Monday, December 31, 2012

Are you planning on joining a BOM for 2013?

Are you planning to join a BOM or two or three...possibly four?

I found a few I am joining just to keep me accountable for getting my big arse in line. I have been slacking off and having too much quilters ADD and too many UFO's and WiP's...NOT COOL!

The first is with Pat Sloan and the Aurifil Design team for 2013!!!!  They are doing pieced blocks using Pat Bravo's Rock and Romance line this year so I am ALL IN!!!!! To see all the talent for this year ( you are gonna LOVE the line up) click HERE


The second is from Elizabeth at  Don't Call Me Betsy. A paper piecing BOM for stars!!!! AWESOME! There is a small fee but so worth it for these amazing stars!!!! To join this one ( I need to do it TONIGHT) click HERE


The third is from AnneMarie at Gen X Quilters and is the Sisters Ten modern BOM. Slick as shite and looking so forward to this!!!! To join this one click HERE


And there is one more that I will be Alyssa from Pile O Fabric Skill Builder BOM. Learn a new skill or  practice an old one or learn a new way to do the old one,LOL! To join this one click HERE


This should keep my design wall full and me outta trouble...maybe ;o)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Cannot believe that I have not posted since before Christmas, with the kidlets and the in house engineer at home I guess I just have lost track of time and then I have had the cold of the CENTURY! I was kind enough to share with at least two other people of the house so they have been giving me the stink eye for a couple of days now...


2012 was an amazing year for me!


I am over the  moon about the Cathedral Window pinnie tutorial making the Moda Bake Shop 2012 Top Ten List!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!  Go check out the other fantastic tutorials listed...and CONGRATULATIONS to the other designers!!!!!



The best thing about 2012 for me was being able to meet and hang out with so many other sewers. The quilting community is a wonderful place, filled with the most lovely, supportive and FUN people you could ever hope to know and have in your life!

And they make faces like this!


and share screens with you like this

I was lucky enough to have one more sewing playdate at my house right after Christmas. Amy, Katie and Becky were able to come over, hang out, eat cookies! The kids were on best behavior (did I mention there were cookies) and the mamas had a great time chatting and sewing. I look forward the new year and being able to spend time with my friends!





and where else could I find friends like this?



Friday, December 21, 2012

Handmade for a special teacher

My son's teacher is an amazing woman! She is a mom of boys, she is in charge of 20 5-6 year olds,that must be like cat wrangling most days, she manages to teach them something and send them home with a smile every single day!  The only gift I made this year is for her. The planning of  my gift making will be different next year, I will plan better and hopefully not have a house FULL of sick people for three weeks...we'll see how that one works out ;o)

I used the pattern from Noodlehead  the Open Wide Pouch. It is a great tutorial and very easy to follow for anyone making a pouch. It has TONS of photos for the visual learners like me (I am a SHOW ME girl). This only took me a couple of hours even with the cutting, piecing and ironing of the front. Great gift! I used linen with Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids (FAB COLORS), my favorite Magic in the Middle (tee hee hee, I just LOVE saying it) Pellon Craft Fuse to give is some body on the outside and sewed it up with Aurifil 40 wt, I used it since it is a bit heaver than the 50 and this will (hopefully ) be used A LOT! The accent topstitching is Aurifil 28wt. I am starting to appreciate the thicker threads and how gorgeous they look as quilting and topstitching.

I hope she likes it!!!!!



LOVE the Aurifil 28wt!







And a little something for inside the pouch ;o)



I really hope she likes it and knows how much we appreciate her!!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Christmas Hippie Chic Bus Pillow!!!!


I am happily in LOVE with my new Christmas pillow!!! I used the free pattern from Tula Pink to make this scrappy fun addition to my holiday decor!!!!!



I also learned something NEW!!!! One of the things I love most about learning to sew is trying new ideas. I realized that you can print on Pellon Wonder Under!!!!! It works just like freezer paper and now I do not have to trace ANYTHING!!!!! This a a bonus for me since I cannot draw a straight line with a ruler ;o)


Cut your Wonder Under the size of your paper

On my printer I put the bumpy side up

Prints out PERFECTLY!!!!!

Then you have your perfect little shapes and NO Tracing!!!! My friend Lisa at That Crazy Quilty Girl says do not do it on a laser printer...something about a HOT MESS!!!!!


When I had all the pieces ironed on , I outlined with Aurifil 28wt in black.  To make it look more like snow I used Aurifil 40wt 2311 and a little bit of fmq and I think I found the effect I was looking to achieve!

