New Quilters Blog Hop Continues

But first, I've got a new arrival! I received the loveliest package the other day from my friend Kate @ Smiles from Kate--an adorable mini quilt and a boatload of surprises!

You might remember that Kate and I decided last year to have a mini quilt exchange. We became friends through last year's New Quilters Blog Hop. This year's version continues this week, but more about that in a minute. First let's take a look at what Kate sent me all the way from England!

First, she included her mini quilt in my favorite colors lime and purple! She also included a wonderful charm pack of Oakshot cottons which are so unbelieveably beautiful. If you've never seen shot cottons, they shimmer with different colors depending on the angle at which the light hits them. These are especially gorgeous. I'm going to make something wonderful with them!

Kate also included a selection of Twinings tea. Although we can get Twinings here in the states, we can't get all the different varieties she included. Also, my husband has been to London and had Twinings Earl Grey while there and he says it tastes better than our version. So when I opened the package Kate sent, his first comment was "Lovely quilt. Oh my! It's the real Earl Grey!" I can't wait to try it and see if the difference is simply his imagination. I doubt it because man, that tea smells so wonderful!

Finally, Kate included a bit of Liberty fabric. I had told her that I loved Liberty and would kill to get some. So she wrangled some from a friend because she doesn't live anywhere near London and was unlikely to get some on her own. It's it wonderful?

Kate signed her piece on the back. I love that label!

Kate quilted the mini with diagonal lines through those incredibly tiny HSTs. Don't you love the way she finished the binding? This quilt is going up in my studio where I can look at it every day and think about how lucky I was to meet Kate through the New Quilt Bloggers blog hop.

Speaking of which, the hop continues this week with more quilt bloggers and more giveaways! Please visit these lovely ladies from my hive, the Blooming Quilters.

Be sure to also visit Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and enter this week's giveaway! The prizes are awesome. Thanks also to the other blog hop hosts, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts and Leanne @ she can quilt. I so appreciate you supporting us new quilt bloggers!

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My Teal Mini

I don’t know if you were aware of it or not, but September was ovarian cancer awareness month. The color for ovarian cancer awareness is teal, and a group I met online decided to raise money for ovarian cancer research by having a teal mini quilt exchange.

The swap was incredibly successful and raised over $4,000 for the cure! After signing up, I was assigned a swap partner. My partner was Barb, and she lives in Alaska. We had until October 2nd to mail our finished quilts to our partner. Barb was in the process of moving to another state, so I got my quilt a little late. Here’s what Barb made me.

I told her that I wanted her to make me something that would remind me of Alaska and the new friend I’d made. Barb has an embroidery machine so I knew her quilt would feature some kind of embroidery, but wow! Isn’t the bear truly awesome?

We were each given a small bit of teal fabric to include in our quilt--in this case it was the modern stripe fabric you see in the HSTs. Barb even included some teal ribbon fabric in her mini. Wasn’t that great?

Here’s what I made Barb. It’s my Berry Cross block, set on point with a flying geese border. Isn’t it beautiful?

I quilted it with close parallel lines, and I really like the result! It’s traditional to send along some things from your home state, so I included an Indy tour guide, a postcard showing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and a magnet celebrating our state’s bicentennial. I also included some Amish pecan crunch. If you’ve never tasted this stuff, you’ve never tasted heaven! It’s buttery crunchy deliciousness.

My only regret is that in the rush to get the quilt sent, I forgot to take a photo of just the quilt. Here’s the best photo I’ve got—a late night shot of the quilt before I put the binding on.

Here are the quilt details.

Tealberry Cross
18” x 18”
Original design
Fabrics: Kona Snow and scraps from my stash
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #5011
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 and Mettler Metrosene Plus 100 wt #0554
Pieced and Quilted by Jennifer Fulton

This was a project on my 2016 FAL list, so I get to knock another one off.

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Alison Glass Charm Swap

Spent the morning cutting 5” charm squares for an online swap.

In exchange for a little of my time and a yard and a half of fabric, I’ll receive 72 5” charm squares in a variety of Alison Glass fabrics!

I’m not much of a designer follower. Mostly when I purchase quilt fabric, I buy whatever strikes my fancy. Typically, I see a beautiful design or a wonderful color in a fabric and I just get the urge to add it to my stash. Occasionally though, I notice the designer as well as the wonderful fabric. Alison Glass is one of those designers I notice and look for because her fabrics are so wonderful—especially her Sun Prints.

In fact, even though I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know who she was at the time, I even featured several Alison Glass fabrics in Elephants on Parade, a quilt pattern from my book, “Idiot’s Guides: Quilting.” They are simply that compelling.

If you’ve never done a swap, I recommend them! Make sure however that the hostess knows what she’s doing so you get high-quality charms in return.

I participated in another swap awhile back, and received lots of cute novelties. Again, another well executed swap.

I don’t have a particular plan right now for the Alison Glass charms, except petting them! <grin>

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I’m Back, and Look What I Got in the Mail!

Hi everyone! You probably noticed that I’ve taken a bit of a break. Honestly, I have hit a bit of a slump and I’ve been feeling somewhat dispirited. I suppose this happens to everyone, especially those of us in a creative medium like this, but knowing that doesn’t help much. Ideas were flowing, but I just didn’t seem to have the energy or the will to take advantage of it.

As you know, my daughter Katerina will be heading back to college soon so maybe that’s it. Nobody told me that sending her off for year two would be harder than sending her off as a freshman, but somehow it is. I will miss her sweet smiling face and her artistry, encouragement, and sense of humor.

I will also miss my quilter friend Terry, who is moving several states away. Terry is artistic, innovative, and fun. I’ll miss her shining spirit.

I also seem to be on a downward trend for subscribers. It seems like every week I lose one of you guys. And as you might have gathered, goodbyes aren’t easy for me as each one is painful.

I don’t know whether or not all these goodbyes are to blame for my slump, but I do know it’s time to get myself off the floor and back to blogging and quilting. I got something in the mail the other day, and that helped raised my spirits. Who doesn’t love surprises in the mail?

I Spy fabrics!

I was in an I Spy fabric exchange a little while back and man it seemed to take forever for the fabrics to arrive, and when they did, it was like Christmas! Couldn’t have come at a better time. Look at all these cute prints!

I don’t have any plans for these fabrics just yet…got a lot of other projects that take priority. But just looking through these happy, fun fabrics is enough for now.

Happy weekend, everyone! Thanks for your continued support. It means the world.

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