Thursday, December 29, 2011

Finished Greek Cross and a confused Gnome

Wait, what month is it?  Mr. Gnome isn't one to complain but he's a little disoriented - what with January nearly upon us and no winter in sight.

gnome friend

I am super happy about this weirdly mild weather - my numerous friends with ice rinks filling their back yards, no so much.  So, I can't shout my excitement too loudly.

Modern Quilt Blogger dream weather is what I will label this weirdness.  I have a boat load of finished quilts that are screaming for their photo shoots - and lucky enough to have my personal slaves children home to help hold quilts up.

Greek Cross

Greek Cross in Red, Blue, and Goldfish

This is one of my mom's favorites, and I agree.  I pulled a bunch of fabulous reds, gathered my clear blues, and tossed in a few of Heather Ross's adorable swimming fish.

Greek Cross

The Greek Cross is a fun one to make - it goes together so nicely, then the fun quartered squares show up in between when you line them all up.

Most of my quilts have a pieced back of some sort, but this time I went with a solid piece of pretty, blue linen.  Combined with the stipple it gives the quilt a wonderful drape.  I also made friends with my spray basting issues and things went perfectly with the wiggly linen here.

Greek Cross

I had a comment left when I was lamenting the stiff issues of spray basting and was given the image of spraying a light coat of Pam on a pan.  I also noticed that it seems to kind of set up after just a bit.  So if you stick down your quilt top and wait just a bit, it's stickier then peeling it up right away.

Thank you to the sunny weather, I have listed this quilt in my etsy shop.

Greek Cross

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I did it!

mini moo cards

I have been wanting to open an etsy shop for more than a year. I finally did it and stuck a link over there on the right!

stack of crayon wallets
I used the Holiday Bazaar as a hard deadline for getting a bunch of stuff done at once, planning on listing things that didn't sell. A major reason I've been putting off the shop is that I didn't want to open it with just a couple of things.

Then I had to actually FILL and OPEN the shop.

Wise words from my friend Stephanie - There's a lot to learn, just jump right in and learn along the way.

rosary pouch

So I did last night. And woke to find my first sale! May be my only one, but it's very exciting.

I'll be photographing, listing, and more making this weekend. And some Christmas fun along the way!

Another good quilty friend mentioned a Flickr app to get photos from my phone uploaded.  It was super easy - I don't know how I had missed knowing about that app.  So I was able to upload the Crate and Barrel tree I mentioned in my last post.  It was super cute at the Bazaar with all the zipper pouches hanging like ornaments. 

Have a very Merry Christmas!  

I'll be off for the next week or so, then back with a year end stash report.  Even though I haven't been reporting weekly as I did last year, I have been tracking just as carefully.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I love Scraps

Becket caught eye of the scraps next to my cutting table and HAD to start stifing through them.  He wanted to make sure I wouldn't toss them out before he got home from school. 

He grabbed a couple and ran up to put them in his room, "I love Scraps!".  Can't blame him, the little pile tried to lure me in as well, but I stepped away as I really don't need any more scraps :)

The Holiday Bazaar went really well.  It was a fast and fun couple of hours.  It started right after mass at 10 and ended about noon.

I sold 3 of the 6 covered notebooks from the last post, several crayon wallets, and a whole BUNCH of earbud pouches.  I had noticed that they were also the perfect size for a rosary - tucked one in and that's what went over so well with the moms at our school.  I was excited that they thought they are as fun as I do for holding a rosary.

I would show you the cute Crate and Barrel tree I found to display the pouches at the Bazaar, but my phone is not being helpful and refuses to send the photo.  Any easy way to get photos off your phone and onto the computer for use besides email?!  It's driving me up the wall.

So, that's what is on my cutting table right now.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Covered Composition Notebooks

The Holiday show, that I'm going to have a table at, is tomorrow.  Eeeek!

I've been stitching like crazy trying to get ready.  I have six quilts to bring.  I know, quilts never sell at shows.

Composition Notebooks

But my main goal has been to have a chance to show my stuff to others, and then put it out there in an etsy shop.  The shop keeps getting put off for other things.  When the call for vendors went out at the Home and School Holiday Brunch and Bazaar I jumped on it as a good deadline for myself.

Figuring I should bring along something that has a possibility of selling, I've made a bunch of fun crafty things to go along with the quilts.  I make as many as I feel like and what strikes me as fun for the day.

Composition Notebooks

This is a set of six covered composition notebooks.  Very fun to make.

