Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Will Portland Quilt Market ever end? I hope not!

Earlier this week, I went over to Winter Creek Cloth to see Dana and Lynn. No, they don't have a brick and mortar shop, but I still get to go visit them and all their beautiful fabric!! The first thing Dana pointed out is their new addition - an Accuquilt Studio! They purchased this at Quilt Market in Portland! Oh man! And here I was lovin' my Accuquilt Go more than anything, but I think I could love the Studio even more. 

While I was visiting them, I got to see some of my new favorites: 

Winter Creek Cloth has gotten so many new collections in recently. If you're looking for something summery or even if you're ready to start sewing for the holidays, you should be able to find what you're looking for. The 4th of July is just around the corner! So if you want to make a little something for your home, check out the Freedom's Star line. And their sale section is pretty awesome, too!

I swear if I had that much fabric around me every day, I would either get lots of sewing and quilting done OR I would get absolutely nothing done because I would be touching fabric and dreaming of what I could make with it! 

Oh, and while I was there, Dana gave me a charm pack of Baby Jane.

This stuff is so flippin' cute!

And this is one of my favorites because it has my initials :) 
I get to make whatever I want, so keep watching for my upcoming Baby Jane project. They also gave me some Quilt Market Swag! Oh My Goodness! Serious? I have some awesome friends! After what Kelli did for me (see this post), I was feeling very special and didn't think it could get any better. And then Dana & Lynn decide to give me even more! A mini charm pack, some hexagons, some yardage, so many goodies! I really need to go to quilt market someday! Until then, my peeps are taking good care of me! Thanks, my quilting peeps!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Finally Finished My Relay For Life Quilt!

I can't believe it's been almost 3 weeks since I posted last. I've been working my little butt off to finish my Relay For Life raffle quilt. I had planned on having it done by May 1st, before I went on vacation. But I was also trying to finish my mom's Mother's Day quilt before heading to South Carolina. Then I got sick, and ended up not sewing for a few weeks. I've been trying to get this done in addition to working 40 hours a week. Not sure why I put too many things on my plate, but I have a habit of doing that. 

I finished binding the quilt on Thursday afternoon.  The day before Relay For Life.  That's how I do things.  Not on purpose.  I used my Accuquilt Go to cut all of my binding strips - This thing is amazing! I seriously love it.
Binding is my favorite part of quilting. I just love sitting here knowing that I'm almost done, and I'm putting the last bit of love into my project. I know that sounds all mushy, but it seriously does just give me time to think about all the love and work (sometimes more work than love) that I've put into the quilt up to that point. 
I just love pics of binding--don't you? 
While I was binding, I noticed a small stain of what appeared to be either chocolate or red wine. Yes, I partake in both while binding. You may recall the story of when I spilled red wine all over my seester's 50th birthday quilt.  OK, maybe I need to stop having food and drink around while quilting. I usually don't have anything like that around my fabric until the binding part. Heck! If I'm going to be sitting here for hours on end binding a quilt, I'm going to need something to eat and drink, right? And it might as well be wine and chocolate! Anyway, back to the stain on the quilt....I decided to use a soft bristle toothbrush and some Tide, and my Lava bar soap to get out the stain. Why not? This is what I use for other stains. Well.....this didn't turn out the way I had planned. Yes, the stain was gone, but now it was bleached.  Can you see it there right in the middle of the pic? Of course you can! Because it's BLEACHED! Holy Moly! 
I didn't know what the heck I was going to do. By this time, it was way past my bedtime and I knew that I wouldn't come up with a solution while I was tired and upset. So I went to bed and slept on it. When I woke up, I still didn't know what I was going to do with it. I must have been dreaming about something else....like starting my next quilt. So....as I drank my morning coffee, I started googling on how to fix a mistake/stain on a quilt. After talking it over with my husband (he helps me figure out a lot of quilting stuff from time to time because he's pretty awesome), and seeing a few things online, and remembering a Ryan Gosling pic that I have on my Ryan Gosling board on Pinterest, I knew exactly what I was going to do...
My husband suggested a cancer ribbon - GENIUS! I emailed my manager at work and told her that I was going to be late because I had a quilting disaster that had to be fixed...now! Luckily, I had some leftover prints from the quilt top, so I made a cancer ribbon and appliqued it with my machine. 
It's not perfect, but it looks way better than the bleach spot! And guess what! One of my best friends won it! I wasn't even there to draw the name, so I can't be accused of rigging it! Ha ha! Another friend of mine won the quilt that I made last year. Again....I didn't draw the name.  I just have very lucky friends :) Oh, and my friend who won it this year - Karen - doesn't know about the bleach spot and cover-up, so she'll be finding out about it when she reads this :D  I'm sure she won't mind.  

