Sunday, January 31, 2010

What a ride!

We had such an awesome weekend.. so much laughing. The class was the best class we've ever taken. Me & My Sister are so sweet and so much fun. Here is a picture of them holding our completed bags at the end of class..
They had balloons that we all had to pop thru out the class.. some balloons contained a winning ticket for a prize. We played games and had contests... And I came home with quite a few goodies!
And.. finally.. here is my bag! I love love love this bag.. and the pattern was fun to make.
The interior of the bag is that hot pink.

We asked the sisters if they enjoy being designers for Moda.. and they said "We pinch ourselves everyday!" I am so happy for them.. they have a job that they love and it showed!
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Friday, January 29, 2010

Hit the Road Jack...

I'm gearing up for a very exciting weekend!!! My sewing buddy, Bobbi, is coming to town today. She's probably loading up her Denali (aka The Bus) right now! My boys are equally excited cuz she's bringing her youngest with her. Me and my Boys can't wait.

We are taking a class together tomorrow (not that we need a class on bag making). We've made enough bags between the two of us to fill any women's closet.. and then some. But - the ladies at one of my favorite quilt stores here in Phoenix highly recommended this class for the FUN FACTOR. It is being taught by the two Moda Designers "Me & My Sister". Word on the street is that their classes are a HOOT.. more like a party than a class.

They had Bobbi and I at PARTY!!! (Woah.. got a lil flashback there of what "Party" used to mean to Bobbi and I... wow.. times have changed. It's amazing what marriage and motherhood does to a girl).

This is the new bag pattern that we will be making by Me & My Sister:

We will post pictures later this weekend (probably on Sunday) of our bags that we make.. and tell you whether "The Sisters" live up to their reputation for a "Good Time".

And.. if we remember to grab the camera between all our laughter this weekend.. we'll post some fun pictures of us too.
So.. here's to laughing so hard that your face hurts!!
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More Postage Stamp Quilt-Along details

Ok, now that I know quite a few of you are interested in the Postage Stamp Quilt-Along, I will give a few additional details.

Like I said - this is meant to be a scraps buster - but it doesn't have to be.

The pieces of fabric that we will be working with will be 1 1/2 x 21 inches. So keep that in mind as you dig through your scraps for fabrics to use.

The 1 1/2 x 21 inch size also means that this is a great project to use some Fat Quarters up. So if you have some in your stash that you want to use.. dig those out too.

Using the white or cream between each color square is totally optional. This would be a gorgeous quilt without the white or cream.
I also want to stress how easy this is going to be - I think you will all be amazed at how fast this quilt goes together. This is a great beginner project!

When we are ready to begin - I will start a flickr group for everyone to share their progress and/or tips/ideas. Joining the flickr group is a totally optional part of the quilt-along. I won't be giving anyone "the boot" for not sharing like I've heard some other groups have done.

This is about having fun, being motivated, encouraged and to maybe learn something new while doing something that brings us joy!

I also created a button for the Quilt-Along. It is in my sidebar. You can grab it for your blog if you would like.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wait a minute Mr Postman...

Last fall I received the LLBean Home catalog and instantly fell in love with this quilt!

I have found a great way to make the postage stamp quilt using scraps WITHOUT sewing each little tiny square - I'm getting ready to start it sometime towards the end of February.

BUT - I thought I would check with all of you first and see if anyone is interested in a Postage Stamp Quilt Along? I would be posting the first one in late February.

This really wouldn't be as hard as it might look. I will include details to let you know exactly what you will need for whatever size you want to make. I will be making a KING size.. I know.. that's big!

If you are interested - leave a comment and let me know and I will be sure to get it rolling. This will be a great way to use up those scraps! Pin It

Friday, January 22, 2010

February Friday Night Sew-in and Giveaway!

Bobbi and I are hosting another Friday Night Sew-In for February and a Giveaway!!

Joining the Friday Night Sew-in is a way of setting some time aside to work on those projects on your to do list. And remember - it doesn't have to be a sewing project.. maybe you have a knitting project.. or some scrapbooking.. it could be anything.

So join Bobbi and I, Friday February 19th, for our monthly Sew-In.

Here are the "rules".
1. Enter your blog info below.

2. Make a post on your blog - letting all your readers know about the sew-in. Spread the word.. we could all use the virtual sewing support and encouragement.

