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New Quilt, New Fabrics

Spring Mini Quilt Swap My quilt arrived this weekend and I'm so very happy. It is just beautiful. The backing fabric is beautiful too. I really love small patchwork and these colors really shout spring. It was made by Terri. Drop by her blog and see her other quilts.

As I've mentioned I'm finishing up the remodeling of my  kitchen and this is the fabric for my new kitchen curtains, which I just hung up a few minutes ago. I love them.  Got this great fabric at the Fabric Junkie,  one of my favorite shops.

Now I'm getting ready to start cutting this sweet 30's fabric for my new laundry room curtain, which I hope to get up this afternoon. Found this many months ago when out fabric shopping with Paula at a cool place in Franklin. It's the first 30's fabric I've bought. Paula is a big fan of this type and after looking at so many with her I love the soft colors and endearing patterns.
Several of these fabrics remind me of my dad's old pj's. Something about this one re…

The ATC Swap

All the ATC's have been sorted and are packaged up. I'll make the post office trip in the morning and shoot them off to their new homes. I of course got to have instant joy and have mine now. I'm so happy with it and several others that were sent as "hostess gifts" for me hosting the swap. I have them all sitting on the shelf above my cutting table with my beloved Betsy Ross machine where I can see them every day. I do need something to hold them and my hopefully increasing collection in the future. I've been eyeing up the 7 Gypsies revolving holder which just so happens to be on sale now, about $5 cheeper, hummm, it's calling to me.
I've been taking this non sewing time to read some of the books I've recently purchased and I'm just loving them both. I have done some sections of cloth with my baby lock embellisher to use for some of my future inchies. I've also taken some time to experiment with the Shiva paintstiks which turned out very we…

Sewing Withdrawal

It seems like the kitchen remodel has been going on longer than it has. It's really going pretty quick. The cabinets came in 5 days early and my great contractor started the installing the day after they came in. We're looking at the job being completed around the 26th. Not bad from other stories I've heard from people who have gone threw this before. I'll be glad when things do get back to normal and I can sew again and not be tripping over the huge Ikea bags in the living room filled with pots and pans. My little babies will be glad for it to be completed too. Well really only one of them is bothered by all the noise (nail gun) and stacks of stuff. My little Ginger is a bit skittish about sudden loud noise. She was sound asleep on Sunday and when the nail gun and compressor started up she ran and hid under my little desk. She must have been sleeping good cause she still has bed head. She was hiding behind a 5 gallon paint bucket later in the day. We cooed and petted …

My First ATC Swap

In today's mail came several surprises. Several months ago I joined a group on Quilt With Us for ACEO'S AND ATC'S. I'd never made anything smaller than an postcard at the time and the advise and giggles I got from the group were so much fun. So we decided to have our first swap. We talked about a theme and decided since this was our first swap we would do  - "Our Favorite". Our fav fabrics, colors etc. So here are the first cards I've gotten in the mail. After they are all to me they will be whisked of to their new homes. I was just thrilled when I went to the post office today and my box was filled with wondrous envelopes.  I couldn't wait to get home and check them out. So here are the first to arrive. I've put the artist's name and a link to their blogs/sites. Take a moment to check out their other great work. All these ladies make wall hangings and full size quilts, that are quite wonderful.

Kim's card is made of dryer lint something I m…

The Quilt Swap

Yesterday my quilt was mailed. This is very exciting. So Sunny's on his way to his new home. The exciting part thou is soon I will be getting my quilt. I have no idea who is making it or what it will be. I did just look at the flicker site that has been set up for the quilters to post photos of their quilts, and there are some great quilts there. It's so interesting how many different quilts come from the words Spring Blooms. They are all so varied in style and design. 
I also finished up my ATC for my first ATC swap. I am hosting that swap and can't wait to see all the cards. They should be getting here shortly. I am new to these tiny bits of art. After looking them up and seeing how varied they can be it was amazing to me. In that tiny 2.5 x 3.5 space so much feeling and emotion can shine threw. 
Well my sewing cabinet is closed for a little while, how sad. We are remodeling our kitchen and I do think that will take over my life for a few weeks. I've never redone a roo…

Sunny's Ready For A New Home

After working on "Sunny's" flower box for a good bit yesterday and doing all the finishing this morning, he is done. He has his "story" inside his back pocket and is ready for the trip to his new home.

As I'd mentioned I made his flowers big and cartoon like. This took several attempts to get them to look like I wanted. I ended up using interfacing to stiffen up the flowers  so I would have the somewhat 2D effect I wanted.

Now that Sunny is ready to box-up and go to the post office I need to get started on my next swap. All the talented ladies in the ACEO group on Quilt With Us are having an ATC swap. This is a new thing for me and I just love these tiny quilted treasures. I have my eye on several I'd like to buy very soon. I have plans on how to display these.  
I got an e-mail sales flyer from AQS today and it had a new book listed, about how to make inchie quilts. I'd only seen one other reference to these on a blog and was wanting to know about the…