Saturday, February 28, 2009

4/40 Days of Blogging, Lent 2009

Ok, this is a bit late, but for New Years I tried my had at sewing some beads on a plain Old Navy dress. I think it turned out cute and Beaker seemed to feel like a princess. Who am I kidding... she ALWAYS feels like a princess! I had to sneak in the pictures of her hair in a pony as it looks so amazing!

Friday, February 27, 2009

3/40 Days of Blogging, Lent 2009

I sew with a wonderful online group called The Heartstrings Quilt Project. For January and February, we were to sew fun Happy Blocks to be sent in and transformed into colorful quilts for kids. I sent about 205 block... I kinda got carried away. I made the mistake of leaving the trimming of all 205 blocks until the end. YUCKKY! Well the blocks have been received and I love knowing they will be put to good use.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

2/40 Days of Blogging, Lent 2009

WOOHOO! I have joined my very first Quilting Bee. Sarah @ is hosting not one but TWO sets of 12 for "Another Quilting Bee." VERY ambitious! I am in the first group that contains women from all corners of the USA and from Europe. I am so excited I could pass out.

Sarah is first in our group but her fabric is being mailed last as the etsy store she purchased her fabric from had a family emergency. I am sure it will be waiting when we get back from vacation. My month is July... I am not sure I can wait that long! Every time I look at my sewing area I start thinking about what I want to send out. I keep coming back to the same idea... finish something I have already been workign on. Could be interesting to have the group add to one of the many projects I still have yet to fully realize.

Any idea's??

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

40 Days of Blogging, Lent 2009


On my "personal" blog, I have started a blog "carnival" for Lent, "40 Days of Blogging, Lent 2009."

I want to become a better mother, wife and crafter. Using the blog as a tool for self growth during this magical time of lent seems the perfect fit. So please join me as we grow and resurrect our lives over the next 40 days.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

You Capture Week #1 (part 3)

Ok here is the last of the pictures! Enjoy!

You Capture Week #1 (part 2)

You Capture Week #1 (part 1)

Hey all...

My sweet friend Beth is an amazing photographer. She is hosting a photo blog carnival called You Capture to encourage us all to pick up our camera's and record life.

Her first exercise was to take pictures WITHOUT using the flash. Hope you enjoy my efforts! It was so much fun. I took over 250 pictures of the kids in motion... it was not too hard as I have 16 over-head lights in my living room.

Thanks Beth! You rock!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Post Office here I come!

Swaps in the bag... or envelope as the case may be. So exciting!

For my swap @ Stitches and Scissors , a "Wishing it was Spring" Fat Quarter Swap, I picked two fun flower prints. The woman I am swapping with is a lovely young thing! Her blog is impeccably filled with colorful links to decorating ideas and inspired items for when she is blessed with a child. She has a strong faith in God and a deep love for life. I hope she enjoys what I am sending.

In a weak moment, I decided to take on 8 partners for the "Sew, Mama, Sew!" Fat Quarter Swap. My partners are from all over the USA and 2 from Spain. I have AR, AZ, MI, MS, VA, WV and 2 from Barcelona, Spain. I can't wait to see what I get! EIGHT new-to-me fabrics! WOOHOO!!!!

These days I feel like I have been cleaning and doing "life" things rather then making the time to get down to sewing. I have about 10 projects in the works and like 10 more I dream of when I look at my "stash". This week my kids are at the sitter 6 extra hours so I have been using that time to get a bit more organized. I will post new pictures of the sewing space tomorrow.

Off to finish a bit of cleaning then bed...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


How about a little swapping to make the winter a bit more springy! I am going to take part in two different Fat Quarter Swaps.

Here are their details:

1) Darci @ Stitches and Scissors is holding a "Wishing it was Spring" Fat Quarter Swap. The requirments are 2 FQ's that are sunny, happy, and make you "wish for spring." You get two partners and 2 new-to-you FQ's. ~Sign up closes 2/11/09~

2) The famous "Sew, Mama, Sew!" is also hosting a Fat Quarter Swap. For this swap you need 4 or 8 FQ's. I decided what the heck.... give me 2 sets... eight chances to get my next favorite fabric! ~Sign up closes 5pm 2/13/09~

Now it is off to the stash/LQS to get ready... I so love fun mail!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

So did I tell you....

Hey All!

I am so excited to get working The Black and White Quilt Challenge Project. A few weeks back from I ordered the Califon Collection by Mark Lipinski. ChristaQuilts! was having a sale so I got a 13 fat quarter set plus some yardage. Dear friends were married in October so this project is for them.

There is a r/w/b quilt on the current issue of Quilting that has me intrigued. It is called "So Many Snowballs." I think with the triangles being reds and the main pieces being the Califon, it would make for an amazingly modern project. We shall see... all in good time. I have a TON of other projects but hope to get this at leased cut before January is over.


Monday, February 2, 2009

what i am reading...

Super Bowl Twist

GRRRRRR! I had HUGE plans to get started on the Super Bowl Twist but Hubby got home late tonight so now sewing. I have a small stash of RWB 2.5 inch strips I plan to use for a quilt to donate to Alycia for the Quilts of Valor project. She has an amazing dedication to this group and is so close to gathering 400 quilts, her personal goal.

With luck I will start Tuesday.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pictures: Happy Blocks

Please enjoy theses images of my under construction Happy Blocks for the Heartsrtings January/February project.

They are fun, simple, and super addictive!