Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Here's to leaving behind a rough year and moving on to better things. Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful 2013.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Scrappy Happy Mail

Last week I received my package for the Modern Scrappy Bits Swap. My fantastic package was from Alison of Peachy Keen Quilts. I was blown away by my scrappy pouch!

The back is so cute too!

And I'm in love with the lining fabric.

And then I got some amazing scraps too. She was so thoughtful and picked a lot of reds and purples which I had mentioned I was lacking. And how cute is that Swim Party scrap!?

Thank you so much Alison! I love every bit of it!

I hope they'll be opening another round in the New Year. Keep your eyes on it if you want to join us!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A little Christmas...

I ran into a little Christmas dilemma this year. You see, last year I only had one child! These were our stockings.
(i took this photo because a certain Elf was hanging out on the mantle).

This year I have two kids. So I went back to Pottery Barn to see if I could order another stocking for Evan. No deal. They discontinued them!! ack. Well, being crafty I figured it was time to make my own.

I used this pattern and I highly recommend it. It was super easy.

The fabrics are from the Blitzen line by Basic Grey for Moda which I picked up at my LQS.

And I hand embroidered the cuffs by transferring our names printed from the computer.

I'm so happy with how they turned out. Take that Pottery Barn! haha!

Oh, and if you are still with me and have a moment, I would love if you could vote for my do.Good Stitches group. Rachel, the creator of do. Good Stitches has gathered together one finished quilt from each bee circle and the one with most votes will win.   This sailboat quilt is the one we chose to submit, and in my opinion, it is the best! :)  If you have a second, head here and throw us a vote? Thanks!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Giveaway Winner

Thank you all for coming by to enter my giveway! It was so fun to read all your favorite projects. And thanks for bearing with me through some Rafflecopter learning bumps. When all was said and done here is my winner. Congrats Nikita! I have emailed her. If I don't hear anything by the end of the day Sunday, I'll pull another winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Other things going on

I realized that I've only been posting about my finished projects. There have been lots of other things going on in the sewing room.

I won an awesome giveaway with lots of goodies from Jan DiCintio aka Daisy Janie.

I love her fabrics so I was particularly excited about this generous scrap pack.

 I also received some fantastic blocks from my 4x5 Modern Bee members. We were the paper piecing group and these girls outdid themselves. (the first one is my block)

I also must be a glutton for punishment because I can't stop signing up for things! I just signed up for the Make it Modern Bee. And I did my inspiration mosaic for the Doll Quilt Swap 13.

I finished my package to send out for Scrappy Bits Swap and I'm excitedly checking my mail to see what I get!

And this past weekend I got to spend time with friends from PMQG sewing. You can see my Christmas Stockings that I'm work on here. Whew! I didn't realize I had so much sewing going on! Anyone else as addicted to getting fun fabric mail as I apparently am?!a1a`

Monday, December 3, 2012

SMS Giveaway day Fall 2012

It's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day!

I'm going to keep this short and sweet! I know you've got lots to do. If you have the time and want to look around, up top are some links to finished projects.  But - you are here for giveaway day. I'm giving away a fat quarter bundle of Denise Schmidt's Chicopee!

I've had problems in the past trying to get blogger to number posts for me. So I've gone to the dark side and this giveaway will be on Rafflecopter.

Here are the rules:
1. This giveaway will close close December 7 at 2 p.m. EST.
2. Sorry, this is a US only giveaway.
3. Leave a comment on Rafflecopter answering my question.
4. Followers get an extra comment because I love you so!

oh, and since I'm asking what your favorite project is, here is my favorite project ever. Feel free to visit and read about it. Yes, I did it, I picked a favorite. haha!

**ETA - I've had a glitch with rafflecopter. Please leave me a message if you still want to enter and I will add it manually.  

This giveaway is closed.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Another do.Good Stitches finish

I was the mama for our Bliss circle in October. I was inspired by this Red Pepper Quilt:

But I didn't want to do sashing again. So I asked the girls to make me one block like above and then one 9 patch with the colors inverted. Each block finished out at 12 inches. I love the simplicity of this one.

