April 27, 2013

Quilt Along through Simply Retro! (+Book Giveaway!)

PLEASE click here to read the latest post about the SIMPLY RETRO Quilt Along.

Week 1 has a winner: Elaine! - 1st giveaway : Book + One Charm Pack by Bonnie&Camille
Week 2 is open for entries until July, 15th (Retro Project) check the giveaway!
Week 3 is open for entries until July, 23 th (Baby Love Project) check the giveaway!

I'm more than excited to announce that I'm gonna start a Quilt Along through the newest Camille Roskelley's Book: Simply Retro: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks. If you're in the quilting world, specially if you're one of those interested in modern quilting you certainly know Camille and her wonderful blog Simplify. Well, her blog is so fascinating because it clearly shows Camille's passion: modern quilts with colorful combinations (lots of aqua, red, grey and green), dots and floral prints. Camille and her mom Bonnie have already designed eight fabric collections for Moda Fabrics.

I learned more about Camille's work when I came to USA in 2009. Since then I've being following her projects. Her first book Simplify with Camille Roskelley: Quilts for the Modern Home came out in 2010. She is also at Craftsy teaching "Pre-cut piecing made simple". A couple of months ago I could take a complete online class at Craftsy taught by Camille. It was just fantastic! I've even made a quilt  with her pattern "Piece-of-cake".

I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to get together with so many talented people on the web including experienced and beginner quilters and start a Quilt Along through Camille's second book. Camille was so nice and supportive of this initiative. She'll even promote the Quilt Along in her blog and flickr group. SO exciting! Thanks, Camille! 

Here's the details for our Quilt Along that will officially start on June 24th :

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1-  As soon as Simply Retro come to the market we'll be ready to go. So, be sure to pre-order your book if you haven't yet (coming on  June 1st, at Amazon or buy it at Thimble Blossoms, it seems Camille already has the book available to be shipped!). 
2- Initially I plan 13 to 14 weeks quilting along depending on the numbers of projects in the book. Each week  I'm gonna show a block or a quilt following the order they appear in the book. It won't be a tutorial. We are going to share our work and experiences through the process of making the blocks/quilts!
3- EVERYONE is welcome to link their projects in the comment section or share by my email (janamarcon@yahoo.com.br) their projects. I'll happily post your pictures in my blog if you want or mention your name and your block/quilts in my posts and link to your blog/flickr.
4- Camille has set up a flickr group. Be sure to upload your projects there and add to the group!
5- Also the flickr group Simply Retro will be one of the tools to promote giveaways every week/or  other week - to be defined, here in my blog. Yes! Giveaways! (keep reading!)
6- Use #SimplyRetro on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest so everyone you find and share your projects in these social medias. 
7- Grab the button and spread the word! Quilt along can only make you happy with that feeling of accomplished also it helps you making new friends! So, share!
8- Be tuned to updates in this post. The giveaway list will increase soon! For now I have 2 (TWO) books Simply Retro to giveaway! All you have to do is to leave a comment on this post and tell me "Why are you  going to participate to Simply Retro Quilt Along?" (I hope you are! :-D) You will receive the book as soon as it is available to be shipped to your door! The site "random" will be used to select the winners! Giveaway in June 1st! (Check the winners here)
9- The supplies:  I'll be sure to link to some fabric stores if you want to work with Bonnie and Camille's fabric collections. For now you can get the collection Happy-go-lucky at Craftsy online store. The prices are great and they carry right now Happy-go-lucky in charm packs, layer cake, jelly roll and fat quarter bundles.
10- As I told before, EVERYONE is welcome in this Quilt Along. I have lots of Brazilian readers and friends (I used to blog in Portuguese few years ago), so, don't be shy and ask help if you need. I'll be ready to help on anything! 

Take a look on our Sponsors! Fabric (even some of Bonnie and Camille fabrics) , gift card and batting are just some of the treats we have to giveaway in the next weeks!

I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun!

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Thank you and happy quilting!

April 26, 2013

A baby quilt

I don't even know how to start with... I'm thrilled! Do you know that feeling of accomplishment ? That's it.

