Piece-A-Long

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Now doesn't this look fun. . .I think I want to play. The icon above takes you to the yahoo group where everyone is posting pictures of fabric, projects and progress. This quilt is a great way to use up scraps. . .or these pink strips I just cut! 

I will use the brown in between each "coin" and perhaps as sashing between the rows, but there is a lovely piece of Sultry that may work for sashing as well. 

I love coin quilts, they're classic, yet stylish and definitely a doable project for even the busiest of schedules.

Sunday Stash–Black and Whites

I know, I know I'm late. . .yes, it's Wednesday not Sunday. . . but, better late than never! 

This is my stash of black and white fabrics. These are so cute! They sit on the shelving above my sewing table, right now they're more for decor than a project–I really like to just look up at them. 

I like this project from Film In The Fridge; but I'm thinking something with pink or maybe purple. . .orange!  

Orange-A-Licious

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I'm done with my quilt top for the OP Challenge 2009–well almost, the orange rick rack is a must, but I need to return to HRQ to buy more. . .must. . .have. . .more. . .rick rack! The blocks originally finished at 12", I cut mine down to 10", so I'd have a 42" square finished product—I didn't want to have to piece the striped border... I used four Kaffe Fassett fabrics for the main part of the quilt, the inner border is a Moda solid and the snappish stripe is from the Farmer's Market collection by Sandi Henderson.

This was oodles of fun, many of the participants made quilts with 20+ blocks, some used the block in a "wonky" fashion (gotta love that) and someone even made a bag! You can check out the photos here. Recipes and anecdotal stories were exchanged. I also visited blogs which were new to me! Thanks Pat, can't wait 'till the next one–woot!  

Happy Sunday!

Wow. . .What A Day!

Friday, February 20, 2009

I have too many irons in the fire today. . .bright side. . .they all have to do with sewing! First, I packed up all my FQ's for my buddies in the Sew Mama, Sew! fat quarter swap. They'll be in the mail tonight ladies. . .I hope you'll enjoy them and the other little surprises I included!

Next, I'm participating in the OP Challenge over at Pat Sloan's place—two blocks done!

Also, I'm attending the Friday Nite Live at my local quilt shop. . .isn't it the most quaint little store?  These sew nights happen once a month, always a potluck and we sew 'till midnight. Hayley (daughter #1 is coming with). This renovated house depicts old Chico. . .I love these old homes with their big steps and sunny front porches. . .and don't forget the basements! Lots of people from the midwest moved here during the late 1800's and coming from tornado country I guess they just assumed they needed a basement. No tornado's here. . .and basements are not the most secure place during an earthquake! But they are fun to play in (did my share of that in great grandma's house when I was small; the house actually isn't too far from the quilt shop. . . she would have loved that).

Tonight, I plan on working on the back of two quilts, one just a simple pieced back, the other has a design–and on paper looks very geometric, the back may turn into the front! I also should put together more OP blocks. . .geez, it's starting to sound like a chore list. . .guess I'll have to suffer through.  

Enjoy your Friday night!

It's A Twin Thing

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

As a general rule, I've never been much for playing up the whole "twin" thing with these two cuties! I've always thought it important for them to each have their own identity outside of twinhood. But there are certain pictures which just scream "TWINS" at me. . . and this is one of them. They're my youngest and they're turning 10 next month. The look on their faces tell it all. They are a mischievous duo. . .and have been since birth. . .remind me to share the toothpaste, squirt bottle, mascara story. Being the youngest just feeds the flame–they know they're cute and use that knowledge effectively. When they go into attack mode (good natured physical and emotional warfare) we fondly refer to it as "twinning". . .stop twinning me. . . stop twinning your sisters or brother! 

To all of you mothers of multiples and twins, triplets and beyond. . . smile you are truly special and have been given a most precious gift.

OP Challenge Selections

Monday, February 16, 2009

As mentioned previously, I'm participating in Pat Sloan's OP Challenge. From the hints she's given, I've narrowed my fabric selections down to two possible combinations. 

I can't wait 'till the virtual retreat begins. . .join us!

Sunday Stash–Kaffe Fassett

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Here's my collection of Kaffe Fassett–some old some new! I really love the pure color in his fabrics as well as his representation of nature. With my new found love of wonky log cabin blocks maybe I'll begin there; or maybe with some uniform 9-patches using the fuschia print as sashing. Such indecision. . . 

This week I'll be sending off two blocks for the Bushfire Quilt Project. These blocks will go toward quilts for the victims of the recent fires in Australia. The blocks are to be stars on a white background. The Kaffe Fassett prints looks stunning against white and since they're 
out. . . I love it when a plan comes together.

Sewful Saturday

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Today I am lucky enough to be finishing up several projects. The quilt has been in progress for several months; mainly because each of the nine patches were sewn individually rather than strip sewn. Definitely worth the effort though. 

It's very shabby chic and it coordinates perfectly with the girls' room. I now just need to cut and piece the back, quilt and bind! The fabric is Seaside Rose (3 Sisters–Moda); it had sat all bundled up in it's nice little fat quarter stack for 3+ years before I could bring myself to open it and cut it up. The pattern is Carrie Nelson's Tag Sale. It's a good thing!

