Monday, July 17, 2017

Too good not to mention


Um. Have you seen this giveaway?  

Bernina has given Fat Quarter Shop“Hello Lovely” Cotton + Steel B350SE sewing machine to give away. The sewing machine has a MSRP of $1,899!  The giveaway runs through Tuesday, July 25, and the winner will be announced the following day. You can enter by clicking >>>HERE<<< . 

Yowza! That's a good one!

-dana




Thursday, July 13, 2017

On the design wall lately






I've shared the projects that I've been working on over on Instagram often lately. Instagram is so good for that. Soooo good. As I work on a quilt and move pieces and parts around, I like the instant reaction, suggestion and support that I get there. And the snippets of works in progress seem so appropriate for that platform.

Anyway. I've got several quilts in progress right now. The X + quilt blocks above are fun to make because there isn't a lot of concentration required. I can sort of zone out while I make them. Know what I mean? And then the variety of blocks with the black background take constant attention and concentration. It's nice having both projects going at the same time so that I can choose the level of attention I feel like giving at any moment.

I recently went through all the quilts in the entire house and made a stack of 10-12 that I've kept separate. I wanted to see if my family even noticed they were gone. They haven't because even with those out of the mix, we still have 30+ quilts on hand. Many of them are quilts from my book, from magazine contributions, and ones that have been stored in cabinets for far too long. I hope to photograph them and hold a "sample sale" of them soon. Maybe if I post a few a week it won't seem so overwhelming.  Fingers crossed that goes well. . . mama's gotta sell some quilts if she wants to keep making them. And I really want to keep making them. Ha!

-dana

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mini masterpieces






The girls and I have been painting this summer. One of us hauls out a few supplies and before I know it, all three of us are sitting at the kitchen table painting. Sometimes it's quiet as we are each in our zone. Other times it's loud with music and chatter. All the time my hand hovers over the mini canvas as my eyes take it all in, my chest wells up with gratitude, and I do my very best to imprint this luxurious moment in my memory.

-dana

Friday, July 7, 2017

Um. That's the cat's food.



Excuse the blurry photos. I was a little caught off guard.

-dana

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Posey Patrol Summer 2017 Edition



















"Posey Patrol" is my term for walking around my yard and checking out my flowers. You can read a little more about it here. Do you posey patrol too? I like to photograph my flowers on an overcast day. It seems to give the images a dewy/dreamy/glowy quality which I love.

-dana

Monday, July 3, 2017

July Moda Skill Builder Blocks


How is it that I've never made Courthouse Steps before? Just another example of why I love making sampler quilts. These two blocks are July's Moda Skill Builder Blocks from the free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.


Eeek!  Look at all my blocks so far! I looked ahead to August and know that I'm slated to make two large blocks which will really add dimension and movement.

Are you making this quilt too?

-dana

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Super Scrappy Pineapple Block Quilt













To say that I love my latest quilt is an understatement. The block is the old fashioned pineapple block and I've made it super scrappy with loads of different fabrics and mixed prints. Add in all 42 super, cute, fussy cut centers, the most perfect floral on a happy, yellow backing and a binding that seems to frame it all perfectly, and it's got me grinning ear-to-ear every time I see it.

I hosted an informal quilt along over on Instagram and you can see all the great quilts being made by browsing the hashtag #superscrappypineapple .

-dana

P.S. Ever thought of making one? I used the Pineapple Trim Tool from Creative Grids and it was like magic! It made precision easy with these blocks. I highly recommend it. And, Creative Grids has no idea who I am, I just really thought the ruler was a game changer. Nearly every time I trimmed a round on my blocks it blew my mind with it's awesomeness.