Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Make Life Fun...Play with your scraps

Welcome to Dandelion Quilts' Scrappy Edition.  So I had some fun Make Life scraps and these coordinating cute buttons.  What is a girl to do, right?  These bags are from the pattern Little Glam Bags by Pink Sand Beach Designs.  I struggled with the zippers, I will be honest. 

 Just for kicks, another shot of Buddy.  This is his newest, most favorite shirt.  LOL.  It is getting a lot of wear.  Look at those long legs!  How am I going to keep him in pants???

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Make Life

So, I finally put my Make Life blocks together.   For the pattern info here is my original post.   I love how it turned out.  It was a zip to put together...what took me so long, right?

I especially like the border fabric.

Sorry for the night time photos.  Yuck.

Say hello to my fabulous new sewing chair.  Bright pink.  What more could a girl ask for?  This chair is surprisingly comfortable and hits my back just right.  Thanks, Ikea.  Make life fun...think pink.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

I actually accomplished a lot during my Friday Night Sew In time.  I worked on a few odds and ends to finish up the baby present. 

First up, some personalized burp clothes that coordinate with the baby quilt.  I was very pleased with these.  They turned out great.  I just love the fabrics, too.

You will also see some bibs in that shot.  That pattern came from the last Quilts and More edition.  It is a pattern by Camielle R.  Very easy.

I also personalized these wash clothes.  Doesn't look like much, but each took close to a half an hour. 

All in all, we say this was a success!  Have a good weekend and don't forget to give your dad a big hug.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Joplin Quilters in Need of Donations

I actually caught wind of this thru Allie.  Fons and Porter has issued a plea for help for a Joplin group of quilters.  Below is the copied article and here is the link where I found the original.

The Town and Country Quilters of Joplin, MO lost everything, including their homes, in a recent and devastating tornado. This quilting group is known for donating many of their quilts to local charities, and could use your help to get started again. They need all tools and supplies restocked because their storage house was also destroyed. Gone are all of the supplies used in the making of charity quilts (rotary cutters, cutting mats, batting, fabric, etc.). If you or your quilt guild would like to donate items, please send them to guild member:

Gloria Park

2921 N. Hickory

Joplin, Missouri 64801

When I was cleaning out the sewing room I found a quilt kit that had been sitting there for several years.  I have decided to ship it to the Town and Country Quilters.  I hope that you will join me in rebuilding this groups' efforts.  I know we all have something in our stash that they could use.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

 I finished hand stitching the binding on this beautiful baby quilt this morning at the car dealership, while I was having my tires rotated.  I really am pleased with how it turned out. 

The corners are my favorite part, I agree with you gals about that.
The binding is a nice mocha color with pindots.  You gotta love pindots.

I threw this pic into the mix just for kicks.  I thought my quilt holder could do this job.  His poor arms were not long enough and had I rotated the quilt, he wouldn't have been tall enough.  But he was a good sport anyway.

Friday Night Sew In

So, I am planning on sewing this Friday Night.  I have 2 projects in mind that I would like to choose from.  I say this because in all likelihood I may walk into the sewing room that night and feel a different whim.  LOL.  Are you like that???

You should join in the fun.  Sign up here.  Big thanks to Heidi and and Bobbi for organizing the fun.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Have I mentioned how much I love my quilty friends?

So, you were absolutely right.  Thank you for the BLOGGER tips.  Much better now. 

Here's another question for those of you in the know...when sewing/working with laminated fabric, do you need to use a special needle?

Frustrations with blogger

So for a couple of weeks now, I have been unable to leave comments on a few of my favorite friend's blogs!  What's the deal???  I see that all of these blogs seem to have a different set up than I do on my page.  Is anyone else having problems?  What can I do to comment on my friends' pages??

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Baby Quilt Top

It has felt really great to get in the sewing room a bit.  I have been working on a quilt for my cousin, who is having her first baby.  This quilt pattern is called Bouncing Borders and it is a design by Bean Counter Quilts.  It is charm pack friendly, but I used my fat quarters and my Go!Cutter. 
 When I get it quilted, I will take it outside for a better shot.  This photo really doesn't do it justice.

Fabrics:  Posh by Chez Moi of Moda Fabrics

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sewing Room in Progress

Sorry the blog has been such a snore lately.  Hang in there.  I have 5 days until vacation and several big projects that I have to get accomplished ASAP.  I also suspect there will be a giveaway in the future.  I have actually been working on some bags, but I will show those another day.

So, I mentioned that I was ditching the guest room in lieu of my very own sewing room.  We have been working on that.  I had a trip to IKEA.  Got some cool organizing stuff there.  I need to make 1 more trip.  I need to have the carpet cleaned.  Meanwhile I did some serious cleaning, sorting, organizing.  I decided that I couldn't wait any longer to show you some sneak peeks.  Sorry the picture below turned out so dark, but I took it twice with the same result.  I think you can still get the vibe though.  I originally bought some Sunkissed fabric as my inspiration for pulling the whole room together.  It is sitting on the ironing board waiting to be made into a new board cover.  Then I bought 2 of Sweetwater's prints from their Etsy site.  The one by the ironing board is the You are My Sunshine...which reminds me of my grandmother.

 This is the other Sweetwater print which is an Irish blessing.  It reminds me of my favorite high school teacher, who wrote the same blessing in my senior yearbook.  How perfect, right?  I also really like the magnet bar that hangs below it with those tins that I filled with buttons.  That was a cheap IKEA purchase that I think is great for a crafting room. My embroidery machine is going to be set up on this extra sewing table.  I know I will get a lot more use out of it if it is already up.
I wish I would have taken a before picture of the hutch- it was such a disaster and just looked a mess. I repurposed it with these great boxes. The flowery ones are actually plastic with snapping lids. They came from the Walmart clearance aisle, as did the matching frame on the bottom shelf. The green boxes are smaller, perfect for fq, and they came from IKEA. Very reasonably priced.

Here is a close up of the flowery box...they really hold a lot.  I used them mainly for my precuts.  On top, you can a charm pack that Jen sent me for my birthday (big thanks Jen, you know Fig Tree is a favorite of mine)...

Matt was really helpful re-doing the room.  He convinced me that I would like a cutting table that wasn't shoved against a wall.  For now, we are going to brace these cubbies together.  Later, I may decide to add a laminate topper...we will see.  I also have a super cool bar that is going to hang on the wall above it, it has these neat baskets that hang off of it.  We just haven't quite gotten that far yet.  (Another IKEA purchase)

I love the cubbies...there are 30 cubbies.  They came from Home Depot and the foldable baskets are from there, too.  Martha Stewart has her own line now.  Love the baskets...they hold alot.  I bought 24 of them and they were worth every penny.  Some of the labels on the baskets are:  pillowcase fabrics, bag fabrics, kits, projects in works, Moda, Moda, Moda, Amy Butler, Layer Cakes, Patterns, Magazines, and Solids.  I think I still have 8 empty bins.  Pretty exciting.

 This was another birthday present from Judy...she made me my very own Abbey Bag out of Bliss....I can right home and shoved pins in it.  I love it.

 Is it not just the cutest????? 

So, I love the new room.   You'd think I would be whipping the projects out, but today I spent the day going through fabric.  I really, really like just sitting in the room and staring at it.  The first night I thought I'd die of pure joy just from having a complete space for a change.  No more running out to the dining room to cut. 

Some of you who have swapped with me with see your gifts sprinkled though out the space, unless they are seasonal. They make the best, final touch, don't you think??