Fall is in full swing around here and I love love love it. October is easily my busiest month of the year, and this year has been no exception. With all the busy-ness, I wanted to pop in here and give a quick glimpse of what’s going on around here.
I’m sending out fabrics to my quilting bee ladies today (it’s my month! Yay!)
Putting up my Halloween bunting (print yours here), decorations, and finishing up my table runner.
Sewing, and sewing, and sewing for market, and getting my posts ready for the Blogger’s Bar Hop tomorrow and my turn on the Sweet Celebrations tour on Thursday (be sure to come back!) Schedules are here.
In the midst of all the things going on, I’m really trying to focus and be balanced. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the crazy and neglect that this time of year is my very favorite of all. We’re going to the little old man’s pumpkin stand tonight for Family Night to choose out Jack O’Lantern pumpkins, and we’re having Breakfast with a Witch on Thursday. I’m also trying to spend more time reading scriptures and having some quiet time for prayer and grounding before my day gets underway. Finally, a friend and I are getting up before the sun to exercise. I’ll be tired, but it’s time to get more movement into my schedule. If not now, when?
What’s going on with you? Is this your favorite time of year? Any suggestions (or encouragement) for my early morning exercise? (Trust me, I need it!)
First of all, I was hopping around the other day when these two magazines hit newsstands.
Why? Well, see that cover quilt up there on Simple Quilts and Sewing? I made it!! (And it made the cover!! Wooo!)
I’ve got another quilt right at the front of this month’s Quilt Trends magazine, too. I had a ton of fun making these quilts, and I’m excited to get them back so I can show you something fun. See, these magazine opportunities came because my Big City quilt was shown in the Free Spirit booth last quilt market. Each magazine contacted me and asked if I’d do a quilt for them using the same fabric line (Grand Hotel by Jenean Morrison). So, I did. And I can’t wait to show you how different three quilts made from the same fabric line can look, just by being selective about your color and design choices.
Another reason I’m hopping around? Today (actually yesterday) two different blog hops started, which I’ll participate in later in the month. Both are super fun, so for sure follow along! A little info about each:
The Moda Sweet Celebrations Blog Tour!
Come visit the blogs of the contributors to the Moda Bake Shop’s newest book, Sweet Celebrations. We’ll answer some strange questions, talk a little about and share our favorite recipe from our chosen holiday! Also, at each stop, you can enter to win a copy of the book (not even in stores yet!) and a Moda precut! Here’s the schedule:
Blog Tour Schedule
The Blogger’s Bar Hop Quiltalong!
Remember last year how I did the Chevron Dreams block for the Quilt Uberfest Quiltalong? Well, this year Scott of Blue Nickel Studios is at it again, which means you get 14 more free blocks to add to your repertoire! So hop along and get your free downloadable block pattern from each of these fine blogs:
October 1 Amy Ellis
October 2 Lynn Harris
October 3 Heather Jones
October 4 Jacquie Kunkel
October 5 Ashley Jones
October 6 Emily Cier
October 7 Scott Hansen
October 8 Jan Peoples
October 9 April Rosenthal
October 10 Amy Lobsiger
October 11 Cara Quilts
October 12 Konda Luckau
October 13 Alethea Ballard
October 14 Charlie Scott
Finally, a lot more hopping happening because market is only a mere 3 weeks away, and I have an inhuman amount of work to get done. I may have to call in some reinforcements. Wish me luck (and hop along with me!)
So. Here’s my quilt called Switchback. I made it because my friend Emily is having a little blog tour (with a giveaway at the end) and asked if I would. Since my own husband has been neglected in my quiltmaking, I let him choose which quilt I made, just for him. He is pretty pumped, because this quilt will be long enough to cover his toes when he takes a nap. Apparently throw quilts are a pet peeve of his, never long enough to put over arms and toes at the same time.
It’s super cute, and even a bit masculine, if you can believe that after all the girly stuff I do all the time.
Thanks to Emily, and her fun book Geared for Guys, my guy might just his own quilt one of these days.
He gave some specific guidelines regarding colors–when I asked him what colors it should be he said: Green, Orange, Pink, and Blue. Also brown. Oi. This guy likes to challenge my color skills.
I’m loving how it’s turning out, though. And when I asked him where he got the color scheme from, he said from his family of course. One color for each of us. Green for him, pink for Lily, Blue for Beckham, and orange for me. Of course. (Awww. Too cute. He never gets all sentimental and mushy like that.)
The original pattern calls for solids only, but I’m a rebel and threw some prints in there. I like it a lot.
I only have the middle of the quilt top finished, not the borders, because I have to ask you guys a question. Take a little poll, if you will.
