Tuesday, November 29, 2011

shop news!

Lots has been going on in my busy little household, and lots of new fabrics has arrived lately so I thought I'd show you a few of my favorites. :) I've been anticipating the arrival of Pam Kitty Morning and it finally came last week!! I just got the bundles listed in my shop today!!

A red, blue, pink and white bundle!! They are even prettier in person!

Yummy strawberries!! They make me miss summer time and going strawberry picking!

Just in time for Christmas I've added the Christmas Red Riding Hood fabric from Ariel!! Isn't it the cutest!! :)

Also, cute little Polly Pinwheels is a new addition!

I was able to get my hands on the out of print and oh so retro 12 Joys of Christmas fabrics, and just in time for Christmas too!!

With my love of vintagey goodness I've started to add vintage sheet fat quarters to the shop! They have such beautiful vibrant colors and the softness is pure bliss!

Another collection that just arrived last week is Lauren & Jessie Jung's Flora! The prints are absolutely beautiful and the colors of aqua, tangerine, and yellow are so lovely together!!

I could stare at all that eye candy all day!! :) Have I ever mentioned how much I really LOVE fabric!!

Hope you are having a lovely week!!

PS. If you are looking for any bargain fabrics make sure to check out the clearance/sale section in my shop as I've added quite a few new fabrics like all the Little Apples!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy thanksgiving

(picture from my pinterest)

We are enjoying this lovely Thanksgiving with family! It is also my hubby's b-day so lots of fun going on here. :) Here are a couple things I've been up to this week for Thanksgiving.

Some cute little cupcake Teepee's!!

Our Thanksgiving mantle, with the fall subway art!

A new pom pom banner with a cute little sketchy stitchy applique turkey. Inspired by my sweet friend Amy!

Hope you are having a fabulous day too!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

a start

This week-end I was able to start on my project for the Savvy Seasons swap. I've got the top pretty much done for either a pillow or maybe a mini quilt. I may add a little more if I do a mini quilt, but still trying to decide which direction to go. What do you think, a pillow, a mini, or another suggestion??

I really love this cute little twist on the pinwheel!! It is so scrappy and fun!! My partner asked for something that could be out through all winter so there are no real Christmas fabrics, just some fun snowflakes and then some pretty Ruby, polka dots and stripes. Can you tell, my partner also likes red and aqua!?!

I am working on another project for my sweet partner but I know if I show then it will be quite a giveaway to my partner that it is for her. So I'll be waiting to show you what else I'm working on, but I have to say...it is cute!! :)

Also, have you noticed I'm getting farther behind on my FMQA blocks!! I was doing so well with keeping up this summer, but fall has certainly made me "fall" behind!! Yikes!! I'm thinking definitely of doing a lap size now, so hopefully with a few more I'll be good to start putting it together soon. Here is my most recent block~

{53} Jackknife

I hope everyone is having a marvelous Monday!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

sew to swap...blog hop!

Today I get to share with you another exciting book I was able to contribute to!! The fun thing about this book is it is all about swaps!! With running quite a few swaps on flickr this book has a special meaning to me, as I really love swaps!!! Being able to get to know other crafters that have the same passion as I do, is one of the best parts. I also love that I get to make something that is most of the time a little out of my comfort zone, and probably wouldn't have made it if it wasn't for the swap. It is always fun to me, the stalking, the creating, and then the sending and waiting to see what their response will be. And then in return, being so excited to receive that special item in the mail that was created just for me!!

The book...Sew to Swap was written by Crissie Grace, illustrated by my dear friend Ariel Eldridge and published by F+W Media. The book was fabulously written and has all the information on how to make a quilt from start to finish...so would be wonderful for even the beginner quilter!

A pretty stack of quilts that are in the book!!

Here are some lovely pictures of some of the different collaborative swaps that are in the book!!

From the Super Small Swap section, the Hexie Table Runner. These three grandmother flower gardens are from Heather, Tasha and I. This one I put together and quilted, and it is on the cover!! Yippe!! :)

Also, from the Super Small Swap Section, the Selvedge to Selvedge String Pillow
Made by Chrissie

The Curvy Block Swap is from the Marvelous Medium Swap Section! Lovely blocks all with curves. I love how this one turned out, so modern and vibrant with the Tufted Tweets!! My block in this one is a dresden plate. :)

The Invisible 9 Patch Swap is in the Gorgeous Gigantic Swap section!! I really do love 9 patches, and the colors of yellow and grey are sure pretty!! This one Tasha and I quilted!! It was fun to work together on quilting this one!!

