Saturday, April 25, 2009

How cool is Spoonflower?

Have you guys heard about Spoonflower? You can design and they'll print your own fabric! So I'd been wanting to go to their site and play around with some things, so while I was waiting for guests to show up for Wine and cheese this evening I did! Of course on the work computer I had no images that I wanted to play with, so as soon as I got home I continued playing!

What do you think? It's the picture that I made for the wall in Scott and Janie's nursery! The repeats are 12" x 10." I feel like their rocking chair is screaming for a footstool covered in this! All you fellow nursing mamas might understand the awesomeness of a footstool! So go check it out! Have fun!

It was pricey, but kind of like buying stamps for your wedding invitations with your picture on them--really cool too!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Elephant jammies and baseball aprons

So, I finished the pants last Friday and the shirt last Saturday. They turned out so cute! I've been very busy at work this week, tiling the kitchen back splash. I'll get some pictures taken because it turned out really well! So not a lot of sewing or anything else going on.(Though I did get the house clean for my book club last Wednesday. Way overdue!)

I signed up for another apron swap--it's a Mother's Day swap--and I got paired with Amy and her 8 year old son Zach. They love baseball, especially the Mariners, but here in CO all I could find was Rockies fabric. No big surprise there. So off to the fabric store Tade and I went this morning and I'm so pleased with my choices! I got red and blue pillow ticking--which I LOVE--and made coordinating, but not matching aprons.

Here's a little sneak peak of the pockets; I'll post more once I get the go ahead from Shawnee to send the package--I embarrassed myself by sending the Flirty apron too soon. I really need to work on my photography skills! Sorry for the washed out picture!

There also a new apron swap with sign ups until May 6th. The Sassy and Flirty Apron Swaps are joining forces on this one. Garden themed--which should be a blast! I've requested a gathering apron to bring in all my goodness from the garden. So check out the Busy Bee Swap and maybe we'll be partners!

Giveaway is still open for another week, so tell your friends, tell your family!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Do you wanna win some fabric?

You know you want to!

I thought you all might want to participate in a little giveaway I'm having...5-- 1/2 yard cuts of these fun prints( and one solid). The one on the left is by Brandon Mably and oh so soft, the three in the middle are Amy Butler--gotta love her!-- and the solid is Kona Cotton.

The rules--one entry for each comment left and another if you post to your blog about the giveaway--let me know in your comment if you are going to post on your blog--and I'll be checking! The giveaway ends on April 30th, winner announced on May Day!

This is what I made out of the fabric--The Amy Butler Birdie Sling for Janie's diaper bag, a quilted changing pad, and a nursing smock for everyone's comfort. I'm really pleased with how everything came out--pretty busy day for the sewing machine yesterday!

Tade and I went to the Shop Hop in One Stop this morning. Pretty cool quilts, though nothing I wanted to run home and make. My money seemed to find lots of things it liked though! This funky monkey oil cloth to make Tade a backpack or some kind of bag--he loved it! I also found a sock monkey ornament for the Christmas tree that had to leave with us. He carried his things around the entire place!

This lovely oil cloth that I will bind for my dining room table. It already has a two inch cut from Tade finding my scissors minutes after it went on the table . I think I still love him.

Tade saw the "Entertaining Elephants" by Alxander Henry and said, "Hey, elephants. I love elephants." so, this is going to become jammies and a pillow case for him. I think I'll do the top kimono-style al la Amanda Jean. While your visiting her site, check out the great bag she made with selvages! And then save your selvages for me!

And lastly I got this great fabric in the mail--Wonderland By momo for Moda--I love this fabric line! I wish I had more so I could show you all of it! But you computer wizards can figure out how to look it up, right?

So, what I thought would be my knitting blog is pretty much entirely about sewing. And the guy from the sewing maching shop just called(finally) to tell me my machine is ready!!!! So I said I'll be there as soon as Tade wakes up. Of course, right? And he tells me they're closing early today. What?!? Oh well--Old Faithful will get me through another weekend.

Have a great one!

Friday, April 10, 2009

sherri's giveaway!

Sherri over at A Quilting Life is having her 100th post giveaway--2 actually. So head on over there and check her out!

Another new, yet already dear friend could use some prayers, so if you're talking to the big guy-- just ask for a bit of extra love for Tara's new yet dear friend and he'll know just who you're talking about!

Have a great weekend! I'm out in the boondocks celebrating the holiday with my family--couldn't be better!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Check out my haul!!!

So in my excitement to take the concentric vest to My Sister Knits this morning, I completely forgot to take a picture, so you'll have to imagine it in you head. Lime green Euroflax Bulky, a luxurious linen that washes beautifully. Very springy and fun!

And this is what I got in return:

About 34 YARDS of beautiful fabric! You do the math!

These very cool fat quarters that I think will become a diaper bag for Janie, my sister-in-law. What do you think, Scott?

27(!) fat quarters that will become a comforter and shams for my bed.

Some moons and Stars fat quarters, 1/2 yard cuts of Civil War repro fabric, and all of these fat eighths. All of these will become lap quilts at some point!

And the piece de resistance......

These are the 30s repro fabrics for my spare room quilt.

These reproduction handkerchiefs were the catalyst for my quilting frenzy. I bought them last fall with the plan to use them as the "blocks" with the 30s fabric.

With all of this loveliness in my home, you would think that Julie's basement would be fabric free, but oh, no! This woman has probably got 1000 yards of fabric in her basement. No joke. She told me that she needs to thin it out, so just come to her house before I go to the fabric store!

Julie, I will knit for the shop anytime, as long as you pay me in yarn and fabric! Thanks so much.

Monday, April 6, 2009

What I did today

My brother and sister-in-law are expecting a daughter in June. My sister and I and a friend of theirs are having a baby shower in 3 weeks for them, so I got started on a present today. Well, started and finished. Scott, my brother reads this blog, so, Scott, if you don't like it, let me know and I will re-do it or something! Penguins were requested, and I'm pretty happy with it!

I also plan on making her a diaper bag and maybe knitting up some baby booties, maybe some bibs. I'd better get busy!

I finally finished knitting the vest for My Sister Knits, my LYS, so as soon as it's blocked, I'll post some pics and then show you what cool fabrics I got for knitting it!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spring wonderland?

Mother Nature withheld the moisture from us this winter, but we got another 6 inches of snow last night. It is beautiful and the wet snow gives the plants some much desired water. But I WANT SUNSHINE AND 70 DEGREE WEATHER! At least it melts quickly!

My sister and nieces came up on Thursday during their spring break and we had a very fun crafty day. I replaced the lining in her wee play bag and once again I'm pleased with it! She said, "It's perfect." Doesn't get much better than that! I also made skirts for Anna, 3, and Katie, 6. Becca(9) sewed her own! She did such a great job for her first time using a sewing machine. We had a lot of fun picking out the fabrics and it was cool for the girls to choose something that was "them." Anna is a huge fan of her cousin Tade and she thought he should have some shorts in her pink and purple bee and ladybug fabric! Keri is going to send me a picture soon and I'll post it ASAP.

There's a Spring Green givaway over at not quite june cleaver. She's got a lovely blog and only a handful have commented so far, so chances are good for a win! Go check it out!

I'm off to finish some curtains for the inn and make cookies for my boys! Have a great weekend!

(Do you know what a dork I am? Amanda Jean at crazymomquilts--one of my Favorite Blogs Ever--commented on my last post. I almost swooned. I think I'm pretty cool!)