Sunday, January 11, 2015

::Sunday Stash #4

 I thought I would partake in a little stash reveal. I swear
I have the best intentions...such as when I started posting
Sunday Stash posts. Yet, it seems the last one was last 
April and I only posted twice. Yikes.
 So here I am jumping back on. Maybe #5 will 
be in 2020.

Shall we get done to the business of said Stash reveal... First up a layer cake that 
was a gift from my sister at Christmas. It is call Pastel Pop of the Michael Miller fame. 
It is an amassment of greys and yellows all gratifyingly designed. Yes, I like. 

Next up are a pre-Christmas purchase I made and intended them to 
become Christmas gifts. Oh crap intentions again. The beauty on the top
is Kokeshi by Suzy Ultman for Robert Kaufman. I am a little infatuated with it. 
Under that delightful print is a stack from Riley Blake. Whose designs
I am also a little infatuated with.

 My what big eyes you have..... I was the fortunate recipient
of a gift certificate to Fabricworm for Christmas from 
my husband. (he likes me) 
Riding Hood (above) by Josephine Kimberling, well 
I couldn't resist. And the rest of my stash additions
came from that. Whoot. 

The three crazy prints above are destined to be in 
Gypsy Wife as soon as I locate the book. 
The why of it being lost is a long story. 
I am hoping it stops hiding soon. 

On the same gift certificate I also got the  prints above. 
I just liked them thats why. The green and peach are
by Ana Davis, the pink/purple is by Allison Glass, the pink
and brown is Pippa by Blend.

To round it all out I had enough to get a few solids. 
Now I need to put these babies to work. 

.......Linking with.......

Molli Sparkles

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Year in Review

There is a bit of a theme a brewing with what I created this year.
Can you find it. Haha
In the collage:
We start out with a man cozie
a girly cozie, 
cozies again,
 t and x block,
 water bottle cozie, 
and pillow.
Not as much as I would like so here's to a New
Year and new creations. 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Lost but not forgotten

It has been a long time, old space of mine, and so much has happened.
The biggest thing is that I have the honor of being a classroom teacher for the first time.
That in itself has taken much of my time and energy. I so love it!

New Dog  insisted on being in this photo, apparently Used Dog wasn't interested.
Because I live in the frozen tundra, school was closed today.
What better way to feel warm than a quilty post.
I did accomplish some things in the last few months.
 The above quilt for one.
 Inspired from this book, which I love,
it is much like the quilt on the cover of the book and so easy.
Every piece of it is a scrap.
And every scrap is a favorite.
I can look at it and I remember things made and who they were made for...
slippers (slips) for a beloved nieces wedding, a bag for a friend,
I bound it in a gray dot. Notice the gushers wrapper in the chair?
Well, I didn't until I put the picture up.
 Teenagers and their refusal to use modern conveniences such as the garbage can.
 I decided to use the picture anyway, it makes me giggle.

 Quilt without said dog.

The back.
 I used fabric from my stash in soft purples.
 The check is actually 17 years old
wow it sounds older now that I put it in print.
Kinda gives new meaning to the term stash. Yikes.
It is in one of my son's baby quilts from my sister.
A.Mazing how fabric holds up.
Sometime this fall I got a box from my mom with this fabric and pattern in it.
Also, a note that said she would like it made up for her for Christmas.
Perfect. Moms get harder and harder to shop for. Especially
when they don't need anything. Funny enough, she forgot
all about it and was somewhat surprised. Haha

 Lastly, I made these casserole carriers for my three sisters
for Christmas.

There is a spoon holder on the top. They are pretty quick to sew once
you get the hang of it plus, the tutorial is awesome.
 I would like one for myself now.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Sunday Stash :: Okoboji Retreat Edition

As I write this I am sitting in a large room surrounded by windows, I hear the whir of machines diligently humming away. My own machine anxiously awaits.

I am posting from my IPad which, honestly presents some 
challenges, but I think I'm getting it. 
There is 2 sewing stations and two tables between myself and 
the Shop, a quilt shop shares the same room I sew in. Sponsored by
                           The Quilted Forest..... This also presents challenges, such as staying away. 
I picked up the above three pieces for The Gypsy Wife, I am planning. The middle is
Little Azalea by Dena, sorry I'm too lazy to check on the other two.

Ok I find this one to be too fun and will be perfect for
An eye spy quilt. It's called, of course, Sew Pretty.

So after dinner last night (did I mention how great it
Is not to have to cook) the shop announced a sale.....
On fat quarters, I got all of the above
At a great price....Yay for fabric sales.....all

Linking up with......
Molli Sparkles

Monday, March 31, 2014

As I said I would

As I write this, we are under a weather watch, again, more snow.
It was almost 70 degrees today. Is that possible?
In my previous post I said I was making a bag out of 
my greys and yellows and I did.
What do you think?
I finished it in an afternoon. It has 8 large grommets, three inside pockets
and one outside pocket that holds my cell phones perfectly.

The inside's pockets are roomy and the continuous strap
pulls the bag shut when you pick it up.
It actually stays shut when I put it down. 
Well, since I made this new bag I had to make a new wallet.
This is the third time I have made this wallet
 (one other for me and one for my sister)
 and I really love it. It is this pattern,
and it comes together really easily. I added a magnetic closure
instead of the suggested snap.


And added three little rickrack flowers to the front.
 The inside has plenty of space and a zipper pouch for
coins. A pocket in front and behind zip. I use the one in
front of the zip pocket for my receipt collection and it has become a good system.

I also, top stitch the card holders for extra stability.

Because of the way the zip pouch goes together you cannot topstitch
so I do a quick hand stitch on it.

Here they are together, posing together for their family picture. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Stash:: #2 Adding new Colors

I was recently corresponding with the talent behind Ants to Sugar about
doing a swap for fabric and she asked for purple or yellow.
I was amazed that when I went to pull said colors
my stash was seriously lacking.
Well what was supposed to do? Deprive my stash of these colors.
Allow it to feel lacking in some way or (eeek) as a sub-par stash? 
 The gray and yellow is from Michael Miller's Lil Plain Jane
A trip to my little quilt shop was in order. Only to discover that
they, also, lacked a lot of yellow and even more so, purple.
I did manage to find a fat quarter of the above print and these
fabulous grays and yellow from Michael Miller.
I immediately cut the latter for a bag I am making.

I share my sewing space with office space in our home,
the office part (a desk) house our main PC that is often in use
by one of the boys in the house. I have declared,  in Scarlet O'Hara fashion that,
Sundays shall be my day.

With the room cleared of boys my plan is to work on
the yellow and grey bag, and maybe a few X and t blocks.
I'd love to hear what your plans are for today!
::: Linking up ::::
Molli Sparkles

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quilty Musings

In honor of my new:: Please Finish tab:: I thought I should have a
go at the X and T block, I am using this tutorial and swapping
 blocks with this talented girl. (Spoiler alert )
However, now that I look at it
I am not sure I like it.

But I am not exactly sure why, the colors maybe, the
mushrooms laying down (cutting error) note to
self....if it says cut on point then perhaps you
should actually cut on point. Ugh

What do you all think? Should I keep it or reject it?
One thing I know; one block in the midst
of a scrappy quilt can meld even if it is uggs-ville on
its own.

Speaking of uggs-ville...
time to begin the quilt for son #3. Ahem.
He is an outdoorsy kinda kid. And loves
all these fabrics. Me not so much.
The dark reds and mustards, pinecones and fish just don't do it for me.
However, I must commence on creating it because it is HIM.

I am not used to working with fabric that I don't love
so it should be an interesting endeavor.

How about you guys? Ever work on something you didn't like but had to finish?


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