Saturday, March 31, 2012

Yester-Year WIP Challenge

OK, who's up for a challenge? Christine over at Quilt Monster in my Closet is hosting a Yester-Year WIP Challenge on the 5th of each month. For my non-sewing friends reading this, a WIP is a Work In Progress :) SO looking forward to working on a very intimidating applique project that I just threw in the drawer, not knowing if I'd ever finish it. 

Layer Cake - Yum!

Bought my first Layer Cake - Yumalicious! Indian Summer by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  It even came with a pattern, which was so easy! It didn't include quite enough squares to make the size of that particular pattern, but it'll still make a nice size quilt.  I found some fabric locally that I can use for the border and backing. 

I've been starting so many projects lately, and I'm starting to feel a little like I need to slow down a little and just finish something already! I just get so excited about all the different projects I can start.  Focus, focus, focus! 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Ready for Spring!

I love living in the Pacific Northwest, and I can usually handle the rain, but I'm SO ready for summer spring (Whoa! Got a little crazy there!) So I dug through my stash and found a Charm Pack of Papillon by 3 Sisters for Moda, which is very springy - flowers and butterflies. I LOVE the pop of red with all these pastels. Ya see, my dining room is red, and this is perfect for a table runner! 

I'd like to make the backing with some of those beautiful red prints so that I can just flip it over and use it the rest of the year, but my local quilt shop didn't have any  :(  I need to find it....soon! I'd love to have it on my table for Easter! Here's a sneak peek :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I'm a Kickin' Stash Winner!

I've been so lucky with blog giveaways!! I just started blogging in January, and I've already won TWO giveaways! Last week was my 2nd win --- a Kickin' Stash pattern (by EvaPaige Quilt Designs from Meg at The Works of Our Hands. Got it in the mail today, and it looks like a lot of fun! Can't wait to try it out.  Thanks again, Meg :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Dresden Plate Disaster......

I've been admiring the Dresden Plate design for a long time, but had pretty much come to the decision that I wasn't going to use my little template that I had because I was going to get the Accuquilt Go! Dresden Plate die!!! Well, that's on hold for awhile until I can find it in one of the stores around here.  Anyway....I decided to try out my template last week, and it was a disaster! I was so excited because it was looking SO good as I was sewing along and I couldn't wait to finish it! Imagine the look on my face, and the tears :( (well, not really...but close) when it looked like I had one too many blades.  
See how it kinda bubbles up in the middle? Well, I just assumed that it had too many blades, but I was wrong!!!  Just as I was writing my post, I decided to look at my picture one more time just to see if anything was obvious.  I couldn't believe it! I jumped off of the couch and said "Oh my goodness! My Dresden Plate only has 15 blades! It was supposed to have 16!" And I was thinking I had too many blades! Ha ha ha!  So I went upstairs and looked through my scrap basket and guess what was right on top of the pile.  Yep....the 16th blade.  I took the plate apart, inserted #16, and voila! Check out my new Dresden Plate....not a disaster at all.  Now I just need to add a bright green circle and maybe sew it onto a green or orange background.  

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Timber and Guitars

I've been admiring Jessica Levitt's Timber from Windham Fabrics for a long time.  While I was shopping at my local quilt shop last weekend for some baby quilt fabric (which I never even got around to buying), I found some of the Timber fabric at 40% off!!! Score!! Isn't it just beautiful? Love, love, love this fabric! I wish I would've gotten a little of every pattern, but there was a minimum 1-yard cut for each piece, and I already had a basket filling up, so I resisted....till next time....if there's still some available.  :)
And then I noticed that they had some of the guitar fabric that I had bought a fat quarter of a while back (to make a quilt for my hubby some day) on sale, so I asked for the rest of the bolt (which ended up being about 2-1/2 yards). Then I added some orange fabric to match. Orange is popular in this house...mostly for my hubby....because we live in Corvallis, Oregon, home of the Oregon State Beavers (orange and black)! Plus he and I each had "orange" bedrooms when we were teenagers.  Crazy coincidence? Wow. I just went way off course there.  Anyway, here's a look at those fabrics. Eric is really interested in the design of his quilt. One of the first quilting books that he found and insisted on buying when I first started quilting was for a Mariner's Compass.  Ha ha ha! Not sure I'll ever be able to make that, but I think he might actually attempt it one of these days :) I found some other "acoustic" guitar fabric online that I need to order to go with these fabrics. Not having much luck finding that here in town. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunday Morning Quilts!

Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg of crazy mom quilts and Cheryl Arkison of Dining Room Empire arrived in the mail today! So excited! It was a bit thrashed by our lovely postal service, but it's readable. Just a bit bent (even though the package said "Handle With Care"). I think I know what I'll be doing tonight. As much as I want to get in my studio and sew, I think I'll just sit here with Giacomo and a cup of coffee, and read this book. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday Night Sew-In Success

Just finished binding my projects from last night's Friday Night Sew-In. Normally, I'm so flippin' tired by Friday night that I don't even want to think about doing anything, and usually just hang out on the couch and watch TV. But last night was different. I was looking forward to joining in on my first FNSI. After work yesterday, I ran by Joann's Crafts on the way home (just in case I changed my mind about the project I wanted to work on), picked up a pizza and a bottle of wine (not at JoAnn's!), stopped by Creative Crafts to pick up a pattern that they were holding for me (will hopefully make this cute little item in the next week or so!), came home and played with Giacomo the Schnoodle, had a cup of coffee, ate dinner, got my comfy clothes on, poured a glass of wine, and headed upstairs. Whew! I listened to junk TV for awhile, until my hubby came upstairs and saved me by playing guitar and singing for me in the next room.  <3  

The project I had planned was a wall hanging for my new office. Well, actually 2-3 wall hangings. I had a 3-picture panel of Java by Deb Strain for Moda. Anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE COFFEE! I bought this a couple of years ago and thought I wanted to do something with it for my kitchen/dining room but just never got around to it. 
I recently moved into a new office at work, and the walls are bare. There were two screws on the wall that held a picture frame for the previous person who occupied that office. So I thought this would be the perfect place to hang Java because of the dark browns (same color as my desk). I decided to cut the panel into 3 separate pieces and add some borders with the matching fat quarters that I bought at the same time. I got two of them done, except for finishing off the binding, so I finished that today. I think the third one will go in the kitchen! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Friday Night Sew-In

I'll be joining my first Friday Night Sew-In tomorrow night. People from all over the world sewing at the same time, and then posting pictures of their projects the next day. Super excited! If you're interested, click on their button over on the right-hand side of my page.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Doll Quilt or Something Else?

I was home sick (for real) one day last week and decided to play around in my sewing room. I've been searching for ideas for items to sell at our Relay For Life in June and found that a popular item was a doll quilt. I don't have a daughter so hadn't really thought of doll quilts, but thought I'd give it a shot. It didn't turn out half bad and was really easy to make. I think it could actually be a wall hanging or a table topper! 


Monday, March 5, 2012

Goodbye, my friend

OK, I realize the post title sounds a bit "final," but my good friend at work has left to pursue bigger and better things. I'm really happy for her, but things have been different without her around the office. We used to text each other before work sometimes to see if the other wanted coffee from Starbucks, or a few times she would just show up with a latte just because. She was more than just a co-worker. 

She sent me a text one day of an item that she wanted me to make for her - a crochet hook organizer. I had never made anything like this before so did my research and found a couple of tutorials on Little Birdie Secrets and Keepsake Crafts and did a combination of the two. It was actually quite fun to make and only took about an hour or so.  It certainly wasn't perfect, but she loved it. I've made a few mental notes on things I would do differently and will definitely try again. Karen - You'll get the perfected version when I finally get it right :) But for now, let's just get together for coffee. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Feeling Liberated

When I went to the mailbox Saturday morning, I was surprised to see that my package from mama love quilts had arrived! I wonder if my neighbors saw the big smile on my face when I discovered the package :)  The charm pack that I won in her Leap Day Giveaway was even more beautiful and vibrant than I thought it would be. Bright greens, oranges, blues...Oh how I love fabric! Anyway....I decided to head over to the locally owned bookstore The Book Bin and found the only copy they had of Liberated Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston. I was so impressed by the quilt that Nicole (at mama love quilts) made from this book, and I'm so excited to attempt one myself! Thanks again, Nicole!  

A bed for Giacomo

Giacomo likes to hang out with me in my quilting room, but he needed a place to call his own. And it needed to match my room....because that's what I wanted and it's my room. So I made him a cute little bed. He absolutely loves it!! I used printed fleece and a bright green Minky fabric. The fleece was so easy to work with (I had never sewn with it before), but I seriously can't say that about the Minky.  What a mess. 
And I had to pin the heck out of it to keep it from sliding! If anyone has any tips for working with Minky, PLEASE let me know because I love the look of it....just don't want the mess. 

After it was stuffed, then I used my DMC floss to tack it down. So flippin' cute! And so easy! 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Organization = Motivation

Last weekend, I started reorganizing my sewing room (see messy room pics posted last week). I have most of it put back together, except need just a little more storage. I think if I use up some of the batting that I have, then that'll make room for the extra stuff. 

Still need to work on my design wall. I have the wall picked out, just need to decide how I want to construct it. 

My handy, handsome hubby cut all the shelving I needed for organizing my scrapbooking supplies in the closet. So nice to have it all in one place! 

After receiving fabric in the mail this week, and winning the charm pack, I'm so anxious to get up there and sew! Will hopefully be posting pics of a completed project soon! 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I'm a Leap Day Winner!

Wow!! Leap Day was a great day for me this year for two reasons.  When I got home from work yesterday, there was a package in the mail - My order from Missouri Star Quilt Co!  Woo hoo! When I got up this morning, there was an email from Nicole at Mama Love Quilts that I had won the Leap Day Giveaway - Malka Dubrawsky's "A Stitch in Color" Charm Pack by Moda!!!  So flippin' excited!!  I'll post pics later of all my goodies! For now, it's time to go to my real job  :)  Thanks again, Nicole!