Monday, January 31, 2011

Thank YOU Mr. Postman! Made my day!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU BETH {Modernjax - flickr - blog}!! I love it! :o) I squealed with glee when I found this postcard in my mailbox! I am sure the lady that was outside with her dog thought I was crazy....

Beth got me as her partner in the Fabric Postcard Swap on flickr. Such a great group!!

Hands down, best part of my week!



Ta-daaa!! Made in 5.5 hours :)

On Sunday, I decided I needed a new purse! (After all who doesn't?!) Something a little more springy and bright! The Glass Thimble in Columbus, Ohio was having a sale a few weeks back and I decided to take advantage by purchasing a few patterns. I picked up 2 patterns, both for purses!

The Madison Bag

a Sprouts pattern by Trish Preston of Two Peas in a Pod. Trish is from Reynoldsburg, Ohio and a good friend of my sister, Jill.

Reversible Sunday Sling

an Amy Butler pattern of Amy Butler Designs Amy is from Granville, Ohio.

I decided to make an everyday bag first, so I chose the Madison Bag. The pattern was really user friendly and easy to use. It took me 5.5 hours to make it! (Not that I am counting :o) )

Here's how it turned out:

Friday, January 28, 2011

Success!

My Mug Rug is finished! Well I just have to quilt it. It sure feels wonderful that it is all stiched. It looks great! The only issue is...it's huge.......... UGH! I didn't mean to have it end up this big, oops! So I guess back to the chopping block and scaling down this baby!

Here's how it turned out: (Let me know what you think!)


(I even added little corner tabs, to hang it up by....just in case!)


Now all I need to do is quilt it by hand! :o)


I think it turned out wonderfully! A little big, but I can handle that.





Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mug Rug Swamp idea!

For the last couple of weeks I have been in a sewing slump! Ugh! I couldn't believe it....and it was sorta frustrating.... But I am back!

I crafted this little guy this morning:
Inspried again!  For the mug rug swap...

Is it too wintery for an everyday mug rug??

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wonky Star Quilt-a-long

I started my quilt last night and found that the fabric I have is not the right amount for the quilt-a-long. I only have a few 1/8ths and 1/4s and 1/2s of yards of the fabrics I want to use. So in order to make use of this fabric (instead of purchasing more...see i don't need anymore----->) i decided to make a Wonky Star Quilt... less wonky. So the blocks will be even and centered in each block instead of offset etc.

I also joined this Quilt-a-long thinking I would be making a baby quilt. Well...I am not... I wasn't really inspired by the fabric I had for the baby. So I am making this a cuddle blanket for me! And later I will make another one for the baby. I am really excited about the fabrics that I am using! Loving the Coffee and Tea theme :o) I just have to make sure there is enough left for my mug rug swap.


So here we go! I began cutting the fabric last night, and finished too!









This tutorial by The Silly BooDilly was sooooo helpful in making my wonky stars! Check it out... it really is that easy! (Thanks Kerry for the recommendation!)


Here is the lay out of my center blocks for my Wonky-Stars: (Like my wonderful assistant?)



Next step.....SEW!


Tadaa!

I really enjoyed making this block, it was pretty simple and pretty fun!


:o) Look for more soon!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Quilt-a-Long with VeryKerryBerry

I decided to join Kerry of VeryKerryBerry in her blogged Quilt-a-long. I have a slight sewers block right now, so someone telling me what to do and how to do it and showing me pictures along the way will really help. :o) Maybe it will get me back in the groove to make something on my own, who knows!

Check out the project here:

Step one:


Check back later today, to see how my first block turned out!

Hope you'll join in on the fun!



Thursday, January 20, 2011

Snow Snow Snow Snow

In my PJs, quilting away this snow day....
Stay warm!




Amy Butler!!

I keep mentioning this cute little shop that I love in my area Sew to Speak! It many seem redundant but I keep finding wonderful things that I want to blog about! Especially the event tonight...

