Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Faux Cathedral Block Tutorial

Here is a neat video tutorial, via YouTube, about creating a faux cathedral quilt block. She makes this look totally easy! I might try it with my mom's quilt...

Here is also a cathedral quilt tutorial via "CRAFT". Beautiful!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What to do with vintage fabric?

Chickadees have a very special place in my heart because I have only a few memories of my Mamaw Bernice (or as I affectionately called her, "Mamaw Moose" because I was obsessed with Mickey Mouse and couldn't say, "mouse"). One very clear memory I have of her is going to stay and sleeping in the guest room. She always put my favorite sheets on the bed, which were a very retro scene of chickadees on a mint green background of branches and tiny blue flowers. We would play a game of "find the chickadees" before I went to sleep.

After my mamaw passed away, we couldn't find the sheets anywhere. It wasn't until I was about 25 years old and my aunt visited with a surprise. She had transplanted a tree from my mamaw's house and realized they had wrapped it in an old sheet...the chickadees sheet. I now have the sheet and am almost too afraid to cut into it, yet don't want to leave it in the closet to never be used. I would love to make it into a quilt...

I love Eye Candy

Here are some beauties that I spotted today in the world of handmade...if you've never spent an hour looking through etsy shops, go be inspired today!

This cathedral quilted pillow is gorgeous from I love, love the colors!

Here's a glimpse at spring...the Large Stripes Throw Quilt from

I definitely want to make a bag like this cute little number called, "Poppy". The pattern is sold by

And this one isn't a sewn piece of art, but I love it. I have a very soft spot in my heart for chickadees and this is a modern, funky print of the sweet little bird by

Monday, February 23, 2009

I LOVE Give-Aways!!!

I *heart* giveaways BIG time, especially when they're handmade!!! Here is a link to to enter for a chance to win a super cute polka dot fabric tote!

Jazzy Fabric

I'm new to this whole realm of quilting, but I've learned quite a lot in a short period of time. Here's a fabric buying tip if you live in the south Indy area... I found a great fabric and yarn shop this weekend that I never knew was in Franklin. If you're looking for the best and brightest fabrics with a modern twist, visit "Clementine's Dry Goods" on Water Street in historic downtown Franklin, Indiana.

The owner is very friendly and passionate about color. I felt immediately more comfortable than when I visited another quilt shop in the area. As a first-time quilter, I didn't want to be intimidated by women who "know-it-all", if you catch my drift. I had a great experience at Clementine's, so I definitely recommend the trip whether you're a sewing pro or novice!
I heard a tip for pre-washing your fabrics, that if you snip a small diagonal across the corners, it keeps them from fraying terribly in the wash.
Here are some pictures of vintage quilt tops that my mom gave me. I'd really like to finish them up someday. The pinwheel is my favorite. I flipped it over to take a picture and realized the whole thing has been hand-stitched...WOW. I feel like I should hand quilt it that means it should be done when I'm about 40. :)

My final Monday thought is on free-motion quilting. I would love to learn to stipple quilts, using my good 'ol Janome 405 sewing machine. I've done a little research, and found that I need a darning foot accessory for my machine but haven't seen it in action. If you're reading and have some advice on the matter, I'd love to hear your comments.

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Save the Ta-Ta's...

Okay, I'm a fan of ways to support the cause of Breast Cancer Awareness in a humorous way. My momma is a breast cancer survivor and it goes way beyond the pink is a link to a group of quilters in South Carolina, who "supported" the cause in a humorous and unique way. *Heads up* There are bras involved, so you may want to look when your 8 yr. old son isn't peeking over your shoulder ;) Take a look Here.

TGIF!!! Hope you all have a creative weekend :) I'll be working on painting a wooden stool for my nephew's 1st birthday. Pictures to come...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Brady's baby quilt is finished! Being a first-time sewing gift-giver, I wanted to put a label in it so he would know who it's from. I searched all over etsy for the "perfect" sew-in labels at a good price. I couldn't bring myself to spend the money on them, so I made my own using a piece of the quilt fabric and a micron permanent marking pen. If you'd like to make your own label, fold all four edges back and iron flat with some spray starch. (or steam might work too)

Write your message or signature with a micron permanent pen. I found mine at Jo-Ann Fabric store in the quilting notions section. I thought it would be in the art supplies aisle, but they sell it near the quilters' square rulers, pins, etc. It comes packaged as a single marker. The "01" tip worked well for me and didn't bleed, as long as I didn't go back over what I had already written.

I then stitched the label to the back of my quilt, using the same stitch as I would the binding. It shows a little, so you may want to use thread to match the quilt backing. Just be careful not to stitch your needle all the way through to the quilt top...just catch a few threads from the backing fabric and it should be secure.

This looks so personal and your friends and family will love to have your handwriting on the tag!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Can't Kick the Cold

It's day 9 of one of the nastiest colds I've had in awhile. Titus is feeling better and acting better, but his nose still runs and his cough isn't completely gone. We're still "un-Gymboree" worthy at this point and had to miss our class again this week. I called to let them know we were still alive, since we've missed 4 weeks in a row due to snow and illness.

In the meantime, I'm keeping busy. Laundry needs to be done and there are lots of projects in my head. We are one step closer to redecorating Titus' nursery...we bought the paint last night and I'm planning to prime tonight. I'm a horrible mom because I've painted everyone else's nurseries, but my kid got the ugly cocoa color that was once my office. I'll show before and after pics when it's done.

Sewing has definitely been on the brain lately...
Our dining room table is in shambles, hiding under a pile of fabric scraps and plans.

These scraps are leftover from a camera strap I made as a birthday gift for a friend...I think they will make a cute patchwork lovey. I'm also still in need of a pincushion.

Here are the plans for my next quilt...the plan is to have it finished by March momma's b-day. She's turning the big 5-5 this year, so I want to give her something special. She has always said that she and my mamaw loved goldfinches, and her favorite colors are bright lemongrass greens and turquoise, so I think these fabrics by Heather Bailey and Alexander Henry will look great I need to decide on the quilt pattern!!

Here are some interesting sites for deciding quilt patterns and other sewing fun...

Amy Butler Design

Heather Bailey's Blog

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ordered Chaos

It's been a fun weekend at our house. Other than my littlest buddy having an ear infection and coming down with a nasty cold myself, I've felt really productive! There are several projects in the are a few that I'm working on right now...

Here is my FIRST QUILT! Woot woot! My best North Carolina Buddy was having some trouble finding the "right" bedding for her newest little "Brady"...I thought, "I can do that!" Sure! And it turned out that quilting is so much easier than I thought...especially with lots of advice from my friend, Jen, some inspirational "eye candy" from some etsy professionals, and a few good 'ol YouTube video tutorials! I'm not quite finished hand quilting within the squares and attaching the binding, but it's really coming along!

With a really GREAT tutorial from a blogger and quilter whom I admire, I was able to make this nifty camera strap more neck burn from Nikon's "sharp" my Nikon D80 looks totally cuter... (except when my husband is using the camera...) Go to here if you'd like to make one too! (Thanks, cluckclucksew!)

I leave you with a picture of my littlest "creative buddy"....

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and all your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3