"She seeks wool & flax, And works willingly with her hands" ~ Proverbs 31:13

December 27, 2012

This is a Test...This is Only a Test

Just before Christmas I was contacted by Elisabeth DeMoo of Brown Bird Designs, about the possibility of putting her very first quilt pattern to the test, looking for any mistakes or recommendations for improvement upon the pattern.

I had a blast making this quilt and considering all the endless possibilities for this particular pattern. Elisabeth did a great job! Right now it's still on the design wall waiting to be quilted and bound, while I consider how I want to quilt it.

"Square Off Lap Quilt" Pattern Written by Elisabeth DeMoo

 The blocks utilize half square triangles to create the visual of squares across the face of the quilt. Elisabeth was smart with her directions for making those half square triangles. She gave us a little extra fabric to work with and once completed the block is trimmed to the desired size. 

I wasn't really paying too close of attention when I was trimming down and squaring up my blocks, but in the end found that I really wish I had paid attention to some details just a bit closer. It is important to keep the corners in the corners....I didn't do that and once pieced together it's obvious. It looks like I didn't get the blocks lined up quite right, but the problem is that I trimmed it off center which moved the corner of the block and throwing off the alignment of the blocks.  

My dad would say, "Ah honey it's okay, nobody driving by 55 will even notice."   As a kid I must have worried about tiny details an awful lot! I remember him saying that quite a bit!!


Lesson learned: Pay attention to details, the small things can make a difference in the end. 

For this particular test I used P&B Textiles Bear Essentials  64 count charm pack. The pattern needs 66 5" squares, so I pulled a couple of leftover medium gray charms out of a Tuxedo charm pack I had used for another quilt. 

After playing with several possibilities for layout I chose to go with a graded look starting with the lightest shades in the upper left corner and ending with the darkest shades in the lower right corner. 

Other possibilities I considered was a completely scrappy look....throwing all the squares in a bag and laying them out however I pulled them out of the bag.  Another possibility was to make each square a single color all blue, all gray, all yellow.

If you're looking for a quick and easy pattern this is definitely one to put at the top of your list. I had the whole thing cut out and pieced in just a few hours. I spent more time moving colors around for the perfect layout than I did sewing. If I had gone with the scrappy look, it would have been even quicker. Of course using the pre-cut 5" charms makes things quicker too.

Checkout Elisabeth's Blog here. She will be publishing the pattern soon.


Now I'm off to work on my sewing studio....I've finally decided on a color for those stark white walls...Ancient Olive. So I've spent the day clearing out the room and preparing for painting.
Pictures of the redo coming soon.

Here's what it looked like before I tore it apart today, just imagine more of a mess.
http://littlepinkrosequiltingandsewing.blogspot.com/2011/12/sewing-studio-redo.html


Have A Blessed Day!
Marcia


December 25, 2012

Salt Water by Tula Pink

Receive 25% off your entire order with coupon code:  DEC12

While you're there check out all the colorways (Aqua, Coral & Seaweed) of Tula Pink's latest fabric collection -- Salt Water





Praying you each had a Merry Christmas!! 
Blessings,
Marcia 

December 21, 2012

Triple Play {3 Christmas Finishes}

Three very special quilts have been finished just in time for Christmas. I wanted to take all the quilts outside in the sunshine and take the pictures in natural lighting. But, even though I was hoping for clear skies and calm breezes for a nice photo shoot, that was not to be. Instead it turned out to be too cloudy and much to windy to take any pictures. Not that I didn't try! I laid out the first quilt, was ready to snap a picture and the wind blew the quilt over. UGH! Straightened it back out and as I'm getting into position the wind moves it again. That was enough for me. I ended up inside....threw every window shade wide open to let in as much light as possible, but even that didn't give me the nice pictures I was hoping for.  What can a woman do!?! At least I was able to get some decent pictures.


First up is the Pixelated Super Mario Brothers Quilt with all 3,888 1" squares. 
Love how this quilt turned out!! Kind of wish I had a reason to make another one of these, so I could try a few of the other characters. I used Michael Miller's Cotton Couture collection for this quilt.


 Next on the list of finished quilts is "Trains All Around."  
The fabric for this quilt is from the collection Choo Choo You. I was a bit surprised that the reds weren't the same shade of red from one design to the other all in the same collection. You can see the glaring difference in the reds between the 9-patch blocks and the other red pieces. I've also discovered that the red in this quilt does not like to be photographed. This one is so much cuter in person.....though really I think all quilts are better in person than in a photo.


The back of the quilt is where Trains line the entire boarder of the quilt and what inspired the name for the quilt.

I saved my favorite of three for last....."Cotton Candy" It just looks so soft and fluffy just like cotton candy. Love, love, love this quilt!! Almost wish I could keep this one for myself!! I'm thinking of making one similar to this for this shop.

