Thursday, April 30, 2009

GIVE AWAY AND YES, I SEW ON FABRIC THAT IS NOT PINK

This is Dawn Heese's new book, and she is giving one away!!! Check out her blog. She is a fellow Kansas City Star author....and we have the same editor, so we are sort of related!
Now, for those of you who don't think I sew on anything but PINK, here is an example of beautiful fabric by Jo Morton. I love her stuff!!!
I have decided that I sew mostly with pink and pastels in the Spring and Summer. Then come Fall and Winter, I sew with darks and REDS.
We have beautiful Summer and Fall in Rexburg, but we have AWFUL winter and mostly cold Spring...so I have two sewing personalities. When the snow starts to melt, I want to sew with happy bright or pastel colors.
I have two blogs that are not quilting/sewing blogs that I love to visit....especially A beach cottage....I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a beach cottage. I know her life is not perfect, but it looks perfect from blog land to me!!! The other is Daisy Cottage....it is one of the most cheerful places in blog land...probably because she has such cheerful colors posted....I am going on a "color hunt." I am taking my camera and finding things that have great colors to put on my blog.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

SEWING CARDS

This is what I have been doing with my scraps of fabric......
Sewing them into note cards....check out the tutorial on Moda Bake Shop. They are so fun to make and so fast. Stephanie asked what kind of needles and stitch length did I use.....just the regular ones on my Pfaff, I didn't do anything special, although you will need to change the needles after sewing on paper to go back to sewing on fabric.

Friday, April 24, 2009

PILLOW SHAMS

Here are the pillow shams made with Pretty Please (coral color) by Jennifer Paganelli.....They are so beautiful in my guest room. Thanks Jennifer for your beautiful fabrics!!!
This is the bed skirt that I made from a Taffeta piece.....it looks like a prom dress for the bed. I am sure the bed feels happy!
It has the greatest texture. I looked at it several different times, finally I just bought it and made the bed skirt. It looks so good with the new pillow shams! Somebody needs to come stay!

Thanks everyone for participating in the Pay it Forward...do something nice for someone today!

p.s. you must stop over to Kellee Katillac's site for the MOST darling lampshade tutorial!!! You will all need one for your rooms to go with your gorgeous quilts; trust me! Yes, you knew it was coming...my guest room lamp shade is getting a make-over!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

PAY IT FORWARD

Angela at Moda Home Mom has challenged us to a Pay it Forward.....I have ALWAYS loved the idea of paying it forward. I heard a story years ago about a man who had a flat tire. Some other gentleman stopped and helped him. The flat tire guy offered to pay the man for this time and help. The gentleman's reply was, "Help someone else when you can." Then when that movie came out a few years ago, "Pay it Forward" ...I loved the idea that the boy thought he could make a difference.

This blogging world is a great opportunity to pay the goodness in your life forward! I will send a small gift to everyone who comments on my blog and posts this Pay it Forward symbol on their blog. Please make sure you have an email on your blog so I can get your physical address, or email me after you post....I know I am nuts, but what is the most number of comments I ever received? Mind you, it will be small and fit in the regular mail...but it will be FUN and CUTE!

Monday, April 20, 2009

WHY AREN'T I SEWING?

YEAH here is it, my Pretty Please, Sis Boom fabric by Jennifer Paganelli!! I ordered it from Fabritopia and it came very quickly! I am going to make pillow shams for my guest bedroom. I really wish I were making a prom dress for me with a sheer organza overlay.....but who wants to be 17 again? Not me thank you! It will just have to be pillow shams!

I don't know if I told you all about the group of ladies I sew with every Wednesday? Well, just in case, ( and I can't remember!) I sew with 11 other ladies every Wednesday. We meet at each other's house, the hostess fixes lunch for everyone, so you only have to fix lunch once every 2-3 months. The food is ALWAYS good. It is amazing that we almost never have the same thing twice. We have sewn in this kind of group for 11-12 years. It is not cast in stone to go, but we try.
I am telling you all of this because I was talking to my daughter and said I may not be going to sewing day this week because I didn't have anything to sew on. Her reply was, "Nothing to sew on, I can't believe that." Well, this next picture is why.....This is my kitchen counter...not counting the kitchen table for the past few weeks.
You see, when you write a book, someone has to actually do the writing part. My lap top is in the kitchen, so I have this whole mess spread everywhere!

