For those of you who haven't heard, Laura at Quokka Quilts is holding a little, er, big, design-your-own-FQ-bundle contest! The winner will receive not a FQ bundle of their fabrics, but 1/2 yards! I'll pause why you all go check it out and create your own bundle........done yet? Anywho, this is mine!
1. Kona Ash
2. Kona Melon
3. Bella Navy
4. Taza Neutral Tarika
5. Cape Ann Cotton Sunset Pink Ginkgo Toss
6. Oval Elements Mood Indigo
7. Ruby Grey Sundae
8. Outfoxed Coral Fern Stripe
9. Weekend Clubhouse 2012 Navy Random Pencil Check
10. Puttin' on the Ritz Grey Princess
11. Oval Elements Sweet Pea
12. Going Coastal Navy Sea Star
13. Puttin' on the Ritz Grey Gingham
14. Ruby Sherbet Sundae
15. Weekend Clubhouse 2012 Navy Block Toss Yardage
I was going for a modern nautical vibe. I keep wearing (and buying) all these striped shirts like I'm going to go sailing any minute. Um, yeah, I've only been sailing once. Now my problem is that I want to buy all these fabrics and make something!
I forgot to share this earlier, but while on vacation I managed to stitch up these little macaroons! Designed by the talented Ashleigh and Amanda of The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. They even have a dessert of the month club starting this month and the patterns are on SALE right now! Hurry and sign up, I sure did! These ladies are making cross stitch cool with their fresh designs. These are such great projects to take on a long trip, on the go, or to snuggle up on the couch and relax with! They even have a Hoop Travel Bag pattern that is the *perfect* size for hoops on the go! I made two already (sorry, not the best picture, these were my last few sewn items of 2011)
I made one from Ruby Star Rising tea cups and view master reels and one from Heather Ross Far Far Away II and III. These pouches were a life saver on my trip! I never had to find where I put my scissors or worry about little hands making off with my floss. Everything was always together and accessible. Amanda has graciously allowed me to give away a copy of her Hoop Travel Bag pattern! Just leave a comment to win! I'll pick a winner on Monday, January 9th.
My Flickr twin (not IRL), Amy, and I decided to do a little Christmas swap. We both ran late so it ended up being a New Year's swap. :) I wanted some pot holders and she wanted a pillow. That was the only real instruction we gave each other. I got these stunning AMH potholders! I'm torn between wanting to use them and wanting to kill anyone who tries to take a roast chicken out of the oven with my new mitt! :) Now, when I opened her package, after the obvious shout of joy, I began laughing because I had this pillow:
halfway done already! Seriously, we had no idea we were creating items so similar! It's spooky! I made this with AMH Innocent Crush and Essex linen in Natural. The HSTs measure 1.5" finished. The binding is some of AMH's premade bias binding, which I love! It's so nice to be able to grab something premade than shuffle through my stash and make some!
I'm also playing catch up on some bee blocks. This one is for Sarah in the Twice Around the Block bee. She asked for any kind of star that finished at 12". I made a wonky star inside a traditional star. If you want to make this you will need: (4) 3.5" solid squares , (4) 3.5" print squares, (4) 3.5"x6.5" solid rectangles, and (9) 2.5" solid squares. I used the scraps from making the flying geese to make the wonky star in the middle so there is very little waste of your prints.
Whew! I'm tired. That was a much longer post than I anticipated! Thanks for sticking it out! :)