19 September 2014

Friday Finish: Doll for my baby girl

And to complete her birthday list, here's a new dolly for my baby girl's birthday in October. Okay, more than one!

I used this pattern from Bit Of Whimsy. I've made a few before, and she needed a couple of little friends.


And she has dresses too. Nothing complicated. Just the dress pattern that comes with the doll. I actually think these longer dresses are considered nightgowns, but we like them as dresses.


Crossing this off the 3QFAL list.

15 September 2014

Color Monday: Episode Vintage

Since I skipped a week, I thought I'd reintroduce the whole concept here.

Every Monday (or nearly every Monday), I host a link up party with a theme. We've worked our way through the rainbow, and are doing some interpretive themes these days. All you have to do is find a picture that fits the theme, upload it to the Palette Builder over at Play Crafts. Choose your palette (you can move the dots around to switch it up, as well as add more color dots by pressing the green + button), save it, blog it and share it. It's that easy, and so fun. I've got some challenges coming up, and some giveaways too, so play along.

Thank you for your forgiveness on the Frozen takeover last time. I seriously couldn't help myself.

And you did great with Disney!

I love that Kirsten went classic with Dumbo:


And Kate chose one of my all time favorites (with some awesome high school memories associated with this movie - yes, I was in high school when The Lion King came out):


Miss Stacey went with the food at Disneyland, which I loved. I had no idea there were Minnie Mouse candy apples. Or they look like candy apples anyway. Maybe they are cake pops. Either way, they are darling!


Now, for vintage. I like vintage things. I love vintage clothes. I love avocado kitchens (to look at, not live with). And I like the vintage Pyrex. I don't collect it. I'm not cool enough for that. I actually don't collect anything. I'm not one for things that aren't supposed to be used, just looked at.

I digress.

Here's my vintage picture:


I think this would make for a cool Nordic style quilt. Some big star blocks? No? And Kona Meringue is quickly becoming a new favorite. Along with Ice Frappe.

Now, for yours. What will you choose? 30s fabrics? A gorgeous Audrey Hepburn dress?

Have fun! And next week, the theme is France. Anything Frenchy is fair game! Enjoy!

13 September 2014

Pretty mail!

I did pretty well at our county fair this year. My Glamping Weekender took first (I'm not going to wonder if it was the only item in that category or not), and my little sunshine wall hanging took third. I got a bunch o' ribbons in the food categories, so I'm happy.

With my winnings, I bought fabric. Pretty pretty fabric.


My daughter has been after me to make a Spell it with Fabric quilt, so we ordered a Horizon jelly roll to use for it. She likes it because there is absolutely NO PINK. Apple: Tree.

And then I scored a Fancy Layer Cake from the Texas Roadtrip QAL! So so so so excited! I'm going to be making a Lucky quilt with it, and I can't wait to get it cut out.



11 September 2014

Don't Give Up


Feeling a little bit discouraged today. My husband, after all the hours he spent studying, didn't pass the bar. He can take it again, in February, but for now, I'm a little disheartened. Still, I trust God and know that things will be okay.

08 September 2014

Around the World Blog Hop: From Wales to . . . Idaho?

Quite the jump, wouldn't you say? While Idaho does not have the charm and history that Wales does, it has it's own kind of raw beauty. And I love it.



The lovely Jennifer at Glinda Quilts invited me to participate. And you don't say "No!" to Glinda. She has a wand, and she knows how to use it! Here's her post from last week. She is an amazing lady (with or without her wand) who makes "pants bags" and quilts for soldiers and for just about everyone she knows!


It's funny. She called me SuperWoman. I actually think I'm Wonder Woman. I even have a t-shirt. 




See? By the way, one of the FEW pictures of me you will see on this blog. EVER. Cherish it.

1. What am I working on?
What am I not working on? Let's focus on the two big things in my world at the present moment: my first quilt patterns for sale, and Christmas. 

This is my first pattern, called Make It Do, which is currently in test/writing phase. But I finished my flimsy! We'll see how well I write a pattern after my friend Katie is done with hers. (And the blurriness of the photo is intentional - just a teaser shot until the pattern is written and for sale).



I've got four more in the works, so stay tuned. I'll do a big reveal when I get each one done, plus a giveaway associated with it, just to get you started.

If you want to see my goals for the quarter, you can look at my monster of a list over here. But Christmas is priority. Dolls, doll clothes, sleeping bags for the stuffed animals, a Weekender for the mother-in-law, a quilt for my mom. You know. Easy stuff. Or not. Plus, another Weekender for an awesome friend, ANOTHER Weekender for another awesome friend, my first t-shirt quilt, and a tie quilt. Yikes. Buy stock in Dr. Pepper, because this girl is gonna need a lot to get it all done!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Honestly, I have no idea. I think we all see things we like, and make them in a way that suits us best. It's our own little spin, or interpretation.

