need to be sliced and diced into Wonky 9-Patch Blocks, and I haven’t even managed to get the first set of squares fully cut and sewn. I’ve now made 3 of the 4 cuts out of the first set.

So, while I may not be as far ahead as I would like, I’m really loving the fabric I choose, so I’m having fun sewing the blocks up.

The one thing that’s a little annoying is laying out and rotary cutting over seams, since after every seam you have to re-stack the blocks and whack ’em again. It’s just a little bit difficult to keep the fabric from sliding around. My rotary cutter is also less than happy with having to slice over so many layers of seams.

Picnik'd Halloween Quilt Progress

I have a 45mm rotary cutter though, and I think the biggest I can get is 60mm, so that might be in my future at some point. I fully understand the logic behind re-stacking the blocks, because it does make it extremely easy to keep track of the order the fabric needs to be in.

The really funny thing about all of this is that I had originally planned to make myself a little Halloween table quilt, and that’s definitely not going to get done in time for Halloween this year either (I haven’t even started!). Ah well, there’s always next year…

PS. You may have noticed that I’ve been playing with the layout of the blog, and I added a Google Friend Connect box on the right side of the page. Feel free to become a member!

New Wave Quilt Top

I’m finding the crib-sized quilt to be a very rewarding size to make. It doesn’t take too much time or fabric, but you get a fun quilt out of it in the end. Sounds win win to me!

The New Wave quilt is coming together quickly and looks great with this brightly colored fabric. Of course with such a contrast between the print and the solid color, it would be particularly noticeable if the lines didn’t meet up perfectly, so I spent a good bit of time pinning each strip of blocks together (and they still look a little ‘off’, oh well!). I didn’t bother to pin the individual blocks together when I was sewing them into strips, since they were relatively short and easy to handle.

New Wave Picnik collage

After a sewed the first two strips together, I thought “uh oh…I don’t want to give this one away either…perhaps I could just send a card?”. LOL! Seriously though, I need to get a grip!

Today, I need to pick up some backing fabric and a quilt batt, so I can get this one sandwiched and finished.

I had intended to pick up the backing/batting yesterday, but I spent the majority of the day cooking, making Macaroni and Cheese, a Martha Stewart Recipe via Smitten Kitchen and Pumpkin Pie. Both were a hit! We all went back for seconds of both. I used Panko bread crumbs for the top of the mac and cheese, which was a really great addition.