Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Photographing Your Quilts

At our guild meeting last month we had a great presentation from Amber and Paula on photographing your quilts. 

Me taking photos at a guild meeting. Photo by Susan Beal.

Four things I learned

  1. Find your manual and read it!!
  2. A shade line is your best friend.
  3. Even if your camera is really good the lens makes all the difference. 
  4. If you just have a point and shoot you can still take great photos if you know how to use all the features. Oh yes did I say read the manual!
Head on over to our Portland Modern Quilt post to learn more.


Friday, May 25, 2012


I hope you all had fun cruising around the Blogger's Quilt Festival I know I found a few new blogs to add to my HUGE list of blogs I read and entered a lot of giveaways myself. Thank you to all my new followers!
Let's get to it the winners are....

Charms # 172 Catherine who said

I would be very happy with either, but lean toward the fabric. The best book I've read lately would be "The Help". I didn't really care for the movie, but couldn't put the book down!

Belt #157 Tracie who said 

handmadebytracieMay 21, 2012 11:37 PM
Love the belt, but would prefer the Japanese charms as they would be perfect for a project I've been working (stuck) on! Thanks for the opportunity!

Almost finished reading "Close To Shore" which is good - it's about the shark attacks along the NJ shore in 1916 that inspired the movie Jaws. If that's not your thing then how about To Kill A Mockingbird? It's a classic & one of my favorites. I'm about to read The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie (yes, the actor/pianist) but can't speak to whether it's a good read or not since I haven't cracked it open yet.
She won with her follower comment.

A theme of classics is apparent in all the recommendations and of course the Hunger Games which I am going to read soon!! Thank you all for the great book recommendations I have saved them to use in the future. 

It's a 3 day weekend here in the States so I wont be mailing until Tuesday. If I haven't heard back from the winners by then I will choose a new one. 
Winners please send me your address's and for the belt winner your color preferences and your pants size.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!!

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It's that time again!! I just have so much fun with Giveaway Day and even though it snuck up on me this year I managed to throw a little something or two together for you.

I'll get to the giveaway pretty quickly but here's a little bit about myself. I've been sewing forever but quilting and blogging for only 3 years. I'm a Mom, lucky board member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, an avid book reader, and a gluten-free foodie. I'd love for you to stay and have a look around. 

Now lets get to it! This year I have two things to giveaway. The first is one of my favorite summer belts, a custom one just for you!

I needed a brown one so this one's for me! I can make you one that's just the same or you tell me the color you want and I'll pull some fabric from my stash. I was thinking some Heath would be nice or I have some great pinks, oranges, sea colors, well just about anything. Also we're all different sizes so I'll make sure it fits.

Second and I might regret this later I have for you.

All the charms from my Japanese fabric charm swap! 60, 2 of each, loverly 5" fabric squares. WHAT?! You know I just went a little charm swap crazy and I have too many projects planned to even know what to do with these. I hope the winner does something special and sends me a picture when they're done. 

Here's the scoop on how to enter.
  • Leave a comment telling me which you would like to win and your most favorite book you've read lately, people are forgetting this. If you would like to win either one tell me 1st and 2nd choice but if a belt or Japanese fabric just isn't your thing give someone else a chance my feelings wont be hurt.
  • I love my readers/followers so let me know in a separate comment if you are one for an extra entry.
  • For you no reply bloggers please be sure to leave your email address (jane(@)gmail(.)com) in your comment so I can contact you if you win. Last year I still had a ton of these.
  • I love reading comments and I always respond but it can get overwhelming during the giveaway so I might not be able to.  
  • This is open to everyone out there I will ship to you!
  • The giveaway will be open until the 25th at 5:00!

Good luck and have fun!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival!

It's that time again and I'm excited to participate in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival. Amy has done an amazing job putting together so many sponsors and the quilts WOW I am glad we have some time to go through them all!

Amy's Creative Side

This year I am submitting the Wedding Quilt I made for my Sister-in-law. It was my first Queen sized quilt and a combination of traditional log cabin blocks and improv piecing.

It was BIG and overwhelming at times but I love it and happily they do too!

The fabrics were chosen for the bride and groom, the cat fabric is for their cat Monkey.

There was a little quail fabric and quilting thrown in for the quail theme in their desert wedding.

For the Groom there was a light saber in the quilting among other hidden things. All of the quilting was done by the amazing Nancy Stovall.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun looking through the festival!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Avery's Quilt

The dust has settled and I am finally ready to get back to Avery's quilt! He has been so patient and there are no auctions, weddings, or quilt shows butting in line to take his quilts spot at the sewing machine. 

When we last saw this quilt it looked like this.

It makes my head hurt now. I have already sewn the right side together and am happy with it but the space I've had with the left side has made me realize it's too busy. 

Here is the new version!

Maybe it's not that different but it feels like a big change. I am much happier with it now. Of course it will get tweaked a little as I sew and the quilting oh I am excited about that!! Then there is the pig pillow to make, anyone hear of Minecraft it is an obsession here at our house!

Tonight is guild YAY! We will have a presentation on photographing your quilts. I'll be doing a post on that over at the PMQG blog soon which I'll be sure to link up to for anyone that's interested. 


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May Book Club

Portland has been benefiting from a few weeks of amazing sunny weather so our group enjoyed a wonderful evening out in Jodi's backyard last night. 
The Weird Sisters hmmm did any of you read it? I know Amanda had started it and her book club didn't enjoy it. Of the members that read most said they liked the book but it didn't blow them away. The thing is a lot of people didn't finish and some aren't going to now so that's not a good sign. I don't know what my deal is but I have to finish a book it has to be really really bad for me to just put it down. I am glad I finished this one though because I liked how the characters issues were resolved and while it took a long time to get there I needed that.
 The book did spark some great discussion in the group, being about 3 sisters, so we got into sibling order and family dynamics. Another topic was that the book was written in 1st person plural which was a distraction for most of us. I just thought it was cumbersome until about half way through when you finally get used to it. Should you read it? It was thought to be a good pool read by some of the group or if you are one of 3 sisters it might appeal more to you. I would say if you need something to read and can borrow it or get it from the library yes, not a glowing recommendation really.  

Our book for next month is The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow. I'll have to miss our gathering next month because I'll be out of town. If anyone is interested I can have a guest member talk about the book or maybe I'll read something else 50 Shades of Grey anyone? 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all of you out there! You make quilts to comfort your family, food to nourish, and you inspire others. 
Thank you all for the friendships and support have a wonderful day!


Thursday, May 3, 2012


I have been in Carefree AZ with a few girlfriends for the past week and it was such a wonderful time, you know you have good girlfriends when they indulge your talk of quilting and fabric without glazing over. I am glad to be back and have so much sewing and projects to catch up on.
YAY I have a project in the new issue of Fat Quarterly! I participated in the Designers Challenge and was sent a fat quarter of the Friends print from Woodland Tails by Sherri Berry.

Issue 9 is focused on sewing for and with kids so I wanted to make a little blanket that would be a good first project to make with a new sewer. 

I also added something a little tricky for a more advanced sewer the little pieced boarder around the lamb above. The issue is packed with projects and this is the first pattern I've written so I'd love feedback if you buy the issue.

Speaking of sewing for kids I am going to finish my sons quilt this month. It's been so long I don't know if any of you even remember it and I am looking forward to him snuggling with it on his bed. 

This is an early draft of the quilt and it's changed some since this photo. I am about half way through piecing the top. I'll give it the proper post it deserves next week first I'm off to Las Vegas today for my cousins wedding. Yes I feel a little crazy with all of this travel but I am so excited for my cousin and I've never been to Las Vegas wish me luck!