Friday, May 29, 2009

quilt-along coming along

Well, I ironed all my 1/2 yards and cut them into the 2 1/2" strips today, and boy did I work up a sweat doing it! I don't know if I'm out of shape, or if I need to jack up the AC in our house, or maybe both. Ok, it's both, but mostly the first one. Yeah, that rotary cutter can really wear a person out. I have gained 10 pounds since last year and it really stinks. What a difference 10 pounds makes. I am telling you.... anyway....ok, back to the subject. Ok, I love my fabric and have spread it out like a fan so that I (and you) can admire it fondly until the instructions for week 3 are posted. I am really excited about this! Can't wait to have another quilt top finished and awaiting quilting or a binding. Currently I have 2 quilt tops that just need a border which were both given to me. One was done by my Grandmother Hazel and was given to me when she passed away. The other was done by my Aunt Nannie, who has also since passed away, and was also given to me to finish. Oh the pressure. I have another quilt that is finished and just needs a binding, and one that is basted together and is in the process of being hand quilted (for the past 5 years...). It is the quilt my Grandmother Hazel and I worked on together and the one she used to teach me how to quilt. Special. Maybe I can share with you on this blog as I take on these challenges, but I need encouragement people.....!
Oh, and there is a giveaway I failed to mention earlier that is going on over at Nutmeg Designs for some Texture Magic. I had never heard of it before, but she has a tutorial using it and it looks really cool. Giveaway ends May 31, midnight, EST, so hurry over.

get well soon package

Some good friends of ours' 4 year old daughter was recently badly injured in an accident. I have put together this package to send to her as a little get well gift. The dog I purchased at Target for $10. The quilt I made from some fabric I have here. It was a very easy quilt to make and only takes about 1-2 hours from start to finish, depending on how much the other people in your house will leave you alone :) haha! I have made 2 of these for my daughter's dolls, and one for a friend of hers. I think they turn out so cute, especially for how quick they are. The first aid box was made from an empty Nestle container and holds the band-aids and gauze, which are for the little girl to use to nurse the 'injured dog' back to health. My son painted the first aid symbol on the front and wrote the words, and my daughter colored a couple of pictures for her. It was good for them to be involved in this, and they were both very pleased, talking about how much she was going to like this. My son will write a letter that will be included that asks her to take care of the dog, who was in an accident just like her. I got this idea from visiting the Wilmington Children's Museum in Wilmington, NC. They had a room which was like a doctor's office, and it was full of stuffed animals that could be 'examined' and 'treated'. I would have never thought of putting actual band-aids on stuffed animals before visiting there, but why not, and the kids loved it. So, this idea for a get well package, or even rather an activity for her to do during her recovery, was born. I hope she likes it!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

fabric giveaway

There is a fabric giveaway that you can still enter through the end of this week over at Terri's Notebook. I found this blog through Sis Boom Sightings flickr page, which I had arrived at from Jennifer Paganelli's blog. I also found Meg from Boutique Nutmeg Designs over there too. She is doing the quilt-along too, and she is using some beautiful fabrics from Paula Prass' Flights of Fancy collection. Her quilt is going to be awesome. She makes some beautiful bags too!

Today I have been working on cutting my fabric for the quilt into 1/2 yards. I will then cut the strips after I get all the 1/2 yards cut. I have also been working on a skirt order for my 'sunny day skirt', which is in my etsy shop. The skirt is also done in fabrics all by Anna Maria Horner, so it will match my quilt when I'm done! Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you like so I can come visit you too!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I have decided to do something I have never done before. I am joining a sew-along, in which we are sewing a quilt! I have made several quilts before, but I have never done an anything 'along' with anyone else. This is being done at Old Red Barn Co. with fabulous prizes each week and an unbelievable grand prize! They have started week 2, but I will be fine catching up. I have so much fabric here at home that I was easily able to go through my stash and pick out the needed fabrics. They are using fabric by Paula Prass which I love, but seeing as I am behind a week, I will use what I already have. That way I am being thrifty too, right?! So, last week was gathering supplies, which I already have, and this week is just cutting your fabric. No problem. I am using fabric by Anna Maria Horner, one of my absolute favorites! I believe these are from her Garden Party line with the exception of 2 prints which are from her newer Good Folks line. I will post pictures as I progress with this 'quilt-along'! Check it out. Maybe you want to join too! It's not too late!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Coming Soon!

I hope to get started posting soon for this, my new blog! This blog will be focusing on things that I have sewn or crafted, but mostly sewn, as that is my main craft, at least for right now! I plan to post some things that I have made from patterns, original items, and perhaps a tutorial here and there! Looking forward to getting started! Check back soon!