I majored in Creative Writing, and it always amazed me in poetry classes to hear my classmates interpret my poems. I mean, in ways I didn't intend at all! But that's how quilting is: we buy a pattern, and unless we use the exact same fabric in the exact same way, our quilt is going to turn out differently. And that's how it should be!


And sometimes, it's just "I need to use this fabric in this quilt because I don't want a million little squares left over for some random project down the road." Also known as my Texas Roadtrip Top and Bottom Border Decision.

My other example: I didn't want to waste a panel of fabric from the Simple Life line when I made my quilts for my girls. I also didn't want to figure out mitered borders on my Quite Contrary quilt. I'm not cool like my friend Kate. So I did some corners on my borders:




Again, not brilliant, but it needed doing and I'm happy with the result. I wasn't a huge fan of those strawberries though!


If I'm different at all it's my love of Bella solids instead of Kona. I've never jumped on the low-volume bandwagon. Or grey. Or negative space. Just not my thing. I make pretty things that I like. Whether they are "of the moment" is not worth my time considering. 


I discovered my other difference last week. I haven't made something from a pattern, exactly as written, in, well, forever. I add borders, or blocks. I'm always making them bigger. We like our quilts bigger around here. They make better quilt forts.


3. Why do I create what I do?
I've been sewing for 30 years now. I started in 4-H, making aprons and sweatshirts and skirts. I made my first quilt at 18. It wasn't until my first child was born that I really got bitten by the bug. And then quilting became my therapy. 

I just supported my husband through 8 years of school - undergrad (for both of us!) and law school - and quilting and sewing became my outlet. It helped me make some fabulous friends. It helped me through postpartum depression more than once. 




I mentioned I have five babies, right? And I homeschool? It's actually a fun method of homeschool lessons for us - color, math, business. Writing a pattern takes some English muscle too. So we work together. My daughter has great eye for color (although she inherited my distaste for pink), and my boys just want more R2D2 quilts. And there's a rumbling for Calvin and Hobbes quilts, heaven help me. I'd better be prepared to make 3!

And my hobby keeps us warm all winter long!
4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I'm a busy momma. I homeschool/unschool our five children. This involves lots of strewing. It's also work, for me, but so rewarding. That being said, I do have downtime, so I'm on Instagram and blogs, looking at all the gorgeousness that's out there. I especially love linky parties with pictures. I've been thinking about starting my own!


I'm usually inspired by the fabric first. I see a line I love, I buy some of it. Or a lot of it. Maybe a lot more of it. Then I find a project or two or ten.




Once I've found my projects, I get to work. Sometimes there's math involved, especially now that I'm designing my own quilts. LOTS of math, but I've always loved math, so that's a good thing.

Sewing comes in fits and starts. It's perpetually interrupted, but such is the life of a homeschooling mama and I wouldn't change it for anything. I've also started a sewing group with some ladies at church, so there will be some blocks of uninterrupted sewing time coming up. Just in time to finish those Christmas presents!

And now, I nominate my good friend Kate from Katie Mae Quilts. She is a rock-star quilter with two of the funniest cats I've seen. My kids want to adopt CC. She is also a rebel and will be doing her post next Wednesday, so you have to wait two whole extra days!

06 September 2014

My 10 Quilty Little Secrets

I LOVE this idea. I've been wanting to write a confessional for, like, forever! Amy, at 13 Spools, has shocked the quilting world with her disdain for Aurifil (sister, I hear ya) and wonky log cabins (can I get an AMEN!). Such fun, and I wanted to join in.

Be prepared. I will most likely offend you.

1. I don't like Kona Solids. Let's just get the tomato throwing out of the way now. Don't like the feel of them. Never have. Never will.
2. I never, ever, EVER hand sew a binding. Ever. Machine stitching. I have five kids, who drag my quilts around the backyard and spill things on them and use them for forts. I need some seriously sturdy binding on those babies.
3. My oldest WIP was started in Seattle. I've had another baby since then (who turns 3 next month), moved twice, and put a husband through law school. Yikes!
4. I don't do low volume, negative space, wonky, or improv. So. Not. Me.
5. I don't really get the fuss about pressing instructions. Yeah, I know people like things to nest, but I always screw them up. I forget which way I'm supposed to be pressing which row/column, so I just press everything open and my life is so much simpler.
6. Scrappy. I'm easing into it, but the whole scrap-vomit look will never happen. My OCD brain can't handle it.
7. I have never prewashed. I know, I live on the edge, but I'm not the only one!
8. I have a lot of projects going at once. I love it and I hate it. I want more finished, but there are constraints that I have to live with. It's not going to keep me out of my sewing room.
9. Crapplique (borrowed this term from my friend Cristina) is not for me. Do it if you like, but don't try to convince me otherwise.
10. I am close-minded, because I detest batiks. All of them. Haven't met one I like yet. This makes me a fabric bigot, and I'm not afraid to own it.

