Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fresh Sewing Day

I thought September was fairly under-whelming, but I feel like October doesn't have much to show for itself either. But I did finish 1 quilt, the largest Postcard Quilt to date, a joint project with FAITH Circle of do.Good Stitches.

And I made some really fun hexagon potholders, and I am pretty sure I'll be making even more. All of these were sewn right out of my scrap basket, which felt really good.

Bee blocks were pretty low-key, and I especially enjoyed those maple leaf blocks.

And lastly, I made a garment, my first in a very long time. It was a Julia Cardigan, and it turned out nice enough - beautiful fabric, I just chose the wrong pattern size. But daughter dear will certainly put it to good use, so all is well.

So that's that. There were a few gifty items that I'll show off once they've been received, but until then, we'll call it a wrap.

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day at Lily's Quilts.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Even though Live a Colorful Life's Really Random Thursday hasn't happened in a while, I still always think of it on Thursdays. And today I actually have some randomness to share, so I figured why not?

Hopefully you caught Christa Quilts' post showing off the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at the upcoming International Quilt Festival? Very fun! After seeing this impressive collection, I'm even more thrilled that my Fissures was included.
Modern Quilt Guild Showcase Special Exhibit
photo credit, Christa Watson

Here's the blurb about the exhibit from the show's online catalog:

The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2014
Sponsored by Aurifil USA, Inc.
Modern quilting is a new twist on the traditional art of quilting, and is rapidly gaining interest
from the next wave of quilters. Members from chapters of Modern Quilt Guilds around the
world were invited to submit their works for this popular annual exhibit.

While perusing the site, I came across the results of the Quilting in America 2014 survey. A few stats . . .
  • 10.3% of U.S. households (12.62 million) are home to at least one active quilter
  • 30% own more than 4 machines
  • 86% access the Internet daily
  • 12.2% of quilting households are considered “dedicated,” responsible for generating 60% of quilt industry 
You can see the complete summary here. I think you'll be surprised at some of it!
          From the Quilting in America™ 2014 Survey presented by F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company

The Blogger's Quilt Festival is well underway, and hasn't it been something seeing all those awesome quilts? Just a couple of days left to add your entries. I had high hopes of finishing and entering my current project, but the quilting's been slow-going, so I'll be content with my one entry, and just sit back and enjoy the show.

And as the BQF is winding down next week, Handmade Holidays at Sew, Mama, Sew will be going gung ho. Every day in November, there will be tutorials, printables and recipes to help you create a Handmade Holiday. Here's a link to lists for previous years - all sorts of holiday goodness! And more to come.

Just a reminder that my A Quilter's Table facebook page is always a good place to find some randomness. I post whatever strikes my fancy, most recently daughter dear's x and + quilt, the latest from shecanquilt, and a fun {and random!} way to hang mini quilts from pieceful life. Check it out!