Monday, November 30, 2015

A Flair For Fabric - a book review

Picture this:

A quilter is seated in the center of a ring of bins, with varying colors of fabrics in each one. She pulls selections from the bins and holds them up with each other -- head cocked to one side, she checks them out, then squints her eyes to check the color "value" as she holds them. With increasing frustration (and fear of failure) she pulls and pulls and auditions fabrics . . . finally she (or he) flings them down, saying, "I just can't be sure!"

Has this ever happened to you? 

I know it has happened to me!
Sometimes I just agonize over choosing fabrics for a project. And I'd love some pointers on how to do a better job -- after all, I want that quilt to look just as beautiful when it's finished, as it looks in my head, when I'm planning it! (Grin)

The designers at Henry Glass are a talented bunch! And they are sharing some tips and know-how with all of us! (I won this book as part of a is the link to the post showing the lovely fabrics they sent me!)

"Secrets to mixing and matching fabrics with success" -- now doesn't that sound good to you?

Linda Lum DeBono got all the designers of Henry Glass Fabrics to help out with ideas, guidance, and lovely projects for all of us. The royalties from the book go to the Red Cross.

There are fifteen different (and I do mean different) projects in here, and you are sure to find something that cranks your tractor!

Here is a sample of the advice you will find in A Flair for Fabric:
"Too many people think of selecting fabrics as a daunting task. Most of us don't really think about the fact that we are all cultivating fabric and color combinations every day when we get dressed. Choosing the main pieces for an outfit is no different than selecting one or two key prints for a quilt. Accenting those choices with accessories that add a little splash of color or wearing a bold piece of jewelry to give your outfit a little sparkle is similar to adding a pop of color to be used sparingly in a quilt top." (Heather Mulder Peterson)

Here's another piece of advice that can help us:

"Want the emphasis to be on the blocks and shapes created where they come together? Contrast between fabrics is the key. Using mottled or nearly solid prints helps the other prints stand out." (Jacquelynne Steves)

The projects and photography in the book are just lovely:

One of the concepts in the book that I liked the best was "Deconstructing the Details," a recurring page that pictured one collection of fabrics and gave ideas on how to work with scraps from that group. Other fabrics were shown that could be added in, giving new life (and a whole new look) to the scraps. Since that is something that we all deal with (or are you saying that you don't have any scraps!) I thought it was one of the most helpful parts of the whole book!

I truly believe that this is a book that will be invaluable for quilters, whether rookies or veterans. I hope you will scoot over to Martingale and get a copy for yourself!


Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Sale!

The Fat Quarter Shop was our first sponsor here at the Lilypad, and I wanted to let you know about a wonderful sale that they are having!

Starting today!

Forget going to the mall, and snapping up those bargains -- this takes priority! (Grin)

Twenty-five percent off all orders! Wowser!

I'm headed over there, so I'll talk to y'all later!!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

It's Turkey Day!

Or, maybe Macy's Parade Day!

Or, Watch Lots of Football Day!

No matter how you celebrate it, today is the day that we here in the United States celebrate. The Thanksgiving holiday is just awesome -- a day set aside to say we're grateful!

For what?

Well . . . .

And I think one of those pumpkins should have said "Quilting friends"!!

Like many others, I am expressing my thanks today to our Creator and Savior, for He has blessed us far beyond what we have earned or deserve!

I hope that all of you enjoy a blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday with your families and friends! I'm grateful for all of the friends I've made in blogland -- you mean the world to me!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I do love me some basics!

See this lovely stack of fabric?

I won that fat quarter bundle of "Folio Basics" in the recent Martingale giveaway!  Love those luscious colors (here is a link if you want to drool over the whole line)!  I also received a copy of the book "A Flair for Fabric" by the Henry Glass designers, and I'm going to tell you about that next time.

I'm thinking it's time for me to finally make that triple Irish chain quilt that I've planned for so long.

