Thursday, May 26, 2011

Finish #4!

I used Rachel Griffith's Flip Side pattern, but not Jelly Rolls. I just cut the fabrics myself and had to think about the colors a little, but I think it turned out pretty well.

On the Bright-Side
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Winners and a resolution

I finally picked the winners for the 30's charm pack giveaway!

Kim, who said 'Love the Storybook VIII flowers, any color but my favorite is red!'

Paul, who said 'My favorite is Tick Tack Toe from Recess by American Jane for Moda'

Jackie, who said 'Love the ToyboxII bunnies & dots. My two favorite things bunnies and dots.'

Robyn, who said 'I like the happy flower dance, because it is really fun to say, happy flower dance.'

As for the resolution.
I'm destashing a bit and was taking photos of stuff for my Etsy store yesterday.  Looking at how pathetic they are (and how bad my photos have become in general), I had a flashback to the days when I took really lovely photos with a "real" camera.
I think it's time to dust off the old SLR...
Blueberry muffinsLemons 'n Limes
Fresh Fruit TartTree Peony Flower
Johnny Jump UpsPosy Pincushions

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Almost done

I have about 30 minutes worth of quilting to do on this quilt.
It will be my fourth finish this year (and this month). I clearly got a late start.
The gloves on the left are my Machingers. Once you have a pair of these you will never want to free motion quilt without them again. Trust me.
And your jazz hands will look GREAT! LOL

Monday, May 23, 2011

Spring Street

Every so often I make something I love. That makes me smile. That reminds me why I love to sew.
This is one of them.
Doesn't it look right at home on the chair with all the other "happy projects"?

I made this little pillow a while ago, but I knew I wanted to write instructions to share and that took a while.
The fabric is "Spring Street" by Carolyn Gavin for P&B Textiles. The focus fabric contains many little scenes but I wanted to make a rectangular pillow, which is why I chose this particular one.

I had lots of fun quilting little details.(Excuse the photo quality. Natural light is still kind of iffy around here.)

You can find a free pattern, including fabric requirements over here in the "Free Patterns" section in the store.
Or, if you don't feel like figuring it out yourself, I did make up a couple of kits, which contain everything but the pillow form.

(I will announce the winners of the giveaway tomorrow. I got a little carried away by the pillow this morning.)

Oh and the flower in yesterday's post was supposed to be a camellia. I don't think it matters though.  As long as it's pretty.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Worth it?

This took me a day and a night to figure out.
What do you think?

And a question: What flower do you think this is supposed to be?
(Don't forget that the giveaway ends at midnight.)

Update: I'm getting a lot of "pansy", which is what I was worried about. How about this one? Just squint and ignore all the seam lines.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


That's how many 1930's reproduction fabrics I now have in the store!

I've spent the last week or so frantically scanning in fabric. Every fabric in my store is scanned in by me. This way I can ensure the most accurate color representation and scale.

Anyhow, you're probably thinking, "Why is she telling me this?".
Just thought I'd give you something to read before I got to the important part.

To celebrate this milestone, I'm giving away FOUR 1930's Charm Collections. These are little charm packs I custom-created - each consisting of 30 different 1930's fabrics.

Pefect for SO many projects, I think.

The exact fabrics in each charm collection:

So what do you do to be in the running?
One of three things (or all three). You get one entry for each one.
  1. Visit the store Facebook page and "like" us ( then come back here and let me know in a comment. If you already like us over there, just leave a comment telling me. If the name that shows up in your comments is different from your Facebook name, let me know.
  2. Do a blog post about this giveaway then come back here and let me know in a comment, including your blog url.
  3. Visit the store and find your favorite 1930's fabric. Leave a comment telling me which one it is.
This giveaway ends at midnight PST on Sunday, May 22nd and I will announce the winners on Monday.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Most people know that pink is my favorite color.
30's fabrics are my new love.
Today I needed a little pink fix.

Thank you for indulging me.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Finish #2 - A Garden Tea Party

I'm on a roll! I actually did the quilting on this one at a retreat a couple of weeks ago, but I struggled with the hanging sleeve and finished the binding a couple of days ago.
This is also the first quilt I've hung on a wall. And I did it without making holes in the wall. Totally removable without a trace. Stay tuned for details on that.

Garden Tea Party
I had lots of fun quilting in the little details.
Garden Tea Party
Garden Tea Party
Garden Tea Party
Garden Tea Party
Garden Tea Party
Garden Tea Party
All in all, a happy little project.

(The pattern is by Lauren & Jessie Jung.  I'm all sold out of them, but I have made a couple of pre-orders available, if you'd like your own little tea party in your house.)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Finished Project!

My first for 2011. Can you believe it? I hope to be more productive from now on.

Summer Runner
The pattern is in the Summer 2011 issue of Quilts and More Magazine.

(Please excuse the photo quality. It was early and (surprise!) cloudy.)

If you'd like to make one and not be bothered with picking or shopping for fabrics, I do have a couple of kits in the store, with or without the magazine.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hanging Sleeve %&&*#!

Stay tuned for clear instructions on how to attach a hanging sleeve to a quilt.

It took me a couple of hours to figure out after following the incorrect instructions on the pattern with disastrous results.

On totally different note, aren't you glad you're not in high school any more?

(The fabric in the quilt project is Hideaway from Moda. Lovely stuff.)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Binding time!

I know this may not seem like a great moment to most of you, but I can't remember when last I had a project at the binding stage.

I use Heather Bailey's binding tutorial.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Yearning for Summer

I hope Spring/Summer arrives over here at some point.
In the mean time I'm working on a summer-y project.