Vickie Eapen's site, Spun Sugar Quilts has THE must have pincushion tutorial in the works. Join in the fun and make your very own 6 pointed star pincushion. You know I'm sewing along! Feel free to link to your version in the comment section so we can all see your progress, too.
Remember how excited I got over Stefanie Roman's tutorial for the cutest note cards EVER? I'm still making them and they're so cute, I even forget to take pics before I send them on their merry way! This week, she's having a giveawayand you must check it out if you haven't already. Let's just say it's a quilter's dream.
Imagine my surprise to find a bit of Alice in Wonderland in my treasure box of last week, perfect for J-5. I adore this print and had just a small portion of a green version in a 1" strip used for an early combination block. Some of your Dear Jane blocks will not use much focus fabric at all, so do save your scraps if you're considering this project. Despite fussy cutting the Alice characters, I still have about half of the 8" or so charm remaining. Speaking of charms, mail call this week included some lovely ones.
The first is a large package of swapped charms and the second, a goodie envelope just because! YAY fun mail!! A big thank you to the fabric fairies.
In other news, I spent yesterday at my favorite local quilt shop and had a wonderful time. I still have most of the 30s they offer but did find a few civil war reproductions for a gift and a couple for the charity blocks coming up.
**This week's featured tutorial on Twitter is a great one! See you Tuesday for the details and I do hope you'll piece and sew along with me. **
Hello Fabulous Readers!! What a wonderful week of rest and relaxation.
I said no sewing on my blogland vacation, but you know that I can't stay away from the sewing machine for long....so I made a skirt one afternoon, repaired some hexagon blocks and even finished one off---shelved far too long, I'm so glad to be dusting this project off.
WOOHOO! A goodie bag FULL of selvages arrived in the mail at the end of last week. Special thanks for the awesome selections, Marla!! I love fun mail...don't you?
*While this has been a lengthy post, please indulge me for just a bit longer.*
I've recently recieved a request from a loyal reader & virtual bee friend for children's prints and bright fabrics for quilts given to hospitalized kids in Lawrence, Kansas, U.S. In the past, I've sent completed quilts to QuiltsForKids but as you know, I've been a bit preoccupied with Jane as of late. A fabric donation to a group of enthusiastic quilters on a mission is just the thing when there aren't enough hours in the day to do all the good you'd like.
As some of you are aware, I collect fabric & notions for my favorite senior center: RSVP. Retired Senior Volunteer Program is an incredible place where seniors can hang out, quilt together, develop lasting friendships, take classes, find individualized volunteer opportunities, help run their community food bank & perform all types of outreach...bascially, they make the town better in so many ways I am probably not even aware of everything this organization does.
RSVP has agencies all over the U.S. but this one is so special to me because the staff and volunteers teach sewing classes for children and inspire newbie quilters regularly (including me, not too long ago!) in addition to all their other good deeds. With more collective experience than I've found anywhere else, these generous quilters share their knowledge all the time. Fabric and notions are always greatly appreciated.
This fall, RSVP will host a block collection of 12" finished (12 1/2" unfinished) fall themed/colored pieced, appliqued, and combination quilt blocks in your choice of patterns. You may donate as many as you wish. Blocks chosen for their annual quilt fundraiser will appear in the 2011 handquilted masterpiece. The remaining blocks will be utilized by volunteers in lap quilts for the elderly.
If these organizations appeal to you, please email me for details at heatherl02 at yahoo dot com...that's a zero-two.
I hope to have some Jane blocks to post soon, now that I'm on the last sixty-nine!!