Thursday, September 29, 2011

Swap this, swap that

I just broke my own swapping rule: only sign up for one swap at a time.

I am currently signed up for three swaps...

Pretty Little Pouch
A little fabric a little chocolate
Goodie bag swap

They are all great for different reasons, and I have wanted to be part of the Goodie Bag swap for awhile, so I'm really happy to participate this time around.

And for your viewing pleasure... my inspiration mosaics for the PLP swap and the GBS.

PLP_Mosiac
click photo(s) for individual credits
gbs_mosaic


Goodie Bag Swap 2 Button pouch icon

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pretty Pretty Rainbows

Have you seen this?



I guess great minds think alike.

porch

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's good to have goals

"you gotta have goals. do you have a goal?"

One of my goals this summer was to do an outdoor market (farmer's market, etc) or craft show to show off some junie babie items. Summer is now officially over, but I think I still have time to meet my goal. I worked toward doing a market, but the liability insurance requirement was a little too much for me to handle, given that I only want to try it out (read, low commitment). So I found a good sized (indoor!) local craft show that was easy to apply for and now I'm off and running.

I worked out a booth design last week, but don't have good pictures. I also decided that I'd like to have a sign for my booth. Enter Spoonflower's free swatch day! I used half a swatch size to print a version of my logo onto fabric, then quilted it with some of my precious Kaffe Fassett fabric.


I'll hang on the front of my booth, and hopefully it will attract some customers. Maybe if I bring along my cute model(s) that would drum up some business as well :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pick a Bunch on Quilt Story

I love it when other people like my work :)

Pick a Bunch quilt is featured on Quilt Story today!


Fresh Poppy Design

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cold, Brisk, and Awesome.

Hey Rachel - You asked for it, and here's the "Cold Brisk and Awesome" post.

Cooler days and falling leaves... it might be time for me to start knitting again! It's been awhile - since I was pregnant with Mira, I think! I've admitted that sewing is more satisfying than knitting. It's faster (way faster) BUT... it is less portable. And combined with my new obsession for GLEE, knitting might be making a comeback in this house.

Emily models Star Rib
my beautiful friend Em models the cowl for me

When I went through my knitting bag I discovered a (ahem) few unfinished projects, and this one was just perfect for the season. It's from the Fall 2005 (yes, six years ago) issue of Interweave Knits, and it was originally intended to be a poncho. Ponchos are not so much in style anymore, and this open rib mesh pattern is not so suited to cold breezes. So I turned it into an asymmetrical cowl neck scarf. Burgundy is my favorite fall color, and this cozy thing was the perfect finish at the right time of year.

Star Rib Mesh Cowl

The rib mesh, once started, is a pretty easy pattern to follow, and so beautiful in person.

Star Rib Mesh

I have Rachel, at Stitched in Color, to thank for giving me the motivation to finish this project. She's spearheading a "Celebrate Color" event over at her blog, celebrating all colors of fall. It makes me feel rich and cozy, and I'm glad to be submitting this project to the group pool.

Celebrate Color

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pick a Bunch Quilt - Done!

You know I'm true to my word. I'm nothing if not good with follow through - I finished the Pick A Bunch quilt!

porch


I peiced the front with alternating strips of the jelly roll of fabric and strips of white fabric. The back is a peiced sheet with a few half square triangle pinwheels randomly placed, and the binding is some kind of dark brown Kona cotton (espresso?). I did the same as with my Pips quilt and stitched on the binding with one of my sewing machine's decorative stitches.

I love this quilt - I made it just for me. Just because I loved the fabric line. And there are things I would do differently (namely, not really ever interested in stitch in the ditch anymore) but overall I really like the way the quilt looks.

pickabunchmosaic

1. livingrm, 2. selvedge, 3. front, 4. back

Oh and what's a good quilt until it's put to good use?

mira_quilt


And lastly, because this quilt completely celebrates COLOR, I'm submitting it to Stitched In Color's color celebration. (Yup, color 3 times in one sentence :)

Celebrate Color

We're ready for candy

I love my mom. She is the first one who taught me to sew. And she's also the one to whom I can hand a bag of material and a pattern and say... "Will you please make this Dorothy costume for Lili because I really (really) don't want to do it". And she'll do it! And it will turn out beautifully.

