Friday, August 21, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
My first project on my new machine was to put together a quilt top for Lutheran World Relief. A lovely group of LWML ladies at my church puts together many of these quilts each year. I know it's a little loud but will definitely hopefully bring a lot of warmth!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Phew. It is finished...almost. That's right. ALMOST finished. I still have to complete a little bit of hand stitching around the zipper, and inside the lining. What a big challenge this bag was for me. I really am happy with how it turned out despite all the little quirks that got sewed in. I added the little fabric flower to spice it up a bit...what do you think?
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Because I scored a loaner machine from my very sweet friend Phyllis, I was able to finish my June entry for the Because I Matter Challenge over at Tracey's. This little organizer is the perfect size for all of my quilting and small sewing tools. It is lined with fleece so it is perfect for safely securing needles and scissors. Next month maybe I will dream up something bigger for myself, but for this month, I kept it simple.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
I haven't given up on quilting yet. I'm also still stitching away on my pink quilt. I really enjoy the actual quilting part and slowing am getting better at it. Addie's toes will probably peek out from underneath by the time I get it together. :)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
All but one of my homework squares are finished now. I will be working on getting borders on and then will start quilting. These squares represent HOURS of seam ripping...especially that silly 8 pointed star. I now have a much deeper appreciation for the hands behind all those quilts I own and see in shops.
After this week's overwhelming class where we learned about different quilting stitches and techniques, I had to go straight home and work on something that I was comfortable with. So I made Addie this cute little skirt from Bananafana out of the princess material and ribbon she picked out at the store recently. I have some beautiful fabrics to make a few more skirts from this pattern, but had to make this one first. It turned out SO cute and was SO easy.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
It's Teacher Appreciation Week at J's school. This is what we came up with for his four awesome teachers. I actually bought a very similar pin recently, and planned on buying more for these gifts, but I ran out of time and was forced to make my own. :) Mine are a little less shabby-chic (it's the OCD in me) and a little more symmetrical, but I think they turned out so sweet. Jackson instructed me to pick out "beautiful orange fabric." I'm not a super fan of orange, but I love all of these fabrics. The top two look red/pink in the photo, but they are really orange. What do you think?
Thursday, April 30, 2009
These are the last of the units for this week's homework. I still need to trim the triangle squares and then piece together two blocks from these squares. You can see my favorite tool...the princess pencil. I thought it was appropriate to work on Addie's quilt!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I completed 2 more units tonight! I'm saving the triangle units for tomorrow. Once I get those units finished I'll piece together my two 9-square blocks. I am having fun learning about "quick piecing," and am getting better at lining up the seams.
This is part of my homework from a Quilting class that I am taking with my friend Linda. This is my very first block ever...the Rail Fence. The blue one is the sample I took from class, the pink one is mine. I'm pretty happy with it except that the center seam is a tiny bit off. Can you tell what's on the fabric? Cupcakes, polkadots, & flowers. Can you tell who is going to receive the finished quilt? You guessed it, the number 1 pink lover in my house...Addie.
Two more blocks to go before class next Tuesday. I'll post pictures when I get them together.
Monday, March 9, 2009
My sweet friend Linda made this beautiful apron for me. Linda tackled her first sewing project at the apron class I hosted a few months ago...and has really taken off with her sewing. Can you believe she's only been sewing for a few months?! She brought this to me today with a sweet note, and I just can't tell you how happy it made me. My eyes were full of big watery tears as I tried it on. The fabric is a FAB Amy Butler pattern that I just adore. What a treat. Thanks, Linda!
PS. Jackson took the picture for me so I could show you...he said: "I don't think I can get ALL of you in here, but I'll try!" :)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
These flowers are from Amy Butler's Uptown Handbag pattern. I just LOVE making these. They require a very small amount of material and take just an hour (if that) to make. I attached this one to an alligator clip and stuck it in Red's hair. She likes it enough to let me take her picture.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I did make these really cute frogs for the kids' Valentine's Day gifts. The pattern is Frog Patch from Me and My Sister Designs. I am by no means a quilter (although the stuff Marlene does could make me try to be), but MFFS (my favorite fabric shop) has one of the frogs made up and the kids just love holding him...so I broke down and bought the pattern (it's actually a quilt pattern). Basically you piece together the top, quilt it, and then assemble the frog and fill it with poly pellets. They turned out pretty cute.
Also, I will post some pictures soon of a dress that I hope to finish up for Addie soon. I've been working on it for ages...but I'm almost there!!!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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Monday, January 19, 2009
Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...
You Are a Marilyn!
Marilyns are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.
How to Get Along with Me
- * Be direct and clear
- * Listen to me carefully
- * Don't judge me for my anxiety
- * Work things through with me
- * Reassure me that everything is OK between us
- * Laugh and make jokes with me
- * Gently push me toward new experiences
- * Try not to overreact to my overreacting.
Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy