26 July 2015

A little finish

I got to sit at my sewing machine for a little while yesterday and so I finished this mug rug as an extra for my 80s/90s Swap partner.

She's a fan of the Beastie Boys, and this lyric seemed to fit perfectly.

Now to gather extras and ship her off!

24 July 2015

Friday Finish: HocusPocusVille #7

I'm honestly trying to lay low, but five kids make that next to impossible. Still, I have lots of wonderful helpers who are bringing meals and taking kids to play for the afternoon so I get a smidgen of a break most days.

So while I'm healing, I'm stitching. And I finished up the  "Hermione's Split End" panel of my HocusPocusVille quilt. I'm now working on the quilt shop (Witches Stitches) and it's going well.
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Back to stitching and healing. At least the husband will be home this weekend so I can really rest. I hope!

21 July 2015

Fabric Tuesday: Solstice Table Runner

I'm recovering from surgery, but I had this finished last weekend.

I had a bunch of squares left over from making my Taffy Maxi quilt . . .

 . . . and I've begun to enjoy having a table runner atop my piano (wouldn't last on my actual table!). So I stitched these together and now I've one more decoration for the holidays. For the record, I thought about getting out some cute decorations to make it look Christmas-y, but honestly, just no. Not happening.

Crossing this one off the 3QFAL list. And getting back to resting. Good times, over here!

20 July 2015

Make-A-List Color Monday: Surgery!

Oh, I'll 'splain. Promise.

But first, my list from last week:
  • Finish the Giveaway Weekender - DONE and blogged here!
  • Finish cousin's Weekender - DONE! Blogging this week!
  • Bind Wee Wander Pillow Shams - DONE and blogged here!
  • Bind Solstice Table Runner - DONE! Blogging this week!
Hey! Four things done last week! That's great, because I won't be getting a whole lot done this week.

I'm checking in this morning for gall bladder surgery, so I'll be laying low and healing this week. 

But I still need a list, and fortunately, I have embroidery to do!

To complete this week:
That is all. If I am feeling better by Friday, I'll get some cutting done, but I'm not pushing it. 

And just for fun, I'm having a "help me pay the anesthesiologist" sale on all my patterns. $5, Etsy and Craftsy shop. Recovery week only!

So what kind of color palette do you do when you're having surgery?

A good friend told me that she craved fruit right after her surgery (and I have to follow a low-fat diet for a while anyway!). So I chose melons. I LOVE all melons, especially watermelon and those yummy Tuscan cantaloupes. 

What about you? What would you crave after surgery? 

17 July 2015

Friday Finish: The Giveaway Weekender!

I'm so grateful that the winner of my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Weekender is a patient woman. I got hit with a ton of medical issues in June and it totally threw me off my sewing game.

But things are getting figured out (that's a whole 'nother post) and I'm back at my machine. Although moving that piano has messed up my back!

But here she is! A patchwork Weekender bag, made with Aloha Girl by Fig Tree. With one specially pieced pocket: Mini Stitch.

I've also updated my "Tips and Tricks" on my tutorial page. I learned a little bit more about making this bag. This time, skipped stitches were a plague! Isacord Polyester thread to the rescue!

Checking this girl off the 3QFAL list. Now to finish my Cousin's Weekender!

14 July 2015

Fabric Tuesday: Wee Wander Pillow Shams

I've mentioned my love for matchy-matchy bedroom sets. And fabric leftovers make for perfect opportunities to make those matching pillow shams.

I had fabric left over from my Taffy quilt, and also my Five Spot Maxi quilt. Especially the Five Spot Maxi, with those fussy cut squares.

So I used them all to make a couple of shams to go with them.

Did I say "couple of shams?" Yes. Yes I did. But some little girly swiped the other one!

And am I the only one who looks at that little girl riding the horse (bottom left corner square) and think of a U2 song? Just me? 'Kay.

Checking these off my 3QFAL list. Let's see if I can get more done in the BEGINNING of the quarter instead of the end!

13 July 2015

Make-A-List Color Monday: Non-Awkward Family Pictures!

Can you believe that July is almost half over? Craziness, I tell you.

I made a monster of a list last week for the 3QFAL, so I'll keep things toned down this week. And I'd really like to get a couple of these things off my list.

  • Finish the Giveaway Weekender - I've ALWAYS hit a snag doing the top-stitching and regular stitching on these patchwork weekenders. Skipped stitches are not my friend. I finally discovered that using a hammer on all those layers of fabric can help. Here's hoping this works!
  • Finish cousin's Weekender - same thing!
  • Bind Wee Wander Pillow Shams
  • Bind Solstice Table Runner
I've had a busy weekend with lots of visiting. It's been fun, but an introvert like me needs some recoup time. I'm totally hiding away for a while!