This was another quilt that did not like being photographed. The picture makes it seem like an ombre quilt where it changes intensity from the top to the bottom of the quilt, but that is not the case. The second picture below gives a more accurate view of the colors featured here. The fabric for this quilt is a wide variety of pieces from my stash and quilt shops across the nation.


"Cotton Candy"

Now, it's back to the sewing studio to put a new quilt pattern to the test that I've been asked to critique and help edit. I'll show you pictures and the link to purchase the pattern once the testing is finished.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! And to all my family and friends in the Midwest...enjoy the snow (I'm a bit jealous) and stay safe on the roads!! Love you All!! 

Merry Christmas!!
Marcia 

December 9, 2012

Cotton Candy & Trains

Last week was a productive week for piecing. I was able to complete the Cotton Candy Quilt top as well as a Train Quilt. 

Cotton Candy Quilt Top on the design wall ready to quilt

Trains All Around Quilt Top on the design wall ready to quilt


This weeks goal is to sandwich and quilt Trains All Around (currently on the machine), Cotton Candy, and Super Mario Brothers.

Blessings,
Marcia 

December 3, 2012

Cotton Candy on the Design Wall {WIP}

The Cotton Candy quilt is coming right along! Half the blocks are finished, only 15 more to go.  I love the simplicity of this quilt! I'm using the same pattern that I used for the "Black Tie Event" Quilt blogged about HERE & revealed HERE (just scroll down a bit and you'll find it).

Cotton Candy on the design wall

I'm actually further along than I expected to be at this point today. I woke up at 4:15 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep (and that's after not going to bed until midnight last night). Lying there wide eyed I finally came to the conclusion that the attempt of further sleep was pointless and I might as well make productive use of being so wide eyed and bushy tailed! So off to my sewing room I headed. Not bad for a few hours of work.

Today's goal: Finish the last 15 blocks and make the final changes to block arrangement. 

I hope you all had a much better night of sleep and are having a wonderfully productive day yourselves! 

Blessings,
Marcia 

December 2, 2012

Super Mario Top Finished & New WIP

With some focused attention last week, the Super Mario Quilt Top finally came together.  Finished up the last three blocks and did all the sashing. I've now discovered that I had neglected to order fabric for the backing and binding. 

Super Mario Quilt Top Finished

So, while I'm waiting for that to arrive, I've started an all pink quilt which I'm calling "Cotton Candy".  As I was collecting fabric for this quilt I decided that I would make two.. the first one is a commissioned piece and second will go up in the shop for sale.

Pieces for two Cotton Candy Quilts

Block Layout

 Hope you're all having a fantastic week and enjoying all your Christmas Shopping!! 
Check out the new fabric and all the sales going on this week in the shop.
www.littlepinkrose.com


Blessings,
Marcia



November 23, 2012

We have a Winner!!

Reading all of your comments about the things you're thankful for, touched my heart to the core. 
We recognize that we have much to be grateful for and that is such a blessing! I read a quote recently that said, "It's not Happy People who are Thankful. It's Thankful People who are Happy!" 
I have found this to be true in my own life, no matter how bad things are in my life it's when I'm thankful that I'm most content and most happy. 

Now on to the winner of this lovely FQ Bundle!!



Mr. Random Number Generator blessed us with number...


Amanda said....

Congratulations Amanda you've won the Chevron FQ Bundle!!
Message me your address and this adorable bundle will be on it's way to you.

By the way, if you're looking for some great stocking stuffers for your quilting & sewing friends stop by the shop where we're having our After Thanksgiving sale from now until the end of November. Save up to 75% on all Bundles, Kits and Precuts.  Orders over $100 will also receive an additional $20 off your order. 

Visit the shop at:  www.littlepinkrose.com

Blessings,
Marcia 

November 20, 2012

On the Design Wall...

The Mario Quilt is coming along nicely! Only 3 blocks left to piece....


I absolutely LOVE how this adorable little quilt is coming together!! 

On another note, I want to say that this thanksgiving is turning out to be especially meaningful and fulfilling for me. My sweet hubby has been looking for full time work since the first of October, when his full-time active duty orders were not renewed. Thankfully he is still in the National Guard and his once a month drill weekends are bringing in some money, but it isn't a lot. He has been blessed with several extra days of training and classes, which he was paid to attend. But even with that I thought we were to the point of having to decide which bills we could be delayed and which bills had to be without delay.  I logged into our checking account to check the balance and by the Grace of God was blessed to discover a deposit I didn't know about and more than enough money to pay all the bills. 
All the praise goes to the Lord, provider of all our needs!! 

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!! 
Blessings,
Marcia 



November 14, 2012

Entire Shop 30% Off

While I'm furiously piecing the last few blocks of my Super Mario Brothers Quilt,  I thought you all could use a little economic relief, especially as we head into the Holiday Season.  With that in mind I've but the entire shop on sale.


 We've also added a limited quantity of new patterns from Designer Stephanie Prescott. Message me at info@littlepinkrose.com if the pattern you want has already sold out.






