Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Flowers

I would like to wish you all a Blessed Easter.
As we stress about this day, worrying about Easter baskets, candy, coloring eggs, and Easter dinner, lets all take a moment and rejoice!
He has risen!
This was my Plan B arrangement. I had originally planned on using Jelly Beans and Purple Peeps, but the vase wasn't wide enough and it just looked like smashed peeps behind glass.
I am loving the Gerber Daisy's, they are one of my favorite flowers and I was able to pick them from my garden.
Look at all the pretty colors!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring finally!

We have had the strangest weather here in Arizona, it was a much colder winter than normal.  I know my friends and family in IL. think I am nuts but it was cold here!  Because of the cold we had to delay planting lots of our garden. Thank goodness Mother Nature has blessed us with two wonderful warm weeks of weather and our garden is finally taking off.
I have been busy in the sewing room as well. I am working on a fun baby shower gift that I can't wait to share with everyone. I have to keep it under wraps until the shower but lets just say my 12 year old wants one too!
I am still in search of this fabric by Minick and Simpson, its from their line Winter. I went to the fabric store to try and match just the back ground but what I found was either too white or too cream.
So if you have a some in your stash I would really like to buy it from you!


Friday, March 22, 2013

What a fun transformation!

So time ago I found some fabric that I just fell in love with. It had bright colors and a great sewing motif.  I didn't know what I was going to do with it but then again do we need a reason to buy the  fabric we love?
I have been waiting for the right project to use this fabric and then it came to me!
Average sewing machine chair right?
Amazing sewing machine chair.
Oh how I love spray paint! My husband help me take apart the chair and I spray painted the base with this bright red and cover the cushions with this fun fabric.
Wish I had more of this fabric because now I want to make curtains for my sewing room with it. 


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ask a Quilter for a Inch.....

Ask a Quilter for a inch and she will give a yard!
So true, Quilters are the most generous people I know.
I have shared my story about making pillow cases for Cancer patients on this blog. When I started the cause I asked a few ladies from a sewing group I used to belong to if they would like to help make pillow cases.
Sunday they had their annual quilt show and they invited me to come out, when I arrived I saw a display of pillow cases they made for me.
Of course it brought me to tears, there hanging were close to 50 pillow cases!
One more beautiful than the other!
Thanks to all the kind, thoughtful ladies of the Las Sendas Quilt Group.
I will be making my first drop off to the American Cancer Society this week, I hope it will be the first of many.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Looking for fabric....HELP!!!

I am looking for Winter by Minick & Simpson for Moda.
It's  white with a small blue and green dot.
Pattern# 14587
I have done all the fabric searches on line and have spent many hours searching different fabric sites.
I need 1-1/2 yards but can manage with 1 yard.
Please, Please, and Thank You!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monkey See!

I have been seeing a lot of cute zipper bags on Pintrest and other blogs so I decided it was time to make one of my own.
It was quick and easy to do however,
the pattern I used has raw edges on the inside of the bag, I think I will take the steps next time to finish the inside.
This is a great way to use up scraps.
I got this old friend out of the cedar chest this week.

I gave my Easter wall hanging away last year so I better get cracking on something for Easter.

Friday, March 8, 2013

It's Friday already??

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you seemed so busy but don't have a lot to show for it?
Well this was one of those weeks, it's Friday already, when did that happen?
Here are a few of those things that have kept me busy.
As I posted a couple of weeks ago, we had a sew day to make pillow cases for cancer patients. I have not brought the pillow cases to the American Cancer Society because a very generous quilt group has made pillow cases but they are having a quilt show and asked if they could keep them until after the show. So I am waiting for those pillow cases before I make my delivery. So this week I decided to check over the cases to make sure there were no threads (yes, I am anal about threads). So I check all hundred of them and folded them pretty.
I also made more headband for my sister to take to her work, she brought one in the other day and the girls went crazy.
Yesterday I made 2 dozen cupcakes to take to my son's girlfriends work. It was her birthday and we decided to surprise her.
I was running late and forgot to take a picture of the final cupcake, but here you see the chocolate cupcake with the surprise cherry center. There was a chocolate ganache frosting. I call them my Cherry Bomb cupcake.
But what has taken the most time this week are the lovely flying geese I am making with my beloved Roman Holiday.
I have been told.... that I have Adult ADD, what?? me?? Ohh look at that pretty bird, what's for lunch I am starved, why did I walk into this room???
Okay maybe there is some truth to that! Anyway, I do get bored when I have repetitive steps to do in a quilt. Thank goodness I love Roman Holiday soooo much, it keeps me going.
Here is a shot of the flying geese for this quilt, and that's only half of them!

I love this fabric so much, even the garbage can looks good!
Okay back to the geese!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Finished Scrappy Trip Around the World

This is one project I have had a lot of fun making.
I saw this pattern popping up on a lot of the quilting blogs I follow and kept reading how fun and easy it was. So I followed the links to a tutorial on Bonnie Hunter's blog      Her directions were great and easy to follow and before I knew it I had my first block finished.
This a great quilt to use up all those Jelly Rolls we have purchased over the years and the neat part about it is no two will ever look the same.

As I stated in a earlier post, it was my husband who told me I needed to add the brown border.....he was right.
I did an all over feather pattern and used an olive green thread.
Thanks to all of you who have posted your great Scrappy Trips quilt and Bonnie for posting such a great tutorial.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Are you a fabric hoarder?

Silly question!
 Most quilters I know hoard fabric, but I'm talking about  that one special line, that one you just couldn't get enough of. You know the one you bought yards, Jelly Rolls and Charm packs.
Well, mine is Roman Holiday by Moda. I fell in love with this line and just kept buying it. I have several yards of several different prints, 2 Jelly Rolls and 5 Charm Pack.  I having been buying up patterns over the years to use my beloved stash and nothing was ever good enough.
With the recent passing of my quilting buddy and fellow fabric hoarder, I have been doing a lot of sewing, I guess it has been my therapy. I also have been thinking what am I saving this for? Who knows what tomorrow will bring, right?
So yesterday I took out my Roman Holiday and picked a pattern. I spent most of the day cutting up my fabric obsession. Guess what? It felt great.
So I encourage you to go to your stash, get your fabric you have been hoarding, and getting cutting.
What fabric have you been hoarding?