Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Featured over at Quilt Story again

Hey all, the Quilt Story gals have sweetly featured me again for my latest mini, Dream a Little Dream.  You can check it out HERE.

Dream a Little Dream - heart

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Scottie for Plaid Scottie!

My good friend Kaelin, The Plaid Scottie, has recently been unable to sew due to some neck pain (I say that lightly...but it's a pretty big deal). So a few of us got together virtually to throw together a care package for her. She's a little obsessed with a new color scheme of navy and it! So we all decided to color coordinate our gifts to her in those colors. (I love being a girl sometimes and that other people want to color coordinate! lol)

Being that Kaelin is admittedly a bit partial to scottie dogs (hi Whiskers!) hence her blog name, I decided to make her a scottie dog pin cushion. I'm sort of into pincushions and this was too cute an idea to pass up. I used the DS pattern from her site and just sized it down SMALLER. (ironic how I made the word smaller bigger isn't it?)

I used a cute little Japanese fabric that I think I got from Ayumi and just a smidge of AMH...because that makes everything better! And stuffed this fella with crushed walnut shells.

Scottie Dog Pincushion

He was such a pain in the #$%^! to make with all of those corners and at this tiny size. Only for Kaelin would I do this! Well, I'd probably do it for other people, but she's the only one who would want the scottie. I was super tempted to keep it for myself when I finished but I packed it up with some new pins for her new pincushion and sent it off!

Scottie Dog Pincushion

I did tell her not to use it as a voodoo doll for her dog whiskers ;) She is in New Orleans after all. Which turned out to be good advice because the darn dog tried to run off with this pretty pincushion the minute her back was turned.

 Jealous Whiskers? You should be. This pincushion is fabulous.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Project UFO - what you've been making!

Cut To Pieces

While I've been busy working away on my UFO's and turning them into FOs, you all have been finishing up some fab projects! Our little group is having fun motivating each other and taking gentle pokes at one another for our attachment to certain projects. But most of all, we've actually been accomplishing things! Here's a peak at some of the fabulous projects that the ladies have finished up.

Tiffany, A Crafty Fox, finished the wonky Mendocino pillow on the right to match a pillow she received in the Pillow Talk swap.  Love the colors in this!!

Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt made this darling Seahorse mini quilt.  And I know that she has a couple of quilts that just need bindings!  Woohoo!

Seahorse Modern Mini Courthouse Steps

Naomi of Linen & String finished off this beautiful Zig Zag Quilt.  But cute are the little ones holding up the quilt?

Zig-zag Quilt

and the back...

back of zig-zag quilt

Amy, scruffycat1970, finished this gorgeous black and white log cabin...and then artfully staged the picture with a black and white cat! ;)


finishedisbetterthanperfect, (I love that name by the way!) has been a very busy bee sewing on bindings to finish up multiple quilt tops.  Each is more beautiful than the last!

Her Neptune Hexagon Quilt!


Her Fresh  Flowers Quilt
fresh flowers quilt

and many more beautiful ones that aren't letting me grab them for some reason...but go check on them.  She has shots of them on a snowy beach.  Love it!

Quirky Granola Girl was a trooper and plowed through the last of her string blocks for a gorgeous green nicey jane string quilt she has been working on.

more sparkling pond blocks

I know it's not finished yet, but you can see how gorgeous it will be!

NavyRev finished up this beautiful Ferris Wheel Quilt!  What a fun design.

Ferris Wheel

Jenniffier has a couple of finishes with these pretty quilts!  And more on the way!  Way to go.

Her Kaleidoscope Quilt

Kaleidoscope Quilt

and her charming table runner

charming table runner

oh there's more, there's more....and I know there are lots being worked on.  I myself finally pushed and finished my last swoon block (I'm only doing 4 but that didn't stop me from stretching it out like I was making nine!) and soon I'll have that quilt finished.  Yay!  I'll show you that later though because we'll have a bit of fun with that I think. what does that mean?

