Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Moment #1

I just stopped by Describe Happy and was inspired by Christie's post. A single picture that captures a happy moment from the week. I love it. And I'm totally doing this! Mine has nothing to do with sewing, but a moment spent with my sweet kids yesterday at our grand ladybug launch. I took this picture!! :)

It was a happy moment!! If you feel inspired, please share your happy moment too! :)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lime Block!

I was having trouble with my super secret project today. Nothing was working right. So I put it away. Sometimes it better to try at a different time, you know what I mean? So, instead made my Lime block!!

I really like it!!

Here are my 8!! I can't believe I'm half way done!! :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WIP Wednesday!!

First off - I would like to thank everyone for all the love on the Supernova!! You compliments really do mean the world to me!! I am so happy to have finished it this week!

(Of all the pictures I took of Supernova, this is my favorite. I don't know why...)

Funny story - when I gave it to my hubby, he said he needed to test it out. So, he took it to the couch, curled up, and 2.4 nanoseconds later was actually asleep. It was funny. I take that as a quilt success! ;)

Anyway, Supernova and Easter Dress/bag were my big finishes this week (Yipee!). I had fun with all three of those projects!!

Now, on to the WIPs!!

Bottled Rainbow continues to be the funnest of projects. I don't see how I could ever give this away to anyone. It's like a giant memory. Every scrap I put on, I think, "Oh, I remember making that!" It's awesomely fun! This week (um... about 5 minutes ago...) I finished the Pink Block!

It's really cute. The BIG square is from one of my very first "real" quilts - Hex. It makes me happy having that on here! Here are my 7 (!) finished blocks:

Super secret project is coming along swimmingly!! I have gotten the large scale applique cut out and about half on. One more day of work, and the top will be done!! I hope that comes together well!!

Here's to another wonderful sewing week!! Be sure to check out all of the other awesome WIPs here!!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Supernova Complete!!!

Supernova is ALL done!!!

I am thrilled with the out come! Finished size: 62 x 80!

As I have mentioned, I made this for my hubby, so I made it how I knew he would like it - which meant light quilting. He loves the back to be soft, and prefers minimal quilting for that.

To accomplish as little quilting as possible on the back, I quilted the top in straight lines just onto the batting. Then, I basted that to the back and quilted just the outlines of the big blocks. It turned out great.

And I was so excited, that I gave it to him yesterday! Two weeks early. :) He loves it!!

I am thrilled to have participated in this amazing quilt-a-long, and would like to thank Lee for hosting it, and sharing this truly amazing pattern with us. I will absolutely be making another Supernova in the very near future!!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hand bag

Because every great dress deserves a matching handbag...


Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Easter Dress

So... I've gone back and forth over whether or not I should tell the whole story of this migraine inducing dress... or just pretend that I meant to do it this way right from the beginning.

Which is funny, because this was what I intended to do right from the beginning, but made a mistake and tried to do something else. That failed. Then I had to redo the bodice. Which I ended up cutting wrong - again. Then, to fix my second mistake, I went back to the original plan. **sigh** Oh, the joys of making my own dress pattern. I should have slowed down a little...

BUT - third times the charm, the end result is darling, so I'm okay with it. hahaha!!

So, here it is - the princess' 2011 Easter dress!!

I really am pleased with the final result. And she loves it, which is most important! :) Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

WIP Wednesday!

This has been another stupendous week!

First off - super secret project, miraculously, has hit a huge milestone! The hard part is finished!!!!! I wasn't actually sure if I would get that part done by next month, but now I am confident that it will be all the way finished by the deadline (which, is also super secret. Okay - next month....)

I started designing the Princess' Easter dress, and got the fabric. She told me that she wants a simple (she used the word "normal") dress instead of a frilly ball gown. I kind of died a little inside, but I will do as she wishes... *sniff*

Bottled Rainbows - I actually finished TWO squares this week!!


And Plum. This one isn't my favorite, but it will look good enough...

Here are my 6 finished blocks so far!!

Supernova top is complete, and I have pieced the back as well!!

I am going with black minky with a blue minky stripe.

Apparently, I have a thing for stripes on the back of my quilts. ;)

Anyway, Supernova's back is really stunning, and I think it will be totally fabulous when it's all said and done. I couldn't believe how hard it was to find black minky, though. I had to go to three stores! Who knew?

Sadly, though - I have to spend a little time on a very unfun WIP -

I hate laundry.

Well, that's it for this week!! Happy WIP Wednesday!! Check out everyone's WIPs over at Freshly Pieced!!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Supernova top done!!

I am just thrilled with how this quilt top has come out! I went back and forth with how I felt about the fabric selection, but now that it is all sewn together - I just love it!! I am extra super duper happy that it is going to stay at my house!! (I am going to give it to my hubby for our 10th anniversary next month! I hope he doesn't suddenly decide to read this... ;))

Anyway, I did the boarder with scraps, and I am pleased with how it looks. With the extra row, the top finished at about 62 x 80 - great size! I am going to back it with minky. Because the hubby LOVES minky! lol!

Love this pattern so much!!

Oh, and I totally have to make one of these. Seriously!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WIP Wednesday!!

This week has been stupendous!

I finished a lot of small projects that were gnawing at me (see post below!), and I actually got ahead on a few WIPs!!


(Have you tried this? It's good. It tastes like a Slurpee...)

Um, anyways - I finished all 12 of my Supernova squares and I am tickled with them. Sure, if (*when*) I do this again, I will do things a little differently, but I really do like how these are coming together...

