Friday, October 25, 2013

Win a Sewing Machine?

Why would I like to win a sewing machine? Why would I like to win a Babylock Melody?


Because Babylock is one of the top names in sewing. Because having a new machine is ALWAYS fun. Because if I had another machine it would make it so easy to teach my daughter to sew. Because frankly... I'm a sewing addict :)

So if you want to win one too, go visit Amy's Creative Side, during the Blogger's Quilt Festival!
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Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2013

It's that time of year! The semi-annual Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy's Creative Side, is one of my Favorite times of year. Not only does it coincide with the Quilt Fest tradeshow and news about new lines of fabric, it also puts together an amazing community of online quilting bloggers. The inspiration is endless!

This time around I would like to showcase my Color Shard Quilt. I am tremendously proud of this quilt, and love that it's a rainbow of scraps that are meaningful to me. Scraps from when I first started quilting. Favorite little snippets, and reminders of how far I've come with my sewing. Plus, it's such a cheerful quilt!







Finished size: 51"x 67"... ROYGBIV category, Scrappy category, Home machine quilted category, throw quilt category
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Madrona Triangle Quilt

I realized I haven't posted my finished triangle quilt!

I started this quilt in August and finished in September. I'm a pretty motivated project-finisher, and this was no exception since I had a deadline to hang it at my local gym. I know, I know... it doesn't seem like a gym would be a good place to hang a quilt, but this is not your average gym. It's a womens-only gym, locally owned, and happens to have decor that exactly matches the warm Madrona Road pallette... see?


I do love the way it turned out and it's a pretty big quilt, almost twin size and certainly generous enough for a twin bed. If I had it to do over, though, I would have included more prints from the line to balance it out a little better. As it is, I included a print from the pick a bunch fabric that I had leftover from this quilt.

I am really happy with the triangle pattern, I first saw it here, and loved the way all of the Chicopee triangle quilts looked. I might have to do one just like that for my own bed!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bright Lights, Big City

I'm from New York state. Not New York city, but like many states in the union, people from NY have lots of state pride. Growing up, I spent time in NYC every year and though I am not a city person I have love in my heart for the Big Apple. Lots of love. So when I saw this fabric... HAD. to. have. it.
 

And you know, at this time last year I was on a pretty big bag-making kick. I still love to make bags, but I'm big time in a quilt phase. I'm not intimidated by quilts anymore and find making something big to be really very satisfying. Plus, I hear it's going to be a long cold winter, so why not something warm and cozy?


This quilt would make a really awesome gift for someone out there, if you're interested in purchasing it, go to my etsy shop!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Big Sky Quilt

There is something very satisfying about being able to finish a quilt in one weekend. With two kids, and increasing activities like soccer, piano, skating, swimming... it's nice to just sit down and sew something start to finish within a short time frame. Enter the fun, fresh, and calming Big Sky Quilt:


I used a lovely print from Anna Maria Horner, and clearly... whole cloth quilting. I love these feathers so very much, and how they evoke flight and freedom, and softness.

The backing is done in Essex yarn dyed linen blend, which I prewashed and is ridiculously soft.

I love that I was able to find a bold print to use as the binding. It really brings out the color and warmth in the feathers and purple? Just my favorite color :)


This quilt finished up at around 41"x54", a great lap sized quilt for car rides, picnics, and other adventures!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A new Headshot

One thing on my to-do list this weekend was some quilt picture taking, and some time to take a new headshot.

Keith is not the most patient of photographers but he indulged some semi okay pictures over the course of an hour or so. Did you know that towing two kids along on your projects inevitably makes them take longer? Well, it does :)

So after some mediocre images of myself, I decided to ask my seven year old Lili to take a few. All I said to her is "make sure I look like Mommy, and then take the picture". Meaning... make sure I look like myself.

And she did it! In two snaps no less.


I guess that goes to show I am most comfortable when seen through her eyes.

And now I have a decent headshot that is not 3.5 years old in the winter with my glasses on!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WIP Triangle quilt

Starting a new quilt always feels ambitious at the cutting out and arranging stage. But it's exciting too, the anticipation of an awesome new quilt...


I bought this Madrona Road fabric way back in November of last year. I loved the theme, and the colors. It's like... modern farm fresh if you will :). Then I saw these amazing triangle quilts, and knew I had to try it. I am going to try my hardest to make really a twin sized quilt this time, but man... It's hard to be patient cutting out when I really want to start peicing!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Color Shard Quilt

I love Pinterest.

Because without Pinterest, I could not take an inspiration photo like this one...



... And turn it into the most favorite quilt I've made yet:


I'm calling mine the Color Shard Quilt, and I did not intentionally switch the placement of the color triangles, but it turns out fine.