3. On Friday – 02/19/10 - Get your house settled, put on your comfy jammies.. maybe make a cup of tea.. and sit down to work on some of those projects (or anything else that you want to work on).

4. Then, sometime on Saturday - Make a post about what you worked on.. show us a picture or two.

5. Optional.. grab the "Friday Night Sew-In" Button on the right for your own blog!

And finally - on Sunday 2/21, we will enter all participants into a GIVEAWAY for something fun! Maybe some fabric.. or a sewing gadget or two.

Friday Night Sew-in Participants
1. Bobbi
2. Lissa
3. Georgia
4. Sue B.
5. Annie
6. Jamie
7. Rene
8. Valerie
9. lisa
10. shiree
11. Cara Quilts
12. Coloradolady
13. Polly
14. Maranda
15. Sue M
16. Paula
17. Holly Days
18. Thearica
19. Crystal
20. Carol Lewis
21. Jane
22. Kim P.
23. Ros
24. Dorothy
25. Bev C
26. Maria W
27. Libby
28. Mandy
29. SheilaC
30. Rhoda
31. Asiyah
32. Wendy
33. Not Just Nat
34. Gran
35. Melissa
36. dianne
37. Judy C
38. Candy OBrien
39. Ashley
40. Vivian
41. Karen
42. Terri
43. Jessica C
44. Tiffany W
45. Amy
46. Nichole Pyle
47. Jessica
48. Jill in Ohio
49. Michele
50. Beth in MD
51. Linda - Texas
52. Mrs Moen
53. MissMikol
54. Jen
55. Erin
56. Manuela
57. Polly
58. CountryGirl
59. Narelle
60. sue niven
61. Janey
62. Anne Lise
63. Bren
64. Debi Lohr
65. Cornelia
66. Sue D
67. Kat
68. Judy K
69. Sandy K
70. Carmen
71. Mayleen
72. San-Dee
73. Coleen
74. Vicki
75. Nancy in NJ
76. Pat
77. Ruth
78. cath Ü
79. Madelyn
80. Linda
81. Becky
82. Cheryl
83. Joy P
84. Sue H.
85. Kim in Pokeytown
86. Kerry
87. Lis
88. Jane B
89. laura lamb
90. Susan
91. Stephanie R
92. jilly
93. Cindy
94. Celine
95. Dzintra
96. bettyp
97. Becky G
98. christin
99. Debbie S.
100. Shelly
101. Shelley
102. Kat
103. Joanne
104. Jacque.
105. Quilter Going Bananas
106. Sandra
107. Amy sew~amy
108. Judy C.
109. Molly
110. Deb in AZ
111. kimland
112. Patty
113. Michelle
114. kwiltmakr
115. Deborah A
116. Susan
117. Marta
118. Alice Grace
119. Suzanne
120. Abi
121. Janet
122. Marybeth
123. Anne Heidi
124. Jennifer
125. Sunny
126. Satu
127. Carme
128. Irene
129. Angela
130. alicia
131. Cleary K.
132. Kristen M.
133. Ellen
134. Molly B
135. Sue
136. dawn
137. Rene
138. Frou
139. Jan Q
140. Vicki B
141. Di B
142. Neroli
143. Susan Entwistle
144. Pam in Texas
145. Fiona
146. Dandelion Quilts
147. Kate quilts...
148. Mistea
149. Stephanie in Austin, TX
150. Michelle - Dresden Quilter
151. Lydia
152. SarahB
153. Rachel
154. annie
155. CJ
156. *jean*
157. Diane aka Bear Creek Quilter
158. Zannah
159. Sara
160. Sweet Jeanette
161. Melissa
162. Diana
163. SheilaC
164. Lynda Green
165. Tammy
166. Krista - Poppyprint
167. valerie
168. Krista
169. Dagmar - Quiltmoose
170. Kim
171. Tracy
172. Edna @ Needling Things
173. Geniene
174. Dora
175. Brye Lynn
176. Linda
177. Susan Cleveland
178. Annette - Jindi's Cottage
179. Amber R
180. Trillian
181. Kerry
182. Beth
183. Joan/wishes, true and kind
184. Mary Anne Drury
185. Helen Koenig
186. Jandi
187. BadlandsQuilts
188. Pat
189. Brooke
190. Liz B
191. Greg
192. balinda
193. Kim in MN
194. Dora

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Scraps.. where do you draw the line?

