Saturday, August 30, 2014

Glamp Stitchalot....WHAT!!!!




Have you seen this yet? Pink Castle is hosting a new kind of camp called Glamp Stitchalot and will be in November 2015! They have chosen a lovely hotel for the venue with awesome room rates! They even have payment plans and I just signed up for the 12 month plan! I know it seems super long way away, but it will be here before you know it! The teachers they have lined up are phenomenal  -- Tula Pink, Violet Craft,  Katy Jones, Sarah Fielke, Alison Glass, and Jeni Baker!  Let me know if you are going, too, and I would love to meet you there!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Double Dresdens and Dining/Living Room Reveal

Happy Friday! I am super excited to be posting something other than the Texas QAL and even more excited to be able to share of one the first spaces in our new home! Eek!

Decorating the dining/living area in the new house was on the top of the list because this is the space you see when you first walk in the door. So even though it might be months before I get to the rest of the house, at least visitors will be fooled (briefly...haha)!

Dining with Dresdens

I started these Anna Maria Horner Dresdens before the big move, but didn't find the time to finish them until last week. I also decided to make some placemats using all my leftover fat quarters from the Hand Drawn Garden (my favorite) and True Colors. Sometimes I need to remind myself that there will always be more AMH!

Dining with Dresdens

I actually did all my FMQ before I attached the Dresdens so I didn't have to maneuver around it and deal with awkward starts and finishes. I went with a Baptist fan design and it was actually my first try at it and I love it! The movements are very easy to catch on to and so fun! I want to try it larger on a quilt next!

I wanted these Dresdens to be a tad bit different than the ones I've made in the past (see Charming Dresdens), so I went double! I used 2.5" x 5" for the larger Dresden and then 2.5"x2.5" for the smaller Dresden placed directly on top. I hadn't decided on what background to use until I was pressing them on my newly recovered ironing board and loved the combination! Background is Michael Miller's line called Couture. :)

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Dining with Dresdens

Here is the back side. Gosh, these two prints are probably of my favorites!

Dining with Dresdens

For the placemats, I just made pieced one side with 2.5" squares to make a "+" design and then the other side is just one piece of fabric. I FMQ wavy/organic lines. These placemats measure 12"x16" so they will fit nicely on my smaller round table in the kitchen. Score! The candle sticks are a vintage find from a couple of years ago and when I bought them, they had been painted a light shade of grey. I decided to spray paint them again but instead with a bright yellow/green. I love them!

Dining with Dresdens

The curtain fabric is from Hobby Lobby and called Waverly Santa Maria in Desert Flower. I had been eying this fabric for over a year and at first thought it might be too bold, but once I decided I wanted this space to be bold with brilliant saturated colors, so I knew it was the perfect fit. I then recovered the lamp shade with some leftovers. I would love to make some pillows as well.

I decided that we didn't want to put a bunch of seating in the formal living, well, because no one ever uses this space for "living". Instead, we thought it would be great as a little library/reading space and put a cozy chair and bookshelf there. To find the most comfy chair, I literally sat on every single decent looking chair at Rooms to Go and when I sat in this one I knew it was the one!

Dining with Dresdens

Dining with Dresdens

Dining with Dresdens

Most of the art on the wall is from Hobby Lobby with exception to the butterfly print from Kirklands and the bird print on opposite wall is from Ikea. The purple mirror on the back wall was a clearance mirror from Hobby Lobby that I painted purple.

Dining with Dresdens
I am in love with this rug! I found it online at Target after auditioning two other rugs in the space. I couldn't be happier!

I got the great buffet dresser from a local antique store decided to store my nice serving dishes and platters.

While doing this photoshoot, I found Dolly being sweet laying on the rug and its very hard to get pictures of Dolly because she is freaked out by the camera.

Dining with Dresdens

After I got this rare and sweet picture, I realized I needed one of Bailey, too! In order for Bailey to pose perfectly still for the camera, you have to say "treat."

Dining with Dresdens

Once I said the word "treat", the relishes thought that was their cue to come join in the photo shoot and earn a treat as well and what is a my fabric relish photo shoot with out all the little and furry relishes involved!?!