You have to have diagrams drawn, for people like us to follow along with the pattern. If I have applique; and I do, I must have the templates. I need a table of contents. And I need the directions for each project.....THIS is why I don't have anything to sew on....I am writing which is not my best skill and I don't want to start on a major sewing project right now......I did have photos of all these steps, but you could click on them and see all my hard work....you must be patient and wait until the book comes out!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

PINK AND SPARKLES


This is a Christmas vine I bought at a gift shop for 75% off. It is glittery and has tiny jewels, I also found these glittery butterflies and flowers. This is now over my sewing room window.....it is very cheerful.
Check out the website for quilters at http://www.quilterblogs.com/ They have A LOT of blogs!!! Including ME! Check out your favorite or add your own!

Friday, April 17, 2009

HELP!

I am calling on bloggers/quilters to come to the rescue of Brenda at Pumpkin Patch Primitive Quilt Shoppe in Nashua, New Hampshire....whose fabric and life have been upset by flooding! If any of you have ever been in a flood, fire, tornado or hurricane you know how terrible you feel. So let's rally and send her any UFO blocks you may have around (that you know you will never finish, or some of that stash you know you will not get to before you buy more.) Consider this the SWAP of LOVE! You swap out what you don't need, and you will get love in return! If you can't send anything...send a comforting word.

Pumpkin Patch Primitive Quilt Shoppe
50 Burke St.
Nashua, NH
03060

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

WHAT I DID TODAY

This is what I was sewing on today.
So much for Spring.....we have rain and sleet, so I stayed inside and made dolls and little quilts today.
I love this beautiful dark fabric from Marcus Brothers by Judie Rothermel isn't this brown just so beautiful? It is from the Vicksburg collection. You can see all of Judie's fabrics on Marcus Brothers site, you can also buy them at the Fat Quarter shop click on Marcus Brothers on the left, then click the little box of Vicksburg, or Sturbridge Village Calicos. This gold one is from the Sturbridge Village Calicos, I LOVE IT! I love it so much I used it in the major quilt for my book with Kansas City Star Publishing Co. due out in Sept. 2009.
Isn't this red the greatest red? I wish I had a HUGH picture of it, sorry.... It is also from the Sturbridge Calicos.
Sometimes when I find a great red, I buy 2-3 yards of it. Do you ever do that? Hope your sewing day was great!

Monday, April 13, 2009

SWEET SWEET SPRING!


