Friday, September 30, 2011

Fabric Rocks!

It is what captured my attention and made me dive head-long into quilting. This wonderful modern fabric is the reason I sew and therefore, the reason I began "My Full Color Life". I can't believe the fun I have had with this little blog. Now, it is definitely time to celebrate with you!!

So...I wanted to gift one of my followers with 5 half yard cuts of gorgeous, scrumptious eye-candy fabric. But which fabric??? I asked Lindsay over at Hawthorne Threads what was 'hot' right now. She is super helpful and sent me these pics. Aren't they gorgeous???

Heirloom by Joel Dewberry, the Citrine Collection

Heirloom by Joel Dewberry,  the Ruby Collection

Heirloom by Joel Dewberry, the Sapphire Collection

Delighted by the Quilted Fish in blue

and Moroccan Mirage by Khristian Howell in blue

All you have to do is decide which collection you like best, leave me a comment telling me why, and be one of my followers!! Hey! I narrowed it down to five choices, you gotta do the rest yourself!

The giveaway will be open until next Thursday morning at 6:00 am, CST. And if you would like to tell me why you chose it or how you think you'd like to use it, I'd love to hear. But you don't have to. I just want to say, thanks for caring enough to click 'follow'.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

From Little Things...Progress

* NOTE: GIVEAWAY COMING!! Do you like fabric??? I hope so. I am still working on the details, so 'stay tuned'!!! :)

In my last post, I shared my fabrics and pattern for the Quilting Book Club assignment. Well, I found my tree trunk fabric.

QBC Progress

This purple shot cotton is perfect. It plays well with the other fabrics and has purples, reds and pinks within it. Black fabric was too strident for me and all the browns I tried didn't work.

QBC Progress

I really love this tree trunk. It is stylisticly appropriate with the pictorial, playful pattern and fabrics. (Yes, I used a permanent marker to draw around my pattern)

QBC Progress

I spent several hours cutting, double checking and carefully labeling. I had to figure out the pattern and the fabrics for each section and didn't want to make a mistake!!

QBC Progress

I am still working on those pesky 124 diamonds.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

My fabric choice - Quilting Book Club assignment

My fabric choice - Quilting Book Club assignment by myfullcolorlife - Vickie
I know I showed you these fun fabrics in my last post, but I didn't show you what I was going to make with them.

My Project Choice - Quilting Book Club assignment

I love all things pictorial and geometric. And when you throw in 'whimsy' and fabulous color, I am a happy girl. This project is going to be incredibly ambitious to get done in 6 weeks. Especially with evening musical rehearsals beginning, but it is what I want to do. This project is not from a book, it is online with the Lecien company and is free. I do have Sarah's new book and have several things I want to make, but this pattern meets the assignment criteria of the assignment. It is me.

A Perfect Day (even with a bug in your tea)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A perfect day (even with a bug in your tea)

The weather is fabulous. Our back deck is an amazing place to sit, especially now, with the lovely temperatures we have been enjoying. The water is singing in our gurgling pot. The hummingbirds are giving us quite a show at the feeder. Did you know hummingbirds make sounds other than their wings humming?? For some reason I didn't remember that. Back to the perfect day. I got to sleep in...longer than I remember doing in a long, long time. My husband then made an amazing brunch and lattes, which we ate out on the back deck. I can hear the cicadas calling for fall and a woodpecker working off in the distance. There is virtually no wind, which is a miracle for Kansas!

And I finally got to sew last night!!!!!

That was wonderful enough, but I also have 100 followers on my little blog! 100!! Wow. I cannot even tell you how fun that is for me.

Now, I have known this little tidbit of news for awhile...and it needs to be celebrated!! So....there is going to be a giveaway!! I want it to be fun. Got any ideas??? I have some, but I would so love to hear yours, as well. What would be fun for you?

OK. Here's what I did last night:

BUBK bee block for Debbie
Debbie, from our Bee Unique...Bee Knotty flickr bee, sent the lovely grey fabric and asked for a wild prints to make a star for her. This was the first block made on my new machine. Boy, did I ever use the seam ripper a ton!!! Don't know if it was the new machine or the fact that I have not sewn for longer than I care to admit! Do not want to repeat that (the high use of the seam ripper AND the long absence from 'really' sewing)!!!!

BUBK bee block for Nancy
I chose to do a window pane block for Nancy for her month, also in the BUBK bee. If you click over to the pattern and decide to make one for yourself, be sure to check out the measurement on that bottom center piece. It is an inch too short (*see "seam ripper" above). I do not have a lot of Christmas fabric, and this pattern worked really well. She sent the red snowflake fabric. (You can see the open pattern of our dining table on the back deck with the sun coming through it.)

My fabric choice - Quilting Book Club assignment
These are fabrics from Sarah Fielke's "From Little Things" line. They are part of an assignment from "The Quilting Book Club". We are often studying others to find out their likes in order to make something they love. Well, our task this time was to pick out a published pattern that we 'love', gather fabrics that are 'utterly us' and have it done in 6 weeks time. These are the fabrics I chose. I have 'accepted the fact' that I love all things that are sophisticatedly pictorial (not 'cute-sy' or sweet), geometric and full of color. I so want to be a 'grown up' in my quilting tastes. I enjoy, appreciate and purchase all different kinds of fabrics. But these are 'me', and that was the assignment. I love these representative birds and foliage and the variety of colors they come in. Although, I am not 'utterly' in love with the color range (I would be if they were jewel tones), they are still completely fabulous!

My Project Choice - Quilting Book Club assignment
My Project Choice - Quilting Book Club assignment: Being a pictorial and geometric fan, when you throw in 'whimsy' and fabulous color, I am a happy girl. These trees are wonderful!

This project is going to be incredibly ambitious to get done in 6 weeks. I probably won't. Especially with evening musical rehearsals. But it is what I want to do. It is published online with the Lecien company and is free.

Now, back to my perfect day. I think I will take a nap. Then sew. Ah.....

Friday, September 9, 2011

Trucks and Tractors finish!

It is so much fun when your handmade gifts are appreciated! Especially when the recipient is two!!
Trucks and Tractors
Deacon saw this quilt, and did the big, round "oh...." and talked about getting cozy with it.
Trucks and Tractors
Oh...and he said he was excited. (Of course, the 'could' have been about the tricycle he also got, but I don't think so!)
Trucks and Tractors
Then he wanted to make a tunnel.
Trucks and Tractors
How rewarding!
Trucks and Tractors
Love that red flannel backing!
Trucks and Tractors
Perfect for getting 'cozy'....or making a tunnel!
Trucks and Tractors
I loved how the geometric fabrics washed up with the quilting!
Trucks and Tractors
This has been completed for quite some time, but had to wait until his birthday to post this, even though his mom and dad have seen it "in progress".
Trucks and Tractors
Happy Friday!