January 18, 2015

The first of 2015

This is my first completion of the year! I have signed up for a paper piecing bee where we make 3/4 blocks for each person, for 6 months, as well as read a book or watch a movie. The book/movie for January is "The Giver". I haven't made time to get the movie yet, but I will!

These blocks are a fantastic way to use up scraps and are going to Tiffany. They were fun to make and I think this quilt will be beautiful!

January 16, 2015

Christmas Swap 2014

There are a handful of us quilty/crafty/sewing gals that participated in a swap for Christmas and I hit the jackpot!

Last year I mentioned that I really wanted a sew-together bag, but was afraid to sew it myself because all those zippers!

Well well well, I got one - and the special touches are so perfectly suited to my style.

The colors are fabulous and the outside is a minimal design with a pop of color, in this case a granny square and a tea wallet too (I LOVE tea). As I opened each zipper another treat was hidden. I was like a kid at Christmas. Some washi tape and a jumbo bag of chewy sprees too - yippee!

Thank you Lyanna - it's perfect and you are awesome. That is all.

January 6, 2015

Q1 2015 | Finish Along

I love the Finish-A-long! Something about publically putting out there what I want to accomplish really does make me get it done! Other than the pillow swap (which may be delayed to later in the year so it won't count), I have started all of these - yikes! That's a lot of projects. I'm looking forward to all of them for various reasons so stay tuned for many finishes.

How has your new year started? Do you have any UFO projects you are looking to finish up? What about the sew your stash movement? I am on a fabric diet myself...we'll see how long that lasts, but I really do want to not purchase any more - I'm running out of room. Happy New Year!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

January 5, 2015

Around the World Blog Hop

Welcome to another stop on the Around the World Blog Hop!

I was asked to join in by Lori of Lori Hartman Designs. We have hosted swaps together as well as helped along young chapters of our respective Modern Quilt Guilds. She is uber creative and you should swing by to see what she has been working on lately.

What am I working on:

This being the new year, I have some grand plans. About half a dozen UFO's that I would really love to finish as well as a Husker t-shirt quilt and a very personal quilt for one of my dearest friends. And, because I can't say no to my great sewing circle, I am signed up for a paper piecing bee (3 blocks a month), a traveling quilt, a pillow swap and birthday club. Quarter 1 will be busy. I love it!

Here is a progress shot of those paper pieced blocks I was telling you about. They will have a low volume background and this quilt will be stunning!

Why do you create:

I love making things for other people and also for myself. The process of selecting fabrics, contemplating designs, auditioning fabrics and then seeing a finished product fills me with great satisfaction. Additionally, when you make something for someone and they love it, it just warms my heart.

This is a great time to introduce you to Lyanna of Blue Striped Room. We met a couple of years ago at a Sewing Retreat and I am in awe of how productive she is while being a mom to five kids. Head on over to see her recent projects which include a cargo bag and a sew-together bag, along with lots of quilts for Christmas gifts.
Here is a great shot of her holiday finishes - gorgeous!

Wishing you a productive week!

December 29, 2014

End of the Year!


We are nearing the end of the year and you know what that means? Planning for the next one!

Here are a couple of projects I finished in December, but swing back by next week, when it is my turn on the Around the World Blog Hop and I'll show you some more!

This was a gift for my secret santa at work. She said that she likes deer as her favorite Christmas theme.  It felt wonderful when she opened it up as she was so happy, and then when she found out it was handmade, she gave it an extra squeeze.  That's when you know you did good!

Another pillow that went to a partner I had in the Holiday Round of the Great Pillow Fight Swap.
Here were her comments: I am not sure how I got lucky enough to have you as a partner in two swaps this year, but I am just amazed! I absolutely LOVE the wreath pillow. 

The spirit of giving is alive and well and it brings me great joy to make things for people!

August 21, 2014


Last week I was up in Amish County on my annual sewing retreat. It's so good for the soul to be around like minded folks. I'll check in soon with details and a great list for fabric shopping, if you happen to be heading there.

In the meantime, have a great day!!

July 6, 2014

Do you love Aurifil too?


I'll make this short and sweet. When I first began quilting, I kept hearing about Aurifil thread and really thought it was all marketing lingo. I mean really, it's just thread - can it be that much different?


Then I tried it.

This stuff is wonderful. You have less lint, it has never broken on me (strong and thin), there are over 200 colors and I like getting 1,422 yards on one spool!

So, what do you do when you love something - you share it with everyone!

