Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Missing Market Fall Quilt Market Houston 2016

Are you missing Market?

International Quilt Market is  the twice a year trade only event and closed to the general public.  It is the fashion show of the sewing and quilting world and has so much to see and experience.  Many have to miss Market but join our band of merry ladies as we have fun in our own way!

An Instagram Party including giveaways! No need to miss out on any sewing goodness, fabric awesomeness or designer sightings,  Heather and I have teamed up with a FABULOUS bunch of industry designers and bloggers to create our own fun with an Instagram #missingmarket event!

  Some of us are partying on Instagram while missing market in Houston. Follow the adventure because there are TONS of giveaways in store. #missingmarket

Kim from Go-Go Kim and The Sewing Loft have organized this fun Instagram Party to celebrate all of us that will be #missingmarket with surprise guest hosts every two hours that will be presenting you with a photo challenge and a giveaway!

The hosts are all wonderful industry teachers, designers and bloggers graciously volunteering to have fun, guide you if you need help and are there to share in your photo challenge fun!

The party will start October 28 with an introductory round for you to say hello and share #fivethingsaboutme!

#missingmarket will start and end with the start and end of Market in Houston, TX!

All of the times are for CT October 29 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. October 30 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. October 31 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

To play along: Go-Go Kim and TheSewingLoft will announce the upcoming host at just before the time change for you to follow along and participate. Each host will post the challenge photo, giveaway prize and the rules for playing along to be eligible for their giveaway. Each host is responsible for their giveaways. Please contact them with any questions. You are not required to do all of the challenges just the ones that interest you but you are encouraged to play along just because it can be exciting!

Make sure you use the hashtag #missingmarket so you can be found in the searches! We do not want to miss anything you are doing!

This event is sponsored by our friends , Aurifil, Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics, who are all attending Quilt Market in Houston!

Please be sure to visit them on their Instagram feeds to see what they are sharing live from the Quilt Market floor!

Looking forward to having a party with you and making this #missingmarket weekend one to remember!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Motivation {Scrappy Project Planner}

Welcome back to Monday Motivation!  I am always motivated to plan ahead but have had difficulty finding a solution that really takes care of ALL of my crazy plans of life, sewing, kids, shopping, travel and everything else!

My Monday Motivation shifted completely when this appeared at my door on Saturday afternoon!

Fat Quarter Shop sent me a surprise package this past weekend that was incredible!  This post contains sponsored links for the items I am reviewing.

I may have even heard the choir of angels singing when I opened the box! Seriously, it is not even my birthday!  I  could not believe how amazing this planner with the accessories are to use! Every colorful item has a use and is also fun to help get your days in order!

The Scrappy Project Planner and the Stickers book are both very durable and spiral bound.  Spiral bound is my favorite!   

The Planning Pens are contained in a hardy plastic case with a place for each pen, so you will not have to seek them out when you need them!

And just look at all of the colors!  I tried them out ( because I LOVE new pens) and they are non leaking ( BIG BONUS) have a lovely tip and the colors are gorgeous!

Washi tape is a must have in my house!  Gingham is a passion!  Check out these adorable washi tapes in four sweet colors!

One of the other accessories is a Today is the day! note pad.  This will help keep track of what you need to do now!  I know I live in the NOW all the time!  You can keep track of how much water, exercise and
write a fun motivational note or quote to keep your day on track!

Finally the stickers!

There is a book of 5000 stickers in a variety of colors for you to place in your planner or on your kids' noses ;o)

I know I will be using ALL of the coffee stickers this week!

To find out more information about the Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt from Bee in my Bonnet and the accessories kits, all are available at Fat Quarter Shop!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Stash #199 Moda Zen Chic Luster

That sound you heard may have been my gasp aloud swoon when I laid my eyes upon the new addition by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics!

Modern Backgrounds has been my background fabric of choice for all of my blocks for The Splendid Sampler and it has made its way into various other projects for the past nine months.  I have been keeping track of my pieces to make sure I have enough to complete the 100 block quilt ( mine may be a few short but it will be fabulous!).

I had heard that they would be reprinting Modern Backgrounds but I had NO IDEA that it would be like this...

When I started looking through the fabrics, the theme song from the James Bond movie Goldfinger was playing in my head.  I may have been singing it also ;O)  But just look at all of the stunning prints embellished with gold!  Pure luxury and elegance! 

The metallic gold is so gorgeous in this collection filled with text, designs and maps!  The range variety is spectacular! 

