Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Outdoors

I am working on several different projects right now - finishing a deacon's bench, the second baby quilt, prep work for my Little One's Easter suit and my Easter dress, curtains, etc. . .  Lots of projects.  But since I don't have any interesting photos of them, here are some random ones.

Clothes on the line for the first time this year
Hubs tilling our garden
Little One playing with our big dog
They're not great pictures or anything, just snapshots of a nice day outdoors.  I'll try to have more projects done soon. :-)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Project - Another Baby Quilt

These friends need to take a baby break for a bit!  I can't keep up with them, much less work on things for my own use.  But there's nothing sweeter than babies, and it gives me an excuse to buy fabric . . .
This one is based on Oh Fransson's Planetarium quilt.  I saw it, loved it, and figured out how to adjust it to fit my needs for a baby quilt.  The quarter square triangles were made using charm packs of the prints and white 5" squares I cut to match and then trimmed down to 3.5".  So far these are the pieced and trimmed ones - I've still got lots of QSTs and strips to go.Fabric is It's a Hoot and Kona Cotton in White.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Goodwill Finds

I love Goodwill, especially now that I am decorating on a budget.  I love the thrill of finding something great for cheap.  It's how I was raised.
The basket reminded me of a post on flower arrangements that I had read on A Soft Place to Land.  The raffia is too light, so I'm going to try my hand at staining it (testing colors on an inconspicuous spot first).  Then I'll fill it with pint sized mason jars and flowers and display it in my dining room.  Cost: $2.95
The teeny wicker sleigh caught my eye, and I thought with some white spray paint (spray paint is my new BFF, but fabric's still my old) it would be so cute in the guest room filled with pink and silver ornaments at Christmas.  Cost: $0.95
The three frames are all plastic, but a little primer and spray paint and they'll be pretty and ready for family photos on my gallery wall-in-progress.  Cost: $2.35
 Some days you find nothing; some days are golden.  I always have a list in mind of things I'm looking for . . . so stay tuned for what I find next.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Quilting

I finally finished the quilting for my friend's baby quilt.  Her little one is only a month old now!  But I think things are finally settling down a bit to where I can start getting some projects done again. 
 Of course I'll post again once it's bound and completely finished.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fabric Organization

Well, last year I tried to organize my fabric, but getting a new sewing space meant more organization.  I went from a regular single closet to tons of boxes and bags to now a little bit of great storage (but still lots of boxes and bags to go).  Sorting and putting away fabric in its new space will take time, but here is what I've done so far.
I'm wrapping the fabric on comic book backer boards that I bought on Amazon.  I'm organizing by 1yd pieces, 1/2 yd pieces, and 1+ yard pieces.  What's on there is all just cotton quilting fabric.  Right now there is a cubbie for my precuts (there aren't many of those), a cubbie for yarn (which will later reside on top of another storage unit), and other cubbies that are just temporarily holding their contents.  (Some) fat quarters and holiday fabric are in the metal locker bins, but they will probably get moved onto shelves eventually.  My guess is I'll need a unit with just plain shelves for my flannel, fleece, and apparel fabrics, as well as my project boxes and boxes of craft paints, ribbon, etc.  One step at a time. 
The glass jars on top are holding (some of) my scraps.  I got the chalkboard vinyl decals on Etsy and the jars from Wal-Mart and Target.  I still need more jars, but I'm going slow since we're on a budget these days.
A little along and I'll have a great sewing/craft room one of these days!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Kiddie Artwork

I got this idea from Sara who found out about Messy Masterpieces here.  This is what we came up with as idea for my little one's auntie, a fellow Hokie. 
Sam really enjoyed the painting, so I think we'll have to do some more for other family members soon.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fab Finds

Pun totally intended.

I stopped by one of the local quilt shops on my day off recently, and what did I spy but extremely hard-to-find Heather Ross prints.  The best part?  They were $4.95 a yard.  Not.even.joking.  I had seen a FQ of the tadpoles for $10 online.  I got half a yard of each (and there were more that I didn't get).  Now I can be one of "those people," and you all can be jealous that I got such a great deal.  ;)

I also picked up a quarter yard of this repro print for my Farmer's Wife quilt.  I've started putting together some block fabric combos and am hoping to start making up a block here and there when I need a break from other projects.
And a yard of Michael Miller.  Because.



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