The worst part is the anxiety that I'll be showing all these school moms my stuff - I'll see them again after tomorrow and what if they think it's all lame!  The teen-years-horror!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tree Block

Lee is going to make an awesome quilt of trees - and she asked our bee to make blocks for it.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do, then totally changed my mind when I pulled out her fabrics.  I'm in the middle of planning a Ninja Training party for Becket's birthday party this weekend - so I ended up making a kind of paper pieced Bonsai tree.

lee's tree

Or maybe it's a tall rain forest canopy tree - perhaps Dr. Seuss.  Not sure.  But it was fun!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Lemon Lime - Quilt parade...

Float one in the quilt parade.

I have a ton of finished quilts that just haven't had the chance to be photographed and blogged. Lemon Lime gets to kick off the parade.

One huge shoo fly - it's about 40" square. Not sure what it is about the shoo fly, but it's a favorite block of mine.

Lemon Lime

I went with a yellow binding and am quite happy with it.

Lemon Lime

There was much debate in my head for how to quilt this one. I've wanted to do more pebbles for a while, but they take so much thread and time that I wanted a smaller space. The lemons seemed like the perfect spot for them. So then the middle got a square spiral and I just did parallel lines along each corner. Overall, so much time with pebbles and lines, but I love the way it turned out.

Lemon Lime

Finished off with some fun, random stripes in green - hence the lime half of Lemon Lime!

Lemon Lime

Go visit all the other fun completed over Thanksgiving!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Even MORE WIPs.....

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

It's getting a little NUTS. I have so many things going....but that's the benefit of having a hard deadline sometimes.

Stuff I've been wanting to do as well as lingering WIPs make their way to the finish line.


I have a couple quilts nearing the end of their binding.


And I was able to quilt up two more yesterday - ready to hand stitch tomorrow as we watch football and eat all day.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday I think.


I also have a stack of covered notebooks nearing completion and a bunch of lanyards ready to stitch.

It will all have to sit for a bit as I cook and clean today! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Two Quilt Tops Done

A ton has been getting done around here.

Including this red and blue Greek Cross baby quilt top.

Greek Cross

And the Churn Dash I started just a bit ago.

Churn Dash

Quick photos of the two tops, as this is the kind of help I usually get around here.

Churn Dash

Off to make backs and quilt these up! Hopefully I can get that done before Thursday. Busy hands stitching binding can't eat TOO many yummy appetizers.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Four Pillows Plumping.....

Finished up my four Christmas Tree Pillows.

Christmas Tree Pillows

I was really happy with how my zippers turned out.

And then stuffed with down pillow forms from Crate and Barrel. At only $12 for the 20" inserts, they're a great deal - and very nice!

Christmas Tree Pillows

I try to stay out of the Crate and Barrel Outlet so close to my house. I can't always resist the treasures one can find there.

Crazy deal at C&B

Amazingly, I didn't buy one thing off that wall of Marimekko.  But I know where I'm going to my next quilt back!

At 3.95 how do I not buy a bunch?!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

W.I.P. Big Time!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I'm actually going to link up - first time. 

Because I have a TON of W.I.P.s going right now. Getting ready for a little craft fair.

Coloring Wallets

Making Coloring Wallets - fabulous pattern by JCasa.

Coloring Wallets

And ran out to Target today to find some hair bands and came across this huge Ball-o-Bands.

Almost too pretty to unwind!

Coloring Wallets


Monday, November 14, 2011

I Knew I was Doing the Right Thing!

At mass yesterday my ears perked up during the first reading.

It said that a wife should buy yarn and fabric and sew lots of awesome stuff!  I knew it - and I already have a ton of yarn!


My husband wasn't so sure my understanding was correct....and even if I insisted in taking only small snippets here and there of the passage, that the 'finding' refers specifically to FREE yarn and fabric you happen to find. 
A good wife who can find?  She is far more precious than jewels.
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her.
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

Proverbs 31:10, 13, 28, 31

Friday, November 11, 2011


I love pebble quilting's texture.

And I have a project that is small enough that I won't need 17 bobbins of thread to complete.


But, I may need to revisit the spray baste thing.  After much testing I never did find any differences between the Dritz and the 505.

But I'm not so sure I like it as well as I had hoped.  The basting part is MUCH more pleasant.  And nary a wrinkle or pucker is to be found. 

But the quilting - with a spray basted quilt - is not that great.  And I LOVE the quilting part.  The problem is that the basting makes the quilt a little stiff.  And am finding that the quilting process is much more difficult without any drape to your quilt.  I have to wrestle it and stop to pull/move as much as if I was stopping to undo a pin.

