Thursday, March 31, 2011

This to that...

On a mission to find the perfect fabric to make a sleeve for my netbook I found this little forgotten bag...

I bought it on sale a while ago and have only used it sporadically because of it's small size. But I love it and was super excited when I discovered that it was the perfect size for my netbook.

So with my trusty seam ripper in hand,
I quickly and easily took the sides of the bag off.
I then proceeded to remove the bottom of the bag with my rotary cutter...

...and was left with this...

...a back, a front, two sides and a couple pickles.
The pickles were on the bottom of the bag, I thought I could applique them onto something else.
And since I only need the front and back for this project it leaves me with both sides to use for another project.

 I then stitched the bottoms together...

...and stitched in a new lining with some fleece for padding....

Then I just had to sew up the sides and voila!

 Easy, peasy, new netbook sleevey for under ten bucks!!

Sam loves it and thinks I'm totally awesome... or maybe it's the sandwich he thinks is totally awesome...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hexie Love!

So in going through my fabric stash I noticed a lot of little scraps left over from Sam's quilt... to small for any significant project but the perfect size for trying hexies for the first time.

And so it began.

Hexies made while on the bus, while Sam's sleeping, before my shift at work, on my break, when ever I had two free minutes I was making hexies.
I. Just. Couldn't. Stop.
And with no clear plan of action for the hexies I just kept going.

I would arrange and rearrange them in different patterns over and over again, while still wondering "what am i going to do with all these hexies?"
Then while perusing Rachel Hausers's inspiring blog Stitched in Color   ...
I came across this... Bloggers Pillow Party. (this was supposed to be a fancy button link back to Rachel's site but my amazing blogging skills don't seem to include copying and pasting techniques that allow this to happen...sorry)

I'll make Sam a pillow to go with his quilt! And enter it in the Bloggers Pillow Party!
So what if I've never made a pillow before, how hard can it be? It's just two squares sewn together... right?

I now ask myself "How many times will I say that before starting a new project?"

So while the pillow wasn't just "two squares sewn together" It was an easier project to tackle than his quilt. And I think the finished pillow looks pretty good. Even though my photos seem to be rubbish...

So despite the fact that not all my seams are perfectly aligned, the pillow form inside is definitely not fitting properly, and I'm still learning the fine art of binding, I'm pretty happy with it. I might go back later and do a bit of hand stitching around the hexies or maybe I'll leave it as is...we'll see.
It looks pretty good with Sam's quilt, though I wish I had some Heather Ross scraps left over to mix in.

This won't be my last hexie project, nor will it be my last pillow project, and while it would be nice to win... (mmmm, sherbet pips, oh how i love thee) I think all that really matters is what my little Sammy thinks.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I almost made out with the post man...

...okay, so I wouldn't have actually made out with him, but the thought crossed my mind, briefly. 

I was just so excited!

You know it's a good mail day when the "special"  mail man shows up, 
you know, the one that comes when you're getting stuff that's too big for the regular mail man to bring? 

So do ya wanna know what he brought?

Boxes!! Hurray!!
haha..just kidding. wanna see what's inside the boxes?
okey dokey... in the little box on the bottom we have...

A half yard of Cosmo Cricket Tailor Made Scissors in Cream....for me.
And a full yard of Alexander Henry's Cupcakes in Mocha Pink... also for me.
Not quite sure what I'm going to do with them yet but I'll think of something.

Also in the magical box of goodness was this...

A half yard each of The Grand Tour from the Victoria and Albert Collection!

This fantabulous bundle will be making it's way into a quilt for my big sis for her birthday...shh, don't tell her.
I purposely am not showing anymore of the line so she will be surprised when she gets it... although I guess she could just google the fabric and see what it looks like... BUT SHE WON'T...WILL SHE?! Trust me Tan, you're going to love bottles, books,'s like it was made for you.

Now in the next box...

I'm seeing a little fold up play mat...maybe backed in corduroy? For me and Sam? My friends Matt and Jen and their little sea monkey? hmmmm. I'll get back to this.

Sorry for the dark photo... just a sampler of fat quarter solids to have on hand and use as needed.
Some other little odds and ends in the box that didn't get photoed...thread, charm pack of solids, suction cup ruler holder thingamajig...(that would be a technical term for all the non sewers out there.)
Oh and if you google image search, suction cup ruler holder some interesting things come up...
I was particularly interested in these...

At one time available at Urban Outfitters but the link now takes you to a page that's says no longer available... dang. 
I need robots to hold my toothbrush right? 
right? okay who's with me? guys? hello?
never mind then... now where was I?

Oh yes... now, after being so giddy about my awesome mail day you can't even begin to imagine my state when I found this in the mail box... brought by our regular mail man...

A fat quarter of each of the My Happy Nursery line by Cloud9 fabrics...
More on this later with more pics...

And finally...

Okay this lovely little fat quarter didn't come in the mail... 
I popped into the quilt shop on our walk to my mom's...
Sam had fallen asleep and it's so rare for me to be able to peruse the fabric without Sam trying to grab things or getting fussy. 
So I planned on just browsing but when I saw this it screamed _______! 
So I'll be making a little somethin' somethin' and sending it her way!

Well I guess that's it... still waiting on a couple charm packs of 
Heather Baileys Nicey Jane line, 
for a quilt for my mom... hopefully they come tomorrow :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Baby City Blocks

Just a quick post tonight...
I have a couple of quilts on the go right now and I finished this little baby quilt top yesterday and thought I'd share it.


I used Liesl Gibson's City Weekend collection for this little number and loving how it's turned out!

It's for a girlfriend at work for part of her shower gift, I hope she likes it!

I got lucky here and was able to lay it all out while Sam was napping.

Then was able to stitch most of it the following day while he napped again. 
The finished size will be 34" x 38".

Haven't yet decided on the backing and the binding yet... 
they will be finding out if it's a boy or a girl so I may wait to decide, 
but I think it would look nice backed in the yellow and turquoise stripe and bound in the yellow dots...

What do you think?