Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fabric fabric everywhere...

....but not in the trashcan!
That's right. I admit it. I cannot toss even the SMALLEST smidge of fabric. Is it just me or do you "real quilters" and seamstresses do this? I have a stash of cut pieces as large as 9" squares, and my "save this piece because it is AMY BUTLER FOR HEAVENS SAKE!" and the 2x2" pieces awaiting assembly into a postage stamp quilt...all the way down to piles of snips from the yo-yo's.

And yes...I actually sat today and stitched a fistful of the yo-yo scrappies onto a piece of canvas.

Don't ask how much time I spent arranging and rearranging the bits and pieces.

It's a sickness, isn't it?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Quilting Pays Off!

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OMG OMG OMG!! I WON I WON I WON! Can you stand it? I won the PROFESSIONAL ROWENTA IRON GIVEAWAY on the OLD RED BARN CO. Quilt-Along this week!!

weeee! Cannot wait to get my hands on it!! Do you SEE THAT POWER STEAM BURST?

Thanks, Dana!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Quilt-Along Week Two! The CUTTING!

Oh yeah! Thanking the OLFA goddesses for NEW ROTARY BLADES! Just finishing cutting my fabric into 2 1/2 inch strips (all 12 pieces!) -- love when the cutter zips through the fabric in crisp, clean cuts!

I gotta tell ya, it was hard to slice up some of these! But it will be pretty in the end, right?
Right, Cath?

I cannot wait for the PIECING!

Monday, May 25, 2009


YoYo's are my latest obsession....but I don't want to applique them on teeshirts or purses....I want a full coverlet! Of course.

....and,um, did you know it appears you need a mere 24 12" squares to make a twin-size quilt?

And guess how many of these midgies equal one 12" square? that's right...about FORTY-NINE.

In the words of Miss Mikayla, reporting on an episode of "Whatever, Martha" in which she made a yo-yo quilt - that will take "a WHILE." .
No joke.
(I KNEW I should have bought the EXTRA LARGE yo-yo maker!)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Quilt Along!

Um...right. I know I don't have time for another new project....but could not resist this one!
Stella!! clued me in to the Old Red Barn Co. Quilt-Along.
In six weeks we will have a completed quilt? NOWAYSHUTUP! Let's get started!

Week one is gathering supplies and selectin fabrics (no easy feat! 12 1/2 yd pieces required!) After much deliberation...I pulled together my fabrics from my stash... plus a quick trip to Joanne's (note the CHOCOLOATE LOLLIPOP (Anna Maria Horner) at last being used!)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A few pics from INSPIRED.

....didn't take enough photos by far....but here are a few shots of some of the projects....

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Specially for my WASSIMA girls!
Pink, Red, Orange, Blue, Black or White frames.

How much do I love this stamp?!

Monday, May 11, 2009

One down.....six or eight to go!

Finished my Jennifer Stewart project from INSPIRED today. Loved this class...want to make one in GREEN with my new Heather Bailey fabrics!

...and a yellow one....and a pink one....and PURPLE ONES FOR Cynthia and Sandy! (hee! KIDDING!)

Jennifer Stewart wins the prize for most fabulous presentation in her classroom...her set-up was divine--Heather Bailey fabrics for table cloths...silver trays lined up holding bowls of glitter....a tiered stand holding spools of ribbons and lace....and a lovely tin tray filled with antique buttons....I so appreciate her attention to details! I didn't want to leave the class--the three hours felt like 3o minutes and I could not wait to unpack my stuff and finish this project today. Now THAT is inspiring!

Swirls, girls!


Miss my TRIBE already....wish you were all here and we were elbow deep in our projects together! (instead of unloading the dishwasher and doing laundry!)
Nik--this pic is for you! First thing I bought when we arrived on Thursday at Inspired was the Heather Bailey Flutterby kit (so bummed I missed her class...but it was only offered early in the day...). I finished putting the book together on Thursday night - but no photos yet....her papers were as lusious in person as I had hoped...and I finally got my hands on some of her fabric in the vendor fair....wish our local shops carried her!
More soon! xoxo

P.S. Dietra-thanks for sittin' up late with me in the Crop Room - hope my girlie butterflies and flowers didn't give you HIVES....hee! Shannon---I owe you such a huge apology and RAK---how did I not mention how much I loved/love the ATC holders you sent to me?!?!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009


One more sleep 'til Aim and I take to the highways en route to INSPIRED! Weee!!!

Let's much is left to do in the NEXT TEN HOURS?
  1. Still too much laundry
  2. Still packing
  3. Supplies are awaiting their final arrangement/packing into the TWO carryalls I am allowing myself (yeah, right. I believe me, don't you?)
  4. One apron done. Number two? We shall see...
  5. Haircut didn't happen (how rude that salons aren't open 24/7 so I can fit in a cut/color on MY TIME! hee)
  6. Pedicure - self-administered. Not nearly the same as that sitting in the massage chair while your feet are soaking in that luxurious bathtub whirlpool thing....but CHECK!
  7. Photos are PRINTING! semi CHECK!

Can't wait to see my peeps!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

P is for PANIC!

OMG! How can it be only FOUR MORE SLEEPS 'TIL INSPIRED?!?!?!

Can wait to see my WASSIMA peeps and hug you all and squeal over our projects. hee.

(Yes, Larry. It is indeed like GIRLSCOUT CAMP FOR GROWNUPS. We make no apologies!)

Left to do? Oh not know...the usual....
  1. A zillion loads of laundry

  2. Pack

  3. Finish acquiring/sorting/packing/organizing/reorganizing/rechecking supplies! (Determined NOT TO OVERPACK. Keep reminding myself!)

  4. Figure out the route Aimee and I will take to get there on Thursday....(think "Lucy and Viv Take to the Road" ...oh yeah. Geographically Challenged meets Directionally Challenged. Thank heavens for navigation systems!)

  5. Finish APRONS!

  6. Figure out which photos to bring...

  7. Print photos.

  8. Remember to charge phone, camera and video camera for Thursday drive. (and pack chargers!)


  10. Haircut?

Saturday, May 02, 2009

C is for Coffee, Cookies and CRAFTING!

Ohh...had a blast last night with my BFF AIMEE at the Creative Inkling class! (AIMEE--SERIOUSLY - why do we not take fabulous pictures of ourselves when we are together?!? sheesh. ) The crop was at the House of Coffee coffee Shop in Peddler's Village - the project was a minibook made of cardboard coffee cup clever is that? And the embossing powder was COFFEE SCENTED! oh for cute!

And oh my stinkin' HECK the new Bind-it-All is PINK and I finally have one after coveting it for oh-forEVER! (NIKI AND EMILY - GET YOURSELVES OUT HERE TO CRAFT WITH ME! It is fabulous!)

{Loved the color of that chalkboard in the coffee shop...forgot to ask Dave the Barista if he knew what brand that paint is....would love to do a wall in the kitchen....hmmmm....}