Fabrics for Nature's Gift

Getting to work on my first quilt of the year, Nature's Gift. The quilt was originally done in holiday fabrics but I've decided on brighter colors.

Here are my fabric choices for the quilt. 

Now, let the cutting begin!


25 Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier

I came across this blog post on another blog I read on a regular basis. Most of the tips are very useful and I've heard of a couple before. My favorites are hulling strawberries & storing linens for a neat linen closet.

Thank you Proper Prim for posting these tips.


Quilt Projects 2012

Well, it's almost the end of February and I'm just now writing about what quilt projects I'm going to work on in 2012. Originally I committed myself to make 5 quilts this year, spacing out the cost and giving myself enough time to work on each, but I think I've committed myself to at least 2-3 more. However many I would like to make, I want to make at least the original 5. Any additional quilts made will just be a bonus.

I will try to blog about the fabric and steps of each quilt. I must confess that half the time I get excited and power through stuff without slowing down to take any pictures of what I'm doing.

Here is the list of the five projects I have planned for the year:

Quilt 1: A simple square & pinwheel design called Nature's Gift from Deb Strain for Moda. This quilt is for me and will be in bright, cheery fabrics (red, aqua, yellow, green, pink). Trying to brighten up my atmosphere during all the dreary Oregon rainy season.

Quilt 2: A wedding/anniversary quilt for friends. Have yet to pick the pattern but I'm loving Swoon here & here.

Quilt 3: A Triple Irish Chain bed quilt for my husband's paternal grandmother. It will be done in 30's reproduction fabric. I'm basing it off this Triple Irish Chain on the Moda Bake Shop blog. I'm still not sold on the red flower with yellow centers in the quilt but I have yet to come up with a different color combo.

Quilts 4 & 5: Throw quilts for my husband's maternal grandparents. I haven't picked a pattern or colors/fabrics for these yet.

Other quilts on my mind: A double wedding ring table runner (taking a class on the technique), a quick and easy quilt done in the local university's colors, and something for a 5 year old boy.

That's all for today!