Miss Leona’s Very Happy Chair & A Very HappyFabric Giveaway Too…

I want to introduce you all to my incredibly talented friend Leona.  When we lived in southern California, Leona and her lovely family lived next door to us.  Our driveways were smack dab next to each other and so we were often outside together talking about our gardens, babies, what house project was coming up next, and how to cope with the heat.  Leona and her husband Tom were the kind of next door neighbors you always hope for.  We moved back to my hometown of Santa Cruz almost 5 years ago and miss them all terribly but we keep up with pictures, facebook and now Leona and I are bonding over one more thing.  FABRIC.

Leona has illustrated books and educational materials, paints murals among other things.  She blogs here at The Very Happy Chair about her creative life.  She restores and breathes life into chairs and furniture.  She has a beautiful eye for color and detail.   The other day, she posted this darling illustration of owls on facebook.  I just about jumped up and squealed.  We started madly emailing about designing a collection of fabric around these sweet owls.  She got right on that and has a few prints available now through spoonflower.

So, because I want everyone to love her fabric – I’m hosting a giveaway!  Leave a comment here saying what you like about the fabric and you’ll be entered to win a fat quarter of one of her fabrics of your choice!  And to sweeten the deal, if you blog about my giveaway, you’ll be entered to win twice.   You can enter until the end of Friday the 27th.  Whatcha waitin’ for?

Thea’s Puzzle – A Quilt & Pillow for Deborah


I have been horribly absent from blogging.  All of you who work outside the home, keep the home fires burning, sew, craft AND keep your blogs current – my hat’s off to you.  I have been quite busy sewing however.  Pictured here is a gift that’s been a long time in the making.  Let’s talk about  color.

Almost a year ago, my very dear friend Deborah requested that I make her a lap quilt, for her bedroom.  Looking through her room, I noticed a hydrangea print and a gray bedspread.  Purple was going to play a big role in the quilt.  I’m really not a purple person and figuring out the design was going to be a challenge for me.  I first started with squares – my favorite.  It didn’t seem organic enough.  I started again with some free-form piecing.  It seemed really wrong.

Third time’s the charm right?  I came upon this great pattern on Amy Butler’s website.  It’s a free pattern to download and I think the only time I’ve ever followed a pattern without changing it.  I am really happy how it worked up and I enjoyed all the different colors of lavender and dusty shades of lilac.  I only used 2 prints and the rest were my favorite solids, kona cotton.  Then some minimal zig zag quilting and a gray binding and I was finally able to give it to her.  I also made this little pillow…

Tied up with a vintage button – I finished the gift in just under a year after she asked for it.  ACK!  That’s not exactly fast, but better late than never, right???