Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Zombies, Spooks and Ghouls!

I finally got my Mr. Chillingsworth quilt finished!  It's crazy and a lot going on, but I LOVE him. ♥

I used the little houses pattern in Simplify to make the haunted houses.  This little girl facing the Zombie Apocalypse is my favorite. ;)

She's right above this dastardly pair...

And, for my love of Owls, here is the Owl House.  Complete with mini orange pom-poms.

This ghostly fabric was perfect for the back.  And it's so soft!  I love it too.

Well, heck, why not make some pillows too!?  I made the hexagon pillow from this tutorial.  It was fun and a great way to practice my triangle making skills (er, or lack thereof).  I echo quilted it in orange for the finishing touch.  The All Hallows' Eve black pillow was quilted too, in cross hatching.

I honestly think this years Halloween fabric selection has been the best so far!  I have loved every collection, as you can tell, I have combined a lot of them. ;)  These were so fun to make.
Halloween is my favorite holiday.  This is the first Halloween quilt (complete with throw pillows) that I've made to celebrate All Hallows' Eve!  About time!

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I decided I didn't like Mr. Chillingsworth laying on the couch, waiting to become a potential victim of being sat upon.  So, a quick run to Target, picked up a curtain rod and voila!  I know have a Quilt wall display!  Yay!  Special thanks to Robot Husband for doing the dirty work of hanging it. ;)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oh Boy!

What's this?  Another post 2x in a week?  It's a miracle!  ;)
Yes, well, I have been busy making things...1 of which I am happy to have actually finished last night!  I made this sweet little baby boy quilt, which was very fun and easy to put together.

I purchased a FQ bundle from the Fabric Shoppe.  I used every bit of it!  I love that.  No waste. What's more, no scraps to go into my overflowing scrap buckets. ;)

I have a hard time picking out fabrics for boy quilts, and I was ashamed to realize I have 1 boy quilt offered in my shop.  ONE!  Being a mom to only girls, it is 100x easier for me to pick out girlie things.  Thankfully, there are bundles put together for me that I don't really have to think about it. ;)
I LOVE the little elephants and the cute little planes.  I mimicked the planes flight pattern in my quilting.

Quilt stats:
Oh Boy fabric from Riley Blake

Pattern adapted from this book:

Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts
I made my blocks bigger. :)

Size: 37.5 x 47

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Hello!  I was tagged by the lovely Ingrid from the Sewing Lab to participate in the Around the World Blog hop!  Yay, so here goes...it's probably not very interesting, but bear with me. 

What am I working on? 
A lot.  I have bins of stuff I am working on.  Things get shifted to the next thing, then that gets shifted to something else! Not enough hours in the day!  But here is a somewhat organized, er- disorganized list:
Surprise quilt for a special someone - quilting stage
The Dollhouse for the Robot Children that will take years to finish
Pam Kitty Morning quilt - just need to bind!
All Boy quilt - Binding

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think all of us are different from each other.  We can make the same quilt and pop out all different types of variations.  It's all in the fabric and the idea behind the placement.  I personally love color and prints. I love traditional as well.  I would say I am more a traditional quilter with a smidgen of modern, only due to the patterns/prints/colors I pick.  I haven't jumped full fledged into being SUPER modern. I only dabble my toes in that pond. :)

Why do I write/create what I do?
I started this blog mainly to track what I was doing, but I grew and connected with so many quilters. It is definitely a connecting point for me, a means of connecting and sharing my love of quilting with others who have the same passion.  

How does my writing/creative process work?

Trust me, there is NO method to this madness.  I am very scatterbrained, very un-organized (I'm working on it tho!) and I have really NO writing/creative process.  It starts like this: 
Ooooh!  That would be cute, brain - remember that.
Brain - what did I tell you to remember?  Dammit, I should have wrote it down on actual paper with an actual pen.
Ooooh that's cute...ok, I'm going to snap a picture of it, and save it to add to my Evernote board of inspiration.  Wait, why do I have this randomly weird picture of a floor?

