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!

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  • Tara

    November 10, 2008 at 12:22 pm | Reply

    Hancock Fabrics- it’s $5.99/yd. and goes on sale sometimes. Hancock’s of Paducah is $2.25/half yd. so it’s a little cheaper. Both stores have websites you can buy from…I’m not sure about shipping.
    My twin sister found your blog- she can’t sew, I can. Most of my projects go to her…haha. We LOVE being twins, probably like you do, too.

    Cutie cat!! I can’t wait to have a cat- my twin is getting one this weekend! Exciting!!!!!!

  • nettie

    November 10, 2008 at 12:23 pm | Reply

    oh, i still like it, even if it is more traditional. I really love those little ladybugs.

  • seemommysew

    November 10, 2008 at 12:25 pm | Reply

    Very pretty! And if anyone chimes in on good sources for Kona cotton and batting, I would love to hear about it!

  • yaiAnn

    November 10, 2008 at 12:30 pm | Reply

    Boring, but still cute! ;) Please share with me any sites for Kona cotton and the batting. I’d love to just have all of it on hand at a moments notice.. although, you could consider stocking it all and maybe opening a store .. hee hee.

  • amandajean

    November 10, 2008 at 12:47 pm | Reply

    I buy my background fabric and my batting at joann’s with my 40% off coupons. although last time I bought batting I bought it on their Memorial day sale. so it was $5/yard, but I used their additional 10% off coupon, so I got the batting for $4/yard. (I bought warm and white, which is very similar to warm and natural, but white, so it doesn’t have the dark flecks, which is nice.) I’m sure I couldn’t find it anywhere cheaper. and now I have the bolt sitting in my basement. I’ve also saved tons on gas because I don’t have to keep running to the store. same thing with my parchment fabric…I buy it by the bolt, if I can find a full bolt. it’s the way to go.

    anyway, I LOVE your quilts in progress. all 3 of them. so very cute!!!

  • jacquie

    November 10, 2008 at 1:07 pm | Reply

    sometimes i get my kona solids from field’s fabrics…it 4.47 a yard. the selection at my joanns is bad and they hardly ever have kona snow…this is the cheapest i’ve found it. hancocks of paducah gives a bolt discount too, i think. you might check that out.

  • Carrie

    November 10, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Reply

    Your pink and brown charity quilt is coming together nicely. I’m going to have to try your method of making random blocks one day. I always love the way yours look. I don’t have any suggestions for Kona or batting – I have been buying King Size batting and using it for several smaller quilts.

  • MichelleB

    November 10, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Reply

    I just recently got some warm and natural at JoAnn’s – it was 50% off. I might try amandajean’s suggestion because I have a 10% coupon off for Veteran’s Day. I really like the Kona Snow as well, and I can’t find it everywhere. I believe that I got it at Fabric Depot for 40% off.

    Love all of your quilts.

  • Lee-Anne Gilbert

    November 10, 2008 at 3:30 pm | Reply

    Not boring at all Alissa… sometimes simplicity is the best!! Love It… Love your Kitty too… Very cute. Lx

  • terriaw

    November 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm | Reply

    I love how the pink and brown quilt looks. I also like your process for creating the other two. Sounds like a relaxing yet productive way to enjoy the process.

  • Elizabeth

    November 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm | Reply

    I don’t know about batting (I always get mine at Joann too) but http://www.fabricdepot.com (30% off all online orders) and http://www.fabricshack.com have excellent prices on Kona.

    BTW, I love the way you fussy cut that Uptown fabric.

  • Alison

    November 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm | Reply

    Crafty and not-so-crafty twins, Tara and Alissa? I am a crafty twin. My sister likes to, but isn’t as obsessed as I am.
    We live together and she has two cats (I’m the “auntie”), but both cats always seem very interested in my scrap basket or sewing machine or whatever I have out, lol.

    Love those fall blocks!

  • Amy @ parkcitygirl

    November 10, 2008 at 9:45 pm | Reply

    My Joann’s doesn’t carry the warm & natural, I usually by at walmart or ebay – I’ve seen the bolts on there . . . and fabricshack is my suggestion for the kona’s too.

    I love your projects in progress – simplicity is great! I admire those who free piece – I too much a planner for that . . .

  • Amber

    November 10, 2008 at 10:07 pm | Reply

    If you have a business license you can set up a wholesale account at The Warm Company and buy a bolt at wholesale price…we don’t have Joann’s here so I don’t know if that’s cheaper.

  • Shelly

    November 10, 2008 at 11:55 pm | Reply

    I love the quilt top. I would never think of putting all those colors together but they really look nice.

    The squares look nice too. Maybe you could add a 3rd round and cut them in 4ths and do a Bento Box Style Quilt? I think the squares alone though will look really nice.

  • Ashley

    November 11, 2008 at 6:47 am | Reply

    Love those new fall blocks! As you know, I’ve been stuck on the oranges and browns for a while. I love the addition of the burgundy – can’t wait to see more!

  • Marit

    November 12, 2008 at 1:56 am | Reply

    Alissa,
    I have nominated you for the “Hazardous to stash” award on my blog http://quilt-it.blogspot.com/2008/11/you-have-been-warned.html . I hope you will display the award on your blog and play along.

    Thank you for all the inspiration, and your generousity in sharing on your blog.
    Marit

  • Shannon

    November 12, 2008 at 6:48 am | Reply

    Hi Alissa!!! The quilt really looks GREAT!!! Love your kitty too! Too cute!!

    Shannon

  • anina

    November 12, 2008 at 11:38 am | Reply

    I know this is still JoAnns but you can buy an entire bolt from them online and use your coupon (and sometimes they have free shipping on bigger orders.)

  • Tif

    November 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm | Reply

    i do it the way you do…i hoard those coupons!!! LOL

    love kona as well, hobby lobby is another place to get them, and it is often on sale (in case you don’t have a coupon handy for them)

    keep those quilt comin!!! :0)

  • Melinda

    December 31, 2008 at 8:20 pm | Reply

    I get my Kona from Hobby Lobby. It is always 30% off so it is 4.15 a yard or…. you can print off their 40% off coupon from online and save even more. They will let you use the coupon for an entire bolt as well.

    Happy sewing :)

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