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Work and visting family for Thanksgiving has kept me away from the sewing room these days.  But I’m on a count down until this job is over and I can be at it again, full force!  I can’t wait.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out this give away over at My Little Blue Cottage.  What a great one!

My mother is coming to town for Thanksgiving and gets here tomorrow.  I finally got around to making her the tote that she requested the last time I saw her.  I only get to see her about once a year, so it’s not like I didn’t have time!

Nice and simple:

Linen tote

My mom is a Zen Buddhist priest (yup!) so keeping it nice and simple and slightly Japanese-ish was the way to go. This was my first time working with linen and boy am I in love! I see much more working with it in my future…

Linen Tote - close up

I got lots and lots of replies about where to get a whole bolt of kona cotton and batting. The consensus on batting was that Joann’s with the 40% off was the way to go. The cotton got more complicated… there were many replies – thank you everyone! While Joann’s with the 40% off was mentioned as well, there were also other sites. I haven’t had the chance to check out all them, so I’ll just list them here:

http://www.hancockfabrics.com/

http://www.fieldsfabrics.com/

http://www.fabricdepot.com/

http://www.fabricshack.com/

I need to take the time to look through them!

Lastly, Ashley is having a lovely give away over at her blog, Film in The Fridge. It’s such a great blog and what great stuff she made! AND some fabric! You can’t beat that!!

Less sewing, more loot!

Work has really diminished my time at the sewing machine. I’m finding myself not at all wanting to sew once I’m home in the evening, so mostly I’ve just been getting a bit done on the weekends.  But that hasn’t stopped me from getting some new stuff!  Prepare for a photo heavy run down of it all!

Jacquie won a recent give away at See Katie Sew that she had learned about from my blog.  As a thank you she sent me a bit of fabric:

Gift from Jacquie

I love it! Really so nice of her!! Thanks again Jacquie!

I also won a $10 gift card to Wish Apon a Quilt through the Fab Shop Hop.  I spent waaaay too much time on it one evening a couple of months ago but it paid off!  Proof:

New Fabric

And continuing to brighten my week, filled with really good mail, were my Spare Change swap fabric squares! I couldn’t be happier with them… Bold and colorful and of all 24 squares, I already have the fabric of only 1 of them.  I’m thrilled.  Going to have to come up with something fun to make with them.

Spare Change Swap

I also picked up this magazine and I like it!  Loads of stuff in it that I want to try.

Stitch

Lastly, I spend a couple of hours today at:

Felt Club

While I felt that overall there wasn’t that much diversity in the stuff that was there, (I love me some food plushies – but the fifth sighting was less exciting than the first four) there were lots and lots of beautiful things to look at and enjoy.  I was pretty frugal and just got some beautiful earrings and and some new Sublime Stitching patterns.

Felt Club buys

And that concludes my new loot wrap up!

Some weekend sewing…

For the first time in I can’t remember how long, I actually have more than one quilt going at a time! Mostly that means that I’m working on blocks for more than one quilt. First of all, I got this top all finished. I need to run to the store for some solids before I get to the back.

Charity Quilt top

I have two cats. Notice that it’s always the same cat in the way of my pics… She’s clearly more interested in my sewing than the other.

And I’ve gotten some blocks going for two different quilts. First from the fabrics I had pulled:

Fall quilt blocks

Fall comes very, very late here in LA so it’s taken me a while to feel inspired by these colors but I finally have been! This is my absolute favorite way to make blocks. Just mix and match fabric and make the blocks one at a time with little regard for cutting and measuring. It feels so free and easy and like you can really take your time just enjoying the fabric and the design process. We’ll see what these turn into but I’ll be enjoying it meanwhile!

And lastly, I got started on some simple blocks for a new baby girl quilt. Some relatively traditional parents for this one so I’m not going to be too wild or out there. So far it’s kinda boring to me but I’ll mix and match the fabric with the rest of the blocks so hopefully it will liven up a bit.

Nicky & Bob's quilt blocks

Lastly a question for you avid quilters out there… I’ve decided that it’s time to buy both batting (Warm & Natural) and ivory solid fabric (Kona cotton) in bulk. Anyone have an suggestions on where to get it, other than Joann’s with my 40% off coupon? Thanks!

Hope everyone has a great week!

Back to quilting!

And now that the political event of our lifetime is over, time to get back to chatting about making quilts!

I was contacted about making a quilt for a silent auction that raises funds for the Avon walk. The woman who contact me donated a bunch of 5″ squares (the pink ribbons fabric) so I used that fabric as a jumping off point. I have been loving the simple squares, and since the 5″ squares were already cut, I though, why not another??

I’m almost done with the top – it will be a lap quilt in the end:

Charity quilt top progress

Charity Quilt top progress close up

And I’ve pulled fabrics for the next. I’m going to try to stretch the color scheme I am usually drawn to but I still can’t stay away from orange!

The next quilt