Wednesday, September 26, 2012

my mini quilt and some blocks

i shared about our mini quilt swap last week, and i wanted to show you what i received from furbette!  isn't it awesome?!  i hung it right above my ironing station.  i love it.  the colors, FMF, the dotty binding, it's just perfect.

then last saturday i took a class through the KCMQG on free motion quilting.  it was taught by tia curtis, who is a fabulous teacher & quilter!  she's funny, interesting, and really knows her stuff. and she had some amazing quilts to share.  wish i'd taken some pics, sorry!

first she walked us through different designs, and then we practiced on a small FQ sandwich that will eventually become a box bag.  i say eventually because i want to take out some of my practice stitches and redo them. 

i still suck at FMQ but i can tell i will get better with some practice.  at least i'm not scared of it anymore.  i do tend to freak out and then my stitches get jerky.  also, i didn't seem to be able to stick with any one design at a time.  ah well.  practice makes perfect!

but now, back to regular stitching.  i have blocks to finish for bee vintage, but i did get my blocks for inspire done.  japanese x + y blocks:

 those are fun scrap buster blocks.  which is something we can all use, right?! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

craft book month

Craft Book Month at Craft Buds

september is craft book month over at craft buds, and i decided to enter my wee woodlands quilt in their contest.  i made this quilt using a pattern from the book jelly roll quilts by pam and nicky lintott:

the sparkling gemstones pattern uses jelly roll strips and smaller strips of fabric.  i cut my background pieces from kona yardage, and i really like how the fall colors glow against the deep brown.  but i also like the one in the book with white sashing!

i backed it with leftover blocks and wee woodlands yardage, and then used a dotty print for the binding. 

sandy miller in ottawa, ks did the longarm stippling for me, and she did a wonderful job!  this project took me awhile - i finished the piecing last november.  got it quilted this summer. and finally finished the binding.  honestly, if not for this contest, it wouldn't be done - so thanks to craft buds for the kick in the pants!

the fabrics are moda wee woodlands, really fun prints with animals, trees, and flowers.  some of the fabrics are still available if you look online.  and i think i saw some at sarah's fabrics in lawrence ks.

there are several other projects in the book i'd like to make, and i do happen to have a moda coquette jelly roll hanging about...

you can enter your own book inspired project now through september 30th at craft buds. go read the rules and add your link! they have some fabulous prizes up for grabs!

Friday, September 21, 2012

inspire swap

last month, our do. good stitches inspire group had a mini quilt swap.  as usual i was behind on mailing it - so sorry sarah!  hope you will love it all!

i used jeni's triangular log cabin and some moda v & co. simply color fabrics, then paired it with kona gray.  added orange dotty binding, i love how it came out! 

i made a matching mini pinny and a little fabric bowl using a spoonful of sugar's tutorial!  then i tucked in a few more goodies.

the bowl has some DS fabric paired with one of the simply color prints. 

it's reversible. i'm thinking these bowls will be fun teacher gifts for christmas, maybe filled with candy?  i traced a round tin i had in my sewing area, but you could make them any size you wanted.  they are a little fiddly to make but are a good way to use up scrap fabric!  i found that the easiest way to finish the binding was a whip stitch.  i *think* you could use perle cotton, and maybe a blanket stitch?  i'm sure i'll make this again, in different sizes.

anyways - fun swap, can't wait to get my own package in the mail!  i love our do. good stitches circle.  lots of talented peeps in our group.  speaking of, be sure to visit our group leader holly's blog bijou lovely, she's giving away an ebook of skip the borders! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

deep breath

i'm going to share something with you.  something scary.  don't be afraid though, because these are the before pictures. 

this, my friends, was my laundry room.  where i spend giant chunks of my day.  oh, it's serviceable and all, it gets the job done, but really, who wants to walk in there?  oh wait, you can't walk in there.  you can squeeze sideways, and even partially open the dryer door.

that's just embarrassing.

and the open shelving isn't much to look at either.  after all, i don't live in a magazine.  and i'm short, so i don't like to keep anything i need often on the upper shelves.  i've tried to buy matching baskets and such, but in the end, it's just not fun to look at.  that's why there's a pocket door to hide the entire room.  the shelves are staying for now though, so if you have any fun ideas of how to spruce up the view, i'd love to hear them!   i'm thinking new shelf brackets for sure...

