Friday, October 9, 2015

Bees are my friend

YSo I have been a member of the Lake Superior Modern Quild Guild for a couple years now. 

This year we started a Quilting Bee. In August we made these pineapple blocks for a member. The pineapple block has always been a favorite of mine. And I enjoyed making this block. 
BUT I quickly realized that a pineapple block quilt is not in my future. There are 49 pieces in that block alone!! 

Here are everyone's blocks together at the meeting last night. 
Sorry about the bad lighting. 

For September we needed to make a wonky diamond block. 
Not my favorite fabrics. But she asked for Browns and she likes batiks. She loved the block. 

Here are the blocks for the group. 
I am the queen for November. Can't wait.

How about you? Have you been in a Bee before? Did you like it?  

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Welcome Baby Jackson

I finished a baby quilt for a new addition to our family. His name is Jackson. 
He belongs to my stepdaughter. He is her 2nd child and I'm still not used to being called "grandma". It would probably help if they lived closer and we got to see them more often. 
Now I just need to box it up and get it in the mail. 

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Friday, October 2, 2015

The Clip Cushion

My very first Craftsy Pattern is available now!!

Have you been looking for the perfect way to keep your Wonder Clips handy? Well look no further!

The Clip Cushion is here! The pattern is available on Craftsy.

If you make one, I'd love to see and hear about it.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hard Work Recognized

Do you shop at thrift stores? 

I don't have many thrift stores near me. We have just 1 locally. A few others if I want to drive 20 min or so. Very disappointing. 

Anyway, my kids love to shop there. I'm not really sure why... But it's a treat when I tell them we are stopping. 

So yesterday after grocery shopping, my youngest and I stopped in for a quick look. They had so many hot finds. An awesome wooden chair with a padded seat that was screaming "BUY ME... REDO ME". It was only $15. I regret ignoring it's pleas. It was a perfect redo item! 

One thing that always breaks my heart is when I see homemade items for sale. Like baby blankets etc. Someone put a lot of work into them and I just shake my head at how under appreciated the item must have been. I have rescued a few quilts over the years. 

Well yesterday in the craft yarn bin, I found a bag of crocheted granny squares and hexagons. 

And even though they aren't necessarily my colors.. I had to scoop them up. Look at all that hard work someone did! 

I'm not quite sure what I will turn them into yet.. Maybe a tote?

I just knew I couldn't leave them buried in a scrap yarn bin. 

Any ideas? 
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Put A Name On It

I saw this idea at a quilt store that I visited while out of town last Fall. And since I don't have any girls in my house, I decided to make them for 2 of my favorite girls. 

I used a charm pack from Kate Spain called Terrain that I had in my stash. 

I had to make the pillows inside as well. I couldn't find a pillow insert that fit the size and shape I wanted. 

But... I used a different batting to stuff them and I'm not super happy with the result. I bought something different and it came in a giant box. It says it's "premium" batting. It's horrible. It's lumpy and the more I tried to fluff it, the lumpier (?) it got. So frustrating. But i had a deadline. I was traveling to see the girls this past weekend so lumpy was my only option.

I may redo the inserts and bring them the next time I see them. 

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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Kick I Needed

This past Fall I received an email. It was about a meeting with local quilters to discuss forming a local Modern Quilt Guild. 

I decided to go. Just to check it out... hear what they had to say... see what the group looked like.
Well, as you can imagine. It was a great group and I was pumped and inspired. So much so that on that very first night, I had become the Vice President of Programs for the Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild. Yes... you read that right. 

We have had a great start. I've met some amazing new friends. And it has helped me cope with all the stress around me. I've been inspired to sew and start looking at fabric again. I can't tell you what a difference it has made. 

We have even schedule our first outside speaker. We will be hosting Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts for a weekend in April. She will be doing a trunk show for the public and an awesome class for our guild. So exciting. 

How about you? Do you belong to a quilting guild? Does it inspire you?
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Run for Your Lives!!!

So about a year ago I decided to teach myself to crochet. Actually, I wanted to knit. But quickly gave up. So I gave crocheting a try and fell in love. 

I've made a bazillion hats.. And although I might be exaggerating on that part, it's pretty close. 

Anyway, in the beginning, I found If you crochet or knit and don't know about Ravelry... Slide that rock off the hole you are living in and check it out! The inspiration and ideas are endless. 

Then this past Saturday, my 9yr old asked me for a zombie. I guess I should be honored that he has so much confidence in me. I found a pattern on Ravelry and went to work.

While making his zombie I learned that my son could easily run a sweatshop during the process. He was relentless. "Is it don't yet?"  "Will it be done tomorrow?" "Why are you taking a break?" "Do you want a bandage for those raw fingertips?"  

So, after 2 evenings of working away, here is his new zombie...

Ain't he "cute"? 

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