If anyone wants to play along with us and finish up some projects with a cheerleading team behind you, you can join us in the flickr group, CTP: Project UFO.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Painbox Quilt Top - Completed after a LONG time

*Oh I didn't realize that I was featured on Quilt Story yesterday!  Eek!  I thought it was today... anyways!  Here's the link if you want to read about my rescuers mini again or for the first time. *

Well I guess I've been on a mission to finish off my UFOs. When I started working on them I didn't think that I was going to focus on them so much...I just wanted to motivate myself to get a couple off of my plate. But now that I've started, I can't stop!

I keep procrastinating on making my last swoon block (I did actually make a ton of progress on it the other day but it got put on the back burner again) and so I pulled out a totally random UFO from 2.5 years ago I think! In fact when I posted pictures, one of my friends laughed and said she thought I had finished it over a year ago. Nope. It's been nearly done since then...but not.

What project you ask? Why, my paintbox quilt. Talk about a blast from the past. A couple of years ago when Quilt alongs were few and far between, Elizabeth Hartman was the driving force behind most of them and this was one of hers. But I of course being me couldn't do things the way everyone else was doing it. What's the fun in that? ;)

Paint Box Quilt Blocks

So I made these blocks eventually and settled on a sashing (yellow grunge!) and sewed my blocks into rows to prevent more of THIS happening. This was the cat, not the baby. lol

paintbox quilt after

And labeled and partially constructed, this quilt top sat, whispering at me from the bottom of the box it was in. I successfully ignored the quilt for another year or so... but then this past week I pulled it out and decided that it must be finished!

Channeled my inner Kelly and finished this top!

You might have to look a little more closely to see my rainbow, but it is there running diagonally across the quilt. One jelly roll and some yardage of the print I used created a heck of a lot of piecing!

It was a picture like this that Elizabeth posted originally of her top that inspired me to start this quilt along to begin with. So I was determined to get this shot. You can see the insane amount of small squares and strips there are. I don't quite remember but I know that a lot of those were about an 1 1/2" wide.

Paint Box Quilt Top Finished

Paint Box Quilt

Paint Box Quilt

I never get tired of the stain glass look of a quilt top against the light. So pretty.

So I'm officially finished with this project as far as I'm concerned. I told my friend Kelly that I was channeling her and trying to just finish it. You see she has amazing powers of speedy quilting and would have finished this years ago! Plus it's a rainbow and squares...all things that make me think of her. Long story short, I'm giving the top to Kelly and letting her complete and keep it. I told her if I had to quilt it then I would keep it...but she was welcome to the top. And she wanted it! So I'm thrilled to send it off to her and can't wait to see her finish it in a day or so. ;) It will soon be basking in sun with her in Florida!

Paint Box Quilt

I'm proud of myself for finishing it. Honestly I wasn't sure I would. But my motivation held through and I have one more long term outstanding project finished.

And after all that work to get the window shot, it turns out that this is really my favorite picture of the quilt top.

Paint Box Quilt

Anyone else have an unfinished paintbox quilt and can feel my pain? lol This was a more involved project than I anticipated when I started. Again, Project UFO has been great and supportive and I can't wait to share some of their finishes with you all. Everyone seems a little embarrassed by the number of UFOs that they have. But all I can say is that you are in good company...I have MANY more to go...and they just get bigger and more unfinished. lol

Monday, February 20, 2012

Oliver + S Sleepover Pajamas - Finished!

Okay, every since I posted about the idea of project UFO, a little group that helps motivate each other to finish those projects we have laying around, I've been on a roll. I've been soooo good about not starting new projects and it is HARD! I've been forcing myself to finish up the projects that are soooo close (or even not so close) to being complete. You've already seen my reindeer embroidery wall hangings that I FINALLY finished. Well I've tackled a couple others too...but just one for today...

Finally Finished!  Oliver & S Pajamas

Ever since I saw Sarah Jane's Children at play line of fabric, I knew that I wanted/needed to work with it. And the flannel is just yummy! I also wanted to try out the Oliver + S patterns that everyone is always raving about. So sleepover pajamas became my goal! I made these for Caitlyn in the size 2 and it's definitely a little big on her. If you remember from when I finished the pants, my model is not always so I didn't even try to get a pic of her in the whole thing. Sorry!

