~New Book Find~

June 30, 2007 at 7:07 am | Posted in books, finds, quilting, quilts | 2 Comments

mqwcover.jpgThe Modern Quilt Workshop: Patterns, Techniques and Designs from the Fun Quilts Studio.  I have been wanting this book for a while now ever since finding the Modern Quilt-Along hosted by Kim @ Diaramarama.  Although I do THOROUGHLY enjoy quilting, my style is more along the lines of modern rather than traditional.  So imagine my delight at finding a book that would help me make some, and even design my own, modern quilts.  I finally bought it yesterday and have enjoyed reading it so far.  It’s definitely a must-have!
The very first pattern that I will make is called “Out of the Box” and if you know me IRL or read my personal blog, a free heart’s reflections, then you might understand why ;)

My dear husband has given me some extra money to spend and I can’t wait to sit down and begin planning out what I need … then go and buy the fabric and begin making my first modern quilt!

Well, gotta run … it’s time to get ready as we head out to the Sunflower Festival today!  I promise I’ll share some pix later :)

~Heather

Always Buying Too Much Fabric

June 28, 2007 at 3:46 pm | Posted in books, fabric, sewing | 8 Comments

I always buy “too much” fabric (is there really such a thing?!) because when I like something, well, I like it.  I bought way too much pink geometry fabric because I really liked the prints.  And I’m glad I did.  I wanted to try a few of the patterns from my latest find, Simple Sewing (which I love by the way!).  I made these towels for my kitchen out of some cute fat quarters that I found the other day:

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And I was really wanting to make a new tote/purse.  I made this one using the tote pattern in the book and scaled it down:

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I also added 2 inside pockets for my cell phone and Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers (I can’t be without them!):

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It was a productive morning.  I’m pleased with my tote/purse and can’t wait to begin my next project from the book: The All-Day Tote, which I plan on using as a diaper bag.  I bought the following canvas fabrics this week – they were on clearance so, again, I couldn’t resist buying 2 yards of each.  I can’t decide which to use for the All-Day Tote/diaper bag – I’m leaning toward the black and pink, but what do you think?

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Fun with Fusible Web

June 25, 2007 at 5:04 pm | Posted in sewing | 3 Comments

I saw this adorable shirt in the latest Family Fun magazine and thought that I would try it.  My daughter had a cheap knit t-shirt lying around that I thought I would use.  I hate sewing knits.  But I worked it out.  Here are the pix.

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I added some applique stitching to finish the flip flops off, but it puckered the fabric a bit.  The pix don’t really do the shirt justice – it really is cute!

OK … I’m off to embroider some shorts for her.  I thought I would cut off a couple of pairs of her jeans with holes in the knees and put some cute patterns on them.  I’ll share them when I’m done :)

Sunflower Festival

June 24, 2007 at 8:23 am | Posted in family, fun | 2 Comments

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It’s time for the Annual Sunflower Festival again!  If you live anywhere within driving distance of Rutledge, GA you simply must bring the entire family out for a weekend of fun in the sun-flowers ;)

 

There will be live music, the sharecropper’s house tour,  cut your own sunflowers for $7 (vase included), hay rides, pony rides and petting zoo, demonstrations, food, local market, kids’ activities, antique tractors, and much more!  They have tons of activities for the kids.

Have a :) weekend!

 

Simple Sewing

June 24, 2007 at 7:29 am | Posted in books, fun, sewing | 1 Comment

simplesewing.jpgI bought Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter last night.  My husband and I went on a date to Lil’ River Grill (If you live in the area, it’s a must-try!) and then we swung by Borders.  I had some money left over from our trip to the flea market yesterday, so I wanted a sewing book.  I’ll write about our trip to the flea market later :) …

I couldn’t decide between Amy Butler’s In Stitches or Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing, but in the end I chose the latter.  Perhaps I will get back and buy the former.  I have enjoyed looking through the book and can’t wait to begin sewing something :)

