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Monday, February 29, 2016

Sewing Update

Happy Monday!

Thought I would do a quick post to share what I've been up to.

A did some pattern testing for Angela Bullard
(aka Sewing with Squeak)

The pattern is great.
And also very big.
The block is 18.5 unfinished.

I loved this pattern.
Easy to read.
Easy to put together for an advanced paper piecing beginner.
It's now for sale on Craftsy.
You can find it HERE.

I'm also working on a mystery BOM by Pat Sloan.

These are also rather large blocks.
They measure 16.5" unfinished.
By the end of the year I will have a nice sized quilt.
I'm using a fabric bundle I won at a retreat last year.  It's 
Fresh Cut by Basic Grey for Moda.
I have to say I wish I would have switched the pink and the orange around for the second block.
It would have created more 'pop'.  Lesson learned!

My favorite project of the month though is this adorable little pixie basket by Heidi Staples of
Fabric Mutt.

I can easily whip one of these up in the morning before work.
I'm thinking it would make a fun Easter gift for some friends and family,
filled with little pieces of their favorite chocolates.
You can find the tutorial for this HERE

I hope you have been busy creating!
Let me know what you've been up to!


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bird Watching

Yesterday, in the frigid weather, I went bird watching 
with a friend of mine.  It was so cold, but the sun was shining,
and the birds were happy.

We counted 27 eagles.
They are so majestic.

Out of all the ducks swimming around,
there was one lonely wood duck, who we believe, thought he was a mallard.
He found the love of his life and did nothing but follow her all around the watering hole.

I hope you enjoy the photo's below as much as I enjoyed taking them.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fresh start

I decided before I could do any sewing this year
I needed to focus on organizing my space.
With all the last minute projects I had to finish, sewing for Christmas,
and everything else in between, my sewing room turned
into a danger zone.  The only thing missing were the yellow 
"CAUTION!  DO NOT CROSS" banners surrounding it.

So I'm keeping it real folks.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
(don't know you've been here too)

Pretty embarrassing, eh?
So in my usual, over the top, enthusiastic, 'let's get this going' self,
I wanted to start my blog back up and made my first post of the year
with all this chaos in the background.
I froze.
I couldn't sew.
I couldn't get any creative juices flowing.
I would walk into my room and then walk right back out.

So one day I just got up,
put my cleaning clothes on 
and got to work.
It took a while,
but I did it.

You'll have to excuse some of the photo's.  
A few were taken with my phone.

But it's done and I'm back in business folks!

Just for cuteness, I have to share this photo that sits on my cutting table.

Of course, my boys are now all grown up at 26 & 28,
but I love this photo, and I love seeing how happy they were back then.

And just for fun, some bling sitting around.

I mean seriously,
who doesn't frame one of their favorite designer's fabric
in little blingy frames?
(thank you Kate Spain)

And to prove I have been sewing

These cute strawberries are from Lori Holt's book, Farm Girl Vintage.
LOVE her!!

More to come from my little corner of the world.
My happy space is now my happy space and 
life is good.
I mean, who doesn't love a room with a view?

Chat soon!