Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This may just be my favorite yet...

Top is done.  Specifics here in case you missed them.  I had a major debate with myself whether to leave it as the original pattern states or add the the white border.  After I added the white border the question was whether to add a scrappy border with another white border like I did on my pinwheel sampler, to add the blue border, or to stop.  Well, you can see the blue one and I am glad.  I think it looks nice.  I just wanted it a bit bigger than the original dimensions.  I could have just added some more blocks, too.  I love that this pattern is so versatile.  I really do like the pattern, and plan on using it again soon.

I love this quilt and all of its Verna goodness.  Bless you Kate Spain.

When I was debating, I laid the quilt out on Buddy's new bed and called him in for his opinion.  He had a strange look on his face and he said, " Wow, I didn't see the flowers coming."  That made me laugh.  I told him..."The quilt isn't for you or your bed."  That was quite a relief to him.  LOL.  He didn't help my decision at all.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Works in Progress

 So, I have been doing a bit of sewing.  Yessiree...finished a bunch of blocks yesterday and have more cut for today.  I am using my Verna fabric.  It is a gorgeous line.  I hate to cut it, frankly.  Beautiful. 

I am using this pattern, Elsie and Paige Sisters Forever.  I was inspired to buy it by these quilts here.  (I particularly love that Strawberry Fields version in photo #2.)  You can grab yourself a copy here.  I think it is a nice pattern because the directions are concise.  There are nice diagrams.  It seems to go pretty fast.  And, there are multiple ways of doing quilts in here.  I love choices, don't you?

 Here is my favorite work in progress right here.  Isn't he a handsome guy?  I think that tooth that is missing just completes things, don't you?  He was a junior host at the wedding.  He passed out the programs.  Did a great job too.  As soon as the service started, I was told he looked at his grammie and said, "Grammie, get this flower off me now."  LOL.  You know, flowers are for girls. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Brunch, shall we?

 So, the bridal brunch was fun.  The bride loved her runner and bunting.  We had loads of good food.  Although, I just thought I'd share a couple of great links here...

I served my picnic chicken, I forgot to take a snap of that one.  Delicous, easy, and warms up great for leftovers or serves nice cold.  You can find the recipe here at Taste of Home.

Some of the sides were: 

Maple Pecan Coleslaw from The Cottage Home.  I made this with my friends special homemade maple syrup.  Delicious. 

and these bad boys went with us to the spa....

Smores Cake in a Jar by How Sweet it Is

They are best warm, but you can make them early and nuke them for 20 seconds.  Delicious.  I used 6 jam jars (8 ounces) instead of her 4 pint jars.  It was just the right portion of cake.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A New Purse

So, I have had this bag cut out for over a year and finally got around to finishing it whipped up this bag the other day and gifted it to my mom for helping me get ready for the Bridal Brunch I was throwing.  She really liked it.  The fabric is from Urban Chicks 1974 fabric collection.  I wish they would come out with another collection similar to this one because I loved it.  The bag is by Quilts Illustrated and is called Camilles Bag.  I have made it before and you can see those color ways here

More details about the brunch, including recipes tomorrow. 

Also in the "must share" department, I did pick up some charms...

Sherbit Pips (How did I ever live without you?)

Ruby (Oh, I do think I will be buying a bit more of you, missy!) (Oh, and I picked them up at Emerald City Fabrics...but they only have 1 left.)

Finally, I want to thank LeAnn for this adorable bag pattern that I won.  Love it!  Can't believe I hadn't already picked this little gem up because it looks just like something I would "have to have".  Thanks, LeAnn.  If you haven't ever been to LeAnn's blog, you should head straight on over there for some beautiful quilts, inspiration, not to mention that LeAnn is a very sweet and sincere person to get to know.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Make Life Happy

I sat down last night and knocked out the binding on my sweet pea quilt.  I bought this label for the quilt....I just think it fits just right. 
Make . Life . Happy

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Birthday Girl

I made a little birthday present for our sweet neighbor girl.  I used one of my Label Crew birthday labels on this cute popsicle pillowcase.  She really liked that touch.  And I also made a matching pouch.  I found these cute girly nailpolishes that looked like ice cream cones (sorry forgot to snap a photo of that).  She can store them in the pouch. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Here Comes Goodbye

One of my very dear friends from work is leaving us for a new and exciting opportunity.  While I am of course very excited for her, I will miss her very much.  I stumbled upon this fabric tutorial from The Cottage Home.  Great directions.  Easy project to make.  I added a little extra stabelizer and found it more difficult to get share corners, so next time I won't and I think it will be quite sturdy anyway.  This is my first time working with canvas.  What a great use for some scraps.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Totally Fun To Make

Finally I decided that I should make a bunting.  Actually, I made two.  And, I used my Go Cutter.  Whoowee...what a snap and so cute.  One day I was touring around blogland seeing the sights when I stumbled upon this easy tutorial over at Diary of a Quilter.  I thought to myself, "Self, hold onto your britches, I think you have that Go Die."  I ran lickity splittity right into the sewing room, and sure enough I did. 

What a great use of scraps, which is what I made my bunting for the sewing room from. 

Of course, for my friend's bridal brunch....I used the cherry material up.  So cute.  Cannot wait to hang it up. 

Here is the finished version of the table runner after I washed it up.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Saturday doings

Well, I actually had a really successful day of sewing. 

First I'd like to report that I quilted and sewed my binding on my Sweat Pea Make Life Quilt.  Where's the picture you ask?  Well....I still have to hand tack the binding down.  But, just as soon as I do...I promise you a picture.

As if that was not enough for one day!  What now, you ask?  Well, I am throwing a little Bridal Brunch at my house in a couple of weeks for my gal pal.  She loves cherries.  So, I made this cute runner last night.  I thought I would have it out at the brunch, and gift it to her at the end.

Have you ever made this pattern?  It is a great one.  Quick.  Plus, no binding!  When you are done following the quilting instructions, you are done.  I made my dimensions called for 8 X 8.  I did 3 X 6.  I have done it with a charm pack before.  Click here to see the different colorway.  Now I have to wash it a couple of times to give it that rag quilt effect that makes it super cute.  I want to get some Shout color catchers before I do that. 

While I am at all of this sharing, look at this fabulous giant pincushion that my friend Judy sent me for my sewing room!  It is 2 sided even.  I love Bliss.  Cannot wait for Ruby to be released.  Thanks, Judy!

Last week, I also made these pouches using a pattern by Amy Butler.  They were a snap to make, I just happen to think the other ones are cuter. 

In other has been hot around here.  But, we've been beating the heat. 

Unfortunately, this is hard to see...but you can trust me that in this photo Buddy has a python wrapped around his neck and his friends shoulders.  I thought I would surely pass out watching it.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Pity Party

Thirty Hand Made Days
Are you stuck at home over the 4th?  Well, head on over to the pity party for some fun that you can create yourself.

I linked up my yummy triffle.  Unfortunately, I didn't get that I should name the dessert, not myself.  Duh.  Oh well, people will tell from the photo, I guess.