Monday, October 27, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 10/27/2014

I only have two blocks to show today. I have started my marathon Christmas quilting and spent most of the weekend working on my youngest son's quilt (which, by the way, I am so excited about).

I still haven't decided on the layout for my quilt. I think I need to spend some time this week really thinking about this and possibly start playing around with different layouts on my grid.

Don't forget to check out Rene's and Cindy's progress!!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!!

~ Michelle ~

Monday, October 20, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 10/20/14

After taking last week off from blogging for a quick trip home, I have three more blocks to share from my City Sampler quilt using Cotton+Steel. Have I mentioned how much I am loving my blocks?

My last block will probably need a do-over. I'm not sure if my measuring was wrong while cutting or if I was thrown off cutting on the bias for the first time. Maybe I have forgotten how to stitch a straight line ;-) In addition, I realized after taking pictures that I didn't even piece the blocks together correctly. No worries, though. It's one of my favorite combinations of prints and solids, and I certainly don't mind a do-over!

I finally placed all my blocks on my excel grid sheet.

Right now I have them placed in order according to book. I hope this week to start playing around with color combinations and finally decide on the layout/quilt assembly I want to use. For those familiar with the City Sampler quilt, I am wavering between the Sliding Scale, which uses 70 blocks to make a queen size, or the City Planner, which  uses 100 blocks to make a king size quilt.

Don't forget to swing by ReneCreates and LiveAColorfulLife and check out their progress!

Thanks, as always, for visiting my blog!

~ Michelle ~

Monday, October 6, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 10/6/2014

I was very productive this past week, piecing 6 blocks of my City Sampler. However, I was also busy with MeMe duty, so I only have three blocks to show ;-)

I love the way they are coming together!!

I hope that next week I can not only show the other 3 blocks I've done, but also share my plan for the layout of my City Sampler quilt.

Don't forget to check out the blocks made by Rene' (Renecreates) and Cindy (LiveaColorfulLife).

Thanks, as always for stopping by!!

~ Michelle ~

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Whim and A Winner

I'm not usually one to purchase on a whim, especially when it comes to fabric for quilting. Generally, my fabric purchases are based on some idea of a future project. This summer, however, all I heard on social media was Cotton & Steel. Everyone was talking about it. I had no idea what C+S was, but, for the first time, I decided to purchase some...completely on a whim.

My first purchase was from the Homebody line, totally because I am such a homebody ;-))) Really, for no other reason. Soon, my whim became a complete obsession! And I think it is way cool that the designer of Homebody, Kimberly Kight, is a fellow Speech Therapist!!

Here is a mini quilt I made for my sister for her birthday using Kimberly's Homebody line. Bless her heart, she had to wait almost a month before getting it.

The pattern is Mini Spools, by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms.

I think it looks great hanging in her quilt studio!! The quilt below it was gifted a couple of years ago for her birthday.

And now for the winner of the RJR Cotton Supreme Solids fat quarter bundle of the solids I used in my Twinkle Twinkle quilt.

The random number generator picked Michele, who wrote, "The quilting! Swoon! Such a pretty quilt." Thank you Michele!! I will be sending you an email shortly. And thanks to all of who left such kind words about my quilt. A big shout out to RJR Fabrics for introducing me to their wonderful solids and hosting my giveaway!!

~ Michelle ~