IS AT SEW TO SPEAK TONIGHT!

I cannot wait! :o) I usually have to teach tonight...but due to weather we are canceling classes. Which means, I can go! I am so excited! But nervous because I am not sure what to expect, or what to say really... Ahhhh!


Sew to Speak just got all of her new patterns, fabrics, and samples galore! They are so beautiful!


Eeeee! I am excited!

Are you going to attend the Amy Butler open house tonight? Have you met her before? Did you know she is from Ohio??

Gitty with Excitment!


** Images in this blog are not mine. I am borrowing them from the websites listed above. The pictures are linked to their original location and owner, please click on the picture to view their website.**

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Finds

Just recently, a class that I was teaching on Friday mornings was cancelled. Which is very sad...but I have to tell you I am loving having Friday's totally off! Today, I was lazy all morning. Slept in and then got up and had coffee with my friend Amber. Later, I went down to have lunch with my mom. We met at Rasin Rack in Westerville. I got a salad and Lobster Bisque soup. YUMMY! It was delicious.

After lunch I decided since I was in Westerville I would hit up the Antique and consignment shops downtown! At one of the shops it seemed like everything I touched didn't have a price....which ALWAYS happens to me. But luckily, it actually worked in my favor today.

I found this bag of buttons, snaps, thread and various other sewing treasures that didn't have a price. Some of the other items around it had prices that seemed realy high, as in $12 for a sheet of 4 buttons ...eek!... and knowing that there were a couple sheets of buttons and lots of loose buttons in the bag I was anticipating a high price. I decided to ask anyway, because you never know! The guy running the store was thrilled (...) that I found something without a price on it. So he went over to the area, found a tag that didn't have an item and said how about $4 for the bag. What a deal!

Then I found this fun little box!

It is a Traum Thread Box that has space for 12 spools of thread. Each spool has a slit on the outside for the thread to go through (underneath the lid) and a metal strip runs across the front of the box with a little notch to cut each thread. I thought it was so cool! So guess what, it too had no price. So up to the counter I went again...and the worker dude said $6 because I kind of like it. For the thread alone it was worth it!

It was a good day finding some hidden treasures!

Happy Antiquing!




Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale!

Everyone around me knows that: I love a good sale! Sew to Speak, a shop I have mentioned many-a-times is having a sale through Saturday! 25% 1 cut of fabric! They have a TON of new fabrics instock and it is def hard to chose which one to purchase. I made a small purchase today...hardly worthy of 25% off but I didn't really need anything else. Need being the key word there.

The Glass Thimble, just down the street from Sew to Speak was also having a sale. 24% off all regular priced merchandise (including patterns and fabric!) thru Saturday Jan 22nd. 24 for the 2.4 inches of snow we have gotten this year (2011) and 9 days long for the day that we got the most snow! Clever way to run a sale, I think. I picked up a pattern :o) So excited to try it out!



Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cathedral Window Pillows

I took a class back in December at Sew to Speak, a lovely little fabric/sewing/quilt shop in Columbus, Ohio. Mary taught the class. I just love Mary! It has been so fun learning from her!

I started off on the wrong foot at the class, forgetting my machine (how on earth could I forget my machine....?! I don't know how, but I sure did.) And sewing the first square inside out. SIGH! It was an interesting start but I have to tell you, I ended up getting my feet back on the ground and falling in love with the cathedral window block.

I made this Christmas inspired pillow during the class:


I wasn't able to finish my pillow in class, so I finished it at home and then posted a picture on Sew to Speak's facebook page and in the flickr group. In turn they made it their Made Monday for Decemeber 27th! I am so thrilled!

I loved it so much and thought it was fairly easy to make. And those that I showed loved it too... I decided to make one for my Mother and my soon-to-be-Mother-in-law for Christmas! I love how they all turned out!

My Mom's:

My soon-to-be Mother-in-law's:
Do you love to make this block too? I would love to see what you have made!

