Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Easter fabric decor

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I have loved these little fabric eggs from the Purl Bee. They have a tutorial here that makes them look so easy. Well, I didn't get to them this year, but I'm filing this away for next year!


Then, lo and behold, look what I found! Retro Mama made some similar eggs out of American Jane fabric! How cute are they? She has a tutorial as well.

And finally, have you seen Nanette's Easter Egg quilt of her own design?
Well she has a free tutorial too!
(Click on the picture so you can see the fabric up close. Nanette has an amazing touch with fabric. Look at the rabbits she used for her border!)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Sew like the wind


This is a bit how I feel at the moment. I have a huge deadline coming in the next couple of weeks - a good deadline, fortunately nothing like El Guapo coming - but one that wakes me up at night dreaming about charm packs. Details coming soon.

Friday, March 27, 2009

My news and my first giveaway!

This post is getting posted SO much later in the day than I had planned. Lots of unforeseen obstacles (isn't that the way it is when you have something important going on?) The main one being my 4-year-0ld's preschool teacher calling to let us know one of of the pupils came down with the chicken pox and they need to sterilize the school. So just when I planned on getting a lot done during preschool time, I am suddenly a lot less productive. But, it's better than a kid with chicken pox, right? Perspective . . .

Okay, so that's not the big news.

This is:I finally opened my etsy shop! This is not an official opening, more of a soft opening (thank you Ocean's 13) with only a couple of things listed at the moment. I have a bunch more things waiting to be listed sometime next week.
So keep watching! And keep watching for more giveaways in the next month! Woo!

This is my first offering. A vintage-inspired I-spy baby quilt kit.
All of the squares are pre-cut. I only used really high quality quilting fabric from companies like Michael Miller, Alexander Henry, Moda and, of course, those adorable Japanese imports. And I only went with vintage reproduction or really whimsical prints. No Spongebob or Garfield.

The quilt also comes with pre-cut borders, binding and backing.
(Recognize those cute American Jane prints?)
For this quilt I tried something new. I used a linen/cotton blend for the off-setting squares. I really like the change in texture. It's in the dryer right now and I can't wait to see how it comes out. The kit comes with a choice of off-set squares out of either the linen/cotton blend or just a neutral 100% cotton.I am also listing charm packs of 45 different pre-cut 3 1/2" I-spy squares.
A great way to get a good little collection for your own projects, without having to collect that many different fabrics.
Here's a small sampling of what's included.
And that is my giveaway to you! One of these packets of 45 pre-cut squares. All you have to do is leave a comment, and if it has any feed-back or suggestions on the etsy shop, the i-spy quilt, or something else you'd like to see in the shop in the future, you'll get two entries. You'll have until Tuesday night at midnight Mountain Standard Time to enter. I'll announce the winner Wednesday morning. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you so I can get mailing info if you win!

Thanks! Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More American Jane

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Have you seen the new collection of American Jane to hit the stores? It's called Snippets - based on vintage paper dolls. You can see the whole collection here. Wonderful, as always. I just love those vintage reproduction fabrics.

Then, have you seen Jodi's cute pinwheel quilt made with Snippets?

I love it! With those cute prarie points. I love charm packs! This would be a very affordable scappy quilt. You can find the pattern at the Moda Bake Shop blog.

Have you been to this blog? TONS of cute patterns and project ideas for FREE. Awesome.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A few works in progress

I am on a quilting rampage. Evidence: the three quilts above that need binding. Good thing there are good shows on tonight. One is sitting on my lap as I type and I get a few stitches in while I wait for pictures to upload. :)

Here are some sneak peaks of a couple of others. I have plans for these babies. Watch for an announcement at the end of the week. (And my first Giveaway!)
QUICK UPDATE. (Sorry I meant to write this in the original post, and after a couple of comments were posted, I realized I needed to fix the situation quick.)
I can't take any credit for the beautiful quilting. (Look at that flower in the green square!) This was done by my lovely friend Sherrie on a longarm. I really meant to announce that when I first posted! I am NOT a great machine quilter. I have total admiration for those who are. I'm getting a little more confident on my own little sewing machine [with strait lines] and it is one of the final quilting frontiers I aspire to learning to do well.
But in the mean time, I can't take the credit for this beautiful stuff.

Here is another new baby quilt. I had to jump on the red and aqua band-wagon. But I threw in some pink to make in softer/baby-er/vintage-ier.
I love this aqua chenille!

And just to give my head further reason to explode, I started something new!Oh, and spring soccer starts today. If I didn't need to chase down little boys, I could maybe bind quilts while I watch soccer games. (And they could keep me warm, too.)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Create



This is a beautiful little video about our inherent need to create - whether it's something small like quilts or something even more amazing like human life, and the fulfillment that results. Doesn't that ring true? Why else would we spend time cutting something up and sewing those pieces back together, if not for the gratifying fulfillment that we feel with the end product.

Or why would we spend our time making endless amounts of food, cleaning-up bodily fluids, reading the same children's books over and over, etc., if not for the goal of creating happy, productive human beings one day?

The speech is from one of the most amazing talks specifically addressed towards women that I've ever heard, given by one of the leaders of my faith, Dieter Uchtdorf. (He's German. Don't you love the accent?)

Prepare to be inspired.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring fashion

Remember on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers how all the girls make new spring frocks out of old quilts?

