Instagram has been a great way of connecting with other quilters/sewists/sewers/people-who-sew (choose your preferred title, ya’ll). It was also amazing to watch unfold on instagram what would pretty much be considered a massive virtual swap-meet of people needing to destash. And I was able to snag some fabrics I have been really pining over.
I really just started sewing in the last two years, and ended up missing most of the releases of Tula Pink’s fabric lines. So I was glad to snag some prints from her Parisville line. I literally squealed when I opened the package and saw the fabrics. They are so much more gorgeous in real life than in any picture I’ve seen them in.
Beautiful, beautiful Parisville
The other fabrics I managed to get in thegreatdestash was this fat quarter bundle of Melody Miller Typewriter fabric. I wasn’t in the quilting/sewing world when this line was released, but fell in love with it as soon as I saw other people post pictures of projects made with the fabrics. I bought this bundle from Gina_Pina on instagram, and she even added some lovely scraps and a Melody Miller Typewriter sticker to the bundle. Thanks, Gina Pina… I absolutely love these fabrics!
I drool every time I look at these Melody Miller Typewriter fabrics
I didn’t go crazy during the destash, but I did get some of two fabric lines that I have been loving on from afar. And I’m very pleased with that!
Linking up with the ever fabulous and always inspirational,
Molli Sparkles Kate Quilts.
Finally got my blocks done this week for the Vintage Quilt Revival. I got them finished just under the wire! Whew!
I worked on a quilting plan for my challenge project this week and got the quilt top marked up for it. I decided to finish my VQR blocks today, rather than starting the quilting on the challenge quilt and getting behind on these blocks.
Classic Mosaic block
These blocks are lot of fun to make. I am loving the Modern Solids 2 fabrics, and especially using the grey in the blocks. My husband even says, “Oh… That’s a nice one!” with every single block I make.
Window Pane block
Really enjoying this block-along, and glad I’m able to keep up with the two-blocks-per-week pace!
Linking up with Sukie — Don’t you know who I am?
I have had quite an exciting two weeks. I didn’t realize that Alyssa Lichner of Pile O’ Fabric was doing a drawing for all of the finished Skillbuilder quilts from last year’s Skillbuilder BOM. I was reading emails, got an email notification of a new blog post over at Pile O’ Fabric and clicked over to read the post. Imagine my surprise when I got to the bottom of the post and saw that I had won a giveaway for linking up my finished quilt! I sent my address to her and within two days had my prize. A beautiful Roll-Up of the Kona Summer colors.
Thank you, Alyssa. For the free class last year, for the amount of detail and the hard work you put into your classes, for being available and responding to questions, and for the wonderful prize!
I also won the drawing for submitting my Double Z block in the Vintage Quilt Revival block along that Sukie is hosting. To think I almost put off doing those blocks! All this winning is wonderful craziness! The prize was two-fold. First, I received a gorgeous aqua/coral/green bundle of 12 FQ’s (AMAZINGLY GENEROUS!!) from The Intrepid Thread. Julie’s online shop is my absolute favorite on the internet. In fact, about 99% of my fabric is purchased online (the quilt shops around here just love batiks and not modern fabric…ugh). What I love about Julie’s shop (besides Julie’s fantastic customer service, her awesome prices, the frequent sales) is that every package includes a handwritten note from Julie or one of the girls in the shop. Also included with every package are two charm sized pieces of fabric. Plus, it’s all wrapped up in tissue and tied with fabric. Thank you so much for this bundle, Julie. It is so gorgeous!!
A Gorgeous Bundle From The Intrepid Thread
The second part of the prize was from Interweave, and was a Pay-It-Forward prize. Since we are required to have the book to participate in the Vintage Quilt Revival block along, Interweave offered an additional copy of the book to be sent to a family member or friend. I have a good friend here in town who has been quilting and she loves sewing and quilting books like I do. So I know she’ll be happy with this book!
Big thanks again to Alyssa at Pile O’Fabric. Also to Sukie of Sukie — Don’t you know who I am?, Julie of The Intrepid Thread, and Interweave. You are all so generous!
Linking up with the ever fabulous and always inspirational, Molli Sparkles.
Quite an amazing thing has happened on Instagram the last few days. IG users @brazenlisa @lisaquiltslikeaboss & @jessicaquilter decided to start a Modern Bee on Instagram and it exploded! Within a few days’ time they have managed to organize 10 Hives with 12 quilters in each hive.
By the time I found out about it and asked to get in on the fun, I was assigned to Hive 8. I found out who my bee-mates were yesterday. I’ve been having a lot of fun getting to know a bit about them as we introduce ourselves and get organized. Some amazing ladies are in our hive, and we have a range of newer quilters to very experienced quilters; and those who’ve participated in a Bee before and those who haven’t (like me!). I’m in an extremely friendly group of Hive members, and I am SO excited to be participating in this with them.
All of us are using the book Modern Bee by Lindsay Conner for our quilt choice. I should be getting my book Monday or Tuesday, and I’m scheduled to be Queen Bee in November. Since this is my first bee, I’m super excited and nervous at the same time. I don’t want to mess up! Eeek!
One of our Bee-mates has already created a blog button for us. I love it! I’ll be putting it in the side bar, and it will link to Tagboard which will show any #moderninstabee2014hive8 tags on the internet. That way you can see what our bee is working on. If you’re on Instagram, you can follow along with our bee using the aforementioned hashtag or along with the entire bee as a whole by searching the hashtag #moderninstabee2014. It’s gonna be awesome… so be sure to follow along!!
Have you seen all this activity on Instagram? Did you sign up?
If so, which Hive were you assigned?