Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It's Snowing and I'm Sewing - Perfect!

Perfect quilting weather! I just took these photos a minute ago. This is the view from my sewing machine. I've got a nice cup of tea and no place I have to go. Ahh, perfect.
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Cute Handmade Baby Skirt!

This cute baby skirt is the creation of Emily Cookson of California. She makes all sizes, from tiny doll size to size 10. Emily sends me her selvages, and as you can imagine, they are beautiful.
So click on over to her store and say "Hi, Emily!"

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Winner Announced!

The winner of the book "Back to Charm School" is Connie from Quilting by the River. Here's one of her quilts, called "Bullseye." Connie lives near the Mississippi River. Yayy, Connie!

Selvages by Moda

I'm working on a new selvage quilt today and I'm enjoying a new package of selvages from Emily in California. These are Moda selvages. I really like those scissors above.

The acorns and the little house logo on Deb Strain's designs are cute too. Why don't all the fabric manufacturers add a little more charm to their selvages?

Have you seen any good ones lately? Email a photo to me at

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Monday, February 27, 2012

New Red Zinger by Michelle Bishop

Michelle Bishop just finished this Red Zinger selvage quilt. Isn't it a beauty? Nice job, Michelle!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

An Urban legend Debunked

This beautiful work of art by Inga Nielsen is titled "Hideaway." Inga said she created it on her computer using a scenery generator.  But it has been circulating around the Internet as a photograph since 2006, and was even featured as NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day."  
You can read more about it on Hoax-Slayer.
It is a beautiful scene in any case. Nice job, Inga!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Andie's Specialty Sweets

These are candy buttons by Jason and Andie of Andie's Specialty Sweets in Los Angeles, CA. They offer a huge selection of amazing edible creations including green ferns, chocolate keys, and the vanilla mint lolly-pops below! Nice job Jason and Andie!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Smoky Mountains Springtime

On a recent trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee we saw some signs of spring! These daffodills had the slightest fragrance. They were bent downward a little because of a snowfall duing the night, but it was nearly noon when I took this photo to show you.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Quilt Book Giveaway!

Have you seen the new book, "Back to Charm School" by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene from Country Threads in Iowa? This is Book #2 with more ideas for small quilts you can make using 5" charm squares. Some are simple and others are more challenging, but they're all very pretty. This book also has instructions for making quilt binding and other good info for new quilters.

Leave a comment to enter the random drawing for a signed copy!

This book is also being featured today at A Quilting Life.
(Sorry, you can't "Click to Look Inside" as it says above. This photo is from Amazon.)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Carla's Freeform Crochet Scarf Tutorial!

Doesn't this look like a lot of fun? Take a look at Carla Barrett's free tutorial on Feathered Fibers. I have a road trip in my near future and I think I'll make one of these. Don't worry, I won't crochet and drive at the same time. I can't wait to show you what comes of this!
See more of Carla's free tutorials.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Amazing Optical Illusion Quilt

This quilt by Meena Schaldenbrand is called "Different Points of View." It measures 16"x20." I can't imagine how she made it, but I love it.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mary Keasler's Selvage Quilt

Accomplished quilter Mary Keasler of Tennessee made this amazing selvage quilt.
Also take a look at her blog for lots of quilt inspiration: Fiberliscious.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Riel's Valentine Quilt

This is Riel Nason's latest selvage quilt. I love the lattice, and the arrow feathers too.
Visit her blog to read more about it: the Q and the U. Nice job Riel!
This Canadian quilter is also the author of the new novel: The Town that Drowned. I enjoyed this book as soon as it came out, and I highly recommend it!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Selvage Scarf

This pretty selvage scarf is the creation of Linda Hall from Florida of The Quilting Violinist. It measures 3.5" x 88" and sells on Etsy for $23. She shows it worn as a belt too. I like her scarf: raw edge, long and skinny. Nice job, Linda!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Enid Silva's Selvage Quilt

Enid Silva made this beautiful selvage quilt with hand-embroidery on the inner border. She's a member of the Hearthside Quilters Guild in Harwinton, CT. Didn't she do a great job?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Pretty red quilt from Cluck Cluck Sew. This is such a classic.

Virtual zero-calorie chocolates! Have one.  :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Meet Katell from France

Katell from France made this beautiful blue selvage star quilt. Take a look at her blog: Hive of Quilters. It's in French, of course, but you can click on "Translate" at the top of the page.
Or click on "Traduction" in the sidebar. Voila! Great quilt inspiration there.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Harney Tea Visit

My DH and I recently visited the Harney Tea tasting room in Millerton, NY. All those black and gold boxes on the shelves are filled with wonderful teas from around the world. They have some already brewed for you to taste, and they'll recommend other teas you can try too. I found a new favorite: Chinese Panyang Golden Tips. The one I bought was a Darjeeling, and less expensive.