I chose six Aurifil thread colors for this collection.  From left to right: #2692 in 12 wt cotton ( red spool), #5004 in 50 wt ( orange spool), #2620, #2610, #4060 ( a fabulous variegated) and #2026.  These would all work perfectly with the Modern Background Luster!

This collection is available now at your favorite local or online quilt shop! 

Linking this Sunday Stash up to Molli Sparkles

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Splendid Sampler Blocks 70-71

I have a very limited Liberty of London stash in my sewing room.  Most of the pieces are just over 5 in squares although some are bigger but not many.  I have been hoarding  collecting them for years and have only been using small pieces here and there for something very special.  They are the equivalent to the good china and silver only brought out for special occasions.

When I realized how stunning they are with the Modern Backgrounds fabrics by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics, they moved to the top of the list for my blocks for The Splendid Sampler!

In an attempt to catch up with my blocks for The Splendid Sampler, I dove into my Liberty stash and came up with these beauties!

This stunning block is a paper pieced designed by Kerry Green from Very Kerry Berry .  First Stitch is block 71 in The Splendid Sampler Series. You can find the free pdf pattern here.

The next block I made was designed by my sweet friend and one of The Splendid Sampler organizers, Jane Davidson!  

Bows is block 70 and is another paper pieced pattern.  I love the accuracy of paper pieced blocks!  You can make the smallest angles and points perfect without crying tears of frustration! 

If you have not joined in on The Splendid Sampler, there is still time!  There are 100 blocks in total and they are released every Sunday and Thursday.  The blocks are free to download from the website There is a link party with every block for you to show off your Splendid Beauty and a very active Facebook group with so many supportive people, including the designers of The Splendid Sampler!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WIP Wednesday 100 Modern Blocks

I was asked how many quilts I have in progress currently the other day and I honestly could not answer.  There seem to be many sew along quilts or I just happen to like that block quilts going on in the studio at the moment.  I suppose there needs to be an intervention at some point to organize what is currently happening to have more direction going forward...or not!

The best news is that I am over half way completed with not one but TWO of the quilts from Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Blocks!

The blocks are in the 60's and going forward will be a breeze barring the kids bringing any sort of kiddie crud home from school.  **looking for wood to knock**

The first set is the fussy cut set.  I am trying to make 100 completely different blocks.  So far so good!

I have had other sewing projects, I stared painting the TV room and so this week I am a little behind in my up cycled garment blocks!  I will get caught back up soon!

Here a a photo of a group of a few of them together!  There are over 60 now!  All of the blocks in this set are thrifted, gifted or found garments of all different kinds!  I started out using only men's cotton shirts but there is now every kind of fabric with the exception of knits.

At this point I am open for any and everything!

This one is special because all of the fabric ( except for the red block) came from Julie from Procrasticraft! She sent these all the way from Australia for me to use in the up cycled garments quilt! Thank you Jules!!!!!

I piece all of my blocks using Aurifil 50wt thread.  For perfect seams and a clean machine I always grab my Aurifil!

If you want to see more of my blocks as they happen, you can visit my gogokim Instagram feed!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Motivation { inspirational quotes}

Welcome Back to Monday Motivation!  This week is inspirational quotes about being creative!

Sometimes we all need the right words to help to motivate us into areas that we are stuck. I was buried this weekend in a pile...truth be told, several piles of fabric!  I really had no space left on my cutting mat to really even make even small cuts.

Ruts are not a good place for creatives!  Piles are not a good place for me! I grabbed my very loving teenaged daughter and asked for help in making the piles into folded stacks that were more manageable.

I find that in my life, I can have piles in my brain too!  Ideas coming from all directions, so many areas that need attention all at once. It can be overwhelming.

These are some of my favorite quotes for creative minds that make me smile, help me focus and remind me that this is the path I love!

Being creative is a passion!  Love what you do and embrace the process even when it is sometimes frustrating!  I hope you enjoy these quotes! 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Stash #198 V and Co. Spectrum

It is time for Sunday Stash #198!  This week is a colorful collection by Vanessa Christenson from  V& Co. for Moda Fabrics!

Vanessa always has the best colors and she does not disappoint with her upcoming line Spectrum! This fantastic line will be available in your local quilt shops and your favorite online shops in January 2017!  You can find out more about this fabric collection by visiting Moda Fabrics.

Vanessas has created some incredible new patterns to coincide with these new fabrics!

****The following photos are from the V and Co. site.***

Parasol Mini is a PERFECT for making for your friends in a swap or for yourself to add to your mini wall in your sewing room!

Parasol mini pattern is available here.

Nana's Afghan is a lovely patchwork that would be super easy to sew up for someone you love! 

Nana's Afghan pattern is available here.

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