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Another Friday, another WINNER!!

And the WINNER IS!!

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If this is you, please email me at txmlawrence@bistroquilts.com to claim your prize.

Prizes:

 Wow, what a great set of fabrics!!  12 different 18″ x 18″ fabrics and they’re all yours if you win!!

Also included are instructions on how to turn these fabrics into a carrying bag.  It doesn’t include the handle piece, but who knows what you’ll make from these fabrics.

Joann Fabric’s Persian Plum Block 10

Persian Plum Block 10 had so many little pieces of fabric.  It had me thinking how I was going to be able to make a block big enough.

Sewing them together I had to make eight flying geese.  They were so small and cute, but the fabric is so thick it took a little to get the seams ironed down.

Then sewing everything together the block looked so nice, don’t you agree?

So Much Fabric and So Little Time

My trip to the Moda warehouse started VERY early in the morning.  Please don’t think that I’m complaining, I feel fortunate to have Moda so close to where I live.  Still and all, 5am is a little too early for my liking even for a sale.  Kay took a couple of photos while we were there, but we were so focused on all of the beautiful fabric that we didn’t take too many.

This was just one of the rows we walked down.  There was so much wonderful fabric, the patterns and the colors fantastic.  Then we went to the other side of the warehouse where the Notions were stored…. WOW!

To say that we were kids in a candy store was an understatement.  The warehouse was FILLED with what amounted to candy to us.  Kay was so fun to watch as she moved from shelf to shelf, ohhing and ahhhing.

What I bought was NOWHERE near what I wanted to buy, but I thought I’d share it with you.

Joann Fabric’s Persian Plum Block 9 Block of the Month

Thought I’d start out with this picture…  I saw these outside of a restaurant near the downtown area and couldn’t believe how uplifting a patch of flowers can be.

It’s past time to finish and review Block 9 for Joann Fabric’s Persian Plum Block of the Month.  I am excited about getting this quilt finished, the fabric is so heavy and will make a fantastic, long-lasting quilt that I’ll really be able to enjoy during those cold winter months.

Block 9 is ALL triangles and as beautiful as any of the rest of the blocks.  This one went together very easily and I’m very pleased with the outcome.

And then the it was finished and I am only three blocks from the end!

A lot of Spam and a finished quilt

What a busy weekend!  I completed a lot of work for my company… and for my own company.  I knew that would sound a little weird!  What I mean is that I had to “work from home” most of the weekend, but that I also completed a lot of work for BistroQuilts as well.  As the busiest weekend that I’ve yet had, I really didn’t have a chance to post up anything that I accomplished.

The purple quilt that is now completed for my daughter Amanda is simple but very beautiful.  I’ve taken pictures, but they are slightly wonky and don’t show how nice it really is.  I have to send it off to the long arm now, but will have it back and bound by the time her birthday rolls around.  Here are the pics, even though I’m not too happy with the how the pictures turned out.

I also finished two of the persian plum blocks that I’ll be posting up tomorrow and then later this week with the accompanying reviews.  I cut out the fabric for the additional 10 blocks needed to finish the blue pinwheel quilt as well.  Those blue pinwheel blocks I’ll be starting to sew together tonight and should be able to finish that quilt this weekend and start on the Christmas quilt that I’m dying to make.

In other news, Kay is finishing her version of the purple explosion quilt.  I really can’t remember if I’ve mentioned, that is the name we’re using for the purple quilts… Purple Explosion!  When I talked to my daughter and told her what we were doing, I explained that we used almost 20 different variations of the color purple and we both loved it so much, we knew that we needed to make one to be able to keep at home.

When I finally got to my computer to post this up, I was astounded at how much spam had been sent to my site and caught in the spam filter… I guess some people had a little more time on their hands than I did.

No Work… and more Olympics!!

Last night after getting home a little late from work I just couldn’t muster up any energy to spend time on my projects.  I keep telling myself that all this work I’m doing for my company will not make me this busy forever…  I had a lot of projects that are coming to a close and this will be the third weekend in a row that I’ll be doing some work from home.

It hasn’t stopped me from starting new projects, but as I’ve said earlier it’s as though I’m sloughing through mud trying to get them done (or some other simile).  This presents me with two entirely different issues.  First because I’m working Saturday night and into Sunday morning, my energy levels will be a little on the low side.  Second, all this starting and stopping work makes it more difficult for me to give the needed focus to my projects.  I certainly don’t want to end up with blue pinwheels in the purple quilts!  All this stopping also make it hard for me not to get distracted and difficulty starting at all!

