Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I used Random.org and #39 is our winner of the Heather Ross fat quarter set, courtesy of Down Shadow Lane.
#39.....Barbara Myltschenko said: Wow what a great and generous giveaway! I love the Fat Quarter Bundle of 4 - Amy Butler Mix in Lime - Olive - Camel - Lime in her store. I might have to go back and pick it up!
Barbara has a very cute blog on quilting and sewing...check it out!
Look for an email from me soon, Barbara...Congratulations!
Thank you to all who entered and check back again for more fun!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Photography by Twila Usrey
Now we all know why Crayola has a "robin egg blue" crayon in the box of 64!
I decided to purchase some linen today. Have any of you quilted with linen? It just looks so neat next to contrasting bold colors. Here are some linen pretties I found to spark your interest...
Sea and Sky Pillow Cover by PinkLemonadeBoutique
In Touch Clutch by Downstairs Designs
2009 Coin Quilt by Chickpea Sewing Studio
Don't you just love all the Heather Ross prints in this coin quilt above? Don't forget to enter my giveaway, sponsored by Down Shadow Lane, for 5 fat quarters of Heather Ross! Go HERE to enter by midnight on Sunday, April 26th.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I shopped and looked for a large pincushion with pizazz. I just wanted something as bright and unique as the fabrics I love. There are lots of little ones out there, but I wanted a honker. So, I broke down and made one today while T was napping. I used pieced 3" strips of Anna Maria Horner Good Folks, cut into two 8" circles. It's certainly full of pizazz...and it's a biggin'...I don't know if it's the loveliest cushion of all time, but I'm happy my pins finally have a home.
And, if you haven't entered my latest giveaway...go HERE. Down Shadow Lane Fabrics is sponsoring 5 Fat Quaters from Heather Ross' West Hill Collection!
Monday, April 20, 2009
There are thousands of places you could buy fabric online. Today, I want to share a wonderful etsy fabric shop with you that I have found to be very timely, well-priced, AND very friendly.
Meet Jen of Down Shadow Lane. A stay-at-home mom of three, ages 12, 10, and 6, Jen is living the dream of owning her own business, doing what she loves...enjoying fabric and spending time with her kids. In her own words,
"I started out sewing when I moved to a small farm which was located about 20 minutes from town and I had just had my 3rd baby. We would stay home all the time and I decided to hire a girl from my church to teach me to sew. It went really good but I found quilting to be a little easier (because most of my quilts only had to have a straight line stitch) so I began with small quilts. I was able to make a few quilts and I also fell in love with hand quilting (it was very relaxing). From there I started making handbags and sold those to friends and at little Christmas shows in town. I found etsy and put a few of my bags on there and loved it. But I found that I enjoyed finding the fabrics a little more than making the handbags. That's when I started Down Shadow Lane fabrics on etsy.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I visited Clementine's Dry Goods on Saturday. I love little privately-owned shops. She had some polkadots and stripes from Heather Ross' Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries left at 75% off. It ended up being around $2.50 per yard or something crazy!
And my favorite Anna Maria Horner Good Folks print.
Have a Fabulous Week!
P.S....This morning I had a very sweet post from a reader named Karen, suggesting that I clean out the lint from my sewing machine to see if it is the cause of my stippling problems...great idea! What a coincidence that Sew, Mamma, Sew! has a great video tutorial today on how to spring clean your sewing machine...go check it out HERE...
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I was so excited to receive my order from Sarah Jane Studios. I was most anxious to see the personalized family tree in vintage summer colors. If you haven't visited Sarah Jane's blog or etsy store, you simply must! Every home needs one of her precious family trees. And once you have one of those, you'll need some of her other prints to go with it! They are archival and printed on some of the nicest high-quality paper you'll ever feel. I'm in love!
I was also excited to learn that I was chosen as the winner of a giveaway at Quilting on a Budget. Joan sent me a lovely gift of organizational tools for my sewing room (which is actually my dining room table right now, and I can use all the organizational tools I can get!). It includes the neatest quilt bag to use for storing your quilts or giving as a quilt gift bag. It even has a label window. Also included, was a vinyl basket with pockets for scissors and rules, etc. as well as a bobbin box. Thanks, Joan!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Can't you just hear the wind and feel the "brrrrrr"....???
And isn't this REALLY what quilts are for???
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Zip Pouch by Erleperle
Spider Web quilt blocks by Tallgrass Prairie Studio
Selvage Parasol by Jodie at Ric Rac
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Scandinavian Matryoshka Art Doll for Easter by Ravenhill.
"Tiny World Pincushion" by Mimi Kirchner.
Lime Pincushion by The Daily Pincushion
Sewing Room Silhouettes by Dirty Pretty Things...April Special: take 20% off original artwork from this shop!
Rasperries on Turquoise by Tea and Brie Photography...so fresh and gorgeous!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
When Little T is sleeping, I have time to do my sewing. Tonight, I whipped up some fancy shmancy burp cloths for my cousin, who is expecting a sweet little boy this month. We'll be having a shower for her when we all get together for Easter, so I needed to think of something quick. This is also an inexpensive, but special gift to make and give. Here is a little step-by-step (oooooh, baby!....remember New Kids on the Block??...okay, that's my generation).
I purchased my cloths as a pack of 12 for $12 at Wal-Mart. They are Gerber, 3-ply cloth diapers (tri-fold). I used fabric that was left over from Titus' quilt. I would say that 1/4 yard would be plenty to give you two cloths, maybe four, depending on how wide you cut. If you want several colors, you might go the fat 1/8 route for each print. It's a great idea to pre-wash the cloth diapers and your fabric, and make sure to dry the diapers in the dryer to pre-shrink them. Mine pilled quite a bit, so if you have a trick to fix that, fill me in!
Cut a piece of fabric that is about 1.5-2" longer than the cloth on each end and wider on each side by about 3/4".
Turn the fabric so that right side is down and fold the ends about 1/4" from the edge of the cloth. Press with your iron.
Fold the sides along the edge of the thickest middle section of the cloth diaper and press.
Flip the fabric over and pin to the thicker middle section of the cloth diaper.
To sew, set your machine to the zigzag stitch, keeping the stitches on the smaller side. You may want to practice on a scrap to make sure you get what you want.
To begin stitching, you'll line your cloth up so that the zigzag stitch catches the edge of the fabric, as well as the cloth diaper.
To turn a corner, set your needle to the down position, lift the presser foot, and pivot the cloth.
These will likely be loved on and washed quite a bit, so make sure to back stitch well when you begin and end your sewing.