Dining with Dresdens

Dining with Dresdens

I then taught big relish that if you say the word "taco" to bailey, his head cocks to the side even more than if you just say "treat!"

Treat:
Dining with Dresdens

Taco:
Dining with Dresdens

See! hehehe

Gotta love them all! So happy to be back creating and sharing! Hope you enjoyed my post and look forward to sharing some more spaces as they become ready! Have a great weekend!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Texas Roadtrip QAL - Where everyone wins!

OH.MY.GOSH. Thank you to all the ladies who participated in the Texas Roadtrip QAL! All the quilts were absolutely amazing! I would love to see all these finished and hung up somewhere together! Make sure to keep posting your progress on Instagram (#texasroadtripqal) or in the Flickr group! I will never get tired of seeing these and would love to see how everyone quilts them! If you need any of the instructions you can click the Texas Roadtrip QAL tab on the top of the page and it will direct you to everything!

And now for the winners. So, Cristina and I decided that everyone is a winner! Woot Woot! We drew names out of the hat for the sponsor prizes, but we still have SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, so TO ALL THE LADIES WHO LINKED UP--SEND US YOUR ADDRESS!! We just couldn't stand that not everyone was going to get something:)

Here is what the hat chose for the sponsor prizes:

An Aggie Bug wins and Aurifil set and look at her quilt--isn't that background amazing!!!



Amanda at What the Bobbin also wins and Aurifil set and here is her awesome low volume quilt--


Shauna from Shauna's World wins the cute Old New 30's bundle from Donna's Lavender Nest! I love how Shauna's quilt is so colorful and has her beautiful star block.


SuperSara wins the Modern Roses jelly roll from Lily Rose Quilts. SuperSara was one of the first to finish her Texas quilt--it was finished months ago!


What KT Made is the winner of the bundle of Cotton + Steel from Fat Quarter Shop. Her quilt was a mini, and so fabulous! I want to make a wall hanging like this one too:)


The winner of the Fort Worth Fabric Studio $50 gift card was Cheryl from Texas Quilting Gal! I love her Baylor University block!


Jennie of Porch Swing Quilts won this cute Layer Cake of Fancy which was sent to us from Moda! Jennie's quilt had such a pretty border, don't you think?


And Jamie of Sunflower Seeds is the winner of the Urban Spools bundle! She used all Texas fabrics--isn't that awesome!



Congrats ladies! But there are still more quilts to show off, and remember for everyone else who linked-up, you are still winning a prize, so make sure you all send us your addresses (sewberrysweet@gmail.com and myfabricrelish@gmail.com)!

#Chelengeorge made this beautiful version of Texas! She also was working on cute mini version too!


And Kat of Kat and Cat Quilts made this lovely patriotic version with a beautiful rolling hills block--just stunning:)


Hilary from Young Texan Mama made this jaw-dropping version with AMH fabrics! I want this. Seriously. 


This oh-so-bright-and-pretty version was made by Lisa! 


Ashley from Urban Spools made this awesome version--look at that pretty heart in the middle!


And Retro Mama is working on her cute Texas Quilt and here is one of her quadrants--love those vintage-y fabrics!


Again, everyone who linked up is winning something, so please send your addresses!

And if you're just following along, thanks for joining us!! And a big THANK YOU to all the sponsors and block designers! We couldn't have had this much fun without you:)


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Deep in the Heart of Texas Roadtip QAL - Linkup and Giveaway!

Hi Y'all!!! Today is the final day of the Texas Roadtrip QAL, and it's time to show off the lovely quilts you've been working on. It's a little sad for us today, because we really don't want this QAL to end! It was fun seeing everyone's quilts come together in so many different fabrics and style. I really wish I was able to have mine already quilted but it has been a crazy summer to say the least and just having the quilt top completed is a major success! Along the roadtrip we had 14 stops, with a different block designed for each city and there were a few designers that added some bonus blocks! So when it was all said and done, I believe (if I'm counting right) we had 20 different blocks!  Reading about why each designer had chosen to create their blocks, and hearing their own personal stories, and finding out why Texas was important to them was so much fun!

