Monday, January 30, 2012

Heart Garland

(inpiration; darn that string hanging in the foreground)
I made myself a Valentine's decoration (perhaps my first ever or at least since Elementary School). I found a copy of Pride and Prejudice that was in pretty poor shape, which was the only way I could justify cutting up a book (I'm still feeling a bit like I need to go wash my hands/mouth out/conscience clean) and cut out a load of hearts. Then I layered them in 3's and sewed them all together.

After they were all sewn together I creased the the hearts along the seam for a little dimension and that was it! Fun and simple. So while I was at it I listed one into the Etsy shop too. Maybe you'd like one too, after all it is 100 feet of Jane Austen love.

Dear Ms Austen- please don't be upset that I cut up your book, I promise it was for a real good cause. Don't think of it as destrying think of it as upcycling!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Quilt Story Feature

Today my Quilt of Shaun is being featured over at Quilt Story! If you want to go check it out over then here is the link. Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My First Custom Order

Before Christmas a gal contacted me about making a table runner for her. She had bought a set of my Suburbia hot pads and wanted a table runner to match. She told me that the set would be for her daughter's 2nd birthday (she is getting a play kitchen). Which I think is a darling idea- must remember for Kennedy.

Luckily she didn't need it before Christmas, which would have been impossible, but I started on it the week I got home from vacation, and here is the final project. The 45 degree corners were a new and troublesome endeavor for me. But in the end I like how it turned out, especially those Ruby scallops for the binding.

So thanks Emily K for my first custom order!

Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 Goals

I'm pretty pleased with the outcome my non-resolution goals last year. I followed through on all of them, although I still need to finish my curved piecing project. So I thought I'd make a similar list again this year, and hopefully it will keep me focused on the things I really want to get done.

Paper Piecing

Image via: Why Not Sew?
I've done spiderweb blocks using paper, and I've pieced hexagons using paper, but I've never created an image using paper. There are a few that I'd like to try: heart, ice-cream cone, pineapple and flying geese wheel.

Image via: Craftiness is Not Optional

When I say clothes I really mean dresses for Kennedy. There are so many cute little girl dresses out there but here are a couple I'd start with: petals and smocked sun dress.

Finish Quilts

I have a list in my sewing room of projects to finish and new projects to start. My goal is this year is to finish all the quilts that I've already started which include (except for my selvage spiderweb quilt which will take years of selvage accumulating):


Pumpkin Table Runner

Baby Selvage

Pink & Brown Zig Zag

Sea Views Shower Curtain

Hexagon Mini