Friday, May 29, 2009

Favorite Fabrics

I thought I would share pictures of two of my most favorite fabrics:

Healther Bailey's Peonies in Red- I have about 2.5 yards of it and I have at least two quilts planned from her PopGarden line- which will include heavy doses of this! This is one of the first contemporary fabrics I spotted as I slowly discovered the world of bright and beautiful fabrics. I have at least 5 yards of this, as I have a purse and two quilts planned with it. It's Timeless Treasures "I Spy."
Right now, this is my favorite fabric. It's the first Japanese print I have ever bought and I am definitely impressed- it's an adorbale design, clearly printed, and gorgeous, soft fabric.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Quilt Block Exchange

This is one of the last quilt blocks from the guild's exchange. I was amazed at the versatility of the blocks already completed- 2 cat themed novelties, chili peppers, Oriental, and a butterfly...... I added a flower theme.....

Friday, May 22, 2009

Amy Butler's Everything Bag

I showed this project in progress a while ago. The pattern is from Amy Butler's Little Stitches
It's a diaper bag. It was really hard to make mainly because of the stiff divider within the bag... I had to get some help with it. I think I might make a matching portable changing pad to go with it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mini Messenger Bag

For Christmas 2008, I received a very cool book- The New Handmade and it had this patern for a mini messenger bag. I am keeping this one for myself!
It's perfect for carting around the small essentials- it has a cell phone pocket on the side that you can't see in the picture. I made this bag out of Erin McMorris Park Slope line.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Keepsake Quilting Trip

It's becoming abundantly clear that I need to take photography lessons..... but anyway, I figured if I post an occasional fabric stash picture, it might make me feel more accountable to actually do something with my supplies rather than keep acquiring more. Soon after Nick left for DC, I consoled myself by heading to the famous Keepsake Quilting in Meredith, NH. The bundle on the right is my attempt to fold fabric like Keepsake does. Most of this fabric is from a certain line of fabric, but I can't remember what it's called..... It will make a beautiful quilt- the cherry fabric will probably be reserved for an apron.

Melly and Me Purse

I had a lot of fun making this purse. It's made from fat quarters and a quarter yard of Amy Butler's Midwest Modern fabric line. It's a present for a friend of mine.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Apples Quilt

This is the quilt I will use for a baby boy someday. I recently added the borders and will soon send it away to be quilted. When it is finished, I will take a better picture and post it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Crafty Yard Sale Finds

Yard sale season has started again- I am excited but sad to see my Saturdays of sleeping in as a thing of the past.... A couple weeks ago, I was thrilled to get this vintage quilt top for only $6- it's in excellent condition with no tears, stains, or funky smell..... :) At the same yard sale, I found 19 of these log cabin quilt squares. They are already quilted with a backing, so I am not sure how I will put them all together.......
I forgot to take a picture, but I also was so happy to find a TON of vintage buttons for $8. It was a yard sale I almost didn't go to because viewing from my car, the sale looked like a ton of junk- but when I told the lady what I was looking for, she went back into her house and came out with a sack full of sorted buttons and another jar- full!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

African Themed Cross Stitch

Here's another cross stitch completed, I just need to do the outlining stitches. The background with all of the leaves was a lot harder than I expected because it's reliant on shading.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Business Card Holder

I altered the pattern for the Bend the Rules Cashless wallet to make a business card holder. The fabric is Denise Schmidt Flea Market Fancy. I still need to put a snap on this little guy.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Charming Handbag

Here's the "Charming Handbag" I made for my swap partner (see previous post). It was an easy project. I really lucked out in finding ribbon that matched the lining very well.

Friday, May 01, 2009


There was another reason why I didn't post too much in late January and most of February. I had barely found out that I was pregnant and immediately started making the baby stuff! I know I am crazy, but I am pretty determined to not learn the gender of the baby until he or she is born. (Hey, there are only a few really great surprises in life). So I have until late Sept to make all of the boy and girl themed stuff.... Two of the baby quilts I have already posted pictures of are intended for that purpose.

Here's some burp cloths and baby bibs I made a while ago. The pint is really bright and busy, so it's hard to tell that I did an applique cherry on each one. It was a fun, easy project.

The picture below is a very time comsuming project that I am dreading to repeat for the boy themed nursery...... bumpers! They look like they might be easy, but they are a lot of work! I am happy with how they came out, they will model better when setup in the crib.