Saturday, October 1, 2011

More quilt photos.   Thanks to my lovely husband for his assistance.  Hope your weekend is filled with lots of fall fun.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I was motivated to make this quilt based on this contest.  The rules were pretty simple: Make a quilt that is all you! What is me?

Sewing and quilting is a part of my memory for as far back as I can remember.  My mom an avid quilter always gave me her fabric scraps to play with and I remember sitting with Cary (a lady like my grandmother) learning to sew yo-yos that she later helped me sew into a quilt.  I first learned  to hand quilt and later to machine quilt.  I wanted to incorporate both the hand stitching and machine stitching into this piece.  So the quilt was machine pieced and hand quilted using pearlized cotton thread. 

While I learned to quilt using extremely precise quilting techniques, I have learned that this is not my style.  Mama, I know you are rolling your eyes right now.  I don't like using a ruler or a rotary cutter.  Instead, I find freedom in the estimating and cutting with scissors.  As long as my seam ripper is handy it always works out in the end.  The squares in this quilt don't line up exactly...I think this lends to the beauty.  When hand quilting, I left ties showing on the back and stitched using a variety of colors: blue, teal, green, yellow and orange.

I am a firm believer in using natural materials.  The quilt is made of muslin, printed cotton, and kona cotton.  The vibrant colors in this quilt reflect my creative attitude and the cool colors reflect my laid back and easy going personality.  I used a combination of patterns and solids because there are times that I strive to be outgoing, but ultimately I am an introvert. 

Testing the quilt on our bed.  I think this will come in hand during the winter.
Do you like these lamps?  I describe how they were made here.
I used scraps of the patterns and solids as a stripe on the back. 

This is a detail on the back.  You can see the way the quilting thread changes colors.  I love the pattern this made as I stitched around the blocks and squares.
The thread colors even change on the binding.
Trying out the back of the quilt.  I think it is just as lovely as the front.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Whew What a Week!

What a week!  I spent the majority of the week at a conference at Wrightsville Beach.  We stayed at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

 It's a hard life but someone's got to do it. Right?  My mind is on work overload so to relax I love to sew.  These iPad cases are some of the items I have been making and selling in my etsy shop.  Check them out!

Monday, August 22, 2011

 Isn't this picture hilarious?  These girls have been crazy because of the heat here at the beach.  We usually let them lay on our bed during the day, but lately, they have been tearing the blankets off because it is so hot.   Needless to say, we've given them the boot.  So I decided it was time to make the girls a bed of their own.  My friend gave me a random cushion.  I decided to cover it in crazy giraffe fabric with pieced green and blue squares (from a quilt I'm working on...more to come) in a stripe down the center.   You know these sassy girls need a sassy bed.  The cover velcros on and off so it can be washed easily.  I think the girls are pretty happy with the outcome.  Of course Jinx thinks she is queen of the world and doesn't want to share with Zoe girl.  

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Chair Makeover

My sister was in town a while back.  She was looking for a desk chair and found the perfect one at the perfect price $20!  The only didn't match anything in her home.  Problem Solved!  With a coat of paint and good lookin fabric we had one dynamite chair!  Easy as pie in one afternoon.  You can do this too!  Just paint, fabric, and a staple gun....and your done.


I have been wanting to update the lamps in our bedroom for a while now.  However, I wanted lamps that looked expensive, modern, artsy, but I couldn't find any that I could afford.  That's when I stumbled upon this post on my friends blog and decided to make my own lamps.  I found two green glass vases at Home Goods, inserted a lamp kit in each, and used two new drum shades to finish off the vases.  Over all I am extremely pleased with the outcome.  They are really easy.  You should try it!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My addiction

Let me go ahead and confess my sweet addiction......I am addicted to reading design blogs.  I must read them everyday.  I guess the intriguing thing to me is that these ladies (or gents) are successfull independent designers doing the same things I love.  These blogs inspire me to keep at it.  I also learn a lot from these designers..through photos, tutorials and even patterns.  So today, I thought I would share my daily favs with you:

Miss Mustard Seed's Creative Blog

I've been busy this weekend. I have been working on a wedding dress, curtains, and items for my etsy shop.  This is a preview of items in my etsy

Back to blogger

I've been a busy little bee. Check out these quilted iPad cases in my etsy shop 

I've been away from blogging about crafting for a while.  It is hard to get everything done!  However, I am creating I might as well photograph and document in the process.  I might even create a few tutorials and patterns in the process.  Stay tuned for exciting things in the future!