Monday, May 31, 2010

hair bands

I made some fabric covered hair bands while we took a little trip to visit family this weekend.  I love making these.  I hope to sell some at my quilt guild's craft boutique...our guild is having a quilt show in August and plans a boutique with it.  It's my first time to be a part of this and I am excited.

by the way, I got all my button cover supplies from Kirsten at Three Dancing Magpies on Etsy.  She is fabulous to work worth...very helpful and generous!!

And quite by chance, I plan to participate in Melissa's contest Trimmed with Love.  Please visit her blog to find out all the details.  Button is located top, right side bar.
I plan to trim some dish towels for my Mom's vintage camper trailer...should be interesting.  I'm a total novice at these things!!  Thanks for the extra incentive Melissa!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Hello and a special welcome to everyone finding my blog thru Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.

I will be sharing with you the baby quilt I made for my niece, Chloe.  She just turned 2 and her quilt has been loved all 730+ days!!

I bought a jelly roll from Keepsake Quilting of 1930's reproductions and just started sewing them together.
I think I saw this pattern in a library quilting book, didn't care for their directions, and just remade it to the best of my ability.

I decided to hand quilt this one...and why I don't know since I had a newborn and wasn't getting much sleep, but in hindsight, I think it was a very calming project to work on, and good for me to gather my thoughts...I do remember that I listened to the Harry Potter series on it once before, but thought it would be fun to listen to, and Jim Dale is a great reader!

I did some circular motions in the white border and a cross hatch thru the squares.
And this is the back of the quilt.  I love log cabin block and never hesitate at a chance of making them...with all those 2.5 inch strips left over, it seemed like a good choice.  I added some reproduction fabrics from my stash to make the back big enough.

A really fun project, and always a joy to see at my sisters house.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Wow, can you believe I got 530 comments?  That is amazing to me...looks like I even picked up a few new followers!  Well, helped me out and picked # 115  .  And that number belongs to Lisabee!   I will send you an email directly!

And just to recap for those who are interested...I read all the comments, and replied to quite a few!  I think Amy Butler is the clear winner for favorite fabrics (Love as the frontrunner)...Nicey Jane, Modern Meadow and Wonderland scored lots of points too! 

Thanks again to Sew Mama Sew for organizing this fun fest of giveaways!

Wait! before you go, you might want to check out Penny's blog at Sewtakeahike she *might* be having an awesome giveaway!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!!

Here is my offering to celebrate Sew Mama Sew give away day!
A Moda jelly roll, Charisma by Chez Moi.
I am happy to post anywhere!

Please leave a comment, I don't want to slow you down on giveaway day, but please answer this one question...what is your favorite fabric?  I am currently obsessed with Red Letter Day by Lizzy House, but my one current favorite fabric might just be Alexander Henry's Holland. 

Be sure to click on the Give Away button on the right side to find links to hundreds of other giveaways!

Have fun, and good luck!!

ETA:  I TOTALLY forgot I signed up for the handcrafted goods + supplies category!  So...I will definitely be adding some button covered goodies into the box!  some hairbands and magnets!  no pics at this time!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

color wheel

I can't believe how quickly this went together once I set my mind to 'just do it'.  I was so nervous I was going to ruin everything trying to sew curves for the first time!  I am so happy with how it turned out...I wonder if anyone has suggestions for how to quilt it?  Joelle's book shows the quilting as straight lines radiating from the center, but I don't think that is what I want to do.  Any thoughts??

Also, right now it is approx. 56 inches I want to add some length to it for a twin size bed...Im thinking some scrappy piano keys border at the top and bottom?  with some of the extra Kona Snow you think this will take away from the central design??

Friday, May 7, 2010

Sew Mama Sew giveaway day!

I am excited to let you all know Sew, Mama, Sew is having giveaway day again!!  May 17th

Do check out their post HERE about all the fun!  I will be hosting a giveaway for the occasion.
Not sure what yet, but Ill have it figured out by the big day!

Happy Mothers Day!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

another question

A little bit of progress here..working on log cabin, quilt as you go...10 and 11 block done...39 more to go!
They certainly need to be sized up, but I plan to do that all at once at a later date.

And, since I was feeling guilty working on quilts for my nephews, I finally took some wedges off the wall and sewed some together for Hugo's color wheel quilt.
It's a start...4th of the way sewing the Kona Snow pieces to the arc is what really has me nervous...slow and steady, right?  and lots of pins...

also, I was wondering if you take you sewing machine in for service, or do you do that at home?  My Instruction booklet is info at all about cleaning my machine...not even where to add oil...and I have oil, I just don't know where to put it!   I have a Janome Memory Craft 4800 and it runs like a champ although it sounds a little 'loud' lately.  I should probably change the needle for one any info on how you take care of your machine would be helpful and appreciated!