Thursday, June 23, 2011


Well, and why not start with my favorite block? This is my all-time favorite Christmas fabric. I'm hording it like food storage. But I did fussy cut 20 squares and turned them into these blocks - this is just my favorite one - love the present.

I love red and white for Christmas. LOVE it. There is a touch o' green in there, and I'm debating on adding some little fussy cut green tree fabric with the sashing for some popping green color - but not too much. Thoughts? The sashing is a white on white snowflake print (Micheal Miller again) and I think the little bit o' green would be nice, or would it be too much? Voice your opinion!
This is the Easy As Cake quilt from Moda Bake Shop. It came together rather quickly, and isn't meant to be anything special other than something to get us through our first Moscow Christmas. I'm thinking that I'll have enough Christmas quilts to hand out to my little family this year. That will be fun!
Just some happy red and white HSTs. I have another one in the works, although I'll do it as a barn raising quilt this time. More Christmas quilts!
I made two versions of this Jelly Filled quilt - I separated out the greens/blues and the pinks/oranges/yellows. It will make for two smaller quilts, but I'm happy with them. Just good, snuggle on the couch quilts once I add the borders.
Version two - I think I like this one a bit more, but is that even a surprise?
I'm loving the Double Hourglass quilt, even if there is a mistake. Can you see it? Yet another reason why I need a design wall so that I'm not hurrying to get those blocks off the floor before a little helper rearranges them. So one block got flipped. Once I spotted it, I wasn't super keen on fixing it. We'll live.

Yes, I need to improve my photography skills. Working on it, I promise. I need a better camera (and one that doesn't disappear on me).

I also finished some coin purses/wallets that will be handy little gifts. No pics and I still need to put snaps on them. Made a shark one for William and a cupcake one for Laurel. I'm wanting to make a matchy-matchy bag/coin purse/laptop sleeve for me. Too cutesy, or just right?

Well, happy sewing. I'm about to dive into my string quilt and that may consume the rest of June and most of July. But I want it for my bed, so it's got to be big!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again

I'm giddy to be back in the sewing saddle. Although we're not completely unpacked, the important rooms of the house are in functioning order - the kitchen (including an entire closet for my baking "stuff" - Aaron thinks I should be embarrassed by this, but I'm not!), the garage (read: MAN CAVE) and my sewing space. We opted to make all the sleeping rooms downstairs, which meant that I get the master bedroom for my sewing space. It's huge! Granted, I have to share it with my little homeschoolers and artists, but I don't mind.

And I set up my new BFF - my Juki, which is the champion thoroughbred I knew she would be. With her help, and the help of a fenced backyard, I've finished a lot of unfinished projects. Pictures to come - I want nicer, outside ones, and the weather isn't always cooperative here in Moscow.

But here's the list:
There's so much more I want to do! Make Christmas stockings, finish a gazillion other quilt tops, actually quilt all these quilt tops (waiting for August/September for that).

Life is great! Hope yours is too! Pics of finished quilt tops to be posted by this weekend (with cooperative weather!).
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