Monday, May 28, 2012

Modern She Made Swap Package

 I finally finished my Rainbow Mini Quilt for the Modern She Made Swap.  To see the back story and fabric selection process, see this post.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  I hope my partner likes it.

 I decided to do hand stitching for the little circles.  I am a total embroidery novice, but forged ahead anyway.  I looked at the great tutorials on Embroidery 101 at Clover and Violet, and decided to do a variety of stitches to make it more interesting.

The stitching is far from perfect.  

 And, I kinda wish I had just stuck with straight dashed stitching like above.

 What do you think?

Although I do like the Zig Zag.

Here is the complete package for my partner.  I added a Pezzy Print charm pack, and some San Francisco treats to represent the Bay Area.  I chose Sourdough snacks and artisan sea salt dark chocolate made in San Francisco.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

SMS Giveaway Winner

Greetings from Nicaragua.  Damien Craig here to announce the SMS giveaway winner.  Momma is very technically unsavy, so she couldn't figure out how to put the widget image on here, so you'll have to trust us.  Look at me, would I lie to you?  

So, without further ado, the winner is Shirley C.  Shirley, momma emailed you.

Thanks everyone, Momma is very happy with 617 comments and lots more followers.  I'll get my Dad to help her out with the widget thingy in the future so there can be more giveaways, a happy momma, means a happy household!



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mother's Day Library Tote

Well, you know how I said I made my mother a super cool Melody Miller Typewriter Library Tote for Mother's Day?  Well, it was my intention to give it to her, really it was.  BUT, I got to thinking, she LOVES my son so much (her first grandson, and she has 4 girls), and is always bragging about him and showing his picture to strangers.  So, I thought I think she would really like something featuring my son better.  Then I stumbled upon this amazing quilt from Tina at Little Blue Cottage that featured appliques of her child's class' hand prints.  Genius.  So I decided to do that on a tote bag, and add a pocket for a picture, so my mom can add her recent favorite picture.  She LOVED the tote bag.  And I get to keep the Typewriter Tote which I LOVE.  We all win.  Hope everyone had a great mother's day.

My Mom modeling her new library tote bag featuring her grandson Damien.

The hand print which was hand quilted on, and his name and age in very poor embroidery (it was my first time).

Monday, May 21, 2012

SMS Giveaway!

Today is Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day!  I am so happy to be participating.  I never win giveaways, so really hoping I get lucky this time.  

I am giving away TWO charm packs of Summersville to one lucky reader.  I love this new line.  I ordered a fat quarter bundle for myself from Julie at the Intrepid Thread (she has the best prices and is super fast and nice).  I want to share the love.

To enter just leave a comment telling me your favorite place to purchase fabric.  For a bonus entry, become a follower of my blog, or leave another comment if you are already a follower.  

Giveaway will close May 25th at 5 PM PST. I will use to choose a winner and I am willing to ship international. 

Visit the Sew Mama Sew Blog for more giveaways!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Monkey See Monkey Do

I have seen some AMAZING quilts out there in my journey's through pinterest, blogland and flickr. A few, however, screamed YOU MUST DO THIS, YOU MUST MAKE ONE. It was loud, and I couldn't shut that voice up. Luckily, the two that jumped out to me are ones that are relatively easy, no pattern, simple patchwork. I think that is the right way to really dive into this larger quilting. The first one that I will discuss in this post is from a new friend, Adrianne from Little Bluebell.  Adrianne is so sweet and she is a great modern quilter (check out her cool blog).  She happens to be the president of the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild, which I recently joined and LOVE.  So many sweet and talented people willing to share their knowledge with me.  Adrianne made a stunning quilt top for herself featuring large cuts of Lotta Jansdotter's line Echo (with other lovelies mixed in).  Gorgeous right?  I HAD to copy her.

Top is done. Boo-ya!! It feels great to sew today
Echo Quilt Top by Adrianne from Little Bluebell

And so, I did some fabric purchasing. 


Well, OK, maybe a lot.  But I'm just getting started, and need to build my stash and these pretties will be useful in all sorts of projects (what is left that is).  I love that these fabrics also feature my school colors, blue and gold (Go Bears!).

Now, I just need to find the time to sew it up.  But, it will have to wait awhile.  Work is crazy (taking a quick little break to write this post) and then I have a bachelorette party in Palm Springs, then a 10 day trip to Nicaragua.  But, this will be on top of the list when I return to normal in June.  I can't wait!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Lingerie Travel Bag

Yay, I have another small finish. I am going to a lingerie shower next weekend (my friend doesn't know about this blog), so I thought a little lingerie travel bag would be the perfect thing to give with the lingerie I purchased.  I found this adorable bra fabric called Brassiere by Timeless Treasures and I thought it would make a perfect fabric for this bag.  I used the drawstring bag tutorial from Jeni at In Color Order.  It was great and fast.  Well, except for the fact that I cut two separate pieces wrong, don't know what I was thinking, and then sewed some of the pieces together wrong!  Guess that's what you get for starting a project at 10:30 P.M!

Happy little lingerie bag.

I love the top fabric I got on sale from Fabric Shac, so happy.  (I'm a big sucker for sales!)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Typewriter Library Tote

I have a finish!  It feels so good.  I am juggling so much right now, it feels like I will never get anything 100% done.  But, I had a deadline and I work well with deadlines.  I mean I finished my bee blocks a day or so early and put them in the post on the last possible day.  That's how I roll.  Anyway, I have loved, loved, loved all the Melody Miller typewriter bags out there, especially the ones from Amber at One Shabby Chic.    I have oooo'd and Ahh'd all of her typewriter items, so this bag is inspired by her great work.  My mom LOVES the library and is an avid reader, so I thought making her a library tote would be the perfect mother's day gift. 

I followed the tutorial over at The Happy Zombie.  With some exceptions.  I made the tote larger, 13.5 x 14, I added stiff interfacing to  give it more structure and durability since it is for books, and I made
the handles larger so it would be a comfortable shoulder tote.  I also added the appliqued typewriter on the front, and since I don't want to waste my precious 1/2 yard of Melody Miller Typewriters, I made a matching heart applique for the back pocket.  I love how it turned out.  Now I need to make myself one. 

Excuse the bathroom photo, I wanted to show the tote "on" and my hubby was asleep in the bedroom where the only other mirror was.

Fabric:  Melody Miller Typewriter (Purchased from Pink Castle Fabrics), Connecting Threads Dots ($2.95 a yard), and ? (can't remember what the word fabric is, silly me)
Time:  2 nights
Completed: 1:15 a.m.
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