So write your own, and link up. these are such fun!

01 September 2014

Color Mondays: Episode Disney

We have stunning favorites!

Stacey's Abandoned Thread - I'm really starting to fall for Kona Lupine, Plum, and Valentine


Katie's Tinkerbell panel - I totally get how frustrating it can be to find coordinating prints for some fabrics. Explaining "Neverland" can be tough! And Kona Tulip? I'm sold!


I totally lied to you. I really did. I'd like to say I'm sorry, but I'm not even a little sorry. I did try to find another Disney picture, and I did (it's down there at the bottom). But Frozen is just IT for me. So I apologize for the Frozoverload today!

If ever there was a doubt that I have a thing for Frozen, this should smash it to bits.


It's bad, I know.


But look at all those colors? All the Aqua, and Pool, and Ice Frappe!


Then they throw in Violet and Orchid.


Pink? A little bit is okay.


I tried to not do it. I really did. See, I did this one from Up:


But I gotta stick with my girl Elsa.

Now it's your turn. Find a pic of your favorite Disney still. Tangled has some great color, as does Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the Little Mermaid. And it doesn't have to involve a princess, or an ice queen. Only mine do. Have fun!

And I'm taking a one week break, but the week after (Sept. 15), we'll be doing vintage. Anything goes. Vintage cars, clothes, kitchens. Frozen will have to be retired. No way I can call it vintage.


30 August 2014

My other love

It's no secret pastries are my first love. Quilts are easier on the thighs, but I do love my pastries.

Sur la Table, my favoritest store, opened up a shop near me (within 50 miles is near me) and put all their classes on special. We're talking $9.96/class. They typically run $69. So I signed up for the Summer Macaron class. Next week is cheesemaking. Blessed are the cheesemakers, after all.

Any way, my class was today and it was lovely.


Now I want to make some crafty things. Like this coin purse:


Or one of these cross stitch patterns:



28 August 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Idea Pouch

This is my girl.


She's funny, and smart. She loves the outdoors. She loves animals. She wants to work with raptors someday. Owls are her current favorite, although she wouldn't turn down a falcon. We'd love to do falconry with her, but it's kind of hard to get started in that!

She also loves to read and draw, and is always carting around paper and pencils and whatnot. And usually a book or two.

So I figured I'd make her one of these idea pouches, and then a matching bag to go with it. The idea pouch was on my 3QFAL list. Glad to be able to check it off.





Fresh Poppy Design

25 August 2014

Color Mondays: Episode Favorite!

Seriously? Y'all outdid yourselves on purples. These were just stunning:

Stacey, I want this picture on my wall. With a matching quilt. I love the inclusion of the raisin, and garnet, and coffee. It's perfect. And that touch of green.


And then there's Kate. Who likes to torment me with statements like: I know Jennie's a big fan of Frozen, so I counter with the much better recent princess movie. Still, as misguided as she might be, this is one pretty palette:


And for the record, I do like Tangled. Elsa just has a better dress.

Ready to have some fun? All you have to do this week is pick a favorite picture and make a favorite palette. Yep. Just make a favorite palette.

It took some time (like all of five seconds), but this is my favorite of the moment. And I'm not sure why, because these are colors I wouldn't be drawn to in a quilt store. I'm drawn to them in nature though. It's high time I started using them:


I'm thinking I'd make a big triangle quilt with these solids. Or something else fun. Any brilliant ideas?

Now, your turn! Oh, and next week, we'll do an official Disney theme! I solemnly swear I will not do a Frozen picture. Cross my heart.


22 August 2014

Friday Finish: Sew Together Bag for a special friend

A while back, I was having a rough day. Not a tornado-touched-down kind of day. Or really bad news. Just a downer. Messy house. Messier kids. Hot outside.

And then I got the mail. There was a package for me! There's hardly ever fun mail for me anymore.

Inside was this:


A pants bag! I have arrived! You know you are a special person when Jennifer, a.k.a. Glinda, makes you a pants bag for your unmentionables while you travel. And in my two favorite colors!

