Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The votes are in...

Thanks again to all of you who entered my Sew Mama Sew give away.

My inner bean counter decided to do a little tally of everybody's favorite new fabric lines for 2012. I sifted through all 418 comments to come up a top 15 list. Ready for the results? Here we go:

15. Winterkist by Monica Solorio-Snow - 9 votes

14. Riley Blake Chevrons (coming very soon to my Etsy shop!) - 10 votes

13. Tula Pink's The Birds & the Bees - 11 votes

12. Heather Ross' Nursey Versey - 13 votes

11. Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater - 15 votes

10. Mama Said Sew also by Sweetwater - 15 votes

9. Kona solids from Robert Kaufman - 17 votes

8. Nightshade by Tula Pink - 17 votes

7. Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy Legacy Collection - 18 votes

6. Field Study by Anna-Maria Horner - 19 votes

From left, Betz White, Anna-Maria Horner, and Denyse Schmidt chillin' in Anna-Maria's Quilt Market booth

5. Summersville by Lu Summers - 23 votes

4. Bonnie & Camille's Vintage Modern - 30 votes

3-1. We had a three way tie for first place. Lotta Jansdotter's Bella line received 31 votes.

Yes, I scored a fat quarter bundle of Bella at Sample Spree. I was planning to sell it but I don't think I can part with it!
Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson was also very popular with 31 votes (and her line was the buzz of Quilt Market if you ask me).

Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade line also received 31 votes.

Moda clearly dominates the list with 6 out of the 15 fabric lines on the list. And speaking of Moda, they rolled out a new product at Quilt Market called Candy. They're packs of 42 - 2.5" squares. I think they would be fabulous for granny square blocks, postage stamp quilts, and patchwork all around. They retail at $4 each. I'm thinking about ordering Candy packs of Marmalade and Simply Color for my Etsy shop. What do you think? Would you buy these little squares?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Quilt Market Goodies Giveaway

We have a winner!! Congratulations to Laura who left the 88th comment.

A huge thanks to all of you for participating in my Sew Mama Sew giveaway - and extra love to those of you who became new blog followers or Etsy shop hearters ;)  

I'll be posting the results of the favorite new fabric lines later today so check back soon for the must have fabrics of 2012!


I returned home from International Quilt Market yesterday only to learn that today is Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day (week, really). I was planning to do a giveaway of market goodies anyway so talk about serendipity!

A Kona Charm Square pack, four 2 1/2" square bundles of new Moda fabrics, a signed copy of Transparency Quilts by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, a copy of "Mary Janes Farm" magazine, Melody Miller temporary tattoos, and a cool button from Liesl & Co.

To win this bundle of quilty goodness scored in Kansas City, please leave a comment with the answer to the following question:

Which new or coming soon fabric line do you absolutely have to have in your stash?

This giveaway is open to anyone. Please leave your entry before 5 p.m. PST on May 25th.

I will announce the winner in this post on the night of May 25th. I will also contact the winner via e-mail, so please leave your e-mail address in your comment if you're a "no reply" blogger.
          Finally, while it's definitely not required, I would be delighted if you decided to follow any or all of the following -

          my blog
          my boards on Pinterest
          my tweets 
          my little Facebook page
          or heart my Etsy shop (Quilt Market fabrics coming all this week)

          Phew. That's a lot of social media.

          Good luck!


          Wednesday, May 16, 2012

          To Market, To Market to Buy a Fat Quarter

          Hi. Remember me? Yes, I'm still alive. I've been neglecting my blogging duties lately.

          Today is an exciting day! I'm headed to Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City with Lisa of Pixiespit. ROAD TRIP! I'm so excited, but a little nervous, too. I've never been away from my 3-year-old daughter, Gwen, for more than about a day. We're going to miss each other for sure. Every day she asks me if she may go along onmy trip, too. Oh, I wish she could. I'm going to miss my little shadow, so. If you see a strange lady sobbing at QM that will be me.

          Here's the main reason why I'm so behind on blogging. Remember this guy?

          That's my son, Alex. Ten days after celebrating his ninth birthday, he jumped off our back stairs and didn't quite nail the landing. Now he's sporting a new accessory:

          Yep, you got it. A broken leg - two fractures, actually.

          Thank goodness bones heal. Our whole family will be glad when Alex is back up and running. Alex is so disappointed to be missing out on roller skating with his classmates, his first "real" baseball team, soccer practice, recess, school trips. No fun. At least he has a cast full of signatures...

          Aside from the various family dramas, I've actually been doing some sewing lately. Here's the koala "softie" I made for my son, Paul. The MMQG challenge for April, in honor of Earth Day, was to make a quilt entirely out of recycled fabrics. I made a stuffed animal, figuring that it would get a lot more love around here. "Panda," as Gwen calls him, is made from a pair of Alex's worn out corduroy pants (that boy is hard on pants), a pair of my husband's worn out corduroy pants, and it's stuffed with all those long strips of leftover quilt batting I just can't bring myself to throw away.

          Melly & Me's Beaut & Bonzer pattern
          Photo shoot action shot
          I've made a bunch of other stuff, too, but I haven't taken photos of them yet.

          This is my 101st blog post. Woohoo! I'm so excited about the next 100 more. I'm planning to do a giveaway plus I have a big announcement to make, so stay tuned! And of course I'll have plenty of updates from Market, too.

          The final installment of the Four's a Charm series - how to hand sew the binding -will be up in about a week.

          Happy sewing. I'll be back soon!