They also have a tasting room in SoHo, New York City. Go visit if you're in the area.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Itza Chick Thing

Deb Shull-Andrews from Lincoln, Illinois makes these upcycled wearable art bags and offers them for sale ($45-$75) at: Itza Chick Thing.  What fun!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Totally Tutorials - Free Craft Directory!

This bag is just one of many clever projects on Kym's site: Totally Tutorials, a directory of free craft tutorials. There is so much to see here, and new tutorials are being added daily.
 If you're looking for a tutorial, or you have a tutorial that you'd like to share, or if you'd like to test free sewing tools, or you'd like to promote your blog, this is the place for you.
This site has over 5,200 followers! Can you imagine? It's the place to be!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Meet Shannon of Kramp Kouture

Shannon Kramp of Buffalo, NY has this selvage dress for sale at KrampKouture on Etsy. Shannon refashions used and vintage clothing. She offers the edginess of couture without the big pricetag.
If I was going to wear this dress I'd have to learn not to walk too close to doorknobs and drawer pulls! I'd need handlers to walk with me like Mickey Mouse has. Haha. Shannon is definitely thinking out of the box!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Finally, Selvage Fabric!

Christina of A Few Scraps in Portland, OR made this selvage fabric on Spoonflower! Isn't this amazing? The biggest dots are about an inch across. Christina decided to make a smaller version too. You can see both on her blog, and you can purchase this fabric at Spoonflower ($18/yard): large dots, and small dots. I'm liking the busyness of the smaller dots. I've been thinking of this for a long time. Actually doing it is so much better! Yayy, Christina!

Thank you to Lori Kay for the heads up about this new fabric.  :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

International Quilt Festival of Ireland! June 2012

Have you heard about the upcoming Quilt Festival? June 7-10 in Galway, Ireland. This looks like it would be a wonderful experience! There's still time if you want to enter a quilt or other quilted item. Photos due very soon. See Exhibit page for particulars.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Quilter's Brain

We already know all this, but I thought it'd be fun to post it anyway.
 I found this on Jill's blog: Cre8fMom Quilts.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

Here are the winners in the fat quarter giveaway! At least this is how I imagine they look. I'm not really sure.  That must be me in the white dress, presenting the prizes. I don't know if the winner in the middle is wearing a crown, or standing under a chandelier! Heehee.
Okay, back to business. (Drumroll please....)

The lucky winners are:
1. Three Old Keys
2. Char from Cloth Stitched
3. Jodi from Come Tarry With Me
4. Brenda from Scraps and Strings

Congratulations! I'll email you for addresses today.
Another giveaway coming soon: Remember we're making a group quilt? Skinny strings. Sit tight.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Narrow Stairsteps and YOUR Quilts

This simple block is a good project for new quilters, and it goes together fast. It looks like hedges in a formal garden, doesn't it? Take a look at the book, then leave a comment for the fat quarter giveaway. I hope you're not going "stair-crazy" yet! Haha. I do get a little carried away sometimes.

YOUR QUILTS: Email a photo of your stairstep quilt and I'll feature it here on the Selvage Blog. (Please send it as an attachment.)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Ray Koshy, Rice Straw Museum Shop

Ray Koshy of Galveston, Texas is one of less than a hundred rice straw artists in the world. He hopes to preserve this ancient art form by introducing it to the public on Etsy. His shop is: Rice Straw Museum Shop. I had no idea that rice straw looked like this. The "tree trunk" above looks embroidered, like a satin stitch, doesn't it?

This 8" x 10" portrait was made with leaves of the rice plant. How amazing!

Be sure to enter the giveaway in the post below. Drawing for 4 winners of Kaffe Fassett fat quarter bundles on Sunday.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Attic Stairs: Scrap-Buster!

"Attic Stairs" is one of the quilt patterns in my new book. It's a no-thinking-required scrap-buster. As you generate scraps from other projects, cut and toss into 2 piles: one dark and one light. Sew pairs, then trim into final size. Before you know it you'll have that gift you've been meaning to make. See the book, and then comment to enter the fat quarter giveaway.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

See My New Book! Fat Quarters Giveaway Starts Today! (4 Winners)

My new book is out today! It features eleven fabulous versions of the Stairstep quilt.
 It's easy enough for new quilters, but it has design options that will tempt experienced quilters too.
I'm really excited about it!

The book is a pdf, so you get it immediately via email. Print it if you like. Take a look. Then come back and leave a comment. You'll be automatically entered in a random drawing for a package of 4 fat quarters by Kaffe Fasset. Four winners will be announced on Sunday Feb. 5.

If you "Favorite" it, tell your friends, or blog about it, etc., please enter 2 comments.