Monday, November 13, 2017

What to make for holiday gifts

Bowls, bowls, and more bowls.

That is what I have been working on the last week or so. I just can't get enough.  Each one is so unique and there are so many different shapes and sizes that comes out at the end.

I have been slowly, but surely making my way through strips of fabric and yardage that wouldn't be much good for anything else.  You wouldn't believe the pretty bowls I am getting out of the ugliest fabrics!  It is like magic!

I promise I am working on a tutorial for these bowls.  It just isn't finished yet.  :)  I get rolling along on one and forget to take any progress photos.

I have quite the little collection building on my desktop:

I think the thing I love most about these bowls it that everyone could use one.  Unless of course they are already super organized and have pretty containers for their hair ties, keys, office clips, candies, Wonder clips, phone chargers, guest bathroom lotions and soaps...need I go on?  :)  They can be used for just about everything. 

How are you coming along with your holiday sewing?  Any new projects you are trying?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Scrappy mess and Baby quilt

I made a complete mess of my room this weekend.  I was so scattered with my quilting projects and wanted to work on some scrappy stuff.
These days, my goal has been us sort through and use up some of my ever-accumulating fabric.  I have stuff that has been in my stash for years and I don't know how or why I every bought it.  Many yards of "undesirable" fabric has been chopped into 5" squares to be made into a scrap quilt one of these days.  A "car quilt" as my aunt calls them.  They are never meant to be on display, but are meant to be used on picnics, and for looking at the stars with your honey.  ;)  Pretty it will not be, but useful always.
I have other fabric that is of very, very poor quality.  I had no idea what I was doing when I first started.  This fabric is just not suitable for a quilt.  Some of it is pretty though, just not soft or durable.  I am taking some of these fabrics and cutting 3/4" strips and making rope/cord bowls to either sell or give as gifts.  Who cares that there are pirate skulls all over the tie-dye?  You can't even see them, all you see is the pretty teal of the bowl.

I also have a wonky scrap banner-type thing I am making for a friend that calls for lots of little blue pieces (and yellow actually).

So, as my tote of little scraps was becoming just a giant, overflowing pile in the corner, I decided to pull it out and dump it on my bed.  No photo, sorry.  :(
I have created a monster.  My dog loved his afternoon nap buried in the pile though.
My room has "projects" piled EVERYWHERE!!  It is ridiculous.  I need to just sit my butt at the machine and work on something until it is done.

I am also starting on a quilt for my niece that is due at the end of December.  It will be my youngest sister's first little one and both me and my other sister are done, so Little Miss is going to get spoiled!  :) Starting with a LeMoyne Star quilt. (Thanks Paige for helping me out with that one).  It would probably be my favorite block and there is not much thinking required for each block.  It is a fun little project.  I'll keep you updated on the progress of this one.  I'm hoping to have it done before the shower in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I am Published!!

Yesterday was a pretty exciting day for me.
My very first magazine-published pattern came out.

International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene 2017/2018 hit newstands yesterday.  My quilt Broken Path is one of the featured patterns!  It was a whirlwind of excitement from the moment I received the email from the magazine saying they would like to add my quilt to this publication. 

It was all so crazy, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.  And I WILL do it again.  I don't have my copy yet, but I can't wait to see it in print.  Let me know if you have your copy!
If you don't, you can order it here:

I am so glad that friends supported me in my designing ventures enough to submit one of my patterns.  It is something I might not have done had I not been pushed by fellow quilters.  :)