I used many many of my old scraps for this quilt. It's a great scrap buster, and doesn't need very precise measurements. Each triangle is a different shape. It lends lots of whimsy to the overall sharpness of the quilt.


For the back of the quilt... Clearly more scrap and stash busting. I don't have a lot of true reds or purples, so I used up most of what I have here. I guess if I want to do another of these quilts I will have to buy some more RED :)


Quilted with straight lines with my walking foot. I found this wonderful batting that is 50/50 cotton poly that is so soft and light, and 100% recycled material. It's my new go-to batting and I plan to use it from here on out. Just wish I could find it in other sizes.


I washed the quilt before photographing it. In case of color bleeding, which was certainly a concern of a quilt of so many colors!

My only wish-I-had-done is that I should have made it bigger. After washing it's a large throw: 51"x 67". Barely a twin size. So I guess I'll have to make another. Sometime ;)

COLOR LOVE!


Monday, August 5, 2013

Stash Match! Go play!

Have you guys seen the Stash Match Game put on by Ali over at asquaredw? So. Much. Fun. Well, maybe I just think so because I love puzzles. And I love fabric. And I love discovering fun new sewing blogs.

The concept is simple! Match the stash to the blogger, and win some awesome fabric!

Stash-Match-banner

Oh yeah, and I'm a participating blogger this month, so go see if you can figure out which stack is mine :)... This month's inspiration fabric was soooo tricky for me to pick from. It read very neutral to me and if you know me at all you know that I live on bright fabrics. Fun colors. Lots of prints. This inspiration photo was all solids. Holy cow. I was stumped until I looked at each color in the inspiration photo individually. Then I was able to pick away from my stash and build a pretty fun bundle.

And okay, I know some of you are here for a hint ;)... If I haven't given you enough information in the above paragraph, here is the hint: if you look closely at my bundle photo, you will see that one of the prints is clearly right side up, and one of the prints is clearly upside down.

But before you leave, go check out some of the stuff I have made. Pin a few things, maybe you even want to start following :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Ocean Dreams Quilt

As promised! Pictures of my latest quilt. I'm calling it Ocean Dreams, because it is full of ocean themed fabrics, and is a totally dreamy color pallette.


I quilted it with some ocean waves, that echo off of each other to the center of the quilt. It turned out pretty cool looking, once it was washed and crinkly!


The whole quilt is based off of a Heather Ross spoonflower print, which is based on her old famous Mendocino fabric line. I just love the swimming sisters, one a mermaid, one a human girl:


I pieced the back with prints from the front. I especially love the gray whales. Some of the individual prints are from juvenile fabric lines, but the effect of the quilt in it's entirety is really all age appropriate.


If you're interested in buying this quilt, it's listed in my etsy shop :)


Saturday, July 13, 2013

First show of 2013

Today was my first show of the year, and also only the second outdoor show I've ever done. We were lucky with good weather (especially given all the rain we've had in the past month), and it was nice to venture further away from my home city.

I was excited to sell a quilt today, the one you can see hanging in the right side of the picture was sold later in the day to a nice woman buying a gift for a new baby cousin. It's always nice to sell a quilt, because they are always so personal to me :)

And as always, I enjoyed chatting with customers and hearing feedback about my work.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Beachy sewing

Summertime is not the most predictable, but it sure is nice to have time with the girls doing whatever we want. Getting ice cream. Going to the beach. Watching movies.

And yeah, fitting in some sewing time too!

Remember that dreamy Princess and the Pea quilt I made last fall? I had used Heather Ross Spoonflower fabric, and enjoyed that whole process so much that I decided to do it again, with the Mermaid Sisters print.


There are, of course, many other ocean-inspired fabrics in the quilt, and the overall effect is wonderfully beachy. I finished the top last week and am quilting it right now! Finished quilt pictures to come soon, hopefully :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bike Basket round 2

Well, it was time. Time for a new bike basket. Because three years after my first bike basket(s), my younger kid is now riding a bike!


Here's where scrap packs from Hawthorne Threads came in very handy. I used three from a "Fresh" pack, and used fabric I otherwise might not ever have cut into. Although... those Trees in cream are pretty awesome. I'm a sucker for tree fabrics.


My original notes on the pattern are still relatively true. The curved bucket bottom is a little big compared to the rectangular peices, which made for some puckering at the bottom of the bucket. It's not perfect. (Is anything, ever?). But it's totally functional and now I KNOW it will hold up well, because the one I made for Lili is still going strong (and has been transferred to her THIRD bike!).


It took me less than 2 hours to make this time. My sewing skilz have way improved since the last time (three years ago! OMG!).

Friday, May 10, 2013

Art Gallery Winner!

