Friday, January 29, 2010
Guess what? Random Number Generator listened to your plea(se) and picked you!!
I'm leaving you this weekend with a little organizational color to brighten up gray skies. It comes with all these one-in-every-color recycled cards and it's so cheery, even if you don't put a single business card in it.
However you spend your time this weekend, relaxing, organizing, sewing, have a great time.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
In the midst of all this reorganization, guess what I found? Some Amy Butler fabric from a couple of her early lines, now out of print: Temple Flowers and Gypsy Caravan. This fabulous fabric is in all different sizes. I got it so long ago that it is entirely possible it was part of a kit that I decided against making. Who knows? Anyway, I got this pattern last week from Craft Hope, designed by Kate Conklin. Just perfect for showcasing these gems of Amy Butler greatness, don't you think?
I have some Kona cotton in "ash" on its way, a very light gray, and I'm thinking that might be the perfect background for these cheery florals.
What about you? Do you need some flowers to give you a little feeling of spring? I found a little over a yard of this piece of Temple Flowers, so guess what? I'm giving it away! A half-yard cut each to two people.
Leave a comment for one chance to win a half yard and tell me what ideas you have. If you want to increase your chances, become a follower, or let me know that you already follow this blog. I'll pick a winner on Wednesday morning.
In the meantime, I'm off to see what other forgotten fabric treasures may be buried around here...
Sunday, January 24, 2010
(My block is on the bottom row, second one in from the left.)
I haven't yet put my quilt blocks together. Many thanks to the quilters who pieced the charity blocks together and did the quilting for these amazing quilts and tree skirts.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I had planned to donate an item, but I was too slow (another hard lesson on the price of procrasination). There has been such a tremendous response and the shop is closed to donations of items for sale at this point. So....to compensate, I tried to do my part by doing a little shopping.
Three quilt patterns by a great designer, Kate Conklin.
A PDF for this super calendar, especially great if you hang out at the public library (with places to write in the name of the books you checked out and the due dates--you can also get a version without the "date due").
And this T-shirt because it was too cutely irresistible.
Craft Hope is being run by a mom with three kids under the age of 5 and another mom who is seven months pregnant and homeschooling two kids. This undertaking was such an act of generosity on their part. The shop will remain open until everything has sold. Etsy shop owners have been extremely generous and there are LOTS of great items still remaining. This is a tremendous opportunity to multi-task--buy handmade and receive something great, and above all, help those who are in such need of help.
Note: All purchases are made directly from the Craft Hope etsy shop. The individual links are to give more info on the generous artists and crafters who donated items to the Craft Hope shop.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
*Sturdy and reliable
*Spacious and roomy
*Open to sharing the spotlight
*A little dull but definitely willing to hang out with someone much more colorful
*Some color and excitement
*Tired of living in piles on the floor
*Needs plenty of room as she likes to live life "large" and spread out
*Someone willing to showcase all the beautiful possibilities
*A temporary home
*Tired of living in plastic bins
*A temporary home
Of course I think The Bachelor and Bachelorette No. 1 are the PERFECT pair. But instead he went for the sleek and flashy Bachelorette No. 2.
Any ideas where I can find another eligible bachelor who wouldn't mind living in a sewing room?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
(This is the version with a black background. The main blocks are the same, but the center panel and outside border is much different. I like it a lot. Maybe someday I'll tackle making 3460 again, in this version. On second thought, do you see all the flowers in the border? They look like they have a lot of pieces, like a lot more than the ribbon border in 3460. So maybe not...)
I would like to thank Mark for his constant support and encouragement. He has followed me through many different creative phases, without once ever complaining about the time or money ivolved. (And now he even does most of the cooking too, which gives me more time and energy to keep sewing.)
Finally, I would like to thank 3M for inventing Post-It notes. When you have pages of cutting notes and parts of blocks that are identified by capital letters, numbers and small letters (i.e., "Cut thirteen 1 1/4" squares--A4a, A6a, A7a, B4a, B6a, B7a, C5a, C8a, C10a, D10a, D5a, D8a"), well, you get the picture, right?
Without Post-It notes, this quilt could not have been made. Seriously.
Monday, January 11, 2010
And this is my favorite block (217 pieces), just in case you were wondering.
3460. Because I thought piecing could give me the look of applique. You know...without all the work.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Arrived in the mail yesterday, because I have a zillion cords under my office desk (not colorful at all, scary looking) that need to be identified (you know, when you call Comcast because you are having trouble with your internet and they say "disconnect the modem." Uh, okay...no problem...in this jumble of cords. Can I put you on hold, please?)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
So (sew), two new endeavors to start the year off in an inspirational and creative way, and no money out of my pocket, at least not for the month of January!