Sunday, September 21, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Swell Quilt

The house has been very quiet since the kids left for college.  It has given me a lot of time to sew and my machine has barely stopped humming since they left.  This quilt is "Swell" from Camille Roskelleys book, "Simply Retro" and hands down is one of my very favorites.  I used as many different small florals as I could find in my stash and a lot of that included Old-New 30's, Flower Sugar, Antique Flower Collection and many more.  I used a vintage sheet for the backing and left the border off for a more vintage feel.  This one I quilted myself and was very pleased with how it turned out.  Have a good weekend, friends!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Vintage Quilt Find

On a recent visit home I came across this quilt while I was out antiquing with my Mom-in-love.  I was immediately drawn to it because of all the various fabrics and the fun pattern.  It was quite dirty and stained but after an overnight bath in the wonderful Vintage Textile Soak, it was 95% stain free.  I am in love with it and can't stop looking at it.  I also picked up some beautiful yarn in "Fresh Water" colorway for a special little boy who is coming into my life.  I'm going to be Great Aunt Nay, and I can hardly wait!  Have a blessed Monday!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Strawberry Swap

I have participated in a couple of swaps this summer on Instagram.  One of my favorite swaps is the Strawberry Swap.  This is my second round of it and it's always a ton of fun!  Today I'm showing you what a received from the very talented Shari of Doohickey Designs.  This was such a fun package to open.  She made the most beautiful runner out of some of my most favorite fabrics.  The runner looks perfect on my buffet.  Shari was so kind to include fabric from her line as well as the Cath Kidston phone cover and all the other goodies.  I was overwhelmed and am very thankful!  I will show you what I made my partner soon.  Hope you are having a good day!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Wild Thing

It's that time of year again when the weather gets hot and the kids head back to college.  First year of grad school for the boy and second year of college for the girl.  I'm handling it much better this year since I've gotten used to having an empty nest at one point or another.  I still get those heart pangs but don't find myself randomly crying throughout the day as I did before (not yet anyway...)

I had a baby shower to attend for a special lady and had so much fun knitting and quilting for her.  I found a kit from Little House in the Big Wool and knitted the cutest monster (in his jammies!) and then made a quilt using the raw edge technique for the circles.  Both were very fun!  I packaged it up with a copy of Maurice Sendak's book, "Where the Wild Things Are" and gave it to the cutest Mom-to-be this past Saturday.  The quilt pattern came from the book, "Growing Up Modern" by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew.  I used the circle rulers from Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet and it made cutting the circles such a breeze!

I had a lot of fabric left over and decided to make a surprise quilt for a special someone (I'll share later). I used the book in the bottom picture.  I didn't have a jelly roll but I did have lots of fat quarters so I cut two 2 1/2 strips from each fat quarter and it gave me the amount I needed.  I went through my stash and used everything that looked like boy to me.  I wanted it bright and colorful and I believe I achieved that!

Have the happiest of Mondays!