Monday, October 24, 2011

stash from Vegas

Just a little Heather Ross from my last trip to Las Vegas.
I wasn't going to buy much at Quiltique.
I wasn't.
Then when I checked out I found out that if I spent $7 more, I would get a $25 gift card.
So I promptly went and got the 8 bolts of H.R. fabric and had then cut 1/4 yard pieces.
It's stash as I really have no plan for it at this point.
But it's fun :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Doll flower quilt progress...

I have been slowly appliqueing these hexie flowers for a small doll quilt.
I think I blogged about the book
The Civil War Sewing Circle by Kathleen Tracy
and how smitten I was with it.

{picture from Martingale site}

My plan is to finish it this year...
but you know I have QADD {Quilter's Attention Deficit Disorder}....
so that may not happen LOL.
There's been a lot of sewing going on here in the background...
I don't mean to get your hopes up as it's not for Quilt Market,
 nor am I going to QM this fall.
Life has other plans for trick or treating,
work, parents' visiting and my {maybe} last surgery this year.
Let's not forget Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays too!....

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I have always been inclined to make gifts for people rather than buy them. You may know that from reading my blog in the past.
Sometimes (okay most of the time) it costs more to MAKE the item than if I bought it.
I digress.

I really wanted to tell you about how this little project came to 'be'.
I was fiddling around with an idea to make little bags for my girls dolls and do-dads.
You know the do-dads I am referring to....
the super itsy bitsy little toys that come with dolls like the mini Lala Loopsies or Moshi Monsters.
  I wanted to make a Moda bakeshop project or tutorial somehow.
Long story short, it didn't end up a blog tutorial.
It ended up HERE:

In Quiltmaker's newest magazine Small Quilts and Gifts
(I'm smiling because I really had no intentions of it being in a magazine,
but isn't that how it happens sometimes!)
I used Lynnete Anderson's Scandinavian Christmas by Lecien.
Here are the original prototypes....
Hideaway by Lauren and Jesse Jung
Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey.
If you happen to get a hold of a copy of the magazine and make one of these half hex bags send me a picture.
 I'd love to share it with everyone on my blog :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The pumpkin has been found!

The pumpkin has been found.
you may remember this post...
well I found it in between 2 other stitcheries in my portable sewing packet/pouch.
I decided to clean it out before my trip to Vegas.
I had 2 stitchery projects, and 4 english paper piece projects.
4 English paper piece projects?
even I was amazed that I have that many hand piecing projects right now.
Want to know something funnier?
I didn't sew a lick on the plane to Vegas...perhaps I will on the way home??
I'll let you know if I do....

Saturday, October 08, 2011

The mantle this time of year....

I LOVE to decorate for Halloween and Fall.
It's that time of year close to my birthday and many happy memories.
Here's my mantle this year.
First year for a banner.

It's a Martha Stewart Pumpkin banner from JoAnn's.
Just makes me feel happy looking at it.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

How many runners out of a Layer Cake?

7 halloween tablerunners
yep 7!
I made the tops last year with good intentions of finishing them LAST Halloween.
Each runner uses 5 layer cake squares and 2 border strips.

Here are 6 finished runners.

This runner will be mine....
I bet you are wondering what I will do with the other 6?
Well they are for my 6 staff members.
Check out the the bats that my quilter did.

Last Christmas I made my staff runners with a summery theme.....
I know summer for Christmas...odd
but those were the ones I had finished.
I am giving them these table runners today during our office potluck
and so they may use these throughout the rest of the month.
Next task is what to do for Christmas for them...
each year it gets harder and harder.
I know...make them bed sized quilts! ha.
not yet....
what if I do 2 quilts  a year?
hmm not sure that would go over well..
I better plan better for next year....6 lap or twin size quilts.
yep I could do that.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

A WIP revisted....

This is a table topper that I started about 4 years ago.
Heck I probably blogged it when I finished the applique flowers.

I can't remember for sure.
I do believe it is a Cottonway pattern though.
I have been buying Cottonway patterns for EVER.
Anyhow, why blog it now?
well it's been in my to-be-quilted pile for 3 years at least.
I was looking for another project this last weekend and found it in the pile, already layered and pinned.
I was going to quilt it at one time...obviously.
I set it on my cutting table next to my hand stitching bag.
That's when a light bulb went off...
So I decided to hand quilt it in size 8 Pearl Cotton....
I will show you the progress as I make some.
{p.s. I get distracted easily with quilting...
again that's probably extremely obvious}

Monday, October 03, 2011

Halloween Felt Ornaments -- Done!

Another weekend finish.
There were 3 left....
the candy corn, the acorn, and the pumpkin...
ah where's the pumpkin?
I just realized it's MIA fron the picture.
I know I finished the pumpkin and I have no idea where it is....
I'm off to find it right now.
{ still really confused as to where it is and how I didn't catch that it wasn't in the picture WOW}

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Another version of the Scrap Apple Bag

This is one alternate version of my Scrap Apple Bag
 I only boxed the corners 1/2" on this bag.
I was going to give it to my 10 year old...but
the fabrics are adorable and I am having a rough time parting with it.
There's Swell, Sweet and 1974 by Urban Chicks, Freebird by MoMo, and even a few Tula Pink scraps.

Here's the orginal Scrap Apple Bag found on Moda Bakeshop.
Just one of my many finishes this weekend!
Fall has definitely arrived.....