Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Progress



A most dear friend of mine, requested my Modern Foxy quilt.  She had been stalking watching it on Etsy and once she got her new home, she decided it was meant to be hers!  Of course I agreed!  Now, every Modern Foxy quilt needs a matching pillow. Right?  Especially a house warming pillow!


So, I pulled out my remnants of foxy fabric (sniff) and made this cute little pillow with some Essex linen...this stuff is SO dreamy.  Like sewing with butter, on a cloud, a cloud of butter floating on soft minky covered unicorns.  Sorry... but really, it's DELICIOUS.

I am now out of the foxy fabric...and I love it so much!  BUT, I am glad it went to a new home.  And my dear friend has sent me pictures of both the adopted quilt and pillow in their new home.  :)

Also, since I have talked about my quilt ladder, but never showed it, here it is!  We are mostly finally sort-of settled in our new home.  It's been QUITE a process and very exhausting.  We've moved twice in a year and I'm here to say, NEVER again!  ;) Moving sucks.


I stole took this ladder from my grandparents farm property.  After my grandma passed away, the family decided to sell all the property.  It was a very hard decision to make, I'm sure, and I tear up every time I think about it.  I made the unfortunate decision this past weekend to drive by.  Everything is torn down, bull dozed and everything is gone.  Century year old trees, memories, history. All gone, making way for a new subdivision.  So, when I look at this ladder, it makes me happy to know that besides my memories, I have a little piece of history.  My grandpa owned a lot of property, with a milking barn, cows, horses, chickens, lots of stuff.  My aunt thinks that perhaps either my great-grandpa or even my grandpa may have made this ladder.  I love it and I will never part with it.

So, I promise I am still here....the blog has been neglected, but I am alive!

I'm working on a few things at the moment:
A surprise quilt
A Suck-it Cancer quilt
Triangle Brambleberry quilt

I will be back!  :)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Grinchy Advent Calendar

Hey guys!
Are you sick of seeing the Grinch on my blog and IG yet?  If so, I totally don't blame you!  ;)

I've created a pattern to make your very own Grinchy Advent Calendar!  YAY!!  The Grinchy panel is
SO adorable.

This will be sure to delight all your little Whos!  I am not the biggest fan of Christmas, but when my LQS asked me to make something for the Christmas in July sale, after cringing first, I saw Mr. Grinch.  Angels were singing - I knew immediately what to make.  Phewsh!  I've always loved the Grinch, mostly because I can 100% relate to him. Hahaha.  ♥  Black heart and all.  ;)


For his introductory month, this pattern is on sale for $6 bucks!  Yay!  You can get him at my Etsy shop or .
on Craftsy, for you Craftsy lovers.

You'll need to pick up the Grinch panel, and any coordinating Christmas fabrics.  If your  LQS doesn't have the panel, there are a lot of Etsy shops that do.

And I promise, this is the last you'll see of him, well, until Christmas - Maybe.  ;)

Friday, August 29, 2014

10 Quilty Secrets

I'm sitting in bed, going through and reading blog posts airing out their dirty laundry of quilty secrets and I'm loving them all!! It's so liberating! Like flinging off your bra and announcing it to everyone...I'm free!!!! So, I wanna join in the fun.  I wanna be bra less so to speak. ;) Check out the beginning at 13 Spools and grab something delicious and enjoy.

1.  I promise to not be a fabric snob.  However, I have a major pet peeve with fabric designers and how they are so trendy, taking me back in time to high school and forcing my mom to buy me that $95 pair of Lucky jeans because I have high acceptance needs!!!  The fabric world is NO different folks. And now that I'm older and wiser, I have found I LIKE to not follow the trends and I prefer to actually buy what I love, not buy it for who designed it, and/or their label....even tho their last 3 lines have all looked the exact same, same color way, patterns, etc.  Where is the originality in that?  Ok... Deep. Breath.  Oh are we only on #1?  Moving on.

