New Projects

Last week while I was waiting during my daughter’s soccer practice I started making a list of all the projects I either had in the works or wanted to start.  It is a L O N G list. This week I’ve had a little bit of time to tackle that list and I’ve been creating with a vengeance!  So I’ve got a couple of things to actually share.

First up, this little guy turned one this week.  Last year I made him this jungle quilt.  For his birthday this week I used a remnant from that quilt to make a little ribbon-tagged carry-along blanket with green minkie on the inside.  Also a new diaper clutch for his mom using a laminated fabric like the one we used for their crib bumper. They turned out pretty cute, if I do say so.

This is a new baby quilt sample for the shop where I work every once in a while. It went to the quilter’s today so I’ll share the whole quilt when it’s finished.

Also I have not one, but two quilts in the binding stage. My Strawberry Fields quilt and this one. I hope to get them finished during Project Runway tomorrow night. (Anyone else watching? Who do you like? I’m still not sure of a clear favorite this time – like Mondo last season.)
And in non-sewing fun, I made a new wreath for my front door using Vanessa’s tutorial. She makes it so easy to make it look so good. I’ve been wanting/desperately needing a stylish new wreath for my front door and V’s tutorial came with perfect timing so I shamelessly copied her. Even the color. Mmmm. I found everything for 50% off at JoAnn’s while I was trying (fruitlessly) to scope out the new Denyse Schmidt collection.
I’m happy to feel so productive. Amazing how the house staying clean from 9:00-3:00 every day opens up all kinds of possibilities. Especially if I stay away from the computer – I can get tons of stuff done. :)

Sponsored Giveaway from Shabby Fabrics

Today I’ve got not one, but three gift certificates to giveaway, thanks to Shabby Fabrics.

and the learn more about Shabby Fabrics.
Only comments on the giveaway post (not this post) will be counted toward the giveaway.

Summing-up Summer

At The Secret Garden, Thanksgiving Point, Utah
Most of my kids started school this past week. On Tuesday my baby starts Kindergarten.  
This is a day I NEVER thought would come, and here it is. Isn’t life weird?
Weirder yet, my oldest started Junior High School. I think I am far more terrified of that idea than she is.
So, summer. We did it. I don’t know if we did it perfectly (please let me know if you find someone who did) but I think we did it well. I was much more sane than last year, that’s for sure, and yet I still have some of the same mixed emotions as last year.
I was going to write an inspiring post about the depth of my thoughts and emotions about soaking up summer and motherhood and priorities and living in the moment and how fleeting childhood is, blah, blah. . . .  But every attempt I made to write those thoughts I come up with total blogger’s block.
I guess my brain is officially fried.  So I will let this sign I found on Pinterest speak for me instead:
from the beautiful blog, Rhonna Designs
This is what I learned this summer.  Priorities. And sometimes I was more successful than others, but it was good to know I could simplify or put aside stuff like sewing, blogging, mopping the floor :), etc. for my highest priority, which is my family.  And that would make life happier for all. And it worked. Most of the time. :)
I’m looking forward to getting back into our routines and I have a list a mile long of Works-in-Progress, etsy plans, blogging updates, patterns to write, and maybe even a cleaner kitchen floor, while the kids are in school.  In the mean time, thanks so much for hanging out with me and for your patience with my lack of creativity and maybe some flakiness over the past months while my family came first. I know that you were probably doing the same. You people are awesome.
PS Linda and Carol are the winners of the Inspirational Projects giveaway. Yay for Linda and Carol. I’ve sent you both emails.  Thanks to all who entered and for all of your nice comments. They made my week fun.

Orange Peel progress and a giveaway

Progress on my orange peel quilt (that has no orange in it). 
This one will take a while as it’s my take-along handwork project right now.
The nice people at British Patchwork and Quilting spotlighted this blog in their Wandering the Web section of their August 2011 issue. I was so grateful for their shout out. And to make it even more fun, they sent along a few copies of their recent publication Inspirational Projects for me to share with you nice readers.
Leave a comment if you would like to have one of these copies for yourself. Be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger so that I can contact you if you win. I will leave the giveaway open until Saturday Aug 27, Midnight MST.
Thanks again British Patchwork and Quilting!
If you’re looking for other fun goodies:
Fabricworm is having 15% off all their Japanese imports this week. I just ordered a fun little bundle.
Also, Burgundy Buttons is having a huge sale including current Fall and Halloween Moda collections.

Vintage Red Lattice Quilt

On our recent vacation, we spent a day at my husband’s Aunt’s wonderful home.  While we were there she let me photograph three vintage quilts that she has.  Fortunately she’s visited my blog so she didn’t think I was a total weirdo for asking if I could pull quilts outside and take pictures of them.

This quilt was the ‘newest’ of the three vintage quilts. (I’ll share the others in the near future.)  She received this one as a wedding gift in the 1970’s.  I was first drawn to it because I’m such a fan of red, but then it was fun to look closer at all the vintage fabrics.

I think I would love reprints of a lot of these. The dark blue on the left reminds me of Denyse Schmidt’s recent Fairgrounds collection.

 Love this print too. 
I think it would be fun to recreate this quilt with all kinds of scrappy fabrics. It really is wild.
And here is where this quilt lives. No wonder it’s such a happy quilt.
In other news: first week of school here. Crazy.

Travel Handmade – A Fast Messenger Bag

Travel Handmade with The Sewing Summit
This post is part of the Travel Handmade series, for more great travel bag posts click here!

I’m excited to be a part of the Travel Handmade Series today. This series was put together by Megan and Jeni and is 2 weeks of reviews of all kinds of handmade bags for all kinds of purposes from many different blogging sewers.  Today Angela and I  are talking about Travel Purses. I decided, since I don’t have to travel extremely far for The Sewing Summit,  that I would make a new messenger bag to take with me. Also to have on hand for basic running around activities. Or maybe I’ll be a messenger of some kind.


For this bag, I used my 32-minute Messenger Bag tutorial. It had been a while since I’d made one and I wanted to see if I could really do it in 32 minutes. Well throw in ironing perler bead creations, breaking up a couple of fights, getting people popsicles, etc to the time table and I don’t know exactly how long it took to make it – but I do know it was quick and easy. Despite the circus going on around me, I still easily finished my bag in one afternoon.
I used a gorgeous Echino fabric for my bag. I received this pretty piece of fabric from Ashley in North Carolina. (Hi Ashley!) We met briefly at Quilt Market in Salt Lake last spring and I was telling her how much I loved the Echino fabrics at sample spree, but didn’t buy any – at which point she offered to send me some from her stash. I was dumbfounded at her generosity and I’ve been waiting for just the right project to use them – and this worked so well!  I even kept the Echino selvage as part of the design. 
I love my funky new bag and I love that the Echino fabric is a slightly heavier weight fabric than just quilter’s cotton. The blue liner/strap fabric is from My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake and the orange is from Nest by Valori Wells.
Another favorite, tried and proven bag I’ve made is The Wasp Bag. You can find the free pattern download for this bag here.
 Another favorite handmade purse that I’ve tried personally, is the Buttercup Bag. You can see mine here and you can download the free pattern from Made By Rae. Love this one.
Me and one of the circus performers
Check in with the Travel Handmade Series all week for great handmade bags (of all shapes, sizes and purposes), reviews, and links.  I was so glad for the motivation to make something new and it felt so good to finish something at the sewing machine. For a quick finish of your own you can find the tutorial for this Messenger Bag here. Have fun!