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Camper Quilt beginnings……AND Gooseberry Patch Book Winner…..

August 25th, 2013

So Linda and I have been discussing getting a camper like this or this down the road in our near future. And we are both kinda making our own quilts just for it. Linda has started doing some embroidery blocks that she has gathered along the way and her quilt is going to be made of those and a bunch of my reproduction-30’s prints that I found while I was cleaning up the studio.

My quilt is going to use a bunch of this line, Summer Camp, by Mark Cesarik:

summer camp 47  summer camp 45

summer camp 46
And some of these greys:

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And these charm packs from Moda that I picked up at Market in Portland:

S'more Love 37    Road 15 38

And these Birch leftovers from a couple quilts I have worked on that you can’t see yet:

Birch  Camping 40

And any other “camping” themed  prints I find while I am working on it:

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And knowing me, even more fabrics that I haven’t thought of yet.  I have a couple of  ideas in mind. I need something that will make good use of those charm squares.

I really thinking Summer Camp possesses a very unique sense of color. Not one I would typically associate with Camping for some reason. I really like the golds and browns in it, and in the past I might have stuck with an overall brownish bent, but I am kinda thinking I want to try it with the assorted grey solids and “almost” solids. I have this idea in my head that the gold and the grey will go well together…..still not sure about the brown aspect of it all…

Some of the Summer Camp prints are definitely “camping”  themed:

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But some don’t necessarily have that feel when sitting all on their own:

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And some could work equally well for Christmas projects:

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I don’t know when I will get around to this project, but I thought I would share the line with you while it is in the stores so you can snatch some up while you still can.

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And onto the second part of this post.

The Gooseberry Patch Book Winner…..

I had a bit of a mix-up with this. I had first contacted the winner, but I got back a message saying it was unsendable…..so decided to email another winner…..Well that same day AFTER I emailed the “second” winner, lo and behold IN MY SPAM folder, I found an email from the first winner (don’t know how she got my first email when my email said it was not sendable…..)  But never fear, the marvelous people at Gooseberry Patch said “no worries” and that they will send a copy to both of the winners.   Now here’s the catch, I haven’t heard back from the  second winner.

So here’s the first winner who should have her very own copy soon.

Karen wrote on 7/28/13 at 9:32am:

I would love to win the book draw. I like the little projects you have displayed in the blog. Karen

And if you are the second winner and got an email from me also regarding this….Just send me your snail mail address at blunickel5@earthlink.net and we will get you taken care of.

That’s it for now. I have more posts lined up…..but I just got a job from a fabric company that they want finished in….a week and a half?? So who knows if I will get those planned posts up in time….

 

Christmas books….

December 16th, 2012

Yup…this is LATE for Christmas books….but I have these two to share with you…and maybe two more tomorrow, if I can get to them!

This first one I shared about awhile back because I am a contributor to it and it came out in the E-version last year I believe.  Pretty in Patchwork Holidays came out in print version this year.  I really prefer the print version of all books so I was delighted to actually get it in my hands.



My friend John Adams put this baby together with many wonderful bloggers whom I am sure you know contributing to the project line-up. I started on this gift bag that John designed , and I had really hoped to get it DONE to show you, but I have been so overwhelmed by a great many NON-sewing related things in the last few months, I have had Very limited time in the studio.  Ok, almost no time in the studio....However, January is looking good to have a change around in that department, and I am ever so excited about that change!!



Anyway, there are MANY other wonderful projects in this book beside the bag including pillows, table settings, wall hangings, stuffed stuff, and the cutest little hedgehog embroidery pattern.


And of course there are quilts.  This one by John is one of my favorites. All snowy and chilly-warm using the only real shade of purple that I like, a “grey-ish” Perkin’s purple.


PIP John's Quilt


and of course I am fond of my quilt in the book as well!


Highland-quilt-


The next book to mention is Christmas Magic by Ingrid Perra.  This book is definitely a throwback to the early quilting revival days of the 70’s and 80’s.  Very country, very simple.  I am not sure if a lot of you would like this book or not just because the fabrics used in the book are very much that of that “Laura Ingalls Wilder” look.  They definitely would appeal to you if you like that current Scandinavian revival I see popping up here and there in the sewist arena.


Christmas Magic cover


Most of the projects are simple and very homespun looking.  Looking through the book, these two projects struck my eye as unique and interesting.   I could see them done in more contemporary fabrics as well.


I found this tree “basket” concept very interesting and love the concept behind it.  Same trees with some hip mod fabrics? Could be a fun project!


CMagic tree tray


And Linda and I are always looking for some fresh takes on the whole Advent Calendar theme.  This one is very “gingerbread” looking with these pinks and beiges,  but might be just as much fun in some Chartreuse and Cherry combo, right?


CMagic Advent House


So that’s it for today’s post…hope to have another one for you with two other Christmas books that you might really like to get yourself  which do include some fun things that you still might have time for this Christmas…...if you get them right away….and I get the post actually finished!!  :)

Foreign Food Frippery

June 14th, 2008

Frippery? Yeah, well, I made it up….I think…..I liked the alliteration.

So tonight’s entry in this FANTASTIC blog centers on the Asian snacks that we on the West Coast can often find here if we look in the right places. These were purchased in the University District of the University Of Washingon in Seattle last week. I bought them mainly because of their design elements, not due to the food contained in them. They were rather dull on the taste level.

japanese candy1.jpg Rice Candy….the inner paper melts in your mouth…..

japanese snack.jpg Some strange shrimp, octopus, fishy tasting crackers and chips were in this package. japanese snack back.jpg This is the back label, I scanned it just because I like the Japanese characters…..

I did take some pictures of the grounds here at Shiloah Cottage tonight, but I am so exhausted (from what I don’t know) those pictures will have to wait until tomorrow. Signing off for the night… Scott at the Blue Nickel