it's long overdue for a facelift.  paint, tiles, trim.  there won't be anything too drastic happening, like brand new front loaders or anything fun like that.  yet.  but there is this:

the big blue water tank from the first pic has been removed!  and i'm hoping we can do something about that red water line.  surely there's a tidier way to do that?  i've got to lay the floor tiles.  and troy built me a brook laundry dresser, and i love it!  you can see it in the first pic, it holds 4 laundry baskets and is a huge space saver in there.  he's going to make me another one.  yay for husbands!

so anyways, there's a glimpse into my laundry pile.  i'm trying to pick a color for the walls.  i'm leaning towards pale blue.  something to make it feel larger, that goes with red water lines...  meanwhile, i'll be dreaming over the laundry rooms on my pinterest board.  thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

hello fall!

pumpkins are in the stores, sunflowers are blooming on the roadside, i changed my scentsy to sticky cinnamon bun, and i decided to bake up some raisin bread too!

 using a "secret" ingredient:

have you ever seen these?  they come in watermelon flavor too, my kids love them!  they were a hit at preschool snack time too.  they taste like sour patch candy!  i wanted to try baking with them.   they are a great substitute to raisins ori want to try using them in muffins too.   maybe with some craisins? 

anyways, here's the recipe.  it's really more of a cake than a bread.  let me know if you try them out, or if you have a go to recipe for quick bread.

Orange Raisin Bread, makes 2 loaves

1 stick butter, melted
1 1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar (plus 1 Tbsp. to sprinkle on top)
4 eggs
2 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
4 c. flour
4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 boxes raisels, or 2 c. raisins (or other dried frgh;hhg;gh hg;gh;h;h;h;h;h ;nhn OJpoin
mix butter, sugar, and add eggs one at a time until well blended.  mix in milk and vanilla.
in a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.  stir in raisins.  add dry ingredients to mixer bowl and stir just to combine.  pour into two greased loaf pans, sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake at 350* for about 40-45 minutes.  It may take longer, depending on your oven.

one note about the raisels -  they are super sticky, so they clump together.  i worked them apart with my fingers when i tossed them with the flour.  that way they are evenly distributed through the batter. 

how do you celebrate fall?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


i have a to-do list a mile long, and i'm wondering how to clone myself so i can get caught up!  at least the kids are all healthy (knock on wood) and zach was the only one to come down with the chicken pox.  i was so anxious that the other three would get it!

as a result, i am a little behind in shipping out things.  so if you're expecting a package from me, i ask for your patience.  i am watching an extra toddler through tomorrow, but i'm planning a post office trip on thursday.

meanwhile, i've finished a few bee blocks.  here's my inspire blocks for september (i have one more waiting to be stitched)

i still need to finish my bee vintage blocks for september too.

i made a mini quilt for a flickr swap:

and i will post more about it once she's received it.

and i joined another bee - i know, i know - but this one is with friends from kcmqg and so it's another incentive for me to get off my butt and drive to meetings :)  first up was nikki and she wanted monochromatic quarter log cabin blocks.  she gave me an envelope with grey fabrics, including some FMF, and i am auditioning fabrics to go with them.  i think it will be a fun quilt when she's all done!

stash report

last week was my LQS's 5 yr. anniversary, and of course i had to stop in!

i was "officially" there to ask for donations for our school carnival's raffle. 

not to shop. 

just in case my husband is reading this. 

but i arrive only to find that she had bought some moda bolts from another ks fabric store that closed shop.  how am i supposed to resist sunkissed prints? 

and happy campers floral?  (the red is a random print i liked)

it's especially hard to resist when they have all these fat quarters cut and lined up, ready to grab.

planning a baby girl quilt

fun riley blake fabrics

i do have plans for most of these fat quarters.  i'm taking a free motion quilting class later this month, and we're making quilted box bags.  and the girly prints will become a baby quilt for my niece who's on the way!  my brother says no to pink, but i think those fabrics are girly without being bubblegum sweet.  i'm still auditioning, though.

i also bought some "recipe for friendship" fabric to back a table runner i started in 2009?!  maybe i could finally post part two of that, lol!

what's new in your stash?  i'm dying for some chicopee, and madrona road.  it's so hard to be good!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

play ball!

