Thursday, December 13, 2012


Ombre knitting

So, I took up knitting.  I'm by NO means a pro, and I wouldn't dare call myself such.  I am enjoying knitting though.  I love being able to sit and do something with my hands, anywhere.  I can't necessarily take my sewing machine with me everywhere I go, altho I would LOVE too, it's just not practical. HAHA.  Knitting is very portable!  I love it.  It's soothing and relaxing.  This will be a headband/earwarmer for my oldest, who (sniff) just turned 9 on Monday.  I can't believe I have a 9 year old.  Where does the time go?

Christmas Quilt!

I finished my Christmas quilt.  It sits proudly on the couch, by the Christmas tree.  I'm happy with it.  It turned out smaller than I would have liked, but it will only be out for a month, so does it really matter?  Nah.  I actually am ahead of the game this year, shopping wise.  I usually like to wait until the last minute, in a mad dash (thrill?) to get it all done.  Nope, not this year.  We've actually already got presents under the tree!?!?!  What??  I know, it's amazing.  And wonderful.  I need less stress this year.

Happy sewing, knitting, crafting, whatever!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Out To Sea - Baby quilt for Ivy

Out To Sea by Sarah Jane is my all time favorite fabric.  So when I heard that a friend of mine from work, had her first grand baby born severely premature, I knew I wanted to make a quilt for her with this fabric.  She is in Florida and her daddy works out in the ocean perfect fabric right?

It is extremely hard to get decent pictures in cloudy gloomy overcast weather.
So, please forgive my sub par photos.

Dancing Mermaids

I cut out the map print panel, and framed it.  I love the maps!  And the mermaids, and the narwhals...oh, all of it!

This mermaid framing the top, is my favorite.
And of course the good old stripe-y binding to finish it off!
Pirate stripes no less!

Next, I'm starting on a Christmas quilt for my living room.  A little late in the game, but better late than never!
I had big ambitions to do handmade things again for Christmas this year, but life gets in the way.
Maybe next year. :)

Linking up to Fabric Tuesday

Toy Story

I was asked by a friend of mine to make a Toy Story quilt for her daughter's baby, coming soon!
(Sorry for the indoor photos, it was snowing when I took these)

I found this cute blue soft cotton flannel for the back.

I did big blocks of the character print, then blue and green small blocks to offset and add some color.

Of course, a polka-dot binding to finish it off. :)
She loved how it turned out!  I'm so glad. I hope mom and baby love it too!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Short Bicycle Post

A very lovely friend of mine, asked me to make a little curtain to hide some storage she had under a shelf. 
She loves bicycles, so she picked out this adorable fabric, and I sewed it up.  Rather easy peasy. But I think it looks so cute and I was amazed it fit perfect!  I'm not so good with the math - so it was touch and go there until it made it's way back to Texas and she sent me the picture.  I'm so glad it worked out!! ;)

Happy Friday!

Monday, November 12, 2012

I was featured!

A huge thank you to Jenn from Knotted-Thread for featuring me on her awesome Follower Friday's. 
Check it out
here.  If you haven't seen her Retro Flowers quilt around the web, where have you been?  No, I'm kidding.  But it is my favorite quilt and inspired me to try out the Retro Flowers, which is a lot harder than I thought.  It's um, in my UFO pile.

I've been rather MIA lately.   Things have been very crazy and time just keeps escaping me.  I did manage to finish this quilt though, which took me a lot longer than necessary.   My sewing machine has been rather neglected of late. :(

In the shop

I LOVE the fabric for the back...Owls and little deers and bunnies. Oh My! 
Too cute.

Hope you all have a lovely week!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The 'Sewing Slump'

I've been in a sewing slump. :(  I'm not quite sure why, but it's very disconcerting.
I did manage to make this cute feather stash bag.
It's in the shop.

I've been working on my 3rd Chevron quilt, but it's taking a while, due to the 'slump'. :(

I've got to get over it!  I've got quilts to make!
I am sure it will be fine.  Anyone suffering this?
I'm thinking it may be end of summer blues. HAHA.  Now that it's getting chilly, I think the chill
will definitely invoke some sewing time.
Right?  :)

Linking up to Quilt Story.

Monday, October 1, 2012

My Red Scooter Quilt

I changed the name of this quilt to 'My Red Scooter'.
Sometimes quilts have names before they are even finished, some of them are difficult to name.
This one was a hard one for some reason.

It was fun to make though.

I love the white fabric for the back with the little blue birds.

And, of course - a stripe-y binding. :)

Next up, another Chevron quilt. A girl can never have enough Chevron Quilts.

I am linking this up to Lily's Quilts.  She is hosting an awesome Small Blog Meet linky party.  What a fun idea!  Go check it out...her blog is awesome.  And take a look at her Union Jack quilt.  Beautiful. 
I recently bought a pattern to start Union Jack's and I am a wee bit nervous, I am not going to lie.  But, it's on my 'to tackle list'.  ;)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Scoot Baby

I've been sick all weekend, but I have been working on this.
I picked this up as a quilt kit from my local quilt shop.
I'm in love with kits - especially when I'm trying something new, like ensuring the color pattern is placed correctly.  If you remember, the Rainbow Hourglass quilt took me an entire day to figure out the color placement.

