Well, Fat Quarterly premiered today! My very own, unsolicited, personal opinion of it? It ROCKS!!
This E-zine is SO much fun!! It has fun and easy patterns and interviews with fabric designers and book authors- and bloggers just like you and me! It's bright and fresh looking and it's obvious a lot of care went into the appearance of this e-zine.
They have a little challenge in the magazine- I'm not going to say what, but I will show you what I made for it...
I highly, highly recommend you head over to the Fat Quarterly website and buy it. It's worth the $8 in my opinion!!
Taking really good photos with the perfect subject and lighting has never been my strong point. I always strive for great pictures, but most of the time they elude me. Lately I've really been making an effort, though. I set aside the cheap camera I got on clearance at Shopko. I learned how to use all the features of our really good Olympus camera. I'm learning about lighting and focus and white balance. We have a tripod now and a remote for the camera is next on the list. I try to pose my subjects (usually quilts!) for the maximum effect.
But this? This was totally random!! I took the camera outside to take pictures of the crabapple tree. I stepped into the grass to get a better view. I happened to look down, and there was this:
What may possibly be the most perfectly formed dandelion flower I've ever seen!
I love dandelions. I don't look in my yard and see unsightly weeds... I see hundreds of happy cheerful flowers! Fortunately I live in the country where no one is bothered by them :)
***This giveaway is now closed and a winner has been announced! Thank you so much!!***
That's right- it means it's time for a giveaway!! I am so excited to have reached this blogging landmark... 300 posts! That's a lot of sharing my little world with you all :) Thank you for reading and commenting and sharing my blog journey with me!
So, about this giveaway... ALL of this prize goes to ONE lucky person! International entries are welcome :)
Here's the prize package:
1. A copy of the book "Handmade Home" by Amanda Blake Soule!
2. THREE charm packs of current Moda lines "Frolic" by Sandy Gervais, "Make Life..." by SweetWater and "Blush" by BasicGrey!
3. AND you will also get a free download of the premier issue of Fat Quarterly!! Fat Quarterly is an exciting new e-magazine written by modern sewists for modern sewists! It will premier on April 27th and YOU could be checking out the first issue for FREE!! For more information about Fat Quarterly e-magazine you can check them out at their website, on Flickr and on Twitter :)
So how do you win this awesome package? There are 3 ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment on this post! That's simple enough, right? :)
2. Become a follower of this blog and leave me a separate comment on this post telling me you've done so! If you are already a follower, let me know in a separate comment for your extra chance!
3. Blog about this giveaway!! Then come back and leave me another separate comment on this post telling me you've done this, with a link to your post!
This giveaway will be open until Sunday April 25, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. US central daylight time. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on Monday April 26, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. US central daylight time.
Oh, I had SUCH a good time at the quilt show today!! It really wasn't as crowded as it has been in past years, and that made it nicer for shopping :)
And, I shopped :) Not as much as I've bought in past years, but still quite enough to last a while!
A couple booths had some AMAZING deals on Moda pre-cuts!! I found two jelly rolls of "1974", three honeybuns of "Neptune" and a honeybun/layer cake combo of "Make Life..."! There were many more but I decided to leave some for people that are going to the show tomorrow :)
A lot of the quilts on display featured silk. I've recently moved out of my "cotton ONLY" phase and have incorporated linen into my quilting and sewing projects. I decided to keep leaping and start using silk, too! These are pieces of Thai and Chinese silk- they are so shimmery and richly colored!
These were at a booth that had some pretty mad prices for things- like these bundles: 5 yards of fabric for $25! FIVE dollars a yard! I was very happy :)
The same booth was selling remnant pieces for $4/yard! These Sandi Henderson pieces were too good to pass up.
I also made sure to pick up my pin- the last pin for Chicago :(
Next year the spring show is moving to Cincinnati, OH, so I was glad I was able to get to the show today. It is unlikely I will get to another International Quilt Festival anytime soon... Houston and Cincinnati have too much extra expense, like hotel and travel. I'll miss having this great show in my own backyard!
So, we go pretty nuts here in the Sunflowerquilts household on Friday nights. Hubby is currently sitting on the couch with our cat, watching DVDs of the TV show "ALF". Yes, you read that right. He loves that horrible show!
I, on the other hand, am in my sewing room. (I bet you're all shocked, right?) I pulled out a book I bought a long time ago and never did anything with- "Convergence Quilts" by Ricky Tims- and decided to play with it tonight.
Like I said, we are TOTAL party animals :)
It's not completely sewn together yet, and I think it's going to need some fun borders to really make it pop. But I like it! I already have plans for another one :)
Now I'm off to bed so I can be nice and rested for the International Quilt Festival tomorrow! I've heard some reports from friends that went Thursday and today and I'm pretty excited!
Here is a smattering of the things the other ladies were working on this weekend...
Patti's first order of business was to complete these adorable baskets!!
Vicki was working on the pattern "Slide Show" by Terry Atkinson, making it with these GORGEOUS "Lantern Bloom" fabrics! She actually finished the top right at the end of the retreat, but I didn't get a picture! When she blogs about it I'll post a link :)
DiscoJen was working on a couple Trip Around The World quilt tops to give as gifts to friends. Here's one of them!!
Carol was working on this AMAZING quilt- I have to be honest and say that I never have, nor am I likely to ever put this much time into a quilt!! She had the center portion and all the blocks done, she put it together at the retreat. Isn't it just gorgeous?
Michele made this lovely little table runner!! She also made a cute baby quilt, but again, I didn't get a picture of it.
Several more things were made/worked on over the weekend that I didn't get pictures of. Next time I'll be better at photographing projects :)
This past weekend my friends Vicki, Michele, Pat, Pat, Patti, Carol and Jen and I went on a 3 day quilt retreat up in Janesville, WI! There is an awesome quilt retreat house there called Evergreen Retreat (no website)- I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking for a place to have a retreat!!
One of the biggest attractions for me was the fact that they set it up electrically so that each person could have an iron at their sewing area! I took along two paper-piecing projects and got a lot done on them:
I made 12 centers for my New York Beauty quilt! I'll finish them now that I'm home. I just did the paper-piecing part at the retreat- I would have had to bring a LOT of fabric to make whole blocks!
I also made about 20 blocks for my Park Slope log cabin- not all of them are pictured here! I laid them out to show some of the ladies what the curved log cabins do when you put them together.
Saturday evening I put away all the paper-piecing and pulled out a jelly roll of my all time favorite fabric, "Shangri-La" by 3 Sisters for Moda. Using the "Keyholes" pattern from Anka's Treasures, I whipped up this quilt from Saturday 5pm to Sunday 12pm! It's 78" x 78"- I made the borders a bit bigger than the pattern called for.
It was a wonderful weekend, and I'm already looking forward to the next one. Which is in November :)
Well, here it is!! Hubby and I finished up the last of the prep work this morning: we made the last of the beds, worked the compost into all of them, and got the soil/peat moss mixture for the blueberries into the pots!
I guess my measurements were a bit off, because I thought I could only get 6 beds in the space I had. But it turns out that there was room for 7 beds. That makes me very happy- the more planting space the better!!
I now have 252 square feet of deep soil raised beds for planting! They'll need to settle for about a week (and it's supposed to rain most of the next week, so that's perfect!) and then I can start the early stuff: peas, lettuce, radishes, and spinach. I can hardly wait for my first garden-fresh salad :)