I hate to admit, but when I first started sewing I didn't save my scraps. I know.. I know.. we would cringe today if we saw some of the scraps I threw away.

But even though I save scraps now.. I know that what is considered a scrap worth saving to one person.. isn't necessarily worth saving to the other. Some people save every little string and strip.. YOU know who you are!

As I was working on my siggy blocks - I decided to save the lil tiny triangles that I was cutting off. Now let me say - that normally I consider this size scrap as "not worth saving". I'm not quite sure what motivated me to save them. But I did and this is what I made.

These blocks are both 8 1/2 inches square and I may turn them into potholders for the other swap or for me to keep. Because of the small size of the scraps.. they were hard to match up. I did my best.
So what is too small for you to save? Are you a salvage saver? What are some creative things you have done with scraps?

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

She's a DUDE!!

As you may or may not know.. I am married with two petri dishes.. er.. um.. I mean children. Both boys.. both funny.. but right now they both have nasty colds.

And me with my immune system that makes most mothers green with envy.. rarely gets sick. I have been triumphant many times at keeping JUST ONE person sick and not spreading it around the family. I'm always diligent about wiping down the places germs like to live.. like door knobs.. phones.. remote controls.. fridge handle.. kitchen drawer handles.. faucet handles.. even the light switches. My oldest even had H1N1 in early November and no one else in the family got it.. I'm pretty proud of that one.

But.. not this time. First the oldest got the cold.. then my youngest.. and now me. My youngest told me this morning "Mom, you sound like a dude!". We had fun with that one.

So.. here is my treatment plan..

And YES.. that is my sewing machine behind the tissues and it is a part of my treatment plan! I'm on my way to the sewing room now. I'm going to work on my signature blocks and maybe catch up on some 9 patch squares (I can't tackle anything that takes a lot of thought, so no free motion quilting today).

Now what color lipstick goes best with a pasty white face and a red nose?

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Times have changed

First - I know you are curious about the class this morning. It was wonderful. I learned so much and not only that.. fixed my issue. It was THREAD!!! Can you believe how easy that was. Apparently my machine doesn't like 100% cotton thread for free motion quilting.

The Teacher was great - and she had a ton of great tips for us. Below is a sample of my work.. I attempted the alphabet.. I got to "k".
I can't wait to get to work on finishing some quilt tops that I've been holding onto until this was fixed.

Now for something so funny! The teacher of today's class started by reading a paragraph out of a 1949 Singer Sewing Machine Manual.

"Advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual

Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.

Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.

When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on.

If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should."

Can you believe that? Now, I admit, I do try and look good for my husband on a regular basis, however, I frequently sew in my jammie or sweatpants without makeup. How about you?

When I got home from the class, I must have been feeling domestically guilty. I threw in a load of laundry and cleaned out the fridge. And I'm proud to say that while cleaning out the fridge, I only discovered 1 science experiment.

Then I made this pie.

The boys and I will be enjoying it tonight after dinner.

Then I think I'll put on some lipstick and go sew!

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Wish me luck

So way back in early October I quilted this quilt using free motion quilting on my sewing machine. It was my first attempt, it went well and I was happy with my first try at stippling.

But then something happened.. not sure when.. why.. or what it is. But soon after - I tried to do this quilt.. and that's when it all went down hill. I don't have an actual picture from that day.. but here is one that I found online that shows what happened on the underside of my quilt.

So I did a lot of online research (highly scientific) and from what I could conclude - it was my bobbin tension. I went to a quilt store that specializes in my brand machine and they told me I needed this different bobbin case that is specific for free motion quilting.

So Santa left one for me in my Christmas stocking (love that guy). Then this past Saturday as I was going to make the pincushion for the Sew-in giveaway - I decided to give a little free motion a whirl using my new bobbin case.

IT DIDN'T WORK!!!!! This time I had the same issue but on top this time. I adjusted my top tension in both directions.. still no success. I was ready to scream.. instead I only grunted.

I was able to finish the pincushion by reverting to a straightline quilting instead. Then I turned the sewing room light off and got the heck out of there for the night.

