March 31, 2014

Color Play

I have been having fun playing with color and trying new techniques for the past few weeks. If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I love color, but that I usually mix it with white. Lots of white. This cute little pincushion has white, but I love the text print that still adds more color. Fussy cut fabric buttons are my new favorite :)

Check out these double hexagons. Almost no white to break up all that color and all those prints.
The finished pillow. One of my favorite makes ever. You can find the tutorial here if you'd like to make one. It is called the Easy Double Hexagon Pillow. Easy? Yes. But very labor intensive. I think it was worth it though.  Small projects are still making me happy.
I also tried a different Dresden plate using Lori Holt's smaller thimble ruler. 12 blades instead of 20. It allows you to use larger prints which is wonderful.

The above photos are from both my camera and my phone. I am really having a hard time with my camera lately. I have tons of natural light in my new house, but am having a difficult time capturing it with my camera. I love composition of my phone photos (instagram) and they look wonderful there, but not so much here on my blog. I am hoping to have some time to play with my camera, and get the photos here back to the way they were last year. 

Check back later this week for a fun giveaway!!!

March 17, 2014

Learning Curve

I remember the very first time I saw this amazing pincushion. It was just over two years ago and I had just started my quilting adventure. I remember wishing that I could make something that lovely. It looked so complicated and difficult. Something that I could never possibly make. I forgot about that pincushion until this afternoon, while I was working on an Etsy order for a little half Dresden pincushion that I make for my shop. I am always looking for a new challenge and that pincushion popped into my head. I started cutting more little Dresden blades and then went back and found Mary's wonderful tutorial. I don't have the patience to do the amazing hand work that Mary does, but I love my finished pincushion. It's actually too cute to stick pins into, so it is going to live on a shelf in our TV room.

Most of the past few weeks have been spent working both at my "big girl" job and on a custom order using Country Girls.

We also celebrated a birthday and are anxiously waiting for Spring to arrive. Can I just say how much I love turning the clocks ahead???? It is pretty close to being my favorite day of the year. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

February 27, 2014

Winter Sewing

Hi! Are you all ready to break up with winter yet?? 

Before I get going with this post, I wanted to thank you for all of your sweet comments on my last post, and to clarify my closing question. After reading your comments, it occurred to me that you thought I was asking you to tell me which of MY projects was your favorite, which sounds super conceited. Which I hope I'm not. What I was trying to ask was what is your favorite thing that YOU have made.  My writing skills need some help. Hope you'll share :)

So, I am so over winter. Cabin fever has set in and I have been trying to organize my sewing room. Which is actually kind of fun. Cute stacks of colorful fabrics.
Decorating this happy little cottage that my daughter found at the thrift shop. She painted it white, and I am having fun looking for cute little treasures to add to the shelves.
Pinning WIP to my wall. I have been so inspired by all the color, and have been starting lots of new projects.
An alphabet quilt. Have you been following the quilt along over at Moda? It's Spell It with Moda, and it has my name written all over it. Letters and quilting?? Count me in.

A teeny tiny great granny square. Lots more of these coming up....along with a give away coming very soon!

I've also been working on my Quilty Fun quilt. I am so happy with how this is coming along. Making one block a week has been so much fun, and so easy to keep up with. Only four more weeks to go.

I've also been working on my custom order using Country Girls. Love making prairie points. Especially pink, red and aqua ones!

Happy Weekend!!!

February 16, 2014

The Sewing Olympics

This week the Olympics has been on almost 24/7 at my house. I mostly listen, and look up when it sounds exciting because it's the perfect backdrop for sewing.

I am still having so much fun with the Quilty Fun Sew Along.

The spring tulips almost make me forget that it has snowed almost every day for the past few weeks.
Each new block becomes my new favorite. I am having so much fun organizing my scraps and actually using them. This is almost the first time that I have been confident enough to use fabrics from different designs. Love trying new things.

Another pincushion. It's supposed to be a spool....can you tell?

The start of a quilt for a custom order using Tasha Noel's new Country Girls. So cute and so much fun to sew with.
This my version of an Irish Chain that I kind of made up as I went along. The fabric is Scrumptious. I added ric rac along the border and I think it makes this quilt. YAY! A finished quilt!!

I jumped on the mini quilt bandwagon once again with Mini Dwell. I am so happy Camille is making so many of her awesome quilt patterns into minis. Oh how I loved making these happy little cottages!!!

I think this may be my favorite make ever! Do you have a favorite of your own???

January 29, 2014

Hello from the Sewing Room

Hello! Here's where I've been spending lots of time while it looks like this outside...

This is what the Polar Vortex looks like. Lots of snow and really cold. But that's fine with me. I just surround myself with lots of color.

The start of something cute...a pillow? A table topper? Not sure yet.

I've been having a blast with Lori Holt's Quilty Fun Sew Along aka as the school of quilting. I kid you not, my quilting has improved by leaps and bounds since I started quilting along.

Pincushions. Something new for my shop.

And a mug rug that's a gift for someone special. The cute Susan Branch print in the center was a gift from super sweet Amy.

Mini Swoon blocks. 8" squares of total cuteness!! My first block honestly took me three hours, but I am picking up speed.These have been my "go to" in between sewing orders and working on my Quilty Fun sampler.

Take THAT Polar Vortex!

January 21, 2014

2013-A Crafty Year in Review

Better late than never. A little recap of some of my makes for 2013. At first I thought, I really didn't make anything new, or anything that I kept for me, but while browsing through my folders I found lots of things that were new AND a few things that I did indeed keep.
The granny square table topper looks so cute on my dining room table. The churndash blocks are hanging in my sewing room. The "handmade" sewing machine cover actually does double duty as a cute chair back slip cover. New for this year was the mug rug, of which I have now made dozens. The hexie pillow was fun to make, and I'd like to do another.
I'm looking foward to a very creative 2014!

December 14, 2013

It's The Holiday Season

The Christmas rush is ON!!! This time of year is my favorite. The twinkling lights. The delicious smells. The packages and bows. The tree.

A few of you have been checking in to see if I am OK, and the answer is YES!!! And thanks so much for your concern.

I've been sewing up a storm getting orders from my etsy shop packed and on their way. I also have an office job so it's always a juggling act fitting in everything I want to do, and sometimes blogging takes a back seat.  I update my instagram feed all the time, so you can always keep tabs on what I am doing there.
I hope that this Christmas season brings joy and wonder to all of you!!!

P.S. These photos are from my instagram feed. If you would like to see some wonderful photos, please go to my daughter's blog where she has posted all kinds of pictures of our house. ♥♥♥