Conveniently, Mira has not grown much since last year and can still rock the monkey costume. Add in a pair of fairy wings and we have a flying monkey of sorts.

oh, and as you can see, while Mira is learning to pose, Lili has it down pat.

Should I be a wicked witch? I guess it depends on how much yelling I'll need to do.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Poseur

Mira's at the age where asking her to say "cheese" while taking a picture doesn't seem to work. She understands the concept of smiling for the camera, but this is the general result:


But I don't worry too much about it. I think she's a natural poser:

Friday, September 16, 2011

Solids Swap received!

I received my solids swap package yesterday. It was a BIG box on my doorstep so needless to say I was pretty excited to open it!

And then I was a little in shock! The partner that I made things for, ended up being the partner that was making things for me! You see, normally in a secret swap, whomever you send to is not who you receive from. It is rarely (I think rarely) reciprocal, to help maintain the secrecy of it all.

In any case, Erin seemed to have major anxiety about what to make for me, as I requested mostly bags, and she doesn't know how to make a bag (yet!). So she ended up making me this beautiful lap quilt. Please note that while this is not normally something I would make for myself, I think this is the beauty of the swap - to receive something you'd not normally make for yourself! And the lap quilt she made is so well done, and a very peaceful design. It will be great to have in this house, where we all need a little calm-down now and then :)

Received from Toerintx - 1


In addition to the quilt, she sent along a few peices of my favorite color fabrics, and a panel of cathedral windows. It's a very generous package and I feel lucky to have been partnered with Erin.

All in all, a great and fun and surprising and rewarding swap experience.

Received from Toerintx - 2

Thursday, September 15, 2011

WIP Wednesday... on Thursday

I am happy to report that I've kept my word, and have been really productive on my Pick A Bunch quilt. I can't believe it's been over three months since I ordered the jelly roll, but's no matter, really!

Here's a sneak peek at the quilt back - I had to abandon my original idea as it was too "Barney", but I'm happy with the new backing...


And a look at the front of the quilt:
I think it's kind of busy. Well, it is kind of busy. But everyone who has seen it in person likes it. Or so they tell me anyway!

Oh did you notice that it is almost fall? I might have a knitting project to share, so stay tuned...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Solids Swap - Ready to ship!

It feels like the school year is well underway now, but I have not set aside enough time for sewing lately. Partially because of other things that needed to be done, but let's be honest. I got hooked on GLEE! Yup, gleek me out. Luckily there are only 2 seasons available for me to indulge on (right?!).

Meanwhile, I did sign up for the Love of Solids Swap, and made this little zip pouch to go with the wall hanging for my partner. Same fabrics used in both, but they each have their own feel. This swap has been great for broadening my sewing horizons - sewing with all solids, and learning about this concept of "modern" - which is really kind of haphazard sewing but leaves a really cool looking finished product.


And in using this blog to remain accountable... I really need to start back up on my Pick a Bunch quilt!!! So stay tuned, because I will will myself to crank that baby out!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Secret Lunch Money Pocket

Lili's school has an innovative way to pay for lunch - each kid gets a pin # that they use to pay. The parents can load money into the account as needed. But even though I gave the lunch ladies (aka Nutritional Services) a check, it doesn't seem like there's any money in Lili's account.

And today is Pizza Day - so Lili is buying! Big girl. But because of the account confusion, I wanted to send actual money in with her so that she won't be caught without lunch. No option for storing the money was acceptable to her - until I suggested sewing a secret pocket into her skort.


You can't see the pocket can you?

There it is! Sewn inside the front of her skort, just to the shorts part. I'm so happy I could do that for her just before school this morning. She feels more secure that she'll be able to pay for lunch no matter what, and I do too.