Showing posts from April, 2013

Temporary Hiatus!

The plans are made, the tickets purchased, the bags are packed and the passports printed. In less than 24 hours my beloved husband will be off! On Vacation! To Australia! I can't believe it! The trip has been in the works for a few months but I've tried not to think about it so I didn't get too excited. Now as it draws closer I can't believe my head hasn't exploded out of pure giddiness. I was literally jumping for joy yesterday. And now we have only one more night at home with our loving animals before we depart. We'll be gone roughly a month... A whole month...

but wait...

That means an entire month without my sewing machine...

A month of no piecing...

Of no quilting!

How will I ever survive? It will be difficult that's for sure! But I happen to be bringing along a project specially designed for the occasion. A Hawaiian applique project in fact! I might even post some pictures once I have made some progress. I figure me and my applique by the pool in the …

Everybody Loves Owls!

I was stumbling around on Pinterest a few weeks ago and I found an adorable idea which I just couldn't get out of my head. Owls! Made with a drunkards path block!

The blog I found via Pinterest (Sunshower Quilts) led me to the original tutorial on The Tulip Patch called the Roly Poly Owl Block. While the original author used an Accuquilt GO Baby, I figured I could get away with using a set of drunkards path templates which we just got in at the shop. I am really happy I purchased them because, while they aren't quite as quick and easy as a GO Baby, they allow me to be much more accurate than I would be otherwise.  I already have the pieces cut out for another little project! Can't wait to get to it!

When it came time to quilt my little owls, I wasn't sure exactly what to do so I settled on swirls. Looks like wind, right?... Maybe? Well, I like it at any rate. I didn't quilt the owls themselves on this one. I'm not sure what I would have don't with them... I…

New Toy!

I recently, and by recently I mean today, purchased a new camera which I am ecstatic about!. It's all shiny and new (kind of, I bought it from a friend) and takes much better pictures than anything I've ever owned. There's an entire world out there to take pictures of! So what do I shoot with my new camera? My animals. Over and over again.

 I'm pretty sure my cat made this same face in every photo I took! Slightly annoyed and yet somewhat interested. She stayed like that for almost 20 shots.... Completely still....

Who's the handsome puppy?! Watson is the handsome puppy!

Once my dog figured out I was taking pictures he got a little shy and kept running away from me :( That just means I have to take more pictures so he can get used to the camera. Hah!
Oh course my next task was to make something for my new camera. When I get a new toy I always have to make something for it. So I made a camera strap. And took in process pictures with the new camera. You probably don&…

Pennant Banners!

I've been meaning to post this for a while but I kept forgetting to take pictures at the shop. Ta-Da
Again, it's not a great picture but you work with whatcha' got. I had been wanting to make a pennant banner for a while and since we have a shop hop coming up I thought it might be fun to have something festive! And they match the colors on the flyers! Hah! Anyways, I thought I'd post how I made it just in case anyone was interested.
4 fat quarters (or more...or less) Ribbon (3/4") Pinking sheers  Rotary cutter Ruler Tri-recs ruler (or other isosceles triangular ruler) Machine.

Step 1: I started off by straightening the edge of my fat quarter then cutting my fat quarter into [3] 6.5" x 22" strips.  
Step 2: layer the strips evenly then, using your triangular ruler, cut as many triangles as you can from the [3] strips. I was able to make 4 cuts giving me a total of 12 triangles. You can also use the 60 degree line on any longer ruler, though that…

Poppies... Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sleeeeep. Now they'll sleeeeep!

Poppies are certainly putting me to sleep.! Under a nice new quilt that is!... Sorry! it was too good to resist.

Isn't that fabric gorgeous! We just got it in at the shop and I had to make a quilt...which you saw a few days ago. I was so pleased with how it turned out I just had to make another!  Well, I guess that's not entirely correct. I offered to make another for a friend of mine if she purchased the fabric. The perfect project. I can play with the fabric and sew to my hearts content and I don't have to buy anything! I have to give it up... but that's alright since I'm running out of room in my closet anyways ;)
I must admit, even after making a second entire quilt out of these poppies, I still want one for myself. I can't believe I'm saying (or rather typing) this but I might have to make another one to keep... I sure my husband will be thrilled! I've already been told quite a few times that I need to clean up the living room (my current sewing s…