I love how the grey/black squares set off the blues/greens and really make them shine! I am so looking forward to getting the top completed soon (tomorrow!!)

Bottled Rainbow!

I got last week's blue square done (finally) and got this weeks red block done on Friday!! Yea!! I really like how they are coming along! Here are my 4 Rainbow blocks!

Next - I suddenly realized that Easter is in 2 weeks. I really need to get an Easter dress going for the princess. Yikes. That's on deck for this week...

Well, that's all! Happy WIP Wednesday!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Productive weekend!!

Yea!! I have had the most productive weekend!! Here are a few Projects that I finished:

A skirt for my daughter!!

This turned out way cute and was WAY easy! It took like, 20 minutes - no pattern needed! I think I will be making her a few more, and maybe one for me!!

Pants to skirt:

These pants were one of my favorite pairs of cords ever, but after one unfortunate washing, the ended up too short. So, I made them into a skirt!

Cute, and it's really comfy!

Last - this cute Easter table topper for my cousin!!

I tried out some free motion on this, and they were... well not great, but I don't think she'll care. She's sweet! lol! I really like the egg, though! I am so thrilled to have these done! I have gotten a few more things done, but they are on my WIPs, so you'll see them Wednesday!! Happy sewing!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award!!

Oh, my goodness!! The very talented Val Campbell over at PinkPlease! awarded me with a Stylish blogger award!! I am so honored!!! Thank you so much Val! Now, to accept this award, I must do the following:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave the award!! Done!

2. Share 7 things about yourself. Will do below - but be warned - I am a storyteller...

3. Award 6 recently discovered bloggers. Will do below.

4. Contact and tell bloggers about the award.

Okay - 7 things about me.

1. I play the violin. I am slated to play a duet in church on Easter Sunday. I better start practicing for that...

2. I used to be a cheerleader in high school. That has very little impact on my life now, except that every time I utter the work "Ready?" my husband slaps his sides and shouts, "OK!" He's gotten a lot of mileage out of this joke and I will likely be hearing this until the day I die. :)

3. My first job was at Hot Dog on a Stick. Yes, I wore the hat. I worked there for 5 years. I know...

4. I cheat. Not on important stuff - never in school, or anything like that, but if you are playing a game with me - I am cheating. I don't know why, but I don't plan on stopping. Muahaha!

5. When I was pregnant with my first child, I was in college and due during midterms. I showed up to a midterm for a Corporate Finance class, and waddled to my seat. My professor walked over, eyed my gigantic stomach, and asked when my baby was due. I responded with, "Actually, I am planning to go to the hospital right after this test." The look of horror on his face was CLASSIC!! I got an A on that test, and had the baby the next morning.

6. I am clumsy. Very much so. It's not so much that I lack balancing skills, I just don't pay attention to what's around me - so I run into things and fall down a lot. It's embarrassing.

7. I am NOT a romantic-comedy kind of girl. I would rather poke myself in the eye. Give me a good action or fantasy and I'm a happy girl!

Okay - That's it about me! :) Here are the Stylish Bloggers I would like to award:

Jen at Stitch Hack

Valerie at Valerie Hart Photography

Melissa at Happy Quilting

Amy at Not Always With Thread

Lee at Freshly Pieced

Becky at My Fabric Obsession

Thanks again, Val, for this award! I am totally flattered! :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WIP Wednesday!!

Can it be Wednesday again, so soon?! I feel like *almost* nothing has gotten done...

But I have done some! Here are this week's WIPs -

Supernova - I have 9 of the 12 sub sets done.

I keep fluctuating between being totally thrilled with my fabric selection, and totally horrified. I just don't know. I think it will end up looking awesome... but there's a chance it will be a hot mess. Either way, I love this pattern, the gals in the quilt-a-long are rock stars, and I have had fun. But let's hope for awesome.

I took a few minutes to make awesomely ridiculous superhero capes for my kids.

Tutorial below. They are so silly, but my kids have not taken them off!! :)

I haven't gotten my third Bottled Rainbow block done yet. Today, for sure! Picture to come!

Super secret project took a big step forward this week, and I am almost halfway done with the applique. It's still killing me though. Again, sorry for no pictures or even info on this one, but eventually, I will be able to debut the #$%*& thing. ;)

That's all this week! Happy Wednesday! See more of what people are doing here!!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Easy Superhero Cape Tutorial!

My husband came up with this idea - and it is so fun, silly, and SUPER easy, that I decided to do a quick tutorial!!

Superhero Capes from Daddy's old shirts!

Start with an old dress shirt. If your hubby's like mine - you go through them pretty quickly... Cut the arms off.

Turn shirt inside out, and sew up the arm holes. I zig-zaged them!

Then, trim off any extra at seams (I used pinking shears).


Now, my little one is only 3, so the shirt was WAY too long, so I trimmed a zig-zag design off the bottom using pinking shears (because I am way too lazy to hem this sort of thing... ;))

That's it! EASY!! Now on to Superhero fun!! (Or, in my daughter's case, this is now her invisibility cloak. Guess what we're reading right now...)

Quick and easy - and a fun way to recycle those old shirts! :) Enjoy!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Okay, so today turned into an awesome day! I sold a quilt on Etsy!! It's the first one I've sold (on there) and I am tickled!! It was my Sunkissed Daisy quilt!!

One of my favorites, and yes - I am a little sad to see it go. But, I know that the owner (who bought it for her daughter) will love it and give it a good home! What an ego boost! :)