Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Kits from Sew Batik

One of the perks of longarm quilting is getting to work with great companies. Sew Batik is one of those. When I was at MQX last week (more on that adventure soon) they unveiled some new kits using their wonderful fabrics. No hunting for just the right fabric, just open the kit and start cutting. How cool is that? All of these are designed by Birgit Schueller of Creative Bits. You can order them from or use the helpful link on the lefthand sidebar.

Batik Stars

Round Trip squared

And for something different... Triangle fun...
I'm almost through sorthing out stuff from MQX so there will be more posts about the goodies I found soon.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

MQX and the Summer Mystery

Faye and I are here at Machine Quilters Exposition (MQX) in Providence Rhode Island. It was a wonderful drive down with lovely weather. Especially easy for me since Faye drove  *grin* We got settled at the hotel and went to the show for a couple of hours to check things out and plan for the big day tomorrow. We will see and do as much as possible, then finish up any last details on Saturday before heading home.

The quilts are amazing, as expected, and there are plenty of vendors. I have some "business" to do with several of them. There are new all over designs on the horizon and new tools as well. Curved Cross-hatching is all the rage and it's no wonder when it can look like this... 

The guest apperance is by my partner in crime...Faye...

For the folks that can't make it here to the show there will be lots more pictures.

And...since I am getting questions about fabric for the Scrap Basket Summer Mystery I thought these pictures might help...Yep, these are from a booth hera at the show...

For lights, any OR ALL of these would be great. Remember this is scrappy...the more the merrier...

And while I will be using all sorts of colos and prints, if you wanted to control the color a bit, just about any of these would work, except the ones that are really light in this group.

Remember, light/dark value is relative to the other fabrics around it. Just like sorting laundry (you remember that from the distant past?) the medium blue shirt that looks fine in the load of jeans and flannel shirts sticks out in the basket of socks and "unmentionables" Same with this quilt. You need lights and darks with lots of contrast btween them. Other fabric requirements and amounts will be posted soon. But it's getting late and I have a show to go to tomorrow!!! 

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Design Wall Monday April 4

Finally! Something good on the design wall. I just got the blocks back from an online swap and had the layout all worked out while I was waiting. What do you think?

Yes, the colors need to be moved around a bit before it's put together and I have enough blocks to make it 6 by 6... just not enough design wall But there is a problem and I don't know if it will bother me or not. Do you see it? Should I change it?  Maybe I'll leave it up a while before I decide.

Now I am going to work because I have a ton of quilts to get done before MQX in 10 days!

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!