Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sunday Stash - Sew Sisters Style!

Remember when I shared in this post all the great Mother's Day deals going on last weekend?
Me?  I took full advantage!!!

Last week I shared my first Mother's Day Specials Sunday Stash here.

This is my second instalment of the purchases I made that weekend.
Featuring my haul from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop.

Warning.... This post is full of Prints ONLY Purchases!


What to do?  What to DO!!!

These are selections from a new range of blenders from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  From the Spot On collection, one half metre each of Navy, Lime, Hot Pink, Aqua and Pepper.




How cute are these kittens and playful goldfish?

Two metres of each, Cats and Fishbowls in Blue and Goldfish in White from the Go Fish collection designed by Hoodie for Timeless Treasures.




More adorableness.

A 2 metre cut of Crocs Park from the Urban Zoologie collection designed by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and 1 metre cuts of each Chicken Wire Texture in Blue and in Orange from the Bright and Early collection by Evelia for Wilmington Prints.




Sweet as a honey bee, this is 1 metre of Summertime Honeycomb in Sunflower Yellow from the Season's Best Summer collection by Kim Schaefer for Andover Fabrics, paired up with 2 metres of Sharks in Dark Blue from the Shark Attack collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Studio. These friendly sharks will make a great backing for a baby boy quilt.




To wrap things up and tone it down are these 1 metre pieces of Cherries in Orange from the Lazy Day collection designed by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake Designs, Diagonal Stripe in Grey from the Pepe in Paris collection by the Geekly Chic and The RBD Designers also for Riley Blake Designs, and Vintage Houndstooth in Lime designed by Patty Young for Rowan Fabrics.







Sew Sisters Quilt Shop did a terrific job of helping me to celebrate Mother's Day by offering 20% off  ALL yardage. And their "yardage" is sold by the metre, which means you get a bonus of more than 3" per yard!  I am really pleased with my new fabrics and ...
Can't wait to get piecing!






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Friday, 22 May 2015

Squirrels in the Park



It's Friday again. And the squirrels are back!

This is my second go of making a set of coordinated squirrel blocks. The first set of squirrel blocks I made were reddish brown. They were used to make a runner for my daughter's hope chest. You can see that finished runner here.


Oh, those pesky rodents... This time they are frolicking in the park.





This is Squirrels in the Park, a baby quilt sized 40" x 51", and it's made from Kona Cottons. For the background, I used Snow. The squirrels are Black and Coal. And the bird is Breakers with a Sunny yellow beak.





Seeing as those squirrels are frolicking in the park, for the backing, I have chosen to use this cherished piece of Windy Day in Aqua from the Backyard Baby Collection by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics. The binding will be cut from the one on the right below - Birch Forest in Aqua.




Can you believe I am cutting into that precious birch bark print?
It will be worth it, but it won't be easy.






The Squirrels in the Park baby quilt,
 is now offered in conjunction with the Erin's Squirrels pattern,
and is available from my pattern store here.




EXCITING NEWS!


On Point quilt kits are now for sale at Fat Quarter Shop here.

Want to read more about the On Point quilt
and how it came to be a Quilt Kit? Click here.




Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts



In case you missed it from Monday's post...

There's a GIVEAWAY sponsored by Northcott Fabrics going on now.

Up for grabs are 3 fabulous fat quarter bundles!!!








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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Let's Bee Social #73

Although my works in progress are all about solids lately, for those of you who prefer prints... Good news! There will be some projects in prints coming up soon. Did you see my Mother's Day haul I shared in my Sunday Stash report? Some of those are destined to become the backings for upcoming quilts. But the first luscious pile I shared in that post is at the top of my list for what to do next. As soon as my current projects are complete, that is.





Another sure sign of Spring. Some dusting and rearranging of my sewing room has allowed me to accommodate more large storage bins. And now I have the ability to keep my WIP's safe and sound - but not out of sight, out of mind - while I switch off to work on something else.



The photo above shows in it's entirety.



Rarely in the past have I been one to work on more than one project at a time. But this week I find myself working on a few wip's.  And enjoying the process. When making a whole lot of hst's or repetitive blocks, it's so nice to take a break and work on something else for a change.




I have been toying around with my Squirrel block designs. And came up with a ultra graphic baby quilt layout using Kona Black and Kona Coal squirrels. It's called Squirrels in the Park and, when finished, the instructions will be added to the Erin's Squirrels pattern introduced in this post.





Are you on Instagram? I posted the following work in progress shot last week.


A photo posted by Lorna McMahon (@sewfreshquilts) on



My other project on the go...
Two-tone Little Bloom blocks made with - you guessed it! - Kona Cotton Solids. This pattern was previously made using prints and solids together. You can see the first Little Blooms quilt here. I wanted to make it again using only solids this time. And make a much larger version. More on the plans for those Little Blooms later this week.

Instagram is something relatively new to me. Since my daughter got an upgraded iphone, I inherited her old one and have been enjoying the IG online quilting community ever since. It's so much fun to pop in throughout the day and see what everyone is sharing in 'real time'. If you have an IG account, let me know in the comments or tag me online @sewfreshquilts. I would love to come and visit you on Instagram and see what you are up to!



Now Let's PARTY!!!!
What's new with you?




What is the Let's Bee Social???  You can read the details here.







In case you missed it from Monday's post...



There's a GIVEAWAY sponsored by Northcott Fabrics going on now.
Up for grabs are 3 fabulous fat quarter bundles!!!
Click here to enter!!!





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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Spring. Is it really here?

Spring is a Season of Joy for me. After another long, cold winter it is such a pleasure to see everything being renewed. The green grass and budding trees. The bright blue skies filled with puffy white clouds. The birds have returned to sing their morning song and to hop across the lawn.  Awww!
Makes me smile!


