Wednesday, May 25, 2011


#209 goes away with the prize tonight.

winning comment:
mennikelly said...

I store things in plastic containers that my 3 year old has difficulty opening.

obviously has a funny bone!

Thanks for all your suggestions, can't wait to go thru and give them all the attention they deserve and then start putting them to work for me!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my regular readers and those who may be joining in from the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!  What fun, huh?

I decided this time around I would give away one yard of fabric from Come Quilt With Me by Pat Yamin for Marcus Brothers. 

I will let pick a winner on May 25th.
I will ship anywhere in the world.

In return for your entry...I would like to pick your brains!  I really need to organize my craft/sewing space.  If you would please leave a comment with your best organizational way to store fabric, best way to store patterns...misc. ribbons, buttons, ric rac, scraps, pillow forms, batting get the idea!  Let me know what works for you!!

Please leave a way for me to contact you if you are a no reply blogger.

Ok then, leave a comment and be off with you...go enter more giveaways!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Keyka Lou

Have you heard of Keyka Lou?
Well, I had seen some bags around flickr made with her THIS and THIS and followed some links and found Michelle's online shop.  I am seriously a novice with bags, and I fell in love with her patterns...I got 4 of them when she was having an anniversary sale last month...this is my first attempt at the owl coin purse....

It will be gifted to my nephew this weekend for his birthday...along with this pillow I made him

I fussy cut some Heather Ross fabrics and backed it with the Prints Charming fabric the pillow is resting on, I wanted to do a zipper back, but in the end I did an envelope back...still need to work on zipper skills.  this is destined to be the softest pillow ever!!

I'm linking this project to Stash Project of the Month at Clover and Violet

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Three things

I am *really* excited about three things today...
Lily of the Valley.  Maybe my favorite flower...blooming in my backyard...its such a short season for them here in Indiana...

I won two giveaways!!!  Two incredible books!!
Thank you so much Em for Material Obsession 2.  I love Kathy and Sarah's work!!  ( You should check out Em's blog...she is an incredible quilter and an amazing person!!)

And...from Fat Quarterly I won Sarah's newest solo book, Quilting from Little Things....
I am so excited to NOT have to wait until this one is released in the States!!!  Ive only just made it thru the introduction, but I love that there is a mini quilt of every pattern!  What fun!!

And thirdly...

I borrowed this pictures from HERE...can I do that?

Gwen Marston will be the lecturer and teacher at my guild later this year and I will be there!! Two days!!  Oh, I am so excited!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Estate Sale

We are all pretty excited about the bird's nest in our backyard...I'm glad the nest is tightly tucked away because I think the kids would love to be holding these eggs!!

I went to an estate sale this weekend.  I'm not sure I "needed" this fabric, but I couldn't walk away from it either. Does that ever happen to you?

And make sure to stop back here next week for another giveaway...Sew Mama Sew is hosting their bi-annual three day extravaganza of giveaways!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Welcome to everyone stopping by from Amy's Bloggers Quilt Festival!  For regular readers, this quilt is very familar!  I recently finished this quilt, with the help of many wonderful blocks donated from around the world, to be auctioned off at a fundraiser.

My oldest and best friend was the organizer of the Vive Le Rouge fundraiser and I wanted to do what I could to help her meet her goals.  Well I am so happy to say they did!  Even with terrible weather, the event made their goal.  And the quilt above brought in $500!! 

I received blocks from 8 states and 3 different countries to help pull this quilt together in time.

The quilt is 68 x 90 a rather good size for a twin bed, or snuggling on the couch. 

Don't forget to click the button below to visit all the quilts entered into the festival!  It is a lot of fun!
And a whole lot of inspiration!!

Amy's Creative Side


just a quick post to let know I picked a winner last night for the patterns.
Melissa's patterns will be sent to lucky #3!!

Congratulations Maggie!!

and don't forget if you would like to purchase these patterns, you can find them at

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Blog Tour = Giveaway!!

My friend and fellow Dozen Quilter's bee member, Melissa Stramel from Lilac Lane has just released two very wonderful bag patterns.  If you haven't found Melissa's blog yet, here is a bit of information on her:

“In 2009 and 2010, Melissa designed patterns for the Moda Bake Shop and Riley Blake's Cutting Corners. Then in the spring of 2010, Melissa was inspired by her young daughters to try something new. She began designing fabrics to fill a void she saw in the industry. She wanted something beautiful and yet fun which could be enjoyed by women of all ages. Thus, her first line, HoneySweet was born, a culmination of childhood memories and her love of flower gardening. Another driving factor for this collection was a desire to make something unique, lovely and fun. Melissa's fabrics will be produced by Andover Fabrics and her patterns by”

Melissa was one of my first "blog" friends, and even though we have never met face to face, I'm sure we would get along like two peas in a pod.

A few months ago Melissa asked me to be a pattern tester for her Joy Bag...and to be honest, I had never made a bag before.  I admitted my short comings right up front, but Melissa assured me I could handle it...and, after 2 very silly questions on the pattern pieces, I did!  Here is the bag I made and immediately gave to my niece...I was going for a "Twilight" feel and I think this toile made an 11 year old very happy!

I’m giving away a copy of each pattern. Just leave a comment below. Or visit to buy the patterns as either a traditional paper copy or an instant downloadable copy.

Doesn't this Bountiful bag look amazing!  Be gone generic blue Wal-Mart grocery bags, HELLO Bountiful!!

I will keep the giveaway open until Thursday May 12.  At which time I will let pick two winners.  Giveaway is open to anyone.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Vive La Rouge Deux

The AIDS fundraiser quilt is DONE!!

I'm really proud of this one and so grateful to all of you who sent blocks to help make the quilt!

Just finished last night at 1am and dropped it off this morning for auction.  The quilt finished at 62x90 and I think will make a great twin size bed quilt or nice big couch quilt.
The auction will be Saturday.  Here is more information on the fundraiser.

Here is the back of the quilt:

And the very scary amount of red on my FIVE Shout Color Catchers.

Does anyone know if this means the quilt is still at risk for bleeding issues?  I didn't see any problems when it came out of the wash...and once it was dry I was happy with the results...but wonder if I should send a color catcher or two with the quilt winner?

Thanks again to everyone who sent blocks.  I am so pleased with this quilt and to help raise funds for AIDS awareness.

Now, if you will excuse me......

This is what my sewing area looks like...and believe me, it doesn't get any better around the corners!