This bundle has a nice balance of lights and darks, and I think it would work well. Right now it is sitting on Nora, waiting for me to finish those foxes and hedgehogs!

What do you think? An Irish chain, or some other pattern?

We'll talk again soon!


Monday, November 16, 2015

A hedgehog . . . as promised!

Remember when the foxes took over the blog last week, and you met all of them? They're pretty handsome fellows.

They were concerned about the hedgehogs they had heard about.

All those prickles, you know.

They had nothing to worry about. (Grin)

Meet the hedgehogs:

Again, giving credit where credit is due, these are the darling creations of Elizabeth Hartman, of Oh Fransson, and we of the quilting community say, "Bravo!"

Aren't they cute?

The pattern actually made a larger critter, but I wanted to make a block that was closer in size to the foxes.

I worked with the sizes and came up with a block that finishes at approximately 6.5 x 8.5. So they are very close in size to the fancy foxes!

Now to put these animals together into pillow covers!

More to come later . . . (Hey, hedgehogs, move over a little . . . the foxes say those prickles are uncomfortable . . . ) 


Monday, November 9, 2015

Calling Smitty, and Gracie, and Wilson, and Austin, and . . .

 . . . and all of you four-legged friends of the quilty bloggers out there!

Clemson here, a Fancy Fox, of "Oh Fransson" fame. (Many thanks and kudos to Elizabeth Hartman for her great patterns - this would not be possible without her skills and gracious sharing.)

Ahem. As I said, my name is Clemson, obviously because Snoodles cheers for them and my coloring reminded her of their team. I'm calling on all you furry peeps out there to warn you -- your human may be next!

Snoodles has pretty much fallen off the lilypad here, making me and my relatives. First she put together my country cousin, Blue.

He is a laid back, low-volume kind of guy; loves his chicken fried in an iron skillet. I'd swear he has a still somewhere back of his den -- some nights when I pass by I will hear him plunking on his banjo, and I just know that I've caught a whiff of moonshine on the breeze.

Then she made our second cousin from over the mountain, Olaf.

He's a lumberjack, and I think he has a Swedish accent. It could be that, or when I get full of his wife's flapjacks, I can't hear good. Either way, her flapjacks are great, and he's a nice guy.

Hipster is a younger guy -- looks like the small checks are popular with the ones out looking for a vixen. He's partial to hard cider, fast streams, and the ladies. The ones in visual range.

Then there is Basie.

He's a true Renaissance man: loves Vivaldi operas, and hasn't settled down with a vixen yet, though some of them "wander" past his den to see his latest paintings. Some evenings when he is in a good mood you will hear his sax wailing, or he'll be scatting to a jazz recording of Dave Brubeck. 

Snoodles says she is going to put "Oh Fransson" glasses on one of us -- she hasn't decided which one of us looks best in them, yet.

And get this -- she's going to put a hedgehog in the mix! You heard me! A HEDGEHOG!! What will this world come to . . .

Be careful, all of you furry peeps; this may be contagious. It might show up in your human's sewing area next!



for Snoodles

PS  All of these are being made in preparation for making pillows. I may not make the pillow that Elizabeth shows on her site, cos that size of pillow forms is hard for me to get....miles and miles from an Ikea! I'm experimenting with arranging these guys in groups of two, three, and four, and see if I can use a different form. (Grin)

Friday, November 6, 2015

It's been quiet around here . . .

I know, right?

Things haven't been hopping like they usually are around the Lilypad.

Here is why:

And another peek:

I've been spending my evenings hand-quilting on the StarCakes quilt. (Days are spent earning a living, but that's another story.)

For me, it's not about putting ten stitches in an inch, but doing "big stitch" quilting in the ditch around many of the pieced blocks, and some decorative motifs in the blank spaces.

Pass the NSAIDs, won't you? Maybe my hands will last long enough to get this done . . .  (grin)

See you soon,