Quilting

My friend Sarah Ruiz at Saroy has a new pattern that she just released yesterday. I was able to test the pattern for her and make this vibrant version from the Sassafras Lane Foundation collection.

This is a super quick sew with numerous layout variations included in the pattern. And there are countless other options for arranging blocks. I chose an alternate layout for my blocks.

Hop over to Sarah's blog to see the numerous awesome tester versions of Shake and Bake or straight to Etsy to get your copy (on sale through Sunday, December 8).

 

I'm participating in the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge with Cheryl of muppin.com. And be sure to visit the other participating bloggers to see what they're sharing this month.

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My mother and I have a holiday tradition of the last few years to attend a holiday tea. For the past two years we have gone to Shadelands Ranch Museum in Walnut Creek, California. This year we changed things up and attended a holiday tea much closer to home. Today we attended the Ainsley House 25th annual holiday tea in Campbell, CA.

The Ainsley House was build in 1925 during the Arts and Crafts movement in the style of an English Tudor Cotswald cottage. I love the roof!

The Ainsley House tea includes tea time (with champagne, sparkling cider, delicious house blend tea, mini sandwiches, and delicious sweet treats), a holiday boutique, and a tour of the historic home.

Here are a few pictures from the tour. All of the furniture is original to the house. Check out all the texture in the wood and wallpaper.

 

Local friends, it looks like there are tickets available for the teas in the next week.

I'm participating in the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge with Cheryl of muppin.com.

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I sent this quilt block off today to be part of a collaboration quilt. We were asked to use only Kona Solids in bright rainbow colors. I had a great time selecting a bold rainbow of color. My solid stash isn't that diverse, but I had what I needed. (This evening I found more Kona that would have been helpful, but I hadn't put it away from a project last month. Oops!)

The block comes from the Strip Twist tutorial by Bonnie Hunter. Since I was only making one block, I selected 16 colors and cut my pieces 2 1/2" x 8 1/2". I wanted to be intentional about the placement of colors so that the rainbow would flow across the block. Here are what my initial strip sets look like.

The block went together magically from there. It has a strong visual impact, but is so quick and easy to make! And I appreciated how there were no seams to match up in the horizontal and vertical seams.

This block makes me itch to play with solids some more!

 

I'm participating in the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge with Cheryl of muppin.com.