Wow you guys! It’s like you love April Showers fabric or something!
I have a few fun things to show you real quick and then I’ll get on with announcing the winner.
First: I got this fun quilt back,
and I had totally forgotten about it!
Because of printing deadlines, and magazine release timeframes,
I made this quilt way back in the spring, sent it off, and barely remembered it.
It was really fun to get it back, and have a Christmas quilt in my house this year!
I made it with various quilting cottons from my stash,
and backed it with a fabulous retro print from Michael Miller.
The backing fabric inspired my color choices on the embroidery. I mean really, who can resist pink, aqua, red, and green presents?
I did the embroidery with some really pretty floss from Sublime Stitching, and it has held its’ color through multiple washings, and hasn’t pilled up or lost texture. There’s no bleeding on to the white background. Basically, this floss rocks. And no, they didn’t pay me to say that. They have some great colors over there. Go check them out.
The Best Christmas Quilts magazine hit newsstands a few months ago, but I’d imagine you can still get your hands on it.
Speaking of getting your hands on magazines, my Mother-in-Law told me just the other day…
…that she saw that my very first magazine was out on the stands again, reprinted!
So, if you missed your chance to get a hold of Best Fat Quarter Quilts when it was out the first time,
and are just dying to make Confetti Parade,
head on out and pick up your copy before it’s out of print again.
I’ve had my Confetti Parade quilt hanging in my living room for quite some time now, and so far, I’m still not sick of looking at it.
Okay, enough of my chatter…
How about a winner?!
The winner of the April Showers layer cake, and a couple of my new patterns is Sue, comment number 28! (As chosen by random.org)
Sue, there’s an email in your inbox, message me back so I can ship out your goodies ASAP!
I’m gearing up to record another episode of QuiltCast with Amy Ellis tomorrow. Have you been listening?
So. I made a quilt.
A soccer quilt. The perfect kind to put on the grass and enjoy many a kick.
It has scraps from about a million projects, and when I pull it out of the wash and the edges are all frayed? Mmmmmmm.
All I did? Put backing, batting, and background on my longarm, and then placed the scraps where I wanted them, and sewed them right on as I quilted.
Addicting, and awesome.
PS, if you haven’t heard, me and Amy from Amy’s Creative Side started a podcast. Now, you can hear us being quilting geeks once a week. Your life is complete, I’m sure. ;) Head on over to Amy’s blog to hear us chat about our 5 Favorite tools under $25, and to see the links to our 5 favorites. One of these days I’ll figure out how to embed the link here, maybe.
Last week, I finished this pretty little quilt for Kortney, my super awesome sister-in-law. She’s a big fan of purple, in case you couldn’t tell.
When I saw “Good Fortune” by the one and only Kate Spain, well, obviously I had to use it for Kortney’s quilt.
I mean, her wedding colors were purple and yellow, for pete’s sake.
Also obviously, I’m loving that there’s some orange in there too.
I backed it with Moda Bella Solid in aqua. The binding is some old purple Kona I had in my stash. No idea what color.
I let Kort choose how she wanted it quilted, and she was loving on the bubbles, so that’s what I did–along with a few wishbones, just for fun. Bubbles and Wishbones. Sounds like a band name.
This is a remake of a quilt I did last year for Nyah, remember? Only a little bigger and without borders.
Just a single layer cake, 1/4 yardish of white solid, some backing, binding, and batting, and BAM.
It has a little bit of machine applique on it, which I know you are all experts at now.
If you happen to only be only super-proficient at machine applique and want to become expert, of course go to my machine applique tutorial.
What did you work on last week? Or if you didn’t get a chance last week, what are you up to this week? I’ve got a bunch of longarming to do–ruler work and such. It’s going to be FUN!
PS Thanks, little brother (little? hah!) for being my quilt holder. You rock. Also, nice shoes.