Whew! 444 comments to my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway post!

I loved that many commenters noticed that I asked for their favorite color "right now today". Lots of you are like me - your color tastes change frequently. Lots of you are solid and certain of your favorite color, and proud to state it! I'm glad to know of people's fave colors and combinations, and so happy to have gained a few new followers in the process.

The winner (by random.org) is #354:
Welcome to the Glorious Chaos! said... 
My favorite color right now is aqua, it feels beachy to me :)

I will be emailing the winner shortly, but y'all stay tuned, because now that I have surpassed 100 followers, I think I'll have to do another giveaway. I have stash to bust anyway!!!

Scamper Quilt

My latest quilt is an organic confection - a herringbone design made in Birch Fabrics' Scamper line of fabric.


I'll admit that the yellow is a little brighter than I would have liked, but the end result is fun and edgy. Great for an active little kid :)


I am most happy with the quilting - sometimes simple is better, and this time a solid flannel back really shows off the chevron quilt pattern. I'm beyond happy with how it turned out.

After a pre-wash it will be ready to send off to the store!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Giveaway Day - Art Gallery Fabrics

Welcome from Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day!!!

Have I got a bundle for you :)A great bunch of Art Gallery Fabrics. Some are full FQs and some are FQs that have been cut into. All are unwashed and totally awesome!


To enter, simply leave me a comment! If you like, tell me what your favorite color is right now today.

- open worldwide
- open from 6am Monday May 6 2013 to Friday May 10 2013 8pm EST
- winner will be notified by email so please make sure you are not anonymous or that you leave your email
- winner will have one week to respond, I will ship the fabric out within 3 business days of receipt of winner info

Thanks for stopping by, check out some of my projects, find some of my pinspiration, and happy sewing!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Glimma SuperTote

The lovely Anna over at Noodle-head has released another wonderful bag pattern, and I'm lucky to have been able to test it for her.

This bag is called the SuperTote and it indeed is big! With the gusset, it measures approx 18"x18". A great carry-all, summer beach tote, farmer's market tote... the list goes on.

I made the bag in Lotta Jansdotta's new Glimma Home Dec weight, and I just love the scandinavian feel of it! I am also, of course, a sucker for tree fabrics so there you have it:


The bag has a wonderful front slip pocket with magnetic or velcro closure options. The pocket is trimmed with piping, and that really gives it a wonderful finished look.


There is a recessed zip top, and the interior boasts two generous elasticized pockets. One of my very fit friends says this would make a great gym bag, with plenty of room and separation for shoes and water bottles, etc.


So, if I've gotten you this far... go check out the pattern, you wil be sure to love Anna's clear and precise patterns and classic designs!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Beautiful Bags!

I've been sewing a LOT lately, and sorry that I haven't been able to blog about most of it. It's primarily due to lack of time, and not taking great pictures of my work, but these bags deserved a place in Junebug history :)

What's the story? I started working with a couple of local stores that were interested in carrying some of my products. One of the stores is an eco-friendly boutique, and special ordered some Go Anywhere bags (of noodle-head fame) in fabulous organic fabrics. These are my two favorite:



The front bag is made with daisy janie fabric, and the back orange bag is in a new picnic pals print. Both fabrics available right now from Honey Be Good.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Treating myself

One thing that is nice about being a grownup is that I can buy myself presents. Whenever I want to. (Another nice thing about being a grownup is being able to eat candy whenever I want to. And driving. But I digress.)

So I did. It started with a little facebook contest on Form&Fabric's facebook page. I ended up winning a fat eighth bundle of shot cottons (which are awesome), and I thought I'd check out their online store to see if I could add to that shipment for myself :). I hadn't shopped there in a year or so, and I remembered they had some good japanese fabrics.

What I found this time around was aaaahhhmazing. F&F has an incredible selection of great fabrics on super sale - and their sale section is divided into %off categories. There is a 60% off category, people! And the fabrics in it are GOOD. So go check them out. I got some great "just because" fabrics on some serious discount. And everyday, every order $2.99 domestic shipping. Maybe my new favorite online fabric store has been discovered...

From left to right, my fabric finds: Some are as low as $3.60 a YARD, amazing!

Free Spirit Polka Blocks in Green
Kokka Trefle Raffinee in Orange
Yuwa Spiral Leaves in Orange
Alexander Henry Griffith Floral in Red/Navy
Robert Kaufman Ann Kelle Stripe in Garden
Moda Momo Just wing it Faux Baby Wale Cord in Green

Thursday, March 28, 2013

March = Motivation

I can't lie. It's been a phenomenal month for my business. It seems as though with spring weather, comes more motivation to get out there and do things.

