Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Bird

I cut into my Red Rose Farm fabrics last night.  These fabrics are so cheerful.  With the shipping deadline approaching for the Scrappy Mug Rug swap I decided to squeeze one more in.  A happy little bird for my partner.  I think I'm going to send her my recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies too.  It's a keeper!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Last Day to WIN Castle Peeps!

Hi Everyone.  I hope you're having a wonderful day.  It's another hot one here in California.  It's a sprinkler, popsicle, keep the iced tea coming kind of day.  It's also the last day of our Castle Peeps Giveaway on Talk About Fabric.  Scooch on over to my fabric forum, Talk About Fabric and comment in the giveaway thread for a chance to WIN!  : )

Remember, if you add the Talk About Fabric Button to your blog, you are automatically entered into every contest we ever host.  Any color button you want.  Cool right??

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Red Rose Farm Giveaway

If you were drooling over last weeks Sunday stash post, you are gonna love this!  Elizabeth Scott is giving away a Red Rose Farm fat quarter bundle and a tea towel kit.  Go over to her blog, The Late Bloomer to enter.  Tell her Little Bluebell sent ya.  : )

Good Luck!

Smocked Sundress Success

As soon as I saw this daisy print from Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet I wanted to make a sundress for my daughter.  I have never sewn clothes before, but I saw Heather Ross do it on the Martha show and I wanted to try.  So many firsts occured while making this dress...

* first time using elastic thread
* first time using a hem tool
* first time attempting (and conquring) a blind hemstitch
* first time poking daughter with a pin (ouch!  Sorry!!)

I read through this tutorial from House on Hill Road and this one from Heather Ross's blog as my starting point.  I started it in June and I finished it today!  I kept putting it off because I made it a little too big and it needed to be rehemmed.  Lame.  Mother Nature extended summer with a crazy hot week.  A perfect excuse to finish if you ask me.  Now excuse me while I put my iron away.  : )


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Quilt along, coming along

Progressimo!  I got the last of my fabric from fabricworm and I was off to the races.  Piecing and trimming and humming along to Nickelback... my son is obsessed with "photograph".  He plays it over and over again... LOUD!  Yeah, I keep reminding myself that he's four.  : )

I got this lovely pile after a late night trimming session.  I changed out my rotary blade after going over the same spot over and over.  Note to self... change that blade more often! The new one is like buttah.

And here are all the blocks marinating on my design wall.  I leave them up there for a day or two.  I like to walk into the room and ponder and rearrange.  It helps me to take a picture and look at it on my computer.  It always looks so different.  Gonna get these guys sewn together tonight.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Progress, Circa 50 Blocks

Progress!  I've got a good start on my Circa 50 quilt for the Fat Quarterly Quilt Along.

I'm having playing with the blocks I've made up so far.

My Kona solids came today from Pink Chalk Fabrics.

Wow.  Fast!  This is an entirely new palette for me.  I love all of them but I wouldn't have put them together on my own.  From top to bottom: Rich Red, Red, Lagoon, Cactus, Olive, Ash and Medium gray.  When I opened up the mail, my heart started beating faster.  It really did.  I wasn't expecting that!  I've already got plans for the extras and I'm kind of excited.

Week Two of GIVEAWAYS over on the forum, Talk About Fabric.  This week we're giving away 2 charm packs of City Weekend by Liesl Gibson for Oliver & S for Moda.  Check it out!  Talk About Fabric

Aren't the edges of charm packs cool?


Monday, September 13, 2010

Mug Ruggin'

Bigger than a coaster, smaller than a placemat may I introduce you to the Mug Rug.

So fun to make!  The whole thing measures about 4"x8".  Perfect for a cup of coffee and a cookie.  This one is going to my secret partner as part of the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap.  I did a patchwork of 1.5" squares using Heather Bailey's Freshcut, some pink Kei Dots and a little Michael Miller Pindot in apple.

Here are some pictures I found inspiring. But that was weeks ago. You've got to see what this creative flickr group is up to now!

Favorites for the Mug Rug Swap
1. a scrappy mug rug, 2. DQS9 & Goodies - I hope she likes them!, 3. Mendocino coasters, 4. don't play like you gnome me, 5. Lovely Package from AmandaJean!, 6. Coasters

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Homework, Circa 50

I had some self assigned homework this weekend.  I needed to do a little fabric shopping for the Fat Quarterly Quilt Along.  I knew I wanted to use this bundle of Circa 50 by Birch Fabrics and I wanted some solids to go with it.  Out came my Kona color card.

I ordered olive, lagoon, rich red, medium gray and ash from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  They had ALL the colors I needed and Kathy Mack is awesome!  One stop shopping.  I love it!  : )

My husband bought this Fat Quarter pack for me last year from Birch Fabrics in Paso Robles, Ca.

Circa 50 by Birch Fabrics

If you're interested in joining the quilt along there is still plenty of time.  Pick a great jelly roll and you are ahead of the game!  The first set of directions are here and the flickr group is here.  I hope to see you there.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Countdown to Market: 8 Weeks of Giveaways

Did you know, it’s only 8 weeks until Market?  I’m getting excited to see all the new modern fabric lines.  We’ve already seen sneak peaks from Denyse SchmidtSweetwater, Jennifer Paganelli, and Anna Maria Horner.  Which one are you excited about?

Every week, from now until market I will be hosting a giveaway on the forum, Talk About Fabric

That’s EIGHT giveaways!!!

I will be giving away: Bliss, City Weekend, Meadowsweet II, Castle Peeps, Fandango, Far Far Away II, and Hope Valley. 

Giveaway #1

WIN: 2 charm packs of Bliss 
        by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
ENDS: September 16, 2010


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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It's Not You, It's Me

Dear Putty Essex,

We need to talk.  This isn't working for me anymore.  You are a beautiful fabric.  We have made some good memories and I have really loved our time together.  It's time for me to move on now.  It's not you, it's me.  Maybe we can still be friends?

Undoing and redoing my bento blocks and changing out the Essex putty for white.  A tedious process to be sure!  I figured if I was going to spend all that time making a quilt, it should be something that felt right... to me.  This feels much better.  ; )


ps, I will be hosting a giveaway on Talk About Fabric tomorrow.  Don't miss it!  : )

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

You're Invited!

I am very excited to invite you to Talk About Fabric (a fabric forum).  

It’s a place where fabric loving peeps can go and see new fabric, listing of current giveaways, share tips, ask questions, review products, fabric destash, fabric stash, you know… Talk About Fabric!  : )

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Some Assembly Required

Ta Da....

It's my kaleidoscope quilt!  I'm cheating a little.  It's not a completed top... yet.  These are just blocks propped up on my "design wall".  You know, a flannel sheet tacked to the wall?  ; )

I was too excited about how it was coming together, I had to show you.  The kids love seeing me stick things to the magic wall and they helped too.  My two year old did a great job of sticking up blocks backwards (seams up) as far as she could reach.  She was also very generous, "One for me and one for you Mommy!"  Then I told my four year old about the game I was playing called,  "Squares of the same color, can't touch each other.  Find any that are touching."  And he did!  And I gave him a big kiss.  And then I fixed it.  I can't wait to quilt it.

I have some more exciting news to share soon.  Stay tuned.


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