Here's a close up of some of the scrappy cuteness:

I machine stitched my binding on.

And the back is all black and white to contrast the front.

I just have to share this because it made me laugh. I put on the label before quilting and it fell in a perfect spot!

Thank you ladies of Bliss circle, you did a great job!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Color Wheel Quilt finish

I hope all of you here in the States with me had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was full of fun and food. So grateful for my little family.

This quilt has been on my "to-make" list for a long time. Since I've been on a fabric diet I figured this was the perfect time to raid my stash and finally get it done! Not sure if that's really logical, but it was in my mind!

This pattern comes from the book Last Minute Patchwork and Practical Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. And it is so much easier than it looks!

The part that takes the longest is picking out your fabrics. To me, that's the most fun!

One thing I did struggle with was the quilting. I thought about doing circular quilting but knew there were a few "bubbles" in the color part that weren't going to be the most flat. So I stuck with the straight line that I've seen most people do.

The center was the challenge. When I started, I was going all in one direction, one line after the next. All the fabric was being pushed into the center and I wound up with a huge ball in the center. What wound up working for me was to start in the center a few times and do a bunch of lines in a few different directions to smooth down all the fabric. It came out pretty good!

Now I just need to put a sleeve on the back so I can hang this in our great room. I think it will go perfect over the kids toy shelf.

Quilt stats:
Size: 56"x 56"
Pattern: Joelle Hoverson, Last Minute Practical Patchwork and Gifts
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 11/12/12

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bee blocks

I don't think I've blogged about these yet. I was an overachiever with my 4x6 blocks and got them out pretty early. What can I say? It was my first time and I was really excited about my block choice.  Here is my mockup with my colors.

The block is called the birthday star and can be found here. These are the blocks I made for my hive members.
I'm excited to see what everyone has made for me.

Then I also got done my November do.Good Stitches blocks. This month we made scrappy butterfly blocks with this tutorial. These were so easy, they came together nice and quickly!

And speaking of Flicker groups, I'm really excited to have joined the Scrappy Bits swap again. And for the first time I've joined the Doll Quilt Swap for lucky round 13! So I should have some fun stuff to blog about! Have you joined any fun flickr groups lately?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Neptune Baby Quilt

Sorry it's been so long since my last post. Things have been a little busy with Hurricane Sandy, personal issues and family issues. But, rest assured we are all good. We were really spared by Sandy and I'm so grateful.

On to the fun stuff, this quilt has been in the works for a little while and I'm excited to have it finished. If you've been around here a while you've seen me auditioning different solids for this one here. After that I auditioned Kona Everglade and Kona Flesh. Neither gave me the look I wanted.

So finally at a PMQG sewing night, my friend Anna helped me find this fun Basic Gray Grunge (asparagus?). I'm really into textured solids right now and I think this makes a fun sashing fabric.

I had a Neptune Honeybun and was waiting for the right inspiration. I saw a quilt with this pattern in a local quilt shop and knew it was perfect. After posting about it, I found out that Camille Roskelley has a pattern for this in her Simplify book.

I decided to do some random loopy quilting on it and I think it turned out fun. Here are a couple close ups so you can see the quilting and the sashing fabric.

I used the anchor stripes on the binding because I love a stripey bias binding.

 I think being on a fabric diet has helped me get over hoarding favorite fabrics. I used all Neptune for the backing and it felt good!

My label is sewn in.

I was thinking of selling this but not sure if I'm ready to part with it. Let me know if there is any interest and maybe I'll finally open an Etsy shop!

I am entering this into the Sew Sweetness Tula Pink Sew-Along.

Quilt stats:
Size: 56"x62"
Pattern: LQS/ Camille Roskelley?
Fabrics: Tula Pink Neptune, Basic Grey Grunge
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 11/1/12


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