we spent the weekend at our annual softball tournament.  this year was the 25th year of the tournament, which is bittersweet - because it's a memorial tournament for my husband's father, who passed away when troy was a kid.  it's truly a family event, with cousins playing ball against cousins, and lots of kids running around.  it's sponsored by the knights of columbus, and we look forward to it all year.

last year i got the idea that we should make a t-shirt quilt to give to their mom, and everyone else thought it would be great.  so everyone dug through their closets and we were able to come up with each year's shirts.  it was harder than i thought it would be, 22 years is a long time to keep a shirt!  the first 3 years they didn't make shirts, so my sis-in-law, jessi, who owns j graphics, made a shirt for that.  and then we used the back of one of the shirts for a block for all of us to sign.

she seemed really happy with it, and we hung it up for everyone to see during the tournament.  one of jessi's friend's mom made the entire quilt for us (i didn't want to take on such a large and important project) and she did a fantastic job.  i love the striped sashing.  the back is a solid gray.

jessi, jade, amy, wendy, troy
we had a great time, as always.  lots of laughter, trash talk, BBQ, and beer drinking fun.  can't wait til next year!  by then, maybe i won't be so sore...

Friday, September 7, 2012

quiltcon blocks!

today my QuiltCon challenge block is one of many being featured over at the Modern Quilt Guild!  mine fell in the category of traditional motifs.  be sure to check out the previous posts too, there are some amazing blocks!  i can't begin to imagine the quilt she's going to make with all the cool blocks she has to choose from!

if you don't know what i'm talking about, there's a great description at their website.  20 blocks will be chosen to go into a raffle quilt, and the remaining will be made into quilts for 46 beds at the austin children's shelter.  won't that be so great?!

i thought i'd share with you the easy instructions for making this block.

i used this method for making the flying geese, and i really like it.  simple, easy, and fast.

so, start with one 7.5" square and four 4" squares .  i used two colors for my 4 inch squares.

lay two of the same color blocks out in opposite corners.  draw a line, corner to corner.  stitch on both sides of the line.

cut in half along drawn line, and press.  now you have 2 little heart shapes!

lay another 4 inch square in the remaining corners.  same thing - draw a line, stitch along both sides, cut, press.  tada!  four flying geese!

trim them up, stitch them together, and add some white to both sides.  for this block i used 2 1/2" strips, but you can make this block whatever size you want by changing those widths.  you can also add another strip to the top and bottom, like in the blocks i made for do. good stitches.

i keep imagining this repeated in a quilt, but i can't decide which colors i'd like the best! 

august block for do. good stitches - inspire

or which direction i'd have them go.

august block for do. good stitches - inspire
what would you do?!  if you make this, i'd love to see it!  drop me an email or add it to my flickr pool!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

charming travelers

lookie what i found in my mailbox yesterday!

these came from my friend sara's blog, growing stitches, and now i'm the next stop of from blank pages charming travelers swap!  diane's having two great giveaways over there, both ending 9/5, so hurry over to enter!

so, what is a traveling charm swap?

basically, i will mail whomever wins a package containing 56 5" charm squares.  then you choose which charms to keep, and replace them with yummy squares from your own stash.  nothing ugly or low quality either - let's share the really good stuff!  then, host your own giveaway on your blog, mailing them on to the next winner!  we even can track where they've been on the map over at from blank pages.

here's what i was choosing from:

and here's a little peek at a couple i'm putting back in:

want to win?  here's a quick recap of the rules:
  • winners must be active bloggers
  • you must reside in the US or Canada - and you must be willing to ship to either country to enter.
  • before sending the charm pack off to the next winner, there must be 56 - 5" x 5" squares of fabric inside - please no yucky fabrics
  • to help keep the map updated, winners will fill out the quick and easy form to let me know where you are!
  • if the charm pack arrives full of unwanted charms, let me know and we'll clear it out and fill it back up with some more beautiful fabrics!
remember - don't put in what you wouldn't take out, and let's have fun with this!

leave me a comment to enter - let's see, maybe tell me if you traveled somewhere fantastic this summer.  we had a staycation kind of summer, so i'd love to hear about some great vacation spots! and since our son woke up with chicken pox this morning (yes, he's been vaccinated!) it looks like we'll be staying close to home this holiday weekend as well.

i'll draw a winner on monday september 10th.  thanks for reading!!

NOW CLOSED.  winner is lethargic lass and i've sent her an email!


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