 Happy Shopping!
Blessings,
Marcia

November 9, 2012

Giveaway {Chevron FQ Bundle}

As we celebrate this month of Thanksgiving I am grateful for the opportunity to share my love of fabric with such wonderful people around the world. I just want to share the love and the fabric with you!! I'm giving away this Chevron Fat Quarter Bundle from Riley Blake Desings with 24 Fat Quarters. 


Many Chances To Enter This Giveaway

1. Leave a comment here sharing what you are thankful for this year.

2. Visit and Browse our Shop: Little Pink Rose. Come back here and share your favorite item.

3. Like us on Facebook. Come back here and leave us a message telling us you did so.
If you've already done this just leave a comment saying this.

4. Become a Follower of this Blog and leave a comment here telling us you're a follower.
Or leave a comment saying that you're already a follower. 

5. Share about this giveaway on your blog or other social media, come back here and leave a comment that you've shared this. Share and comment daily for more chances to win.  

Giveaway closes at Midnight Black Friday Nov. 23
Giveaway is now closed. 
Click HERE for the Winning announcement. 

NOTE: I need to be able to contact you so if you are a no-reply blogger please leave an email address in your comment.

 Blessings!
Marcia 


November 4, 2012

Weekend of Progress {Super Mario Quilt}

After a much too long, but necessary break from the Super Mario Brothers Quilt I've made some good progress this weekend.  I'm participating in the "Super Mario Brother's Quilt Along" on the Cut to Pieces Blog. Angela has a great pattern and her directions are fairly simple. The only change I made was leaving out the sticky stabilizers. I just laid the pieces out and carefully pieced them together in individual strips. It probably takes a bit longer, but I like how it comes out better.

Last time I checked in on this project the Mario and Luigi blocks were finished and the Red Mushroom block was laid out and ready for some machine time. My sweet hubby was away doing his National Guard thing this weekend, leaving me free to spend as much time in my happy place {aka my sewing studio} as I wanted.  And I enjoyed every minute of it!!

The blocks I finished this weekend were: 

Red Mushroom - Finished

Star waiting to be pieced

Finished Star

The Cloud that Follows Mario everywhere about to be pieced


Four  finished only 8 more to go!!

Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share my joy of sewing/quilting with you! 
Blessings & Hugs
Marcia 




November 1, 2012

New Website




Hop on over to the shop and check out all the new items, featured products and this weeks special sale items.

Quilt Market & Hurricane Sandy

Quilt Market was last week and I a great time, but didn't take nearly as many pictures as I had planned to take. Not at all sure how that happened.

Our first day was a day filled with what they call School House. They offer a variety of workshops varying from business knowledge, to new products & fabric collection reveals. I find the fabric collection reveals to be the most fun!  

One of the designers I went to see was Thomas Knauer with Andover Fabrics. I love his modern designs and colors!



Thomas Knauer - Fabric Designer

 Angela Walters is one of my favorite long-arm quilters and she has a new book, In the Studio with Angela Walters, it's brimming with tips and techniques for quilters as well as some beautiful quilts!! 

Angela Walters - Quilter Extraordinaire
Quilt from Angela's book - In the Studio with Angela Walters

 Then I discovered a new designer (well new to me anyway) Stephanie Prescott. She has this new collection of Batiks coming out called Macchiato which is absolutely beautiful.  I've ordered some of the pieces from this collection and wish so much that I could afford to order the entire collection!! The colors are so rich and luscious!

Stephanie Prescott showing her pattern "It's Good to be Square"  made up in Macchiato

My last workshop of the day was with Tula Pink who was revealing her new fabric collection, Salt Water.  I found myself again wishing that I could order afford to carry the entire collection in all three colorways. I love it all!!  I did order the entire blue colorway, some charm packs with the entire collection as well as a kit of pre-cut hexies for the hexagon quilt, "Hex on the Beach."

"Hex on the Beach"

Tula Pink and the Salt Water Collection
Saltwater
Saltwater
I think this quilt is, "Anchors Away" made with the blue colorway of Saltwater

The first day of Market was a  mixed day for me,  I had a great time seeing all the new fabrics and gadgets and placing orders, but I was a bit bummed that due to my limited budget  I was finished placing my orders by noon. I spent the rest of the afternoon admiring all the fabric I couldn't afford to order. Mystique by Lila Tueller is one of those collections that I'm in the midst of trying to find the funds to order before it's out of print. It's so striking and versatile and simply gorgeous!


LOVE this dress!!  Made using one of the main prints in the Mystique collection


Even though I was a bit bummed about running out of funds so quickly it turned out to be a blessing in the end. With Hurricane Sandy marching toward the East Coast they were busy cancelling flights and mine was on the chopping block (and that was after already moving my original flight up to a day). I was able to get a flight for Sunday morning and made it into Dulles on one of the last flights of the day before they closed down the airport. All in all it turned out to be a great trip and I came home inspired and excited to get back to work!

Hugs!
Marcia
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