Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Quilting

Opening ceremony tonight!

I LOVE the Olympics. (and I'm thinking about my quilty anglophile friends, all of whom must be super excited today)

runner backing

I'm trying to decide if I should work on some of my hexagons, or set up a table in the family room and move my machine.

The boys' computers are also on a desk right next to my sewing space, and my cable package allows me to log onto the all-Olympics-all the time, real time web broadcasts. So I may watch and sew that way as well.

How are you going to do the Olympics and sew at the same time?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Perfect Points

You know when you were little, or even today :) and you get to have a surprise trip to the ice cream shop?

And you're so giddy you could bust?

perfect points

That's the feeling when I open seams and get rows and rows of perfect points.

The teen boys in the house were not appropriately impressed, so I had to post them.

Definitely loving my new Horizon!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Wristlet Pattern Testing

I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for Caroline at Trillium Design.

Just in time to take to the water park!

Her Cell Phone Wristlet was super fun to make! And I finished just in time to take it to a water park birthday party.

Once I got the pieces cut and ready, it took me almost exactly 2 hours start to finish.


Love that it has a spot for some money and credit cards.

lined zipper

Even that pocket is lined! And the zipper bit is quite easy, if you're new to that kind of thing.

back open

That's the back open - look at all those Park Slope pebbles.

 I'm getting tot he end of my pieces of it. I was so brave to cut into it!

my camera fits!

My little camera also fits inside.

 So lots of uses for this in the summer when I don't want to carry much with me.

fun hardware

One last look at the fun hardware and pretty Park Slope.  Pre-disaster.

I'm super bummed. I was using it when making a stop at an ice cream shop. They were having a bad day I think....the double dark chocolate cone I got was kind of mushy and blopped right over on me when she handed it across the counter. I instinctively tried to catch the ice cream ball, which ended up mushing into the zipper and all over my little wristlet.

My Park Slope!!

I gave it a soak and wash and it seemed like the chocolate came out. But it's still stained in the zipper. Also, didn't want to dry it and make it all lumpy, so I set it out to air dry. That led to the teal print lining bleeding to the front over the pebbles. I should have known how dangerous it is to leave wet fabric touching each other.

So, besides the fabric bleeding caution, I have a dream sewing machine buying cautionary tale to add in a couple of days.  

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Fabric Stash



Well, addition seems a little bit of an understatement. I gained a wonderful rainbow.

Blue #1

Some more low volume blues.

Blue #2

A few more.

grays for Halloween

Grays for my Ghastlies quilt.


Neutral prints and Essex.

fun stuff

Some random fun stuff!


Especially this fun one - not sure what I'll do with it but I love it!

And finally, 8 yards of Kona snow to go with this awesome Munki Munki print.


I have a custom order for two awesome, ocean blue, full size bed quilts.

This is the stack I've gathered for them so far! See, I needed a lot of fabric :)

luke's fabric

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


In the back of my van!

A Horizon 7700 in the back of my van! Well, actually, in my sewing space now.

Just a tad excited.

Monday, July 09, 2012

New Whirlygiggles

whirly test

A little late, but I worked on a 4th of July table runner this weekend.

I cut a bunch of whirlygiggles in large and small sizes. I wanted to test out my quilt math - I have two full size commission quilts to make.

(I may have gone on a bit of a fabric binge, getting just the right prints for those quilts. Fabric mail arrival to confess/document this week.)

project notes

I use this blank, bound book to record all my quilt plans and designs.

To get my quilt to end up as close to a traditional full size, without any borders or sashing, I had to adjust my whirlygiggle to about 13.75" square.

I thought a quick table runner for myself would be a good way to make sure my numbers were perfect.


Ooops - I was off by 1/4" across the joining of the four small whirlygiggles. Just an 1/8th on each end, so not a big deal for my table runner. But I'll adjust those for the large quilt. Glad I did a test run!

Nooooooo!   This should be cut with an xtra 1"  Going to try to zigzag it back on.

I was really happy with myself and thought I had an awesome plan to quickly back and bind this. Not so much! An anguished scream was heard when I cut the edge right along my quilting, as I always do, instead of 1" out for a quick turned binding.

I need to recover from it for a couple more days before I post the end result.

Evenly lit

In the meantime, I'm finishing up the diamond quilt being made for my sister inlaw. I wanted to make sure she was good with how all the fabrics were playing together. So we took an overhead photo using two synced bounce flashes and my aqua painted ladder. It was fun!


This is what the floor next to my sewing table looks like. I swipe the trimmed bits right off the edge as I go through all 52 of my diamonds.

start and end

Finally, Becket bought me a new sewing machine this weekend.

It's even aqua with red gingham!

becket's kingdom

Kirby's Yarn is a super cute Wii game if you haven't seen it yet.

The little yarn guy has adventures in sewing notions and patchwork or knit worlds.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

IKEA cinnamon rolls and MDF - mmmmm!


The smell in the furniture pull warehouse, before you check out at IKEA - their cinnamon rolls mixed with MDF.  It just makes me happy for some reason.

They have some really pretty new fabrics in the textile section.  The colors are a little harsh here, as the display was shaded, outside.  But this soft, happy floral is only 3.99/yd, and would make great table runners and napkins.

IKEA napkins

And I somehow kept myself from buying all the napkins, plates, and trays in this new line.


Had to tour around the mini apartments.  Becket took off his shoes and wanted to move into the bunk house.

IKEA bathroom fun

He loved the fabric panels and chair in the bathroom and wanted his picture taken with them :)

It's always a happy day at IKEA.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Fun Quilty Mail


Nothing better than happy mail arriving! Found this pair of really fun prints.

My pre-order of Angela Walter's book arrived last week.


Summer Flight!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Instagram Target!

Awesome tray at Target

Have you seen the new stuff at Target? What an awesome quilt tray!

And mugs!

Super cool mugs as well.

 I had to come home with the one on the right.


Hope you're having summer fun. Water balloon fight!!!