Thank you very much for all the lovely, sweet comments about Rosie. She appreciates it very much - she loves attention of any kind.
It has come to my attention that I'm kinda sorta dropping the ball regarding not telling you about a quilt I've got in the new - October - issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. Seriously, you wouldn't believe how many folks are taking me to task about why I haven't been giving you a heads up.
ALERT! ALERT! American Patchwork & Quilting - October 2012 issue - No. 118!!
Buy it now!
If you don't, you'll be sorry. Really, really sorry. You'll miss a terrific feature article on Betsy Chutchian as well as a beautiful quilt project - Harvest Rows - she's done for the issue. You probably know Betsy best as the author of History Repeated - a book chock-full of amazing quilts you'll want to make. Did you know Betsy collects all things related to Halloween? Oh my... I think I need to make an orange quilt.
There is a need-to-make-that-now chevron quilt from Sandy Klop featuring solids and her trademark Pezzy print. It's called Pixie Sticks and it is spectacular.
As are Crack the Code from Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studio, How Sweet It Is by Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics and Under The Big Top by Tamara Barfels of Daisy Ridge Quilting. And don't miss the Messenger Bag on the bag page by the annoyingly prolific Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts.
Huh? Oh right. Back On Track.
An ironic name for my quilt, don't you think?
I called it Grand Central because the blocks look a little like turnstiles. I saw this block in an antique quilt and was smitten. Figuring out how to make the block was the easy part. Figuring out how I wanted to set it... that took a little bit more thought. To the point that I wound up with two versions of it. The best part about both quilts is that I used leftover pieces and 1 1/2" strips from other projects to make these quilts.
Not that I'm doing any sewing right now. After finishing almost a dozen pincushions last week - yes, a dozen - for the new patterns coming in a few weeks, I'm now chained to my computer writing patterns. I got side-tracked a week or so ago but now it's at the top of the to-do list because without writing the pattern, I can't double-check the yardages for the back of the pattern. All of those quilts and pinnies are at the printer/photographer now and as soon as I have something to show you, I will. For now, let me just say "mini charm pack".
I almost cut up some of this for one of those projects...
Liberty of London - Liberty Lifestyle Cottons - Bloomsbury Garden. The lovely people at Liberty sent me one of their sample packs after I missed Market and oh my, the fabrics are gorgeous. Truly, seriously gorgeous. They are of the same weight and feel as the quilting cottons we're used to but the look and feel of the fabrics is pure Liberty of London. The best thing is that the Lifestyle Cottons are much more affordable than the Tana Lawns that Liberty is famous for -- about $16.00 a yard instead of $40.00 a yard. I've already received some yardage and I definitely want more.
Isn't it wonderful? If you don't already know, there are 11 different prints in 5 different colorways for a total of 55 fabrics. Hawthorne Threads is supposed to have the whole collection sometime this month - August. Pink Castle Fabrics shows the whole collection on their website but they've said that they haven't ordered all of it, just assorted prints. They're also waiting for it to arrive. PurlSoho already has the whole collection, or rather, they had the whole thing. Some of it has sold out, but they are re-ordering.
But this will have to wait until I finish. writing. patterns.
Can't you just feel the excitement?
Maybe I'll go see what's on Pinterest...