Monday, November 22, 2010

Queen Bee Recap

My Janome had a breakdown and quit in the final stretch, so I had to find a replacement....

Yes, the bag of kisses are so I don't have a breakdown.

My sewing room got sick and threw up fabric all over the place....
(don't worry, she's all better now. I'll post pics soon of her makeover.)

Despite the setbacks, I finally made it to the Queen Bee Market!

It was a fabulous 2-day event. Full of goodies to make you absolutely drool over.

and here's my booth!

Here are a few of my favorite things:

Necktie Belt from Slightly Askew

Isn't it lovely?

Leather Mermaid Cuff from Lovely Junque

Wax Seal Necklaces from The Lovely Letter

Mine should be coming in the mail very soon!

It was fun meeting so many amazing artists and creators in one space. Some vendors really outdid themselves on their booths. Pure eye candy!

Jess and Mique did an amazing job arranging and coordinating everything! Don't miss the Queen Bee Markets to come next year!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More Babies!

Here is another bedding set for this adorable girl's soon to be baby boy Cash! He shold be arriving any day now!

She chose fabrics from Heather Bailey's gorgeous new line: Nicey Jane. The colors are so vibrant and the cotton is a great quality. One of my favorite collections right now.

I was really pleased with how the corners turned out. I've never been that great at getting corners super square, but I think I've finally figured it out - thanks to my quiltmaster-of-an-aunt showing me over and over again!

Fabrics from Nicey Jane:
Lindy Leaf in Blue
Hop Dot in Sky
Welcome Road in Lemongrass
Dream Dot in Splash
and I used a cream chenille to add a solid balance and some soft texture

The quilt pattern is very simple to show off the lovely fabrics and the bumper is 4 pieces to allow for easy washing.

Good luck to all of the new mommies! Enjoy snuggling those little ones!

See it here too!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Baby Boom

It's official. Just about every female I know is pregnant. Ok, not quite - but pretty darn close. Baby bellies are popping out everywhere and it's not just baby on my brain. Believe me, I've been there and done that 4 times!

Though, it is fun for me to have the chance to make fresh baby things! A friend of mine will be having a baby any day now - here is her bedding that I just finished.

The baby boy's room is a vintage modern style with clean lines and prints paired with bold vintage inspired artwork on the walls. So fresh and fun!

I used just one panel of these Curtains from IKEA for the bumper pad and ties.

Instead of one long bumper, there are 4 pieces (2 long sides, 2 short) to make washing easier. You only have to wash the side that gets dirty - what mom wouldn't love less newborn baby laundry?!

and fabric by Etsuko Furuya: Echino Chelsea in GREY Deer Forest for the blanket.

She wanted just a blanket made instead of a quilt - but I did some different quilting to add interest to the fabric as well as hold the layers together. I used a large and small circles as templates and stitched them in a random pattern across the entire blanket. It's kind of hard to see in the picture, but it turned out pretty nice.

And here's my baby posing for a picture.

Congrats to all of the soon to be mommies! Babies are so!

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I've been in the middle of moving. Ugh!

However, amid the stacks of cardboard boxes and sorting piles for "keep", "sell" and "charity", I thought I'd take a time-out and share some of my favorite things from Etsy.

i'd love some time to swim in this by ladramaqueen

Brass Scissors & Sewing Machine Necklace by NineXMuse

white princess by daniellekathleen

lilly in curry by myTida

I'd love to put my name on this Mustard Damask Calling Card by beansproutstudio

Colette Sewing Pattern from fabricworm

and of course this pin from Gnipmac

Things will be sporadic around here until my new sewing room is settled!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

So Yummy

Hungry for sweet cheeks...I mean, cupcakes.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Old Becomes New

I know that I haven't yet posted my Week 2 Quilt. The truth is life happened this week SO it's not finished yet. It's in the works, but not quite there yet.

I did manage, however, to finish this project. A glider rocker cover! It was for a friend who just had an adorable little baby boy.

I wish I had before pictures of this beauty. It apparently was a yellowish ugly wood with a faded blue denim cover. My friend spray painted the wood black and then I made removable covers in a dark navy blue for the back and seat pads. I also added more padding to the arms because they were pretty beat.

I think the chair was free and the 3 yards of fabric used totaled $15. I love when something old becomes new!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Killing Me With Cuteness

I have to share Oopsie with you - the most adorable octopus you will ever see! Check out the mini yo-yo's on the tentacles. Such Cuteness.

Moda Bakeshop has the recipe here.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Projects Anonymous: Quilting Week 2

Next on the project list are the pieces to the left of this photo...

Not the typical quilt that I would do, but I wanted to try something different. These are jeans from my older son and I will be making a "rag" quilt from them. I'm not sure if I'll have enough jeans to make an entire throw size, but I will probably add in some coordinating flannels if needed.

This type of quilt is super easy, so I'll post instructions when I've finished.

Have a happy 4th!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Quilting Week 1: FINISHED!

Quilt #1 is all curled up on my window sill - FINISHED! Yay!

I quickly realized while quilting this why I have so many unfinished quilt tops.

I hate machine quilting.

It takes so long - just about as long as cutting all of the fabric and piecing it - not to mention that it's pretty difficult to do on a small machine.

For the quilting, I used a large meander stipple around the larger border. On the inner thin brown border I used a smaller meander stitch. The inside squares were stitched "in the ditch" or along the existing seams.

I'm not perfect at quilting yet, but I think the imperfections give it character. It's finally done and it feels good!

Check out Projects Anonymous: Quilting Week 2 (tomorrow)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Projects Anonymous: Quilting Week 1

Being that it's summer, I thought I'd have a bunch of free time to post. But, it turns out that's not the case. I did, however, decide to clean out my "unfinished projects" bin. Here's what I found:

4 unfinished projects and all quilts!

Why is it that everything I've left undone happens to be a quilt? Probably because quilts seem to take the most time and I prefer to create things that give me immediate satisfaction.

I've decided to get these projects finally finished!!

(Cheer from the "projects anonymous" supporters)

My goal: 1 quilt a week

Quilt 1: The throw quilt for ME!

Yes, this is the first quilt I've intended just for me. I chose the colors to match my bedroom decor. When I first dumped it out, it appeared to be a pile of scraps. I was probably right in the middle of making it (whenever that was) when I "had" to clean it up and switch modes to another project. Meaning I now needed to figure out what I've already sewn (since it was so long ago, my brain can't remember) and then put the puzzle pieces together.

To my suprise, it looked pretty complete. I just had to attach the border squares and strips for this photo.

I've completely assembled the top and will be quilting and binding today and tomorrow (between all of my other orders ;) Wish me luck!

What unfinished projects do you have left undone? Does this inspire you to finish what you've started? If you share your unfinished to finished project with me, I may feature you as a post! Be sure to comment or email if you'd like to join me!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

FREE Quilt Patterns

Here are some of my favorite quilt patterns...and they're F-R-E-E!

More Yummy Yo-Yo's with LuLu's Yo-Yo Free Pattern

And Amy's Sexy Hexy Love Quilt

And Whirly Wheels at Moda Bakeshop

And I love the white space in this one called - Freebird It's the perfect pattern for a not to frilly boy's quilt.