Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Blog Banner... Again.

I was feeling an itch for change. It's the same itch that makes me rearrange furniture. Following that logic, I guess my blog banner is a couch.  It needed an update, a refresh. This was going to take more than toss pillows.  My previous banner (with bobbins) had been up since last year. That's ages in the blog world right?

A couple of days ago, I designed the stripey, herringbone-ish banner above. After I put it on my blog though it didn't feel quite right. A little too generic? 

I tried to see it through the eyes of someone visiting my blog for the first time. Maybe a a blog banner should give you a clue to what lies inside?

I went through my project folders and gathered some of my favorite pictures.  Then I cropped them, lined them up and added a title.  It feels more like me and as an added bonus I can bring back my polka dot background. Woohoo! I missed the dots.  : )

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Everyday Summer

It all started with a trip to the grocery store. I was hungry, hot and thirsty. This magazine was taunting me in the check out line...

I added it to the conveyor belt.

Later that day while the kids were playing, I sat with my feet in the kiddie pool flipping through the pages. I kept going back to the cover. There was something about that bold fuchsia, bright blue and warm yellow. Why yes Martha, that does feel like summer!

A couple of days later I was browsing fabric online, as you do, and I came across this print by Anna Maria Horner. This print is not new, I know this print. Isn't it lovely? Suddenly I couldn't get enough.

The next thing you know I was picking out coordinates and I had, "Everyday Summer".

Guest of Honor, Garden Party by Anna Maria Horner

  1. Ginseng by Joel Dewberry
  2. Alphabet Soup by Zoe Pearn
  3. Park Slope by Erin McMorris
  4. Soul Blossoms by Amy Butler
  5. Loulouthi by Anna Maria Horner
  6. Loulouthi by Anna Maria Horner
  7. Loulouthi by Anna Maria Horner
  8. Poodle by Jennifer Paganelli
  9. Midwest Modern by Amy Butler
  10. Loulouthi by Anna Maria Horner
  11. Modern Meadow by Joel Dewbery
  12. Bijoux by Heather Bailey

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

FWQAL: The Beginning

1. Farmer's Wife #9, 2. Farmer's Wife #2, 3. Farmers Wife #1, 4. Farmer's Wife #29

I am IN! If you've been reading my blog for a little bit it's probably not a big surprise that I've joined The Farmer's Wife Quilt Along (FWQAL). I cannot resist a good quilt along! I was a little worried at first. Templates? Traditional Sampler Quilt? Now that I've started it's all I can think about. The flickr group is hopping with activity. It's so much fun! I really like the slow contemplation of making each block. Summer is in full swing and family life is busier than ever. It's satisfying to sit down and finish one small block at a time. Baby steps.

After a lot of indecision about which fabrics to use I decided on Just Wing It by Momo (third stack from left). I chose it because it had bright, clear colors, fun prints to fussy cut and strong small scale prints for all the little pieces.

I don't plan on blogging each of the blocks, but I will be adding them to this flickr set.

Do you want to play too?? It will be so much fun and remember it's a long term project. Just two blocks a week.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

I've been...

Quilting. Circle quiting is a lot harder than I thought. I really want this to work and not look so wobbly. Unsewing is in my future. Try, try again. ; )

Buying fabric from Australia

Swapping with friends.

Adding to my bookshelf and contemplating new beginnings.

Give Me A Seven!

Baby Shirt

Little personalized t-shirts are a great gift, but I feel like I need something to go with it.  When you don't have time to make a quilt, what else is a fun sewing project for a new baby?

I made this onesie for a special friend using Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 and a Schmetz ball point needle.  Did you know that knit fabrics can run like pantyhose if you get a hole in it?  Not good!  A ball point needle has a rounded tip and pushes the t-shirt fibers aside instead of piercing them like universal and sharp needles.

The fabric is by Heather Ross.  It's from an out of print line called, Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries.  I love it so much!!  The sketched wildflowers are sweet and the cotton is incredibly soft.  I was excited to see it again as part of Heather's new line, Far, Far Away III (preview here).

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Chirp! Chirp! Hello!!

Chirp! Chirp! Hello!! All that daydreaming and I must have fallen asleep. Sheesh, nothing but crickets for too many days. How have you been? What are you all up to? 

My laptop decided to call it quits. Maybe my last giveaway did it in. : ) Super Hubs to the rescue.  He set up a new one for me and recovered all my files.  My hero!  

I've been working on my Kona challenge quilt for the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild. It's a modern twist on the classic orange peel block, which I love. I'm calling it "Modern Peel". Get it?  : )
My son graduated preschool this week. Sniff. Sniff. How did he get so big so fast?! His class put on a show and sang sweet little songs that  melted my heart. My eyes got teary and I felt like I was in the middle of a Hallmark movie. He's my first born and now I get it.

I'm happy to be back in action and I'll see you next week.


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