Monday, October 24, 2011

Down but not out

I have a sewing room now!  The down side is I can’t do any sewing in it yet.  Let me back up a month and tell you what is going on.  We sold our house and partway through packing I hurt my already bad back much worse.  It was the most excruciating pain I have ever been in and I have had two babies!  I think it didn’t help that it lasted a whole lot longer than both my labors combined.  My very sweet husband worked from home and took care of me, my wonderful friends from church stepped in and brought dinners for my family and helped pack my house.  They were amazing! 

 

We are now moved into my parent’s house with them while we are having a house built.   My very generous mom cleared space for me to have a sewing area.  She has these great Ikea storage cabinets and is letting me use half of them to store most of my quilting supplies and fabric. 

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It is still a bit messy because I am still recovering and can’t get in there to organize or do any quilting.  It is killing me not to be able to spend hours in there ever day creating.

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I have been doing some knitting while I lay in my back chair so that helps me pass the time and I am enjoying it.  And it helps to have all ten seasons of Friends on DVD.  

 

I have an appointment to go see an acupuncturist, one of the few things I haven’t tried these last ten years dealing with my back.  I also have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon so I can hopefully get an MRI and see if anything has changed and if I am finally open to talking about surgery and if it would even help. 

 

In the meantime I am so happy my parents moved up here to Washington and that we have this time with them.  We are having a lot of fun with them and I am so happy for my kids to have this time with them too. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Countdown to Christmas

Have you started feeling that way yet?  That Christmas is right around the corner and the countdown has begun? 

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Have you started working on Christmas projects yet? 

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I made this cute Christmas quilt out of the fabric line Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater.  I used the Schnibbles pattern George. 

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It takes two charm packs and some yardage.  This fabric line is so cute!  I love how Sweetwater has words, letters, and/or numbers in all their fabric lines. 

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If you love this quilt and want to make one of your own then head over to The Quilted B.com and pick up a kit of your own.

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Good news!  We sold our house!  Hooray!  So I have been busy packing and getting ready for our move.  So I don’t know that I will get a lot of sewing done for the next few weeks but I will have a sewing room real soon!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Christmas?

It really is never too early to work on Christmas projects.  Especially since I usually start them after Thanksgiving and then there isn’t enough time to finish everything on my list.   The nice thing is that Barb from The Quilted B asked me to make this.  I always do better on someone else’s schedule!

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The poinsettias are fused on and stitched around by machine.   

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I made the binding on the bias to give it that wonderful barber pole look.  I love the cute little button backing.

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My next project is another Christmas one and I get to play with Sweetwater’s  Countdown to Christmas.  So cute!

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See you again soon!

Friday, August 26, 2011

DQS11

I just can’t seem to resist signing up for the Doll Quilt Swap on Flickr.  It is such a great swap and so much fun.  It is a secret swap where stalking your partner is encouraged.  Who knew stalking could be so fun!  (scary!)  The person you give to and the person you receive a quilt from are two different people.  My partner was the famous Terrie Sandelin who has a published book called Miniatures in Minutes.  She likes the designer Aneela Hoey and I happened to have some Sherbet Pips so I designed a fun little quilt using some Sherbet Pips and coordinating stash.  Here is what I sent off to Terrie along with some civil war reproduction fabric since she is a fan…

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I got a thank you note from Terrie and she loves it!  Hooray!!

 

Can you believe that was my first attempt at wonky maverick stars?  Yep, and they are really fun too!  Someday I would love to make a bigger quilt with them.

 

A few days after I sent my quilt off I received a little surprise in the mail for me!

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Isn’t it cute!  I love the colors and the cute design.  Jeanette (scrapnchick on flickr)  sent me this and I love it.  It is temporarily living in my daughter’s room on her dresser because it matches her room perfectly.  We needed something to sit on her dresser to look nice while we have the house for sale and it works beautifully.  Jeanette sent me some fun goodies.  Lots of trim, a flower pin to dress up a sweater or blouse, a magnetic pin to hold my needle when I am hand sewing, and the tiniest little block I have ever seen.  Fun!   

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Teacups and Pumpkins

What in the world do those two have to do with each other?  They are two projects that I recently finished for Barb from The Quilted B. 

First is this pretty quilt.  The fabric in this quilt is Penelope by Lakehouse and it is so beautiful.

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The border on this quilt was the trickiest I have ever done.  I had to match the gingham on all four sides!  It was not easy but so worth the effort in the result that it gives. 

 

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I pieced the back because well…I just can’t help myself!  Something about a pieced back finishes off the quilt better and is more satisfying.  It’s like as the quilt hangs on the wall it has a secret and only I know what it is. 

 

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When I get this one back I think it will hang in my future dining room.  (still staying positive over here that my house will sell)

 

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I also made this cute little runner.  Isn’t it so perfect for fall?

 

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As always, Barb has these both in kit form if you would like to make one of your own.  Just look on her website or send her an e-mail.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summer Stitching

Well that ended up being an very long unintended blog break.  I have had lots of excuses reasons but we don’t need to go into all of them.  I have been busy with lots of things and sewing and knitting too!  I am glad I have things to share. 

 

My kids are home, and it is summer (kind of) here in the Pacific Northwest, and both of those make me so happy.  Someone asked me if we were going to go get the kids’ school supplies soon and I thought no way, we have loads of time.  But we don’t and that makes me sad.  This is my daughter’s last year at middle school and my son’s first.  I am glad they will have one year there together.

 

My dad retired earlier this year and my mom and dad moved to the Seattle area from California (where I grew up) to live near my sisters and I.  It is so fun to have them here and to get to see them so often.  Fun for my kids to have a grandma and grandpa nearby.  They are having a new house built and it will be done in the next week or so and they can move in!  Very exciting!