The Wonky Siggy Swap...wonky stars and all the contributors signatures!! I love how this one takes the modern wonky star, but then adds an old tradition of doing a signature quilt. Also you gotta love the colors, red, aqua, and pink!! :) In this quilt each one of the contributors did one block.

I really wanted to also include one of Ariels illustrations!! She did such a fantastic job!! She is so talented, and I have to say that I am so lucky that she designs for my shop!!

Aren't those some spectacular quilts, and that is just a small portion of them!! F+W Media is offering to any of our blog readers a special discount during the blog tour if you'd like to purchase the book. Just use promo code SEW2SWAP.

Also, here is the schedule for the blog tour, if you'd like to follow along~

November 7 Lovely Little Handmades

November 8 Stitches & Scissors

November 9 Cluck Cluck Sew

November 10 My Three Sons

November 11 Twin Fibers

November 12 Stitchy Quilt Stuff

November 13 The Creative Juices of Ariel

November 14 Texas Freckles

November 15 Quilt Dad

November 16 Artsy-Craftsy Babe

November 17 Little Miss Shabby

November 18 A Cuppa and a Catch Up

November 19 A Quilt is Nice

November 20 A Little Sweetness

November 21 House of A La Mode

November 22 I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts

November 23 Little Bit Funky

November 27 In His Grace

Thursday, November 3, 2011

pretty in patchwork~ doll quilts

I was meaning to tell you about this last week but with everything halloweenie, the days just flew by too fast!! Months ago I was asked to be in the book Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts by Cathy Gaubert by Lark Crafts, and I was sooo excited!! As most know, I absolutely LOVE doll quilts!! I think they had a lot to do with getting me hooked so quickly on quilting years ago!! They are the best project to do when you want to work on a new technique, or just have a fun little project that you can do in a day or two!! So to say the least, I was truly hopping with happiness when Cathy ask me to join in on her book!!

My doll quilt, Little Red Riding Hood!! You know how I just love Little Red!

Here it is in the book!! Eek!! It still seems surreal!

I love the cute picture they took of my quilt in a little doll cradle!! It just couldn't be cuter!!

The embroidery of Little Red I did that is also included in the book!! She was inspired by the cute Little Red in the Japanese fabric I used in the dresden plate.

Here are some of the lovely quilts that are also in the book!! I want to make each and every one!!

I Spy by my dear friend Heather Bostic!!
Picture is from the book

Dream Doll Quilt by the super talented Aneela Hoey
Picture is from the book

Ticker Tape Quilt by Cathy Gaubert
Picture from Cathy

Cupcake Quilt by Malka Dubrawsky
Picture from Malka

The Diamond Lattice Quilt
Picture from Penny

Jacob's Ladder by Rita Hodge, Red Pepper Quilts
Picture by Rita

Aren't those all simply fabulous!?! And that was really just a small portion of all the lovely quilts!! As there are "24 little quilts to piece, stitch, and love"!!

I also must tell you that if you also love doll quilts like I do, Sew, Mama, Sew! is hosting a doll quilt contest for Cathy's new book!! You must go check it out!! I don't know if I'll be able to resist a doll quilt contest!!

Thanks so much, Cathy for having me be part of this wonderful book!! It was such a delight!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


This last week has been all about Halloween in our house!! Making some cute decorations, carving pumpkins, making halloween sugar cookies and decorating them, and making caramel apples!! It has been a fun week, but I'm glad we are moving onto Thanksgiving and then Christmas!! :)

I saw this cute idea on pinterest!! My kiddos loved helping me make it!!

Paper strip pumpkins!! My friend made me these, and here is an easy peasy tutorial on how to make them!!

My sweet kiddos all dressed up in their Halloween costumes!

My little guys as star wars caracters, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Yoda, and an Ewok! I think they look so cute!!

A Medieval princess, so pretty!!

and you have to have a witch, with a cat!! :)

A cute Halloween subway art print that Tasha printed for me (thanks!!), and a fun pom pom banner I made with Riley Blakes, Doodlebug Designs, Trick or Treat fabric!

oh so, scary pumpkins!

I hope you also had a spooktacular week like we did! See you in couple days, as I have something to show you!! :)