One of the silver linings to all this is that I’m able to see an inordinate amount of the Olympic games.  As distractions go… it’s not a bad thing to have to spend you time doing while trying to relax.  I love almost everything about the Olympics and find that like most people I know, I don’t just cheer for my country’s athletes… unless it’s volleyball, go Misty May and Kerri Walsh!!!

This is the last week of my really difficult schedule, I will persevere though, I want to finish the blue pinwheel quilt even if it does take me all weekend long due to interruptions.  I hope everyone’s upcoming weekend is a good one and as always, happy quilting.

Quilt for my niece’s daughter Teagan

The quilt arrived for Jayden who is yet to be born, but that didn’t stop my niece from enjoying it until then.  Of course her sister is just as precious to me as she is and I had already bought the fabric to complete her daughters quilt, all I need now is the time.

Here is a look at the material I’ll be using for Teagan’s quilt.

I can hardly wait to get started on her quilt.  I’ll be quilting this down myself and of course using a satin binding to finish it off.  If only I had enough time to do everything I wanted to do…

The weekend that got away from me… complete with pictures!

Can you imagine trying to get FOUR quilts done in one weekend?  That’s what my wife and I attempted to accomplish… and failed miserably.

We started trying to do the two blue pinwheel quilts, but as I said in a previous post… shopping comes first!  So, after work on Friday we made a special trip into Fort Worth that has the largest selection available.  I wanted to be able to get some early Christmas fabric as soon as I could and this is what I found:

Back to the story though, Saturday morning came and I had a leisurely breakfast followed by an unbelievably long problem at work that needed to be taken care of.  Fast forward to 1pm on Saturday when I finally had the time to “Start” the pinwheels.  I was feeling confident that I could still manage to make three of the quilts at that point.

Sunday morning came and we started to get the ball rolling early.  We were making good time until a comment from me stopped play again…  have you ever heard of a couple fighting over seam allowances and construction techniques?  We don’t argue that often, but this seemed to be the weekend for everything to go askew so why not?

As you can see, we made up, but that caused another four-hour stoppage!  Then as we’re setting the blocks together, you might have already guessed… they did not line up the way they were supposed to.  Blame it on Karma or a cosmic joke, but no matter what we did they were off here and there.  It was 6pm on Sunday night at this point and we were about to call it quits without having completed even one quilt.

They panels were done however and we just needed to sew them together.  Of course they didn’t line up.  We tried to figure out what to do with them and in the end came up with an idea that we’ll try later this week and I’ll post pictures of.  In the mean time, here are the panels together.

At 7pm on Sunday night we decided to start work on the purple.  It requires almost 150 squares, we did not finish cutting both sets of it out.  Here are some  pics of the material and the blocks that were finished.

How much do YOU charge?

I was reading an article on selling your quilts and although that is something that I’ve done before, I find that letting go of something made is a lot easier said than done.  What do I charge for something that I’ve spent time and effort on?  I’ve talked to a lot of people about this and there are hundreds of sites out there that go over the topic.  The best I’ve been able to glean is to charge .05 an inch.  I did the math and on the surface that sounds reasonable if you are quilting it down yourself.  If another person is involved quilting it however, most of the money you make will go to the quilter and the fabric shop.

After thinking about this for quite some time, I’m not sure that I will sell any of the quilts I make at least not at .05 an inch.  I do not quilt them myself… yet!  The wonderful quilters I’m able to use don’t do a simple meander, they quilt in designs that are rich and dense and take the fabric from being a blanket, to a quilt that will last several lifetimes if cared for properly.  I like to think of them as more than something to keep you warm, they ARE works of art or more correctly, usable works of art.

To give you an idea of size and cost here’s a quick look:

Crib Twin Queen King
36” x 54” 65” x 88” 86” x 93” 104” x 93”
1944 square inches 5720 square inches 7998 square inches 9672 square inches
$97 at .05 per inch $286 $400 $485
Quilter Quilter Quilter Quilter
$40 $150 $200 $275
Fabric Fabric Fabric Fabric
$20 $50 $80 $100
For your labor…  $37 For your labor… $86 For your labor… $120 For your labor… $115

These are just some figures that I’ve encountered.  I think this is why I would have a difficult time letting any of my quilts go for sale, or at least not at the .05 per inch amount.

Blue Breeze Pinwheel Quilt

So this is two of the quilts we’re going to be making and like I posted, it’s from the McCall’s Fast Quilts magazine.  Fabrics similar to these are available just about anywhere.  If you end up making this one or have made it, share how it turned out!!  I was able to get fabric almost identical and will post it up on Saturday.

Skill Level BEGINNER

Finished Size 59˝ x 75˝

Featured Fabrics

Ann used assorted fabrics from her stash to make this quilt.

This quilt is fully patterned in the McCall’s Quilting America Makes Fast Quilts special issue.

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