 - A local store contacted me to sell my VTLove shirts for kids.
 - which prompted me to approach another local store to see if they'd like to carry some of my bags, and quilts. And they DO!

- I'm currently working on a wedding quilt for a friend. It's been an ongoing inspiration as we collaborate on the design process.

- And I won the palette contest at Intrepid Thread!



The fabric bundle, named for my blog (Junebug), is being sold in Half Yard and FQ bundles in Julie's store! Very exciting. Go order one for yourself :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spring in some Creativity (go Vote!)

It would appear that after a long, unmotivated winter... March roars in with lots of creative inspiration.

I have a 10 years in the making wedding quilt to assemble for a friend.

I have orders in local stores for my shirts (wow!), and am working on some organic possibilities. Life is good in sewing land (minus tax season - eek!).

In other good, creative news... A color palette I created is a finalist in a contest over at Intrepid Thread. My palette comes from a fresh and fun picture that I pinned:

NYColorpallette
The print is amazing, isn't it? If you're interested in voting amongst the 4 finalists, click here to go to the Intrepid Thread's blog.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sundays - Cooking experiments

Lately, on Sundays, we seem to be chefs. Cooking experiments often happen. Mostly because we do not want to have to go to the store, so there have been many "make do with what you've got" meals that have turned out utterly spectacularly. The pot roast, made from old... everything:


Homemade cheese crackers, homemade matzah, we've really enjoyed the process as a family, of cooking somthing delicious and then devouring it together.

Tonight, thanks to a leftover potato, and some flour... Pierogies. They were amazing, and Mira even ate them. She is, in fact, an hour and 15 minutes later, still eating dinner:

Pierogies, Gangam style (hence the chopsticks)


And if, like me, you are interested in a good but simple pierogie recipe... try this:

Pierogi Recipe
adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/robert-irvine/potato-and-onion-pierogi-recipe/index.html 

Filling: 1 small onion, chopped
olive oil
2 small cloves of garlic.
Sautee until soft, add some white wine to sautee if desired
1 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
Boil potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes
1 tablespoons butter, for the mashed potatoes
1/4 cup milk
Puree (in food processor) onion mixture, potatoes, milk, and butter.
Stir in a handful of shredded cheese.

Dough:
1 egg
1/8 cup water
1 tablespoon sour cream or plain yogurt
1.5 cups all-purpose flour, plus some extra for the board and to adjust dough as needed
Milk or water, as needed to moisten
Combine dough ingredients, knead to produce elasticity, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 mins.

Create dough rounds with a floured surface and rolling pin (ala gyoza) Bring a large shallow saute pan of water to a boil, and gently boil the pierogi in batches for 2 or 3 minutes, removing carefully to a utility platter with a wooden spoon.

The final step is to melt the butter in a large fry pan and saute the optional garlic for a few minutes until it is tender and imparts its flavor to the butter in the pan. Be careful not to burn either the butter or the garlic. Saute the pierogi in this garlic butter and serve.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Is it working?

So here, yes I am sewing. Very slowly, I've been putting together this baby quilt. Half square triangles, chevron pattern... It's not perfect by any means, but it has been fun to work with HSTs, and some fun "boy" fabric.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Earrings and Gum

Yes. I have not posted for a long, long time. I took a break. Enjoying the kids, had some good end of year craft shows, and basically just laying low. I'm not running, I'm sewing not a whole lot, but I am really enjoying just being.

That being said... I have a MIRA post! In the past I've been really good about documenting the girls' lives but really strayed toward more sewing posts in the past couple of years. I'd like to balance that more, so that I can look back and see a record of some milestones!

So here. Mira is one full of personality. We recently filled out a preschool application for her, and one of the questions was "How would you describe your child's personality in 3 words:", and there were lots of words thrown around. I mean, how do you box your kid into THREE words? Keith did it best: "cute, short, and loud". It's true. That is Mira in a nutshell.

The other thing that sticks out about Mira lately is her rash accessorization. Rash is not the right word. I think she probably puts quite a lot of thought into what she wears but she comes off as slap and dash. Headbands, lots of headbands... and daily talk of earrings. She desperately wants to have earrings. The real kind. That need holes. In her ears. And since she can't have those, she asks me daily if I will put earrings in my holes. I think she doesn't understand yet... I'm too practical for that!

And Gum. She's recently been allowed to chew gum and that's all she wants besides earrings. Gum. and Earrings. And Gum. No dinner (anything called "Dinner" must be yucky, according to Mira). But Gum. And Earrings.

Mira in Motion. With headbands, clip on earrings, and a necklace.


Mira's "Mad Face", which really translates into "Mad Whole Body". She's not really mad, she just likes to make this face.