Tuesday, July 31, 2012


The winner of One Shabby Chick's Passport Wallet pattern is lucky number 22.

Jenny said:

Congratulations, Jenny! Now you can make a beautiful passport wallet of your very own. Maybe in a little Melody Miller???

And now back to work or English paper piecing and the Olympics!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic Ogees

I started a little hand work project while on vacation - just some simple hexies. In two weeks' time, I managed to finish a single ogee.


With the Olympics starting Friday night, I thought this would be the perfect project. I wouldn't have to move the television or my sewing machine, and I could still make progress on something I really want to see get closer to finished.

During the opening ceremonies, I managed to baste all the hexagons and piece this much:


Saturday, I easily finished it and started cutting out more templates for another.


Sunday, I finished another before bed!


That's right, it took two weeks to finish the first ogee and only two days to finish two more! At this rate, I'm toying with the idea of actually making it a bed-sized quilt instead of a baby blanket or wall hanging.

I'm quite proud of myself. I didn't expect to finish two more, much less clean out the pantry and fridge, do three loads of dishes, cook dinner Sunday, drive my daughter to see a movie with her friends, drive to pick her up again, and get about half of the mountain of laundry that's been filling my laundry room cleaned and folded. What a weekend! I even managed to get a pedicure and have lunch with my dear, dear friend who will be moving away to California this week.

Unfortunately, I can't spend all day every day sitting in front of the telly sewing. I do have a day job. Back to it!

passport wallet

P.S. There's still time to toss your name into the hat for Amber's (One Shabby Chickpassport wallet pattern! I'll be drawing a name tonight at 5:00 CDT. Click here for the post on how to enter.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Giveaway time!

My friend, Amber of One Shabby Chick, just wrote her first pattern!

She travels with her four beautiful children and hunky Latin husband to Costa Rica to visit family, so she knows first-hand how important and difficult it is to keep track of six passports. I think this Passport Wallet is a gorgeous way to keep them all safe.

passport wallet

She's written the pattern in two sizes, six passports or four, and both come to you in one PDF.

I'm lucky enough to get to give a copy to one of you! All you have to do is leave a comment. If you'd like to pop over to her Etsy shop, let me know which of her listed items tickles your fancy. She has great destashing fabric bundles, skirts, iPad covers, guitar straps, pillows...and they're all fabulous, in my book. (If you don't have time to peruse her cute handmade wares, any comment will do.)

Please be sure you're not a no-reply blogger or leave your email address in your comment so that I can reach you if I draw your number.

While you're over there, should the mood to pick up a little something for yourself strike, Amber is offering 10% off using the coupon code newpattern.

I'll draw a winner next Monday at 5:00 CDT. A winner has been chosen. Thanks!


Aren't they a gorgeous couple?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A little buzz

I know one of my resolutions was to be on time all year for my VQBs. I fell off the wagon. One of my first orders of vacation business was to catch up on all my late bee blocks.

Everything I was behind on are from the book 99 Modern Blocks. In one of the bees, I have fabric sent to me and the other, I pull from my stash.

Sometimes, I think a bee block almost takes longer per block than if I were making a whole quilt of them. Do you find that, too? It took me two days to catch up, but I'm very happy with the results!

Modern Minx July 2012 Modern Minx May 2012 Modern Minx June 2012 The 99 June 2012 The 99 July 2012 block 2 The 99 July 2012 block 1 The 99 May 2012 block 2 The 99 May 2012 block 1

These are all off to the queen bees. My apologies for the lateness of their arrival, friends!

"But that was only a couple of days. What did you do with the rest of your vacation?" you may ask. Well, I haven't taken pics, yet, and what good is a quilty post without pics? I'll do my best to get them taken in the next few days. In the mean time, I'm exhausted and trying to get my body back on a normal work schedule. Shouldn't I be rested and ready to go after two weeks of vacation?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Vacation, all I ever wanted!

That's right! I started my two week vacation over the weekend, and does it ever feel good. I spent a few days with my kiddo and helped celebrate her birthday before she got on a plane to visit Grandma (as she does every year).

Happy 15th birthday!
birthday cake
She picked it out!
Skateboard for the kiddo
birthday present 

It's going to be too hot to be outside for the next few days and we may have some thunderstorms, so I'm happily ensconced in my studio with the AC blasting.

How do you start your morning?
how my day began
No, it's not a beer, I swear. It's iced coffee!  Already too hot for a regular cup of joe.

Here are a few things I could work on:

First, my dear friend made a lovely improv quilt top for her nephew. Unfortunately, she is in the process of moving to California this month and doesn't have a hope of finishing it. She asked me to quilt it for her.

Maren's quilt top

Then, I have a lovely FQ set of Flock from Thomas Knauer. He stipulated that I had to make a quilt for Bumble Beans Basics with part of it. Well, twist my arm! ;-) I've been wanting to make something for Victoria's charity for a long time.


I received some really great granny squares from our MMQG cookie swap. In order to round out a whole top, I'll need to make some more.


I also need to go pick up the squares we made at our first charity sew-in to compile a top and coordinate with one of our members with a long arm for quilting.

Of course, I still have Mondrian Dream and B{squared} to finish quilting, Retro Flowers to finish piecing, and I REALLY need to get caught up on my quilting bee blocks.

First, though, I should probably straighten up my studio. It looks like a bomb went off in it, and the mess is really stifling my creativity. At least I finally sorted my scraps into bins a couple of weeks ago. I used to keep them in gallon zip bags, but the scraps were getting wrinkly and the bags couldn't contain the scrappy goodness any more.

sorted scraps

Keep cool wherever you are!