Thursday, August 20, 2009

Paula Deen Love!

Woohoo!! I recently received an email and these pictures from the Paula Deen show. They were the ones who requested my dish towels and are apparently quite pleased with what they received. With their permission, I want to share these with you.


"Hey Angela! Just so you know, Paula LOVED your towels and wanted me to send this to you as a thank you. We are scheduled to shoot the show in September, so look for them in Season 6 of Paula's Best Dishes! All the best! "



Paula Dean with my dishtowels


Paula Dean loves my dishtowels!

This is all pretty surreal for me and I can't wait to see the towels in action! It's unbelievable to be found on Etsy and end up on television. I've felt it is such a nice compliment to be noticed among so many wonderful artists.

Friday, August 14, 2009

August Bee Modern Blocks

I'm happy to say that I'm longer behind in my quilting commitments! Woohoo! It was so freeing to work on blocks that were being completed on time and not already late. I'm never late normally...for anything...so it's been difficult to let go of so much lately and leave my sewing behind. But I'm feeling a bit more in the sewing groove lately and hopefully will at least remain at this pace.

So on to the pretty blocks!

I posted last time the fun bunch of fabrics that Alexia sent us for her quilt. And I'm happy to say that I managed to use most of them. I also threw in a bunch of my own scraps as she said would be okay.

August Bee Modern Fabrics

The first block I worked on was a pieced quarter circle block with a log cabin border. I had never attempted a pieced circle before although I've done appliqued circles. I was a little nervous about doing it, but I found a good pattern in one of my many quilting books and am so happy that I did. It turns out that it was a really good pattern! I found that working on the pieced circle reminded me a great deal of garment sewing. Since that is how I began all my sewing adventures so many years ago, I felt comfortable pretty quickly.

Quarter Circle Block

And an up close view of the center... I added some of the pink bits in the center from my own stash including the sweet Denyse Schmidt print.

Detail of quarter circle block


I was pleased enough with using a new technique that I thought I would tempt fate and do a second block also with a different new technique. I've been looking at so many wonky star blocks recently and hadn't attempted one yet personally. Alexia's inspiration mosaic including some, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. This one I didn't have a pattern for though. So of course there ended up being a bit more frustration in constructing it.

Wonky Star Block

After making the star center, I decided that block needed something else. A border! But no, I couldn't just do something simple. I needed to make it complicated. :p So a pieced border it became. I had to work on it another day because by this point the block had taken a lot of time. But I was happy with how it all turned out in the end...almost. Somehow the block became a 1/4" too small. Grr... But it's still usable if she uses a smaller seam allowance. So frustrating though with no easy fix.

Detail of wonky star block


And now, since I was on day three of block construction anyway and I a bunch of fabric left over from making the pieced border, I decided to make a third block. yep...another one. This one had much simpler construction though and used a bunch of scraps. It would have been more difficult to make if I hadn't already had the strips used for the border. But I like how it turned out as well. Perfect with the little owl center.

Owl and stripe block

Detail of Owl and Stripe block

All in all, a pretty satisfying month for the Bee Modern Swap for me. Here are all three together!

3 August Blocks

And now I'm starting to think about my upcoming month. My month is October...so it's quickly approaching. I'll start giving a preview of what's to come soon!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sewing Along

I meant to post some of these projects earlier, but ah well... Better late than never. ;) I've been trying to get some sewing done on commitments that I have made. They are all things that I am excited to be working on, but it's funny how hard they can be when they turn into obligations. Suddenly that fun task can seem daunting.

First off, a batch of dishtowels I recently made needed to be completed. I had been contacted by a show on the Food Network who was interested in my first set of dishtowels. Those towels were not the right size and I didn't have enough quantity of certain types, so a new project began. I was happy to finally finish these towels and have to admit that I needed some help especially with all the ironing (just too sick). But I think that they turned out really cute.

Dishtowels

Stacks of Towels

It was fun to delve back into my own fabrics and come up with new color and fabric combinations. I liked each set for totally different reasons. I was also trying to think about what might look good on television and what would get lost in translation. But I'm kind of out of my depth there! :)

Bird Dishtowels

Lemon Dishtowels

Guitar Dishtowels

Red Floral Dishtowels


After that project was sent off, I could finally focus on my July Blocks for the Bee Modern Quilt Along. This month we were given free reign to do anything we wanted in a 12.5" square size. Of course this is a modern quilt along, so everyone tends to like that kind of inspiration. I felt like I was being a bit of a dissenter by making one of the blocks I made, the Dresden Plate.

Dresden Plate July Block Bee Modern

The fabric she selected was called Hello Betty and it just begged me to make it into this block. She also sent us a lot of skinny strips of fabric, so it was hard to figure out what I wanted to make. I didn't want to make a bunch of log cabins this whole Bee, so I was trying to think outside the box.

Detail of Dresden Plate Block

I used an invisible thread on the front for the applique and a white thread on the back. I actually loved how beautiful the back looked. Something so pretty and simple about it.

Detail of Back of July Dresden Plate Block


My second block for her was much more improvisational and "modern". It gave me more problems than I thought, but in the end I really liked it as well. I think that both blocks will work with her other blocks.

Improv block for July Block for Bee Modern


After finishing those blocks, I began work right away on my next row for the Row Robin Quilt Swap. This month I was working on Tacha's quilt. After she lost her first row in the mail :( she decided on a color theme of red, white and blue. It may seem all American, but she's living in Germany! I really liked what others have done for her so far and it was a much easier quilt for me to work on. I even broke out some of my favorite fabrics for this one.

Angela's Row for Tacha

Detail of Row

Here's all the rows together! They look great!

All the Rows for Tacha so far


And if all of that was not enough, I'm getting ready to start right in on the August blocks for Bee Modern. We've been given free reign again and whole bunch of beautiful fabrics to use. My package came in the mail the other day...

August Bee Modern Fabrics

I'm still debating what I want to make, but I'm sure I'll do something that requires lots of work. I don't think that I'd be happy otherwise! :p

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