I'm just finishing up the binding, while I lay in bed trying to get rid of this nasty cold..

I also tried a new technique (new to me).  Zig-zagging the edges of the quilt after I've machine sewed on the front of the binding.  I hate all the loose threads that sneak out of the binding after I've washed it.  This should hopefully clear up that pesky issue. :)
Linking this up to Quilt Story.
How was your weekend?  What are you working on?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Pony Pillow

My 8 year old wanted to make a pillow out of her favorite pair of jammies.
We had a sewing night and whipped this up together.   We fussy cut out the pony that was the PJ top.  Then we took the brown polka dot print, which was the PJ bottoms, and cut them up for the borders.
It was a fun sewing bonding project for mama and daughter. :)

I bought this fabric on sale and didn't realize it was a fleece type material, which I don't normally use. 
 It worked perfect for tying this together.  She ♥'s it.  That's all that matters.

Monday, September 10, 2012


 For lack of a better title, here is a look at some 'stuff' I made this weekend. :)

Mew Mew Zipper Pouch

I Heart Cupcakes Zipper pouch

Sneak peek - Out to Sea quilt top

Have I told you how much I am in love with the 'Out to Sea' line of fabric?? Well, if not, I'm SO in ♥ with it!
It's too cute.  I bought a huge fat quarter pack from here and I think I just might be able to gently squeeze 3 quilts out of it.  Woohoo!!
Linked up to Quilt Story and Canoe Ridge Creations.

What have you been working on?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mocha Charlie Brown

This was a custom quilt order.

The brown dot fabric is French General by Moda

All wrapped up pretty. :) I hope she likes it!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Rainbow quilt is done! Oh, and a Mourning Dove

Isn't it purdy?
I love love love how this turned out.
I did not realize how forgiving Hourglasses are to make...the points line up perfect and it looks like I am a super pro at quilting.  HAHAHAHAHA.

I straight-line quilted this baby.

I found this vintage-y yellow flower fabric for the back and border. I wanted it to be the same nostalgic print, but not be overwhelming.  Robot Child #1 called the binding, Apricot dots. :)

We have a mama Mourning dove in our tree.  She has two little babies.  She sits on top of them.  I guess to keep them protected or warm, whatever...That's what Robot Husband said.  I think it's to keep them quiet...I wish I could sit on my kids sometimes.  Haha.  JK.  Sitting on children is no laughing matter, unless you are a which case it is perfectly acceptable.
Linking up to Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rainbow Hourglass

Rainbow Hourglass quilt top
This was fun to put together.  Not so fun trying to figure out the rainbow pattern.
I struggled.  Apparently I need to go back to kindergarten and learn about the color wheel some more.
Oh, and math. :(

The fabric is 'Once Upon a Storybook'.  I am going to put some white borders on, then hopefully see if I can find some coordinating fabric to do another border. I love the vintage-y look of this collection.
There are 80 hourglasses.  It took me some time, but once I got a system going, it wasn't too bad. 

Linking up to Quilt Story!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Quilting inspiration from the Farmers Market

This weekend I took the family out to the library....well, okay-let's be honest here.  I had a plan to go to the fabric store, which happens to be next door to the library, which the children and Robot Husband had been wanting to go to.  It was a win win situation for everyone involved.  :)  When I got done with my fabric shopping, I walked back over to the library and surprised my husband, who apparently thought I would be there for hours, buried under fabric.  I knew what I wanted needed.  I think he was just entranced in the DVD selection.  Anyway, we checked out our books, Robot Child #1 was uber excited to get her very own library card.  Since I forgot mine, she got to check out my 6 or so quilting books.  They had an awesome selection! 
On our way back to the car, my husband noticed a bunch of quilts hanging out at the Farmers Market that was happening.  Of course we had to check them out.  There were some lovely quilts out.  The one above was my favorite.  I wish I could have gotten a picture of the back, it was equally colorful, bright and entertaining, plus I love the modern look of it.

**Pardon my pictures - It was impromptu, had to use the phone. :( Lame, I know.

This one had some beautiful FMQ done.

This one was AMAZING.  The quilter had used a different color thread to quilt in each section, so the back (which was the dark blue color) showed each vibrant color, outlining the elephant.  I loved this and would have probably stolen it and made a run for it, if there wasn't a woman sitting there watching my every move.
No, I'm kidding...I don't steal quilts.  Yet....

Agh!  Cherries....I love this one too.  The fabric, the pattern...all of it.

And pink stars.  Love.  Plus this had some amazing FMQ to it too.

I didn't know quilts were displayed at Farmers Markets.  Well, at least they are at this one? 
Who knows, but I apparently need to go to more of them.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Elephants and Mustaches

I made these in a fort-night.  Easy peasy.  Then I ran out of mustache fabric and had to scramble to find more!  It's become rather popular...intersting isn't it?