To be a bit cliché, this shoemaker is a professional Web Developer and her child is this blog, but it was past time to launch what I have of a new design. All the content is still here, everything else is a work in progress (kind of like most of my sewing projects)!
I never win raffles, drawings, or contests based on luck, but luck kicked in for my birthday last Tuesday, and I finally won something!
The Fat Quarter Shop sent me this super cute 30s-style charm pack and pattern after my name was drawn in the #talknt Twitter chat. Yay!
30s fabric is something I have always wanted to do something with, so it was kismet. Happy birthday to me!
If you’ve never heard of the #talknt chat, they are hosted on Twitter every Tuesday. You can learn more at talkintuesdays.blogspot.ca. There are actually two chats: one during the day (#talknt2), and one in the evening. There’s a page at that link that tells you what time in your time zone.
I don’t join in very often… sometimes over lunch at work (like last week), as I’m rarely on the computer in the evenings, but I learn something new and come away with plenty to think about every time, so I encourage you to check it out.
In the 18 years I lived in Kansas City (or 21, if you include going home on college breaks), I never once stepped foot in a fabric store that wasn’t a JoAnn or Hancock (well, except for that fancy special occasion place on the Plaza). Now that I only make it back twice a year or so, I am so sad that I missed the opportunity to be part of what seems to be an awesome Modern Quilting community there—and am jealous of the shopping opportunities.
During this last trip, I finally made it to two shops in the Missouri/Kansas region—one in Overland Park, KS and one in Camdenton, MO (the Lake of the Ozarks). I really restrained myself, as I hadn’t budgeted for fabric shopping on the trip, but both will definitely be stops on future trips.
I’ve been working on sewing down the binding on the Strip-pieced Lone Star/Star of Bethlehem quilt over lunch this week while watching episodes of Eureka on Hulu, and thought I’d take a break from that today to review the batting I used on the quilt: Pellon Nature’s Touch Cotton Batting.
Here’s a grainy cellphone photo of the Lone Star draped over a chair in my living room, showing areas that are relatively densely quilted and not:
My weekend went from “no buying any more fabric, Rae” to “well, it’s Saturday and we have nothing to do, so let’s go check out that shop in Rome.” I was on a mission, but actually didn’t find anything to buy. Then, Facebook let me know that the Utica shop was open on Sunday for a special shop hop, and so of course I had to continue my mission (and actually succeeded). And you benefit: it means another On the Road, even if it’s all quite close to home.
During the Spring QAL, Melanie or Chris suggested to use Elizabeth Hartman’s quilt sandwich tutorial, and I was hooked on her tutorials. When I finally had money to spend on books (and had a great coupon, of course), I picked up her relatively recent release, The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker (Stash Books/C & T Publishing), figuring if I loved one of her methods that much, I wanted to see what other knowledge she had to impart. I even want to share—don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom!