Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival


I can't believe it's that time again. The Blogger's Quilt Festival is one of my favorite blog events of the year, I get a chance to view so many beautiful quilts and find some fun new blogs to follow. This year I am submitting my mini quilt Spring Table Runner because it's one of my favorite projects. 

Stats
Measures: 13"x44" 
Special Techniques: Free-Motion Quilted by Me
Quilted by: Me (yes I know I already said that)
Best Category: Scrap Quilt, Home Machine Quilt, and Mini Quilt





I had so much fun laying out the fabrics for this quilt which was all scraps from Umbrella Prints Fabric and two tones of linen. The free-motion quilting was so fun I just pushed down the pedal and let the fabric direct me. 
Thank you Amy for hosting another fun round!
 Pétra


Thursday, October 25, 2012

To Market To Market

I am on my way to Quilt Market! I promise I will take lots of photos with my phone and they will be better then previous now that I have the new 5 with a kick ass camera. Hopefully I will be in more of the photos then when I went to Sewing Summit.
 When I get back I will share the disaster that is my sewing studio you know I love a good before and after series. When I left it looked like a herd of javalinas had stampeded through it. I will also be sharing photos from our Halloween party last weekend because you know it's one of my favorite holidays. I'll leave you with a double rainbow photo from the other day taken from my sister's porch. 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 Pétra

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Wicked!


Welcome to my Wicked stop on the Wicked Blog Hop
Thank you to Wendy and Madame Samm for being our hosts.

For my block I wanted to use a new to me technique I learned at Sewing Summit from Faith of Fresh Lemons so I have a little tutorial for you.

 I had this lovely Guising fabric I had been wanting to use and I  knew it should be something simple to show of the prints. 
 Starting with a 4 inch square and strips 1 3/4" by 5 1/4" you sew the first strip on but only half way. Sew the rest around the block the way you would a log cabin block.
 After you've sewn strips all the way around you will be back to the first strip. Now you can finish sewing the first strip on attaching it to the last strip. It's like magic!
 I sewed 4 little blocks together to make a 12 1/2" block. My original plan was to put these together to make a little runner for our breakfast table but when I attached the brown Pearl Bracelet fabric they needed to be pillows. I have some fun sewing before Halloween a runner and two pillows to finish up. I'll be sure to share with you soon! 



Don't miss all the other spooky stops they're sure to be scary!

Wickedly Mournful Monday,

22nd of October














Thank you for stopping by! Here's my Ghastlie runner from last year's Blog Hop in case you want to see more spookiness.
Pétra

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sewing Summit 2012

I have been home for a few days now and haven't been able to come up with the words for my Sewing Summit Post. So much happens in such a short amount of time I feel like I'm still processing everything. Sewing Summit has friends old and new, classes, swag, late night sewing, swaps, giveaways, shop hop, and more. I am so glad I went especially when I wasn't sure if the timing was right and if it could live up to last year. I am happy to say it was better then last year Erin and her staff did an amazing job! 
Like last year I was too caught up in the moment to capture all the photos I wanted but here's a hodge podge to give you a taste. 
Craftsy bags for the opening reception, we all got a free Craftsy class. 

 My roomie Lisa Anne and her Craftsy team, 
 The first late night sew


Registration Line
 Katie's English Paper Piecing class.


 I heard Erin made this selvage globe, everybody wanted it!

 E.P.P. supplies

 Lots of bunting at the S.L.M.Q.G. Party

 Beautiful table from Amanda Herring's Creative Journey class.

 Cute little gifty from class



Beautiful Salt Lake mountains.

I was going to lay out all of my loot for a photo shoot but do you really want to see it or is that just showing off? 


I am already looking forward to next year and maybe I'll end up with some photos that I'm actually in. 
Pétra

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Getting ready to go!

My big plans for a post have fallen by the wayside after a hectic day with hardly any time spent in the sewing room. Luckily I got most of my list finished off last week. The only casualty being the ipad case which for some reason never gets made. I should have signed up for the ipad case class!

I also missed my chance to take a good picture today in better lighting but here's most of my projects ready to be packed. I finally made myself a 241 tote. The two bundles of fabric on the right are for my maxi skirt class, I couldn't decide which fabric so I'm bringing both! 
 Not only do I get to have a great weekend with quilters but I'll be seeing my family. It's going to be a packed weekend my youngest brother is turning 25 and there's a party for that Saturday night. I'll be tweeting over the weekend and posting pics. See you all on the other side!
Pétra

Monday, October 1, 2012

September Book Club

 When I started this book I had NO idea about cell research and how it all began and especially no idea about where the cells used in research come from. It's not the kind of book I would snatch of the shelves but I am so glad we read it! This book is about Henrietta Lacks, her family, and a cancerous cell that was taken from Henrietta which went on to became the first cell to continue to grow and multiply on its own in a lab. This HeLa cell created an industry, helped cure polio, and allowed for research that created many other ground breaking vaccines and treatments. There have been countless papers written on the HeLa cell but only a few on who the cell came from and most of those were inaccurate. In this book Rebecca Skloot chronicles her journey to find out the real story of Henrietta and paints a vivid picture of Henrietta's life and family. 
While it's a tragic story in many ways I found that there was also hope and beautiful examples of the human spirit. The book not only tells the story of Henrietta's life but gives you a lot of scientific information about cell research without boring you. I would definitely recommend this book.

Our book for October is Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavich. 

Pétra