Tuesday, February 25, 2014

HMQG Mug Rug Swap

Our Houston Modern Quilt Guild meeting was yesterday two weeks ago and we swapped mug rugs. I made two so I got to take two home. I don't have pics of the two sweet mug rugs I received yet, but here are some pics I took of mine right before.

The first was made up entirely of little 1" HSTs. (Isn't that yellow bird mug adorable?) I used value to create an overall radiating diamond shape from the mix of patterns.

The second one is simpler with lots of negative space and wavy line quilting. I think it's kind of Japanese looking. 

Then, because my parents were visiting (boo, they're gone now), there were lots of yummy props for my photos. So here are some more photos with some of the goodies they made. My dad baked this red velvet cupcake and my mom iced it with homemade cream cheese frosting.

And one of my favorite cookies that my dad makes, Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies. He found the recipe in the Washington Post newspaper back in Maryland, but couldn't resist trying them since I'm down here in Texas. They turned out really, really good, so good in fact that I asked him to make them as favors for my rehearsal dinner when I got married almost 5 years ago. They've become a tradition ever since! The one below is actually a miniature version, the real thing is Texas-sized. Here's the recipe if you'd like to try making them yourself. (The only change he made was omitting the cinnamon.)

Between my local Quilt Guild and online Flickr groups, I'm really enjoying these swaps. There are so many fabulous ones out there that I'd love to join, but I have to pace myself! What kind of swaps do you like to participate in?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Japanese x & + Blocks

I recently joined this scrappy block swap on Flickr and sewed my first Japanese x & + blocks using this tutorial from badskirt. I originally just wanted to join a swap, but I'm really surprised how much I like scrappy! My quilts are usually pretty planned out with lots of solids in between the patterned fabrics, so this was a real departure for me - and I love them!

 There was a whole lot of hemming and hawing goin' on during the fabric picking out part of things (thank goodness the Olympics was on), and I ended up with almost as many unused pieces cut out as I ended up using, but I'm really happy with how the colors and patterns play together.

...and I went a little crazy with the photos.

Some are more successful than others as far as the x & + being visible through the mash up of pattern and color. This one with the scripty + is one of my favorites from the bunch.

These blocks are on the small side, at 7.5" so it might be awhile before I accumulate enough to build a decent sized quilt top, but I think this will be one of those projects that I'll work on a little bit here and there. Which when I think of it, is kinda' cool, b/c I can use new scraps as I buy new fabric and sew other projects and it will become like a memory quilt of all the other things I've made while making these. Which at this rate might be a couple of years' worth. We aren't actually swapping until May, but I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Feature in BHG's Make It Yourself Magazine

Some of you may remember my Fabulous Feathers pillow tutorial, well, I'm pretty excited to say that it's being featured in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Better Homes & Gardens new "Make It Yourself" magazine! I ran across it at my local Joann's over the weekend while looking for a book on crochet and couldn't help opening it up and grinning like a fool at seeing the photos of my pillow along side my name in print, in a Better Homes & Gardens magazine!

It was included as part of a special section featuring projects for the home with feathers in them, aptly named, "feather your nest".

The final project in my living room!

There are tons of neat projects in this issue, a lot of them inspired from pins on Pinterest and items in etsy shops. I love that!

What projects are you working on?

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