I have tagged two lovely and uber talented ladies to go next.  Be sure to check out Lisa from Hilltop House and Adrienne from Chezzetcook Modern Quilts.  And I tag you!  If you haven't been tagged by anyone, I invite you to join in! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


A most dear friend of mine, requested my Modern Foxy quilt.  She had been stalking watching it on Etsy and once she got her new home, she decided it was meant to be hers!  Of course I agreed!  Now, every Modern Foxy quilt needs a matching pillow. Right?  Especially a house warming pillow!

So, I pulled out my remnants of foxy fabric (sniff) and made this cute little pillow with some Essex linen...this stuff is SO dreamy.  Like sewing with butter, on a cloud, a cloud of butter floating on soft minky covered unicorns.  Sorry... but really, it's DELICIOUS.

I am now out of the foxy fabric...and I love it so much!  BUT, I am glad it went to a new home.  And my dear friend has sent me pictures of both the adopted quilt and pillow in their new home.  :)

Also, since I have talked about my quilt ladder, but never showed it, here it is!  We are mostly finally sort-of settled in our new home.  It's been QUITE a process and very exhausting.  We've moved twice in a year and I'm here to say, NEVER again!  ;) Moving sucks.

I stole took this ladder from my grandparents farm property.  After my grandma passed away, the family decided to sell all the property.  It was a very hard decision to make, I'm sure, and I tear up every time I think about it.  I made the unfortunate decision this past weekend to drive by.  Everything is torn down, bull dozed and everything is gone.  Century year old trees, memories, history. All gone, making way for a new subdivision.  So, when I look at this ladder, it makes me happy to know that besides my memories, I have a little piece of history.  My grandpa owned a lot of property, with a milking barn, cows, horses, chickens, lots of stuff.  My aunt thinks that perhaps either my great-grandpa or even my grandpa may have made this ladder.  I love it and I will never part with it.

So, I promise I am still here....the blog has been neglected, but I am alive!

I'm working on a few things at the moment:
A surprise quilt
A Suck-it Cancer quilt
Triangle Brambleberry quilt

I will be back!  :)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Grinchy Advent Calendar

Hey guys!
Are you sick of seeing the Grinch on my blog and IG yet?  If so, I totally don't blame you!  ;)

I've created a pattern to make your very own Grinchy Advent Calendar!  YAY!!  The Grinchy panel is
SO adorable.

This will be sure to delight all your little Whos!  I am not the biggest fan of Christmas, but when my LQS asked me to make something for the Christmas in July sale, after cringing first, I saw Mr. Grinch.  Angels were singing - I knew immediately what to make.  Phewsh!  I've always loved the Grinch, mostly because I can 100% relate to him. Hahaha.  ♥  Black heart and all.  ;)

For his introductory month, this pattern is on sale for $6 bucks!  Yay!  You can get him at my Etsy shop or .
on Craftsy, for you Craftsy lovers.

You'll need to pick up the Grinch panel, and any coordinating Christmas fabrics.  If your  LQS doesn't have the panel, there are a lot of Etsy shops that do.

And I promise, this is the last you'll see of him, well, until Christmas - Maybe.  ;)

Friday, August 29, 2014

10 Quilty Secrets

I'm sitting in bed, going through and reading blog posts airing out their dirty laundry of quilty secrets and I'm loving them all!! It's so liberating! Like flinging off your bra and announcing it to everyone...I'm free!!!! So, I wanna join in the fun.  I wanna be bra less so to speak. ;) Check out the beginning at 13 Spools and grab something delicious and enjoy.

