Thursday, July 19, 2012

From My Design Wall

My last post was July 2nd and I can't think of anything interesting in my life since then. In fact, was there anything then? Doubtful. But the wheels have been spinning and the sewing machine has been whirring away. Ideas are on their way to becoming quilts. I finished the one I showed last time, but am holding it in reserve for a bit. This one is currently on the design wall.
 I have been working on this design all week and am really enjoying it. I was the happy recipient of a box of fabric from Marcus Fabrics last week so I happily selected some "choice cuts" to include in the star blocks. The beautiful fabric lines are from two great designers, Paula Barnes and Pam Buda. Check out Paula Barnes Companions, and Heart of the Prairie by Pam Buda. Both these lines are fantastic! I totally fell in love with the background shirting type prints in Heart of the Prairie. They look like they are tea washed and contain subtle shadings that are very nice. 

If you go to the Marcus website you will find that for each fabric line they have a free quilt pattern that you can download. Also, you will be delighted to know that you can click a link to download the whole fabric line to your computer. It comes in a zipped folder so you just unzip it and use the fabrics in your EQ program. To use them, open EQ, begin a project or go to one you already have begun, open the Library to Fabric and then Search. Scroll to the file where you stored the fabric line (ex. Marcus/Heart of the Prairie) and click the fabric, then click Save to Sketchbook. As far as I know you can only add one fabric at a time to the Sketchbook, which is kind of a pain, but still worth it. 

On the family front I have to bring on our youngest granddaughter for a bit. I have spared you that for a while, but we all know that babies take center stage in every family. The photos below are of Ellie. She turned one year old in June and wow, do I ever miss her! Her mom is the great photographer!

 Those rolls on her legs are not original with her, if you get my drift. The quilt in the back is the one that was in McCall's Quilting recently. They called it Teaberry Stars. But let's face it, Ellie is the star of the show! 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are finding a cool breeze now and then, even if it means standing in front of a fan!
 

15 comments:

Cathy said...

The quilt you are making, shown at the top of the post, looks fantastic. I like the setting and look forward to seeing the finished version.

Kelli said...

I can't wait until the quilt on your design wall becomes a pattern! It is gorgeous and I love the fabric. Thanks for the info about the free patterns. The kids pics are adorable!

Me and My Stitches said...

Oh, I really love that quilt! And Ellie is such a doll - I bet you miss her terribly!

julieQ said...

Wonderful quilt, Marcie! And a darling girl too!

Quilt Hollow said...

Sweet little girl...someday Marcie...maybe I will get a sweet grandaughter!!
The quilt on top...so pretty!! Liking that one lots!!! You know me...those colors are so ME!

onlymehere said...

She's absolutely adorable! I love this age as they learn so much and are so much fun to watch and play with! The top is pretty. You have such a beautiful talent.

Karen said...

I like the subtleness of the alternate block you used with the star blocks. Looking good.

Sue said...

Well I love what's on your design wall! That's a another beauty!

I haven't blogged in so long, I forgot how to! LOL

My, oh my, what a sweet little baby girl. Oh how I love her red and white little outfit. And who doesn't love a good baby picture where baby is enjoying her food so much ;) She looks like a happy baby!! Love her outfit and that quilt she's on in the last photo. How do you keep your teeth out of those chunk-a-lunk legs! Oh to die for!

sewprimitive karen said...

The last photo of Ellie with your quilt is just remarkable. And I don't know what pattern could better show off the Prairie line: the background prints are so great against the stars, wow.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Wonderful, very inspiring new quilt project. Of course, the sweet grand darlin' is too precious for words. Thanks for sharing.

Libby said...

"I was the happy recipient of a box of fabric from Marcus Fabrics" .....how fun is that?

Janet said...

Wow another great design!! Marcus fabrics knows just what to send to you. Beautiful!

Melanie said...

Love your latest design...can't get it out of my head....mark me down for the pattern when it's ready!

Angie said...

Just absolutely TOO CUTE---both your new design AND especially Ms. Ellie. :) She's adorable.

sewyouquilt2 said...

fantastic quilt, great photographer and beautiful baby!