Here is the little story about this quilt. As I went to visit a friend that just had a baby girl I also saw the baby's nursery decoration. It was very delicate with green and purple/lilac being the main colors. I had an idea right away: this nursery needs a baby quilt! I went home and literally dug my bags of scraps! I knew I had enough scraps to make this quilt. It took me some hours to decide which ones would be as delicate on the project as that sweet baby nursery was.

It took more some days to make the blocks and so on... If there is a thing that I've learnt lately is how to be patient. Have I said that nap time is all I have to sew, cut, search for new projects, etc? That's it. Sometimes it doesn't last more than two hours. So, that's all I have. I'm happy anyway :-D

Back to the quilt. I chose a small stippling to quilt it. It also took me a lot to finish the whole quilt. I strongly recommend a bigger stippling, it'd make things much easier to finish.

The pattern is "Piece of Cake" by Camille Roskelley. She's a wonderful quilter and fabric designer (I have more to say about her in another post, promise!). You could take  Camille's class wherever you are right now. Not kidding! Go to the Craftsy website and take "Pre-cut piecing made simple" class by Camille. There are more patterns there and that's not all, the class is for a lifetime. Learn more here

The back of this quilt came out in a very improvisational way. I first cut the strips larger than the pattern requested (I was too excited to read things right!) so I had 2.5 inches of leftover strips from each block. Then, I decided they would be part of the back. This back was designed as the work went through, not sketched or anything!

I found a very cute box at Joann to keep the quilt... the colors matched perfectly with the quilt. Sweet!

I guess this was the only time Clarice could snuggled in this quilt... I can't wait to give it to the real owner! :-)

April 22, 2013

My fabric stash

These days while very excited getting an envelope full of fabrics in my mail box I had an idea: show my readers what I have stashed on my pile of fabrics lately!

Those that have been following me in the past five years or so, know very well about my fabric choices: colorful, cute and floral are some of my favorite prints. I can't complain at all living in the USA where the best fabric companies launch every day new collections from very talented designers.

Moda Fabrics is one of those companies that I'm talking about. I think it's better show some pictures so you can start itching your hands to also get some of these newest products from Moda! The mini charm pack includes 42 2.5" (6 x 6 centimeters) squares . I'm just wondering what to make with them... (actually I have a list of things!)

And before you ask, all of them I bought at the Fat Quarter Shop, an online fabric shop that carry hundreds of fabric collections. I haven't seen a better place to buy cotton fabric on the web. Wonderful customer service too and fast shipping (they also ship internationally) :

The following is on my fabric stash now (so exciting!):

Avalon by Fig Tree
Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille
Jubilee by Bunny Hill
Paris Flea Market by 3 Sisters

Comma by Zen Chic
La Belle by French General
PB&J by Basic Grey

How cute are those mini packs? I'm in love ;-)

April 12, 2013

Little Trees Dress

So cute those trees... was that your first thought? Oh well, it is always mine when I look at this print! I searched over and over again at Etsy to see if I could find more of this fabric (I bought it three years ago from South Korea!). It seems it is already out of market. Now, I have some precious scraps :-) Just wondering what to do with it... any ideas?

About the dress it was so much fun matching the orange polka dots fabric inside! Actually this pattern has given me two moments of fun: choosing the buttons colors and sizes and also the lining fabric. I can't stop sewing these dresses! But, I promise, I have a baby quilt almost done (going to quilt! Can't believe it!). 


April 01, 2013

Bunnies and balloons Dress

Sometimes my little model is just not in the mood to play dress up while mom take pictures! So,  I couldn't get nice full body pictures this time. On the other hand I have no doubt this is a gorgeous print for a baby/toddler dress...

"Children at play" (for Michael Miller) is the name of the collection where this print came from. The designer and illustrator of it is Sarah Jane. I found her blog very casually from reading a totally different subject blog that linked to Sarah Jane's website. I was so glad it turned out to get to know her work. I can spend hours there looking her sweet illustrations all over the site (she also has a jewelry collection,  frames and embroidery patterns available to shop). She is very, very talented. I immediately ordered some fabrics of this collection. I also ordered some from another collection called Out of Sea. I'm seeing some prints sold out in some online stores, so if you want to check out these fabrics you should act fast!

I got inspired by the bunnies and  balloons and chose buttons to match with the print. I also used the aqua polka dots fabric from Sarah Jane Children at Play collection to ad more fun at the bottom of the dress.