I am excited to say that I have started the Little House on the Prairie quilt. So for Work in Progress (WIP) this Wednesday, I think it’s only fair to show you what I’ve done so far.

Getting Started on the New Quilt

Well, to be honest, I haven’t accomplished a lot. I received the fabric I ordered for the quilt, and I started on the nine patch blocks.

Little House on the Prairie Quilt Nine Patch Blocks

I got an early start on Saturday morning with the cutting. I’ve been so tired of working on the smaller scale Patchwork Quilt Along WIP, that this was a welcome change. These blocks are 9″ finished, so I’m working with larger squares for now. Wouldn’t you know, though, that a storm came through and knocked out our power THREE TIMES Saturday afternoon?! I finally just gave up and shut down my machine.

The off white fabric I’m using for the background is supposed to be Kona Cotton Bone. It was sold to me as Kona, but if it’s Kona brand, I’ll eat the entire bolt, which I bought. Purchased from a very popular (read: the only game in town) craft and fabric store, there is just no way this is Kona Cotton. It’s too stiff, too rough and the weave is far too easy to see to be Kona. I suspect that someone intentionally wound an inferior fabric on a Kona bolt, but I can’t prove that. Either way, I won’t be buying Kona from that store again. And by “that store” I mean the entire chain.

But I can’t prove it’s not Kona Cotton, and I’m hoping that once the quilt is together and washed, it won’t be too noticeable. I’m not holding my breath, though.

Little House on the Prairie Fabric

Let me just say, though, that the Little House on the Prairie fabric from Andover is a dream to work with and beautiful to boot. I love the fabrics more every time I look at them. With the vibrant colors, the prints pop out and look fabulous. I’m more in love with these fabrics now than I am the first time I saw them.

At first, I thought I might give this quilt away, but now I’m not so sure. It would make a beautiful summer quilt for my living room. I have a while to decide what I’m going to do with it, though. Maybe by the time I’m done with it, I won’t be able to look at the fabric anymore.

Who am I kidding? I LOVE this fabric!

I Love These Kitchen Towels

A while back, I ordered some microfiber kitchen towels to use for sublimation. I finally got around to trying one out today.

Sublimated Kitchen Towel

Don’t worry; the colors are supposed to be like that. LOL These towels are soooooooo soft and super absorbent. I can’t wait to do more of them! They will be going up on the Heat Wave Designs website this weekend, so if you’re interested in ordering some, keep an eye out for them. If you aren’t already following me on Facebook, follow the links at the end of the post and like our pages. That way, you can stay up to date on what’s going on and be notified of new products in the store.

This Week’s Plan

I’m seriously hoping that we have less stormy weather (so odd for July in Houston), and fewer power problems. Also, Sunday was a bit of a wash because we had my grandson’s third birthday party.

Little D

Little D had a great time at his party. In true three year old style, he was excited about every single gift he received. LOL

Anyway, back to this week’s plan. I want to spend some quality time this weekend at the sewing machine. At the very least, I’d like to finish the nine patch blocks for the quilt, and maybe start cutting the pieces for the other blocks. I’ll be happy if I can just get the nine patch blocks done, though.

One of the things I’m working on right now is a full review of my Pfaff Creative 4.5. I’ve had it for a year and a half, and I haven’t even considered writing a review for it on the blog yet. So look for that in the coming days.

Now it’s time for me to get back to the studio. Happy sewing, everyone!