BUT.. on Sunday morning.. God must had felt my frustration.. because I opened my email.. and during the middle of the night.. the quilt store that specializes in my brand machine had sent a newsletter announcing a class for machine quilting and troubleshooting.

Can you believe the luck?! It is tomorrow morning from 9:30 - 11:30 and it's only $12.00. And I'm serious.. I truly feel that God was looking out for me because not only is the timing perfect.. but it's during the day when my kids are at school. Because with me husband out of town for 2weeks for work.. I could never have made an evening or weekend class work.

I can't wait to get this issue resolved! Wish me luck! Pin It

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rule Breakers!!!! Yep.. that's us.

Some of you may have noticed that both of our winners failed to post their Friday night results to their blogs on Saturday. (Rule #4).

Bobbi and I appologize for this oversite - we were in a hurry to get it posted since we were already delayed.

After a lengthy phone conversation - Bobbi and I have decided that we will still send the prizes to the winners.. and we promise to follow our own rules in the future. :-)

We are so happy that so many of you had a blast Friday Night.. and can't wait to see you all again in February.

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Giveaway winner!!!

We finally have the winner for the Friday Night Sew-in Giveaway. Sorry for the delay.. but we had a MN Vikings game to watch! WHAHOOOO!!!

Anyway.. on the the important stuff.. The winner is #136 CJ from A Stitch & a Prayer.

Congratulations CJ - if you email me with your address - I will get this little bundle in the mail to you.

BUT WAIT.. There is more!! Bobbi and I decided that since we had such a fantastic turn out for January's sew-in.. that we will give away TWO PRIZES!!!!

Go on over to and see who won over there!

Can't wait to sew with all of you again in February!

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday Night's on Flickr

We have created a Flickr group "Friday Night Sew-in" for everyone to share what they worked on last night (and future Sew-in's).

The Flickr group is TOTALLY OPTIONAL! If you don't already share on Flickr - don't feel like you have to figure it out.

The objective of the Friday Night Sew-in's are to encourage us to take time for ourselves and work on something that we enjoy. And in the process - we are meeting some fantastically creative and friendly people.

So if you want to join the Flickr group.. get on over there and share! Pin It

Friday Night Results!!!

First I need to say WOW.. the turn out for last nights Friday Night Sew-in was absolutely amazing.

Bobbi and I were talking this morning about how great it is that all of us from around the World were able to get together and sew last night. Her and I are both the type of people who need that little extra push sometimes after a busy day of giving to everyone in your family.. it's hard to take time for just you!

I can honestly say that my house was crazy last night (husband packing for a work trip to San Jose, kids playing roller hockey on back patio) and if didn't have this commitment to all of you, I may not have taken time for MYSELF and sewn last night. So THANK YOU! You gave me the motivation to do it as well. And I'm so pleased with what I was able to get done.

So, with that said, it's time to share.
First I was able to sew 25 of my siggy blocks. Only 76 to go. And let me tell you, I don't think these are as "easy and quick" as people say. Either that or I'm a slow sew'er.

And second, I was able to complete this quilt top. It's adorable "Robots" fabric by Michael Miller. I had almost all the squares done before last night. I just needed a couple more and then to put it together. Some of which I did this morning since I had to get up early to see my husband off to California before the Sun came up.

I can't wait to look at all your blogs to see what you worked on. I will be doing that tonight. Since I'm a "single mother" while my man is gone, I'll have to wait to get some computer time until all the household duties and little people are attended too.

And one last thing - I was looking at the calendar for February's Sew-in. I'm thinking the 12th or the 19th? Any votes?

The giveaway winner for all participants will be announced tomorrow. Have a good weekend!

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Tonight's the Night!!

Are you ready for the Sew-in tonight?!! I know Friday night has already come and gone for some of you in other parts of the World and I can't wait to check out your blogs and see what you worked on.

But for the rest of us.. get your projects ready.. your PJ's on.. and maybe a warm drink and let's start sewing!

Hopefully you all know what you will be working on - but if you are like me, you have a few options still floating around in your mind. I'll settle on one by this evening I hope.

Also - as I was looking at the blogs of people who have signed up for the FUN tonight - I came across one that made me laugh and I just have to share it with you all. Go on over to Pat's blog and check it out.

And since no one likes a post without pictures.. here is one of my trusty sewing companion, Biscuit.