This pin is one I started last summer to match a bag and the pillowcase dress I made for Bethany–finished this by adding the button and pin closure to the back–all of a five minutes. 

More progress made on these blocks which are not turning out to be as wonky as I would have liked. But, I still like them. I'm thinking this will be a table topper or wall hanging. . .one more log cabin block and then maybe four star blocks to make an almost-wonky 9-patch.

Oh! I better not forget to mention the beautiful roses my oh-so-special husband gave me for Valentine's Day. They're pretty and wonderfully fragrant. We generally don't go out for Valentine's Day, neither of us are big on crowds, and John definitely does not like to wait in line to eat. We opted for homemade split pea soup and homemade bread. 

I feel so productive. . .well, I guess it's on to dinner (yum!), changing the laundry, baths, and other matters of domesticity.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Orange You Goin' Join Us?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pat Sloan is sponsoring a virtual retreat February 20th-22nd. The theme. . .ORANGE! I love orange fabrics. The new designs are hip and snappish!

My youngest daughter is actually credited with my love of orange. It's been her favorite color since she was 2. . .she'll be 10 next month. Thankfully, blue and pink coordinate nicely with orange.

My stash of orange is well represented: Kaffe Fasset, Sandi Henderson, Heather Ross and Denyse Schmidt. 

Jump on over to Pat Sloan's blog with your citrus-ee stash. . .orange you ready for some fun? Sorry couldn't resist.

Sunday Stash–Fabulous Fresh Cut

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Everyone has them. . .fabrics they just can't cut into. . .well Fresh Cut is my "them". It's my very favorite fabric line yet. Heather Bailey is the designer and her fabrics (and paper, and patterns) are wonderful. This is about half of my fresh cut stash; in all I have a 1/2 yard of each fabric in the line. Addiction. . . I do believe.  

Happy Sunday everyone! I'm supposed to be in bed–I have a horrible cold and hubby has taken the fab five out for dinner. Thank you husband! However, if they come home and I'm at the computer...yikes!

Fat Quarter Month Project #1 – Cozy Scarf

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


This past winter (if you can even call it that, it's been 70° for the past month–the benefits of sunny California) I've enjoyed making scarves with all types of embellishments. This is my latest endeavor. And I love, love, love it!  I'm posting this as part of February's Fat Quarter Month celebration over at Sew, Mama, Sew! I used only fat quarters–three different wools, a silk and two or three prints from Amy Butler's Daisy Chain collection. For the back I used a jersey knit–soft and cozy without a lot of bulk. The pattern is from Denyse Schmidt's book Quilts: Colorful Quilt & Patchwork Projects. I did modify the pattern a bit. The scarf is pieced together in 3 segments, I added 10" to the length of the center to allow for variety in the way it can be worn.

Wonky Log Cabin Blocks

Monday, February 2, 2009

I've always considered myself to be a bit of a traditionalist when it came to sewing. Very linear. Well, I have a feeling that's all about to change. . .I've always loved floral fabrics (except for maybe those horrid teal ones from the 80's) and I love log cabin blocks. They're congruent and rhythmic to make. Well, this new wonky block craze has me hooked. I love mixing up the strip sizes. The two above are a start of a project yet to be determined. I'm finishing up a scarf using fat quarters to participate in Fat Quarter Month over at Sew,Mama,Sew! (the scarf will be my next post) and these blocks are the result of the scraps. The florals are Daisy Chain, but the centers are black wool and I've also added a blue silk. I'm hoping for a 10" finished block once they're complete. 

Sunday Stash–Cosmo & Jelly

Sunday, February 1, 2009


If it's one thing I'm known for it's my resourcefulness–with 5 kids it's really the only option. Evidently it's an inherited trait. In November I heard all the buzz of a new embroidery floss Lecien would be previewing at Spring '09 Market. I REALLY wanted to get some ahead of time, I wanted to begin a new project incorporating some hand embroidery and Cosmo was supposed to be the absolute best floss ever!  I literally tried for a month to try to have some shipped to me. . .no luck. . .heavy sigh. . .I resigned myself to waiting until spring to sample it. 

Meanwhile, my oldest, Hayley had witnessed my frustration and unbeknownst to me went on a massive hunt of her own. Well, guess what she was able to acquire this little sampling for me. She phoned Lecien (yes, in Japan), fought her was through to an English speaking rep who forwarded her the name of one of the potential US distributors. . . and voila. . .a gift for mommy! Resourceful. . .I do believe! 

And, it's true to it's reviews. It is the softest, prettiest floss I've ever worked with. There is absolutely no dye feel to it whatsoever. It will preview at Spring Market '09 and I'm hoping some of the Etsy stores will jump at the chance to retail it. It is wonderful! 

Next up, my jelly roll obsession. . .I absolutely love these little cuties. In my stash right now I have one of Kaffe Fasset cut with the AccuQuilt system by Morning Star Quilters, one of the local shops that will be featured in the Spring '09 Quilt Sampler magazine (you go girls!) I love that they bought one of these handy gadgets. I have two of the Mary Rose collection, I plan to sew these in random strips for a quilt top, and adorn with 3-D flowers. The Christmas goodies will be used in another randomly stripped quilt embellished with chenille snowflakes made with Chenille-by-the-Inch. The others. . . haven't a clue. I'm sure something will come to me. 

Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone!
 
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