Thursday, August 25, 2011

Raw Edge Circle Quilt - Red Trim

Inspired by the (very talented) Allison's beautiful Raw Edge Circle Quilt I decide to make one of my own.  What can I say?  It was a lot of fun!  I absolutely love raw edge appliques and this quilt definitely fits the bill.

For mine I decide to use a bold reds and aquas with some earth tones:

If I remembered correctly (which half the time I usually don't...arg!) I think I used about a dozen different fabrics for this quilt. Most of the fabrics are either bolt ends or favorites I had in my personal stash for a while and was waiting for a project like this to use it.

For the binding I used an old favorite from Moda I have used before in previous bindings - LOVE the color - it totally brings out the reds in the quilt nicely:

For the backing I used one of the fabrics from the front (Artful home from Henry Glass) along with a earthy light green/olive solid fabric:


A view of the full front and back:

I love the way this quilt turned out. It's a detailed and colorful design and fabric choice compared to some of the more modern-feel quilts I've been working on lately.

Quilt Information:
Raw Edge Circle Quilt - Red Trim
Front: 100% Cotton Prints
Batting: Warm & Natural 100% cotton
Backing:  100% Cotton Print and solid
Completed Dimension: 53" x 63"
Quilting Method: Free-Style
Binding: Machine Stitched for extra durability

This quilt is available for sale HERE.

I will be sharing this quilt at these great linking parties.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We Have a Winner :)

And the winner of last Week's Fabric Love Giveaway is:
If Toys Could Talk said... 12 
What a cute little fabric! I'm a follower. :) 
Congratulations!  I'll contact you shortly to make sure we get all the shipping details worked out :)

1/2 each of these Paper Dolls fabrics. 
Paper Dolls - Turquoise
Paper Dolls - Blush

These fabrics could be found at my lovely little fabric shop - JAQS Fabrics:
Here for Etsy Shoppers and Here if you're not on Etsy.   ALL fabrics are currently 15% off on both sites with coupon code JAQMove15.

A special thanks to everyone who joined in the Fabric Giveaway from last Week's Fabric Love.  I'm glad to hear such positive comments about this cute little fabric :). 

Random winner drawn from

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fabric Love #21 & Fabric Giveaway: End of Summer

Are you ready to say good bye to summer? Pack the kids back into school? Say good-bye to lazy afternoons at the pool? I am :) - OK I'm biased. Did I ever mention Autumn is my favorite season? Love it. The slight chill in the air and cooler nights. The still warm days and chillier mornings. O - and the best part? The colors of course.

With signs of Autumn peaking up I am super happy to have these fabrics to celebrate it. Bold and beautiful fabrics from Alexander Henry:

Farmdale Orchard (tint/red)
Cookery Stripe (red)

The details on both these fabrics are fantastic. The apples have crisscross lines giving it a very rustic and natural feel. And the stripe fabric is absolutely gorgeous. The little floral designs (sorry the photo doesn't do it justice) is sooo...perfect.  Both fabrics - LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors.  I am have a dozen projects I want to do with these...

Do you know what else happens during this time of year? School. With all the kids returning to school, I can't help but to get a little sentimental and start thinking about how fast they grow up and I get a little ...mushy... when I see these two cuties:

Paper Dolls - Turquoise
Paper Dolls - Blush

I know it's the same design just different colors - but aren't they both so cute! They are from Studio E and I have no idea what I'm going to make with these yet, but I couldn't resist.   The little dollars and teddy bears are quite irresistible.

Lucky for you, I'm giving away 1/2 each of these Paper Dolls fabrics. So that's 1 combined yard of the Paper Dolls fabric for FREE. As usual, just leave a comment to this post and be a JAQS Studio Follower and/or subscriber.  The lucky random winner will be chosen Tuesday night (August 23, 2011 around 9PM PST). Good luck :)!

