big fabric sale and giveaway

Over at I Have to Say, Randi is having a big Spring Cleaning sale in her Etsy shop, Fresh Squeezed Fabric (a long time favorite of mine!), and a gift certificate giveaway on her blog. 20% off everything in her shop until Monday, April 5th.  She’s got lots of great stuff! And I envy that picture of her shop. I dream of a room like that, filled with bolts of fabric.

Stitch Craft

One more new design. I plan to play with the colors and layout on this one a lot more. But this is the first version. I was aiming for a design that I could do in a lot of colorways…I doodled these little icons.  I figure I can do just sewing, just embroidery and just knitting or combos, with and without the background circles, etc. And, of course I need to add a crochet hook, since I don’t even knit. Anyway, pretty versatile!

Stitch Craft by Moxywares

They’re actually really small – more like polka dots. Here’s the Spoonflower 8×8 swatch:

Stitch Craft

Hexagons, revisited again.

First I started out touting the miracle of paper piecing hexagons. Then I quickly figured out that basting in the little papers was double the work – for me, anyway. Many people swear by it. So I made this handy tutorial for hand-piecing with no paper. I still think this method is the best for small hexagons. Then I found this tutorial for bigger hexagons, machine-pieced together! And today, another awesome tutorial – this one video – by fellow LA Modern Quilt Guild member, Liz Harvatine. She’s also got a pdf of hex templates – bigger hexes than my pdf templates. And don’t you love the solids she used? Awesome.

So, there are no excuses now. Make a hexagon quilt already!

Some new fabric designs

These are in my spoonflower library now. I’m ordering swatches to see what the colors really look like.

I’m still fiddling around with layout. I can’t seem to get my vision of safari animals at the watering hole to work out. But the costume dudes are still fun. I’d love your feedback, you lovely multitude of reader :) (‘s’ omitted on purpose!) These are the fat quarter views.

Update – here is my first version. I didn’t include it in my initial post because I wasn’t crazy about it, but the concensus is a need for a closer grouping of the dudes. I’m not sure if it’s the green or the drop shadows I didn’t like, but I disliked this enough to leave it out. I think my real problem with these guys – closely grouped or not, is that I can’t see using them in a quilt. So while I like the idea of gathering around the watering hole, I probably wouldn’t ever use the fabric. That’s no good. So I need a way to use them in a design that is conducive to sewing.

Watering Hole Green

Watering Hole Peach

Tough Love

Very Brady Animals

But here’s a better view of the costume dudes – the spoonflower pics are always blurry and hard to see.

antelope_color

rhino_color

giraffe_color

Summer of Making

As part of my full-fledged crazy excitement about attending Heather Ross’ fabric design class in Portland this Summer, I became a fan of the Summer of Making facebook page.

Today they sent out this link to the Museum of Contemporary Craft to download Denyse Schmidt’s talk from last summer’s program. You can right click on this link, or just left click on it to stream the mp3. Awesome! It’s also on the Summer of Making blog.

**Update – After listening, I think it would be a lot cooler if we could see the pictures. But it’s still great.

Bee Happy

I just checked in over at Wondermommy and filled in my stashbusters yardage and project totals for the week. Not very impressive – 2.5 yards used and 18 items made. 18 sounds like a lot, but camera straps just don’t use much yardage. I just need more sewing time!

Someone sent me a convo today on my Etsy shop asking if I had any of MY fabric for sale. My little unicorn and dragon! How awesome is that? She didn’t actually buy it yet, but I set up her custom listing, so I’m hopeful. I’ve also been working on some other fabrics – still costume dudes. Here’s a preview:

antelope

rhino

I love those guys! I think my addiction to grey and mustard is seeping into my new fabric design, as is our frequent visits to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The only other thing I can tell you is that the theme is “watering hole”…it needs a lot of work, but so far, I’m liking my dudes.

I’m also working on organizing a virtual quilting bee. We are all members of the LA Modern Quilt Guild. We’ve got all our members, so now I’m just gathering all the contact info and figuring out who has which month. So far so good. We’ve got a name – Bee Happy. I’ve got to make us a button for all of our blogs and set up a flickr group for our finished projects. Easy enough.

I volunteered to be March, and I already know what project I want to do – a little village. I’ve been eyeing these quilts all over the place, and I think I NEED one.

Boys are difficult.

los novios muertos by alexander henry

As soon as I posted a few camera straps, I had requests for boy-appropriate fabric. Don’t boys want to carry little tiny Wizard of Oz characters? I guess not. So this week, I brought my son, and we looked and looked for something cool. This is not really in the spirit of stashbusters, but I have to sew a bunch of straps on Saturday to stock the shop, so I deemed it a necessity. It really doesn’t matter, though, because the only kind of cool thing I found was this Alexander Henry Los Novios Muertos fabric. And it’s kind of girly! I think if I fussy cut some of the skulls, and do a mostly solid strap, it may work.

I also remembered that I had some different colors of corduroy in my stash that I think will work well. It’s tough to find fabric for men that isn’t cliche or cheesy. I think I’m going to be better off doing some color-block patchwork…like the grey cord with a strip of black or a black strap with a strip of blue at one end. We’ll see. Oh, and I’ve got some of my Army uniforms to repurpose as well.

Boys, are you sure you don’t love Denyse Schmidt or Heather Ross like the rest of us?