Not perfect quilting but I am happy I had a practice run on this before starting a larger project.


Adam helped me do the BIG Swirls on the back, poor guy was so sick and REALLY wanted to help so he sat on my lap and we quilted :o) I am a very lucky mama!!!

This makes me SMILE!!!!!


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Final blocks for bees and sewing something for ME!

When Em was here for our sewing playdate, she kindly offered to draw up her template for me from her 12.5 in Spiderweb block tutorial so that I could quickly finish my NOVEMBER blocks for Bee a {modern} Swapper. She had it done so quilt I could not believe my eyes!!!! She is so brilliant! Thank you EM!!!!!!




So here are my blocks for the November bee




I loved them so much I had to make up a Christmas one for MOI!!!!! This will be my "It's beginning to look a DOT like Christmas" pillow for my sofa!!!!!!



Now I am finally in the Christmas spirit!!!!!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Giveaway Day WINNER!!!!

I how I wish I had enough so I could give something to EVERYONE!!!! Hope everyone had a blast this year and I know we are all already looking forward to May and the next Giveaway Day!!! Many thanks to Sew Mama Sew for hosting this amazing event again!!!! And thank you all for making this a super fun event for me!!!!!


CONGRATULATIONS 
( I will be sending you an email later today)

Blogger Cheri Moseley said...
Red Red and Green green and now in my old age and no kids..blue and silver are coming to light!
Thanks
Cheri
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December 4, 2012 2:35 PM

Friday, December 7, 2012

Block Two done, almost new sewing room and a sewing playdate!

Oh MY what a busy week here...crazy as usual :)  Hope everyone had a chance to enter ALL the FAB giveaways on Sew Mama Sew!!!! If not...GO NOW and enter!!!!

My do.Good Stitches Believe block two is DONE!!!! I am officially IN LOVE with improv. To be honest, I was a little intimidated with the concept of complete improv but I am liking how it takes on a new look with every add on and NOTHING is wrong...EVER!!!! Yup, I can see myself going overboard here.




I have my sewing room almost completely put together :) The rest will have to wait until at least next weekend since I still have sewing to do.



And OMG!!! I had sewing company :o) I LOVE having sewing playdates. There is another one in the works already for when littles will be out of school so we can make it a full blown PARTY!!!!!

Thank you for coming over Katie and Em {and the kidlets...I LOVE them} All my other photos are on instagram...if y'all wanna see them just come on over and see :)

Hope everyone has a FABULOUS weekend!!!!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

It's the MOST WONDERFUL time of the year!!!!!! Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!!!!!

I know you have A LOT of blogs to go and enter for giveaways so I will keep mine short and sweet ;o)



One fat quarter set of the FAB Dear Stella You've Been Jingled!  and THREE matching large spools of Aurifil thread!!!!!


To enter:

1: Leave a comment on your favorite holiday colors!
2: Become a follower of my blog or show me some love and let me know you are already a follower ;o)
3: Like me on Facebook then come back leave a comment here letting me know you are liking!!!!

Three chances to win this AWESOME Christmas set

If you are a no reply blogger please leave you email in you comment so I can contact you!!!!!

The winner will be chosen randomly and the giveaway ends Dec 7 at 5pm PST. The winner will be announced Dec 9!!!!!!

GOOD LUCK!!!!! And have a great time entering all the fab giveaways!!!!! I will be right there with you!!!!!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

LOVE this bug!

OMG!!!!! I could  just fall over with excitement!!!! Look at the fantastically CUTE VW Bus that is now a FREE PDF download at Tula Pink!!!!! All the possibilities for this one pattern :o)  Pillows, quilts, wall hanging, bags, and did I mention pillows!!!!!! Many thanks to Tula for sharing this adorable pattern!!! 


For Free Pattern Click


Saturday, December 1, 2012

One down {Believe at do.Good Stitches}

I had my stitches out over a week ago and the doc put me on a no sew for a little more...not completely healed :o(  I was able to get this block completed on Thursday!!!! I am so excited. It was difficult to get used to sewing with no feeling in my finger (nerve damage) but I think I am getting the hang of it :o) This is an improv block for my Believe bee at do.Good Stitches. I just have one more to go :o) I am so in love with this block!!!!!



I was also able to start my New Year's sewing room reorganization early and do some much needed painting!!!!!

I have been wanting to do this for a LONG time!!!!!

I am cutting ( okay not ME) these boards down to fit into the hutch for more fabric storage!!!!

I will post more photos when I have it all together :o)


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