Monday, July 30, 2012

Bee blocks

I don't think I ever posted about the last round of bee blocks. For June, I was in charge of the Bliss group of do.Good Stitches. I chose string blocks that I had done in the Sew Modern Bee from this tutorial and asked for greens and blues.

These were my sample blocks.

It's been fun getting everyone's blocks in the mail. I love seeing the fabrics everyone uses!  As I've been looking at them all I decided that they need sashing to keep from being too busy. I'm still waiting for a few blocks to arrive, but I've started sashing the ones that I have in Kona Charcoal.

Then our group took the month of July off to catch up, but August is a scrappy HST block.  Even though my baby is almost 6 mths (!) he still isn't sleeping through the night (!!). So I'm still very sleep deprived. I started following her directions and doubled the amt of HST thinking that she gave directions for one block. She had given directions for 2 though so I wound up with 4! Oh well, double the charity this week!

Here are my four blocks.

I've got some more projects in the works. Just need to get some pictures taken and I'll be sharing them shortly!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pinterest Report #1

Do you Pinterest? I'm totally addicted. You can follow me here if you are interested.

One thing I'm always curious about is whether people do the things they've pinned and how they turned out. So I thought I'd start doing some posts on the things I've done because of Pinterest and how they turned out. Hopefully you all will find this interesting.

First up, Kids Stuff:

From she used water beads and a variety of cups and toys in a large bin as a sensory bin for kids. I go the water beads from and my daughter (3 yrs old) LOVED this. I put some small turtles in there, measuring cups, spoons and cups and she was busy for hours! And you get tons of water beads in a package so we can definitely do it again. I would highly recommend this activity.

Then I found these letter sheets here.

These were also a huge hit and I highly recommend them.

As for food and recipes, I've made quite a few things. I have a board where I put the recipes I've tried and my reviews. You can seem them all here.

This week I've done a few recipes that I haven't transferred yet. Crockpot bread was first.

The source is here. It worked very well and I had some really good bread. But I'm wondering about my crockpot! What was supposed to take 1 hour took 2 and I had the crockpot set on high. Maybe my high and lows are backwards? I've always had problems with my crockpot scorching food so it was strange that it took too long. I will definitely do it again though.

Last night I made this one, braised short ribs...

The link goes here. It was SO yummie. Again, me and my crockpot don't agree and I had to turn it off early. But everything came out wonderfully despite my equipment.

And at the moment I have sweet potatoes in the crock pot from this pin.

I'll let you know how that goes given my crock pot problems. They smell good though.

Are you pinning? I'd love to know what you've done from Pinterest!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Liverpool Top Finished

I don't even know how long ago I bought this pattern. But it's been in my stash quite a while. I finally bought the fabric to make it when I was out with some quilt friends a few weeks ago. I figured if someone actually knows I have the stuff to make this, then I have to do it!

Well, I made it. But I can't model it for you.

I thought since I was a medium in this AB top I would be a medium in the Liverpool. I should have done my measurements. The first top was a little tight around the chest, but was forgiving because of the way it hangs and the fact that it has no sleeves. This one is just too tight for me.

I've never done a top with this much detail/fit. I was nervous about it, but the directions are well written. If I can do it, anyone can!

Darting on the front (new to me!).

Darting on the back (is that what it's called??).

And a full on fancy collar and finished buttons!

So from what I understand, you can't sell things you make from Amy Butler patterns?? Does that count if you accidentally made it too small and now you have no use for it? sigh...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Okay, I'm all about sharing my mistakes as well as my successes. Yesterday I made a big boo boo and I found it pretty funny actually.

First off, let me say that I hate making curtains. And I've made over a dozen for our new house. I've been putting off the bay window in the great room for about a year now. Because really, who wants to make a 6 foot valance??

Yesterday I decided to finally just do it. Here is my end result.

Here are the valances in the rest of the room...

Do you see what's wrong?

I didn't notice until I was sitting down about 10 mins after hanging the big one. Yup, this is what happens when you wait a year to finish a project.

I though - oh, I have enough fabric to just use the length and not have to patch it all together. Whoops. The rest of the curtains are all cut on the width.

Guess I've got a date with my seam ripper tonight.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A fun summer swap

I just joined the Modern Scrappy Bits Swap to get my toes back in the swapping pool. I realized its been a long time since I've done a swap and I've met some really cool people through swapping!

So I'm sharing the word if you want to join in. Sign ups are open all week. It's a small swap, perfect for the summer. You send scraps (equal to at least one FQ) a small item like a pincushion or pouch and if you like, notions and a postcard from your region. Sounds like the perfect fun little swap to me! Hope you'll join in.

And because I don't like to post without a picture. Here's a current shot of my little man (aka, the reason I don't blog so much these days).

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Denyse Schmidt Workshop

Last weekend Philly Modern Quilt Guild hosted a weekend of Denyse Schmidt Events. I wasn't able to go to the lecture on Friday night, but I heard it was fantastic. You can read about it here if you want info on it.

Saturday however, was a workshop which I was so excited to attend. Denyse offers a couple different workshops and you can find out how to host your own here at her site. We chose the Pure Improvisation workshop and it was fantastic.


I forgot to bring my camera (and my ruler - duh!). This photo was taken by Andrew (thanks Andrew!). I'm the one with the goofy grin because of course I was talking. You can see Denyse standing in the very back.

We took one of Denyse's new patterns and recreated the basic pattern with templates. Then made small modifications of our own. From there we did our own improv based on the basic shapes of the original pattern.

It was difficult for me to let go and just free form something. But ultimately very liberating! Here was what I originally came up with.

Below is some of the other works and mine is the one on the far right.


Then with just a little shifting of the blocks, it became this one below. Denyse posed in front of it with me at the end of the day. Thank you again Andrew for the photo! You can see more of everyone's work in Andrew's Flickr group.

It was great to be challenged like this. And of course so much fun to spend the day with fellow quilters. Thanks to Denyse and also to all the PMQG members who worked hard to put this together.  Definitely check out Denyse's website at for info on her new book and workshops.


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