Thursday, April 29, 2010

Oh the excitement!

Guess who is sooooooo excited?!?!?!
Ok it's obviously me.
Wanna know why??

Like today! Go check it out!

You can see my Whimsy Square which uses the 2.5" charms from the Bake Shop Sampler, and a charm pack and a little yardage.

I'm super excited!! Can you tell? LOL
And guess what? This can be made into a twin size quilt super easy too! Just use a jelly roll and a charm pack. The blocks will be 9". I called this one Eden Square. I have the printable PDF pattern if anyone is interested.Just click on the link and it should come up. Thanks to Julie/jaybird quilts for the how too!

 Oh and I'm going to be having a giveaway in the next week or so, so be sure to check back!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cha Cha Challenge finish

This week's challenge is a journal cover or wallet so using (and modifing) a Moda Bake Shop pattern I came up with this!

I accidentally sewed my braid the wrong way but I don't care, I like it. I used the blue tonal for my inner pockets and instead of using binding I sewed the the backing and the front together like I would a purse and turned it afterwards, thus avoiding the evil binding. Now had I measured properly before cutting this would have fit perfectly, but of course I didn't so it is a bit small. But I'll just get a slightly smaller binder, which won't be hard since I was using my jumbo binder measurements.

 I have to say I ADORE this line, and I absolutely can't wait for Sweetwater's next line, Pure, to come out in August.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

You knew it was going to happen....

 Tagalong had a growth spurt...nothing too serious but she grew over night to about 42" square.

Which really makes this a good picnic size. I used more fabrics so I think this quilt now has 65 fabrics in it.

 I've been working on Little Bit's quilt and should the flimsy done before she get's home tonight. And will then have to explain why she can't sleep with it yet.

This will be your sneak peak lol. I love these fabrics. The colours are so cheerful and fun. I really love the bird prints. Very adorable.

Ok dinner will not make itself and Little Bit is always hungry when she gets home.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Year of Schnibbles April Tagalong

 I finished this month's Schnibble! YAY! I used 30's prints, which is another stretch for me.

  I hated it while I was putting it together, the fabrics not the pattern, but now I like the look. I used a black for the inner border which I think looks good. And it was another stash only top so that makes me extra happy! There are 42 fabrics in the quilt and it sure looks like it! I oopsied the inner border, cut it 1/2" too narrow and I didn't realize it until the outer border didn't fit! So three of the four outer borders are right, I just too out a few of the little pieces but one it a bit wonky.
It is pretty busy for me. I think I should have used white, or black, as the accent in the nine patches to give your eyes somewhere to rest but oh well it still looks good.
And you know I'm going to make this bigger later on. I think it would be the perfect picnic/beach quilt for Little Bit and me to take on our summer outings.

Have you seen the Flickr group for Schnibbles? 

 Which reminds me I'd better get cutting her quilt while she's away this weekend with bio dad.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Getting things done!

I finished the apron for my sister.

These are very different fabric for me but they are what my older sister wanted so here they are. I used the Domestic Goddess pattern by Amy Butler, which was fantastic.
The only problem is how looooong this apron is. This is the mid-length cut.

I'm 5'8'' and it was this long on me, excuse the mess I was sewing instead of doing laundry.

Out of curiosity I had DH try it on. He's 6'6'', and I think this is how tall you need to be for this pattern.

He's also a clown, and the pup thought it hilarious.
I think I'll have to hem it some more because my sister is only 5'4'' and much more slender then me ;)

 I also, sort of, completed this week's Cha Cha Challenge, which was to use prairie points and charms. So I made my prairie points out of charms left over from my Winter White.

I cut the charms in quarters and had 54 prairie points for my "tree". I'm going to add buttons once I quilt and bind this one. Though I can't decide whether to add a border or not. Right now it's 14" square-ish.

Here is a picture of me with my cousin's son Liam and his quilt, Liam's Picnic.

Poor baby has been very sick with strep pneumonia but is now on the mend and going to a hospital closer to home.

Now all I have to do is make a twin quilt for Little Bit, and make up this month's Schinnible, Tagalong.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The mail cometh!

 I ordered a bunch of stuff early in the month and have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting.
Some of it I ordered on the 1st, some later, and somehow it all came today. Some of this stuff was sent 2 weeks after the first but here it is in all it's glory!
 I spent the weekend not doing anything because I didn't have any of this and didn't want to start a new project until these came and I could get things finished off my April list.
 First is the fabrics for Little Bit's quilt. It's going to be all Eden for this one.

Some charm packs. Yes I really did get more Make Life... these make 5 charm packs.

Then my win from Stitching Heaven Howdy and the Cha Cha Challenge came! More Rounenneries!

And I finally got my Tagalong pattern and some Whimsy yardage. I have a surprise with the Whimsy I can't wait to show you all.

I also got some Essence and Boutique yardage, about 3 yards total for the stash. So YAY for me.

Little Bit had another EEG today, and was agitated after so she stayed home so I have to wait until tomorrow to get anything done. Hope you all are having a good week so far!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In Results

So far I've got the borders onto Nephew#2's quilt.

I'm thrilled with how it turned out but I wish I could have had wider borders but my backing is only 60" so I could go so wide. DH was nice enough to be quilt holder for this one. I'll baste and quilt this one this week hopefully.