2.  I must hand sew binding on. MUST.  It's very therapeutic to me. I've attempted machine stitching it down and it gives me major anxiety.  I despised binding when I started quilting, now it's my favorite part of quilting.  And stripe-y bindings are the bomb!!!

3.  I live in my flip flops. Sometimes even in winter. I love them. I can only sew barefoot tho. And I usually will sew with one flip flop on, and one off...for the pedal.  I need to feel 'at one' with my sewing machine. Hahaha. Something like that.

4. Nothing warms my heart more, than to see my quilts being used and loved.  However, my kids (and husband!) are not allowed to touch quilts in the house. Unless the quilt is theirs of course. ;)

5.  Best Press.  Love it.  I can't iron without it, and I've been known to shut down all production if I run out...but now I have at least 3 bottles on backup. ;)  hey some people stock up on food supply, I stock up on sewing supplies...not that any of it could save us in the Zombie Apocalypse but hey, a lot could be weapons, I'm sure some Best Press shot in the eye wouldn't be pleasant. Pleasant smelling, yes.... I digress...

6.  I can't sew clothes.  Don't ask me to hem your pants or make your daughter a skirt...trust me, the Robot Children will attest to this and as to why they have no clothes or cute trendy swirly skirts sewn by their mother, who um, sews.  Yah, I suck at it....that is all. :(

7. I can't follow patterns. They confuse me more and it's easier for me to just figure it out.  Do you think this is like a pianist who can't read sheet music but plays by ear?  By all means, not trying to be boastful or braggy, because I find it quite a hindrance and it's actually extremely frustrating...and probably explains #6 a LOT.

8. I don't understand Batiks.

9.  I tend to do blogland trends/sew alongs on my own time, like a year or two after they are over.  It's the rebel in me.

10.  I refuse, absolutely refuse, to pre-wash fabrics...ever.  I need crisp, clean fabrics right off the bolt to work with. and I've never had an issue with not prewashing.  I do swear by Shout color catchers...they are A-mazing.

Thanks for stopping by and reading all my nonsensical ramblings.  If anything, don't take it too seriously, I don't. :)

Xoxo







Monday, August 25, 2014

My summer vacation....

Ok.  It's been a whirlwind of a summer!  I promise I have lots of quilty goodness coming, but until then, here's what we've been up to.

We went on a lovely summer vacation in the mountains. Bliss.

We came home, and moved the very next day!!  Uh, I know.  You don't need to say it, What are you thinking?  I don't recommend this.  A smart person would have scheduled a move before the vacation....

My sewing room sat like this for weeks....and there were lots of tears as I hadn't sewed since probably June.

Sorry for the crappy Instagram photos...but I'm SLOWLY getting it all back together!

Finally, opened up the boxes, and then my sewing room sat like this for a few more weeks. :(


Then it was finally back to school!  Hooray!!  The Robot Children were super excited.   I think mainly to get out of the house that is filled with boxes and unpacking. ;)
No matter how many times I said, "Today is a FUN-filled day of unpacking!", they just never seemed to get enthusiastic. ;)

I finally got some sewing in this weekend.  Sigh.  Felt so good!!

I used Oh Fransson's Barn Bat block tutorial.  Once you figure out those blasted 60 degree angles, it's pretty easy. :)  But, math and I do not get along.


Oh, and 1 more thing to leave you with....

Really?
Took the kids to the park, and whilst we try to contain ourselves, we couldn't resist putting Mimi in the baby swing.  As you can CLEARLY tell, she was NOT impressed with our shenanigans.  We think we are funny tho. She is a good patient pug who puts up with a lot.   ♥

Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July!

What in the world...where have I been??  I'll tell you...summer is CRAY CRAY!  ;)

We are moving...again.  We are super-duper excited.  We are also going on vacation, the week before we move. So, we'll come back then load up the U-Haul and move the day after.  Seriously, who planned this crap?  I am going to need a vacation after moving!  Sigh...well, that's how it is just working out.  But, we are overwhelmed with excitement for both the vacation and moving.  So, that's where I've been...in crazy town.

