This Week

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pebbles by jenib320
Pebbles, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Hope everyone is having an enjoyable weekend! I'm trying to make myself relax a bit, I'm not very good at that! It's supposed to be in the very high 90s again next week, so I'll probably try to run a few errands tomorrow so I can stay out of the sun during the week!

Things are crazy busy at the moment, but I somehow don't have much to show for it! Lots of planning and such, things that need to get done.  I made a big list of my current works-in-progress and am trying to tackle a few of these! The above quilt is one of those projects.  I'm doing free motion pebble quilting so it will take me a while to finish!

Trick of the Light HST Pouch by jenib320
Trick of the Light HST Pouch, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I did finish one project this week! I'm dubbing these Trick of the Light half-square triangles! I made a similar pouch last year, but gave it to Amanda (she was in love with it, how could I deny her!).  This time instead of using the same color fabric in different values, this time I used two shades of the same print.  I was really happy that I actually had enough prints to do this.  I love how it looks like it's achieved with dyeing/bleaching, but it's not!

Art Gallery Color Cards by jenib320
Art Gallery Color Cards, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
It's no secret that I'm a total fabric nerd, so when I realized that Fat Quarter Shop had Art Gallery Fabrics color cards, I wasted no time in ordering them.  It's so nice having color cards around for reference and color matching.  There are cards for the Pure (solid), Nature, and Oval Elements.  Don't they look like candy? Yum!

Fat Quarter Shop has all their color cards on sale this month!

New Fabrics by jenib320
New Fabrics, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
You can usually tell how busy/stressed I am by the amount of fabric that's coming in the door.  I must have thought I was low on orange, which I probably am! I can never seem to keep enough of it on hand.  This stack came from Joanns, Form and Fabric, and one of my local shops, Mill House Quilts

White-on-white Fabrics by jenib320
White-on-white Fabrics, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I was really happy to see that Mill House got a few new white-on-white prints too! I love these for over-dyeing! Hoping to dye again very soon!

For past adventures in fabric dyeing, see here.

Okay, one more fabric photo! So, super crazy, but Heather Ross has a mini collection at Hancock Fabrics! It's called Crafty Chloe, and is a companion to the children's book Crafty Chloe, which was illustrated by Heather Ross.  The basecloth isn't great, but they're quite cute, and for $6/yd, I'm sold! I especially like the gray clothespin print!

You can find them online, on the Hancock's website here.

George by jenib320
George, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
George! Flopped!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Happy mail
Sound of: Keane
Taste of: Diet Coke
Sight of: George
Feel of: Relaxing after a long week

Good Things about Today:
- Good class today!
- Quiet afternoon
- Fabric shopping + thrifting
- Noodle & Co for dinner!


  1. I am the same way, I don't know how to relax, I always have to being doing something, accomplishing something. Just sitting back and doing nothing. not my stregnth, but needed every now and then. I'm enjoying my forced relaxation! Love your pouch, that is soooo cool. And thanks for letting me know about the art gallery elements! I will be buying alot more now, they are so beautiful.

  2. For those of us who do not have so much fabric coming in right now, THANK YOU for sharing and in the midst of your busy-ness/stress, too! The pouch is really really neat!

  3. Love those Trick of the Light pouches!! Mmmm, lots of yummy fabric too- thanks for sharing!!

  4. I love your pebble quilting! What size are the circles?

  5. OMG I love the Heather Ross dog print and is that a unicorn I see? But those orange circle prints - yum!!!

  6. Love those color cards! And the trick of the light blocks. Color value is always interesting to work with.

  7. I love that pouch. Impressed that you had the prints to do that. Very nice :)

  8. I love your trick of the light pouch! Are you going to make it quilt-size next? :)

  9. that pouch is so fun and clever!
    great stuff!

  10. LOVE the fabrics on that color card!

  11. I love that pouch! Such a clever idea!!

  12. Love the trick of the light pouches and the Chloe fabric. I was so tempted - I even went and looked at the website but I promised no more fabric until I have used some of what I have.

  13. Your pouch turned out awesome - great work! I just heard about the Crafty Chloe line on Instagram this morning, but unfortunately Hancocks doesn't ship to Canada and people on Etsy are charging double for it - boo! You're one lucky duck and I think that clothespin print is my favourite too!

  14. Any special tips for making the end tabs on your pouch look so extremely flat and smooth? I've read all thepopular tutorials, mine look good, but I want them to be perfect.

  15. I do love that pouch, and your pebble quilting! Hi, George!

  16. Your pouch is so pretty, love how you made it!

  17. I have serious pouch envy! Would love to see a Tutorial for it! ;-) It rocks! Much love!

  18. you go to mill house quilts?? my sister used to live in madison, and anytime my mom and i went to visit, we'd make sure to trek out to mill house quilts. it's the only thing i miss about her living there! small world =)

  19. Great pouch, it's very pretty! I just ordered the pure elements and oval elements cards, and the moda bella solids card - I was going to resist but you're right, how can I when the Art Gallery fabrics are so tasty!

  20. I did NOT know about the color card sale, now I must get some too! Thanks for the heads up!

    Oh also, that pouch is fab =)


Thanks for keeping this blog a positive place, I appreciate the time you are taking to leave a comment! I will answer any questions here in the comments section.

All comments are moderated to filter out spam. Your comment will appear after it has been approved.