Swooning the Cuckoo Clock

Fabrics: Hideaway Cuckoo Clock in sun by Lauren + Jessi Jung for Moda, Kona White, Punctuation Tutor Stripe in yellow by American Jane and Quilter’s Linen in grey by Robert Kaufman.

I’m expecting more Hideaway within the next two weeks and am debating on whether to use this as a mini quilt for my Covert Robin partner or make a full size quilt as a treat for myself. I really, really, really love this fabric, I’ve found an online shop which seems to have a lot of it. My plan is to deplete it’s stock, muhahaha!

DH are planning our second week in Germany, we’re going to rent a car and drive into the alps again, this time to Hallstatt on the Austrian side. The scenery is truly stunning and purported to be the oldest settlement in Europe. Hallstatt is known for it’s salt production and salt mines dating back to 5500 BC. I just know that it’s going to be one of those places so beautiful that I’ll start crying. Yeah, I’m sucky that way.

Pez – pez – pez – red

After yesterday’s blockapalooza I decided I HAD to do something with all the blocks I’m making.

Pezzy goodness

So, I came up with this new cushion top. I have more pezzy goodness on the back burner but I’m out of time this weekend.

I’m not happy that I couldn’t settle down yesterday but all is not lost, I really honed my patchwork skills, something I needed to work on and I certainly learned some new tricks, always good.

Hope you were more productive than I was!

Wonky Craftsy BOM: January 2012

Not perfect but neither am I, this is the first time attempting these very simple blocks.  I’ve decided to make this quilt for my son using only the magic beans print from American Jane’s Fairy Tale Friends line. First up was the Asterisk block which somehow went off the rails a bit but I still love it and quite frankly, I think that once the quilt is completely finished and quilted, I don’t think anyone will ever notice.

Wonky Asteriks

The second block was a wonky pound sign. Again, I wasn’t able to line up the bars properly but it’s supposed to be wonky! ;D

Wonky Pound Block

There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be trying these blocks again (and again) and perhaps I’ll be able to line up the strips next time. It was nice to squeeze in some sewing on a work night but I still felt rushed. One hour is not a lot of time.

Is Craftsy a Well Kept Secret?

I don’t hear much from bloggers about Craftsy.com.

At the beginning of the month I received an email from Fabric.com advertising an online course from Wendy Butler Burns, Machine Quilting: Free Motion and More for just $30.00. I tried free motion quilting (fmq) a tiny bit on my own but didn’t like the results however, I really like how it looks and desperately want to master it. I enjoyed this course even though my sewing machine wouldn’t cooperate (kept breaking thread – needs to go into the shop). When you sign up for an online course with Craftsy, you have access to the videos “forever” as well as the question/answer forums and course notes. After completing the couse, I signed up for Jenny Doan’s Quilting Quickly.  I haven’t completed watching all Jenny’s videos but quickly realized you could watch a lower quality video on YouTube. I was able to get the course for only $25.00 so I didn’t feel too bad and the quality is much better.

I think Craftsy is a great resource for beginners and more recently, a great place for fantastic deals on fabric! This week I scored an Annette Tatum Design Roll for CAD$16.99 and today, Bella Solids Jelly Roll (Warm) for CAD$29.99, which is regularly US$37.00 and shipping is included in both my prices!

I received my sister’s fabric this week, Fabricworm’s Birdie in a Cage fat quarter bundle and will start cutting it this weekend. I’ll be mixing it with Paula Prass’ Wing Study in Pastille from her Botanika line and a solid, perhaps a buttery yellow? I don’t know what pattern I’ll use, I was thinking of the dark/light half square triangles but there doesn’t seem to be much contrast in the palette.

I almost forgot, I purchased five  1/2 yards of Magic Beans by American Jane, all colours except blue. I missed the whole pez craze so I’m excited about this fabric!!

I’m off to get my hair cut tomorrow, it’s been awhile and it’s much longer than in my photo. Perhaps I’ll have a new photo for you tomorrow!