Maybe I'll try spraying on the back and pinning the front? 


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sew to Swap : Blog Hop Book Tour

What a ton of fun!  I am so thankful that Chrissie invited me to join this group of quilting rock stars as we helped her create Sew to Swap.

Hey, that's my hexie on the front! 

I couldn't believe she assigned me purple - I was not a fan.  But I think this was the start of my appreciation of it.  I actually enjoy using purple every so often, now.  One of those great swap benefits.


Chrissie planned and wrote the book - we helped by being actual swap partners and also offering some personal thoughts on everything from favorite quilting tools to your mid-sewing munchies.

This is one of my favorites, from Melanie.

Chrissie gives all kinds of awesome info about swaps - what to make, how to do them, guideline suggestions.  Then there are a bunch of fun projects, from small pillows to large quilts, to make yourself or use for a group swap.

But here's what totally makes this book for me.  She tells REALLY how to do it.

For the Curvy Block Swap she tells you exactly how to do it from start to end - suggesting instructions for your bee mates when it's your month down to how she decided to finish off the quilt once the blocks made it back to her.

Best Part!!!  The Curvy Block Swap Kit.

And she has one of these for each of the projects.  A list of exactly what to send out to everybody.  Isn't that the hardest thing to figure out when it's your month?!

My Quote :)

Look, it's me!  I was excited that they chose to feature this specific quote.  Because it is a big part of why I like to participate in bees and swaps.  The fun friends you make while doing it and the awesome sense of
accomplishment you get after tackling a super tricky request from those new quilty friends.

circle block

I wrote a step-by-step tutorial for the Ringed Double Circle block that I made for Chrissie - both how to draft your ringed pattern, as well as tips on assembly.
The publisher has offered a discount during the blog hop:
Get Sew to Swap now for just $14.99 ($10 off the retail price!). Visit the Martha Pullen Online Store and use promo code SEW2SWAP to get your exclusive discount.
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Ok, can you tell I had fun?

Here's the list of all the cool people I got to hang out with while making the book.  Check them out!

November 9 Cluck Cluck Sew
November 10 My Three Sons

November 11 Twin Fibers
November 14 Texas Freckles
November 15 Quilt Dad
November 16 Artsy-Craftsy Babe
November 17 Little Miss Shabby
November 19 A Quilt is Nice
November 20 A Little Sweetness
November 21 House of A La Mode
November 23 Little Bit Funky
November 27 In His Grace


Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Two Done : now the super scary part!

Fun tree Pillows

Two are done!

Fun tree Pillows

I usually prefer to hand stitch the back of the binding down, but I machine stitch on pillows. It just seems like they need to be stronger - with fluffing and lounging pulling on the edges so much.

I stitch from the back side, with white or whatever matches in the bobbin. This is what the front ends up looking like. A line - but nice and neat.

Fun tree Pillows

I'm going to give them all a light soak before stuffing and gifting. See all that red?! Hopefully you don't hear screaming when they get dunked. I'm using for-darks Woolite, cold water, and a color catcher in a big bowl.

Wish me luck!

edit:  Hurray!!  Thank you Kona, you're awesome!  Not a drip of red came off that huge red back - the water was clear and the color catcher totally white.  That Kona red held up perfectly!


Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Quilt Math Gone Wrong

I was so happy.

The Christmas Tree pillows are nearly done. Just the binding for each. And as I cut the fabric strips, I was so pleased that they would only need one cut WOF for each pillow.

How nice it was to not be joining long strips of binding. No extra seams along the way. I was even going to post about how awesome pillows are to make, as they only need one little strip of binding.

binding pillow

I seriously sat down and stitched to the first corner, turned, and was confused as to why my tail was so short.

Doh! A 20" pillow will not be covered by 42" of binding. I CAN NOT believe I got that far before realizing my ridiculous math error.  And math is my Thing!!

Don't you hate it when you're so sure of the plan, and then it's completely wrong!


Thursday, November 03, 2011

Churn Start

 Amy's new pattern is wonderful.

churn start

Half way done with the top already.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Sashing Love?!

So I attacked the sashing on Tuesday and even though it was only 4 little strips I was so glad to finally get it done.


And amazingly, by the time I did the last two I didn't hate them. I actually kind of liked my crazy idea of making and cutting the sashing in bulk. What was really nice about it was that the sashing strips were nice, clean, fresh-cut edges all along their length. I think that made a big difference in their attaching enjoyment. And I even had to smile at doing the easing.


Several of the cornerstone blocks ended up looking like this. Nice and square. I may actually do a bit more sashing now!