Monday, March 22, 2010

Are you sick of this purse yet?

Okay, this is the FIFTH time I have used this pattern, I think I have definitely gotten my money's worth out of it. But I just love making these! This is a birthday present for my sister, I hope she likes it! She's not much of a purse person, but it is the perfect size for a church bag. I love these fabrics- it's Amy Butler's newest line Love in the Soul pallette. My favorite is the 2nd one from the right - "water bouquet" in midnight - it would make lovely curtains I think. I still have a lot of these fabrics left, I plan on making a large sized quilt with them.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Groovy Guitars

I absolutely love this guitar fabric. It is a perfectly acceptable boy fabric in my opinion. It took me a while to put this simple quilt top together because of all my sewing machine issues (bytheway - turns out it wasn't the poor guy's fault that my machine wasn't working correctly - the blame was all on me!!! For some reason, I have serious issues with bobbins for some reason) and one week in which my son decided sleeping was unnecessary and overrated... But nonetheless, here it is:

I've used this pattern before, in Gregory's apple quilt. The pattern comes from Quilts and More Summer 2008, "Clowning Around."

Do you like the dead/brown grass? It will be spring soon enough - can't wait!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Boy Fabrics

Boy fabrics. It's my new passion. I love to find great/unique boy fabrics now that I am a mother of a little man. It's really difficult, believe it or not, to find boy fabrics that I like. All too often, what is available are obnoxious prints that scream ROBOTS, TRUCKS, TOOLS, 1980's NURSERY, and the worst: WOODLAND CREATURES.... I mean, come one- Raccoons? Squirrels? Do we really need to try and make forest vermin look cute? Now, as Gregory gets older, and he decides he likes any of the above, I will indulge him - because of course it is important that he likes what I make for him. But until he can express a firm opinion, so far he has blankets with sock monkeys, Muppets, and apples.... kind of a crazy combination I guess. Anyway, here are some of the most interesting boy prints I have found lately:
When I first saw the sneaker print, I was like, "Who would buy that!?" Then I looked closer and thought about it and I answered my own question, "Me!" I know it's really bold and crazy, but I look forward to the challenge of toning it down and incooperating it into something fun.

Now, the print on the right- I can't even handle the fun of the cowboys. I never would have guessed that I would've gone for anything Western... but the thing that gets me is the names written under their faces, "Slim," "Hap," and "El Rey." But the best part is, there is a name there that I am planning on naming my next boy. It is not in the picture, so you will have to be in suspense. But trust me, it is a normal name that does not scream "cowboy." So poor Greggers won't be getting this fabric.....

I went to the first meeting of the New England Modern Quilt Guild last Friday and I had a lot of fun. I met lots of nice people and I am really excited to get to know everyone better soon. I also have started a community education photography class and I am really excited to learn how to take better pictures - hopefully you will notice a difference in the next couple of months.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Estate Sale!

Hi everyone. If you live in New England, hope you are enjoying this nice springy weather. Spring definitely snuck up on me, though I doubt it is here to stay. Makes me wonder how much sewing I might get done, because when it's nice outside - I love to go on walks..... and just not stay inside.

Anyway, I have had some majorly annoying sewing issues - which is why I am doing this blog posting instead of sewing. My sewing machine was in for it's yearly tune-up for the past week, and now that I have it back - it's still acting up and creating awful loopy stitches. I am pretty upset with the guy who supposedly cleaned it. When I sat down to sew with it, little clumps of lint/dust fell down around the needle area. Of course, this makes me suspect that the guy didn't even test it out after he'd cleaned it...... Also, for two days I had serious issues with my rotary cutter- it wouldn't even rotate!!!! I bought a new one (which wouldn't work) and then had several people look it over - with no luck. Finally, in desperation - I headed off to a local quilt store to see if a lady could help me..... But I got sidetracked on my way there when I spotted an estate sale. It was being run by a "professional" (someone who is hired to run an estate sale for a family) - so I didn't get as low prices as I might've liked- but I still made a major killing in some awesome stuff to repurpose for sewing:

Here are some pictures of the goods:

In this one, the heart pattern is actually a vintage apron. the yellow/orange floral print is a dress. The red material is actual fabric.
I've always heard of people using sheets as white sashing or backing for quilts. Many traditionalists are against the practice, but I figured I might as well try. These are all twin size, brand new in the package - but probably date back several years ago. I am hoping this means that they are of a higher quality than what is made nowadays.....
And finally, the JACKPOT! I almost died when I saw these!!!!!! It's two parcels of 4 yards of fabric (each) - brand new all made locally in Lowell!!!!! I knew if I only walked out with these, I would be happy.

Here's a closeup of the blew fabric. Crowns! Lions!

I also asked if I could take down and purchase two curtains that were hanging up in the basement. They agreed, and here's what I came home with:

My favorite are the trees, then the duck pond. Some parts of the curtain are unusable, despite throwing everything into the washing machine. But I definitely have enough for a quilt - if I fussy cut the designs and frame solids/prints around squares.
So all this stuff, plus a white sweater - for $15.... Not too bad. Believe it or not, I refrained from buying a tin full of thread- I am drowning in thread from all of my exploits last year....

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Large Receiving Blanket

I bought this dog/fire engine fabric at the Joann's after Thanksgiving sale and I think it is just adorable. All's this blanket is are two pieces of flannel sewed together as a sandwich (each piece of flannel is 1.25 yds). I made 3 for Gregory because Nick and I found that we really like them for swaddling (much bigger/better/warmer than the piddly store bought recieving blankets), covering the car seat to block the wind when transferring him to and from the car, laying one on the couch to sit on with the baby to protect the couch from inevitable spitups, and using as an impromptu protective layer for diaper changes and tummy time. Lots of uses for such a simple thing.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Tie Onesie

Here's a little tie onesie made for our nephew... seriously this project is SO easy - I did it in 15 minutes.
I think a striped fabric is a good choice for this.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Sock Monkey Quilt Part II

Gregory's cousin now has a blanket that matches his own - they are almost the same.... This is the 3rd quilt I have actually quilted myself and I think it came out the best so far because I used decent batting and a walking foot. I really love this fabric and have one more quilt top from it - so we'll see who ends up with the last Sock Monkey blanket.....

My favorite part of this blanket is this corner with the larger scale monkey face peering out - it's too cute!