Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Introducing Bahama Mama, a Blogger's Choice Challenge

FQS Blogger's Choice Challenge

Laura at Quokka Quilts issued a challenge on her blog. Create your own Blogger's Choice bundles. Choose 12 prints and 3 solids. I jumped at the chance to play because I love making mood boards. To make it just a little more interesting, there are also judges and prizes. Yes! Come play along.  : )

Currently, my house looks like a tornado hit it. Toys, boxes and Christmas decorations are all over the place.  It's a happy mess, but still a mess. I need a tropical vacation. Introducing, "Bahama Mamma." Oh Cabana boy?!?!  

You can see I was drawn to lots of warm, sunny, saturated tones. Mai Tai anyone?  
  1. Goodnight Spot Yellow Sleepytime Stars 
  2. Whimsy Teal Embellished Diamonds 
  3. Pocket Full of Posies Red Tiny Set Floral
  4. Folk Heart Red Floral Dots
  5. Peacock Lane Turquoise Falling Flowers
  6. Super Light Yellow Wandering Wildflowers
  7. Annie's Farm Stand Yellow Annie's Big Dot
  8. Ooh La La Turquoise Petite Fleurs
  9. Annie's Farm Stand Yellow Pixie Dots
  10. Remix Red Scatter Dots Yardage
  11. Juicy Blossoms Multi Zinnias Collage
  12. Ruby Cotton Aqua Sundae
  13. Bella Solids Betty's Red
  14. Michael Miller Turquoise Cotton Couture Solid
  15. Kona Cotton Papaya

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Fabric Wreath blogged here

I'm busy wrapping up the last of the holiday prep over here at Casa Bluebell. Today I've been in the kitchen finishing up some handmade goodies. On the short list is:

Little helpers hard at work.

Over the next couple of days I'm looking forward to family, smiles, and hugs.  Revisiting old traditions and making new memories.  Yes, I'm a bit of a sap.  : )  Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight.  See you in the New Year!!  xx A

Monday, December 19, 2011

Meet Molly the Waldorf Inspired Doll


Every year I try to make my kids something for their birthdays.  This year, I made Molly for my daughter.  I've been obsessively researching how to make these Waldorf/Steiner style cloth dolls for a couple of years now.  There is something so endearing about them.  This is the first doll I've ever made and I needed to talk myself into it.  Shaping the head is like nothing I've ever seen before.  It was definitely a process and very satisfying in the end.  I had her *almost* finished for last year's birthday, but I ran out of creative steam and time.  Poor Molly still needed hair and clothes.


The doll skin is a very fine cotton interlock that I bought here.  She's stuffed with carded wool stuffing from here.  Her hair is a mix of three different yarns I picked out at a local yarn shop.    Even though I had a pattern, making the clothes was the hardest for me to do.  The fabric for her pinafore is Pam Kitty Morning from here, and the pants are upcyled from my daughter's old shirt.


See the little rosebud at the neckline?  I cut a skinny strip (pinky sized) of tshirt, folded it in half and rolled it up.  A few hand stitches hold it in place.

Here are some of the books and websites that I found helpful.  If you have any favorite patterns or hints for making dolls I'd love to hear.  I'm already planning on making another one.  : )

  1. Making Waldorf Dolls by Maricristin Sealey
  2. Making Dolls by Sunnhild Reinckens
  3. The Doll Book by Karin Neuschutz


Saturday, December 17, 2011

WINNER: Daisy Mae Giveaway

Thanks to all of you for stopping by and entering my giveaway!!  Also a big thank you to Sew Mama Sew for hosting another awesome Giveaway Day!

The winner of the Daisy Mae fat quarter bundle is.......  Shana.  Congratulations Shana!!!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  My baby girl is turning four and I have a doll project two years in the making to finish up.  I'll share pictures when I'm done.  Oh, and I have cupcakes to bake.  She requested rainbow cupcakes again.  That girl LOVES rainbows.  Which reminds me... I need to get the Sprinkles quilt out of the WIP pile and into the finished pile.  It needs some straight line quilting, don't you think?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Giveaway: Daisy Mae by Denyse Schmidt

This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been announced.

WIN Daisy Mae by Denyse Schmidt

Hello Peeps, it's time for Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day. I'm giving away 19 fat quarters of Daisy Mae by Denyse Schmidt. That's the entire collection!! Exciting right?  : )

What is your favorite color? Leave one comment below.

Do you follow my blog? Please leave a second comment.

This giveaway ends on Friday, December 16th, 2011. One lucky winner will be chosen randomly. International entries are welcome.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!! See you on Friday when I announce the winner.  : )

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Member Spotlight at BAMQG

Wanna see my fabric stash? Or find out where I get my inspiration? Head on over the the BAMQG blog today...


Meanwhile, this elf is hard at work.  See you soon!  

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fabric Keychains

Fabric Keychains

It was the end of the year and I wanted to give each of my fellow BAMQG officers a special gift. My wishlist: something handmade, something pretty, something fabric related and something useful. That's a lot of somethings isn't it?

Fabric Keychains

It took some thinking and I came up with this fun idea.  I paired sterling silver glass lockets with cute Heather Ross fabric.  I just love her illustrations!  Add some scrapbook paper and a ribbon for gift giving.  If you're making these for you non-fabric friends, add an initial or a photograph instead.

Fabric Keychains

I bought the fabric from Sew Deerly Loved.  It's called Heather Ross, Munki Munki, Notions. The lockets were in my stash. If you search etsy supplies for "glass lockets" you will find something similar.


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