This last pic shows my husband's beautiful garden. Even though he helps me with my quilting sometimes, I don't help in the garden, and that's probably a good thing. I'll just stay upstairs and sew instead....and eat the goodies from the garden, of course! :) 

Thanks for stopping by! 
Lisa Lisa

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Quilt Market Swag? For Me?

You may remember from my last post that I recently took a trip to South Carolina to surprise my mom for Mother's Day. What I didn't mention is that I was offered the opportunity to help out Beth at EvaPaige Quilt Designs at Quilt Market in Portland, and to finally also meet Kelli of Seriously..I think it needs stitches during the same week of my vacation. I tried....and tried....and tried to rearrange my flights to make it work. My husband was so supportive, even cheering me on and trying to think of ways for this to work. It didn't. Yes, I was sad. BUT I was going back to SC to see my mom....for Mother's Day...and my sisters! I tried not to think about it too much, especially when I finally saw my mom & sisters :) Here we are just goofing off and having fun.  That's me on the right. 
While there, I visited my favorite quilt shop in Summerville, SC - People Places & Quilts. I absolutely love that place, and Diane (the owner) is just amazing. The first time I visited her shop, she actually took the time to show me how to hand applique because the thought of it terrified me. They have these awesome rocking chairs out front. I made my little sister take a bunch of pictures of me, but I'll just make you look at one of them :) Ummmm.....I just noticed that I have polka dots in this picture AND the one above. Yes, I like polka dots. 
While in SC, I couldn't help myself and kept looking at all the posts from everyone at Quilt Market. Oh my goodness! Everyone was there! Tula Pink, Amanda Herring (The Quilted Fish), Angela Walters, just to name a few. I'll admit that I had a little pity party. On my last day of vacation, I ended up with a sore throat and earache, and then got on the plane, which made it worse, and that was the beginning of a very long battle to get well. I'm on the other side of it, but it got me pretty good and I was down, missing almost a week of work when I returned. Blah! 

Anyway, earlier this week when I was still recovering from all of that, I received a package in the mail from Kelli. Even though we haven't met in person, we email almost every single day, and I truly consider her a good friend. She felt bad that I wasn't able to make it to Portland. Heck! She came all the way from California! And Beth came all the way from Massachusetts!  What was in the package from Kelli was AMAZING! 
 My husband said "Open it up...I bet it's autographed."
Sweet!!! I've already emailed Tula Pink to thank her for the autograph. She remembered Kelli and my sad story about how I couldn't make it to Quilt Market. Ha ha! Kelli also sent a Riley Blake Gingham Style Jelly Roll (you absolutely have to click on this Riley Blake link to see the Gingham Style video!) I'm so flippin' excited about this jelly roll! 
Kelli also sent along one of Beth's Quilting Hottie buttons, so now I'm officially a Quilting Hottie :) Woot! 
Oh and a pincushion ring, which will come in quite handy when I'm sitting on the couch sewing my hexies! 
She also picked up some pretzels for me from the Henry Glass booth. I took a pic of them, but it didn't come out very well and.....well, they're pretzels in a clear cellophane bag. We all know what that looks like. Oh, and with Henry Alexander's info on the front :) How did Kelli know that I liked pretzels? The only snack I love more is Chili Cheese Fritos! Guess they didn't have any of those. 

Can you imagine how excited I was to get this package??? I don't know how I'll ever top this! If you haven't visited Kelli's blog, check it out Seriously..it looks like it needs stitches. And also check out Beth's blog Quilting Hottie Haven - The Blog of EvaPaige Quilt Designs.