~Heather

Me, The Busy Quilting Bee … and one more thing I learned

June 22, 2007 at 10:38 pm | Posted in quilting, quilts, sewing | 15 Comments

I love it … love quilting, that is. I just finished my baby’s quilt that I call “Pink Geometry”. I designed it myself and I love it. Even figured out binding this time around :)

Here are some pix:

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Oh, and my daughter stealthily snapped some pix of me while sewing:

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Now … I’ve got to figure out all those neat ways I have seen to label my quilts, like I have seen here: Lost Quilt Come Home Page

here: Quilt Labels

and here: Bryer Patch Studio

oh, and also here: Direct Fabric Printing on a Computer

AND one more thing that I learned today while finishing the quilt binding … thread is IMPORTANT! El Cheapo thread (a la Coats and Clark from JoAnns or Wal Mart) is not what you want to use if you can help it. A few stitches into whip stitching the binding and it would get linty and easily tangle and pull. So … I’m off to buy some better thread … a lot of it ;)

Sewing Sewing Sewing

June 21, 2007 at 10:38 am | Posted in quilting, quilts, sewing | 7 Comments

Here’s the picture of my first ever quilt that I promised:

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The binding is SO bad on it … I just didn’t understand exactly how to do it until now.  I guess that’s what happens when you are teaching yourself!  My next quilt will definitely be better :). Speaking of that …

Here are the blocks and the finished top:

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I call it “Pink Geometry” and it will be for my 18-month-old, perfect size for her.  I designed it with my new Quilt Design Wizard (did I mention that I love this program?  So does my daughter).

Oh, one more thing … my oldest has been begging me to learn to use the sewing machine and I think she’s ready, so we started yesterday.  I have My First Sewing Machine Book and kit and we’re using that.

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She’s enjoying using the machine with no thread and seeing how well she can sew on the lines.  As a matter of fact she’s doing that right now and trying all the different stitches on the machine.  I think she might need one of her own.  I’ve heard the Janome Hello KItty machine is pretty good for a kid.

My husband said he would rather pay $60 for that for her than about anything else, so maybe we’ll get one for her soon …

Well, gotta run – some friends are coming over today … later ;)

I’m Done, It’s Not Perfect & I Learned A lot!

June 20, 2007 at 6:59 am | Posted in quilting, quilts | Leave a comment

The quilt that I began is finally completed.  I made some mistakes on it.  But I learned an awful lot!  It was SO worth the $ (to me) to buy the even feed foot for my machine.  I bought it yesterday morning and finished the quilt last night.  I’ll post a picture later as my oldest daughter in sleeping with it right now.  I’m already starting on my next one.  It will be better.  One thing is that I didn’t fully understand the binding process or making the bias tape until I came across the following:

Making Continuous Bias Tape

Binding the Quilt – LOVE this tutorial (pictures are helpful for me :)

Finished, It should look like this

~Heather

WFMW: Libary Elf

June 20, 2007 at 6:39 am | Posted in misc, WFMW | 2 Comments

booksimage.gifIf you’re like me, then you have usually have way too many books checked out from the library (is there such a thing, really?).  And I always seem to have some late and run my library fine tab up to the limit.  Currently it’s $1 below the limit … once I reach the limit I cannot check out any more books until I pay the fine.  eek!  Anyway, I got up to this amount before I discovered Library Elf.

It’s great.  You go to the website and sign up and put in your library information (if your system participates) and card # (you can even have multiple #s on the same account, like if your children have their own cards … handy!).  Then they let you know via email when books you have placed on hold become available, when you have items due and when you have items overdue.  It even has an RSS feed that you can put in your reader (i.e. Bloglines, Google Reader, etc.).  Oh, and it’s free!
I have found this to be so helpful because otherwise I will forget when books are due.  Now … I’m off to renew some books that I just saw on my Library Elf that are due :)

~Heather

Bend-the-Rules Sewing

June 16, 2007 at 8:02 am | Posted in sewing | Leave a comment

bendtherules.jpgI’m looking forward to picking up this book this week (hopefully, although I have already spent an awful lot of $ this week on my quilting!).  It comes out June 19th and looks super-good.   I wanted to pass it the info along to you … :)

~Heather

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