Oliver & S Sleepover Pajama Pants

I put off finishing the top for a couple months because I was a little more intimidated by it. Let's admit, the buttons, the collar facing, the sleeves...everything that makes garment sewing JUST a little more difficult. But I knew I could do it. I was sewing clothes LONG before I ever sewed a quilt, so I pulled out my memory and set to work.

The top and pants!

Just imagine that chair is my daughter and the pajamas fit her perfectly. ;) I even remembered to properly sew on my tags (that I got at the sewing summit in my swag bag!) so that they are not seen from the outside of the garment! And I'll admit that I'm a little bit in love with the simple coral buttons that I sewed on with some contrasting bright turquoise thread.

I even remembered the labels!

True confessions. I completely messed up the top but in an acceptable way. If you look at the pattern, the coral polka dot that I have on the top facing is meant to be seen from the OUTSIDE of the garment. The way that I put it on places it in the inside...which is still technically a proper way to make the garment but I'm going to admit that I did not do it on purpose. But I didn't realize until I had already spent 45 minutes sewing it on, notching it, trimming the seam allowance, sewing on the labels, and top stitching the facing in place. And I made myself just move on and say "oh well". It still looks good, but in the spirit of honesty here...

Whoops!  Accidentally sewed the contrasting fabric on the inside...oh well!

And even more honesty. I made these for Caitlyn, but I really want them for myself!!! I LOVE them and she isn't invested in them yet. Too bad they're not my size. lol

If anyone wants to join in our little group on flickr, Project UFO, you are more than welcome!  We give each other a good kick in the pants when needed and help each other figure out what we should spend our time on.  I'm going to show you some of the great finishes others have done in the next couple of days.  We're rocking!

Oh and just so you know that my daughter is still as cute as can be, here she is at a wedding we went to this weekend with her best little pal Gloria (Caitlyn is on the right and Gloria on the left).  Oh they were killing me with their poofy dresses and cuteness!

Caitlyn & Gloria

Friday, February 17, 2012

Dream a Little Dream

Modern Mini Challenge

I'm at the end of Jennifer's Blog Hop of Minis, but it's the very beginning of the opportunity to make your own mini for a chance at some fabulous prizes. Hop over to Jennifer's blog for more details, but just as reminder prizes include...

Both Viewer’s Choice Winners will receive a fat quarter bundle of the FULL LINE of Flea Market Fancy reprint by Denyse Schmidt.

James’ Choice Winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop

Both Luck of the Draw Winners will receive a $75 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

I'm finished with my most recent mini that I've decided should be entitled "Dream a Little Dream". It all started with an inspirational sketch and post by designer Sarah Jane. This mini is part of a swap over at flickr and my partner doesn't know this is for her yet. So I can't tell you a heck of a lot about her. But I will say that I identified with my partner (and also Sarah Jane) on the need to de-stress this year. Life gets in the way quickly and it is easy to become overwhelmed by our own particular circumstances. So I thought my partner would appreciate the simplicity yet emotional nature of this quilt. And so Dream a Little Dream was begun.

Dream a Little Dream - Complete

The girl in my mini is completely inspired by Sarah Jane's illustration...but I'm quite pleased with how she turned into fabric and thread. I did this all with raw edge applique, a steady hand, and a lot of thread changes.

Dream a Little Dream - Dreamer

Her dreams are made up of all things lovely, sweet, and fantastic. Which just so happens to coincide with my love for Heather Ross fabrics. There's definitely a reason I'm drawn to her designs. You will see that they appear often. And don't mind me when I start waxing poetic and pulling out my love of Disney when I say " A Dream is a wish your Heart makes".

Dream a Little Dream - heart

I also did a little stamping on this quilt. My very first time stamping on fabric! I did just a subtle (read: I didn't want to mess up) stamping along the quilt with the title. The free motion quilting is also supposed to be dream like... flowing, relaxing, and wavy.

Dream a Little Dream

The details are big in this mini, but I think the overall effect is Simplicity. I worked to keep things a little less overworked and I hope that it "works".

