Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sick kiddo

Owen has been throwing up this morning. He is so pitiful when he is sick. Very sad.

We got him a big boy bed yesterday. You can sneak a peek at his new quilt here.

It's still needing to be bound.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

My Newest Project

I scored this Terrain jelly roll from Pink Castle Fabrics on Etsy.  This fabric isn't available until September, so I thought I'd better hurry up and get busy making something with it.

I was showing my bundle to my buddy, Mary Anne & she suggested I pair it up with some Moda cross weaves that I recently bought.  What a fabulous idea.  Both types of fabric are luxuriously soft & I thought this pattern would make the most of both my jelly roll and my cross weave fat quarters.

Square in a square pattern:  I've cut each cross weave into 8.5 inch squares (two per color).  From my jelly roll strips, I cut two 8.5 inch pieces and two 12.5 inch pieces.  My plan is to quilt this myself.  First, I'll outline everything in the ditch.  Then I'll go crazy with some free motion in the solid areas & make it a sampler type of quilting with a different design in each block.  I got this idea from Vickie.  I need to do 1000 other things tonight, but all I really want to do is sew.

My husband hasn't been traveling much for work lately, which has been very nice... but tomorrow he heads to New Jersey.  I am planning on early bedtimes for my kids, sips of reisling and moscato wine in the attic and the steady hum of my sewing machine.

My Newest Project, originally uploaded by nkiblueeyes.
I have about 6 or 7 more colors to cut into. These fabrics are so rich & soft. I cannot wait to curl up in this quilt. Am thinking of finishing it for myself before Christmas... Last year I made myself a Christmas quilt. Why not make it a tradition?

Friday, July 29, 2011

My Next Project....

My Next Project...., originally uploaded by nkiblueeyes.
Look at this eye candy...

Going to cut me some squares... Then put a border around each of them with a jelly roll strip...

Will be delicious, don't you think?!?

Got it at Pink Castle Fabrics on Etsy. I love this shop!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Keeping Me Busy

I'm in Texas visiting my mom, my two sisters and my nephew and 5 nieces.  They're keeping me busy!

Elaine's Quilt as You Go Strip Pieced Quilt

I must try this sometime.

Here's a picture of Elaine hand quilting a Quilt of Valor:

Cousin Louise's Quilts

I went to see one of my favorite cousins, Butch.  Here's a picture of us:

His wife, Louise is one of my favorite people.  Here she is on the right (My Aunt Judy is on the left):

Louise's mother passed away a few years back and she was an avid quilter.  From the looks of things, she did a LOT of hand quilting and piecing.  Want to see some of her collection?  Brace yourself!  These are so beautiful...  Click on the individual pictures to enlarge...

The last one is my favorite.  Do you think she will remember me in her will someday?  ;)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Delivery of mary's necktie quilt

She loves it!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kc scrappy bee block for caitlin

I enjoyed this one! Caitlin got lucky because Jacquie let us go thru her scraps last weekend. I got some nice raspberry and teal scraps to supplement what I had. Thanks for a fun assignment, Caitlin!

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Denim Quilt

My first commission quilt... Finished!

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

I Spy for Owen

I Spy for Owen, originally uploaded by nkiblueeyes.

This one's not quite as far along, unfortunately. I have a brown and blue block that are almost finished but will need to cut more green, purple and pink for sure.

I also have some black I Spy blocks that didn't work the way I'd hoped in my color scheme. Might make pillows out of them. :)

I Spy WIP for Wyatt

I Spy WIP for Wyatt, originally uploaded by nkiblueeyes.

Months ago, I signed up for a couple different swaps online for 4 inch charm squares. One swap was for I spy fabric and the other was a color wheel swap.

All along, I've been planning on doing something with them that let me play with color.

I think these quilts are going to be quickly tied with vintage sheets as backings and I will likely skip the batting. I'd like nice and lightweight blankets for each of my boys to use in the living room.

My hubby likes to keep things chilly around here, especially at night & it's always colder downstairs than it is in our bedrooms.

I ran out of orange squares. Guess that's not a popular I Spy color. I'll raid my stash tomorrow.

I'm making one for Owen, too. Will have to post another post because I'm using Flickr to post & it only allows one photo per blog post.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Object of My Desires......

This isn't mine... It's Mary Anne's. She loaned it to me. So sweet of her, right!?!?

If you know me or follow my ramblings on the internet, you'll know that I'm REALLY wanting an antique featherweight to call my very own.

All the cool kids have one. If you played on one, you'd understand why!

I'm about 1/3 of the way there in saving up $ from sales on my Etsy shop. Hopefully this trend will continue and I can buy a featherweight of my very own in the next month or so...

Thanks so much for loaning me your girl, Mary Anne! I am learning a lot & enjoying getting acquainted with her!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Antique Buttons

Etsy Shop: Antique Buttons, originally uploaded by nkiblueeyes.

My mom recently retired and moved to another state. After living in the same place for over 20 years, she had a LOT of stuff to go through & couldn't move everything... So...

One thing she collects is antique buttons. Mom goes to garage sales all the time. Estate sales too, and she's always on the lookout for buttons.

I "borrowed" a gallon of her buttons when I was making stick horses. I needed horse eyeballs, you see...

And she has 4 more gallons at her house in Texas.

This morning, I convinced her that she should let me sell them on Etsy. I think they're treasures and I'll likely keep my favorites, but I think they'll sell well. I think people will want to buy pretty buttons to keep in a box and pet... or in a jar on a shelf to admire... or they might even want to use them on their sewing projects...

Here's a small sampling of what I've got to sell. I'm thinking of grouping them by color. They're so pretty & all unique.

We also have some on their original cards. I think these will be great sellers, too.

I'm doing some research today on how much I should charge. Do you think there will be much interest in these & more like them?