I Heart My Girls

I needed a small break from all of the Hope Valley blocks I’ve been making.  However, finding time to sew and quilt is escaping me more and more.  I haven’t talked about it here, but I spend most days working here. I know!  How lucky am I!?  Gone is my life of large blocks of time for fabric play, but also less time with these two monkeys -

So, when I do find myself with a bit of time ( at 10 o’clock p.m. or so…) I make these two soft things for their red, pink and aqua room.  Lately, pillows and pillowcases.  Pictured above are pillows that will eventually match a quilt that will be made thanks to my girls over at the snip.sew.send quilting bee.  I’ve been hoarding saving up all sorts of girly fabrics such as the ones pictured above, namely some great Japanese fabrics like the kerchief girl, Kei polka dots and the one on the right, a sweet print from Megumi Sakakibara. These fabrics are mixed in with a few Nicey Jane prints from Heather Bailey and some Kona cotton solids.

I am loving the giant ric rac lately and used it here to edge the pillows.  Pay no attention to the unmade bed!

Also adorning the girls’ room and adding to the overall scheme of things is this little gem -

Isn’t it a beauty?  I was the lucky recipient of this curvalicious mini quilt from Sam who got my name for the fabulous DQS8 flickr swap.  She had taken inspiration from Jean Wells and learned curved piecing.  It translates beautifully here and I am so excited to add it to the girls’ room.  Thank you Sam!  We love it!

And lastly, I found this sheet of wrapping paper at our local bookshop.  I squealed quietly to myself while I snapped it up and brought it home.  I found a spare Ikea frame hanging around and in no time I had yet one more bit of red, pink and aqua…and it even looks like Japanese fabric.

And if that weren’t enough, I was inspired by the ever-creative and prolific Ashley from Film in the Fridge and her Pretty Quick Pillowcase Tutorial.  I wanted to make pillowcases for the girls out of some Heather Ross cottons because they are sooo incredibly soft.  With this tutorial, I had these made from cutting to on their bed in about an hour.

For a quilter, to have something made from start to finish in one sitting is incredibly satisfying.  I absolutely loved making all of these pillows and I’m planning more in the future.

Coincidence? Or, Divine Intervention…

So, it all started out innocently enough.  I was excited!   I made  the big executive decision to merge the girls’ things into one room.  Here’s why: they sleep together anyway and they hardly use the other as a playroom. 

I wickedly and swiftly had my own sewing room.  I cannot show you pictures yet because it is still quite messy and I wouldn’t want to confuse you all with imperfection.  (HA!)  So, after the machine had been moved in, and I figured out storage, and the like, it came time to decorate a bit.  I’d had this cheater print from Denyse Schmidt for awhile and didn’t have any grand plans for it and so this is what has become of it. I cut three squares and stretched them over a canvas frame from the art supply store.  I love them.











So, I had a fair amount left over. I thought that the nice home dec weight of the canvas, and those lovely, wacky squares would turn into a nice bag or tote. So, I started to make one and here’s what we have so far….


I’m pretty excited about making a bag out of this.  I’m using Peltex fusible stabilizer so it will be extra boxy and have firm sides, which I like.  And, what’s the big deal about making a bag out of this?  Well, it’s not.  Except, a few mornings later, I opened up my Denyse Schmidt newsletter email to find this.

Hmmm.  Interesting.  County Fair fabrics are in the air I suppose.  Well, they were.  Literally. 










Fastforward a few days and what comes in the mail for me?  My DQS7 quilt from my partner.  It was her first step into the quilting world and I think she made a great, sweet quilt.  Uh…notice a theme here?











And not only did she make this, but she sent leftover stash…












So there you have it.  Do things really happen in threes?  I say yes.

WIP Wednesday

Flea Market Fancy – A Decision Has Been Made!

After looking at many different squares, blocks, triangles, hexagons (half or otherwise) snowballs and the like, I started cutting into the blue flea market fancy.

Much has been written and blogged over this colorway of this particular line of fabric by me and many others.  I’ve traded and swapped for it and even called little shops all over the country in search of it.  Basically, it’s called hoarding.  This past week, I swapped for another half yard, plus a fat quarter of the creme de la creme blue bouquet and I said to myself that the time had come.  I want to enjoy the prints, not have them on my fabric shelf, as pretty as they are sitting there.  So, without any further ado…here it is. 

IMG_FMFquilt10001The blocks are 6″ and there are only four fabrics that I’ve settled on.  The other three are kona cotton in bleached white, the pinky-red coordinating barbells, and Amy Butler’s full moon dots. 

It’s all about the fabric….

A Wee Project










 This was a quick and sweet project for my swap partner who shall remain nameless until she receives it in the mail.   I wanted to make a graphic quilt that used bold color.  I have triangles on my mind lately and what better use of quarter sqare triangles than for a tiny quilt like this?  It measres 13×18 and I’m very happy to send this out in the mail all wrapped up in a hand-embellished tea towel.  Every tea towel should have pom poms.  Riight??












If you’re interested in joining in on all the fun, there’s a doll quilt swap group at flickr.  Next round will most likely be after the holidays, but why not join now and see all the lovely quilts being shipped and swapped all over the world!?







May Giveaway Day! Sew Mama Sew!!


Comments are now closed.  The winner of the fat quarters and the book is #359 (picked by the random integer generator) So, Kelly Jo of knit. Frog. Repeat – you are the winner!

It’s pracitally a holiday.  Hundreds of blogs are participating in the fabulous Sew Mama Sew givewaway day and I’m in on the action too.  Up for grabs are three fat quarters from one of my favorite new lines, Wonderland as well as the lovely book Stitched In Time by Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy


The giveaway is open until the 31st, lots of time to enter.  It couldn’t be easier….leave me a comment and I’ll draw a winner at random.  Don’t rush off to enter somewhere else though. – tell me what you’re working on, what fabric you just bought or your favorite quilt pattern.  Something.  A friendly hello will do too ;-)  Good luck to everyone, and if this is your first visit here…welcome.

A Wee Quilt


Oh, I couldn’t really resist the chance to join in, it’s such a fun group of talented crafters.  So…I joined.  I’m in a swap!  Lookie over there on the right at the DQS6 button.  It’s the 6th round of a doll quilt swap. 

After looking at my swap partner’s blog, and reading about what fabrics she loves, I dove into my ‘Darla’ stash and started in on my favorite part.  I quickly made a pillow out of ticking and then quickly followed with a pillowcase.   While I was making these little lovlies, I was thinking about what design I should make for the doll quilt.  I kept thinking of triangles.  I hadn’t attempted triangles until now and I knew this was just the project to do them.  Then, I remembered a recent purchase from my LQS, bought on impulse because someone in line in front of me was going on and on about them and how they make triangles so accurately, quickly and easily.   Sign me up!  They’re called ‘Thangles’.  Strips of printed half square triangles let you make 20 or so squares in about 10 minutes.  So, as I was doing my second round of Thangles squares, I thought I’d make a little tutorial for you, even though they are incredibly easy. 

Take two strips of fabric and put right sides together.  There are many sizes of widths of Thangles, the one I have is for 2 1/2 inch strips.  (Perfect for Jelly Rolls by the way…)


Then, sew along the dotted lines, on either side of the solid line, two per square.


Using your everyday crafting scissors (and not your best sewing shears since you are cutting through paper) cut on the solid line.


One side will already be without a dog ear, trim the other side so that it looks the same.img_doll50001

Next, tear away the paper.


Open up and there you have it! 


They are just as the woman told me – quick and accurate.  Now…go rock your own Thangles.