Wednesday, December 9, 2009

So much fabric-love, so little time...until next week that is!

This last week of school is going by so fast! Only two days left and I have one paper and one presentation still due. Can't wait until Friday night when we celebrate both the holiday season and getting through the semester with a party at my friend Melissa's. Saturday I work and then Alex and I head to his parents place for Hanukkah. Next week will be all about relaxing, getting some Christmas presents finished, and probably baking.

I have finished three of my disappearing nine patch blocks for the Irish Flood Quilts project.



These are made using Hello Betty by Chloe's Closet for Moda and some white cotton. I only have enough of the Hello Betty left to make another three blocks, but I think its not the quantity so much as the love behind them that counts. They're also 13.5 inches square each, so they're not small. They're not perfect as this was my first time ever trying the disappearing nine patch blocks, but I think they're neat and there will definitely be more in my future. If you would like more information of the Irish Flood Quilts project please visit Irish Quilting Magazine's flood relief page.

Would you like to come to the kitchen with me? There's a surprise in there hanging out with Genevieve.




Do you see what I see? There's a little bundle of gorgeousness making friends with Genevieve. Do you know what it is? Would you like to see more? Yes...okay!



It's a bundle of Flea Market Fancy cuts! The lovely Katy over at I'm a Ginger Monkey took pity on me when I mentioned to her that I hadn't been able to afford FMF when it first came out and now it has gotten way too expensive because it's out of print. Katy said that she remembered what it was like being a student and offered to send me some of her horde. I had no idea it was going to be like this! Katy apparently cut a piece off of every print of Flea Market Fancy she had! And many of the pieces are larger - I thought she was going to send me a handful of scraps, which I would have been over-the-moon about anyway, but this little bundle sent my heart afluttering! I had originally been thinking about making a string quilt for myself with whatever she sent me, but now I'm not sure because I don't want to obscure any of the loveliness of the prints by cutting them into smaller pieces. Thank you Katy - you are the loveliest, most rockin', and most generous lady! You should all go over and visit Katy and say hi because she really is pretty awesome (you should see her new tattoo!! Did you guys know that I have a couple of tattoos?) and I know you won't be disappointed!

By the way, did you see my Christmas apron sitting out in the picture of FMF and Genevieve (on top of two other aprons actually - I like aprons!)? I love that apron, I just pulled it out on Sunday because it was in the box with the tree decorations. I plan on wearing it a lot over the next few weeks! Speaking of decorations, I tried to take some pictures of the tree and our menorah to share but they're not looking right so I'll try again later and report back.

I hope you're all having a lovely week!

14 comments:

  1. I love your disappearing nine patch blocks - they look great!

    I had no idea of the floods in Ireland...which is totally bizarre seeings as it's only a skip across the irish sea from here. Seems our news doesn't tell us of local disasters!

    I was so happy to share my little FMF hoard with you, and it looks so happy sat with Genevieve, doesn't it? Have fun with it!!!!

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  2. What a generous gift!! I'm also a grad student and I completely understand the excitement!!

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  3. WOW. you did fantastic on your disappearing nine patch blocks - i'm SEW proud of you. before you know, your studies will be done and you will be a sewing fool. cheers to you. and YUMMO on those love FMF goodies. WARM hugs from snowy and FRIGID colorado, we are at -4 right now. ♥rachel

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  4. i love how much subject matter you cover in this post - it's very informative!! i also love your irish flood quilt squares, they are so cute! good work :)
    xo meg

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  5. Holy toledo! What an awesome gift! And it couldn't go to a sweeter person!

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  6. First you are gifted with the lovely Genevieve, and now - friends for her!!!! Hoooray for such fun companions FOR YOU! I like your playful blocks for the Ireland quilt!

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  7. wow what a kind and very generous gift. you are so lucky!!! what will you do with it?

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  8. Aren't you so lucky! Enjoy that gorgeous FMF...I have a few of the prints that I bought for way too much $$$ but I love including just a little bit in each of my quilts. It makes me feel like they are just a little more special. Good luck with the end of term

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  9. I made some disappearing nine's for the flood victims and don't know where to send them!

    I love the FMF she sent. What a sweetheart to do that. I could think of a thousand things to make with those!

    Congrats on the end of the semester!!

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  10. oooh, kaye, you have the loveliest friends!! the FMF is making me swoon! oh, and the amazing possibilities:) im sure you will have fun with them.

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  11. Your disappearing nine patch blocks are so pretty! They look perfect from here...that's because they are! I'm working on my blocks, too! Congratulations on the end of the semester, it's a lot of hard work!

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  12. You lucky dog! What a great stash of fabrics! Loving the quilt..

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  13. Lucky you! Those are great looking fabrics. But, now you have to figure out what to do with them!!
    I really like your disappearing 9 patch blocks also. That's a block I haven't done yet but will be soon since I saw yours. (also love love love aqua & red together)

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  14. Why oh why haven't I learned how to sew?

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