Thursday, January 19, 2012

Boys Bug Quilt

So, I am hoping some of you amazing quilters can help me out. I may be jumping ahead of myself - especially with all the I Spy Quilts I have lined up, but I wanted to make a special quilt for a special boy. My mother is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to a sweet 12 year old boy with autism who lives in a group home. He loves all things bugs and insects. He doesn't much in this world, and I thought maybe he would like a special bug quilt to give him some comfort during rough times. I just don't really know where to begin. Here are some great bug fabrics I found below. Anyone have any simple designs for a twin size quilt that would be good for a 12 year old boy? Anyone know of any other great insect/bug fabric? Thank you!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Group 2 CLOSED!

Thank you everyone, we have now filled Group 2. There sure is a lot of interest in I-spy swaps. Such great choices on the flickr groups. I'll let everyone know when I receive your charms and again when I am able to mail them all back to you.



Saturday, January 14, 2012

I-Spy Group 2 Opened Up

So, there seems to be enough interest to try and organize a second group for the I-Spy Swap. I just hate to leave people out.

So, if you are interested in the swap, we still have openings in our second group. Please leave a comment with your email address or email me at loreleicraig at gmail dot com.

Please check out the original post for the swap rules. Deadlines will be the same since a lot of people are participating in both groups.

And upload your fabric choice as soon as you can to the Second Flickr Group.

Midnight Maker

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sew, What Should I Do With This?

Purchased my very first Fat Quarter Bundle from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. Can't remember how I found them, but I saw this and HAD to have it. Sew, now what should I do with it? It is 8 fat quarters, so 2 yards. Anyone have any cool, beginner quilt projects that they think would be good inspiration - especially if they come with a tutorial?

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Wow, that was quick! We are all filled up. If you commented or emailed me you should have received a confirmation email.

Thanks to all who signed up and helped spread the word.

We have some awesome fabrics picked out so far in the flickr group, check it out.

Hard to pick a favorite but my top three thus far are:

Chosen by Nikki of Nikki's Quilting Projects

Chosen by redbarn37 on Flickr

Chosen by Heather Sews and Such on Flickr

Can you tell I have a little boy??

Can't wait to see what else people choose.

In spending more time (I don't have) swooning over fabrics today, I'm already thinking about the next swap! That is so me. I can hear the words of my husband, let's just see how this goes first honey. So far so good!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Inaugural I-Spy Charm Swap

OK, anyone missed out on other closed swaps but want in on the madness? JOIN ME. I have read a TON of posts about I-spy charm swaps, see Obsessively Stitching, Ellison Lane Quilts and FabriKate for instance (Thank you all), and was sad to have missed so many great ones. I also noticed a lot of comments from others in the same sad boat, so I thought, why not host one myself. Hopefully people will give me a chance, even though I am a newish quilter and all. I am a fabulous organizer though (when I want to be) and get things done - usually late at night, hence the blog name. I'd rather be crafting than sleeping most of the time, and since I gotta pay the bills as an attorney, midnight is where it is at! I digress.

I have decided that I like the big size, high quality, and simple rules from Jennifer at Ellison Lane. She graciously said I could copy her swap format. So if you want to join me, here are the rules: 1. We are swapping 5" charm squares. You will purchase 1 yard of fabric and cut it into 5" charm squares. 1 yard = 56 charms. Keep one charm for yourself and send in 55 charms to me.
(I recommend buying 1.25 yards- never hurts to have a little extra in case you make a cutting mistake.)

2. Choose a fabric that has a small print suitable for an I Spy quilt. Scale of the print is very important as smaller works better in this case. A lot of Japanese fabric has great small prints that shout I Spy to me.

3. Fabric must be designer label, 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabric. No licensed prints, floral, flannel. No Hancocks, Joanns or Michael's fabrics.
4. Fabric must be new and unwashed and must come from a smoke free environment.

5. Before sending your fabric to me, cut your fabric into 5" x 5" charm squares.

Press your fabric before cutting. You may want to purchase a slight overage in case you make mistakes cutting your charms.
1 yard = 56 charm squares (5" x 5".)

Here's a great tutorial on how to cut fabric into charms by Elizabeth Hartman.

6. Put your fabric in a ziplock bag and include a 3x5 index card with your name and email address.

7. In your envelope please include:

  • the charms in ziplock,

  • the index card

  • a PREPAID SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE for me to mail your charms back to you! This is very important! To determine how much to put on the envelope, use the amount it cost you to send your fabric in and add an extra stamp (to allow for fabric weight differences)

    • 8. Finally, upload a picture of your chosen fabric ASAP to MM I Spy Swap Flickr Group. This is really important so we don't have any duplicates and will be fun for everyone to know what is coming.
      This swap will be open to 55 others (56 including me) and will also have some alternates just in case. The swap is open to US residents only. To join, simply comment and leave your email address or email me at loreleicraig[at]gmail[dot]com. I will then email you confirmation and my mailing address.
      Your charms need to be in my hands by February 15! I will email everyone my mailing address once the spots are all filled.

      Bonus: Everyone will receive a bonus charm from me as a thank you for helping me host my first swap!

      Button: Grab one and spread the word:

      Midnight Maker

      Here is what I am choosing from Fabric Shack. I just ordered some for myself and love it, and think it is a cute one to share - and on sale!

      And the bonus fabric - so many little animals in bright colors! Also from Fabric Shack.

      Cal Quilt

      Well, I have made a few simple quilts in the many years since I learned in high school, but didn't take any pictures, so don't have much past stuff to share. But, I did make a Cal (University of California, Berkeley) quilt for a college friend ('00 Alum here) for their new baby. My plan at the time was to make one for all the little bear cubs in our group of friends, including my own little guy who was on the way. But, alas, I only managed to finish their quilt and start one for my son before the little monkey was born. Since his birth, I haven't resumed quilting, until now. I just recently finished the top, well, kinda. I finished the top, as planned. But since my son is now 15 months, I need to add some boarders - or more squares, to make it bigger. So I guess it is still technically a work in progress. But .. I want to - and have been - working on my I spy quilts. From what I have been reading on the blogs, it is fairly common for quilters to have several projects going at a time. So, this is normal, right? Anyhow, here is my almost finished top.

      I-Spy Madness

      So, in one of my late night pinterest binges, I stumbled across Crafterhours' I spy board (an amazing blog) and another amazing blog Obsessively Stitching, and I was INSPIRED. My son is 15 months, and starting to identify objects when he sees them with great enthusiasm. I thought, and I Spy Quilt is perfect for him and a great new project for me. Well, the obsession began. Since then I have been buying fabric like a mad woman from quilt shops, ebay, etc. This could become a bad habit! I have scoured the internet, and it looks like most of the swaps I read about are closed or happened a long while ago. Seems like there might be more interest than willing hosts, so I am going to naively champion one - stay tuned. I already have scores of I spy quilt ideas in mind!

      Here is a poor quality nighttime picture of some of my new fabric. All from Jo-Ann's, but I have some good quality stuff coming in the mail - yay!

      New Blog

      Well, it's not like I have a TON of free time, and already have a long neglected baking blog (B.D. = Before Damien) and a baby blog, but I have resumed my sewing/quilting hobby, and after spending some time exploring some AMAZING blogs, decided I wanted to join this wonderful blog world. A small humble blog it will be, but hopefully it will serve as the base to meet some new crafty friends and learn a ton from all the talented people out there.
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