I seriously took this picture mid post.. I know it's hard to tell, but she's really excited about tonight too.. she's just resting up for a late night.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My fabric selection

I made my fabric selection for the Modern Siggy Swap.
These fabrics are from a new line called "Wild Thyme" and I'm in love with it. There are much cuter fabrics in the line - but when using squares that are 2 1/2 inches square.. it narrows the options. Click the link and go check out the other fabrics.. you'll be happy you did.
I can't wait to get started!
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ready for this one??

Ok.. by the end of this post you will say one of 3 things..

1. OMG, I want to make those.. they look good.

2. Never in your wildest dreams would I eat that.

3. I've tried em.. and don't like em.

Pickled Eggs!! So I'll give you the backstory on these bad boys. Years ago.. "back in the day" there was this bar that me and my single girlfriends used to go to. It was a fun little pub and they made the BEST Pickled Eggs. We would order "A pickled egg with Ranch" (and a cold beer of course) and you would get a basket of pretzels with a Pickled Egg on top and a side of Ranch Dressing to dip the pretzels in.

I know it might sound gross to some of you.. but trust me.. they are G.O.O.D. Well, after I married my husband, I moved 1,800 miles away from all the things I loved.. family, friends, and pickled eggs. LOL

Before we moved - I managed to get my husband hooked on them as well. So we came up with our own way of satisfying this craving.

First you need to buy a jar of pickles - whatever your favorite brand is.. but it CANNOT BE KOSHER DILLS! Trust me on this.. they need to be regular dill pickles.

Then you need to have someone in your house eat all the pickles and save the juice. This isn't hard for me because my husband eats them like I drink milk.

And to give them that extra "kick" we add Peperoncini Peppers. The pub had them in their's as well. I usually add about 1/2 a jar of Peperoncini's to the Pickle jar.

Hard boil 9 - 12 eggs, peel them and cool in ice water. Then add them to the jar.

Now the hardest part.. you have to put them in the fridge and wait for a week before you eat them.

So - which one are you? 1, 2 or 3?

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Quilters Magic Wand.. and Lisa's Block

As I sat down to do the block for my fellow Quilter Bee, Lisa, I pulled out my handy tool called the Quilters Magic Wand. Have you ever seen these? I found mine at my LQS a while back.

They have multiple uses - but my favorite is to use it for half square triangles. The wand is a 1/2 inch wide with a line down the middle. You set the line on the corners.. then trace a line along each side.
Above is my drawn lines.... Then you sew on the lines...

And then cut down the center.

Press open and whalah.. two half square triangles. How simple!
Below is my Churn Dash block that I made for Lisa. I will be mailing it back to her tomorrow! It's hard to tell by the picture, but her fabric is so pretty. It has yellow and corn flower blue flowers. So pretty and feminine.

I'm excited to see her finished quilt!
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

AWESOME Giveaway!!!

My sewing buddy/cousin/best friend is celebrating her 99th blog post. She's having a fantastic Giveaway with super generous prizes.
First Prize

Second Prize

Now go on over to her Blog and get your name in the hat!!!

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Goofy Doll Tutorial

As promised - here is a tutorial for the Goofy Doll that I posted about here. The two that I made for my kids for Christmas were made out of Minky fabric. The one in this tutorial is made from Chenille. This just shows some of the many options.
Supplies Needed:

1/2 yard of fabric for body. (Chenille, Minky or Fleece)
Black and White fabric scraps for eyes and teeth
Fabric scraps for any other embellishments
Black and White cotton thread
Polyfil batting

1. Lay your 1/2 yard out with RST (right sides together). The fold is at the top.

2. Now you will free hand draw your Goofy Doll outline. I use my favorite marking pen.. a Sharpie. It might be hard to see in the picture - but here is my outline.

3. Cut out your Goofy Doll. Cut your eyes out of the white and black fabric. And also cut any embellishments you want at this time as well. I cut a pink bow out of Minky.

4. First I lay out my eyes and put black thread in my machine. Then I stitch the black to the white. Use a zig zag stitch using a short stitch length. I set mine at .5.

As you can see from picture below - I did not stitch the black on the border of the eye. You will do this when you attach to the Goofy Doll in next step.

5. Lay out your eyes and other embellishments on the face of your Goofy Doll. Now stitch the black portion of the eye to the Goofy Doll.