1.  I promise to not be a fabric snob.  However, I have a major pet peeve with fabric designers and how they are so trendy, taking me back in time to high school and forcing my mom to buy me that $95 pair of Lucky jeans because I have high acceptance needs!!!  The fabric world is NO different folks. And now that I'm older and wiser, I have found I LIKE to not follow the trends and I prefer to actually buy what I love, not buy it for who designed it, and/or their label....even tho their last 3 lines have all looked the exact same, same color way, patterns, etc.  Where is the originality in that?  Ok... Deep. Breath.  Oh are we only on #1?  Moving on.

2.  I must hand sew binding on. MUST.  It's very therapeutic to me. I've attempted machine stitching it down and it gives me major anxiety.  I despised binding when I started quilting, now it's my favorite part of quilting.  And stripe-y bindings are the bomb!!!

3.  I live in my flip flops. Sometimes even in winter. I love them. I can only sew barefoot tho. And I usually will sew with one flip flop on, and one off...for the pedal.  I need to feel 'at one' with my sewing machine. Hahaha. Something like that.

4. Nothing warms my heart more, than to see my quilts being used and loved.  However, my kids (and husband!) are not allowed to touch quilts in the house. Unless the quilt is theirs of course. ;)

5.  Best Press.  Love it.  I can't iron without it, and I've been known to shut down all production if I run out...but now I have at least 3 bottles on backup. ;)  hey some people stock up on food supply, I stock up on sewing supplies...not that any of it could save us in the Zombie Apocalypse but hey, a lot could be weapons, I'm sure some Best Press shot in the eye wouldn't be pleasant. Pleasant smelling, yes.... I digress...

6.  I can't sew clothes.  Don't ask me to hem your pants or make your daughter a skirt...trust me, the Robot Children will attest to this and as to why they have no clothes or cute trendy swirly skirts sewn by their mother, who um, sews.  Yah, I suck at it....that is all. :(

7. I can't follow patterns. They confuse me more and it's easier for me to just figure it out.  Do you think this is like a pianist who can't read sheet music but plays by ear?  By all means, not trying to be boastful or braggy, because I find it quite a hindrance and it's actually extremely frustrating...and probably explains #6 a LOT.

8. I don't understand Batiks.

9.  I tend to do blogland trends/sew alongs on my own time, like a year or two after they are over.  It's the rebel in me.

10.  I refuse, absolutely refuse, to pre-wash fabrics...ever.  I need crisp, clean fabrics right off the bolt to work with. and I've never had an issue with not prewashing.  I do swear by Shout color catchers...they are A-mazing.

Thanks for stopping by and reading all my nonsensical ramblings.  If anything, don't take it too seriously, I don't. :)


Monday, August 25, 2014

My summer vacation....

Ok.  It's been a whirlwind of a summer!  I promise I have lots of quilty goodness coming, but until then, here's what we've been up to.

We went on a lovely summer vacation in the mountains. Bliss.

We came home, and moved the very next day!!  Uh, I know.  You don't need to say it, What are you thinking?  I don't recommend this.  A smart person would have scheduled a move before the vacation....

My sewing room sat like this for weeks....and there were lots of tears as I hadn't sewed since probably June.

Sorry for the crappy Instagram photos...but I'm SLOWLY getting it all back together!

Finally, opened up the boxes, and then my sewing room sat like this for a few more weeks. :(

Then it was finally back to school!  Hooray!!  The Robot Children were super excited.   I think mainly to get out of the house that is filled with boxes and unpacking. ;)
No matter how many times I said, "Today is a FUN-filled day of unpacking!", they just never seemed to get enthusiastic. ;)

I finally got some sewing in this weekend.  Sigh.  Felt so good!!

I used Oh Fransson's Barn Bat block tutorial.  Once you figure out those blasted 60 degree angles, it's pretty easy. :)  But, math and I do not get along.

Oh, and 1 more thing to leave you with....

Took the kids to the park, and whilst we try to contain ourselves, we couldn't resist putting Mimi in the baby swing.  As you can CLEARLY tell, she was NOT impressed with our shenanigans.  We think we are funny tho. She is a good patient pug who puts up with a lot.   ♥