Saturday, September 29, 2012

Give a girl a glue gun...

It's late on a Saturday night here in Indiana, but that just means I actually have a minute to myself.  And so I'm sharing that minute with you all.  I decided this week to try to do a few things that were just for fun craft/sewing wise.  Sometimes with all of the deadlines and crazy fabric swaps I sign up for, I get a little caught up in the details of maintaining my sewing existence.  Don't get me wrong.  I love it.  But sometimes a girl just needs to break out the felt and a glue gun and go to town.

So I made this.

Felt Flower Wreath Swag

I'm not quite sure what they are called actually....a swag?  a wreath?  Who knows?!  I just know it's pretty and I had fun making it.  And I only burned myself once with the hot glue gun, so bonus points there.  I use the cheapy cheap felt, a few bucks for the wooden "frame"/wreath/whatever and one single floral pick (it's amazing how far just one of those goes when you pull it all apart!)

It didn't turn out as a fall decoration

I meant to make a fall decoration for the house.  It is after all, fall.  But the grey, silver and cream colors were what I continued to reach for while I made this.  I had other colors around me, I promise.  But this is what I wanted.  Something a little more subtle and perhaps slightly chick.  It has found a temporary and perhaps permanent home atop the china cabinet...though I really would like to hang it on the wall.  You kind of lose it up there on the china cabinet.  But for now it is safely away from my two year old's hands...hands that LOVE sparkles and flowers.  A girl after my own heart quite obviously.

Felt Flower Wreath Swag

Tutorials for these types of felt flowers can be found all over the internet.  Everyone has done one it seems, so I'll let you google those.  I have a pinterest board where I collect inspiration as well.  (I'm dying to do some headbands!)

I think it's something about fall that makes me want to use a glue gun.  Maybe because all the leaves are starting to fall and I want to make sure I can safely adhere something into place.  Deep thoughts for a Saturday night. ;)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Granny Says Boo!

I think this is the last month of the Stash Trad Bee (October) and yay me for being ahead of the game.  Cindy is on a granny square quilt kick...she's made bunches!  And she decided to have us all help her make a Great Granny Halloween Quilt.  The great granny squares have an extra row around them to make them larger.

Granny Says Boo!

She gave us a lot of free reign but wanted us to stick with some "traditional" Halloween colors like black, grey, purple, orange and lime green.  Now that's a color palette I don't get to play with very often.  I love a good theme!  I took the opportunity to purchase some of Lizzy House's Guising fabric; her little happy ghosts.

Guising Ghosts

I love these little fellas.  They are cheerful, not scary, and can easily be used in a non halloween themed project if you ask me.  A good blender really.

I also used some orange fabric from Madrona Road by Violet Craft, Purple fabric from Birds and Bees by Tula Pink and...  I even cut up a precious piece of Nursery Versery "Itsy Bitsy Spider" by Heather Ross for that center block.  How cute are they?!  Seriously the ONLY spiders I will ever love.

Granny Says Boo! - Detail

Super yummy and I'm really resisting starting another granny quilt.  But if you haven't done one you should!  They are serious fun and yet have a modern twist with the right fabrics.

I'm still feeling all fall and festive, so I'm breaking out the hot glue gun and felt and wreaths...a fall decor item is in order.  Now that we have this pretty new house, I really should try decorating for the seasons.  At least one thing!  And of course, Caitlyn *needs* an appliqued t shirt.  So I plan to do that too.  The leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler.  I want to enjoy this fall before that dreaded winter sets in!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Autumn Rainbow - A Giveaway!

*thanks for playing! the giveaway is now closed*

Hey All!
  I'm still feeling that need for a mental health break, but I'm trying to pull it together for you all.  I am, after all, constantly working with fabric.  So I have plenty to share.  But in case I fall off the blogging ladder, I thought I would share a little fabric to ...ahem... buy your love.

painter's canvas

This pretty autumn rainbow was just begging to be grouped together from Laura Gunn's Painter's Canvas Prints.  I've had the pleasure of working with her fabrics a couple of times now and I just had to share some with you all.  There is about a 1/4 yard of each color here.  Certainly enough to make a pretty something for the fall.

