Tokyo Fat Quarter Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop. The smirky cows mooed twelve times as I approached to ask them to choose a winner. Comment number twelve belongs to Megan. Shoot me an email with your mailing address Megan.
It seems like an overwhelming majority of you are inspired by the colors of autumn this time of year. Me too!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Fat Quarter Shop asked if I'd be interested in sewing up their newest design as part of their AGF Stitched with Kimberly series. The quilt is called Welded and is super simple in it's construction but packs a real visual punch. I chose to work with all solids and took my color inspiration from the Fat Quarter Shop Tokyo Solid Fat Quarter Bundle. Tokyo bundle kind of cracked me up because have I mentioned that I live in the sticks? Like, I couldn't be further from Tokyo if I tried. I think the cows were even smirking and saying, "Tokyo? Whatever!" in their minds.
I loved how quickly this Welded Quilt sewed up. Fat Quarter Shop has a video tutorial to show you how to make the blocks and includes great tips and tricks on how to trim it perfectly at the end. If you want to make their exact version of the quilt you can find quilt top kits and backing kits available in their shop too.
And, because Fat Quarter Shop is awesome (and I think they secretly want the cows to laugh at me harder,) they have offered up a Tokyo Solid Fat Quarter Bundle for one lucky winner here today. Please note that the bundle will not contain enough yardage to make the Welded Quilt but it will certainly get you headed in the right direction.
Leave a comment here telling me what colors and or fabrics are your favorites to use this time of year for your chance to win the fabric bundle. I'll close the contest and pick a winner on Monday, September 28, 2015. Winner will be selected by smirky cow. Not really. Just checking to see if you're still reading.
Thanks for the great pattern and giveaway Fat Quarter Shop!
Friday, September 18, 2015
If you follow me on Instagram then you've seen bits and pieces of this quilt during the making process. It's a pattern called January Quilt from Lady Harvatine and I'm pretty much in love with it.
So in love with it that it will probably go everywhere I go. That's not weird, right? I mean, you travel with your favorite quilts too, right?
What if my luggage gets lost?
Maybe it will stay home.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
It's all jelly all the time around here. This year I've made raspberry jam, grape jelly and just this week I made three batches of hot pepper jelly. I was talking to a friend in the midst of steaming pots and bubbling sugar yesterday. She mentioned how she wished she knew how to make jelly.
And I said, "Well get here and I'll teach you how!"
And she said, "I wish."
And wouldn't jelly camp be fun? Or canning camp?
P.S. I used this recipe for the hot pepper jelly. Except I don't use any bell peppers (just a mix of red and green hot peppers) and I use Bragg's Cider Vinegar. Never heard of hot pepper jelly? It's wonderful poured over a block of cream cheese and spread on crackers. It's really good with other fruits mixed into the jelly too . . . pineapple hot pepper jelly and raspberry hot pepper jelly are especially yummy.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Sometimes I have a plan in mind when I sit down to sew. I will have sketched an idea and figured out how much fabric I will need. I say sometimes, but if I think about it, I really mean most of the time that's how I work. I like having a plan and then seeing it take shape. However, with this quilt I didn't have a preconceived plan. I just started cutting 3.5" squares and started sewing. In order to get the gradation of color, I did eventually have to put a plan into place. But it was so nice to just start. I just started sewing and explored where it took me.
I enjoyed the journey.
And the result.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
We make grape juice and jelly each year around this time. Though our vines didn't produce near as much as they have in the past, we will have enough jelly for a good while.
These little jewels are sitting on my counter cooling and making me forget all about the pesky, purple stains all over my hands and kitchen sink.
Cause making grape jelly is messy ya'll.