Friday, February 12, 2010

Eye Candy

I am supposed to be packing to go to the beach (shhhh), but I just can't leave town without sharing a little eye candy and other quilting bliss.


This is my block for Sherri (Noah & Lilah) in the Nittany Block Party.  I LOVE it!  If you go to the Nittany Block Party Flickr group you can read about Sherri's sources of inspiration and how she modified the design (pure genius!).  There are also links to a tutorial if you want to give it a try yourself.  The only reason I am willing to let this block go is because right after I finished it last night I took strips from my string baskets and made short strings so that I can make a whole quilt like this for myself!

On Tuesday I drove to the small town of Sweet Home to spend the day with a friend and I stopped in Salem on the way home and bought these fabrics at Greenbaum's Quilted Forest.  Almost all of them were on sale, so I couldn't resist a little stash enhancement.


And today was an informal get-together of several of us in the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.  We haven't even had our first meeting yet, but the 35% off sale at Fabric Depot seemed like as good a reason as any.  I so enjoyed meeting Haritha, Lisa, Violet, Christina, and Paula, and it is pure bliss to get to talk about fabrics, design, and various quilty pleasures with others sharing a passion for creating with fabric.  While lunch and chatting for two hours was the highlight, the shopping was pretty nice too.  Here's my fabric haul:


A quilt for my nineteen-year-old son.  I usually like to reinterpret a design with my own choices of fabrics/colors, but this is just too perfect for me to mess with.  The design is by Cherri House, incorporates my love of blues and greens together, and just seems appropriate for a guy.  On the way home I decided that even if my son didn't like it, I would be more than happy to use it myself, but when I showed it to him he grinned from ear to ear.  Sunshine for me on this rainy day.

With wishes, true and kind -- Joan

19 comments:

  1. The fabrics you found on sale are luscious. Great addition to your stash. I can see why you got such a positive response from you son. The plain colors and pattern are perfect for a boy.

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  2. Great fabrics - now that is a real boys' quilt and I have great difficulty in making same - maybe I should take a leaf out of your book!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  3. PS - I know it is a simple pattern, but I have just ordered it anyway! i should be able to get nice fabrics here!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  4. Joan, Just wonderful fabric picks! But oh how I love those blocks. Gorgeous!! Have fun at the beach, Can I come along?

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  5. GORGEOUS FABrics!!! ALL of them! : )

    Love the quilt for your son AND his grin!!!

    ENJOY the Beach! Bliss. Happy Valentine's weekend!

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  6. Yum!!! That was great eye candy! Wriggle your toes in the sand for me!!
    Blessings,
    KT

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  7. Is it my imagination, or am I seeing more and more quilts using solid color fabrics lately?

    The colors for your son's quilt are super!

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  8. Wow, that block is amazing and I love the new fabric for your stash! Lovely!

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  9. your block for Sherri looks great and all that fabric you bought! I bought a little fat quarter pink this week...just like one of yours! Fabric is fun!!!

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  10. I can see why he had a smile from ear to ear. As I scrolled down the entry -- OH they're gorgeous came out of my mouth, so I'm with you on this one.

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  11. Oh, reading this has made my day! Thank you for choosing this pattern for your son, and I'm so happy he likes it!

    Cherri

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  12. i love your block. i think i might have to try that. i just made the city park quilt for my 23 year old son. i did use some different fabrics, and right now i am quilting it myself. it is a great pattern.

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  13. That is a great block for the block party! So fun to just look at. I love your fabric haul too. (I think I have all of those fabrics in the top row!) How fun that your quilt guild had a meeting. I look forward to just sitting around talking fabric with the ladies. Ours is still trying to schedule something. Enjoy your time at the beach!!

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  14. Wow~you really stashed up on the fabrics~very nice. Enjoy the beach, sand in my toes is the best feeling ever! So very lucky to meeting with your modern quilters! Your son should love his quilt~

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  15. Loved the eye candy and the ladder blocks look like fun!

    The Park quilt will be stunning!

    Enjoy yourself at the beach!

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  16. I've been interested in that park city pattern. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Looks like a bit of a puzzle. I love all the beautiful solid fabrics that are available in the USA, we just can't get the same range here in Australia.

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  17. Thanks for the eye candy and the links. That is a nice pattern for a guy. It keeps snowing here in NJ and all I want to do is go buy fabric!

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  18. Sounds like a great meet up! You fabric additions are fabulous! I love Greenbaum's.

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  19. Have fun at the beach Joan. Love the block and all your very yummy fabric purcheses.

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