Sweetening the {Giveaway} Pot

Well, my giveaway doesn’t seem to be too popular so I’m going to sweeten the pot. I’m adding an 18″ x 14″ piece of Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi needleworks fabric and two 7″ x 10″ pieces of Echino, I think it’s Fall 2010. To enter, go to THIS POST. Please do not enter if you are not interested in Patricia Bravo fabrics. Giveaway now closed.

Loulouthi & Echino

My friends know that I took last Friday and today off for some R & R before I start my new job tomorrow. This weekend has been a glorious, well deserved and long overdue weekend of non stop sewing!  Today I decided to make myself a Cluck Cluck Sew Sprocket Pillow using my Patricia Bravo stash. I love the feel of this fabric, it is super soft and fine and the colours are nicely saturated. I love this pillow, I made the 14″, it’s so cute, not too small and not too big. I think I’m going to have to make another!

Patricia Bravo Sprocket Pillow

I also made a square pouch for my sister from the same Echino fabric I’m giving away.

Square Echino Zipper Pouch

Lastly, I wanted to send a shout out to Claudia of  Make do and Munich in Germany, I won her zippered pouch giveaway, which I received last week but because of tying up loose ends at work, I haven’t had time to take photos till this past weekend. Not to mention I’ve been using it ever since I received it, I am so lucky to have won this pouch, I love it!! Look at that pez fabric and the letter fabric, it’s MINE, all mine!

Claudia's Zipper Pouch

Burn Out

I was forced out of bed this morning by hungry pets at 6:00 a.m., so much for sleeping in.

After catching up on my Google Reader, I headed downstairs to my sewing area to press and fold my recent fabric haul which included Anna Maria Horner’s Aida cloth and Little Apples fat quarters. The only fabric I haven’t washed and pressed is my Echino linen/cotton mixes. FYI, the Aida cloth in grey is a perfect match with Little Apples in Pencil. I’d like to make a pillow or doll quilt with the fabric and embroider a turtle on the Aida. how cute would that be?!

I finally finished my Spin Dr. Seuss baby quilt!

Front

The front is all flannel but I had to use some regular cotton on the back because I didn’t have enough prints and the store was sold out.

Back

Quilt as you go wasn’t easy or fast on this quilt, perhaps because of the whirly gig pattern? I don’t know but it seemed to take forever. I am happy with the results. I should make a matching pillow with the left over scraps.

I really don’t feel like doing much today but lay on the sofa and watch movies. I would really like to make new place mats, maybe I’ll do that tomorrow…

Also planning on making gifts for my nieces and nephew.

U.S. Fabric Order Arrived!

I received my designer fabrics from Fabricworm.com on Wednesday, just 1 week and 2 days after I placed my order, not bad! I was really dubious with my choices but I’m very happy, even with my duplicate of Deena Rutter Happier, Garden fabrics, almost everything goes well together.

Rutter, Kaufman, Dewberry

Dewberry, Kaufman, Young, Gavin, Howell

Echino Fall 2010 by Estsuko Furuya

Strangely, the only fabric I feel doesn’t work in this mix is Amy Butler, it’s not orange enough to be orange.

Amy Butler Wallflower Cherry

Turquoise, orange, brown and olive all go very well in our house and I hope to amass enough fabric in these colours to make either 1 gigantic king size quilt for our bed or go the European route and make two doubles, one for each of us. Hey, that would be fun!! The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of making 2 different quilts using the same fabrics for one bed.

When I purchased the Echino fabric, I didn’t realize they were oilcloth and I was even more surprised when they arrived laminated. In my experience, oilcloth is like an Australian coat, the cotton is oiled to repel water, lamination is a layer of plastic, two completely different things. I wasn’t expecting laminated fabric, it’s not what I wanted but will figure something out. I can’t imagine anyone would want to trade laminated fabric for non-laminated fabric, would they?

Waiting for fabric

It’s only been one week and it’s coming from the States so it’ll take longer than normal but the wait is killing me! I ordered a number of fabrics from Fabricworm.com, what a selection they have! This won’t be my last order from them, I have to get Tula Pink’s Prince Charming, I love that frog!!

Here’s what I’ve ordered from Fabricworm…

Carolyn Gavin Spring Street, Birdies White/Green

Joel Dewberry Aviary 2 Sparrows Aqua

Joel Dewberry Aviary 2 Woodgrain Dill

Robert Kaufman Metro Living Rings Orange

Patty Young Sanctuary, Zen Garden Espresso

Khristian A. Howell Theory, Lattice Forest

Echino Fall 2010 Wild Forest Natural

Echino Fall 2010 Bird Border Eggplant

Kokka Japan, Botanics Teal

Not shown is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids Tangerine, Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Brown and Amy Butler Wallflower Cherry which looks very orange, and I hope it is!

I bought Deena Rutter Happier, Garden blue by mistake, I really wanted Deena Rutter Happier, Main Blue. Maybe someone will swap with me… I’ll be more careful next time and depending on the ensuing postal strike, it may not be for awhile!

Deena Rutter Happier, Main Blue

Deena Rutter Happier, Garden Blue

I’m wearing my Laura Gunn Skinny Stripes skit tomorrow (w/ Kona Lagoon bias binding), spent some time shortening it, removing the binding and sewing it back on again. I’m happy and love it!

Laura Gunn Skinny Stripes Skirt

Fabric, Fabric, Everywhere!

This past weekend, SewTara and I hit Quilt A Bag where we’d purchased fabric at the CreativFestival, I wanted more wonderful fabric! I’m going to start off with my favorite and most expensive, a meter of Japanese Enchino:

I love the vibrant colours, orange, turquoise, green and orange dominated, what’s not to love? Love the patterns, not so fond of the texture, slightly rough, more on the canvas side than the supple soft cotton side.

I love this Westminster Fibers’ Snow Cuddle, I’m having a love affair with the grey/yellow combination and this fits nicely.

More yellow/grey colour combinations, the mauve and green (top middle) was in a pack and not optional, I wouldn’t have chosen them given a choice. The yellow floral was a nice deal, $6.00 for a full meter.

This is my first attempt at attempting to put together patterns and colours together for a quilt, not quite right but please give me your opinions, I’m completely open to comments, I know so little about quilting, I need help!

This is my second  combination which I find more appealing but it’s also so predictable, what colour  or fabric suggestion would you throw in to make this more exciting? More orange and/or turquoise?