SPRING WIND
The west wind dances down the lane
and sets the robins winging;
It has a message sweet and plain,
for some folks hear it singing:
O hurry, gather daffodils! They're scattered over the hills
as thick as anything!
The little buds unfold again, in buff and white and gold again--
It's Spring, Spring, Spring!
~~~~
The west wind races up the road
and sets the green grass sprouting;
It wakes the turtle and the toad,
and some folks hear it shouting:
O hurry, fetch your bat and ball, put on your oldest shoes of all,
and cap and everything.
It's turning fine and hot again, the boys are in the lot again--
It's Spring, Spring, Spring!

--Nancy Byrd Turner--

This is my contribution to SPRING, my new quilt from the SWEET fabric by Urban Chiks for Moda. I will have a pattern for it SOON! I just thought you might enjoy seeing it since it looks SO much like Spring to me....my pink tulips are all about 3" out of the ground, I can hardly wait until they bloom!!! We are about 3-4 weeks behind the world for Spring..... has everyone already had tulips and daffodils?

Friday, April 10, 2009

EASTER BUCKETS AND FABRIC?


Look at these fantastic fabric covered buckets Christine from Store & Style let me share with you! Can't you see these in your favorite fabrics in your sewing room with all you favorite things? I can hardly wait to get some bucket, maybe this weekend! I love them so much I had to share them. They are also featured on the Crafty Crow, you know I love that site!

This is my thrift store find for $5.00!!! It is the greatest addition to my sewing room and in MINT condition, all for $5.00.....boy do I love a deal!
These little cups are Melamine....that really hard plastic stuff dishes used to be made out of in the 1950-60!!! It was so great because it was unbreakable. Did any of your parents or grandparents have some? I think it came in EVERY imaginable color! I found them at the thrift store for just 25 cents each...they hold my little things in the sewing room.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, hopefully with family.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

SWEET OR WHAT?

Remember a little while back when I said I HAD to have some of the SWEET by Urban Chiks for Moda? Well, my SWEET sister brought me a charm pack!!!! I am SO happy!
I love all the colors and prints. I know it is almost a companion line to SWELL by Urban Chiks, so that will be great if any of you have left overs .....combine the two!!
Remember the cute chocolate I received from Diane for my swap? It is SO yummy!
My sister found a companion to match.
They are so cute together in my cupboard....and SOOOO good. I guess there are a few others as well. I will have to get them all!!
Then my sister and I went fabric shopping to a fabric store called The Gathering Place in Rupert, Idaho.....a 2 1/2hr. drive from my house...........BUT SO WORTH IT because that store is AMAZING....they have SO many great fabrics to choose from...it is VERY big!
Guess what I bought? Yes, PINK, and it is more SWEET! I just couldn't help myself. I have a super exciting soft project planned for this fabric. I will show all of you soon!I also bought these bright fabrics to make a darling skirt for my granddaughter..... It will be SO cute, I will show you when I get it done!!!
WOW, my sister, chocolate, fabric shopping!!! All in one day! Guess what we are doing tomorrow? SEWING!!!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

NEW BOWLS and DIET APPLE PIE!

These are the new bowls I bought to use on my CHERRIES and BLOSSOMS table topper ...I lent it to my local fabric shop but they had to list Moda Bake Shop for the pattern. I will get it back soon.
NOW FOR THE APPLE PIE!
This Wasa Light rye crackers are only 60 calories for 2, and NO fat. You can find them in your cracker/cookie section....(don't buy those other kind of cookies we can't eat!)
1. Take two crackers and lightly run them under the water in the sink until they are wet on both sides.
2. Take 1/2 an apple with the peelings on. Slice thin and layer on one cracker, sprinkle with cinnamon and Splenda.
3. Top with the other cracker and wrap loosely in cling wrap. Microwave for about 1 minute. Be careful, it will be steaming hot. Open and EAT. Of course it isn't like your grandmother's flaky pie crust, but it is a nice treat if you are not having the real pie.
Have any of you seen these fruit compotes at your local craft store where you layer the plastic fruit in a clear jar? I saw them last year and loved them I waited until the fruit was on sale at the end of last summer, and used a 40% off coupon for my jar and now I have one for myself!! The fruit now days looks so real...........compared to years ago! ~~Happy Spring everyone....we have sunshine today! YEAH~~

Saturday, April 4, 2009

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE............

The debut of my friends, Lizze B Cre8ive's new BOOK!!!!!!! I am so excited for them. They are so fun and friendly, you all would just LOVE them, and I know you will LOVE their book, due out in just a few weeks.....I know........ but I had to tell you!
Liz and Beth are sister in laws....they are married to brothers, one lives in the West and one lives in the East; and they have a pattern company called, Lizzie B Cre8tive...you probably already know their work. Anyway, go to Pickledish (click on Our Library) and see how you can pre-order their book and see a little peak of the inside! YEAH !!!!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

HAPPY THOUGHTS!

This is a happy thought! This is a very clever traveling ironing board that Anina made. Check out her blog to see how she made it! Very cute! Thanks Anina!
This is my weather today out my window....not a happy thought!
THIS IS A HAPPY THOUGHT! These are the little people that I think about when I need a happy thought! I have 5 of them...I am blessed!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A HOT CHOCOLATE DAY!

If I showed you a picture of our weather outside this past week you would ask me if I lived in the Antarctic. It is so depressing, I can't even take a photo of it myself! Today was a HOT CHOCOLATE , STAY IN MY THE FIRE (if I had one!) and SEW all day kind of day! Boy could I use a day....no, a YEAR at the beach!

This is a book with menus, recipes, and a shopping list for each week for the an entire month that I made for my daughter-in-law for her birthday. Scrapbook style! I just covered the front with a piece of card stock that matched the rest of the paper I used.
Every week has a menu for that week, a few pages of recipes and a take out shopping list.
This was so fun to do. I used an artist's sketch pad and tore out the extra pages at the end that I didn't use.
I used an envelope, glued the flap backwards and put in the shopping list. I included all the things you would need for the menus for that week on a card that could be removed and taken to the store.
I know when I had children at home, it was nice to think about the menu once a week, go to the store once, or maybe twice for milk and eggs. Then I only had to think about what was for dinner once everyday. If I could think about it soon after breakfast and put it in a crock pot or in the oven then I could SEW! It turned out rather cute, and it was fun to do......my son liked it!