It's not realistic to actually share (for free) this with you but I have a great deal. This is for folks who have never tried it and also for those who are VIP loyal ~ will not buy any other ~ "this is the greatest thread ever" folks too.

I am going to start selling it because I believe in it and I want everyone to experience this superior product!

Here are the details:

6 spools for $60 (plus shipping and tax)

Shipping will be $5.05 per order (US only) up to 12 spools in one Priority Mail (comes with tracking) envelope. Contact me for shipping charges for larger quantities. Tax only charged on orders delivered to TX residents.

You pick the colors you want, varigated too!

Only quantities of 6 are allowed, no singles.

This only applies to 50wt thread.

This offer will expire on July 13th at noon - Central Time.

The Catch: I don't have a website or etsy store yet so you will have to go search for Aurifil thread, 50 wt, to find out what colors are available.

If you want in:

1) Email me at [my blog name] dot gmail dot com or click the pink envelope under let's connect, with your color selections, your name and your US mailing address. I will email a confirmation back to you and send a paypal invoice to pay from.

2) If you haven't paid by midnight on July 13th, your order will not be placed.

Because of the "you pick the colors" option, I will be placing an order to accomodate individual color requests (as I don't have every color in stock) and it may be a week or two until you actually get it, but I consider this a small price to pay to select your own colors. I promise to turn around the orders around within 24 hours of receipt from my supplier.

If you have any questions - please do ask!

May 13, 2014

Modern She Made...and a couple firsts

Hi! Have you heard of the Modern She Made Swap? We are in round 4 and this season the shape we are required to utilize was a hexagon.  Honestly, hexagons are not my favorite, but that was what the majority wanted so I dove in. First of all, let me tell you a little story. I have sewn a few hexagons before and it really wasn't that bad for me, so truthfully, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into.  In this swap, we post mosaics to assist our partners in communicating our tastes, styles and some inspiration of something we would like.  My partner posted a bag, very similar to this one. Low and behold, there was a tutorial all written up for it too. Bingo - easy choice (or so I thought).

Lori wrote up this tutorial and she and I originally started the Modern She Made swap so it was with true respect that I used her tutorial to make this bag.

Funny thing though, the pattern started with "Start by piecing your hexagons....." Little did I know that this would take me almost a month.  I had to cut them out, baste them, sew them in rows and then sew the rows to each other.  Mr. Maxtin said to me, when I was close to done "I wondered when you were going to realize that you had to sew every one of them to each other" and then we laughed.  It wasn't that I didn't know, but that wasn't part of my thought process....yeah, it's funny now though.

Anyway....so 76 hexagons, and who knows how many hours later, I hope my partner (who doesn't even know who she is yet) really loves this bag because I spent hours and hours on it.  I did my first internal zip pocket and installed my first magnetic snap.

There aren't nearly as many swaps on flickr anymore, which is where I was most active and I miss it. The swaps I have been in make me do things I would never do, and have the courage to try new things....like magnetic snaps! Partner, enjoy this bag!

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March 1, 2014

Churn Dash | Modern Style

Well folks! Finally!

I have been teasing you with pictures of this beauty for a while and now I can show you the final quilt.
For those that are newer followers here, I really lean towards modern, sparse, and clean. For some reason I have taken a liking to the churn dash (a traditional block) so I decided to cut into my most favorite fabrics and make one.

The quilting is all straight lines using Aurifil 50 weight thread and it was quilted on my home machine.
My favorite part of making this quilt was the binding because I enjoy the hand sewing.

I love this picture because it shows Austin doing what she does best, her own thing!

February 21, 2014

Get your Hex On! Sign-ups Closed.

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Get Your Hex on! Less than 14 hours left!  Sign ups are now closed.

Modern She Made Round 4 Sign-ups are almost over! This round we are making personalized projects for our super secret partners that must include a hexagon (or two or three) somewhere on it.

It can be in the quilting, the design, the fabric, the shape – you choose!

Head on over to our Flickr group to check it out. Your hostesses for this round are Marika, Christen and myself.

If you are interested, you will need to make a mosaic, post it in the group and then complete the sign up form.

For quick links

1)      Post your mosaic in our flickr thread here

2)      Fill out the form here

3)      Comment on the Sign-up thread here

That’s it! Sit back and wait for some really awesome project to be made especially for you! The best thing – partners will go out next week and they aren't due until May, so you have lots of time to make something really special, and of course get something special in return. 

Join us!!

Disclaimer: You must have a flickr photostream, with modern projects and a modern leaning aesthetic. Be a good swapper, with good swapping history.