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Happy day! It's been a long month of packing, moving, and unpacking with a QAL right smack in the middle! Bittersweet to have it finished but as I sit here looking at it, I can remember what each of theses cities mean to me....so many roadtrips and memori

So, how this is going to work is, go to the bottom of this post and link-up your Texas quilt. You can add the link to a Flickr pic or to your blog, and you'll be instantly entered to win a fabulous prize from one of our amazing sponsors. You can link up here or over at Cristina's blog, Pretty Little Quilts. You only need to link up at one and it will be visible on both our blogs. If you are not able to link up, please email me ( myfabricrelish {at} gmail {dot} com ) and we will add you to the giveaway.

There are still 2 Aurifil thread sets to giveaway, and I if you've seen these along the roadtrip you know how awesome they are--a thread color chart, a designer box of thread, and an additional pack of different weight threads in the same color.



Donna's Lavender Nest is offering up this beautiful bundle of Lecien's Old New 30's with a couple of fat quarters of coordinating gingham added in!



Lily Rose Quilts is an Etsy shop and has generously donated this jelly roll of Modern Roses by Stephanie Ryan--so sweet and pretty, right?



The Fat Quarter Shop is has given us this fat quarter exclusive bundle of the Pony Express from the newly sought-after Cotton + Steel line!



Fort Worth Fabric studio is offering up a $50 (yes, I said $50) gift card!




A Fancy layer cake by Lily Ashbury was donated by Moda. Fancy isn't released until October, so this is a good chance to make a quilt with it before someone else does!



And Urban Spools has created this custom bundle for one lucky winner!




I would like to thank all of the sponsors (most of whom are Texan I should mention!) who have graciously supported us in this QAL. We were overwhelmed by the number of sponsors who agreed to help us out, and if you followed along the QAL you know that several shops also designed blocks for the roadtrip.



To enter to win one of the lovely prizes above, just use the link-up below to show us what you made. And just so you know, your quilt tops are perfectly suitable of the link-up, and any version of a Texas quilt that you were inspired to make along this roadtrip. The link-up will close on Friday, Aug 22, and winners will be revealed on Monday, Aug. 25. We can't wait to see what you've made!!!  Giveaway closed. Winners announced here!



Friday, August 1, 2014

Surprise City for the Texas Roadtrip QAL - Corpus Christi

Hope you don't mind, but I was feeling a little sorry for the one city that wasn't snatched up for our roadtrip. I've been to Corpus Christi a few times for work, once for a lovely wedding and then of course driving on the the outskirts heading down to the Rio Grande Valley, but haven't ever actually spent some quality time there. So, please forgive my limited knowledge and accept my awesome googling and cut and paste skills!

Aside from the obvious reasons to visit Corpus (beaches), there are many other great attractions including [source for links, infor and pictures: www.visitcorpuschristitx.org ]:

Texas State Aquarium: Located on North Beach, this beautiful facility is home to fascinating sea creatures of all kinds. 
Texas State Aquarium
South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center: Experience a variety of attractive garden creations such as roses, tropical flowers and 2,500 different orchids. 
South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Art Museum of South Texas: Offering diverse exhibits featuring local and national artists and also a variety of classes, lectures and performances, the Art Museum of South Texas is a wonderful place to tour during a leisurely afternoon around downtown Corpus Christi.
Art Display
Corpus Christi Museum of Science & HistoryStep aboard an authentic reproduction of Columbus’ ship Pinta at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History. Tour the oldest shipwreck that was found nearby in the Gulf of Mexico and share the adventures of early explorers as you stroll among treasures from word-famous shipwrecks.
Dinosaur in Museum
U.S.S. Lexington: Travel back in time aboard the famous U.S.S. Lexington. Featuring a flight simulator and on-board movies at the 3D Mega Theatre and then, explore dark corridors and colossal compartments.
The USS Lexington in Corpus Christi Bay

Once you have explored all the great attractions, you must check out these awesome quilt shops located in this area! 


...and a few more here!

I designed a quilt block to represent the USS Lexington and you can download that here




(Note: I photoshopped the "16" in because I hope to either embroider or write it in the finished block)

I also snatched up another fun beach block pre-designed in EQ7 that you can also include if you like...




Download it here!

I havent had a chance to make these blocks yet, so if you find any issues, please let me know asap! Have a great weekend! 

Melissa Eubanks







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