Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tomorrow's Project

Ok, so the cats have started taking over my "Millions of Cats" quilt.
Every time I think about working on it, there is a cat sleeping on top of it.
It's time to get it basted.  And quilted.  
And tomorrow's the day.
(wish me luck)
I actually added one row on each side of the quilt after I took this photo -- it just looked like it wasn't quite finished.  And since I had enough fabric, I figured I should make it a little larger. 
A good decision -- I like it even better now.

Here are a couple more cat photos --
 my girls thought these were particularly funny (9 year old humor, I guess)!

  Big cat, small box.

Small cat, big box.
Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A quick tutorial . . .

This is what I've come up with for my next do. Good Stitches block -- a block made up of 25 bright solids squares, bordered in gray:

Start with a pile of solid scraps.
Cut them up into squares that are somewhere between 2 and 3 inches in size.  You'll need 25.
They don't need to be perfect squares -- rectangles or rhomboids are ok too -- it's improv!
 Start sewing the squares together into strips of 5 squares each.
Press seams of top row to the right, 2nd row to the left, 3rd row to the right, etc.
Sew strips together.
It's ok if some of the seams are kind of curvy. 
None of the seams should line up.  Nice!
 Trim the block so that it measures between 10 and 10.5 inches square.
A little larger or smaller is just fine, though!
 Finally, add the border.
Gray solid strips somewhere between 3 and 4 inches should work well.
Trim block to 13 inches square.
(Look at your block and think "darn it, how did I not notice those 3 red squares all in a row!")

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In progress

This week I've made progress on a quilt!  I'm calling this one "Millions of Cats" after this cute book we own.   I just love these Cotton + Steel cat fabrics!  The free tutorial for this quilt is here.

I also whipped up a couple of rabbit pillows for Easter.   My girls requested similar pillows for their rooms (but had very definite thoughts on what color the rabbits should be -- "pink, not white!"), so these are now for sale at a lovely local shop called The Highway North.

(linking up with WIP Wed at Freshly Pieced)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Starting a new project is so much fun . . . 

. . . but it's always hard for me to just work on one thing.  So I started a second project.  And I have a third in mind.
It's been a fun week!
 (Linking up with WIP Wednesday)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

No Coast Holiday Craft-O-Rama

I had this crazy idea a few years ago to apply to be a vendor at the No Coast Holiday Craft-O-Rama.  But then I got scared.  I told myself that I just sew for fun, and have no idea how to run a sale.

Then, in the summer of 2013, I decided to look online for how to apply, and quickly realized that I had missed the deadline by 2 days.  So I promised myself that I would apply in 2014, no matter what!  

I was surprised (and frankly, terrified!) to learn that I had been accepted.  I had so much to learn, having never done anything like this before -- luckily the sponsors had lots of information for us "new vendors."  The biggest challenge for me was trying to figure out how much to bring to the sale (how many things did I need to sew?) and how to price my items.  I did a lot of research on Etsy, and snooped at another craft sale in November.  But it was tricky -- since no one really had a booth exactly like mine. 

(Items sold:  2 Art Totes, 4 "Read" Library Tote Bags, 2 throw sized quilts, 1 baby quilt, 1 twin sized quilt, 4 iPad covers, several stuffed animal sleeping bags, 5 purses/totes, several stocking ornaments, 1 Christmas bunting, 4 Reindeer Pillows, 1 Love pillow, 3 large patchwork pillows, and 16 Minnesota pillows!)
This Minnesota Pillow was such a hit.  The idea came to me a few weeks before the sale, and I had made them in a variety of colors and fabrics.  This one with the brown bark MN and twiggy background went the fastest, just as my husband predicted (his favorite item)!
I had several MN pillows still in progress at home at the start of the sale, so Friday evening I came home from the sale and made 6 more pillows to take in on Saturday morning (not that I'd recommend sewing late at night after a craft sale -- but all 6 sold the next morning)!

Overall, I'm so glad that I took a risk and applied to participate in this sale.  It was really lovely to have so many people (even those who didn't buy anything) tell me how beautiful my items were, how much they loved my quilts, pillows, tote bags, etc.  Wow!   I had so much help from my friends and family, and I think everyone really had fun at the sale.  I was surprised at how much fun my daughters had "helping" out at the sale -- I thought for sure that they'd be bored (they're only 9!) -- but they can't wait for my next sale!  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

This quilt was a gift for my mom, and she loved it!  It's Camille Roskelley's Vintage Holiday pattern, but without the borders -- just wide Kona snow sashing, and a scrappy binding.  I quilted it in diagonal lines at 60 degrees, about 3 inches apart.   This is the second time I've used this quilt pattern, and I'd definitely recommend it -- those ornament blocks come together so quickly!

 We had a really nice Christmas this year -- we stayed at my parents house for days and days, relaxing, reading, and playing games.  Lovely!

On Christmas Day the weather was beautiful, and the girls spent much time outside with their new Pogo stick.  It looks like so much fun, I'd like to get one for me, too!
 Maybe Santa should have brought two!