I've been working on a quilt for Laura's booth at Quilt Market and it's coming along.  I think I'm ready to whip up a backing and start basting.  Here's a little sneak peak.  I'm using her new line Cosmos again along with some painter's canvas prints.  I wanted to do a design that really shows off her fabrics well, so hopefully this will pop from far away and draw you to her.

Cosmos Quilt

So while I finish that quilt up, please take the opportunity to win a bit of her fabric.  It's just such a pretty non-solid solid (otherwise known as a blender).  I think I like it so much because secretly I want to be a painter but have NO skill in that area.  So this way I can pretend I've painted something.

Autumn Rainbow

To enter for a chance to win, just leave me a comment letting me know your favorite thing about autumn/fall. Good luck!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mental Health Break

Hey all,
  Just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a mental health break until next week.

Let's just say life is a little crazy and I could use a short break.  We'll be back to regularly scheduled shenanigans soon!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Love it, Pin it, Win it on Moda Bakeshop

Hey all, There is a fun little game going on over at Moda Bakeshop and involving my time suck past time, Pinterest. Love it, Win it, Pin it.

Browse through the Moda Bake Shop recipes and choose your favorites.

Pin and re-pin photos* of your favorite recipes on Pinterest with the tags #modabakeshop #modafabrics #lovepinwin. Be sure your pin is linked to the recipe itself, and not the MBS home page. You can enter as many times as you like, but the winning pin must have the three tags {#modabakeshop #modafabrics #lovepinwin}.

Six random winners will be chosen from the tagged photos. The grand prize is a set of the ingredients to make your favorite recipe (fabric will be from what is currently available).

But that's not all! You can also write up a blog post explaining why you've chosen your favorite recipe and link it up on the Moda Bakeshop Site. Five winners will be chosen from the linky party to win current Moda pre-cuts.

The contest runs from September 14-22 (closes at midnight CST).

*Caution - some photos on the MBS can't be pinned due to the Chefs' copyright settings. Just choose another!

So to help you out, I've started a little Pinterest Board with my Recipes in it. I'm glad I did because it turns out I was one of those chefs whose pictures were all unavailable. I had some snafu with Flickr and it changed all of my copyrights to private...but I've made them pinnable! And it's super easy to just repin them from my Board on Pinterest.

You can also access my recipes from HERE on the Bakeshop site.

So if you're like me and you're on pinterest anyways, why not take a chance and see if you can win some free fabric?! Have fun!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along - Green Pipe Block

Cut To Pieces

This is part of an ongoing series of posts for The Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along I'm hosting here on my blog. You can join in at any time! You will find the links to all steps in my top bar. Also please feel free to join the Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along Flickr Group.

♪do do da do. Da do da do da do do do da do do do♪

Ready? It's Green Pipe time!

The green pipe...a staple again in the Mario Landscape.  I remember using my Mario and Luigi and pressing that down button over each and every pipe because you never knew where it might take you.  Some special pipes were a portal to the other worlds, underground or even the dreaded water world or (horrors) the sky world!  But generally it was worth it to travel through the pipe to these other places for the riches you would gain.  The green pipe was also a host for enemies though...creepily crawling from the pipe and dropping off the edge or just peaking their heads from the pipe in regular intervals trying to catch you off your guard.

It's Block #7 in our QAL and we are officially a decent way into the quilt.  I'll admit that I'm still working on sewing last week's block and this week's, but I think working on two at a time is a more efficient use of my time.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Super Mario brothers qal block #7 - green pipe

You can find all of the PDF's for the Super Mario Brothers QAL available HERE.
You can download the PDF of the Green Pipe Block HERE.

If you are looking for other blocks from the quilt, look HERE.

I kept the simple green pipe for the quilt, but I was HIGHLY tempted to switch over to the piranha plant with pipe block after seeing some pop up in the flickr group.  They are fabulous!  So take your pick.

