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A sigh of relief & a sneak peak

A weight has been lifted from my shoulders.  I have been working diligently for the last few weeks to prepare for the next four month’s worth of video taping for The Quilt Show’s block of the month, A-Z for Ewe and Me.  I’ve been practicing in front of the mirror, making note cards, stitching 13 blocks with “step outs” (broken down steps for each unit) and I still didn’t think I was prepared enough.  Yesterday was the big day, and I spent the morning at Alex Anderson’s studio (yes, THAT Alex Anderson,) being video taped.

I can’t believe I didn’t take a single picture.  You’ll have to take my word for it; Alex was the director and videographer; her husband, John, was the technical director.  So, yes, I was under a lot of pressure and I was just a wee bit intimidated, but that was all in my own head.  They couldn’t have been nicer and the whole thing went smoother than ever.  My confidence grew as the day went on, and at the end we (Mary Kay Davis and I) were treated to lunch!  What I thought would be a mountain, really was a mole-hill (if that).  It was a great day!

So now I have time to play!  I want to show you some goodies that showed up in the mail.  I received this fat quarter bundle of Color Me Happy from the Fat Quarter Shop:

Color Me Happy Fabric Tower by V and Co. for ModaIt does make me happy just looking at it!

And I received a package from Sew Lux Fabrics.  I love getting orders from them because they make you feel like it’s your birthday.  Check out their packaging!

Sew Lux Fabrics PackageThis is what was inside:

Sew Lux Fabrics contentsA sampler of Perle Cotton in the most beautiful rainbow of colors, a bundle of Contempo by Moda Fabrics, and a few remnants that were on sale.

I couldn’t wait to play with the bundle of Color Me Happy, and I’ve had this idea for a spring wall hanging.  Let me give you a little sneak peak.  I stitched together some mini charm squares:

Mini charms of Color Me Happy sew togetherDid a little applique magic,

Applique thread for Peter Rabbit

Added the sweetest little cotton tail:

Cotton tail of Peter RabbitAnd I’ve ended up with the cutest little Patchwork Peter Rabbit:

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Sneak Peak @ The Crafty QuilterO.K. that’s more than a sneak peak, but I couldn’t wait to show you!  I’m in love with my little bunny!  I’m going to add a small border, and then work on a tutorial for you.  I’m hoping to have it posted by the beginning of next week.

Between this and getting all of my tax numbers together for the tax man (my least favorite thing to do, but I’m married to the tax man and he let’s me wait til the last minute) I’ll have a pretty full weekend!  I hope you enjoy yours and I’ll see you next week!



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  1. Hello just found your site love it I would like too to join in on the next years tutorial in 2015 if you are having one

  2. That is so, so, so cute. Bunnies are my favorite! But please, do not tell my cat. Blessed Easter.

  3. Your posts always make me happy. Thank you so much for sharing with us. You have such wonderful ideas and your fabric choices are always amazing. I would be happy too with those beautiful fat quarters. I don’t think I could cut into them though… too beautiful. I don’t treat myself to fabric like that ….. yet…. Thank you again. Keep us informed and keep the posts coming.

  4. What a lucky girl you are – I am so envious!! I’m sure that you have a lot of cool memories from your experience with Alex. She is such a nice person. I met her a couple of years ago and I don’t think that I got a picture with her either 🙁 Oh well, I can hope for a next time lol. Your bunny is adorable! Where do you get your ideas from? Congrats again on your successful taping – I’ll be watching for it!

  5. Totally adorable bunny!! I am going to have to get a bit of Minky for making bunny tails!! Can’t wait for the tutorial! He’s so sweet in those fabrics!! (I always love to see what beautiful fabrics you buy!)

  6. Hi Julie. I found your blog several weeks ago when searching for a block tutorial. Today I found it again when searching for the Patchwork Please apron and yours is adorable and made from my favorite fabrics. Then I saw your Sew Lux package and that’s one of my favorites to receive as well! I have the Perle Sampler from Sew South last month. Loved looking around your blog and added you to my Bloglovin’. I’m not a blogger but hope to stop by and see what you’re working on! Beautiful stuff!

  7. This is so sweet. Very nice job. It shows me why you are there and I am here. Good job. thank you
    Have a day full of smiles.

  8. What a great post, Julie! I can just imagine your trepidation and extreme preparation for your taping since I have major anxiety about things such as that (though I’ve never done anything on camera!). Glad for you that it went well and is behind you. I LOVE the fat quarter bundle AND the cute little bunny that you created! How creative! Thanks for sharing the “peak;” can’t wait for the tutorial.

  9. what a cute little bunny.look forward to the tutorial. and color me happy is happy!! Very good.I love Alex I met her at Road to Calif afew years ago,she’s such a sweet person.Lucky you good going Your Fan judy in gray Southern California

  10. HI Julie, I LOVE your Patchwork Peter Rabbit and cant’ wait for the tutorial! So adorable. I always enjoy seeing your work, such perfection! Those fabrics in the charm pack are so colorful and really are happy. Hope you have a wonderful Easter and congrats on completing your work with The Quilt Show.

  11. Love, love, love the bunny!! And congratulations on finishing the taping! Hope you have a great weekend with some down time included and a very blessed Easter!

  12. some lovely fabrics and interested in your BOM will click on the link after posting this. Bunny just in time for Easter he is so cute

  13. Julie, the bunny is the cutest thing and I can not wait for your tutorial. I think maybe I could do that.
    Thank you so much

  14. I just love reading your posts. Yes, Alex is such a sweet lady and her husband is really nice, too. I think it’s so cool that you, Mary Kay and Alex are all local! (It’s so nice to know celebrities!) You must realize how far and wide your videos will be seen – oops, I hope that didn’t make you more nervous…haha

    Love that great big bundle of fat quarters – yummy! Cute little bunny, too – that minky cotton tail was an inspiration!

  15. Congratulations on your taping! The bunny is so cute. Looking forward to the tutorial! You are so generous.

  16. Loved the bunny. FQ were great. I’m married to a tax man also, but he wanted ours done and sent the beginning of month; we have to pay!!

  17. What a sweet wee bunny ; ) That is such a lovely fabric line. I got some FQ of the grey and teals. Congrats on your ‘show biz’

  18. Hi Julie,
    That is very beautiful fabric!! Your a lucky woman, I cant wait to see what you have planned for it. Enjoy your weekend!!

  19. Congrats on completing your tv show taping! How exciting! And your bunny is just the cutest! Can’t wait for your tut! Thanks for bring so generous with your talents!

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