Since it's just before 9 I think I may try to get those extra borders made up and onto Blushing Sunday.
Here is Blushing Sunday with the extra borders added.

It now measures 50x50, which is a much better size to me. I totally adore this line. I think I may actually buy some for backing and binding, which I rarely do, at least for backing. But it is just so sweet!

Friday Night Sew-In

Click on the side bar button to join in or find out more!

  I'm going to be working on those borders. Sigh. Seems I only get to do the boring parts on these but that's good too I guess. Actually gets me to do them.
If I get the borders done I might whip up another bag. Most of my cheapy bags from the grocery store are starting to look pretty rough. I'll probably just use my less favorite fabrics in the stash just to use them up, and that way I won't care so much if they get spilled etc on.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I need your help!

I can't decide on the borders for Nephew #2's quilt.
Which do you prefer



The blue is going to border which ever is decided but I really can't decide on the trim. I'm leaning to number 1 but not sure.

And I'm totally sure I would add another line of ric rack after. What do you think?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Good things happen when you answer the challenge!

 I won't wait until it arrives because, well, transit times seem to be really long lately,. But I won last week's challenge for the Cha Cha Challenge at Stitchin' Heaven Howdy!!
I won a Rouenneries charm pack! Which is super awesome because I was thinking I'd need another one to make up the placemats to go with the table runner, my Madeline, and Le Jardin. Eventually I will have one very nice dinning room lol.

Please come join use! It'll be fun. There's still time to enter this week's draw/challenge which is a tote bag using charm squares. With one charm pack and 1/2 yard of fabric you can have a cute tote just like mine! Or add batting and give it enough structure to be a purse.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another tote and Block 4 JRSQA

This time I dug out my cherished Dandelion Girl charm pack, and used left over backing from the Allspice Tapestry quilt I made two years ago. I did line it but only with fabric, except the bottom which has doubled over batting to give a little structure. The colour is off in the picture but it's Fig Tree yummy. It measures 17.5*13.5*5", roughly I didn't actually measure after it was made lol.
 I'm going to use this one for groceries because I want to actually enjoy the bag and if I don't use it well what's the point?

I also got block four of the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along done.

I purposely didn't use the background because with the sashing in the same colour it would look like it's cutting through the block, which may be cool or may not. So I decided to play it safe and only reversed the light and darks.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Oh the excitment!

 Little Bit lost two teeth today. They have been loose for weeks and finally one fell out, and she pulled the other one.
 The teeth are now safely in the tooth pillow waiting for the tooth fairy to come tonight. It is the same pillow my siblings and I used when we were kids. She was very determined to show off her missing teeth today.

 On the sewing side I wiped up this Moda Bake Shop tote for the Cha Cha Challenge at Stitchin' Heaven. I used an old Chutes and Ladders charm pack I had and some white for the outside, and I lined it with a cream solid.

The handles are long, but that can be good, just hard to take pictures of. I added some inside pockets with the left over charms, and instead of trimming the HST to 3.5" I only trimmed them to 4", so the bag measures 14*17.5". Little Bit has claimed it for hers, which I was thinking would happen.
I also came very close to running out of thread. How close?
This close.

 I hope everyone has had a good weekend!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Like I Need it....

But I've decided to join another challenge. And it's using charms again! Check it out.
This time is a bag using charms.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

One finish

I finished Block Four of Le Jardin and am very happy with it. This was more like three blocks then one but it is very cute.

I have to tell you that the wovens from this line, the basket and one of the butterfly wings, are sooo soft and silky. 
I went and got the ric rack for Nephew #2's quilt so I will try and get that on with the borders this week.
My mom had one of my quilts at her place that just needed binding so I sewed the binding on and now have to sew the back down. I figure that can happen while I watch tv or whatever in the evenings.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Caught Red Handed

Or is it faced??

 Mister Mason Dixon decided to finish Little Bit's supper for her while no one was looking. He's trying to look all sweet and innocent but I think that beard gave him away. Instead of being nicknamed White Lightening I think we should call him Orange Beard.
This is what was left.

Not even a decent dishwasher lol.

On the quilting front I got all the pieces for Block Four cut out and glue basted so they just need to be sewn done. I ordered the fabrics for Little Bit's quilt so that is done and I now await the postal service coupled with customs...hmm I better not hold my breathe.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

April Goals

 For April I want to get this

to this

This apron has to be made up for my older sister. She chose the fabrics and pattern so its just up to me to put it together.

And I need to make this into something to wrap around a baby.
I also want to finish a surprise project.
Seem reasonable?

Here is Little Bit enjoying her Easter treats. I think she wore three different dresses today. This is what happens when you let a 6 year old dress herself.

The Easter Bunny Came

And left these goodies for DH,

and Little Bit

The bunny knew I was trying to be good and didn't leave me any.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

YAY for suprise sales and mail

 I went out to Cotton-by-Post to check if they had any Whimsy and to fondle fabric and I found out they were having a 45% off sale today and Saturday. So if you are London area head out!

No Whimsy but I did pick up these. A fig and Plumb and of course some more Rounenneries...this one is for something to do with placemats.

Block four from Le Jardin came today too!! I can't wait to work on this one.

The annual Spring Craft Show is this weekend, and of course regular Easter activities. And Little Bit has her birthday party. So I'll see you all