Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Progress!

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I finally have made some progress towards crossing some projects off my list!  This table runner will be going on our coffee table so I'm pretty motivated to get it finished so I can admire it as a new part of our living room.

I've still been having trouble with my sewing machine and the shank/presser feet.  I don't know what the heck is going on but hubby came to my rescue this weekend and fixed it again for the final time... I hope.  So I've finally gotten into the groove of piecing the sashing for my wonky nine patch blocks and they are turning out great.  I'm hoping to have the top finished this week so I can start quilting this coming weekend.  It will be the biggest quilt I have quilted so far so I'm going to need all the time I can get... :)

And lastly, ya'll can slap me here because I did veer off my list a bit.  But isn't this shirt just too cute?  My daughter requested another "shape flower" shirt so how could I deny her request??  I also have her Easter dress to sew so I better not get too off task again! 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In Progress...

Pin It I suffer from crafting ADHD...

I am at a point right now where I have several projects in progress and nothing finished.  I usually enjoy this but I'm starting to be bothered by so many piles of blocks, papers, cut fabrics, etc... stacking up around my sewing room. 

And BTW, I bet my husband would say the same thing! LOL

So I am determined to cross some things off my list (hopefully) in this order:
  1. Hexagon Table runner
  2. Wonky Nine Patch quilt
  3. Bow-tie quilt
  4. Half Hexagon quilt
  5. Quilted Christmas tree skirt



Hopefully this weekend will be a productive one!  And please, someone virtually slap me if I start writing on here about another project no matter how creative, fun or cool it sounds... ;)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I Won!!

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I won this quilt!!

I can't tell you how excited I am to have won a whole entire quilt in a blog giveaway.

I have a thing for pinwheels and I love Kaffe Fassett fabrics so I hit the jackpot on this one! :)  It's also quilted by the super talented Green Fairy!  I don't think I could have been any luckier...

Em Celebrates! is a great blog, one that I love to visit for quilting eye candy and just all around encouragement.  If you get a chance head over there for a visit.  It's a lot of fun to read this blog and I promise that Em's positivity is catching.

P.S. She's made me promise to take a picture of hubby and me with the new quilt so I'll be posting those pics soon... :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Patchwork Eggs

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Spring Break is coming to a close and we have an inch of snow on the ground.  We live in Texas.  Snow is not the norm here nor is it normal to have snow on the first day of spring.  So our activities were limited yesterday mostly because my daughter is sick/recovering from nasty double ear infections and an upper respiratory infection.  Poor kid... :(

We headed to Hobby Lobby and bought some styrofoam eggs and Mod Podge.  The fabric scraps were supplied by my endless stash of scraps that my daughter loves to play in.  Now, I've never done any decoupage... I think I missed that generation by a few years... but it was fun.  And messy.


This was a fun spring project!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Happy Hexies

Pin It So my sewing machine has the new shank but I'm still making hexagons.  They really are addicting...

                                                                 I've made big ones...

                                                                  And small ones...

                                                               And I've accessorized...

                                                       And all that equals one happy little girl...                                         

BTW, do you see my Iris in the background??  It's spring!!

Hubby and I are headed to the Dallas Quilt Show today.  Isn't he the best?  I sure think so... :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Blogging Tutorial!

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I am SO excited that Blogger has added the page function.  It's like having tabs or sections on your blog.  I added mine yesterday and I love how un-cluttered my home page has become. 

I'm not the most computer savvy so I thought I would share what I learned yesterday via trial and error...

If you want to add stand-alone pages to your blog, here is what you do:  Click on New Post like you are going to write a new blog post.  Instead, click on Edit Pages.  From there you will see your pages screen.  Click on New Page and create your freestanding page!  Make sure you click Publish Page.

The default is to have these tabs show at the top of your blog like you see mine showing.  You can have up to 10 pages to organize your blog anyway you want.  You can add pictures, text, links, etc.

So in summary:  New Post > Edit Pages > New Page > Publish Page

Super cool and organized!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hexagon Piecing

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While I'm waiting on my sewing machine part, I can't just sit and do nothing.  Right?

I've admired hexagon quilts for some time and I'm even making a half-hexagon quilt right now.  I love hand piecing and hand quilting so last night I figured I would try my hand at English paper piecing hexagons. 


Good grief it's addicting!  In about an hour, I made 27 of these 1.5 inch hexagons.

They are quick to make and easy to attach to each other if you know a basic whipstitch.  I don't know what I'm going to do with these yet so I'll just keep making them until a great idea comes to me. :)

These really aren't my colors but they are very spring feeling and happy.  I can't see making an entire quilt with these colors but maybe a cute pillow for my daughter's room...  I'll have to consult her because I'm sure she will have an opinion. LOL

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Crisis

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Who knew that this little thing could cause such big problems?!?

I sat down at my machine last night to sew a quick project for my daughter's "Dr. Seuss Day" at school today.  I pulled out my all-purpose presser foot, attached it, and then it fell off.  Strange.

I tried again and more of the same.  I pulled out another random foot and attached it and it worked.  Hmmm...  I finished the project with minimal swearing because of my baffled state of mind all while my trying-to-be-helpful husband is coming up with possible solutions all of which just made me feel crazier.

I put my daughter to bed and went back in to finish one of my small projects.  I sewed one side with no problem.  I pulled it off to trim some threads and went back to finish the other side and the presser foot I was just using was now falling off as well.

*Insert more than a few swear words*

Now helpful husband is telling me to just shut everything down and worry about it later.  And I tried to do that.  I really did.  But a broken sewing machine is like another sick child to me.  It's worrisome.  And here's where I really go left... I start imagining that someone has sneaked into our home and used my sewing machine during the day while I was gone.  That's the only logical explanation.  That or the sewing fairies.  Take your pick...

Yeah, I know.  C-r-a-z-y

So my sweet husband, realizing that this evening is heading straight to hell, goes back into my sewing room and starts examining the shank.  Turns out that I was not being sabotaged or attacked by the sewing fairies.  Apparently the shank was bent just a bit but enough for it not to be able to grab onto presser feet.  Phew!

A two pack of shanks are on their way to me now via Sewshop and all is well in the sewing world again.  Crisis averted.

And for a smile... here is my sweet daughter headed to school to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday today. 

In her own words, "you know, Mama, it's not everyday that you get to wear blue hair to school!"...

Oh to be in kindergarten again. :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Groovy Nine Patch

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It's a gray and rainy day outside... the perfect day for sewing some new blocks.


This is a commissioned quilt and I have been given free reign to design.  It doesn't get much better than that!  I have wanted to make some wonky nine patches for a while so I took this chance to do so.  The blocks are made and the rest is going to be a design-as-I-go quilt.

I have some white and Kona Coal to add to each block and I have some ideas... so we'll see how all this turns out! :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Vote for me!

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I know... I know... this is pretty much nothing but shameless self-promotion but if I win I get a $30 gift certificate to spend on quilty things. :)

So please, if you get a chance and you are so inclined, take a second and go vote for my new quilt in this week's quilting gallery competition.

Just click here and scroll down to find my On the Road to Spring quilt.  You can vote until Sunday night at 11:59 PM.

Thanks!
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