Sunday, September 15, 2013

when it rains...

it sure does pour! Is September as busy for you as it is for us? I know I've been MIA for a few weeks. Getting back in the school routine, running the mom taxi, and I even started working out at the gym three mornings a week! I need a nap.

I have so much to share with you, I think I'll need a few posts to cover it all! The cover for the book was finalized, and I just love it!

The book photo shoot was done at an antique/flea market called Hickory Dickory in Kansas City. Really cool photos. And guess what? My quilt made the cover stack! Eeep!

The KCMQG had their Mirror Ball Dot challenge reveal last Thursday. I was the worst procrastinator, and didn't even cut into my fabrics until Wednesday (we've had them since MAY)! So I kept it simple and slightly modified the First Aid pattern from Quilt Retro by adding sashing and cornerstones.

For the fabrics, I used the two grey mirror ball dots given to me for the challenge. The I added Kona white and two colors, as well as that gorgeous eggplant Grunge and the Cotton Couture Gray that came with the challenge bundle. I even had one lonely little white mirror ball dot charm from a swap. So I set it in the center block. Nice to finally use that little scrap! 

The challenge was to use an inspiration photo from the Country Club Plaza in KC, well known for it's Plaza lights at Christmas time. I spent an afternoon down there taking some photos, and ended up using this one for my inspiration. Those cutouts are on several of the buildings down there. I actually worked on the Plaza right after college, managing the Abercrombie & Fitch store. Things have changed a lot since then! I didn't even recognize half of the stores! :)

Another fun thing that happened recently was seeing this quilt Handiworking made from my charm crossing pattern! It turned out so great! And can you believe, it's only her second pieced quilt?! Amazing job Jane!

OK, that's enough for one blog post I think! I'll try to be back tomorrow with more fun things to share!


Jane @ Handiworking said...

Thanks for the kudos, Tammie. I like your Charm Crossing pattern so much, I'd love to make another. Congrats on making the cover ... looks like a wonderful book!

Michele said...

Congrats on the cover photo placement. I can't wait to see the book. And I love your challenge quilt. The changes you made are perfect. I remember the Plaza well and seeing it all lit up after Thanksgiving dinner. I miss it at times. We haven't been back for a lot of years. Hopefully one day soon.

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

That book cover is so cute and so is your quilt top! How awesome:)


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