Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New York City, Part 1

Last week, we took the kids to NYC for spring break. We had some beautiful weather, and got to see several popular tourist attractions, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Museum of Natural History.

Here is the real Statue of Liberty:

And here is one made out of Crocs! (This is on display at the Crocs store in Herald Square).

I couldn't tell that it was made of Crocs shoes until I got closer! Pretty cool!

My daughter and I took a walk to Soho, and I treated myself to a few quarter yard cuts of Liberty of London fabric (not sure what they will become, but I couldn't resist!)

We also briefly visited the super expensive All Saints store so I could see the vintage sewing machines displayed on the wall:



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Groovy Guitar

Thought I'd share a recent custom order finish: a Groovy Guitar coins quilt.

I incorporated the orange at the request of the customer, but I really like the way the combination turned out! I look forward to playing with the scraps soon to create a quilt for my shop!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday Sewing

I realize it has been quiet on the blog this month (again!) so I will try to remedy that this week! I have been working on more custom orders, but this weekend, I let myself "play" with some WIP's!

I had some Sasparilla fabric left over from the tumbler quilt I made, so in an effort to not let too many scraps pile up, I made this quilt. I just love the colors, and the cowboy motifs!

This Ruby pinwheel quilt was a WIP that just needed borders. All of the pinwheels were made from half square triangle blocks left over from a previous project. It was originally going to be all scrappy, but I'm glad I matched the fabrics as pinwheels -- I like the way it looks!

Finally, I used some Amy Butler scraps to make this floating nine patch quilt (inspired by the Red Pepper Quilts version here). These were easy blocks to make, and I loved seeing the top come together! I definitely want to play with this design again!




Friday, April 4, 2014

Quarterly Quilty Resolution Check

To make sure I keep on track with my Quilty New Year's Resolutions, I thought I would do a quarterly status check on them!

#1 Package up finished quilts

Nope -- still need to work on this one!

#2 Use up fabric in my fabric drawers to make room for new fabric!

Although I've been really busy with custom orders this quarter, several of them have helped me use up fabric in the drawers! So, I will consider myself on track with this goal.

#3 Spend at least five minutes daily keeping up with my Etsy tax Excel spreadsheets

Although I haven't really set aside a few minutes a day for this, I have managed to get a lot of entries done for 2014. If I concentrate on it this month, I should be able to get all caught up!

#4 Continue to blog regularly, and do a blog makeover

January and February were good blogging months, but March was not! I did take some time in Janaury to clean up the right side of my blog page, so that was a good start to the blog makeover. This quarter, I'd like to go back through some earlier posts and add labels.

# 5 Make at least one donation quilt each quarter

Yay -- I did accomplish this goal! My students and I created this quilt, which was raffled off to benefit a local hospice organization:

#6 Use up scraps in the pink Rubbermaid tote!

I did make a bunch of snowball blocks in the early part of the quarter using scraps from the Rubbermaid tote, but ended up setting them aside to work on the donation quilt above (which technically used up fabric drawer fabric!). I plan to resume working on the original snowball quilt so I can donate it to my guild by June.

#7 Write at least one new pattern each quarter.

I'm on track with this goal, too! I finished my pattern Pinwheel Party in February...

... and I just completed my tenth pattern this week! It is called "Picture Perfect", and it is available on both my Etsy and Craftsy sites. I'll blog more about it in the next day or so!

All in all, I'm doing okay on the resolutions, and I think I have a good idea of what to focus on this quarter. I'll touch base on them again at the beginning of July!


Monday, March 31, 2014

March Finishes!

Here is this month's collage of finished quilts!
I enjoy looking back to see everything I accomplished each month! Most of these finishes are custom orders, but I am almost caught up -- finally!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Little Furry Help

The other day, I laid out some blocks for a custom order. I wasn't sure I liked the arrangement and mix of colors. Apparently, someone else didn't like the arrangement either.

Much better!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Another Custom Order!

Here is another March finish to add to the list:

My customer had purchased some Birch organic fabrics, including a faux patchwork panel, and she wanted them made into a quilt. I was a little nervous about cutting up the patchwork panel and piecing it into the quilt since the printed squares don't allow for seam allowances, but I was able to make it work.

It turns out the printed squares are slightly wider than they are long -- I think I ended up cutting blocks that were 8 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches, but it still worked! We chose a teal border to frame the center, and a cuddly minky backing.

I have to say, I do really like the way this turned out, so I may have to play around with the concept more in a future quilt!