Off and Running!

As the New Year dawns I wish I could say my husband is off and running, but his hip replacement was eight days ago and it may take a little more time for that. However, medical science is amazing and he is very lucky to be located near great doctors and medical facilities.

I AM off and running with my quilting goals for 2014! Having purchased another pre-cut just minutes ago, I must say that I am giddy at the prospect of new fabric, especially in the form of a jelly roll. This line is very new from Moda and it is called Chantilly. Chantilly was designed by Lauren and Jessi Jung, a mother/ daughter design team that brought us Birds and Berries last year. I made a wonderfully quick quilt from a pattern in the Easy Quilts magazine and it came out beautifully! I will post a picture in the next couple of days.

My fabric habit, especially where pre-cuts are concerned is tempted daily by the great people at Missouri Star Quilt Company and Green Fairy Quilts. If you have not checked them out, Missouri Star has a Daily Deal everyday with a significant discount and hundreds of You Tube videos showcasing almost every quilting technique you can imagine, most using pre-cut fabrics. Green Fairy Quilts is a great place to find the latest pre-cut fabrics from Moda and Riley Blake at big discounts and – wait for it – FREE SHIPPING in the continental United States. What a deal!

Yesterday while shopping in Amish Country (Ohio) I bought a charm pack of Bluebird Park. It is a beautiful line and will make a great baby quilt. I am using a pattern from Villa Rosa Designs called LaFrance. It finishes at 36″ X 45″ and all you need for the front, in addition to the charm pack, is one yard of fabric! If you have not seen Villa Rosa Design patterns, check them out. They are very easy designs, usually using some type of pre-cut, and they are printed on a full color laminated post card and retail for about $2, depending on where you purchase them. I have made several of their designs and have just ordered seven new patterns from them, so I will be busy!

I heard a superstition that whatever one is doing on New Year’s Day will be something they will spend much of their time at in the coming year. New Year’s Day 2013 I made sure I spent part of my time at the machine, and lo and behold, I got some amazing projects finished this year. For 2014 I am taking no chances – I will be in my sewing room today and tomorrow planning out projects for the coming months and petting and organizing my fabric. What will you be doing?





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