We tried to do a picture of all the kids this weekend, and we chose a sea glass palette. I thought it might be fun to play with today:

What about you? What color palette would you choose for a family picture?

11 July 2015


Hi all!

The winners of the Farm Girl Vintage Gingham giveaway are as follows:

A copy of Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage goes to Katy M.

The bundle o' gingham awesomeness goes to Lisa Stacey

And the Fat Quarter Shop $25 gift certificate goes to Rebecca!

Congratulations friends! Enjoy your winnings!

And now I'll get back to my Hocuspocusville handwork. Having fun dreaming of fall!

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06 July 2015

3QFAL: July-August-September Plans

Yikes! Half the year is gone! Where did it all go?

I got quite a few projects done last quarter. Some big, some small. I've got another long list for ya (really, were you expecting anything else?):

Big Quilting Projects:

Alpine Wonderland On A Whim quilt

Happy Go Lucky Briar Rose quilt

Easy as Cake Christmas quilt

Too Cute to Spook Hexies quilt

Scrumptious Swoon quilt

Kaleidoscope Flower quilt

Four Patch Star quilt

Dark and Twisty quilt

Macarons quilt

Simple Life Dottie #2

Small finishes:

Five Hobbes Softies

Paris bag for a swap

Elizabeth "Everything In Its Place" bag for a swap

Harry Potter Mini

Vintage Happy Double Wedding Ring mini

Iron Man Messenger Bag

Solstice Table Runner

Sew Cherry Pillow Shams

Giveaway Weekender

My Cousin's Weekender

Temple Bag

Wonder Woman Purse

Eloise Wallet

Wee Wander Pillow Shams

Halloween Table Runner

Seed Packet Embroidery Wall Hanging

Linking up all this madness over at On the Windy Side.

2015 Finish-Along

04 July 2015

Saturday Finish: Flower Sugar Shams

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was to take the JCPenney catalog and decorate a house with the furnishings and bedding and such.

Y'all, I made lists. Little pre-Excel spreadsheets that listed the page number, item number, COST. It all went on my list. One of my favorite little past-times.

So I have a thing for matchy-matchy bedding sets. And I've been wanting to use my Flower Sugar Economy block quilt on my bed, but I didn't have pillow shams to go with it. For shame!

Until now! I finally got these quilted up. They were just some leftover squares from the quilt project. And we all know my girls don't need any more doll quilts. So I get some patchwork shams!

At the last minute, I decided to add that bit of lace before I bound them, and I'm so happy I did. Just adds another level of pretty for me.

Checking these girls off my 2QFAL list. I've got a couple more to show you later today.

03 July 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Blog Hop: Gingham!

Hi! Welcome to the Gingham Stop on the Farm Girl Vintage blog hop, hosted by the lovely folks at Fat Quarter Shop.

I have a big thing for gingham. (I wish this were a picture of me!)

I heart gingham. Think my husband will let me gingham-ify our house?

Those stairs make me swoon!

And when I got a choice of blocks to feature from Lori Holt's new book Farm Girl Vintage, there was no question in my mind. Gingham is my girl.

I also love polka dots. And so I made my gingham blocks using the Swiss Dot prints from Riley Blake. Gingham made from polka dot fabrics? Using patriotic colors? It's a trifecta of awesome!

The secret? I learned this little trick from the wonderful Lori as well: when you need the perfect, just-lighter-than-what-you've-got fabric, you flip it over to the wrong side and voila - a perfect match.

I made the large table runner from Lori's book. And it's on my table for the Fourth of July this year. Complete with apple pies and cherry pies. Because that's what you eat on the Fourth of July! Although it looks pretty great on my piano too:

In honor of Lori's book release, I've got THREE, count 'em, THREE giveaways going. The prizes?

  • A copy of Lori's Book Farm Girl Vintage (sponsored by moi)

  • A bundle of Riley Blake Gingham fabrics (sponsored by Riley Blake)

To enter, just leave a comment. What do I want to hear? Answer a question for me: have you tried, or are you interested in trying chicken scratch embroidery (where you embroider over the squares on gingham fabric)? Want to see what it looks like? I've got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to Gingham and Polka Dots, with lots of pictures of chicken scratch. Giveaway closes next Friday, July 10th, at 10-ish MST time.