November WIPs, McCalls, and A New Family Member!

I think this long, jumbled title pretty much sums me up right now!  Seriously, I kind of feel like a jumbled mess at the moment.  I keep waiting to finish some fabulous projects to share about…a fun tutorial, a cute new holiday pattern…every day I want to post, and every day they continue to sit in a heap on my sewing table, half finished, meanwhile, the house gets messier and messier, the laundry is piling up, and I can’t seem to find the time to change out of these stretch pants or get a much needed haircut.  I guess that’s life (or at least mine).  Messy, jumbled, and always an endless parade of WIPs.

Oooh, but I do actually have one finished project to share today!  EEEEK!  I have an article out in the latest McCall’s Quilting Magazine!  My first magazine publication!  What a thrill to write for a company that I’ve looked to for sewing inspiration nearly all my life.  The folks over at McCalls are so lovely and it was such an amazing experience to be able to write and share my thoughts on the modern-day mini quilt movement.  The issue is January/February 2015, which is already available and out on newsstands now.

McCalls 01

McCalls 02

So many happy bright projects included in the article too!  Most of these are either precious handmade gifts I’ve received from friends, or little treasures I’ve made to brighten up my space.

McCalls 03

I hope you’ll pick up a copy when you stop by your local book store or quilt shop- it’s a lovely issue!

McCalls 04

Hmmm, what else.  Ah yes, I’m working on an advent calendar!  Really hoping to get this done before next week’s Thanksgiving whirlwind of cleaning and cooking arrives, and then Dec 1st is right around the corner and it will be time to launch the Christmas countdown.  It’s a bit of an improved endeavor, but I am documenting my steps with photos so I can share about my process, just in case you get inspired to stitch up one of your own.  Can’t wait to share more about this next week!

McCalls 06

Aaaand I’ve got a couple of baby quilts in the making.  Trying to get one done for a shower this weekend, but it might end up just being a Christmas gift instead (hey, who doesn’t want a big box of diapers instead??).  I’m having fun playing around with a jelly roll and some strip-pieced half square triangles, and am excited to be sharing more about these quilts in the coming weeks too.

McCalls 07

Oh, and I can’t forget!  We had a little addition to our family yesterday!  And she is quite little.  This is Adelaide.  Or Miss Adelaide to be perfectly accurate.  We actually rescued this sweet little lady about 10 years ago, and she’s been living with my parents for years, but circumstances have brought her back and we are so very glad.  Ranger and Adelaide….well, they haven’t met yet.  He’s been outside, she’s been inside, eyeing each other and trying to look tough through the sliding glass door.  We’re researching just how to make this relationship work, but I’m sure they’ll warm up to each other sooner or later (we hope).

McCalls 05

Well that’s what’s going on in my neck of the woods!  I hope you’re staying warm and having fun preparing for a feast of gratitude and love next week (and maybe, just maybe busting out some early Christmas music like I am…just don’t tell my husband).

XO

Sugar Block Quilts & A Giveaway!

Heeeeello from the frigid Rocky Mountains!  We wore tank tops to the park 2 days ago, but at the at the moment, it’s a toasty -8 fahrenheit here.  Yup, just soaking in the rays…in front of a crackling fireplace, that is.  So I figured it’s the perfect day for a little bit of quilty play, and a great giveaway!

So, a reader emailed me a little while back with the idea of sharing images of the Sugar Blocks we’ve been making each month, in quilts of their own, rather than just as a sampler.  And can I tell you, I LOVE this idea!  Love love love.  Don’t get me wrong- I love samplers too- but there’s just something so clean and dynamic about single block quilts.  The way the pattern repeats and creates all kinds of fun layers that I wouldn’t have noticed if the block were part of a sampler- it’s tremendous fun.  And I do really want Sugar Blockers to feel the freedom to think outside the sampler box with the blocks we’re making.  Please, PLEASE pick and choose the blocks you want, to make a sampler, sure, or to make one-block quilts, or pillows, a bag, a table runner…whatever your little quilty heart desires!

So here’s our January block…

January Block: Intention

January Block: Intention

And here’s this block in a quilt of it’s own…

Full Quilt January

For me though, this quilt was just begging for scrappiness, so here it is with varied prints…

Full Quilt January Scrappy

I like it!  Here’s our February block, and it’s quilt…

February Block: Mercy

February Block: Mercy

I can see this one with all different colored stars, or maybe varied prints in the background, but the stars all the same print…lots of options coming to mind for this one.

Full Quilt February

Here are those happy pinwheels from March…

March Block

And here it is in repeat…  Wow!  I just love how the larger center stars connect, and the pinwheels meet in the corners, just filling the background with pinwheels.  I think I’d love this one done super scrappy, with a really bold solid for the center stars.

Full Quilt March

Here is April…

April Block 01

The white in this one makes up a pattern all it’s own…to me, standing out even more than the stars.

Full Quilt April

One of my absolute favorites…May…

May Block

Love!

Full Quilt May

June…

June Block

June Block

Full Quilt June

July…

July Block

July Block

I got a little crazy with color on this one, straying from the fabrics I used in my blog.  I love the punch of the solids in the crosses and those quarter square triangles.  Lots of new, interesting geometry here…definitely room to play with fabrics.

Full Quilt July

And August…

August Block

August Block

Hmmmm.  I’m not so sure about this one, in terms of fabrics.  Lots of prints and color going on, and I’d definitely want to play with different options to see what else might be hiding- maybe stronger contrast between the red/light blue patches?  Or switch the red to a super light, for a very light print background, and bold center diamonds?

Full Quilt August

Here’s September…

September Block 01

Mixed up colors a bit with this one as well, since that floral print I used in the actual block wasn’t showing up so well in the illustration.  Again, I think I’d want to go scrappy with this one!

Full Quilt September

And October…

October Block

October Block

More playing with fabrics and colors…solids would be so cool!  Also, why is it that I never ever use purple in quilts?  It’s like I have a purple blockage.  I think I need to break through that!

Full Quilt October

And last, but not least (and not really last either, since December is yet to come), November…ahhhhh, I love this one!!!

November Block 01

To me, this block just feels like BAM!  Sparkly!  Spinny!  I love the square and diamond underneath, grounding things.  Here’s what I came up with when playing around with the single block quilt…

Full Quilt November

Aaaahhh, I LOVE what this quilt becomes when the background diamonds are done in alternating lighter-toned solids.  Love love love.

Are your creative juices flowing yet?  Inspired to go make a single block quilt?  If you do, I’d love to see it!!!  My favorite social media is Instagram (is there any other social media??), so if you post there, tag me, @stitcherydickory and include the hashtag #sugarblockclub.  Or post on Flickr, or whatever! :)

SO- you’ve read through the longest blog post of all time, and now I think you deserve a giveaway!  Happy freezing November, happy one block quilts, happy fabric…courtesy of Southern Fabric, who’s generously giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky reader today.  Enter using the raffle box at the bottom of this post through Monday 11/17 at midnight, and I’ll draw a winner on Tuesday morning.

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Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

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