Thursday, January 26, 2017

Aurifil 2012 Designer of the Month Reboot

I love my job so much. Last week during our conference call, Erin (Aurifil's Creative Director) brought up the idea of rebooting the 2012 Aurifil Designer of the Month blocks. If your not familiar with them, they were a series of quilt blocks that featured embroidery in the centers. You  can find the patterns HERE. I immediately agreed with her, and thought it was a great idea!



Handwork and embroidery are super popular right now, and I love that I got to add another project to my WIP list 😊 On the last Thursday of each month we're re-introducing each block. I volunteered to make the first block since the turnaround time was so tight and the original designer of the January block, Roseann Kermes, was in California for Road to California. 

I adored doing a little bit of embroidery because it has been years since I have sat down and actually completed some! Head over to the Auribuzz blog for all of the details, and a picture of my completed block! 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Stash

This year I am trying to work mainly from my stash, but I couldn't pass up a pretty amazing sale at my local quilt shop yesterday! Quilters Crossing is one of my favorite shops here in the Houston area, and they had a sale that was 25% off everything in the store.


I didn't go too crazy 😉 The biggest purchase was 5 yards of Lizzy House white on white constellations fabric. I'm planning on using it as the sashing for my #100days100blocks quilt. The Quick Curve Ruler has been on my list for a while so 25% off was a perfect excuse to finally pick it up, along with a pattern. The Ink & Arrow FQ and Hera Marker were two last minute additions on my walk to the checkout line.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hello 2017 - Sew Cute Tuesday

Welcome to the first Sew Cute Tuesday of 2017! I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years! Ours started off pretty rough with 3 out of the 4 of us getting a nasty respiratory infection. Thankfully William was the only one that needed antibiotics, and little Sammy and I relied on the humidifier and the Nose Frieda! It seems super gross to but that sucker (pun intended 😆) was a a champ at getting all Sam's boogies out so he could breathe.

Ok enough booger talk. I am currently up to my eyeballs in economy blocks. My sister decided the week before Christmas that she wanted a guestbook quilt for her wedding that is on January 15th, at the time I was all for it.... then I got sick lol! It's funny how things happen like that. Thankfully economy blocks are a quick sew.
I am foundation paper piecing the blocks so that there is some stability for when people sign them with the fabric markers. The block with dark centers are some filler blocks to show my sister the variety that the final quilt will have. That black fabric has metallic threads woven in it, and a photograph simply doesn't show how pretty it really is!  
I wasn't sure which fabric pens to use to sign the blocks, so I did what we all do when we need quilty advice... I asked on Instagram! My friend Julia suggested using Tulip fabric markers, so I found a rainbow set of 20 of them on Amazon. They write really easily across the fabric, which is good for people who aren't used to doing it, and I like the option that there can be multiple colors.

Here are some of the pretty projects shared at the last Sew Cute Tuesday: 

Lori of Cross Quilt shared a pair of these awesome project bags she made for her mom's cross stitch projects. 

Patty from Elm Street Quilts made this awesome pillow cover for her daughter.

Finally, Anja from Anja Quilts finished her Modern HST Sampler quilt top!

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so I can see what you're working on!