Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tough Week + School Donations

This has been a very difficult week for me. My beloved cat, George, passed away on Tuesday. He's been my sidekick for over 16 years and our house seems very, very empty without him here. I didn't realize how much emotional support he gave me and losing him has been very painful. He's been my "therapy dog" in dealing with my illness. I miss him so, so much. Losing a pet is difficult enough, but processing that grief with my kids has been unbearable. Hopefully this will all get easier with time. 

Moving on to happier subjects, here is quilt #82. This is a baby sized B&W quilt for my children's school fundraiser. I had my son (age 8) layout the blocks, so he was the designer. I love B&W quilts for babies... such a fun contrast for their brand new eyes and a nice way to make a gender-neutral quilt. 
The binding and backing are both B&W tiny polka dots. The quilting is straight-line quilting on either side of the seams. 

My other child's class theme is "baseball." I made this wooden crate using vinyl lettering. We're not a baseball family, but I pictured this being good for home decor or storage for gloves/balls/cleats? 

I also painted a baseball-themed pumpkin. Hopefully all of these items will raise some much-needed funds for the classrooms. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

My Snapshots Quilt

In 2015, this quilt pattern was released as a fundraiser for St. Jude's. I LOVE St. Jude's and the blocks for this quilt are all things that I love. It's taken me forever to complete it, for one reason or another. But this week I did complete my quilt, which is a little different version of the original. I chose six of the twelve blocks and used my favorite fabrics, in my favorite colors.

The teapot is perfect, I drink a lot of tea and coffee. I own a photography business and photos are among my most prized possessions (quits are another!). Obviously the sewing machine is significant in my life. I have had a lifelong obsession with hot air balloons, since I was a little girl. We actually rode in a hot air balloon on our honeymoon. The cake block I love because cake is one of my favorite foods. And the wine glass? I love wine and grew up in the wine country (Sonoma County, California). Like I said, the blocks of these quilts were SO perfect for me personally. 
The back is a vintage camera print from Hobby Lobby. One of my favorites (I also used in on Melody's quilt a couple of years ago). 

And I completed it one week before my birthday, so happy birthday to me! February marked 10 years since I made my first quilt. This is quilt #81 (see them all here). I had planned to do a full photo "shoot" and blog post to recognize a decade of quilting, which I have loved so much. But my plans and time got away from me, so here is my ten-year tribute. Me in a photo with my new favorite quilt!  :) 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wedding Sign & Other Crafts Lately

I made this sign as part of a gift for a friends’ daughter’s wedding. I used the same technique I used in this blog post (one of my most “pinned” posts ever!). It’s fairly easy, but a little time consuming. 

My mother’s group had a painting project for us last week, too. It was fun to paint with a bunch of friends and see how all of our paintings turned out similar, but different.  

Speaking of my mother’s group! I just realized I never shared any of the crafts I taught this year (I served at the Creative Activities Coordinator this year). These were two of our Spring projects... Sharpie Mugs (using oil based sharpies). I wouldn’t really recommend this project since the cups haven’t held up as well as I hoped they would, despite following instructions. 
And photo blocks. These are 2x4” boards, cut to photo size. Then we painted the edges with acrylic paint, modge-podged photos on them, and decorated with fabric/paper flowers and ribbon. They turned out very cute and the moms in the group seemed very happy with this craft. It helps that our kids are adorable!  ; ) 

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Simple Life - Baby Quilt

I love this fabric line - The Simple Life by Riley Blake (with a few others thrown in, too). 
I love this fabric, especially since this quilt is for a farming family. 

I especially love the little girl reading. This is one of the things I am most proud of as a mother; both of my kids are readers and love books. It makes my heart happy. 
The back is a sweet pink/purple and aqua and the binding is more of the B&W white polka dots (from Hobby Lobby). 
This is my 80th finished quilt! You can view all of my quilts by clicking here. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

I’m wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Stars Quilt

Another baby quilt complete! This is very similar to the one I made in 2015. I love these Heather Bailey fabrics. 
The binding is a pastel paisley print I found at Hobby Lobby. 

The backing is a soft green I’ve had forevvvvvvver. I’m trying to use more of what I have and stop keeping everything. 

It’s very sweet and soft and I hope baby Olivia loves it as much as I do. 

This is quilt #79 that I've made! You can view all of my quilts by clicking here. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Purple & Gray

My cousin recently had a baby girl and I am so excited to see them both and give her this sweet little baby quilt. Purple and gray string block in the middle with strips of “coins” on top and bottom. 

The binding is a pop of teal. 

The back is a purple and white vintage print. 

I hope they both love it!

This is quilt #78 that I've made! You can view all of my quilts by clicking here. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Little Houses Baby Quilt

 Quilt #77 is complete! This was made using the “Dwell” pattern from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro, although I made only 6 blocks since it is for a baby. 

The houses are made with Moda’s “Miss Kate” line. I love the reds and blues and greens and oranges. 
The backing is an olive green print I’ve had forever. I’m trying to USE my fabric instead of HOARDING my fabrics. 

The binding is a blue and green swirly print, another I’ve had forever. 
I love the little houses, especially the pinwheels.  : )

 I love this little quilt and I’m happy it’s going to our new nephew, Lane. I hope he loves it, too. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Mosaics Classes

I’ve taken a couple of classes on mosaics from a local art studio. I think I LOVE it. I wish I could go there everyday. 

For the first class, I attempted to make a hot air balloon. It didn’t quite turn out how I hoped (I think it looks more like a topiary), but I love the colors and the idea. 

Here’s the hot air balloon, before grout...
And after grout... 

The second class, I decided to try a tree. I found this photo to use as inspiration. Clearly I attempted a much more simplified version! 

Here’s my glass, glued down and ready for grout. 

The grout was messy, but fun! 

The final (or almost final) pieces from the class. 

And the final... after grout and ready to hang. 

 Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Blue Baby Quilt

This quilt is a donation for my children’s school fundraiser. They do a great fall carnival with a silent auction that benefits each classroom. My son’s classroom theme was “baby,” which is right up my alley. I LOVE making baby quilts. 
Quilt #76 is complete! This is a baby quilt using a charm pack from Moda (called “Spa” from Deb Strain). I’ve had the charm pack for quite a while.   

 The binding and backing are a blue and white fabric that I believe I found at Joann’s a while back. It’s all been waiting in my sewing room for a couple of years now. 


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