Monday, January 5, 2015

New LQS!!!

Recently saw an ad in a local magazine for a new fabric store. Right now we have Stitch-n-Frame (LQS), JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby.. all are 30-40 minutes away and all in a different direction!  Oh and we have 2 Hancocks.. same distance as the other stores. Would love to have an LQS closer, but alas... the new one is.. you guessed it.. about 30-35 minutes away.  But what a fun shop!  It is in an older building that looks a lot like an old house.  Very charming and while open enough, there are rooms and nooks for browsing.  The staff was super friendly.  They had a very nice selection of quality fabric at typical LQS prices, enough notions but not tons.. same with books.  They do classes and have long-arm services and sell Baby Lock machines.  One exciting thing was a great selection of Kona Cottons and Moda Bellas.  Love using both those for solids!  We were not looking for anything specific, but did snatch up a few goodies....  a pack of 20 Kaffe Fassett 10 x 10 squares, 2 random fat quarters and a pretty rose fabric from their end of the bolt selection.  

Be sure to check out their website for Internet sales and if you are in the area go visit in person ... 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

While at the fabric store....

While at our main LQS (Stitch-n-Frame in Bovina, MS.. check out their website!) getting the binding for Jack's LSU quilt, I found some gorgeous fabric to use for a sewing machine mat.  The cover I made a while back is a bit wild... bright green with pink, turquise and purple. Decided to play us the purple and pink a bit with a larger scale fabric.  The cover is a contemporary graphic pattern.. the new fabric more traditional. They definitely juxtapose each other, but I think they will be great together.  They are both very much "me" fabrics. I am very ecclectic in my tastes!

Also found this great Christmas fabric that will be transformed into a stocking for a sweet friend who is a nut about owls!  Isn't it cute!?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bye Bye 2014!

2014 ended with a trip to the fabric store (10 guesses how 2015 began???). A great-nephew was born in Novemeber. I knew exactly the theme for his quilt when I learned he was going to be a he.. LSU.  His dad is an alum who bleeds purple and gold and obviously I adore him.. why else would any self-respecting Hotty Toddy Rebel play with LSU fabric!  

Went with a very simple pattern to show up the fabrics... most of which were gifts from one of my sweet quilting sisters who lives in Baton Rouge and likes those purple and gold kitties too. Once I got the blocks done and the top together, the hubster quilted it up and it was time to bind away. And there was the problem. What to use for the binding strips. There was plenty of the gray used for the border, but it seemed.. well boring. I liked several of the fabric used in the quilt, but there wasn't enough of any to cut binding strips. So off to the quilt store we went and there we found a cut purple with gold polka dot print (we used the reverse of it in the quilt).  I think it turned out great... gives it a bit of childlike whimsy.  Afterall, this is a kid's quilt!

Next week it will wind its way down the road in a big brown truck to Tigerville where I feel certain it will be received with love.