Mark where you want the ends of the mouth to be - as you can see in this photo below. Now while you still have the black thread in machine, stitch your mouth. You can make the mouth as straight or wavy as you would like.

6. Now change your thread to the White - and finish stitching the eyes in place.

7. You can now add any shape of teeth that you would like. When I stitch the teeth on, I use a straight stitch along the top of tooth and then back to my zig zag stitch for sides of teeth.

8. Now you can attach any type of embellishments that you have - I did the pink bow on her head.

9. With your face complete, you can now put both front and back of the Goofy Doll RST. Sew all around using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave an opening at bottom between the legs for stuffing.

10. Now turn right side out and stuff your Goofy Doll with Polyfil.

11. Hand stitch the opening closed.

12. Now sit back and admire your work.. this step is important. Because once you hand it over to a happy child.. it will be cuddled, loved and carried around everywhere they go.

If you have any questions - or if my directions aren't clear, please email me.

p.s. This purple Goofy Doll is for sale in my Etsy store.
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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Handmade by Heidi - the Shoppe!

Well, I've finally taken the leap. I opened a store on Etsy.

Many of my friends and family have been after me to do this and I finally did it.

I still have some cosmetic changes that need to occur - but for now it's up and running.

So go on.. check it out.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Siggy Block Swap

I feel so lucky to have gotten into the Siggy Block Swap today.
I was on my way home today.. driving down the road when I got a txt message from my sewing buddy - she told me that Rachel over at p.s. i quilt had opened up the siggy block swap. And she said "Hurry.. or you'll miss it"

So I pulled the car over.. and quickly sent Rachel an email letting her know I wanted in! And within seconds Rachel replied that I made it.. barely! Shew.. I was so relieved!

I can't wait to make my blocks - there are 100 people from all over the world in the swap. So that means that I need to make 101 blocks - each with my signature (siggy). Then we will send them all to Rachel and she will send a set back to everyone in the swap.

I will then make a quilt with 100 blocks.. one siggy block from each person.. how cool is that?!!!!

Now I just need to decide on a fabric.. hmm.. any ideas? We need to select a modern fabric.. and there are so many beautiful ones to select from. My mind is spinning with all the possible options! I think I'm a little high on fabric!

Thank you Rachel!
p.s. I will be posting a tutorial this weekend for the Goofy Dolls. I had meant to do it earlier in the week, but I'm having a minor 'procedure' tomorrow and between Dr visits.. lab work.. and keeping my house-hold from falling apart - I haven't had time to post it. I will do it this weekend for sure! I promise!
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Ever have one of these days??

Have you seen this commercial? I have never seen this TV show - but this commercial makes my husband and I laugh so much! This is what my kids do to me! I've joked many times about how many times they say "Mom" in one day.. it's crazy!

It makes me laugh every time!

I have a big announcement to make later this week! Stay Tuned!!

Also - don't forget to sign up for the Friday Night Sew-in coming on January 15th. All participants will be entered into a great GIVEAWAY!!!! For details.. click HERE. Pin It

Friday, January 1, 2010

Quilting bee do over

I am in an online quilting bee and love it! December was my month to mail out fabrics to everyone in the bee.

I selected the new Astor Manor from Moda as my fabrics - and Amandajean over at Crazy Mom Quilts was kind enough to allow me to use her tutorial for the Star Sampler quilt.

So, I got it all together - mailed it out.. and have started to receive some blocks back. They are so pretty. I started working on the setting blocks to go between the stars and that is when the problem occured.

My original thinking was that I would use a semi solid red from the line that I didn't use in any of the star blocks.. I thought it would be a good accent. But instead of being a good accent - it over powers my star blocks.

SO.. I am going to my LQS today and picking out something else to use in place of the deep red. Thank goodness I had only made 3 setting blocks so far.

And - something exciting.... My LQS is having a "Meet the Teacher" event today for the up coming classes. And I'm going to sign up myself and my sewing buddy, bobbi, for a class the end of January. It is being taught by Moda designers Barb and Mary of "Me and My Sister Designs". We will be making one of their new patterns!

The ladies at my LQS said that Barb and Mary are a ton of fun! Bobbi and I can't wait for the class and I'm excited to meet them today when I go there to register! Pin It