Super Mario Brothers QAL: Piranha Plant

(sewing by stephanie)

Mario: 3 Blocks
(Sarah. WV)

Super Mario Quilt Done!
(Karen @ the recipe bunny)
(okay seriously this whole quilt is amazing but I'm posting the pic so you can see her piranha plant pipe block)

Be sure to add your creations to the flickr group so we can all see how we are doing!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A New Binding!

Well my intention was to share the next Mario Block today (I even have it started and everything! lol) but after my last post I took on another project. So many of you suggested that it was worth saving the quilt and giving it a new binding that I decided yesterday that it needed to happen. NOW.

Mike's Quilt

So I searched through my stash of fabrics looking for the perfect match for this 11 year old quilt with vaguely masculine colors and heavily faded fabric. It was trickier than I thought it would be to match an older quilt with new fabric. I tried some other options but they didn't brighten the quilt up at all. They just faded away with the rest of it. And if I was going to go through the trouble of redoing the binding then I really wanted to make it a feature.

The perfect color!

I found the right fabric in this old Free Spirit freckles print that came from who knows where when. I literally have no idea when I got this fabric. I just know that it's one of the older ones in my stash. I almost didn't pull it because I had it stashed with my pinks. Pink? For my husband's quilt?! I think not! But as you can see, it was just the right shade of brightness for this quilt and took on the colors of the surrounding fabrics. I was just shy of having the right amount of fabric for the binding, so I added some cheeky birds in the corner to spice things up a bit.

Scrappy Binding!

The best part was seeing my husband's face light up when I showed him what I was doing. He loved the new fabrics, both of them, and thought it looked great. And it only took me half a day to fix something that has literally been bothering me for years.

The before and after is pretty impressive. It will take me a bit of time to get used to the new look but it is definitely the right move. This quilt has a new lease on life!

Mike's Quilt - Binding

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Time will Tell

I've been meaning to share some of my earlier quilts with you all and when I took this one out of the wash for the upteenth time, I knew that I had a story to tell.

I made this quilt about 11 years ago for my now husband. This was my way of telling him that I loved him. Yes, quilty dork from ages past. When you are a quilter, the way you tell someone that you think they are the one...make them a quilt.

An Early Quilt of Mine

I was trying to make something masculine and I was going for a quick quilt because of life chaos and time constraints at the time. But oh how much I have learned since then!

This is probably the first quilt that I just winged it on aka designed. Simple squares and fabrics that I hoped he would like. But I didn't know about good fabrics yet. And this quilt is a cautionary tale for you!!

An Early Quilt of Mine

Faded fabrics...yes I can handle that. A sign of love even that this quilt has been well used for the last 11 years. But oh the binding!! First off, what was I thinking with an 1 1/2" wide binding? You may not be able to tell from the pictures but the quilt doesn't even fill out the binding that far. lol

But there are some pretty noticeable holes. And they riddle the whole edge of the binding completely around the quilt.

An Early Quilt of Mine

The white fabric I used for the binding (again a white on white floral?! uck! lol) was most likely one of the cheapest fabrics that I used on this quilt. And it is showing it's shelf life like you wouldn't believe. The fabric is literally disintegrating more each time we wash it. I know that I bought all of these fabrics from Joanns because I did not know that you could buy fabric anywhere else. (You can by the way get good fabric there...this just wasn't it!) If I had heard of various stores here or there I certainly didn't believe that it truly made a difference.

But I know now. I believe.

An Early Quilt of Mine

Ironically these colors never suited my husband. He didn't tell me at the time of course (he was young and in love too) but over time he has told me that he prefers brighter colors. And of course his least favorite print is the one that I based the whole color scheme off of, the one that looks like paint splatters. (He's a contractor) So I definitely owe him a new quilt. Something bright and cheerful but not feminine. He loves the poly batting so I am required to use that again. One of these days I'll make something for him. ;) I'm thinking triangles...

