Daisy Chain Everlasting

Saturday, May 30, 2009

It all started with a fat quarter tower of Daisy Chain by Amy Butler. I used just a little at first to make this. And then I made these which I finally decided to make into this table runner. . .
I then moved onto this. . .
Well, there is still some left! And this is only about 1/4 of the stack. To be honest, there is a bit of Midwest Modern 2 thrown in, the remnants of a solid blue used as a binding, and the remaining yardage used for the setting triangles on the table runner, but honestly, I'm beginning to think it multiplies while I sleep!
Since I've been in a scrappy mood lately (wonky stars, wonky cabins etc.,) I thought, what the heck, let's make one more. . .so this is the beginnings of a quilt for my daughter who is graduating high school, it won't be done in time for graduation, but it will by the time her 18th roles around in July. 
It's made completely of strips and left over squares. I precut 8 1/2" squares from a bolt of muslin I keep for string quilts and other foundation projects. The squares serve as a foundation for the strips to keep them from being distorted as they're sewn (and no paper to remove). I've trimmed the blocks down to a 7 1/2" square using a ruler of the same dimension. The center will measure a 56" square once completed, with 24 of these finished, I only have 40 left (yes, I'm a "my glass is half full" person); and the blocks go super fast because the strips are already cut! Maybe the Daisy Chain Scrap Stash will finally be depleted. 

May Giveaway Day Is Here!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I had so much fun with the December Sew Mama Sew! Giveaway I knew I had to sign up for the May Giveaway! This giveaway doesn't come without guilt, however. School ends next week for the Fab 5 and it is CRAZY here to say the least, Hayley's graduating high school (sniff, sob), there are the end of the year parties, teacher gifts, my youngest son's class is doing a play tonight, we have an awards banquet the 28th. . .I could go on. . .but I think you've got the picture. So instead of a handmade gift, my giveaway is my very own pillowcase pattern with some very special fabric. . .

Heather Ross is one of my favorite designers so included with the pattern you'll receive the Happy Campers, dots, and stripes all from her Lightning Bugs & Other Mysteries fabric line. The fabric has been precut to the pattern specifications so once you receive it all you have to do is sew it up!

I'll let the randomizer choose a lucky winner. I am asking that each of you include in your comment what your ideas are for a nice high school graduation gift for both a boy and a girl.

Happy blogging all. . .and thank goodness it's summer~I'm ready to have my kids back. Oh, and the game closes 12 midnight PDT on May 31, 2009. Thanks for stopping by. . . .

Sham Wow!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Here it is all finished and on the bed and the girls love it! You may remember in December I shared the quilt top with you. This morning, I finished the pillow shams to go with. The raw edged fishy pillow you see is a project from a class I taught at HRQ–it's from the same Seaside Rose fabrics so I threw it on there. . .
The shams are made from a Lecien fabric which coordinate perfectly and adds to the whole shabby chic look I was striving for. 

I love sewing. . .aaaahhhhh. . .

Sunday. .ah. .er Monday Stash

Monday, May 11, 2009

I know, a day late. . .but I do enjoy Sunday Stash. I love looking at all the collections of my fellow fabric-a-holics, I mean sewists across the globe. 
Today, I'm sharing a few pieces of Heather Ross' latest. . .Far, Far Away. I was so excited when I heard of the release of something new from her. She is one of my favorite designers and her work reflects such a sense of happiness and whimsy. I was ever-so briefly disappointed when I discovered the Far, Far Away designs would be printed on cotton gauze–not the best for a quilting, but then again that's what lightweight fusible stabilizer is for!

My daughters especially love the little snail print. . .so maybe some shorts or a nice tiered skirt. Another idea I'd like to try with these involves new towels I just purchased. Cutting strips of one of the prints, running them through my 2" bias tape maker and sewing them down to add a touch of handmade to the upstairs bath. 

Since, however, Heather Ross may not release another fabric line soon I may just put it up on the shelf to admire. FreeSpirit and Heather Ross have tabled the release of "Craft Bazaar" which was supposed to release at Quilt Market this week. This due to some moronic non-compete clause with her former company Munki Munki. Evidently, too many of us enjoy her fabric and designs, create with it and heaven forbid sell an item or two on Etsy. Thus, stifling Heather's ability to design fabrics, one of the major reasons for selling Munki, initially. Ggrrrr! Sorry, climbing down off my soap box. . .

I hope you all find time this week to design something pretty or even utilitarian. . .maybe both! and don't forget to check out the great photos over at the Sunday Stash Flicker Group!

Finished Quilt Tops & A Prom

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've connected. Lots of sewing projects and kids activities have kept me busy and beyond. 
I finished this quilt top. It's the zig zag pattern I blogged of earlier. I plan on making this again, only bigger and using set in triangles to alleviate cutting the edges square as instructed in the tutorial. I wasn't happy with any of the pictures I shot of the entire quilt, I'll try again once it's quilted! The tutorial was very easy to follow, and the project went together quickly. 
This one is back from my long-arm buddy, Patty. I think I've talked about her computerized long arm. It's the coolest thing ever. She loves this quilt and named it aqua marine. Appropriate considering it's all cool blues and greens. 
I've also finished my wonky stars quilt top. Though you can't tell from the picture, I've ironed and starched it beyond all limits of reasonability. But then I folded it, and, well there you have it. The next two photos are a little better.It's all done in aqua, greens and blues. My pink, yellow and oranges are probably feeling ignored. . . 
I added a scrappy sashing, because it definitely needed something. 

And now something from my brag book. As I've blogged before my oldest is graduating high school in June. Here she is with her date for their Senior Prom. A little history, their grandfathers were friends, long time Chico families. 
And here with Katie and Julia. They're such the glamour girls.

And here's one of the whole group. It's hard to believe these kids are less than 20 school days away from grad night. Hayley and group are graduating from Chico High School class of 2009. 

Myself, my mom and her mother, my grandmother all graduated from Chico High. It's nostalgic to say the very least and evidently a family tradition. . .I'm so proud of her. She's on her way into the world to give it her all.

Happy Mother's Day to you all. And that includes you too aunts, big sisters and favorite family friends! Mother's Day is a day to celebrate important women in our lives, not just those related maternally. Enjoy your day and know you have touched lives in ways you may never know.
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