These fabrics could be found at my lovely little fabric shop - JAQS Fabrics:
Here for Etsy Shoppers and Here if you're not on Etsy

Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekend Wrapup: Star continues

This weekend I spent a lot of time NOT in the sewing room. Between end of summer events and wedding planning for my sister's wedding (next June) I was barely able to sew. I manage to finish up a few stars:

But have a bunch more to finish up:

I'm still in the process of transitioning over JAQS fabrics to I have a bunch of fabrics coming in this months, so hopefully some 'free time' opens up one of these weekends so I could actually add them to the new shop. Oh yeah, did I mention the 10 quilt ideas I have swimming around in my head I still need to get on paper??? Lots to do :)

Have a safe and wonderful week - enjoy the rest of summer :)!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fabric Love #21: Children At Play

I want to share with you my two favorite fabrics this week. They are from the Children at Play collection by Sarah Jane from Michael Miller...and I love them :)

The whole collection is fabulous (and I will be getting more in the shop soon) but my two favorite ones right now are these.


and On the Go

Both from the Sarah Jane - Children at play collection.

As usual Fabric Love fabrics are available at JAQS Fabric.  If you haven't already heard, JAQS Fabric has a new home :).  Come check out here and get 15% off with coupon code JAQSMove15:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pinwheels Part 2 COMPLETE

Hello Pinwheels...again :). As a change from the last Pinwheel completed a little while back, I decided to quilt #2 a little differently:


Can you see what the difference is with the first one?


Let me give you a hint - look closely at the seams. It's the quilting :). The first quilt I made I did meandering freestyle all along the quilt. However, for #2 I decided to accentuate each pinwheel by quilting along each seam.


LOVE it! The simple straight line quilting along each seam made every single one of the pinwheels POP and it plays quite well with the more modern design.

The quilt top is simply stunning - even more so in person ;)

finished (9)

The back mimics the pinwheels from the front and features Starling from Alexander Henry Fabrics:

finished (1)

Together the quilt is so light and airy. The colors reminds me of the perfect spring day :)


The binding is from the Peaceful Planet line and hand binding on the back.


Honestly, I love the results but didn't quite enjoy the quilting. The quilt was HUGE (compared to some of the smaller quilts I've been working on) so to maneuver and constantly changing quilting directions to accommodate for all the straight seams along each pin in the pinwheels was a nightmare. I didn't keep track of time (or else I'll never quilt again!) but I would guess it took about 10 hours...give or take. By the end of all the quilting and hand binding I was exhausted. However, I am happy with the results and at the end of the day, that is all that matters :).

Quilt Information:
Spring Wheels (#2)
Front: 100% Cotton Prints and Solids.  Showcase fabric: Starling by Alexander Henry
Batting: Warm & Natural 100% cotton
Backing: 100% Cotton Solid (Amy Butler & Kona Solids)
Completed Dimension: ~60" x 66"
Quilting Method: Straight-lined quilting along each seam and each pin on each pinwheel
Binding: Machine Sew to Front and Hand Sew to Back (Peaceful Planet by Studio E)

Where to Buy?
Pinwheel Quilt #2
Fabrics Used for this quilt

I will be sharing this quilt at these great Linking Parties.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pins? Again???

Yep - time to break out the safety pins again.  This time isn't as bad as last time - it's only 2 mid-sized quilt this time **phew**

Quilt #1 - Modded - Zoo in Green

No pics for the golden version due to a [stupid] mistake in measuring the quilt backing ... it will need to wait till next week 'cause I am D-O-N-E with pinning.  On to quilting up the one pinned quilt and some binding from last round of quilting :) - Did I ever mention I love the binding process :)?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Weekend Wrapup: Seeing Stars

First off I am glad that my local post office is not closing.  News is that nearly 3,700 USPS post offices will probably be closing soon.  To check if your local post office is on the list go HERE.


In addition to closing offices they will also be canceling Saturday services. I wonder what kind of other changes are on the horizon and how this will affect small business like mine who depends on the USPS for shipping.  I guess we'll have to wait and see and keep our fingers crossed that changes are for the better...

On to some lighter discussions, I've been seeing a lot of star quilts around so I decided to make one of my own.  Never made these before so I was a little bit nervous about it, but so far they are so much fun to make! Here's my progress so far:


I still have a huge stack to complete:

I love quilting! :)


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