Spring Tulips. These were from bulbs I planted last fall. Given to me by my cousin, I had no idea what colours I would end up with. These tulips were just opening up when my kids came home from school. This is my sassy daughter Erin and the cat she loves so much. Fluffy.


By the next day, those tulips were in full bloom. I was happy to see there was a brilliant mix of reds and yellows. Here the wind is blowing hard. Making them dance!



Spring is a Renewal of Life. On both sides of my family we have new additions. A boy on one side
and a daughter on the other. Perfect opportunities for handing out quilts to loved ones. Knowing your hard work will be appreciated and cherished.

Spring also brings to mind Spring Cleaning. The first thing on my list was to go over my inventory of finished quilts. This past week I had a Spring Sale in my Etsy shop. All my older quilts and runners have been marked down to ridiculously low prices. I only have so much room for storage. And as much as I love each quilt I have made.... I can't keep them all!


The original WoW-E! quilt was purchased. I washed her up and threw her in the dryer. Here she is all crinkled up and getting ready to go to her new owner - right here in Ontario. A new baby girl will be snuggled and wrapped up in this - one of my favourite makes ever.

It's not easy letting go...


But on the same day as I was preparing for her departure....

The On Point quilt arrived back home again. Following the photo shoot in Texas by Fat Quarter Shop. Along with this quilt, a sweet card with a pink envelope. And equally sweet message. So thoughtfully enclosed were also four spools of Aurifil thread!

Spring is a time of renewal. I am feeling revived. And my quilting journey is continuing. Here's to all the new and exciting adventures to come!

Along with you... My kind, supportive and wonderful friends.... I am having a wonderful time and so happy just to - be. Thank you for sharing your quilting adventures on your blogs and inviting me to be a part of your quilting world. I don't know what I'd do without you!




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Monday, 18 May 2015

A Great Big Northcott Giveaway!

Welcoming Northcott Fabrics!
Our generous sponsor for this month's fabulous giveaway!




What's This???!!!!


Not one.  Not two.
But three fabulous fat quarter bundles!



Northcott is an International Distributor and Converter of fine cotton printed fabrics for the quilt, craft and home decor industries.  They certainly do have a large selection of quilting fabrics - something to suit everyone's tastes!

You can find Northcott Fabrics on all your fave social media sites
such as facebook, twitter, and pinterest.


For this generous giveaway there will be three lucky winners chosen.
One for each fat quarter bundle.

Stonehenge Earth Rhythms

ColorWorks

Artisan Spirit Shimmer

How do you enter the giveaway contest? 


Follow the instructions on the RaffleCopter.com widget below!

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sunday Stash - Canadian National Style!

Really. This has to be THE MOST exciting Sunday Stash report I have EVER made.

Remember when I shared in this post all the great Mother's Day deals going on last weekend?
Me? I took full advantage!!!

First up is my Sunday Stash from Canadian National Fabric.

Warning.... For all you Kona Nerds... This post is full of Prints ONLY Purchases!


Looks like some great fabrics for a spring inspired quilted kitchen set?

Designed by Tim & Beck for Moda Fabrics, from the Garden Project collection, one fat quarter of Vintage Signs Fruit Stand and a yard of Mixed Fruit in Stone.

The one yard cut of Dots Yellow is designed by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs and is from the Roots & Wings collection.

4 Fat quarters of Lime Plaid from the Unity collection by Leslie Mark Designs for Clothworks, Geometric Blender in Red and also in Turquoise, and Floral Blender in Medium Grey all from the Victory collection by Gudrun Erla for Red Rooster Fabrics.


Just like "cotton" candy, 1 yard each of Yellow, Teal, Light Grey and Pink Leaf Vine from the Bear Essentials 2 collection by P&B Textiles. De-lish!


It appears there may be a few more jungle animal themed baby quilts in my very near future....

From the Safari collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott, 2 yards of Safari Animals, 1 yard of Black Tweed Dot and Yellow Tweed Dot from the Bear Essentials 2 collection by P&B Textiles. Also from the Safari Collection are 1 yard cuts of Green Gingham and Orange Dot.

BONUS ROUND!
Extra Yellow Tweed Dot!!!

This next little pile.... Hmmm... Boy or Girl?
These choice pieces would be suited for making a baby quilt for either gender!


Top and bottom are 2 yards of Theodore the Bear and 1 yard of Ditsy Floral in Turquoise from the Theodore & Izzy collection by Andrea Turk from Cinnamon Joe Studio for Camelot Fabrics, The centre cut is 1 yard of Black Gingham from the Country Touch collection by Daphne B. for Wilmington Prints.


Nothing could be "sweeter" than this cute little bear and that adorable bee!

Did I mention there may be a few more jungle animal themed baby quilts in my very near future???


From the Giraffe Crossing collection by R&B Design Team for Riley Blake Designs, 2 yards of Giraffe Main in Cream and 1 yard of Tic Tac Red.



Canadian National Fabric sure helped me to celebrate Mother's Day, offering 15% off  regular priced fabrics. Basically, I saved on the taxes. I was really impressed with the selection.  The prices too! And the service was impeccable! Will I be shopping at Canadian National Fabric again?
You bet your booty, baby!


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Edited to Add:

Shipping within Canada:
$5 flat rate shipping anywhere within Canada!
FREE Canadian shipping on orders over $50 (before tax)

Shipping to United States:
$20 CAD flat rate shipping to anywhere in contiguous United States.

International Shipping:
$40 CAD flat rate shipping to our International Customers.

Canadian National Fabric also has a Cash for Stash program. What is “Cash for Stash”? It’s our way of saying “thank you” for being a loyal customer and shopping with us! For every dollar you spend with us you will in turn receive points which is converted into money and can be applied for future orders.

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