So if you plan on making a quilt for your fella and want it to be loved and loved until it falls apart, go ahead! It may fall apart a bit sooner than you planned but it will be like those old college tshirts that you just can't bare to part with. A part of your history.

Friday, September 7, 2012

stringy stars and mario walls

Goodness! This week seemed to get away from me. It's been week two of horrible colds (finally got Caitlyn on an antibiotic just to help clear up anything lingering...any tips on getting her to blow her nose? lol) and week two of a complete roof redo. They just may be finished with the roof today...certainly all of the big stuff. And hopefully the three of all will all be feeling 100% soon.

And I have been sewing, but it seems like I had some projects that just took some time. I know I said I was going to start that Fire Flower block for the Mario QAL but I'll confess: I haven't yet. I am all caught up though with the other blocks and they are looking pretty darn fun together.

Mario Quilt Along...first five blocks

Then I spent a few days (yes days) working on one bee block. Corey picked out a beautiful but admittedly time consuming string star block. She's got the directions for it on her blog if you are feeling like tackling it.

String Star Block for Corey

Yep. That's an eight pointed, 1" scrappy string star. And I really hope I got the color scheme right. It's a very Corey color scheme...she always picks such soft pretty palettes. A tough block that is best tackled one piece at a time (such sage advice you can get here!). But the hardest blocks always seem to be the most rewarding. I'm still in the admiring it's hanging on my shelf right where I put it for this picture.

String Star Block for Corey

But hey, I'm done with my bee block for September. Woohoo for being on time! Even early. Now to decide what of my MANY projects to attack next. Quilts to be quilted..blocks to be bookcase to be CLOSET to be organized.

I'll stop now before I get overwhelmed. Ha!

Hexa go-go winner

Thanks to all for revealing your latest fabric purchases. I love how many of us are frequent buyers. We should get some kind of credit card reward back for that right?!

Onto the winner of Tacha's fabulous book, Hexa Go-Go.

Drumroll please....

Eeep, you caught me red-handed! I placed an order yesterday morning for some Japanese fabrics on sale. That's an hilarious giveaway question, Angela!

Congrats Carmen! That sounds like a fun fabric purchase for sure. You can never have enough Japanese fabrics.

Just let me know your mailing info and I'll have that sent off to you.

Now everyone else go out and buy the book! You won't regret it. Tacha is chock full of talent!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along - Fire Flower Block

Cut To Pieces

This is part of an ongoing series of posts for The Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along I'm hosting here on my blog. You can join in at any time! You will find the links to all steps in my top bar. Also please feel free to join the Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along Flickr Group.

♪do do da do. Da do da do da do do do da do do do♪

Ready? It's Fire Flower time!

When you see a Fire Flower, you always breathe a sigh of relief. Either small Mario and Luigi can grow to a large size, or if you are already large then you get the awesome power of firing out fire balls at your enemies. The ultimate in cool, or rather hot, this power helps you defeat even the toughest of Enemies, Bowser.

It's Block #6 in our QAL and I am ready to tackle this one right along with you all. I promise that I am all caught up on my other blocks. Two of them are drying right now in fact. And I'm headed to work on the fire flower block right after I write this.

You can find all of the PDF's for the Super Mario Brothers QAL available HERE.
You can download the PDF of the Fire Flower Block HERE.

If you are looking for other blocks from the quilt, look HERE.

I did want to share what some of YOU are doing! I love seeing all of the new blocks pop up. This is just a smattering of the blocks that are in the flickr group. Click on the picture to see more details and who has created them.

First up are the blocks that I have posted instructions for so far. Everyone is doing their own spin on things and I love the variety yet consistency.

Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along - YOUR Progress!

And then there are those of you who can't wait and jump ahead. Or people who are making up their own completely awesome Mario pixel designs. There are mosaic tiles, pillows, and tons of other characters to get those creative juices inspiring us all.

Super Mario Brothers QAL - YOUR Alternatives

Be sure to add your creations to the flickr group so we can all see how we are doing!


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