 

Like I said, I have been busy sewing for Gail from The Quilted Gypsy.  She has a knack for putting fabric together and I have a lot of fun working on her samples. 

 

Tori Q

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(what a cute little hand that wanted to get in the picture)

 

Garden View

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Lotus Purse

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I got to make two versions of this fun pattern.  When my daughter saw these she fell in love and asked me to make her one.  So I am hoping to do just that in time for her upcoming birthday.

 

I meet my knitting friends at the library every week and we have all been knitting the same shawl.  It has been so fun to see how everyone’s shawl turns out.  I just have the border left on mine and I have decided to add beads to it.  I have always wanted to try adding beads to my knitting and I am excited to have found a good project to try it out on.  My daughter, the jewelry making expert, helped me pick out the beads and my friend, Betsy, showed me how to put them on as I knit.  It is easy and fun and hopefully I will have a finished shawl to show you soon!

Monday, June 13, 2011

-Insert clever title here-

I finished this quilt top recently for my friend Gail, The Quilted Gypsy.  I sew for her and really enjoy it.  She has such an eye for putting fabric together.  Lots of times they are bold and fun like this quilt.

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This pattern is called The Big EZ and is quite popular right now around my quilt guild.  It shows off big prints beautifully and is lots of fun to make.   If you ever see anything you like that I make for Gail, you can contact her and order one for yourself!

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At the beginning of this month I was supposed to have these Jagged socks done from my self imposed sock club.  It was during my ‘woe is me’ faze of  trying to quilt and have my house on the market and for some reason that spilled over into not knitting.  So it looks like these are going to take me a little longer. 

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I did pick up the needles again recently to knit myself some dishcloths since mine are all worn out and need thrown away.  I love this dishcloth pattern.  It is really fun to knit and very pretty when it is done.  But it does use more yarn than a normal dishcloth so I don’t know if I will have enough.  I might just close it up wherever I finish or add in a sliver of another color.  We will see!

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I also started a shawl called 198 yards of Heaven, but that name won’t work for mine since I am using a fingering weight yarn instead of a worsted weight yarn so it will be more like 398 yards of Heaven.

 

I had a lot of questions about my design wall and I wanted to tell you more about it.  I did do a post about it when I got it and raved about it then and there was a link to where I bought it two posts ago but some of you didn’t catch it.  I bought it online at Vanishing Design Wall.com (that’s a link you can click and it will take you there). 

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I bought mine with the honey finish.  I absolutely love it.  My blocks stick to it with no pinning necessary.  It works like a shade.  You give it a little tug and it retracts back up into a roll under the shelf, with your blocks still on there!!  It’s especially nice when you don’t have a sewing room.  You can put it above a closet or high on a wall.  So there are all the details so you can get one for yourself if you like!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Solid Doors

I wanted to show you a little more of my quilt from the quilt show.  I am totally crazy for this quilt and love that every inch of it is Kona solids, my favorite.  The pattern for this quilt is from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine April 2010 issue.

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I made the top back at a retreat last year and I set it aside, not sure how I wanted to quilt it and fearing that I would ruin it. 

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I got up the nerve to quilt it after trying out the technique on the mini version that I made and sent off to New Zealand for the Doll Quilt Swap.

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For the back I used one from every color I used on the front (except the teal sashing) to make a rainbow.  They are varying heights but they are all the same width.  I sat down and sketched out my design on paper, figured out some measurements, and then went for it.  I love how it turned out. 

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I wished there was some way to have the back showing at the quilt show.  

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I love how the quilting looks on the back too.

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I knew this quilt needed a wow binding so I used my Faux Piped Binding Tutorial to give the binding this pop of color.  Because the quilt is big, I wanted that pop of color to really show so I cut my accent strips 2” wide instead of 1 3/4” like it states in the tutorial.

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I have been so happily surprised to the overwhelming response to my Faux Piped Binding tutorial.  I love hearing about how it has worked for you and seeing the beautiful quilts you have made using the technique.   I am more than happy for you to continue to share it with your friends and to link to my tutorial on your blogs. 

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Thanks for letting me share my latest favorite finished quilt with you!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Design Wall

I absolutely love my design wall and can’t believe I did without one for so long.  As you know I don’t have a sewing room and I sew at the dining room table AND my house is on the market so I need to be able to do a quick clean up.  This design wall retracts up under the shelf even with all my blocks still on it!  Awesome! 

 

So today my design wall looks like this…

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This is a sample for my friend, Barb owner of  The Quilted  B.  Isn’t is so cute!  The fabric is Lakehouse Penelope.  Just wait until I get the borders on, quilt it, and bind it.  It is going to be gorgeous!  I can’t wait!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Quilt Show! (part deux)

We had a wonderful Featured Artist from our guild for the show.  This is Barb Frazier and she is a talented quilter and a funny lady.  Her wonderful booth was so cozy with so much eye candy. 

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She had some antique quilts that her two grandmothers had made.  Those two women were so important in her life and taught her to quilt.  I’m so sad I didn’t get a picture of her display of their quilts and their pictures. 

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Barb is known for being a scrap quilter.  She makes wonderful scrap quilts.  Here is a quilt she entered in the show made from blocks we all made for her as a thank you for being a wonderful president of our guild years ago.  I love how she set all those little kitty blocks.

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Here is another quilt Barb had in the show.  It is from a pattern called Fire Escape.

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And this fun one Barb made is called Kitty City.

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Here are the rest of the quilts that I took pictures of from the show. 

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I hope you enjoyed seeing all these wonderful quilts and that they have inspired you.

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