Sunday, March 30, 2014

Minny Muu has arrived!

When I first opened my etsy shop I really intended to sell my stash,
my quilt patterns and my book.
Then I started seeing some really great fabrics being released.
The temptation was just too much I guess and 
I started buying a bolt here and a bolt there.
Especially Japanese manufacturers because they were more difficult to
find at any local quilt shops.
Recently, Lecien released the new 2014 Minny Muu
fabric line.
I decided to buy the entire line of fabric.

I am completely smitten with it.
I loved the original Minny Muu and 
this line doesn't disappoint.
Similar color ranges, tiny flowers, animals and letters.

I have spent the entire weekend cutting fat quarters, fat eighths, 5" charms,
 2 1/2" squares and even set of 2 1/2" strips like a jelly roll.

Next task is designing a quilt or project to make with the line.
I am trying to decide if I should split it warm and cool colors or mix it all up.
I'll likely go with mixing it up.
I hope to post a finish soon!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patty's Day.

I'm a bit late posting today. 
Work was a bit intense.

We've had 2 birthdays in the last 4 days and so it's also been intense at home.
Typical days maybe? 
I haven't sewn in the last couple of days as my husband and I have decided to
"work" on the basement for 30 minutes a day.
We call the basement 'the last frontier' of organizing.
I really can't wait to finish the basement so I can get back to sewing!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Another Bunny

I haven't been the best blogger but I'm trying to change that.
I started this table runner at least 3-4 years ago.

I had it machine quilted and all it really needed was 
button and embroidery but I just couldn't find the time to finish it.
My Elly caught a glimpse of it while I was organizing my WIPs
and she demanded I finish it.
I'm very glad I did.
It's all ready for Easter this year.

Speaking of Easter, I found a really pretty wreath at Walmart that I couldn't pass up.
Isn't it pretty?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Which Way?

Last weekend I made a trip to my local quilt shop in Jeromesville, Ohio.
With the weather stinking lately I hadn't stopped in a few months.
I started to pick out fabric for a St. Patrick's Day green theme table runner.
I ended up with a lovely rainbow of floral fabrics and the
Which Way pattern by G.E. Designs.

I added several prints from my trip to Japan in January
to give it a more Spring twist and background Posie by Aneela Hoey.

Love this stack.
It's so happy.

This pattern was so easy and it only
took me about 2 hours to make the quilted top.

Binding took another hour.
I use the clover wonder clips for binding.

Now I want to make one for each season!
I liked the pattern so much I have some listed in my etsy shop.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Charm Pack Cherry Quilt - Sugar version (;

As I begin to type this post about the charm pack cherry quilt, 
I reflected on the last two months.
Time has literally flown by.
My kids have only had 1 full week of school since January 1st!
(that is torture by the way)
My husband and I traveled to Japan for 8 days.
(*note to self...must post about this as it was awesome)
Plus I remodeled a significant area of my office.
(looks great but not really exciting or quilty)
I managed to sew this quilt very simple yet stunning quilt top
in between all of that chaos.

I chose 2 charm packs of Moda Bella Solid Silver 
2 packs of  Modern Roses by Stephanie Ryan

I spent a whopping 4 hours sewing the quilt top.
Once I sorted my colors the hard part was over.

This picture shows the color contrast of the silver and the roses indoors.

When you read the pattern for this quilt
 you can't believe the end result will be so stunning.
Maybe it's my fabric choices?
I just love it.
It's a bit like the jelly roll race quilt in that
 it's a bit of a surprise as to how the quilt will look in 
the end depending on fabric choices.

Once again the Fat Quarter Shop has created a great quilt!

I decided since the snow was melted that I would try to 
take some pictures outside.

The wind was too much....
it immediately began to roll.

And roll.
I managed to get some pictures of it, 
but nothing compares to the quilts that the staff at FQS made.

They made several different quilts.

As you can imagine there are an infinite number of charm pack combinations
 ( I'm guessing, I didn't actually calculate it).
This quilt was done in Sphere.

and this in Color Me Happy and Silver Solid

Fat Quarter Shop has even made a video tutorial about the quilt.

In addition to the free pattern, 
the Fat Quarter Shop has all charm packs on sale 20% off until Midnight March 2.

I did a calculation.
2 solid charm packs $14.40
2 print charm packs  $16.00
one quilt top $30.40
Extremely reasonable cost for a lap size quilt top.
I'm going to stock up on Charm Packs!
I would really like to start on another charm pack cherry quilt top.
As you can also imagine...
that's probably not going to happen any time soon, at least I will have the fabric (:

Friday, January 17, 2014

I sewed.

Yes, I did.
 I sewed.

Mostly I have been organizing my sewing area.
While I was organizing a bit, I found this pieced strip
from the "Fresh" Moda fabric line.
It was "left over" from the strip piecing from the
"Verna" table runners that I made for my staff a couple of years ago.
You might remember my post about the process?
Here is the table runners' top before it was quilted and cut apart.

Anyhow, I found the left over strip and I added some white borders
to make it a bit wider for my side table.
IF I can get it quilted in the next month, it could be a great spring decor addition :)

 Besides making time to sew the leftover spring table runner, 
I sewed a Pick Up Sticks baby quilt top from a jelly roll of 'Fresh' by Heather Bailey.
Turns out that there are a lot of left over strips from this top so I put them into my stash.

And as if my stash was somehow lacking or thin, I have been adding a bunch of 
low value / low volume light fabrics to it.
The rest are listed on my etsy site for those of you searching for stash additions.

As I said about a month ago, I am going to try to post more on my blog. 
I had actually tried to post this 3 times this week but ended up switching from 
internet explorer to Chrome to get my pictures to load.
I figured there had to be a way!
Be back soon....

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Winner from Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

In case anyone was wondering
My favorite christmas season song is
Amy Grant's My Grown up Christmas List.
The winner of the low volume fat quarter bundle is
Stephanie ALvarez
the winner of the book is