A lot of bloggers have nifty segments like “WIP Wednesday” and “Fabric Fridays”  but I’m just not clever enough to come up with a catchy title to this post. I received fabric today, yay! (Click icons for larger images.)

I’ve finally jumped on the Anna Maria Horner bandwagon and purchased some LouLouThi prints. Yes, I did make a rag quilt of LouLouThi in flannel but I purchased it as a complete bundle — does that count? I made a rag quilt which I gave to my neighbor Liz, while she went through radiation treatments for breast cancer, she loved it. So now it’s time for some LouLouThi for myself. I teamed it with Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen in Light Blue and  Free Spirit Designer Solid in Barberry.

 

Also in my order was a little of Amy Butler’s new line, Cameo and Tula Pink’s new line, The Birds and the Bees. Makes for an eclectic mash up, don’t you think?

I’m expecting another interesting order this week so stay tuned!

 

 

 

Loulouthi Rag Lap Quilt

Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi flannel is so soft and snuggly it makes a perfect rag quilt. When this fabric line first became available, I was confused by the colour palette but when you mix all the prints into a quilt, they all work and make a stunning statement. Sadly, Loulouthi flannel is quickly becoming hard to find, I hope they rerelease it next fall! I want to make more of these quilts, I was thinking my next would be with Heather Bailey’s Fresh Cut in flannel.

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Playing with Curves

On a week night? Yup, but don’t worry, I’ll still be in bed by 9:00.

Radiating outwards

I am having so much fun learning how to use my new Quick Curves Ruler, I couldn’t wait for the weekend to try it out! It’s super easy to use, easy to sew and easy to press the seams flat without any excess fabric.

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I think there are a lot of possibilities with this ruler, it’s just a matter of experimenting. Can’t wait for the weekend, just two more sleeps!

We have a Winner!

Congratulations #5, Gill, a follower from the U.K. who wrote:

Gill
Oct 24, 2011 @ 09:18:19 [Edit]

I love your Little Apples Dumpling!
I haven’t made anything with a zip yet but I’d love to try a Dumpling!
At the moment I’m making a Keyka Lou Bucket bag
Thanks for the giveaway!

Gill has won many luscious pieces of Patricia Bravo’s fabrics:

Actual scraps for giveaway.

Loulouthi & Echino

I’ll be popping this package of goodies into the post (after I iron them!) as soon as I receive Gill’s mailing address. Thank you all for entering my giveaway, I wish I could send everyone something!

I also wish I could take a screen shot of the Random.org results but I’m on a Mac and don’t know how to take a screen shot.

Spoiler Alert!

I decided fabric scraps just weren’t enough, I’d been eyeing this cute little pin cushion tutorial on Keyka Lou’s site so I whipped one up this morning to add to the scraptacular giveaway.

I hope you like it Gill!

Happy (early) Birthday to Me!

Oooh, what could it be?!

Remember a few weeks ago I mentioned that my birthday was a couple of months away and I wanted a Sizzix Vagabond fabric cutter? Well, not 10 minutes later, dearest hubby sent me an email stating that he had purchased one for me, how awesome is he?? (He reads my blog. ;) We received notice today that it had been delivered to our home successfully. Alas, we were still at work!

The whole kit and kaboodle!

I selected a few dies to go with my Vagabond, a Sizzix 2″ hexagon and 2.5″ hexagon so I can cut the fabric AND the templates.  I purchased mylar separately specifically for this reason. I also  ordered GO! Baby tumblers and diamonds which I can use with the Sizzix using a shim — seen in the photo above to the left the Vagabond. That’s right, you can use Accuquilt dies in Sizzix machines but you cannot use Sizzix dies in Accuquilt fabric cutters. Let me tell you, this little beast weighs a TON and it is a SOLID brick house! But not only is it solid, it’s very, very quiet!

First I tested it on fabric scraps which were basted to batting then 3 layers of fabric only.

They are perfectly formed but as you can see in the image above, there were little strings not yet sliced. I’d heard of this phenomenon and apparently, the more complex the shape, the more likely this is to happen. This is a minor issue compared to the amount of precious time I’ll be saving! And not only can I cut fabric but I’ll be able to emboss paper (or even fabric!) and cut other materials like card stock and mylar.

I didn’t think I’d buy square or straight cut dies but now I’m rethinking it! This little machine (and it is little — it won’t take up any room in your sewing space!) is going to save soo much time cutting fabric for projects.

I’d like to give a shout out to the Canadian online shop we ordered it from, Stitch in the Ditch, who were extremely helpful, they had the best prices I could find in Canada and the shipping was surprisingly fast considering we live at opposite ends of the country, not to mention the outstanding customer service!

There was another little package in the mail today, from my favorite online fabric shop…

Feast your eyes on this goodness! That’s right kids, Anna Maria Horner’s LouLouThi Needleworks;  Crossing Paths Dapper & Visions in Pangaea fabrics as well as Seafaring and Radiant Egyptian mercerized embroidery floss, YUM! I was pleasantly surprised that this fabric is so big, 60″ from selvedge to selvedge! However, I really wish someone would have told me I had read the description better, because the repeat is 24″ and I should probably have ordered a full yard of each. No matter, the idea is to have fun and ultimately cut the fabric into sections for various projects and cross stitch that section. Should I wash the fabric before stitching??

LouLouThi Egyptian mercerized cotton embroidery floss

My apologies for the number of exclamation marks in this post, I’m sure I’ve exceeded my allotment for the next few posts but can you blame me?