Happy Sewing!




Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dreaming of a Snow Day... (& Crafter's-noon Delight!)

I feel like a kid again, sitting on the cedar chest at the end of parents bed watching intently as every name rolls by and then.....there it is! SNOW DAY!! I am a dance teacher and even though I love teaching the kids to dance, there is a certain sort of excitement when a snow day hits. Don't you think? Makes me want to jump into my snow suit and run outside and make a snow angel. I love snow days :o)

Despite the weather I decided to venture over to the Half Price Books to maybe help with the lock-in I was having that evening (since our evening dance classes were canceled.) The trip was a success, I got a few great deals.

Today's Crafter's-noon Delight:
I picked up a copy of Sew Darn Cute by Jenny Ryan (You can find it here on Amazon).

I have looked at this book several times at a local quilt shop. I was really excited to find it at Half Price books for way cheaper. Cannot wait to start making some of the projcets inside!

I also picked up Baby Costumes by Bettine Roynon (You can find it here on Amazon).

Since my sister is just starting to sew and she is expecting I thought this might be a fun book to share with her. It really has some adorable ideas for handmade baby costumes. If you are expecting or know someone who is you should check it out!


Stay warm and enjoy the snow day!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

It's a boy!!

My sister is pregnant due June 4th, she just found out (today!)that IT'S A BOY! Congrats to her and her husband! (This will be my first nephew!! Cannot wait!!)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Thanks Mr. Postman

For as long as I can remember, my mother always had this santa pillow (that she made!) out at Christmas time. It was one of my favorite things to cuddle up with and watch Prancer, Frosty, Rudolph, and so many other Christmas favorites!

Recently I went to the Scott Antique Market here in Columbus, Ohio and found SO MANY of them for sale. It started me thinking that I might be able to find the fabric panel of one. I searched and searched online and low and behold.....I found one! It arrived this past week and I cannot wait to create it (even though it's not Christmas anymore....)!


Do you have one like this at your house? Or know someone that did?

Keeping the Spirit Alive!

Fabric Postcard Swap

I am so excited to join this group on flickr! I have been stalking the Fabric Postcard Swap for some time now and I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to join this round. I cannot wait to create my postcards for my secret partner and see what I get from the people who got me!

:o) Cannot stop smiling, I am so excited!

With Creative Thoughts!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Crafter's-noon Delight

Today's Crafter's-noon Delight is: Bearpaw is celebrating her 100th post with a contest! Everyone loves a friendly competition :) I posted a picture below, courtsey of Bearpaw's blog. If you are intersted in the contest, check it out here! I'll cross my fingers for you (and me too!)




Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Quotables

Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it.
Gwen Marston

Thanks for sharing amandajean of crazymomquilts, I couldn't have said it better myself! This quote was found in a book called: Collaborative Quilting.

I hope you are inspired as I am :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Year in Review...

I hope you enjoy my projects from 2010. It's always interesting to see them all together...Boy! was it busy crafting year for me. Many of these I created without a pattern, I enjoy creating from scratch it makes my brain smile :)




1. Tabby Blanket, 2. Ballerina/Snow Queen Ribbon Art 3, 3. Pumpkin Patch / Halloween Wall Hanging 1, 4. Serene Shores Quilt (in progress), 5. Coffee Hottie Coffee Cozy / Sleeve / Warmer 1, 6. Coffee Hottie Coffee Cozy / Sleeve / Warmer 2, 7. Ruffled Stocking 2, 8. Mini Wallet, 9. Christmas Purse 2010, 10. Postcards for Bridesmaids 1, 11. Ginger, 12. Buckeye Football Player Ribbon Art, 13. Cathedral Window Pillow - front, 14. Sewing Kit Roll - Inside, 15. Cathedral Window Pillow #2 - Front, 16. Meet Ginger: She won 3rd place in the Craft and Kitty contest!!



It seems I am missing a few pictures... but whew, that's a lot for now!

Enjoy!