I have to confess, the conversation with my husband about "What exactly is a pants bag?" was quite hilarious. His mother is British, so I finally said, "It's a British thing." And that worked!

Well, I was already planning on making something special in return, so I got busy on it. And it was so much fun to individualize it with sparkly things.



I had to steal the pictures from her blog because, silly me, I forgot to photograph it before I packed it up!

It's a Sew Together Bag, lined with pink (of course) and then the cutest tea print inside the zippy pockets. And a silver wand on the outside, because Glinda is a good witch with a silver wand.

And checking this little pretty off my 3QFAL list

21 August 2014

Fabric Thursday: Deep in the heart of Texas!

I blame Cristina for this.

List most Texans, she is a force to be reckoned with. I didn't stand a chance.

But us Idaho girls are pretty wiley ourselves. I did it all in one day! Added the borders this morning, and this is my Texas quilt, that I'm pretty sure will be claimed by my Texas-loving boy James once it is done. And I have requests for more. Starting with one identical to Cristina's, because I LOVE the darker blue background, and all her fancy blocks in there.


I used a Happy Go Lucky jelly roll, so I had a bunch of 2.5" squares left over and didn't want to start a whole new project, so I added just a top/bottom border or edge or whatever you want to call it. Is there a word? Anyway, it makes it a nice twin-sized quilt. We're on the "tall-drink-of-water" side of things here, so we like bigger quilts.

Linking up with the quilt parade, and with Fabric Tuesday.

Fresh Poppy Design

18 August 2014

Color Mondays: Episode Purple

I think we did blue very well, don't you? The ocean was a central theme, and rightly so. Just look at what we got:

Katie's blue palette - love those names: Breakers, Oasis, Alegria. So pretty!

Kirsten's blue palette - see the dolphins? It's amazing that we all did a picture of the ocean and got completely different shades of blue.

And now, for purple. Or violet. Or whatever you want to do.

I really should let my eldest daughter do this one. Purple is her favorite color after all. I struggle with it.

Which is why I did this one. That also included aqua and macarons.


Not too shabby. I actually kind of love it. I've got quilty ideas blazing through my head for this one. How's about this quilt (from Fresh Lemon Quilts):


Now, your turn. Find a purple-liscious picture, save it, upload it to the Palette Builder, play with colors. Then save your picture, blog it and share. And next week will just be a favorite picture, so start thinking!

13 August 2014

A finish: nightgowns for my girly

Pardon the wrinkles.


Finally got these finished. And they touch her toes, so they'll last for a long long time! Thank goodness!

Checking them off the 3QFAL list. Hooray for check marks!

12 August 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Doll Quilt for my baby girl

Of course it matches the quilts she already has!



Just used the leftovers from all those quilts and made a simple patchwork quilt for her dollies. I've got enough to make two, actually. So I guess she'll have a spare.

Checking this one off the 3QFAL list. 13 projects done (two left to blog). Cruising through that list this summer.

11 August 2014

Color Mondays: Episode Blue

Clearly Scarlett O'Hara isn't the only who can rock the green palette! Some seriously awesome palettes last week y'all!

Miss Kate (the real Miss Kate!), did this gorgeous sangria photo. I want some of those blues, but the greens and tan and reds are so pretty!

Kirsten wins with this gorgeousness - love that touch of aqua (okay, it's candy green, but it sure looks aqua to me) and the grayish purplish color. So pretty! And I want this quilt now!


Kate and I must be sisters, because we are both GWTW fans. She beats me though - I'd forgotten about this particular green dress. Don't know how - it's gorgeous. And what a pretty palette too.


Moving along our rainbow, we arrive at blue. And I love blue. I married a man with gorgeous blue eyes, and he wears blue shirts (that I wash and iron and hang up every week), so yes, I love blue.

And I had fun with the palettes. And I didn't even do an Elsa one! Aren't you proud?



I really want to go to Greece someday. Look at that water!


And then, when I found out I could do up to ten, I did it again and added some pops of pinks and reds. And I love it more!


Okay, little story here. I met my husband three days before Valentine's Day. We went on our first date on the 12th. We kissed on the 13th. And on Valentine's Day, he gave me a painting.

Right? Weird. But not. Maxfield Parrish is one of his favorite artists, and this is the painting he gave me. Parrish was gifted at many things, but he was especially great at the variations of blue in a sky. There were times my husband would come home, or call, and tell me to go outside. "I ordered a Parrish sky for you tonight." Some couples go in for sunsets. But Parrish skies are our romantic sky of choice.


Time to see what you've got! Have fun with it! Just a reminder on how to play along: find a picture, upload it to the Palette Builder, play around, save it, blog it, link it.