Well, I'm not much for wearing quilts, but I did find some pretty inspiration for spring clothes I want to make. (And the fact that some of them might be made from vintage sheets means that maybe I'm not that far off from those Oregon Brides.)

For my girls:
These two pieces are from Amoretti Designs.


For me:
I'm loving these two skirts from Boden. (I LOVE Boden. Just not their prices.)
But I'm thinking I might be capable of these.

And look at these beautiful pieces.
Check out this talented gal's photo stream on Flickr.
She's made some GREAT pieces!Well, spring WAS here last week. Sunny and in the 60's. Of course it was the week we were sick. Now that we are well it is currently 40 degrees outside and in was snowing earlier. Boo.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bag

I've had to wait a little while to post about this little gem. This bag is a gift for my lovely sister-in-law's birthday. And since she's known to read this blog, I had to wait. But today she's in town all the way from Maryland and we get to see her! Woohoo!

I bought this fabric a while back, before I'd learned the language of making bags, because of it's great potential.Do you know how tricky it is to take a picture of yourself holding a bag?
So I resorted to having my not-quite-5-year-old give it a try. Not too bad.

Then he asked if I would take a picture of him with his Transformer walkie-talkies and put it on the 'blob' too.
How could I say no?
It is good to be back among the land of the living. Wednesday night I was struck down with whatever it was that my 2-year-old had. Bleh. Fortunately I did not throw-up on any quilts. Also fortunate was the fact that I had been to the grocery store, Costco, the library, picked-up my daughter's new glasses and put away 7 loads of laundry within the 24-hours before I was consumed with feeling gross. (You know it's really bad when even the thought of sewing or reading blogs doesn't sound remotely appealing.) And the final fortunate thing: my lovely husband took the day off yesterday to run the show around here. I'm just glad for his sake that I could time my illness with the first day of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. (Thank you and you're welcome, dear.)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wearin' o' the Green

A little bit of some recent green quilt discoveries. I LOVE this one by Sarah Looking In. I really want to make something like it.Here is another other green quilt from Oh Fransson!
Favorite songs green
I'm really digging the monochromatic look. Wouldn't this be a fun way to use up scraps?

Spring Green Doll Quilt Top by oh fransson.
Anyone else have some good green quilts?

Monday, March 16, 2009

The other quilt and an unpleasant surprise

This is the other quilt I finished for the store where I work. This fabric is from a collection called Tiny Tots by Red Rooster fabric. Cute little vintage kids. (Although to me, it's not quite as cute as American Jane.)

We've had the fabric for a bit, but of course, the panel has not sold because we haven't done anything with it yet. So, it was time to do something about that. This is a crib size quilt.
Here is a close-up of a few of the panels:I've described previously how interesting it is to work in a fabric store and watch what sells and what doesn't. Some things we might never have to touch and they practically walk out of the store on their own. (Like that Sweet polka-dot.) Other stuff sits until we do something with it. And then usually, once people see something made-up with a fabric or collection, it flies. It's especially funny with quilt backs. So often we put something we're trying to get rid of on the back of a quilt and suddenly people are fighting over it. It's almost comical.
I really like the back used for this quilt. Such a good green! Also, we had a few bolts of the stripe, so I used it for the bias binding and I'm pleased with the result.
My sweet 2-year-old decided it to come "help" me take pictures. Seriously 2 minutes after I took this picture, he threw-up all over the floor. Yuck. Fortunately, the quilt was off the floor by then. However, this would not have been the first time we got bodily fluids on a quilt ready to be returned to the quilt store (as my kids call it). A few years ago I took a quilt out of the dryer and laid it on the floor to admire. My little girls decided it would be fun to come sit on the warm quilt. Well, one of them was wearing big-girl panties for the first time and let's just say, that quilt got washed twice.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A busy week

I have been on a quilting rampage around here. Two new quilts for the store, plus I finally finished the kits for the Recess quilt. (Those ones seemed to take forever.)

Remember this pile? Now it is this:
And now there is a new pile:
These kits will be a piece of cake compared to the last one.

And here is the final Mr. Roboto quilt for the store! All washed and ready to go. I am so pleased with how this one turned out:
The binding totally makes it.
And so does this guy with his cute little puppy.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tutorials up the wazoo!

I recently discovered I was suddenly getting some new traffic and looked at the source: Tipnut.com I had never heard of it and went to check it out. Wow!

My Diaper Clutch tutorial was featured on this list. (Thank you Tipnut people!) As are a bunch of other great baby ideas, including this cute quilt:

The link to this pattern is at The Village Shop blog. Looks like a really quick little quilt. I'm excited to try it.

There's another great list of what to do with fabric scraps and remnants. Look at this cute quilted wallet from That Darn Kat.

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There are loads of other free patterns as well as good tips on cooking, organizing, cleaning; you name it! Check it out!

PS I just have to say how amazing I think this bloggy world is. Sometimes it totally overwhelms me :) but other days I can't get enough. Since I started reading blogs in earnest about a year ago, I have become so much more confident in my sewing capacity - mainly because of other people's examples and lovely tutorials and help. It is fabulous. Don't you agree?

Monday, March 9, 2009

Domo arigato

Working on a couple of new little quilts for the store. This is a baby quilt with most fabrics from a new collection by Free Spirit called Robots.
Aren't these little guys charming?

Quite pleased with how it's turned out so far. Tomorrow it is off to be quilted.