Saturday, November 30, 2013

Small Business Saturday!

Happy Saturday! :) For a discount on anything in my shop for Small Business Saturday, use coupon code SBSATURDAY15 through today, November 30th. Stay posted for a Cyber Monday coupon code! Have a great weekend!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday!

Just thought I'd send a quick post to let you know that I'm offering 10% off anything in my Etsy shop through the end of Black Friday, November 29th! :) Please use coupon code BLACKFRI10 when you order. I will be offering similar deals on Small Business Saturday, and also Cyber Monday, so stay posted! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and have a wonderful weekend, and if you do choose to brave the stores, be safe! 


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I finished this quilt several days ago... I was waiting for some sun to come out, so I could get some decent pictures of it. We had rain from Thursday through Saturday... unheard of in AZ! But very welcome! It definitely feels more like fall now! :)

So, I made somewhat of a Spiderweb Quilt, using a jellyroll of Saltbox Harvest by Deb Strain. I've had it in my stash for awhile. I had seen a tutorial on making these cute hexagon shapes using jellyroll strips, and an equilateral triangle template. I did it a little bit different, using only three strips instead of four, but it turned out similar. 

I've been wanting a fall quilt since I started quilting. I love the fall colors, but sadly, they never seem to last very long in the stores, or anywhere you go during the season. Every year, I get frustrated to see the Christmas stuff come out before Halloween is over, and absolutely no Thanksgiving or fall decorations after Halloween. I am glad to have my house looking like fall, at least until the beginning of December. 

I tried something new for the quilting, and I also learned something too. I probably should've used a walking foot. But, I struggled through, using my free-motion spring-action foot until it decided to break. :( Then I switched to another free-motion foot, which actually worked a little better. I tried making some sloppy hexagonal spiderwebs along the strips. They turned out okay, but overall, I'm a little disappointed. I envisioned something prettier. Luckily, I won't be putting this in the shop, and I can enjoy these colors--as well as the mistakes I made--in the comfort of my own home. :)

Here's a closer view of my imperfect quilting on the back. I used a gold thread, and kept the back simple with a nice chocolate brown. The quilt is smaller than I thought it would be, but it makes a nice lap quilt or throw quilt for the couch. 

It looks great in my brown, fall home, and will be used while the boys are watching football on Thursday! :)

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

More Quilts, and other projects

I finished another quilt yesterday, and I've also been working on some other little projects. 
Getting ready for Thanksgiving! :) Are you?

I made this quilt using 2 charm packs in white, and 1 layer cake in Quilt Blocks by Ellen Luckett Baker for Moda Fabrics. The blocks were pretty easy to put together, and actually, I've had the quilt top done for awhile. But, I had to move my sewing table dining room table for my son's birthday party, so I had to take a short break from sewing. Anyways, I just took two 5" squares, lined them up on opposite corners of a 10" square, and sewed in diagonals, as if I were making half-square-triangles, but in this case, it made elongated hexagons, as my son pointed out. It's so funny. I hadn't even noticed that they were hexagons, but he looked at them, immediately said, "Mama, aren't those hexagons?" "Why, yes. Yes, they are hexagons!" He knows hexagons are my fave. I love that kid! :)

I love the colors in this collection....  I think I say that about almost every quilt I make. It is all about the colors, isn't it? ;) I also love this fabric, because they look like pretty little quilt blocks... flying geese, stars, and flower gardens. So cute! I did my usual all-over meandering stipple. I must be afraid to try new quilting designs or something. :/  I used the Spectrum Flower Garden print for the back, and I had some pretty blue fabric in my stash for the binding. I think it's Kona Cotton in Blueberry, but I can't remember. I was running short on the blue binding, so I finished it off in a lime green Circles by Riley Blake. I think it looks kinda neat with a little pop of color on the binding. The quilt is a nice size. Approximately 54" x 63". Great for a toddler bed, twin bed, or a large throw for the sofa. This quilt will be up in my Etsy shop soon. 

I've also been working on some other things. We will be getting our family pictures done this weekend, and I made a little dress for my daughter. I used some of my favorite Anna Maria Horner fabric, and this pattern, which I absolutely love. It is so versatile and pretty easy, especially for someone like me, who prefers making quilts to dresses any day. My son will be wearing AMH too. I ordered a tie for him off of her website. So cute! :)

I will probably be finishing up this quilt today. I'm sewing up the binding right now. Since Fall is my favorite season, I decided I need to have a Fall Quilt. I've had this fabric forever! It was a jelly roll of Saltbox Harvest by Deb Strain, that I finally decided to put to use. I thought a spiderweb quilt for fall would be kinda fun, so I gave it a try. More about it next post. ;)

I've also made some cute little fabric pumpkins using some pretty AMH scraps. They are pretty easy and fun to make. Here is a great tutorial. I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I've gotta have some cute decorations around the house. One of the pumpkins ended up too long, so I made it into a butternut squash... kind of. Lol.

 And what Thanksgiving would be complete without a Lego fall scene. My son put this set decoration together. He sure loves his Legos! :)

Some good news came to me yesterday... someone bought a fat quarter of my fabric on Spoonflower! I feel like a celebrity! I know I'm no Anna Maria, but I feel pretty darn special anyway! ;)

Hope you're having a great week! 


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Party and a Quilt

Sorry I've been away for a while... These last couple of weeks have been busy with lots of family birthday parties... including my son's 6th birthday! He decided on a Lego themed party. There are SO many ideas on Pinterest. Here are a couple of my favorite things that I made on my own.

I recycled some saved up Kiwi Crate boxes and made them into Lego brick party favor boxes. I had a couple of small shoe boxes that I recycled as well. By the way, my son and I love Kiwi Crate! He looks forward to all their fun projects every month! :)

I made a Lego brick bunting using primary colored cardstock, a circle punch, and 3-D foam stickers to make the studs. 

I also made a few large Lego bricks using some cardboard boxes and wrapping paper, as well as a Lego Minifigure photo prop. We also had many Lego activites, such as drawing minifigures, building the tallest tower, building and racing cars, making Lego bracelets, guess how many Lego candies, and a Lego pinata. Of course, we also had Lego cake. :) My son had a great time! 

Now back to quilting... ;) I finished this quilt today. A simple patchwork baby quilt using 2 charm packs of Posy by Aneela Hoey. I love the colors and the cute little pictures in this fabric collection! 

I did my usual meandering stipple all over for the machine quilting. 

I kept the back simple and used Kona Cotton in pink. I also used up the last 4 charm squares to make a little hexagon patchwork applique design, which I hand-sewed on the back of the quilt. 

I decided on a purple gingham for the binding. I love gingham! The quilt measures approximately 35" by 45". A good crib sized baby quilt! By the way, this one is up for sale in my shop as well. :)

Up next, Thanksgiving! My favorite!

What are you working on this week?