Sunday, February 28, 2010

I'm still here!

If anyone out there is still checking this blog, I just wanted to let you all know that I'm still here, and still quilting, but probably won't update very often since I'd rather spend my time quilting than on the computer!

I will be taking a break this summer as I have a baby due in August, but I can still squeeze in a few quilts before then.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Can you believe it's almost July?

I hope everyone's having a good summer! We've taken our first vacation to the Grand Canyon, and are getting ready to go to Washington later this summer.

This is a quick little picnic quilt I made as a bridal shower gift for one of my husband's co-workers.

Since it was just meant to be a picnic quilt, I went "against the rules" and made it out of sheets. I washed the red ones beforehand in HOT water, hoping that the next time it's washed it won't bleed onto the white.

Some friends went in with me on the gift, and we also got a cooler, and some picnic supplies. The quilt looked so cute when it was wrapped up with a gingham ribbon and some fireworks!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Prairie Paisley Quilt

I just finished quilting this fun Americana quilt that used a lot of Moda's Prairie Paisley line. It was pieced by one of my all-time favorite customers, Debbie L. She has sent me quilts for every season and holiday, and EVERY one of them is this wonderful. I just wish I had taken pictures of all the others! Her love of folk art is reflected in each quilt that she makes.

Doesn't it make you want to pull out all your red, white, and blue decor?

Erin's Quilt

My cousin Erin's birthday is tomorrow (Happy Birthday Erin!), and since I'm thinking of her I thought I'd post a picture of the quilt "we" made for her wedding.

"We" includes a whole crew of aunts, cousins, sisters, friends, my dad, and Grandma. We all got together and pieced this quilt in a few hours, and we had a great time doing it. It was a surprise, so Erin didn't get to be there, and I feel bad that she missed out on all the fun.

The pattern was called Chocolate Covered Cherries,
so I added cherries in the quilting.
The tag was my favorite part.
(I've altered it to exclude last names).
Even Aunt Anita sewed on this project and
that means a lot because sewing is not her thing!
(we'll convert her... someday)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


My friend, Nicole, over at Our Cozy Nest is having a giveaway to celebrate her first post on Moda Bake Shop.

Leave her a comment and tell her a little about yourself to be entered into this FABULOUS giveaway.

Nicole used to be my neighbor when our husband's were both in grad school. We'd sit out on the lawn and chat while our little one's played in the grass. Ah, I miss those days. (Not the school part, though)

She is AMAZINGLY talented at sewing, decorating, cleaning, organizing, and is just an all around nice person, so go on over and meet her!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A bouquet of "flours"

My dad, who inspired me to quilt, is a baker. His birthday is next week, so I made him this bouquet of "flours". There are 13 sacks of flour (a baker's dozen) and a wooden spoon, some spatulas, and a set of measuring spoons that say pinch, dash, and smidgen. The "vase" is a flour sifter.

It has nothing to do with quilting...but I thought you might enjoy it :o)

Monday, May 11, 2009

I made it to HMQS

Somehow, between a sick child and my husband spraining his ankle, I managed to sneak up to Salt Lake for the annual Home Machine Quilting Show.

Here's a sample of some of the AMAZING quilting I saw:

I love wholecloth quilts.

This was just plain squares, and the flowers are from the quilting.
I love the variation in the quilting in this one
This is a small sampling of the overall winner.
Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the whole quilt...I'm always too busy
taking pictures of the quilting :o)
And this is my very favorite of the day, because it was quilted by Jennifer Pate, who got me started in longarm quilting. I truly learned from one of the very best!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sick kid...

You know what happens when you have a sick kid? Not much. But he's off to school now and I need to catch up on laundry and quilting. I'm supposed to be going to HMQS this weekend, as long as nobody else gets sick!

I'm in the middle of a really fun "Americana" quilt, and I'm getting excited to pull out my red, white, and blue decor. I like to keep it out from Memorial Day 'til September 11th.

I'd also love to see any homemade projects that anyone might have going on for Mother's Day...send me a link!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Here's the proof...

I did it! I hemmed my jeans and it really wasn't so bad. Cami uses a method where you use the original hem. Very cool. She also taught me her own secret method for patching holes in my boys' jeans, and you have to be looking close to even tell they've been patched.

Thanks for your help, Cami!

I can't believe I didn't get a picture of her quilts when they were finished. She used brown corduroy, and added green and teal circles with raw edges to the top. They were so simple, and so fun. She did a great job quilting them with different sizes of swirls.

Vanessa came over while we were working and we got a sneak peak at her latest is darling.

I'm hoping to finish a few of my UFO's in the coming weeks. I think I can...I think I can...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Times have changed

Cami is here, and quilting is in full swing, but I have yet to hem those jeans...

Here's something to enjoy in the meantime:

This is an excerpt from a Singer Sewing manual from 1949:

"Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do...never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.

...When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on...(If) you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should..."

Here's MY version of the sewing manual for 2009

(and's a true story)

"Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Have your MP3 player ready with some good tunes. Clear a spot on your table, and then invite a friend over. Pick a couple of projects out of your UFO pile (un-finished objects). Make sure you have a Nintendo, a PSP, a computer with Internet access, a timer, and lots of snacks for the kids. Set the timer for 30 minute intervals so your kids can rotate from one video game to the next all day long. Keep the youngest one happy with bags of dry cereal.

When you sew, make yourself as comfortable as possible. Pajama pants or sweats are good. Keep a little bag of "CHALKOLATE" near you to satisfy your craving at intervals. Have your hair in a ponytail because it's faster. If a visitor drops in, invite them to stay and "play". If your husband comes home to make himself a chili/cheese quesadilla for lunch, order a couple more for you and your friend. If you're hungry, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should.

When it's time for dinner, order a pizza and feed the kids on paper plates .

(Thanks to my husband Todd, for the quesadilla's. Thanks to V for the bag of chocolate. And thank HEAVEN, for video games)