The original quilt calls for white borders. I’m thinking of doing green instead. Since this will be used as a nap quilt, and loved and abused quite a bit, I think green borders are more…prudent? Also, I like to get wild every now and then.
So, let me know what you think. White? or Green? If it helps, I’m binding it with this awesome orange plaid, and backing it with a green and brown woven flannel.
Also, guys? You should totally buy Emily’s book. There’s about a billion (give or take) cool quilts in there, all of them super versatile and fun to make. If you can believe it, I think you’ll find something in there to make for anyone–guy or girl.
Oh, and as for the pictures, well, we’re on vacation and I was all excited to get a picture of my quilt taken in a new, exotic-to-me place. The wind, however, wasn’t anticipated. We ended up taking some pictures in a parking garage. The things I do, seriously. People were looking at me and old Mr. J like we’re certifiably nuts.(<—They might be right.) Oh, also, you’re getting unPhotoshopped photos today, since husband’s laptop doesn’t have Photoshop. Who knew? (sigh. sorry.)
Today we’re taking the kiddos to Disneyland. Wish me luck. (Pssst! All orders won’t be shipped until I get back, on Saturday–just like I mentioned in my last post. Thanks for being patient!) Also, for those of you who have contacted me about the coupon code not working today, you’re right. It expired on Saturday, as the sale went through 12pm so I had time to ship before I left.
PS: This post brought to you by a really tired, been-in-the-car-with-kids-for-too-many-hours, mama who just needs some sleep. Pardon the punchiness.
PPS: Make sure you follow the rest of the blog hop, the schedule is below–and check out the posts the ladies before me did too. They’ve made some seriously cool quilts!
Sept 4: Erika from http://pinksuedeshoe.com/- High Voltage
Sept 5: Lisa from http://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com/- Helix
Sept 6: April M. from http://april-makingendsmeet.blogspot.com/ – OddBall
Sept 7: Vickie from http://www.spunsugarquilt.com/- Caution
Sept 8: Sinta from http://pinkpincushion.blogspot.com/- Ivy League
Sept 9: Marion from http://myquiltdiet.blogspot.com/- Gamer
Sept 10: Sherri from http://www.aquiltinglife.com/- Urban Decay
Sept 11: April R. from http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/ – Switchback
Sept 12: Tricia from http://notesofsincerity.blogspot.com/- Caution
Sept 13: Shannon from http://itssewshannon.blogspot.com/- Urban Decay
Sept 14: Shari from http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/- Ivy League
Sept 15: Michael from http://patchworkandpaper.wordpress.com/- Helix
Sept 16: back to Emily for the giveaway!
PPPS: Tell me what you think! White borders, or green?
Hey friends! I wanted to post today and spotlight Parcheesi, and tell you a little more about it. Plus, I wanted to post a little treat for you guys, as a YAY for being featured on Moda’s Cutting Table blog today. (Stick around till the end of the post for the code, wink, wink.)
So here’s the thing. I’m basically obsessed with little tiny squares. Nearly every time I design a pattern, I end up scaling the individual blocks larger so you guys don’t really really hate me.
But Parcheesi came around, and I just couldn’t bring myself to omit the 1″ squares in the center of each block. (They’re not that tiny, right?) They just remind me of neat and tiny little garden. No idea why.
Then, of course, there’s the scrappy sashing. I just adore it.
I quilted it with these giant, overlapping chrysanthemums. Seriously. Took. Forever. But I think the quilting plays nicely with all the little tiny squares. (<–they’re not that tiny.)
Originally, I was going to call it Tile Garden, but it just didn’t stick. My Mom suggested Parcheesi, and I had to look it up, because I’ve never actually played.
She insisted it reminded her of an ornate Parcheesi board, and well, I really like cheese, so there you go. :)
The fabric I used in this quilt is Flora by Lauren + Jessi Jung for Moda. Not sure it’s out there much anymore, but this quilt would be GORGEOUS in their new line, Birds and Berries. SERIOUSLY, have you seen that purple? (You can find it here, here, here, here, and here.)
So, even though there are just a few (cough, cough) squares in this quilt, you should make it. Because the individual elements are each rather simple: straight lines, except for some flying geese.
And heck, it packs quite a punch when all is said and done. You might even end up obsessed with little tiny squares like me. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Through Friday night, Parcheesi is on sale for $6 in my shop! Plus, get 15% off your entire order with code CHEESI. Be sure to get your orders in quick–I’ll be out of town next week–so if I don’t see your order by Saturday morning, it’s not going to ship until NEXT Saturday the 15th. Or, just get the PDF version. :)
Have a great Wednesday!
PS I talk a bit about my current patterns, spill a few secrets about upcoming patterns and stuff on the blog, and answer some fun questions over at Moda’s Cutting Table today, go check it out!