Thursday, December 30, 2010
2010 has really been a year of starts and finishes for me. I don't want this to come off as bragging in any way. My blog is my journal and record of my projects and tutorials. I was looking back at the end of 2009 projects and I made about 55 projects.
This year I exceeded my own expectations of what I could accomplish with 10 minutes here or 15 minutes there.
I decided to make a mosaic of my projects. When I realized that it was over 70 items, I decided to split the mosiacs.
When I count the actual finishes for the year, including the handmade gifts of scarves, bound quilts, secret projects that will be revealed next year, pincushions and tutorials....I made 94!!!
1. spirit ensemble 00, 2. verna around, 3. cherry bars, 4. valentine wrap, 5. valentine wreath, 6. skinnyverna copy, 7. mill house inn runner copy, 8. posh runner, 9. peas and carrots runner, 10. dandelion girl runner, 11. Greenbeer Tablerunner, 12. lemonade lil quilt, 13. be merry rag quilt, 14. ziggy label1, 15. stuffie eggs, 16. Chocolate Stars, 17. carrot stuffie tute, 18. baby boy 1, 19. sultry, 20. wiggle flowers, 21. kaffe runner, 22. whimsy bonus, 23. happy bag, 24. sultry bonus, 25. lumiere00, 26. big birdie, 27. Christmas ornament mug rug , 28. star drops 1, 29. stack of quilts, 30. skinny celebration
Now I highly doubt that I will exceed 94 projects 2011. I suppose you could say that I have a head start with the unfinished projects laying around. They won't be counted until they are bound or completely sewn.
I am going to try to make a serious effort toward 94 ...but realistically...maybe 50 projects?? we shall see.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
It was. I started my blog in 2005 as Mid-Ohio Knitter.
I was determined to make my own knitting patterns and tutorials.
I am not sure what actually enticed me to start back to quilting more but I did.
I kind of abandoned several knitting projects when I dove in quilting again.
This is one of the abandoned scarves.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
You may have noticed the little button on my side bar.
A group of blog buddies and I have gotten together to bring you a fantastic group of projects to inspire you for this Valentine's Day!
It all begins on January 9th!
Spread the word in blogland.
A new project each day for 7 days.
To sweeten the tour, the Fat Quarter Shop has generously donated prizes.
Yes, I said prizes...plural!!!!
Look each day for the post and leave a comment to win!
7 days, 7 bloggers, 7 projects and 7 giveaways!!!
January 9th - Vickie E of Spun Sugar Quilts
January 10th- Sherri of A Quilting Life
January 11th - Jen of Miss Punkie Pie
January 12th - Kim of Kim’s Big Quilting Adventure
January 13th - Carol of Carol's Crafty Creations
January 14th - Stephanie Little Lady Patchwork
January 15th -Natalia of Piece n Quilt
Can't wait for you to join us.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
This is the gift package each of my staff received.
There is a tiny box in there from the local jewelry store.
I have to tell this story because well it really affected me.
So before I tell about the handmade gifts and fun we had, please read this.
I was running all around on the 21st and 22nd trying to wrap everything up for the party. We had been in TX and I was ill prepared for our return.
I decided to run to the local jewelry store to pick up my order. It was 4:30 pm on the 21st.
When I got there, I gave my name and said I have an order to pick up, repeated my name.
I waved hello to the owner (a personal friend), while his staff went for my gift packages.
When the gal returned, she began to open the boxes. I said "this isn't what I ordered".
In my mind I was rushing ideas of what could have happened.
I quickly looked at the tag on the order.
It was my husband's name.
She brought out HIS order.
HIS Christmas surprise for me.
Can you believe it?
Know what the lady said?
"Can you just fake like it's a surprise?"
I said sure....all the while thinking...just wait until I tell him.
I was devastated. I knew he wanted this to be a surprise. I knew it would crush him that I saw it.
So I bustle out of the store and jump in the car.
I drove right past the daycare...forgetting to pick up my kids until I was 4 more blocks away.
I was in such a jumble....
I turned around and picked up my kids LOL...thank goodness I didn't make it all the way home right?
I told my husband.
He was pretty upset. He told them to keep the earrings.
It really took me the rest of the night to get out of my 'funk' from that.
But I did.
And we have had a wonderful Christmas....
They seemed to love them.
I hope they weren't faking!
In addition to the runners, I made Voile scarves for each of them.
I used Anna Maria Horner's Voile and a free pattern from Twin Fibers.
I actually made 18 scarves for Christmas.
I have been working on them all year.
I didn't blog about it, because they read my blog!
I also gave them to all my sisters, mom, and sister in law.
Here's some more happy girls.
They have a secret santa exchange every year.
Bec got a hat, scarf and gloves plus one of my crafty staff made her an XL Hotpad after seeing my tutorial.
That was flattering for me for sure.
Jamie got 'Brittany' perfume...she's a rockstar!
Of course, no holiday is complete without a little Margaritaville....
The details of this snowman were amazing. A local artist made it for Mel.
And what did my awesome staff buy for me??
Go! dies of course!
I was super excited to see a 3 1/2" tumbler, a chisel die, and a 2 1/4"strip die too for my bindings.
I can not wait to try them.
We had a great night and topped it off with dinner at a new steakhouse near our town.
So despite my somewhat disappointing start to the week with the jewelry store fiasco...
We had a wonderful week and evening.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
New project on the bakeshop!
This is going to be a quick giveaway. I am on my way home today and soon as I get my bearings straight I will post a picture of the actual fat quarters. I don't have my camera cord...I know smart right?
If you'd like to win leave a comment here for one of 2 prizes:
A set of 12 Moda fat quarters of Fandango
A copy of Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts book.
And for an additional chance leave a comment on my new project
Star Drops at the Moda Bakeshop.
I will select the winners by random on December 24th.
****Comments Closed. I will post a winner ASAP!****
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Last week I stopped at my LQS with my mother in law. I am always looking to see what new things she has since I hadn't been there in nearly 2 months.
I found a few fabrics I liked, mostly for my stash.
The best find, in my opinion, was the book "A Boy's Story" by Ami Downs.
I had seen Ami's booth at quilt market and loved these projects.
With no boy to quilt for, I passed on buying the book.
Now that my sister is having a boy, I DO have a reason to have this book LOL.
So I bought it.
I am planning on putting the robot applique on a onesie.
The possibilities are endless.
And I love this quilt too with the big stitch quilting.
So if you are looking for an inspiring boy quilt book, this is it.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Since we happen to be celebrating Christmas 4 times this season...my kids have gotten their Christmas presents in stages. American Girl came from my mother. And Blythe with Littles Pet Shop from my mother in law.
It became an obssession for my 9 year old to clothe Blythe with more that what she came with.
So Sunday evening, I dug through some of my older Lil Bratz knit clothing and original patterns for lil Bratz clothes to see how close the fit would be. To my daughters astonishment,they fit the Little Pet Shop sized Blythe doll.
Here's the original Lil Bratz knit pattern on my blog.
G insisted I take pictures of the looks.
I have several items that need snaps or to be sewn up the back and they are done.
I think on was a purchased outfit but my memory is pretty bad about it. If I bought this one it was about 6 years ago.
I made this skirt with quilting cotton and knit the top.
This dress is knit and my own design.
This is also knitted.
This was another pattern I was trying.
Now I am inspired to create more outfits for her little Blythe girl. Maybe a cloche or something too...
the possibilities are endless.