Dream a Little Dream - Detail

So, dear partner, I hope that you love this mini as much as I do. She's been peaceful and joyful for me...just what I think you will enjoy about her. I've loved having her finished for a while and getting to her enjoy her on my design wall. I don't always get to spend much time with the items I make for a swap and I feel lucky to have had her for a bit.

Fabric Friday

Hmmm...I like the sound of this post title. Maybe I'll have to make this a regular thing....Fabric Fridays! I haven't posted much fabric that I have lately mainly because I get a little embarrassed at the amount that I have and I don't want anyone else to think that they need to "collect" fabric the way that I do. I swear, I'm really working hard to use it up too! But oh how it calls to me.

This is a little grouping of fabric that has three fabrics that have been especially chatty at me lately. (remember my fabric talks to me...even before it's mine! " me! buy me!" How can you resist?)

Three Delicious fabrics I've recently indulged in

The Lotta Jansdotter print on the bottom has been out for oh about 6 months now I think...maybe more maybe less. But I've resisted and resisted. No more! I finally figured out an excuse to buy it: New Curtains for our Dining room in our new house! Nope. Doesn't matter that we are still at LEAST a month away from moving in and even then curtains in the dining room will be low priority. ;)

The middle blue text print is a newer fabric from Japanese Designer Suzuko Koseki. It comes in about 5 or 6 colors I think. But blue, text, and japanese?! I Swoon! (nope...not making a swoon block with it...I just literally get a little faint at the sight of it)

The top print is one of those luscious fabrics from the Michael Miller, Put a lid on it collection, that inspired my new found love of Cathrineholm Enamel ware. The grey is a fabulous color (oh and I also got the colored navy blue version!). In fact, it's so pretty that even my husband said he liked it. Although he doesn't love the Lotta print, so take his opinion with a grain of salt. ;)

Playing with Cosmic Burst Today!

And then I have the fun of working with a charm pack of Mark Cesarik's newest line, Cosmic Burst. It ships out in April and I'm think I'm stuck until then because I definitely need more than my 24 little pieces of fabric to play with. Teehee! This line is literally bursting with color. And I tried to separate out the colors and think about using them individually, but ultimately I just loved how they looked all jumbled up together. A true cacophony of color.

Okay...enough ramblings on my fabric for today. Tune in tomorrow for my day in Jennifer's Mini Quilt Blog Hop. I'm going to share my latest finished mini quilt of the day dreaming girl.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

Sorry for taking a bit to post this, but that whole loss of numbering on my comments made counting big pain in the %#&. So, here I am finally letting you know that lucky Caitlin is the winner of the giveaway.

Caitlin has some serious luck with my giveaways! This is not the first time she's won. lol. And I swear it's not because her name is the same as my daughter's. After all, the spelling is slightly different.

So congrats, Caitlin, Lethargic Lass, on your win of the $25 gift certificate from Intrepid Threads.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Reindeer Embroidery - FINISHED!

Yay! I'm super excited because I finished my reindeer embroidery wall hangings. I started these back in September I think with my very first embroidery patterns...the reindeer.

You can find the info on the embroidery patterns from my previous post HERE.

Trio of Reindeer Wallhangings

I did a simple quilting pattern around the perimeter of the wall hangings because I didn't want to distract from the embroidery. Then I bound each with a combo of lime green fabrics. I'm one of those crazy people who loves to hand sew my bindings. And then I added two grommets at the top of each wall hanging to help hang them.

Trio of Reindeer Wallhangings

The plan is to hang these in the staircase of my new house next Christmas season. I'm sure we'll actually be in the house by then. lol (oh that kind of hurts to even joke like that!)

Trio of Reindeer Wallhangings

Here they are on my design wall with a couple of my swoon blocks...boy those swoon blocks are huge!

Trio of Reindeer Wallhangings

Each one is a fun time! And gosh darn if it isn't just fun to have them finished! ;)

Trio of Reindeer WallhangingsTrio of Reindeer WallhangingsTrio of Reindeer Wallhangings


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