Meanwhile, I was asked by my favoritest LQS to make an advent calendar for the shops Christmas in July special.  I was elated and honored to be asked.  I picked out the Grinch Christmas panel and fabric from Robert Kaufman and went to Seuss-town. ;)


My goal was to make it look like there were presents surrounding the Grinch, that he either stole or gave back at the end of his mad fury. ;)  Either way, that is what I envisioned.


The top was sort of plain, so I added little ornaments with ribbon trim.


The 24th block is extra fancy, since it's the end and the day before Christmas.

I know it's SUPER crazy and busy, but hey, it's the Grinch and it's supposed to be a little wacky. ;)

Stats:  Measures 34 x 53
Fabric: Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Robert Kaufman
Quilted by Kellie at The Quiltmakers - she did an amazing job, underlining the words in the Grinch panel, designing the ornaments and bows...it turned out awesome!

I am going to Quiltmakers tonight to cut up kits for this advent calendar.  If your are interested in getting a kit with the instructions, let me know and I'll hook you up!

I will be MIA again for a while, but stay tuned in August!  I'll be back with a new sponsor and a giveaway!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Winner!!!!!!

Winning is awesome.  The votes are in, the drawing has been completed thanks to RandomPicker.

The winner is..........

Shanners who said: 
So many FQ bundles! And all so pretty. But I think I would want the botanics bundle. Love all the fabrics, and I would probably make a quilt or maybe some pillows. Thanks for the chance to win.

Winner list

Winner IDPrize
ShannersJune 25, 2014 at 9:22 AMFQ Bundle
Congrats Shanners!
I'm sending you an email for your address so we can mail this delightful bundle of Halloween goodness your way!!

Thanks to everyone who played!

Next month we'll have another "What I made Wed." and a chance to win again!



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Sponsor and a Giveaway!

Are you ready?

It's the first post of 'What I made with Wednesday'!!  Woohoo!

I have a new sponsor, Fresh Modern Fabric and I'm SO excited to have FMF on board.  The lovely and talented Alice is the brains behind FMF.  Her shop has been open since 2011 and I can honestly say, she's been my go to when I'm looking for something specific.  She curates delicious bundles and puts together awesome fabrics for your sewing pleasure.  Also, I am a little demanding sometimes, and want something different, or want a bundle made just for me.  I've convo'd Alice a few different times and her responses are always lightning fast.  That's a bonus for me, me being impatient AND demanding. Haha.


So, what have I made with fabric from FMF?  Let me show you!

I love the Sidewalks line and I found the perfect bundle to make this quilt here.


Then, I loved it so much, I had to make another one (with Chenille).  This time I asked Alice if she could throw in a pink print rather than the green one.  She did, and it turned out lovely I think.

So, here's what I made with fabric from FMF.  Now, on to the good stuff.

Alice is giving away a FQ bundle to one of you lucky readers.  That's right!!!  A FQ BUNDLE!


Oh my goodness.  Not only is it a FQ bundle, but it's the Witch Hazel line from Riley Blake, with 11 pieces of hauntingly delicious tricks and treats to make your Halloween delightful!  My favorite is the text print!  I love the green in there too...it makes it more modern and not so much traditional-orange-and-black-is-your--only-option-for-Halloween. ;)

So, to enter, please visit FMF and tell me what bundles you love and what you would make with them. Also, for an extra entry, if you follow me on Bloglovin or Instagram, let me know in a separate comment.  ♥  I'm a little obsessed with Instagram. ;)  Find me @robotmomsews.  For a 3rd entry, like FMF on FB and tell me you do. :)

The giveaway is open until 6/29.  Winner will be announced on Monday.  Sorry, US residents only.
Also - please make sure you are not a no-reply blogger.  If you are and you are chosen, we will draw again.

Ready?  Set.... GO!  :)
And thanks again Alice for being my first lovely sponsor!!!