Every year I look forward to the end of summer. I know I’m weird. BUT. There is this amazing festival I take part in every Labour Day weekend and it is amazing!
The festival is called Shelter Valley Folk Festival and it takes place in a farmer’s field on a hill in the heart of Northumberland County (Ontario) just outside of a little town called Grafton. It turns 10 this year. I have been a part of it for the last 7 years. I help out in the outdoor kitchen feeding 400 volunteers. It is one of those amazing festivals where you feel like you are home as soon as you set foot on the ground there. You should check it out. You should volunteer, the food is amazing.
In honour of this happy weekend I’m having a sale in my shop. 20% off of everything! I have tons of new items coming very soon and I need room for it. I’ve been busy buying new fabrics and coming up with plans. To take part of this deal use the coupon code SVFF10 while checking out. The flannel blankets would be perfect for naptime at home or daycare and are absolutely perfect for cuddling up under on a cool fall day or basking on soaking up the last warm rays of summer.
K, so, I’m lusting after this fabric. Like I want it. All of it. Please just let me buy it. I think if I got it I would just make a pile (a real pile) and lie on it. I don’t know if I could cut it. I could only cut it if I had enough to still look at lovingly. Maybe I could put it in a frame? Ok enough so this is the fabric.
Don’t Be Koi
Koi by Rashida Coleman-Hale’s for Cloud9 Fabrics. Ok so I’m not a big fish fan. I like fish. I use to fish. I eat fish but I’m not a big fish on fabric fan. BUT that purple makes me forget all that.
Ebb and Flow
The colours are so fresh and pretty and this design is just so interesting but not too busy.
It’s a Plus
This is a perfect contrast to the Ebb and Flow. The dark grey background really makes the colours pop.
The Way of Flowers
Speaking of flowers. So the best part of this line is that since it is Cloud9 it is ORGANIC! I love organic cotton! Don’t even get me started on non-organic cotton issues but alas not many quilt fabric companies have gone organic. But Cloud9 knows all about organic and they do it soooo well!
Pennants Waving – Plum
The Pennants come in 2 colourways. Plum and Ivory.
Scallop Edge – Gray
I LOVE this fabric. LOVE may not be strong enough. I think it is just the way the colours pop right out.
The last fabrics are great complementary fabrics.
Smile and Wave – Reed
SMILE AND WAVE! What a perfect name! So for my birthday this year, or for a “Hey Amanda, I think you are so swell I bought you some fabric” moment, get me this, all of it, in vast quantities. Is it rude to demand gifts like this? Sorry if it is but I’m not going to stop being rude right now. I WANT IT!
So life seems to have calmed down. Well it has been calmer but now that I have said it has calmed down all heck will break loose. So in my non-existent free time (aka using my cleaning time for non-productive things) I’ve been looking at fabrics soon to come out. I always start with Riley Blake Designs. They have some of the best designers creating new fabric lines and they tend to be up with current trends and fabulous.
So I was
cleaning wasting time looking at fabric and checked out their site. Zombies are coming!!!!!! They have Zombie Apocalypse by Emily Taylor Designs coming out in September. Just in time for Halloween!
Zombie Main Grey
Isn’t this great? It’s like a survival guide right there on the fabric!
Zombie Attack Cream
The zombies are the perfect combination of scary, cartoony and zombie. I love the choice of colours!
Zombie Eyes Orange
I love it! I want it all!
Sometimes when I sew this happens:
And then this happens:
Go home star! You’re drunk!
I swear only had 2 sips when this happened.
Do you sponsor sewing blogs? Do you want to make me an official tester? Can I taste test new brews for you and then report my findings to my blog? Can I have a free t-shirt?
Love you always,
Ok that may be a little dramatic. BUT I have been stressing a bit about the 2 very large quilts that are almost ready for quilting. HOW AM I GOING TO DO THIS!?!?! I have really nice Husqvarna Sapphire sewing machine which rocks out smaller quilts no problem but these are 2 King sized quilts! Forget about the quilting part how am I going to lay these out and sandwich the batting and layers? Do I have a space big enough for this? How many cans of spray adhesive would I need? Or how many safety pins. STRESSED! It doesn’t help when my Mum calls (Hi Mum!) and says “How are you going to quilt that?” Thanks Mum! How am I going to do that?
So I started googling and figuring out if I would just have to sell my first born or both of my kids to afford a long arm quilter or someone to quilt them for me. (I’m joking, I would never sell my kids… maybe my husband but not my kids). Holy Hannah those machines are pricey! So then I started googling how to do this on a normal machine! Enter Kenneth Lund.
So Ken has made this quilt frame system that uses your machine and basically turns it into a system where you can quilt almost any sized quilt. Check out his webiste for more pictures and info http://machine-quilt-frames.blogspot.ca/. You really need to take a moment to check out one of Ken’s video’s here. He really is endearing and really wants to bring quilting to the masses. He has some great shirts too!
This would fix my problem of basting because it is all done on the frame! It will also fix my problem of trying to move these huge quilts around while I quilt them. So I’m going to order one! I also found some great tips from others all about how to make these frames work even better! I’m super excited to try it out. This is what comes in the kit and then you buy some inexpensive supplies to finish it off.
Here’s Ken with a machine and quilt all hooked up. Hi Ken! I hope you don’t mind I’m using your pictures!
Ken lund from his youtube video